| 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...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 9:09 PM
BOSTON — If right-hander Chris Tillman is indeed the Orioles' ace, if he is indeed a bona fide top-of-the-rotation starter who can walk into any situation against any opponent and succeed, than he had the perfect opportunity to prove it Thursday...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 8:25 PM
BOSTON — Brent Lillibridge, 29 and looking, oh, 19, shook his head in the cramped visiting Fenway clubhouse and smiled at the uncertainty of baseball.
"It's a crazy business," Lillibridge said.
Seconds later, the guy called up from Triple A on...
| Jul 24, 2013
In a recent television interview, Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino said "y'know" 72 times in three minutes.
In a way it was refreshing to hear that long-infuriating verbal crutch resurrected with such gusto, because "y'know" has been largely...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 8:31 PM
When Chris Tillman was struggling in past years, when he was yo-yoing between Triple-A and the majors and perhaps falling out of favor with the organization's decision makers, the Orioles right-hander never made excuses, always putting the blame on...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 3:17 PM
It took L.J. Hoes a roundabout way to get to from Triple-A Norfolk to Baltimore this weekend, but the outfielder eventually made it to the Orioles to make his first major league start.
Hoes left Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday evening with the goal to make...
| 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 8, 2013
| 10:24 PM
ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays, kings of the improbable and the impossible for the last nine days, finally got burned by the inevitable twists of good fortune.
It can’t last forever.
Their defiant run of staving off elimination...
| 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...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 10:14 PM
BOSTON — When Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino strolls to the plate at Fenway Park, the public-address system blares the opening lyric to his walk-up song:
"Don't worry about a thing …"
The Red Sox faithful promptly finish the...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 5:30 PM
PHILADELPHIA — I've heard the Phillies bullpen called many things this season, none of which were pleasant. Most, in fact, weren't even printable.
For the first five months of the year, many of those descriptions seemed justified. You didn't have...