| Oct 13, 2013
| 9:52 PM
BOSTON — All that stuff about Fear the Beard, and the hard truth is that through two chilly October nights at Fenway Park Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer had cut through the most productive lineup in baseball like Schick and Gillette. All that stuff...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 5:32 PM
There is a leftover tidbit to this year's World Series Game 3, when umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction at third base to end the game and send the Boston Red Sox to defeat.
When Joyce's father died in 2009, among the things buried with him was a Red Sox...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 6:29 PM
BOSTON — One led the American League in stolen bases this season. The other led the American League in getting hit by pitches. Some have claimed, somewhat unfairly, certainly callously, that one does not play in pain. The other almost seems to...
| Oct 6, 2013
BOSTON — Joe Maddon was the bench coach for the 2002 Angels when John Lackey became the first rookie pitcher to win a Game 7 of the World Series in 93 years. The Rays manager said Friday that he was always grateful to Lackey for the winner's share...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 7:35 PM
BOSTON — By 6:15 p.m., it was the favorite chant at Fenway Park, ahead of "So good! So good!" in the eighth-inning version of "Sweet Caroline." By 6:45 p.m., yeah, it clearly had become the favorite chant in all of Boston, ahead even of "love that...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:32 PM
BOSTON — The signs are there, signs for everyone to see and for all New England to embrace. From the runaway beard heading for Mike Napoli's belly button to the "Boston Strong" logo mowed into the center field grass for the postseason, the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:43 PM
How much difference does a baseball manager make anyway?
It's an age-old question, and it is impossible to accurately quantify. But with the Cubs kicking Dale Sveum to the curb and the White Sox sticking with Robin Ventura after a 99-loss disaster, it's...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Thank you, Miguel Cabrera. You too, Josh Hamilton.
From someone who is voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award, it's really nice to have an easy choice when you write the first name on the ballot — or type it, actually, as the...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Huff. Miller. Marshall.
No, not Sam Huff, Dennis Miller and Jim Marshall.
David Huff. Jim Miller. Brett Marshall.
Clinging desperately to the shreds known as their wild-card hopes, the Yankees and Joe Girardi did only what Phil Hughes, Joba...
| Sep 4, 2013
We keep hearing how the Red Sox have no ace. We keep hearing how it will cost them when it matters most.
Against a guy who was pitching for baseball history, well, Jon Lester certainly looked like an ace Tuesday night.
Then again, we kept hearing...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 3:58 PM
On the off chance Cubs fans need some good news right about now, here's a projection that might provide comfort: If President Theo Epstein succeeds in building the "player development machine'' that is his goal, and it later falls apart, he — or his...