The transition has been nearly seamless. Justin Masterson, after flying through the Red Sox system in less than two years as a starter, has made the move to the bullpen seem effortless.


Alex Speier was the captain of the Harvard debate team (no kidding), but Rob Bradford has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Glen Ordway and Michael Felger on the airwaves of WEEI.

When sitting down to dissect what awaited them against the Angels in the American League Division Series, the Red Sox brass made a miscalculation.

In some ways, it was less important that Jed Lowrie delivered a walk-off hit than that he had the opportunity to do so.

There was a time when baseball lifers would have scoffed at the notion that the Red Sox would view Jon Lester as the best option to win Game 4 of the Division Series against the Angels on Monday night.

The Red Sox closer fired a 95 m.p.h. fastball up in the zone, and Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick could not hold back on a checked swing.

ANAHEIM – The ball hit the mitt and the pain shot through his nine-year-old left arm.

The July 31 trade deadline was fraught with vulnerability. The Red Sox badly wanted to part ways with Manny Ramirez and knew that their options to replace him while maintaining a playoff-caliber club were limited.


ANAHEIM—For years, the Angels and Red Sox have been presented as a study in contrasts. The teams seemed to represent stark philosophical differences in the Division Series in 2004 and again in 2007.