May 27, 2012 |
Jonathan Papelbon is sitting in the Phillies dugout at Citizens Bank Park, surrounded by a pack of reporters who have spent much of the previous decade chronicling his every pitch. The Red Sox are in town, and with them one of the major league's largest media contingents, the entirety of which is quizzing the veteran closer on the looming showdown with his former team. Reveling in the attention, Papelbon begins to refer himself as "Cinco Ocho," a label that began as a nickname coined by former teammate Alex Cora but has since morphed into an entity that he considers to be his alter-ego.
August 17, 2009 |
Who's at short? Alex Gonzalez went 1 for 4 and left three men on base yesterday in Boston's 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, leaving his batting average at a microscopic .125 this season. In Boston, this has been an ongoing story. As Gordon Edes pointed out in Yahoo Sports yesterday, the Red Sox have paid more than $90 million to shortstops since trading away Nomar Garciaparra in 2004: Orlando Cabrera ($2 million), Edgar Renteria (four years, $40 million), Alex Gonzalez ($3 million)
September 8, 2008 |
David Ortiz immediately tossed the bat aside; Big Papi hadn't forgotten the home run trot. And the Boston Red Sox haven't forgotten how to make September exciting. Ortiz homered for the first time in 20 games, Paul Byrd pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings for his fourth straight victory and the visiting Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 7-2, yesterday, moving within 1 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Boston is the closest it has been to the lead since July 28, and six of its next nine games are against the skidding Rays, starting tonight at Fenway Park.
May 12, 2007 |
Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora had four hits apiece, Brian Burres pitched five innings for his first major league victory last night to help the visiting Baltimore Orioles win their fourth consecutive game, beating the Boston Red Sox, 6-3. Markakis singled to start a three-run rally that broke a fifth-inning tie, and the Orioles got help when Red Sox rightfielder Wily Mo Pena misplayed two consecutive balls: One went over his head for an RBI...
April 30, 2007 |
There was no word from George Steinbrenner about Joe Torre's job status after the Yankees' latest loss, 7-4, to the Boston Red Sox yesterday at Yankee Stadium, completed a 9-14 April. Yankees captain Derek Jeter defended his manager. "It's unfair," Jeter said. "There's no way he's responsible for us performing. He's not hitting for us. He's not pitching for us. He puts the best players out there on the field. We're just not doing the job. That's the bottom line. " Home runs by David Ortiz, Alex Cora and Manny Ramirez gave the Red Sox a 5-1 record against New York this season, and a 6 1/2-game lead in the standings.
April 26, 2007 |
Curt Schilling pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, David Ortiz drove in the tiebreaking with a bloop single in the seventh, and the visiting Boston Red Sox exploited Baltimore's revamped bullpen in a 6-1 victory last night. After losing two straight to Toronto by a combined 17-6 score, Boston scored five runs over the final three innings to avoid its first three-game skid of the season. Alex Cora hit his first homer for the Red Sox, who have won 16 of their last 19 games against the Orioles.
September 1, 2006 |
Alex Rios gave the Red Sox an unusual lift that stopped Boston's six-game losing streak. Trying to catch Alex Cora's seventh-inning fly about 10 feet from the fence, the Blue Jays rightfielder juggled the ball and accidentally knocked it over the wall for a two-run homer that boosted the Red Sox over visiting Toronto, 6-5. Dustin Pedroia was on first when Cora came to the plate with two outs and the score 4-4. Cora, who had not homered in...
May 23, 2006 |
Curt Schilling looked down the Yankees' lineup and had a feeling this would not be like the last time he faced them. "That's a distinctly different team," said Schilling (7-2), after pitching eight strong innings to beat visiting New York, 9-5, and earn his 199th career victory. "That's not a knock against any of the players they're running out there, but you're talking about All-Star caliber players they're replacing. " Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz each drove in three runs, and Alex Cora added three hits and good defense for the Red Sox, who led 9-1 with two outs in the ninth before the Yankees staged a rally.
July 20, 2005 |
The slumping Red Sox began to overhaul their roster last night, acquiring infielder Tony Graffanino from the Kansas City Royals and outfielder Adam Hyzdu from the San Diego Padres. Boston also designated lefthanded reliever Alan Embree for assignment. The Red Sox, who have lost six of eight, sent Class A lefthander Juan Cedeno and Triple A outfielder Chip Ambres to Kansas City. Boston sent righthander Scott Cassidy to San Diego for Hyzdu, who joins the Red Sox organization for the fourth time.