1. Jason Varitek is mashing

    Did anyone expect this kind of performance thus far out of Jason Varitek? If so, admit it. Because you would, from here on out, be labeled a genius. Tek's BB's per nine are down (bad?), the K's 9 are down (good)...

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  2. New Mechanics, Reliance on Slider Hurting Jonathan Papelbon

    There's been no shortage of events this season that have taken us by surprise. David Ortiz, of course, is the big one...

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  3. Fangraphs Address David Ortiz

    Not that we couldn't have done this ourselves, but it is interesting to hear another take on a player that we watch every day. And Fangraphs weighs in on Ortiz. Stay confident, although skeptical that Ortiz can regain any resemblance of his past form..

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  4. In one of the greatest seasons ever, Pedro Martinez was "unlucky."

    That's right, my friends. Pedro Martinez overcame the odds, and put up one of the greatest seasons of all time, without the aid of a helpful BABIP...

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  5. Could Sox get Angel Salome for Penny?

    Brad Penny is solidifying himself in the back end of the rotation after a tough start to the year. His ERA may be an unsightly 5.96, but he's providing quality starts and keeping the team in the game...

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  6. Ellsbury "Coming Into His Own?"

    Entering Thursday, Jacoby Ellsbury had a 22-game hitting streak. But even during a stretch where Ellsbury has been red-hot, the power is not really showing. Ells has hit .330/.365/...

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  7. Fireside Chats #47: Where We Narrowly Avoid Complete Technical Meltdown

    Boston Red Sox podcast on MVN Radio, Episode #47 where we narrowly avoid complete technical meltdown and the potential loss (yours more so than ours) of our entire raw show recording...

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  8. Calling for Clay

    Upon hearing of the feats of Clay Buchholz last night in Louisville for the Pawtucket Red Sox, I tweeted my gut reaction as follows: "Clay Buchholz just made his statement. It is time for the Red Sox to proverbially "sh!t or get off the pot"...

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  9. When is enough for David Ortiz?

    This is a situation that I was not too eager to broach, but now that it's the halfway mark into May and the home-run total by David Ortiz matches my career total, it's time...

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  10. Dustin Pedroia Could Earn a Batting Title

    Dustin Pedroia was named Rookie of the Year in 2007 and won MVP in 2008. But he's yet to win a batting title, something that is currently a very real possibility. That is not necessarily because of Pedroia's batting ...

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  11. Red Sox Needs to Remember How to Bunt

    I am not a proponent of the sacrifice bunt in most cases. For example, with one out, I don't believe in the sacrifice—ever. So the fact that the Red Sox don't bunt runners over doesn't bother me at all...

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  12. Drew about to get hot.

    Via RedSox.com. When Drew was posed the question on whether or not he was going to bust out:"Hopefully," Drew said. "I feel like I've had some really good swings. I'm not necessarily getting the results...

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  13. Are the Sox starters as bad as they seem?

    At what point can the Red Sox wait to address their AL-worst starting corps (or should I say corpse?), second-last in the bigs with a 5.81 ERA? Even the Yankees are faring better with a 5...

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. "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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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