Gordon Edes

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  • No strangers to cancer, Red Sox now offer support to John Farrell

    No strangers to cancer, Red Sox now offer support to John Farrell.

    Boston's 19-inning win had a bit of everything

    After 19 innings and almost seven hours, the Red Sox beat the Yankees in a game that's still hard to believe.

    Plot thickens on Yoan Moncada

    Mystery and suspense surround Yoan Moncada's journey to the Red Sox.

    Porcello glad for shot with Sox

    Rick Porcello recalls facing Sox hitters and is "glad to be on the other side."

    For Castillo, a bittersweet journey

    Rusney Castillo living the dream, but thoughts linger on those he left behind.

    Path cleared for Mookie Betts

    The oblique injury to Rusney Castillo has cleared the way for CF Mookie Betts.

    New ballgame for Buchholz

    Clay Buchholz is healthy and confident again -- thanks in part to a little help.

    Yoan Moncada gamble a biggie

    The Red Sox made a bold statement by outbidding the Yankees for Moncada.

    Hanley Ramirez returns to roots

    Hanley Ramirez, now all grown up, is back where his pro career started.

    Red Sox still have faith in Uehara

    The Red Sox are counting on Koji Uehara to again anchor their bullpen.

    Red Sox starters get mixed reviews

    There's a lot to like -- and question -- in the Red Sox's starting rotation.

    Ranking Red Sox position players

    Mookie Betts could be the Sox's top position player, assuming he lands a job.

    Red Sox won't look out for No. 1

    Members of the Red Sox's new-look rotation won't worry about who's No. 1.

    Monbouquette made an impression

    The late Bill Monbouquette made quite an impression on and off the mound.

    Boston Olympics a terrible idea

    Boston not only doesn't need the Olympics, but also can't afford them.

    Pedro shows typical grace, passion

    After making the Hall, Pedro Martinez had many to thank -- and did just that.

    Cooperstown will get Boston's best

    Pedro Martinez will be the first Hall pitcher to excel primarily with the Sox.

    Will depth approach work for Sox?

    Boston's rotation is deep, but an evaluator finds some red flags.

    No-frills Red Sox roll out Porcello

    Rick Porcello's Fenway intro was fittingly low-key, but he dreams of big things.

    State of the Red Sox rotation

    Red Sox rotation is deep, but questions abound ... like what about that ace?

    Red Sox moves don't look bad at all

    Bashing the Sox for letting Lester go is easy, but maybe they did the right thing.

    Red Sox have work, explaining to do

    After losing Jon Lester, the Red Sox have work -- and explaining -- to do.

    Jon Lester has options to weigh

    Jon Lester has numerous factors to weigh before making a decision.

    New ballgame on Lester?

    The Dodgers' interest in Jon Lester could change everything for the Red Sox.

    Red Sox continue quest for arms

    While waiting on Jon Lester, the Red Sox are well positioned for trade market.

    Red Sox changed their fiscal tune

    The Red Sox changed course in returning to their big-spending ways.

    Red Sox on clock in wooing Sandoval

    The Red Sox might have to act quickly if they are to sign Pablo Sandoval.

    Will Red Sox show Lester the money?

    When the Sox sit down with Jon Lester, we'll finally see how serious they are.

    Red Sox setting up for busy offseason

    Ben Cherington is ready to set the foundation for a busy offseason.

    Will Red Sox stick to game plan?

    With holes to fill, the Red Sox must decide how they'll spend this offseason.

    Sox show faith, invest in Koji Uehara

    The Sox proved their confidence in closer Koji Uehara with a two-year deal.

    Are there any untouchables?

    Trade targets aplenty, Sox must decide which prospects they're unwilling to lose.

    David Ross has role with Red Sox

    The Red Sox would be wise to bring back David Ross for another season.

    Red Sox look for brighter days

    With 2014 ending earlier than expected, the Red Sox see hope for next year.

    Yaz feels Jeter's pain

    As Jeter says farewell, Yaz recalls his own emotional last call at Fenway.

    Unscrambling the signals

    Dr. Micky Collins helps athletes like David Ross recover from concussions.

    Rusney Castillo ready for Red Sox

    The Red Sox are eager to get a look at Rusney Castillo in the major leagues.

    Are Pedey's best days behind him?

    With Dustin Pedroia's health in question, will the Sox regret his extension?

    Salute to Jeter: Where do Sox begin?

    The Sox farewell to Derek Jeter should be respectful but true to the rivalry.

    Holt's pals say he's always been a hit

    Brock Holt is the best story of a dismal Red Sox season.

    Red Sox's future full of possibilities

    With Rusney Castillo signed, Boston's future is full of possibility. Who's next?

    How Rusney Castillo came to Boston

    Signing Rusney Castillo is a risk, but his huge upside makes it a good bet.

    Dan Butler's day has come

    Undrafted rookie catcher Dan Butler embraces his first Red Sox start.

    'Eventually, I want to be great'

    Despite his woeful hitting, Jackie Bradley Jr. is full of confidence and resolve.

    Mike Cameron pulling for Bradley

    Former All-Star Mike Cameron sees himself in Jackie Bradley Jr., offers praise and advice.

    Sox can't just hit reset button

    There's still much to do this season before the Red Sox turn to 2015.

    Pain of losing Lester cuts deep

    Jon Lester deserved better than what he got from the pragmatic Red Sox.

    Jake Peavy can't find a way to win

    Jake Peavy's frustration is mounting as he finds the win column elusive.

    Winning complicates things for Sox

    Changes are still coming, but likely at a slower pace if Sox keep rolling.

    Bogaerts hopes to snap slump

    Xander Bogaerts hopes some time off will help him snap his six-week slump.



    Red Sox turn to kiddie corps

    The Red Sox are now looking to the kids to bring some excitement this summer.

    Peavy will be sorry to leave Boston

    Jake Peavy knows his time in Boston is near an end, but he doesn't like it.

    Sox soon might go separate ways

    The Red Sox are making it easy for Ben Cherington to be a deadline seller.

    Red Sox are gaining ground

    With the help of struggling foes in the AL East, Sox showing signs of turnaround.

    Too early to blow up these Red Sox

    Don't give up. The Sox deserve five more weeks to reveal their true talent.

    Sox hope Fenway surge travels west

    Sox hope power surge travels west after Napoli, Ortiz homer to sweep Twins.

    Clay Buchholz starting over again

    Clay Buchholz has another chance to get his career back on track.

    Zimmer part of Red Sox memories

    In his long baseball life, Don Zimmer was part of many Red Sox memories.

    Sizemore returns to Cleveland

    Grady Sizemore's return to Cleveland had a rather empty feeling.

    Bogaerts lifts Red Sox

    Xander Bogaerts rallied the Sox to a walk-off win and a sweep of the Braves.

    Manny's redemption song resonates

    Manny Ramirez sounded a redemptive note Wednesday at Fenway Park.

    Lester feels Buchholz's pain

    Jon Lester says he can relate to Clay Buchholz's struggles.

    Red Sox finally find winning formula

    David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia led the Red Sox out of their epic slide.

    What's wrong with Clay Buchholz?

    Clay Buchholz says he's fine physically, so how to explain his struggles?

    Telling signs for thin Red Sox lineup

    The thin Red Sox lineup needs to be bolstered one way or another.

    Red Sox fizzle out at rainy Fenway

    There were no grand fireworks this time, as Max Scherzer dominated the Sox.

    Farrell: Xander, Will, JBJ 'our guys'

    Boston remains confident in Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley Jr. despite their struggles.

    David Ortiz still making Twins pay

    Long after being let go by the Twins, David Ortiz is still making them pay.

    Red Sox expect tight AL East race

    The Sox believe they'll play better, but will it be enough to win the division?

    Red Sox looking for home run

    The Red Sox hope to put it all together on their eight-game homestand.

    Nava hits another fork in the road

    Daniel Nava's up-and-down journey brings him back to Pawtucket.

    Sloppy Sox outclassed by Yankees

    The Sox will try to forget an ugly loss to the Yankees as quickly as possible.

    Are Red Sox in sticky situation?

    After the Michael Pineda pine tar incident, will the Sox be targeted next?

    Not everyone booed Ellsbury

    In Fenway bleachers, Jacoby Ellsbury fans still getting over their loss.

    Red Sox reconnect with marathon

    The Red Sox were part of the crowd celebrating Boston's signature race.

    Not much going right for Red Sox

    The Red Sox can't seem to click in what has been a sluggish start.

    Shortstop story: Bogaerts vs. Jeter

    Crossing of the shortstops: Xander Bogaerts and Derek Jeter collide.

    John Lackey has his guns blazing

    John Lackey was in complete control while corralling the Rangers.

    Brewers rain on Red Sox's parade

    The Brewers rained on Boston's parade, but the Sox will be fine.

    Celebrating a century of Sox baseball

    If recent (and distant) Red Sox history holds, 2014 could be special.

    Bogaerts brushes with greatness

    Xander Bogaerts' fans include a king, a president and the entire island of Aruba.

    Red Sox live fairy tale, nightmare

    The stars aligned for Grady Sizemore, but Jackie Bradley's chance got away.

    Red Sox not worried about repeat

    Repeat as champs? Sox will be content to win one game and take it from there.

    Capuano counting his blessings

    Backed by his Catholic grade school, Chris Capuano embraces homecoming.

    Gomes brings Red Sox together

    As he did last season, Jonny Gomes is bringing the Red Sox together.

    Things turn out all right for Ross

    Red Sox catcher David Ross has found bright skies through clouds of worry.

    Badenhop happy to be in Boston

    On his fourth team in four seasons, Burke Badenhop enjoys the journey.

    Bradley Jr. prepared for any decision

    Jackie Bradley Jr. is ready for whatever decision the team makes in center field.

    Red Sox still living the dream

    Healthy and strong at midpoint of camp, all signs point upward for the Sox.

    Middlebrooks intent on max impact

    Will Middlebrooks is intent on making an impact with his glove as well as his bat.

    Dad can't stop pitching in

    After all the coaching and worrying, Clay Buchholz's dad hangs on every pitch.

    Yaz connects for old times' sake

    Carl Yastrzemski takes great pride in watching his grandson play ball.

    Anthony Ranaudo keeps climbing

    Pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo impressed in Boston's Grapefruit opener.

    Shane Victorino awaits liftoff

    Shane Victorino isn't healthy yet but wants to be ready by Opening Day.

    Jackie Bradley Jr. has no doubts

    Jackie Bradley Jr. has no doubt he's ready to man center field for the Sox.

    Koji Uehara steady as he goes

    Koji Uehara isn't letting his spectacular 2013 season go to his head.

