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2011 Boston Red Sox
Major league affiliations
Location
2011 information
Owner(s) John W. Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino[1]
Manager(s) Terry Francona,[2]
Local television NESN
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy)
Local radio Boston Red Sox Radio Network
(Joe Castiglione, Dave O'Brien, Dale Arnold)

The Boston Red Sox 2011 season was the 111th in the team's history. The Red Sox opened their 2011 season playing away from Fenway Park against the Texas Rangers. Breaking from the traditional opening day of Sunday or Monday, Major League Baseball opened in 2011 on a Thursday, March 31, and the Red Sox opened the season on Friday, April 1. The Red Sox were favored to win the AL East and reach the World Series in the offseason, with some comparing the team to the 1927 New York Yankees.[3][4][5] After leading the Tampa Bay Rays by nine games in the AL wild card race on September 3—when their odds of reaching the playoffs peaked at 99.6%—the Red Sox lost 18 of their final 24 games.[6] On the last day of the season, September 28, 2011, a Boston bottom of the 9th blown save loss against the Baltimore Orioles coupled with an extra inning come from behind Tampa Bay Rays victory made the Rays the American League Wild Card winners, eliminating Boston from playoff contention.

OffseasonEdit

NovemberEdit

Mike Lowell confirmed speculation that he would be retiring after the 2010 season on September 11, 2010. [1]

11/04/10-Detroit Tigers traded Brent Dlugach to Boston Red Sox.

11/07/10-3B Adrian Beltre elected to free agency.

LF Bill Hall elected to free agency.

2B Felipe López elected to free agent.

C Víctor Martínez elected to free agency.

C Jason Varitek elected to free agency.

11/08/10-Activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from the 60-day disabled list.

Activated CF Mike Cameron from the 60-day disabled list.

Activated 1B Kevin Youkilis from the 60-day disabled list.

Activated LF Jacoby Ellsbury from the 60 day disabled list.

11/12/10-Traded LHP Dustin Richardson to the Florida Marlins for LHP Andrew Miller.

11/15/10-Claimed RHP Taylor Buchholz off waivers from Toronto Blue Jays.

11/19/10-Called up Luis Exposito from Portland Sea Dogs.

Called up Stolmy Pimentel from Salem Red Sox.

Called up Oscar Tejada from Salem Red Sox.

11/24/10-Claimed Jordan Parraz off waivers from Kansas City Royals.

DecemberEdit

12/03/10-2B Nate Spears assigned to Boston Red Sox.

RHP Santo Luis assigned to Boston Red Sox.

LHP Hideki Okajima elected free agency.

RHP Taylor Buchholz elected free agency.

LHP Andrew Miller elected free agency.

Signed free agent RHP Jason Bergmann.

Signed free agent RHP Brandon Duckworth.

Signed free agent 2B Drew Sutton.

12/06/10-Portland Sea Dogs traded 1B Anthony Rizzo and RHP Casey Kelly to San Antonio Missions; San Diego Padres traded 1B Adrian Gonzalez to Boston Red Sox and Greenville Drive traded CF Reymond Fuentes to Fort Wayne TinCaps.

12/10/10-Signed free agent C Jason Varitek.

12/11/10-Signed free agent LF Carl Crawford.

12/16/10-Traded CF Eric Patterson to San Diego Padres.

Signed free agent LHP Andrew Miller.

Signed free agent RHP Clevelan Santeliz.

Signed free agent LHP Randy Williams.

Signed free agent LHP Rich Hill.

Signed free agent LHP Lenny DiNardo.

Signed free agent LHP Matt Albers.

12/18/10-Signed free agent RHP Dan Wheeler.

12/21/10-Designated SS Brent Dlugach for assignment.

Signed free agent RHP Bobby Jenks.

12/23/10-Outrighted Brent Dlugach to Pawtucket Red Sox.

JanuaryEdit

1/05/11-Designated Matt Fox for assignment.

Claimed Max Ramirez off waivers from Texas Rangers.

1/06/11-Signed free agent RHP Tony Peña, Jr..

1/10/11-Signed free agent LHP Hideki Okajima.

1/13/11-Released RHP Matt Fox.

2011 Spring TrainingEdit

Fans gathered at Fenway Park on February 8, 2011 in order to kick off the Red Sox preseason by celebrating Truck Day. The first full team workout of the preseason took place on February 19.[7] Playing other teams in the Grapefruit League the Red Sox finished with 14 wins and 19 losses.[8]

2011 SeasonEdit

The Red Sox made a statement in the offseason, letting everyone know that after missing the playoffs last year, they are striving to win the World Series this year, but instead imploded in dramatic fashion in September and failed to make the playoffs. During the offseason the Red Sox traded for superstar First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez,[9] and they followed that move up by signing star outfield Carl Crawford.[10]

Opening DayEdit

The Red Sox kicked off the year against the defending AL Pennant Winners, the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas on Friday, April 1. The Red Sox home opener was Friday, April 8 against the rival New York Yankees.

