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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday Preview

July 29th, 2014 at 5:11 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (48-58) take on the Toronto Blue Jays (57-50) tonight in the middle game of their three game series. Toronto hammered the Red Sox last night 14-1 to take the opener in the series.

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Sound familiar? That's because 14-1 is the same score Boston beat the Blue Jays by to open last week's series in Toronto. The Jays managed to get their revenge in an attack led by Melky Cabrera (2 HR, 5 RBI). Clay Buchholz was knocked around for 7 runs in 5 innings, but things really got out of hand when Felix Doubront took over. The disgruntled pitcher has made it no secret that he's unhappy with his new role in the bullpen and last night he pitched like it by allowing 6 runs in two-thirds of an inning. One has to wonder if he created a distraction for himself with his trade demands, derailing any chance of earning a spot in this rotation or someone else's. 

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Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and Joe Castiglione Join the Red Sox Hall of Fame

July 29th, 2014 at 11:52 AM
By Sean Penney

Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and Joe Castiglione will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame at a Fenway Park luncheon on Thursday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The inductees will then participate in a pre-game ceremony before the 7:10 p.m. Red Sox-Astros game.

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Clemens, a three time Cy Young Award winner with the Red Sox and 1986 AL and All-Star MVP, spent 13 seasons with Boston beginning in 1984.  He is tied with Cy Young for the most career wins (192) and most career shutouts (38) as a Red Sox, and is the all-time franchise leader in strikeouts (2,590). Clemens had two 20-strikeout no-walk games, in 1986 against Seattle and 1996 in Detroit. He was named to the All-Star Game five times as a Red Sox, including the 1986 game that he started and won.

Garciaparra, the 1997 AL Rookie of the Year, was an All-Star in five of his nine seasons with the Red Sox from 1996-2004. The shortstop and right-handed hitter has the fourth-best career batting average (.323) and fifth-best slugging percentage (.553) in Red Sox history.

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Boston Red Sox Debate: David Ortiz or Carl Yastrzemski?

July 29th, 2014 at 11:32 AM
By Sean Penney

Big Papi or Yaz? The debate has been a hot topic ever since David Ortiz passed Carl Yastrzemski last week for 35th place on the all-time home run list. Just about everyone agrees that Ted Williams is the greatest hitter the Boston Red Sox have ever had, but Yastrzemski has long been considered right behind him on that list. It may now be time to reconsider by placing Ortiz between them.

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If you find it blasphemous to rank any present day hitter ahead of a legend like Yaz, the franchise's all-time leader in several major offensive categories (hits, runs, RBI), keep in mind that the Hall of Fame outfielder counts himself among those that would agree Ortiz has surpassed him. "I think so, yeah. I would put [Ortiz] ahead of me," Yastrzemski told the Boston Globe. "He had more power than I had." Well that part seems clear after Ortiz has just surpassed his career home run total, but there's more to being a great hitter than just crushing homers.

Luckily there are plenty of other ways to compare their career numbers:

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Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays Monday Preview

July 28th, 2014 at 5:40 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (48-57) return home to Fenway Park to host the Toronto Blue Jays (56-50). Boston wrapped up a 7-game road trip with a win down in Tampa Bay yesterday, ending a 5-game losing streak.

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The road trip began a week ago in Toronto with an offensive explosion fueling the Red Sox to victory, but the Blue Jays outscored them 21-7 over the next three games to take the series. The Red Sox are now 3-7 against Toronto this season.

Scouting Report

  • Clay Buchholz (5-6, 5.50 ERA) gets the start for Boston. He faced the Blue Jays in his last start as well, giving up 4 runs over 6 innings to take the loss. The bigger concern is that he allowed 4 walks in the game. Since his return from the disabled list last month, Buchholz had issued only 1 walk in his previous 5 starts combined. Keep an eye on how many free passes he issues this time, as it was partially control issues that forced the team to shut him down for a month to work on his mechanics.
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Boston Red Sox Fire & Ice: David Ortiz Hot, Brock Holt Cold

July 28th, 2014 at 1:01 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox came storming out of the All-Star break with 4 straight wins that saw the offense start to pick up some steam, only to tailspin into a 5-game losing streak that reversed those accomplishments. With the trade deadline approaching this week, the Red Sox will be looking to sell some of their veteran players with an eye on the future.

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On Fire

David Ortiz
Past 7 Days: .286/.310/.893, 5 HR, 12 RBI

Ortiz began the week proclaiming he was about to get hotter than Jamaica in August, right before smashing a pair of homers that night in a blowout win in Toronto. Big Papi kept the long balls coming throughout the week, putting up team highs in HR and RBI. Nobody else on the team had more than half his totals. He also added a pair of doubles, so 7 of his 8 hits this week went for extra-bases. 

John Lackey
Past 7 Days: 14.0 Innings, 1.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 7 K

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