2007 Boston Red Sox season

The 2007 Boston Red Sox season was the 107th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Managed by Terry Francona, the Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 96 wins and 66 losses. In the postseason, the Red Sox first swept the American League West champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS. In the ALCS, the Red Sox defeated the American League Central champion Cleveland Indians in seven games, despite falling behind 3–1 in the series. Advancing to the World Series, the Red Sox swept the National League champion Colorado Rockies, to capture their second championship in four years.[1]

2007 Boston Red Sox
World Series Champion
American League Champion
American League East Division Champion
Major League affiliations
Record96–66 (.593)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Henry (New England Sports Ventures)
PresidentLarry Lucchino
General manager(s)Theo Epstein
Manager(s)Terry Francona
Local televisionNew England Sports Network
Local radioWRKO
WROL (Spanish)
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On November 14, 2006, Major League Baseball announced that the Red Sox had competed for the rights to negotiate a contract with Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. Boston won with a bid of US$51.1 million and had 30 days to complete a deal. On December 13, 2006, the day before the deadline, Matsuzaka signed a six-year contract worth $52 million.

It was initially announced that closer Jonathan Papelbon would become a starter in 2007, partially to protect his arm from the injury that sidelined him. Pitchers Hideki Okajima, J. C. Romero and Joel Piñeiro were signed as free agents. Brendan Donnelly was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for pitcher Phil Seibel.

However, there was no clear candidate for the closer role. Papelbon wanted to re-fill that spot, and team officials believed he had rehabilitated himself so well in the offseason that his health of this shoulder was no longer a concern, and allowed him to return to the bullpen.[2]

The Red Sox lost free agent Álex González to the Cincinnati Reds (leading the Red Sox to sign Julio Lugo) and Mark Loretta to the Houston Astros (allowing Dustin Pedroia to become the team's starting second baseman). Trot Nixon, also a free agent, signed with the Cleveland Indians, creating the need for a right fielder. The Red Sox pursued J. D. Drew, who had recently opted out of the remainder of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers to become a free agent. However, the Red Sox medical staff had concerns about Drew's previously injured shoulder. On January 25, 2007, the Red Sox and Drew agreed to a five-year deal worth $70 million.

Outfielder Gabe Kapler, age 31, announced his retirement to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a coach. The Red Sox named him manager of their single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive.

At the end of spring training of 2007, the Red Sox traded minor league veteran catcher Alberto Castillo for Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cory Keylor.

Regular season

Alex Cora turning a double-play against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on April 16, 2007

Opening Day lineup

23Julio LugoSS
20Kevin Youkilis1B
34David OrtizDH
24Manny RamírezLF
  7J. D. DrewRF
25Mike Lowell3B
33Jason VaritekC
10Coco CrispCF
15Dustin Pedroia2B
38Curt SchillingP

Honoring a Boston legend

Bright green jerseys, with "Red Sox" in white letters outlined in red across the front, were worn on April 20 to honor former Boston Celtics coach, general manager, and president Red Auerbach, who had died during the previous off-season. The jerseys also had players' names on the back, believed to be a first for Red Sox home uniforms.[3]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 9666 0.593 51–30 45–36
New York Yankees 9468 0.580 2 52–29 42–39
Toronto Blue Jays 8379 0.512 13 49–32 34–47
Baltimore Orioles 6993 0.426 27 35–46 34–47
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6696 0.407 30 37–44 29–52

Record vs. opponents

Baltimore 6–125–33–41–57–03–70–79–94–42–711–74–68–106–12
Boston 12–67–15–23–43–36–44–38–104–44–513–56–49–912–6
Chicago 3–51–77–1111–712–65–49–94–64–51–76–12–43–44–14
Cleveland 4–32–511–712–611–75–514–40–66–44–38–26–34–29–9
Detroit 5–14–37–116–1211–73–512–64–44–66–43–45–44–314–4
Kansas City 0–73–36–127–117–115–29–91–96–43–64–35–43–410–8
Los Angeles 7–34–64–55–55–32–56–36–39–1013–66–210–93–414–4
Minnesota 7–03–49–94–146–129–93–62–55–26–33–47–24–611–7
New York 9–910–86–46–04–49–13–65–22–45–510–85–110–810–8
Oakland 4–44–45–44–66–44–610–92–54–25–144–69–105–410–8
Seattle 7–25–47–13–44–66–36–133–65–514–54–311–84–59–9
Tampa Bay 7–115–131–62–84–33–42–64–38–106–43–45–49–97–11
Texas 6–44–64–23–64–54–59–102–71–510–98–114–55–511–7
Toronto 10–89–94–32–43–44–34–36–48–104–55–49–95–510–8
Red Sox vs. National League
Team NL West 
Boston 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–0 4–2

