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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
04/12/2010 - 7:24am
The Red Sox scored eight runs Sunday in beating the Royals, 8-6, Sunday afternoon in their series finale at Kaufmann Stadium. It was second straight game in which the Sox plated eight.
Rob Bradford
04/11/2010 - 8:52am
One game, I understand. But if you want to go through the checklist of things the Red Sox were trying to improve on from last year to this, cross off actually hitting against a good pitcher (at least for, again, one game).
Rob Bradford
04/08/2010 - 8:26am
Some things found at Fenway Park over the last few days actually might have meant something when peering into the expanse of the 2010 baseball season. Curtis Granderson, for instance ...
Rob Bradford
04/07/2010 - 5:39pm
A.J. Burnett answered the question before the final word had been directed his way. "Josh."
Rob Bradford
04/06/2010 - 7:38am
It wasn’t supposed to be this easy, but it was. Why? Because the Red Sox really like Josh Beckett. It’s that simple.
Rob Bradford
04/05/2010 - 12:44am
Some Red Sox reaction following their 9-7, Opening Night win over the Yankees Sunday night at Fenway Park (video courtesy Joe Zarbano):
Rob Bradford
04/04/2010 - 12:13am
As Mike Lowell packed his Red Sox uniforms before heading out of City of Palms Park on Friday, he understood the uncertainty.
Rob Bradford
04/01/2010 - 1:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's only a few days before the first pitch of the baseball season and Mike Lowell is still a member of the Red Sox.
Rob Bradford
03/30/2010 - 3:15pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Josh Beckett had no idea about the reports, the ones that stated that the Red Sox have a four-year deal on the table, and that the team was reluctant to go five years because of concerns regarding his right shoulder.
Rob Bradford
03/25/2010 - 6:51am
BRADENTON, Fla. – Jason Bay’s description of Josh Beckett last season was almost-epitaph-worthy.
Rob Bradford
03/15/2010 - 6:08am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Now, halfway through the month of March, we can take stock of what the Red Sox have presented through their 2010 spring training thus far. First, a look at the pitchers:
Rob Bradford
03/12/2010 - 7:20am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Jason Bay had last faced John Lackey on Oct. 8, 2009, in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series. 
Rob Bradford
03/09/2010 - 7:57am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Farrell summed it up succinctly.
Rob Bradford
03/02/2010 - 7:13am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Terry Francona didn’t hold back in his analysis.
Rob Bradford
03/01/2010 - 2:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The golf playing on the enormous flat-screen. The tobacco entrenched in the bottom lip. And the bare feet propped up on a stool in front of him. It all screamed comfort.
Rob Bradford
02/23/2010 - 2:07am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clay Buchholz told Joba Chamberlain his thoughts on the matter.
Rob Bradford
02/19/2010 - 2:15am
  FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Lackey had his priorities Thursday afternoon. “Now,” the pitcher said while walking out of the Red Sox’ minor league training facility, “all I have to do is remember everybody’s name. I need a phonebook.” Lackey has discovered in the last few days that one of the immediate perks of signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal is that anxiety is now limited to name recollection. The life that comes with living in a contract year has been passed on to others.
Rob Bradford
02/17/2010 - 1:21am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Lowell isn’t blind to what awaits.
Rob Bradford
02/03/2010 - 1:25am
  “Let’s go merck!” — Dustin Pedroia PHOENIX — The words from the Red Sox second baseman — directed at Baltimore minor leaguer Brett Bordes — for all intent and purposes punctuated Pedroia’s Monday.
Rob Bradford
01/21/2010 - 8:09pm
It was supposed to be the payoff for years of hard work and production. Instead, Jason Bay’s foray into free agency was nine months of chaos that still leaves the outfielder shaking his head.
Rob Bradford
01/20/2010 - 12:16am
There have been few surprises in Jonathan Papelbon's climb up the financial ladder. The closer promised to set the bar, delivered, and did all of it while still wearing a Red Sox uniform. Now comes the uncertainty.
Rob Bradford
01/18/2010 - 8:28am
By the time you read this, a deal could have been struck. Jonathan Papelbon very well might have already agreed to a contract that allows him to avoid arbitration for a second straight year. But if that hasn't happened yet ... well, things could get interesting.
Rob Bradford
01/08/2010 - 7:56am
As Adrian Beltre is handed his jersey and puts on a Red Sox cap at the team’s latest introductory press conference, Mike Lowell and Ron Yacoub are oblivious.
Rob Bradford
01/05/2010 - 3:02am
NEW YORK — The Red Sox and Adrian Beltre had come close before.
Rob Bradford
12/20/2009 - 9:33am
What had been a very complicated road to separation was punctuated (for now) with a very simple early-evening text message. Mike Lowell wrote: "No deal. Having surgery in a week."


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