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Despite Red Sox loss, Clay Buchholz gets back on track with 6 2/3 scoreless innings

04.18.16 at 3:48 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and got a no-decison. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and got a no-decison. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

If there was one bright spot in Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays, it would be the performance of starter Clay Buchholz.

In his third start of the year, the right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but the bullpen allowed four eighth innings runs to spoil the dominant start to leave him with a no-decision.

Buchholz went 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits, while walking two and striking out two. After allowing five earned runs in each of his previous two starts this season, Monday was much-needed.

“I felt good despite being 11 o’clock in the morning,” Buchholz said. “It’s one of the things I have to get over. I am not the best morning person, I guess. I have to find a way to get mentally prepared and go out and try to win a ballgame. With the lineup that we faced these four games is not an easy lineup to pitch around any one person to get to the next guy. I felt really good with just about everything. My curveball came to me a little later. The fastball-changeup-cutter mix was probably the best I’ve felt.”

The key for Buchholz was inducing four double-play balls, which tied a career-high and were the most by a Red Sox starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008. He credited his two-seamer for getting all the groundballs, which he said he spent a lot of time working on in between starts.

Buchholz lowered his ERA from 10.00 to 5.74. He said he really didn’t change much from his previous starts.

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Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) too sore to have full exam by Dr. James Andrews

04.18.16 at 3:11 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

The strange Pablo Sandoval situation has gotten even stranger.

The Red Sox third baseman had his shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Monday morning, but he couldn’t get a full exam because the shoulder was “very sore.”

Instead, he got a cortisone shot to calm down the inflammation and will likely be re-examined by Dr. Andrews in a few weeks.

“He had the exam here today with Dr. Andrews. He’s still very sore,” manager John Farrell said. “To say there was a full exam conducted, Dr. Andrews couldn’t because of the soreness. He was given an ejection to calm the inflammation down. At this point he will be re-examined likely by Dr. Andrews in a few weeks.”

Sandoval had an MRI late last week after the third baseman was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. After the results came back it was determined he would go see Dr. Andrews for a second opinion.

It is unknown what the MRI last week found as neither Sandoval or any member of the organization would say.

After losing the starting third base job in spring training to Travis Shaw, Sandoval played in three games and was 0-for-7.

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Closing Time: Koji Uehara, Craig Kimbrel can’t hold lead as Red Sox fall to Blue Jays on Patriots’ Day

04.18.16 at 2:19 pm ET
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It was a rough eighth inning for Koji Uehara. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

It was a rough eighth inning for Koji Uehara. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Evidently, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel are not morning, or early afternoon people.

The two combined to allow four runs in the eighth inning, as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 4-3 on Patriots’ Day at Fenway Park.

With a 1-0 lead in the eighth, Koji Uehara allowed the first batter of the inning to reach on an infield single, but Josh Rutledge’s throw went into the camera-well allowing Kevin Pillar to reach second.

After a walk and a passed ball, Michael Saunders hit a grounder to Xander Bogaerts on the right side of second base, and after appearing to have a play at home, opted to throw to first for the first out of the inning, which tied the score at one. Uehara then walked Jose Bautista to load the bases with no outs, ending Uehara’s day.

In came closer Craig Kimbrel, who struck out Edwin Encarnacion for the second out, but then walked Troy Tulowitzki to allow the second run to score and finally allowed a two-run single to Russell Martin making it a 4-1 game.

The bullpen ruined a masterful start by Clay Buchholz, as the right-hander went 6 2/3 shutout innings. He was aided by inducing four double plays, which were the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008.

Overall, he went 6 2/3 innings, not allowing a run on six hits, while walking two and striking out two on 97 pitches.

Lefty J.A. Happ shut down the Red Sox lineup, limiting them to just a run on four hits over seven-plus innings.

