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Bobby Valentine Backtracks on Kevin Youkilis Comments

Bobby Valentine failed to use any tact when talking about Kevin Youkilis in an interview with Channel 7 that aired Sunday night. “I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason,” said Valentine. “But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the […]

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, […]

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 […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/12-18): Ciriaco Continues to Shine

Non-roster shortstop Pedro Ciriaco gave the Boston Red Sox some pretty good reasons to keep on the squad come opening day. After winning SoB’s inaugural “Spring Training Player of the Week,” Ciriaco followed it up by batting .538 with two doubles and a home run in six games this week. He scored four runs and […]

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 […]

2012 Red Sox Preview: Infielders

The stink of Super Bowl XLVI has finally cleared. The ancient Celtics are limping through a season sabotaged by the lockout. The Bruins look stuck in a rut. So let’s talk Red Sox! Starting this week and continuing throughout Spring Training, Sports of Boston will preview the entire roster of the 2012 Red Sox. We’ll […]

Kevin Youkilis To Marry Tom Brady’s Sister Julie

As if Tom Brady hasn’t had a hard-enough start to the month after losing the Super Bowl this past Sunday…he now has to deal with the fact that his little sister Julie is marrying a hot-head with a weird last name, also known as Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis. Boy, Thanksgiving is going to […]

“Moneyball” Deserves None of Six Academy Award Nominations

Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, has earned six Academy Award nominations. The film is an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book following Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane’s use of sabermetrics in creating his 2002 roster and setting the single-season MLB record for consecutive wins. The film’s high-profile cast and writer (Aaron Sorkin of The […]

Breaking the (Piggy) Bank: Moving Red Sox Payroll

When the New York Yankees went ahead and revamped their starting rotation, trading for 23-year-old pitching phenom Michael Pineda and signing Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal, they immediately became the favorites to win the AL East again in 2012. On paper, that is. (Allow me this one glimmer of hope, please and thank you. […]

Red Sox Fire Strength and Conditioning Coach, Assistant Trainer

According to a report by WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have fired strength and conditioning coach Dave Page as well as assistant trainer Greg Barajas. The move hardly comes as a surprise after players admitted to drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse this past season. There were also allegations of players […]

How to Fix the Red Sox this Off Season

As the offseason gets underway, the Red Sox don’t particularly have that many needs. Except for a manager. And an outfielder. And a few starting pitchers. Oh and an entire new bullpen. I guess I was wrong, they do have a lot of needs. And considering the payroll, there’s not much room for an Albert […]

Should the Red Sox Trade Kevin Youkilis?

In the wake of the dramatic September collapse by the Boston Red Sox, a sea of changes has come in waves, one after another: manager Terry Francona is gone, general manager Theo Epstein has departed for Chicago, Ben Cherington was announced as the new GM, and John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery. Amid these […]

Manny Ramirez Seeks Return: Should He Still Serve Steroids Suspension?

The name ‘Manny Ramirez’ has significant implications in this area. Every New England sports fan can recall some grand memory of the days of Manny patrolling left field at Fenway. The bathroom break in the Green Monster during the non-pitching change, the dugout fight with Kevin Youkilis, the high five to a fan in Baltimore […]

Movie Review: “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill

I accompanied Starpulse.com writer Evan Crean to a Sept. 7 press screening of “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game is one of my favorite sports books, and I was eager to see how a book that mixes the history of sabermetrics – baseball’s statistics-based evaluation method […]

Longoria, Upton and Kotchman all Homer as Rays Rock Red Sox, Cut Wild Card Lead to 3

When nothing is going right, nothing is going right. Such was the case Thursday night at Fenway, when a freakish broken-bat grounder led to four runs by the Tampa Bay Rays, who homered three times to beat the Red Sox, 9-2, and cut Boston’s wild card lead to three games. Broken Bat Ends Up Breaking […]