A-Gon Gets the Big Hit, Red Sox Roar Back Against Tigers
Boston 6, Detroit 4 | Sox on a Little Roll Bobby Valentine Is the Early Leader for AL Manager of the Year
Lester Had the Right Stuff, But Albers Picks Up the 14-Pitch Win
Gonzo Can't Go Deep Like Before HR Derby, But He'll Do Anything to Win
Hey Paplebon! Alfredo Aceves Can Get 4-Out Saves and Work 4 Days Straight
Happy Days Are Here Again: They're the Best Last Place Team in Baseball!
Take Me to Your Leader: David Ortiz Playing Like an MVP
More Good News: Papi Won't Do the Home Run Derby Just Let Youk and Middlebrooks Keep Slugging It Out
Byrd Spreads His Wings and Makes a Great Catch
"You canít let injuries overtake you. It seems like every time we turn around we have another one, but you have to be ready with other guys who can step in and play at a high level, and thatís what we have on this team." -- Red Sox de facto captain David Ortiz
They Both Need a Little Pedroia In Them
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Are Crawford and Ellsbury Doing All They Can to Get Back In the Lineup As Soon As Possible?
J.D. Crawford Doesn't Even Know What Day He'll Start Throwing Again
And Jacoby Should-Be-Back-By-Now Is Just Starting to Play Catch? Seriously?
When Will Scott Boras Let His Meal Ticket Aluminum Foil Man Play Baseball? Will a Stop-Payment on Their Paychecks Speed Things Up?
The Fortune .500's 6, Tigers 3 | Finally, More Wins Than Losses Sure, Carl Crawford Can Hit 100 Mile Per Hour Fastballs
Not Sure If No-Name Sox Can Survive Without Pedroia
And How's 6-8 Week Jacoby Ellsboras Doing?
Jury Still Out on Bard, But He Threw Hard
Ortiz Quiets Down, Bat Heats Up
Aceves Settles Back Down
"I tried to just calm myself down and keep it simple." -- Dirt Dog Daniel Nava delivers
"There are very few sportsmen who can match his global reach, appeal and iconic status...
Weíre going to be able to focus on how to create opportunities for LeBron." -- Red Sox chairman Tom Werner on your friend LeBron James
"What FSM does for Roush Fenway, Liverpool and the Red Sox, we will now do for LeBron James... This represents the next step in our evolution, to represent one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet.
... [This partnership] enables us to apply our team and brand marketing experience to elevate LeBron to new heights.Ē -- Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy
(BDD Photo Illustration / Nick B)
They're Making a Fortune and They Can't Get Over .500
Basement Dwellers Manage Just Two Hits in the Easiest Hitting Park in Baseball
Boston 1, Baltimore 4 | Sox Regain Sole Possession of Last Place It Was a Nice Little Run for Strikeout King Felix
So Much for the Stacked Lineup, Over .500 Drought Continues
So Can We Trade Matsuzaka and Lackey for Matusz? Probably Not.
Looked Like Another Fenway South Sellout to Us. Sincerely, The Red Sox Ticket Office
So, Where Were the Leaders Night? Just Kidding David... Lighten Up...
I Love Saying 'More Days in First Place.' Sincerely, Dan Duquette
Hey, Hey, Hey It's Matt Albers Getting Hammered By His Old Club
No Truth to Rumor Sox Will Activate Dwight Evans for RF Today
Bright Side: Welcome Back Youk Provides a Little Punch
"There's not more to the story than playing tonight and just going out there and playing...that's it. There's not a story here, just going out and playing.... I played first base for five years here, it's not like they asked me to play center." -- Kevin Youkilis... used to play third base... but no story here...
"I never try to strike them out. If I strike them out, itís OK." -- Felix Doubront, falls to 4-2
Ortiz to Gordo on ESPNBoston.com: "Basically, it seems like no matter what you do, it's not good enough. And you can only call leaders the guys who are out diving for balls on the field or calling pitches behind the plate? No. 1, I don't agree with that. And No. 2, what I do I don't do for people to know. I do it for my teammates, to get to know things better. I don't give a [expletive] about anybody knowing what we talk about, No. 1. And No. 2, I don't give a [expletive] what they call leaders."
(oo) What you want
(oo) Papi's got
(oo) What you need
(oo) You know Papi's got it?
