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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
05/25/2009 - 7:49am
David Ortiz walked into the Red Sox dugout after one of four outs during Sunday afternoon's 12-5 Sox win over the Mets, threw up his hands and vented toward hitting coach Dave Magadan.   "Why is this happening to me?" the slugger bellowed.   Without flinching Magadan explained how he saw it.   "It's happening to you," the coach said, "because you can handle it. I truly believe that."  
Rob Bradford
05/22/2009 - 4:26am
In these parts, it will always be difficult to separate Jon Lester and Johan Santana.    For most, the relationship will always be defined by the trade that never happened following the 2007 season. Santana's team, the Twins, were interested in striking a deal with the Red Sox, but only if both Jacoby Ellsbury and Lester were involved. That, however, wasn't going to happen.  
Rob Bradford
05/20/2009 - 7:21am
In this moment of bad, we are reminded of some very, very good.   When reporters burst through the door of the Red Sox clubhouse Tuesday, their first move was a hard right to where the lineup card was posted. Seeing whose name was in the third spot on the Sox side of the docket had become the priority.   But there was no news. Business was as usual, with the name 'Ortiz' in its familiar spot between Pedroia and Bay. There would be no news flash regarding Red Sox' manager Terry Francona's next move with his struggling slugger, only a reminder.
Rob Bradford
05/19/2009 - 6:15am
"You know," I told a member of the Blue Jays' decision-making team, "by writing this I'm virtually guaranteeing that you plummet in the standings."   Laughter.   "I guess we'll take our chances," he said.   The way they're going, I don't blame them one bit.  
Rob Bradford
05/18/2009 - 6:15am
So where do the Red Sox stand?   This team, the one that left Fenway Park so secure a week ago, is still carrying a healthy dose of optimism as it heads home from its 2-4 road trip, the Sox' final trip across the country of the season.  
Rob Bradford
05/15/2009 - 7:06am
ANAHEIM -- This has gone well beyond slight adjustments, pitching trends or worries about well-placed fielders.   David Ortiz has reached one of -- if not the -- low point of his career as a Red Sox. And it is going to take more than simple video analysis to prevent things from going even deeper.   "Sorry guys, I don't feel like talking right now," Ortiz said calmly after the Red Sox' 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Angels on Thursday at Angel Stadium. "Just put down 'Papi stinks.'"
Rob Bradford
05/14/2009 - 4:49am
ANAHEIM -- Let's get right to it. The first (and second, and third) thing we learned, and really already knew, was that the Red Sox need Tim Wakefield to be good.   
Rob Bradford
05/13/2009 - 5:28am
ANAHEIM -- The day started with a sense of the surreal, and its ending didn't disappoint.   The first bit of action leading into what would turn into a Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Angels, Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, came in the form of David Ortiz' proclamation that he hadn't turned a blind-eye to a homer-less streak that had stretched to 130 at-bats.  
Rob Bradford
05/11/2009 - 7:24am
Jason McLeod said it Sunday night, although he's neither the first or last person to make such a remark.   "I've never seen someone throw a ball as easy as Daniel Bard," the Red Sox scouting director commented. "It's fun to watch him just play catch. There are certain guys who, the way they throw a ball or swing a bat, you say, 'Wow, that's not normal. That looks exceptionally easy for this guy.' That's how Daniel is."  
Rob Bradford
05/07/2009 - 10:54pm
Just think what could have happened.   What if the news came down that Manny Ramirez had been suspended 50 games for using Performance Enhancing Drugs while he was still wearing a Red Sox uniform? While we witness the media buzzards circling Ramirez' legacy from across the country, how would life have unfolded in these parts if it was the Sox who had to put up a wall of press releases?   Fifty games without your cleanup hitter. No Jason Bay. A round of distractions that would have made last July's Manny-palooza seem tame.  
Rob Bradford
05/07/2009 - 4:19am
If you were in the "which game is going to be the most interesting?" pool when looking at a night in Boston sports that included the Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins, it wouldn't have been wise to pick the one over at Fenway Park.   On the surface, it wasn't that intriguing. The Red Sox, dragging home after their 10-day road trip, play dead-@#!, dropped a 9-2 decision to the Cleveland Indians to snap the Sox' nine-game home winning streak.  
Rob Bradford
05/04/2009 - 7:21am
Carl Crawford has a knack for leaving an impression on the Red Sox.   Back in the first game of 2003, the Tampa Bay outfielder spoiled Theo Epstein's first game as a general manager with a walk-off home run. Dustin Pedroia still talks about the marvel of watching Crawford work out in his group at Athletes' Performance over the past two offseasons. And then there is Jason Varitek's perspective on the man who could have played football at Nebraska or basketball at UCLA.  
Rob Bradford
05/02/2009 - 6:37am
The Red Sox get the Rays jacked up.   If you don't think so -- even after Tampa Bay's latest win over the Sox, a 6-2 victory at Tropicana Field, Friday night -- consider these numbers:   Rays vs. American League: 10 wins, 14 losses, .269 batting average, 30 HRs, .450 slugging, 4.38 ERA, .251 batting average against, 23 HRs against.   Rays vs. Red Sox: Five wins, one loss, .300 batting average, 9 HRs, .547 slugging, 2.45 ERA, .211 batting average against, 3 HRs against.  
