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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
07/18/2009 - 8:25am
Last August, after a start in Chicago in which he surrendered five runs in just three innings, Clay Buchholz confessed to his father. "I can't wait for this season to be over," the Red Sox hurler said. Now, Buchholz probably wishes it would go on forever. The longer the campaign, you see, the more chances he might get to experience moments like the one that came around Friday night in Toronto.
Rob Bradford
07/17/2009 - 7:41am
Roy Halladay is tired of talking about it. The same can be said for Jason Bay, as well as Matt Holliday. As all three have discovered, when waking up everyday entrenched in the world of baseball rumors, silence and dismissals can be the best medicine. For instance... Halladay just prior to Tuesday night's All-Star Game: “I really have had to deal with it twice, when it first came out and once I leave here I'll probably be done talking about it. It's an out of mind out of sight kind of thing.”
Rob Bradford
07/15/2009 - 9:07am
ST. LOUIS -- Tim Wakefield stood answering question after question about a game he didn't even play in when Victor Martinez strolled by. "I was ready for you," the Cleveland Indians' catcher told Wakefield, referring to the opportunity to catch the knuckleballer in Tuesday night's 4-3 American League win in the All-Star Game, at Busch Stadium. "Next time," the Red Sox hurler responded.
Rob Bradford
07/14/2009 - 8:39am
ST. LOUIS -- The doors opened and Jonathan Papelbon appeared. Of all the American League All-Stars made available for the traditional media get-together, the Red Sox' closer usually offers the most interesting analysis, and the reporters knew it. Last year it came in the form of Papelbon insinuating he wanted to close out the win for the A.L. in New York, ahead of the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, a topic that undoubtedly would resurface. The Red Sox' closer was ready.
Rob Bradford
07/11/2009 - 8:45am
It was three days before Jon Lester tossed eight more scoreless innings against what would figure to be his favorite team to pitch against, the Royals. It was well ahead of the Sox' starter leading his team to Friday night's 1-0 win over KC, while having still not allowed an earned run in three career Fenway Park starts against the Royals. But Josh Beckett knew of what he spoke when talking about Lester.
Rob Bradford
07/08/2009 - 7:58am
The question was: “Who is the toughest pitcher you’ve faced?” David Ortiz’ answer was swift and decisive. “Roy Halladay,” the Red Sox’ DH said, “he’s nasty.” That was one month ago, and nothing has changed. It is, in fact, an answer that most likely won’t be altered for some time now.
Rob Bradford
07/05/2009 - 7:32am
Prior to Saturday's Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Mariners, Tim Wakefield executed his line perfectly -- politically correct, to the point, and without hesitation. "If I make it, great," he said regarding a potential selection to the American League All-Star team, which is to be named at 1 p.m. Sunday, "if not, no big deal." That's where the innocuous statements regarding Wakefield's lot in life came to an end.
Rob Bradford
07/02/2009 - 8:07am
Just sit back and enjoy the ride.  When living through the Jonathan Papelbon Era, this should be the mantra, with the last two days serving as the latest checkpoint. As hard as it is to fathom – especially after such history-making moments as came along in the Red Sox' 11-inning, 6-5 win over the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday – this ride has just begun.
Rob Bradford
07/01/2009 - 7:54am
There were two things Tuesday night was going to remembered for:   1. John Smoltz taking step No. 2 on his way back.    2. Five of the Red Sox walking off the field with just two outs in the sixth inning.   That was until about 11 p.m.  
Rob Bradford
06/29/2009 - 11:23pm
As far as Mike Lowell was concerned, Monday brought good news. The Red Sox third baseman reported that the shot of Synvisc administered to his surgically repaired right hip on Monday morning in Boston went well with the doctors discovering more fluid in the area than originally anticipated. The fluid build-up helps explains Lowell's recent discomfort.
Rob Bradford
06/29/2009 - 8:03am
Theo Epstein built his team about as well as one could build it. But three months from now, will it have been good enough? Sunday did little in answering that question, although it did offer the most subtle of reminders.
Rob Bradford
06/26/2009 - 8:57am
WASHINGTON -- Enlightenment wasn't hard to find at Nationals Park Thursday night, even in such a game whose final score (a Red Sox 9-3 loss to the Nats) would have appeared to offer little.
Rob Bradford
06/25/2009 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON -- On his way out of Nationals Park following the Red Sox' latest inter-league win -- a 6-4 triumph over the so-bad-you-almost-feel-sorry-for-them Washington Nationals (click here for recap) -- Dustin Pedroia stopped, fended off ridicule from Jacoby Ellsbury regarding his designer t-shirt and explained what was happening.  
