By Jeff Louderback After allowing back-to-back singles to open the eighth inning in Thursday night’s game against Toronto, Jon Lester departed with a 3-0 count to Emilio Bonifacio. Jarrod Saltalamacchia called out the trainer and Red Sox manager John Farrell, and Lester limped off the mound with what the club called a jammed hip.
By Jeff Louderback In one inning – the second, to be exact – the Boston Red Sox scored all seven runs and held on for a 7-4 victory over Toronto in the opener of a four-game series against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The Red Sox reached former Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang for seven [...]
By Jeff Louderback Anthony Ranaudo has re-emerged as one of the top starting pitching prospects in the Red Sox system this season. Xander Bogaerts is widely considered one of the top 10 prospects in baseball. Both will represent the organization in the Futures Game on July 14 – Ranaudo for the USA squad and Bogaerts [...]
By Jeff Louderback He doesn’t enter to a rowdy rock song and overpower batters with mid-90s heat. Actually, his fast ball rarely touches 90, and he records out with location and deception, pounding the strike zone and consistently getting ahead in the count. After a season marked by the wildness and ineffectiveness of Joel Hanrahan [...]
By Jeff Louderback This is the John Lackey that the Red Sox expected when they signed him to a five-year, $80 million deal before the 2010 season. At a time when Clay Buchholz is on the disabled list and Jon Lester is struggling, Lackey has emerged as the staff ace, resembling the durable pitcher who [...]
By Jeff Louderback In three games for the Red Sox this season, Pedro Beato has not allowed a run. His latest scoreless frame was delivered last night in Boston’s 11-4 trouncing of the Colorado Rockies. Beato’s reward? He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Clayton Mortensen, who was activated from the disabled [...]
By Jeff Louderback Based on the myriad of injuries the team has incurred over the past four seasons, and how those ailments have been addressed, it is warranted for media and fans alike to respond cynically when the Red Sox downplay any discomfort that a player is experiencing. Clay Buchholz is a prime example. The [...]