Jeff Goldberg

Hey, Youk: Maybe it’s best you stay at home

Right now, it’s Nick Swisher. But it’s not a slam dunk.With the MLB.com ballot box set to close at 3:59 p.m. today, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is running neck-and-neck with the Yankee in online voting for the final AL All-Star spot, trailing yesterday afternoon by a single percentage...

Thursday, July 8, 2010, 10:50 AM

O’s the bane of Sox’s existence

The Red Sox have already accomplished the hard part, entering Wednesday’s game against the Rays with a chance to catch the Yankees for a share of first place in the American League East.Now, a real challenge confronts them this weekend. They have to play the Orioles.The Orioles were 23-53 entering...

Thursday, July 1, 2010, 10:02 AM

Winning taking its toll on Red Sox

The Red Sox flew home from San Francisco early yesterday morning. As far we know, nobody hit his head on an overhead compartment, got airsick or pulled a muscle carrying luggage.Boston completed a successful romp through interleague play by roughing up Tim Lincecum on Sunday to finish 13-5 against...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 7:43 AM

Game over for Lowell?

Mike Lowell’s greatest moment in a Red Sox uniform came at Coors Field.His last moment in a Red Sox uniform?— or any other, for that matter — may have come at Coors as well.Lowell, who accepted the World Series MVP trophy in the visitor’s clubhouse at Coors in 2007, accepted a different kind of...

Friday, June 25, 2010, 10:16 AM

No equal for Sox’ foe

Game 2 of the 2007 World Series conjures plenty of vivid memories: Curt Schilling’s final walk off the Fenway mound, Jonathan Papelbon’s eighth-inning pickoff.What might be forgotten is the identity of the Rockies starter that night. Few people outside of Denver had ever heard of him.Everyone knows...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:55 AM

Winn ‘K’ lifted Sox to big streak

We all have Randy Winn to thank for this.The Red Sox completed their most impressive homestand of the season Sunday night, sweeping Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers out of town to finish an 8-1 romp over interleague foes. The six-game winning streak the Sox take to Coors Field tonight extends an...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 10:25 AM

Interleague helps 2B

Nobody seems to love interleague play more than Dustin Pedroia.For the past three seasons, Pedroia has begun June mired in brutal batting slumps against familiar American League opponents. And like clockwork, the hits have arrived at the same time as the purportedly superior pitching of the...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 10:55 AM

Ellsbury out until break — at the least

Don’t expect to see Jacoby Ellsbury — or an end to the questions about his toughness — anytime soon. The Red Sox announced Thursday that Ellsbury, just days into his return from four cracked ribs, fractured a fifth rib attempting a diving catch against the Phillies on May 23 and will likely be out...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 1:51 PM

Sox have history with ‘perfect’ ump

In his moment of anguish and regret, Jim Joyce described the 27th Out That Wasn’t as the worst call of his career.Certainly, Joyce’s denial of Armando Galarraga’s perfect game Wednesday night in Detroit will go down as his most famous and most impactful call, as the debate over replay has ignited...

Friday, June 4, 2010, 10:27 AM

Sox still in it after brutal road stretch

Two weeks ago, the Red Sox stood at a crossroads as they ventured out on the road. With 11 of their next 13 games away from Fenway Park and all against the iron of both leagues, it wasn’t outlandish to suggest the season could be decided on the basis of the fortnight.Either the Red Sox would gobble...

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 AM

Lackey’s slow start slow to start this year

John Lackey has always been a slow starter. This year, the slow start itself got off to a slow start.Historically, April has been Lackey’s worst month. But in his first season with the Red Sox, it’s May that has proven his undoing.In his past three starts, against Toronto, Detroit and Philadelphia...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 11:51 AM

Even interleague play doing Red Sox no favors

The Red Sox have duplicated what, on May 21, stands as a relatively dubious achievement. With Thursday night’s 6-2 victory over the Twins at Fenway Park, the Sox are 22-20 — matching their most games over .500 this season.So while the team has shown encouraging signs of life since the devastating...

Friday, May 21, 2010, 11:10 AM

Hard part here for Sox

Now comes the hard part.Perhaps the softest, squishiest and most calorie-laden part of the Red Sox’ schedule is now complete. For the past 22 games, since starting 4-9, the Sox have feasted on the likes of Texas, Toronto, Anaheim and Baltimore. And though the Orioles proved a bit gamey, the Red Sox...

Friday, May 14, 2010, 1:46 PM

Battin’ Beckett to miss Friday’s start

Josh Beckett has always been a Phillies-killer — with the bat.In 2006, and again in ’09, Beckett went deep at Citizens Bank Park, helping support his day job as a pitcher.But Beckett the Batter did himself no favors in the cage Monday, prepping for what would have been a May 23 start in...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 10:14 AM

Skip:?It’s better to take it slow

The question posed to Red Sox manager Terry Francona before last night’s game against the Yankees was about Jason Bay, who is struggling to hit in his first season with the Mets.But as Francona readily admitted, Bay’s struggles are quite far from his radar, especially given the slow start his...

Monday, May 10, 2010, 12:27 PM

Red Sox have a critical series of their own

Now comes the fun part.The Red Sox began a grueling 23-game stretch with a four-game sweep against the Angels, including Thursday night’s 11-6 victory at Fenway Park. It pushed Boston to 15-14 on the season; above .500 for the first time since their win over the Yankees on opening night.But while...

Friday, May 7, 2010, 11:51 AM

Pedroia:?It’s May; lay off Ortiz

Another disastrous April is turning into an equally distressing May for David Ortiz, following Tuesday’s grisly 0-for-4, two-strikeout, two-double play, seven-LOB performance.Talk of sitting — or even releasing — Big Papi grows louder with each bad at-bat. People have seen this show before, and no...

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 11:01 AM

At Fenway, one last day for Nomar

The Red Sox will honor Nomar Garciaparra before tonight’s game (on 5/5, no less) with an on-field ceremony at Fenway Park, including the ceremonial first pitch. Knowing Nomar, if he wasn’t throwing it, he’d surely swing at it. Now retired — and six years removed from the fateful trade — it’s time...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 12:37 PM

Begging for a strong start

The bright spots have been as hard to come by as 1-2-3 innings for the Red Sox pitching staff so far this season. The J. Crew — Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey — are all sporting ERAs on the wrong side of 5.00. Only Clay Buchholz, who started last night’s game against the Blue Jays in...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 12:45 PM

Early run differential unkind to Sox

Run prevention, anyone?The Red Sox began a stretch of six more games against the dregs of the American League last night at Toronto.But if the previous week taught us anything, it’s that — despite a 4-2 mark against the Rangers and Orioles — it’s becoming increasingly difficult, from a run-scoring...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 10:04 AM