|09.05.16 at 3:50 pm ET|
SAN DIEGO — The Red Sox said Yoan Moncada would be getting his fair share of playing time when getting called up to the big leagues. That certainly seems to be the case.
With three right-handers starting for the Padres — Edwin Jackson, Paul Clemens and Jarred Cosart — Moncada will start all three games of the series at third base, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.
So with Moncada seemingly cemented at third for the next few days, Farrell noted that Travis Shaw could very well start in left field in Wednesday’s series finale.
Particularly with Andrew Benintendi still coming back from his knee injury, left field appears to be Shaw’s home for now.
“It is what it is,” Shaw said. “They wanted a spark and Moncada came up and he’s played well so far since he’s gotten here and I’m still, I don’t want to say pleased, but I could have a worse year. But it’s the spot we’re in right now and down the stretch I’m going to do whatever they ask me to do.”
Shaw, who started taking fly balls in the outfield on the last day in Oakland, is now focused on the new position.
“It was news to me [Sunday],” Shaw said of playing left field. “Last couple days me and Ruben [Amaro] have gone out there early and it seems like third base, there’s not going to be much playing time there the rest of the year so try to find another way in there and I’m going to focus pretty much all my attention on left field from here on out and kind of see, I don’t know what their plan is, but I’m going to make sure I’m adequate enough out there.”
Shaw has played a total of six major league innings in left field, with a smattering of experience at the minor league level. He was supposed to spend time playing left in the Puerto Rican Winter League before being shut down with a shoulder impingement.
“Surprisingly pretty comfortable,” said Shaw of working out in the outfield. “Out there in early work even today taking live reads off the bat it doesn’t feel weird and it doesn’t feel odd. I’ve always loved catching fly balls and pop ups in the infield. It actually feels pretty comfortable out there now.”
|09.05.16 at 1:38 pm ET|
As promised by manager John Farrell, DH David Ortiz is out of the starting lineup vs. the San Diego Padres for Monday’s Labor Day matinee.
Ortiz will not start any of the three games in the National League Park, Farrell said, because it would require playing in the field, and the last time Ortiz did that — vs. the Dodgers — he ended up leaving the game early with soreness, which indirectly led to knuckleballer Steven Wright pinch running a day later and injuring his shoulder.
Monday’s game also represents Drew Pomeranz’s return to San Diego, where he made an All-Star team before being shipped to the Red Sox in July.
The game will also be a reunion with former NESN play-by-play man Don Orsillo, who now calls games for the Padres.
Here’s the lineup:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Brock Holt LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Yoan Moncada 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Drew Pomeranz P
|09.05.16 at 11:27 am ET|
Some help could be on the way for the Red Sox bullpen.
Reliever Koji Uehara, out since July 19 with a pectoral injury that threatened his season, was activated on Monday, when the Red Sox open a three-game series with the San Diego Padres, but won’t be available until Tuesday.
Uehara threw a simulated game on Saturday and emerged feeling strong, so the Red Sox activated him. He’s 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA this year, but if healthy would go a long way towards solving the team’s issues in the eighth inning.
The 41-year-old has struck out 51 and walked nine in 36 innings.
Fore more on Uehara’s activation, check out Rob Bradford’s Red Sox notebook.
In other roster news, the Red Sox also officially summoned catcher Christian Vazquez and right-handers Heath Hembree and Noe Ramirez to the active roster.
|09.05.16 at 9:47 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (73-68): W, 1-0, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— Right-hander Justin Haley closed out his season in impressive fashion, allowing just two infield singles in eight innings of work. He did not allow a hit until the seventh, when former major leaguer Quintin Berry hit a comebacker that deflected off Haley’s glove, and the speedy Berry beat it out.
Haley struck out seven and walked just one in throwing 100 pitches.
“I was just trying to have a good rhythm throughout the game and I think we kept a good tempo,” Haley said (via MiLB.com). “We kept the hitters on their heels, pitched inside a lot and kept them in swing-mode.”
Haley, who was promoted from Portland on June 17, has appeared in 15 games (14 starts) with the PawSox, going 8-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
— Left-hander Luis Ysla, making his Triple-A debut, pitched a scoreless ninth. The 24-year-old Venezuelan struck out the first two batters, allowed a single to center, then closed out the game with a fly out for Pawtucket’s franchise-record 17th shutout of the season.
