This afternoon’s ALDS Game 4 between the Astros and Red Sox was wild and messy, and it’ll be a difficult one to top both in terms of drama and bullpen management.
The Red Sox-Astros series was looking like a real turd heading into Game 3, with the Astros having outscored the Red Sox 16-4 in a pair of lopsided games in Houston. The Red Sox responded Sunday afternoon at Fenway with some overdue offense and managed to push the series to a Game 4.
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At some point, José Altuve’s height should probably no longer be dwelled on, but seven years into his career, it’s still fun as hell to marvel at him being one of the best players in the baseball—and a good-as-hell candidate for the AL MVP—in tandem with his, uh, modest vertical dimensions.
Tonight’s Game 1 of the ALDS very quickly revealed itself to be far from ideal for Boston starter Chris Sale. That started with the second batter he faced, Alex Bregman, turning a flat slider into a solo home run and continued with the third batter, José Altuve, turning a high fastball into the same thing.
Red Sox DH Eduardo Nuñez had to be carried off the field by manager John Farrell and a trainer after apparently injuring his leg while beginning to run out a grounder on the first pitch of today’s ALDS Game 1 against the Astros.
The baseball soared into the early-morning blackness, heading toward the left-field foul pole. Tracking the flight of the ball he’d just hit, Carlton Fisk began to frantically flap his arms in an effort to will it fair.
You may have checked out of baseball once your team’s season turned into a trash heap, but that’s okay! You’ve come back just in time for the best month of the year, as all the highest-stakes games with top-quality talent begin. Here’s a guide to the AL players you need to pay attention to as the postseason begins.
Last night, John Farrell’s playoff-bound Boston Red Sox used a strong outing from Eduardo Rodriguez and some timely hitting to take a 5-0 lead into the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds, who are playing out the string on a lost season. Almost nothing was at stake in this game, but it still found it’s way into…
Watching the Red Sox is quickly desensitizing me to most great plays (Andrew Benintendi already had a stellar outfield assist tonight), but it’s important to recognize players doing what no one else can do, even if they do it often. With that in mind, here’s yet another awesome catch from Boston centerfield wizard…
Dustin Pedroia suffered the indignity tonight of being forced to leave a game with a self-inflicted injury, and a pretty painful-seeming one at that. Leading off the fourth inning against the Orioles, he fouled off a Dylan Bundy pitch that hit home plate and bounced right back up to smack him square in the face.…
A banner reading “Racism Is As American As Baseball” was briefly unfurled over the Green Monster between the top and bottom of the fourth inning of the A’s-Red Sox game at Fenway Park tonight.
Saturday’s Red Sox-Rays game turned one-sided quickly, which gave NESN commentators Jerry Remy and Dennis Eckersley a chance to drift away from their duties and instead talk about their visits to the star-studded New York City nightclub and ‘70s hotspot Studio 54.
If this sign-stealing scandal is truly going to reignite the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, it needs to hit a few more stages of escalation. Thankfully, the Red Sox have reportedly brought us to Stage Two, by running to the commissioner’s office and yelling, But, but, but! The Yankees are cheaters toooooooo!
This morning, a day after news broke that the Red Sox allegedly used technology to steal signs from the Yankees, I called up executives from both teams to ask about how the smartwatch-assisted, sign-stealing operation came to be and what they thought would and should happen next.
There was a point tonight—this morning, actually—when the Red Sox made a mid-17th-inning pitching change so that Ezequiel Carrera could face Fernando Abad instead of Blaine Boyer. That is what this Boston-Toronto game was. That, and the Blue Jays’ franchise-record 23 strikeouts. That’s it.
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry hasn’t been particularly contentious for a while, with the last waypoint being that time Boston called out Michael Pineda for the obvious pine tar on his hand. Maybe a good sign-stealing feud will bring it back.
The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-2, tonight. The game included a first-inning bunt by Boston second baseman Eduardo Nuñez, which greatly displeased Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia, and now we have another riveting chapter in the storied rivalry between these two franchises.
Chris Sale pitched against the Toronto Blue Jays last night, and he struck out 11 batters in seven innings in a 3-0 win. “Struck out 11 batters” doesn’t quite describe what happened on that field, though. It’s more accurate to say that Sale demoralized 11 batters.