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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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09/22/16 02:25 EST
BALTIMORE -- It all changed for the Red Sox on Aug. 1. Non-waiver trade deadline deals often have shaped seasons -- just ask the Blue Jays of last season when they went from six behind to six ahead by the end of September thanks in large part to the additions of David Price and Troy Tulowitzki. This year it has been the Red Sox' turn. Except they did it a little different. Two moves Dave Dombrowski didn't make have gone a long way toward putting his team atop the American League East standings by five games with 10 to play. He didn't trade Clay Buchholz, and Carlos Beltran went to the Rangers. Boom, boom. There you go. The Buchholz move is self-explanatory, with Dombrowski spelling out his approach toward a pitcher many believed had no chance calling Boston his home after July. "We just felt his stuff was good enough to pitch at the big league level and be successful," Dombrowski told WEEI.com in late August. "It’s hard to find good big league pitchers, and he has that
09/21/16 01:41 EST
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BALTIMORE -- If Eduardo Rodriguez is going to pitch like this, bring on the Cubs. Less than a week ago, before Hanley Ramirez put rocket fuel in the Red Sox' tank with his walk off homer against the Yankees, this was about survival. Just stay close with the Blue Jays and Orioles, while keeping a wary eye on the Tigers and Mariners. Forget that. If the Red Sox can get the Rodriguez we saw in their 5-2 win over the Orioles, then that's it. That's the final piece. We can officially proclaim that this team -- the one we are witnessing play baseball at Camden Yards this week -- should win the American League. "I think there’s growing confidence in our clubhouse daily," said Red Sox manager John Farrell after his team's sixth straight win. "We’ve responded to a number of challenges, whether it’s on the road, whether it’s coming from behind in big ballgames in the division, those are key. When you achieve those or succeed in those, yeah, that’s a
09/20/16 02:43 EST
BALTIMORE -- It was one of the best descriptions of any pitcher by any piayer. "He's a d--- when he needs to be." That was former Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay talking about his then-teammate Josh Beckett back in 2009. On Monday night, David Ortiz offered an updated version when discussing Rick Porcello. "He doesn't [expletive] around," Ortiz said of the right-hander after Boston's 5-2 win over the Orioles. "But when he's not pitching, he's the nicest [expletive]. I'm telling your right now. Nicest and coolest. That's how everybody should be. When you're out there between those lines, you do what you've got to do. When he's out of those lines, he's the coolest [expletive]." The Red Sox have officially found their heir apparent. When Jon Lester and John Lackey left, the Red Sox not only lost two pitchers many believed were prerequisites in hoping for any kind of playoff run, but they also were without a certain kind of presence. The duo had not only carried the
09/13/16 12:09 EST
It seems so easy. Kick off a pivotal series against the Orioles, hit three home runs, get lockdown starting pitching and head home with a 12-2 win to push Baltimore three back in the American League East. It had the same kind of feel as the last time the Red Sox dove into a swing series, beating the Blue Jays by 10 runs Friday night. But it's not going to be that simple. And it's fair to ask the question if all corners of the clubhouse understand what is waiting for the last 19 games in what is shaping up as one of the most memorable pennant races in some time. Mookie Betts. Jackie Bradley Jr. Xander Bogaerts. Eduardo Rodriguez. Travis Shaw. Sandy Leon. Drew Pomeranz. Those, along with a smattering of others, have never gone through a stretch drive like this, where it is their jobs to be leaned on. So far, they've passed the tests. A major league-best eight wins in September can attest to that. But this whole thing can flip on a dime, a reality those who have lived the life are remind each



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