// Josh Beckett

Rangers C Napoli Helps Drop Red Sox to 4-8

Hey, at least they’re better than 2-10! OK, but 4-8 isn’t much to be proud of. The Red Sox fell four games under .500 again after dropping another game to the Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday. Mike Napoli was the latest nemesis, blasting a go-ahead 2-run home run in the fourth inning and a back-breaking, bases-loaded […]

Beckett Sharp in Sox Home Opener Victory, Ellsbury Injured

The Red Sox put it all together on Friday afternoon in their home opener with a strong 12-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Sox had contributions all around, most notably a great start from Josh Beckett who rebounded from an ugly performance last Saturday to lead Boston to a 12-2 win. Despite all […]

What We Learned About the Red Sox this Week: Formulas for Failure

So 0-3 again. That sounds familiar.  Call me sadistic, but I’m starting to find the Red Sox total ineptitude to be kind of funny. Here are some thoughts as the season kicks off, yet again, with a losing streak: Ben Cherington did not do his job. No, moving pieces into holes to create more holes […]

Two Thumbs Down For Beckett in Loss to Tigers

The Sox have started the 2012 campaign much as they started and ended 2011—lifeless and losing. The Detroit Tigers handed Josh Beckett and the Sox a 10-0 loss Saturday in Detroit and the Sox are off to a quick 0-2 start. Sunday, they turn to Clay Buccholz to right the ship. The Tigers pounded Beckett […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (Final Week): Bailey and Beckett Injure Thumbs

Opening Day may be Thursday, but first the Boston Red Sox had to wrap up their final week of Spring Training. And while Boston won its final two games, finishing Spring Training with a respectable 16-11-4 record, thumb injuries to Josh Beckett and Andrew Bailey overshadowed the victories. Beckett may yet make his first start, […]

Two Thumbs Down: Beckett, Bailey in Jeopardy for Opening Day?

With Opening Day almost upon the Boston Red Sox, it appears as if two of their key pitchers may be in jeopardy for the start of the season. Newly acquired closer Andrew Bailey and no. 2 starter Josh Beckett are both suffering from thumb injuries that could keep them off the mound to begin 2012. […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/26-4/1): Boston Sets Rotation, Infield

Opening Day is less than a week away. Who’ll be starting Thursday in Detroit became a lot clearer this week, when the Red Sox hammered out their infield and starting rotation. They optioned both Jose Iglesias (.200 BA, five RBIs in nine games) and Lars Anderson (.343 AVG, eight RBIs in 18 games) to Pawtucket […]

Why Josh Beckett has Nothing to Prove (and Why it’s Good for Baseball)

There’s not much to be excited for heading into the regular season for the Red Sox. A potential power struggle is brewing between Valentine and Cherington, the starting shortstop is a utility player acquired from the Kansas City Royals, and the fifth starter is a relief pitcher with two pitches. Additionally, almost everyone on the […]

Red Sox 2012 Starting Rotation Preview: Josh Beckett

Josh Beckett (13-7, 2.89 ERA, 193 IP, 175 K, 52 BB):  What constitutes an ace? While an ace is typically a dominant starting pitcher, there is oftentimes more responsibility tied to the unofficial title. An ace is the leader, the guy everyone else looks up to. For most teams, Josh Beckett would indisputably be the ace, […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/5-11): Offense Clicking Early

One thing is clear a week into Spring Training: this Red Sox team can hit. In going 4-2-1 this week, the Red Sox averaged over five runs a game. Even with Jose Iglesias missing Sunday’s “B” game with a strained right groin, this crop of hitters look just as formidable as the league-leading 2011 Red […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (Opening Weekend): Sox Offense Cruises in Three Games

Just as winter finally rears its ugly head up in Boston, the Red Sox’s Spring Training schedule kicks off down in Ft. Myers, Fla. And with preseason games comes Sports of Boston’s weekly Spring Training Update! Need a recap on a certain game? Curious which minor leaguers and non-roster invitees are making names for themselves? […]

Francona on Red Sox Beer Ban: “PR Move”

When ex-Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined ESPN as an analyst for the 2012 baseball season, it was inevitable that there would be some, let’s say, interesting exchanges when he was inevitably asked to comment on his former team. In the wake of his unceremonious exit following September’s collapse, Francona will be called upon […]

Bobby Valentine Bans Beer in Red Sox Clubhouse

While it seems logical after last season’s booze fest, it still had to be done: new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has officially banned beer in the clubhouse and on the plane ride home on the last leg of a road trip. In case you somehow don’t know what happened last year…let’s recap: Red Sox […]

It’s Been Target Practice for the Boston Sports Media

This is “The Dead Zone” in the sports calendar. It begins the Monday after the Super Bowl and usually ends with the opening tip-off of March Madness. Included in that Dead Zone is the charade of pitchers and catchers playing long toss in late February while local media members take advantage of the timing to […]

No Edwin Jackson? No Roy Oswalt? No Problem.

The Boston Red Sox have been rumored to be after just about every starting pitcher for the past fifteen seasons. There will never be a winter where the Sox aren’t in the running, even if it’s hearsay, for a free agent. With a little less than three weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, we know […]