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Season Preview: Boston fans hope the loss of Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez to free agency will be balanced by veteran additions Justin Turner, Adam Duvall, Kenley Jansen, and Corey Kluber. The team’s relief pitching, which was a weakness in 2022, is much better this year, but the starting pitching is not. The Red Sox will need big seasons from their stars, led by Rafael Devers and Chris Sale, as well as their rookies, including Triston Casas, to win more games than they lose.
Season Recap: The Red Sox found themselves in unfamiliar territory at the end of 2022—in last place. Boston went 78–84 a year after coming within striking distance of the World Series and the fans at Fenway Park were not happy. The team played well early, but fell apart in the second half, including a 28–5 home loss to the Blue Jays. Infielders Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts had big years at the plate, but sluggers Trevor Story and JD Martinez fell short of their usual numbers.
Season Preview: The arrival of slugging Trevor Story is the big news in Boston heading into 2022. He teams with infielders Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers to give the Red Sox one of the hardest-hitting infields in the league. J.D. Martinez and Kiké Hernandez round out a batting order that should produce plenty of runs. Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta figure to give Boston lots of quality innings as fans wait for pitching ace Chris Sale to return to health. If and when he does, the Red Sox could be a very dangerous playoff team.
Season Recap: The Red Sox finished an up-and-down season with 92 wins and a Wild Card slot. They blew out the Yankees and overwhelmed the Rays to reach the ALCS, but the Astros were even hotter and defeated them 4 games to 2. A patchwork pitching staff was held together by starter Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez, but hitting was the big story in Fenway Park. Six different Red Sox clubbed 20 or more home runs, led by Rafael Devers, who had 38 homers and 113 RBIs in an MVP-quality season. Clutch hitting by Hunter Renfroe, JD Martinez, Alex Verdugo, Xander Bogaerts, and Kiké Hernandez provided countless thrills in the regular season and playoffs.
April 4, 2021: Marwin Gonzalez became the first player in history to start at four different positions in the first four games of the season. Gonzalez manned first, second, third and left field in Boston’s first four games.
Season Preview: If pitchers Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez stay healthy in 2021, the Red Sox will win more games than they lose. Will they make the playoffs in a tough division? That may depend on JD Martinez, Rafael Devers, and Xander Bogaerts—along with newcomers Marwin Gonzalez and Kike Hernandez, who will have to make up for the loss of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi.
Season Recap: Injuries destroyed Boston’s season and cost manager Ron Roenicke his job. The Red Sox got good years from Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Alex Verdugo. And Jackie Bradley Jr. made an amazing play in center field almost every week. A 1–9 record against the arch-rival Yankees made a difficult season for Fenway fans even worse.
September 08, 2020: Bobby Dalbec homered in a 5–2 win over the Phillies. It was Dalbec’s fourth game in a row with a home run—a new record for Boston rookies.
Season Preview: Boston fans will be rooting for batting stars Rafael Devers, JD Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts in 2020, but they may not have much to cheer about when it comes to pitching. Age and injuries have forced the team to rely on some unfamiliar faces, including Martin Perez and Zach Godley. Chris Sale, the leader of the starting staff, underwent season-ending surgery in March.
Season Recap: 2018 MVP Mookie Betts didn’t get much to hit in 2019, but still had a good season—leading the AL in runs scored and playing an amazing right field. The breakout star for Boston was 22-year-old Rafael Devers, who led the team in hits and average, and was tops in the AL in total bases. The rest of the lineup was good, too, but the Red Sox did not get the pitching they had during their championship run lasts season. Chris Sale and David Price spent long stretches on the injured list and no one stepped up to replace Craig Kimbrel as the closer.
August 13, 2019: Rafael Devers became the first player to go 6-for-6 in a game with four doubles.
Season Preview: Boston defends its world championship minus its best relief pitcher, Craig Kimbrel, who became a free agent. Otherwise, the Red Sox look like a good bet to win another pennant. There are no easy outs in the everyday lineup and the starting pitching is excellent. MVP Mookie Betts and left-handed ace Chris Sale are supported by All-Stars JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, David Price and new leadoff hitter Andrew Benintendi.
Season Recap: The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in the World Series to win their fourth championship since 2004. Boston won 108 games under its “rookie” manager, Alex Cora—the first time they had won 100 games since 1946. Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Chris Sale started the All-Star Game for the AL, with Betts winning the batting title and Martinez leading the league in RBIs. The Red Sox were at their best when everyone contributed. Jackie Bradley was named MVP of the League Championship Series, Steve Pearce was MVP of the World Series, and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi pitched heroically throughout September and October.
May 5, 2018: Craig Kimbrel recorded his 300th save against the Rangers at the age of 29. No one in history reached 300 saves faster.
Season Preview: There is no rest for enemy pitchers when they face the Red Sox. The lineup is stocked with good hitters from top to bottom, including Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez, and newcomer J.D. Martinez. The starting staff, led by Chris Sale, is the best in the league, while closer Craig Kimbrel is lights-out most games. Boston’s only weakness may be health—Dustin Pedroia starts the year with a bad knee and pitcher David Price is coming back from a sore elbow.
