- newJays' beatdown dims Sox-Rays showdown
TORONTO -- When the Red Sox crossed the border into Canada on Sunday night, they were hoping this trip would be a catalyst to playoff contention.Now, sobered by three straight losses to the Blue Jays that buried them deeper in last place in the AL East, the Sox this weekend visit the Tampa Bay Rays with an altered agenda. With the trading deadline a week away and little incentive to keep this group intact, this almost surely represents the end of the road for any number of Sox players.
- 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:04pm -
- newRapid Reaction: Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 0
TORONTO -- Yes, they’re still in the playoff race, after all.The Toronto Blue Jays, that is.The Red Sox? Well, this trip was supposed to be a referendum on whether they could improbably play their way back into contention. After their third straight loss to the Blue Jays, this one by an 8-0 count, that answer is starting to come into focus.The Sox had fanned the comeback talk with five straight wins, the last a 14-1 rout of the Jays here Monday night.
- 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:39pm -
- newA fan's case for Jon Lester
TORONTO -- He didn’t want his name to be used, because he likes to send ideas to the Red Sox and didn’t want to risk being cut off. But a man who describes himself as a passionate fan of the club shared a recent e-mail he sent to the Sox front office, making a case for re-signing Jon Lester. He shared it with ESPN Boston; because it’s so well-stated, we’re sharing it with you.Some input on Lester (and I know that none of it will be particularly novel, but you've often encouraged me to keep the inputs coming):I know it's not my money and that Lester has to be viewed in the larger context -- creating an overall salary structure, the kids on the way up, the risk that he declines over time, etc.
- 15 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:33pm -
- newPedroia gets the day off
TORONTO -- Dustin Pedroia was not in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday, and manager John Farrell said it was a scheduled day off. Pedroia broke an 0-for-17 skid with a first-inning single Wednesday night, but is batting just .083 (2 for 24) since the All-Star break. Brock Holt, who sat Wednesday, is playing second base, which will make him the first Sox player ever to start games at seven different positions (all except pitcher and catcher).
- 16 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:13pm -
- newStatus quo in Lester talks
TORONTO -- It’s curious that after weeks of silence on the topic, Red Sox majority owner John W. Henry finally weighed in on the Jon Lester contract situation, emailing the Boston Herald to say that the sides have agreed to “put off” further negotiations until after the season. But it’s a stretch to say that Henry’s comments are a sign that Lester is a goner or that the Sox will not ultimately make an offer more in line with the current market for a top-of-the-line pitcher.
- 17 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:01pm -
- newOrtiz talks evolution of Sox-Yanks rivalry
BOSTON -- The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees is considered one of the greatest in all of sports.It's built on incredible moments, amazing comebacks, plenty of bench-clearing brawls, and memorable triumphs and heartbreak. Both sides have experienced it all. This rivalry was at its peak during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.During Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez hit the Yankees' Karim Garcia in the top of the fourth inning at Fenway Park.
- 18 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:32am -
- Peavy drew a crowd; other moves loom
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays, of course, won. The Rays won their seventh straight. The Yankees won a rain-shortened affair. And although the division-leading Orioles lost in Anaheim, the Red Sox were assured of being in last place when they go to Tropicana Field Friday for this weekend’s series against the Rays.They fell back to seven games under .500 (47-54) with 61 to go, seven of those games coming before the July 31 trading deadline. The Sox had hoped this 13-game stretch against division rivals would give some closure to the back-and-forth of whether they can still contend this season or should retool for 2015 and beyond.
- 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:31am -
- A hole in the Sox lineup -- no Holt
TORONTO -- There was something noticeably different about John Farrell’s lineup card Wednesday night.Brock Holt was nowhere to be found. Not in left field, right field or center field. Not at first base, second base, short or third. And not batting leadoff, something Holt had done in each of the team’s previous 54 games, a span in which he’d delivered more hits (77) than any player in the game.The rookie who is the only player in the big leagues this season to have appeared at every position but pitcher and catcher was on the bench, manager John Farrell having decided after Holt failed to hit the ball out of the infield four times Tuesday night that he could use a night off.
- 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:09am -
- Buchholz escapes injury, can't dodge loss
TORONTO -- There was a dazed aspect to Clay Buchholz’s pitching Wednesday night, and that was even before he took a comebacker from Munenori Kawasaki off the side of his head.The Boston Red Sox barely had time to savor the 3-0 lead David Ortiz gave them with his fourth home run in three nights before Buchholz gave it all back in the bottom of the first, foreshadowing what would become a 6-4 Sox defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays."I’ll take the blame for this one, for sure," Buchholz said.
- 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:56pm -
- A 'Bogey' is not just a bad hole in golf
TORONTO -- Before anyone offers Xander Bogaerts’ tie-breaking error Wednesday night as further proof that the Red Sox should have never moved him to third base, remember that he made game-deciding errors at shortstop too, like the throwing error he made on a cold night in Chicago in April that resulted in a walk-off White Sox win.But it’s fair to say that the 21-year-old rookie, asked to transition to third two months into the season, has had his fair share of head-hanging moments, which was his reaction Wednesday night when he bounced a throw to first baseman Mike Napoli on what should have been an easy inning-ending play on Jose Reyes’s ground ball in the sixth.
- 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:26pm -