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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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  • Coffee Companion (4/24): Ravens schedule released, Davis and Cruz mash, and more

    Coffee Companion (4/24): Ravens schedule released, Davis and Cruz mash, and more
    If you were waiting for Chris Davis' home run to land before you got on with your business last night, you might have missed a lot. That’s why blogger/reporter Jon Meoli writes the Coffee Companion --where every morning, Monday through Friday, he'll...
  • Numbers show power will come for Orioles first baseman Chris Davis

    Numbers show power will come for Orioles first baseman Chris Davis
    Orioles fans have shown relative restraint in not breaking the emergency glass and hitting the panic button regarding Chris Davis’ lack of power early in the season, mostly thanks to what they see from him on a nightly basis. Davis has hit rockets...
  • Although he's not 100 percent, J.J. Hardy returns to lineup

    Although he's not 100 percent, J.J. Hardy returns to lineup
    TORONTO — Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said he isn't 100 percent recovered from his strained right hamstring, but he's healthy enough to return to the lineup. Hardy returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers...
  • Even when getting ahead, Orioles starters struggling with pitch counts

    Even when getting ahead, Orioles starters struggling with pitch counts
    TORONTO — Tuesday night's 9-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays marked the fifth time in the past six games that an Orioles starter has failed to go six full innings. When it comes to the Orioles' starting rotation, it's an increasingly common...
  • Orioles hitters look to continue success over R.A. Dickey

    Orioles hitters look to continue success over R.A. Dickey
    The Toronto Blue Jays traded for R.A. Dickey before the 2013 season for the knuckleballer to anchor their rebuilt rotation, but he hasn't had much success against the Orioles.  The Orioles teed off on the 39-year-old right-hander in three starts last...
  • Bird's-eye view of Orioles' history for Columbia resident

    Bird's-eye view of Orioles' history for Columbia resident
    There are moments at Camden Yards, in the hour or so before a game, that Boog Powell is at his barbecue pit on Eutaw Street, while nearby Jim Gentile is signing autographs for Orioles' fans and slugger Chris Davis is on the infield taking groundballs in...
  • Orioles clearly can't deal with prosperity

    Orioles clearly can't deal with prosperity
    If you just look at the 9-3 final score from the Orioles' loss Tuesday night in Toronto, you’d never know that the club is riding a strange wave of reversible momentum. They had a 5-0 lead Sunday night at Fenway Park and ushered the Boston Red Sox...
  • Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming

    Possible reasons abound for Michael Phelps' return to swimming
    For almost a year, the question was "if" Michael Phelps would return to competitive swimming. Now that Phelps is scheduled to end his 20-month retirement Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., a more nuanced question looms: Why? Phelps sounded fairly certain he...
  • Orioles head to Toronto hoping to reverse their recent misfortune at Rogers Centre

    Orioles head to Toronto hoping to reverse their recent misfortune at Rogers Centre
    The Orioles have been able to catch up on their sleep after completing two games over a 20-hour span in Boston. Their stretch of 15 consecutive games against American League East opponents -- there were 16 scheduled games but one home game against the...
  • Sports on TV

    TUESDAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS ++++++++++++++++++++ || MLB || Orioles@Boston (T) || MASN9 a.m. || || Angels@Washington (T) || MASN12:30 || || Angels@Washington || MASN7 || || Orioles@Toronto || MASN27 || || Yankees@Red Sox || MLB7 || || Orioles@...
  • Orioles designate Steve Pearce for assignment and other notes

    Orioles designate Steve Pearce for assignment and other notes
    TORONTO -- The Orioles recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk before Tuesday’s game and designated outfielder Steve Pearce for assignment. McFarland, who was scheduled to start for Norfolk on Tuesday, will add depth to a bullpen...
  • Bottom of the order playing key role for the Orioles

    Bottom of the order playing key role for the Orioles
    It would be easy enough to look at the way the Orioles have hung around the .500 mark through the first three weeks of the new season and wonder what might have been had Manny Machado been able to start the season on time and had J.J.Hardy not temporarily...