Notable transactions

  • November 30, 2006: Hideki Okajima signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.[4]
  • December 6, 2006: Julio Lugo signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.[5]
  • December 14, 2006: Daisuke Matsuzaka was purchased by the Red Sox from Seibu Lions.[6]
  • December 15, 2006: J. C. Romero signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.[7]
  • January 4, 2007: Joel Piñeiro signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.[8]
  • February 14, 2007: J. D. Drew signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.[9]
  • June 18, 2007: J. C. Romero was released by the Red Sox.[10]
  • July 31, 2007: Éric Gagné was acquired by the Red Sox from the Rangers in exchange for Engel Beltré, Kason Gabbard and David Murphy.[11] In a separate trade, minor leaguer Sean Danielson was acquired by the Red Sox from the Cardinals in exchange for Joel Piñeiro.[12]
  • August 6, 2007: Bobby Kielty signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.[13]
  • August 21, 2007: Minor leaguer Chris Carter was acquired by the Red Sox from the Nationals. Four days earlier, the Red Sox traded outfielder Wily Mo Peña to the Nationals.[14]
  • August 23, 2007: Royce Clayton signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.[15]

Game log

2007 Game Log
April (16-8)
1April 2@ Royals7 – 1Meche (1-0)Schilling (0-1)41,2570-1
2April 4@ Royals7 – 1Beckett (1-0)Pérez (0 – 1)22,3481-1
3April 5@ Royals4 – 1Matsuzaka (1-0)Greinke (0-1)Papelbon (1)23,1702-1
4April 6@ Rangers2 – 0Tejeda (1-0)Wakefield (0-1)Otsuka (1)51,5482-2
5April 7@ Rangers8 – 2Millwood (1-0)Tavárez (0-1)40,8652-3
6April 8@ Rangers3 – 2Schilling (1-1)Padilla (0-2)Papelbon (2)28,3473-3
7April 10Mariners14 – 3Beckett (2-0)Weaver (0-1)35,8474-3
8April 11Mariners3 – 0Hernández (2-0)Matsuzaka (1-1)36,6304-4
--April 12MarinersPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for May 34-4
9April 13Angels10 – 1Wakefield (1-1)Lackey (2-1)35,9465-4
10April 14Angels8 – 0Schilling (2-1)Carrasco (0-1)36,3006-4
--April 15AngelsPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for August 176-4
11April 16Angels7 – 2Beckett (3-0)Santana (1-2)35,4247-4
12April 17@ Blue Jays2 – 1Chacín (2-0)Matsuzaka (1-2)Frasor (1)42,1627-5
13April 18@ Blue Jays4 – 1Wakefield (2-1)Ohka (0-2)Papelbon (3)20,1888-5
14April 19@ Blue Jays5 – 3Timlin (1-0)Marcum (1-1)Papelbon (4)33,2979-5
15April 20Yankees7 – 6Snyder (1-0)Rivera (1-2)Okajima (1)36,78610-5
16April 21Yankees7 – 5Beckett (4-0)Karstens (0-1)Papelbon (5)36,34211-5
17April 22Yankees7 – 6Matsuzaka (2-2)Proctor (0-1)Papelbon (6)36,90512-5
18April 23Blue Jays7 – 3Ohka (1-2)Wakefield (2-2)Frasor (2)36,66912-6
19April 24Blue Jays10 – 3Halladay (3-0)Tavárez (0-2)37,16112-7
20April 25@ Orioles6 – 1Schilling (3-1)Cabrera (1-2)27,61313-7
21April 26@ Orioles5 – 2Beckett (5-0)Ray (2-2)Papelbon (7)33,52214-7
22April 27@ Yankees11 – 4Matsuzaka (3-2)Pettitte (1-1)55,00515-7
23April 28@ Yankees3 – 1Igawa (2-1)Wakefield (2-3)Rivera (1)55,02615-8
24April 29@ Yankees7 – 4Tavárez (1-2)Wang (0-2)Papelbon (8)54,85616-8
May (20-8)
25May 1Athletics5 – 4 (10)Duchscherer (2-1)Donnelly (0-1)Street (7)37,05216-9
26May 2Athletics6 – 4Beckett (6-0)Marshall (1-1)Timlin (1)37,00617-9
27May 3Mariners8 – 7Donnelly(1-1)Reitsma (0-1)Romero (1)37,21618-9
28May 4@ Twins2 – 0Wakefield (3-3)Silva (2-2)Papelbon (9)34,95119-9
29May 5@ Twins2 – 1Santana (4-2)Tavárez (1-3)Nathan (8)40,08819-10
30May 6@ Twins4 – 3Schilling (4-1)Ponson (2-4)Papelbon (10)27,80720-10
31May 8@ Blue Jays9 – 2Beckett (7-0)Zambrano (0-2)41,20321-10
32May 9@ Blue Jays9 – 3Matsuzaka (4-2)Ohka (2-4-)21,78422-10
33May 10@ Blue Jays8 – 0Wakefield (4-3)Halladay (4-2)22,29023-10
34May 11Orioles6 – 3Burres (1-1)Tavárez (1-4)Ray (8)37,03923-11
35May 12Orioles13 – 4López (1-0)Leicester (0-1)36,50324-11
36May 13Orioles6 – 5Romero (1-0)Ray (3-3)36,37925-11
37May 14Tigers7 – 1Matsuzaka (5-2)Robertson (3-3)36,93526-11
38May 15Tigers7 – 2Verlander (3-1)Wakefield (4-4)37,03126-12
--May 16TigersPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for May 1726-12
39May 17Tigers2 – 1Tavárez (2-4)Miner (0-1)Papelbon (11)36,76727-12
40May 17Tigers4 – 2Donnelly (2-1)Ledezma (0-1)Okajima (2)37,00628-12
--May 18BravesPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for May 1928-12
