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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
04/24/2010 - 2:48am
"Big Pun," or "Pun," for short.
Rob Bradford
04/23/2010 - 7:57am
Starting pitching wasn't why the Red Sox lost to the Rangers, 3-0, Thursday night.
Rob Bradford
04/22/2010 - 8:34am
If Tuesday night's storylines were laced in billboard-sized neon, on Wednesday the most telling moment was delivered with a whisper.
Rob Bradford
04/21/2010 - 3:49am
It was a great story. An unbelievable story. The kind of story that still makes us remember the name of Jeff Stone, the minor league journeyman whose RBI single on Sept.
Rob Bradford
04/15/2010 - 9:04am
It was a hallmark moment for Keith Poole.
Rob Bradford
04/12/2010 - 8:24am
The Red Sox scored eight runs Sunday in beating the Royals, 8-6, Sunday afternoon in their series finale at Kaufmann Stadium. It was second straight game in which the Sox plated eight.
Rob Bradford
04/11/2010 - 9:52am
One game, I understand. But if you want to go through the checklist of things the Red Sox were trying to improve on from last year to this, cross off actually hitting against a good pitcher (at least for, again, one game).
Rob Bradford
04/08/2010 - 9:26am
Some things found at Fenway Park over the last few days actually might have meant something when peering into the expanse of the 2010 baseball season. Curtis Granderson, for instance ...
Rob Bradford
04/07/2010 - 6:39pm
A.J. Burnett answered the question before the final word had been directed his way. "Josh."
Rob Bradford
04/06/2010 - 8:38am
It wasn’t supposed to be this easy, but it was. Why? Because the Red Sox really like Josh Beckett. It’s that simple.
Rob Bradford
04/05/2010 - 1:44am
Some Red Sox reaction following their 9-7, Opening Night win over the Yankees Sunday night at Fenway Park (video courtesy Joe Zarbano):
Rob Bradford
04/04/2010 - 1:13am
As Mike Lowell packed his Red Sox uniforms before heading out of City of Palms Park on Friday, he understood the uncertainty.
Rob Bradford
04/01/2010 - 2:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla.
Rob Bradford
03/30/2010 - 4:15pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett had no idea about the reports, the ones that stated that the Red Sox have a four-year deal on the table, and that the team was reluctant to go five years because of concerns regarding his right shoulder.
Rob Bradford
03/25/2010 - 7:51am
BRADENTON, Fla. – Jason Bay’s description of Josh Beckett last season was almost-epitaph-worthy.
Rob Bradford
03/15/2010 - 7:08am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Now, halfway through the month of March, we can take stock of what the Red Sox have presented through their 2010 spring training thus far.
Rob Bradford
03/12/2010 - 8:20am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Jason Bay had last faced John Lackey on Oct. 8, 2009, in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series. 
Rob Bradford
03/09/2010 - 8:57am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Farrell summed it up succinctly.
Rob Bradford
03/02/2010 - 8:13am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Terry Francona didn’t hold back in his analysis.
Rob Bradford
03/01/2010 - 3:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The golf playing on the enormous flat-screen. The tobacco entrenched in the bottom lip. And the bare feet propped up on a stool in front of him. It all screamed comfort.
Rob Bradford
02/23/2010 - 3:07am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clay Buchholz told Joba Chamberlain his thoughts on the matter.
Rob Bradford
02/19/2010 - 3:15am
  FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Lackey had his priorities Thursday afternoon. “Now,” the pitcher said while walking out of the Red Sox’ minor league training facility, “all I have to do is remember everybody’s name. I need a phonebook.” Lackey has discovered in the last few days that one of the immediate perks of signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal is that anxiety is now limited to name recollection. The life that comes with living in a contract year has been passed on to others.
Rob Bradford
02/17/2010 - 2:21am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Lowell isn’t blind to what awaits. He knows that his current lot in life promises to be one of spring training’s most talked-about issues. The third baseman also realizes why such interest might run rampant the minute he steps into the Red Sox’ minor league training facility Monday.
Rob Bradford
02/03/2010 - 2:25am
  “Let’s go merck!” — Dustin Pedroia PHOENIX — The words from the Red Sox second baseman — directed at Baltimore minor leaguer Brett Bordes — for all intent and purposes punctuated Pedroia’s Monday.
Rob Bradford
01/21/2010 - 9:09pm
It was supposed to be the payoff for years of hard work and production. Instead, Jason Bay’s foray into free agency was nine months of chaos that still leaves the outfielder shaking his head.


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John Lackey with Joe and Dave after he pitches a great game to beat the Yankees

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.

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Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

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Daily Diamond: NY's reaction to Pineda, 4-24-14

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Michael Pineda gets ejected for pine tar; suspended 10 games, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Farrell did the "exact right thing", 4-24-14

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Holy Diver? Bruins win but focus switches to Brad Marchand's instigating tactics 4-23-14

We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.

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