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Jess Thomas

Jess Thomas

Jess Thomas is the Red Sox Beat Team Manager and a member of the Boston Celtics beat team for CLNS Radio. Jess is a co-host on CLNS Radio's Red Sox Beat Podcast as well as a contributor to Celtics Postgame Shows.

Jess currently is a Celtics Production Assistant at the official home of Boston Celtics telecasts, Comcast Sports Net New England.

Jess also currently writes for the MetroWest Daily News.

Previously, Jess was General Manager for Framingham State University's radio station, WJDM 91.3 FM, as well as sports editor for FSU's newspaper, the Gatepost.

Prior to joining CLNS Radio, Jess was an intern at CSNNE as well as WCVB.

Jess is a 2014 graduate of Framingham State University, with a degree in Communication Arts.

You can follow Jess on Twitter @CLNS_JessSayin

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 20:39

Boston Red Sox 2016 Report Card: Offense

As the season has come to a close, we at CLNS Radio would like to do a report card for the 2016 Boston Red Sox. 

For all players who played enough to qualify to have a grade, I give grades and reasoning for that grade to each member of the offense. 

Pitching grades will be posted in a separate article. So let's get to it! Let the grades roll in!

The Boston Red Sox (93-68) fell 4-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays (88-73) after closer Craig Kimbrel gave up a run in the ninth inning of a tie game. Boston now falls 0.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the second best record in the American League and Toronto moves back into a tie with the Baltimore Orioles for the first Wild Card spot.

Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth grand slam of his career and second of the season in the seventh inning to propel the Boston Red Sox (91-64) to their 10th straight victory and postseason berth with a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays (65-89) at the Trop. 

The Boston Red Sox (83-64) will look to take the first three games of a four-game series from the New York Yankees (77-70) as David Price (16-8, 3.81 ERA) will duel against Bryan Mitchell (2-1, 2.45 ERA) on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. 

Edwin Jackson turned back the clock for the San Diego Padres (57-80) and dominated the Boston Red Sox (76-61) for seven scoreless innings, giving the home team a 2-1 victory after David Ortiz flied out to end the game. 

The Boston Red Sox (76-60) will look to shake off a tough 1-0 loss to Oakland as Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 4.06 ERA with Boston) faces his old squad in his old stomping grounds, as the Sox open up a three-game road series against the struggling San Diego Padres (56-80). 

It wasn't easy, but Hanley Ramirez blasted a fifth inning grand slam and Aaron Hill gave the Boston Red Sox (74-59) the go-ahead RBI in the eighth to push his team past the Tampa Bay Rays (56-76), 8-6, in the final game of the homestand. 

Coming off a tough 4-3 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox (73-59) look to take two out of three from the Tampa Bay Rays (56-75) in a matinee 1:35 p.m. start at Fenway in the last game of the six-game homestand. 

The Boston Red Sox (72-57) snapped their three-game losing skid in a big way with an 8-3 win over the defending champion and very hot Kansas City Royals (67-62) led by four more hits by Dustin Pedroia and home runs by Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez. 

The game started with an hour-and-a-half rain delay and it was also interrupted after the fifth inning with another rain delay over an hour, but in the end, the Boston Red Sox (69-53) took down the Detroit Tigers (64-59) 3-2 behind a 2-run dinger from David Ortiz and dominant pitching from Drew Pomeranz.