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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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  • With 4-0 win over Red Sox, Orioles take biggest AL East lead since 1979

    With 4-0 win over Red Sox, Orioles take biggest AL East lead since 1979
    BOSTON -- Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is continuing to show he deserves a postseason start while his team has seized its biggest lead in the American League East in 35 years. Yes, 35 years -- before any member of the Orioles' current active...
  • After losing Chris Davis, Orioles answer with 2-1 win over Yankees on walk-off double

    After losing Chris Davis, Orioles answer with 2-1 win over Yankees on walk-off double
    The Orioles’ final homestand of the regular season was supposed to be one of celebration. With the opportunity to celebrate their first American League East title since 1997 among their hometown crowd at Camden Yards, Friday’s day-night...
  • Orioles open 2015 on road at Tampa Bay; home opener Friday April 10

    Orioles open 2015 on road at Tampa Bay; home opener Friday April 10
    BOSTON -- If the Orioles end up with a American League East division, AL or World Series title this year, they are going to have to wait a few extra days to display the banner next April. The club will open its 2015 season at Tampa Bay on Monday,...
  • Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to return to Baltimore to have his back examined

    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to return to Baltimore to have his back examined
    BOSTON -- Stressing that it was more precautionary than alarming, the Orioles sent starting shortstop J.J. Hardy back to Baltimore on Monday night to see a team doctor about his balky back. Hardy missed the Orioles’ final two games against the...
  • Good riddance, Jeter [Commentary]

    Good riddance, Jeter [Commentary]
    My favorite Orioles-Yankees game of the last 15 years took place during the 2012 American League Division Series. On a chilly October night at Camden Yards, the Orioles beat the Yanks 3-2 to tie the series at one game apiece. Yankee fans often...
  • With Chris Davis suspended, Orioles again scramble for replacements for absent star

    With Chris Davis suspended, Orioles again scramble for replacements for absent star
    The news that Chris Davis had been suspended 25 games for a violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy was still fresh Friday morning, as was the reality that the Orioles likely will be without one of their power bats for the rest of the year. But...
  • After five-game absence, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (lower back) starts again Friday

    After five-game absence, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (lower back) starts again Friday
    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to the starting lineup for the opening game of Friday’s split doubleheader, after nagging lower-back spasms had forced him to miss the previous five games. Hardy hadn’t played since Friday's game in...
  • Observations on the Orioles' bullpen, Nelson Cruz's big game and more

    Observations on the Orioles' bullpen, Nelson Cruz's big game and more
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Even though the Orioles used seven relievers in their 11-inning win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon, manager Buck Showalter said he didn't think he would need to call for bullpen reinforcements from the team’s...
  • Whether it's starting or in relief, Kevin Gausman ready for playoff role

    Whether it's starting or in relief, Kevin Gausman ready for playoff role
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After recording back-to-back outings of seven or more innings for the first time in his career on Saturday afternoon, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was proud he was able to get that deep in the game despite walking four...
  • Steve Pearce continues hard, good play on base paths in Orioles' win

    Steve Pearce continues hard, good play on base paths in Orioles' win
    First baseman Steve Pearce had two hits and an RBI in the Orioles’ 4-0 win Monday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. His biggest contribution, though, may have been in the sixth inning, when he ran hard to second base and slid toward...
  • Looking at the Orioles' magic number and scenarios for clinching the AL East

    Looking at the Orioles' magic number and scenarios for clinching the AL East
    BOSTON -- This is just a projection. So don’t take it to Vegas. Use it for amusement purposes only. But if the Orioles win this afternoon at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox, their magic number for clinching their first American League...
  • On brink of AL East title, Orioles could clinch with win at home for first time in 45 years

    On brink of AL East title, Orioles could clinch with win at home for first time in 45 years
    When the Toronto Blue Jays overtook the New York Yankees for second place earlier this week and then won their game Wednesday night, the Blue Jays guaranteed that the Orioles couldn't capture the American League East crown until Monday at the earliest....