// Justin Masterson

Big Papi is Back as Sox Avoid Sweep Against Mariners, 8-4

It started to look like the Red Sox were going to find themselves on the losing end once more against the Seattle Mariners, until an exciting seventh inning broke open the game for the Sox, carrying them to an 8-4 win. The Sox avoided their first sweep at Fenway Park this season, and, coupled with […]

Red Sox Blow 10-1 Lead, Make History in Process

It was a tale of two halves. The Sox dominated then blew a nine-run lead en route to a 11-10 loss to the Orioles, in the largest comeback in Orioles history and the second largest blown save in Red Sox history. Baltimore scored five runs in both the seventh and eighth inning as the Orioles […]

Ellsbury Knocks Home Winning Run in Extras

Entering Friday’s game, Jon Lester was on quite a roll. He was coming off two straight wins, with 22 strikeouts over 16 innings. It seems that Jon Lester has finally found his form of 2008, except the 2009 version may be even better. Lester was magnificent Friday night against the Phillies, becoming the first Red […]

Justin Masterson Bullpen Bound

According to a Boston.com story, Justin Masterson looks to be headed to the bullpen with the impending return of Daisuke Matsuzaka this week. After his outing against the Mariners, Fracona said: “He was good,” manager Terry Francona said. “He made some pitches. He kept his pitch count down where we could manage the bullpen. I […]

Green’s Error Blows Game Against M’s

The Red Sox and Mariners were locked in a tight 2-2 game in the ninth inning Sunday night. Ramon Ramirez was on the hill, backed by a spotless 4-0 record in a great start to his Red Sox career. With two outs, No. 9 hitter Ronny Cedeno was at the plate, and it appeared the […]

Indians Rough Up Masterson, Win 9-2

First, let me address news that Jerry Remy is suffering from complications due to recent lung cancer surgery. I’ve been watching the Red Sox for some 15 years, and about 99% of the games were announced by Remy as the color-commentator. To me, he embodies Red Sox Nation, and he will be sorely missed. I […]

Rays Pound Masterson, Beat Sox Again

Justin Masterson has pitched well lately for the Red Sox. So well, in fact, that many called for him to remain in the rotation even when Daisuke Matsuzaka returns from injury. His start Friday night against began well with four scoreless innings. With a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning, the wheels fell off the […]

Red Sox Sweep Orioles to Win First Series of Season

Boston’s second week picked up just as the first left off, dropping two of three this time against the A’s. However, the Red Sox emphatically won their first series of the season with a sweep, four games no less, of the Orioles at Fenway. In recent years, there has been no better cure to Red […]

A’s Beat Sox in Extra Innings

Adding to the growing list of reasons to radically change the World Baseball Classic, Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was horrible in his second start of the season. To make matters worse, Dice-K left the game after just one inning due to arm fatigue. The Sox hitters built a 3-0 first inning lead, but Dice-K gave […]

Emotional Angels Soar over Red Sox

Fresh off the tragic death of pitcher Nick Adenhart, the Angels took the field for the first time without their lost teammate Friday night to face the Red Sox. After etching Adenhart’s initials in the dirt on the mound, Jered Weaver proceeded to allow just one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. He also struck […]

Red Sox Beat BC, Lose to Twins in Spring Opener

Josh Beckett looked very sharp in the first Red Sox game of the Spring Training, and it’s worth noting even though he squared off against Boston College. Beckett struck out two batters in two perfect innings of a 7-1 Red Sox win. Tim Wakefield struggled in his start Wednesday night in a 5-2 loss against […]

2009 Red Sox Preview: Relief Pitching

The Red Sox bullpen figures to play a huge role in how far this team can go. In the 2007 Championship season, the relievers were dominant in front of the elite Jonathan Papelbon. Hideki Okajima was an All-Star and Manny Delcarmen, Mike Timlin, and the rest of the pen set him up nearly perfectly. This […]

Red Sox Sign SP Brad Penny

The Red Sox announced Sunday that they have signed veteran pitcher Brad Penny to a one-year deal with a $5 million base salary with incentives for up to $3 million extra. Penny spent much of last year on the disabled list and was limited to just 17 starts. He finished the season with a 6-7 […]

Red Sox 2008 Bullpen Review

In my report card, I graded the bullpen a B- and ranked them as the worst of the four units of the team.  Jonathan Papelbon was the rock of this unit all season, as expected.  Justin Masterson, after his conversion from starter, was also an effective later inning option for Terry Francona.  However, too many […]

View from the Monster 7-7

The week began as the road trip continued through Tampa Bay.  This season’s series with the much improved Rays continued to belong to the home teams as the Red Sox were swept in Tampa Bay for the second time this season, falling to 6-6 against the Rays and extended the losing streak to match a […]