Pedroia To Get The Day Off

Red Sox Second-Basemen Sits After Night Game

Terry Francona decided that it was finally time to give Dustin Pedrioa a day off on Thursday.  After playing in a night game yesterday and with the Sox set to hit the road on Friday to face Texas, Francona thought that today was the best day to give Pedrioa a day off.

J.D. Drew also has the day off on Wednesday, being replaced in the Sox lineup by Josh Reddick.  

Beckett Leads Boston To Third Straight Victory

Offense Comes Alive On Homestand

It was the Mike Lowell and Jason Bay show on Tuesday night and on Wednesday it was the same story but different verse for the Red Sox sluggers as Boston defeated Detroit 8-2 behind a strong performance from Josh Beckett.

Lowell and Bay each homered for the Red Sox as Beckett went seven deep to win his major league-high 14th game of the season.  Beckett had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning before Carlos Guillen of the Tigers snapped the no-hit bid and shutout with a solo-blast.  

The Red Sox have now won three straight and seven in a row against the Tigers.  Jerry Remy made his way back to the NESN booth on Wednesday night, only as a guest however, and hinted that a return to the broadcast booth may come in the near future.  

Boston looks to sweep Detroit this afternoon as Clay Buchholz takes on Justin Verlander.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

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News & Notes From Fenway Park

Diamond Update On The Boston Red Sox

Some news and notes from what has been a hectic couple of days for the Boston Red Sox:

1) Kevin Youkilis was suspended by Major League Baseball offices for five games for his role in last night’s brawl with Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers.  Youkilis will begin serving his suspension tonight after initially appealing the suspension.    

2) Tim Wakefield is on the comeback trail as the Boston knuckleballer will start for Triple A Pawtucket on Friday.  Wakefield hopes that if his calf and back respond well, he will be back with the big club soon.  George Kottaras will catch the 43-year-old in his own comeback from the disabled list.

3) John Smoltz refused his assignment to the minor leagues from the Boston Red Sox which gives Boston ten days to either trade or cut the 42-year-old.  Smoltz cleared waivers which allows Boston to trade him or outright release him.  A release would put the Sox on the hook for the remainder of his $5.5 million contract. 

4) Daisuke Matsuzaka is in Fort Myers and threw 40 pitches from a mound on Monday.  Dice-K’s pitch count will increase with each session and Japanese right-hander is eyeing a comeback to the Sox rotation sometime in September.

5) The Sox put a waiver claim on Washington Nationals shortstop Christian Guzman but the likelihood of Guzman coming to Boston is very slim as the Nationals do not have a shortstop to replace Guzman and are currently playing their best baseball of the year.  Also, the Sox would have to eat Guzman’s entire contract which could put a snag in any negotiations between both clubs.

Sox Fired Up After Beating Tigers

Boston Fueled By Youkilis, Francona Ejections

Kevin Youkilis led the charge, both physically and mentally, for Boston but Mike Lowell carried it out as the Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Lowell smashed a solo-shot in the third and added a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Sox a 6-3 lead in which they would never relinquish. Junichi Tazawa was shaky in the first inning but settled down by striking out six in five innings of work to record his first major league win.

Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound after Rick Porcello plunked the Red Sox third-basemen in the second inning.  After a brawl ensued, both Youkilis and Porcello were out of the game.  Terry Francona was later ejected in the second after arguing a play at second base.    

Lowell, 2-for-3, and Jason Bay, 2-for-4, led the Boston lineup on Tuesday which has scored 13 runs on 19 hits in their past two games at Fenway Park.  A little home cookin’ may have been all that Francona and the Sox needed after losing six straight to division rivals, Tampa Bay and New York.

Josh Beckett takes on Armando Galarraga off the Tigers on Wednesday in hopes of extending Boston’s winning streak to three games.

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Tazawa’s Debut Tonight At Fenway Park

Sox Look To Take Two Straight From Tigers

A 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night was exactly what the Boston Red Sox needed.  With Junichi Tazawa making his first major league start tonight for the Bo-Sox, Terry Francona and company hope that the 23-year-old right hander is as good as advertised.

Even with his first decision as a Red Sox going in the loss column, thanks in part to a game-winning two-run home run from Alex Rodriguez, Tazawa could possibly be the missing piece to the Red Sox puzzle.  Plugging a dynamic right-handed pitcher in the fifth spot could help ease the overworked bullpen and inconsistent starting rotation.

Tazawa toes the rubber tonight, squaring off against fellow youngster Rick Porcello of the Tigers.  First pitch is at 7:10 from Fenway Park.

What’s In Store For The Red Sox?

What’s Going To Happen To The Red Sox The Rest Of The Season?

You Decide!

A) Bats Come Alive and The Sox Win The Division

B) Pitching Helps The Sox Win The Wildcard

C) The Sox Implode And Finish Third In The Division

D) The Sox Fire Theo Epstein In September  

Is This The Celtics Last Year To Win?

Time Could Be Running Out On The C’s

The 2007-2008 Boston Celtics season was magical in every way possible.  The team went from worst to first in just one season thanks in large part to the additions of the Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.  The formation of the Boston Three Party and emergence of Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo made Danny Ainge look like a genius.  Now, two seasons removed from their 17th NBA Championship, the Boston Celtics feel the pressure to put up an 18th banner.

