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Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Seeks To Get Out Of Early Malaise, Plays Three Games Against White Sox
The division won’t be won if the Red Sox play well in Chicago this week. It won’t be lost if the Red Sox are swept this week by the White Sox. Things are too tight for that. What this week’s series against the White Sox, which begins tonight, can be is an opportunity to gain a little momentum. It’s time for the Red Sox to make a statement they can once again get their season on track and contend in the rugged American League East.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Jon Lester, Grady Sizemore, AJ Pierzynski Are Up, John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Burke Badenhop Down
Sure it’s early, but there are already some reasons to be concerned about the 2014 Red Sox. Of course, with as much talent as the Sox have, there have been some standout efforts this year. Let’s look at who’s doing well and who needs to get their acts together with a game of 3 Up and 3 Down.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Gets Championship Rings At Home Opener, Hosts Milwaukee Brewers
The Red Sox are good at throwing parties if nothing else, and today’s ring ceremony, set to include an orchestra on the field, will be emotional, as I’m sure it will also pay tribute to what happened nearly a year ago. Let’s look at the first home series of the year, which Bud Selig has ruined by making it be an interleague set with Milwaukee. For the record, when the champs are having their home opener, it should be against a rival or at least a big-name team.Red Sox-Brewers? Not the same as Sox-Yanks.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: World Champs Open Season With Three Games Against Orioles In Baltimore
I’m here to give you a quick primer on the enemy, the Boston Red Sox, who open the season this afternoon in Baltimore and begin their defense of their 2013 world championship. Most of the team is back, and the Red Sox made a couple of under the radar but important additions which could play key roles in another run in October. Sure, Jacoby Ellsbury wears pinstripes now, but the Red Sox are certainly going to have to be worried about weekly by Yankees Universe.

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While Yankees Reloaded This Winter, Red Sox Decided To Tinker Instead; Only Time Will Tell If That Was Good Or Bad Strategy For World Champs
There’s two ways to look at what was a quiet offseason for the Red Sox. The optimistic approach is to say this is a team which won the World Series last year, so it didn’t need much of a makeover. The pessimistic side points out teams should always be trying to get better, especially big-budget ones like the Red Sox, and it’s a bad sign Boston will take almost the identical team into spring training next week from the one which rode the duck boats down Boylston in November. The winter was most notable for the Red Sox because of what they lost.

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Former Mets, Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine Shows Why He's Both Loved And Hated In One Night
I’m rarely apprehensive about covering something, but I was a bit Tuesday night. I wanted to make sure I was objective and gave Bobby Valentine a fair shake, considering some of the things I’ve said about him on this website. Listening to him speak for about an hour, then talking to him briefly personally, I got the full Bobby Valentine experience. At times, he’d completely won me over. Hearing him charm a crowd in Southington, Conn., I was willing to overlook his season in Boston. Someone this smart and this engaging, I figured, can’t be hated. Then, as the stories went on and on, the disbelief many in the media have felt listening to Valentine started to set in. Either some of this is made up or Valentine is baseball’s Forest Gump.

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Many Question Marks Surround Jacoby Ellsbury After Signing Seven-Year, $153 Million Deal With Yankees
With Jacoby Ellsbury on his way to the Yankees, and the Universe trying to come to terms with it all, I thought it might be a good idea to provide a little bit of a scouting report from the Boston side to help give the signing a little context. First, I agree with what Brad Carroll wrote in his column: If this is the Yankees’ big move this winter, it wasn’t the right one. If there’s more to come, Ellsbury could be a nice complimentary piece. I don’t necessarily believe the Yankees have to get Robinson Cano, but if they don’t, there better be a really good replacement on the way, because Ellsbury isn’t it.

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Yankees Signing Jacoby Ellsbury For Seven Years, $153 Million Is A Home Run If, And Only If, They Plan On Resigning Robinson Cano As Well
On its own, the New York Yankees giving Jacoby Ellsbury seven years and $153 million to play center field isn't something to be excited about. Paying almost $22 million a season for an oft-injured outfielder who is the same type player as the team already has at the position - Brett Gardner - is a bit absurd. Especially considering the team's multiple needs. But this isn't about one signing, no matter the years or the money. This has everything to do with the next signing, and we're not talking about the Yankees adding Kelly Johnson, which is likely the newest player to join the Bronx Bombers on a one-year deal to play third or second base. This has everything to do with Robinson Cano.

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Red Sox Offseason Shopping List: Big Decisions This Winter For World Champions, Here's What Boston Should Do With Jacoby Ellsbury, Starting Rotation, Infield And More
Those decisions made in the days after the parade ended might play a huge role in shaping Boston’s shopping list. The details will take a couple of months to sort out, but Boston has to know the general direction it wants to take because of how many dominoes need to be knocked over.Every option creates another for the Red Sox, so let’s look at the roads they could take and the ones they should travel down before February.