    Pierzynski comes from good stock

    Don't believe everything you've heard. There's a lot to like with A.J. Pierzynski.

    Capuano shaping up as smart move

    Adding Chris Capuano for pitching depth is shaping up as a smart Sox move.

    Don't forget about Edward Mujica

    Former Cardinal Edward Mujica gives the Red Sox bullpen another weapon.

    Not quite business as usual

    The big takeaway from Day 1? What a difference a (banner) year makes.

    The case for extending David Ortiz

    Why should the Sox extend David Ortiz? Because it makes good business sense.

    Red Sox's young arms at the ready

    The Red Sox have a wealth of young arms waiting in the wings.

    Ryan Dempster's light touch admired

    Ryan Dempster's knack for bringing a team together will be missed.

    Koji, Red Sox begin spring renewal

    As Koji Uehara and the Sox get back to work, they're focused on the future.

    Ten reasons Red Sox will repeat

    Here are 10 reasons the Red Sox will repeat as World Series champions.

    Doubront: 'This is a big year for me'

    After an up-and-down 2013, Felix Doubront says, "This is a big year."

    Grady Sizemore wondering what's left

    Grady Sizemore thinks he's still got it, but he doesn't really know.

    Same beard, fresh outlook for Napoli

    Same beard, fresh outlook for Sox first baseman Mike Napoli.

    Fun in the sun (and baseball, too)

    The top 10 things we'll be watching for this spring in Fort Myers.

    Sox leave light on for Clemens

    As a Sox Hall of Famer, Roger Clemens may finally make peace with Boston.

    No excuse not to lock up Jon Lester

    Jon Lester says he'll stay at a discount, so the Sox better lock him up.

    Not Hall-bound, but worth recalling

    Ex-Red Sox players who won't make the Hall still are worthy of recognition.

    Long wait for shortstop Stephen Drew

    It may take a while, but the Sox would benefit by bringing back Stephen Drew.

    Year of tragedy and triumph

    The year 2013 was one in which Boston and its teams carried each other.

    The Red Sox and A-Rod: What if?

    A decade later, we revisit the annulled marriage between A-Rod and Boston.

    Sox might have to overpay for Napoli

    Mike Napoli is Boston's top priority, but Sox might have to overpay to get him.

    Put Granderson on Sox shopping list

    Free agent Curtis Granderson should be on the Red Sox shopping list.

    Red Sox were prepared to move on

    The Red Sox figured sticking to their plan would cost them Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Friends, inmates push their limits

    A pair of friends, both inmates, pushed through their limits to help others.

    Ross eases back into real world

    David Ross has enjoyed the ride, but says he's ready to return to normalcy.

    Red Sox can have it all

    The Sox could stick with last offseason's approach, but they don't have to.

    Big Papi defies the aging process

    As David Ortiz turns 38, his place in baseball history continues to evolve.

    Will Ben Cherington hold the line?

    Will Ben Cherington stick with last offseason's formula for success?

    Red Sox: Take 'em or leave 'em?

    Take 'em or leave 'em? It's your turn to play GM for the 2014 Red Sox.

    Boston strong to the finish

    In a season of resilience, the Red Sox were Boston strong to the finish.

    Yalies take pride in one of their own

    Former classmates give us a glimpse at what Craig Breslow is made of.

    Red Sox have come a long way

    The Red Sox have just one step left to complete their improbable journey.

    David Ross basks in bright lights

    After missing time with a concussion, David Ross is thriving on the big stage.

    Red Sox piece it together on mound

    Starting with Clay Buchholz, John Farrell pieced things together in Game 4.

    Defining moment for Clay Buchholz

    Game 4 could be a defining moment for Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.

    Can Peavy come up aces vs. Cards?

    Jake Peavy can cement a spot in Sox Nation by beating St. Louis in Game 3.

    Cracks showing as Sox hit St. Louis

    Concern is creeping in for the Sox as the World Series shifts to St. Louis tied at 1.

    Gimme-the-ball Lackey is back

    Once scapegoated, John Lackey's redemption tour takes center stage.

    Mike Napoli: Long line of loyalty

    While a great fit in Boston, Mike Napoli has made friends at every turn.

    David Ross knows Cardinals well

    National League lifer David Ross has plenty of respect for the Cardinals.

    Spring's shortcomings long forgotten

    With the World Series ahead, the Sox's spring shortcomings are long forgotten.

    Sox aglow in whole new World Series

    The Sox are aglow in the World Series after trumping the Tigers in the ALCS.

    X factor Bogaerts gives Sox fresh air

    Xander Bogaerts started Game 5 and helped Boston seize a 3-2 ALCS lead.

    Pedroia, Peavy lapses cost Red Sox

    Uncharacteristic lapses by Dustin Pedroia and Jake Peavy cost the Sox.

    Red Sox digging into bag of tricks

    The Red Sox keep working together to find new ways to win.

    No mistaking Red Sox's approach

    The Red Sox's plan shouldn't be a secret: Get to the Tigers' bullpen.

    Ortiz, October a perfect fit

    David Ortiz's flair for the dramatic was in full bloom in Game 2.

    Red Sox are nothing if not resilient

    Nearly no-hit in Game 1, evidence points to a Sox bounce-back.

    Red Sox fired up to feast on October

    The Sox plan to take the pennant away from the reigning AL champ Tigers.

    Red Sox well-versed in versatility

    Patience, power, speed, pitching -- the Red Sox keep winning in multiple ways.

    For Red Sox, yesterday's gone

    The Red Sox turned the page on the Rays and moved on to the ALCS.

    Koji Uehara shows nobody's perfect

    After being automatic for so long, Koji Uehara reminds us nobody's perfect.

    Stephen Drew a down-to-earth fit

    Following his brother to Boston, Stephen Drew has been a great fit for the Sox.

    Big Papi delivers goods as promised

    David Ortiz took David Price deep twice to bookend Boston's Game 2 ALDS win.

    Sox amplify Fenway edge into rout

    The Sox capitalized on timely bounces and Rays' miscues to win a Game 1 rout.

    Farrell the right guy for the right team

    John Farrell's roundabout return to Boston keyed the Sox's turnaround.

    Koji Uehara's unusual journey

    Koji Uehara has enjoyed an unusual journey to become the Sox closer.

    Jacoby Ellsbury: Sultan of swipe

    Jacoby Ellsbury's base-stealing prowess gets the Red Sox going.

    Right where they want to be

    Right now, the Red Sox have everything they need to win in the postseason.

    Thornton on fence for Sox playoff pen

    Matt Thornton faces stiff bullpen competition for a postseason roster spot.

    David Ortiz a wise investment

    Sox fans should enjoy David Ortiz while they can. He won't be around forever.

    Will Middlebrooks rode ups, downs

    Will Middlebrooks rode ups and downs in helping the Sox reach the playoffs.

    Yaz honored by Fenway statue

    Red Sox new and old came out to honor Carl Yastrzemski at Fenway Park.

    Red Sox bubbling back atop AL East

    The AL East champ Sox aren't done yet, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

    Red Sox haven't finished to-do list

    The Red Sox still have things to accomplish during the regular season.

    More than a pinch of success

    Led by Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes, Red Sox pinch hitters keep delivering.

    Koji Uehara timing it perfectly

    Sox closer Koji Uehara's run of excellence keeps getting better.

    Clay Buchholz back in big way

    Clay Buchholz didn't miss a beat, blanking the Rays in his return.

    Clay Buchholz making timely return

    Even if he doesn't match his pre-injury stats, Buchholz should give Sox a boost.

    Will Ellsbury's foot slow Red Sox?

    Jacoby Ellsbury's foot injury doesn't look like it will slow down the Red Sox.

    Relentless Sox trample Yanks again

    Mike Napoli and Xander Bogaerts led another parade of long balls in N.Y.

    Sox odyssey sweetened by oddities

    This Red Sox odyssey is stranger -- and better -- than fiction.

    October is in the air for the Red Sox

    The Sox are closing in on the playoffs with their AL East foes on fumes.

    Red Sox having deep thoughts

    The Red Sox's home run barrage could be a launching pad to October.

    Victorino hitting better than all right

    Batting righty vs. righty is doing what once came naturally to Shane Victorino.

    Jerry Remy won't return to NESN broadcasts for the rest of the season.

    Just like Stephen Drew drew it up

    Red-hot Stephen Drew is endearing himself to Sox nation after a slow start.

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia quite a catch

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia has made a strong case to return as Sox catcher.

    Red Sox can play with anyone

    By beating the Dodgers, the Red Sox showed they can play with anyone.

    Double-scoop Sunday for Red Sox

    Sox-Dodgers looms large, but Clay Buchholz's rehab start is even bigger.

    Who won Sox-Dodgers megatrade?

    A year after the Red Sox-Dodgers megatrade, which team is better off?

    Pedey, steady Red Sox soldier on

    Dustin Pedroia survived an injury scare as the steady Sox soldiered on.

    The brilliance of Craig Breslow

    Yale grad Craig Breslow is quietly acing his assignments as Red Sox reliever.

    Just a few bumps in the road?

    The first-place Red Sox are reminded never to get too comfortable.

    Xander Bogaerts waits in the wings

    It's only a matter of time before Xander Bogaerts gets a shot for the Sox.

    Cupcake start to important stretch

    The Sox have a long stretch on the road, but should have no problem in Houston.

    Jake Peavy fit to be a winner

    Jake Peavy wants to win games and contribute to Boston's playoff push.

    Ben shows he believes in these Sox

    Jake Peavy trade gives Red Sox a chance to finish what they started.

    Not a happy ending for Boomer

    Boomer Scott died feeling some resentment toward the Red Sox.

    Papi dials up a classic

    David Ortiz made better use of his bat Sunday in Baltimore.

    David Ortiz wanted ump to fess up

    David Ortiz's outburst was fueled more by the ump's reaction than his bad call.

    Red Sox's ship springing leaks?

    The Sox might need to plug holes on offense as well as the pitching staff.

    Jon Lester has uplifting performance

    In beating the Rays, Jon Lester showed he can still be on top of his game.

    Dustin Pedroia not going anywhere

    Dustin Pedroia isn't going anywhere, which is just how it should be.

    Red Sox keep good times rolling

    Mike Napoli gives Fenway fans yet another reason to cheer.

    Sox breaking good as Yankees visit

    The Sox are in great shape post-All-Star break, but stiff competition awaits.

    Sox medical staff heals internal rift

    Sox trainers and doctors are finally on the same page, but injuries remain.

    So, who saw this coming?

    From worst to first at the break begs the question: How is John Farrell doing it?

    Andrew Miller standing tall

    Andrew Miller has been the most reliable option out of the Red Sox's bullpen.

