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Nomar Garciaparra, A’s Visit Fenway

Nomar Garciaparra returns to Fenway Park for the first time since 2004, now with his third team since leaving Boston in the deadline deal. The Red Sox visited Wrigley Field in 2005, but Nomar was hurt (shocking!) and they were in Oakland earlier this season when Garciaparra went 1-4 in a start and walked in a pinch hit […]

Hernandez, Mariners Open Final Homestand Before All-Star Break

The Red Sox continue to be hot and are holding off the surging Yankees in the division race.  The Red Sox have won seven series in a row, though the last five were against teams considered to not be contenders and have Seattle, Oakland, and Kansas City, and their combined .455 winning percentage, at home to end […]

Red Sox to Wrap Up Road Trip With Last Place Orioles

The Red Sox head back up to the mid-Atlantic to finish up the current road trip against division rival Baltimore.  Recently, Camden Yards has been one of the Red Sox homes away from home with plenty of Red Sox jerseys and cheering in Camden Yards. The fans in metro-DC have not had much to cheer […]

Red Sox Visit Atlanta for Return Series with Braves

The Red Sox face the fourth place Braves again this week after taking two of three over the weekend from the former Boston franchise.  Josh Beckett will open the series and attempt to shut the Braves out for the second time in a week as he faces Jair Jurrjens, who is the best pitcher in […]

Red Sox Head to Capital, Smoltz to Debut Against Lowly Nationals

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s ineffectiveness has conveniently turned into a weak shoulder and stint on the disabled list, opening up a rotation spot for John Smoltz, the 20-year Brave who the Sox signed up in the off-season despite knowing he needed rehabilitation for his shoulder.  Smoltz has looked very good in his minor league stints recently and […]

Red Sox Open Up East Lead With Interleague Wins

The Red Sox took advantage of a weaker portion of their schedule by winning both series this past week against the Marlins and Braves.  The American League has been the stronger of the two leagues recently and the Red Sox continued the junior circuit’s winning ways by beating two sub-.500 National League clubs. The Yankees […]

Derek Lowe Returns to Fenway with Braves

John Smoltz is ready to come back anytime and it seems the only obstacle is making a move to get him a roster and rotation spot. The Red Sox decided against putting Smoltz in a position to make his Red Sox debut his former team, the Braves. With Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, and Tim Wakefield […]

Hanley Ramirez, Marlins Roll Into Fenway Park

The Red Sox road trip was a quick three-game set in Philadelphia and they return home this week for more interleague play, with the Marlins and Braves. The Marlins jumped out of the gates quickly, but have stumbled recently and will probably hold another midsummer fire-sale, similar to the deal that netted the Red Sox […]

Red Sox Retake East Lead With Another Sweep of Yanks

Every June game for the Red Sox so far has been against a team leading their division at the time: Tigers, Rangers, Yankees, and Phillies. The hometown team has represented themselves very well, going 9-3 (including 5-1 on the road) and winning three of the four series, including two sweeps. The Red Sox spend the […]

Ortiz Homers Again and Tries Stealing

Amid rumors that David Ortiz is older than he claims, is he trying to turn back the clock and record his first 40-40 season?  Maybe not.  He hit his second home run of the season, a 300-footer off the Pesky pole (the shortest Major League home run possible) and attempted his second stolen base of […]

Ortiz Dropped in Order as Red Sox Struggle

Terry Francona finally made the move I thought he should, moving David Ortiz down from the prized third spot to sixth.  The move has not paid off yet as Papi is struggling even worse there without the protection (3-24; .125) to drop his average to .185 and more importantly, he is still sitting on one […]

David Or-Tease’s Nation With Home Run, But Slump Continues

David Ortiz finally hit one out!  It barely cleared the wall in center, but sometimes the right bounce is all a hitter needs to get going and break the slump.  However, Big Papi’s slump continues, perhaps unsurprisingly, as he has not been hitting the ball well and continues to strike out.  Ortiz’ home run helped the Red […]

Big Papi Struggles as Red Sox Wilt Out West

The Red Sox put their final West Coast trip of the season behind them, and thankfully so, as they dropped four of the six games in Anaheim and Seattle. The long trips were not fruitful for the Sox as they finish the season 4-8 in Anaheim, Oakland, and Seattle, losing all four series they played […]

Red Sox Finally Take Series From Rays, Close in on East Lead

Lately, it seems that any series involving the Yankees is sure to get the Red Sox on track.  Coming off the miserable trip to Tampa Bay, where they dropped three of four, the Red Sox visited the new Yankee Stadium for the first time and left unblemished, sweeping the brief two-game set. They split another […]

Red Sox Lose Win Streak, Will Travel to New Yankee Stadium

After the Red Sox ended their undefeated homestand, the Red Sox extended the win streak to 11 with a win in the opener in Cleveland, but the Indians snapped the streak in the second game.  Despite the loss of the streak, the Sox claimed the series, their first on the road this season.  The Red Sox traveled to […]