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Hamels, Howard Lead Phillies Past Red Sox

The Philadelphia Phillies lineup has been called American League caliber and they showed what they can do against John Lackey, beating the Red Sox 5-1. The struggling righty allowed four runs in five innings taking the loss and bringing his record to 4-3 on the season. Giving up six hits and five walks in just […]

The Real Josh Beckett: Is He Worth $68 million?

Red Sox fans don’t recognize the guy wearing Josh Beckett’s number 19 jersey these days. So far this year, he hasn’t resembled the pitcher who saved the Sox’s season when they were down 3-1 to Cleveland in the 2007 ALCS. This isn’t the guy we look forward to watching when his turn in the rotation […]

Papelbombed! Sox Closer Blows Save, Yankees Win 11-9

Monday’s game featured a matchup of two hot pitchers, with Daisuke Matsuzaka coming off his best outing of the season to face Phil Hughes, who entered the game at 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA. The two starters were anything but hot, however, as both struggled to keep their pitch counts down against the patient ball clubs. […]

Tek Talk: What Has Gotten Into Jason Varitek?

Jason Varitek is far surpassing many people’s 2010 expectations at the plate. So, why the success and how much can playing time can we expect for the captain? I have a few thoughts.

Kiss The Season Goodbye; The Red Sox Have

The Yankees won 14-3; what do you expect me to say? That’s a 24-6 loss over two days. Back under .500 again, the Red Sox (or Red Sux, depending on how angry you are) are going to screw up this season, and I for one won’t mind. There’s a lot of nauseating futility to go […]

Red Sox Sweep Halos, Yankees Series Looms

For the first time since beating the Yankees on Opening Night, the Red Sox are again above .500 (at 15-14), and it took a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to do it. Winning the fourth game of the series on Thursday night was no easy feat, however. The Red Sox were […]

After Rough April, Is It Already Time For Red Sox Fans to Panic?

We know. The Red Sox just had their worst April since 1996, but are we completely screwed? No. Not yet at least. Because it’s all we’ve seen, it’s not hard to imagine that the team that has shown up is the one we’ll have all season. The truth is that things will change, whether it’s […]

Red Sox Can’t Stop Bleeding Against Bottom Feeding Orioles

This is pathetic. The Red Sox can not for the life of them get it together, getting swept by the league worst Orioles 3-2 in 10 innings Sunday. After Scutaro got caught stealing 3rd base in the 1st, former Sox shortstop Julio Lugo returned the favor in the 3rd, getting thrown out by Varitek at […]

Lars Anderson Promoted to Pawtucket

Once heralded as the “first baseman of the future” Lars Anderson entered 2009 primed for a breakout; he hit .316/.436/.526/.962. A big year would have made the Red Sox failed acquisition of Mark Teixeira sting a bit less, provided insurance for David Ortiz, and allowed Youkilis to move to third base for the ailing Mike […]

What Does the Future Hold For the Red Sox?

The short answer: no, but they have to want it. Not just want it, but earn it. The much touted pitching staff has been a little unpredictable at times, the offense has been sketchy as well, and the injuries aren’t helping. When you can’t sweep the Orioles at home, and get swept at home by […]

Red Sox Catchers Suffering From Matthew LeCroy Syndrome

On May 25, 2006, with tears running down his cheeks, Frank Robinson, then-manager of the Washington Nationals, spoke to the press about his unprecedented move: replacing catcher Matthew LeCroy during the inning. The Houston Astros had successfully stolen seven bases that day against LeCroy, who had committed two throwing errors in a failed attempt to […]

Buchholz Shines But Sox Fall 3-0

In his best start this season, Clay Buchholz pitched like a man on a mission on Thursday night.  Ultimately however, two errors, including one by Buchholz himself, combined with the offense not finding a rhythm against Texas starter C.J. Wilson, meant that his strong outing was squandered. With Daisuke Matsuzaka completing his rehab assignment, Buchholz needed to […]

No-Nonsense Rays Pummel No-Offense Red Sox

Before the season, Boston concentrated on bolstering their pitching and defense, but did not think about how useless all that is without bats. It showed Sunday, as Boston was held to two walks and five runs, as they lost to the Rays, 7-1. The still winless Jon Lester took the loss, giving up all seven […]

Ellsbury Injured in Sox Win Over Royals

Making the move from center to left, the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury gives the Red Sox a tremendous amount of range in away ballparks (left field in Fenway isn’t very big) — certainly a lot more than Jason Bay ever did. The one issue Ellsbury seems to have this season is his decision-making, a problem that […]

Sox Blast 5 HRs to Beat Greinke, Royals

Saturday’s game against the Royals featured the season debuts of three members of the Sox bench, including the soon-to-be retired Mike Lowell. Lowell started, played third base, and hit sixth in the batting order. He didn’t commit an error and made a good play in the second inning, but he didn’t light the world on […]