    Red-hot Sox cool Jays for 50th win

    The Sox hit July running, boasting the American League's best record at 50-34.

    Red Sox burned by Jose Bautista

    Between Joey Bats and some issues on the basepaths, the Sox lost their way.

    Fenway's faithful awaken

    Amid Boston sports' cold drama, the Sox offer a surprise summer romance.

    John Lackey all anchor, no rancor

    Much-maligned John Lackey is finally healthy and anchoring the Sox staff.

    Jose Iglesias too hot to handle

    Jose Iglesias gave the Sox no choice but to make him an everyday player.

    First-place Sox in for hot summer

    After an impressive first half, the true test for this Sox team starts now.

    It should be Tazawa time

    Don't be surprised if Junichi Tazawa eventually becomes Boston's closer.

    Gomes' blast bails out Bailey

    Jonny Gomes' walk-off HR bailed out Andrew Bailey as the Sox swept Rays.

    Mike Carp's power shows through

    Mike Carp has been a surprising source of power off the Red Sox bench.

    Jon Lester not shaken by slump

    The results don't show it, but Jon Lester says he made gains versus the O's.

    Xander Bogaerts destined for bigs

    Powering toward Boston, Xander Bogaerts dazzled in his PawSox debut.

    Tough-luck loser Wilson picks up pen

    Tough-luck loss aside, Alex Wilson had already earned the Sox's respect.

    Saves not be-all end-all for Red Sox

    Andrew Bailey isn't sweating the lack of save opportunities for the Red Sox.

    Jon Lester guilty as charged

    Jon Lester faces questions but has no answers after getting rocked by Rays.

    Another command performance

    Despite the Red Sox loss, John Lackey is proving his comeback's for real.

    On draft day, Georgia on our mind

    Red Sox draft prospects draw comparisons to past hits and misses.

    Oft-overlooked Nava seizes spotlight

    Underdog outfielder Daniel Nava seems to have finally arrived for good.

    Lester's loss can be a gain

    Jon Lester struggled against the Yankees, but he kept things in control.

    Art of the steal: Ellsbury edition

    Jacoby Ellsbury is stealing the show, punctuated by a Sox-record 5 SBs.

    Oh baby -- Clay's injury a puzzler

    Is Clay Buchholz's baby really the cause of his AC joint trouble?

    Jonathan Papelbon shipshape

    Jonathan Papelbon wasn't the least bit fazed by his return to Fenway Park.

    Homecoming no time to get nostalgic

    Terry Francona's Fenway Park homecoming is no time to get nostalgic.

    These Red Sox are accountable

    Jon Lester learned the hard way that "you've got to fail in order to succeed."

    Jonny Gomes will be good, eventually

    Jonny Gomes isn't sweating his slow start, saying he'll figure it out soon.

    Red Sox get Yanked down a notch

    Despite a rough week of losses, the Sox are resolved to keep banging away.

    Papi's performance speaks for itself

    Some question David Ortiz's continued excellence, but many just appreciate it.

    Clay Buchholz hard to match

    At 6-0 with a minuscule ERA, Clay Buchholz is mighty hard to match.

    April flowers bring October prowess?

    The past two times the Sox sported MLB's best April record? 2004 and 2007.

    Sox players talk tolerance

    Several Red Sox players say a teammate's sexuality is a non-issue.

    Red Sox closer job up in air

    Andrew Bailey has filled the closer's role well, but will he stay there?

    Last call for Alfredo Aceves?

    Is John Farrell's patience with Alfredo Aceves running out for good?

    Will Middlebrooks reaches out

    Will Middlebrooks does what he can to try to make things right.

    Catharsis in our sports cathedral

    After a week that rocked us irrevocably, a day at Fenway helps Boston heal.

    Red Sox eager to embrace Boston

    The Red Sox are eager to reconnect with their fans at Fenway Park.

    Unfamiliar feast for Sox

    This Red Sox team is feeding off each other in more ways than one.

    Boston's spring festival turns tragic

    Boston's unique celebration of sports and spring was dealt a chilling blow.

    Clay Buchholz has it all working

    Clay Buchholz had everything working in nearly no-hitting the Rays.

    Joel Hanrahan doesn't feel love

    Joel Hanrahan's blown save was a wet blanket on the budding Fenway lovefest.

    Daniel Nava's delayed gratification

    Daniel Nava hit it big with the winning blast in his first Fenway opener.

    Red Sox winning games, converts

    The Red Sox are bringing their hardball revival to Fenway Park.

    John Farrell outwits 'boo' Jays

    John Farrell's every move was met with boos in Toronto, but he laughed last.

    Clutch Victorino keys Sox's 2-0 start

    Who you callin' free-agent flop? Shane Victorino has keyed Boston's 2-0 start.

    Red Sox bullish on their pen

    A group of could-be closers in the Red Sox bullpen finished off the Yankees.

    Jackie Bradley Jr. causing a stir

    Jackie Bradley Jr.'s family is living the thrill of the rookie's Red Sox debut.

    Red Sox-Yankees: Who has the edge?

    Who has the edge between the Sox and Yankees? Help us decide.

    The real Will Middlebrooks emerges

    This season, Will Middlebrooks is letting his personality match his talent.

    Lynn thinks Bradley's time is now

    Fred Lynn thinks the time is now for Jackie Bradley Jr. And he would know.

    Jonny Gomes will do what it takes

    Jonny Gomes will gladly make room for Jackie Bradley, but urges caution.

    Jose Iglesias' time will come

    It's only a matter of time before Jose Iglesias is a big league shortstop.

    Have faith in Joel Hanrahan

    For Joel Hanrahan, spring is for training, and summer is for closing.

    Future belongs to Ellsbury

    Jacoby Ellsbury is approaching a pivotal season with confidence and optimism.

    For Hanrahan, Kerrigan was key

    Joel Hanrahan credits Joe Kerrigan for helping him find his confidence.

    Napoli likes the smell of opportunity

    Learning to live with hip condition, Mike Napoli anxious to prove himself.

    Ryan Dempster aces first test

    Ryan Dempster aced his first test, looking sharp in his spring debut.

    Aceves is full of surprises

    Alfredo Aceves breaks team protocol again -- but this time in a good way.

    Juan Nieves' New England journey

    Avon Old Farms' Juan Nieves is back in New England as Sox pitching coach.

    Little brother has big plans

    Stephen Drew has the family talent but a motivation all his own.

    Victorino to Te'o, 'mana' to man

    Sox OF Shane Victorino supports friend, fellow Hawaiian Manti Te'o.

    Jon Lester's confidence intact

    Jon Lester knows he stunk in 2012 -- and that it won't happen again.

    Daniel Bard's reclamation project

    Daniel Bard hopes a simplified approach will ease his transition back to relief.

    Scouting the competition for Red Sox

    A talent evaluator breaks down the offseason changes in the AL East.

    Opportunity knocks for Jonny Gomes

    Jonny Gomes says he's an every-day OF. He could get a shot to prove it.

    Sox recapture Pedro's magic touch

    Pedro Martinez brings his magic touch back to Boston as a special assistant.

    Terry Francona's belated revenge

    Terry Francona's portrayal of Red Sox ownership won't win them any fans.

    Sox prospect Bradley full of promise

    Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. is full of promise. Could he succeed Ells in CF?

    A bit of Pedro rubs off on Rubby

    Rubby De La Rosa learned his changeup from Pedro. Let's hope the lesson sticks.

    Joel Hanrahan likes look of Fenway

    Sox closer Joel Hanrahan liked what he saw in his first look at Fenway.

    Bill James projects bright Sox future

    If Bill James knows anything, the Sox might be better than you think.

    Ryan Dempster, Sox seek rising tide

    Ryan Dempster says the Sox "have as much chance to win as anyone else."

    Drew will be bridge to future at SS

    The Red Sox built a bridge to the future at shortstop with Stephen Drew.

    Sox gambling on not spending big

    The Sox are gambling that not spending big will pay off. Is a bridge year coming?

    Red Sox waiting, or done wading?

    Ben Cherington has been busy, but his flurry of additions lacks a centerpiece.

    Character not enough for Red Sox

    Adding character guys is all well and good, but the Sox need more pitching.

    Josh Hamilton next for Red Sox?

    Prized free agent Josh Hamilton would be an ideal fit in the Red Sox outfield.

    Will GM Ben go gung-ho or ho-hum?

    Will Ben Cherington's winter meetings moves be gung-ho or ho-hum?

    Last link in Sox's chain of command

    With Greg Colbrunn hired as hitting coach, John Farrell's staff is complete.

    Why Red Sox should target Mauer

    The Red Sox should put Joe Mauer in their crosshairs this winter.

    A working holiday for Sox?

    The Red Sox are busy this week cooking up potential roster moves.

    Five trades Red Sox should explore

    If Ben Cherington needs any help, we've got five trades for him to explore.

    Will Middlebrooks learned while hurt

    Will Middlebrooks made the most of time he missed with a broken wrist.

    Red Sox wise to bank on Big Papi

    The numbers still add up for David Ortiz, and let's hope it stays that way.

    Red Sox looking for turnaround

    With John Farrell at the helm, the Red Sox are seeking a quick turnaround.

    John Farrell needs answers

    Red Sox fans have a lot of questions for new manager John Farrell.

    Ben Cherington's neck is on the line

    With John Farrell in place as manager, Ben Cherington's neck is on the line.

    Red Sox flub another one

    The Red Sox should have done right by their fans and cut ticket prices.

    No experience necessary?

    Rookie managers haven't often worked for the Sox, but Brad Ausmus might.

    Election Day looms for Red Sox

    Naming a new manager by Election Day would aid the Sox's offseason overhaul.

    Precedent for manager compensation

    If the Sox obtain Toronto's John Farrell, there's precedent for compensation.

    Red Sox: Take 'em or trash 'em?

    Take 'em or trash 'em? It's your turn to play GM for the 2013 Red Sox.

    Red Sox pushing for John Farrell

    John Farrell appears to be held in high regard across the Red Sox organization.

    Bobby V's longest year will end soon

    The longest year of Bobby Valentine's baseball life will soon be over.

    Jon Lester ready to move on

    The best thing about this season for Jon Lester? It's finally over.

    Sox need Big Papi more than ever

    As this disastrous season ends, the Sox need David Ortiz more than ever.

    If not John Farrell, then who?

    John Farrell seems to be the Sox's pick as manager. What if he's unavailable?

    The curious case of what ails Ells

    What ails Ells? Jacoby returned after missing 6 games, but wouldn't say.

    Keith Foulke catches up

    Keith Foulke can finally savor the 2004 title after years of turbulence.