“The way [Ysla] went after hitters, there was no fear,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). “I thought he attacked the hitters and did a great job.”
Ysla went 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 39 relief appearances with Portland this season, converting three saves in six opportunities.
|09.05.16 at 8:19 am ET|
The Red Sox will open a three-game series with the Padres on Labor Day afternoon by sending Drew Pomeranz to the hill to face right-hander Edwin Jackson.
Pomeranz is 10-10 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.144 WHIP. In a Sox uniform, the lefty is 2-3 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.314 WHIP. Pomeranz began this season in San Diego before he was traded to the Sox in July. In Petco Park he posted a 2.64 ERA in eight starts this season. In his last time out on Thursday, Pomeranz pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in a 4-3 loss to the Rays.
“This one’s on me, though. It’s tough. It’s a tough way to lose pitching so well. It really [stinks] sometimes when one pitch comes back and bites you,” Pomeranz said (via MLB.com), referring to the go-ahead home run he surrendered in the seventh inning.
Against his former team, Pomeranz is 0-4 in seven games (four starts) with an 8.10 ERA and a 1.860 WHIP. He last saw the Padres in a relief appearance last season, while he was a member of the Athletics. In that outing he faced two batters, walking one and getting the next batter to ground out. The 27-year-old’s last start against San Diego came in 2012, while he was a member of the Rockies. In that start he lasted just three innings, giving up four runs, four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
|09.04.16 at 8:53 pm ET|
OAKLAND — It was a tough act for Craig Kimbrel to follow. And in the end, it proved too tough.
The Red Sox closer was charged with the responsibility of keeping his team tied with the A’s after Eduardo Rodriguez pitched eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball. But it didn’t go well.
After warming up throughout the top of the ninth inning, Kimbrel was called upon by Red Sox manager John Farrell to face the heart of the A’s lineup to begin the home half of the frame. It wasn’t ideal considering Kimbrel’s struggles in non-save situations — having given up 10 runs in 17 1/3 innings (5.19 ERA) while walking 12 — but considering who were coming up for Oakland, the righty was deemed the choice to keep things close.
“Middle of the order. We’ve used him in tie games on the road previous,” Farrell said when asked of the decision to bring in Kimbrel. “Didn’t want to get into a potential matchup and walking through our bullpen to try to get the appropriate matchup. Where we were, middle of their order, the power they had, Kimbrel was the guy to go to. The fact that their closer [Ryan Madson] was already on the mound for an inning, we felt like we could match up inning to inning and withstand some extra frames. Our bullpen was in great shape in terms of rest and performance. It didn’t happen.”
What happened was a leadoff walk to Danny Valencia, and then Khris Davis’ line-drive into left field. Sox left fielder Brock Holt mishandled the carom off the wall from Davis’ hit, giving the A’s the walk-off win.
“I was ready. Just all over the place with Valencia, leadoff walk, fastball in [to Davis],” said Kimbrel, who hadn’t pitched since Wednesday. “Guess I it didn’t get in far enough and that’s game over.”
The Sox closer added, “It’s the meat of their lineup, tie ballgame. Save, non-save at this point it doesn’t matter, winning ballgames is what matters and wasn’t able to do that today.”
|09.04.16 at 8:24 pm ET|
OAKLAND — Eduardo Rodriguez might have ended up making unofficial history Sunday afternoon.
The Red Sox starter now owns the most frustrating way a no-hitter had ever been broken up with two outs in the eighth inning in major league history.
Rodriguez came a foot away from heading into the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 1-0 loss to the A’s with a no-hitter, but saw that opportunity slip away thanks to a most bizarre play.
Oakland’s Marcus Semien hit a 2-1 changeup from Rodriguez back up the middle for a grounder that appeared headed into the outfield for the host’s first hit. But the pitcher managed to swing his right leg around and stop the ball, leaving it on resting on the mound.
“I got a good jump, but he hit it out in front,” Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “I would have got to it, but I don’t know if I would have been able to throw it out.”
Rodriguez looked around for the ball with catcher Sandy Leon yelling, “Los pies! Los pies!” (“The feet! The feet!”) and first baseman Hanley Ramirez shouting “Right there!”
The lefty quickly found the ball in time to make a play of it at first base.
