Rob Bradford

Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

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    USA Today Sports
    July 16, 2018 - 10:04 am
    The Home Run Derby is not a hitting coach's best friend. That we learned way back in 2011. After the '11 Derby, in which Adrian Gonzalez finished a close second to Robinson Cano, the then-Red Sox first baseman went through a dramatic power outage, hitting just one home run in the 36 games after the...
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    July 16, 2018 - 8:43 am
    Appearing on the Bradfo Sho podcast Alex Cora raised an interesting notion: if this world of analytics existed in 2004, the Red Sox might not have won that World Series. (Click here to listen to the entire podcast.) "Probably '04 doesn't win that one with all this information because they were just...
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    USA Today Sports
    July 14, 2018 - 7:34 pm
    Tyler Clippard has had a nice career, and he can partially thank his discovery of a split-fingered fastball for a good chunk of it. (For more on that evolution, including some Koji Uehara comparisons, click here.) But Saturday that pitch did him no favors. A reality that Dennis Eckersley -- along...
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    USA Today Sports
    July 14, 2018 - 6:40 pm
    More than five hours before Xander Bogaerts walked-off the Blue Jays with a ninth-inning grand slam, Alex Cora was forced to put on his honesty hat and offer the latest on Drew Pomeranz. "The reports, he was OK," said the Red Sox manager when asked about Pomeranz's Friday night start for the Triple...
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    USA Today Sports
    July 13, 2018 - 10:46 pm
    Seeing Jayson Tatum in another uniform isn't usually a notion Celtics fans want to entertain. Friday night, however, all was still right with the Boston basketball-playing world. Wearing a St. Louis Cardinals jersey and hat, Tatum threw out of the first pitch for his hometown Cards at Busch Stadium...
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    USA Today Sports
    July 13, 2018 - 8:29 pm
    Rick Porcello is not going into the All-Star break in a good place. The Red Sox starting pitcher suffered through his worst outing of the season, allowing eight runs on seven hits while getting just six outs against the Blue Jays Friday night. Porcello gave way to reliever Hector Velazquez with...
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    USA Today Sports
    July 13, 2018 - 8:11 pm
    It would be hard for Mookie Betts to out-do his grand slam from Thursday night. But he sure tried his best out of the gate Friday night. Betts notched two triples in just the first two innings against Toronto starter Ryan Borucki, helping the Red Sox jump out to a 6-3 advantage heading into the...
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    July 12, 2018 - 10:30 pm
    The narrative that the Red Sox were an unlikable team was long gone. Heading into their series with the Blue Jays sitting 36 games over .500 took care of that. But there was still another label being slapped on Alex Cora's team: they played baseball, did nothing but win, created few salacious...
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    USA Today Sports
    July 12, 2018 - 8:00 pm
    On the day the Red Sox were forced to put third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list, another corner infielder was sent to the sidelines. First baseman Steve Pearce was forced to exit his team's game against the Blue Jays Thursday night after being hit in the left shin with a J.A. Happ...
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    July 11, 2018 - 10:17 am
    They've done this before. In 2007, the Red Sox went out and got the best available closer at the non-waiver trade deadline, Eric Gagne. (That didn't work out so well.) Two years later they reeled in another closer in Billy Wagner. (That worked out significantly better.) And last year? It was Mets...
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