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Red Sox Analysis: Who Should Stay And Who Should Go From Current Red Sox Roster As We Play Pay Him Or Slay Him, Including Ellsbury, Drew, Peavy, Napoli, Lackey, More
Once the overall direction is selected and a decision is made on Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox will be able to work on the smaller but important tasks of filling out the bottom of the roster, which needs some work. Most notable is the need for a backup second baseman and a bit of a overhaul of the bullpen. So while fans get excited about the possibilities of the winter, let’s play GM and look at the Red Sox roster, deciding who to keep and who to move on from by playing Pay or Slay.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down World Series Edition: Boston Stepped Up When It Mattered Most, Defeating Cardinals For World Championship In 6 Games
The 2013 World Series was not the most crisply played edition of the Fall Classis. At times it seemed like a matter of survival, a question of which team would make the fewest mistakes and be left standing at the end. When it mattered most, however, the Boston Red Sox stepped up. Jon Lester and John Lackey pitched a couple of gems, the bullpen held on long enough and the Red Sox got the big hits needed to win the final two games and capture the World Series.

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Red Sox Vs. Cardinals World Series Preview: Full Series Breakdown As Boston And St. Louis Renew Fall Classic Rivalry; Red Sox Will Win In 6
The last six months come down to nine days at the end of October. The World Series isn’t a single-elimination setup like the NCAA Tournament or Super Bowl, so the seven-game series format has at least some level of fairness. And yet the long crawl of a baseball season finishes with a mad sprint of just over a week which feels sudden. The good news is, despite baseball’s continuing effort to muddy the water by extending the playoffs and making them more and more confusing, the two best teams have reached the Fall Classic. For the first time since 1999, the teams with the best record in each league will play for the right to be called world champion.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down ALCS Edition: Red Sox Advancing To World Series Was Meant To Be, Plus Bogaerts, Ortiz, Victorino Trending Up, Peavy, Buchholz, Drew Down
Someone, whether it’s a famous director from Boston or an outsider, is going to make a movie about the last six months in Boston history, which were filled with unspeakable tragedy and plenty of highs. That’s part of why I knew the Boston Red Sox were going to win the ALCS. If the World Series doesn’t go well, the movie can end after the pennant clincher like Major League 2 does. There was no way, however, the script ended with a loss to Detroit. I believe in fate. Whether it’s the baseball gods, a higher power, fate, whatever you want to call it, I just didn’t believe the ALCS could end any other way than with a Red Sox pigpile.

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Red Sox ALCS Preview: World Series Berth On The Line As Red Sox Take On Detroit Tigers, Series Breakdown
The Boston Red Sox have an opponent for the 2013 American League Championship Series. A very good, very tired opponent. The Detroit Tigers dispatched the Oakland A’s late Thursday night to earn a trip to Boston for a seven-game set which starts Saturday night. The teams don’t have a lot of time to prepare for each other and baseball fans have even less, so allow us to provide you with a primer with everything you need to know about the series which will crown an American League champion.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down ALDS Edition: Xander Bogaerts, Jacoby Ellsbury, Craig Breslow Trending Up, Pedroia, Middlebrooks, Drew Down
As Shane Victorino grimaced in front of the plate and started walking around after being hit by Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning of Game 4, a small part of me wanted him to charge the mound. Obviously I didn’t want the Red Sox to suffer any suspension which could come from a fight in the ALDS, but a skirmish between the Red Sox and Tampa Rays was the only thing I predicted would happen in the series between the teams which hadn’t yet come to fruition.

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Red Sox ALDS Analysis: Boston Will Outlast Tampa Bay Rays In 4 Games
It took way too long, but the Boston Red Sox have a playoff opponent, and it’s a familiar one. The Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have been battling in the AL East for years now, with those battles often leading to fisticuffs, From Pedro Martinez and Gerald Williams to Luke Scott and the Rays coaches vs. anyone in red more than 10 years later, the Red Sox and Rays are known for a rivalry which goes well beyond baseball.

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MLB Postseason Analysis And Predictions: Picking Winners Of ALDS, NLDS, ALCS, NLCS And World Series
The Major League Baseball postseason has its final eight teams, as the National League and American League divisional series begin Thursday and Friday nights. The Red Sox, Rays, Tigers, Athletics, Dodgers, Braves, Cardinals and Pirates all continue their quest for baseball's biggest prize. Here's are our previews and picks for all matchups all the way through the World Series, we're we'll crown the future champion.

