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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
10/09/2009 - 4:53am
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The rumors were flying Thursday: Jason Varitek was going to get his start. It was being whispered throughout Angels Stadium leading into the opening game of the American League Division Series that Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ready veer from a path most everybody believed he had locked onto. The captain would be Josh Beckett’s battery-mate once again. Not so much.
Rob Bradford
10/08/2009 - 5:35am
ANAHEIM, Calif. — They were perhaps the most important few days of the Red Sox’ season. Those moments in late July, when the Sox were determining exactly what could and couldn’t be done prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, played an enormous role in helping the Red Sox land in their current lot, the American League Division Series. The final destination was the acquisition of Victor Martinez. How the Red Sox got there is a story with the kind of twists and turns usually reserved for the final few days of July.
Rob Bradford
10/07/2009 - 4:31am
ANAHEIM, Calif. — This was John Lackey following the fourth, and final, game of the 2008 American League Division Series. “We are way better than they are,” the Angels pitcher said. “We lost to a team not as good as us.”
Rob Bradford
10/02/2009 - 8:39am
Friday night might be the night for Billy Wagner. It might be the game he creeps closer to feeling a bit more like his old self. In among the meaningless innings that encompassed much of the Red Sox’ 3-0 win over the Indians on Thursday night at Fenway Park, there were a few things that offered some importance.
Rob Bradford
09/29/2009 - 6:57am
“This is the time of the year where everybody is struggling physically.” From David Ortiz’ mouth to more than half of the ears in the Red Sox clubhouse. The most important moments of Monday night's game came well before the first pitch was thrown in what would turn out to be a rain-shortened, 11-5 Red Sox loss at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
Rob Bradford
09/25/2009 - 3:52am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clay Buchholz fought through a head cold that had lingered for the past few days. He also weathered the storm that came with helping entertain his fiancée’s family, who made the 45-minute drive from nearby Richmond, Mo., each of these four games to watch Buchholz’ team take on the Royals. No, pitching at Kauffman Stadium Thursday night wasn’t easy for Buchholz. But he sure made it seem that way.
Rob Bradford
09/24/2009 - 5:44am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Red Sox had just claimed a 9-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, and the music was blaring in the visitors clubhouse. Van Halen’s “Jump” was the choice this time around, the kind of tune that seemed fit for the polyester-wearing baseball players of the early 1980s, but certainly not this group. “It’s a nice change, isn’t it?” Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew said.
Rob Bradford
09/23/2009 - 9:54am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Beckett and the Red Sox still remember the success of 2007 and what it took to get there: a skin avulsion, a trip to the disabled list, and a two-week hiatus from pitching. In other words, Beckett got some time off, and it paid off in the form of one of the most dominant postseasons ever. With that in mind, this week — which included an extra day of rest for Beckett — has become of utmost importance when looking at the big picture.
Rob Bradford
09/22/2009 - 7:23am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — So, what did Monday night’s 12-9 loss to the Royals mean in the long run for the Red Sox? The Sox are still going to make the playoffs, even if that magic number stood strong at 6. Few are going to push the panic button, considering the Red Sox still have won 10 of their last 12.
Rob Bradford
09/21/2009 - 12:54am
BALTIMORE — David Ortiz was worried about the middle of the Red Sox batting order. Sitting on a wooden bench just outside the Red Sox’ minor league training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., he said as much. No longer. Jason Bay, who thrives with his unassuming persona, has sold himself on Ortiz.
Rob Bradford
09/20/2009 - 2:39am
BALTIMORE — While taking a break from watching the action in the Virginia Tech-Nebraska football game on Saturday afternoon in the visitors clubhouse at Camden Yards, Billy Wagner took the time to offer some high praise for his new Red Sox teammate, Jon Lester.
Rob Bradford
09/19/2009 - 3:26am
BALTIMORE — The voice was that of his father. “Trust your pitches. Trust your pitches.” Skip Buchholz was nowhere to be found in or around Camden Yards, where his son helped lead the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Orioles Friday night. But the words he, and a variety of coaches and mentors, had implanted in Clay Buchholz’ head might have been the difference this time around.
Rob Bradford
09/17/2009 - 8:27am
The moment was almost as unexpected as his entire season. First, the instance from Wednesday night’s 9-8 Red Sox win over the Angels at Fenway Park. “When I stepped in the batter's box,” Red Sox infielder Nick Green said, “I was like, ‘Oh (expletive)!' ”
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.)


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