The Boston Red Sox have gave American League MVP Dustin Pedroia an extension and a hefty raise as well we have learned. The second basemen has a signed a six-year extension worth $40.5 million that will keep him in a Red Sox uniform through the 2014 season. There is an option for the 2015 as well in the contract.

Pedroia led the AL in hits, runs and doubles in helping the Red Sox win the wild-card berth. He batted .326 with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs and also stole 20 bases.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on December 3rd, 2008
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Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia has been named the winner of the 2008 American League MVP Award! Pedroia received 16 out of 28 first place votes to easily beat out runner up Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins.

Congrats to Mr. Pedroia!

Post info: By GoSoxGo on November 18th, 2008
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It wasn’t the way the players, coaches, or fans wanted the season to end, but the Boston Red Sox were beat by the Tampa Bay Rays in game 7 of the ALCS on Sunday night. The Red Sox offense struggled against Matt Garza as they only had three hits and one run in the 3-1 loss.

Jon Lester and the sox pitchers didn’t throw the ball bad. The Rays just got key hits when they needed to and hit a solo home run. Lester took the loss which was his second of the series. He tossed seven innings and was charged with six hits and all three runs that the Rays scored. The Rays scored on a single, double, and home run.

The only offense for the sox was a Dustin Pedroia solo home run in the first inning. Coco Crisp and Jason Bay had the other two hits for team. The rest of the offense was terrible and they were never able to figure Garza or the Rays bullpen out. The big bats in the lineup didn’t show up that is for sure.

I will say congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays as they head into the World Series to take on the Philadelphia Phillies. If any Red Sox fans would like to read our blogs about the Phillies or Rays you can goto Phillies Homeplate and Rays Homeplate.

Now we will sit back and see what management decides to do with players and contracts in the off season. We will still be blogging about rumors and trades so check back daily!

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on October 20th, 2008
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I hope everyone is still alive after the blow out loss last night. How dissapointing is this to see the team play so terrible at home against the Tampa Bay Rays? If the 13-4 route on Tuesday night wasn’t bad enough, the Rays are now sending their ace Scott Kazmir to the mound in game five as they hope to finish off the Red Sox and advance to the World Series.

Things were bad right from the get go in game four as Tim Wakefield served up two home runs and allowed three runs in the first inning. Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar both went deep off the knuckle baller to put the Rays up 3-0. Wakefield would only last 2 2/3 innings but that was 2 2/3 innings to much as he gave up six hits and five runs including three home runs.

The bullpen wasn’t much better then Wakefield. Justin Masterson was charged with one run while Mike Timlin gave up two. The big blow to the bullpen was Manny Delcarmen who gave up five runs. The Rays just kept moving base runners along and played station to station baseball to score runs off the Red Sox bullpen. It’s too bad because the pitching staff never gave the offense a chance to get back into the game.

Kevin Youkilis led the offense with two rbi as he grounded out to score David Ortiz in the seventh inning and then added a rbi double to score Dustin Pedroia in the eight inning. Earlier in the eighth, Pedroia got on base via a rbi single that plated Jed Lowrie. The first Sox run came in the third inning on a Kevin Cash solo home run. That was the only home run the Sox would get as they just didn’t hit the ball hard against the Rays.

So now it is onto game five of the series. It is a win or go home situration for the Red Sox and they know that of course. They will be facing off against Scott Kazmir while they send Daisuke Matzuzaka. Let’s stay behind this team because we know that they come back and win the series if they start hitting the ball and the pitching staff stops allowing so many early runs and home runs. Stay positive Sox Nation.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on October 15th, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox got off to the start they wanted to in the ALCS as they took game one down in Tampa by the score of 2-0. The sox got out of jams in the game and limited the Rays to only four hits as they went up 1-0 in the best of seven series.

Dice K was great as he pitched seven innings and only gave up four hits to the Rays. Dice K struck out nine batters but also walked four. The walks were the only reason that the Rays were really threatning to score any runs but then Matsusaka worked out of the jams without allowing any runs to score. K was actually throwing a no hitter until the seventh inning when Carl Crawford broke up the no-no.

Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game by pretty much throwing fastballs and recorded the save. Papelbon struck out two of the three batters that he faced.

There wasn’t much offense for the Red Sox as they faced off against James Shields. They were only able to come up with two runs on seven hits in the game. Jed Lowrie got the scoring started in the fifth inning with a rbi sac fly that scored Jason Bay. Kevin Youkilis then added the second and final run in the seventh inning when he doubled and plated Dustin Pedroia.