Pitching WoesEdit

On May 15, John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka were placed on the disabled list. On June 10, Matsuzaka underwent season-ending Tommy John Surgery. Clay Buchholz was afflicted with what would be diagnosed as a stress fracture in his back and was also put on the disabled list on June 17, where he would remain for the rest of the season. Other pitchers including Rich Hill and Jenks spent significant time on the disabled list. The Red Sox obtained Érik Bédard from the Seattle Mariners seconds before the trading deadline, after Kyle Weiland (who was highlighted by his ejection on his MLB debut) proved ineffective. Starting Pitcher John Lackey had the worst season by a starting pitcher in Boston Red Sox history, and ace Jon Lester was ineffective down the stretch, as the Red Sox crashed down to a 7-20 finish, blowing a 9-game wild card lead that they held entering September. Josh Beckett missed a start early in the month after spraining his ankle in a previous start, and was ineffective in most of his September starts after that point.

ControversyEdit

The Red Sox became the first team in the history of Major League Baseball to have a nine-game lead in September and fail to make the playoffs that season, thanks to their 7-20 record in the final month of the regular season.[11] In the days following this historic collapse, the front office and manager Terry Francona decided to part ways, and not exercise either of the additional year options on Francona's contract.

After the regular season ended, General Manager Theo Epstein entered talks with the Chicago Cubs to interview for the National League club's vacant General Manager position. The Cubs offered the role to Epstein, and the two teams are currently in talks to work out compensation for the final year of Theo's contract in Boston.

Soon after the season ended, stories broke in the local media about several of Boston's starting pitchers, including Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, and John Lackey, had been playing video games, eating fried chicken,and drinking beer in the clubhouse and dugout during games when they were not pitching. Jon Lester was the first to speak publicly about the allegations, and admitted to eating and drinking in the clubhouse during games, though infrequently, but denied that these actions ever took place in the dugout.[12]

Opening Day LineupEdit

  2 Jacoby Ellsbury CF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
13 Carl Crawford LF
28 Adrian Gonzalez 1B
20 Kevin Youkilis 3B
34 David Ortiz DH
7 J.D. Drew RF
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
10 Marco Scutaro SS

2011 RosterEdit

2011 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Season standingsEdit

Template:2011 AL East standings

Record vs. opponentsEdit

Template:2011 AL Record vs. opponents

Game logEdit

Legend
Red Sox Win Red Sox Loss Game Postponed Eliminated from Playoff Contention
Boldface text denotes a Red Sox pitcher
2011 Game Log (90–72)

Players StatsEdit

BattingEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Base on Balls; SO = Strike Out; SB = Stolen Bases; AVG = Batting average

## Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
3 Mike Aviles, Mike Aviles 71 44 6 13 2 0 0 1 1 7 2 .295
23 Mike Cameron, Mike Cameron 33 94 9 14 2 0 3 9 8 25 0 .149
13 Carl Crawford, Carl Crawford 100 390 49 98 18 5 8 40 17 77 17 .251
7 J. D. Drew, J. D. Drew 77 233 23 51 6 1 4 21 33 56 0 .219
2 Jacoby Ellsbury, Jacoby Ellsbury 123 505 89 158 31 3 22 79 41 78 33 .313
28 Adrian Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez 125 508 82 174 38 3 18 94 51 88 1 .343
28 José Iglesias (baseball), José Iglesias (baseball) 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
36 Connor Jackson, Connor Jackson 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
60 Ryan Lavarnway, Ryan Lavarnway 5 17 2 5 1 0 2 2 4 4 0 .294
12 Jed Lowrie, Jed Lowrie 67 238 30 63 12 3 4 28 16 44 0 .265
54 Darnell McDonald, Darnell McDonald 57 112 20 21 4 1 5 18 10 27 2 .188
56 Yamaico Navarro, Yamaico Navarro 16 37 6 8 2 0 1 3 3 9 0 .216
34 David Ortiz, David Ortiz 113 404 64 121 30 1 24 79 58 59 1 .300
15 Dustin Pedroia, Dustin Pedroia 124 490 79 150 28 2 16 65 77 62 24 .306
16 Josh Reddick, Josh Reddick 59 174 31 51 10 3 6 25 15 38 1 .293
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia 80 271 41 66 17 2 12 41 22 86 0 .244
10 Marco Scutaro, Marco Scutaro 79 269 36 73 10 1 5 26 27 27 4 .271
44 Drew Sutton, Drew Sutton 31 54 11 17 7 0 0 7 3 13 0 .315
33 Jason Varitek, Jason Varitek 56 184 26 42 9 1 8 26 18 53 0 .228
20 Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Youkilis 110 395 64 105 30 2 17 78 63 89 3 .266

