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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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Rob Bradford
April 28, 2018 - 9:10 pm
Eduardo Nunez is the kind of player you should want on your team. He showed that with Red Sox last year, which was the reason he's back, knee problems and all. Playing second base on a regular basis, however? That's looking more and more like a square peg in a round hole. Nunez is a guy whose good...
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Daniel Robertson
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John Tomase
April 27, 2018 - 10:26 pm
It's easy to remember that Drew Pomeranz finished last season with a career-high 17 wins. It's easy to forget how that season began. Pomeranz opened 2017 on the disabled list, debuted on April 11, and was struggling with a 3-3 record and 4.97 ERA as late as May 20. That afternoon, he openly feuded...
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Rob Bradford
April 08, 2018 - 4:58 pm
What should have been a memorable come-from-behind win over the Rays had already evolved into something significantly more uncomfortable for the Red Sox. That was evident the moment Xander Bogaerts paused while limping off the infield in the seventh inning to put his arm around Red Sox trainer Paul...
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Xander Bogaerts
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John Tomase
April 07, 2018 - 4:00 pm
The power surge was coming. Since the opening at-bat of the season, when Tampa's Kevin Kiermaier robbed Mookie Betts of three bases with a leaping catch in the deepest recess of Tropicana Field, the Red Sox had struggled to score runs despite solid contact. Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Betts...
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Rob Bradford
April 07, 2018 - 11:03 am
The best starting rotation in baseball (after seven games, anyway) is about to get all its guys back. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Saturday morning that Drew Pomeranz -- who has been sidelined with a strained flexor tendon -- will pitch for Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday at McCoy Stadium. If all goes...
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Hanley Ramirez
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John Tomase
April 05, 2018 - 6:15 pm
Hanley Ramirez laced the game-winner to deep right field, rounded first base with his arm raised, and then ran for his life. One of the breakout stars of this early Red Sox season, Ramirez delivered the shivering fans who stuck around for 12 innings on Thursday a home opener to remember with a...
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Rob Bradford
March 30, 2018 - 9:49 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Price said he felt good heading into the season , but it would have been hard to imagine he felt this good. Price was absolutely dominant in his first start of the 2018 season, completely shutting down the Rays for seven innings, throwing just 76 pitches, 55 for...
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Alex Cora
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John Tomase
March 29, 2018 - 9:41 pm
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in John Farrell's kitchen. If the phrase, "Ain't as easy it looks," were muttered, would anyone object? Same goes for, "See? It wasn't me." Welcome to Boston, Alex Cora. Hope you brought a helmet. The new Red Sox manager debuted on Thursday in St. Petersburg, and for...
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Rob Bradford
March 29, 2018 - 7:01 pm
ST. PETERSURG, Fla. -- Well, the first seven innings went as planned. After that, not so much. Chris Sale dominated. Red Sox hitters hunted early in the count, putting up four runs thanks to an inside-the-park homer from Eduardo Nunez and a couple of RBIs off the bat of Rafael Devers. Xander...
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