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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
04/12/2009 - 11:57pm
Panic has arrived.   Maybe not, but there is something about falling flat in early April that is significantly different than duplicating the failure in June. Even running into trouble later in the first month becomes much more palatable.   Does anybody remember the five-game losing streak the Red Sox endured last year thanks to games against the Angels and Rays, starting on April 22 and ending on April 27? Probably not. They were, after all, still 15-12 after the hiccup.  
Rob Bradford
04/11/2009 - 1:31am
One thing that people underestimated when looking at the Red Sox schedule was not so much the teams they were kicking their 2009 season off, but the type of teams Terry Francona's bunch were starting with.   
Rob Bradford
04/09/2009 - 12:15am
The results were eerily similar, but the images differed dramatically.   A year ago Jon Lester was hoping, now he is knowing.   On April 9, 2008 Lester pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs -- all in the fourth inning -- on five hits on the way to being handed his second loss of the season, a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.  
Rob Bradford
04/08/2009 - 1:05am
So the Red Sox are 1-0 on their way to 161 more regular season wins. Maybe not, but they have gotten off to the start they had hoped for with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday at Fenway Park. Other than the two runs surrendered by relievers Hideki Okajima and Justin Masterson, there wasn't much to nitpick when it came to the Sox' first home season-opener since 2002. Yet there were more than a few items that should be noted. So, here are five things we learned during the Sox' first win of '09:
Rob Bradford
04/07/2009 - 9:05pm
Dustin Pedroia has become perhaps the most interesting athlete in town. Perhaps not the best, and perhaps not the most accomplished (although he’s not far off in both regards), but just flat-out interesting. Tuesday, Pedroia got even more interesting. “He’s a different cat,” said Red Sox outfielder Rocco Baldelli after his new team’s 5-3 win over his old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, at Fenway Park.
Rob Bradford
04/06/2009 - 12:19am
Josh Beckett had few regrets. Giving up two runs over five innings while pitching with the most excruciating pain of his 28-year-old life, as was the case in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, was satisfaction enough for both the starter and his teammates.   "It was pretty impressive to see him go out there," said Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. "He competed his (expletive) off. He basically out-competed the Rays that game by himself. It's definitely one of the most impressive games I've seen."  
Rob Bradford
04/03/2009 - 2:07am
 FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Theo Epstein knew the possibility of life doing a 180-degree turn following the first day of the Red Sox' 2009 spring training, but he was making sure to relish the moment just the same.   "It's great to have some peace and tranquility on Day 1," he said back on Feb. 12.   Sure, it was nice, but Epstein understood the likelihood that chaos and unpredictability waited around some corner during the Sox' stay in Lee County. With this team -- in this market -- it never goes away for too long.  
Rob Bradford
03/31/2009 - 12:32am
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- He made it. The Red Sox waved goodbye to Daisuke Matsuzaka last October, crossing their collective fingers and toes that the pitcher would some day return to their mound intact. It did, after all, take the better part of two seasons to discover the hurler who finished fourth in the 2008 Cy Young voting while kicking off the American League Championship Series with seven shutout innings. Gone was the endless collection of pitches, replaced by a tidy, three-pitch arsenal. And there was more.
Rob Bradford
03/30/2009 - 2:25am
(The following is a debate between Rob Bradford and Michael Felger regarding Felger's assertion that, if offered, the Red Sox shouldn't trade Clay Buchholz for Albert Pujols.)  
Rob Bradford
03/26/2009 - 12:48pm
So I was over at the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday watching three-man weaves for four hours (otherwise known as workouts for the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen) and I had to wonder: If there weren’t those pieces of paper with numbers, lines, and the word “bracket” at the top, would anybody care about this happening? Villanova vs.  Duke. Pittsburgh vs. Xavier. The NCAA vs. good old fashioned New England sports apathy. Quite the matchups.
Rob Bradford
03/23/2009 - 12:48am
Daniel Bard made spring training a bit more palatable this year. Now the Red Sox are holding out hope he has a similar affect a few months down the road.   Sunday in Fort Myers the 23-year-old was officially notified his season will begin in the minor leagues. But it is not before leaving his legacy on this, the most innocuous of Red Sox training camps in recent memory.
