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David Ross says plantar fasciitis won’t sideline him

07.22.14 at 11:22 pm ET
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TORONTO — It wasn’t difficult to identify that David Ross was in pain Tuesday night.

The Red Sox catcher seemed to pull up lame while running to first after lining a third-inning single, bringing out both Red Sox manager John Farrell and trainer Rick Jameyson. But Ross remained in the game, finishing with three hits in what resulted in a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

After the game, Ross explained that the diagnosis for the ailment is plantar fasciitis on his right foot.

Ross — who wears orthotics due to flat feet — said he suffered a similar injury for the final two months of the 2007 season, albeit to his left foot.

“In the offseason I ruptured it and that’€™s what they do when they do surgery, they just go in and cut it,” he said.. “So I ruptured it and it hasn’t been a problem since. I was running today with the intent of letting that thing blow out. It would feel a lot better if it would.”

The backstop believed that the injury was a result of taping his left ankle after injuring himself during a mid-May series in Minnesota, leading to overcompensating on his right foot.

Ross didn’t believe the injury would make his miss any time.

It is the same injury Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli dealt with for much of 2013. (Click here to read more about the particulars of the ailment.)

“It’s been going on for a few days,” Ross explained. “I was getting better. It was getting a lot better. I just aggravated on that one swing. It’s not going to keep me from playing I don’t think. It’s one of those things that’s going to affect my running a little bit, which is definitely not something [Farrell] is worrying about, my speed to help the team if it would.”

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Closing Time: Same old story for Jake Peavy as Red Sox’ winning ways halted by Blue Jays

07.22.14 at 10:14 pm ET
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Jake Peavy was once again a victim of the long ball, Tuesday night. (AP)

Jake Peavy once again was a victim of the long ball, as he surrendered two home runs Tuesday night. (AP)

TORONTO — The Red Sox officially are not going to go undefeated in the season’s second half.

After plating 14 runs in the series opener, the Red Sox offense couldn’t keep pace with the Blue Jays this time, dropping a 7-3 decision Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

“There’s no bank we can take runs and put them in and take a loan out the next day, unfortunately,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

After 20 starts, Jake Peavy remains on one win for the season. This time the righty took his ninth loss thanks to a 6 1/3-inning outing in which he surrendered five runs.

Once again, Peavy’s cause wasn’t helped by his team’s bats. The starter came into the game with the second-worst run support in the majors, averaging just 2.91 runs from the Red Sox per start.

“Listen, it’s frustrating to lose. I’m so sick of sitting here … I’m sorry to have not the best attitude in the world,” he said. “I try, I promise you I try. Run support or no run support, it’s not fun to lose. The only way I know to stop that from happening is for me to get better.”

The Red Sox couldn’t solve Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ when it counted the most, stranding seven while going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position against the lefty. Happ would finish his outing not allowing a run over six innings, giving up seven hits, striking out four and walking one.

The loss snaps the Red Sox’ five-game win streak, with Farrell‘s team having won eight of nine heading into the night.

With Tampa Bay’s sixth straight win Tuesday night, the Red Sox(47-53) drop back to last place in the American League East, sitting 8 1/2 games in back of first-place Baltimore.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

– It looked like for a split second Peavy’s knee was going to save him a run in the third inning, with Melky Cabrera‘s two-out liner back up the middle ricocheting off of the pitcher’s leg. The ball, however, rolled back toward the visitors dugout just far enough that Peavy couldn’t gather it in and throw to first baseman Mike Napoli in time to get Cabrera. While the Blue Jays outfielder was ultimately gunned down at second, the hosts were able to plate the game’s first run, with Anthony Gose coming in on the play.

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Why Stephen Drew doesn’t wear glasses anymore

07.22.14 at 7:47 pm ET
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TORONTO — Much was made after Game 6 of the World Series (besides the fact that Red Sox won a championship) regarding Stephen Drew using contact lenses for that final game of the season. He hit a home run, so that seemed like a logical explanation for the offensive slump he endured throughout the postseason.

So when Drew started out this season wearing glasses, it appeared a perfectly acceptable transition into a new look for the shortstop.

But during his recent upswing at the plate, Drew hasn’t been wearing those glasses. In fact, he hasn’t even been wearing contacts.

Here’s the deal …

A few weeks back Drew’s glasses were scratched so he went back to contacts. The problem was that after having Lasik eye surgery eight years ago, the contact lenses would dry out his eyes, creating further issues.

Finally, in the past few weeks, Drew has found a suitable solution.

As long as he keeps his eyes moist there really aren’t any eyesight issues to deal with, so before each at-bat he uses eye drops. As has been evident over the five games entering Tuesday night, with Drew hitting .412 (7-for-17) with a home run and five walks.

“I think Stephen Drew the last five or seven games is back to the level of production we anticipated,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell before Tuesday’s game at Rogers Centre. “He’s in a pretty good place right now.”

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt in center, Jackie Bradley Jr. sits vs. LHP J.A. Happ

07.22.14 at 3:34 pm ET
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With left-hander J.A. Happ on the mound for the Blue Jays, the Red Sox will give Jackie Bradley Jr. a day off in center field. The incomprehensibly versatile Brock Holt will start there, with Jonny Gomes starting in left and Daniel Nava sitting against the lefty. Despite the presence of a lefty on the mound, Stephen Drew will start at short for a Red Sox team that, in 16 games in July, has scored 83 runs — one fewer than the club plated in 28 games in June. David Ross will be behind the plate for Jake Peavy.

