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Braves Sign Wagner and Saito

The Atlanta Braves watched the Theo Epstein and the Red Sox put together a very stable, and pretty reliable bullpen in the 2009 season. Looking to bolster their own bullpen, the Braves plucked two former Red Sox relievers (and the oldest ones in the bunch) in 38-year-old Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, who will be […]

Red Sox 2009 Bullpen Review

The clean-up crew was good enough this year to merit an A- in my report card. The depth was lacking last season, but this season’s options made all the difference on what was one of the finest pens in the game. Jonathan Papelbon was lights out in the regular season (ignore the playoffs for the purposes of […]

Green With Envy

It’s no secret that Red Sox pitching has been a bit bleak lately. Josh Beckett has gone from the team’s Ace to their Joker. If he’s any worse, he’ll be the “Rules for Draw and Stud Poker” card. Hideki Okajima and Takashi Saito have been ho-hum out of the pen. Tim Wakefield is injured too much to […]

Byrd Batters Birds

It was a sensational re-debut for Paul Byrd, returning from pseudo-retirement, as he pitched six scoreless innings en route to a 7-0 destruction of the Toronto Blue Jays. Byrd gave up only three hits while throwing 83 pitches, 53 of which were strikes. Also debuting for the Red Sox was reliever Billy Wagner, who handled […]

The Billy Wagner-Jonathan Papelbon Quagmire

It has become a war of words, and demands, and soon Red Sox Nation will find out if Billy Wagner will join the team as a new member of the bullpen. One thing’s for certain: it will be on the team’s terms. There are several factors that need to be tinkered with to make the […]

Sox Rough Up Halladay, Win 6-1

The Red Sox offense jumped out to an early lead against All-Star Roy Halladay. Ortiz hit his 250th home run as a Red Sox player in the second inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead over Halladay and the Blue Jays and the Sox would not look back. After Casey Kotchman reached on an […]

Red Sox Rally in Ninth for Huge Comeback Win

It came down to the wire – two outs in the top of the ninth – when the Red Sox busted out, coming from behind and scoring a total of six times in the inning for the 8-4 win. The game started out as a pitcher’s duel between Jon Lester and Kevin Millwood, although the […]

Sox Bullpen Falters Again Vs. Mariners

Jason Varitek provided the only runs at Fenway Park on Independence Day against the Mariners, hitting a two-run home run in the second off Garret Olson. Tek’s HR would be just one of the four hits Olson allowed. The Mariners lefty went 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking four. With the game tied […]

Mariners Squeak By Red Sox Again

All across New England on Saturday, families were flipping burgers, grilling hot dogs, and preparing to watch the fireworks in person or on television later that night. They were first treated to a Red Sox game, hoping for some fireworks on the baseball diamond. All they got was a pitiful offensive effort in a 3-2 […]

Red Sox Blow 10-1 Lead, Make History in Process

It was a tale of two halves. The Sox dominated then blew a nine-run lead en route to a 11-10 loss to the Orioles, in the largest comeback in Orioles history and the second largest blown save in Red Sox history. Baltimore scored five runs in both the seventh and eighth inning as the Orioles […]

Braves Prevent Sweep, Beat Boston 2-1

The Sox came into Sunday’s game against Atlanta looking to take down the young sensation Tommy Hanson. Apparently Hanson didn’t get the memo. Instead, the Atlanta rookie silenced Boston’s bats with six shutout innings en route to his fourth win as the Braves defeated Boston 2-1. The Sox couldn’t produce any offense for Brad Penny who gave […]

Ellsbury Knocks Home Winning Run in Extras

Entering Friday’s game, Jon Lester was on quite a roll. He was coming off two straight wins, with 22 strikeouts over 16 innings. It seems that Jon Lester has finally found his form of 2008, except the 2009 version may be even better. Lester was magnificent Friday night against the Phillies, becoming the first Red […]

Lester Throws Gem as Sox Reach .500

After a tremendous 2008 season, Sox lefty Jon Lester was poised for an even better campaign in 2009. In his first two starts, he was pretty shaky, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 innings. Sunday against the Orioles, however, he was magnificent. Lester tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He allowed only […]

Red Sox Sign Takashi Saito

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox signed former Dodgers closer Takashi Saito to help bolster the bullpen. The deal was completed after Saito completed his physical on Friday. Saito will make $1.5 and $2.5 million guaranteed this season, and incentives can bring the deal at least an extra $7 million.