“It was a little bit crazy, looking down for where the ball is and then finding it,” Rodriguez said of the play, which came on his 107th pitch. “But like I said, he was a fast runner.”
|09.04.16 at 7:20 pm ET|
Eduardo Rodriguez lost a no-hitter on an overturned call in the eighth inning. The Red Sox lost a game two batters into the ninth.
And so goes their topsy-turvy season.
After pummeling the A’s 27-4 over the first two games of the series, the Red Sox found themselves in a dogfight during Sunday’s series finale, which the A’s ultimately won, 1-0, on Khris Davis’s walkoff double.
Rodriguez, the young left-hander whose season has been a disappointment because of injuries, delivered his most inspired performance of the year, taking a no-hitter into the eighth.
The no-no ended with two outs when Marcus Semien hit one that Rodriguez athletically kicked down before corralling it and firing to Hanley Ramirez. Semien was initially ruled out, but the A’s challenged and the call was overturned, ending the no-no. Rodriguez then induced an inning-ending ground out. (To read more about Rodriguez’s outing, click here.)
The Red Sox weren’t so lucky in the ninth. Closer Craig Kimbrel walked leadoff man Danny Valencia and Davis followed with a double to left, but left fielder Brock Holt committed an error and Valencia scored, giving the A’s a walkoff victory and dropping the Red Sox a game behind the Blue Jays in the American League East. Toronto salvaged its series finale with Tampa to remain in first in the division.
“Just got to the wall, trying to get it in quick,” Holt said. “It kicked off the wall a little bit harder than I thought it was going to. Spinning around, just kind of rushed it. Obviously should’ve caught that ball cleanly and got it in, hold Valencia there at third. Just trying to get it in fast and it kicked off the wall a little bit harder than I expected and hit the heel of my glove.”
“The fact that we walk off the field with a loss bothers me,” Kimbrel said. “But the leadoff walk was what led up to it. Eddie threw such a great game and it’s disappointing. I felt like we should have had a sweep here. Winning two out of three is great but it’s a little disappointing.”
(Rob Bradford contributed to this report from Oakland)
|09.04.16 at 3:15 pm ET|
It is still unknown when Wright will receive a second opinion on his injured right shoulder, with the examination likely to take place during the Sox’ three-game series in San Diego.
Buchholz, who threw a bullpen session Sunday at Oakland Coliseum, hasn’t thrown since Tuesday. In his three starts previously filling in for Wright, the righty totaled a 2.70 ERA, with the last such outing coming Aug. 23.
– After coming through Saturday’s simulated game in good shape, Koji Uehara will be activated from the disabled list Monday, although he won’t be available for duty until Tuesday’s night game in San Diego.
Uehara hasn’t pitched since straining his right pectoral July 19.
– Andrew Benintendi is slated to receive his new knee brace in San Diego, having started amping up his baseball activities over the weekend.
“There’s been a little bit of dry swinging. He still is gradually introducing exercises and getting a little more diverse with the workouts and the rehab,” Farrell said. “I would suspect, once we get to San Diego, there might be a little bit more of an increase in the volume and the type of activity. That’s going to be dependent upon the brace and how he feels with it. All in all, he’s making steady progress.”
Farrell noted the outfielder will most likely have to see game action before re-entering the big leagues.
“We would, and we’ll have ample ability,” said Farrell when asked if Benintendi would play elsewhere before rejoining the Red Sox. “I don’t have the exact dates for instructional league, but if there were a couple of days down there, in advance. We still don’t have an exact return date, so whether it’s something we have to construct and put together here pregame or in Florida, that’s still open.”
The Red Sox also figure to use the instructional league to keep at least one minor league starting pitcher throwing.
– Travis Shaw took some fly balls in left field prior to Sunday’s game.
|09.04.16 at 10:22 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (72-68): W, 2-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— Right-hander Sean O’Sullivan started and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts — his most in a game since the opening month of the season.
“I thought he had a good use of his cutter and he spun some breaking balls that were effective,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com).
In his last three starts, spanning 17 innings, O’Sullivan has allowed just two runs.
— Right-handers Roman Mendez, Austin Maddox and Heath Hembree combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
— Rusney Castillo doubled home Jose Vinico (double) in the third inning for Pawtucket’s first run. In the fifth, Castillo reached second base on a Syracuse error, then scored on a broken-bat single by Ryan LaMarre.
— Chris Marrero reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks.
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