41May 19Braves13 – 3Matsuzaka (6-2)Lerew (0-2)36,35829-12
42May 19Braves14 – 0Smoltz (6-2)Hansack (0-1)36,79229-13
43May 20Braves6 – 3Gabbard (1-0)Hudson (5-2)36,14030-13
44May 21@ Yankees6 – 2Wang (3-3)Wakefield (4-5)55,07830-14
45May 22@ Yankees7 – 3Tavárez (3-4)Mussina54,73931-14
46May 23@ Yankees8 – 3Pettitte' (3-3)Schilling (4-2)55,00031-15
47May 25@ Rangers10 – 6Matsuzaka (7-2)Littleton (0-1)33,55232-15
48May 26@ Rangers7 – 4Wakefield (5-5)Padilla (2-7)Papelbon (12)37,97433-15
49May 27@ Rangers6 – 5Piñeiro (1-0)Otsuka (1-1)Okajima (3)40,32334-15
50May 28Indians5 – 3Schilling (5-2)Lee (2-2)Papelbon (13)36,91035-15
51May 29Indians4 – 2Beckett (8-0)Sowers (1-5)Okajima (4)37,07636-15
52May 30Indians8 – 4Byrd (6-1)Matsuzaka (7-3)37,09136-16
June (13-14)
53June 1Yankees9 – 5Wang (4-4)Wakefield (5-6)36,78536-17
54June 2Yankees11 – 6Okajima (1-0)Proctor (0-3)36,29437-17
55June 3Yankees6 – 5Bruney (2-1)Papelbon (0-1)Rivera (5)36,79337-18
56June 4@ Athletics5 – 4 (11)Casilla (1-0)Snyder (1-1)28,17737-19
57June 5@ Athletics2 – 0DiNardo (2-2)Matsuzaka (7-4)Embree (5)31,12737-20
58June 6@ Athletics3 – 2Kennedy (2-4)Wakefield (5-7)Casilla (1)32,28037-21
59June 7@ Athletics1 – 0Schilling (6-2)Blanton (5-4)31,21138-21
60June 8@ D-backs10 – 3Beckett (9-0)Davis (4-7)40,43539-21
61June 9@ D-backs4 – 3 (10)Okajima (2-0)Cruz (2-1)Papelbon (14)49,82640-21
62June 10@ D-backs5 – 1Johnson (4-2)Matsuzaka (7-5)46,62240-22
63June 12Rockies2 – 1Wakefield (6-7)Cook (4-3)Papelbon (15)37,00841-22
64June 13Rockies12 – 2Fogg (2-5)Schilling (6-3)36,80841-23
65June 14Rockies7 – 1Francis (6-5)Beckett (9-1)36,93641-24
66June 15Giants10 – 2Tavárez (4-4)Zito (6-7)36,50842-24
67June 16Giants1 – 0Matsuzaka (8-5)Cain (2-7)Papelbon (16)36,38143-24
68June 17Giants9 – 5Wakefield (7-7)Morris (7-4)36,13744-24
69June 18@ Braves9 – 4James (6-6)Schilling (6-4)47,56244-25
70June 19@ Braves4 – 0Beckett (10-1)Hudson (6-5)47,91045-25
71June 20@ Braves11 – 0Tavárez (5-4)Carlyle (1-2)49,58546-25
72June 22@ Padres2 – 1Matsuzaka (9-5)Maddux (6-4)Papelbon (17)44,40547-25
73June 23@ Padres6 – 1Young (7-3)Wakefield (7-8)44,45747-26
74June 24@ Padres4 – 2Beckett (11-1)Peavy (9-2)Papelbon (18)44,44948-26
75June 25@ Mariners9 – 5Weaver (2-6)Tavárez (5-5)33,83048-27
76June 26@ Mariners8 – 7O'Flaherty (5-0)Lopez (1-1)Putz (22)35,04548-28
77June 27@ Mariners2 – 1 (11)Davis (2-0)Piñeiro (1-1)43,44848-29
78June 29Rangers2 – 1Wakefield (8-8)Wright (1-2)Papelbon (19)36,75649-29
79June 30Rangers5 – 4Mahay (1-0)Beckett (11-2)Gagné (9)36,74749-31
July (15-12)
80July 1Rangers2 – 1Loe (5-6)Tavárez (5-6)Gagné (10)36,37849-31
81July 2Rangers7 – 3Gabbard (2-0)McCarthy (4-5)36,77850-31
82July 3Devil Rays4 – 1Matsuzaka (10-5)Kazmir (5-5)37,00551-31
83July 4Devil Rays7 – 5Wakefield (9-8)Jackson (1-9)Papelbon (20)36,62952-31
84July 5Devil Rays15 – 4Beckett (12-2)Howell (1-3)37,04453-31
85July 6@ Tigers9 – 2Miller (4-2)Tavárez (5-7)43,83953-32
86July 7@ Tigers3 – 2 (13)Grilli (3-2)Papelbon (0-2)44,19353-33
87July 8@ Tigers6 – 5Robertson (5-6)Matsuzaka (10-6)Jones (22)41,94353-34
88July 12Blue Jays7 – 4Wakefield (10-8)Halladay (10-4)Papelbon (21)36,88754-34
89July 13Blue Jays6 – 5Marcum (5-3)Snyder (1-2)Accardo (12)36,90854-35
90July 14Blue Jays9 – 4Matsuzaka (11-6)McGowan (5-5)36,83055-35
91July 15Blue Jays2 – 1Litsch (2-3)Beckett (12-3)Accardo (13)36,30155-36
92July 16Royals4 – 0Gabbard (3-0)Bannister (5-6)37,09956-36
93July 17Royals9 – 3Gobble (4-1)Wakefield (10-9)37,00156-37
94July 18Royals6 – 5Pérez (5-8)Tavárez (5-8)Dotel (10)36,68156-38
95July 19White Sox4 – 2Vázquez (7-5)Matsuzaka (11-7)Jenks (26)36,91356-39
96July 20White Sox10 – 3Beckett (13-3)Contreras (5-12)36,73757-39
97July 21White Sox11 – 2Gabbard (4-0)Danks (6-7)36,28358-39
98July 22White Sox8 – 5Wakefield (11-9)Garland (7-7)Papelbon (22)36,34659-39
99July 23@ Indians6 – 2Lester (1-0)Westbrook (1-6)Delcarmen (1)32,43960-39
100July 24@ Indians1 – 0Matsuzaka (12-7)Sabathia (13-5)Papelbon (23)39,33961-39
101July 25@ Indians1 – 0Carmona (13-4) Beckett (13-4)Borowski (29)29,61461-40
102July 26@ Indians14 – 9Tavárez (6-8)Lee (5-8)34,28662-40
103July 27@ Devil Rays7 – 1Wakefield (12-9)Hammel (1-1)33,14463-40
104July 28@ Devil Rays12 – 6 (12)Snyder (2-2)Stokes (2-7)36,04864-40
105July 29@ Devil Rays5 – 2Glover (4-3)Matsuzaka (12-8)34,81364-41
