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Red Sox Clinch Playoff Spot, Pedroia Hits Beast Mode

For the past several years, September has been the month of Red Sox fans’ discontent. In 2011, the last month of summer sealed Terry Francona’s fate as the Sox went a dismal 7-20. They managed to do just as poorly under Bobby V in September the following year, going 7-19 long after folks stopped paying attention. The last couple years have not been all that sensational, either...
Via Surviving Grady
4 hours ago

Rays cancel pregame tribute per David Ortiz's request

David Ortiz isn’t going to celebrate his final game at Tropicana Field. The Major League Baseball world lost a star Sunday in Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident at the age of 24, but Ortiz lost a friend. Because of that, the Boston Red Sox designated hitter asked the Tampa Bay Rays not to honor him before Sunday’s game. Given today's tragedy...
Via NESN.com
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays Pregame Notes: 9/25/2016

On a tragic day for baseball, the Boston Red Sox (91-64) and Tampa Bay Rays (65-89) are mourning a fallen star player before concluding their season series on Sunday afternoon. Here are the starting lineups, pregame notes, and daily links for September 25, 2016.
Via CLNS Radio
8 hours ago

Recap - Pedey Slams Red Sox To 10th Straight

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterPhoto courtesy of Getty ImagesDustin Pedroia's (pictured) seventh inning grand slam powered the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Saturday night. The victory, Boston's tenth in a row, clinched at least a Wild Card playoff spot and lowered the Magic Number to clinch the division to three.Rick Porcello went 6.1 innings...
Via RedSoxLife
16 hours ago

Mookie Betts breaks out ‘Jump On It’ dance

Another day, another victory dance. The Boston Red Sox’s outfield has given fans something to look forward to after every win thanks to their creative celebratory dances. And just one night after Mookie Betts debuted “The Carlton,” the right fielder moved on to the “Jump On It” dance after Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Jump on it! Jump on it! #WINDANCEREPEAT...
Via NESN.com
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia Grand Slam Pushes Sox To 10th Straight Win

Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth grand slam of his career and second of the season in the seventh inning to propel the Boston Red Sox (91-64) to their 10th straight victory and postseason berth with a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays (65-89) at the Trop. 
Via CLNS Radio
17 hours ago

Red Sox clinch playoff berth as Porcello wins 22nd

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win. Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox guaranteed at least Wild Card berth

Boston has clinched its first playoff berth since 2013 thanks to its 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday evening. The victory gives the Red Sox 91 wins for the season and secures them at least a spot in the American League Wild Card Game, to be played on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Via RedSox.com
18 hours ago

Red Sox not ruling out Sandoval's return this year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has not ruled out injured third baseman Pablo Sandoval returning this year should an injury replacement be required. Sandoval was not expected back until 2017 following a left shoulder injury that sent him to the disabled list after just three games in April. ''We're staying opened minded,'' Farrell said before Saturday...
Via Associated Press
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello Should Win the Cy Young Award

(Sept. 18, 2016 - Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)Evan MarinofskyContributing WriterIt's a pretty exciting time in Red Sox Nation. The Sox are winners of nine straight games and turned a tightly compacted AL East-race into an all-out assault on the rest of the division in the span of a little over a week. With their record currently sitting at 90-64, it seems as if it...
Via RedSoxLife
1 day ago

Red Sox look to make 10 wins in a row Saturday with Rick Porcello on mound

Rick Porcello can bolster his Cy Young Award candidacy even more Saturday. The Boston Red Sox right-hander will go for his 22nd win of the season Saturday when he faces the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Furthermore, a win would make it 10 in a row for Boston after it won again Friday. Hear a preview of Porcello’s start in the video from NESN’s “Red Sox Final” above.    
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz ‘Retired Not Expired’ shirt designed by his daughter

David Ortiz of course is set to retire whenever the Boston Red Sox’s season ultimately comes to a close. As part of his farewell, his daughter Alex has designed a great t-shirt in the slugger’s honor. Bearing the message “Retired Not Expired 2016” on the front and the Dominican Republic flag on the back -- with his No. 34 in the center -- the premium t-shirt version retails...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Xander Bogaerts Break Out of His Slump?

One of the most encouraging developments of the 2016 season for the Red Sox — a season that has been chock-full of them, I should mention — is that Xander Bogaerts has seemingly taken another step forward. Still just 23 years old, Boston’s shortstop was quite good in 2015, but something still appeared to be missing. He wasn’t able to put it all together in a way that could...
Via BP Boston
3 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz admits he would rather not be retiring

Is this the beginning of David Ortiz reconsidering his retirement? It’s not really, but the Red Sox slugger admitted that he wishes he could play longer. “I wish I could continue playing, but it takes a lot for me to prepare for the games every year,” Ortiz told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. “I’ve been dealing with things the last four years and it gets worse, you...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Continued Growth of Rick Porcello, Cy Young Candidate

On Monday night in Baltimore, Rick Porcello allowed two earned runs in a complete-game victory, striking out seven batters without a walk. That outing lowered his season ERA to 3.08, topped in the American League only by Masahiro Tanaka and Chris Sale. It raised his innings total to 210.2, topped in the AL only by Sale and Porcello’s teammate, David Price. It improved his pitcher...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz on Evolving

I first interviewed Clay Buchholz in June 2005. Newly drafted — 42nd overall by the Red Sox — he’d made his professional debut a few days earlier. His future was bright. A lot has happened since then. Buchholz has had a roller-coaster career in Boston, with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. He’s thrown a no-hitter, won a World Series ring, and made a pair of All...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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