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200 On Hold, Sox Other MVP Candidate Continues Path to Pay Day

Looks like Timmy boy will have to wait for his next start (Monday at Minnesota) to gather win number 200.  The newly turned 45 year old yielded 3 runs on 5 hits while collecting a no decision in the Sox 4-3 walk off win last night at Fenway.  Wake was the story early but Ellsbury was the story late, collecting his second walk off hit in two nights, this one by way of the long ball sending the Sox to one of the more memorable wins this season.  Here are a few thoughts about last nights game: read more

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Buchholz Done, Lackey’s Chance To Stop Being An Idiot

Twitter has let me down of late (doesn’t help trying to break trades after a couple cocktails either), but word on that beast is that last year’s American League ERA leader, Clay Buchholz, has a stress fracture in his back and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.  I do not believe this injury will stop the Sox from winning the A.L. East but it certainly hurts their chances in any 5 or 7 game series (especially against the Phils).  Outside of Lester and Beckett the starting pitching has been so-so this season, and what was considered the strength of this Red Sox team at the start of spring training is now their biggest question mark heading into the dog days of summer.  Buchholz was not posting the numbers of last season, but I would feel very comfortable with him on the bump against anyone’s number three starter and now the Sox do not posses that luxury. read more

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Forget Beltran, Get Me This Guy


The All-Star game is behind us and now it is time to look towards the MLB trade deadline.  Theo has made it clear that he will be looking for an OF bat prior to July 31 and if I had my choice that guy would be Hunter Pence.  Pence may not be as sexy of a name of as Beltran, but let’s face it, Beltran is a stiff. It has been reported that the Mets would eat a good portion of the money owed to Beltran but are looking for a top prospect in return, the Astros have also said they would have to be “overwhelmed” to deal Pence.  Neither guy will come cheap, but if Theo could land Pence he could be the solution in RF for years to come. read more

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First Half Grades By Position

Reader advisory:  These grades are based off how these players have performed based on the expectations I had for them going into the season.  Pretty pumped to be on the giving end of some grades as opposed to the receiving.

Catcher: B

Jarrod Saltamacchia/ Jason Varitek: Despite a slow start Salty has been a pleasant surprise this season hitting .251 with 6 HRs and 24 RBI.  The numbers do not wow you but there are certainly sufficient for a back end of the order kind of guy.  His defensive has been solid for the most part with the staff trusting him more each time out.  I like what I have seen out of this once highly toted prospect. Tek is doing his thing behind the plate, especially every 5th day for Joshua Patrick and his batting numbers are similar to those of Salty.  I was prepared to lose a little defense to gain a little offense with Salty taking the every day catching duties, but with Tek swinging it decently and Salty not throwing it all over the place this combo has done well. read more

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Theo’s Time to Shine

The Red Sox have had a little case of the J.D. Drews spreading throughout the clubhouse with with the likes of Crawford, Buchholz, and most recently Lester finding themselves on the the Disabled List.  I attended the game Tuesday night and I almost thought I was watching a game from last season with Darnell McDonald hosing guys to win games and a guy named Yamaico Navarro manning the hot corner.  The All-Star break is near and the next couple of weeks will have a significant impact on the second half of the season. read more

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AGon to Roam Around The Outfield Tomorrow

Let me start off by saying I do not envy Tito’s position right now.  Ortiz has been one of the best hitters in the American League this year and you obviously can’t sit him for like 6 straight series, the offense has been struggling during this NL tour, and you would have to be deranged not to pencil in AGon’s .600 average and 176 RBI.  It only makes sense to try to get both of these landscapers in the line up together. read more

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Padres Walk Past Sox


Alfredo Aceves did his best Rick “Wildthing” Vaughn impression last night,  giving up four runs on four hits and six walks while throwing a career high 98 pitches during a 5 IP no decision.  Filling it for a sick Josh Beckett, Aceves had trouble finding the strike zone putting the Sox in an early 4-1 hole.  The Sox chipped away at Padres starter Matt Latos, eventually tying the game at 4, behind four hits from Kevin “the Chin” Youkilis, Ortiz’s blazing speed, and a game tying RBI single from AL MVP Adrian Gonzalez in the 6th.  However San Diego’s bullpen was lights out (they have a really impressive bullpen, the Sox should take a peak around the deadline to see if they are selling any of those dudes) and the Padres were able to take game two of the three game set 5-4. read more

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Miller Time

Andrew Miller makes the start for the Sox tonight.  I am not expecting 8 innings and 10 K’s but any type of productivity out of this kid could be huge for the Sox.  Injuries have hit of late all over the diamond and it is going to be players like Miller who will ride the Sox into the All-Star Break a top the A.L. East. read more

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What Happened This Weekend?

Just returned from Las Vegas, got through the Yanks series then everything after that was a a blur.  What happened in the games last weekend?  Did the MLB switch to NFL rules while I was gone?  Did Roberto Luongo start every game for the Blue Jays?  Silly Canucks. Was Lebron some how involved with this? I refuse to believe those were traditionally played baseball games, I will appreciate every and all explanations for what went down. read more

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The Resurrection of David Ortiz

Hector Noesi had never faced David Ortiz before. He was in his second inning of work, mopping up for starter Freddy Garcia, who got whacked harder than a piñata at a second grader’s birthday party. Noesi had walked Adrian Gonzalez to start

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Meet Matt Barnes (Draft Day 1 Update)

Theo and crew didn’t have to look far for to find their First Round pick when the MLB First-Year Player Draft got underway yesterday, selecting 90’s baby and UConn’s stud Junior RHP Matt Barnes at #19 overall.  UConn lacks a rich baseball history, but scouts and obviously the Red Sox believe that this kid is the real deal.  Here is the tale of the tape on the newest member of your Boston Red Sox: read more

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Sox, Cubs Show Off Throwbacks

BOSTON — The ceremonial pitches at Fenway Park on Saturday were thrown out by Dr. Louis Zamperini, a 1936 United States Olympian, and Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe Ruth’s daughter, in keeping with the nostalgic theme of the Boston Red SoxChicago Cubs weekend, with the teams meeting in Boston for the first time since the 1918 World Series. read more

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