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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 […]

Lester and Bullpen Peter Out in Eighth; Twins Avoid Sweep

It wasn’t one bad inning that did in Jon Lester Wednesday night in Minnesota: it was three mediocre innings, and a Red Sox bullpen that didn’t help. The Twins scored in three separate innings off Lester, and Alfredo Aceves struggled in eighth-inning relief to give the Twins a 5-2 victory.

Are MLB Games Too Long? Beckett, Boredom, and the Flaws of Baseball

Despite his stellar performance, Josh Beckett’s latest start has not been without criticism. The issue at hand does not concern pitch selection or control, but rather the amount of time Beckett chose to take between pitches. Considering the rules as they currently stand, Beckett did absolutely nothing wrong. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a […]

Yankees Edge Red Sox 3-2, Take AL East Lead

Heading into this season, as the Red Sox reigned supreme in free agency and seemingly had the rest of the A.L. East in a headlock, the one thing the Yankees still had was a better bullpen. And not-so-ironically, it served it’s purpose tonight. Reliever Boone Logan struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded to […]

Red Sox Bullpen Spoils Erik Bedard’s Debut in Loss to Tribe

The Red Sox bullpen folded Thursday night after two straight games without allowing a run to the Cleveland Indians. Catcher Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run off Franklin Morales, and the Indians scored twice more off Andrew Miller to give the Indians a 7-3 victory and series split. Coupled with the Yankees’ 7-2 victory […]

Red Sox Staff Surrenders 4 HRs in 9-6 Loss to Cleveland

The Red Sox continued their struggles against Cleveland this season, dropping a 9-6 decision to the Tribe on Monday night. The loss drops Boston’s record to 2-5 against Cleveland this year. Tribe Attack The Indians relied on an offensive barrage, smacking four home runs, including a two from SS Asdrubal Cabrera and solo shots from […]

Red Sox Rally Late to Down White Sox 5-3 on Deadline Day

No matter his performance, the Red Sox have had a penchant for winning with Andrew Miller on the mound. The team entered Sunday 6-1 in Miller’s first 7 starts, and a late rally stretched that to 7-1 as Boston squeaked past Chicago 5-3. It was a gutsy performance for Miller, who gave up a season […]

Four-Run Fourth Costs Beckett, Red Sox in Kansas City Series Finales

Josh Beckett pitched only one bad inning Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park, but it was one inning too many. Beckett gave up four runs in the top of the fourth, and Kansas City Royals starter Luke Hochevar quieted the Boston offense to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, and give Kansas City the series split. With […]

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 […]

Crawford Gets 2 Hits, RBI in Return; Red Sox Clobber Orioles Bullpen

The Red Sox needed 16 innings to score one run Sunday night in Tampa Bay. Twenty-four hours later in Baltimore, they needed just half that to score 15. Boston broke a 7-7 tie with an eight-run eighth inning, and Carl Crawford returned to the Red Sox with two hits, two runs and an RBI. The […]

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 […]

Beckett Leads Sox to 2-1 Win to Complete Sweep of Astros

Recently named American League All-Star Josh Beckett proved his mettle once again Sunday afternoon as he helped lift his team to 49-34 on the season, completing the three-game sweep of the Astros. Beckett (7-3) pitched 8 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, no walks and accumulating a season high 11 strike outs. He also […]

Phillies’ Raul Ibanez Beats Lackey, Red Sox

Red Sox starter John Lackey figured out eight of the Phillies’ starting nine Wednesday night in Philadelphia; he just couldn’t solve the ninth. Left fielder Raul Ibanez went 3-3 against Lackey, driving in both runs in a 2-1 Phillies victory over the Red Sox. It was Boston’s sixth loss in their last eight games. Ibanez […]

David Ortiz Should Sit, Not Move Adrian Gonzalez to Outfield, on NL Road Trip

Terry Francona has a problem: without a DH for the upcoming nine-game NL road trip, should he play David Ortiz (.313 BA, 17 homers, .977 OPS) at first and move Adrian Gonzalez (.359, 15, 1.019) to right field, or keep Gonzalez at first and use Ortiz primarily as a pinch hitter? Moving Gonzalez preserves the […]

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 […]