Craig Kimbrel

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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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Ryan Hannable
May 09, 2018 - 11:58 pm
NEW YORK -- Craig Kimbrel still isn't totally used to coming into games in the eighth inning, but he didn't use that as an excuse Wednesday against the Yankees. The Red Sox closer entered the game in the eighth inning with runners on the corners, one out, a 6-5 lead and the top of the Yankees order...
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Ryan Hannable
May 09, 2018 - 10:51 pm
NEW YORK -- Alex Cora knew the move would decide the game and he went for it, but ultimately the aggressive approach didn't pay off. The Red Sox led 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning and right-hander Matt Barnes put runners on the corners with one out and the Yankees had the top of their...
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Rob Bradford
May 06, 2018 - 2:44 am
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Craig Kimbrel had every right to savor the moment. After needing 11 pitches to lock down the Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Rangers Saturday night, Kimbrel was greeted by his grandfather in the first row of the stands next to the visitors' dugout, and then his teammates, who offered...
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Ryan Hannable
May 01, 2018 - 11:41 pm
Over the course of a 162-game season, games like Tuesday are going to happen -- even for the best of teams. The Red Sox came back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead going into the eighth inning against the Royals, but an inning later Craig Kimbrel allowed a solo home run to Alex Gordon that tied...
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Rob Bradford
April 29, 2018 - 9:58 pm
It was different, so it was notable. For the first time this season, Craig Kimbrel was brought on to get more than just three outs. It was a re-introduction to the eighth inning, a place he hadn't seen under Alex Cora. It was sort of a big deal. Starting at his intoductory press conference as Red...
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Ryan Hannable
April 25, 2018 - 3:06 pm
Could Craig Kimbrel eventually start to appear in the eighth, or even seventh innings? Things seem to be trending that way. Appearing on Dale & Keefe with John Tomase on Wednesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora indicated conversations with Kimbrel about potentially appearing in high leverage...
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Rob Bradford
April 24, 2018 - 11:46 pm
TORONTO -- The important takeaway from the Blue Jays' 4-3, 10-inning, walk-off win over the Red Sox Tuesday night wasn't so much the one pitch Craig Kimbrel offered up to Curtis Granderson that sailed into the second deck over the right field fence. Kimbrel got behind to a hitter who was previously...
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Alex Reimer
April 24, 2018 - 3:26 pm
The Red Sox’ two-game losing skid serves as a reminder they won’t bludgeon opponents all season long. That means they will play close games that require manager Alex Cora to make tactful bullpen decisions. So far, Craig Kimbrel hasn’t thrown a single pitch before the ninth inning in eight...
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Rob Bradford
April 12, 2018 - 10:38 pm
Starting with his introductory press conference, Alex Cora has insinuated Craig Kimbrel's usage might be a bit different this season, introducing the idea of bringing in the reliever earlier than the ninth inning to face a key part of the batting order at a key part of the game. The plan would then...
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