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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
09/16/2009 - 9:00am
Nobody seems to remember the moment the decision was made. Neither pitching coach John Farrell nor members of the Red Sox front office. It would seem like such an instance might be frozen in time — the surfacing of an idea that had never been executed before. The premise was to take a fairly healthy major league pitcher in the middle of a season and use June, July and August to serve as the spring training months of February and March. Things not working out, let’s just start over.
Rob Bradford
09/14/2009 - 2:10am
David Ortiz, in his quest to leave Fenway Park after two wins and 17 innings of baseball behind him, was simplistic in his analysis. "That's what you need this time of year,” he said, “for those guys to step up and do their thing.” Billy Wagner, balancing numerous bags of ice with the satisfaction of throwing in his first ninth inning since Aug. 2, 2008, was significantly more dramatic.
Rob Bradford
09/11/2009 - 11:27am
When it comes to what awaits, Billy Wagner knows the deal. “I know [the Red Sox] are going to offer me arbitration and of course I’m probably going to turn it down,” said the Red Sox reliever. “I have a million people telling me why would you turn down the option, or why would you do this or that. Well, I didn’t come in this game looking for money, I was just good enough to make some. If I’m going to go chasing money… I haven’t been wise with my money to begin with.”
Rob Bradford
09/10/2009 - 7:46am
Prior to Wednesday night’s 7-5 Red Sox win over Baltimore (for recap click here), Kym Byrd had her concerns. Some time after her family’s decision in January that Paul Byrd, her husband, would stiff-arm legitimate offers to play major-league baseball to be with his family for the next six months, and well before the 38-year-old’s five-inning, two-run performance against the Orioles, at Fenway Park, doubts had crept into Kym’s psyche.
Rob Bradford
09/07/2009 - 9:04am
It could have been bad for these Red Sox. The fact this team was coming off two straight uneasy losses to the White Sox heading into the tail-end of the Labor Day weekend was tolerable. The rust of Paul Byrd and health of Tim Wakefield made both defeats somewhat palatable, at least this time around. But then there was Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.
Rob Bradford
09/04/2009 - 7:08am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tim Wakefield is on the verge of giving it another shot. After a 25-pitch side session prior to the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over the Rays on Thursday at Tropicana Field, Wakefield was told that if there is no physical setbacks regarding his back or calf he will start Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox.
Rob Bradford
09/03/2009 - 9:36am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Sure, some fairly noteworthy things happened at Tropicana Field Wednesday night.
Rob Bradford
09/02/2009 - 3:40am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Look, no controversy. Just wins. Billy Wagner pitched well. Jonathan Papelbon did the same. The Red Sox won, 8-4, over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field (recap), and all was right with the world. Heck, if you listened really closely back in the trainers room you might have heard the two actually sharing a “guffaw” after the game.
Rob Bradford
08/29/2009 - 9:05am
“Buckle up ladies, this might get exciting!” The words could originally be found in the trailer for the Dukes of Hazzard movie a few years back, but they fit fairly well in the Red Sox’ clubhouse after their 6-5 win over the Blue Jays, Friday night at Fenway Park. Maybe that’s why that orange t-shirt adorning the logo of the 1970’s television show seemed to fit Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon as he got ready to call it a night.
Rob Bradford
08/28/2009 - 7:37am
Should the Red Sox make signing Victor Martinez to a contract extension a priority? In reality, it was a question without multiple answers, as David Ortiz matter-of-factly pointed out. “You’re going to let a guy like that go?” the Red Sox DH responded. “Bring the guy here, put him in the third spot, play him all over the place and have him do what he’s done. You’re going to let him go? That’s not even a question. You’re going to have to do better than that.”
Rob Bradford
08/25/2009 - 8:04am
Just minutes before Jonathan Papelbon spoke, his team had finished off one of those nights that made Fenway Park fans believe there would be baseball in October in these parts, beating the Chicago White Sox, 12-8, Monday night. (Recap.)
Rob Bradford
08/22/2009 - 9:24am
 The story of the 2009 Red Sox is far from written. But last night sure felt like a pretty strong punctuation mark when it came to closing out at least one chapter – the race for first-place in the American League East. By the time the series opener concluded, with the Fenway Park scoreboard screaming “New York 20, Red Sox 11,” it wasn’t difficult to decipher the reality of the moment. (Although the fact that these two teams had never scored as many runs against each other in their storied history suggested something was afoot.)
Rob Bradford
08/21/2009 - 10:39am
It was 7:51 p.m. on June 11 when the Tweet popped up. “the MT curse?” It didn’t take a Twitterologist to decipher what Red Sox principal owner John Henry meant when tapping in those 15 characters (imagine if he used all 140 allowed). Just a few minutes before his team had beaten the Yankees for the eighth time in as many tries in the 2009 season, and a player with the initials “MT” was in the middle of the pinstriped suffering after choosing New York over Boston.
