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Ranking the AL East: Division

After a long hard winter that never ended, Opening Day is finally here. Do not let the 38 degree temperatures fool you outside, baseball is back. The AL East is sure to be one of the most exciting divisions in all of baseball with four teams (sorry Blue Jays) with a chance to compete for […]

Ranking the AL East: Pitching Staffs

Our position by position ranking of the AL East is coming to a close and this installment focuses on the pitching staffs of the AL East. As the old adage goes, pitching wins championships, so which AL East team has the edge?

Ranking the AL East: DH/Bench

The season is just a day away and there are a few rankings left to discuss. After covering outfielders, this post focuses on the DHs and benches on all the teams in the AL East. While it may seem strange to put the DH and bench together, there are few teams outside of the Red […]

Ranking the AL East: Shortstop

These past couple weeks we have analyzing and ranking the AL East position by position. In most posts, including last week’s which focused on third base, our rankings have been fairly similar. This week however, the shortstop rankings are wide open with no two lists looking the same. Who got it right or is the […]

Ranking the AL East: Third Base

In our third installment of ranking the AL East it seems only natural to look at third base. If you missed last week’s post of second base you can check it out here. Spring training has officially started so baseball is ever closer and what better way to get in the mood than ranking some […]

Ranking the AL East: Second Base

Continuing our position by position ranking of the AL East, today’s focus is second base. If you missed last week’s make sure to check it out here. These rankings are a way to ramp up for the baseball season and to incite your own thoughts on the rankings. At the end of the piece feel […]

Ranking the AL East: First Base

It feels like the Red Sox just won the World Series and there is a long offseason ahead of us, but things have snuck up on us pretty quickly and Spring Training is now 12 days away. With baseball so close, three writers at Sports of Boston, Scott Siegler, Brian Roach, and myself, have felt […]

MLB and NPB Agree to New Posting System; Masahiro Tanaka Posting In Doubt

While there are a couple hurdles before the deal is finalized, Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have come to an agreement for a new posting system. Under the old system teams had to submit a bid during a four-day silent auction. At the end of the auction, the highest bidding team would have exclusive negotiating […]

Red Sox Win AL East After Beating Blue Jays, 6-3

Break out the bottles, because it actually happened. From worst to first, the Boston Red Sox are the 2013 American League East Champions. One year after finishing with the worst record in the AL East (69-93, the worst franchise record since 1965), the Red Sox (94-61) are now the darlings atop the division. Even more remarkable, […]

Clay Buchholz Rises Above Cheating Allegations

The implications of a cheating accusation in baseball can be enormous. Jack Morris, a color commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcast, put Clay Buchholz and the Boston Red Sox at risk of these implications when he accused the starting pitcher of throwing a “spitter.” However, the hard throwing righty demonstrated mental fortitude and […]

Alfredo Aceves Needs A New Home

As the Red Sox disastrous 2011 season came to an end, Alfredo Aceves was one of the notable successes, besides of course the MVP-caliber performance turned in by Jacoby Ellsbury. Aceves made four starts and fifty-one appearances out of the bullpen, finishing with a combined 2.61 ERA in both roles. While his starts were nothing […]

Middlebrooks’s 3 HRs Powers Red Sox to 13-0 Win

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks led the Boston Red Sox offense with three of its six home runs on the afternoon while Jon Lester threw 7 shutout innings, as the Red Sox thrashed the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, 13-0. Last year’s NL Cy Young R.A. Dickey was handed his second consecutive loss to start the 2013 […]

Happ-less Sox Shut Down, Lackey Injured

Everything seemed to be going according to the plan general manager Ben Cherington had in mind through the first four games of the season for the Boston Red Sox. The team was hitting, pitching, and playing good defense. On Saturday, the team experienced the type of loss that forced Red Sox Nation to put the […]

Despite AL East Hype, Red Sox Good Bet for 2013 Postseason

This season, parity redefines itself in the American League East. Unlike years past, where the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have clashed over the division title and sole AL Wild Card, the division presents five potentially great baseball teams competing for a maximum of three playoff spots. After an abysmal 2012 season, the […]

The Changing Landscape of the American League East

Buckle your seat belts, ladies and gentlemen. This is not in the AL East we’re used to any more. After a turbulent regular season, marked by the Baltimore Orioles making the playoffs and the Boston Red Sox finishing in last place, the offseason that followed has been equally hectic. A flurry of big-name acquisitions by […]