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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 20

Now that August is over and done with, time is starting to run out on teams to make a run. The elimination numbers are large enough for now, but we’re getting a good idea of who might have a chance of making it in. Now that September is almost upon us, many teams are starting […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 17

Only about a month and a half remain in the season, and teams are still making plenty of pushes. Both leagues have new leaders, the Wildcard races have undergone changes and two divisions are led by just a game (none by more than 5.5). There’s still plenty of opportunity to take advantage of other teams […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 16

Now that August is here and the teams have passed 100 games, it’s time to get down to business. Contenders will be working with their new talent (Giants/Dodgers, Rangers) while others will use what they can for making a push. All the division leaders save San Fran have a decent lead, but still have to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 15

The trade deadline is almost here, and the Yankees made the biggest move so far by acquiring Ichiro Suzuki. They’re also rumored to be hunting for a third baseman in A-Rod’s absence, and the Brewers have declared that they will trade Zack Greinke. Clearly, we’re in for a fun next few days, but for now, […]

Red Sox All-Star Snubs Atchison, Saltalamacchia a Step Behind the Field

On Tuesday the American and National Leagues will square off as All-Star representatives meet in Kansas City where the two leagues battle for home field advantage in the 2012 World Series. For the eighth time in his career, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz heads to the game, this time with the honor of being the […]

Matsuzaka Awful, Injured as Sox Fall to A’s, 6-1

After beating Seattle on Sunday afternoon to improve to five games over .500, the Boston Red Sox again had trouble scoring on Monday night and lost to the Oakland Athletics by the score of 6-1. Rookie Jarrod Parker made the start for Oakland and had a great game, giving up just one run on six […]

Athletics’ Norberto Halts Red Sox Comeback in Ninth

Down two with two men on in the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Youkilis grabbed a batting helmet. The oft-injured Youkilis didn’t start Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics due to back stiffness, but no one left on the bench gave the Boston Red Sox a better chance of tying and possibly winning the game. Unfortunately, […]

2012 Red Sox Preview: Relief Pitchers

A big storyline heading into this new season is how the Red Sox bullpen will perform given significant personal changes. Gone is four-time All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to free agency. A big change awaits former dominate set up man Daniel Bard as he is stretched out to start this year to help a limited rotation. […]

Manny Ramirez’s Return: Orioles or A’s… Why Bother?

Do you ever get the feeling like there’s no one on earth who loves you? That feeling that you’re completely alone in the world, completely abandoned by people who once cared so much for you? I bet that Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles fans feel that way all the time. These two franchises had so much to look forward […]

“Moneyball” Deserves None of Six Academy Award Nominations

Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, has earned six Academy Award nominations. The film is an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book following Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane’s use of sabermetrics in creating his 2002 roster and setting the single-season MLB record for consecutive wins. The film’s high-profile cast and writer (Aaron Sorkin of The […]

Movie Review: “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill

I accompanied Starpulse.com writer Evan Crean to a Sept. 7 press screening of “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game is one of my favorite sports books, and I was eager to see how a book that mixes the history of sabermetrics – baseball’s statistics-based evaluation method […]

Hurricane Irene Can’t Finish Red Sox From Finishing Athletics in Game 1

We all knew we were in for some crazy action with Hurricane Irene forcing a double header Saturday. With the rains coming in and causing multiple delays, Boston still handled their business in Game 1, easily defeating the Oakland Athletics 9-3. Dustin Pedroia started the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning; he […]

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 […]

Red Sox Trade for Rich Harden “Called Off”

UPDATE (3:00 a.m., Sunday): The deal for the oft-injured Rich Harden is reportedly off. According to the Boston Globe, Red Sox officials reviewed Harden’s medical records and came to the conclusion he would not be able to get through the rest of the major league season. “I’m here and staying here,” Harden told reporters in […]

Runs Lacking for Lackey And The Bullpen Implodes In Sox’ Loss To A’s

The Red Sox three-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night in Oakland, as the Athletics beat the Sox 5-0. The Sox got an outstanding start from a previously slumping starter for the second straight game. John Lackey followed up a solid performance from Daisuke Matsuzaka on Marahton Monday with a gem of his […]