Season Recap: Boston finished atop the AL East for the second year in a row. Young hitters Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogarts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts helped the team score many late-inning comebacks in the season’s final weeks. Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz tied for the club lead with 17 victories. The Red Sox lost to the Astros in the first round of the playoffs.
September 20, 2017: Chris Sale fanned 13 Orioles to become the first AL pitcher with 300 strikeouts in the 21st century. He would finish with 308 for the season.
May 31, 2017: Chris Sale tied his own AL record by striking out 10 or batters for the eighth game in a row.
November 1, 2016: The Red Sox scored almost 200 more runs than they allowed in 2016 and won the AL East. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley and Rick Porcello emerged as major stars, while old-timer David Ortiz had one of history’s greatest “farewell” seasons with 38 home runs and 127 RBIs. Porcello led the league with 22 victories and won the Cy Young Award. Boston looked like a sure thing to win the pennant until the playoffs, when the Red Sox lost to the red-hot Cleveland Indians.
May 14, 2016: David Oritz smacked his 600th double in a game against the Astros. He joined Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the only players in history with 500 homers and 600 doubles.
October 6, 2015: The Red Sox struggled for the second year in a row. David Oritz led the club with 37 homers and 108 RBIs, while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts had breakout years. However, Boston missed pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey, who helped their new teams reach the playoffs.
April 5, 2015: The Red Sox have several talented pitchers, but will one step up to become the ace of the staff? Newcomers Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez will give the team a hitting boost, and young Mookie Betts is ready to become a star. It will probably come down to pitching for Boston this year.
November 1, 2014: Defending a championship is one of the toughest challenges in baseball. The Red Sox found out just how tough when they won a mere 71 games after their World Series victory in 2013. David Ortiz and Duston Pedroia swung hot bats, but their teammates failed to live up to expectations. Late in the year, the team traded John Lackey and Jon Lester. The players they received in return should help them return to form in 2015.
March 31, 2014: David Ortiz drove in his 1,500th run in a game against the Blue Jays. Only 52 other players had reached this mark.
March 31, 2014: One of the hardest things to do in baseball is win back-to-back championships. The Red Sox should get good pitching again this year, but the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees and the age of stars David Ortiz and Koji Uehara could prevent Boston from finishing atop the AL East.
October 30, 2013: After two disappointing seasons, the Red Sox bounced back to win the World Series. They became the second team in history to go from “worst to first” by beating the Cardinals 4 games to 2. The team had a new hero almost every game, but their standout performers in the postseason included Koji Uehara, David Ortiz and John Lackey. Lackey became the first pitcher to win clinching World Series games for two different teams, while Oritz batted .688 against St. Louis and was named World Series MVP. The Red Sox celebrated their first World Series win at Fenway Park since 1918.
September 7, 2013: Seven different Red Sox hit home runs in a victory over the Detroit Tigers. This tied the AL record. The Reds still hold the major league record with eught players homering in one game.
July 10, 2013: David Ortiz stroked a double against the Mariners for his 1,699th hit as a Designated Hitter. That broke the all-time record held by Harold Baines.
March 30, 2013: Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. made headlines with a monster spring training, but it will be veterans like Justin Pedroia and David Ortiz—and newcomers Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino—who the club will depend on most. Fans hope that ace Jon Lester regains the form he had before a poor 2012 season.
October 3, 2012: The Red Sox finished fifth in the AL East after a long and difficult season. Injuries struck the lineup hard, and by the end of the summer three of their best players—Adrian Hernandez, Carl Crawford, and Kevin Youkilis—had been traded away. Boston will look to rebuild for 2013 around experienced stars like Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jon Lester.
August 21, 2012: Eight days after Boston legend Johnny Pesky passed away, every player on the Red Sox took the field against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wearing Pesky’s old uniform number 6.
July 4, 2012: David “Big Papi” Ortiz socked the 400th homer of his career in a game against the Oakland A’s. The last player to hit his 400th in a Boston uniform was Manny Ramirez in 2005.
April 20, 2012: Fenway Park turned 100 years old. The Green Monster has been part of the ballpark since it opened in 1912, but it was not painted green until 1947. Before that, the wall had been covered by advertising signs.
March, 2012: The Red Sox remade their bullpen over the winter. Jonathan Papelbon is now pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. In his place are Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. They saved a total of 44 games for the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros in 2011.
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Playing for the Championship
|1903||Pittsburgh Pirates||Won 5–3|
|1912||New York Giants||Won 4–3|
|1915||Philadelphia Phillies||Won 4–1|
|1916||Brooklyn Robins||Won 4–1|
|1918||Chicago Cubs||Won 4–2|
|1946||St. Louis Cardinals||Lost 4–3|
|1967||St. Louis Cardinals||Lost 4–3|
|1975||Cincinnati Reds Lost||Lost 4–3|
|1986||New York Mets||Lost 4–3|
|2004||St. Louis Cardinals||Won 4–0|
|2007||Colorado Rockies||Won 4–0|
|2013||St. Louis Cardinals||Won 4–2|
|2018||Los Angeles Dodgers||Won 4–1|
*The 1903 World Series was a best-of-9 format.