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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
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.
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."  


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