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Rob Bradford
April 13, 2018 - 11:55 pm
It has been one of the most remarkable two-week turnarounds in recent Red Sox history. This has nothing to do with wins and losses, or playing good or bad. The story of Joe Kelly's past 15 days is all about public perception. Flash back to March 29 at Tropicana Field, when Kelly four-run implosion...
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Rob Bradford
April 13, 2018 - 10:33 pm
Well, we still haven't seen the Blue Jays. It was no secret that everyone who followed the great game of baseball knew the Red Sox and Yankees were almost certainly going to be atop the American League East, with a sizable drop-off to a third-place team. Fair. But after watching New York come to...
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Rob Bradford
April 13, 2018 - 8:06 pm
Drew Pomeranz said earlier in the week that his goal Friday was to not worry about anything other than pitching. The strategy seemed to work. The lefty was still regretting how he approached his previous rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, suggesting worries about his flexor tendon and rusty...
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WEEI
April 13, 2018 - 1:06 pm
The Red Sox offense has jumped out to a hot start this season, and leadoff hitter Mookie Betts has been at the forefront. Betts is a big reason the Red Sox went 4-1 over the past week and outscored their opponents 45-24 in that span, putting up a ridiculous nine runs per game. The 25-year-old right...
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John Tomase
April 13, 2018 - 11:35 am
David Price let 'er rip during a long-toss session on Thursday afternoon and it was clear to observers he'd be fine to make his next start. Price didn't even need the reassurance. Hours after leaving a 10-7 loss to the Yankees after just one inning with numbness in his left hand, Price was...
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Rick Porcello
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John Tomase
April 12, 2018 - 10:54 pm
A night after a wild melee marked the official return of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, Rick Porcello raised his arms and demanded silence. The right-hander was masterful in a 6-3 victory, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and improving to 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA. In the process, he continued...
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Rob Bradford
April 12, 2018 - 10:38 pm
Starting with his introductory press conference, Alex Cora has insinuated Craig Kimbrel's usage might be a bit different this season, introducing the idea of bringing in the reliever earlier than the ninth inning to face a key part of the batting order at a key part of the game. The plan would then...
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Rob Bradford
April 12, 2018 - 7:36 pm
There was another hit batsman in the Red Sox' series against the Yankees, except this one didn't seem like it was intentionally executed. With one out and a runner on first base in the first inning, New York starter Sonny Gray hit Hanley Ramirez in the left wrist with a tailing 94 mph fastball...
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John Tomase
April 12, 2018 - 6:34 pm
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was suspending for six games and Yankees DH Tyler Austin received five games for their roles in Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees melee at Fenway Park. The two primary combatants were also fined an undisclosed amount. They weren't the only ones punished. Red Sox manager Alex...
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Phil Nevin
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John Tomase
April 12, 2018 - 4:39 pm
Amidst the chaos during Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees brawl, cameras caught Red Sox manager Alex Cora dismissing ejected Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin with a wave of his hand. Fans and media reacted with anger in New York, but Cora didn't back down on Thursday when asked about the confrontation...
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