2010 Boston Red Sox season

The 2010 Boston Red Sox season was the 110th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. With a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, the Red Sox finished third in the American League East, seven games behind the Tampa Bay Rays, and failed to advance to the postseason for the first time since 2006.

2010 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Record89–73 (.549)
Divisional place3rd (7 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Henry (New England Sports Ventures)
PresidentLarry Lucchino
General manager(s)Theo Epstein[1]
Manager(s)Terry Francona[2]
Local televisionNESN
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy, Heidi Watney)
Local radioBoston Red Sox Radio Network
(Joe Castiglione, Dave O'Brien, Jon Rish, Dale Arnold)
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The Red Sox opened and closed the season at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees[3][4]—the last time the team had opened and closed a season at home against the Yankees was 1950.[5]

Off season


On November 5, 2009, the day after the Red Sox-rival Yankees clinched their 27th title, Boston declared numerous players free agents. Among these free agents were: left-fielder Jason Bay, left-handed relief pitcher Billy Wagner, and productive bench-outfielder Rocco Baldelli. On the same day, Boston traded pitchers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez to the Florida Marlins for a young outfielder named Jeremy Hermida. Many questioned the move, since Hermida's career has been far below the speculated potential he was drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. Contrary to popular opinion, Epstein supported Hermida saying, "We still think there's a good hitter in there ... Jeremy is a player who hasn't fulfilled his potential yet. We were able to acquire him at a reasonable cost to see if he can fulfill that potential with us."[6]

We still think there's a good hitter in there ... Jeremy [Hermida] is a player who hasn't fulfilled his potential yet. We were able to acquire him at a reasonable cost to see if he can fulfill that potential with us

Theo Epstein

Days later, on November 9, Boston resigned two key players in the 2009 campaign. Catcher/first baseman Victor Martínez, who was brought to Boston in a block-buster trade at the trade deadline from the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price,[7] had a $7.1 million option picked up after hitting .336 with 8 HR and 41 RBI in 56 games during 2009. "We're going to really look for Victor to be an everyday catcher for us next year. We feel like that puts us in the best position to win with Victor catching as much as he can. The other spot we'll have available is for more of a traditional backup. We'll see what Tek's decision is before we move forward", Epstein told Boston reporters at the General Managers' Meeting in Chicago.[8]

Boston also signed veteran knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield to a two-year deal worth $10 million. Before the All-Star break, Wakefield was tied for the American League lead in wins with 11 and was selected to his first All-Star game. (However, he did not pitch as part of the 2009 American League All-Star Manager Joe Maddon's decision.) Unfortunately, Wakefield did not get an opportunity to finish his season the same way as injuries kept him to just four starts after the All-Star Break. "He wants to end his career in a Red Sox uniform, which is something we would like to see as well. For us, the finances made a lot of sense", Epstein told reporters at the GM Meeting in Chicago on the same day.[9] On the same day, Boston declined team options on C Jason Varitek and SS Álex González, only to have Varitek exercise his own $3 million option to remain with the Red Sox for the 14th straight season two days later, keeping his "captain" status.


Ever since the 2004 departure of former Red Sox star-shortstop Nomar Garciaparra at the trade deadline, the Red Sox have witnessed an array of shortstops brought in to stop the bleeding. On December 4, the Red Sox inked former Toronto Blue Jays SS Marco Scutaro to a two-year, $11 million contract, with a dual option for 2012 worth $6 million if the Red Sox pick it up, and $3 million if Scutaro picks it up. "We were looking to upgrade at shortstop. We were pretty clear about that going into the winter. Right from the start, we identified Marco as the best free agent and a guy who would be the best fit for this ballclub. It was a process of doing our due diligence and making sure we understood the whole landscape of the position through trades and free agency and then doing more due diligence on Marco", remarked Theo Epstein regarding the signing. Scutaro had a break-out season with Toronto in 2009, batting .282, scoring 100 runs, belting 12 homers, and producing a .379 OBP as the leadoff hitter.[10]

Right from the start, we identified Marco [Scutaro] as the best free agent and a guy who would be the best fit for this ballclub.