Rob Bradford
08/19/2009 - 10:03am
In Dustin Pedroia’s world, the scouting report on his son, Dylan, was complete even before he came into this world. “He’s a baller,” the Red Sox second baseman said. Tuesday, all seven pounds and 20 ½ inches of Dylan Pedroia began his quest to live up to the hype laid out by his father. Nine days before Kelli Pedroia’s due date – and one day after Dustin’s 26th birthday – the couple’s first child was delivered.
Rob Bradford
08/19/2009 - 7:50am
David Ortiz is fighting perception. The belief in these parts of late – prior to the Red Sox’ 10-9 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre in Toronto (recap) -- is that Ortiz hasn’t been giving the Red Sox what they desperately need, some kind of punch, anything close to that old Ortiz kind of giddy-up.
Rob Bradford
08/16/2009 - 8:51am
These sort of games are frustrating enough in the innocuous setting of May or June, when the season is just starting to find its rhythm. But when they come at a time like August 15, against your most direct competition for postseason play, swallowing the results becomes appreciably more difficult. Saturday night’s 7-2 loss to the Rangers had to have left Red Sox manager Terry Francona with one of the most unappetizing feelings he’s experienced this season.
Rob Bradford
08/14/2009 - 7:54am
Josh Beckett knows what’s going on. He knows he’s pitching well. He understands what is working and what isn’t. And he isn’t turning a blind-eye to what might happen if he continues to keep doing what he’s doing.
Rob Bradford
08/11/2009 - 7:52am
Through all of the chaos experienced in the Bronx over the previous four days, there was one fail-safe for David Ortiz. “I always feel good about this team,” he said while packing up to head home late Monday night. After the Red Sox’ 6-5 win over the Tigers, he now has company. The Boston baseball-playing universe had straightened itself out.
Rob Bradford
08/07/2009 - 8:02am
 NEW YORK – This was supposed to be the payoff. The contract, the rehab, and the seven previous starts were all leading to Thursday night’s showdown with the only team that Red Sox fans truly care about seeing their team beat – the Yankees. It didn’t work out. For John Smoltz, it hasn’t worked out.
Rob Bradford
08/06/2009 - 9:05am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Red Sox left Tropicana Field a sleepy team.   After dropping yet another game at the home of the Rays – this one a 6-4 decision, Wednesday night – the Sox found themselves the victims of a two-game sweep and now 2 ½ games behind of the team they are heading to New York to play in a four-game set. Yet, depending on how you look at it, the perfect wake-up call might be waiting for the Red Sox in the Bronx. His name? Joba Chamberlain.  
Rob Bradford
08/05/2009 - 7:51am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Explaining exactly what happened Tuesday night wasn’t easy for those wearing the visiting gray and red. The Red Sox’ first step into the schedule’s meat and potatoes was, how should we say, uneven, to say the least. This was the irrefutable part: the Rays currently own the Sox at Tropicana Field, a reality that was brought to the surface once again thanks to Evan Longoria’s 13th-inning, walk-off, two-run homer against Sox reliever Takashi Saito.
Rob Bradford
07/31/2009 - 12:48am
David Ortiz hit a decisive home run Thursday afternoon. An entire ballpark stood and cheered until he came back out for a curtain call. It would be a safe bet that all of those people putting their hands together knew of the news that their hero had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs six years earlier.   Remember this moment.  
Rob Bradford
07/25/2009 - 7:56am
In and around the Red Sox' 3-1 win over Orioles, Friday night, it was clear there had been some alterations since Fenway Park last saw their hometown team. Rocco Baldelli and Nick Green huddled to strategize when to hand over the "Rescue Squad" t-shirt to the newest member of the club, Adam LaRoche, signifying participation on the Sox' bench. Green fiddled with his "J.D. Drew" model outfielders glove in preparation for his potential new role as the Sox' fifth outfielder.
Rob Bradford
07/23/2009 - 8:18am
This is Theo Epstein before last night:  
Rob Bradford
07/21/2009 - 8:53am
Normally this space is reserved for "Five Things We Learned" regarding the previous night's Red Sox game. Yet that hardly seems appropriate after the Sox' latest loss, a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers. This time we're going with "Five Things We Still Haven't Learned." It only seems fitting. As we sit here, 10 days out from the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox sit in a position perhaps not previously seen in these parts at this time of year. They continue to have questions, but nobody really seems to have any semblance of answers.


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