Oct. 3, 2013

Red Sox are Boston’s redeemed team

The 2013 Red Sox understood that they had to be better than the previous edition, which went off the rails like an errant Riverside trolley.

Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy.jpg Do not take the Red Sox’ success for granted

From 2003-09, the Red Sox were baseball’s centerfold franchise, and it felt like it would go on forever.

Christopher L. Gasper

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/05/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper.jpg Red Sox couldn’t rise without last year’s crash

There would be no postseason in Boston this year if the Sox didn’t suffer through the humbling debacle that was 2012.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/compsosite-12827--90x90.jpg How the Red Sox and Rays match up

The Globe’s Nick Cafardo assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the Red Sox and Rays as they prepare to meet in the Division Series.

The pitchers

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin092013soxjays_spt8-001--90x90.jpg Starting pitchers feel fully armed

With a staff that is rested and ready, manager John Farrell can spin his rotation any way he wants to in the playoffs.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/chin091413soxyankees_spt5--90x90.jpg Jon Lester back to being a stopper, not just a starter

The search to rediscover the pitcher who threw a no-hitter three seasons into his career and pitched in eight playoff games took two years.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/07/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_soxpads9_spts.jpg John Lackey on a recovery mission

Lackey became one of the symbols of what had gone wrong in 2011 and 2012. But like the Red Sox, he bounced back.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin092113soxjays_spt5.jpg After unplanned summer break, Buchholz ready for playoffs

Before he went on the disabled list in June, Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz was in the middle of the greatest ride of his career.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2013inning.jpg 2013 season, inning by inning

The Red Sox have been over .500 the whole season. See an in-depth breakdown of all 162 games.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Advance/Images/Lee_bosbalt3_spts--90x90.jpg On heavy rotation

Jon Lester is the ninth pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 innings in a season for the fifth time. Here’s a look at the other eight.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2013hittingxrefcrop.jpg Red Sox and Rays hitting zones

An analysis of where the teams’ top batters make contact, where they miss, and where their hits are most powerful.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin092013soxjays_spt25-001.jpg The Sox in September

Since 2009, the Red Sox had finished at or below .500 for three straight seasons. Now they’re bucking the trend.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_soxangels3_sptscrop.jpg Clay Buchholz, before and after injury

Buchholz didn’t miss a beat after returning from three months on the shelf with a strained neck muscle.

Spring training live blog

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/03/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/90sox.jpg Updates from Fort Myers

Track the latest news, photos and videos from our reporters at spring training.

Fenway at 100

SPECIAL SECTION

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/01012012_01yearaheadronew--90x90.jpg Explore 100 years of Fenway Park

The Globe honored the park’s centennial with memories of how it has become an icon for baseball and New England.