October 22, 2013 |
BOSTON - As the Boston Red Sox boarded their buses and headed to the airport, they had a sense this season could be something special. They had just swept the Tampa Bay Rays. The season was barely two weeks old, but a team that finished last season in last place had started this one in first place. As the buses rolled along the streets of Boston, word spread among the players that something bad had happened. Something about the marathon. But cellphone service had been interrupted, and the team flight took off for Cleveland before the players were fully informed.
November 14, 1989
Jim Rice was placed on waviers Monday, ending 15 seasons with the Boston Red Sox that produced 382 homers, 1,451 RBIs and 2,452 hits. Rice will become an unrestricted free agent Thursday if he clears waivers. The Red Sox last month refused to exercise a $2.4-million option in his contract for 1990. Rice batted .234 last season with three homers and 28 runs batted in. He had midseason surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow and saw limited action after that.
August 24, 2013 |
The Dodgers had trouble getting it started Saturday afternoon, both on the mound and at the plate. They fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first and then didn't manage to push a run of their own across until the eighth. It didn't make for the most exciting game, Boston jumping early on Hyun-Jin Ryu and then holding on for the Red Sox victory, 4-2, Saturday afternoon that snapped the Dodgers' four-game winning streak. BOX SCORE: Boston 4, Dodgers 2 The Dodgers never really could figure out Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, who held them to three hits in 7 1/3 strong innings.
October 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - The debate over whether baseball should make both leagues play under the same rules is alive and well. Usually, it's good fodder for the bar, and for talk shows. One guy likes the designated hitter, the other does not, and the two agree to disagree. It's good fodder for the World Series too, the breathless questions about which bench player on the National League team can be trusted with a few extra at-bats in the American League park, and which bat the AL team might have to omit from its lineup in the NL park.
October 19, 2013 |
BOSTON - A celebration of beer and fried chicken was in order Saturday night at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox pulled off another late-inning comeback in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam against Jose Veras erased a one-run deficit and led the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over Detroit, launching Boston into its third World Series since 2004. Boston Strong? Absolutely. "When you get attacked on your home turf like that, it's a feeling of pride here," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said, referring to the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.
September 29, 1998 |
SCHEDULE Today: Boston (Pedro Martinez, 19-7) at Cleveland (Jaret Wright, 12-10), 10 a.m., ESPN. Wednesday: Boston (Tim Wakefield, 17-8) at Cleveland (Dwight Gooden, 8-6), 10 a.m., ESPN. Friday: Cleveland (Charles Nagy, 15-10) at Boston (Bret Saberhagen, 15-8), 1 p.m., ESPN. Saturday: Cleveland (Bartolo Colon, 14-9, or Wright) at Boston (Pete Schourek, 1-3) if necessary, time and TV TBA. Sunday: Boston (Martinez) at Cleveland (Wright or Gooden), if necessary, time and TV TBA.