106July 31Orioles5 – 3Bédard (11-4)Beckett (13-5)Walker (4)36,86664-42
August (16-13)
107August 1Orioles5-4López (2-1)Parrish (2-2)Papelbon (24)36,64965-42
108August 2Orioles7-4Wakefield (13-9)Bell (3-2)36,45766-42
109August 3@ Mariners7 – 4Green (5-1)Timlin (1-1)Putz (32)46,23566-43
110August 4@ Mariners4 – 3Matsuzaka (13-8)Washburn (8-8)Papelbon (25)46,31367-43
111August 5@ Mariners9 – 2Beckett (14-5)Batista (11-8)46,37768-43
112August 6@ Angels4 – 2Speier (1-2)Schilling (6-5)Rodríguez (28)44,14268-44
113August 7@ Angels10 – 4Saunders (6-0)Wakefield (13-10)44,17768-45
114August 8@ Angels9 – 6Okajima (3-0)Speier (1-3)Papelbon (26)44,24369-45
115August 10@ Orioles6 – 5Hoey (1-0)Okajima (3-1)48,99369-46
116August 11@ Orioles6 – 2Beckett (15-5)Olson (1-1)Papelbon (27)49,24270-46
117August 12@ Orioles6 – 3 (10)Bradford (1-4)Snyder (2-3)48,55170-47
118August 13Devil Rays3 – 0Wakefield (14-10)Shields (9-8)Papelbon (28)36,80871-47
119August 14Devil Rays2 – 1Gagné (3-0)Reyes (1-2)36,83772-47
120August 15Devil Rays6 – 5Sonnanstine (2-8)Matsuzaka (13-9)Reyes (18)36,41372-48
121August 17Angels8 – 4Buchholz (1-0)Lackey (15-7)Papelbon (29)36,68673-48
122August 17Angels7 – 5Rodríguez (5-2)Gagné (3-1)36,53873-49
123August 18Angels10 – 5Schilling (7-5)Jer Weaver (8-6)36,65274-49
124August 19Angels3 – 1Saunders (7-1)Tavárez (6-9)Rodríguez (31)36,34674-50
125August 20@ Devil Rays6 – 0Wakefield (15-10)Kazmir (9-8)16,84375-50
126August 21@ Devil Rays8 – 6Lester (2-0)Sonnanstine (2-9)Papelbon (30)16,39376-50
127August 22@ Devil Rays2 – 1Jackson (4-12)Matsuzaka (13-10)Reyes (19)17,83976-51
--August 23@ White SoxPostponed (rain) Rescheduled for August 2476-51
128August 24@ White Sox11 – 3Beckett (16-5)Garland (8-10)30,58177-51
129August 24@ White Sox10 – 1Schilling (8-5)Danks (6-12)37,63978-51
130August 25@ White Sox14 – 2Wakefield (16-10)Buehrle (9-9)38,87479-51
131August 26@ White Sox11 – 1Tavárez (7-9)Vázquez (11-7)36,74580-51
132August 28@ Yankees5 – 3Pettitte (12-7)Matsuzaka (13-11)Rivera (21)55,03780-52
133August 29@ Yankees4 – 3Clemens (6-5)Beckett (16-6)Rivera (22)54,98680-53
134August 30@ Yankees5 – 0Wang (16-6)Schilling (8-6)55,06780-54
135August 31Orioles9 – 8Birkins (1-1)Tavárez (7-10)Báez (3)36,81080-55
September (16-11)
136September 1Orioles10 – 0Buchholz (2-0)Olson (1-3)36,81981-55
137September 2Orioles3 – 2Lester (3-0)Cabrera (9-14)Papelbon (31)36,34082-55
138September 3Blue Jays13 – 10Matsuzaka (14-11)Litsch (5-7)Papelbon (32)36,63983-55
139September 4Blue Jays5 – 3Beckett (17-6)Halladay (14-7)Papelbon (33)36,83984-55
140September 5Blue Jays6 – 4Accardo (4-3)Okajima (3-2)37,10684-56
141September 6@ Orioles7 – 6Buchholz (3-0)Báez (0-6)Papelbon (34)27,47285-56
142September 7@ Orioles4 – 0Lester (4-0)Cabrera (9-15)34,09186-56
143September 8@ Orioles11 – 5Leicester (1-1)Matsuzaka (14-12)48,04386-57
144September 9@ Orioles3 – 2Beckett (18-6)Bradford (3-7)Papelbon (35)39,23487-57
145September 10Devil Rays1 – 0Kazmir (12-8)Schilling (8-7)Reyes (24)36,90787-58
146September 11Devil Rays16 – 10Corey (1-0)Switzer (0-1)36,64088-58
147September 12Devil Rays5 – 4Papelbon (1-2)Reyes (2-3)36,93189-58
148September 14Yankees8 – 7Bruney (3-1)Papelbon (1-3)Rivera (27)36,59089-59
149September 15Yankees10 – 1Beckett (19-6)Wang (18-7)36,21590-59
150September 16Yankees4 – 3Chamberlain (2-0)Schilling (8-8)Rivera (28)36,53390-60
151September 17@ Blue Jays6 – 1McGowan (11-9)Wakefield (16-11)29,31690-61
152September 18@ Blue Jays4 – 3Burnett (9-7)Gagné (3-2)Downs (1)32,29090-62
153September 19@ Blue Jays6 – 1Litsch (6-9)Buchholz (3-1)Accardo (28)34,92790-63
154September 21@ Devil Rays8 – 1Beckett (20-6)Kazmir (13-9)27,36991-63
155September 22@ Devil Rays8 – 6Gagné (4-2)Reyes (2-4)Papelbon (36)34,62692-63
156September 23@ Devil Rays5 – 4Jackson (5-15)Wakefield (16-12)Reyes (25)30,31092-64
157September 25Athletics7 – 3Schilling (9-8)Gaudin (11-13)36,70893-64
158September 26Athletics11 – 6Timlin (2-1)Blevins (0-1)36,57094-64
159September 27Twins5 – 4Bonser (8-12)Beckett (20-7)Nathan (36)36,74394-65
160September 28Twins5 – 2Matsuzaka (15-12)Slowey (4-1)Papelbon (37)36,84395-65
161September 29Twins(4 - 6)Wakefield (17-12)Blackburn (0-2)Okajima (5)36,61996-65
162September 30Twins3 – 2Garza (5-7)Tavárez (7-11)Nathan (37)36,36496-66