Rob Bradford
04/30/2009 - 7:10am
There are these kind of moments in every season. Those "remember when ..." kind of moments.   A couple of seasons ago it might have been Willie Harris throwing out Tampa Bay's Joey Gathright at home to end the game. Or Devern Hansack's five-inning no-hitter on the final game of the regular season.   Or perhaps you recall one of last year's instances, such as when Brandon Moss helped the Red Sox win their season-opener in Japan by sending the game into extra innings with a ninth-inning solo home run.  
Rob Bradford
04/28/2009 - 7:38am
There was something different about the Red Sox Monday night.   They wore red undershirts.   This has been in line with this team's approach thus far throughout the 2009 season, seeing a problem and fixing it. In this case the Sox hadn't done well on the road -- and the new all-blue attire away from Fenway had some players grumbling -- so a little color was added. Problem solved.  
Rob Bradford
04/26/2009 - 11:08am
Where do you start?   Perhaps the best way to roll through what transpired Saturday at Fenway Park is to simply pilfer the outstanding work of the Red Sox media relations department and relay the wave of tidbits that came from the Sox' 16-11 win over the Yankees.   - The 6-0, fourth-inning deficit is the largest hole the Red Sox have escaped against the Yankees since May 16, 1968, at Fenway Park. In that game the Sox were down 9-3 but came on to win, 11-10.  
Rob Bradford
04/25/2009 - 8:59am
Mark Teixeira struck out with the go-ahead run on third base in the 10th inning Friday night.   As much as Red Sox fans would like, they shouldn't hold that against him. A lot of hitters -- even really, really good ones -- swing and miss at 96 mph, Jonathan Papelbon fastballs. That shouldn't be the ultimate moment to determine Teixeira's ability to play in the furnace that is a New York-Boston get-together.   Jason Bay's moment, on the other hand, should be noted.  
Rob Bradford
04/24/2009 - 8:20am
Scott Boras stood atop a platform in one of the back rooms at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and described THAT player -- a "get-on-my-back", carry-the-team-more-times-than-not, middle-of-the-order hitter.  
Rob Bradford
04/23/2009 - 3:32am
Jeff Bailey was late to the Terry Francona 50th birthday party, but once he arrived the reserved first baseman certainly made his presence felt.   "I didn't find out until the fifth inning of the first game. I was taking some swings in the cage and Don mentioned it on TV so I quietly shook his hand and said happy birthday," Bailey said. "It's a good birthday, two wins in one day."  
Rob Bradford
04/20/2009 - 5:10pm
Remember this time last season, on April 20, when David Ortiz finished the day with two hits but still leaving the park with a .177 batting average?   Or how about a year before that, when Ortiz went 19 straight games -- from May 10 through June 3 -- without a home run, a feat he would duplicate in '08 from August 16 until Sept. 16?  
Rob Bradford
04/20/2009 - 12:18am
Kevin Youkilis has reached base safely in all 12 of the Red Sox' games this season, going 1 for 2 with a double and a walk in the team's 2-1 win over the Orioles, Sunday at Fenway Park. Jacoby Elllsbury got two hits for the second time in the last three games, stretching his modest hit streak to five contests.
Rob Bradford
04/16/2009 - 5:20am
OAKLAND -- After delivering the usual dismissals of regret, and team-first mantras, Tim Wakefield stood in front of his locker at Oakland Coliseum and took a second to soak it all in. "So close," he said. And it was. Wakefield took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and wasn't finally derailed until Kurt Suzuki lined an 0-1, waist-high knuckler into left field. "But that was fun," the 42-year-old added.
Rob Bradford
04/16/2009 - 5:20am
OAKLAND -- After delivering the usual dismissals of regret, and team-first mantras, Tim Wakefield stood in front of his locker at Oakland Coliseum and took a second to soak it all in.   "So close," he said.   And it was. Wakefield took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and wasn't finally derailed until Kurt Suzuki lined an 0-1, waist-high knuckler into left field.  
Rob Bradford
04/15/2009 - 6:23am
OAKLAND -- In case you missed it ...   At approximately 2:30 a.m. (EST) Red Sox reliever Javy Lopez faced off with Oakland's Travis Buck with the bases loaded in the 12th inning of a 5-5 game at the Oakland Coliseum.   
Rob Bradford
04/15/2009 - 4:26am
OAKLAND -- Nobody wanted to say it, but this was virtually inevitable.   One inning. Forty-three pitches. Five runs. A "fatigued" shoulder.   Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you your World Baseball Classic Most Valuable Player -- Daisuke Matsuzaka.   Matsuzaka is a pitcher who is among the most difficult in baseball to decipher. The unorthodox way of pitching. The in-between starts throwing regimen. The on again, off again dominance. The cryptic post-game comments.


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With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

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