For a look at how Red Sox players have fared against Happ and how Blue Jays hitters have done against Peavy, click here.

RED SOX LINEUP

Brock Holt, CF

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, DH

Mike Napoli, 1B

Jonny Gomes, LF

Shane Victorino, RF

Stephen Drew, SS

Xander Bogaerts, 3B

David Ross, C

Jake Peavy, RHP

Red Sox minor league roundup: Why Blake Swihart looks increasingly like an elite prospect; Allen Webster finds consistency; Jamie Callahan gets on track; Jantzen Witte, doubles machine

07.22.14 at 12:21 pm ET
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Blake Swihart reached base three times on Monday. (365digitalphotography.com)

Blake Swihart reached base three times on Monday. (365digitalphotography.com)

A brief look at the happenings in the Red Sox minor league system on Monday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 4-3 WIN AT SYRACUSE (NATIONALS)

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– Feats of Mookie: Regaining a foothold. Mookie Betts, one day after he failed to get on base for the first time in 24 Triple-A games, went 2-for-5 with a double. The two-bagger came against left-hander Aaron Laffey, improving Betts’ line against southpaws in Triple-A to .379/.438/.517.

– Right-hander Allen Webster allowed three runs on six hits (one double) and a walk in seven innings, striking out three and getting 10 groundball outs. In what has become an increasingly common development, Webster threw a high percentage of pitches (64 of 95, 67 percent) for strikes, permitting him to work efficiently. A year ago, Webster averaged exactly five innings per start in Pawtucket (in 21 starts), going 8-4 with a 3.60 ERA. This year, he’s striking out fewer batters (7.4 per nine innings) but is getting more early-count grounders, in the process forging a better ERA (3.10) while averaging just under six innings per start (118 innings in 20 starts). A year ago, he worked into the seventh inning just twice; this year, in one fewer start to date in Pawtucket, he’s worked into the seventh six times.

– Outfielder Corey Brown had the game-winning homer in the ninth inning, his 14th homer of the year coming against the team with whom he’d spent the previous three years. Brown, hitting .223/.291/.432 overall this year, has enjoyed a strong month of July, hitting .333/.388/.667 with four homers in 12 games.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 6-4 WIN VS. BINGHAMTON (METS)

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– Catcher Blake Swihart went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base. The walks offer growing evidence of Swihart’s ongoing development in Double-A, as he’s shown improvements in his strike zone management and on-base skills as the season has progressed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Jake Peavy vs. J.A. Happ

07.22.14 at 10:58 am ET
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The Red Sox will continue their four-game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, sending Jake Peavy to the hill against J.A. Happ.

While Peavy (1-8, 4.59 ERA) has been at the forefront of trade rumors over the last few weeks, he hasn’€™t let the whispers rattle him on the mound, as the righty has posted a 2.84 ERA over his last three starts.

In his last start on July 12 against the Astros, Peavy allowed three earned runs over seven innings while striking out nine, but he got the loss in what was an eventual 3-2 Houston win.

The Sox just can’€™t seem to put any runs on the board whenever Peavy is on the hill. The Red Sox only averaged 1.5 runs per game in June during Peavy’€™s outings. Peavy is tired with Seattle’€™s Chris Young for last in the American League in run support at just 3.16 runs per start.

“It’s not even the run support, it’s just finding a way to win on that day,” Peavy said after his last outing. “I’ve pitched in tight games my whole career and found a way to put us in better situations to win those tight games.”

Peavy earned his only win of the season in his last start against the Blue Jays on April 25, allowing one earned run in seven innings of work. In seven career starts against the Blue Jays, Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA.

Happ (7-5, 4.91 ERA) made his last appearance for Toronto out of the bullpen, as the southpaw allowed two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning on July 12 against the Rays.

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Brock Holt makes (perhaps) catch of his life

07.21.14 at 11:03 pm ET
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TORONTO — It might have been the catch of the season. But was it the catch of Brock Holt‘s life?

“It’s up there, yeah. It’s up there,” said Holt of his fifth-inning grab of Dan Johnson‘s blast to the right-field wall during what resulted in a 14-1 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays. “That one was fun. That one fired me up a little bit. I didn’t think I was going to get to it, but got to it, made the jump, timed it pretty good, and I was able to come down with it. That was one of the better ones I’ve made. It was fun.”

Just recently introduced to right field, Holt navigated the line drive to right from the get-go. Racing back on the blast, the Sox outfielder leaped in the air just before the wall with his momentum taking him against the padding.

While at the height of his jump, Holt hauled in the ball while flying through the air, subsequently ramming into the Expedia.ca advertisement.

“That wall gave a little bit better than the cement wall in Fenway that I landed on a few weeks ago,” Holt said. “That’s the first time I’ve kind of crashed into one. But no trouble. Just dust yourself off, get up, throw the ball in, and get ready for the next one.”

Upon rising to his feet with the ball, Holt allowed himself a big smile before tossing it back in and looking up to the video scoreboard for a replay.

“Kind of can’t believe I caught that,” he said when asked his thought process when making the play. “[Dustin Pedroia] was laughing and smiling, so I gave him one back. That was a pretty fun catch for me, yeah.”

Also helping bring a smile to Holt’s face was another two-hit night, putting the leadoff hitter’s average at .328.

“He’s done such a great job,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Holt. “His instincts — this is a guy who has been an infielder his entire life and what he’s done in the outfield has been pretty remarkable given the few number of games played there. Then you move him to second base and he makes another play the other night where he’s done a great job, defensively and all the way around. A couple more hits tonight for him.”

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