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Red Sox Five Up & Five Down List For Regular Season, Including Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, Jake Peavy And More
The Boston Red Sox have to wait until Friday to start their American League Division Series. They won’t even know until Wednesday night who they’re playing, and that’s if Mother Nature doesn’t get in the way this week. Fortunately, there is plenty to talk about while we wait for the meat of the playoff schedule to begin. So, I thought I’d use it as both a look back at the season and a way to take a peak at the playoff roster.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Can Wrap Up Home Field Advantage Against Baltimore Orioles
This is it. For the last six months, I’ve been breaking down and previewing Red Sox series for this site, helping Yankees fans keep track of their arch rival. Thanks to Brad for giving me the forum to do so, and I hope I’ve provided a bit of a service for those here who wanted to know what they were up against this season. Now, the final series of the regular season is here

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Still Fighting For AL's Best Record In Colorado
I won’t lie to you loyal readers of this website. This isn’t an exciting week ahead for the Boston Red Sox. Yes the Red Sox still have some work to do before the playoffs begin, most notably locking up home field throughout the postseason. There is also the fine line of rest vs. rust in the final week of the season, and the Red Sox must walk it.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Looking Back On Just How The Red Sox Proved Everyone Wrong And Won AL East
The holdovers from 2012 were so happy not to be under Bobby Valentine’s watch any longer they would have busted their humps for anyone. This year’s team had new players who embraced each other and created a fun culture under John Farrell, who proved to be a perfect mix of no-nonsense winner and player’s manager who let the team have fun as long as it worked. I don’t think it’s fair to compare this team to 2004 because that team had at least four hall of fame caliber players. This team simply had all the pieces and depth needed to win and the chemistry to do it.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Should Clinch AL East Against Blue Jays
The Boston Red Sox didn’t help anyone who reads this website over the middle of the week. The Yankees were hoping Boston could take at least two of three against Baltimore and push the Yankees up the wild card standings a little, or at least help stop their slide. The Red Sox, who did manage to clinch a playoff spot, didn’t win the division against the annoying Orioles, who continue to be a thorn in Boston’s side.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Could Wrap Up AL East Against Orioles
The drama is all but gone for the Boston Red Sox this week. They control the race for the best record in the American League, and the division race is over. All that remains is the actual night when they get to party after wrapping up the East. The fun part comes from the next few games being in Boston, starting with three against the Baltimore Orioles. Popping the corks in front of Buck Showalter, not to mention the Fenway Faithful, will only make things even sweeter.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Daniel Nava, Mike Napoli, Clay Buchholz Trending Up, Matt Thornton, Jackie Bradley Jr., Will Middlebrooks Down
Sometime this week, the Boston Red Sox are going to win the division in 2013. While the season will be remembered for what happens in October, I think it’s important to stop and appreciate what has already been accomplished. Red Sox Nation should cherish this week and celebrate being the best of the best in 2013.

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Yankees At Red Sox Preview: Rivalry Continues With Playoff Implications
The Red Sox are playing for the best record in the AL and the chance to be home throughout the playoffs as well as momentum which will be valuable in October. The Yankees are playing for the chance to be alive in October. New York has done a spectacular job of clawing its way through injuries, bad luck and controversy to be positioned right smack dab in the middle of the playoff race, but the Red Sox would love nothing more than to make that hard work go to waste.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Rays Host Boston Trying To Stay In Wild Card Lead
The Boston Red Sox have been working on maintaining breathing room in the AL East for much of the last month or two. Now they can go for the kill. After taking two of three from Baltimore and stopping the Orioles charge, Boston has put the Yankees out of the AL East race by taking three of four in the Bronx. Now they face the Tampa Bay Rays, probably the last team with a chance to make the East race interesting.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Lavarnway Trending Up, Brandon Workman, Jacoby Ellsbury, Bullpen Down
For the Boston Red Sox, the mission was clear. Get out of Yankee Stadium with the division lead intact and without any injuries or suspensions which might have come from any retaliation from Ryan Dempster’s ill-fated attempt to be a man of virtue the last time the two teams met. The Red Sox, however, did better than that. Boston took three of four from the Yankees, knocking them from the ranks of AL East contenders and sending a bit of a message.

