2011 Boston Red Sox season

2011 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Record 90–72 (.556)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Henry (Fenway Sports Group)
General manager(s) Theo Epstein[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, Jon Rish, Dale Arnold)
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The 2011 Boston Red Sox season was the 111th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Before the season, the Red Sox were favored to win the American League East and reach the World Series, with some comparing the team to the 1927 New York Yankees.[3][4][5] With a record of 90 wins and 72 losses, the Red Sox finished third in their division, seven games behind the Yankees.

After leading the Tampa Bay Rays by nine games in the AL wild card race on September 3—when their odds of reaching the postseason peaked at 99.6%—the Red Sox lost 18 of their final 24 games.[6] On the last day of the season, September 28, a ninth inning Red Sox blown save loss against the Baltimore Orioles,[7] coupled with an extra inning come from behind victory by the Rays over the Yankees,[8] made the Rays the AL wild card winners, eliminating the Red Sox from postseason contention.



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

11/07/10-3B Adrián Beltré 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 Óscar Tejeda from Salem Red Sox.

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


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.


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

Claimed Max Ramírez 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 training

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.[9] Playing other teams in the Grapefruit League the Red Sox finished with 14 wins and 19 losses.[10]

2011 Season

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 first baseman Adrian Gonzalez,[11] and they followed that move up by signing star outfielder Carl Crawford.[12]

Opening Day

The Red Sox kicked off the year against the defending AL Pennant Winners, the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, April 1.[13]


2Jacoby EllsburyCF
15Dustin Pedroia2B
13Carl CrawfordLF
20Kevin Youkilis3B
28Adrian Gonzalez1B
34David OrtizDH
23Mike CameronRF
39Jarrod SaltalamacchiaC
10Marco ScutaroSS
31Jon LesterP

Source: [14][15]

The Red Sox home opener was Friday, April 8, against the rival New York Yankees.[16]

Pitching Woes

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 Bobby 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 and ace Jon Lester were 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.


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.[17] 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 Epstein the position of President of Baseball Operations, and he accepted. After five months of negotiations, the Red Sox and Cubs agreed to the compensation the Red Sox would receive for Epstein. The Cubs acquired minor-league first baseman Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox, and the Red Sox received pitchers Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz. Bogaerts is the twin brother of Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

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.[18]

2011 roster

2011 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Season standings

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 9765 0.599 52–29 45–36
Tampa Bay Rays 9171 0.562 6 47–34 44–37
Boston Red Sox 9072 0.556 7 45–36 45–36
Toronto Blue Jays 8181 0.500 16 42–39 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 6993 0.426 28 39–42 30–51

Record vs. opponents

Kansas City4–53–511–76–127–117–38–103–34–55–32–52–64–35–13
Los Angeles6–32–66–26–34–33–76–34–58–1112–74–47–125–513–5
New York13–56–126–24–33–43–35–46–26–35–49–97–211–713–5
Tampa Bay9–912–64–44–21–65–24–47–39–92–56–44–512–612–6

Game log

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 Stats


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
3Mike Avilés71446132001172.295
23Mike Cameron339491420398250.149
13Carl Crawford1003904998185840177717.251
7J.D. Drew7723323516142133560.219
2Jacoby Ellsbury123505891583132279417833.313
28Adrian Gonzalez12550882174383189451881.343
28José Iglesias64200000010.000
36Conor Jackson23000000020.000
60Ryan Lavarnway517251022440.294
12Jed Lowrie67238306312342816440.265
54Darnell McDonald5711220214151810272.188
56Yamaico Navarro1637682013390.216
34David Ortiz11340464121301247958591.300
15Dustin Pedroia124490791502821665776224.306
16Josh Reddick59174315110362515381.293
39Jarrod Saltalamacchia802714166172124122860.244
10Marco Scutaro79269367310152627274.271
44Drew Sutton3154111770073130.315
33Jason Varitek5618426429182618530.228
20Kevin Youkilis11039564105302177863893.266


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

91Alfredo Aceves813.063942482.166322862953
32Matt Albers443.634300352.045222132452
48Scott Atchison004.70901115.119880310
51Daniel Bard252.105701360.034151451562
23Érik Bédard024.09440022.02412102521
19Josh Beckett1052.46242400157.011244431540137
64Mickael Bowden001.2960007.0811032
11Clay Buchholz633.4814140082.2763432103160
61Félix Doubront006.7530002.2422121
53Rich Hill000.0090008.03000312
68Tommy Hottovy006.7580004.0433032
52Bobby Jenks226.321900215.222121111317
41John Lackey1196.02212100122.21538582173786
31Jon Lester1363.16242400154.012856541657146
18Daisuke Matsuzaka335.30870037.132242242326
30Andrew Miller514.991190048.258302753033
46Franklin Morales013.742400021.2201192722
37Hideki Okajima104.3270008.1744056
58Jonathan Papelbon402.96520293051.24118173867
59Dennys Reyes0016.2040001.2233021
49Tim Wakefield654.97271800126.21328170193469
70Kyle Weiland018.10220010.01499154
35Dan Wheeler213.864000042.03818185834
43Randy Williams016.4870008.11066056

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Arnie Beyeler
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Kevin Boles
A-Advanced Salem Red Sox Carolina League Bruce Crabbe
A Greenville Drive South Atlantic League Billy McMillon
A-Short Season Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Carlos Febles
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League George Lombard
Rookie DSL Red Sox Dominican Summer League José Zapata



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