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Reality of Red Sox: Primer for season's most important week

Rob Bradford  |  07/06/2015 - 4:49am EST

A week from right now, the Red Sox should know what's what. The players will have dispersed for the All-Star break either living the life of a contending team in the American League East or bracing themselves for another breath-holding non-waiver trade deadline yard sale. It seems reactionary considering we will still be sitting in mid-July. But considering the desperation John Farrell's team has had to douse itself with starting just over a week ago, such a sense of urgency would appear fitting. The Sox suddenly have earned the right to at least keep in the conversation a little longer ... at least until the Yankees leave town early Sunday evening. Here are the bullet points of what we're talking about with this team heading into the most ...

Summer school: What Patriots can learn from '03-04 repeat

Mike Petraglia  |  07/05/2015 - 10:38pm EST

As Bill Belichick is getting his well-deserved summer vacation, there is plenty of reason to think he'll need to be fully refreshed and ready to go once he returns to his office at Gillette. As offseasons go, this hasn't exactly been one of stability, especially for his defense. He's spent the spring installing, teaching and finding out exactly what he has on the roster. When the players return on July 29, those players won't be learning as much as competing for roster spots by showing the staff they can contribute on defense. Tom Brady may or may not start the season, but the offensive skill personnel is deep and varied. The offensive line has three studs in Sebastian Vollmer, Bryan Stork and Nate Solder, with hopeful reinforcements coming in ...

Mookie Betts intends never to make same mistake twice

John Tomase  |  07/04/2015 - 6:42pm EST

Some would say Mookie Betts had a night to forget on Friday. He'd call it a game worth remembering. Betts isn't considered a franchise building block on talent alone. His intangibles are every bit as encouraging, particularly his willingness to learn from his mistakes. And he has certainly made a couple of them recently, from forgetting the number of outs in a win over the Blue Jays to foolishly attempting a steal of third against the Astros on Friday. The first mental error was harmless. The second cost the Red Sox a game. But here's the beauty of Betts – you can be damn sure he won't make either mistake again. Coaches and veterans love him for it, and he bounced back in a big way on Saturday afternoon's 6-1 victory over the Astros. Clay ...

One question in light of latest Red Sox loss -- Where was Taz?

John Tomase  |  07/04/2015 - 1:59am EST

The Red Sox started beating themselves before they even threw a pitch on Friday night, and the mental errors continued right through the end of a demoralizing 12-8 loss to the Astros in 10 innings. Hanley Ramirez lost track of the count. Alejandro De Aza fought to challenge a fourth out on the bases. Mookie Betts made an ill-advised attempt to steal third. Ryan Hanigan allowed a run by throwing down to second on a double steal. And on and on it went. But the biggest question of all was this – where was Taz? Manager John Farrell said before the game that reliever Junichi Tazawa was available. He hadn't pitched since Sunday, and took the unusual step of throwing a bullpen before Friday's game. That throwing session left Tazawa unavailable ...

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07/06/2015 - 4:49am

A week from right now, the Red Sox should know what's what. The players will have dispersed for the All-Star break either living the life of a contending team in the American League East or bracing themselves for another breath-holding non-waiver trade deadline yard sale. It seems reactionary considering we will still be sitting in mid-July. But ... more »

07/04/2015 - 6:42pm

Some would say Mookie Betts had a night to forget on Friday. He'd call it a game worth remembering. Betts isn't considered a franchise building block on talent alone. His intangibles are every bit as encouraging, particularly his willingness to learn from his mistakes. And he has certainly made a couple of them recently, from forgetting the number of ... more »

06/25/2015 - 12:04am

Over the last five months, there’s been a lot of talk about Tom Brady’s legacy and how it will be impacted by Deflategate, the dumbest scandal in NFL history. It won’t be affected at all. First, it’s important to note Brady cares about what people think of him. But it doesn’t consume him. He’s not sitting up at ... more »

07/02/2015 - 5:05pm

There isn’t much not to like about how Don Sweeney has shaped the Bruins’ top nine. The Bruins have changed (and likely improved) their first three lines with the trade of Milan Lucic, the extension of Ryan Spooner and the surprisingly reasonable signing of Matt Beleskey. Assuming Brett Connolly and Hayes sign, the Bruins’ top nine ... more »

01/29/2015 - 12:34am

"Tom Brady will never win another MVP. He's never going to play in another Super Bowl in New England. His best days are gone, and the days at a level right below his best days are gone. There will be flashes of the old form, but those will be outnumbered by what we've seen the last year and a half. It's only going to get worse for Brady and the ... more »

07/05/2015 - 10:38pm

As Bill Belichick is getting his well-deserved summer vacation, there is plenty of reason to think he'll need to be fully refreshed and ready to go once he returns to his office at Gillette. As offseasons go, this hasn't exactly been one of stability, especially for his defense. He's spent the spring installing, teaching and finding out exactly what he ... more »

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