Rob Bradford
06/24/2009 - 11:23pm
WASHINGTON -- Jason Bay is making his last visit to the nation's capital as an outsider looking in.    On Thursday, July 2, the Red Sox outfielder will officially become a United States citizen.    "I figure I might as well since this is where I'll be working for probably the rest of my career," said Bay prior to the Red Sox' 6-4 win over the Nationals, Wednesday night, at Nationals Park. "It's just a natural progression."  
Rob Bradford
06/22/2009 - 8:05am
Rocco Baldelli was one of the few who truly knew that Nick Green guy who sat mostly by himself throughout the early days of spring training down at the Red Sox' minor league training facility.   "I've known Nick since 2002 when we played for the Scottsdale Scorpions," said Baldelli, who was also the shortstop's teammate in Tampa Bay. "I've always known Greenie was a talented guy who never really got a great opportunity to play in the major leagues, but he's a guy who does everything as it should be done."
Rob Bradford
06/19/2009 - 11:43pm
The only thing familiar was the backdrop.   When Daisuke Matsuzaka took his place at the Fenway Park interview room table following the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, there was the familiar "Funai" screen set up in back of the pitcher and his translator, Masa Hoshino.   But other than the advertisement, the scene had morphed into something few could imagine in the midst of Matsuzaka Mania upon his arrival 2 1/2 years ago.  
Rob Bradford
06/19/2009 - 2:37am
You won't find too many games this season that will leave the majority of the Red Sox as frustrated as they found themselves while leaving the Fenway Park premises in the waning minutes of Thursday.   Sure, Florida starter Ricky Nolasco was good, allowing just one hit over five innings.   And finishing off their night with just the one hit -- a first-inning, solo home run by Kevin Youkilis -- wasn't easily digested.  
Rob Bradford
06/17/2009 - 7:49am
Jason Bay had seen the Florida Marlins Josh Beckett from afar, running into the pitcher on occasion while both were living their National League lives. Now he's getting an up-close view of the ace.   The verdict?   "He's a guy you hate to play against," said Bay, "but love to have on your team."   But then came even higher -- and perhaps more enlightening -- praise from the Red Sox' left fielder.  
Rob Bradford
06/16/2009 - 8:10am
Nobody is going to suggest for a minute that Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Jon Lester are approaching their craft differently this year compared to last. They prepare hard and play hard. The images of Pedroia throwing his body to and fro, Lester grinding through daily workouts, or Youkilis blistering his hands with batting-cage swings haven't been altered from one season to the next.
Rob Bradford
06/16/2009 - 7:05am
Some might not understand why, but Jonathan Papelbon is sitting back and smiling.   Drenched in his usual pounds of ice and dressed in the cut-off t-shirt that doesn't seem to leave his body, the closer explained his contentment. This season -- the one looking decidedly different from his last few -- has been, he said, his most satisfying.   Papelbon knows he is getting it done once again, and that he's doing it in just a slightly different manner than folks are used to.  
Rob Bradford
06/15/2009 - 7:35am
PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Beckett is never happy after losses. But this one was especially mood-altering. As the starter walked out of Citizens Bank Park with a guitar slung over his back and a scowl strewn across his face, Beckett seemingly chewed on the six-inning, 11-hit, seven-run outing a bit differently than any of his other three losses this season.  This one had come out of absolutely nowhere. 
Rob Bradford
06/14/2009 - 4:03am
PHILADELPHIA -- Julio Lugo stood in front of his locker in the visitors' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park talking less about the four hits he just collected, and more about what it might mean to his existence on the Red Sox.   Lugo might not be the starting shortstop, but Saturday night he sure acted like it.  
Rob Bradford
06/12/2009 - 3:44am
Just before 11 p.m., some spice was added to an already flavorful series over at Fenway Park. Just moments after the Red Sox beat the Yankees for the eighth time in as many tries this season – this one a 4-3, come-from-behind thriller (recap here) – John Henry jumped on his Twitter account. The Red Sox' majority owner's online message: "the MT Curse?"
Rob Bradford
06/12/2009 - 3:11am
Friday, when his Red Sox stroll into Citizens Park Park for a three-game, weekend series, Terry Francona will be afforded a reminder regarding how much he has changed since he left Philadelphia close to nine years ago.   No need.    Francona's reality check came back on May 28 in Minnesota.  
Rob Bradford
06/10/2009 - 1:08pm
The plan hasn't worked out quite as planned, for either Paul Byrd or the Red Sox.   Byrd's idea was that for the first time in his 13-year big league career he would spare his family from picking up and moving, spurning free agent offers this offseason with the notion that a team might be interested in signing the 38-year-old pitcher sometime near the conclusion of the school year.  


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