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Red Sox, Lester Cruise Past O’s Again

The Red Sox turned a back-and-forth close game into a blow out with 8 total runs in the 7th and 8th innings. At 88-59, the Red Sox trail the Yankees by 6 games in the AL East, but lead the Rangers by 7 games in the AL Wild Card race.

Bullpen Fails, Red Sox Fall to Rays 8-5

For the 2nd straight night, the Red Sox bullpen got into trouble, and this time, Jonathan Papelbon couldn’t do anything to clean up the mess.  Ramon Ramirez and Manny Delcarmen failed miserably in the bottom of the 8th inning on Wednesday night, combining to retire only 1 of the 5 batters that they faced.  Ramirez [...]

Byrd, Bullpen Shut Down Blue Jays, Complete Sweep with 7-0 Shutout

WOW – talk about a solid emergency start from Paul Byrd – 6 shutout innings, only 3 hits and 3 walks with 83 efficient pitches.  Holler!  The bullpen also shined in the Red Sox 7-0 win over the Blue Jays, as they complete a weekend series sweep of the Jays and a 7-3 home stand [...]

Red Sox on a Roll Despite Beckett’s Struggles…

The Blue Jays roughed up Josh Beckett again, but the Red Sox rallied for a 6-5 win Friday night at Fenway Park.  It was the Red Sox 4th win in 5 games, and their 8th win in 11 games. Beckett struggled with his control all night long – needing 108 pitches to labor through 5 [...]

Suprise, Surprise – - Red Sox Beat Halladay, Take Back AL Wild Card Lead

Just when everyone was getting ready to count out the Red Sox, Clay Buchholz outduels Roy Halladay 6-1, and the Red Sox take back the AL Wild Card lead over the Texas Rangers by a game.  The Red Sox roughed up Halladay for 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in just 5 innings [...]

Red Sox 9th Inning Rally Propels Club To Big 8-4 Win Over Rangers

WOW!!!  It didn’t look good there going into the 9th inning, but the Red Sox rallied for 6 runs off of Rangers Closer Francisco Rodriguez to win 8-4 in Arlington.  Unbelievable.  Here’s how the 9th inning played out – David Ortiz lead-off double; Jason Varitek single; Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single that scored Ortiz to cut [...]

Red Sox Suffer Frustrating Extra Innings Loss to Rays in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2 in 13 innings courtesy of Evan Longoria’s 2nd home run of the game, a 2-run shot off of Takashi Saito.  Longoria had tied the game at 2 when he hit a leadoff home run off of Daniel Bard to start the bottom of the 8th.  [...]

Papelbon Blows Rare Save as Red Sox miss out on Chance to Cut Into Yankees Lead

Jonathan Papelbon didn’t know what hit him on Tuesday night.  The A’s rallied for 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning off of the Red Sox usually reliable closer, and went on to defeat the Red Sox 9-8 in 11 innings.  The 14 hits and 8 runs for the Red Sox were nice, [...]

Smoltz Earns 1st Victory in Red Sox 15-9 Win Over Royals

It wasn’t pretty at the end, but John Smoltz finally earned his 1st 2009 victory as the Red Sox defeated the Royals 15-9 at Fenway Park on Saturday night.  Smoltz did his part – 5 innings pitched, 1 ER, 4 hits, 1 walk and 7K’s.  But he had to throw a lot of pitches – [...]

A Tale of Two Games – From Great to Atrocious

The Red Sox have split the 1st 2 games of the 3-game series against the Orioles this week in Baltimore.  Jon Lester dominated in the Red Sox 4-0 win over the Orioles on Monday night – 7 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs or walks, & 5 K’s.  Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game for his [...]