It could be another low scoring game on Saturday as the Red Sox will send Josh Beckett to the mound against the Rays and Scott Kazmir. Hopefully the Sox can get to Kazmir early and take the pressure off Beckett but we will have to see.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on October 11th, 2008
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What a great game for the Boston Red Sox on Monday night as they opened up a three game series down in Tampa against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox hammered the Rays for a 13-5 win and they are now tied with the Rays for the division lead.

The sox offense got right at things in the the first inning as they scored four runs in the first inning and then knocked out Rays starting pitcher Scott Kazmir after only three innings. David Ortiz had four rbi while Kevin Youkilis finished the game with three rbi. Jason Varitek added two rbi and four others had one rbi each. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Cash, and Jason Bay all finished with one rbi. In total, the sox hit 6 home runs off the Rays pitchers.

Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for the Red Sox but only pitched five innings. His five innings of action was enough to get the win and improve his record to 17-2 however. Dice-K had given up three hits and one run while striking out seven.

Chris Smith pitched the next two innings and gave up four hits, four runs, and two home runs. Not a good outing for Smith, it was a good thing that the Sox had scored so many runs that the runs Smith gave up really didn’t matter.

The Red Sox will now try to take the division lead on Tuesday night as they face off against the Rays once again.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on September 15th, 2008
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It was a bad 14th inning for Red Sox relief pitcher Mike Timlin on Wendesday night. Timlin gave up a three run home run to Carlos Pena and the Tampa Bay Rays went onto beat the Red Sox 4-2 and extend their lead in the division to 2.5 games.

Timlin of course took the loss and it was too bad because the Red Sox pitching staff was pretty good the rest of the night. Josh Beckett tossed six innings while allowing six hits and one run. Beckett struck out seven Rays batters but ended up with a no decision due to the lack of run support from the offense.

Dustin Pedroia had the first rbi for the sox in the third inning when he doubled to left field and Jed Lowrie scored. The sox would not score again until the bottom of the 14th inning when they loaded the bases but were only able to score one run. Kevin Youkilis hit a rbi sac fly to right field for that rbi.

So now the Red Sox will be off on Thursday and then start up a weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays who have been playing some awesome baseball lately. It will be a tough series that is for sure.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on September 11th, 2008
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What a come back by the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon as they scored five un-answered runs and eventually beat the Baltimore Orioles in ten innings. the Red Sox scored twince in the seventh and eighth innings and then pushed across the winning run in the tenth inning to complete the three game sweep of the O’s.

Dustin Pedroia got things started in the seventh inning with a solo home run that made the score 4-1. Coco Crisp then walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 in the seventh. Onto the eighth inning when the Red Sox scored two more runs on a Mark Kotsay triple to tie the game at 4-4. In the top of the tenth inning, the Red Sox started the inning with two singles and then scored the winning run when Jacoby Ellsbury bunted and Orioles pitcher Jim Miller committed an error that allowed Alex Cora to score.

Justin Masterson earned the victory and improved to 5-4 on the season as he pitched the ninth and tenth innings of the game. Dice-K was the Red Sox starter and he gave up four runs over six innings to get the no decision.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on September 3rd, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox once again used their high powered offense as eight different players had a rbi and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 10-0. It was a great showing by the three pitchers that pitched as well as all of the batters that had no problems against the Rangers.

Nine runs in the second inning blew the game open for the Sox. Coco Crisp, Alex Cora, J.D. Drew, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, and Jed Lowrie all had rbi’s in the second inning. Ortiz had the big shot that was a three run home run. In the eighth inning, Jeff Bailey got in on the action with an rbi of his own as well.

Dice-K threw seven strong innings to pick up the win. He allowed six hits and five runs but worked his way out of jams without allowing any runs. Manny Delcarmen and Mike Timlin both tossed one inning each in the game after Dice-K left the game.

Now the Red Sox will play the Toronto Blue Jays in a three game weekend series. Let’s all hope for another Red Sox sweep!

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on August 14th, 2008
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There isn’t a whole lot to blog about tonight because the Boston Red Sox were almost no hit by John Lackey and the Los Angeles Angels.  Lackey shut down the Red Sox for nine innings and he had plenty of offense to get the win in the game while only givine up one hit.  Dustin Pedroia came through with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning and then Kevin Youkilis hit a two run home run for the Red Sox two runs.

Clay Buchholz was the starting pitcher for the Sox and he took the loss after giving up six hits and six runs.  Five of those six runs were earned as well.  Craig Hansen recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning after Buchholz was taken out of the game.  Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless eighth inning and then Jonathan Papelbon came in to pitch the ninth inning without giving up a run.

You have to give it to the Angels and Lackey for almost throwing the no-no, they had the Red Sox number tonight.

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