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Cody Ross Powers Red Sox to 5-3 Win at the Trop

After dropping the series opener on Wednesday night by the score of 2-1, the Boston Red Sox hit two home runs on Thursday night to back Felix Doubront en route to a 5-3 victory. Doubront went 5.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) and striking out seven. Matt Moore made the start for the […]

If The Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 6

Interleague play is almost upon us, and that will mix up the races for sure. In fact, there’s a three-way tie for the top AL spot. The NL race isn’t too far away from that either. However, injuries are continuing to hit key names, which should shake things up even more. Where do things stand […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 5

After another week, there’s been some shifting. The Mets and Braves are opening a bit of space for themselves in the Wildcard race, while the Blue Jays are still trying to maintain their final spot. There’s more competition for the #1 spots, which is sure to make things fun. A few division have entertaining races […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 4

A month into the season, and many teams are holding steady. But there’s still some changes going on. Some lower ranked teams are making some runs to get back into things, while others continue to sputter and be streaky. The DL continues to hoard some big names, which always mixes things up, so let’s look […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 3

Three weeks into the season, and there’s starting to be some real separation in the NL divisions, but the AL is still largely close. The AL East is starting to even out, while Washington’s stock continues to rise. Where has everyone wound up this week? Let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 2

Another week into the season and the injury bug is starting to bite into teams. The Yankees are without Brett Gardner and the Cardinals are without Lance Berkman, among others. Texas is still near unbeatable, while the Red Sox are terrible once more. Where have all these changes left everyone? Let’s look at what would […]

Red Sox Lose 1-0 on Bases Loaded Walk, Blown Strike Calls

Cody Ross slammed his helmet down in frustration before sharing a few choice words with home plate umpire Larry Vanover after making the final out on a called third strike. And for good reason. With the tying run on second and the go-ahead run on first, Ross stood helplessly at the plate as Vanover rung him […]

Sox Remain Unbeaten at Home with 6-4 Win Over Rays

On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Fenway, the Red Sox continued to roll over their division enemies by winning their third straight with a 6-4victory over Tampa Bay. With some help from the bullpen, Felix Doubront picked up his first win of the season after going 5.0 innings. Doubront Lasts Long Enough Just like his […]

Buchholz, Red Sox Move On Without Ellsbury, Beat Rays Again

For a while, it seemed like “here we go again” with Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz on Saturday against the Rays. The righty was awful in his first outing of the season (4 IP, 7 ER), and was off to a rough start  in the early going Saturday after allowing four runs, including a three-run […]

Beckett Sharp in Sox Home Opener Victory, Ellsbury Injured

The Red Sox put it all together on Friday afternoon in their home opener with a strong 12-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Sox had contributions all around, most notably a great start from Josh Beckett who rebounded from an ugly performance last Saturday to lead Boston to a 12-2 win. Despite all […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 1

The MLB season is now underway, and already there have been plenty of surprises. In particular, the AL East has been turned upside down, again. The Dodgers are good, the Angels are bad, and Boston’s pitching is as useless as last year thus far. And a manager (Ozzie Guillen) is already in scalding water. So […]

Red Sox in the American League: On Outside Looking In?

Yesterday, we looked at the top three teams in the American League. Next, let’s take a deeper look at my power rankings and examine which of the top six teams will miss the playoffs in October: 4. Tampa Bay Rays The Tampa Bay Rays were the laughing stalk of the American League for 10 years. […]

2012 MLB Preview: Yankees Top American League Power Rankings

For the Boston Red Sox, the 2011 season was an homage to all of the disappointing Red Sox teams of the past. The Sox had a potent offense, mediocre pitching staff and even a historic collapse to cap it all off. The baseball season is an epic journey and usually teams with the most talent, […]

MLB to Add Two Teams to 2012 Playoffs

Boston Red Sox fans need no more painful reminders of how close they were to sneaking into the playoffs last season. One more strike on Robert Andino, six more inches on the left field wall at Tropicana Field, three more minutes on the clock. My left arm tingles just thinking about it. Well, sorry Red […]

2011 Red Sox: Don’t Blame the Game, Blame the Player(s)

The 2011 season is the low-point for the John Henry-owned Red Sox. Not since 2003 has Red Sox Nation faced such a tragedy. This year, however, there was no Aaron Boone moment to provide a quick death to Boston’s World Series ambitions. This was a death by a thousand paper cuts. Eight-year manager Terry Francona […]