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The Small Market Myth of the 2012 MLB Season

As Major League Baseball’s 2012 Playoffs approach, a crop of new teams appear poised to contend in October. With perennial doormats such as the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, and even Pittsburgh Pirates now in the heat of the competition, a trendy, new train of thought comes with them. The era of big market teams is […]

2012 MLB Preview: Yankees Top American League Power Rankings

For the Boston Red Sox, the 2011 season was an homage to all of the disappointing Red Sox teams of the past. The Sox had a potent offense, mediocre pitching staff and even a historic collapse to cap it all off. The baseball season is an epic journey and usually teams with the most talent, […]

Saints’ Payton Violated NFL’s Image with Bounty Program, Gets One-Year Ban

As punishment for his complicity in the New Orleans Saints’ “bounty program,” Saints coach Sean Payton received a one-year ban from the NFL Wednesday. Roger Goodell also banned St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams – the Saints’ defensive coordinator from 2009-2011 – indefinitely, Saints GM Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant coach Joe […]

Despite Winning Appeal, Ryan Braun Still Guilty

Ryan Braun is still a cheater. Whatever independent arbitrator Shyam Das might say, nothing will change Braun’s urine testing positive for synthetic testosterone, and a lot of it at that. And until someone conclusively accounts for that, Braun will remain a steroid-user, his name forever smeared with the b.s. he’s spoon-fed the media since his […]

Steroid Use Should Cost Ryan Braun MVP

When you get caught cheating, you’re supposed to be punished. Copy your friend’s homework? Zero on the assignment. Run a red light to save a couple minutes? Ticket. Carry on an elicit affair? Divorce, and probably half your stuff. Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun got caught cheating: he failed a drug test. While a 50-game suspension […]

Ryan Braun Should Keep MVP Despite Positive Steroids Test

Last Saturday night, the news broke that National League MVP Ryan Braun failed a performance-enhancing drug test in October. This dramatic truth revealed is devastating for MLB, which seemed to be beginning truly moving past the “Steroids Era” that began in the early 90′s. Braun is an established superstar of the game, arguably the very […]

Joe Torre, MLB “Concerned” With Red Sox Pitchers’ Beer Drinking

Joe Torre expressed concern on behalf of Major League Baseball on Sunday with the reports of the Red Sox starting pitchers drinking beer in the clubhouse. “It’s something we’re concerned about, just to make sure that we get all the facts and that’s my area,” Torre said. “I know I have plans just to talk […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sox Bounce Back With Three Homers in 9-5 Win Over New York

After dropping the series opener in frustrating fashion, the Red Sox came back from an early deficit to defeat the Yankees, 9-5.  Sox starter Josh Beckett went 7 innings while striking out 8 to improve his record to 12-5 on the season. Beckett is now 15-8 against the Yankees in his career. All Red Sox […]

Sabathia, Yankees Bullpen Strand 16 Red Sox Base Runners

All good things must come to an end, including CC Sabathia‘s winless streak against the Red Sox this season and Boston’s explosive offense. Sabathia allowed just two earned runs in six innings Tuesday night at Fenway, and the Red Sox left 16 men on base, losing to the Yankees, 5-2. Boston now leads New York […]

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 […]

Price Silences Red Sox as Rays Take Rubber Match

One shudders to think how good the Tampa Bay Rays might be if they ever built an offense as good as their starting pitching. The Red Sox got a taste of that scenario Wednesday afternoon at Fenway. David Price pitched eight innings of three-hit baseball, and the Rays homered twice off John Lackey to beat […]

Lester Dominates, Ellsbury Homers to Give Red Sox Game 1 Victory in Rays Doubleheader

The Red Sox only hit against Rays starter James Shields in one inning Tuesday afternoon at Fenway, but sometimes one inning is all it takes. Jacoby Ellsbury‘s three-run home run capped a three-hit third inning, and Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings to pick up his 12th win. The Red Sox beat the […]