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Yankees Vs. Red Sox Preview: Huge Four-Game Series In Bronx On Tap
This weekend, no explanation is required. The Red Sox are playing the Yankees. The greatest rivalry in sports had lost a bit of its luster in recent season for a number of reasons, but none of those will matter starting tonight. The Red Sox are trying to win the AL East. The Yankees are making a push for the playoffs. The Yankees have been waiting for revenge for the time Ryan Dempster used Alex Rodriguez’s body for target practice. The Red Sox are trying to prove themselves and everyone else they are the dominant team in the division, even as they get closer by the day to wrapping up the pennant.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Battle Of AL's Two Best As Tigers Come Into Town
The Boston Red Sox did their job last week, putting away the teams on their schedule instead of worrying about the future, which would bring them a showdown with the Detroit Tigers. Now, however, that showdown is here. The two teams widely considered the best in the American League (though the two teams leading the AL West are going to have a say about that in October) are about to meet, with the winner likely to have the best record in the league by Thursday.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Mike Carp, Dustin Pedroia, Koji Uehara Trending Up, Felix Doubront, Shane Victorino, Jarrod Saltalamacchia Down
This might be the week we look back upon as the stretch where the Red Sox officially put away the AL East. While the Rays and Orioles were faltering and the Yankees were unable to make a serious charge at the top of the division (though they remain very much alive for a wild card berth), the Red Sox took care of their business. After taking two of three from Baltimore and causing their slide, Boston then swept the lowly White Sox, leading to ­a 5-1 week and a 5½ game lead in the East.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Horrible White Sox Come Into Town For Three
As disappointing as Thursday night’s loss to Baltimore was, the Boston Red Sox once again did their job at home, winning two of three and further solidifying their hold on first place in the AL East. After a number of difficult series, the Red Sox must now show their professionalism by focusing on the task at hand, which is three games against the Chicago White Sox starting tonight at Fenway Park.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Jake Peavy, Jon Lester, Xander Bogaerts Trending Up, Jacoby Ellsbury, Junichi Tazawa, Brayan Villarreal Down
It’s amazing how quickly things can change. A week ago the Boston Red Sox were a team in turmoil, having lost consecutive series and dealing with a bit of infighting after David Ortiz publicly criticized Ryan Dempster. Seven days later, the Red Sox are rolling again and coming off perhaps their finest moment of the season, winning two-of-three in Los Angeles against the mighty Dodgers. Suddenly, the Red Sox head into a big homestand with a winning road trip in their pocket and the momentum which comes with their reemergence of their status as a championship contender.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Storylines Aplenty As Boston Takes On Dodgers
To say this weekend’s series between the Red Sox and Dodgers is full of storylines might be an understatement. Can the Red Sox build off their work in San Francisco, where they won two games and should have taken three? Will the Red Sox look like their usual jovial selves after David Ortiz took a shot at Ryan Dempster, his own teammate, over last week’s A-Rod beaning? What effect will the fallout from all of that have? How will the Sox use Ortiz without the DH? Will the Red Sox be able to stand up to the spotlight, which will shine on most of these issues and comes from playing one of the hottest teams in the history of baseball? None of these questions, however, will get the same amount of attention as the trade.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: No Rest As Road Trip To San Francisco Begins
Adrian Gonzalez would not be a happy man today. The former Red Sox first baseman, who famously complained about the Boston Red Sox playing too many Sunday night games and having to travel, would lose his mind if he saw what Boston had to do today. The Red Sox are coming off a wild Sunday night game against the hated New York Yankees. Instead of a quick trip, however, or even better a home game, today (I won’t get greedy and ask for a day off), the Red Sox got on a plane which took off at 10:19 a.m. this morning for a trip to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts tonight. Not tomorrow. Tonight.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Jake Peavy, Will Middlebrooks, Koji Uehara Trending Up, Ryan Dempster, Drake Britton, John Lackey Down
This was not a good week for the Boston Red Sox. A 2-4 mark was bad enough, but two of the losses were disappointing setbacks against the Toronto Blue Jays in games the Sox gave away. Then came a pounding at the hands of the Yankees Friday night, followed another loss in the rubber game of the series. All anyone reading this blog is going to want to talk about, however, is Sunday night’s circus/baseball game.