Theo Epstein

On December 9, Boston made a move for the bettering of their bullpen, which had lost both Takashi Saito and Billy Wagner to free agency signings by the Atlanta Braves (who picked up both relievers), and acquired reliever Ramón A. Ramírez from the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramírez had pitched for the Cincinnati Reds from 2008–2009, compiling a 1–1 record with a 2.97 ERA, striking out 29 in 39.1 innings over the two seasons.[11] The next day, Boston traded minor-league pitcher Chris Province to the Minnesota Twins for starter/reliever Boof Bonser. Bonser pitched for the Twins from 2006–2008 before undergoing season-ending right shoulder surgery in the spring of 2009, compiling an 18–25 record with a sub-par 5.12 ERA, striking out 317 in 391.2 innings and 60 starts.[12]

The following week, on December 16, 2009, Boston made a double-headed offseason splash that eclipsed the Scutaro signing the previous month. Boston announced that they had come to terms with former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starter John Lackey and former Milwaukee Brewers center-fielder Mike Cameron.

Lackey was inked to a five-year pact worth a reported $82.5 million, sealing his future with the Sox through 2014. For his career, Lackey has a record of 102–71 with a 3.81 ERA (1201 K/1501.1 IP/1.31 WHIP[13]). His best season was 2007, where he went 19–9 with a 3.01 and made the All-Star Team. He also finished 3rd in the Cy Young Award voting for the American League the same year. The addition of Lackey creates arguably the strongest "big three" atop any rotation in the Major Leagues. With aces Josh Beckett and Jon Lester already manning the 1–2 slam, Lackey provides the 3-hole punch that can likely compete with that of American League East division rival Yankees, consisting of ace CC Sabathia, former Blue Jay ace A. J. Burnett, and long-time Yankee playoff star Andy Pettitte.

Cameron was signed to a two-year deal worth between $15 and $16 million, signing him for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Cameron has hit .250 with 265 HR, 926 RBI, .340 OBP, and a .448 SLUG% in his impressive 1,829 Major League career games. He has eclipsed 20 home runs in eight different seasons, while playing for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and, of course, the Brewers.[14]

On December 29, it was made official that Boston would not be bringing back left-field slugger Jason Bay as the New York Mets signed him to a four-year deal worth $66 million, which signs him from 2010–2013. There is also a fifth-year vesting option worth $17 million, with a $3 million buyout. The option becomes guaranteed if Bay reaches 600 plate appearances in 2013, or 500 plate appearances in both 2012 and 2013. The deal also includes a full no-trade clause, $8.5 million signing bonus, $6.5 million in 2010, and $16 million in each of the final three guaranteed seasons. In his only full season with the Red Sox, he notched a .267 average, hitting 36 HR and 119 RBI (both career highs) and earning the first Silver Slugger Award of his career.[15]


To continue the impressive and economical 2009–10 offseason by the Boston front office, Theo Epstein added former Mariner and Los Angeles Dodger, third-baseman Adrián Beltré, to the Bay-less 2010 roster. Signing a one-year deal worth $9 million, with a $5 million player option for 2011, which would increase to $10 million if Beltre makes 640 plate appearances in 2010, the Red Sox bought themselves an additional half-season to determine the future of third-baseman Mike Lowell, the Red Sox hot-corner man since coming from the Florida Marlins club in 2006, along with starting ace Josh Beckett, in exchange for now super-star shortstop Hanley Ramírez. Beltre had a very down year with Seattle in 2009, hitting only .265 with 8 HR and 44 RBI in 111 games and 477 at-bats, a performance severely hindered by left shoulder woes. For his career, Beltre has hit .270 with 250 HR and 906 RBI.[16]

Speculation arose, however, concerning the intellectuality of this move, as many had questioned Beltre's offensive capabilities, and those of the Red Sox themselves, stating that the loss of Jason Bay would hurt the club, who have won at least 95 games in all but one of Terry Francona's seasons as manager. In response to this, Theo Epstein stated, "I think Adrian's reputation is that he's one of best defenders in the game, period, let alone one of the best defensive third baseman. He's got all the attributes you look for in a third baseman. He's got quickness, he's got great hands. His feet are tremendous. Great arm and very quick release. He has that signature play coming in on balls, which he does better than maybe anyone in the history of the game. He attacks the baseball. He's really a weapon defensively, and we're looking forward to having him help our run prevention. But as Adrian said, he's not just just a defender. He has the ability to be a very well-rounded player and, in fact, a leader on the team. We look forward to having him help our club win in all phases of the game this year."[17]

...[Adrián Beltré]'s not just just a defender. He has the ability to be a very well-rounded player and, in fact, a leader on the team. We look forward to having him help our club win in all phases of the game this year.

