// Ryan Lavarnway

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 10: Buckner Still Losing Games for Sox

The Pawtucket Red Sox wrapped up an eight-game inter-division homestand this week, taking three out of four from Indianapolis and splitting a four game set against Gwinnett. In Friday’s voting update for the AAA All-Star Game, Pawtucket’s Ryan Lavarnway led at catcher and Pedro Ciriaco led at second base. You can vote for the AAA […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 8: Lars Anderson HR Smashes Scoreboard

The Pawtucket Red Sox returned home to McCoy Stadium this week after struggling on a Southern swing. This past week, the hitting surged while the pitching struggled, as the Sox scored over 6.5 runs per game, but gave up over 4.5 runs per game. Darnell McDonald began his rehab stint on Friday. Through three games, […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 6: Podsednik Makes Good First Impression

The Pawtucket Red Sox just keep on tearing through the International League. A 6-1 week against three different teams expanded the Sox’ lead in the IL North from one half to three games. Daisuke Matsuzaka made his second rehab start, but Boston manager Bobby Valentine was unimpressed and announced that Daisuke would be making two […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 5: Daisuke Dominant in Return

It was quite an exciting week for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After slipping just out of first place due to a 1-7 slide, the Sox roared back with four wins in four days in four different cities to reclaim the penthouse. McCoy Stadium hosted another rehab on Monday, with Daisuke Matsuzaka making his first start […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 4: Cook, Middlebrooks on Way to Boston

There were a few roster moves made this past week. On Friday, Boston and Pawtucket swapped relievers as Justin Thomas was sent south while Rich Hill completed his return from Tommy John surgery. Then, on Tuesday, Jose Iglesias got the call up to Boston, and Junichi Tazawa returned to Pawtucket, where he has nine strikeouts […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 3: Perfect Week Propels PawSox to Penthouse

It was seven days, seven wins this past week for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The perfect week was good enough to push the Sox past the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and into first place in the IL North. Pawtucket lost their starting first baseman this week, as Lars Anderson was called up to Boston when Jason […]

Pawtucket Red Sox Update, Week 2: The Best of Miller, and the Worst of Miller

After finishing their opening six-game homestand at .500, the Pawtucket Red Sox hit the road with a vengeance this week on their first 2012 tour of upstate New York. There was some great pitching, some terrible pitching, some blowouts, some close games, and even a little free baseball. In addition, the Sox hosted their first […]

Pawtucket Red Sox 2012 Preview

I’ll be writing a weekly article this season recapping the previous week of the Pawtucket Red Sox. For those not familiar with Minor League Baseball, Pawtucket is the highest level affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and plays in the International League. The IL consists of 14 teams split up into three divisions, with Pawtucket […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/19-25): Lester to Start Opening Day, Jenks Charged with DUI

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Spring Training Player of the Week! With a .571 batting average, three runs, four doubles and an RBI in four games, Mike Aviles takes over. Hopefully this award propels him to a fantastic season, finally giving the Red Sox some stability at shortstop. In other Spring Training news, […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (3/5-11): Offense Clicking Early

One thing is clear a week into Spring Training: this Red Sox team can hit. In going 4-2-1 this week, the Red Sox averaged over five runs a game. Even with Jose Iglesias missing Sunday’s “B” game with a strained right groin, this crop of hitters look just as formidable as the league-leading 2011 Red […]

Red Sox Spring Training Update (Opening Weekend): Sox Offense Cruises in Three Games

Just as winter finally rears its ugly head up in Boston, the Red Sox’s Spring Training schedule kicks off down in Ft. Myers, Fla. And with preseason games comes Sports of Boston’s weekly Spring Training Update! Need a recap on a certain game? Curious which minor leaguers and non-roster invitees are making names for themselves? […]

2012 Red Sox Preview: Catchers

This is the second installment of a series of positional previews that began last week with the infielders. This week, we focus on catchers. The Red Sox enter spring training with four catchers on the 40-man roster: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach, Ryan Lavarnway, and Luis Exposito. Projected Boston Red Sox Jarrod Saltalamacchia Salty will be […]

Should the Red Sox Retain Jason Varitek?

In 1997, then-Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette (now GM of the Baltimore Orioles) traded closer Heathcliff Slocumb to the Seattle Mariners for two minor leaguers. One of them was Derek Lowe. The other was Jason Varitek. Fast forward to 2011, and Varitek just finished his fourteenth year behind the plate in a storied career […]

Red Sox Survive Orioles 8-7, Remain Tied for Wild Card

The Boston Red Sox escaped disaster on Tuesday night, topping the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Boston remains tied with Tampa Bay atop the American League Wild Card standing with just one game remaining. The lineup produced a quartet of home runs while Alfredo Aceves earned his 10th victory […]

Daniel Bard Blows Another Game, Blue Jays Win Late

For most of the game, Boston was in firm control, but the 8th inning was rough, as Daniel Bard blew the lead and gave Toronto a 5-4 win. Toronto seized the early lead in addition to the late one, scoring twice off John Lackey. With two on and two outs, Toronto put two more singles […]