Rob Bradford

Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

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    Rick Porcello admits he becomes a different person when on the mound. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)
    August 24, 2016 - 10:23 am

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For four days, the mindset is fairly consistent. Even-keel. Laid back. Diligent about the work. Dry sense of humor.

    That is Rick Porcello.

    Then comes Day 5....

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    The Red Sox can't have many more curveballs like the one Eduardo Rodriguez presented them this weekend. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)
    August 21, 2016 - 11:09 pm

    This time of year there just isn't much room for this kind of curveball.

    For whatever reason, Eduardo Rodriguez waited until just more than 17 hours before his scheduled start to inform...

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    John Farrell has his team playing its best baseball going into the season's toughest stretch. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)
    August 18, 2016 - 2:48 am

    BALTIMORE -- "It's like a double whammy."

    Jack McCormick has had his hands full lately. Road trips are an exhausting process for all involved, but particularly the...

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    Craig Kimbrel offered an example of how inconsistent the Red Sox bullpen can be in closing out Monday's win. (David Richard/USA Today Sports)
    August 15, 2016 - 10:46 pm

    BALTIMORE -- First place now is a game away with 45 games to play, so it seems only right to say it's time to take stock of things.

    Exactly how good is this team?

    The...

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    Andrew Benintendi learned some valuable lessons over the past few days. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)
    August 13, 2016 - 12:21 am

    For Andrew Benintendi, it probably seemed like the clock was ticking a bit slower leading up to first-pitch Friday.

    One day later after allowing the game-winning run to score after losing...

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    Andrew Benintendi made quite an impression on his Portland Sea Dogs teammates, including the highly touted Yoan Moncada. (WEEI.com)
    August 02, 2016 - 11:32 pm

    PORTLAND -- Carlos Febles had been that guy, the one told his dream had come true without warning.

    For the Portland Sea Dogs manager, that was back in 1998, when Wichita skipper John...

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    Hanley Ramirez. (Patrick McDermott/USA Today Sports)
    June 02, 2017 - 11:37 pm
    BALTIMORE — The Red Sox reek of a team with a bunch of important players slumping at the same time. Mookie Betts? Slumping. Andrew Benintendi? Slumping. Mitch Moreland? Slumping? And that brings us to Hanley Ramirez. Considering the Betts, Benintendi and Moreland went a combined 0-for-12 during...
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    Eduardo Rodriguez is headed to the DL. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
    June 02, 2017 - 3:44 pm
    BALTIMORE — Evidently, the tumble Eduardo Rodriguez took before his start Thursday night wasn’t as innocent as it appeared. The left-hander has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury. “I just threw a pitch and my foot got in a bad position and I went down. But nothing...
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    Pablo Sandoval (Patrick McDermott/USA Today Sports)
    June 02, 2017 - 1:45 am
    BALTIMORE — In less than two months you will have your Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. By now the Red Sox usually have a handle on what they might need. Last season, for example, it became clear the Red Sox could use another late-inning relief pitcher (Brad Ziegler) and another...
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    Eduardo Rodgiguez (Patrick McDermott/USA Today Sports)
    June 01, 2017 - 10:50 pm
    BALTIMORE — The start was so out of character for Eduardo Rodriguez this season, there had to be some explanation. For many guessing at the impetus for the 5 2/3-inning, seven-run start, the answer was an incident before the Red Sox’ 7-5 loss to the Orioles. While warming up in the bullpen...
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    Wade Miley was the ace for the Orioles Thursday night. (WEEI.com photo)
    June 01, 2017 - 9:47 pm
    BALTIMORE — The good news for the Red Sox is that Carson Smith will be finally throwing to live hitters Tuesday. Considering what Wade Miley did to his old team Thursday night at Camden Yards, the possible return of the injured reliever is really the only solace the Red Sox can extract from a...
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    Andrew Benintendi (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
    June 01, 2017 - 6:04 pm
    BALTIMORE — Like Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts and other highly-touted Red Sox prospects before him, Andrew Benintendi is taking his lumps. After kicking off his career like a ball of fire, the Red Sox rookie left fielder has fallen on hard times. It has led to decreased playing time, with Red Sox...
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    Adam Jones (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)
    June 01, 2017 - 12:27 am
    BALTIMORE — Adam Jones sat in the home dugout prior to his team’s series finale against the Yankees as confident and direct as ever. Sure, his team had won just four times in its last 18 games, while going 1-8 in the last nine. But listening to Jones, it was hard to decipher any doubt...
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    Aaron Judge (Kim Klement/USA Today)
    May 31, 2017 - 3:35 pm
    The conversation about why Mike Trout wasn’t taken by the Red Sox in the 2009 draft is always an easy and interesting one. It was chock full of stories and lessons. (To read some of them, click here.) Now with Trout out of action for seven weeks due to thumb surgery, we turn to the current...
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    Deven Marrero
    May 30, 2017 - 4:23 pm
    Even though Pablo Sandoval is available, didn’t mean he was going to jump right back into the starting lineup. The Red Sox will keep Deven Marrero at third base for at least one more game, slotting in Josh Rutledge to play second in the place of Dustin Pedroia, who was placed on the 10-day...
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    Chris Sale (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)
    May 30, 2017 - 10:20 am
    There would seem to be plenty of unique elements to Chris Sale’s existence, including the pitcher’s ability to get the kind of results the Red Sox have been the beneficiaries of for the past two months. But perhaps the most incredible aspect of Sale’s existence is so subtle few have taken the...
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