    Red Sox look through gloom

    With a dismal season at Fenway done, the Red Sox look for glimmers of hope.

    How will Red Sox manage search?

    The Red Sox figure to try again in searching for the right manager.

    Forecast: 2013 Red Sox pitchers

    Forecasting which Red Sox pitchers will be back in 2013.

    Forecast: 2013 Sox position players

    Forecasting which Red Sox position players will be back in 2013.

    Bobby V grasping at straws

    Bobby Valentine called his roster weak, but his moves aren't much better.

    Why would John Henry sell now?

    The notion that the Sox are suddenly for sale just doesn't pass the smell test.

    Red Sox still showing some fight

    The Sox are still showing some fight, for better (Cody Ross) and worse (Aceves).

    Red Sox finally get some satisfaction

    As a dismal season winds down, the Red Sox take joy in dropping the Yankees.

    Time to embrace spoiler role

    The last-place Red Sox actually have plenty of things to play for.

    Finding bright side of Fenway

    Nothing but misery at Fenway Park? You haven't met 12-year-old Grace Pontius.

    John Farrell knows to put players 1st

    The Sox could benefit from a manager like John Farrell, who puts players first.

    This bicycle's not built for two

    What would Bobby V. tell John Farrell about managing the Sox? Hmmm ...

    Bobby Valentine down for count

    In lashing out, Bobby Valentine let his wounded pride get the better of him.

    Sox-Dodgers blockbuster anatomy

    Here's how the Red Sox-Dodgers blockbuster went down.

    Perfect storm for Jacoby Ellsbury

    Sox will make play to lock in Ellsbury, but keeping him off market will be hard.

    Red Sox need to redefine strategy

    The Red Sox brass plan to be extremely 'disciplined' in rebuilding, but how?

    A-Gon is gone, but questions remain

    Adrian Gonzalez is gone to L.A., but big questions remain in Boston.

    'Bold' move? More like full reboot

    The Sox are willing to lose A-Gon in order to unload Beckett and Crawford.

    Sox keep finding new ways to lose

    The Sox keep finding new ways to lose: 13 runs weren't enough vs. the Angels.

    Will anyone frame 2012 Sox photo?

    This year's Sox team photo feels more like a marching order than a keepsake.

    Bob McClure just couldn't last

    Bob McClure and Bobby Valentine just couldn't last as part of the Red Sox.

    Carl Crawford had no choice

    After trying his best to carry on, Carl Crawford was left with no choice.

    Red Sox not bailing on rotation

    Like it or not, Ben Cherington says Josh Beckett is a foundation of the future.

    Bulldog battery helps Sox stop Yanks

    Yalies Craig Breslow, Ryan Lavarnway induced a double play to drop the Yanks.

    Here's how Sox would tell their story

    Here's how the Red Sox, unhappy with negativity, would like their story told.

    Bobby V's Sox on wobbly legs

    Bobby V's Sox are on wobbly legs, and this funk could linger.

    Sox demise not what you think

    Numbers show we can't blame Beckett and Lester for the demise of the Red Sox.

    Johnny Pesky lived, breathed Red Sox

    Although Red Sox royalty, Johnny Pesky forever remained a man of the people.

    Playoffs?! You kidding me?

    If the Sox don't get hot on the road, there'll be no more playoffs talk.

    Time to get behind Josh Beckett?

    Tough, arrogant Josh Beckett may need Red Sox fans to get behind him.

    Sox banking on Bobby V rebound

    Buckle up, Sox fans -- Bobby V won't be relinquishing the driver's seat.

    Desperate times, desperate measures

    Don't be surprised if the Sox part with Bobby V in hopes of a late run.

    Paging John Henry

    Memo to John Henry: The next step in this dreary Sox saga is getting obvious.

    Red Sox still treading water

    It looked like they were riding a wave, but the Sox are treading water again.

    Josh Beckett stays, not wanted

    Josh Beckett isn't going anywhere, whether Red Sox fans like it or not.

    Can disagreement bring harmony?

    Could an emotional win over the Yankees finally get the Red Sox rolling?

    Bobby V's Sox boxed in on all sides

    Can we agree that Bobby Valentine's leadership of the Red Sox isn't working?

    Let's get real about these Red Sox

    Myriad reasons why floundering Sox won't be 'bold' at deadline.

    Third time's the charm for lucky No. 7

    Cody Ross' third three-run homer in two nights gave Boston a walk-off win.

    Jon Lester struggling, not shaken

    Struggling Jon Lester isn't shaken and takes the blame for his performance.

    The stars align at Fenway

    With Youkilis, Crawford and Ellsbury back, emotions will be high at Fenway.

    Pedroia eager to prove critics wrong

    Dustin Pedroia is eager to resume play and prove critics of the Red Sox wrong.

    Mismatched Sox wearing on Bobby?

    Bobby Valentine seems to be plagued by problems from all directions.

    Ten Sox predictions for second half

    Our scribes make 10 predictions for the Red Sox in the second half.

    Red Sox midseason report card

    Midseason grades for each Red Sox player and member of management.

    Are Sox stuck in Crawford mess?

    If Carl Crawford will eventually need elbow surgery, perhaps the time is now.

    Tex trumps Gonzo in the clutch

    Adrian Gonzalez extended his hit streak, but failed to deliver with Sox trailing late.

    Red Sox need to get well soon

    After treading water all season, the Sox need to shape up against the Yankees.

    View from Sox outfield? Crowded

    Which Sox outfielders will feel the squeeze when Crawford, Ellsbury return?

    Red Sox have varied contributors

    The Red Sox had varied contributors in pushing past the Blue Jays.

    Now PA man at Fenway, Gordon Edes

    Now serving as Fenway Park's public addres announcer, Gordon Edes.

    Carl Beane tough to get over

    The Red Sox are in no rush to replace Carl Beane as Fenway's PA man.

    Kevin Youkilis just had to move on

    While aspects of Kevin Youkilis' game will be missed, it was time to move on.

    Red Sox: 'Toxic' or treatable?

    A 'toxic' situation for the Sox? It's nothing that can't be kept under control.

    Morales emerges as problem solver

    Franklin Morales emerges as the possible answer to one of the Red Sox problems.

    Ben must take page from Theo's book

    Ben should take a page from Theo's book to save the season: Go bold.

    Nationals uprising rocks Fenway

    A Nationals uprising rocked Fenway as Stras, Harper wowed in Boston debut.

    Some words of caution for the kid

    Some words of caution for Bryce Harper, who hits Fenway this weekend.

    Josh Beckett is left wanting

    Josh Beckett was strong, but the Red Sox bats were weak against the Orioles.

    Deven Marrero, SS of the future?

    Sox 1st-rounder Deven Marrero could beat out Jose Iglesias as SS of the future.

    Preaching patience with Daniel Bard

    It's too soon for the Red Sox to abandon the Daniel Bard experiment.

    Salty's fine seasoning

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia's manager thinks he's turned into an All-Star.

    Bobby V shuffles deck and wins again

    With Pedroia out, Sox players and their manager are stepping up in creative ways

    Tigers get mad, Sox get even at .500

    Jim Leyland blew his top as the Sox broke the game open after a blown call.

    'Daniel Nava: The Sequel' a hit too

    Daniel Nava's return may be more improbable than his storybook debut.

    The best last-place team in baseball?

    The Sox are the best last-place team in MLB, playing .600 ball since April 21.

    The need for speed

    Daniel Bard searches for his killer fastball while settling into the rotation.

    Valentine's honor roll call

    Bobby Valentine named names in dishing praise to all his weary Red Sox.

    Kevin Youkilis back, but for good?

    Kevin Youkilis is back with the Red Sox, at least for the time being.

    David Ortiz blasts naysayers

    David Ortiz sounds off about lack of respect for his leadership on Red Sox.

    Turnaround starts with pitching

    The starting rotation has been central to the Red Sox turnaround.

    Wait ... Who's in LF? CF? RF?

    The unlikely Sox OF trio of Nava, Sweeney and Gonzalez saved the day.

    Sox suffer litany of indignities

    Insults, injuries, ejections ... Everything went wrong for the Sox in Philly.

    Back to being king (for a day?)

    Josh Beckett's solid outing against Seattle should quiet his critics -- for now.

    Middlebrooks knows he belongs

    Sox phenom Will Middlebrooks has proven he is major league ready.

    Buchholz cowboys up vs. Indians

    Clay Buchholz cowboyed up vs. the Indians, earning a deserved win.

    Defiant Beckett doesn't get it

    Josh Beckett's postgame defiance and indifference says it all, doesn't it?

    'Voice of Fenway' silenced

    Red Sox PA announcer Carl Beane was a perfect fit at Fenway Park.

    Why Youkilis has to go

    With Middlebrooks likely here to stay, a Youkilis trade makes sense for all sides.

    Middlebrooks lightning strikes twice

    Lightning strikes twice -- 1,200 miles apart -- for Will Middlebrooks and sister.

    Baffled Buchholz has no answers

    Sox have little choice but to let Clay Buchholz work through his struggles.

    Sox sink to new, subterranean lows

    The Red Sox sank to new, subterranean lows with another 5-game skid.

    Red Sox need bats to keep clicking

    Can David Ortiz and Mike Aviles make up for the missing Red Sox bats?

    A club in chaos? Not so, says Aviles

    Mike Aviles refutes report as things start to go Boston's way in Minnesota.

    'I think we've hit bottom'

    Red Sox manager Bobby V hopes things can't get any worse.

    Red Sox can't keep party going

    After celebrating the past, the Red Sox got bogged down in the present.

    Where have you gone, Tony C?

    Where have you gone, Tony C? Our Sox Nation scribe turns to his imagination.

    For Red Sox, a matter of trust

    Did Bobby Valentine's comments do irreparable damage in the clubhouse?

    Five reasons to cut Sox some slack

    Sure, they started 1-5, but there are reasons to cut the Sox some slack.

    Right now, little to cheer about

    The Red Sox spoil their welcome-home party by bringing a 1-5 record to Fenway.

    Daniel Bard: Not bad for starters

    The results weren't great, but Daniel Bard was encouraged by his first start.

    Bard speaks bullpen's language

    Daniel Bard may be a starter now, but he's there for Aceves, Padilla & Co.

    Red Sox breathe sigh of relief

    A little bit of trust helps Bobby Valentine get his first win with the Red Sox.

    Bobby Valentine finds no relief

    A bumbling bullpen is making things difficult for Bobby Valentine.

    Josh Beckett always finds an edge

    Seemingly hazy on history, Josh Beckett is long on motivation in 2012.

    Closing controversy on Opening Day

    Setup man Mark Melancon and closer Alfredo Aceves failed their first test.

