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Video: Lackey strikes out 11 Yanks over 8 innings

It was overshadowed by the pine tar incident, but John Lackey was phenomenal against the Yankees.

Pineda's pine tar problem highlights flaw in rules

Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's game for using a foreign substance. So what's the issue with pine tar?

Salem Red Sox update: Johnson, Littrell, Martin

Strikeouts everywhere.

Sox roster battle: Herrera vs. Holt

Much like in spring training, Jonathan Herrera and Brock Holt are battling for the utility man role when Will Middlebrooks returns to the active roster.

Frustration, thy name is Red Sox

Things aren't going well for the Red Sox. They might get better though.

David Ortiz hits AL's longest homer of 2014

The next one isn't even close to Papi's blast, either.

The familiar, frustrating dance around .500

The Red Sox just can't seem to get over that final hump to reach .500. It's a familiar struggle for this franchise.

Greenville Drive update: Margot, Callahan, Smith

Margot impresses given his age, Callahan scuffles maybe thanks to his, and Smith has some things to work on.

Is Jonny Gomes really clutch?

When the Red Sox decided to start Jonny Gomes during the World Series, one of the words that was thrown around a lot was "intangibles." What did Jonny Gomes do in 2013 that made him valuable? How does that compare to the rest of his career?

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Sox win despite (and thanks to) chaotic 9th inning

Dustin Pedroia took advantage of a poor throw to end the game.

Koji walked a batter but not before making history

Koji's streak holds historical weight for both length and dominance.

Red Sox recall Brock Holt, DFA Ryan Roberts

The infield gets a makeover with Holt back in Boston and Roberts out of town.

What do the Red Sox do when Victorino returns?

The Red Sox seemingly have an outfield log jam when Shane Victorino returns from injury.

PawSox update: De La Rosa, Brentz, Britton

Rubby's last shot at starting is going well, Brentz is scuffling, and Britton's still in relief.

Jon Lester is as good as he's ever been

He's going about it a different way, but he's still the Jon Lester the Red Sox need.

Roberts' Red Sox career could be over soon

Ryan Roberts was brought in to provide some infield insurance in the wake of Will Middlebrooks' absence, but it hasn't gone well, and his time here could be over soon.

An odd couple of weeks for Xander Bogaerts

After starting out the season hot, Xander Bogaerts has had an odd couple of weeks, on and off the field.

Portland Sea Dogs update: Betts, Ramos, Ramirez

Betts is lighting up the Eastern League, Ramos is struggling in his transition, and Ramirez is somewhere in between.

Greenville Drive update: Kukuk, Lin, Asuaje

Another talented young lefty, a light-hitting shortstop with a glove, and an intriguing player at the keystone.

Breaking down Felix Doubront's struggles

Felix Doubront has not started off the season hot through three starts, despite flashes of excellence in the recent past. So, what's happening to the Boston lefty?

Bradley drives in winning runs vs. position player

A win is a win, regardless of what position the pitcher normally plays.

Jackie Robinson: Ending the beginning of the fight

Jackie Robinson Day isn't the celebration of the end of racism in professional baseball—it marks the end of the beginning of a long struggle.

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