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Martinez Leads Red Sox Over A’s

The Red Sox are playing like the best team in baseball with a roaring comeback against the Oakland A’s to win 9-4. While John Lackey struggled through six innings, his teammates backed him up and piled up nine runs against Gio Gonzalez and the Oakland bullpen. The Red Sox collected 14 hits and unlike their […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 8

At the end of May, Minnesota is still right there with the Yankees, and there are finally two 30-game winners in the National League, but somehow those two teams are San Diego and Cincinnati. And the NL East is surprisingly still a logjam, with the Phillies only 0.5 games ahead of the Braves and 4.0 […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-24-10

It’s time for the second installment of the MLB Power Rankings, and it’s a good one. You have the Dodgers and Tigers threatening, and Cincinnati and St. Louis are too close to call. On the other hand, the Yankees are falling farther and farther behind the Rays, and are even losing ground in the Wildcard […]

SoB MLB Power Rankings 5-10-10

With the three other leagues possessing power rankings of their own, it’s time for baseball to get its due. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the topic, every second Monday KC and I, and hopefully more as we get our mojo working, will select our picks for the best 10 teams in baseball, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 3

After the third week, the 8-11 Red Sox are already 6.0 games out of the division, and 4.5 games out of the Wild Card. Oakland is still ruling the roost out West, as is San Diego, which few saw coming. An eight-game win streak this early will do that. Washington is somehow above .500, and […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2

After another week, things are starting to become normal again. Starting. The Yankees are back in charge, followed closely by Tampa. Though, Boston is only 2.5 games away from being the league’s worst team. Pittsburgh is only 0.5 games out of the wild-card slot, and Oakland is still running away with their division. We’ll see […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 1

Remember after opening night concluded, when the Red Sox were the best team in baseball and the Yankees were the worst team in baseball? Everything felt right, didn’t it? Well, after losing three straight, the Sox are back to .500, and the Yankees are a game ahead. Papi and Teixeira are both colder than Winter […]

MLB Predictions 2010: Lowell Won’t Be Traded, Mets Will Win NL East

This will hopefully be a weekly list of rants and meaningless predictions that have no validity whatsoever. It’s just designed to be a fun look into the possibility of what may come in the world of Major League Baseball. Enjoy it and feel free to add your own Nostradamus insight each week. FACT #1: The […]

Nomar Garciaparra to Retire?

Nomar Garciaparra appeared destined for the Hall of Fame, and a back-and-forth rivalry with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter for years and years. By 2004, when he was traded to the Cubs, it appeared Nomar may be able to continue his production against weaker pitching in the National League Central. Looks can be deceiving, and with […]

Three Off-Season MLB Moves That Affect the Red Sox

Plenty of action has already taken place during the off-season. The Red Sox have made their share of moves (John Lackey) and also made intentions known (Adrian Gonzalez). This could force other players out to get rid of the surplus (Clay Buccholz). But, it’s not just the Red Sox that have been moving and shaking. […]

Ortiz Homers, Sox Blast A’s 8-5

The same day he was reported to have failed a drug test in 2003, David Ortiz blasted a three run home run to put the Red Sox past the Athletics, 8-5. Down 4-1 at one point, Boston was able to climb back and get the win behind the play of Ortiz and Jason Varitek. Varitek […]

Sox Bullpen Blows Lead, Sox Lose 9-8

Brought in to protect a three-run lead in the top of the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon gave up three hits, a walk and the lead. Manny Delcarmen surrendered two runs in the top of the eleventh inning, and took the loss, as the visiting Oakland A’s defeated Boston 9-8. All told, the Sox bullpen gave up […]

Beckett Shuts Down A’s, Sox Win 8-3

Take John Smoltz, subtract 15 years, and what do you get?  Josh Beckett, of course.  The ace was in the place last night, striking out 10 Athletics through seven innings of work for his 12th win of the season.  Beckett frequently looked completely dominant, particularly in the fourth and fifth innings, as the Oakland offense […]

A’s Come Back to Town as Red Sox Try to Warm Up

The Red Sox won their first series of the second half and stayed 2.5 games back of the Yankees in the East. However, the bats still have not woken up entirely and the pitching is still not as consistent as they had hoped it would be. The A’s return to Boston, without Matt Holliday, for the […]

Nomar Returns, Sox to Send Five to All-Star Game

This past week saw some exciting events from the All-Star selections to return of a Fenway favorite for the first time in nearly five years. The Red Sox had a complete homestand this week as they finished their series against the Mariners and had visits from the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. The […]