The Red Sox scored their first run in the second inning on a two-out double by Josh Rutledge, which scored Hanley Ramirez, who also doubled earlier in the frame. They made it 4-3 in the ninth on a two-out double by Travis Shaw and a single by Ramirez, but pinch-hitter David Ortiz ended the game with the tying run on base.

Closing Time note

Happ was the first left-handed starter the Red Sox have faced all year. It was the furthest into a season without an opposing left-hander since 1996 when the Red Sox faced the Orioles’ David Wells in Game 13.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

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Video: Jeff Bauman, Jake Gyllenhaal throw out ceremonial first pitches at Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day

04.18.16 at 11:12 am ET
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Prior to Monday’s annual Patriots’ Day game, Boston marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and Jake Gyllenhaal threw out the ceremonial first pitches at Fenway Park.

Gyllenhaal is playing Bauman in the upcoming film “Stronger.” The first pitches will be used in the actual movie.

Below is video of the first pitches (Gyllenhaal on the left and Bauman on the right), which were thrown to David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez.

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John Farrell reflects on what playing on Patriots’ Day means to him, Red Sox

04.18.16 at 10:20 am ET
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Jeff Bauman will throw out the first pitch on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Jeff Bauman will throw out the first pitch on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Patriots’ Day is a special day for the City of Boston with the Boston Marathon and the Red Sox having their annual 11 a.m. start.

The day has a whole new meaning following the marathon bombings three years ago.

This will be manager John Farrell’s fourth Patriots’ Day as manager and he’s proud to be part of it.

“Well, certainly it’s not only a special day here in Massachusetts and New England obviously with the holiday and a chance to celebrate with a unique major league game or start time, but it is part of the history of this holiday and the Red Sox part in it,” Farrell said before Monday’s game. “No one is going to forget obviously three years ago, the significance of that day. We can’t forget those who were impacted directly.”

The Red Sox are 69-51 all-time on Patriots’ Day, with 26 doubleheaders between 1903 and 1966. They have won on 11 of the last 15 games played on Patriots Day.

Over the weekend there have been several reminders of the events three years ago with survivors throwing out first pitches and runners being in and around the park.

On Monday, Jeff Bauman and actor/producer Jake Gyllenhaal will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Gyllenhaal is playing the role of Bauman in the film “Stronger.”

“There’s always reminders of it,” Farrell said. “I think for those of us who were here and walked off the field that day just as those bombs were detonated, that will never be omitted or erased from our mind. The frenzy that followed immediately, but then what grew out of that day. While we remember those who were victims, I think there was a unique and special bond that was created and fostered over the rest of that summer.

“I would hope that we played a part in the healing for some of the people that were coming to the ballpark each and every day. When you see the victims and the stories that come out of that day, it’s a place in history that we will never forget.”

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Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Patriots’ Day matinee

04.18.16 at 10:13 am ET
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Live Blog Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Patriots Day live blog

Red Sox hurlers Carson Smith, Eduardo Rodriguez getting closer to returning

04.18.16 at 10:04 am ET
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Carson Smith

Carson Smith

Two Red Sox pitchers are getting closer to making their 2016 debuts with the big league club.

Reliever Carson Smith, who is dealing with a flexor strain, will pitch simulated games in Fort Myers Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The plan as of now is to have him go on a rehab assignment after that.

Depending on how things go, it would seem the likely target date for him to rejoin the major league team would be April 29 against the Yankees.

Left-hander starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who suffered a knee injury early in spring training, will throw 60-65 pitches in Fort Myers on Monday. The team is hopeful that the next step will be him making a rehab start.

One player not nearing a return is third baseman Pablo Sandoval. He’s currently meeting with Dr. James Andrews about his injured shoulder and will fly back to Boston Monday night. After the meeting the doctors will come up with the next course of action.


— Despite being out of the lineup the last two games, manager John Farrell said nothing is wrong with Brock Holt. Chris Young will make his second straight start in left field.

— David Ortiz is out of the lineup on Monday. With it being Patriots Day, the game does have some meaning to Ortiz, but Farrell said he spoke with Ortiz before the series and he made no request to play in Monday’s game.