(oo) All he's askin'
(oo) Is for a little respect when hits homers (just a little bit)
Hey Papi (just a little bit) when he comes home
(just a little bit) mister Henry (just a little bit)
He's never done you wrong while Manny's gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong (oo) 'cause he don't wanna (oo)
All he's askin' (oo)
Is for a little respect when drives you home (just a little bit)
Papi (just a little bit) when he drives you home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)
Henry's given me all of his money
But all I'm askin' in return, Henry
Is to give me my props
When I hit homers (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah Papi (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When I hit homers (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)
Find out what it means Papi
Take care, Big Papi
Rally Big Win
Sox Storm Back to Beat Baltimore
Boston 8, Baltimore 6 Clay Chevrolet... Used to Be a Cadillac
It's the Bullpen Theo Epstein Always Dreamed Of, But Never Had
Papelfraud: A-save-es Proves Anyone Can Put Up Big Save Numbers
Middlebrooks Back on Top Just In Time
Mr. Diving for Balls Goes 2-for-4, Picks Up 2 More RBIs
Holding Pattern: V-Pad Is Becoming Quite the Cusion
Eutaw Ortiz Bombed the Bomb Before Talking the Talk
Birthday Boy Andrew Miller... On the Brink of Greatness
Keep Looking the Other Way While Salty Racks Up the Ks's
"We got a lead and we gave it up and we weren't going to be denied." -- V is for Victory
The Philly Hillbilly Draws First Blood Against Boston
Philadelphia 6, Boston 4 | Sox Lose Control Low 5 for Daniel Bard: 5th Loss, 5 Innings, 5 Runs, 5 Walks
They Won Because the Philly Fans Know the Game Better Than You
And Wasn't Hamels Supposed to Teach Middlebrooks a Lesson?
Day Late and a Dollar Short Dept: Congratulations, Adrian Gonzalez
"No man, Valentine canít distract Cinco, man. Cinco has ice water in his veins." -- Papelbon still carrying on with this Cinco Ocho nonsense. At least Chad Johnson was original.
Toot-Toot, Hey, Beep-Beep Big Win for the Dirty Bad Boys of Summer
Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3 | Dim All the Lights in the Trop Heaven Knows Fouls and Batting Practice Pops Are Not Home Runs...
No Wonder Adrian Gonzalez Has Become Just a Banjo Hitter in Boston
Gonzo Takes It Hard After Faux Guarantee: 'Give Me Some Moore Please'
I Feel Love for Dustin Pedroia, That's It. Sincerely, Fenway Faithful
No More Tears -- Enough Is Enough -- Sox Turnaround Starts Now
This Time I Know It's For Real: Cody Ross HR, 4 RBIs
Rumor Has It Middlebrooks Goin' Down to Pawtucket
Love to Love You Baby: Doubront Wins 3d Straight
Hot Stuff: Mike Aviles Loses His Cool After K
On the Radio: Bobby V in Yankee Town Today
Aceves Aces Last Dance for Save No. 8
"I was going after this game tonight. The guys really wanted this game, and I was just going to do everything we could to win it.... Guys had complaints tonight and I was with them. We've got to fight through it, that's for sure. We're trying our hardest, and I think they're trying their hardest, too." -- Bobby V... not playing the role of a Stepford Wife for once
"Is this the World Series?" -- Don Orsillo on a hot mike after a Bobby V pitching change
Gonzalez Guarantees Home Run God to Red Sox Nation: Let's Pump the Brakes on the Predictions Here Ghost of Babe Ruth Seen Pointing to Second Baseman with AG at the Plate Curt Schilling's Betting the House on A-Gon
"I'm seeing something closer to 1-for-4 with a run scored, but no, no home run tonight for Adrian Gonzalez." -- God responds to Adrian Gonzalez's bold prediction
Tampa Rays 2, Red Sox 1 | Sox Stumble, Tumble in the Trop Sox Balk the Balk, Go Wild, Bounce Around, Hit Batters
Bright Side: Buchholz Was Not His Usual Horrendous Self
What the Hellickson Is Going On with Adrian Gonzalez?