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Yankees At Red Sox, What's On Tap: Biggest Series In Years For Rivals
The Red Sox, hoping to avoid a one-game playoff, are trying to hold off the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East crown. The Yankees, suddenly surging their way into the fight for one of the two wild card spots, would love to take this series and both hurt the Red Sox and help their own chances of extending their season. Here’s a look at what should be a memorable series between the two teams and will certainly be the one with the most implications in some time. At the very least, this weekend could set up another showdown or two in September.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Winning Two Of Three The Goal Against Blue Jays
This week’s series between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays features exactly what many baseball experts predicted before the season. The next three games will be between a contender in the AL East which has a chance to win the World Series and an also ran full of big names. What the experts didn’t see coming, however, was a bit of a role reversal.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Stephen Drew, Will Middlebrooks, Jacoby Ellsbury Trending Up, Mike Napoli, Felix Doubront, Jonny Gomes Down
There are times when a baseball team can play well and manage to lose tough games due to bad calls or tough breaks. There are other times when a team plays poorly but, either because of poor competition or lucky breaks and favorable calls, manages to steal some wins. Then there are weeks when a team plays poorly and has its record prove it. Such was the case for the Boston Red Sox.
Red Sox What's On Tap: Four-Game Road Matchup With Red-Hot Royals
Going forward, however, the Red Sox are going to have to earn some victories. They rallied from a big hole Tuesday and rode Stephen Drew’s huge ninth-inning homer Wednesday to a series win, but will need better pitching and more consistent hitting this week against the Kansas City Royals, who have been among the hottest teams in baseball ever since, you guessed it, the royal baby was born. So, while the Red Sox have extended their lead in the division, let’s look at how they can win a real series against a team capable of making them pay for mistakes, something Houston simply couldn’t do.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Heads To Houston For Three Against Astros
For the Boston Red Sox, this is a critical week, even though on the surface it seems like a boring trip through the Midwest. The journey begins with a road series against the horrible Houston Astros, which requires Boston to get out of town with at least two wins. Taking care of business against bad teams is the most important thing a good team does. Then comes a trip to play the red-hot Royals, but the Red Sox can’t focus on that yet. There’s business to attend to first. Let’s break down what Red Sox Nation hopes will be an easy start to the week in Houston.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Drake Britton, Steven Wright Trending Up, Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli, John Farrell Down
A good baseball team will beat up on the bad teams and hold its own against the good ones. Do that enough times, and you’re going to end up with a good record. This week, the Boston Red Sox met up with the struggling Seattle Mariners and swept them. They then faced a solid team in the Arizona Diamondbacks and won of two of three. Those numbers, combined with a disappointing loss to Tampa Bay Monday in a makeup game, added up to a 5-2 week, which is exactly what a team fighting for first place in the AL East needs to do against a week schedule.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Interleague Foe Diamondbacks Come Into Fenway
After two improbable walk-off wins in less than 24 hours gave the Red Sox a ton of momentum and control of first place again, Boston continues its homestand starting tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks for an interleague series. It’s one of those series which matter to both teams, not to mention the teams involved with both Boston and Arizona in pennant races, but that no one else will care about, which is one of the drawbacks of interleague play. Still, if Red Sox Nation has anything left after a couple of long but exciting nights, there are three big games to watch this weekend. Arizona is in the NL West fight and comes to “Walk-off City” for three big ones, which we’ll break down below.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Red Sox Try and Rebound Against Seattle
This week features a big series for the Red Sox and an even bigger game. Boston plays tonight against the Rays with first place on the line, then hosts a Seattle team with better pitching than you might think by looking at their record. It’s hard to ask for more than a split of the first four games of the week, and here’s a look at why that’s the case.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Stephen Drew Trending Up, David Ortiz, John Lackey, Matt Thornton Down
A 3-3 week never felt so good for the Boston Red Sox, who, with a little help from the Yankees, managed to maintain what has become a very loose grip on the AL East lead over the hard-charging Tampa Bay Rays, who had taken the division lead for a day. As the East race becomes a roller coaster, it was also a topsy-turvy week for the Red Sox, who had some players switch places from their usual spots on this week’s 3 Up & 3 Down list. Yes, they stayed where they need to be in the fight for first, but they also missed some chances to rebuild their lead.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Another Key AL East Matchup, Against Orioles
Thursday’s rain cost this writer a chance to see a ballgame and deprived us of the winner-takes-the-lead showdown in the AL East between the Red Sox and Rays, but the teams will now meet again Monday night at Fenway in a game which could end up being just as important while also standing alone, giving it an exciting stage. But while Monday night’s game has a chance to be a special night, the Red Sox will first have to get through this week in Baltimore, a place which has become a house of horrors for Boston and was the site of their final, fatal collapse in 2011.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Battle For First Place In AL East With Rays
After a hard-fought, emotional series against the Yankees, the Red Sox go right back into the fire by playing a series which, at least of terms of the standings, is more important against Tampa Bay. The Rays have lost all of twice in July and have pulled within a game in the loss column of first place in the East, making this week a battle for first place in the division with what will be less than 60 games to go when it’s over.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Drake Britton Trending Up, Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, Daniel Nava Down
As the Red Sox and Yankees toiled through a long, critical game to settle a big three-game series to start the second half, it became clear that who played well in the rubber game of the series would figure prominently in this week’s list of ups and downs. Yes, we’re factoring in the other two games of the series, but those who helped Boston win the game of the year over the Yankees Sunday had the best chance of making the “up” list this week, while those who helped lose Saturday’s game might as well be wearing pinstripes right now as the Red Sox fight hard to stay in first place in the East.

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Red Sox Send Ryan Dempster To Hill For Rubber Match Against Yankees
It’s the third game after the All-Star break and the Red Sox have already made a big change which affects tonight’s critical rubber match with the Yankees. Jon Lester was set to start the game tonight, creating a matchup of big-name lefties with CC Sabathia.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Breaking Down Huge Yankees-Red Sox Series
Usually, our What's On Tap feature will be full of insightful breakdowns of a week’s worth of baseball action about to come for our local teams. This week, however, I was worried about what I would write about since the Red Sox have four days off this week because of the All-Star break. It used to be a three-day break, but Boston is off until Friday this time around. With so little game action, I figured this would be a short, boring blog. Then I remembered the Red Sox were playing the Yankees. So here’s a look at the biggest series of the year to date as Boston tries to keep its stranglehold on first place and the Yankees try to get back into the division race.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down: Brandon Workman, Felix Doubront, Brock Holt Trending Up, Jon Lester, Matt Thornton, Jose Iglesias Down
The belief that the All-Star break breaks up the season into two halves has always been a misconception. The way the calendar falls in 2013, however, makes the idea an outright lie. For example, the Boston Red Sox headed to the break Sunday night having played 97 games. They are more than two weeks past the halfway point of the season, making the second half more like the second 3/8.