Theo Epstein

The Beltre signing occurred on January 8. One day prior, the Red Sox acquired another Mariner infielder/outfielder Bill Hall via trade in exchange for poorly-performing first-baseman/outfielder Casey Kotchman, filling a hole at first base for Seattle, who have declined to re-sign first-baseman slugger Russell Branyan. Boston will also receive an undisclosed Minor League player to be named later, and cash considerations. Hall will likely be used as a bench player who can give almost anyone a day off when necessary, and if Hall finds his form, Boston may even consider using him to make yet another blockbuster deal at the trade deadline this season, or even in the next offseason. The 30-year-old struggled immensely at the dish in 2009, hitting a microscopic .201 with 8 HR and 36 RBI in 334 at-bats. The Mariners are paying the better part of Hall's 2010 salary, and the rest is being sent to the Red Sox in the form of cash considerations.[18]

During the last three weeks of January, Boston avoided arbitration hearings with five players by signing them to contracts, keeping alive Epstein's streak of never going to arbitration with any player during his tenure with the Red Sox.

On January 14, he first signed Japanese setup man Hideki Okajima to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, with bonus clauses taking effect after 55 games, 60 games, 65 games and 70 games, each clause worth an additional $50,000. In his three-year career with Boston, the 34-year-old veteran is 12–4 with six saves, a 2.72 ERA, 192 IP, and 172 K, while showing remarkable consistency, making at least 60 appearances each season.[19]

Just five days later, the Red Sox signed All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to a one-year, $9.35 million pact, a $3 million update from the $6.25 million he made in 2009. Papelbon, 29, has been to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game all four years he has been in the big leagues. He is Boston's all-time saves leader with 151, and his career is highlighted by stats like 268 appearances, 1.84 ERA, 346 K, 298 IP, .198 BAA, and a 10.45K/9 IP ratio. On this day, Boston also avoided arbitration with key relievers in Manny Delcarmen and Ramón S. Ramírez.[20]

And, to top off Epstein's 8-year streak, the Red Sox signed Jeremy Hermida, whom the Sox acquired just a month earlier, to the tune of one-year and $3.345 million. The left-handed hitter is projected as a back-up to the Boston outfield, composed of Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron and J. D. Drew, but is happy nonetheless. The Red Sox are hoping he will live up to the expectations that the Marlins put on him when they picked him 11th overall in the 2002 draft.[21]

Spring training

On February 10, 2010, fans gathered at Fenway Park to kick off the Red Sox preseason by celebrating Truck Day. The first full team workout of the preseason took place on February 24, 2010. Playing other teams in the Grapefruit League, the Red Sox had 17 wins, 14 losses, and 1 tie during spring training.

2010 season

General manager Theo Epstein set the tone for the regular season by characterizing it as a "bridge year", referring to the next wave of key talent that will be ready to take the field in 2011 and 2012. For the 2010 season, Epstein brought in new additions: Marco Scutaro, Adrián Beltré, Mike Cameron and John Lackey.

Over the course of the season, 19 players spent 24 stints on the disabled list. Starter players Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis suffered season ending injuries. Due to the abundance of injuries, a number of players within the system emerged to have increased visibility on the team. Altogether, the Red Sox used 53 players in 2010, six of whom made their major league debut in 2010.

Opening Day

Red Sox play the Yankees in the season opener

The Red Sox kicked off their 2010 regular season on April 4 at home against the New York Yankees. Trailing the Yankees for most of the game, the Sox began to make a comeback when Jorge Posada made two consecutive errors and Kevin Youkillis crossed home plate, pulling the Sox ahead. The final score was Red Sox 9, Yankees 7.


Cleanup hitter Kevin Youkilis
 2Jacoby EllsburyLF
15Dustin Pedroia2B
41Víctor MartínezC
20Kevin Youkilis1B
34David OrtizDH
29Adrián Beltré3B
 7J. D. DrewRF
23Mike CameronCF
16Marco ScutaroSS
19Josh BeckettP


2010 roster

2010 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


  • 10 Tim Bogar (third base)
  • 52 John Farrell (pitching)
  • 35 DeMarlo Hale (bench)
  • 50 Ron Johnson (first base)
  • 77 Rob Leary (first base)
  • 28 Dave Magadan (hitting)
  • 57 Gary Tuck (bullpen)

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Tampa Bay Rays 9666 0.593 49–32 47–34
New York Yankees 9567 0.586 1 52–29 43–38
Boston Red Sox 8973 0.549 7 46–35 43–38
Toronto Blue Jays 8577 0.525 11 45–33 40–44
Baltimore Orioles 6696 0.407 30 37–44 29–52

