Boston 11, Tampa Fade 3 | Clean Sweep on Tampa's Carpet Big Night for Beltre: 2 HRs, 12 TBs, .516 Ave. Last 8; 2010 All-Star? Check. Now Let's Have More Days in Third Place. Sincerely, Dan Duquette Sox Have Not Thrown Out Carl Crawford Since Nixon Was President Adrian... I always knew your swing was pretty. Sincerely, Rocky Balboa You Can't Stop Run DMc, Or Keep Him Out of the Lineup Lack Is Back, Baby. Lack Is Back
"It was nice to contribute and make sure we get the sweep against the team that's in front of us. It was huge. We remember that they did the same to us at our home." -- Yo, Adrian Beltre
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Ortiz Is the Only Superhero That Will Be Playing in Boston Friday Night Mr. Howard
Super Dave Ortiz Homers for 6th Time in 11 Games, 23 RBIs in May
Boston 2, St. Pete 0 | One-Hit Wondrous A Walk on the Wild Side But Lester Goes a Solid 6 Jon's 5-0 Over Last 7 Starts, Sox Win 7 Out of 8 He Was Maddon as Hell and He Wasn't Going to Take It Anymore Back of the 'Pen Comes Through Again Cam's Back... with an 0-for-3 and a K
"He was just like, 'That's a good pitch.' I'm thinking to myself, if the plate is in the other batter's box, then it's a good pitch. It went back and forth. He didn't want to back down, and I definitely wasn't going to lose a trash-talking contest." -- Gotta love Carl Crawford
Clay Slays Rays, Sox Stay Hot Like the Weather, Season Not Over
Boston 6, Rays 1 | Sox Trop Rays His Line Looks Like the Old Dice-K, But Buchholz Knows How to Get a Win Not Since Clemens in '92-'93: Eight Straight Road Wins for the Sox Next Ace Note to Tito: Keep Hermida in Left, Ells in Center, Cam on the Bench This Just In: Dustin Doesn't Stay in Slumps Forever: 3 Hits for 2B Good to Have Ells Back in Center, Not So Much at Leadoff Waiting for David Ortiz to Get Released Any Day Now It Wasn't Exactly Quick and Painless. Sincerely, Jack Bauer More Days in Fourth Place. Sincerely, Dan Duquette The Youk, The Youk, The Youk is on Fiyah The Captain is Always Ready to Step In Hat Tip to Hideki Okajima
"He's day to day, like we all are." -- Terry Francona on V-Mart's toe injury
Boston 6, Minnesota 2 | Sox Put It All Together For Real: Lester's .719 Winning Percentage is Best Ever for Pitchers with 100 Starts Youk Stays Hot, Locks Up His Spot on the All-Star Team Beltre May Get to 8 Home Runs After All Leadoff Hitter Du Jour? Old MacDonald And It All Happened in Just 2:32
Theo's a Better Man for Not Watching that Bomb in the Bronx Monday Nothing's Keeping Him Awake at Night... Not Even a Great Show And Was He at an Afternoon Audition To Be MacGruber's Stunt Double? Photos: Top Sports Mustaches
Looks like Sox GM Theo Epstein attended Monday night's Pearl Jam concert after all. While the Sox were blowing a game in the Bronx, Theo apparently did attend the sold-out show at TD Garden. As we've seen with the gorilla costume, this is not the first time the Red Sox GM has shown he's a master of disguise.
And according to a 2006 Sports Illustrated article, Epstein has a thing for hiding his identity at Pearl Jam shows in particular: "...and last week he went to a Pearl Jam show in Boston wearing a fake mullet wig, glasses, a blue hat and a hooded sweatshirt so that he wouldn't be recognized."
The Globe's Nick Cafardo wrote this week that some questioned where Epstein's priorities are. "Criticize Epstein, if you must, for his team construction, his moves (or lack thereof)," Cafardo wrote. "But please, spending two hours at a Pearl Jam concert makes you angry?"
