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John Tomase
July 19, 2018 - 8:38 am
The American League technically consists of 15 teams, but we only need to care about three of them. The Red Sox, Yankees, and Astros have dominated the AL since Opening Day. If the second half plays out like the first, the Red Sox will finish with 112 wins, followed by the Yankees (105) and Astros...
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Rob Bradford
June 04, 2018 - 6:32 am
HOUSTON -- It's one of the traps so many fall into throughout the course of a Major League Baseball season. The importance of one game, or the impact of a single series. Typically, the reality is that all of it is hyperbole. The season is too long. There are too many peaks and valleys in even the...
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Rob Bradford
June 03, 2018 - 12:39 am
HOUSTON -- It just felt like the Red Sox were constantly swimming upstream against these Astros. They had their moments, but few if any offered the feeling that the Sox were going to get the last laugh. That was until that sequence of events at the end of the visitors' dugout at Minute Maid Park in...
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Rob Bradford
June 03, 2018 - 12:07 am
HOUSTON -- If you paid close attention to the final few innings Saturday night, you might have noticed Christian Vazquez doing something out of the norm. Even with no baserunners on, the Red Sox catcher gave multiple signs to all of his relievers -- Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel -- as...
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Rob Bradford
June 02, 2018 - 12:14 am
HOUSTON -- When it comes to Chris Sale, the bar has been set obscenely high. We get it. Still, this Red Sox team needs better. After the Sox' 7-3 loss to the Astros Friday night, Alex Cora's team is now just 7-6 when Sale starts. That's one game over .500 after 13 outings. That seems off. As does...
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Rob Bradford
June 01, 2018 - 12:57 am
HOUSTON -- There are some postgame clubhouses that separate themselves. This was one of them. Back in 2007, the ESPN series about the 1977 Yankees, "The Bronx is Burning," was playing in the Red Sox' clubhouse after a tight win over the Indians in Cleveland. There was no celebrating. There was...
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Rob Bradford
June 01, 2018 - 12:00 am
HOUSTON -- Before the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Astros Thursday night, Dustin Pedroia was realistic about his lot in life. "It’s only going to get better. It’s still pretty early," he told WEEI.com. "There are going to be days I’m sore. There have been. That’s normal. It usually takes a lot longer...
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Rob Bradford
May 31, 2018 - 8:32 pm
HOUSTON -- Dustin Pedroia knew there were going to be days like these. He's just banking on them not coming around quite this frequently. Just minutes before the start of the Red Sox' series-opener against the Astros, it was announced Pedroia was being scratched from the starting lineup due to left...
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Rob Bradford
May 31, 2018 - 7:06 pm
HOUSTON -- The hope earlier in the week was that Mookie Betts would be back in the Red Sox' lineup by the time the team's four-game set at Minute Maid Park kicked off. No such luck. Betts will have to wait at least one more day before returning to action for the first time since Saturday, still...
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Rob Bradford
March 24, 2018 - 1:39 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox got their first real significant scare of spring training Saturday. With two outs in the first inning of his final Grapefruit League outing, Red Sox starter Chris Sale took a screaming line-drive from the bat of Houston's J.D. Davis off the pitcher's left hip. Sale...
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