“Had a chance to talk to David before the series opened up. With the start times, I can understand that there are going to be points in this season that might have a historic perspective to it, but that wasn’t something that David made it a wish or a demand on his part,” Farrell said.

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Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz sits; Chris Young, Josh Rutledge start on Patriots Day

04.18.16 at 8:59 am ET
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David Ortiz

David Ortiz

Happy Patriots’ Day.

David Ortiz will get the day off as the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays in their annual Patriots Day morning game as the Red Sox will go up against left-hander J.A. Happ.

Brock Holt is out of the lineup for the second straight day as Chris Young will start in left field and Josh Rutledge will start at third base. With Ortiz being out, Hanley Ramirez will be the DH and Travis Shaw will play first base.

Christian Vazquez will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Travis Shaw, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Chris Young, LF
Josh Rutledge, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Clay Buchholz, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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Monday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. J.A. Happ

04.18.16 at 7:30 am ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz will take the hill Monday and try to give Red Sox fans something to cheer about in the annual Patriots Day morning start. He is set to face off against Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ.

Coming into his third start of the season, Buchholz does not exactly have momentum on his side. In each of his first two starts he allowed five runs. Looking specifically at his last start — April 12 against the Orioles — he was hit hard. He gave up five earned runs over five innings, allowing five hits (two home runs), walking three and striking out five. He took the loss, as the Orioles posted a 9-5 victory.

“I felt like I had good stuff,” Buchholz said after the loss. “I felt like I threw the ball pretty well tonight. Two home runs got me.”

In 27 career starts against the Blue Jays plus one relief appearance, Buchholz is 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.231 WHIP, recording 125 strikeouts and 66 walks in 174 2/3 innings.

Happ, who is back for his second stint in Toronto after pitching for the Mariners and Pirates last year, has been solid through two starts this season. The 10-year major league veteran picked up his first win of the season in his last outing on April 13 against the Yankees. He went six innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just one earned run. He walked three and struck out four in a game the Blue Jays won 7-2. He got out of several jams throughout the game, stranding seven Yankees runners.

“The best thing about tonight was being able to make some pitches in big situations,” Happ said afterward.

Added Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira: “I thought he pitched very well against us. He really mixed it up in and out, up and down, kept us off balance.”

Happ, 33, has made 10 appearances against the Red Sox, including nine starts, going 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.481 WHIP, recording 40 strikeouts and 28 walks in 52 innings.

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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada has 8-game hit streak, 10 steals in 10 games

04.17.16 at 11:16 pm ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (6-5): W, 7-4, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— Catcher Blake Swihart, making his first start with Pawtucket since his demotion from Boston, led off the ninth inning with an opposite-field double down the left-field line to start a four-run, comeback rally. Swihart later scored on outfielder Justin Maxwell’s sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4, and a two-out single from infielder Sean Coyle put the PawSox on top 6-4.

Swihart, 24, finished 1-for-5 with two strikeouts (both looking) as he spent the whole game behind the plate and hit third in the batting order. Last season in 20 games with Pawtucket, Swihart hit .311 (23-for-74) with three doubles and 11 RBIs. Swihart played 84 games in the majors last season and went 5-for-18 (.278) without an extra-base hit in six big-league games this year.

— Shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com) went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot with a double, two walks, two RBIs and a run scored. The 25-year-old Marrero singled and scored in the first, doubled in a run in the second and added an insurance run in the ninth with a single to right. Marrero has three multi-hit games in his last four played, bringing his average up to 9-for-42 (.214) after a 1-for-19 start to the season.

— Right fielder Rusney Castillo and DH Sam Travis (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) had multi-hit games, each going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Castillo also reached a third time via walk and stole his second base. Castillo is 4-for-13 with a double in his first three games since his demotion from Boston, while Travis is 11-for-43 (.256) with two homers, eight RBIs and six runs scored in 11 games on the season.

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