    GM Ben ready to 'sit back and watch'

    GM Ben Cherington says the Sox feel good, but not perfect, on Opening Day.

    Red Sox start season in big hole

    Andrew Bailey's thumb injury puts the Red Sox in an early hole.

    Adrian Gonzalez remains confident

    Adrian Gonzalez's confidence wasn't shaken by last September's collapse.

    Cody Ross, meet The Green Monster

    The Green Monster could make Cody Ross a big hit at Fenway.

    Pedro Ciriaco, surprise sensation

    Ciriaco's spring has been so sensational, he could make the Sox roster.

    Bard dilemma a sign of the times?

    Bobby vs. Ben 'power struggle'? It's more like consensus-building.

    Ryan Kalish hurting to return

    After neck and shoulder surgeries, Ryan Kalish faces a long road to the Sox OF.

    Parnell's legacy in good hands

    As the torch passes to Jon Lester, Red Sox legend Mel Parnell's spirit lives on.

    Who's managing Bobby V?

    Behind-the-scenes guy Zack Minasian helps keep Sox skipper's life in order.

    Jon Lester trying to set speed trap

    Will Jon Lester's work at slowing down base stealers catch on with the Sox?

    Mike Aviles welcomes change in plans

    Mike Aviles knows he's not a superstar, but says he can get the job done.

    Baseball dreams = Northeastern reality

    The Northeastern Huskies will always be welcome on Bobby Valentine's Sox.

    Have we seen the last of J.D. Drew?

    Darnell McDonald lauded J.D. Drew, but even his agent doesn't know his plans.

    Jason Varitek unmasked, unforgettable

    Jason Varitek's hands said he could still play, but his heart said otherwise.

    Another unexpected landing for Ross

    Like he has in the past, ex-Giant Cody Ross embraces his new opportunity.

    Miller hopes his time will come

    Left-hander Andrew Miller says he's 'going in the right direction' with the Sox.

    Nick Punto looks ahead, behind

    Nick Punto is eager to get a crack at the Yankees as a member of the Red Sox.

    Sox put booze on ice

    The Sox banned clubhouse booze. Let's hope it resurfaces as postseason bubbly.

    A plea for order: Bat Carl Crawford 2nd

    Carl Crawford should bat second in the lineup as soon as he's healthy.

    The skinny on Big Papi's diet

    David Ortiz has slimmed down noticeably after adopting a special diet.

    Ortiz the best of a dying breed

    As full-time DH's near extinction, Big Papi powers on for the Red Sox.

    On Day 1, Bobby sets the pace

    On Day 1 of workouts, a hands-on Bobby Valentine gets right down to business.

    Carl Crawford gets second chance

    Looking for a second chance, Carl Crawford has Bobby V in his corner.

    Tim Wakefield retires a true Bostonian

    After 17 seasons, Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield retires as a true Bostonian.

    Mark Melancon game for anything

    The Sox should let Mark Melancon compete for the closer's role.

    Ralph Branca, famous father-in-law

    Ralph Branca weighs in on Sox manager Bobby Valentine, his son-in-law.

    Pitching dominoes poised to fall?

    The Sox are hoping that top target Roy Oswalt signs on to bolster the rotation.

    Sox swap Scutaro ... for Oswalt?

    Trading Scutaro yielded another pitcher ... and the chance to ink Roy Oswalt.

    Sox have shut up, but will they put up?

    The Sox are singing a different, quieter tune ahead of spring training.

    Red Sox still have loose ends to address

    The Red Sox have plenty of business to tend to before spring training.

    Ben Cherington still shopping

    Ben Cherington doesn't figure to settle for Mark Melancon as his closer.

    Red Sox should talk to Rick Peterson

    Unconventional pitching coach Rick Peterson could be good fit for Red Sox.

    Ben Cherington easing into things

    Although he didn't make a big splash, don't think Ben Cherington wasn't busy.

    Valentine, Francona swap stories

    Trading places: Bobby Valentine and Terry Francona swapped stories.

    Different approach from Red Sox?

    While the Red Sox will be active, expect a different approach at the winter meetings.

    Disaster relief?

    One epic collapse and two months later, Bobby V is on board in Boston.

    Bobby Valentine will change Sox

    Outspoken and demanding, Bobby V will shake up the Red Sox clubhouse.

    Red Sox tangled in issues of trust

    What will the Red Sox's manager choice say about the front-office dynamic?

    New rules free Red Sox to go shopping

    Free agent compensation changes could free Red Sox to go closer shopping.

    Red Sox, Bobby Valentine look like fit

    If Bobby Valentine convinces baseball ops he's a team player, the job is his.

    Will he be our Valentine?

    Bobby V is the front-runner, but perhaps the Sox have a trick up their sleeves.

    The book on Dale Sveum

    New Cubs manager Dale Sveum is held in high regard by those who know him best.

    Out of Ben Cherington's hands?

    On his first big move as Red Sox GM, it looks like Ben Cherington was overruled.

    Not an unopposed election?

    Ben Cherington says Dale Sveum isn't the Sox's only candidate for manager.

    Ben Cherington gets ready to dig in

    Ben Cherington has plenty to keep him busy as the GM meetings get under way.

    Timing is everything in closing

    Papelbon will be missed in Boston, but not as badly as you might think.

    Maddux might've been just right

    Mike Maddux has what the Sox need in a manager -- except a desire to come here.

    Hot Dan! Duquette back in action?

    How effective could ex-Sox GM Dan Duquette be in leading the Orioles?

    Dale Sveum eyes 2nd chance in Boston

    After a rocky stint as third-base coach, Dale Sveum eyes a return as manager.

    Pete Mackanin bats, talks leadoff

    Pete Mackanin looks to add 'Red Sox manager' to his extensive résumé.

    Ben Cherington steps up to the plate

    Ben Cherington could have given the absent owners a lesson in accountability.

    Ben Cherington must restore confidence

    Ben Cherington's biggest task is to restore confidence in the Red Sox.

    Here's looking at you, Theo

    As Boston's Boy Wonder moves on, the Sox are left with their own drama .

    Powder keg tapping out

    After days of explosive allegations, the buzz of boozy Sox is fizzing away.

    Sounds crazy, but Sox can be saved

    If Henry & Co. don't turn things around, this Red Sox reporter's walking.

    Tito victim of latest Sox smear campaign

    Francona learning the hard way that no one escapes Boston with rep intact.

    DeMarlo Hale should be first choice

    DeMarlo Hale deserves to be a top candidate as Red Sox manager.

    Red Sox games aren't over yet

    Amid speculation on Theo Epstein's future, the Sox keep up a polite secrecy.

    Setting the record straight on Gonzalez

    Gonzo has taken heat for comments in aftermath, but he's no excuse-maker.

    Red Sox have shied from big names

    Based on their track record, the Red Sox won't go for a big name as manager.

    Will Theo Epstein be next to leave?

    Theo Epstein's loyalty to the Sox would complicate a possible move from Boston.

    Departure makes your head spin

    The Sox didn't have each other's backs, and ownership didn't have Francona's.

    Signs point to end for Francona

    The signs point to Terry Francona's departure as manager of the Red Sox.

    A hurt for the ages

    This one could take a while to get over for Red Sox players and fans.

    Red Sox turn to Lester in final game

    The Sox have played 161 games. They likely need a win in 162 to keep playing.

    Red Sox not closing book yet

    After Tuesday's high drama, the Red Sox say they're ready for the final act.

    Nation turns its lonely eyes to ... Bedard

    On Tuesday night, a Nation turns its lonely eyes to ... Erik Bedard.

    Red Sox's fall from grace complete

    Having lost all their wiggle room, the Red Sox are firmly against the wall.

    Red Sox show they'll stick it out

    Jacoby Ellsbury breathed life into the sagging Sox with his clutch home run.

    Boston's month of futility continues

    The Red Sox's amazing slide continued Saturday in New York.

    Blame game? Sox won't win that either

    The Red Sox must share responsibility for their slide and focus on fixing it.

    Et tu, Big Schill?

    After Curt Schilling said he doubts the Red Sox, they showed why he should.

    Red Sox back where they started

    After an eventful 10 hours of baseball, the Sox were back where they started.

    Red Sox try to leave Rays behind

    The Red Sox have left the Rays behind; now they have to hope it stays that way.

    Can Wakefield add to his legacy?

    On Sunday, Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield can add to his growing legacy.

    Sox breathing easier for now

    Beckett, Bard, Pap douse the Rays' fire as Boston extends its wild-card lead.

    Wakefield secures his grip on history

    Tim Wakefield's road to 200 wins took as many turns as one of his knuckleballs.

    One way or another, Red Sox will endure

    If the Red Sox don't take care of the Rays themselves, the Yankees will.

    Red Sox feel presence of Rays

    Well, David Ortiz, is it time for the slumping Red Sox to panic? "Hell, yeah."

    Red Sox in dangerous territory

    With the Rays' footsteps getting closer, the Sox are at a critical juncture.

    We've seen enough of Lackey

    Message to Tito: It's time to move on from John Lackey.

    Feel-good story becomes horror show

    What should be a feel-good story for Tim Wakefield has turned into a horror show.

    Josh Beckett shows warning signs

    Josh Beckett's trip to the doctor could determine the Sox's postseason health.

    Red Sox giving fans cause for concern

    A shaky homestand by the Red Sox gives fans some cause for concern.

    Red Sox know Yankees won't go easily

    When it comes to the Yankees, the Red Sox know nothing comes easy.

    Pap and Papi's sweet swan song?

    Jonathan Papelbon and David Ortiz make their cases to stick around.

    Red Sox can't get to CC Sabathia

    The biggest source of Red Sox frustration was not Cervelli but Sabathia.

    Francona deserves more credit

    Terry Francona deserves consideration for manager of the year this season.

    Lowrie won't hide from his troubles

    Set back by another injury, Jed Lowrie searches for answers.

    Would Epstein be interested in Cubs?

    Would Theo Epstein actually be interested in going to the Cubs?

    Red Sox find hits hard to come by

    The Red Sox's anemic hitting can't get worse than it was vs. the Rays. Right?

    Red Sox offense showing some wear

    David Ortiz's injury comes at a bad time for the Red Sox's scuffling offense.

    Big Papi could've been a big pain

    David Ortiz has taken the high road despite unhappiness over contract issues.

    Jon Lester doesn't get much help

    Jon Lester didn't have much backup as the Red Sox couldn't complete a sweep.

    David Ortiz lands some creative RBIs

    David Ortiz shows he doesn't need long home runs to add to his RBI total.

    Red Sox ride road to recovery

    After an 0-7 start, the Red Sox are winning on the road at a remarkable clip.