Record vs. opponents

Kansas City4–23-49–108–108–103-75–133–53–65–44–42–73–38–10
Los Angeles0–61–92–74–54–67–32–54–411–815–44–59–106–311–7
New York13–59–94–26-24–45–34–44–29–16–48–104–48–1011–7
Tampa Bay11–711–74–37–26–14–45–45–310–85–47–24–210–87–11
Red Sox vs. National League
Team NL West 
Boston 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 4–2

Detailed record

TeamHomeAwayTotalPct.Gms Left
AL East
Baltimore Orioles5–44–59–9.500
New York Yankees4–55–49–9.500
Tampa Bay Rays3–64–57–11.389
Toronto Blue Jays5–47–212–6.667
AL Central
Chicago White Sox0–31–31–6.143
Cleveland Indians2–22–24–4.500
Detroit Tigers2–11–23-3.500
Kansas City Royals2–22–14–3.571
Minnesota Twins2–01–23–2.600
AL West
Los Angeles Angels6–13–09–1.900
Oakland Athletics2–12–44–5.444
Seattle Mariners2–15–27–3.700
Texas Rangers3–41–24–6.400
NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks3–0N/A3–01.000
Colorado RockiesN/A1–21–2.333
Los Angeles Dodgers3–0N/A3–01.000
San Diego PadresN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
San Francisco GiantsN/A2–12–1.667
NL East
Atlanta BravesN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Florida MarlinsN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
New York MetsN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Philadelphia Phillies2–12–14–2.667
Washington NationalsN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Month Games Won Lost Pct.

