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Rob Bradford
April 28, 2019 - 7:12 am
Remember Moneyball? It was a book, and then came the movie. Scouts vs. stats. It built fortresses for two ways of thinking when it came to how baseball teams should be run, propping up the Oakland A's as the team that had figured out something nobody else had. Brad Pitt and Billy Beane may have...
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Rob Bradford
April 26, 2019 - 6:43 pm
Josh Smith's Red Sox debut will have to wait. The pitcher was scheduled to make his first major league appearance since 2017 but due to rain he will most likely be making his next appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket. Due to inclement weather, Friday night's game between the Red Sox and Rays was...
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Rob Bradford
April 26, 2019 - 5:48 pm
When it comes to Michael Chavis the Rays weren't caught off guard. And they feel like they won't be this time either. It was the infielder's first major league at-bat last Saturday night that Chavis supplied one of the biggest hits of the Red Sox' win over Tampa Bay, lining a ninth-inning double...
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Rob Bradford
April 22, 2019 - 8:13 am
When Blake Swihart was designated for assignment we were distracted from what really mattered. The first focus immediately shifted on Swihart, the former first-round pick who many believed simply wasn't given the kind of chance he deserved. Then there was the conversation regarding Sandy Leon,...
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Rob Bradford
April 21, 2019 - 7:54 am
The Red Sox have now won two games in a row, sitting one game away from sweeping the first-place Rays. For that, they can thank a dramatic 6-5 win over Tampa Bay Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Some of the performances that helped the Sox creep to within six games of first-place were: - Rick...
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Rob Bradford
April 21, 2019 - 7:21 am
This Red Sox season has had a very distinct feel. It's that vibe you get when waking up to face another day is simply about punching the clock and hoping that Groundhog Day fog will lift. They won the World Series and now, six months later, they are seemingly trudging through life with very little...
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Rob Bradford
April 20, 2019 - 8:08 am
It's not as simple as one player single-handedly turning things around -- even when it's one of the best players in Major League Baseball. But watching Mookie Betts run around the bases Friday night at Tropicana Field certainly offered a reminder as to how things could be for these Red Sox. After...
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Rob Bradford
April 19, 2019 - 4:13 pm
Dustin Pedroia evidently got some good news. The second baseman, who was forced from Wednesday night's game in New York after experiencing pain in his surgically-repaired left knee, told the media in St. Petersburg, Fla. that he doesn't expect to be out of the lineup long. Dustin Pedroia thinks he’...
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Rob Bradford
April 19, 2019 - 9:47 am
People want to find excuses for why the Rays have been so good and how the success might not be sustainable. One of the most prevalent reasons given for Tampa Bay's initial burst against the big boys in the American League East is that maybe they're doing with the smoke and mirrors that come with...
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John Tomase
November 13, 2018 - 6:54 pm
Alex Cora arrived in Boston with the goal of winning a World Series. He delivered. It still wasn’t enough to win him the Manager of the Year Award. That honor instead went to Oakland’s Bob Melvin, was selected American League Manager of the Year by members of the Baseball Writers Association of...
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