    Red Sox-Yankees: Can't get enough

    It seems we just can't get enough of the Red Sox tangling with the Yankees.

    Leaving it all on the field

    Another strange moment for the Red Sox-Yankees history book.

    Yanks making all the right moves

    The Yankees' bullpen stopped the Sox on Friday, but this battle is far from over.

    Ellsbury's reached the next level

    With back-to-back walk-offs, Sox center fielder Ellsbury is looking like a superstar.

    Erik Bedard trade a telling sign?

    Theo Epstein showed his concern for Clay Buchholz by trading for Erik Bedard.

    Red Sox have a lot to think about

    Theo Epstein has a lot to think about, but Terry Francona likes his team as is.

    Typical Tito: 1,000th win a team effort

    In typical fashion, Terry Francona tried to duck the spotlight after his milestone win.

    Tommy Harper: Don't worry about Papi

    Sox hitting consultant Tommy Harper says Big Papi is back on track this year.

    Theo Epstein weighing his options

    Signs point to a small deadline deal, but Sox GM Theo Epstein loves to surprise.

    J.D. Drew could be on borrowed time

    While saying he'll 'figure it out,' slumping J.D. Drew acknowledges his frustration.

    Dan Wheeler a hidden contributor

    Amid an offensive onslaught, reliever Dan Wheeler was a hidden contributor.

    Gonzalez has had immediate success

    Adrian Gonzalez has had no trouble adjusting to his first season in Boston.

    All-Star trip has special meaning

    Jacoby Ellsbury's return to Arizona stirs pride in his Native American roots.

    All-time Red Sox All-Star team

    Picking out the best seasons to create an all-time Red Sox All-Star team.

    Ortiz the home run champ in Boston

    The case for David Ortiz as the best pure home run hitter in team history.

    Gordon Edes' interactive midseason Red Sox report card

    Midseason grades for each Red Sox player and member of management.

    Jon Lester latest Red Sox casualty

    The Sox need to hope Jon Lester's optimism about his injury is warranted.

    J.D. Drew's leash just got shorter

    With Mike Cameron gone, the writing is on the wall for J.D. Drew.

    Red Sox moves figure to be small

    Theo Epstein already made his big splash, so the trade deadline could be tame.

    Red Sox can't get ahead of themselves

    The Red Sox can't be thinking World Series yet as they face the Phillies.

    Andrew Miller may be a find for Red Sox

    Lefty Andrew Miller stands out as a potentially big pickup for the Red Sox.

    Tim Wakefield keeps making memories

    Tim Wakefield won't let the Red Sox forget about his value to the team.

    Sox face annual interleague dilemma

    As Red Sox begin interleague play, the no-DH dilemma reappears.

    Not perfect, but Beckett comes close

    Josh Beckett's one-hitter wins the approval of Boston's new pitching coach.

    Rays getting by without Carl Crawford

    The Rays are finding ways to compete even without Carl Crawford.

    Sox in league of their own

    With nearly every player contributing, the Red Sox are on pace to win 107 games.

    Ortiz's anger with the media misplaced

    Papi's plunking had nothing to do with reporters; it was simple retaliation.

    Jonathan Papelbon has eventful day

    Jonathan Papelbon learns of punishment, then punishes the Yankees.

    Jon Lester not rolling with Red Sox

    The Red Sox have been clicking on all cylinders, with one notable exception.

    Young Red Sox fan swings for fences

    A 12-year-old fan helped convince the Red Sox to make an anti-bullying video.

    Diverging emotions for two pitchers

    Rich Hill's bad luck is Tommy Hottovy's chance at breaking through in Boston.

    Chalking up the Dice-K era

    Dice-K never lived up to the fanfare and his absence will stir few emotions.

    Running on empty -- getting nowhere

    After 20 games in 20 days, the Red Sox welcome a day off to rest and regroup.

    Red Sox find home in first place

    While out on the road, the Red Sox found a home in first place in the AL East.

    Yes, Tim Wakefield has still got it

    Tim Wakefield continues to show age is nothing but a number.

    Red-hot Carl Crawford settling in

    Carl Crawford is settling in and that just makes the Sox even more dangerous.

    Ortiz: You haven't seen anything yet

    David Ortiz says the Sox's offensive burst Friday is a sign of things to come.

    Open letter from Sox fans to Cubs fans

    An open letter -- and some gentle advice -- to long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans.

    Red Sox keeping their eye on the ball

    Red Sox Mailbag: They're keeping their eye on the ball.

    Sox count on Big Three for now

    The Sox shuffle their rotation as Dice-K and Lackey rest their injured arms.

    Red Sox 'making strides'; reach .500

    The Red Sox found some satisfaction in finally reaching the .500 mark.

    Gonzalez now showing his true colors

    Adrian Gonzalez is doing what the Sox signed him to do: hit.

    Worry not about the Red Sox

    Have no fear, Red Sox fans, your team will hit its stride.

    Lackey's no life of the party

    John Lackey accepts blame for a lackluster performance by the Red Sox.

    Pedroia won't be stopped

    Dustin Pedroia tackles a fear of flying with his trademark grit and humor.

    Carl Crawford starts May with bang

    It's time for the Red Sox to put Carl Crawford back at the top of their lineup.

    Adrian Gonzalez: Home runs will come

    Despite his home run drought, Adrian Gonzalez is confident long balls will come.

    Jason Varitek focused on team's needs

    Deflecting talk of personal catchers, Jason Varitek stresses "we're a team."

    John Lackey takes ire out on Angels

    Not pleased with having his turn skipped, John Lackey is pitching with a purpose.

    Red Sox bullpen handles road work

    The Red Sox get relief from their road woes thanks to the bullpen.

    For Carl Crawford, now come the boos

    Carl Crawford is still looking for his batting rhythm with the Red Sox.

    Red Sox stand by their big contracts

    The Red Sox are secure with Adrian Gonzalez's big contract despite team struggles.

    No blame game for Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Daisuke Matzusaka is at fault for his struggles with the Red Sox.

    For the Red Sox, it's not all bad

    What we've learned about the Red Sox -- and it's not all bad.

    Pedroia shows Red Sox the way

    Dustin Pedroia speaks loudly and carries a big stick in Boston's first win of 2011.

    Mailbag: Early season questions

    Checking in on some early season questions from Red Sox fans.

    The good news? It can only get better

    The 0-6 Red Sox return home knowing it can't get much worse.

    For Red Sox, it keeps getting uglier

    Things just keep getting uglier as the Red Sox long for their first win.

    Pressure mounting on winless Red Sox

    Great expectations become great anxiety as the Sox still search for their first win.

    Winless Red Sox turn to Josh Beckett

    The Sox already are looking to Josh Beckett to return to the role of stopper.

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia takes long view

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows he needs to settle in after a rough opening series.

    Reliable arms are opposite in opener

    The reliable arms were just the opposite in the Red Sox season opener.

    Can Red Sox meet great expectations?

    The Red Sox don't seem to mind being everybody's team to beat.

    Meet the 2011 Boston Red Sox

    A player-by-player scouting report for the 2011 Boston Red Sox.

    What the Red Sox learned this spring

    Ten things we learned about the Red Sox during spring training.

    New arms, familiar challenge for Young

    Curt Young shares his first impressions of each Red Sox pitcher.

    Red Sox hit on a new strategy

    A lefty-righty imbalance shouldn't be a problem for this stacked Sox lineup.

    Red Sox prospect has special moment

    Amid marquee names, little-known prospect has a special moment.

    No pressure off David Ortiz

    Will new big bats take the pressure off David Ortiz? Not if you ask him.

    Lowrie learning art of diplomacy

    Tagged as "utility" infielder, Jed Lowrie learns the art of diplomacy with the Sox.

    Jacoby Ellsbury on a spring roll

    Jacoby Ellsbury is playing hot but remains reserved after a thorny 2010.

    Learning from the master

    Adrian Gonzalez is glad to share his wisdom with up-and-comer Jose Iglesias.

    Cashman: We passed on Crawford

    Brian Cashman says the Yankees weren't going after Crawford, Gonzalez.

    Weiland has luck of Irish on his side

    A former Notre Dame closer is the Red Sox starter on Saturday.

    A convincing case for Jon Lester

    Jon Lester the best pitcher in baseball? Let us make our case ...

    Andrew Miller hopes fog is lifting

    Andrew Miller hopes the fog finally is ready to lift on his disappointing career.

    Admiring the fruits of their labor

    Sox brass paint a sunny picture after an ovation-worthy spending spree.

    Sox banking on Crawford to pay off

    The Red Sox are banking on Carl Crawford paying off.

    David Ortiz expects strong start

    David Ortiz struggled the past two Aprils. He's confident that won't happen again.

    Post-Papi, why not Pujols?

    Why Boston could be the next stop for Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.

    Daisuke Matsuzaka slips under radar

    Daisuke Matsuzaka hopes a new offseason approach translates to success.

    Kevin Youkilis moves to new corner

    Kevin Youkilis' versatility and mindset made the Sox' big offseason possible.

    Bobby Jenks OK with setup in Boston

    A closer his entire career, Bobby Jenks says he's fine with the setup in Boston.

    Can they all just get along?

    The Red Sox Mailbag makes its 2011 debut with answers to a pile of questions.

    Gonzalez began with pocket of quarters

    Adrian Gonzalez's first manager reflects on the first baseman's early days.

    Adrian Gonzalez arrives at camp

    Adrian Gonzalez showed up at Red Sox camp on Wednesday.

    Saltalamacchia says yips are gone

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia says he lost the yips by tapping into sports psychology.

    Papelbon: Others can do the thinking

    Jonathan Papelbon says his uncertain future in Boston won't hold him back.

    Playing the over-under game with Bill James' projections

    Playing the over-under game with Bill James' projections for the Sox.

    Double trouble for Sox opponents

    The Sox have a base-stealing dynamic they haven't seen in years -- if ever.

    Adrian Gonzalez: He'll be a Monster

    Part 3: There's no way Adrian Gonzalez won't be a Monster at Fenway.

    Adrian Gonzalez: A man and his word

    Part 2: Trust sealed the deal between Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox.

    Adrian Gonzalez: Special delivery

    Adrian Gonzalez: Destined to play baseball in San Diego -- and Boston.

    Yankees' loss is Red Sox's gain

    With Cliff Lee spurning New York, the Red Sox's offseason gets even better.

    Red Sox can't be done yet

    A stacked lineup is great, but Boston's bullpen still needs some help.

    A 'perfect storm' of excitement

    Big moves weren't made to create Red Sox buzz, but it's a welcome side effect.

    For Theo, the gift of faith

    Finally, GM Theo Epstein becomes an ace closer for the Red Sox.

