1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Know Thine Enemy 2009: Toronto Blue Jays

    Not long ago, the Toronto Blue Jays were expected to be in the position now occupied by the Tampa Bay Rays—the third wheel in the American League East. While there is some strong young talent in Toronto, J...

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  14. Jon Lester vs. Kevin Youkilis: Boston Red Sox Madness

    In preparation for the best two weeks in sports, starting with the Final Four and running through the Masters, there is a little thing called Opening Day sandwiched in the middle. We idly pass the time with our Red Sox Madness tournament...

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  15. Know Thy Enemy 2009: Baltimore Orioles

    It's time for Fire Brand's annual Know Thy Enemy series, one where we reveal our division standing predictions over the course of the week by taking you into each division rival and examining what we will have to deal with...

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  16. Red Sox Madness Round 2: Pitchers Duel

    The first two teams, UCONN & Villanova, have punched their tickets to the Final Four in Detroit, and the first two players have punched a ticket to the Final Four of our Red Sox Madness tournament...

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  17. Previewing the 2009 Draft: Part III (11-15)

    In Part I and II of this six part series previewing the 2009 First-Year MLB Amateur Draft, I've broken down the top ten prospects likely to be chosen first. Obviously there are certain things that could happen, such as injury, high demands, etc...

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  18. Why Didn't Theo Give Up Bowden or Buchholz for Montero or Saltalamacchia?

    On Monday, I discussed Jason Varitek's seeming inability to field given The Fielding Bible Vol. II's insights. Today, I want to tackle why Theo Epstein didn't pull the trigger on acquiring Miguel Montero and/or Jarrod Saltalamacchia...

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  19. Here's Your Ticket To Copperstown, Mister Schilling

    Curt Schilling is a Hall-of-Famer.Is he as worthy as Walter Johnson? As sure a thing as Tom Seaver? As deserving as Greg Maddux?No. However, not all "Hall-of-Famers" are created equal...

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  20. Red Sox Line Up: Lowrie Lead Off, Ellsbury No. 9?

    Just a thought: By starting the season at the end of the lineup, Jacoby Ellsbury could become the best leadoff batter in baseball, as well as the game's premier Gold Glove center fielder...

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  21. Schilling Officially Retires

    Curt Schilling, the man who returned to Boston and brought home a World Series in 2004, has officially announced his retirement.Here's a portion of Schilling's retirement post at 38Pitches...

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  22. Jason Varitek: No, He Cannot Field

    As I work through the Fielding Bible, Vol. II (Defensive Runs, Defensive Misplays), I keep coming across nuggets of information that impact my beliefs surrounding defense of any given player...

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  23. Previewing the 2009 MLB Draft: Part II (6-10)

    In Part I of the five part series on covering the 2009 Draft, I gave brief scouting reports over the well-known names in amateur baseball. Strasburg remains at the top and is having an unbelievable Junior year (...

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  24. Can the "Oki-Doke" poke his overachieving head out again?

    Many expected the 2007 version of Hideki Okajima to disappear as we headed into last season.But he didn't. Okajima stuck around another year, and was roughly the same pitcher that he was in 2007, overall...

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  25. Handicapping the Backup Infielder Race

    With the news that Julio Lugo is undergoing arthroscopic surgery tomorrow, the question becomes who is going to pick up the slack. Lugo may return in time for Opening Day...He could return a few days after...

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