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Tony's Top 5: Former Red Sox to critique down the stretch

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  August 26, 2009 06:41 PM

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Tony's Top 5

Former Red Sox to critique down the stretch

5
Mark Kotsay. In his first 14 games with Chicago, he hit .229. Still, have the Red Sox missed his versatility?
4
Julio Lugo. No one complained when he was shipped away, but he had an .857 OPS in his first 24 games with St. Louis. Go figure.
3
Justin Masterson. Shut down the Angels last week and had a 3.78 ERA in his first four games (three starts) with the Indians.
2
John Smoltz. Nine strikeouts and no runs in five innings against the Padres on Sunday. Is the National League a joke or what?
1
Manny Ramirez. Since returning from suspension Siberia, he had a .277 average and 25 RBI in his first 45 games. Where's the juice?

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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