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Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale... Show more »
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale of Babe Ruth to the New York club. But the fortunes of the franchise changed in stunning fashion in 2004. Again facing the Yankees in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the first three games, losing Game 3 at Fenway 19-8. But in the ninth inning of Game 4, Dave Roberts stole second base off closer Mariano Rivera, then scored the tying run. David Ortiz got the first of two straight walk-off hits in the 12th inning with a two-run homer. He repeated the feat later that same day in Game 5 with a single in the 14th inning. In Game 6, Curt Schilling pitched with a sutured right ankle, blood oozing through his sock, but earned the victory, forcing a Game 7 that the Red Sox won easily. It was the first time in baseball history a team won a series after trailing 0-3. The Red Sox then swept St. Louis in the World Series, its first title in 86 years. The Red Sox would win again in 2007, recovering from a 3-1 deficit to Cleveland in the ALCS, then sweeping Colorado for the title. « Show less

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  • Hard work, family help Orioles minor leaguer Mike Yastrzemski climb through system

    Hard work, family help Orioles minor leaguer Mike Yastrzemski climb through system
    A familiar process plays out each time you see the descendant of a baseball legend in an obscure minor league ballpark. It's something both observers and the player himself have to deal with — the realization that he is not his namesake, then...
  • Looking at the Orioles' rebound wins after walk-off losses

    Looking at the Orioles' rebound wins after walk-off losses
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Once again, the Orioles bounced back from a tough loss Saturday night, putting Friday night’s nightmare ending behind them with a commanding, 8-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Orioles now have won four of five...
  • Can the Orioles beat the best of the American League West?

    Can the Orioles beat the best of the American League West?
    Clearly, the American League has been turned upside-down over the first half of the 2014 season. The AL West now features three of the five winningest teams in the league, and the AL East has not lived up to preseason expectations -- except in Baltimore,...
  • How the Orioles fared through 94 games in seasons they made the playoffs

    How the Orioles fared through 94 games in seasons they made the playoffs
    We're at the All-Star break, so it's a good time to once again check the Orioles' progress against previous teams who made the playoffs in franchise history. How does this year's squad stack up through 94 games against successful Orioles teams of the...
  • Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick

    Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick
    Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday, Single-A Frederick announced, making him the club's first 2013 draft pick to reach that level. Yastrzemski, who is the grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer...
  • With second half set to begin, Orioles' Kevin Gausman ready to play key role

    With second half set to begin, Orioles' Kevin Gausman ready to play key role
    The Orioles' plan all along was to let Kevin Gausman loose in the second half of this season. It took some rigid discipline — limiting his innings and pitch counts earlier this year — in order to preserve him for the stretch run. It also...
  • After a tumultuous year, red-hot Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has never been happier

    After a tumultuous year, red-hot Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has never been happier
    Nelson Cruz presents a deep rooting dilemma for the modern baseball fan. Is the Orioles outfielder the well-mannered son of teachers who built himself into a slugger step by painstaking step? In this version of the story, Cruz is the perfect baseball...
  • Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez heading to the disabled list

    Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez heading to the disabled list
    Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle injury, manager Buck Showalter announced before Friday’s game against the New York Yankees. The club will recall right-hander Kevin Gausman from Triple-A...
  • Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn

    Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn
    Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger...
  • In ailing AL East, Orioles need to get wins while the getting is good

    In ailing AL East, Orioles need to get wins while the getting is good
    It has become fairly obvious that the team that makes the playoffs out of the American League East — and there probably will be only one — will be the team that best weathers what has been a division race influenced by an unusual amount of...
  • David Ortiz goes on defensive after Buck Showalter's comments

    David Ortiz goes on defensive after Buck Showalter's comments
    David Ortiz didn’t let Buck Showalter’s comments about the Red Sox checking their own backyard go by without taking offense, because of course he didn’t. If you need a reset, Nelson Cruz smoked Red Sox starter John Lackey on Saturday,...
  • After blowing lead, Orioles bounce back for 7-6 win over Red Sox in 12 innings

    After blowing lead, Orioles bounce back for 7-6 win over Red Sox in 12 innings
    BOSTON -- With his team going deep into another extra-inning game at Fenway Park, Orioles manager Buck Showalter scanned the dugout and saw first baseman Chris Davis. His mind immediately went back to that 17-inning game in 2012 when he was forced to call...