Strand Theatre
The crowd is on their feet in anticipation, but the ball isalready in the catcher
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Sox Leave 16 Standing, CC Outduels Lack

New York 5, Boston 2 | Yanks Improve to 3-13 vs. Sox
This Certainly Won't Be the Last Time Cervelli Gets 'Moved Off the Plate'
It Was Actually Keegan Bradley's Fist Pump That Started All The Plunking
Who Had Crawford As The Yankee Killer, with AG Going 0-for-5?
Chances Are ... The Sox Will Score More Next Time Around
Lackey Pitches Just Well Enough to Lose
Blind Squirrel Finds Nut, CC Beats Sox
Scutaro Doesn't Leave 'Em Standing

"Certain things, I think, can go too far. To me, the clap at home plate, he was excited, he hit a home run, so, second of the year. Good for him." -- Salty on Showboat Cervelli

"16 men LOB???? That's a good formula for trying to beat the Yankees. And what the hell is D. McDonald doing in the lineup? Yeah, yeah, I get the the lefty/righty matchup, but I'm sorry, he CAN'T HIT. I'd rather take my chances with Reddick. He couldn't have done any worse. Didn't seem like anyone was playing with any sense of urgency. Perhaps they don't understand the math...that the loss tonight means they have a half game lead. They were playing like they were up by 10 games. Pretty lame effort all around tonight..." -- Mark, postgame reaction


Francisco Cervelli, The Yankee Clapper

Francisco Cervelli, left, argues with Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after he was hit by a pitch from John Lackey during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park
(AP)

Maybe Salty Should Have Fed Him the
Alex Rodriguez Leather Sandwich Special

How We Roll
Sox Will Crush the Yankees at Fenway
(Boston Dirt Dogs / Jamison Odone Illustration)

First Things First, Sox Need to Keep on Top of the Yanks

Yes, This Is the Most Important Series in the History of Baseball
Wild Card Be Damned, Boston Looks to Lock Up Third AL East Title in Last 15 Years
Saturday in the Park, Sox Blow Away A's: Les is More 9-3, Bedard Just Can't Win 4-0
Wake Finally Picks Up Career Loss No. 178: Oakland 15, Boston 5

Lefty Groove

Miller throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 25, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.
(Rick Yeatts / Getty Images)

Miller Shines in the Spot Light, AG Hammers Away

Boston 6, Rangers 0 | Sox Mess with Texas Again
AG Was Told Final Round of HR Derby Taking Place in Texas
More Long Balls: Ortiz No. 25, Salty No. 13
Tip of the Cap to Cubs President Epstein for Leaving Us Aceves
Same Old Rangers: No Pitching

"I hit them in spurts, everybody knows that." -- A-Gon on his streak attack


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Texas Game Saw Massacre, Part II

Texas Rangers catcher Napoli kneels by home plate as Boston Red Sox's Crawford, left, and Lowrie, right, celebrate Crawford's two-run home run that also scored Lowrie in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas.
(AP)

Same Old Red Sox, Beating Up on the Texas Rangers

Boston 13, Rangers 2 | Offense Firing on All Cylinders
Welcome Back David Ortiz Gets Off on the Right Foot
Jumpstart Jacoby Jumps Right Back into the MVP Race
Yes Josh Beckett, You Can Beat the Mighty Texas Power Rangers
This Just In From Carlington: Crawford Learns to Hit Line Drives Again
It's Not the Heat, It's Just Franklin Morales Throwing Smoke
More Days in First Place Thanks to Coco Crisp
Another Day, Another AG HR

"Iíll still be disappointed with my personal performance, but if we win a World Series, whoís going to feel bad about that?" -- The answer is hard core Red Sox fans Carl Crawford


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Deep in the Hot of Texas
Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox hits a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sox Steal Rangers' Thunder, Gonzo Strikes Twice

Boston 11, Texas 5 | Sox Power Over Rangers
Everybody Hits in Texas: Crawford and Reddick, Too!
Lack in the Saddle Again: The Big Fired Up Texan Hangs Tough
Double Trouble from Scutaro, Dusty, Lavy, and Salty Two
Ells Returns with a Spark and a Web Gem

