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Rob Bradford
October 12, 2017 - 3:32 pm
When John Farrell took over the Red Sox after the 2012 season, he was the right guy at the right time. The Red Sox had bizarrely believed that they needed to go 180 degrees away from Terry Francona the year before, hiring Bobby Valentine, and the results were predictable. Valentine and the Red Sox...
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Dustin Pedroia
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John Tomase
October 09, 2017 - 9:31 pm
The 2017 Red Sox season ended with Dustin Pedroia trudging to a stop 20 feet short of first base while the Astros erupted in celebration. In many ways, it was fitting. Pedroia had just grounded out to punch Houston's ticket to the American League Championship Series. The at-bat came seven innings...
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Rob Bradford
October 09, 2017 - 5:16 pm
It was trending toward the improbable. The Red Sox had seemingly found the formula to beat the seemingly unbeatable Astros, heading into the eighth inning Monday with a one-run lead and their best pitcher playing the role of hero. Then reality hit. Chris Sale, who had come on to play the role of...
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Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports
October 09, 2017 - 1:37 am
Somebody named "David" was pretty good at baseball Sunday afternoon. He was everything anybody would want from a member of a Red Sox team that was either going to win or go home. This was the kind of postseason relief pitching that helped defined an organization's playoff history, just like Pedro...
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John Farrell
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John Tomase
October 08, 2017 - 11:22 pm
John Farrell's office is as no-nonsense as the manager himself. The most prominent item on the wall behind his corner desk is an oversized 2017 team schedule. It's perpendicular to a display of headshots of previous Red Sox managers, flanked by a large framed photo of Farrell's childhood hero, Tom...
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Rob Bradford
October 08, 2017 - 7:43 pm
Rick Porcello is getting his chance. The Red Sox starter, who had been relegated to the bullpen to begin the American League Division Series, is getting at least one more start in 2017. After the Red Sox' 10-3 win over the Astros in Game 3 Sunday afternoon, Porcello's status as Game 4 starter for...
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Hanley Ramirez
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John Tomase
October 08, 2017 - 6:12 pm
Is it the catch that saved a season? We'll eventually find out if Mookie Betts robbing Josh Reddick of a three-run homer on Sunday propelled the Red Sox towards another World Series or simply delayed the inevitable at the hands of the explosive Astros. But for one day, anyway, it represented a...
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Rob Bradford
October 07, 2017 - 9:55 pm
This is more than just about extending the season. It's beyond that. Sunday's Game 3 is as much of a crossroads as this organization has seen in some time. Yes, we've seen this win-or-get-swept scenario before. There was the 2009 loss to the Angels at Fenway. Then, of course, we had David Ortiz's...
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John Tomase
October 07, 2017 - 5:30 pm
It will be all hands on deck for Game 3 against the Astros on Sunday as the Red Sox look to avoid a second straight ALDS sweep -- and that means Chris Sale in the bullpen. Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that Sale and David Price will both be available in support of right-hander Doug...
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Rob Bradford
October 06, 2017 - 8:12 pm
HOUSTON -- The Red Sox are trending toward their same fate of a year ago, getting swept in the best-of-five American League Division Series. And after getting outscored 16-4 in the first two games against the Astros, it would seem that things were even more dire than when the Red Sox left Cleveland...
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