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Tom Caron: ( weekly column)

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:36 am

Tom Caron is the studio host for Red Sox broadcasts on the New England Sports Network. His column appears weekly on Tuesdays. We'll post them all and welcome your opinions..
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:37 am

Tom Caron: Red Sox, Yankees no longer giants of AL East

It's folly to try to draw lessons from meaningless spring training games in March. In the early days of spring training, it's all about getting timing down, about building a foundation for the marathon season ahead.

That said, watching the Red Sox and Yankees play in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday served as a reminder of how many questions surround the two AL East giants entering the 2013 season.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:58 am

Tom Caron: World Baseball Classic a good idea with brutal timing

FORT. MYERS, Fla. – Red Sox fans flock south each late winter and spring to get an early peek at the baseball team they'll watch in the summer.

The results of these Grapefruit League games don't matter. Fans come to Florida to catch a glimpse of what their favorite players look like.

Fans want to see their favorite teams' best players in action, but at parks around Florida and Arizona this spring some of the game's top stars weren't in the starting lineups for their games. They weren't even in camp.

They were gone to play pre-season playoff games in the third annual World Baseball Classic.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:01 am

Tom Caron: Lester leads, but it's not a stats thing

Last week, Jon Lester decided he would fire up his teammates with a little home cooking. He took over the grill behind the team's clubhouse at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., and grilled enough ribs to feed the big-league roster.

The ribs didn't last long.

Lester, on the other hand, has been lasting much longer than expected in most of his spring training starts.

On Sunday he looked downright dominant, going six perfect innings against the Rays.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:10 am

Tom Caron: April 1: A new tale of two cities

BOSTON - The new season begins where the old year ended.

Last Oct. 3, Red Sox were beaten 14-2 at Yankee Stadium, their eighth-straight loss to finish off a miserable season.

Next Monday, the Sox and Yankees meet as the two legendary franchises navigate uncharted waters.

Neither is expected to win the AL East. In fact, most publications will pick one or the other to finish last this season.

If neither makes the postseason, it would be the first time that has happened since the introduction of the wild card in 1995.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:20 am

Tom Caron: ‘Decent’ will do as a good start

There were still patches of snow on the ground in much of New England as the baseball season began in New York. That was only fitting after the coldest baseball off-season in decades.

If fans are going to warm up to this Red Sox team it's going to take a decent start from the club to build a little enthusiasm in a Nation that's been teetering on the edge of mutiny.

That's why Boston's four-run second inning at Yankee Stadium was a sight for sore eyes. The Sox worked the count against New York ace C.C. Sabathia, making him throw 34 pitches as they sent nine batters to the plate in a game they went on to win 8-2.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:57 am

Tom Caron: This year, a good start was essential

BOSTON - The Red Sox took the field on Opening Day for the 102nd time at Fenway Park Monday. It was a perfect day for early season baseball, a sun-splashed afternoon with a slight breeze and temperatures in the 60's.

After a cold, snowy winter it was rewarding to have the sun shining on Fenway Park as the new-look Sox held on for a 3-1 win over Baltimore.

With a 5-2 start the Sox have made people forget about the 93-loss disaster that was 2012. There is optimism in New England for the first time since August of 2011.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:31 am

Tom Caron: Stuff champs are made of

BOSTON - Pitching and defense win championships. No one is ready to say the Red Sox are a championship-caliber team, but there's no question they are getting the pitching and defense a team needs to compete.

With a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Monday's annual Patriots Day contest at Fenway, the Red Sox set a team record by starting pitchers giving up three or fewer runs in each of the season's first 12 games. They stand at 8-4 for their best start since 2007.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:34 am

Tom Caron: Games are a touchstone, helping us to move on

BOSTON - In the past week, we've been talking a lot about the role sports teams play in unifying a city.

With a week of terror and horror behind us in Boston, we look to the athletes who wear the name of our city on their chests to help lift us into some semblance of normalcy.

It's a new normal. And as Bruce Cockburn once sang, the trouble with normal is it always gets worse.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:16 am

Tom Caron: Best dollar Boston has ever spent

BOSTON - Daniel Nava has been one of the greatest investments in the history of the Boston Red Sox.

On Jan. 17, 2008, the Red Sox purchased Nava's contract from the Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League in California. He paid immediate dividends, winning the California League batting title, hitting .341 for Single-A Lancaster.

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