Game log

Red Sox win Red Sox loss Game postponed
2010 game log
April (11–12)
1April 4Yankees9–7Okajima (1–0)Park (0–1)Papelbon (1)37,4401–0
2April 6Yankees4–6Aceves (1–0)Okajima (1–1)Rivera (1)38,0001–1
3April 7Yankees1–3 (10)Park (1–1)Papelbon (0–1)Rivera (2)38,2381–2
4April 9@ Royals3–4Parrish (1–0)Bard (0–1)Soria (1)21,0911–3
5April 10@ Royals3–8Beckett (1–0)Greinke (0–1)37,5052–3
6April 11@ Royals6–8Buchholz (1–0)Meche (0–1)Papelbon (2)19,2403–3
7April 12@ Twins2–5Pavano (2–0)Lester (0–1)Rauch (5)38,1453–4
8April 14@ Twins6–3Lackey (1–0)Slowey (1–1)Papelbon (3)38,1644–4
9April 15@ Twins0–8Liriano (1–0)Wakefield (0–1)38,3414–5
10April 16¹Rays1–3 (12)Cormier (2–0)Delcarmen (0–1)Soriano (3)37,0844–6
11April 17Rays5–6Shields (1–0)Buchholz (1–1)Soriano (4)37,0224–7
12April 18Rays1–7Garza (3–0)Lester (0–2)37,1434–8
13April 19Rays2–8Niemann (1–0)Lackey (1–1)37,6094–9
14April 20Rangers7–6Papelbon (1–1)Franscisco (2–3)37,6145–9
15April 21Rangers8–7 (12)Okajima (2–1)Nippert (2–0)37,5186–9
16April 22Rangers0–3Wilson (1–1)Buchholz (1–2)Oliver (1)37,4176–10
17April 23Orioles4–3Delcarmen (1–1)Albers (0–2)Papelbon (4)37,3677–10
18April 24Orioles7–6Lackey (2–1)Albers (0–3)Papelbon (5)38,0178–10
19April 25Orioles6–7 (10)Johnson (0–1)Atchinson (0–1)Meredith (1)37,1028–11
20April 26@ Blue Jays13–12Schoeneweis (1–0)Camp (1–1)Papelbon (6)13,8479–11
21April 27@ Blue Jays2–1Buchholz (2–2)Downs (0–3)R. S. Ramírez (1)14,77610–11
22April 28@ Blue Jays2–0Lester (1–2)Cecil (1–1)Papelbon (6)15,27611–11
23April 30@ Orioles4–5 (10)Albers (1–3)R. S. Ramírez (0–1)30,66811–12
¹: match suspended by rain at 1–1 in the ninth inning. Continuation and end of the game April 17.
May (18–11)
24May 1@ Orioles9–12Bergesen (1–2)Matsuzaka (0–1)Simón (2)35,16411–13
25May 2@ Orioles2–3 (10)Albers (2–3)Papelbon (1–2)34,25511–14
26May 3Angels17–8Buchholz (3–2)Saunders (1–5)37,40412–14
27May 4Angels5–1Lester (2–2)Jepsen (0–1)37,41113–14
28May 5Angels3–1Lackey (3–1)Piñeiro (2–4)Papelbon (8)37,60114–14
29May 6Angels11–6Matsuzaka (1–1)Kazmir (2–2)37,63915–14
30May 7Yankees3–10Hughes (4–0)Beckett (1–1)37,89815–15
31May 8Yankees3–14Aceves (3–0)Buchholz (3–3)37,13815–16
32May 9Yankees9–3Lester (3–2)Burnett (4–1)37,61816–16
33May 10Blue Jays7–6Lackey (4–1)Morrow (2–3)Papelbon (9)37,33217–16
34May 11Blue Jays6–1Matsuzaka (2–1)Eveland (3–2)37,60918–16
35May 12Blue Jays2–3Marcum (2–1)Wakefield (0–2)Gregg (10)37,19818–17
36May 14@ Tigers7–2Buchholz (4–3)Scherzer (1–4)31,73219–17
37May 15@ Tigers6–7 (12)Valverde (1–1)Delcarmen (1–2)40,74219–18
38May 16@ Tigers1–5Galarraga (1–0)Lackey (4–2)35,45419–19
39May 17@ Yankees9–11Vázquez (2–4)Papelbon (1–3)48,27119–20
40May 18@ Yankees7–6Bard (1–1)Rivera (0–1)Papelbon (10)47,73420–20
41May 19Twins3–2Buchholz (5–3)Baker (4–4)Bard (1)37,42621–20
42May 20Twins6–2Lester (4–2)Liriano (4–3)38,14422–20
43May 21@ Phillies1–5Hamels (5–2)Lackey (4–3)Romero (2)45,34122–21
44May 22@ Phillies5–0Matsuzaka (3–1)Kendrick (2–2)45,31023–21
45May 23@ Phillies8–3Wakefield (1–2)Halladay (6–3)45,06824–21
46May 24@ Rays6–1Buchholz (6–3)Davis (4–4)21,43025–21
47May 25@ Rays2–0Lester (5–2)Shields (5–2)Papelbon (11)24,31026–21
48May 26@ Rays11–3Lackey (5–3)Garza (5–3)22,14727–21
49May 27Royals3–4Bannister (4–3)Matsuzaka (3–2)Soria (1)37,94027–22
50May 28Royals5–12Davies (4–3)Wakefield (1–3)37,94527–23
51May 29Royals1–0Buchholz (7–3)Greinke (1–6)Papelbon (12)37,95628–23
52May 30Royals8–1Lester (6–2)Thompson (0–4)37,58129–23
June (18–9)
53June 1Athletics9–4Lackey (6–3)Ross (1–4)37,33730–23
54June 2Athletics6–4Matsuzaka (4–2)Sheets (2–4)Papelbon (13)37,78331–23
55June 3Athletics8–9Mazzaro (1–0)Wakefield (1–4)Bailey (12)37,38631–24
56June 4@ Orioles11–0Buchholz (8–3)Tillman (0–1)30,07032–24
