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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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  • Orioles' slow start is alarming, but it's not time to completely panic yet

    Orioles' slow start is alarming, but it's not time to completely panic yet
    It is fortunate for the Orioles that the 2014 season has opened with a burst of American League parity. They lost five of their first seven games and displayed all manner of disturbing tendencies in the process, but they picked a good time to do it...
  • Ubaldo Jimenez's track record shows early-season struggles

    Ubaldo Jimenez's track record shows early-season struggles
    NEW YORK – Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez can’t pinpoint why April has typically been his most difficult month of the season, but he knows he can rebound from a pair of rocky starts to open his Orioles career because he’s done it before....
  • Oriole baseball history includes loss to Westminster in 1885 [Column]

    Roses are red, violets are blue. I hate snow ... and you should too. For those with a bad case of chionophobia — a fear of snow — no worries, spring is near. We know this because last Monday was Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles. After...
  • Chris Tillman is sniffing around ace status (and other Orioles observations)

    Chris Tillman is sniffing around ace status (and other Orioles observations)
    There probably have been five times in the past 20 months or so that I've written a game story about Chris Tillman's continued emergence/maturation as a pitcher. Several times I've written about whether he is – or is at least on his way to...
  • Orioles snap four-game losing streak with 3-1 victory over Detroit Tigers

    Orioles snap four-game losing streak with 3-1 victory over Detroit Tigers
    DETROIT -- Chris Tillman isn't going to admit it, but his progression into staff ace took another step Sunday afternoon when he outdueled the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander and halted the Orioles' four-game losing streak. “He’s...
  • Bud Norris finishes a strong spring and will likely slot fourth or fifth in rotation

    Bud Norris finishes a strong spring and will likely slot fourth or fifth in rotation
    FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Bud Norris has talked this spring about showing Orioles fans what he can do when he is healthy and pitching at the level he demands from himself. He used the Grapefruit League to make his point, finishing a good...
  • Markakis scratched with neck stiffness (Machado, roster moves, Schoop, Norfolk)

    Markakis scratched with neck stiffness (Machado, roster moves, Schoop, Norfolk)
    Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has been scratched from Saturday’s exhibition with Triple-A Norfolk because of neck stiffness. Markakis said he had no discomfort early this morning, then dealt with neck stiffness while on the flight from...
  • Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock to throw out first pitch before tonight's Orioles-Red Sox game

    Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock to throw out first pitch before tonight's Orioles-Red Sox game
    When Erika Brannock was a guest of the Orioles during a game at Camden Yards last June, she was still in a wheelchair but vowed to return in 2014 to throw out a first pitch before a game. Less than a year after the 29-year-old Brannock lost her left leg...
  • Near-misses, hot-hitting Red Sox foil Orioles in 4-3 series-ending loss

    Near-misses, hot-hitting Red Sox foil Orioles in 4-3 series-ending loss
    The Orioles had plenty of time to digest their 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards on Thursday night. After dropping two of three to the defending World Series champions to open the season, they lingered in the home clubhouse, waiting to...
  • Orioles' early offensive struggles seem all too familiar

    Orioles' early offensive struggles seem all too familiar
    It’s easy to be critical of the Orioles’ offense three games into the season, simply because we’ve seen the script play out this way before. Down the stretch last season, and even as far back as the 2012 postseason, the vaunted Orioles...
  • Long a weakness for Orioles, starting rotation full of potential this year

    Long a weakness for Orioles, starting rotation full of potential this year
    When Ubaldo Jimenez was about to sign the biggest free-agent deal for a pitcher in Orioles franchise history, he considered the rotation he was joining. Frankly, he didn't know much about it. He had pitched with Miguel Gonzalez years ago in a minor...
  • Not surprisingly, Red Sox squeeze Orioles rotation

    Not surprisingly, Red Sox squeeze Orioles rotation
    This should come as no surprise, but the Red Sox managed to wear down all three Orioles starting pitchers that faced them during the season-opening series at Oriole Park. Opening Day starter Chris Tillman was pushed to his pitch limit, but the Orioles...