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August 25, 2008 - 3:58 am
It could have been worse for Jacoby Ellsbury . In fact, it once was. Ellsbury's catch against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre yesterday, in which he slammed against a chain-link fence in right-center, was not the most violent of his career. As a college sophomore, Ellsbury was playing right field...
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Rob Bradford
August 25, 2008 - 2:26 am
As my colleague Mike Felger points out, points out, and then points out again, Clay Buchholz has disappointed this season. Expectations were high. Higher than high. Higher than Yao Ming , Sandy Allen , and Tommy Chong  combined. But few would have expected that on Aug. 25 we would be staring at...
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Rob Bradford
August 23, 2008 - 4:24 pm
A few thoughts as we head into a new week: Guitar Hero isn't truly heroic until this man gets involved -- Esteban . This guy fascinates me. Who would have ever thought this guy was from Pittsburgh? It was a bad day for the Red Sox and some Chinese diver. Those who had Zhou Luxin in the platform...
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Rob Bradford
August 22, 2008 - 2:06 pm
PHILADELPHIA -- Some in Boston would respond to Dodgers' manager Joe Torre's assertion that Manny Ramirez , 'has a lot of ballplayer in him,' with, "Yeah, among other things." But after taking the temperature of Los Angeles clubhouse prior to the Dodgers' game with the Phillies, Friday night at...
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Rob Bradford
August 22, 2008 - 11:40 am
PHILADELPHIA -- "Hi!" There you go. That was our conversation. Manny Ramirez , dressed in his No. 99 Dodger Blue was in lock-down mode when it came to media matters. The pause button definitely went on today. It started when the clubhouse first opened and the Philly press was ready to pounce,...
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Rob Bradford
August 22, 2008 - 3:45 am
Just in case you want to check in later, I'll be in Philadelphia covering the Dodgers-Phillies game. You can probably figure out why ... (and no it has nothing to do with Greg Maddux ' second-first start with the Dodgers). I'll bring you every dreadlocked update possible throughout the late...
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Rob Bradford
August 22, 2008 - 2:36 am
Woke up this morning and this thought popped into my head -- is it so ridiculous to suggest the Red Sox would not trade Jon Lester straight-up for Johan Santana . First we can go to the numbers: Santana has a 2.75 ERA compared to Lester's 3.17. Santana is 11-7, while Lester is 12-4. (I know, wins...
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Rob Bradford
August 21, 2008 - 4:59 pm
I promised I would be back today, and, at 11:58 p.m., I am. There has been some truly magnificent blogging today on our Web site, including an extremely insightful entry from Gary from Chapel Hil l regarding Tim Wakefield . I have to go (I didn't say I was going to have time for a good entry. That...
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August 21, 2008 - 6:35 am
The potential seemed limitless. In just his second major-league start, on the final day of the season, the pitcher tore through the enemy lineup like paper. The 21-year-old stood just one batter from a no-hitter in which the sole imperfection was someone else's fault. The right-hander had recorded...
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Rob Bradford
August 21, 2008 - 5:20 am
Sorry about the tardy post. I'm going to try and get to this earlier in the morning on a regular basis, but packing my bag in Baltimore and getting out of town slowed me down a bit. I wanted to first make mention of tomorrow night's starter for the Red Sox , Paul Byrd . I don't know if you knew,...
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