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Red Sox Midseason Awards: David Ortiz Is MVP, Jose Iglesias Breakout Star, Jon Lester LVP, Many More
This week will be even more different, however, as the all-star break is coming so it’s time to pass out some midseason awards and break down the best and worst of the first half of the season. Next week we’ll look at what needs to happen for the Red Sox to stay in first place in the AL East.

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Red Sox What's On Tap: Boston Takes On Mariners, Athletics Before Break
Things haven’t felt like this around Red Sox Nation since early May. There have been losses along the journey to first place over the last two months since Boston was swept in Texas and struggled for a couple of weeks after, but nothing which rang too many alarm bells. The bells are now ringing in Boston. There’s a chance we look back at this weekend as a blip on the radar, but for the first time since May, it feels like the Red Sox are in trouble.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 14: Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, John Lackey Up, Alex Wilson, Craig Breslow, Brandon Snyder Down
It was another strong week for the Boston Red Sox, who entered Sunday’s rubber game with the Angles having won four of their previous five. Sunday’s loss led to a disappointing series loss, but it was a winning week none the less. So, as the Sox continue a big trip out west, let’s make sure they people responsible for the wins get the credit they deserve but might otherwise not receive before we skewer as many people as possible for the horrible, horrible loss Saturday.

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State of the Red Sox Week 13: At midway point, Red Sox cement status as best team in AL East
My first thought as I sat down to write this week’s State of the Sox post was this week seemed to have flown by. It’s probably because I’ve been so busy at home, but it seems like just a few seconds since Boston was blowing a series in Detroit. Then I pulled up the American League standings to start to prepare for this post and I realized it wasn’t this week that flew by but this season.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 13: John Lackey, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara are up, Stephen Drew, Craig Breslow, Mike Napoli down
I don’t think I’ve had a harder week picking the three up and three down. Eight different players were over .300 at the plate this week, and there wasn’t too many bad pitching efforts. That’s what happens in a 5-1 week. So let’s look at who was really good over the last seven days and who wasn’t quite as good, which this week counts as being down.

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State of the Red Sox Week 12: Boston fails to make any statements in losing week against Detroit, Tampa
Maybe it’s because I expected so little from the 2013 Boston Red Sox, but I’ve managed to find the positive in just about every week of the season so far, which still has the Sox in first place in the AL East as we near the end of June. There have been 3-4 weeks where I’ve given Boston credit for winning big games and managing to avoid big slumps. This time, however, 3-4 didn’t cut it.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 12: Jonny Gomes, Shane Victorino, Junichi Tazawa up, Andrew Bailey, Dustin Pedroia, Daniel Nava down
It was a disappointing week in Red Sox Nation. The Sox went against the Tigers with a chance to separate themselves from the pack in the American League, only to see the various playoff races tighten after a bad weekend. While there were a few bright spots, here’s a look at those who hurt the team this week, and an begrudging mention, despite my foul mood, to some players who stood tall.

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State of the Red Sox Week 11: Boston remains consistent as it continues to lead AL East after battling rival Rays and Orioles this week
This was an important week for the Boston Red Sox. A big road trip against division rivals Tampa Bay and Baltimore would give them a chance to show who the true beasts of the American League East were. Maybe I got overly excited looking for the Red Sox to make a statement. What I should have counted on was this team doing what is always does: hanging around and figuring out a way to barely stay in first place.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 11: Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Carp, Craig Breslow are up, Jon Lester, Andrew Bailey, Will Middlebrooks down
It certainly wasn’t a boring week in Red Sox Nation. John Lackey helped rekindle the decade-long bad blood between Boston and Tampa (which is quietly a much more heated rivalry these days than Sox-Yankees is), the Red Sox won two of the goofier games of the year, including one they gave away, and saw a few weaknesses get exposed again. There were some players who helped keep the week somewhat on track, however, which is the mark of a good team. If the Red Sox can keep things from getting out of hand each week, they can use the cushion they’ve built to put themselves in contention come the fall. Let’s look at who cost the Sox some games and who helped keep Boston in first place.

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State of the Red Sox 10: Boston gets payback by taking two of three from Rangers, have AL's Best record
Slow and steady wins the race. Sure it’s an old cliché, but it applies this week as we break down the Boston Red Sox, who ripped another week off the baseball calendar and did so while holding onto their lead in the American League East.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 10: Stephen Drew, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jose Iglesias up, Jackie Bradley Jr, Clayton Mortensen, Franklin Morales
The Boston Red Sox can be a bit maddening for a fan. They’re having an incredible season, and yet there’s still a couple of guys per week I can’t wait to rip in this section of the weekly post. With so many good things to talk about, however, I’m glad I have a chance to do both. So let’s give some players their due, then tear some people to shreds as I briefly forget my team is in first place.

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State of the Red Sox Week 9: Sox take two of three from Yankees, sit comfortably in first place in AL East
On paper, it’s another 4-3 week for the Boston Red Sox. That’s good enough on its own since, as we’ve covered here before, doing that every week would give you more than 90 wins. This week in particular, however, was more than just a winning week.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 9: Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava up, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Lackey, Andrew Miller down
It gets harder and harder to pick players for these lists as the Red Sox keep losing players, but there were some distinct performances, both good and bad, which stood out. A good week provided several players worthy of praise, but, as only the Red Sox can do, also gave us a couple of players to rip.

