// Matt Albers

Red Sox Sign Albers, Shoppach… Say Goodbye to Varitek?

The Red Sox have signed backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, a former Sox farmhand, to a one-year, $1.35 million deal. With Shoppach, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway and Luis Exposito as catchers on the 40-man roster, it likely means the Red Sox will not re-sign longtime catcher and captain Jason Varitek, who played just 68 games last […]

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 […]

Lester Gives up Three in First, Rays Complete Sweep

The Red Sox are in absolute free fall, and by the time they hit the ground, they might be looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays in the playoff race. Rays starter James Shields allowed just one earned run in 8.1 innings Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, and the Rays battered Jon Lester and the […]

Sputtering Red Sox Come Out Flat Against Jays, Lose Again

For the second straight night, the Red Sox faltered North of the border, dropping the series finale to the Blue Jays 7-4. Ricky Romero finally managed to beat Boston, surrendering 3 runs in 6.2 innings. All of those runs came late for the Red Sox as Romero had batters guessing for most of the night. […]

Kinsler and Hamilton Each Drive in Three as Rangers Crush Red Sox

If the Red Sox and Rangers face each other in the playoffs, the scorekeepers had best prepare: there will be runs, and lots of them. Sunday afternoon at Fenway was no exception. The Rangers banged out 15 hits and 11 runs against John Lackey and the Red Sox bullpen Sunday, winning the game and the […]

Athletics Hammer Wakefield for Eight Runs, Add Seven More off Bullpen

The Oakland Athletics swung early and often Friday night at Fenway, and Tim Wakefield was powerless to stop them. Wakefield gave up eight runs (four earned) on eight hits, including two homers, and the Athletics battered the Red Sox, 15-5. The Red Sox maintained their one-game lead in the AL East because the Yankees lost […]

Eight-run Sixth Beats Red Sox, Wakefield Continues Search for 200

On a night full of opportunity, the Red Sox fell apart in Kansas City, losing 9-4 on Saturday. The loss hurt in different ways, most notably because it looked as if Boston was in line to get Tim Wakefield his 200th career win. Despite building a solid 4-1 lead, an eight-run sixth inning from the […]

Ellsbury Homers Twice in the Heat to Give Red Sox Series Win in Baltimore

It was hot in Baltimore on Wednesday: 92 degrees, with enough humidity and sunshine to make it feel like 100. But not even the high temperatures could match the heat of Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury homered twice Wednesday afternoon, leading the the Red Sox to a 4-0 victory against the Orioles. The win gave Boston its […]

Andrew Miller Looking to Find Comfort Zone in Boston

The Red Sox sure have perfected the whole “easing young starting pitchers in” routine. I like to call them the Quadruple-A starts. Try your luck at the gutter dwellers of the major leagues before testing out Sunday night baseball in the Bronx. If you can keep Robert Andino guessing in the box, maybe you’re ready […]

McDonald Guns Down Encarnacion in Ninth to Secure Red Sox Win; Lester Exits with Back Strain

For eight innings of Tuesday’s game against Toronto, Red Sox pitchers held the Blue Jays completely in check. In the ninth, it was the defense’s turn. Darnell McDonald threw out designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion at home, ending the Blue Jays’ ninth-inning comeback one run short and securing the 3-2 Red Sox victory. McDonald Saves Shaky […]

Lackey Lacks Control in Rain-Shortened Loss

The rain bothered San Diego Padre and Boston Red Sox players alike Wednesday afternoon in Fenway, but no one was affected more than John Lackey. Lackey’s lack of control allowed the Padres to score four times in the fourth inning, and the game was called in the middle of the eighth and the Padres beat […]

Ten-Run Seventh Inning Blasts Red Sox Past Padres

With no member of the Boston Red Sox ever having faced him before, San Diego Padres starter Wade LeBlanc stood an excellent chance of derailing Boston’s explosive offense. But LeBlanc could not stop Boston’s scoring Monday night at Fenway; all he could do was delay it. The Red Sox scored 11 runs – 10 in […]

Chicago Cubs Bear Down On Red Sox 9-3 As Boston Bullpen Implodes

After Friday’s rout of the visiting Cubs the Red Sox looked primed to continue their hot streak. Matt Garza had already been scratched for his Sunday start, leaving Boston with Carlos Zambrano as the biggest hurdle to face on the weekend. Filling in for the injured John Lackey, Alfredo Aceves pitched admirably but watched from […]

Buchholz, Bullpen Shut Out Twins Despite Long Rain Delay

The rain pelted Fenway Park for over two hours Saturday afternoon, suspending play after two innings. It looked like another strong start by a Red Sox pitcher would be washed away, and Terry Francona would have to cobble seven innings from an already overworked bullpen. Problem is, nobody told Clay Buchholz. Buchholz threw five scoreless […]

Red Sox Place Albers On DL, Call Up Aceves

The Red Sox are set to make their first transaction of the season on Friday, as they will place reliever Matt Albers on the 15-day disabled list with a sore lat muscle behind his shoulder. Albers pitched well over two innings, allowing two walks with three strikeouts. In Albers’ place, the Red Sox will call […]