The modern closer’s role can be traced directly back to Oakland, circa 1987. Then-A’s pitching coach Dave Duncan would love to say he had some grand plan for its creation, opening the door for 50-save seasons. 499 more words
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Winning never gets tiring.
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Rick Porcello can join some elite company Saturday night when he faces the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander has a chance to earn his 22nd win of the season, which is an accomplishment 22 pitchers have reached in team history. 32 more words
The Boston Red Sox just keep on winning.
The Red Sox entered Friday’s game against the Rays in Tampa Bay riding an eight-game winning streak after two consecutive four-game sweeps of the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. 73 more words
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The road has been kind to the Boston Red Sox this season.
The Sox’s 24-14 road record since the All-Star break is the best in Major League Baseball, and they are 43-32 in 2016 away from Fenway Park heading into Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. 35 more words
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The wild-card game has been around since 2012 in Major League Baseball, but it still has plenty of detractors.
The new format allows for one extra team to make the playoffs, with the two wild card teams facing off in a single-game playoff to determine which squad moves on to the next round. 40 more words
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The Boston Red Sox have spent most of their time on the road lately, but they are back at Fenway Park for the next seven games for two important series against American League East opponents. 76 more words