Rob Bradford
03/18/2009 - 10:50pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He has had to take it slow. There was the postponement of a bullpen session. And his first two times throwing with fielders behind him came with minor leaguers wearing the gloves.  To those not knowing any better, the perception might be that Brad Penny has hit a road bump in a contract year. But truth be told, compared to last season, the path couldn't have been any smoother.
Rob Bradford
03/15/2009 - 9:25pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – What does it feel like? Jon Lester didn’t know. He had no idea exactly how it felt to be 25 years old with a guaranteed $30 million in the bank and no other professional concerns but to live the life of a major league pitcher until this weekend. After all, everybody talks about what it takes to get there, but few discuss exactly what happens when you’re actually there.
Rob Bradford
03/13/2009 - 11:08pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Mike Lowell had doubts moments like Friday night might ever come, but they had little to do with his surgically-repaired right hip.   Lowell was fully aware of the scenario -- Mark Teixeira playing in the Red Sox home whites at City of Palms Park on March 13 and not having to forgo a three-hour bus trip from Tampa. With the fall-out of such a circumstance likely leading to Lowell making a spring training debut in either another uniform, or with a drastically different comfort level.  
Rob Bradford
03/02/2009 - 2:30am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – There was Dustin Pedroia, insisting he was all about the Boston Red Sox for the moment before going “international” starting Monday. Across the clubhouse stood David Ortiz, speaking to the pressures facing the Dominicans participating in the World Baseball Classic.
Rob Bradford
02/27/2009 - 9:46pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Smoltz couldn’t do much, so what he did was witness what he calls “the most amazing thing I’ve ever watched.”  
Rob Bradford
02/24/2009 - 3:54am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The question: “How have you changed since coming to Boston?” The answer from J.D. Drew is frustratingly non-committal – a fact that, in its own way, reveals a great deal about the outfielder. “It’s hard to say,” Drew mused. “Everybody changes at some level every year at some level, different league, different team, things like that.”
Rob Bradford
02/20/2009 - 2:25am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The moisture from the ice bag had left its mark on David Ortiz’s left shoulder. The source of it – sleeping on his side the wrong way, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona – was no big deal, said the DH. Although the shoulder was trending to be the topic of the day, Ortiz chose to point out the fact there were no such questions about either his surgically-repaired right knee, or problematic wrist.
Rob Bradford
02/17/2009 - 2:00pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- About four weeks into his offseason workouts, Dustin Pedroia had an epiphany. He had already won a Gold Glove and American League MVP while adding a $40 million contract to the mix. But, as Pedroia is often quick to acknowledge, every little bit of motivation goes a long way.
Rob Bradford
02/15/2009 - 5:25pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He sat on the back porch of his rented spring training home, overlooking the kind of pond that litters almost every Florida golf course community. Risa, the dog of the house, is scratching at the screen door, trying to get out. The entrance way is finally opened, but with some trepidation.
Rob Bradford
02/12/2009 - 8:00pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – “Are you optimistic?” Mike Lowell’s answer is swift and definitive. “Absolutely.” While whispers, guesses, and proclamations born out of both have been circulated in regards to Lowell’s offseason, there has always been one piece of the equation that has been missing – the player’s own voice. Until now.
Rob Bradford
02/12/2009 - 8:00pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – “Are you optimistic?” Mike Lowell’s answer is swift and definitive. “Absolutely.” While whispers, guesses, and proclamations born out of both have been circulated in regards to Lowell’s offseason, there has always been one piece of the equation that has been missing – the player’s own voice. Until now.
Rob Bradford
02/04/2009 - 4:11am
Let’s get this out of the way – the Red Sox still have not begun any sort of talks with Jason Bay and his agent, Joe Urbon, regarding any sort of contract extension. Yet.
Rob Bradford
02/04/2009 - 4:11am
Let’s get this out of the way – the Red Sox still have not begun any sort of talks with Jason Bay and his agent, Joe Urbon, regarding any sort of contract extension. Yet.
Rob Bradford
01/22/2009 - 3:54pm
  The viewpoints of Nick Scherer and the Red Sox weren’t all that different.   “When I think of a great pitcher,” said Director of Operations for the Georgia Tech baseball team, “I think of John Smoltz.”   On a sunny, early December day in Atlanta, Scherer and the Red Sox met up on a collegiate baseball field to be reminded why such opinions exist. It was the Georgia Tech coach who caught Smoltz’s pitches, and it was Sox pitching


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