// Terry Francona

Frustrated Francona Ejected, Red Sox Drop Third Straight

The streaky Red Sox dropped their third straight Friday night. Tim Wakefield struggled in the spot start and the Twins never looked back. Manager Terry Francona is the lucky one in all of this: he missed most of the game after being tossed in the top of the second for arguing a balk call. Adrian […]

Lackey Severely Lacking in 11-0 Loss to Angels

Less than 13 hours after playing a marathon, rain-soaked, 13-inning affair against the Angels into the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Red Sox were set to go at it at Fenway Park against the Halos for the final time this season…and we’re only in May. Terry Francona had to use eight pitchers in Thursday […]

A Red Sox-Angels Game or the Boston Marathon?

The Red Sox fans who decided to deal with all the rain did not leave Fenway Park happy last night (or should we say this morning!).  In a game that took 13 innings to finish, the LA Angels of Anaheim defeated the Red Sox 5-3. The game started Wednesday night around 7:05pm and the last […]

Runs Lacking for Lackey And The Bullpen Implodes In Sox’ Loss To A’s

The Red Sox three-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night in Oakland, as the Athletics beat the Sox 5-0. The Sox got an outstanding start from a previously slumping starter for the second straight game. John Lackey followed up a solid performance from Daisuke Matsuzaka on Marahton Monday with a gem of his […]

Beckett Comes Through as Red Sox Beat Blue Jays

Somehow, the Red Sox managed to get the 4-1 win over Toronto. You can thank Toronto starter Jo-Jo Reyes for that, thanks to his early struggles. Boston really had trouble afterwards, but they had enough to win thanks to Beckett’s help. A single, walk, single and double to start the 1st gave Boston the 2-0 […]

Carl Crawford Benched Against Blue Jays, Lowrie To Lead Off

Carl Crawford was benched by Terry Francona for the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays on Saturday. Crawford was 0-5 Friday night, including an at bat leading off the ninth where he struck out on three pitches against Jon Rauch. He was booed off the field. “They have to boo,” Crawford said after the […]

Panic at the Sports Bar? Part 2: The Red Sox

To think, before the second inning of Monday night’s game, things were really starting to look up for the Red Sox. Enter Daisuke “Wet Blanket” Matsuzaka. Winning the first home series of the season against the Yankees, and doing it with a 2007 Josh Beckett on the mound, was enough to lift spirits after a […]

Red Sox Still On Track For 0-162 After Loss to Indians

The Red Sox just love finding new ways to lose. They’ve lost on terrible pitching and terrible hitting, and now in a 1-0 loss to the Indians, you can throw terrible base running and terrible umpiring into the mix. Both pitching staffs did quite well in the game, especially the starters, so scoring chances were […]

In Defense of Theo Epstein After Buck Showalter’s Criticism

Also Read: SoB’s Mike Carlucci thinks Buck Showalter brought up some good points about Theo Epstein and the Red Sox fat wallet. Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is no fan of Theo Epstein. In the April edition of Men’s Journal, Showalter said that overpaying for players because you have the highest payroll in Major League […]

Red Sox Spring Training (3/14-3/20): Rotation Set Thursday, Roster Trimmed Twice

Sports of Boston’s coverage of Red Sox Spring Training rolls on! April 1 fast approaches, and the Red Sox Opening Day roster is definitely taking shape. Terry Francona announced Wednesday that Jon Lester would open the regular season against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. On Thursday, Francona set the rest of the starting rotation. John […]

Extending Francona: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Sports Illustrated writer Jon Heyman tweeted Tuesday that the Red Sox “intend” to pick up manager Terry Francona’s two-year, $9 million extension, meaning that Francona will be with the ball club through 2013. Already the second-longest-tenured manager in Red Sox history, Francona and general manager Theo Epstein also tie Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams […]

Live Blog: Carl Crawford Press Conference

Welcome to SoB’s live blog of the Carl Crawford press conference, taking place today, Saturday December 11, 2010, live at Fenway Park at 10:00am EST. It’s being broadcast on NESN, and streamed online here, so be sure to tune into the conference by some means and watch the next big bat officially come on board […]

Curt Young: The New, Underrated Red Sox Pitching Coach

The other night, on Comcast’s Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight, Gary Tanguay and Mike Felger brought up the role of a pitching coach in major league baseball. Tanguay asked Felger something to the extent of “who can tell if a pitching coach is good or bad?” Felger failed to make much comment on the subject, except […]

Mike Lowell To Retire: The Tale of Two Contracts

Coming off a World Series win with the Marlins in 2003 and a strong season in 2004, Mike Lowell headed into 2005 with high hopes for another big year in south Florida. Instead, he flopped like a fish out of water, bashing just eight home runs in 150 games that season, which turned out to […]

Buchholz Does Not Bring ‘A’ Game in Loss in Oakland

It was a strange, strange evening at the Oakland Collesium on Friday night. Coco Crisp and Jeremy Hermida started…in the A’s outfield. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz and the bullpen both had very opposite outings (in terms of quality)…with Buch drawing the short end of that stick. Entering Friday, Buchholz had not allowed more than […]