ALDS vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  • Boston wins series 3–0
1Los Angeles Angels 0, Boston Red Sox 4October 3
2Los Angeles Angels 3, Boston Red Sox 6October 5
3Boston Red Sox 9, Los Angeles Angels 3October 7

ALCS vs. Cleveland Indians

  • Boston wins series 4–3
1Cleveland Indians 3, Boston Red Sox 10October 12
2Cleveland Indians 13, Boston Red Sox 6October 13
3Boston Red Sox 2, Cleveland Indians 4October 15
4Boston Red Sox 3, Cleveland Indians 7October 16
5Boston Red Sox 7, Cleveland Indians 3October 18
6Cleveland Indians 2, Boston Red Sox 12October 20
7Cleveland Indians 2, Boston Red Sox 11October 21

World Series vs. Colorado Rockies

  • Boston wins series 4–0
1Colorado Rockies 1, Boston Red Sox 13October 24
2Colorado Rockies 1, Boston Red Sox 2October 25
3Boston Red Sox 10, Colorado Rockies 5October 27
4Boston Red Sox 4 at Colorado Rockies 3October 28
  • The Red Sox set an MLB post-season record by outscoring their collective opponents 99–46.[16]


2007 Boston Red Sox
Roster Manager, Coaches






Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CJason Varitek131435111.2551768
1BKevin Youkilis145528152.2881683
2BDustin Pedroia139520165.317850
SSJulio Lugo147570135.237873
3BMike Lowell154589191.32421120
LFManny Ramírez133483143.2962088
CFCoco Crisp145526141.268660
RFJ. D. Drew140466126.2701164
DHDavid Ortiz149549182.33235117

