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09/21/2011 - 8:46am
Duquette: Sox 'overpaid for Crawford'

Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Red Sox' September collapse.

"It's pretty clear," Duquette said. "The Sox are still leading the league in runs scored. Their pitching's just totally collapsed here in September. Some of it's injuries. You know what happens when you have a few injuries and you don't have the guys behind there to come in and do the job. And it's hard to do it with any pitching staff, but when you're in a pennant race, things just start to snowball a little bit.

"You've really got to have that starting pitching. I turned on the TV last week, every time I turned it on, the middle relievers were in the game. That can't be good."

Asked if he thinks the Red Sox will make the playoffs, Duquette said: "I sure hope so. But if they don't, it's pretty clear why they didn't. It's because of the pitching."

Pitching...

09/21/2011 - 7:44am
Mashup: Manny wants back in baseball

Former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez, who retired in April after reportedly testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, apparently wants to return to baseball. Winston Llenas, president of the Cibao Eagles in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Ramirez has expressed a desire to play for his former team in his home country. Llenas said the 39-year-old wants to "play before the Dominican fans and to perhaps motivate other major league stars to also play in the country."

Ramirez, who is facing charges in Florida after allegedly hitting his wife last week, had some support from his former teammates on the Dodgers. Said Matt Kemp: "It shows he loves this sport a lot." Added James Loney: "It's good any way you look at it. Manny loves baseball and the Dominicans love Manny."

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09/21/2011 - 12:09am
Pedroia: 'Take a deep breath'

Dustin Pedroia has been one of the outspoken leaders in the Red Sox clubhouse during the team's September swoon that has opened the door for the Rays to make a run at the wild card position Boston currently holds. After Tuesday's excruciating 7-5 loss to the Orioles, Pedroia told the group of reporters around his locker that his teammates aren't lacking for confidence.

Pedroia was asked if Tuesday's defeat hurts that much more since the Rays lost 5-0 in New York to the Yankees, meaning the Red Sox blew the chance to increase their wild card lead to three games, two in the loss column. 

"Not really," Pedroia said in responding to the question. "We're two games up with seven to play so we'll come out [Wednesday] and play our butts off. We're good, we're good. We'll be all right. Take a deep breath." 

Jonathan Papelbon, whose blown save in the eighth opened the door for the Orioles, reiterated what he said earlier...

09/20/2011 - 11:47pm
Papelbon: 'This game's on me'

A stand-up Jonathan Papelbon took full responsibility for his first blown save in 26 chances Tuesday night as the Red Sox watched a 5-4 lead in the eighth disappear when he allowed a two-out bases-clearing double to Robert Andino, leading to a 7-5 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park. 

"I'm called on," Papelbon said. "And whenever I'm called on, I've got to go out there and do my job. Tonight for me boiled down to execution, and I've got to be able to put guys away on 0-2. For me, this game's on me. We were put in a situation where the team needed me and I didn't come through."

Before the Andino at-bat, Papelbon entered in relief of Daniel Bard who -- after pitching a perfect seventh -- gave up consecutive one-out singles in the eighth. Papelbon struck out Chris Davis and had Nolan Reimold down two strikes. Reimold laced the next pitch to left to load the bases, setting the stage for Andino's clutch hit on a full count....

09/20/2011 - 10:38pm
Blown chance: Pap blows save, Sox lose

Robert Andino drilled a three-run double down the right field line against closer Jonathan Papelbon as the Red Sox fell 7-5 to the Orioles, blowing a golden opportunity to distance themselves from the Rays in the AL wild card race. The loss was made all the more painful as the Rays lost to the Yankees in New York. As a result, the Red Sox still lead the Rays by two games, just one in the loss column. 

After reportedly being served with child support papers just hours before his start, Erik Bedard took the mound for the Red Sox for the first time in 17 days. He pitched effectively in the first two innings, holding the Orioles scoreless. But in the third, he was forced to throw 51 of his 76 pitches thanks to Josh Reddick's misplay of a Vladimir Guerrero liner to right with two outs. Bedard, coming back from a sore left knee, had given up just one run when Reddick's drop opened the door for three more runs and a 4-1 Orioles lead. 

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