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Boston has been bruised, battered, and beaten in every facet of the game on their tough 7-game swing through Los Angeles and Houston. The Sox dropped four straight to the Angels in a sweep, something that has never happened on the Angels turf in the 55-year history of the series between the two teams. In four games the Sox were outscored 22-4 by the red hot LA club who beat up on Sox with the long ball and great starting pitching. The song remained the same in Houston where they were again outscored 17-9 and swept in a 3-game set. Continue reading Red Sox Historically Bad on the Road, All But Out of AL East Hunt »

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Devin McCourty

Next up in the five part series of most important Patriots heading into training camp is freshly-extended free safety Devin McCourty.  Number three is likely to post on Sunday, stay tuned…

After signing a long term extension in March, Devin McCourty then saw Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Kyle Arrington all leave the secondary. Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, and Patrick Chung are back and rookie Darryl Roberts could be a sleeper to get some playing time. But there is no doubt that this is now McCourty’s secondary and he will have to lead both in play and character.

McCourty shouldn’t have much trouble doing either, he has established himself as an elite free safety and a great locker room guy. However, due to the reduction in talent around him McCourty will have more on his shoulders than ever. He had the luxury of Revis last season and could play a ranging, center field type safety. He will likely be forced into more coverage this year and even when he can play center field, he will have to more cautious than he would be if he had his former teammates with him. He will also have to compensate for when younger, less talented corners get beat deep and it’s a strong possibility McCourty’s pass break ups down the field will go up.

McCourty will have to be a stabilizing force for a Patriots secondary that could take half a season to figure out. Even at that point, that won’t necessarily mean they will be very good. If McCourty sees a dip in his play, it could prove disastrous for the Patriots defense. If he, however, can play up to his usual level, it will make the loss of Revis and Browner hurt less than it would on most teams.

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Pedro Martinez (SI Cover)

1. Red Sox:

* Miley five walks in six innings – unacceptable

* Mike Napoli three extra base hits – you just assured your trade

* Love the third base coach yelling at Hanley Ramirez to stop jogging home on Napoli 8th inning double

* Six games since All Star game going into Thursday night: Hitting .192 / 1 HR / 0 Stolen Bases / 9 runs / 44 K to 10 BB / ERA 5.36

2. Patriot All Pro’s by position:

(not one running back during Belichick or Parcells era)

QB – Brady (2) / Parilli

RB – Nance (2) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Russians Are Coming, Pedro Facts, Hamburger, Hamburger… »

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After seeking a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Clay Buchholz’s original diagnosis of a flexor strain in the right elbow was confirmed. During the visit, it was recommended that the right-hander also get a Platelet-Rich Plasma injection. This injection contains a higher proportion of platelets than normal blood and it’s thought to facilitate reduction of inflammation and healing in the elbow.

This injection will shut Buchholz down once again, possibly for a few weeks, and push the timetable for his return back. Prior to the injection the Sox ace had played light toss the past few days, and with the injection this will come to a halt. Continue reading Clay Buchholz Receives Elbow Injection, Will Extend Time on DL »

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Don Sweeney is not done making moves yet.

“There are a couple free agents that we’re still having conversations with that we feel might improve our club. If the financial component works, we’re not going to stop having those conversations because it might be the right thing to do,” Sweeney said recently. Continue reading Don Sweeney Still Looking for ‘D’ Help for Bruins »

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Highly-Touted Prospect Brian Johnson

As the Red Sox start the unofficial second half of the MLB season the team finds itself with a lack starting pitching. The injury to Clay Buccholz’ elbow and his subsequent placement on the 15-day DL is a devastating loss, especially with Joe Kelly still trying to find himself in AAA and Masterson having assumed a spot in the bullpen.

The starting rotation currently features Wade Miley, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello. Clearly, starting pitching is scarce, and management has attempted to combat this dilemma by calling up a Brian Johnson from Pawtucket. Continue reading Introducing Red Sox Prospect Brian Johnson »


Boston Red Sox Vice President Allard Baird was spotted at Sunday’s game in Philadelphia to watch Cole Hamels post-All Star Break start versus the Miami Marlins.

Boston appears to still be interested in making a trade before July 31 for the Philadelphia Phillies, left-hander starter, despite his last two lackluster starts.

Hamels averaged three innings per game during his last two starts, Sunday July 19 and July 10. In Sunday’s game, he allowed five earned runs on eight hits, and during the July 10 game, he gave up a staggering 9 runs. Continue reading Red Sox Interested in Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto »

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