1. Go Early, Go Often: Fire Brand's Best of April

    Tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays marks the final game of the first calendar month of the season; and what an April it was...

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  2. A Few Thoughts on Jason Varitek

    Why would a 37-year-old player have a wOBA spike of over 50 points from one season to the next? This is the question people should be asking about Jason Varitek and his surprising start...

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  3. Mid-Week Minor League Round-up

    Continuing the mid-week minor league round-up, I've decided to add a new aspect in this weekly series. Along with giving the weeks top performers, I'm also going to add in the guys that have not quite lived up to expectations...

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  4. Jonathan Papelbon: Cause for Concern?

    MLB: APR 11 Red Sox at Angels" width="234" height="329" /> Jonathan Papelbon is one of, if not the best closer in baseball. Of that there is no doubt. You don't have to look much farther than his 89 percent save rate (118 out of 133 since 2006), 1..

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  5. Lugo Plays Field, Ks Twice in Rehab Assignment, Will Return April 27

    Julio Lugo began a rehab assignment Wednesday for the Pawtucket Red Sox and came away feeling better, physically, than his performance would indicate...

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  6. An Early Look In Boston Red Sox's OBS Statistics

    I may have trust issues, so excuse my hesitance to put any real meaning into early individual numbers.But they are all we have up to this point...The team, and by team I mean the Boston Red Sox, is 7-6...

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  7. "Vintage Lester dominates Orioles" as Red Sox Edge Out Baltimore, 2-1

    "Vintage Lester dominates Orioles" read the headline after Sunday's 2-1 Red Sox victory over Baltimore. While headlines are known for hyperbole, by definition, Jon Lester's third and best start of 2009 was vintage...

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  8. The Red Sox Know How to Manage "Injuries"

    Dustin Pedroia, you say you are experiencing cold-like symptoms? Boom! 15-day DL.Jason Varitek, you say that you don't feel quite like you did when were 31 years old?See ya! 15-day DL...

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  9. Boston Red Sox 10-Baltimore Orioles 8: An Offensive Slump Broken

    Down seven runs to begin the bottom of the second inning, Boston never changed their approach at the plate. The Red Sox knew they were given too many innings to catch up.J.D...

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  10. The Pawtacket Red Sox Lost the Battle Friday, but May Have Won the War

    Maybe the Pawtucket Red Sox lost the battle Friday night, in their home opener against the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs.But because knuckleballer Charlie Zink and reliever Billy Traber gave them nine ...

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  11. What's the impact of Justin Masterson in the rotation?

    All indications point to Justin Masterson taking Daisuke Matsuzaka's place in the rotation after Dice-K was placed on the 15-day DL with arm fatigue.Masterson threw 60 pitches in relief of Dice-K in the midst of a taxing bullpen effort in a 12-inning game

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  12. Fireside Chats #41: Where we find ourselves in the cellar looking up at the Os

    Boston Red Sox podcast on MVN Radio, Episode #41 where we find ourselves in the cellar looking up at the Os.Episode #41Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim DaloisioGuests: Anthony Amobi, Oriole MagicThe season ...

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  13. Mid-Week Minor League Round-up

    The first week of Minor League baseball is under way. I am pleased to announce that we have yet to witness any serious injuries (knock on wood). Last year, there were some unfortunate injuries/illnesses to Anthony Rizzo, Nick Hagadone, and Austin Bailey..

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  14. Don't Panic, the Red Sox Will Improve

    Sample size, sample size, sample size!Remember the thing that increases the accuracy of whatever the available data happens to be? The offense has stunk it up; there is no denying ...

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  15. OAK 6, BOS 5: Red Sox slide continues

    Not only is Daisuke Matsuzaka's arm fatigued, but Red Sox Nation is also after suffering through a 12 inning, four hour and 24 minute, 6-5 extra innings loss to Oakland ...

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  16. Red Sox Claim Travis Denker

    The Red Sox claimed second baseman Travis Denker off waivers from the San Diego Padres; the Padres nabbed him from the San Francisco Giants last year.Denker, 23, has a .243/.333/.486 line in 37 at-bats with the Padres this year...

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  17. OAK 8, BOS 2

    Jon Lester would certainly trade his start to the 2009 season with Kevin Youkilis. They have been polar opposites of what was expected of them coming into this season...

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  18. Did Josh Beckett throw at Bobby Abreu on purpose?

    In the first inning of the Angels/Red Sox game, Josh Beckett looked back at Chone Figgins three times at second base.He then began to serve a fastball to Bobby Abreu, but home plate umpire Paul Schreiber jumped out, signaling for a time out...

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  19. Angels-Red Sox: Tempers Flare as LA Takes Series with Sunday Win

    Bobby Abreu got all the revenge he needed Sunday. After Josh Beckett threw at his head in the first inning for calling time late in the at-bat, Abreu hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning, giving the Angels a 3-2 advantage...

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  20. PawSox: Locked and Loaded for '09

    In some organizations, highly-rated prospects like first baseman Lars Anderson, outfielder Josh Reddick, pitcher Nick Hagadone and infielder Oscar Tejada might open at Triple A...

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  21. A Season of Redemption & Renewal

    The tragedies of young Angel's pitcher, Nick Adenhart, and young Giant's pitcher Joe Martinez created flashbacks of Tony Conigliaro and my childhood hero Harry Agganis...

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  22. Know Thine Enemy 2009: Tampa Bay Rays

    The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off their first successful season in the history of the franchise. Finally, they're not considered doormats with no vision of the future. Now the Pirates stand alone there...

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  23. Red Sox Madness Final Four: Ellsbury vs. Pedroia

    After two grueling rounds of matchups, we now know the Final Four contestants in the First Annual Red Sox Madness Tournament...

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  24. Derek Jeter: "Rather Play for Sox than Move Off Short"

    Some shocking news came out of the Yankees' spring training camp as they prepare to break in their new Yankee Stadium—one that adds another dash of controversy to a team that needs controversy like Bartolo Colon needs doughnuts...

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  25. Know Thine Enemy 2009: New York Yankees

    The other half of the best rivalry in sports, The New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers "only" ended up with 89 victories last season, but the key players they inked this past offseason ...

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