September 18, 2009 |
It was a game of redemption for Howie Kendrick, Brian Fuentes and the Angels, who for one cool, crisp New England evening did not have to address their supposed Boston Red Sox curse or their Fenway Park demons. Kendrick, who batted .117 and stranded 18 runners in last season's playoff loss to Boston, hit a solo home run in the third inning, scored the tying run in the seventh and knocked in the winning run with a ninth-inning single to lead the Angels to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night.
August 28, 2010 |
Forget the five seasons he took Boston to the playoffs. Or the two times he won the World Series there. Terry Francona is clearly doing his best managing job this summer, keeping the hobbled Red Sox within striking distance of another postseason berth. Entering the weekend, only Minnesota, among American League teams, had won more games in August than the streaking Red Sox, who are without Kevin Youkilis , Jacoby Ellsbury and former most valuable player Dustin Pedroia and probably will be for the rest of the season.
May 17, 2009 |
Manny speaks! (not about that) This was two days before the suspension. With the Boston Red Sox headed to town, we were curious about what Manny Ramirez thought might be ailing his old pal David Ortiz. "It's a long season," Ramirez said. "David is the type of player that could make his season in a month." The months have not been kind to Ortiz since last July 31, when the Red Sox ripped apart their dynamic duo by trading Ramirez to the Dodgers. Ortiz batted .278 last August and .244 last September, albeit after sitting out 39 games because of a wrist injury.
September 23, 2009 |
It's the ninth inning of a playoff game in Fenway Park, the score is tied, Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury is on first with no outs, and the Angels' catcher is . . . Bobby Wilson ? There is a very good chance this could happen in October. Though the Angels carried two catchers -- Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli -- for most of the season, they are strongly considering carrying Wilson as a third catcher for the playoffs. The reason? Mathis, the team's best defensive catcher, is a .208 hitter who will most likely be pinch-hit for in the late innings of a close game.
June 1, 2008 |
BALTIMORE -- With one swing Saturday night, Manny Ramirez hit the 500th home run of his career and cranked up the volume in a ballpark that became his temporary home. If the noise level had climbed any higher, it might have violated a city ordinance. It certainly wasn't in keeping with standard baseball practices; visiting players aren't supposed to be loved so loudly. David Ortiz's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning scored rookie Jacoby Ellsbury with the go-ahead run, and Ramirez launched the first pitch from Orioles reliever Chad Bradford into the right-center-field seats, setting off a wild celebration that punctuated the Boston Red Sox's 6-3 victory before an announced 48,281.
February 10, 2008 |
BOSTON -- Last season, a little bit of Japan came to Boston when Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima bolstered the Red Sox' pitching staff. This year the route will be reversed, but manager Terry Francona hopes the destination is the same -- a World Series championship. The Red Sox open the 2008 regular season with two games in Tokyo against the Oakland Athletics, a journey that brings jet lag to the players and returns major league baseball -- and Dice-K and Okajima -- to their baseball-loving nation.