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Red Sox Take 3 of 4 from Indians; Bard’s Back; Middlebrooks on Fire – Fenway Park 5/14/12

The Red Sox took 3 of 4 from the red-hot Indians, helping to salvage what has been a long stretch for the ball club.  Daniel Bard picked up win #3, scattering 6 hits and 4 walks while limiting the damage to just 1 ER.  In the process, he lowered his WHIP to 1.54 and his [...]

At Last — Red Sox End Skid with 6-5 Win Over Twins – Fenway Park 4/24/12

It wasn’t pretty but the Red Sox ended their skid with a come from behind 6-5 win over the Twins in Minnesota on Monday night.  After building an early 3-0 lead, it was de ja vu all over again as the Twins rallied for 4 runs in the 4th and another run in the 5th [...]

Closer Andrew Bailey Needs Surgery on Right Thumb – Fenway Park 4/3/12

Wow – this is not good – looks like Andrew Bailey is going to need surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb.  The injury occurred back on March 21st, but Bailey continued to pitch despite the discomfort.  Recovery from a ulnar collateral ligament surgery typically takes about 3 months, so Bailey is going [...]

Bard Struggles Again as Red Sox Lose 9-2 – Fenway Park 3/21/12

The Daniel Bard experiment may not be looking so hot right now.  Bard struggled again, as the A’s clobbered the Red Sox 9-2.  Bard was roughed up for 3 ER on 3 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings of work.  He still has not gotten into a good rhythm this spring and his ERA [...]

Daniel Bard v Alfredo Aceves in “B Game” Action Today – Fenway Park 3/1/12

We’ll get our first taste of live action when Daniel Bard square off against Alfredo Aceves today at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.   We’ll also probably see Drake Britton, Jesse Carlson and Tony Pena, Jr. at some point in the game too. We’ll keep you posted how things go in the game.  Real games against [...]

Red Sox Agree with Jacoby Ellsbury; Still Far Apart with Big Papi – Fenway Park 1/18/12

The Red Sox and Jaocby Ellsbury agreed to a 1-year, $8.05 million deal for the 2012 MLB season, thereby avoiding arbitration.  Ellsbury had a monster 2011 and deserved the big raise from his “modest” $2.4 million salary. On the other side of the spectrum, however, the Red Sox and David Ortiz are still $4 million [...]

Red Sox Close to Signing Hiroki Kuroda?! Fenway Park 1/10/12

The Red Sox could be close to signing veteran starter Hiroki Kuroda to a short-term deal.  Kuroda would fill in the 4-5 slot along side Daniel Bard and after Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester.  Kuroda is durable despite being 36-years old – he has made at least 30 starts in each of the [...]

Andrew Bailey – Is He The Answer? Fenway Park 12/31/11

Wow – I did not realize that Bailey is as injury prone as his numbers show.  42 games in 2011; 47 games in 2010.  Not good.  His WHIP and ERA have gone up in each season since he broke out on the scene with a stellar 2009 season – 68 games, 6-3 record, 26 saves, [...]

Mark Melancon Adds Versatility to Red Sox Bullpen – Fenway Park 12/15/11

The Red Sox acquired Mark Melancon in a trade with the Houston Astros for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland.  Melancon is a strong, young (26-years old) pitcher who will be under the team’s control for the next 4 years. Melancon made 71 appearances for the Astros in 2011 – 20 saves, 2.78 ERA, 66 K’s, [...]

Daniel Bard Could Be Option for Starting Rotation – Fenway Park – 12/6/11

GM Ben Cherington has all but said the Red Sox will not go after a big name starting pitcher free agent like C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle.  So does that mean Daniel Bard is a “lock” to become a starter in 2012?  We’ll have to see how it all plays out, but that could be [...]