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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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Rob Bradford
October 11, 2018 - 7:38 pm
Driving into the New Mexico countryside in April is just part of the deal, particularly for guys like Amiel Sawdaye and Matt Mahoney. They are the guys whose job it is to find baseball talent, which is why the duo found themselves driving 45 minutes outside Albuquerque on a spring day in 2011. The...
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John Tomase
October 11, 2018 - 5:09 pm
The way Alex Cora sees it, David Price's struggles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series weren't a playoff thing. They were a Yankees thing. With the Yankees free to listen to "New York, New York," for the rest of the winter, that's no longer an issue, which is why Cora is comfortable...
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Rob Bradford
October 11, 2018 - 3:00 pm
There is a chance the Red Sox could tweak their 25-man roster for the American League Championship Series against Houston, but Alex Cora suggested the likelihood is that things remain status quo. "We haven’t talked about it yet. We’re going to sit down probably after the workout today and see where...
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Rob Bradford
October 11, 2018 - 7:37 am
The topic of Dustin Pedroia's early years comes up. Without hesitation, Alex Cora references the second inning of the Red Sox' Aug. 22 game against the Angels. "A missile," Cora exclaims. "Line-drive in the back of the bag." Pedroia nods because it was his first at-bat as a major leaguer. But why...
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Carlos Correa
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John Tomase
October 10, 2018 - 12:27 pm
Let's just get this out of the way: the Astros are better than the Red Sox. Now that everyone's healthy, their lineup is better. Their starting rotation has been better since Day 1. Not only is their bullpen better, so are the relievers they left at home. They're the defending champions and they've...
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Christian Vazquez
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John Tomase
October 09, 2018 - 10:37 pm
The Yankees won 100 games and in almost any other year would've coasted to homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. But not this year. This year belongs to the Red Sox. Boston didn't win 108 games to lose in the Division Series, and it definitely didn't win 108 and the American League East to...
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J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts
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John Tomase
September 25, 2018 - 1:51 pm
Unless they sweep the final series from the Yankees, the Red Sox will finish the regular season with a losing record against the other American League playoff teams. Does this mean anything? Yes and no. The Red Sox are 17-19 against the Yankees, Astros, Indians, and A's. That's not the worst record...
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