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Red Sox Spring Training (3/14-3/20): Rotation Set Thursday, Roster Trimmed Twice

Sports of Boston’s coverage of Red Sox Spring Training rolls on! April 1 fast approaches, and the Red Sox Opening Day roster is definitely taking shape. Terry Francona announced Wednesday that Jon Lester would open the regular season against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. On Thursday, Francona set the rest of the starting rotation. John […]

Lester Named Opening Day Starter

Most Boston Red Sox fans would agree that Jon Lester was the unofficial ace of the 2010 starting rotation. Wednesday afternoon in Ft. Myers, Fla., manager Terry Francona made it official, naming Lester as the Opening Day starter. Lester will face off against fellow lefty C.J. Wilson and the defending American League-champion Texas Rangers in […]

Red Sox Spring Training (3/7-3/13): Roster Trimmed, Gonzalez Debuts Saturday

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s continuing coverage of the Red Sox’s Spring Training! Opening Day is less than four weeks away, and we’ll be be right there every day leading up to it. Nine games in seven days is a lot of games, but we’ve got recaps for every one of them. But even […]

Red Sox Spring Training (2/28-3/6): Lester Gets Flu, Gonzalez Takes BP

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly recap of all things spring training. After sweeping Boston College and Northeastern University, the Boston Red Sox began Grapefruit League action with an 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins to round out opening weekend. This week the team played a full slate of games, and we’re happy to […]

John Henry’s $500K Fine Implicates MLB Revenue Sharing & Bud Selig More

Earlier this week John Henry told WEEI that he was fined $500,000 in 2009 for criticizing MLB and their revenue sharing model. Specifically, this is what he had to say: “Over a billion dollars has been paid to seven chronically uncompetitive teams, five of whom have had baseball’s highest operating profits. Who, except these teams, […]

Red Sox Spring Training Wrap-Up: Opening Weekend

Welcome to Sports of Boston’s Spring Training Wrap-Up! Every week, we’ll recap all the week’s Red Sox spring training games. We’ll mention who looks good, who looks bad, and which minor leaguers just might be making an appearance at Fenway this season. Let’s get things started with Boston’s opening weekend, in which they played split-squad […]

Et Tu Manny? Ramirez and Damon Both Sign With Rays

SI.com is reporting that the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to contracts with f0rmer Red Sox Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. According to Sports Illustrated, the deals are pending physicals and are one-year deals. Damon’s deal would be worth $5.25 million, plus a potential $750,000 in bonus money based on attendance, while Ramirez will be […]

Bronx Bombing: Cliff Lee Spurns Yankees, Signs With Phillies

I guess Cyndi Lauper was wrong. Money doesn’t change everything. With Cliff Lee eschewing over $30 million of the Yankees money to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, who do you think was more pissed: Brian Cashman or Michael Weiner? The Yankee’s cash man Cashman has been left at the altar, forlornly holding a bag of […]

Joe Morgan Fired! ESPN Lets Morgan, Miller Go From Sunday Night Baseball

For years, I have insulted baseball legend Joe Morgan over and over again. His poor, uninformed commentary on what’s supposed to be the game of the week just didn’t do it for me. Jon Miller, a good play-by-play man 30 years ago, has also lost some luster, though Morgan has brought him down even more. […]

Ranking the Red Sox Rotation

The Red Sox starting rotation finished the regular season ranked sixth in ERA (4.17) in the American League. They were fourth-best in wins (70) and fourth-lowest in losses (50). They had the fewest complete games (three), but pitched the third-most inning (1,011.1). They led the league in both strikeouts (833) and walks (383). And while […]

Red Sox 2010 Review: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

By now, the sting of the Red Sox’s postseason absence has begun to fade. Yes, the team collapsed after the All-Star Break. But up until the San Francisco Giants series at the end of June, things were going quite well. When that series ended on June 27, the Red Sox were leading the wildcard race […]

ESPN 30 For 30: “Four Days in October” – Been There, Won That

“Four Days in October” is Gary Waksman’s contribution to ESPN’s “30 For 30″ short-documentary film series. The movie isolates Games 3 through 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Using a combination of player interviews, archival MLB footage, home video by players and a conversation […]

Sox Defense Plays With Fire, Finally Burned in Seventh

For six innings, Josh Beckett and the Red Sox infield danced around walks, infield singles, sacrifice ground outs and bunts. In the seventh inning, the music finally ended, as two RBI singles and an errant throw on a bunt allowed three runs to score. Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White Sox beat […]

Ortiz Drives in 4 as Red Sox Dominate Orioles

It was something David Ortiz had experienced over 300 times before the season even began. It was something Josh Reddick had experienced once. Yet Wednesday night at Fenway, the Red Sox superstar and the Red Sox call-up experienced the same thing: the joy of the home run. Ortiz and Reddick each homered to right, and […]

Lester Strikes Out 12 in Efficient Victory in Seattle

The phrase “one bad inning” has often been associated with Red Sox starter Jon Lester. On Monday night at Safeco Field it would as well, but the one bad inning would belong to the Seattle Mariners pitcher FACING Lester, Doug Fister. Fister gave up four of his six hits and three of his five earned […]