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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
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.  
Rob Bradford
06/10/2009 - 7:31am
There are few pitchers in Major League Baseball who are identified by hot streaks more than Josh Beckett.   You had the post-season run of 2003, and then another bout of domination in the '07 playoffs. And throughout his nine regular seasons as a big-leaguer, Beckett has had his fair share of stretches drenched in excellence.   But this one is starting to distinguish itself.  
Rob Bradford
06/08/2009 - 8:09am
So, when next week rolls around, what will the Red Sox' rotation look like? Sunday allowed for more questions than answers. After the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Rangers at Fenway Park, the starter-in-waiting, John Smoltz, said he: A: Wouldn't prefer to make his first outing against his old team, the Braves, when they come to town in two weeks; B: Wouldn't be averse to pitching out of the bullpen, although it hasn't been broached by the Red Sox; and C: Has been approached by the Sox regarding potentially skipping starts on occasion.
Rob Bradford
06/05/2009 - 9:11pm
The questions regarding David Ortiz' eyes came fast and furious, with many of the answers emerging as Friday progressed. Ortiz' problem, which he first referred to Thursday in Detroit, stemmed from dry eyes experienced during certain at-bats. While waiting for pitchers to begin their delivery, the Red Sox' DH would often find himself blinking more than usual, throwing off his focus.
Rob Bradford
06/04/2009 - 7:38am
It was the sixth inning and Josh Beckett had just thrown one of his no-hit pitches.   It couldn't get much better, this pitch, 94 mph, tailing toward the outside corner of the plate. Up until this point Beckett had gotten to a three-ball count just once, mixing in curveballs and changeups to go with a fastball that seemed to be in perfect concert with Red Sox' catcher Jason Varitek's mitt.  
Rob Bradford
06/03/2009 - 7:28am
It was prior to one of the weekend games in Toronto and Terry Francona still hadn't tasted his 500th career win as the manager of the Boston Red Sox.   His team wasn't scoring runs. His designated hitter wasn't hitting. And his shortstop was somebody different than the organization's master plan had originally suggested. In short, Francona was in the midst of what he does best -- managing.  
Rob Bradford
06/02/2009 - 7:54am
Until Daisuke Matsuzaka wins a game, or at least levels out the rest of his numbers, his critics will constantly be looking back.   They will continue to ask, "Was the World Baseball Classic really worth it?"   Matsuzaka, on the other hand, is preferring to stare straight ahead. The rear-view mirror serves him no purpose these days.  
Rob Bradford
06/01/2009 - 2:45pm
The ball is long gone, but the memories haven't gone anywhere.    Sunday marked the year anniversary of the moment Damon Woo's life changed (at least a little bit). Sitting in Section 94 at Baltimore's Camden Yards, the 41-year-old Nahant native hauled in the ball labeled "M 92", otherwise known as Manny Ramirez' 500th home run.   "I was kidding with my brother [Jason] Friday about it saying, 'Yeah, it's going to be a year,'" said Woo, who know lives and works in Manhattan. "What an amazing year."
Rob Bradford
05/31/2009 - 7:05pm
TORONTO -- This year's roadblock wasn't nearly as recognizable as a season ago.   When Jon Lester struggled at the outset of 2008 before going on a five-month roll that lasted up through Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, it wasn't hard to figure out. The continuing road back from cancer, along with some lingering inexperience, were difficult at the time for the lefty to maneuver around.  
Rob Bradford
05/30/2009 - 6:08pm
TORONTO -- Following the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Saturday afternoon. Brad Penny had most of his mind on what transpired at the Rogers Centre Saturday afternoon. Why not? For the fourth time in his last six starts Penny turned in a quality start, giving  up three runs (two earned) over six innings, completing a months-worth of appearances that encompassed a 4.17 ERA.    All of it was close to what Penny had planned on delivering when signing with Red Sox.  
Rob Bradford
05/30/2009 - 9:49am
TORONTO -- You see something new virtually every day in the course of a 162-game baseball season. And within the hours that encompassed the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, there wasn't any shortage of uniqueness.   
Rob Bradford
05/30/2009 - 9:49am
TORONTO -- You see something new virtually every day in the course of a 162-game baseball season. And within the hours that encompassed the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, there wasn't any shortage of uniqueness.   
Rob Bradford
05/29/2009 - 6:47am
When Josh Beckett is firing off "baseball terms" to umpires in the seventh inning and the Red Sox are actually worried that those "baseball terms" are going to end the starter's day, then that is a good thing for the Sox.   There had been more than a few seventh innings this year -- prior to this month -- that had Beckett in such a state that having catcher Jason Varitek and Sox manager Terry Francona take the bullet for him by getting an ejection wasn't really necessary.  


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