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Rob Bradford joined 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.

07/31/15 12:50 EST
The season is weighing on Dustin Pedroia. Make that seasons. What had been an aberration has become the norm for the second baseman, but the feeling hasn't any more palatable. First five seasons: four postseason appearances. Last four years: trending toward three last-place finishes. And now comes the non-waiver trade deadline where he has to watch another roster cleansing. This wouldn't seem to be what he thought the second baseman was signing up for when inking an eight-year, $110 million extension in the middle of the 2013 season. Yet Pedroia isn't looking for an escape hatch. Instead he's digging in. "I'm a Red Sox. I got drafted by the Red Sox. I want to play for one team," he said. "I'm not giving up on anybody. I believe in everybody here. That's why I'm here. I don't look at it any other way." For Pedroia, the downward spiral the Red Sox have been on for the past two seasons is one thing, but not being able to do enough to stop it is another. This time, the
07/30/15 01:51 EST
Looking for the moment this all started to unravel so epically? It won't come as a surprise. Rewind to late March of 2014, when the Red Sox made a decision that started them on this collision course with the center of a black hole. That's when the Red Sox failed to lock up Jon Lester. I know. I know. You're sick of the revisionist Lester history. Too bad. Wednesday night slapped us in the face with another dose of horrific Red Sox starting pitching, while some guy for the Cubs struck out 14 and allowed two runs over eight innings. Within hours, Cole Hamels -- the pitcher many hoped might fill the mammoth void at the top of the Red Sox rotation – was on his way to Texas to join his new team, the Rangers. I'll spare you the he-said, they-said of those spring training negotiations, but let's just understand this: Lester has gone on record as saying he would have gladly accepted an offer of five years, $120 million heading into the '14 season. That proposal never came. If it did, life
07/23/15 02:38 EST
HOUSTON -- The Red Sox reside 11 games out of first-place, 11 games under .500, and they have players banking on another team to execute the unthinkable -- collapsing in the kind of historic fashion the Sox did back in 2011. "I've been on a team that was up 11 games the last month and we lost. So, I know," Dustin Pedroia said after the Red Sox' seventh straight loss, Wednesday night. "A lot of people have seen that, or been on teams. Everyone watched us in 2011. We were 11-1/2 games up in the last month and we were sitting at home when it started. We've got to keep playing." Reminded it was already an 11-game deficit, Pedroia responded, "Yeah, but it's not September, so I guess we're fine, right?" He wasn't alone in repeating the clubhouse mantra that things had to get better. There aren't a lot of math majors wearing major league uniforms, and there shouldn't be. It's their job to play, and it's the task of the rest of us to spread the word how hopeless such
07/22/15 03:27 EST
HOUSTON -- In terms of important things that are left for these Red Sox, this is right at the top of the list. When Clay Buchholz steps into Dr. James Andrews' office in Pensacola, Florida, at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Red Sox will be sitting 10 games out of first place in the American League East, and 10 games under .500. So, in one sense, this second opinion on the starter's strained flexor in his elbow won't be a repeat of the pitcher's 2013 visit to Dr. Andrews. That time the Sox' postseason run was hinging on what came out of the doctor's examination of Buchholz's right shoulder. Probably not happening this year. This time the breath-holding will center more around how the exam defines the time beyond this season, rather than any rush to get back for '15. First and foremost, you have to make double sure there is nothing wrong with the elbow ligament. Then there is some assurance that Buchholz won't skip a beat when heading into 2016, a season for which the Red Sox have a

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