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Rich Cooke blogs about the Red Sox. His blog runs during baseball season.

Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Ramirez in big offseason moves

Surprise, surprise. The Boston Red Sox wasted no time this off-season, making a huge splash when they signed two big free agents on Monday: Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

Red Sox Roundup: Friday, October 3rd

Well, the season is over. It’s been over for a while, but it’s officially over now. There are plenty of topics to get to when looking at what went wrong, but I just wanted to touch on a few late-season headlines.

Derek Jeter: Costing you money; the Yankees October; and me my sanity

I have nothing but respect (not R2SPECT) for Jeter. He was the central figure on one of the most dominant baseball franchises for a long time. He's a model citizen off the field. He played the game the right way. He hustles, he produces, he always...

Red Sox Roundup: Friday, September 5

As Labor Day wraps up, marking the unfortunate ceremonial end to summer, calendars turn to September with fall looming.

Assessing the Red Sox after the trade deadline

We’re just about a week past the trade deadline and it’s finally hit us: Jon Lester isn’t walking out to the mound in a Red Sox uniform anymore.

Red Sox make big moves at trade deadline

Well, it happened. Weeks of speculation finally came to fruition this morning, hours before the MLB's 4:30pm ET trade deadline. The Red Sox shipped ace pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Johnny Gomes to Oakland. In return, Boston gets power-hitting...

Red Sox Roundup: Friday, July 25

Despite the struggles of this team so far, Lester's contract has been the one distraction sitting in the back of every fan's mind. As the highs of winning streaks instill hope in the team and the lows of a losing streak elicit further...

Ortiz’ name gets thrown into PED mud again

As I rolled out of bed early Sunday morning, I expected your average day. As always I was getting ready for our shows on ESPN Radio that day, but in the back of my mind I was hoping to get out early enough to enjoy the beautiful July weather.

Change in offensive mindset could help spark slumping Sox

The United States has been knocked out of the World Cup. Finally, we can breathe.

If Boston wants Lester to stay, they better pay up fast

I will be the first to admit that baseball contracts, especially in the last ten years, are absurd. There is no doubt in the world MLB players are some of the greatest athletes in the world, and if you are the best at what you do, you deserve to be...

Red Sox feeling the grind of a long season

The MLB season is a grind, one of the most grueling in all of sports. Maybe not physically like the NFL, but the length of the season and number of games played contributes to plenty of adversity teams will inevitably face.

Michael Pineda’s pine tar: Dumb, ignorant, good for the game?

Wednesday night, for the second time in two weeks, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was caught using pine tar, both times against the Red Sox.

Red Sox Lose, But Boston Wins on Patriots’ Day

If you’re not a native of Boston or haven’t lived there at some point in your lifetime, it’s tough to grasp exactly what Patriots’ Day means to the city.

Obama Selfie Fuels Sox To First Win

If you haven’t seen it by now, you either live under a rock, or you don’t have Twitter. I wouldn’t exactly suggest moving, so sign up for Twitter, it’s easy and fun.

Red Sox Taking Shape at Midway Point

A week ago at this time our boys had just one win through seven spring training games, and quiet mumblings of “what’s going on here?” could be heard throughout Red Sox Nation.

Sox Struggling in the Spring: Hold Off on the Panic Button

If you’re like me, you try to pay very little attention to the record of preseason games. Key word here: try.

Papi Moving On: Calculated Bluff or Serious Threat?

In an interview on CBS4, David Ortiz mentioned he “would like to” retire with the Red Sox, but not without sneaking in that it may be “time to move on” if they don’t offer him a multi-year deal after the season.