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bat; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Alex Cora 83 207 51 .246 3 18
Eric Hinske 84 186 38 .204 6 21
Willy Mo Peña 73 156 34 .218 5 17
Jacoby Ellsbury 33 116 41 .353 3 18
Doug Mirabelli 48 114 23 .202 5 16
Bobby Kielty 33 87 19 .218 1 12
Kevin Cash 12 27 3 .111 0 4
Brandon Moss 15 25 7 .280 0 1
Jeff Bailey 3 9 1 .111 1 1
Royce Clayton 8 6 0 .000 0 0
David Murphy 3 2 1 .500 0 0

Starting pitchers

Note: GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Daisuke Matsuzaka 32 204.2 15 12 4.40 201
Josh Beckett 30 200.2 20 7 3.27 194
Tim Wakefield 31 189.0 16 12 4.76 110
Curt Schilling 24 151.0 9 8 3.87 101
Julián Tavárez* 23 137.0 6 11 5.22 68
Jon Lester* 11 61.0 4 0 4.72 66
Kason Gabbard 7 41.0 4 0 3.73 29

Spot-starting pitchers

Note: GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Clay Buchholz* 3 19.2 2 1 1.83 19
Devern Hansack 1 7.2 0 1 4.70 5

*Statistics listed are only for games started.

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jonathan Papelbon 59 1 3 37 1.85 84
Hideki Okajima 66 3 2 5 2.22 63
Javier López 61 2 1 0 3.10 26
Mike Timlin 50 2 1 1 3.42 31
Kyle Snyder 61 2 3 0 3.81 41
Manny Delcarmen 44 0 0 1 2.05 41
Joel Piñeiro 31 1 1 0 5.03 20
Brendan Donnelly 27 2 1 0 3.05 15
J. C. Romero 23 1 0 1 3.15 11
Éric Gagné 20 2 2 0 6.75 22
Bryan Corey 9 1 0 0 1.93 6


2007 Post-season Game Log
American League Division Series
1October 3Angels4–0Beckett (1–0)Lackey (0–1)37,5971–0
2October 5Angels6–3Papelbon (1–0)Speier (0–1)37,7062–0
3October 7@Angels9–1Schilling (1–0)Weaver (0–1)45,2623–0
American League Championship Series
1October 12Indians10–3Beckett (2–0)Sabathia (1–1)36,9861–0 (4–0)
2October 13Indians13 – 6 (11)Mastny (1–0)Gagne (0–1)37,0511–1 (4–1)
3October 15@ Indians4–2Westbrook (1–1)Matsuzaka (1–1)Borowski (2)44,4021–2 (4–2)
4October 16@ Indians7–3Byrd (1–0)Wakefield (0–1)44,0081–3 (4–3)
5October 18@ Indians7–1Beckett (3–0)Sabathia (1–2)44,5882–3 (5–3)
6October 20Indians12–2Schilling (2–0)Carmona (0–1)37,1633–3 (6–3)
7October 21Indians11–2Matsuzaka (2–1)Westbrook (1–2)Papelbon (1)37,1654–3 (7–3)
World Series
1October 24Rockies13–1Beckett (1–0)Francis (0–1)36,7331–0 (8–3)
2October 25Rockies2–1Schilling (1–0)Jiménez (0–1)Papelbon (1)36,7302–0 (9–3)
3October 27@ Rockies10–5Matsuzaka (1–0)Fogg (0–1)Papelbon (2)49,9833–0 (10–3)
4October 28@ Rockies4–3Lester (1–0)Cook (0–1)Papelbon (3)50,0414–0 (11–3)

Division Series

The Red Sox not only won the AL East Division for the first time in 12 years, but clinched the best record in the American League—and all of baseball. While their 96–66 record was the same as that of the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox held the season series tiebreaker for American League home-field advantage, having bested the Tribe 5 games to 2. Thus, the wild card New York Yankees were sent to Cleveland while the Sox would host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Josh Beckett started the series with a complete-game shutout in Game 1, resuming his dominance of the postseason after a three-season absence. Although Kevin Youkilis hit a solo home run in the first inning that would prove to be all the offense Beckett needed, David Ortiz provided additional support with a two-run homer in the third to cap off a 4–0 Game 1 victory. Game 2 was much closer, with Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kelvim Escobar each surrendering three runs by the time the fifth inning was done. In the bottom of the ninth, after a Julio Lugo single and David Ortiz's playoff record-tying fourth walk of the night (this time, intentional), Manny Ramírez ended the game with a towering home run that left Fenway Park over the Green Monster. With a 6–3 Game 2 win, the Red Sox would go to Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a 2–0 series lead.

In Game 3, Curt Schilling brought back the dominant pitching, scattering six hits and striking out four in seven innings of shutout work. He had plenty of run support as well, with Ortiz and Ramírez hitting back-to-back solo home runs in the fourth, and a progression of hits that scored seven more in the eighth inning. Éric Gagné gave up the only run, giving up a ground-rule double to Maicer Izturis in the bottom of the ninth, then advancing Izturis to third on a wild pitch before giving up a sacrifice fly to Howie Kendrick that scored Izturis. After that, a strikeout and a flyout ended the game with a 9–1 Red Sox victory to clinch a series sweep.

