Red Sox Drop Series In Oakland, Head To Seattle, Fading Fast

Clay Buchholz came off the DL yesterday, but was rusty in his first start back in the rotation, as the A’s beat the Red Sox again, 6-4 out in Oakland. Adrian Beltre hit another home run and drove in three of the four Red Sox runs, but it wasn’t enough.

Now the Red Sox head to Seattle, where Michael Silverman says that Safeco Field could really shut down their offense.

The Red Sox have the pieces, but not the time - Rob Bradford says that it has to frustrating to Theo Epstein that his plan was on its way to working before all the injuries decimated the team.

Red Sox need deadline spark - Joe McDonald says that Epstein needs to make a move.

Sox are officially in free fall - Sean McAdam says that thing aren’t looking good right now.

Losses mount, but Sox confident they’ll turn it around - Daniel Barbarisi has the Sox feeling like they can still put it together, but will it be too late?

Not an All-Star performance - Amalie Benjaman’s notebook looks at Buchholz’s struggles, and the return of Jed Lowrie.

Remy agrees to contract extension with NESN - Chad Finn has more on Remy’s new deal with NESN.

WEEI on top in radio ratings - Jessica Heslam looks at WEEI again coming out on top in the sports radio wars, but I think the real story is that WBZ-FM didn’t exist a year ago, and now they aren’t too far behind in the ratings. The numbers can also be spun whichever way a particular station wishes. WEEI can claim they’re tops in a certain demo, while WBZ-FM in another.

Positional Previews – Defensive Line - Patriots Daily with a detailed look at the D-Line.

Hold the line, Vince - Tom E Curran does the same.

Brandon Meriweather Must Improve Tackling to Become Star Safety for Patriots - Jeff Howe looks at the fourth year safety, who went to his first  Pro Bowl last season.

…and the not so good…

Friendly match not good fit for Fenway - Ron Borges says that that lack of soccer pink hats led to empty seats last night. Frank Dell’Apa (a pretty good piece) remembers a 1968 match held at Fenway.

Houk, 90, had a major impact - Nick Cafardo remembers the former Red Sox manager. Couple of pretty glaring factual errors, however.

Houk won two World Series and three pennants in two stints with the Yankees. His first run ended after the ’63 season when he became the club’s general manager and was succeeded as manager by Yogi Berra. He eventually fired Berra and Berra’s successor,Bill Virdon, and named himself manager in 1966.

It was Johnny Keane, not Virdon that Houk fired and replaced in 1966. Its actually a pretty famous sequence because Berra went 99-63 in 1964, losing the World Series in 7 games to the Cardinals. Houk then fired him anyway, and replaced him with Keane, who went 77-85 in 1965 and then started 4-16 in 1966 before Houk fired him and made himself the manager.

Virdon was manager in 1974, and to start 1975. He went 53-51 that year before he was fired and replaced with Billy Martin.

The very next sentence reads:

He led the Tigers and lost 102 games in 1975, and managed the Red Sox from 1981-85.

Houk only managed the Red Sox until 1984 before he was replaced by John McNamara.

Little things yes, but important nonetheless. (Thanks, Steve.)

  • Mike

    That Borges article was among his worst ever. It's like he didn't even try to have a good time at the game. I'd be ashamed to be the person he copied it from.

    • Jon

      That's awful. He probably shouldn't have tried to goof of the sectarianism in the Celtic/Rangers derby either. INAPPROPRIATE!!!!!!!1!!!1!1!

  • Tony

    Carfado's errors aside, in my 37 years as a Red Sox fan, I have to say that Ralph Houk got more out of his teams than practically any other manager during his tenure. Those teams from 1981-84 were not very talented (the '84 team was better than all of them and they laid the groundwork for 1986), but Houk had them in the race, somehow, in both '81 and '82. Francona is still the best Sox manager of my lifetime, obviously, but he's had the good fortune of managing a talented club with a big payroll. Houk managed during the chaotic Haywood and Buddy, post-1978 days of no pitching and payroll penny pinching, but he still managed to make three of his four summers in Boston relatively enjoyable.

    RIP

    • mandb97

      You are 100% correct Tony. Those Red Sox teams of the early 80's had very little talent but Houk got the best out of them. The fact that they were in the race from mid to late September every year was frankly a miracle.