    Epstein's work isn't done

    After triumphant Gonzalez signing, Theo could have more up his sleeve.

    Theo Epstein had him all the way

    After all his work, Theo Epstein wasn't about to let Adrian Gonzalez get away.

    Masterstroke all part of Sox master plan

    Sox on the verge of landing Adrian Gonzalez, Theo's dream becoming reality.

    Red Sox have reason to their rhyme

    Confused by the Red Sox this offseason? They know what they're doing.

    Don't judge Red Sox on one loss

    How badly will the Red Sox miss Victor Martinez? Only time will tell.

    What we learned at the GM meetings

    The 10 things we learned at the baseball GM meetings in Orlando this week.

    Sox OK with Saltalamacchia as No. 1

    Theo Epstein says he's OK with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as his top catcher.

    For Sox, free agency begins in earnest

    Theo has his work cut out for him as important Sox offseason kicks off.

    With Ortiz, there's no easy answer

    No easy answer for Red Sox when it comes to David Ortiz's contract.

    Tim Wakefield deserving of award

    The Celemente Award honors Tim Wakefield's great service to his communities.

    Who plays shortstop next season?

    Marco Scutaro figures to start at short in 2011, but Jed Lowrie could have a shot.

    How do the Sox improve their bullpen?

    As the Sox try to fix their bullpen, the question is: Where to begin?

    Will Red Sox go bold in outfield?

    The Red Sox may choose to go bold in hopes of bolstering their outfield.

    Victor Martinez: Yea or nay?

    V-Mart struggled with base runners, but the Sox could use his bat and versatility.

    What will Red Sox do about David Ortiz?

    Red Sox are inclined to pick up David Ortiz's option, but he has other ideas.

    Will Adrian Beltre be back in Boston?

    Will Adrian Beltre be back? There are many factors, including another Adrian.

    Will Jason Varitek, Red Sox part ways?

    While Jason Varitek's future in Boston is uncertain, Sunday sure felt like goodbye.

    Heartfelt swan song for Mike Lowell

    Mike Lowell leaves the Red Sox with memories, applause ... and third base.

    Jon Lester falls short of history

    Jon Lester fell short of 20 wins this year, but he'll likely get another shot.

    Ten sweet Red Sox moments

    Even in a sour season, the Red Sox had some sweet moments.

    Season ends early for Red Sox

    Despite grand expectations, the Red Sox may have been doomed from the start.

    The good word from Mike Lowell

    The word on Mike Lowell: Retiring Sox infielder provides defining moments.

    Adrian Beltre should hit pay dirt

    Adrian Beltre established a market correction with strong season in Boston.

    Real game to come for Red Sox-Yankees

    The real competition between the Red Sox and Yankees is in the offseason.

    Why Beltre could win the MVP

    Adrian Beltre's late-season push has put him among the MVP favorites.

    Doing the math for true believers

    Doing the Red Sox postseason math for true believers. It's not pretty

    David Ortiz (30 HRs) is still swinging

    David Ortiz emerges from the shadows with another 30-homer season.

    Jon Lester's season a striking success

    With his continued success, Jon Lester has made special the norm.

    John Lackey lacking execution

    John Lackey couldn't execute, so the Athletics took the reins Saturday night.

    Clay Buchholz struggles again in Bay

    Another game in the Bay Area, another poor outing for Clay Buchholz.

    Red Sox seem to have pulled plug

    Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox suffer through a sorry finish.

    No place like Boston for David Ortiz

    There's no debate: The Red Sox need to keep David Ortiz in Boston.

    Scott Atchison keeps it in perspective

    Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison finds inspiration in ailing daughter.

    Don't count out Red Sox rotation yet

    Red Sox pitchers have their issues, but the rotation looks strong for 2011.

    Season of controversy for Red Sox docs

    It has been a season of controversy and criticism for the Red Sox medical staff.

    Fading Red Sox show little life

    With their bats falling silent, the Red Sox are seeing their season unravel.

    Red Sox face math problem

    After dropping series to the Rays, a Red Sox playoff spot is hard to figure.

    J.D. Drew catches ball and flack

    J.D. Drew said he didn't mean to catch it. But after he did, he also caught flack.

    Red Sox are anything but 'boring'

    The Red Sox? Boring? Hardly. And especially not on Friday night.

    Sox docs must be held accountable

    Considering the Red Sox injuries, it's time to take a closer look at the medical staff.

    'Smack' talk gives Adrian Beltre boot

    It was just a little smack talk, but it gave Adrian Beltre the boot on Wednesday.

    Brewers pay tribute to Bud Selig

    Bud Selig, who went to bat for Milwaukee, takes his place in Brewers lore.

    No fracture to Ellsbury's spirit

    After lost season, Jacoby Ellsbury vows to come back better than ever.

    Beckett still searching for answers

    Red Sox pitcher Beckett still searching for answers this season.

    Playoffs a miracle? Not for Red Sox

    Pressure on the Red Sox to make the playoffs? Not if you ask them.

    Dustin Pedroia thrilled to be back

    Dustin Pedroia returns to the Sox without a hit -- or a limp -- but with a win.

    Saltalamacchia returning to Texas

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia says he has no bad blood for his former team.

    Table has turned for Papelbon

    Another blown save for Papelbon, but don't expect Bard to take over.

    Bill Hall surprising even himself

    Bill Hall's power surge is surprising even to the Red Sox supersub himself.

    Felix Doubront shows his promise

    Could rookie left-hander Felix Doubront breathe life into the Red Sox bullpen?

    Marco Scutaro playing through pain

    Despite his own pain, Marco Scutaro has been a rock for the banged-up Red Sox.

    Don't close book on Red Sox yet

    The Red Sox escape from New York, showing they're not packing it in yet.

    Red Sox squander an opportunity

    With A.J. Burnett scratched, the Red Sox blew their chance to gain ground.

    No A-Rod is no help for Red Sox

    No A-Rod? No help -- for the Red Sox. They couldn't take advantage Saturday.

    Will weekend bring shades of 2006?

    This Red Sox-Yankees series will tell us a lot about this Sox team.

    Epstein looks within for answers

    Unable to swing a major deadline deal, Theo Epstein looks within for answers.

    Mailbag: What's wrong with Okajima?

    The mailbag has questions about Hideki Okajima, the trade deadline and more.

    Red Sox bring home hope from trip

    With their long trip over, the Red Sox are feeling better mentally and physically.

    Okajima caught in culture clash

    Hideki Okajima says he feels 'kind of alone' in the Red Sox bullpen.

    Red Sox face tough road ahead

    Will the Red Sox's trip to the West Coast turn into a road to nowhere?

    Things are looking up

    In one night, John Lackey and Josh Beckett renew Red Sox fans' hope.

    Molina shows Sox what could have been

    Pitching mistakes and a catcher -- Bengie Molina -- handed the Red Sox a loss

    Grades are in, and Sox surprised us

    Terry Francona's steady hand has helped the Red Sox weather setbacks.

    Without a bat, Ortiz at a loss

    Perhaps an AL All-Star victory shouldn't have come down to David Ortiz's speed.

    Steinbrenner resurrected a rivalry

    George Steinbrenner resurrected a Sox-Yankees rivalry that's unmatched in sports.

    Ortiz: I don't want one-year pact

    Red Sox slugger David Ortiz wants an extension -- not a one-year contract.

    Ellsbury's shot across the bow

    Jacoby Ellsbury takes on the Red Sox in lengthy comments about his rib injury.

    Papelbon's confidence hasn't waned

    Although he's not an All-Star, Jonathan Papelbon is pleased with where he is.

    Red Sox need break after being swept

    The decision for Red Sox fans is clear: Take a night away from baseball.

    Rays exploit depleted Red Sox

    With Kevin Youkilis out, the Red Sox are left with no good options.

    Resourceful Red Sox let one slip away

    The Red Sox found another unlikely contributor, but they couldn't get a win.

    Lackey a pinch hitter?

    Red Sox pitchers show off their free-swinging sides in interleague play.

    Add Martinez to walking wounded

    Despite rash of injuries, Terry Francona doesn't want to hear about bad luck.

    Sox like chances in war of attrition

    As freak injuries mount, the Red Sox's depth and determination are being tested.

    Nava continues to impress with Sox

    Daniel Nava's amazing ride to the majors hasn't slowed down at all.

    Pedroia amazes, but doesn't surprise

    Dustin Pedroia's amazing night really wasn't a surprise to the Red Sox.

    Eight pitches make for long night

    Papelbon's collapse casts a shadow on an impressive night for the Red Sox.

    Lowell situation is hurting everyone

    It's becoming clear Mike Lowell is doomed to fail as an occasional player.

    Ten reasons to believe in Red Sox

    10 reasons why the 'Lost Boys' of April and May are suddenly a game out of first.

    Red Sox winning at OF roulette

    Despite piling up different configurations, the Red Sox outfield is holding together.

    Clemens, Ramirez cross paths

    Reunion night at Fenway: Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez cross paths.

    No debate: Manny is one of a kind

    Whether he elicits cheers or boos, Manny Ramirez indisputably is one of a kind.

    Top 10 Manny moments

    Counting down the top 10 "Manny" moments from his stay in Boston.

    Can patchwork outfield hold up?

    As the Red Sox rely on call-ups, their outfield ranking has plummeted.

    Red Sox's Nava has arrived

    After finally making it to the majors, Daniel Nava showed he belonged.

    Bard learns tough lesson

    Daniel Bard rushed to get ready, then couldn't slow down the Indians.

    Masterson shows his worth vs. Red Sox

    Justin Masterson shows Red Sox what they gave up when they dealt him away.

    Wakefield honored to pass Clemens

    Tim Wakefield set one Red Sox record, but has his eyes on something bigger.

    Family reunion for Martinez in Cleveland

    Victor Martinez reconnects with the family that took him in during his first season.

    For Red Sox duo, it's all good

    Dice-K finds comfort zone while Martinez makes himself at home.

    'Two bad decisions' cost Red Sox

    Tim Bogar's "two bad decisions" cost Red Sox in loss to A's.

    Wakefield doesn't have it vs. Royals

    Tim Wakefield allows more hits than he registers outs in ugly loss at Fenway.

    Red Sox rising above the chaos

    Now that the Sox are "settled in," they're roaring back into the AL East race.

    It's like he never left

    A day after being cut, Darnell McDonald was happy to be back with Sox.

    Guitar part of Buchholz's routine

    Clay Buchholz uses the guitar to help him pitch. So far this season it's working.

    Can we stop panicking now?

    After a slow start, the streaking Red Sox remind us it's a long season.

