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River Ave. Blues 4 hours ago

Tanaka leads Yankees to 9-3 win over Red Sox in series opener at Fenway

That win was much easier than the last one. The Yankees jumped out to early lead against the Red Sox on Tuesday night before piling on in the middle innings and walking away with a 9-3 win in the series opener. Early Runs This game started almost exactly like I hoped it would: with a […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogTanaka leads Yankees to 9-3 win over Red Sox in series opener at Fenway The post Tanaka leads Yankees to 9-3 win over Red Sox in series opener at Fenway appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Over the Monster 4 hours ago

Red Sox 3, Yankees 9: Boston's rock crumbles

Three weeks into the season, Jon Lester was the one man the Red Sox could depend on. Tuesday he fell to pieces. Two days ago, the Red Sox finally seemed to have found a spark. Winners of four-of-five, they were back to their old selves, putting together good at bats and scoring runs. Even a close loss to the Orioles on Monday held promise, with the Sox coming up just short despite a number of bad bounces. One 9-3 drubbing at the hands of the Yankees later, and the spark is gone. The Red Sox are lifeless once more, the atmosphere firmly back into the territory of the depressing. This game...
Over the Monster 11 hours ago
Red Sox vs. Yankees: Jon Lester vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Red Sox vs. Yankees: Jon Lester vs. Masahiro Tanaka

All eyes will be on the mound as Jon Lester and Masahiro Tanaka face off in Fenway Park. The pitchers take top billing Tuesday night as the Red Sox send Jon Lester to the mound to take on Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees. Today's Lineups NEW YORK YANKEES BOSTON RED SOX Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Grady Sizemore - RF Derek Jeter - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B Carlos Beltran - DH David Ortiz - DH Alfonso Soriano - LF Mike Napoli - 1B Mark Teixeira - 1B Jonny Gomes - LF Brian McCann - C A.J. Pierzynski - C Yangervis Solarte - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS Ichiro Suzuki - RF Brock...
Fenway Nation 12 hours ago

Red Sox Lineup For Tonight's Game VS. NYY

The Red Sox kick-off a three-game set with The Evil Ones—which could propel them into first place with a sweep (assuming other teams cooperate). Boston will send out the following line-up against "rookie" starter Masahiro Tanaka: Grady Sizemore RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Jonny Gomes LF, A.J. Pierzynski C, Xander Bogaerts SS, Brock Holt 3B, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF. Jon Lester will take to the hill for Boston at Fenway Park.
Fenway Nation 13 hours ago

POLL: Plurality Still Call For 'Rebuke' Of Jacoby

While the level is down from our initial reading (-13 points), the plurality of voters in our poll (40%) still call for "strong boos" tonight upon Jacoby Ellsbury's return to Fenway. As the table shows, the second most common response is "indifference" to the "prodigal son-of-a-gun" (21%), followed by equal shares who want either "mild" (16%) or "strong" (16%) cheering. Just 7% want "mild" booing. Thus, the updated total negative-to-total positive sentiment ratio is 47:32. You can vote HERE.
Ben Shapiro / Red Sox Monster 13 hours ago
Boston Red Sox 2014: Far too early to declare losing Jacoby Ellsbury this team's problem

Boston Red Sox 2014: Far too early to declare losing Jacoby Ellsbury this team's problem

Regardless of how the Yankees and Red Sox are faring early this season it is far too early to declare the Red Sox decision to allow him to leave via free agency to be a wise decision or a foolish mishap.
Fenway Nation 14 hours ago

Poll: Most Think Ellsbury Deserves Strong Boos

In very early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll, a majority of readers (53%) think Jacoby Ellsbury should be greeted with "strong boos" tonight when he makes his return to Fenway. As the table shows, the next highest percentage of votes calls for "mild cheers" (24%), followed by equal shares wanting "strong cheers" or "indifference" (12%). Thus, the total "negative-to-positive ratio" stands at 53:36. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
River Ave. Blues 14 hours ago

4/22-4/24 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox

For the second time in a little more than a week, the Yankees and Red Sox meet for what is sure to be a tense, time-consuming, over-hyped, and over-analyzed series. This time the scene shifts to Boston and Fenway Park. The Yankees won three of four from their rivals in the Bronx the weekend before […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blog4/22-4/24 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox The post 4/22-4/24 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Fenway Nation 14 hours ago

Sox Sleep-Over Turned Wide-Awake Nightmare

Add this to the seemingly never-ending list of weird Red Sox lore. After their stirring—but late-running—comeback victory on Sunday night, three players decided to have a little overnight  'pajama party' by sleeping-in at Fenway Park. As part of the vast Fenway renovation project, a six-bed room was installed above the home clubhouse. (You might recall that FenwayNation covered the "nap room" story last September.) So Mike Napoli, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz pulled an all-nighter on Yawkey Way. As we know now, the results weren't all that great for Buchholz (2.1 innings, 6 earned...
Over the Monster 15 hours ago

The Red Sox' familiar, frustrating dance around .500

The Red Sox just can't seem to get over that final hump to reach .500. It's a familiar struggle for this franchise. There are few baseball fans who view .500 as an acceptable record. The 2005 San Diego Padres were the worst team to make the playoffs in a 162-game season, at least by record, and they finished the season at 82-80. Even in the worst of divisions, there can be little hope to play into October when you lose as many games as you win. In the opening months of the season, however, .500 holds a good deal of psychological significance. It is the baseline. When a team at or over .500...
Fenway Nation 15 hours ago

