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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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Rob Bradford
12/16/2011 - 2:25am
Adrian Gonzalez has picked his team for this Sunday's showdown between Bill Belichick's boys and the Broncos.
Rob Bradford
12/06/2011 - 5:04am
There are two Ben Cherington quotes that may end up defining the Red Sox' approach toward building a pitching staff this offseason. The first came in early November when the stink of beer and chicken was just starting to get washed off the 2011 season.
Rob Bradford
12/04/2011 - 1:06am
There's a new watering hole in the middle of the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas -- the Gossip Bar, which (as it is described on the hotel web site) "serves the perfect mix of color and commentary." Perfect. Welcome to the site of the 2011 Major League Baseball winter meetings.
Rob Bradford
11/23/2011 - 8:52am
Two press conferences down …
Rob Bradford
11/21/2011 - 7:59am
Larry Lucchino recently told WEEI.com regarding the process of searching for the next Red Sox manager that "ownership has a seat at the table, to be sure."
Rob Bradford
11/16/2011 - 9:16am
MILWAUKEE -- New Orioles general manager Dan Duquette calls the likes of David Ortiz "a luxury item." Alex Anthopolous, the GM of the Blue Jays, suggested identifying a new designated hitter "is not a top priority."
Rob Bradford
11/12/2011 - 8:27am
Sure, some of it was surprising.
Rob Bradford
11/07/2011 - 9:11am
Asked about how he is viewing the managerial interviews in Chicago and Boston, Josh Byrnes reacts about how you would expect. "I'm definitely curious," he said.
Rob Bradford
11/03/2011 - 12:50am
It was one of the final days of April 2007, and Jonathan Papelbon had, as was written at the time, "dug himself in for the long haul."
Rob Bradford
10/27/2011 - 1:48am
When Joe Maddon interviewed for the Red Sox' managerial position following the 2003 season, he lived a very different existence than the one the 57-year-old currently occupies.
Rob Bradford
10/24/2011 - 8:08am
As we sit here, right now, he is the best (semi-attainable) person for the job.
Rob Bradford
10/20/2011 - 7:26am
Jason Varitek was on the 'list.' It was why so many made it a point to tune into WAAF Wednesday morning to hear the catcher give his side of the story. But why?
Rob Bradford
10/18/2011 - 12:24am
Jon Lester had heard and read enough. In his estimation, it was time for a more proactive approach. Asked in a phone interview if his team was being portrayed fairly since the stunning end of the 2011 season, Lester's response was immediate and direct.
Rob Bradford
10/11/2011 - 7:20am
Jonathan Papelbon is never going to forget the moment he stepped into life as a member of the Red Sox organization.
Rob Bradford
10/10/2011 - 12:35am
(The following is the first in a two-part series on Jonathan Papelbon's view of the Red Sox 2011 season, and what lies ahead for the closer as he heads into free agency.) It's been 12 days since Jonathan Papelbon walked off the mound in Baltimore. 
Rob Bradford
10/05/2011 - 7:44am
C.J. Wilson is most likely not walking through that door, and you also shouldn't be counting on the big Yu Darvish press conference.
Rob Bradford
10/03/2011 - 6:28am
The chaos will continue in the coming days.
Rob Bradford
09/29/2011 - 5:38am
BALTIMORE -- It's cliche to say nobody deserves the fate the 2011 Red Sox found themselves with. But that's not true. Many, for various reasons, did.
Rob Bradford
09/28/2011 - 3:07am
BALTIMORE -- Three seasons ago, it was because of a sick pitcher. Wednesday it will be due to an under-the-weather organization. Regardless, Jon Lester has once again been called upon to save the Sox.
Rob Bradford
09/27/2011 - 10:29am
BALTIMORE -- Do you know the last time the Red Sox won two games in a row? It was exactly one month ago.  All was seemingly right with the then first-place Sox upon completion of that two-game ball of fire, with Terry Francona's team carrying an 8 1/2 game lead on the floundering Rays.
Rob Bradford
09/23/2011 - 7:53am
Within the panic, in among the pennant race chaos, stands Adrian Gonzalez.
Rob Bradford
09/21/2011 - 12:46am
He was all that was left.
Rob Bradford
09/19/2011 - 7:32am
It was Aug. 17 and the Rays were leaving town having taken two out of three against the Red Sox. Still, reality had seemingly set in for Tampa Bay, which found itself eight games in back of the Sox in the chase for the wild card with 39 games left to play.
Rob Bradford
09/16/2011 - 3:24am
This is the Red Sox' chance. Forget the six straight losses to the Rays. Dismiss the 9-2 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay Thursday night. And disregard the dwindling lead (now three games) in the Wild Card race. Now, it's all about finally getting off the ropes.
Rob Bradford
09/14/2011 - 7:26am
Tim Wakefield knows what he's doing.


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Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

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Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

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The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

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In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

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Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.

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