Being the most aggressive, living-in-the-present, future-be-damned franchise in baseball has served the Boston Red Sox well, bringing together the players who last season delivered the franchise its fourth World Series title this century. Doing so required the Red Sox to push their payroll well beyond the luxury tax threshold and to strip their farm system of prospects, but as the saying goes, “Prospects are cool; parades are cooler.” It was easy to get behind the Red Sox’s philosophy when the team was winning 108 games and going 11-3 against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 postseason. But when that same team, with largely the same roster, approaches the 20-game mark of the new season as one of the worst teams in the game – with a 6-13 record, a minus-42 run differential and a 6.01 ERA entering Friday – the effects are doubly concerning, and the solutions are few. The Red Sox’s aggression carried them to a … [Read more...] about The Red Sox went all-in last season and won big. It’s costing them this year.
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BOSTON (AP) — Gold Glove center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made two key catches and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Friday night, giving the World Series champions their first two-game winning streak of the season. Baltimore’s Chris Davis lined out as a pinch-hitter to end the game, extending his record hitless streak for a position player to 0 for 54. Andrew Benintendi homered and Xander Bogaerts had three hits, helping Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) and the Red Sox improve to 5-9. Bradley made a diving grab in the fourth, then ended a threat in the eighth with by robbing Joey Rickard of extra bases and Baltimore of a run. Bradley planted his right foot in the padding of the Green Monster and pushed himself just high enough off the wall to grab the ball. The catch helped preserve a 4-2 lead and Boston tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, one on a sacrifice fly by Bradley. Rodriguez (1-2) had a strong start, keeping the Orioles hitless through … [Read more...] about Red Sox top Baltimore 6-4 for second-straight win
ON THIS DAY IN SPORT 1859: George Giffen, former South Australia all-rounder, described as Australia's WG Grace, was born. 1871: The first international rugby match took place at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, between England and Scotland, with the latter winning. 1988: Down beat Derry in Armagh, 2-6 to 0-10, while Dublin overcome Longford at Croke Park, 0-10 to 0-4, to reach the semi-finals of the National Football League 1988: After more than 1,000 matches in all competitions, former England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper Ray Clemence announced he would retire at the end of the season at the age of 39. 1989: Referee Kelvin Morton awarded a record five penalties in the Second Division match between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Only two were converted, one by each side, and Palace won 2-1. 2004: France's 24-21 victory over England gave them a Grand Slam in the RBS 6 Nations. 2007: Tom Hicks and George Gillett's takeover of Liverpool was completed, after shareholders agreed to … [Read more...] about On this Day, March 27 1988: Down defeat Derry in the National Football League quarter-finals
By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer Updated 5:36 pm CST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Mariano Rivera salutes the crowd on Sept. 23, 2013 at Yankee Stadium. Mariano Rivera salutes the crowd on Sept. 23, 2013 at Yankee Stadium. Photo: Kathy Willens, AP Photo: Kathy Willens, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Mariano Rivera salutes the crowd on Sept. 23, 2013 at Yankee Stadium. Mariano Rivera salutes the crowd on Sept. 23, 2013 at Yankee Stadium. Photo: Kathy Willens, AP Mariano Rivera unanimous; Halladay, Edgar, Mussina voted to HOF 1 / 4 Back to Gallery NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera has become baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected along with Roy … [Read more...] about Mariano Rivera unanimous; Halladay, Edgar, Mussina voted to HOF
Four new Hall of Famers are headed to Cooperstown, including the first ever unanimous choice.Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Rivera becoming the first-ever player to get 100 percent of the vote.The results of this year’s vote were announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Seventy-five percent of the vote is needed for immortalization in Cooperstown, and this year’s electees zoomed past that total.Mariano Rivera, the legendary ex-New York Yankees closer, reached the hallowed 100-percent mark, beating Ken Griffey Jr.’s record of 99.32 percent. Griffey missed just three ballots in 2016. 22 PHOTOS Mariano Rivera through the years See Gallery Mariano Rivera through the years NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees walks out of the bullpen before the game against the San Francisco Giants during interleague play on … [Read more...] about Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina elected to Hall of Fame