Without A Curse Ep#637:Dustin Pedroia Injury Could Be Another Blow To Red Sox


Inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” Alex recaps a rather disappointing week for the 5-8 Red Sox.

More injury woes may be on the horizon for the hometown team, as Koji Uehara and Dustin Pedroia are both being examined Monday in Boston.

Uehara felt stiffness in his shoulder prior to Friday’s game, though his long toss session reportedly went well prior to Sunday’s contest.

It’s unsurprising that the 39-year-old Uehara is dealing with a shoulder injury, given that he pitched 88 innings including the post-season last year. Closers are volatile by nature, and the Red Sox signed Edward Mufica this winter to serve as Uehara insurance.

Pedroia supposedly suffered a wrist injury during last weekend’s home series against the Brewers, and has scuffled at the plate since. The Red Sox don’t have a lot of middle infield depth in the organization, so Pedroia’s injury could be a devastating blow.

Shane Victorino is slated to begin a rehab assignment this week, and Alex says why Jackie Bradley Jr. should be the first man sent to the minor leagues when he returns. Though Bradley’s played exceptionally well – both offensively and defensively – he has a less proven track record than Daniel Nava, who also has minor league options remaining.

At this stage in the season, it’s all about maintaining the most organizational depth.

Alex recaps the series win against the Rangers, and series loss to a depleted, injury ravaged Yankees team.

Alex tells you why Pin Targate is an uninteresting story, shares his frustrations with instant replay, highlights the incompetence of the top of the lineup and more.

In the “Around the League” segment, Alex recaps the past week in the AL East. The Rays are on top of the division alongside the Jays and Yankees, but are dealing with a multitude of injuries of their own. Matt Moore will likely need Tommy John surgery, and Alex Cobb has been placed on the 15-day DL as well.

Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the tragic Marathon bombings. This will be a week of reflection, and a chance to remember just how important the Red Sox are to this city.

The club’s win in its first home game following the bombings wasn’t just important because it was a decisive victory. But it was the first time that fans could be proud of their team in nearly 18 months.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#126:Energy!

Energy this, energy that, whatever it is, the Timberwolves had a fun week for the most part. Gorgui Dieng had another 20 rebound effort against Houston, including the game winning shot, oh and Corey Brewer had 51 points, talk about energy! The Wolves also showed why they aren’t among the elite 8 in the west, in lack luster losses to Chicago and Sacramento.

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Brave The Wild Ep#84:Are We Ready?

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he Minnesota Wild surged this past week, easily clinching the 7th seed in the west, and will now match up with the tough Colorado Avalanche, due to a last second collapse by the St. Louis Blues. After winning four games in a row against very quality teams, a 7-3 demolishing at the hands of the Nashville Predators has your host worried!

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Showtime And Twolves Ep#9:Grumpy And Impatient

Despite the awesome week by the Timberwolves, “grumpy” Joey is impatient with the fact that management is afraid to make a “big move”. Vince’s Lakers continue to not stop anyone, but Nick Young show’s his value, as he has all season. Corey Brewer has the game of his life, and Gorgui Dieng continues to prove that he is much more than just an “energy” guy as some say

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Without A Curse Ep#637:Red Sox Prepare To Battle Adversity With Will Middlebrooks & Shane Victorino DL Stints


Inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” Alex recaps a disappointing first week for the defending World Series champions.

The highlight of the weekend was the ring ceremony on Friday, which struck the perfect balance between celebration and somber reflection of the Marathon Bombings of last April and the tragic fire in the Back Bay that occurred two weeks ago.

The Red Sox’s importance to this city is highlighted on days like Friday, as is David Ortiz’s superstar status. It’s astounding that the people of Boston, an infamously parochial population that scorns most outsiders, have taken the glitzy Ortiz as one of their own. Big Papi, not Marty Walsh, is the city’s mayor.

Ortiz’s calf continues to be an issue on the field, however. The slugger has moved gingerly through the first week of the season, and doesn’t appear to be healthy.

