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Rob Bradford
April 23, 2019 - 12:01 pm
Christian Vazquez only got one start at designated hitter in the entire 2018 season. That came on June 7 against Detroit pitcher Matthew Boyd. It was the kind of lineup luxury afforded Red Sox manager Alex Cora for much of the season because he was carrying three catchers, with the presence of...
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Rob Bradford
April 18, 2019 - 9:25 am
As Nathan Eovaldi was cruising to the Yankees' lineup Wednesday night it struck me. No, it wasn't a sense of that all was suddenly right with the Red Sox' world with a starting pitcher actually living up to expectations. The feeling I couldn't shake was how mind-numbingly difficult it seemed to...
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Rob Bradford
April 18, 2019 - 7:14 am
Perhaps this is a hiccup. Maybe it is just part of an unpredictable process. But when it comes to Dustin Pedroia exiting Wednesday night's game against the Yankees in the second inning due to soreness in his left knee what is undeniable is this should be of some concern for the second baseman. For...
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Jim Hackett
April 18, 2019 - 6:27 am
Last week in this very space I wrote that though it may not be time to worry, concerns surrounding the Red Sox were very real. The column was merited at the time. Fast forward just one week and I’ll quote the great Jedi Master Yoda from the Empire Strikes Back: "Now, matters are worse." It is now...
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Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Through 17 games, the Red Sox are 6-11 and haven't won any of their five series' so far. Even following a bad 8-1 loss to the Orioles on Marathon Monday where the team only had four hits, manager Alex Cora isn't worried. "It doesn’t concern me. It’s just a bad start," he said. "We’ve shown flashes...
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Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2019 - 10:17 am
Monday is a whacky day at Fenway Park with the 11 a.m. start for the annual Marathon Monday game and also because of the Red Sox lineup. A change has Christian Vazquez playing second base and Steve Pearce playing left field. Dustin Pedroia originally was at second base, but the change now has him...
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Rob Bradford
April 12, 2019 - 2:24 am
As Xander Bogaerts left the clubhouse Thursday night he was asked if he witnessed the drone hovering over Fenway Park in the ninth inning of what would be a 7-6 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays. "Yeah, that was crazy," Bogaerts said. "That was one of ours?" Nope. In fact, nobody knew who the...
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Rob Bradford
April 11, 2019 - 5:09 pm
The Red Sox went the entire 2018 season with a single team meeting, that was until after Game 3 of the World Series. That one, of course, ended with Nathan Eovaldi getting a standing ovation. It was an approach that certainly wasn't the norm for a Major League Baseball team, a reality the players...
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Ryan Hannable
April 11, 2019 - 3:27 pm
Things are not off to a great start for the Red Sox this season, as they are 3-9 and do not look even close to the same team as last year when they won the World Series despite having virtually the same roster. But, appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Thursday, manager Alex Cora didn't...
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Rob Bradford
April 10, 2019 - 9:26 am
Before Tuesday's home opener Alex Cora revealed Chris Sale had been battling an illness in between his first start and his second, potentially explaining some of the velocity issues the lefty experienced in Oakland. Considering the lack of transparency for what seemed like something that should...
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