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Clay Buchholz Has Successful Knee Surgery

September 30th, 2014 at 4:55 PM
By Sean Penney

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz had successful meniscus surgery on his right knee this morning and is expected to make a full recovery. The procedure was performed by Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital.

General Manager Ben Cherington told reporters on Monday that Buchholz has dealt with the injury off and on all season, but didn't consider it to be a debilitating injury. This suggests the Red Sox do not believe the injury to be the reason behind Buchholz's disastrous season, where he posted a 5.34 ERA in 28 starts. Or they may just be trying to avoid making any excuses.

By having the surgery now, the Red Sox are being proactive with Buchholz to ensure the issue gets corrected now to prevent further issues with his knee. The procedure has a fairly quick recovery time, which should allow Buchholz to resume his normal off-season routine.

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Boston Red Sox 2014 Season Review

September 30th, 2014 at 11:53 AM
By Sean Penney

Well, that certainly didn't go as planned. Just under a year ago we were planning a parade to celebrate the Boston Red Sox winning their third World Series championship in the past decade. Now we're looking at the end of a 71-win season and wondering what happened. Those 91 losses are the second most ever by a reigning champion, trailing only the 1998 Florida Marlins team that infamously held a fire sale as soon as the confetti stopped falling on their celebration. The Red Sox also have the unique honor of being the only team ever to go from last place in their division, to first place, then back to last again.

Even after accounting for some key off-season losses, the Red Sox were expected to remain a strong contender this season, as an infusion of youth was supposed to make up the difference. So what happened?

What went wrong

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Boston Red Sox Honor Derek Jeter in Season Finale

September 29th, 2014 at 4:17 PM
By Sean Penney

Respect. That's the word that first comes to mind when you think of Derek Jeter and that's exactly what the Boston Red Sox showed their longtime rival as he closed the book on a Hall of Fame career. Prior to yesterday's season finale, the Red Sox held a ceremony honoring the Yankees Captain.

With both teams eliminated from postseason contention, Jeter became the focus of the afternoon in front of a packed Fenway Park. The ceremony kicked off with Jeter watching from the dugout as the phrase "With Re2pect 2 Derek Jeter" was put up on the scoreboard one letter at a time. While that idea seemed great in theory, the process took over three minutes to complete and had to be stopped mid-way when one of the scoreboard operators nearly dropped one of the letters.

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Boston Red Sox Vs New York Yankees Sunday Preview

September 28th, 2014 at 11:44 AM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (71-90) take on the New York Yankees (83-78) in the final game of the 2014 season. The teams have split the series so far heading into this afternoons' rubber match.

Boston roughed up Masahiro Tanaka for 7 runs, knocking the Yankees ace out in the second inning. The Red Sox sent 14 batters to the plate in that second inning, scoring 8 runs to set a new single-inning high for the season. Boston finished with 10 runs in the game – their 8th time this season scoring in double-digits, with three of those coming in the past four games.

A rough season is finally coming to a close, but the silver lining to a disappointing year is that we have had the chance to see several young players break into the majors. The Red Sox have have started 6 rookie position players in each of the past four games and those rookies have combined to hit .382 in those games.

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Boston Red Sox Vs New York Yankees Saturday Preview

September 27th, 2014 at 12:18 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (70-90) meet the New York Yankees in the middle game of their three game series. The Yankees B Squad won the opener while the majority of their regular starters watched from the bench. Not many teams can say they have six former All-Stars on their bench. Must be that time of year.

Xander Bogaerts led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a single, advancing to second on an error to put the tying run in scoring position, but the Red Sox couldn't get him home. Yankees closer David Robertson struck out the next two batters and got Garin Cecchini to fly out to left to end the game.

Boston is now 6-11 against the Yankees this season and are tied for the third worst record in the AL.

Scouting Report

  • Joe Kelly (5-4, 4.15 ERA) gets the start for Boston. He's won three of his last four starts and his ERA in the month of September is identical to his season ERA. He beat the Yankees earlier this month, giving up 3 runs in 6.2 innings.
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