// Jonathan Papelbon

Varitek Beats Indians with his Arm AND his Bat

Jason Varitek had gone 116 at-bats without a home run before Tuesday night’s game in Cleveland, a stretch that spanned nearly an entire calendar year. He was due. Varitek’s two-run home run in the seventh proved the difference-maker, and the Boston Red Sox got another sterling performance from Josh Beckett, beating the Indians, 4-2. Combined […]

One Run Proves To Be Enough As Red Sox Squeak By Tigers 1-0

They say that one swing of the bat can change a whole game and that was proven to be true Wednesday night in the Red Sox win over the Detroit Tigers. The final score was 1-0, and the game’s only run came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted a ball […]

Buchholz, Bullpen Shut Out Twins Despite Long Rain Delay

The rain pelted Fenway Park for over two hours Saturday afternoon, suspending play after two innings. It looked like another strong start by a Red Sox pitcher would be washed away, and Terry Francona would have to cobble seven innings from an already overworked bullpen. Problem is, nobody told Clay Buchholz. Buchholz threw five scoreless […]

A Strong Lester Outing and Explosion in Eighth Gives Sox a Win

For six innings, it looked like we were going to have quite the pitchers’ duel to discuss, but after an eighth inning home run explosion, the Red Sox earned themselves a 7-3 victory. The Sox are now 15-1 against the Angels since they were swept in the 2009 ALDS Angels’ first basemen Mark Trumbo took […]

Beckett Comes Through as Red Sox Beat Blue Jays

Somehow, the Red Sox managed to get the 4-1 win over Toronto. You can thank Toronto starter Jo-Jo Reyes for that, thanks to his early struggles. Boston really had trouble afterwards, but they had enough to win thanks to Beckett’s help. A single, walk, single and double to start the 1st gave Boston the 2-0 […]

Red Sox Pick Up First Win, Beat Yankees 9-6 At Fenway

The Red Sox rolled into town off to their worst start (0-6) since 1996, and had to face the arch-rival New York Yankees to open the season at Fenway Park on Opening Day. The Red Sox had a tastefully done ceremony introducing the new upgrades at Fenway Park, including awesome (or 1337) HD video screens […]

Homer-Happy Rangers Complete Red Sox Sweep in Texas

The Boston Red Sox, so highly touted for their off-season acquisitions, had the opportunity to make a statement against the American League-champion Texas Rangers and reassert their dominance in the MLB. They did not. In an Opening Weekend series in which the Rangers swept the Red Sox and outscored them 26-11, including beating Boston 5-1 […]

Red Sox Spring Training Wrap-Up (3/28-3/30): Losing Streak Ends, Sox Finalize Roster

Brush off your faded blue hat with the stylized, red “B” on it. Iron your 2004 World Series commemorative jersey. Start re-learning “Sweet Caroline,” “Dirty Water” and “Tessie.” Spring Training is finally over. Opening Day arrives Friday. But before the Red Sox could kick off the regular season, they had to make their final roster […]

Red Sox Spring Training Wrap-Up (3/21-3/27): Sox Lose Mayor’s Cup, On 10-Game Losing Streak

Hey there, Sox fans! Sports of Boston brings you the final full week of Boston Red Sox Spring Training games, as player and fan alike eagerly await Friday’s Opening Day! The Red Sox made several roster moves this week, leaving their roster at 32 players. On Friday, the Red Sox reassigned four players to minor […]

In Defense of Theo Epstein After Buck Showalter’s Criticism

Also Read: SoB’s Mike Carlucci thinks Buck Showalter brought up some good points about Theo Epstein and the Red Sox fat wallet. Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is no fan of Theo Epstein. In the April edition of Men’s Journal, Showalter said that overpaying for players because you have the highest payroll in Major League […]

Red Sox Spring Training (3/14-3/20): Rotation Set Thursday, Roster Trimmed Twice

Sports of Boston’s coverage of Red Sox Spring Training rolls on! April 1 fast approaches, and the Red Sox Opening Day roster is definitely taking shape. Terry Francona announced Wednesday that Jon Lester would open the regular season against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. On Thursday, Francona set the rest of the starting rotation. John […]

Red Sox Spring Training (3/7-3/13): Roster Trimmed, Gonzalez Debuts Saturday

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s continuing coverage of the Red Sox’s Spring Training! Opening Day is less than four weeks away, and we’ll be be right there every day leading up to it. Nine games in seven days is a lot of games, but we’ve got recaps for every one of them. But even […]

Red Sox Spring Training (2/28-3/6): Lester Gets Flu, Gonzalez Takes BP

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly recap of all things spring training. After sweeping Boston College and Northeastern University, the Boston Red Sox began Grapefruit League action with an 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins to round out opening weekend. This week the team played a full slate of games, and we’re happy to […]

Red Sox 2011 Bullpen Preview: Jonathan Papelbon

Heading into the 2011 season, one of the biggest questions for all of Red Sox Nation will simply be, how good will the bullpen actually be? That is a good question because it seems that every year, it is almost entirely revamped and this offseason, we saw the same thing. Such names as Dan Wheeler, […]

Papelbon Trade Was Discussed With A’s, White Sox

Looking from a distance, trading Jonathan Papelbon may seem silly. The team’s biggest weakness in 2010 was their bullpen, and other than Daniel Bard, Papelbon was the only semi-reliable relief pitcher. He has amassed 188 saves in five full seasons as a closer, with a career 2.22 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP. He’s had three […]