Red Sox Bullpen

Red Sox reliever Travis Lakins
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Nick Friar
April 23, 2019 - 5:22 pm
In addition to adding Darwinzon Hernandez to the Major League club as the 26th man for Game 2 of the Red Sox doubleheader against the Tigers on Tuesday, Boston has promoted right-handed reliever Travis Lakins from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bobby Poyner has been sent down to Triple-A as the corresponding...
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Nick Friar
April 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
Chris Sale’s disappointing outing on Tuesday overshadowed the fact Alex Cora brought Matt Barnes, the Red Sox semi-closer, semi-super reliever, in the ninth inning despite it being a non-save situation. Under his watch, the Blue Jays added to their 6-5 after Barnes drilled Billy McKinney and gave...
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Brandon Workman
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John Tomase
October 23, 2018 - 12:13 pm
His secret exposed, Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman leans forward, ever so slightly, and furrows his brow. “Who said this, first off?” he asks conspiratorially, admitting nothing. Uhh, everyone, he’s told. Nathan Eovaldi. Heath Hembree. Craig Kimbrel. Joe Kelly. And Matt Barnes, definitely Matt...
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Brandon Workman
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John Tomase
October 06, 2018 - 2:23 am
Uh, are we supposed to survive 10 more games of this? On Friday night, the Red Sox won Game 1 of the American League Division Series with a 5-4 nail-biter over the Yankees that felt kinda like a loss by the time the middle relievers were done leaving their foul imprint on the game. Things got so...
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John Tomase
September 26, 2018 - 12:19 pm
The Red Sox can cross one name off their list of potential postseason relievers: Tyler Thornburg. Manager Alex Cora said before Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles that the team will "stay away" from Thornburg, who has been pushed as far as his recovery from shoulder surgery would allow. "...
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Jim Hackett
September 20, 2018 - 3:30 pm
“Rolaids spells relief.” Remember that ad? Back in August I purchased a few packs of Rolaids in anticipation of what the Red Sox relievers would do to my stomach in October. After roughly three weeks of September baseball I’m thinking that I should have ordered a few crates… This season is truly...
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Andrew Benintendi
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John Tomase
September 07, 2018 - 11:05 pm
How you feeling about that Red Sox bullpen? For three-quarters of Friday night's showdown with the Astros, the Red Sox were the better team. David Price limited the defending World Series champs to one hit through six innings. Mookie Betts stole a run with a daring first-to-third two batters into...
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John Tomase
September 04, 2018 - 12:36 pm
Tony La Russa basically invented the modern bullpen, with its specialists and setup men clearing a path to the closer. And when he discusses the ideal of mix of complements, he hits upon the issue that plagued the Red Sox relief corps perhaps as much as anything else in August. It's all about not...
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Ryan Pressly
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John Tomase
September 02, 2018 - 12:58 pm
The Red Sox entered the trade deadline with one glaring need: bullpen. They failed to address it, instead seeking upgrades on the bench (Steve Pearce), at second base (Ian Kinsler), and in the rotation (Nathan Eovaldi). It's fair to say that trio has represented a net positive, even with Eovaldi...
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Jim Hackett
August 23, 2018 - 11:59 am
What have you learned the last three games against Cleveland? No matter how good the Red Sox are (and they’re really good), getting out of the American League will not be easy. Cleveland has flaws, but watching their ensemble in the late innings Monday and Tuesday night reminded me of a specific...
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