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Rays Rally and Red Sox Crumble to Complete Crushing September Collapse

Blame it on the rain. On a night that started out looking like everything could be forgotten. The Red Sox would make the playoffs and the collapse would be nothing but an after thought. The Rays were down 7-0 to the Yankees and the Red Sox were up on the Orioles. Unfortunately, the baseball gods […]

Manny Ramirez Seeks Return: Should He Still Serve Steroids Suspension?

The name ‘Manny Ramirez’ has significant implications in this area. Every New England sports fan can recall some grand memory of the days of Manny patrolling left field at Fenway. The bathroom break in the Green Monster during the non-pitching change, the dugout fight with Kevin Youkilis, the high five to a fan in Baltimore […]

Is Theo Epstein to Blame for the Red Sox Collapse?

On September 1, the Boston Red Sox held first place in the division and led the Tampa Bay Rays by 9 (NINE!) games in the standings. Today, September 21, the Red Sox trail the New York Yankees by 6.5 games in the division and, most importantly (and frighteningly), have only a 2.5 game cushion over […]

Red Sox Fall to Rays 8-5, Wild Card Lead Now Two Games

The last few weeks have not gone well for the Red Sox. Whether the correct word is panic or injury, the Sox have watched themselves fall from first place to second in the AL East and are now watching what was a done deal – the Wild Card – become a sprint to the finish. […]

Longoria, Upton and Kotchman all Homer as Rays Rock Red Sox, Cut Wild Card Lead to 3

When nothing is going right, nothing is going right. Such was the case Thursday night at Fenway, when a freakish broken-bat grounder led to four runs by the Tampa Bay Rays, who homered three times to beat the Red Sox, 9-2, and cut Boston’s wild card lead to three games. Broken Bat Ends Up Breaking […]

Lester Gives up Three in First, Rays Complete Sweep

The Red Sox are in absolute free fall, and by the time they hit the ground, they might be looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays in the playoff race. Rays starter James Shields allowed just one earned run in 8.1 innings Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, and the Rays battered Jon Lester and the […]

Red Sox Late Rally Falls Short; Rays Walk Off in 11th

Down 5-3 in the ninth inning and armed with a 2-7 record in September, the reeling Red Sox were in desperate need of a comeback. The Red Sox got exactly what they needed when Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury each delivered solo home runs off Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth to tie the game 5-5. After […]

Price Silences Red Sox as Rays Take Rubber Match

One shudders to think how good the Tampa Bay Rays might be if they ever built an offense as good as their starting pitching. The Red Sox got a taste of that scenario Wednesday afternoon at Fenway. David Price pitched eight innings of three-hit baseball, and the Rays homered twice off John Lackey to beat […]

Red Sox Lose Night Cap 6-2, Split Double-Header with Rays

The Boston Red Sox continued to be baffled by Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann, who fired a complete game en route to a 6-2 victory over the Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday. Niemann Shuts Down Sox Offense Niemann allowed two runs on just three hits and one walk while striking out ten to […]

Video: Red Sox Turn Triple Play Against Rays

In the 4th inning of Game 2 of the doubleheader against Tampa Bay tonight at Fenway Park, the Red Sox turned an around-the-horn triple play. Rays SS Sean Rodriguez grounded out to 3rd where Jed Lowrie threw to Dustin Pedroia who then completed the play with a throw to Adrian Gonzalez. Pretty awesome stuff!

Lester Dominates, Ellsbury Homers to Give Red Sox Game 1 Victory in Rays Doubleheader

The Red Sox only hit against Rays starter James Shields in one inning Tuesday afternoon at Fenway, but sometimes one inning is all it takes. Jacoby Ellsbury‘s three-run home run capped a three-hit third inning, and Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings to pick up his 12th win. The Red Sox beat the […]

Who is the Most-Hated Sports Figure in Boston?

Sports fans love superlatives and Boston fans are no exception. Cruel and demeaning ones are even better. Most over rated? Derek Jeter. Most Pathetic? Lebron. Biggest sissy? A-Rod. Most in need of a weight loss program? Rex Ryan. Worst commercial actor? Peyton Manning. Most likely to be mistaken for Jar Jar Binks? Chris Bosh. You […]

Sox Edge out Rays in 16

Some games can really turn into marathons. That just happened to be the case Sunday night, as the Boston Red Sox took on Tampa Bay Rays in what turned out to be a pitching duel that lasted five hours and 44 minutes. Josh Reddick drew a walk to lead off the 16th, and then moved […]

Boston Bats Explode in Tampa, Stand A.L. East Ground

Boston picked up the 9-5 win over Tampa Bay, but things didn’t start that way right away. On the game’s first play, Marco Scutaro allowed Johnny Damon to reach on a throwing error. On the play, Scutaro tweaked the index finger on his right hand. Later in the inning, Scutaro could easily have been charged […]

Red Sox Hit 4 HRs, But Can’t Bail Out Miller in Loss To Rays

Andrew Miller was bound to hit the wall some time. After a string of “easy” opponents (though ask any major league pitcher – no opponent is considered “easy”) like the Padres, Pirates, Astros and Orioles, Miller faced his first true test: the Tampa Bay Rays, who have been a thorn in the Red Sox side […]