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Rob Bradford
October 13, 2018 - 10:54 am
Exactly one week from the first day of this American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Astros Ryan Brasier was spending his morning and afternoon trying to come to grips with what had happened the night before. That Friday night Brasier was introduced to postseason baseball. "I don...
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Rob Bradford
October 13, 2018 - 10:15 am
The Red Sox are going against the grain and staying with 11 pitchers for the American League Championship Series. The Sox have decided to keep their roster from the American League Division Series for the best-of-seven showdown with the Astros. They are the only team among the LCS participants to...
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Rob Bradford
October 13, 2018 - 9:12 am
Few who followed the Red Sox batted an eye on July 26 when the transaction came across. The Angels had traded catcher Martin Maldonado to the Astros in exchange for a Single-A pitcher named Patrick Sandoval and some international bonus slot money. This was, after all, a guy who was hitting just ...
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Rob Bradford
October 12, 2018 - 6:31 pm
While the Red Sox weren't ready to make any announcements regarding their American League Championship Series roster the Astros chose not to wait. Houston manager A.J. Hinch used his media availability at Fenway Park Friday to relay that there will be two changes from the ALDS roster he used in...
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Rob Bradford
October 12, 2018 - 5:58 pm
Watching and listening to Mitch Moreland it sure seems like he is ready to participate as an active member of the Red Sox for the American League Championship Series. The first baseman participated in some light running and fielding drills to test his ailing hamstring, which kept Moreland out of...
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John Tomase
October 12, 2018 - 3:56 pm
J.D. Martinez hated facing Chris Sale in Detroit. The White Sox and Tigers would inevitably play a 4 p.m. game in the twilight shadows, and the Tigers would inevitably draw Sale. "And I was, like, 'Dude, this is like a horror film, this is terrible,'" Martinez said on Friday. Then the Red Sox...
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John Tomase
October 12, 2018 - 2:38 pm
A three-game slump in the regular season wouldn't even merit a shrug. A three-game slump in the playoffs means presumptive AL MVP Mookie Betts has to explain what's wrong. Such is life for Betts after a disappointing ALDS against the Yankees that saw him go 3-for-16 with three runs. And though...
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J.D. Martinez
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John Tomase
October 12, 2018 - 2:31 pm
The lowest moment of J.D. Martinez's career may also have been the most important. On March 22, 2014, the Astros released Martinez at the end of spring training. The once-promising prospect had bottomed out after hitting .250 with seven homers in 2013, and the Astros saw no room for him in a young...
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J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts
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John Tomase
October 12, 2018 - 2:15 pm
The Red Sox celebrated their ALDS victory over the Yankees to the strains of, "New York, New York," filling the visiting clubhouse in the Bronx. So naturally on Friday, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez were asked what song they might play if they beat the Astros. Betts deferred to Martinez, a former...
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Rob Bradford
October 12, 2018 - 11:13 am
It's a common question for professional athletes. "What would you want to do if you weren't doing this?" Joe Kelly's answer is quick, decisive and at least a bit eyebrow-raising. "I wanted to go into the DEA or I wanted to work undercover," said the Red Sox reliever. "Psychology looks good on paper...
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