"I wasn't hitting as many home runs, but I wasn't worried about it. I was getting on base. The main thing is we're winning." -- Adrian Gonzalez, calm, cool, collected 3 RBI

Dirt Nap
Napoli is met at home plate by teammates after he hit a three run homer against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning of the baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011
(AP)

Sox Killer Mike Napoli Buries Boston Again
B-Team Bats Drop Dead in Texas

Boston 0, Defending AL Champs 4 | Wilson-of-a... Does It to Sox Again
Can't Win Bedard Left in Too Long By Tito, Didn't Matter in the End
How About Trying to Jumpstart Crawford in the Two Hole?
Reddick Can't Catch a Break

"I tried to throw strikes out there and keep the team in the ballgame. It was a good hit by Napoli and that was the deciding factor." -- Erik Bedard, dynamic motivational speaker

Wounded Worrier

What are we going to do with Crawford
(Stan Grossfeld / Boston Globe Staff)

This Just In: Crawford Can't Take a Little Criticism,
May Not Be Cut Out for Boston

John Tomase: Crawford Under Scrutiny
His Mood Swings, While He Just Swings and Misses
Tonight in Texas: Even Erik Bedard is Batting Ahead of Crawford
Hopefully Theo Has Fired His Private Investigators By Now
Boston 6, America's Farm Team 1 | Carl Smashes HR No. 8

"When he then gets criticized or questioned, he comes across as wounded, his tone suggesting, Canít you see how hard Iím working? I care more than any of you. Why isnít that enough?" -- The Herald's John Tomase on Carl Crawford

Tonight's the Night

Wakefield 200
(BDD Photo Illustration / D. Nickerson)

Our Long, National Nightmare Will Soon Be Over

Wake Finally Earns Career Victory No. 200 in Kansas City
If This Prediction is Wrong, It's Not the End of the World. Sincerely, Harold Camping
Boston 7, The Unfair Brutal Travel Schedule 1 | Crawford Scored a Run in Sox Win
Goatee Be Gone: AG Shaves Face To Stop Home Run Derby Dive
Welcome Back Andrew Miller and Jarrod Smashalamacchia
Sox 4, KC 3 | Beckett Survives Plane Ride, 5 Star Hotel Bed

Waste of Space

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How Long Can the Sox Afford to Hide Carl Crawful in the Lineup?

This Just In: Crawteria Contract Now the Worst Deal In the History of the World
Someone Gave Crawford $20M This Year? Investigate! Sincerely, University of Miami
And He Will Cost the Sox Jacoby Ellsbury at The End of the Day
Tampa Bay 4, 3-Hit-Sox 0 | Price Drops Sox to 8-8 in August
A-Gon Has Come Down with a Bad Case of Carl Crawford
How on Earth Is David Price Just 11-10?
Lackey Hit Hard, But It Didn't Matter

"I was feeling good and this series, for some reason, I just wasnít myself. Whatever the reason was, I struggled this series. I guess Iíve just got to go back and watch some video and start from scratch again." -- Carl Crawford... going to start from scratch... wonderful.

Good News: The $142 Million Mistake Is Over In Just ...

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Shake Your Booty? The Other Elephant in the Room Hopes to Play on Trip

Split Second
The Rays was credited with a steal of home as he scored when the ball either hit him or Red Sox catcher J. Varitek couldn
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Sox Find Themselves in Second Place in a New York Minute

G2: 6-2 and the Rays Get Even | G1: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1
You Don't Complete Me: Hellooo Niemann, Now Say Goodbye
Smooth Operators Turn Three: JLoww-to-M.C.-to-A.G. Highlights Loss
Not-So-Smooth: Jed's Throw Away at Home Highlights Rundown Disaster
Not Lost on Us: Dustin Pedroia May Have Locked Up a Gold Glove Award
Fouled-Off Bedard Must Think He's Going for Career Win No. 200
The As-Advertised Jon Lester Makes a Cameo Appearance
The Crawful Signing Continues: 0-for-6, 4 K's on the Day
Crawford Seems Like a Natural Fit Here. Sincerely, Edgar Renteria
Jake Keeps Raking, Home Runs No. 21 and 22 for Ells
Das Boot: Something's Afoot with Papi

