Jeff Goldberg

‘We really haven’t done anything well,’ Epstein says

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein went the Colin Powell route yesterday. He broke it, now he owns it.With the team he assembled off to an uncharacteristically — if not historically — poor 4-9 start, Epstein joined the frustrated chorus before last night’s game against the Rangers, offering a brutally honest...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 10:36 AM

Panic time at Fenway as Red Sox falter again

Theo Epstein talked a lot this offseason about building a bridge. It’s beginning to look like a bridge to nowhere.The retooled Red Sox continued to sputter and stall yesterday, absorbing another blowout loss to the Rays — this time 8-2 — to complete a humbling four-game sweep that plunges them six...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 12:29 PM

No rest for Sox with Rays here

The Red Sox were surely happy to get home Thursday after a disappointing road trip ended with a thud in Minneapolis. But there is precious little time to lick the wounds from an error-filled 8-0 loss to the Twins.Waiting to greet the Red Sox at Fenway on Friday to start a four-game series are the...

Friday, April 16, 2010, 1:07 PM

Hermida signing already paying off

Of all the moves the Red Sox made this offseason as part of Operation Run Prevention, the one that flew furthest under the radar was the signing of Jeremy Hermida as the fourth outfielder.But barely over a week into the season, Hermida is proving the most valuable run-producer off Terry Francona’s...

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 1:04 PM

A positive for Ortiz during loss

If David Ortiz is finally getting himself back to normal, he can thank Jacoby Ellsbury for the assist.Ortiz wasn’t supposed to be in the lineup yesterday against the Twins in the debut of Target Field. Manager Terry Francona had planned to sit Ortiz — 2-for-18 on the season after a four-strikeout...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 12:37 PM

3 Red Sox storylines to see this weekend

1 ’Tek support behind the plateJason Varitek is going to catch his first game of the season this weekend in Kansas City, with the Red Sox playing a day game Sunday after a night game Saturday. Josh Beckett, who clearly works better with Varitek catching him, pitches Saturday and Clay Buchholz, who...

Friday, April 9, 2010, 10:43 AM

Francona sticking with Ortiz early on

This year, David Ortiz didn’t wait until June 5 to erupt.Following the Red Sox’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees Tuesday night, Ortiz unloaded eight expletives to sum up his seven at-bats — all hitless — through two games. When a reporter suggested to the embattled DH that his start might conjure up...

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 12:16 PM

Chamberlain closes in on Yankees’ setup role

Joba Chamberlain had a surprise guest Tuesday in the visitor’s clubhouse at Fenway Park. John Smoltz, who started and relieved for Chamberlain’s beloved Braves and is now an MLB Network analyst, offered the reliever-turned-starter-turned-reliever advice on readjusting to the pen.“He told me, just...

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 11:56 AM

Lester hoping to avoid spring blues

Jon Lester made his 2010 debut last night on another milder-than-expected April evening at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were probably hoping that Lester would mistake the climate for an early June evening. In springtime games the past two seasons, the young left-hander has been more lamb than lion.If...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 12:26 PM

Pettitte, Yankees need lucky No. 13

Boston forecast today calls for sunny skies and temperatures soaring into the 80s. And while the saying goes that nothing changes faster than the weather in New England, Andy Pettitte probably rested easy last night.No one had a more bizarre spring training than the Yankees’ elder left-hander....

Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 11:20 AM

Good luck breaking into Sox’ rotation

Theo Epstein’s advice to pitching phenom Casey Kelly this spring was simple: Watch Josh Beckett. Learn what separates him from the average major league pitcher.Kelly and the rest of the Sox’ minor league hurlers are assured of watching Beckett each spring from now through 2014, after Beckett signed...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 10:43 AM

Fingers crossed on Dice-K

The language barrier between the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka is a well-known commodity.It was just something that came with the territory when the team signed the Japanese pitcher to a six-year, $52 million contract — not to mention the $51 million posting fee — before the 2007 season.What the...

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7:01 AM

Choices aplenty for Sox pitching prospect

Casey Kelly was back on the football field yesterday, but he was wearing a glove, not shoulder pads.Kelly was one of several Red Sox prospects working out inside BC’s gridiron bubble as part of the team’s rookie program.The Florida native could have made football a full-time gig back in 2008, when...

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 12:16 PM

Farrell finally gets his pitcher

Back in 1999, Red?Sox pitching coach John Farrell gave hurler John Lackey a pitch of his own, trying to recruit the junior college righty to Oklahoma State.How successful was it? Not only did Lackey bypass Division I college for the pros, he said he couldn’t even remember how Farrell tried to sell...

Friday, January 15, 2010, 11:51 AM

It’s spring soon for ‘D’-heavy Red Sox

Exactly five weeks from today, Red Sox pitchers and catchers will report to Fort Myers, Fla.: The first official act of spring training 2010. Two days later, on Feb. 20, the early arrivals will begin their first full day of workouts, participating in drills known as pitchers’ fielding practice.It’s...

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 11:06 AM