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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday Preview

August 27th, 2014 at 4:10 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (58-74) look to finish off a rare sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays (66-66) after winning each of the last two games in extra-innings to clinch the series. Toronto has played in four straight games that went to extra-innings, losing three of them.

Both teams were locked at 4 runs apiece heading into an explosive 11th inning that began with Boston breaking out for 7 runs in the top of the inning. Mike Napoli hit a 3-run bomb into the 5th deck of the Rogers Centre and Allen Craig launched his first home run in a Boston uniform to lead the late inning fireworks. Toronto rallied back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning, but ultimately fell short.

The Red Sox will try to close out their first 3-game series sweep since they beat the Kansas City Royals in three straight coming out of the All-Star break.

Scouting Report

  • Joe Kelly (0-1, 4.26 ERA) gets the start in search of his first win with Boston. He was pulled after 5 shutout innings in his last start due to concern over his shoulder, but is expected to be fine after he threw a bullpen session without incident on Sunday. This will be Kelly's first time facing the Blue Jays.
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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday Preview

August 26th, 2014 at 4:55 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (57-74) continue their series with the Toronto Blue Jays (66-65). Yoenis Cespedes knocked in the winning run in the 10th inning to seal the win for Boston in the opener last night.

Clay Buchholz had the Red Sox in position to win after cruising through 8 shutout innings, but the wheels fell off after that. Buchholz was lifted with 1 out in the 9th, leaving two runners on and a run in. Boston turned to Koji Uehara to finish the inning, but he couldn't close it out. He gave up a two-run double to Edwin Encarnacion that tied the game, giving Uehara a blown save in his second straight appearance. He entered the game having allowed at least 1 run in three straight appearances, including a 5-run meltdown in his last outing that stands as his worst game ever as a reliever. None of the runs were charged to him this time, but the two inherited runners he allowed were just as damaging.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Monday Preview

August 25th, 2014 at 4:34 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (56-74) head north of the border to take on the Toronto Blue Jays (66-64). Boston begins the road trip on an 8-game losing streak after wrapping up an 11-game home stand where they managed to only win twice.

The Blue Jays just dropped two out of three to the Tampa Bay Rays and are now just as close to falling behind them in the division as they are to catching the New York Yankees for second place. Yet they are still clinging to slim playoff hopes at 5.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot with four teams to hurdle in order to get there. They are the only team in the majors with a run differential that breaks even, having scored and given up 574 runs this season.

Scouting Report

  • Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.94 ERA) gets the start for Boston. Just when you think he's starting to turn a corner, Buchholz gets lit up again. He's yet to put together more than 2 quality starts in a row all season, so it almost wasn't a surprise when he gave up 6 runs his last time out following two very promising starts. His ERA is nearly a full run higher than any qualified starter in the AL and his 1.55 WHIP is also easily the worst in the league.
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Boston Red Sox Fire & Ice: David Ortiz Hot, Koji Uehara Cold

August 25th, 2014 at 12:09 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox dropped every game this past week and are currently sliding through an 8-game losing streak. Only 4 other teams in the majors have a worse winning percentage (.431) this season.

Here are some guys that have been hot and cold this week.

On Fire

David Ortiz
Past 7 Days: .647/.769/.1.118, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

Big Papi has been scorching hot all month and teams just couldn't find ways to get him out this week. During one stretch he reached base in 10 of 12 plate appearances. If only the guys in front of him were getting on base more often so he could pile up some more RBIs. As it is, he's second in the league this season (93) and is tied for third in home runs (30). It seems the only way for teams to stop him right now is if an injury forces him out of the lineup. Ortiz exited in the 9th inning of Saturday's game after being drilled in the elbow in his last at-bat. Then on Sunday he fouled a ball off his foot and later had to be removed again after limping his way down to first on a single. Ortiz is a bit banged up, but hopefully it won't cost him much more time because we wouldn't want that to cause him to cool off.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Seattle Mariners Saturday Preview

August 23rd, 2014 at 11:06 AM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (56-72) continue their series with the Seattle Mariners (69-58). Boston lost the opener in heartbreaking fashion to drop their 6th straight game.

Koji Uehara entered the 9th to protect a 3-0 lead, but a rare meltdown from Boston's closer cost them the game. Uehara was one strike away from slamming the door shut before Austin Jackson's bases clearing double tied the game with 2 outs in the 9th. The Mariners would end up scoring 5 times in the inning – all with 2 outs. It was only Uehara's 3rd blown save of the season and the 5 earned runs are the most he's given up in an outing since he was a rookie starter in 2009. He's now allowed a run in 3 straight appearances, his longest streak of allowing at least one run since he became a reliever. It was the first time all season Boston has lost a game this season when leading after 8 innings, making them the last team in the majors to to lose a lead in the 9th inning or later this season.

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