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Dan Shaughnessy’s picked-up pieces

Picked-up pieces while chuckling over the Yankees’ imitation of the 2011 Red Sox . . . You have to hand it to John Henry. Overseeing the worst Boston baseball team since the mid ’60s . . . making a “fact-finding” mission across the country to watch Bobby Valentine’s painful, public breakdown . . . readying for a return home to more phony sellouts with ...

Oosthuizen races out to big lead in Boston

NORTON — The complaint I hear about golf these days is that there aren’t enough big names anymore. We can’t remember who won the last major because he’s not famous enough. The days of Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, and Trevino are long gone. Today it’s a succession of Orville Moodys (look him up). We think Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, ...

Red Sox misfortunes have hit the one-year mark

It has been a calendar year since the Red Sox went into a tailspin. It has been a calendar year since the Red Sox went into a tailspin.

Red Sox owners may believe Theo Epstein deserves more blame

Enough about the Sox snookering the Dodgers. John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino are still angry. And I think I know why. It really bothers them that Theo Epstein isn’t getting enough blame for the train wreck that is the Red Sox of the last 12 months.Enough about the Sox snookering the Dodgers. John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino are still angry. And I think I know why. It really bothers them that Theo Epstein isn’t getting enough blame for the train wreck that is the Red Sox of the last 12 months.

Red Sox trade is a mix of relief and reality

ANAHEIM, Calif. — At 3:18 p.m. Tuesday, while some Angels were taking extra batting practice, a black cat prowled alone in the stands behind home plate at Angel Stadium.

Blockbuster would certainly signify the end of an error

The Red Sox Friday night were on the verge of dealing Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford (plus journeyman Nick Punto), and their accompanying fat paychecks to the free-spending Dodgers for first baseman James Loney and a bunch of young guys you’ve never heard of. You want them to blow it up? This would be blowing it up.

Dan Shaughnessy’s picked-up pieces

Picked-up pieces while waiting for the Sox to finally admit the sellout streak is over when we see empty seats at Monday’s afternoon game against the mighty Royals . . .

Dustin Pedroia gives his side of the story

Exactly one year ago, Dustin Pedroia was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, captured flying through the air as he turned a double play. The Red Sox were finishing up a stretch in which they went 39 games over .500, and the headline accompanying Pedroia’s image was “Heart of the Red Sox.’’

Time for Sox to look to future

Ben Cherington took the charge from the Boston media mob in the Sox dugout before Sunday night’s series finale. He handled himself well. Unlike his bosses, Cherington chose not to blame this season’s trainwreck on injuries, bad luck, or nasty coverage from the Blue Meanies in the press box.“Normally when you’re being scrutinized there’s a reason for it,’’ said the first year GM. “Things aren’t going the way you want them to, so you’re scrutinized more. We sort of made that bed outselves and it’s up to us to make it better. When we make it better there’ll be less scrutiny and probably fewer distractions.’’Amen, to that. Finally someone in a position of power admits the reality.