- newJoe Kelly gunning for place in Sox future
BALTIMORE -- He grew up in Corona, California, about 24 miles due east of Anaheim Stadium on Highway 91, and was 14 years old when a rookie named John Lackey pitched and won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series for the Angels.So sure, Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, who was traded by St. Louis for Lackey at the July 31 deadline, knew what his inquisitor was angling for Saturday afternoon."That would be a cooler story, huh," Kelly said with a trace of sympathy.
- 7 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 12:45am -
- newO's defeat Sox, due in large part to Duquette
BALTIMORE -- Takeaways from a beautiful Saturday night in Baltimore, where Orioles manager Buck Showalter may take the most bows but general manager Dan Duquette, the 56-year-old Duke of Dalton, Massachusetts, has fashioned an impressive second act far beyond any scale imagined by his detractors in Boston.• Three seasons into his tenure with the Orioles after a 10-year exile from Major League Baseball, Duquette is the architect of an Orioles team that won its first division title since 1997, and is still within shouting distance of the best record in the American League after Saturday night's 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
- 9 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 11:17pm -
- Castillo flashes impressive defensive skills
BALTIMORE -- And in his second start in a Boston Red Sox uniform, Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo showed what he can do on the other side of the ball.The center fielder made a sliding catch of David Lough's sinking liner in the first inning and threw out Alejandro De Aza at the plate after charging Lough's single in the fifth and quickly unloading the ball, catcher Christian Vazquez applying the tag."Early on he had some quick jumps and reads on balls," Sox manager John Farrell said.
- 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 1:27am -
- Ortiz surpasses 30 HR, 100 RBI for 8th time
BALTIMORE -- For the first century of what we call modern baseball, Babe Ruth was the only player who had achieved what David Ortiz matched Friday night.In 1934, Ruth hit 34 home runs and drove in 104 runs for the New York Yankees at the age of 38. That's the same age as Ortiz, who hit two home runs, his 33rd and 34th of the season, on Friday to give him 102 RBIs with eight games left in the Red Sox season.Ortiz became the sixth player to hit 30 or more home runs while driving in 100 or more runs at age 38 or older.
- 1 day ago, 20 Sep 14, 12:54am -
- Sox flagged for interference, swept by Bucs
BOSTON -- The magic number remains stalled at four, and the way the Boston Red Sox lost Thursday night, you wonder if a certain former Sox manager has a John Farrell voodoo doll on his athletic director's desk.There are nine games left in Boston's misbegotten season. They need to win four to finish with a better record than Bobby Valentine's 69-93 2012 team, which featured, in Bobby V's words, "the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball.
- 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:01pm -
- Notes: Magic number 4 to beat Bobby V
PITTSBURGH -- Quick hits from PNC Park, where the Red Sox will attempt to avoid being swept in a series for the 11th time this season.• Last season, the Sox were swept just once, a three-game set in Texas Oct. 3-5. That was their fewest multi-game sweeps in a season since 1955, and it was the first time the Sox had played an entire season at home without being swept.The Sox have been swept at home eight times this season; they have been swept twice on the road: the Rays took three straight in the Trop May 23-25, and the Indians took three straight June 2-4 in Cleveland.
- 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:55pm -
- Sox lineup: Castillo out tonight
A day after going 1-for-4 in his major league debut, Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo has the night off Thursday against the Pirates. Jackie Bradley Jr. is taking his place in center field. Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup:1. Mookie Betts, 2B2. Xander Bogaerts, SS3. David Ortiz, 1B4. Allen Craig, RF5. Daniel Nava, LF6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF8. Christian Vazquez, C9. Brandon Workman, RHP
- 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:55pm -
- Butterfield: Pedroia 'toughest guy I've seen'
PITTSBURGH -- Brian Butterfield admits that he can’t be certain what the future holds for second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who recently underwent wrist surgery, the second consecutive year he has had a major procedure done on his left hand. Last year, it was surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb.In 2012, Pedroia also had a pin inserted to repair a torn ligament in his right pinky finger.But Butterfield, the Red Sox third-base coach and infield instructor, says before anyone speculates about Pedroia’s future, they should acknowledge what they have witnessed over the last two seasons.
- 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:33am -
- Rapid Reaction: Pirates 9, Red Sox 1
PITTSBURGH -- The man from Ciego de Avila, Cuba left PNC Park Wednesday night with a souvenir from his major-league debut, the baseball he struck for his first hit, an infield single in the fourth inning.The man from Crossville, Tennessee left PNC Park Wednesday night with a similar souvenir, the result of the pinch double he ripped into the left-field corner for his first hit, one inning later.But beyond those mementos for Rusney Castillo and Bryce Brentz, there were no takeaways worth mentioning for the Boston Red Sox, 9-1 losers to the Pittsburgh Pirates before a crowd of 34,785.
- 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:27pm -
- Castillo's focus: 'Take things as they come'
PITTSBURGH -- Rusney Castillo, the 5-foot-9, 205-pound outfielder whose professional career in Cuba ended 14 months ago in a provincial tournament near his hometown of Ciego de Avila, pronounced himself ready to embark on his major league career with the Red Sox Wednesday night.“I actually feel in a pretty good place, baseball-wise,’’ the 27-year-old Castillo said a couple of hours before taking the field against the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing center field and batting seventh for the Sox.
- 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:24pm -