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Sale out to extend Sox's winning streak to 7

Winners of six straight, the American East-leading Red Sox make their first appearance at Tropicana Field of the second half Tuesday, a few weeks after the Rays took three out of four there to head into the All-Star break. Boston ace lefty Chris Sale opposes Tampa Bay rookie righty Austin Pruitt in the two-game series opener. …read more

Red Sox slip up in 11th, but stay in 1st place

Luke Maile saw reliever Heath Hembree drop the ball at first base in the 11th inning and started his sprint home. And the Rays’ backup catcher slid in safely as Sandy Leon couldn’t handle the throw at the plate to give Tampa Bay a 4-3, walk-off win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox remain in a tie for first place in the American League East since the Blue Jays lost to the Angels on Wednesday. …read more

Red Sox News – Joe Maddon talks Dave Martinez, Jonathan Papelbon, and, of course, Bobby Valentine

Joe Maddon held court at the baseball winter meetings. (AP) DALLAS — Speaking at the baseball winter meetings at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Rays manager Joe Maddon expressed his surprise regarding the lack of interest in Tampa Bay’s bench coach Dave Martinez in regard to open managerial positions. “I guess I was [surprised],” Maddon said. …

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This Just In – Beltre's three homers lead Texas past Rays

Former Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre crushed three solo homers on Tuesday to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Rays that propelled Texas past Tampa Bay in the Division Series. Beltre produced the seventh three-homer game in postseason history, and the first since Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy became the unlikeliest …

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Red Sox News – With lead in balance, Red Sox arrive at crossroads

The Red Sox acknowledge that they are feeling the weight of their September collapse. (AP) NEW YORK — A possibility that once seemed unthinkable is now staring the Red Sox in the face. With Boston’s 6-2 loss in Game 1 of its doubleheader against the Yankees, and the Rays having beaten the Blue Jays on …

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This Just In – Damon: Rays want to 'make our own history'

Speaking after the Rays' 8-5 win over the Red Sox in the teams' series finale Sunday at Fenway Park, Tampa Bay outfielder Johnny Damon explained how his team is feeling heading into the last 1 1/2 weeks of the regular season, behind in the Wild Card chase by just two games. "We know what we're …

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Red Sox News – Red Sox trying to put struggles behind them

Red Sox manager Terry Francona says that the team is trying to figure out a way to get beyond its recent struggles. (AP) With the loss to the Rays on Sunday, the Red Sox are in the midst of their worst month of the season, including their dismal April start. Boston is 4-13 in September …

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