// Mark Melancon

Can New Red Sox Reliever Burke Badenhop Buck the Trend of NL Central Flops?

As an encore to their 2013 World Series title, the Boston Red Sox kicked off the 2014 offseason by acquiring…middle relief pitcher Burke Badenhop. Not exactly the most awe-inspiring move to start your title defense, now, is it? The Red Sox shipped out a no-name minor leaguer (left-hander Luis Ortega — apologies if any of his […]

Red Sox May Regret Letting Papelbon Walk in Free Agency

On Sept. 28, 2011, Jonathan Papelbon threw his last pitch as a member of the Boston Red Sox. A 1-1 splitter to the Orioles’ Robert Andino was smacked into left field for a walk off RBI hit to end Boston’s season in a dramatic collapse for the ages. The Red Sox would move on from […]

The 2013 Season Will Be a Make or Break Year for Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington showed that he was ready to take charge when he traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Allen Webster, Ruby De La Rosa, James Loney, and other prospects. The Dodgers will absorb about $260 million of salary, which will free up some money for the Sox […]

2013 Red Sox Bullpen Breakdown

In 2012, the Red Sox bullpen was a disaster.  After the injury to Andrew Bailey in spring training, Alfredo Aceves became the closer and ended up leading the American League in blown saves.  The team blew 22 saves all together, which was tied for 3rd worst in MLB.  The closer in waiting was supposed to be Daniel Bard, who decided he wanted to be a starter instead.  That did […]

Red Sox Win While Debuting New Faces

While Boston certainly isn’t contending this season and has gone into rebuilding mode, they do have some time to try out some new pieces before 2013. Two new members of the team saw game action with Boston for the first time Sunday, as the Red Sox defeated the Royals 8-6. James Loney, acquired from the […]

Beckett Roughed Up in 7-1 Loss to Baltimore

At this point in this disastrous Red Sox season, disappointing losses like Tuesday night’s 7-1 beatdown to the Baltimore Orioles feel like they’re compounding together as a sense of numbness settles over Red Sox nation. Fans have become accustomed to games like on Tuesday, when the Sox offense went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and […]

Yankees Put Away Red Sox With Ease in Series Opener

The Yankees beat the Red Sox 10-3 on Friday night in Yankee Stadium. Aaron Cook who has been a bright spot in the Red Sox rotation, looked lost as the Yankees scored six earned runs against him in just four innings pitched. It looked as if things were going to go the Sox way as […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 10: Buckner Still Losing Games for Sox

The Pawtucket Red Sox wrapped up an eight-game inter-division homestand this week, taking three out of four from Indianapolis and splitting a four game set against Gwinnett. In Friday’s voting update for the AAA All-Star Game, Pawtucket’s Ryan Lavarnway led at catcher and Pedro Ciriaco led at second base. You can vote for the AAA […]

Beckett Solid, Red Sox Bats Quiet in 4-1 Loss

The Red Sox dropped their fourth straight game on Monday by a final score of 4-1 as they ran into more strong pitching, this time in the form of Miami Marlins ace Josh Johnson. The game featured the first start by Josh Beckett against his former franchise, but the Fish jumped all over him early on, […]

Daniel Bard Unhappy in Triple-A

Aside from the hiring of Bobby Valentine, perhaps the most debated topic in this 2012 season for the Boston Red Sox has been finding a place for Daniel Bard. The former reliever excelled in the bullpen as the Red Sox set up man in each of the last two seasons, pitching 147.2 innings while striking […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 9: Dice-K Headed to Boston

More good news from Rhode Island this week, as the Pawtucket Red Sox increased their IL North lead thanks to another 4-2 week. Pawtucket had a four-game trip to Lehigh Valley shortened on both ends when both Friday’s and Monday’s games were rained out. Daisuke Matsuzaka made what will likely end up being his final […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 6: Podsednik Makes Good First Impression

The Pawtucket Red Sox just keep on tearing through the International League. A 6-1 week against three different teams expanded the Sox’ lead in the IL North from one half to three games. Daisuke Matsuzaka made his second rehab start, but Boston manager Bobby Valentine was unimpressed and announced that Daisuke would be making two […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 3: Perfect Week Propels PawSox to Penthouse

It was seven days, seven wins this past week for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The perfect week was good enough to push the Sox past the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and into first place in the IL North. Pawtucket lost their starting first baseman this week, as Lars Anderson was called up to Boston when Jason […]

Lester Hit Hard, Rangers Practice Home Run Derby Cruising to 18-3 Victory

Jon Lester has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Red Sox the past few seasons. The past two years have brought Opening Day honors to the lefty. While the team was off to a slow start, Lester turned in two solid outings, each good enough to deserve the win under normal circumstances. […]

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 […]