"Yeah, I mean, there were a lot of crazy things that happened in the games. All sorts of crazy stuff.íí -- A last minute sub named Jed

Waiting for Wakefield

Rembrandt, Head of a Bearded Old Man Wearing a Fur Cap, ca. 1630, Isabel and Alfred Bader / Handout.
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Our Long, National Nightmare Continues

Seattle 5, Wakefield199 3 | Wait Is Starting to Get Heavy
No Beating Around Furbush, 149 Pound Lefty Pounds Sox
What's Carl Crawford Doing to Win Games for Boston? Not Too Much
A-Gon Keeps Racking Up the Singles When the Sox Need Homers
More Haterade: Brandon League Shows Good Closers are a Dime a Dozen
Go Be Mad, Cause Two Out of Three Ain't Good
Hickox Didn't Help

"I don't care about it. The first couple, yeah, but I'm just trying to pitch quality starts and quality innings to get us wins." -- Tim Waitfield... still waiting...

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Eighth Wonder

Lester watches as Francona walks out to take him out of the game after Lester gives up the eventual game-winning run on a hit by Thome at Target Field in Minneapolis
(Reuters)

Les Than Pleased That Lefty Was Left In

Minny 5, Boston 2 | Lester, Sox Failing Minnesota
119 Pitches Is a Little Too Much Today. Sincerely, Luis Tiant
Perkins Tries to School Papi But the Harder He Throws, The Longer It Goes
Magadan Admits the Godawful Home Run Derby Fiasco Messed with A-Gon's Swing
In Case You Missed It: The Venerable Tom Verducci on Night-Off Pedroia
Would Rather See Ramon Aviles in Right Field Thank You Tito
Et Tu, Alfredo?

ďHeís a guy, when he takes batting practice, he doesnít hit too many balls to the pull side [right field]. To go in there in the Home Run Derby and take 120 swings or however many they take, and everythingís pull, pull, pull, now itís kind of hard to back the ball up and go the other way again.Ē -- Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan on Gonzalez's power outage since The Home Run Derby

Home Run DMc

McDonald of the Boston Red Sox on his two run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning on August 9, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
(Hannah Foslien / Getty Images)

Who Else But Darnell McDonald?

Boston 4, Tim McClelland 3 | Ortiz Swinging Bunt the Difference
And David Ortiz Picks Up Two Cheap RBIs in One Day...
But Will He Ever Forgive Tito for Blowing Him Off After the Bust-In?
Doctor's Orders: Bobby Jenks Can Only HIt Tasty Burger 3 Times a Day Now
Pedroia's on the SI Cover While Youk's Getting Ready to Hide Under the Covers
And It's One Less Day Remaining on Carl Crawford's Contract
Bad Ump Dumps on Bedard, Erik Deserved a W
Phil Dumatrait, the Embedded Red Sox Pitcher
A 7 Pitch Save for Pap

"See, I should be in the home run derby next year." -- Darnell McDonald... wants to end up being a singles hitter like Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez, too

Don't Worry, Big Papi

Ortiz hits a single to centerfield that scores the game-winning run by McDonald
(Reuters)

Tim Waitfield Can't Get the Big W, but Papi Is
Right on Target for a Rally Big Win Over Twins

Boston 8, Minneapolis 6 | Comeback Kids in Another Late Win
The Neglected One Bangs Out Four Hits, Finds Home Run Stroke
Ortiz Furious About Joe Mauer Error, Wondering If It Cost Him an RBI
0-for-3 Reddick Must Be Feeling the Heat of J.D. Drew Breathing Down His Neck
Thanks for the Late Night, Early Night Schedule ESPN. Sincerely, Red Sox Defense
Scutaro Playing Like the Oft-Injured Jed Lowrie's Looking to Steal His Job
SI Cover Reminds Us That Dustin Pedroia Remains in the MVP Hunt
Tip of the Cap to Red Sox Nation MN for Rallying Sox in Sixth
Salty Keeps Pouring It on With Double, Homer
Acevulture Blows Save, Picks Up Wake's Win