More Good News: Bullpen of Steel Has Strong Outing
Youk Looks Ready, Time to Ship Down Middlebrooks
Rhymes With Scary
ď I tried to break my stride down and kind of tripped over myself and had to reach back and grab it... I lost my footing. I almost rolled my ankle, it felt like, when I was breaking my steps down. I pushed forward and had to reach back. ...Just a lot of stuff going on in that play. It was awful. It ended up costing us the game.Ē -- Cody Ross, graceful as an elephant in the outfield
Boston 5, Seattle 0 | Candle in the Win for the Birthday Boy Redemption Song? Happy Birthday to You
Beckett's Bottom Line: 7 IP, 4 Hits, 0 Runs, 9 Ks
Stop the Presses: 4 Straight Games Under 3 Hours
Big Papi Gives Mariners the Run-Around, Two Ways
Sox Outscoring Opponents 34-8 During 5-Win Streak
Hold the Applause: Bobby Should Have Taken Him Out Mid-Inning
And It's the 732nd Consecutive Sellout to Boot, No Really
Ichiro? He Plays for Seattle. Sincerely, Jimi Williams
So What Do We Have Here with Mr. Daniel Nava?
The 0-drian Gonzalez Watch in On Again
Aviles's Bat Comes Alive in the 9-Hole
"That's his saddle and he looked pretty comfortable in it." -- Bobby V, postgame
"I don't think I was trying to make a statement." -- Josh Beckett, on his early velocity
Boston 6, Seattle 1 | Four in a Row for the Red Hot Red Sox Master and Commander: Lester Effort Helps Right the Ship
Just Sayin' Dept.: Josh Reddick, 9 HRs, Adrian Gonzalez Has 2
Water Seeks Its Own Level. Sincerely, Mike Aviles
Deep Threats Nava, Shop Homer in Easy Win
Streak Over for Dustin Pedroia at 14
Best Park: Game Time: 2:25
"When you're working fast, it's a good thing to be able to pitch and not think about anything. Sometimes you have nights like this where things are going your way." -- Jon Lester on being the anti-Josh Beckett
After Beckett Blow Up, Sox Bounce Back Against Tribe
Friday: Boston 7, Cleveland 5 | Buchholz Stays Off Bus to Pawtucket
Captain Pedroia Stays Red Hot with 3 RBIs
Another Not-So-Clean Save for Aceves
Saturday: Boston 4, Cleveland 1 | Doubront Does It Again
Ross Puts Game Away with HR No. 6
Another Day, Another Save for Aceves
Sunday: Boston 12, Cleveland 1 | Mother of All Blowouts
Salty Shakes Up the Offense, Willowbrooks Homers Again
Hot Nava: Little Left Fielder Gets Right in the Flow
Bard's a Little Shaky, But It Doesn't Matter
"I donít want to be part of a reality show. If I wanted to be part of a reality show I would move to LA. Thatís not what Iím here for. Iím here to win baseball games and weíre not doing a good job of that. Am I part of the solution or am I part of the problem? I want to part of the solution, not part of the problem..."
"It sucks because it seems nobody else wants you here except for your teammates. What are supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to go home and pout and take that home with me. That ainít happening. Thatís not me. Like I said, if I wanted to be part a reality show I would go to LA. Iím not into that." -- Josh Beckett to Rob Bradford
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Beckett: "This is like being in a reality show. Khloe and Lamar in Boston."