The Red Sox sweep was one of three Division Series sweeps in the 2007 post-season. Only one series would go more than three—the Indians beat the Yankees in four games.

League Championship Series

In Game 1, Travis Hafner got the first run on Josh Beckett with a solo home run in the first inning. Manny Ramírez answered back, driving in Kevin Youkilis with a single in the bottom of the first. After that, Beckett settled in, while Indians starter C.C. Sabathia fell apart. In the bottom of the third, he gave up a ground-rule double to Julio Lugo, and then after a bunt groundout for Dustin Pedroia, he walked Kevin Youkilis, hit David Ortiz, and walked Manny Ramírez to give up the lead. Then he gave up a double to Mike Lowell that scored Youkilis and Ortiz. After Bobby Kielty was walked, Jason Varitek hit a groundout that could not be turned into a double-play, scoring Ramírez. The Sox tacked five more on, and win Game 1, 10–3.

Game 2 was a slugfest, with Curt Schilling and Fausto Carmona both failing to make it out of the fifth inning, and a 6–6 tie after six innings. The game drew into extra frames, but the Red Sox bullpen got hammered in the top of the eleventh, with Éric Gagné, Javier López and Jon Lester giving up seven runs. The Red Sox failed to answer back, and lost Game 2, 13–6. The series was even headed to Cleveland.

In Game 3, Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up 4 runs, and Jason Varitek provided the only Red Sox offense with a two-run homer in the seventh, as the Indians took the Jacobs Field opener, 4–2, for a 2–1 series lead. Game 4 did not start much better for the Red Sox, with a seven-run fifth inning that saw Manny Delcarmen allow four runs (two charged to starter Tim Wakefield). In the top of the sixth, the Sox showed some life with back-to-back-to-back solo home runs by Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramírez. That would be all of the Sox offense, as they fell, 7–3, to end up in a 3–1 ALCS hole once again.

Once more, the Red Sox faced ALCS elimination. But one person who was not panicking was Manny Ramírez. In his typical "Manny Being Manny" attitude, Ramirez told reporters that if the Red Sox were eliminated, it wouldn't be "the end of the world." His comments seemed laissez faire at the time, as many members of the Boston media chose to interpret them as meaning that Manny would not put forth his best effort in the games to come and would thus disrupt his team's ability to compete. Fate proved them wrong though. With Josh Beckett on the mound again for Game 5, the Red Sox dominated, with Kevin Youkilis driving in three and David Ortiz driving in two to power a 7–1 Red Sox victory to force the ALCS back to Fenway Park.

The Red Sox were hardly finished. In Game 6, Curt Schilling redeemed himself, giving up two runs in seven innings, while J. D. Drew hammered a grand slam in the first inning, and the Sox tacked on six more in the third, leading to a 12–2 victory. Éric Gagné finished the game by pitching a perfect 9th inning. Game 7 gave Daisuke Matsuzaka his chance at redemption, and he did not disappoint, giving up 2 runs in five innings, while Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched two scoreless innings. The Sox hammered out a run in each of the first three innings, then exploded with a Dustin Pedroia two-run homer in the seventh, and six more runs—including another two-run homer by Kevin Youkilis—in the eighth. With an 11–2 Game 7 victory, the Red Sox came back once again from elimination, bringing them to their second World Series in four years.

2007 World Series

At first, the World Series seemed like a tough task. After going the distance with the Indians, the Red Sox had to face the red-hot Colorado Rockies, who had just finished a 21-of-22 run that included forcing and winning a Wild Card one-game playoff with the San Diego Padres, then sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS. The Red Sox were counting on their historically-dominant postseason pitching and the possibility that eight days off would leave the Rox rusty.

Game 1 proved, once more, to be a domination. Josh Beckett gave up just one run in seven innings of work while striking out nine, while Rockies starter Jeff Francis gave up a home run on his second pitch to Dustin Pedroia in the bottom of the first, and a total of six runs in four innings. It got worse from there, as the Red Sox hammered reliever Franklin Morales for seven runs in the fifth inning. The Red Sox took Game 1, 13–1.

In Game 2, Curt Schilling gave up one run in 513 innings, and Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon finished the game flawlessly. This time, the dominance was necessary, as the Red Sox scored two times, with Jason Varitek driving in Mike Lowell in the fourth, then Lowell driving in David Ortiz in the fifth for their only offense of the game. With a 2–1 Game 2 win, the Red Sox went to Coors Field in Denver with the advantage, hoping the rarefied air would not affect them too much.

Victorious Red Sox players being honored at the White House by President George W. Bush

Game 3 began with another dominating offensive performance. Boston struck first, with six runs in the third inning that knocked out Rox starter Josh Fogg. Mike Lowell and pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka each had two RBIs, and Manny Ramírez was called out at home on a controversial, but ultimately correct, tagout call. The Rockies tried to come back, bringing in five runs, including a Matt Holliday home run. But the Sox put it away, with rookies Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury combining to drive in three in the eighth inning, and Mike Lowell scoring the final Sox run in the ninth to seal a 10–5 win that put the Red Sox one game away from their second World Series Championship in four years.