57June 5@ Orioles8–2Lester (7–2)Guthrie (3–6)40,00133–24
58June 6@ Orioles3–4 (11)Hernandez (2–5)Okajima (2–2)27,77433–25
59June 7@ Indians4–1Matsuzaka (5–2)Carmona (4–5)14,75834–25
60June 8@ Indians3–2Wakefield (2–4)Huff (2–7)Bard (2)15,46235–25
61June 9@ Indians0–11Masterson (2–5)Buchholz (8–4)14,02235–26
62June 10@ Indians7–8Wood (1–2)Bard (1–2)20,44635–27
63June 11Phillies12–2Lackey (7–3)Moyer (6–6)38,02136–27
64June 12Phillies10–2Delcarmen (2–2)Blanton (1–5)37,06137–27
65June 13Phillies3–5Hamels (6–5)Wakefield (2–5)Lidge (4)37,23037–28
66June 15Diamondbacks6–3Buchholz (9–4)Kennedy (3–4)Papelbon (14)37,45938–28
67June 16Diamondbacks6–2Lester (8–2)Lopez (2–6)Papelbon (15)37,54239–28
68June 17Diamondbacks8–5Lackey (8–3)Haren (7–5)37,54440–28
69June 18Dodgers10–6Doubront (1–0)Monasterios (3–2)Bard (3)37,72341–28
70June 19Dodgers5–4Papelbon (2–3)Belisario (1–1)37,45442–28
71June 20Dodgers2–0Buchholz (10–4)Kuroda (6–5)Papelbon (16)37,43043–28
72June 22@ Rockies1–2Chacín (4–6)Lester (8–3)Belisle (1)48,11243–29
73June 23@ Rockies6–8Corpas (2–4)Papelbon (2–4)48,24343–30
74June 24@ Rockies13–11 (10)Papelbon (3–4)Street (0–1)48,58244–30
75June 25@ Giants4–5Sánchez (6–5)Wakefield (2–6)Wilson (21)41,18244–31
76June 26@ Giants4–2Atchinson (1–1)Bumgarner (0–1)Papelbon (17)42,17845–31
77June 27@ Giants5–1Lester (9–3)Lincecum (8–3)41,52846–31
78June 29Rays8–5Lackey (9–3)Shields (6–8)Papelbon (18)38,01347–31
79June 30Rays4–9Garza (9–5)Matsuzaka (5–3)38,05547–32
July (12–13)
80July 2Orioles3–2Wakefield (3–6)Bergesen (3–5)Papelbon (19)38,06748–32
81July 3Orioles9–3Lester (10–3)Guthrie (3–10)38,10649–32
82July 4Orioles1–6Matusz (3–9)Lackey (9–4)37,74249–33
83July 5@ Rays5–6Choate (2–2)R. S. Ramírez (0–2)Soriano (22)28,52849–34
84July 6@ Rays2–3Niemann (7–2)Doubront (1–1)Soriano (23)19,90249–35
85July 7@ Rays4–6Price (12–4)Wakefield (3–7)Garza (1)24,35649–36
86July 9@ Blue Jays14–3Lester (11–3)Romero (6–6)27,56750–36
87July 10@ Blue Jays5–9Camp (3–1)Lackey (9–5)Gregg (20)35,03750–37
88July 11@ Blue Jays3–2Matsuzaka (6–3)Litsch (0–4)Papelbon (20)26,06251–37
All-Star Break: NL def. AL at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 3–1
89July 15Rangers2–7Hunter (6–0)Wakefield (3–8)38,06251–38
90July 16Rangers4–8Lewis (9–5)Doubront (1–2)37,66951–39
91July 17Rangers3–2 (11)Delcarmen (3–2)Ogando (3–1)37,74452–39
92July 18Rangers2–4Wilson (8–5)Lester (11–4)Feliz (24)37,43152–40
93July 19@ Athletics2–1Matsuzaka (7–3)Sheets (4–9)Papelbon (21)19,34153–40
94July 20@ Athletics4–5 (10)Bailey (1–3)R. S. Ramírez (0–3)20,27153–41
95July 21@ Athletics4–6Gonzalez (9–6)Buchholz (10–5)Wuertz (2)30,45653–42
96July 22@ Mariners8–6 (13)Okajima (3–2)Olson (0–3)R. S. Ramírez (2)28,07454–42
97July 23@ Mariners2–1Atchinson (2–1)Vargas (6–5)Papelbon (22)34,93255–42
98July 24@ Mariners1–5Seddon (1–0)Lester (11–5)Olson (1)43,69455–43
99July 25@ Mariners2–4League (8–6)Okajima (3–3)Aardsma (18)40,00155–44
100July 26@ Angels6–3Buchholz (11–5)Haren (7–9)Papelbon (23)40,36456–44
101July 27@ Angels4–2Lackey (10–5)Weaver (9–7)Papelbon (24)40,12057–44
102July 28@ Angels7–3Beckett (2–1)Rodney (4–1)44,05258–44
103July 30Tigers5–6Weinhardt (1–1)Lester (11–6)37,83258–45
104July 31Tigers5–4Okajima (4–3)Coke (6–2)37,49859–45
August (15–13)
105August 1Tigers4–3Papelbon (4–4)Thomas (4–1)37,47960–45
106August 2Indians5–6Carmona (11–8)Lackey (10–6)Perez (13)37,93160–46
107August 3Indians3–1Beckett (3–1)Huff (2–10)Papelbon (25)37,71461–46
108August 4Indians1–9Masterson (4–10)Lester (11–7)37,90261–47
109August 5Indians6–2Matsuzaka (8–3)Tomlin (1–1)Papelbon (26)38,10262–47
110August 6@ Yankees6–3Buchholz (12–5)Vázquez (9–8)Papelbon (27)49,55563–47
111August 7@ Yankees2–5Sabathia (14–5)Lackey (10–7)Rivera (23)49,71663–48