"They took the beer out of the clubhouse, but nothing changed. They switched the man in the manager's office, but he's no better. The rot in the Boston Red Sox organization runs too deep for cosmetic upgrades, and nobody better personifies it than Josh Beckett, the clueless, defiant egomaniac who's poisoning another Red Sox season." -- Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
"We get 18 off days a year. I think we deserve a little time to ourselves... I spend my off days the way I want to spend them... My off day is my off day." -- Josh Beckett, off base again
While Josh Spends All His Time Putting Around For The Wollaston Whisperer
"But I'm sure that Josh wouldn't do anything that's going to jeopardize his team or his season. I know that." -- Bobby V, the comedian
Beckett Hung McDonald Out to Dry Sunday, But He Hit Long Drives on Thursday
Josh Couldn't Pitch in the 17th, But He Had No Problem Playing 18 Holes
Yes, Hitting Long Drives All Day Long Is the Best Remedy for a Bad Back
Every Game Counts, Every Game... Every Game... Especially Golf
He's Got the World on a String
(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)
Beckett Keeps Doing Whatever He Wants, Whenever He Wants
And No One in the Red Sox Organization Will Stand Up to Him
"If that was the case [that Beckett played 18 holes], I would say that was less than the best thing to do on that day off." -- Bobby V yesterday
"I've never seen a pitcher get hurt playing golf." -- the shell of the puppet that is Bobby V today... after they got to him
"Coming in here, you kind of get these old vibes that are fresh in your mind. We had a lot of good memories here, and I have a lot of fond memories of the players. It's a great place to play, too." -- 6.19.09, Derek Lowe makes a Brave return
Sox Announcer Held Back After Benches Clear in 2007
'Now Being Restrained for the Red Sox Media Team, Carl Beane'
"New York pitcher Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record and ESPN.com drilled Red Sox broadcaster Uri Berenguer (Spanish Beisbol Network) with a fastball in the helmet. Berenguer collected himself off the dirt before saying a few words to Klapisch, who approached home plate with more adult words. Both players were restrained. Benches emptied. Red Sox [media team] manager Carl Beane got into the action, which featured plenty of pushing and shoving." -- -- 6.4.07, Kevin Gray, Union Leader Blog
Royals Rally in the 8th for Win, Sox Season Slip Sliding Away
Kansas City 6, Boston 4 | No Finishing Touch for Red Sox Gonzo Hits Just Enough to Get Everyone Off His Back for a Day
Vaunted Red Sox Offense Puts up Goose eggs from the Sixth Inning On
Middlebrooks Cramp Puts Damper on Fast Start for Youk's Replacement
Will He or Won't He Be Able to Stay in the Lineup the Rest of the Way?
Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Matt Albers Blowing the Save
"I thought [Bard] was in complete control of the game." -- Bobby V... wrong again
Let's play the player game:
Player A is Dustin Pedroia. He's the third best hitting second baseman in Major League Baseball (.309/.384/.504), 4 home runs, plays flawless defense, 14 walks against 15 strikeouts, makes $8 million this season.
Player B is Adrian Gonzalez. He's the 12th best hitting first baseman in Major League Baseball (.280/.343/.390), 2 home runs, 12 walks against 24 strikeouts, makes $21 million this season.
Could This Be the Second Coming of One of The Last Great Third Basemen?
No. 64's Season Is Starting to Look Like Brooks Robinson's MVP Year in '64 2 Home Runs, 10 Total Bases for the Red Hot Red Sox Rookie
Youk Can Take All the Time He Needs. Sincerely, Bob from Accountemps
Cold School Hamels Would Like to Welcome Will Middlebrooks to the Big Leagues
I Don't Think It's Fair for Youkilis to Lose His Job. Sincerely, Drew Bledsoe
Kevin Youkilis Will Now Be Known as the Greek God of Pinch Hitting
Where There's a Will There's a Way...
The Weary 11, Kansas City 5 | Road Sweet Road 16 Hits After 17 Innings Gets Hapless Sox Back on the Winning Track in KC
The $173,186,617 Team Beat Up on the $60,916,225 Team, Thank You Bud Selig
Under the Radar: Pedroia Hitting .343 Over the Last 15 Games
Doubront Was Decent, Which Means Excellent to Bobby V
Strand Theater: V-Pad Saves Sox
"Just wanted to help the team win." -- Will Middlebrooks, who may have inherited the Adrian Gonzalez personality gene
"It shouldnít be mathematically possible for me to run that far." -- Kelly Shoppach on his first career triple
ďI thought I had it. They just made a great play. Great throws. I thought I had a good jump and thought I could make it." -- Marlon Byrd, who ran around third slower than Milan Lucic skating through water
"We have a [sellout] definition that is tied to this metric which the team has used for a long, long time and again it's based upon the seating capacity at Fenway, and that goes back to if there are more standing room tickets sold, that's how you can exceed that seating capacity. It's a metric and a definition that's been used here for decades, and by other professional sports teams in town." -- Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy, dealing with the faux-sellout mess on WEEI's Mut and Merloni show
Oakland 4, Boston 2 | It's McCarthy's Park Is Adrian Gonzalez 'Tired' From Counting All The Money?
