The four seasons within a season


The four seasons within a season

By Bill Chuck
Special to

If you will excuse the poetic license, the four seasons for Red Sox Nation are the Regular Season, the Home Season, the Yankees Season series, and the Postseason. Friday, the home season and the Yankee season series begin together which is why today well take a look at the greatest rivalry since the Montagues and Capulets. Lets be honest, the Sox will win a few and lose a few against teams like Texas and Cleveland, but these series are the games that everyone talks about, everyone cares about, these are the games that everyone wants to win.

Okay lets go big picture first and look at the all-time numbers between these two franchises. To be historically accurate, it should be noted that in 1901 and 1902, the current Yankees were known as the Baltimore Orioles and from 1903 through 1912 they were the New York Highlanders. From 1901 to 1907, the Red Sox were the Americans.

Team Stats from 1901 to 2010
The Yankees and the Red Sox have played 2,082 regular season games.
The Red Sox have won 942 games.
The Yankees have won 1,126 games.
The Sox wonlost percentage is .456.
The Yankees have outscored the Sox 9,964 to 9,120.
The Red Sox' record at home against the Yanks is a remarkably close 522-519.
The Yankees have had their way with the Sox in New York, 420-607.

Team Stats from 2001 to 2010
The Yanks and the Red Sox have played 185 regular-season games.
The Red Sox have won 86 games.
The Yankees have won 99 games.
The Sox wonlost percentage is .465.
The Yankees have outscored the Sox 963 to 960.
The Red Sox record at home against the Yanks is a remarkably close 47-46.
The Yankees have had their way with the Sox in New York, 39-53.

The Delicious Stat (so yummy I gain weight thinking about it):
In each of the last three seasons, the record between the two clubs is 9-9.

Batting Stats
These players started more games, by position, than any players in Red Sox history. Here is just how they did against the Yankees throughout their careers.

C Jason Varitek 165 games, .225, 21 homers, and 83 RBI
1B George Boomer Scott 221 games, .291, 27 homers, and 122 RBI
2B Bobby Doerr 269 games, .260, 26 homers, and 149 RBI
3B Wade Boggs 132 games, .319, 2 homers, and 44 RBI
SS Everett Scott stats incomplete
LF Carl Yastrzemski 329 games, .283, 52 homers, and 163 RBI
CF Tris Speaker stats incomplete
RF Dwight Evans 228 games, .251, 32 homers, and 118 RBI
DH David Ortiz 152 games, .305, 31 homers, and 115 RBI

Your 2011 starting nine versus the Yankees:

Jacoby Ellsbury 39 games, .255, 2 homers, and 17 RBI (21 of 26 in steal attempts)
Carl Crawford 138 games (all with Tampa Bay), .301, 5 homers and 66 RBI (47 of 53 in steal attempts)
Dustin Pedroia 60 games, .292, 3 homers, and 25 RBI
Adrian Gonzalez 3 games (all with San Diego), .273 1 homer, 1 RBI
Kevin Youkilis 83 games, .326, 10 homers, 51 RBI
David Ortiz 152 career games, .305, 31 homers, and 115 RBI
J.D. Drew 66 career games, .246, 6 homers, and 23 RBI
Marco Scutaro 78 career games, .240, 5 homers, 33 RBI
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 7 career games, .214, 0 homers, 2 RBI

Career games indicate not just with the Red Sox

Joe DiMaggio vs. Boston
253 games - .334, 46 homers, 222 RBI

Ted Williams vs. New York
327 games - .345, 62 homers, 229 RBI

Jerry Remy 87 games, .246 1 homer, 22 RBI
Jim Rice 170 games, .330, 36 homers, 129 RBI


G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA Kevin Youkilis 8 34 26 8 12 3 1 2 9 0 0 6 3 .462 Jed Lowrie 8 32 25 8 11 1 0 3 6 0 0 7 4 .440 J.D. Drew 17 70 64 10 20 4 0 3 9 1 0 5 11 .313 Dustin Pedroia 8 39 32 9 8 3 0 1 3 0 0 6 6 .250 Mike Cameron 3 12 10 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .300 David Ortiz 17 69 60 6 18 2 0 2 9 0 0 8 13 .300 Marco Scutaro 15 71 64 5 15 3 0 0 6 0 0 7 6 .234 Jason Varitek 2 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .200 Darnell McDonald 8 32 32 3 6 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 9 .188 Jacoby Ellsbury 6 29 25 2 4 1 0 0 1 5 0 3 5 .160 Carl Crawford wTampa 18 78 73 7 23 1 1 1 14 9 0 3 14 .315 Team Total 190 718 633 97 168 35 1 23

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.


Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.


Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"


It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.


Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."


Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.