Baseball

September 22, 2008 - 12:47 pm
Josh Beckett had hit back-to-back batters once before in his career, on May 7, 2005, while pitching for the Marlins against the Rockies. (Quite the battle for expansion franchise supremacy!) Aside from a couple of bruises, Beckett didn't give away much else that day , claiming the win with seven...
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September 22, 2008 - 12:40 pm
Inglorious history is history nonetheless. Josh Beckett has plunked back-to-back batters here at Fenway Park in the top of the second inning against Cleveland to load the bases. The HBPs to both Ryan Garko and Kelly Shoppach have tied a career high for Beckett, who has hit a pair of batters in five...
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September 22, 2008 - 12:18 pm
The Red Sox could have enjoyed a bit of a break had Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona ,  catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez  and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera missed part of the the current four-game series due to disciplinary action from Major League Baseball stemming from a recent brawl with...
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Rob Bradford
September 22, 2008 - 7:34 am
Today I have it out with Iggy, of Dennis and Callahan producer fame, over whether or not the Red Sox should/will celebrate their wild card berth. Your thoughts ....
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September 22, 2008 - 3:19 am
The Red Sox are on the threshold of their fifth playoff appearance in six years. With a magic number of one, the only question is whether the team will enter October as the A.L. East winner (resulting in a likely first-round matchup with the White Sox , barring an incredible comeback by the Twins)...
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Rob Bradford
September 21, 2008 - 4:28 pm
In case you were wondering what happened on our Saturday morning radio show this week ... 1. Sean Casey came on to shamelessly push his blog . 2. Mike Lowell came on for some good hip labrum talk . 3. Kirk Minihane defended his fantasy football acumen. 4. Mike Mutnansky volunteered to become the...
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Rob Bradford
September 17, 2008 - 4:44 pm
After doing some investigative reporting -- otherwise known as talking to two security guards, a clubhouse kid, and Eric Hinske -- the fan who was thrown down and cuffed on the Rays' dugout was not tasered, although the taser gun was placed to his head. What was interesting was that the subject,...
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September 17, 2008 - 3:30 pm
The fact that the Red Sox won a coin-flip tiebreaker with the Rays in case of a tie atop the division won't matter. The first tie-breaker for the division (presuming that both teams qualify for the playoffs) is head-to-head record. The Rays, with a convincing 10-3 win tonight, won the season series...
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September 17, 2008 - 3:20 pm
The Rays bullpen has gone from the worst in baseball to the fifth best this year, and no member of that pen has enjoyed a more startling turnaround than J.P. Howell . The 25-year-old southpaw had a 7.59 ERA in 2007, making him one of just 85 pitchers since 1901 to record an ERA over 7.50 in 50 or...
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Rob Bradford
September 17, 2008 - 3:02 pm
Apathy has officially left Tropicana Field . As is customary with most sell-out crowds, there was a fight in the stands. This one, however, was a doozy, taking place right behind the Rays' dugout. While I couldn't make out the actual fisticuffs, I was privy to the Trop security throwing one of the...
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