// Julio Lugo

Red Sox 2010 Payroll: $168 Million Sure Doesn’t Buy What it Used to

Talks of a prolonged recession and rampant unemployment have led us all to take money saving strides. We as a nation we’ve begun stretching each and every dollar, car pooling, bargain hunting, skipping concerts, and sporting events we used to go to, to steal a line from John McCain, we’re cutting our pork spending. In the meantime, Theo Epstein’s having […]

The Real Josh Beckett: Is He Worth $68 million?

Red Sox fans don’t recognize the guy wearing Josh Beckett’s number 19 jersey these days. So far this year, he hasn’t resembled the pitcher who saved the Sox’s season when they were down 3-1 to Cleveland in the 2007 ALCS. This isn’t the guy we look forward to watching when his turn in the rotation […]

Red Sox Fall to Orioles in Matsuzaka’s Return

2010 was supposed to be a fresh start for Daisuke Matsuzaka after his injury plagued 2009 season, but his debut was not the outing Sox fans had been hoping for. While Matsuzaka would allow just one hit over the first four innings, things fell apart in the fifth and Daisuke ended up in a familiar […]

Missing Nomar: The Red Sox Shortstop Search Continues

Fourteen players have started at shortstop since the beginning of the 2004 season: Nomar Garciaparra, Pokey Reese, Cesar Crespo, Ricky Gutierrez, Mark Bellhorn, Orlando Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Royce Clayton, Alex Cora, Alex Gonzalez, Julio Lugo, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie and Nick Green. Only Gonzalez, Cora, Lugo and Renteria made more than 100 starts at the […]

Red Sox Release Chris Duncan

According to the Providence Journal, the Red Sox released Chris Duncan Friday after he failed to impress at Triple-A Pawtucket. Duncan hit just .188 with a .255 OBP in 92 plate appearances with the Paw Sox. He was originally acquired when the Sox sent shortstop Julio Lugo to the Cardinals. When he came up, Duncan […]

Report: Red Sox Claim Cristian Guzman

The Red Sox lost Jed Lowrie to the disabled list again with a strained forearm, and without Julio Lugo, are left with the slumping Nick Green and the recently acquired Chris Woodward to play shortstop. Understandably, Theo Epstein is not impressed with the tandem, and is apparently zeroing in on another shortstop, according to the […]

Julio Lugo Traded

According to the Boston Herald, Julio Lugo has been traded for outfielder Chris Duncan. The Red Sox will still have to pay the remaining $13.5 million on Lugo’s contract. Duncan, 27, has struggled this year in limited playing time, hitting .227 with five homers. His best season was in 2007 when he hit 21 homers […]

Sox Use All-Star Break to Bring Back Original Infield

In this edition of the Starting Nine, I will take a look at how the Sox used the All Star break for some rest and repair. The shortened week saw the end of the Kansas City series as well as the beginning of the Toronto series. The Red Sox finished the week going 2-1 . […]

Arrivederci, Julio: Lugo Designated for Assignment

Really bashing a professional athlete in print always reminds me of what Kurt Vonnegut said about literary criticism — it’s as though you’ve just put on full armor and attacked a banana split. Which is a great image, unless you’re particularly fond of banana splits, what with the ice cream and banana pieces plastered all […]

A’s Win in Nomar’s Return

The A’s made it a nice homecoming for Nomar Garciaparra in his big return to Fenway. Oakland made it look easy, controlling every aspect of the game en route to a 6-0 win. Rookie pitcher Brett Anderson pitched a complete game and held the Red Sox to only two hits, a single each to Jason […]

Sox Prove Stupid Saying About Geese and Ganders, Beat Orioles 6-5

The hangover from Tuesday’s heartbreaking 11-10 loss to the Orioles, in which the Red Sox blew a nine — yes, nine — run lead, lasted about halfway into Wednesday’s thrilling 6-5 comeback victory to take the series and head back to Boston with the gleam of victory upon them. At the outset, it was clear […]

Red Sox Pound Phillies 11-6

The Red Sox rolled into rainy Philadelphia for Game 2 of their weekend series, still without the benefit of the DH, and with Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound. Dice-K has struggled all season, so the Red Sox would need to produce with eight hitters (instead of nine) and a pitcher to make up for a […]

Lugo Frustrated With Playing Time

Red Sox “shortstop” Julio Lugo is currently splitting time with Nick Green at shortstop, and he’s not happy. Lugo began the year on the DL, and when Jed Lowrie went down, Green took over and has played pretty well. Lugo, meanwhile, is back and healthy, but isn’t playing everyday. “Are you OK if somebody comes […]

Blue Jays Beat Sox, End Nine-Game Skid

What’s the easiest way to end a season-killing nine-game losing streak? Catch knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on a really bad night. Friday, Wakefield took the mound against the Jays in Toronto, and put together a decent outing through four innings. His pretty good night turned pretty bad in the fifth inning, and in a matter of […]

Angels Beat Sox in 12 Innings

The bases were loaded with two outs in the top of the 12th inning. David Ortiz was at the plate. He had zero home runs to that point in the season, and sent a ball to the warning track earlier in the game. He was due for a big hit, but all he needed was […]