Buchholz Will Be the Ace When the 2011 Pursuit Begins
Boston 3, Minnesota 2 | Clay Keeps Twins Bats Cold Hello All-Star: Since Aug. 19, Clay's 11 Wins are the Most by Any AL Pitcher Love to Have a Fastball, Slider, Curve, and Change. Sincerely J. Papelbon Beckett Back on the DL, Sox Wish They Could Have Contract Extension Back That Single Run: Beltre, Hermida, and Bill Hall Share the Win So Was That Another Sell Out at Soggy Fenway Last Night? Vote Bard for Closer in 2011
"You go out there and throw eight innings and go back out for the ninth, and I almost felt like I let the team down because I couldn’t make it through the ninth ... I think anybody on the staff can take the responsibility to pick up the rotation. I definitely wanted to go out and get deep into the game." -- Clay Buchholz, the deep threat for starters
"I was hoping all night long I would get another chance. It's a heavyweight fight. They might get one good blow in but they're not going to knock me down." -- The Surefire Closer on his clean ninth: a hit, a walk, a strikeout
Now Playing in Theaters
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1. He's Got a Tight Back... It's Always Something 2. More Winter Sit-ups Maybe? More Than One Anyway? 3. Death, Taxes, and Beckett Not Executing and Missing Location 4. Shouldering the Load: He's Not Throwing 95 Anymore 5. Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Large Fries, Coke 6. He Stopped Owning the Yankees Years Ago 7. 1-1, 7.29 ERA, and 4 More Years, $68 Million 8. Sox Can't Rebuild Staff Until 2015
New York 11, Wait Til Next Year 9 | Papelblown in 9th Love to Hear from Boras on How the Matsuzaka Investment Is Paying Off So Theo's Store-Bought Stone-Glove Defense Is Supporting the Bridge? Too Bad No One's Talking About Youk, J.D., V-Mart, Ortiz This Morning Will Papelbon Be Theo's Best Trade Bait to Rebuild Come July 31? Oh the Shame of Getting Beat By Marcus Thames
"Flat fastballs, poorly executed pitches on my behalf. Usually in those situations bad things happen." -- Jonathan Papelbon... not talking about raising the bar for closer's salaries today
"There's no way we should have lost that game [Saturday night]. The good thing is that we've got another game in 13 hours, so we won't have time to dwell on it." -- Kevin Youkilis, finished with a career-high five walks... but none with the bases loaded
Mayor Menino Thinks It Was Jason Varitek That Split the Uprights to Win Super Bowl XXXVI
Menino Wide Right at Orr Statue Ceremony I Believe Manny Ortez Was the Holder for That Kick. Sincerely, John Kerry The Kick Was Set Up on a Pass from Sammy Sooser to Mike McGwire. Sincerely, Ghost of Ted Kennedy Great to See Rams Quarterback Curt Schilling in Tears After the Game. Sincerely, Martha Coakley The Rams Were My Favorite Team Growing Up. Sincerely, President Obama
"I don't want to take anything away from these guys, but I think I would have had a bad start no matter who I faced. I just put the ball over the plate. I felt like I had a good hook tonight, but I didn't have a good heater." -- A.J. Burnett reminding Sox fans not to get too excited by last night's win
This Just In ...
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Werner Brings In Betty White in Effort to Get Sox' Chronic Underperformers to Step It Up During Showtime (Yes, This Means You Josh Beckett)
Victor Martinez Brings His Bat to Help Sox Sweep Up Angels
Boston 11, Orange County Floppers 6 | Sweeping Changes Who Said This Team Couldn't Score Runs, Theo? Dice-K Being Dice-K: The Painful 5+ Inning Stint... But Nice Finishing Touch Not Manny Delcarmen's Best Performance. Sincerely, Simon Cowell Hey Remember When Kazmir Used to Own the Sox? No More Beltre Stays Red Hot, Hermida, Run DMc Knock in Runs So Will The Sox Sweep the Yankees, or Get Swept?
"After the first inning I thought about what had happened and I knew my pitch count was getting up there and I had no idea how long I’d be able to stay in there. I decided I would tough it out as long as I could." -- Daisuke Matsuzaka... warrior...
36-year-old former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who rejoined his original team for one day in March, and then retired, ending a 14-year MLB career, nine with Boston, comes back tonight.
Nomar's feelings about not being on the field in 2004 when the Sox won the World Series: "You know I felt like I was [on the field], I really did. Because all the phone calls I was getting from the guys that were there, calling me after they win, after the games leading up and they win in the playoffs calling me on the bus, 'Did you see the game?' And I was calling them as well telling them, 'Congratulations. I'm pulling for you, this is great." So I felt like I was there. I always believe that, I realize something, when I put this uniform on, I've been playing all these years with the Boston Red Sox that us as individuals, as players, you always talk about winning the World Series and being a part of the World Series and in Boston, there's something greater than an individual, me as a player, winning the World Series. When I was there I always realized there's something bigger than us, as players. It's winning the World Series for these people. These people that have bled, cried, cheered over the years. Winning the World Series in Boston is more than an individual player winning the World Series. It was winning the World Series for these people, for the Red Sock Nation."