112August 8@ Yankees2–7Moseley (2–1)Beckett (3–2)49,09663–49
113August 9@ Yankees2–1Lester (12–7)Hughes (13–5)Papelbon (28)49,47664–49
114August 10@ Blue Jays7–5Doubront (2–2)Camp (3–2)Papelbon (29)27,69065–49
115August 11@ Blue Jays10–1Buchholz (13–5)Marcum (10–6)28,30866–49
116August 12@ Blue Jays5–6Gregg (1–4)Papelbon (4–5)36,27166–50
117August 13@ Rangers9–10O'Day (4–2)Wakefield (3–9)47,19566–51
118August 14@ Rangers3–1Lester (13–7)Lewis (9–9)Doubront (1)48,03067–51
119August 15@ Rangers3–7Wilson (11–5)Matsuzaka (8–4)30,25267–52
120August 17Angels6–0Buchholz (14–5)Weaver (11–8)38,30468–52
121August 18Angels7–5Lackey (11–7)Jepsen (2–3)Papelbon (30)37,77969–52
122August 19Angels2–7Santana (13–8)Beckett (3–3)37,64169–53
123August 20Blue Jays2–16Cecil (10–6)Lester (13–8)37,72669–54
124August 21Blue Jays5–4 (11)Papelbon (5–5)Janssen (4–2)37,61470–54
125August 22Blue Jays5–0Buchholz (15–5)Marcum (11–7)Doubront (2)37,50671–54
126August 23Mariners6–3Lackey (12–7)Fister (4–9)Papelbon (31)37,13372–54
August 24MarinersPostponed: rain
127August 25Mariners5–3Beckett (4–3)Pauley (2–5)Papelbon (32)37,18373–54
128August 25Mariners2–4Hernández (10–10)Wakefield (3–10)League (4)37,45173–55
129August 27@ Rays3–1Lester (14–8)Price (15–6)Papelbon (33)29,46174–55
130August 28@ Rays2–3 (10)Choate (4–3)Atchinson (2–2)36,97374–56
131August 29@ Rays3–5Shields (13–11)Lackey (12–8)Soriano (39)23,43874–57
132August 31@ Orioles2–5Matusz (7–12)Beckett (4–4)Uehara (5)18,24774–58
September (13–14)
133September 1@ Orioles9–6Lester (15–8)Hendrickson (1–5)Papelbon (34)16,21075–58
134September 2@ Orioles6–4Matsuzaka (9–4)Bergesen (6–10)Papelbon (35)26,95476–58
September 3White SoxPostponed: rain
135September 4White Sox1–3Danks (13–9)Buchholz (15–6)Jenks (26)37,41176–59
136September 4White Sox1–3Floyd (10–11)Lackey (12–9)Jenks (27)37,85876–60
137September 5White Sox5–7Linebrink (3–1)Papelbon (5–6)Thornton (6)37,57076–61
138September 6Rays12–5Lester (16–8)Niemann (10–6)37,54677–61
139September 7Rays5–14Price (17–6)Matsuzaka (9–5)37,29077–62
140September 8Rays11–5Wakefield (4–10)Garza (14–8)37,75778–62
141September 10@ Athletics0–5Cahill (16–6)Buchholz (15–7)19,13978–63
142September 11@ Athletics3–4Anderson (5–6)Lackey (12–10)Bailey (23)22,93278–64
143September 12@ Athletics5–3Beckett (5–4)Braden (9–12)Papelbon (36)19,80679–64
144September 13@ Mariners5–1Lester (17–8)Fister (5–12)19,06380–64
145September 14@ Mariners9–6Hill (1–0)League (9–7)18,38181–64
146September 15@ Mariners5–1Buchholz (16–7)Pauley (2–8)21,93682–64
147September 17Blue Jays9–11Cecil (13–7)Lackey (12–11)Gregg (32)37,67982–65
148September 18Blue Jays3–4Romero (13–9)Beckett (5–5)Gregg (33)37,86382–66
149September 19Blue Jays6–0Lester (18–8)Marcum (12–8)37,23483–66
150September 20Orioles2–4Hernandez (8–8)Matsuzaka (9–5)Uehara (10)37,56083–67
151September 21Orioles1–9Bergesen (8–10)Atchinson (2–3)37,46483–68
152September 22Orioles6–1Lackey (13–11)Millwood (3–16)37,72984–68
153September 24@ Yankees10–8Beckett (6–5)Pettitte (11–3)Papelbon (37)49,45785–68
154September 25@ Yankees7–3Lester (19–8)Nova (1–1)49,55886–68
155September 26@ Yankees3–4 (10)Logan (2–0)Okajima (4–4)49,19986–69
156September 27@ White Sox6–1Buchholz (17–7)Buehrle (12–13)19,75087–69
157September 28@ White Sox4–5Sale (2–1)Bowden (0–1)16,98287–70
158September 29@ White Sox2–5García (12–6)Beckett (6–6)Thornton (8)32,08487–71
159September 30@ White Sox2–8Danks (15–11)Lester (19–9)30,85487–72
October (2–1)
160October 1YankeesPostponed: rain
160October 2Yankees5–6 (10)Hughes (18–8)Papelbon (5–7)37,46787–73
161October 2Yankees7–6 (10)Manuel (1–0)Nova (1–2)37,58988–73
162October 3Yankees8–4Lackey (14–11)Moseley (4–4)37,45389–73


Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts; SB = Stolen bases; AVG = Batting average

Lars Anderson1835471004780.200
Aaron Bates00000002000.333
Adrian Beltre154589841894922810240822.321
Dusty Brown712031002020.250
Mike Cameron48162244211041514440.259
Kevin Cash29601810016160.133
J. D. Drew139478691222422268601053.255
Jacoby Ellsbury187810154005497.192
Bill Hall11934444851611846341049.247
Jeremy Hermida5215814328052712451.203
Tug Hulett00000000000.000
José Iglesias00000000000.000
Ryan Kalish531632641111424123810.252
Felipe López415240011140.267
Mike Lowell73218235213052623340.239
Jed Lowrie55171314914092425251.287
Darnell McDonald117319408618393430859.270
Victor Martínez12749364149321207940521.302
Gustavo Molina47110000020.143
Daniel Nava60161233914112619461.242
Yamaico Navarro20424600052170.143
David Ortiz1455188614036132102821450.270
Eric Patterson9018726408561614625.214
Dustin Pedroia753025387241124137389.288
Josh Reddick296251231151151.194
Niuman Romero24100000000.000
Jarrod Saltalamacchia1224243002650.167
Ángel Sánchez13000000000.000
Marco Scutaro15063292174380115653715.275
Ryan Shealy57000000020.000
Jonathan Van Every2119641011290.211
Jason Varitek3911218266071610350.232
Mark Wagner00000000000.000
Kevin Youkilis10236277111265196258674.307
Non-pitcher totals1625629817150635722211780585113568.268

Pitchers batting

Scott Atchison20000000000.000
Daniel Bard40000000000.000
Clay Buchholz110100000001.000
Manny Delcarmen40000000000.000
John Lackey35121000010.400
Jon Lester23000001120.000
Daisuke Matsuzaka24020001000.500
Joe Nelson10000000000.000
Hideki Okajima30000000000.000
Jonathan Papelbon30000000000.000
Ramón S. Ramírez50000000000.000
Dustin Richardson10000000000.000
Tim Wakefield24000000120.000
Pitchers totals917151002250.294


Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV=Saves; SVO = Save Opportunities; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR= Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Scott Atchison234.504310060.058373091941
Daniel Bard121.9373031074.245181663076
Josh Beckett665.78212100127.215189822045116
Boof Bonser0018.0020002.0644020
Michael Bowden014.701400015.120882413
Clay Buchholz1772.33282800173.21425545967120
Fernando Cabrera0020.2510001.1233120
Robert Coello004.7660005.2433055
Manny Delcarmen324.704800244.033242372832
Felix Doubront224.321232325.027161231023
Bill Hall000.0010001.0000000
Rich Hill100.0060004.0500013
Matt Fox004.9141007.1844020
John Lackey14114.40333300215.02331141051872156
Jon Lester1993.25323200208.016781751483225
Robert Manuel104.261000012.21066575
Daisuke Matsuzaka964.69252500153.213784801374133
Joe Nelson009.7280008.11499269
Hideki Okajima444.505600446.059242362033
Jonathan Papelbon573.90650374567.057342972876
Ramón S. Ramírez034.464402242.139212161631
Dustin Richardson004.152600013.0156621412
Scott Schoeneweis107.901500013.219121221013
Jonathan Van Every0018.0010001.0222101
Tim Wakefield4105.34321900140.01539283193684

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Torey Lovullo
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Arnie Beyeler
A-Advanced Salem Red Sox Carolina League Kevin Boles
A Greenville Drive South Atlantic League Billy McMillon
A-Short Season Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Bruce Crabbe
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Dave Tomlin
Rookie DSL Red Sox Dominican Summer League José Zapata



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