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State of the Red Sox Week 8: With more than a quarter of the season in books, Red Sox are strong contenders for AL East crown
It’s Memorial Day weekend, which provides us with the chance to remember those who have given their lives to help protect America’s freedom. Less importantly, it’s also the first real benchmark of the baseball season. Yes, there’s still more than 2/3 of the year left to go, but Memorial Day is the first good opportunity to take stock of where you stand. It’s far from late in the season, but as of this weekend it’s no longer early.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 8: Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia are up, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Pedro Ciriaco down
A week which saw the Red Sox lose both Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks to injury would seem like a bad one, And it started that way, with Boston dropping two in Chicago. But the Red Sox bounced back to finish the week with a big run to get through another seven-day stretch with more wins than losses, which is all that matters. Here’s a look at who helped save the week and who made them have to in the first place. First, however, a tip of the hat to the real heroes, those who have given their lives to keep our country safe. Please keep them in mind during this holiday.

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State of the Red Sox Week 7: After strong week, it's official, the Red Sox are one of baseball's Best teams
A week ago we talked about the importance of ending losing streaks during the course of a long baseball season. Every team is going to have a bad week on occasion, so you have to avoid getting worked up over them. The good teams are able to keep their focus and get back on track relatively quickly. Based on that logic and the team’s overall record, I think it’s now officially safe to include the Boston Red Sox among the list of baseball’s good teams.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 7: Will Middlebrooks, John Lackey, Jacoby Ellsbury up, Clayton Mortensen, Ryan Dempster, Ryan Lavarnway down
For the Boston Red Sox, this 5-1 run through the week might have been the most satisfying and important yet. Not only did it end the skid which had seen the Sox lose 9 of 11, but it gave the Red Sox a bit of their swagger back. Good teams that think they’re good are dangerous, and teams which get contributions from so many players are tough to beat.

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State of the Red Sox Week 6: Red Sox had a terrible week, but there's no reason for panic just yet
That’s why this week’s theme for the State of the Red Sox blog is about a bump in the road and not about the downfall of the team’s pitching or the occasional stagnant offense. The injuries we’re going to discuss are a concern, but a 2-5 week isn’t that upsetting. If next week is bad as well, I won’t be as kind. But for now let’s look at the bad week in Boston while treating it as just that, a bad week.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 6: Shane Victorino, Stephen Drew, Jon Lester up, David Ortiz, Pedro Ciriaco, Felix Doubront are down
When the Red Sox were rolling, it was easy to pick guys for the first part of this. Now, it’s partly who does well, but just as much who’s healthy and who didn’t do anything to cost them a game this week. As for the down, well, let’s just say there were some candidates.

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State of the Red Sox Week 5: A possible cheating scandal involving Clay Buchholz and a 2-4 road trip
There’s a tried and true strategy to end up with a good record in baseball. If you beat up on the bad teams and hold your own against the good ones, going .500 or so, you’ll end up with a strong winning percentage and a good chance at the postseason. The plan doesn’t leave much margin for error, however, as you have to achieve both goals to reach your goal, as the Boston Red Sox learned this week.

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Red Sox 3 Up & Down Week 5: David Ortiz, Mike Carp, David Ross on up list, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Andrew Bailey are down
For the first time this season, it wasn’t that hard to find some people to pick on as the Red Soxmissed a chance to salvage a .500 trip. But all was not lost, as a couple of players continued to shine, giving Boston plenty to remain happy about going forward. With a homestand against some also-rans coming, it will be interesting to see if these players will help the Sox get things going again at home and if the people on the down list are able to use some home cooking to bounce back.

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State of the Red Sox Week 4: Another tremendous week has Boston riding high & in first place in AL East
Beating up on the Oakland Athletics, save for one miserable game, and the Houston Astros might not sound like a big deal, but the fact the Boston Red Sox did so, winning six of seven, is the exact recipe for making the postseason. The Red Sox did this week what they have to do this season, win a great majority of games against lesser competition. It's also the perfect time to bank wins before heading into tough stretches. We break down the 6-1 week right here.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 4: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Felix Doubront are up, Daniel Bard, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes down
When you go 6-1, it’s hard to find too many people to put in the “down” category for the week. If that’s the biggest problem I have with this blog, it’s going to be a good season in Boston. Even harder might be singling out three people for the up section since the pitchers and hitters are all clicking.

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State of the Red Sox Week 3: Baseball helps Boston heal after marathon bombings shook the city this week
This State of the Red Sox edition is going to be unlike any I’ve ever written for this site or anyone else for that matter. I’m not just a Red Sox fan and self-professed expert on the team, but I also lived in Boston for five years and left a piece of my heart there. Watching the events of this week from Connecticut was especially tough for me.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 3: Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes & all those who responded to Boston Marathon bombings shine
In this latest edition of our Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down column, we’re going to look at who had the most to do with a seven-game winning streak and who was most responsible for the team’s two losses Sunday. With the Sox still sitting at 12-6, there isn’t much to pick on in terms of on-field performance, so the Down will just be reflective of what should just be a bad day at the office.

