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Sept. 6, 1998

Sept. 6, 1998 In his second season after bolting from the Red Sox via free agency, Roger Clemens continued reminding Boston general manager Dan Duquette how wrong it was to declare that he was in “the twilight of his career.” En route to winning his second Cy Young Award as ace of the Toronto Blue Jays, Clemens shut down the Red Sox, striking out 11 and allowing three hits in his eight innings of work. The 4-3 decision lifted Clemens’ record to 18-6, with a league-leading 2.62 ERA. The Blue Jays were riding a nine-game winning streak ...

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Aug. 20, 1983

Aug. 20, 1983 You know your team is in the race if the front page of your local sports section runs the standings in a little box with the game story. On this day, the Boston Globe sports section front featured The Boggs Watch, detailing the race between Wade Boggs and Rod Carew for the American League batting championship. As August trudged toward September, the Red Sox stood at 58-62, in fifth place in the AL East, 11 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. Outside of Carl Yastzemski’s farewell tour, there really wasn’t a compelling reason to follow ...

Blame game has begun

Players? Bloom? Cora? Who takes the fall? The worst of the worst Red Sox plays of a maddening season came Saturday. Bottom of the ninth. One out. The Blue Jays lead 5-4, but the Red Sox are rallying, having started the inning down by two runs. Luis Urias, having singled in a run, is on first. Reese McGuire is on second. Connor Wong skies a long drive to left-center. Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier takes it up against The Wall. Kiermaier peers in and may have been startled to see second base unoccupied. He knew someone was on ...

Red Sox are what they are

Bloom settles back, let's the season unfold After days and weeks of anticipation, the big-league trade deadline came, it went, and a minor league shortstop is all the Red Sox claimed. Now we have the post-mortems, being ably steered by Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom. There is not much middle ground; you agree with Bloom’s approach - that is the Red Sox are doing better than expected on the field, proving that Bloom’s plan is working. This is not the time to abandon the hunt for long-term championship contention. Or you look at the bottle ...

How the Red Sox imploded in the space of two weeks

How the Red Sox imploded in the space of two weeks Rightfully, the rhetorical bombs slamming the Red Sox are the greatest show of emotion they have endured for at least 10 years. The fuse finally finished burning, launching the salvos after Sunday’s horrific loss to the Blue Jays. When folks recall this edition of the Red Sox and how they imploded in the space of two weeks, George Springer’s three-run bomb off Matt Barnes will be remembered as the moment they scraped bottom. It turned an 8-6 lead, which needed protection for just four more outs, ...

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