Buchholz Gets ‘No Decision’ In Triple-A Debut PawSox Win 6-4

Clay Buchholz hadn’t started a game in more than two weeks, so it was expected that he might have a little rust on him tonight… the question was: how much? Buchholz was on an unusually low pitch count tonight in consideration of the inactivity. He acquitted himself well in consideration of the fact that he had made only two cameo appearances since June 30th—a 1 1/3 inning relief appearance for…

October 20, 2012
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ALCS Game 4: So Close Yet So Far From A Win… Sox On Brink Of Elimination After 7-3 Loss

When I was in Little League my manager always told his pitchers that it was imperative to know where the fielders were playing behind them… if Tim Wakefield had remembered that lesson tonight the ALCS might be tied at two games apiece. Instead, the Red Sox are facing elimination. Wakefield took a one-hitter into the fifth inning when he hung an 0-1 knuckleball to Casey Blake… the third baseman hit…

October 20, 2012
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Buchholz Named AL Player Of The Week

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 2nd. Buchholz pitched the 17th no-hitter in Red Sox franchise history on Saturday night at Fenway Park… the 23-year-old rookie right-hander struck out nine, walked three and hit a batter as the Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 10-0. The Lumberton, Texas native joined Mark Buehrle (White Sox, April 18th) and…

October 20, 2012
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Buchholz Dazzling In Win Over New Hampshire

If you are a Red Sox fan and have not seen Clay Buchholz pitch, what are you waiting for? Call the Portland Sea Dogs ticket office later this morning and buy a ticket to the game at Hadlock Field on Saturday. Get a seat behind home plate… pay extra if you have to. You are in for a heckuva treat! I had the pleasure of sitting directly behind home plate…

October 20, 2012
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2007 ALCS: Sox Road To Championship Number Seven Will Go Through Cleveland, Not New York

  News Note: The Yankees Lose! Th-u-u-u-u-u Yankees lose! The Cleveland Indians scored four runs off NY starter Chien-Ming Wang in an inning-plus en route to beating the Yankees, 6-4, to advance to the ALCS against the Red Sox. Today’s NY Post front and back pages help to stoke the fires of speculation about the team’s future… As the playoffs began, I predicted the Red Sox (in four), Indians (in…

October 20, 2012
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Boras Says Matsuzaka Prepared To Return To Japan

Agent Scott Boras held a press conference at 9:00 PM EST (6:00 PM PST) this evening… sort of a ‘State of the Negotiations’ address from his offices in California. During the press soiree, Boras declared “if the parties’ positions remain the same, Daisuke will return to Japan’. Only Boras and Matsuzaka know if he is bluffing in order to get the Red Sox to open their wallets wider or if…

October 20, 2012
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ALCS Game 3 Preview: Dice-K vs Westbrook

This evening at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OH, Daisuke Matsuzaka will start the biggest game in his Red Sox career as he takes on Jake Westbrook and the Cleveland Indians. Dice-K came to the US with the reputation as being a big-game pitcher, but he has seldom performed at a level that warranted that cache during his initial season in the major leagues. Westbrook, a sinkerball pitcher, just never got…

October 20, 2012
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ALCS Game 3: Tribe Ride Westbrook and Home Plate Ump to 4-2 Win, and 2-1 Series Advantage

Almost without exception, it can be said that sports contests are best officiated when you hardly notice the umpires, referees, etc that are officiating the games… they blend into the fabric of the game seemlessly and make the calls (correctly) that need to be made. And then there are nights like last night… I rarely identify an official for having had a negative impact on the outcome of the game……

October 20, 2012
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Breaking News: Red Sox Petition City of Boston to Re-Name Street

In the latest development from Peyton Place (I mean Fenway Park), the Boston Red Sox have today asked the City of Boston to change the name of Yawkey Way to Lucchino Lane. As anticipated here a few days ago, the Red Sox have moved ahead with the franchise’s plans to make Lucchino the Center of the Baseball Universe in Boston. At a City Hall press conference this morning, Larry Lucchino…

October 20, 2012
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Boston Trade Market — July 31st: Pineiro, Cash Sent To St Louis

The Red Sox have traded Joel Pineiro and cash considerations to the St Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. Pineiro, who started spring training as the Red Sox closer, had been designated for assignment by the Red Sox a week ago—meaning the team had a 10-day window to trade him, release him or send him to the Minor Leagues. Pineiro had accepted the option to Triple-A in…

October 20, 2012
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