The Red Sox lineup may not be able to weather an extended absence from Ortiz, given the fact that Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks are both on the disabled list. It’s difficult for teams to repeat as world champions, and the Red Sox are seeing that firsthand.

Seemingly everything went right for the Red Sox in 2013. The Victorino and Middlebrooks injuries are evidence that the club won’t benefit from the same kind of luck this season.

Alex recaps the first two series of the season against the Orioles and Brewers, and talks about the holes that Victorino’s and Middlebrooks’ absences leave on the roster.

On the positive side of the equation, Jon Lester and John Lackey have pitched well to open up. It seems as if Koji Uehara has picked up right where he left off as well.

In the “Around the League” segment, Alex discusses the AL East standings. The Rays’ year is off to a putrid start in terms of attendance, but per usual the team is performing on the field.

The Rays inked Chris Archer to a club-friendly six-year contract that could extend to eight years if they exercise their team options. If Archer remains healthy, the contract will be another tremendous cue for the franchise.

The Yankees are off to a .500 start, though CC Sabathia has been rocked early on. Mark Teixeira is on the DL, too. Only $67 million to go on that contract!

Alex also says why some of Yasiel Puig’s immature behavior should be excused, and examines the continued mystery of the physics of pitching.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#125:Symbolic Of This Season

This week right here summed up the Timberwolves 2013-2014 season in a nutshell: The Wolves lost to the Clippers, surprise us with a strong win over Memphis, play their hearts out, in a double overtime win in Miami, and then get beat soundly by a terrible Orlando team.

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Brave The Wild Ep#83:Taking Control Of Their Destiny

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The Minnesota Wild took control of their destiny, with a very strong week, going 2-0-1 against some of the best teams in the NHL! The sad part is, the most shorthanded of the three was the one to give the Wild a shootout loss in Chicago. Strong play in L.A, and crushing Pittsburgh in Xcel, gave this club a much needed push to now likely make the playoffs. Call into our

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Without A Curse Ep#636:MLB Season Preview 2014: Get Ready For The Red Sox Dynasty


Alex previews the upcoming MLB season inside this edition of “Without a Curse.”

The Red Sox are arguably the most enviable franchise in the league, as no team has a better combination of financial and organizational flexibility going forward.

The Red Sox have never been better positioned for a sustained stretch of championship contention than they are now.

However, it’s reasonable to expect the Red Sox to take a small step back in 2014. The club will face more attrition this year than it did in 2013.

Alex provides his predictions for all 30 teams heading into the year, as he believes both the Red Sox and Cardinals will return to the postseason.

There won’t a Red Sox and Cardinals rematch in October, though. Alex says the Nationals and Rays will battle it out in the Fall Classic.

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“Without a Curse” will be published on a weekly basis – every Monday – throughout the season. Alex will be covering the Red Sox and Boston sports on a daily basis at BostInno this summer, and may expand his role with “Big Show Unfiltered” as well.

Last year’s team was a joy to watch, and this season should be thrilling as well. “Without a Curse” will have you covered with top notch analysis surrounding the latest news around the team all season long.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#124:Post Mortem Wounds

Kevin Love’s comments after a frustrating loss against the Phoenix Suns were misguided, not because he shouldn’t have said what he did, but that he was WAY behind on what was the dagger to the Timberwolves season. Several games along the way sealed the fate for this season, the Suns game was a post mortem wound. Joey sings the praises of Gorgui Dieng extensively throughout this episode, as there is something to look forward to in the coming seasons!

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Brave The Wild Ep#82:Very Unpredictable

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The Minnesota Wild are all over the place, it’s been hard to say who will be starting in goal, (until now), who will be on what line, and will the Wild even show up to play? The final stretch for the postseason will be a very tough one, as your host expresses his fears, particularly this upcoming week against three powerhouses! Paladino Joey as usual gives out his weekly awards/demerits, and this week’s North Stars memory!

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