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Recent articles by Alex:

Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa get Houston loud and rolling in Game 1 victory

Leading into the sixth despite another lackluster performance by Chris Sale, the Red Sox bullpen couldn't hold down Houston's explosive lineup, and its offense squandered too many chances to open the ALCS. → Read More

Nate Eovaldi back in Houston where so much began, better than few could’ve imagined

The Red Sox ace attended Alvin High School, alma mater of Nolan Ryan and just 30 miles or so from Houston's Minute Maid Park, and many of the things that made him a special talent there continue to define him today. → Read More

A reunion series with Houston puts all of Alex Cora’s cards on the table for inspection

The Red Sox manager deserves, and receives, a ton of praise for helping resurrect a last-place team to the last four of the season, but facing Houston forces him to again confront the decisions that nearly cost him his career. → Read More

Xander Bogaerts has gone from a scared playoff rookie to sacrosanct connective tissue of Red Sox championship eras

In 2013, David Ortiz represented the connective thread between Red Sox championship eras. In 2018, though injured, Dustin Pedroia served a similar role. Now, it is the 29-year-old Bogaerts. → Read More

Red Sox are plenty familiar with the Astros in the playoffs

The Red Sox and Astros also squared off in the 2018 ALCS and the 2017 ALDS. → Read More

How the partnership between Chaim Bloom and Alex Cora helped the Red Sox reach the ALCS

The Sox matched a franchise record by using 56 players and set one by employing 33 pitchers. → Read More

Kiké Hernández walkoff sacrifice fly in bottom of ninth lifts Red Sox past Rays, into AL Championship Series

Boston squandered a 5-0 lead before pulling it out in its final at-bat again, finishing off Tampa Bay in four games and continuing an improbable 2021 season. → Read More

Red Sox vs Rays: ALDS Game 4 live updates

Can Game 4 top the drama of Game 3 in the American League Division Series between the Red Sox and Rays? We're about to find out. → Read More

Red Sox continue to deal with conundrum regarding a frustrated Chris Sale

Sale withstood inconsistency in both his mechanics and stuff through August and most of September, but has hit the skids with a bad final inning in Baltimore, then two disastrous starts against the Nationals and Rays. → Read More

With Chris Sale chased early, Tanner Houck came in from bullpen to provide much-needed relief

The rookie delivered an epic relief performance that added to a remarkable week of season-saving situations, stretching his perfect-innings run to 9 2/3 innings. → Read More

Rays’ Randy Arozarena produced one of the most dazzling games in postseason history

Arozarena had a home run, a steal of home, and scored three runs in Game 1. → Read More

J.D. Martinez on Red Sox roster for playoff series vs. Rays

Martinez injured his ankle and missed the American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees. → Read More

Sizing up the the mystery of the mound at Tropicana Field

Red Sox pitchers noticed significant differences in some of their metrics in Tampa Bay, and the Rays' 2.93 home ERA also is the best in the majors, but what is really behind it? → Read More

Red Sox manager Alex Cora calls J.D. Martinez’s ankle injury ‘very serious’

Martinez, however, is not on crutches and there remains hope that he’d recover in time to contribute in a best-of-five Division Series. → Read More

Red Sox part ways with Triple A manager Billy McMillon

McMillon spent three seasons as the Triple A manager, and guided the WooSox to a 74-54 mark this year. → Read More

A year after his exile from baseball, Red Sox manager Alex Cora appreciates family, and the grind, more than ever

The accomplishment of a 92-win season was significant, but there was unavoidably more for Cora. → Read More

So many playoff scenarios are in play for the Red Sox on Sunday. Here’s a breakdown of all the possibilities

Boston guaranteed its season will not end on Sunday, but remains to be seen whether the team will play a Game 163 or advance directly to the Wild Card Game. → Read More

Back-to-back homers spark Red Sox victory over Nationals

Hunter Renfroe and Bobby Dalbec had homers in the sixth as the Red Sox took a 4-0 lead. → Read More

With no DH available in Washington, Red Sox outfield shifts to team’s power hitters

The Red Sox made a calculated decision to try to jumpstart a struggling offense that had scored three or fewer runs in five of the previous six games. → Read More

Your AL wild card breakdown for Thursday, Sept. 30: What the Red Sox need to do to make the playoffs

The Yankees still retain the top wild card spot and their magic number for clinching a playoff spot remains three with four games remaining. → Read More