Sarah and I will be live-blogging today’s Sox-Phils tilt. Game time is 1:35 p.m. EST. It’s Beckett vs. Happ, and somehow, ESPN’s Accuscore projection says the Phils are favored. I guess you can’t argue with science. — Hi there, team. Sarah here. Coley and I had intended to essentially g-chat and just post updates from […]

I’m watching the game—it’s just the bottom of the 4th now—and the Red Sox have coughed up yet another early lead to the Rays. Evan Longoria only hits home runs. So, too, B.J. Upton. Scott Kazmir has suddenly remembered how to pitch. Meanwhile, David Ortiz struck out on three pitches earlier and can’t hit the […]

So here we are people, live-blogging this one-game playoff to set the mood for the eventual playoffs. To quickly recap the steps we had to take to get here: * White Sox were up 2 1/2 games last Wednesday, before the start of the Twins-Sox series. * Twins sweep, winning three games straight, to pull […]

7:10 pm Josh Beckett takes the hill and promptly retires the first three Rays’ batters without much effort. His last outing was great (7 K’s, no walks, no runs in five innings in his first start since missing time with tingling/numbness in his fingers), but he hasn’t been very Beckettian this season (4.20 ERA). If […]

The Red Sox and Yankees meet tonight for the first game of a three-game series. Both teams have won five games so far. Both teams have lost five. Before we get under way, a quick preview: The player I know mostly as J.D. Poo (or just “Poo” for short) is hitting .440. He went three-for-three […]

Earlier this week, I was hustling to make dinner so that I could get going on this week’s Metro column. Yanking my bowl of soup out of the microwave, I suffered a freak Joel Zumaya-esque accident as the steaming liquid spilled all over my right forearm. I was wearing a wool sweater, which soaked up […]

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