ST. LOUIS – It’s coming.

The All-Star Game marks not merely the end of baseball’s first half, but also the beginning of the most fevered stretch of the trade and rumor season. Multiple executives have suggested that in the days following this year’s All-Star break, they expect a logjam to break.

Few free agents in major-league history have ever offered the kind of value on the dollar of Tim Wakefield.

Josh Beckett served notice with a 94-pitch gem on Sunday that he could not only be the ace of the Red Sox staff, he might challenge Roy Halladay for Cy Young consid



It takes a young reliever both a little bit of time and lot of positive performances -- and rightfully so -- to earn their stripes in Sox manager Terry Francona’s bullpen structure.



It was three days before Jon Lester tossed eight more scoreless innings against what would figure to be his favorite team to pitch against, the Royals.