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May 22, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emotional lift The sense of relief David Ortiz felt after going 149 at-bats before hitting his first homer of the season Wednesday was shared by his Red Sox teammates. "It was a big night for our team and everybody knows why," Boston captain Jason Varitek said. What might have been almost as notable as his homer was the double Big Papi ripped in his next at-bat. The two-base hit may have been a sign that the pressure he was feeling because of his failure to hit a homer was gone.
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April 23, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Brad Penny pitched six solid innings after Tim Wakefield won a rain-shortened complete game, and Boston finished a doubleheader sweep of visiting Minnesota with last night's 7-3 victory. Wakefield (2-1) tossed a five-hitter for his second consecutive complete game in the opener, a 10-1 victory that was called after seven innings because of rain. Kevin Youkilis, Nick Green and Mike Lowell each hit a two-run homer. Penny (2-0) allowed two earned runs in the finale of the day-night doubleheader as the Red Sox extended their winning streak to seven games after a 2-6 start.
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April 13, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
At the beginning of this three-game series, the visiting Boston Red Sox lined up on opposite foul lines with the Los Angeles Angels in solidarity as the grieving home team observed a moment of silence in honor of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed by a suspected drunken driver last week. The mood in yesterday's finale was in sharp contrast. The teams who met in three of the last five AL Division Series put the good will aside after an angry reaction from Bobby Abreu to a pitch by Boston ace Josh Beckett that sailed over his head triggered a bench-clearing incident.
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January 9, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
John Smoltz and Brad Penny are on their way to the Red Sox. Rocco Baldelli was already in Boston, holding up his new jersey. After missing out on Mark Teixeira, the biggest free-agent prize of the offseason, the Red Sox were poised to make a series of smaller deals that would essentially complete their roster. They announced Baldelli's signing last night at the annual dinner of the Boston Baseball Writers Association, with more news expected soon. "I think you'll see us now turn to players who we can take chances on, players who represent potential impact players," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said.
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October 20, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Tampa Bay Rays wiped away 10 previous seasons of futility and the Boston Red Sox' mystique last night to earn a trip to the World Series against the Phillies. Playing in the first postseason in their 11-year history, the Rays did not wilt when the defending champions put on one of their typical late-game charges. Series MVP Matt Garza stymied Boston for the second time in a week as the Rays defeated the Red Sox, 3-1, to win the deciding seventh game of the American League Championship Series at boisterous Tropicana Field.
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October 20, 2008 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman made one important decision last offseason. It was that if a player didn't want to be on his team, he would do what he could to accommodate him. That's how talented but occasionally discontented outfielder Delmon Young ended up going to the Minnesota Twins last winter. Getting rid of players is one thing. Getting something in return is something else. And Friedman completed the doubleplay nicely. One of the players he received was shortstop Jason Bartlett, who was named the team's Most Valuable Player of the regular season.
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October 19, 2008 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Once again, Tampa Bay couldn't finish the deal, keeping the Phillies and everybody else in suspense about the National League champions' World Series opponent. Jason Varitek's home run in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie last night as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Rays, 4-2, to force a decisive seventh game in the American League Championship Series. Boston has won two straight after trailing, three games to one, in the ALCS for the second consecutive year.
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October 14, 2008
BOSTON - The theory goes that a series doesn't start until one team wins on the road. So what does it mean when the road team wins two of the first three in a seven-game series? It means things have gotten really intriguing if you are the surprising Tampa Bay Rays, and sort of desperate if you are the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox. If the Rays didn't get the attention of Boston-proper by beating out its beloved Sox for the American League East title, they certainly have it after yesterday's stunning, 9-1 win at Fenway Park in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
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September 22, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
The Boston Red Sox moved one step closer to the playoffs for the fifth time in 6 years. David Ortiz hit a two-run homer, Daisuke Matsuzaka (18-2) remained unbeaten on the road and the visiting Red Sox beat Toronto yesterday, 3-0, eliminating the Blue Jays from postseason contention and clinching at least a tie for the wild card. "We don't take anything for granted, we never have," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We played a pretty good game today. We'll show up tomorrow and, if we play good and do all our stuff, those magic numbers will take care of themselves.
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