Game 4 gave Jon Lester his shot at redemption, as a back injury to Tim Wakefield gave Lester the start. He was scoreless in 5+23 innings, with Mike Lowell scoring two runs and Jacoby Ellsbury scoring one in support. In the eighth inning, Bobby Kielty hit a pinch-hit home run to put an end to the Sox's scoring. Hideki Okajima almost gave the game up, allowing two runs in the eighth before Jonathan Papelbon came in to save the game in 1+23 innings. The Red Sox celebrated a 4–3 win and a four-game World Series sweep at Coors Field. Mike Lowell, with his .400 average and six runs scored, was named the MVP of the World Series.

Two days later, on October 30, the Red Sox were the guests of honor in a Rolling Rally through Boston, after which the team began to lay their plans for the 2008 season.

Red Sox rookies

During the course of the 2007 season, the Red Sox were helped out and sometimes carried by rookies. Five rookies stick out in particular. Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Hideki Okajima all had their moments and left their mark of this season in Red Sox history.

Dustin Pedroia began the season as the Red Sox starting second baseman. Pedroia, 24, struggled in April only batting .182, with 10 hits in 55 at-bats. Although he struggled in the first month, Pedroia heated up batting an outstanding .415 in the month of May. Pedroia was honored as American League Rookie of the Month for the month of May. Pedroia continued this hot hitting for the remainder of the season. Pedroia also excelled his play in the postseason by 2 HR and driving in 10 runs in 14 games to help the Red Sox win the World Series. Pedroia ended batting .317 which ranked 10th among all American League players. Pedroia also finished with 8 home runs and 50 runs batted in. Pedroia won the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Pedroia was not the only rookie position player to make an impact this season. Jacoby Ellsbury, 24, made his MLB debut on June 30. Instantly Ellsbury succeeded. In only 33 games and 116 at-bats, Ellsbury hit .353, had 3 home runs, and had 41 hits. Jacoby also showed off his versatility by stealing 9 bases without getting caught. Ellsbury also had a terrific postseason. Ellsbury replaced center fielder Coco Crisp in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Indians. He did not heat up until Game 3 of the World Series, where he had 4 hits and 2 doubles. Ellsbury batted an amazing .438 in the 4-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

The Boston Red Sox also had one incredible rookie pitcher named Clay Buchholz. Buchholz, 23, made his MLB debut on August 17. In his first start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park, Buchholz pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs, while striking out 5 batters. However, it was not until his second Major League start before Clay Buchholz became a household name throughout Red Sox Nation. On September 1 against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, Buchholz pitched a no-hitter. He struck out 9 Orioles including Oriole right fielder Nick Markakis on a curveball to complete this outstanding feat. Buchholz became the second rookie in Major League history to pitch a no-hitter. Buchholz pitched in 4 games with the Red Sox. He was 3–1 with a 1.59 ERA and 22 strikeouts. Despite his success in the regular season, Buchholz was left off the Red Sox postseason roster due to what Red Sox management determined was a fatigued arm.

Season milestones

The season got off to a wonderful start. On April 22, 2007, in a game against the New York Yankees, the Red Sox hit four consecutive home runs for the first time in franchise history (and the fifth time in major league history),[17] when Manny Ramírez, J. D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek all hit home runs off Yankees pitcher Chase Wright. Drew also hit the second of four consecutive home runs the last time this happened, when the Los Angeles Dodgers did it against the San Diego Padres on September 18, 2006. That series was also the first series since the 1990 season that the Red Sox swept the Yankees in a three-game series at Fenway.[18]

Six members of the Red Sox were chosen to play in the season's all-star game. David Ortiz was elected to start at first base by the fans, third baseman Mike Lowell and outfielder Manny Ramírez were chosen by their fellow players as reserves. Pitchers Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon made the initial team, and reliever Hideki Okajima was voted in by the fans as the winner of the 32nd-man internet vote. It was the first time the Red Sox had more than two pitchers make the all-star team.[19] Josh Beckett was credited with the win for the American League.

On September 1, 2007, against the Baltimore Orioles, rookie pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a no hitter in his second major league start. He was the first rookie in Red Sox history to throw a no hitter, as well as the 17th pitcher in Red Sox history to throw one. He got nine strikeouts and gave up three walks and hit one batter.

Julio Lugo and Coco Crisp became the first pair of Red Sox players to have at least 25 stolen bases since Tris Speaker and Hal Janvrin in 1914.[20]

Leading the league with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, and an AL-record 1,079 errorless chances at first, Kevin Youkilis won the 2007 AL Gold Glove award for first basemen.[21]

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

The Class A-Advanced affiliate changed from the Wilmington Blue Rocks to the Lancaster JetHawks.

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ron Johnson
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Arnie Beyeler
A-Advanced Lancaster JetHawks California League Chad Epperson
A Greenville Drive South Atlantic League Gabe Kapler
A-Short Season Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Gary DiSarcina
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Dave Tomlin
Rookie DSL Red Sox Dominican Summer League José Zapata



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  9. J. D. Drew Statistics - Baseball Reference.com
  10. J. C. Romero Statistics - Baseball Reference.com
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Further reading

  • Game logs:
1st half: Boston Red Sox Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd half: Boston Red Sox Game Log on ESPN.com
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