PitchingEdit

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

## Player W L ERA G GS SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO
91 Alfredo Aceves, Alfredo Aceves 8 1 3.06 39 4 2 4 82.1 66 32 28 6 29 53
32 Matt Albers, Matt Albers 4 4 3.63 43 0 0 3 52.0 45 22 21 3 24 52
48 Scott Atchison, Scott Atchison 0 0 4.70 9 0 1 1 15.1 19 8 8 0 3 10
51 Daniel Bard, Daniel Bard 2 5 2.10 57 0 1 3 60.0 34 15 14 5 15 62
23 Érik Bédard, Érik Bédard 0 2 4.09 4 4 0 0 22.0 24 12 10 2 5 21
19 Josh Beckett, Josh Beckett 10 5 2.46 24 24 0 0 157.0 112 44 43 15 40 137
64 Mickael Bowden, Mickael Bowden 0 0 1.29 6 0 0 0 7.0 8 1 1 0 3 2
11 Clay Buchholz, Clay Buchholz 6 3 3.48 14 14 0 0 82.2 76 34 32 10 31 60
61 Felix Doubront, Felix Doubront 0 0 6.75 3 0 0 0 2.2 4 2 2 1 2 1
53 Rich Hill (baseball), Rich Hill (baseball) 0 0 0.00 9 0 0 0 8.0 3 0 0 0 3 12
68 Tommy Hottovy, Tommy Hottovy 0 0 6.75 8 0 0 0 4.0 4 3 3 0 3 2
52 Bobby Jenks, Bobby Jenks 2 2 6.32 19 0 0 2 15.2 22 12 11 1 13 17
41 John Lackey, John Lackey 11 9 6.02 21 21 0 0 122.2 153 85 82 17 37 86
31 Jon Lester, Jon Lester 13 6 3.16 24 24 0 0 154.0 128 56 54 16 57 146
18 Daisuke Matsuzaka, Daisuke Matsuzaka 3 3 5.30 8 7 0 0 37.1 32 24 22 4 23 26
30 Andrew Miller (baseball), Andrew Miller (baseball) 5 1 4.99 11 9 0 0 48.2 58 30 27 5 30 33
46 Franklin Morales, Franklin Morales 0 1 3.74 24 0 0 0 21.2 20 11 9 2 7 22
37 Hideki Okajima, Hideki Okajima 1 0 4.32 7 0 0 0 8.1 7 4 4 0 5 6
58 Jonathan Papelbon, Jonathan Papelbon 4 0 2.96 52 0 29 30 51.2 41 18 17 3 8 67
59 Dennys Reyes, Dennys Reyes 0 0 16.20 4 0 0 0 1.2 2 3 3 0 2 1
49 Tim Wakefield, Tim Wakefield 6 5 4.97 27 18 0 0 126.2 132 81 70 19 34 69
70 Kyle Weiland, Kyle Weiland 0 1 8.10 2 2 0 0 10.0 14 9 9 1 5 4
35 Dan Wheeler, Dan Wheeler 2 1 3.86 40 0 0 0 42.0 38 18 18 5 8 34
43 Randy Williams, Randy Williams 0 1 6.48 7 0 0 0 8.1 10 6 6 0 5 6

Farm systemEdit

Template:MLB Farm System[14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Red Sox All-Time Owners | redsox.com: History. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved on August 13, 2009.
  2. Boston Red Sox Managers (1908–2009) by Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved on August 13, 2009.
  3. Ortiz, Eric. "2011 Red Sox Will Challenge 1927 Yankees for Title of Greatest Team in Major League History", NESN.com, New England Sports Network, January 2, 2011.
  4. Kantor, Ira. "Wrong right off the bat for Red Sox", September 29, 2011.
  5. O'Connor, Ian. "Theo didn't kick Cash's butt after all", ESPNNewYork.com, ESPN Internet Ventures, September 23, 2011.
  6. Silver, Nate. "Bill Buckner Strikes Again", September 29, 2011.
  7. Red Sox begin Spring Training workouts on Tuesday, February 15. Redsox.com (February 14, 2011). Retrieved on March 31, 2011.
  8. Final Spring Training standings CBS Sports
  9. Chris Forsberg (December 7, 2010). Red Sox Trade for Adrian Gonzalez. ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved on March 31, 2011.
  10. Gordon Edes (December 10, 2010). Source: Red Sox to Ink Carl Crawford. ESPNBoston.com. Retrieved on March 31, 2011.
  11. http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BOS/2011-schedule-scores.shtml
  12. http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111017&content_id=25692288&vkey=news_bos&c_id=bos
  13. Rob Bradford (March 31, 2011). Opening Day Lineup: J.D. Drew sits. WEEI. Retrieved on March 29, 2011.
  14. Boston Red Sox 2011 Media Guide
  15. milb.com

External linksEdit

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