    Beckett says he'll be ready by June 3

    Josh Beckett blames one pitch for his trip to the disabled list.

    Papelbon: You can't KO me

    With a second chance at the Yankees, Jonathan Papelbon doesn't stay down.

    Just another loss? Not quite

    Bad news for the Red Sox: The Yankees are figuring out Papelbon.

    More challenges ahead for Red Sox

    Just because the Yankees have left town doesn't mean things get any easier.

    This boss can't be happy

    If Sox fans are frustrated, imagine how John Henry feels.

    For Beckett, it went south quickly

    For Josh Beckett, it went south quickly against the Yankees.

    Five things to watch: Red Sox-Yankees

    Five things to watch for during this weekend's Red Sox-Yankees series.

    Ortiz, Lackey fly right for Red Sox

    David Ortiz, John Lackey reward Red Sox's faith and don't look back.

    Lester proves his reliability for Red Sox

    Jon Lester shoulders responsibility as the Red Sox rely on their leading lefty.

    What a difference a day makes

    Sox respond loudly after weekend woes, but all it'll earn Lowell is bench spot.

    Problems piling up

    Swept by Orioles, Sox have no answers as they fall further behind.

    Little relief, no excuses from Wakefield

    Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka made for a combustible combination.

    Eight issues Red Sox must overcome

    After a disappointing April, the Red Sox have cause for concern.

    Wakefield latest challenge for Francona

    As Red Sox veterans' roles change, Terry Francona manages the best he can.

    On Darnell, Pedey and more

    Sunday sampler: McDonald's two-way potential; Pedroia pressing?

    Ortiz finds perspective

    Homerless no more, Big Papi buoyed by father's visit, extra work.

    Red Sox changing of guard continues

    Tim Wakefield's move to the bullpen is counter to party line in spring training.

    Big Papi passed over by Francona

    Do Wednesday's events show the Red Sox have turned the page on David Ortiz?

    The right place, the right time

    The Red Sox needed a spark, Darnell McDonald needed a chance.

    9 stolen bases? Yes, that's a problem

    Red Sox try to figure out how to stop opponents from running wild

    Right now, they can't do anything right

    Slumping Sox can't hit, pitch or play defense; they can't even win at Fenway.

    Sox, Lester limp into Marathon Monday

    Add Jon Lester to the list of Red Sox who are struggling out of the gate.

    A curveball in the outfield

    Outfielders' injuries, slow start raise questions as Red Sox shuffle the lineup.

    Bad breaks follow Red Sox to Target

    The beauty of the Twins' new stadium was lost on the Red Sox on Monday.

    Varitek keeps game in perspective

    Father's illness adds another layer to Jason Varitek's year of transition.

    Lowell's not giving up yet

    He may retire next year, but for now Mike Lowell says he's prepared to play.

    The good and bad from Yankees series

    Some questions, some answers emerge as Red Sox drop two of three to Yankees.

    Big Papi loses his cool after loss

    'Big Papi' persona can't mask David Ortiz's frustration at talk of last season.

    Beckett contract might send message

    What does Josh Beckett's deal mean for Victor Martinez and Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Boston bat men make their point

    Offseason focus was on pitching, defense, but bats bail out Red Sox in opener.

    Lackey, Teixeira on opposite sides

    New Red Sox will jump right into Yankees rivalry on Opening Night.

    'He would help out any way he could'

    Felix Maldonado holds a special place in the Red Sox minor league system.

    Get ready for an AL East arms race

    A pitcher-by-pitcher look at the rotations of the Red Sox and Yankees.

    Is Gonzalez destined for Red Sox?

    All signs point to the Sox making another big push for Adrian Gonzalez.

    Lowell wanted to fight for his job

    Mike Lowell says he just wanted a chance to compete for his job with the Sox.

    Pirates coach Huyke earns save

    Tim Wakefield's career was turned around by an old Pirates coach.

    Lowell continues to take high road

    Mike Lowell maintains his grace, sense of humor despite uncertain future.

    Drew: Happiness, hope on the diamond

    J.D. Drew gains perspective from his 4-year-old son and Mark McGwire.

    He'd take a ring over a starring role

    Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro would take a ring over a starring role.

    Embree confident in comeback

    Alan Embree's no-fear attitude fuels his return to the Red Sox bullpen.

    Makeup of Boston's bullpen still unclear

    With Alan Embree added to mix, Red Sox's bullpen still a bit jumbled.

    Lackey on Beltre: 'Dude can play'

    Adrian Beltre gets glove warmed up with spectacular spring play.

    Disability no obstacle for Reddicks

    Dad's disability was no obstacle to baseball bond for Josh Reddick.

    Lowell's future still cloudy

    Three months after voided trade, Mike Lowell's future in Boston is still uncertain.

    The love never died

    Nomar Garciaparra comes full circle, returning to the team his heart never left.

    Fielding more than his share of bad hops

    Dustin Pedroia found focus in baseball when real life reared its ugly head.

    Casey Kelly fills mother with pride

    Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly has a storybook homecoming in Sarasota.

    Victor Martinez in business school

    Victor Martinez is a big fan of the Twins' Joe Mauer, and for good reason.

    Jose Iglesias, Casey Kelly shine

    Prospects Jose Iglesias and Casey Kelly live their dreams in spring debuts.

    Gary Tuck takes catching seriously

    Red Sox instructor puts select group of catchers through challenging camp.

    Jason Varitek: 'I've defied odds before'

    For Jason Varitek, new backup role could mean Fisk-like longevity.

    Mike Cameron used to center stage

    Mike Cameron won't be intimidated by his new surroundings with the Red Sox.

    Red Sox owners back up words

    John Henry's ownership group has followed through on and off the field.

    Mike Lowell stuck in limbo

    Boston doesn't seem to have a backup plan for Mike Lowell.

    Will it add up for Clay Buchholz?

    Clay Buchholz showed promise last year, but he's still fighting for a spot in the rotation.

    Big Papi: People gave up too fast

    David Ortiz comes to camp looking forward to silencing critics from the past.

    Josh Beckett not talking contract

    Beckett's contract has been a hot topic, but he doesn't want to talk about it.

    At Fort Myers, a day of new beginnings

    A revamped Red Sox squad seems eager to put the pieces in place.

    Francona: We all want Beckett here

    Lester's pitch for Beckett seems to get Francona's endorsement.

    Load taking toll on Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Daisuke Matsuzaka could be feeling the effects of his workload in Japan.

    Terry Francona touches base

    Terry Francona touches base on Tim Wakefield, Mike Lowell.

    John Lackey: Passionate pitches

    John Lackey's passion should be a good fit for Red Sox fans.

    Jonathan Papelbon learns from best

    On and off the field, Jonathan Papelbon follows Mariano Rivera's path.

    Daisuke Matsuzaka hard at work

    Red Sox GM Theo Epstein pleased with Daisuke Matsuzaka's attitude.

    Victor Martinez hopes for extension

    Victor Martinez wants an extension, but agent says negotiations have not begun.

    Rob Leary an organization man

    The Red Sox have a new man in charge of keeping spring camp on course.

    Red Sox well positioned for next decade

    If the Sox keep the front office stable, they'll be well positioned going forward.

    Mailbag covers a lot of ground

    Red Sox mailbag: On Buchholz, Papi and Mauer

    For now, PawSox uniform fits fine

    New PawSox manager Torey Lovullo shouldn't get too comfortable.

    Season of intrigue for Beckett

    Josh Beckett could have a new deal by spring -- or be trade fodder by summer.

    Pressure on Ortiz, Martinez

    Red Sox are counting on David Ortiz's bat, Victor Martinez's glove.

    Bay's bat will be missed

    Defensive improvement doesn't make up for lost pop in outfield.

    Sox are golden with improved infield

    Beltre, Scutaro provide big upgrade for Red Sox infield.

    Red Sox could strong-arm opposition


    Bard should bolster bullpen

    Bard is set up to stabilize the back end of the Red Sox bullpen.

    Papelbon's recurring nightmare

    Jonathan Papelbon isn't closing the book on his blown save in playoffs.

    Beltre's price was right for Red Sox

    Adrian Beltre came at price the Red Sox couldn't refuse.

    Walk-off end to perfect day at Fenway

    Fenway had never seen anything like this, though the walk-off ending was familiar.

    Mailbag: On Lowell, Bay, Theo

    Lowell, Bay, Theo are the hot topics in the first part of this week's Red Sox mailbag.

    Mailbag: Saluting Francona and son


    Franconas leaders on field, ground

    Terry Francona's son, Nick, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    Putting the 2010 Red Sox in focus

    Where the 2010 Red Sox stand in payroll, pitching, position players and coaching.

    Another strange twist for Lowell

    The nixing of a trade to Texas is another strange twist in Lowell's Sox odyssey.

    Mail: What's next for Sox?

    Can Casey Kotchman play first every day? That's one question in the mailbag.

    Epstein moved with ease

    Theo Epstein smoothly adapted his offseason plan.

    Could Sox starters win 80-plus games?

    Could the Red Sox starting rotation win 80-plus games next season?

    Quick strike seems unlike Epstein

    Quick strike for Lackey seems out of character for Epstein.

    Checking Epstein's to-do list

    Theo Epstein has made progress but still has work to do this offseason.

    Lowell trade would only add to intrigue

    Reported trade of Mike Lowell would only add to intrigue for Red Sox.

    Angels in play for Bay

    With Angels in play for Bay, Red Sox talk to Scott Boras.

    Prospect Kelly to focus on pitching

    Kelly to focus on pitching; little other news at Day 1 of meetings

    Epstein is no impulse shopper

    GM Theo Epstein keeps plans fluid, but with an eye toward the future.

    Ortiz puts PED talk behind him

    David Ortiz says he has put last season's PED scandal behind him.

    Sox source: Bay still prime target

    Jason Bay's agent was making no predictions on when his client will sign.

    Scutaro would be a fit for Red Sox

    Marco Scutaro could be the answer for the Red Sox at shortstop.

    There's one problem with trading Lowell

    One problem with trading Mike Lowell: Teams have safer, cheaper options.

    Edes still emptying Sox mailbag

    Thoughts on Miguel Cabrera, Roy Halladay and getting younger.

    Sox mailbag: Pitching, SS concerns

    What are Halladay, Beckett worth, and will Boston pay?

    Give Papi a chance

    David Ortiz, who says the criticism hurts, deserves more time to answer back.

    Race for Halladay is on

    The Red Sox are in the running for Roy Halladay, but face lots of competition.

    Where the Red Sox go from here

    Reading the tea leaves on the Sox as free agency gets in full swing.

    Back where I belong

    Gordon Edes returns to the neighborhood to cover the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.