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Boston Red Sox Vs New York Yankees Tuesday Preview

September 2nd, 2014 at 5:09 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (60-77) start a series with the New York Yankees (70-65) in the Bronx. Boston is 5-8 so far this season against the Yankees.

New York is still clinging to second place in the AL East and remains in the Wild Card hunt despite a -27 run differential that is the 6th worst in the AL. The Toronto Blue Jays are the only other team in the league with a winning record despite a negative run differential, but their run differential is only -2.

Boston is 27-26 (.509) in the current Yankee Stadium, giving them the highest winning percentage of any visiting AL team since the park opened in 2009.

Scouting Report

  • Joe Kelly (0-1, 4.14 ERA) takes the mound for Boston. He's still looking for his first win in a Red Sox uniform, despite giving up 2 runs or less in four of his five starts. He has an even amount of walks and strikeouts (18) in those starts, but over a larger sample size covering his starts with the St. Louis Cardinals, his 2.50 K/BB is much more reasonable.
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Boston Red Sox Vs Tampa Bay Rays Monday Preview

September 1st, 2014 at 11:40 AM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (60-76) wrap up their four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays (66-71) having already assured themselves no worse than a tie in the series after winning two out of three over the weekend.

Clay Buchholz pitched a "Maddux" – a complete game shutout that takes fewer than 100 pitches. He allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter in the most efficient game we've seen from him in a long time. As horribly wrong as this season has gone for Buchholz, it's worth noting that he has tossed the only two 9-inning complete game shutouts for the Red Sox this season.

Scouting Report

  • Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.81 ERA) gets the start for Boston. He couldn't make it out of the 5th inning in his last start in Toronto, leaving with the score tied at 3 in a game the Red Sox would go on to win in a wild 11th inning. De La Rosa failed to strikeout a hitter in that game for the first time all season. For a guy capable of hitting the upper-90's with his fastball, his 6.32 K/9 is pretty disappointing.
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Boston Red Sox Vs Tampa Bay Rays Sunday Preview

August 31st, 2014 at 12:04 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (59-76) take on the Tampa Bay Rays (66-70) after the teams split the first two games of the series.

Jake Odorizzi held the Red Sox lineup to one hit over 7 scoreless innings and the bullpen finished off the shutout. It was the third time this season the punchless Red Sox have been one-hit and the 13th time they have been shut out. Boston is last in the AL in runs scored and next to last in batting average (.243) and OPS (.682).

Scouting Report

  • Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.77 ERA) takes the hill for Boston. He shut down the Blue Jays for 8 innings in his last start, but was left in a bit too long and ended up loading the bases before finally being pulled. Koji Uehara blew the save by allowing all 3 inherited runners to score, costing Buchholz the win, but Boston would go on to win in extra innings.
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Boston Red Sox Trade Kelly Johnson to the Baltimore Orioles

August 31st, 2014 at 11:21 AM
By Sean Penney

Kelly Johnson has gotten to know the AL East as well as anyone the past three seasons and last night he completed his tour around the division when he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles. Since 2012, the utility infielder will have now played for every team in the division.

The Boston Red Sox agreed to send Johnson, along with minor-league third baseman Michael Alamanzar, to Baltimore in exchange for switch-hitting second baseman Jemile Weeks and shortstop Ivan DeJesus, Jr. Boston acquired Johnson from the New York Yankees for Stephen Drew at he trade deadline, but his stay here proved to be short lived. He hit only .160 in 10 games with the Red Sox, but Baltimore was in need of a major league caliber option to fill in at third base for the injured Manny Machado.

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Boston Red Sox Vs Tampa Bay Rays Saturday Preview

August 30th, 2014 at 4:34 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (59-75) continue their series with the Tampa Bay Rays (65-70) after taking the first game of the series last night.

The Red Sox jumped all over Chris Archer for 8 runs (7 earned) in the first two innings, including the first career grand slam for Mookie Betts. The Rays bullpen managed to shut down Boston's lineup after Archer was pulled to start the 5th inning, but the damage had been done as the Sox cruised to giving Anthony Ranaudo his third career victory in as many starts.

Scouting Report

  • Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81 ERA) takes the mound for Boston. His first start of the season came in Tampa back on July 27, where he picked up the win by holding the Rays to 2 runs over 5.1 innings. He also walked 5 batters in that game and has more walks (20) than strikeouts (18) this season. He's the only member of the Red Sox pitching staff with more walks than strikeouts (Joe Kelly has 18 of each since coming to Boston).
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