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Can New Red Sox Reliever Burke Badenhop Buck the Trend of NL Central Flops?

As an encore to their 2013 World Series title, the Boston Red Sox kicked off the 2014 offseason by acquiring…middle relief pitcher Burke Badenhop. Not exactly the most awe-inspiring move to start your title defense, now, is it? The Red Sox shipped out a no-name minor leaguer (left-hander Luis Ortega — apologies if any of his […]

Koji Uehara Back in 2014: This Good or Bad?

When the Red Sox signed relief pitcher Koji Uehara this past offseason, the deal was announced as one year for $4.25 million. However, WEEI’s Alex Speier reported the other day that Uehara is about to hit a previously unknown contract milestone that will keep him in Boston for the 2014 season as well. Uehara’s contract states that if […]

Red Sox May Regret Letting Papelbon Walk in Free Agency

On Sept. 28, 2011, Jonathan Papelbon threw his last pitch as a member of the Boston Red Sox. A 1-1 splitter to the Orioles’ Robert Andino was smacked into left field for a walk off RBI hit to end Boston’s season in a dramatic collapse for the ages. The Red Sox would move on from […]

2013 Red Sox Midseason Report Card

The Red Sox find themselves atop the American League East after the unofficial first half of the season, so let’s take a look at what’s gone right and what hasn’t for this 2013 team as I present a report card on the five key aspects of the team. Starting Pitching The Red Sox have used […]

A Red Sox Bullpen in Arrears

The Red Sox bullpen was once thought to be a strength but is now the only thing holding this team back. As we approach the mid-season classic, the Sox stand at 57-37 with a 3.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. While few analysts predicted it, the Boston Red Sox are among baseball’s best […]

Who Should be the Red Sox Closer Now and for the Future?

When Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Philadelphia Phillies two years ago, the Red Sox were confident that he would be easily replaceable. I even came to the thought that letting go of Papelbon was a smart idea. Since Papelbon’s departure, the Red Sox have made three deals for the closer position. Andrew Bailey, Mark Melancon  and Joel Hanrahan have […]

Hanrahan Falls Prey to Red Sox Closer Curse, Placed on 60-Day DL

Tabbed as the closer for the Boston Red Sox before the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, just two days after the Red Sox placed him on the 15-day DL. What originally was deemed a muscle strain in his right forearm quickly became much more serious after an […]

Red Sox Sellout Streak Ends, Hanrahan Blows Save in Loss to Orioles

After 820 games, the widespread speculation regarding the legitimacy of the Boston Red Sox‘s sellout streak can finally be put to rest. The longest such streak in major professional sports, both for the regular season (794 games) and overall (820 including the postseason), has officially come to an end. In just the second game at […]

Nava’s 7th Inning HR lifts Red Sox in Home Opener

Celebration swept across New England on Monday afternoon as the Boston Red Sox kicked off their home schedule with an exciting 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, their ninth consecutive win on Opening Day at Fenway Park. The team was coming to Fenway strong off of a 4-2 road trip within the division, winning series […]

Red Sox Squeeze Out Win Against Blue Jays in John Farrell’s Return to Toronto

Boston Red Sox manager and former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell made his first return to the Rogers Centre since leaving for the Red Sox in the offseason. Welcomed with mixed reactions but mostly booing, Farrell noted that he loved Toronto, but has no regrets. The Red Sox were able to squeak out a […]

Red Sox on Pace for Perfect Season after 7-4 Win Over Yankees

Clay Buchholz pitched 7 strong innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of Hiroki Kuroda‘s early exit to beat the New York Yankees, 7-4. According to the Associated Press, the second straight win in the Bronx marks the first 2-0 start for the Red Sox since 1999. For all the doubters who wondered whether […]

How Many Games Will the 2013 Red Sox Win?

It’s never easy to try and predict how many games any team will win, especially in baseball, and especially entering a year where the Boston Red Sox find themselves in one of the strongest divisions — on paper, that is. It’s unclear as to how things will really play out, especially with all the players who […]

Boston Red Sox Pitchers Combine to Allow One Run Against Northeastern, Boston College

Spring training is off and rolling and the Boston Red Sox showed some pretty good signs against Northeastern and Boston College on Thursday afternoon. It may have been against college teams, but there was no real sign of any wildness for any of the relievers that were thrown onto the mound in the wins. Against […]

2013 Red Sox Depth Chart: Bullpen – Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, Others

The Boston Red Sox had a pretty solid bullpen for most of the 2012 season. There were times when Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey and other relievers had trouble closing out the game, but, overall, the entire bullpen put together one of the better ERAs in the AL. In 2013, the Red Sox have added a […]

What should the Red Sox do with Alfredo Aceves?

When Red Sox hired John Farrell, the first thought was forgetting the Bobby Valentine drama and the 2012 season and focusing on getting back on track for the 2013 season. Farrell is a perfect choice to manage the Red Sox, an organization hoping to move on from past troubles. But for those thinking that firing […]