Pathetic Numbers: .697 OPS, 7 Extra Base Hits, 20 Strikeouts
Fair Trade? Even Anthony Rizzo Is Having a Better Year Than Gonzalez
Carl Crawford Has Carried the Team More Than A-Gon Since Arriving in Boston
So Much for Daniel Bard's Upward Trajectory Every Game He Pitches
There's No Place Like Home... Where the Sox Have Lost 7 or 8
The Tiny Market A's Have a Better Record Than the Sox
Middlebrooks, Mortensen Just Fine at Fenway
And Beckett's Cooked Already?
"This game is all on me. I had two great opportunities and I didn't come through. It's one of those things that I'm going to make a definite point to not let that happen again." -- Adrian Gonzalez, making promises he can't keep
"I think he's just tired. He's played the entire time and his timing and recognition of the strike zone is just a little off." -- Bobby V, trying to sell us that the $154 million superstar needs a day off in May
From the Fenway 100 Cutting Room Floor: Oil Can Used Cocaine Every Day in '86
"I can remember going and locking myself up in the bathroom and smoking some dope right there at the ballpark [in Oakland]. I was afraid that they knew and that the clubhouse manager had smelled it, he was gonna tell on me. So I gotta get rid of it.
"I had it under the bib of my cap, inside the crease inside of the cap. And when I was warming up in the ballgame -- third, fourth inning -- it fell off my head." -- Dennis Boyd to ESPN's Buster Olney in a not-so Can did conversation
ESPN: Oil Can Discussed Drug Use... With Dr. Pappas, Too The Latest Dennis Boyd Fenway Fantasy Is That He Was Growing Cocaine in the Outfield Between Starts Next We'll Hear That Josh Beckett Drank Lone Star and Ate Popeyes Fried Chicken Every Day in 2011
"I'd say that's fair."
-- Andy Pettitte when asked by Clemens' lawyer if it was fair to say it was "50-50" that he misunderstood the conversation with Roger
"Andy Pettitte is my friend. He was my friend before this. He will be my friend after this and again. I think Andy has misheard. I think he misremembers." -- Roger Clemens, after testifying to Congress in February 2008
Boston 3, Oakland 5 | Sox Offense Fizzles in the Drizzle For All the Accolades, Dubront Is Carrying a 5.19 ERA
Sox Hitters Make Jarrod Parker Look Like Roy Halladay
Did Papi Sneak Some Rice and Beans Into His Dinner?
Guess God Had Different Plans for 0-drian Gonzalez
Wasn't AG Supposed to Be Some Sort of Superstar?
Will Cherington Trade for Closer Jordan Norberto?
Was Youk's Back This Bad When He Was Single?
More Good News: Crawford Got Paid Yesterday
Bright Side: Rich Not-Over-the-Hill
Noodle-Bat Iglesias to the Rescue
"We're down 5-1. It's very easy to fold, get three quick outs and take it to the house. It's cold weather, nasty weather, but I think it just shows a lot about the team. We came back and we tried to give it a little fight." -- Iron Mike Aviles
Boston 11, Oakland 6 | Sox Make It Interesting Against Awful A's More Good News, Buchholz Stays in Boston, Lowers ERA to 8.69
Breaking: Birth Certificate Reveals David Ortiz Is 26 Years Old
Looks Like the A's Got the Best of that Reddick-Bailey Deal
Was Shoppach Another Mistake in Bobby V's Lineup Card?
It's Mike Aviles's World, We Are Only Taking Up Space In It
The A's Would Have Been Better Off Starting Sam Malone
No-Name Offense Strikes Again: Run DMc, Byrd Fly High
And They Did It With A-Gon and C-Ross Going 0-for-8
Should the Sox Punto and Call Up Middlebrooks Now?
Just Give Pedroia the 2012 Gold Glove Already
"Davidís a star of stars right now. Itís hard to throw a strike by him. Heís using all fields, heís seeing the ball extremely well. I know itís the old cliche, but he gets two balls, no strikes, and it doesnít even bother him to take because heís very confident in his swing. His swing is as good as I think it can get." -- Bobby V on the Star of David
Crock & Role: Girardi, GM dismiss Joba's talk of starting or closing for Yankees > Steinbrenner A-OK with Alex's portrayal in Yankees kids movie > Youkilis not worried after being pulled from Yankees lineup > Desperate Damon makes plea to be Yankees' Granderson sub