FenwayNation POLL: Ellsbury's Return

Ellsbury's ReturnHow should the crowd greet Jacoby Ellsbury tonight? Strong boosMild boosMild cheersStrong cheersIndifference  Current Results
Fenway Nation 16 hours ago

Sox Should Honor Ruth On Debut Centennial

On July 11, 1914, George Herman Ruth made his major league debut—in a Red Sox uniform. The Babe went seven innings that day at Fenway Park and gave up two earned runs on eight hits. He also went 0-2 at the plate—striking out once. But this was the start of—arguably—the greatest career in baseball history (including three world championships in Boston). The Red Sox should mark this centennial event in a very special way. The team can't retire Ruth's "number", because teams had yet to assign uniform numbers. But the Red Sox can do the next best thing—they can affix a prominent "BABE"...
Fenway Nation 16 hours ago
Ellsbury On Return: 'We’ll see what happens'

Ellsbury On Return: 'We’ll see what happens'

Tonight, Jacoby Ellsbury returns to Fenway Park for the first time since donning the hated laundry of The Pinstriped Posers. There are some who think he will get a tepid response tonight—fitting of his robotic personality. A "golf clap" as some wags have predicted. We're not so sure. On the night Johnny Damon returned in Yankee Yarns, he tipped his helmet to the throng—but it didn't help. He was soundly booed and continued to be until he came back in less brazen attire (a Cleveland Indians uniform). In his typical stilted style, Ellsbury gave us the following BorasSpeak, "I’m looking...
Over the Monster 16 hours ago

Greenville Drive update: Manuel Margot, Jamie Callahan, Myles Smith

Margot impresses given his age, Callahan scuffles maybe thanks to his, and Smith has some things to work on. Manuel Margot, CF Year Age Tm Lg Lev PA 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 2014 19 Greenville SALL A 56 1 0 3 6 2 5 8 .255 .321 .451 .772 3 Seasons 581 19 9 8 57 19 63 73 .276 .363 .399 .762 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 4/22/2014. Margot's .255/.321/.451 line looks good, not great, until you realize he was born a few weeks after Bud Selig officially cancelled the remaining 1994 MLB schedule. The...
Ben Shapiro / Red Sox Monster 16 hours ago
Straight A's: Injuries haven't stopped Oakland from rising to the top of the American League Power Rankings

Straight A's: Injuries haven't stopped Oakland from rising to the top of the American League Power Rankings

The Oakland A's are at the top of this week's Power Rankings, while the Houston Astros have moved back into a familiar spot.
Fenway Nation 17 hours ago

Dempster Joins Buddy Millar At MLB Network

()Former Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster will join the on-air analytical staff of MLB Network—following in the footsteps of his longtime buddy Kevin Millar. Dempster—who spent nine seasons with the Cubs—will make his debut during the network's coverage of tomorrow's game marking the 100th Anniversary Of Wrigley Field. Dempster closed out Game One of the World Series last year—after making 29 starts for the World Champion Carmine Hose. The two-time NL All-Star announced his retirement from baseball after the season.
Over the Monster 17 hours ago

Red Sox minor lines: Is Wendell Rijo the next big thing?

Once again Greenville may have produced the surprise of the season. Pawtucket W 4-3 Shane Victorino: 1-4Will Middlebrooks: 0-3, 2 KRyan Lavarnway: 1-4, KBryce Brentz: 2-3, 2B, BBGarin Cecchini: 2-4, KChristian Vazquez: 1-3, BB, CS Brandon Workman: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2 HRAlex Wilson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K This is the transformative moment in Christian Vazquez' career. The one where he realizes how it feels to be thrown out trying to steal a base. The shame. The embarrassment. This is where he realizes what he's been doing to his opponents, and vows never to...
Fenway Nation 18 hours ago

Sox Are Back On the 'Comeback Fail', Lose, 7-6

 (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)It was a spirited try—but the Red Sox could not overcome one of the worst outings in the career of Clay Buchholz. The Orioles scored six times on the mercurial right-hander in the third inning, and Boston just could not make up enough ground. The Red Sox had a chance to win it in the ninth—loading the bases with just one out—but consecutive groundouts by Mike Napoli (RBI) and Mike Carp ended the Patriots' Day near-miss loss, 7-6.
Over the Monster 18 hours ago

Is Jonny Gomes really clutch?

When the Red Sox decided to start Jonny Gomes during the World Series, one of the words that was thrown around a lot was "intangibles." What did Jonny Gomes do in 2013 that made him valuable? How does that compare to the rest of his career? Time after time, Jonny Gomes is involved in the middle of a comeback or a walk-off win. As Gomes ever so pleasantly told Nick Cafardo during spring training, he's a "winning player." So while Gomes may have a slightly inflated sense of self-value in regards to his role on the playoff teams he has played on, the 33-year-old does bring value to a...
Over the Monster 20 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: Clay Buchholz, Mookie Betts, Mike Napoli

Today's links look at Clay Buchholz's well-being, Mookie Betts' big bat and Mike Napoli's measured approach at the plate. If you think that Clay Buchholz has lost something on his fastball, you aren't alone. While it's not a big drop, it's still something to look out for going forward. (Dave D'Onofrio; Boston.com) And it doesn't look like pre-game naps in Fenway's "sleep room" have helped him out much. (Mike Silverman; Boston Herald) Don't worry, though, because it's going to be okay, everyone! According to the internet, the team has gotten back to basics at the plate. (Brian MacPherson;...

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