That’s why this off-season, Ainge has restocked the Celtics squad with the likes of Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels, and Shelden Williams while re-signing Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine and Eddie House.  So with a starting five who won a Championship two years ago and revamped bench, how could the C’s not be the favorite to win in 2009-2010 and beyond?

Well, with the balance of power now shifting over to the Eastern Conference and the emergence of Orlando and Cleveland, the time for Boston to win is now.  Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett are now approaching their twilight years.  With the addition of Shaq in Cleveland and Vince Carter in Orlando, the competition will be tough, but the C’s can handle it. 

Bar any serious injuries and setbacks the C’s should be the favorites.  But only in 2009-2010? Time will only tell what the future holds for Doc Rivers and the Celtics, however, the one thing that remains a certain for our beloved Green Team is that this next season should be another magical ride. 

Don’t Take Those Socks Off Just Yet!

Ok folks we know many of you are in panic mode after this weekends debacle but don’t put that tail between your legs just yet!

The Yankees did not win the world series and the Sox are still in a good position to make the playoffs. I am not writing the division off totally but if we can get things back on track and make the playoffs even in the wild card position we got a shot.  If you remember a few years back, the Sox made the playoffs in the wild card spot and went on to win it all.  So don’t hang those heads just yet and always keep your Sox on folks!  True fan’s don’t turn on their team and true fan’s don’t run and hide!

Say it:  “I am a Red Sox Through Thick & Thin”

Boston Looks To Avoid Sweep

Sox Announce That Tazawa Will Start On Tuesday

The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees Sunday evening looking to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of their rivals.  With the offense putting up zeroes and the entire pitching staff overworked, the Sox announced that Japanese rookie Junichi Tazawa will take John Smoltz spot in the starting rotation and pitch on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

First things first, however, and that’s tonight’s game.  Jon Lester takes on Andy Pettite in hopes of avoiding the sweep.  Jason Bay is back in the lineup for Boston as David Ortiz takes a seat in tonight’s game against a lefty.  

The Sox are rumored to have put a claim on Washington Nationals shortstop Christian Guzman who would help fill the hole the Sox currently have at short.  Guzman is batting over .300 and will be an instant offensive upgrade over Nick Green and Jed Lowrie.   

Celtics Close To Inking Big Baby

Glen Davis Set To Sign With C’s

According to Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics are close to signing Glen “Big Baby” Davis to a two-year deal.  The agreement is likely to be announced next week.

Adding Glen Davis to a front court that already has Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, Brian Scalabrine, Shelden Williams, and Bill Walker improves the C’s bench dramatically.  Signing Big Baby, after having a great end to the second half of last season and the playoffs, was a preference of Danny Ainge and the Celtics this offseason but the C’s had to wait and see what the market value for Davis was.


Heavy Dose Of Denial

Ortiz Denies Steriod Use

David Ortiz says he never used steroids.  Do you believe him?  With the Red Sox slugger denying allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs and in particular, steriods, all that is left to be had is public opinion. 

So in the wake of Ortiz’ revelation and denial, the Red Sox and their fans must choose what side of the fence they’re on and how they will treat their once beloved slugger.  Big Papi could could have been “careless” back in the day and be telling us the truth.

He could also be pulling our chain.

Ten days after acknowledging that his name was on the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, Big Papi went 0-for-3 against the New York Yankees as the Sox lost their fifth straight game. Ortiz’ situation is almost a good distraction with Boston reeling as Terry Francona and the Sox are struggling both on and off the field.  

The ship is sinking fast and Ortiz is at the bow.  

You’d think with Ortiz off of the “supplements”, he wouldn’t be carrying such a burden on the Sox or at least tippin’ the scale.  But with his name being released, all the pressure is on Ortiz to make up for dragging the Red Sox name through the mud.  

Then again, I am sure all would be forgotten in Red Sox nation if Big papi smashed a three-run home run off the Yankees on Sunday.  There’s nothing a three-run home run couldn’t do to help solve his messy situation.   

Sox Sputtering, Need A Boost

Boston Bullied By Bronx Bombers

Lets make something clear.  Red Sox fans, it’s not time to panic.  Yet.

The Boston Red Sox are reeling after losing three straight to the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.  The Sox have fell 3.5 games back of the Yankees and have seemingly lost all confidence.  With the David Ortiz revelation, John Smoltz disaster, and nagging injuries, Boston is 8-11 since the All-Star break.  

Luckily for the local nine, Josh Beckett toes the rubber tonight, facing off against former teammate A.J. Burnett at Yankee Stadium.  The Red Sox need Beckett to be superman and dominate the dynamic Yankee lineup.  If he’s not, and the Sox lose to the Yanks, the Sox season could go south fast and force the hand of Theo Epstein in the upcoming weeks.
With a black hole at shortstop, ineffectivness from the starting rotation, and lack of power from the outfield, the Sox have a lot of issues to address.  Internally or externally, Theo needs to fix these problems or he could finally be found accountable for his mistakes (for the first time).  
Even with everything going so poorly for Boston, a win tonight against the Bronx Bombers could ease the worries of Red Sox nation and give the Sox a much needed boost.