To say the Red Sox pitching has been disappointing this season is an understatement. Their 4.86 team earned run average is the worst in the American League.
You know the old saying -- usually heard in professional sports when a team fires its manager or head coach: "You can't fire 25 [or 53 or whatever the applicable number is] players.''
Beset with the worst ERA in the American League and a starting rotation that too often can't get past the fifth inning, the Red Sox fired pitching coach Juan Nieves Thursday.
BOSTON - The beginning of Justin Masterson's game should have been a warning.
He walked the first batter of the game, then plunked the second.