"The last three starts, we've won two out of three of them. So that's the most important thing is keeping our lead in the American League East right now." -- Wakefield pretending not to care about Tim-200

"He heard the big elephant coming. He was shaking when I was coming." -- David Ortiz, the Elephant in the Room


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Reddickulous!
Reddick raises his fist after hitting the winning RBI single
(Elsa / Getty Images)

Mo Blows a Save. Reddick Kicks in for a Win.
Sox Stand Alone in First Place After Fenway Faceoff.

First Place 3, Second Place 2 | Extra Special Sox Take Series with Walkoff
Same Old Boston Red Sox, Setting Up the Tie With a Small Ball Bunt
That's Just the Muddy Chicken Being an MVP with the Must Have Sac Fly
It's Something: Carl Crawford Sneaking His Way Up to a .260 Average
Big Papi Jump Started It Marco Don't Forget About Me Scutaro
A Couple of Mistakes from Beckett Cost Him Another Win
Don't Forget About the Best 'Pen Ever: Wheeler, Bard Stand Out
While You Were Snoozing, Game Played in a Brisk 4:15
So 'Tek, About Last Night ...

"For us to to just come out here and grind like we have been doing all year with this lineup shows how much heart we have and talent that we really have on this ballclub." -- Josh Reddick after the game winning hit

This Just In: Carlos Slim to Replace Wally the Green Monster as Red Sox Mascot
Also, Chad Ochocinco Was Set to Pitch the 14th Inning for Sox


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Ells Kitchen
Ellsbury acknowledges the fans after he hit a walk off home run for the 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

Must-See AL MVP Takes Care of Business in the 9th Again
Sox Heating Up, Keep Cooking at Home

Boston 4, Cleveland 3 | Ho Hum, Just Another Walkoff
The Reports of Josh Reddick's Offensive Demise Were Greatly Exaggerated
Player of the Month Chips In With One of the Best Defensive Plays of the Season
Papelbon's Pitching So Good It's Time to Make Him a Starter Again
Randy Williams Gets the Franklin Morales Unsung Hero Award
Just 6 Years and 2 Months Left on Carl Crawford's Contract
Mike Aviles Reminding Us of His Uncle Ramon Aviles
No Worries, Wake Will Get No. 200 Next Time Out
When Salty's Bat Goes Soft, He Gets it Done on D
Kipnis Goodbye

"Where are the fm talk screamers who questioned Ellsbury when they knew nothing? Shout without knowledge? Where's the free food?" ---- Peter Gammons via Twitter

"We're going to compete until the last out and Papelbon came in and did a great job and Wake, hats off to him, he pitched wonderful." -- Jacoby Ellsbury to Heidi Watney on the field


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Walkoff This Way

Jacoby gets the walkoff winner
(Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

Ells Street Running Club Gets Walkoff Win

Boston 3, Cleveland 2 | Ellsbury Singles in Winner in 9th
Pinch of Salty Takes a Dive, Sox Stay Alive Alone in First Place
The Catcher Fingers Are Fine, But Orsillo May Have Mangled a Couple of Tito's
Youk Gets the Ball Rolling by Ripping One Over the Wall
A Good, Solid Half Days Work for Josh Beckett :-)
Tip of the Cap to 'Tek, Pap

"I just kept going and, like I said, my speed alone just kind of took over." -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Go Speed Racer Go ...


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Don't Look Now

Boston Dirt Dogs rear view mirror

(BDD Photo Illustration)

But the New York Yankees Are Just 1 Game Back
After Sox Lose Battle of Wounded Knee

Cleveland 9, Boston 6 | Indians Get a Leg Up on Sox at Fenway
It Was a Bard Day's Night, and Daniel Looked Like a Dog
Don't Tell Us... John Lackey Just Had an Issue with Location, That's All This Is
Rumors Continue to Swirl That the $142M Man Homered Last Night
Take It with a Grain of Salty: HR No. 10 Sneaks In
ScutarOK

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