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State of the Red Sox Week 2: Clay Buchholz flirts with no-hitter and Red Sox sit in first place in AL East
The Boston Red Sox have kept fans believing for at least another week that a postseason berth isn't out of the realm of possibility. The Red Sox went 3-2 this week to improve to 7-4 overall, good enough for first place in the AL East. On top of that, pitcher Clay Buchholz flirted with his second career no-hitter Sunday. We have all that and more in our State of the Red Sox column.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 2: Clay Buchholz, Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia are up, Joel Hanrahan, Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew down
The Red Sox bounced back from a couple of tough losses with two important victories over Tampa Bay this weekend to right the ship and keep the good vibes going for yet another week. Boston’s starting pitching was brilliant, but some other parts of the team fell back a bit, helping cause the Red Sox to lose a little bit of their roll from the first week of the season. Let’s look at who’s helped keep the train moving and who has caused some of the hints at regression so far.

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State Of The Red Sox Week 1: Season's start couldn't have gone much better for Red Sox Nation, giving early hope
If you read my Red Sox season preview, you know I wasn’t very high on Boston’s chances of getting back in the playoff mix. I listed seven things that had to happen in order for the Red Sox to contend in 2013. It’s very, very early, but things look like they might be coming together. We haven’t seen all seven keys yet, but it’s already clear these are not your 2012 Red Sox.

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Red Sox 3 Up & 3 Down Week 1: Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Iglesias are up, Jackie Bradley Jr, Mike Napoli, Ryan Dempster are not
Finding three players to pick in our 3 Up and 3 Down feature was difficult, which is good news for the Red Sox. A 4-2 start presented plenty of highlights and very few problems. There was good pitching for much of the week and several players got off to good starts at the plate. Finding three players to single out for three Up was hard also because so many players performed well. If I have this much trouble with this post all season, the Red Sox are going to be alive in September.

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Red Sox 2013 Season Preview: If everything falls into place, Red Sox could be playoff team this season
The 2013 Boston Red Sox won’t be as bad as the 2012 team was. That’s not saying much, but it’s something, and it matters to the rest of the AL East, who won’t have the Red Sox to push around anymore.

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Giving away Nomar Garciaparra's number and more insults thrown at Red Sox Nation so far this spring
The Boston Red Sox have a tougher policy on retiring numbers than most teams, though they have admittedly broken it a couple of times in recent years. It is the enforcement of this policy, however, which has broken my heart already this spring. It also sent another strong message to Red Sox Nation that the team doesn’t care about rebuilding its relationship with its fans.

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Red Sox Analysis: Dissecting the questionable offseason moves by the Red Sox, including Ryan Dempster, Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, more
The Boston Red Sox have invented a new philosophy for their 2012 offseason. The goal on Yawkey Way has been to give slightly above average and slightly over the hill players as much money as it takes to get them to come to Boston. That’s right. In an age where teams either search for low cost players or the best talent, the Red Sox have spent a ton of money on marginal players.

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Long courtship finally ends with John Farrell named Red Sox manager
After two years of trying, they’ve finally got John Farrell to be their manager. It took two winters of negotiations, a failed marriage to Bobby Valentine and the departure of Mike Aviles to Toronto as compensation to make it happen, but the Sox have the guy they wanted to take over for Tito Francona all along. In return for stealing the Blue Jays' manager, they will send Aviles to the Blue Jays, who finally stopped asking for top prospects and took what appears to be a fair offer, a useful major leaguer who isn’t great but is far from bad.

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Red Sox Analysis: We put the current roster through our Pay Him or Slay Him evaluation, Ortiz, Ellsbury, more
Now that the disastrous 2012 season is over for the Boston Red Sox, the work on the 2013 team is set to begin. This year’s free agent class is not a strong one, but even if it was, it’s important to take stock of what you have in house before deciding what you need to acquire from outside your organization. So, before the Red Sox and their fans debate the merits of signing Josh Hamilton, it’s important to figure out what to do with the players left over from the fire sale which took place this year. That’s why we’re going to play Pay Him or Slay Him.

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State of the Red Sox 24: Bobby Valentine is rightfully fired, Wally Backman should get the job, and a look back at a lost season
I learned a long time ago to try not to say mean things to someone who is already down. With that in mind, I promise this post won’t be full of Bobby Valentine bashing. Still, it was time. The mess he leaves behind isn’t entirely his fault, but it was clearly time for Valentine to no longer be associated with the Boston Red Sox. He had brought too much negative energy to an already disastrous situation and had lost the trust of many players, his coaches, the fans and media. Whether or not it’s true, he had begun to give off the impression he was no longer interested.