It Was Just 15 Years Ago ...
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... When A Skinny Kid with No Attitude Popped Up at Camp
More Red Tape
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... Then Nomar Finally, Hopefully, Throws in the Towel
"Kids crying all over Boston for a month or two, or maybe some even now still crying at night going to sleep. Nomar was... hey look, I feel it's saad that Nomar's still not a Red Sock. He was the link. Williams. Yaz. Nomar..." -- ESPN's Nomar Delusionist Chris Berman, October 2004
Those Were the Days My Friend ...
(BDD / Steve Kurth Illustration)
We Thought They'd Never End. ... So Long, Garciapopup
Boston 5, Orange County 1 | Doubly Good Les is More: 120 Pitches Puts Angels Behind the 8th-ball Jon Lester Jelled, and He's Learning to Work His Way Out of Jams Sure Cano May Make It an All-Yankee All-Star Infield, but Pedroia Does It All Captain Laser Show Speaks Up for a Struggling David Ortiz... But Big Papi Talk Is Getting as Cheap as a .149 Ave./ 2Ks, 2 DPs Last Night Marco Scutaro Is Turning Out to Be a Nice Little Shortstop, Eh Nomar? Speaking of Ortiz, Iron Mike Lowell Stepping Up in a Pinch This Time Best Part: of the Night? A Brisk 2:56 Game Photos: See For Yourself
"David's fine. He's one of our teammates. We believe in him. He's going to come out of it. He's had 60 at-bats. A couple of years ago I had 60 at-bats and it was me hitting .170 and everybody was ready to kill me, too. Then what happened? 'Laser show.'" -- Red Sox captain Dustin Pedroia, who was batting .172 on May 1, 2007, but went on to win the AL Rookie of the Year
Big Night Out
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Sox, Bruins, Celtics All Winners ... What Are They Putting in the Water Up There in Boston?
Boston 5, California 1 | No Place Like Home to Make Some Noise Beltre, Hall Become Red Sox at Fenway with First Boston Homers Gritty Youk, Intense Pedroia Go Deep in Hit Parade,Too 20 Hits a Night Would Perfect for a Pitching and Run Prevention Powerhouse Drew Is On One of His Hot Streaks... How Long Will It Last? Mike Lowell Is Fighting His Way into the Lineup Every Day A Real Sellout? Fans Still Filing in for Monday Night's Game
"Tonight was a great feeling. It doesn't matter how. We were able to put a lot of good at-bats together." -- Red Sox first-base-DH-type Victor Martinez
Sox Swept in the Place Formerly Known as Fenway South A Nation Prepares to Throw in the Towel on 2010
Sun.: Baltimore 3, Boston 2 | X'd Out by O's Beckett Takes a Step Forward, But Are the Sox Too Far Back? Is Jonathan Papelbon a JAC? Just Another Closer? Who Had Bruins Taking the Heat Off Sox, and V-Tek Being the Team MVP? V-Tek or V-Mart? 7 of 11 Varitek Hits for Extra Bases This Season Getting Swept in Baltimore Is Inexcusable and Unforgivable. Sincerely, Dick Drago '74 And When Everything Else Is Going Wrong... The Manager Kills Them in a Pinch Run, Jason Run! Sat.: Baltimore 12, Boston 9 | Dice Rolled Over Does Theo Still Call Him Matsuzaka-san and National Treasure? And David Ortiz Comes Alive Against Junk Pitching Wake Me Up Before They, Go Go: Not Time for Tim in Relief Hey Scott Boras, Don't Forget to Put This In Your Matsuzaka Free Agent Binder: Bottom Line, He Comes Undone: 4 2/3 Innings, 2 Homers, 6 Earned Runs Fri.: Baltimore 5, Boston 4 | Tejada They Fall, Again Lackey Pitches Well Enough to Win, But Doesn't Again Blown Save Daniel Bard... Rifleman Misfires Again Boston Gets 10 Walks and Still Can't Score Runs Sox Could Use a Guy Like Tejada They Fall
"Things haven't really changed. We talked about this last week. We're still playing bad baseball. Unintelligent, undisciplined, uninspired baseball. It's got to change. It either changes itself or we have to do something to change it." -- GM Theo Epstein to the Boston Herald