Jeff Goldberg

Does Red Sox 2013 reclamation project now include Bobby Valentine?

Don’t look at it as a firing. Think of it as a promotion. And maybe, just maybe, a redemption.Bob McClure is out as Red Sox pitching coach, as the Red Sox attempt to unbuild the wreckage pile that is the 2012 season.Does that reclamation project now include manager Bobby Valentine?McClure’s ouster...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 12:50 AM

This is truly 'Last Stand Week' for the Red Sox

It will, until the Red Sox return to the postseason, remain the scene of the crime. The Red Sox return to Baltimore tonight, the scene of the final, painful night of the 2011 season. And once again, Camden Yards is the crucible in which a postseason bid can either wither and die, or be re-born for...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 3:02 AM

Olympics 2012: The stars of Team USA

Here are the athletes to keep an eye on in London.Lolo JonesThe enigmatic hurdler lost out on what seemed like a surefire medal in Beijing when she clipped a hurdle. Since then, she’s garnered plenty of attention for her revealing interviews and modeling stints, but how she’ll perform on the track...

Friday, July 27, 2012, 12:06 AM

Examining why the Red Sox are solid on the road, weak at Fenway

Back in the good ol’ days, when Theo Epstein and Terry Francona called Fenway Park their home, their shared philosophy of team-building was simple: Construct for Fenway, and watch the runs – and wins – multiply before their eyes.It was a blueprint for success, leading to two World Series titles,...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 9:24 PM

3 reasons why the Sox have been hot and can they keep it up?

Three months into the season, it seems very little has gone right for the Red Sox. There have been injuries to key players, the lame-duck departure of a beloved veteran and the continuing tension and drama in a clubhouse never fully healed from last September. And yet, after a rough 10 games to...

Monday, July 2, 2012, 11:34 PM

Red Sox: June swoon or bloom?

The Red Sox return to Fenway Park this week for their final six games of Interleague play. Returning to the friendly confines against the Marlins from tomorrow through Thursday and Braves over the weekend allows the Red Sox to re-introduce the designated hitter to their lineup, but still does...

Monday, June 18, 2012, 2:13 AM

Is trading Youkilis worth the hassle?

As the calendar winds down to July 31, the prevailing trade winds seem poised to blow Kevin Youkilis out of town.The Pittsburgh Pirates are the latest team to join the Youk Watch, with FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal reporting the improbably-contending Bucs, who are making noise in the NL Central despite...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 2:19 AM

Utility Punto, Sox glue guy

The silent treatment - the temporary intentional indifference shown to a hitter upon his return to the dugout following a personally-monumental home run -- is nothing new for the Red Sox, especially in Toronto.In 2004, a rookie third baseman named Kevin Youkilis, filling in for the injured starter...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 1:20 AM

Grading Mr. Bobby Valentine

One thing is for certain two months into the baseball season: The Red Sox are playing in the image of their manager.Sometimes they are brilliant. Sometimes they are maddening. They have a propensity to do damage to themselves. And, good or bad, they are rarely boring.The Red Sox finally climbed...

Thursday, May 31, 2012, 2:20 AM

Finding a home for Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis was like a cop at the scene of an accident before Tuesday's game at Baltimore: Move along, nothing to see here.There are some who believe Youkilis' return to the Red Sox lineup, with rookie Will Middlebrooks playing Tom Brady to his Drew Bledsoe at third base and Gold Glove first...

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 2:23 AM

Felix Doubront powering Red Sox through

In a season in which little has seemingly gone right for the Red Sox, a huge break befell them before Wednesday's game at Fenway Park. Felix Doubront, the Red Sox's young left-handed starter, had a Mo Rivera-esque incident in the outfield during batting practice, taking a batted ball off the side...

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 1:52 AM

NHL playoffs: Teams remaining that Boston fans should root for

We were all expecting the Bruins to be a part of the NHL's final four.We all figured we'd still be watching Brad Marchand and Co. defending their Stanley Cup title deep into May. Instead, Bruins fans need to find a different place to direct their Little Ball of Hate. With the conference finals in...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 1:17 AM

Red Sox raid the farm for Jose Iglesias

The Red Sox held a parade of sorts to commemorate May Day yesterday, with players coming and going from the roster - and at least one more move anticipated before the clock struck midnight.In the short term, the Red Sox recalled shortstop Jose Iglesias from Triple A Pawtucket to be available. With...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 1:37 AM

Game 7 heartbreaker: Caps end Bruins season in OT

There will be no parade in Boston this June.Zdeno Chara will not be called to come get the Stanley Cup. The Bruins season came to a stunning, heartbreaking end on Wednesday night at TD Garden, with Washington winning Game 7 – how else? – in overtime. It was the fourth overtime game of the series,...

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:29 AM

Bruins: Home sweet home for Game 7

The Bruins in a Game 7? What else did you expect?Since forcing Game 7 against the Canadiens in the 2008 first round, after the wildest postseason game the new Garden has ever seen, the Bruins will play in their seventh Game 7 tonight out of their past 10 playoff series, and fifth in the past six....

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 1:22 AM

Bruins' quest to defend Stanley Cup continues in dramatic fashion

Three things we learned Sunday afternoon as the Bruins forced a Game 7 in their dramatic quarterfinals series with the Capitals:Seguin saves the seasonTyler Seguin was ranked just below Tim Thomas and Bobby Valentine as Saturday's Boston goats after failing to finish on a number of scoring chances...

Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:46 AM

Bruins-Caps: 3 things we learned in Game 1

If Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals was any indication, it’s entirely possible that the Bruins might actually ‘out-excite’ the 2011 postseason, if that is even possible. The only things Game 1 between the Bruins and Capitals lacked Thursday night at TD Garden were goals and an ending...

Friday, April 13, 2012, 4:25 AM

Keys to Bruins victory vs. the Capitals

It is not the matchup that was expected for most of February and March, but now, in April, its is the Capitals, not the Senators, who will take the ice Thursday night at TD Garden and make the first challenge to the Bruins' Stanley Cup throne.It's an unexpected showdown, but also an intriguing one...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:42 AM

Red Sox: Redemption tour 2012

In short sample sizes, the Red Sox of the past two decades have shown remarkable resiliency.They were down 0-2 in 1999 and '03, down 0-3 in 2004, down 1-3 in 2007, and almost again in '08.But those comebacks were all performed in October. The one facing the 2012 Red Sox will require six months to...

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 2:49 AM

Players that will define the 2012 MLB season

There does not appear to be a runaway, surefire, can't-miss World Series contender in either the American or National Leagues this year.To figure out which teams will play late into October, Metro looks at a variety of impact players from both leagues that will make-or-break Fall Classic chances.Yu...

Monday, April 2, 2012, 12:09 AM