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Roenis Elias lasts just 4 innings in start against Mariners

06.17.16 at 9:14 pm ET
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Roenis Elias

The murky situation that is the back-end of the Red Sox rotation didn’t get any clearer Friday night.

Making his first start of the season for the Red Sox, Roenis Elias struggled against the Mariners. The lefty allowed seven runs on seven hits over four innings, ultimately being replaced by Heath Hembree.

After the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Elias would be headed back to Triple-A Pawtucket, with Clay Buchholz getting the start Wednesday against the White Sox.

Elias struggled out of the gate, allowing a first-pitch single to Ketel Marte in the first inning. Two pitches later, Franklin Gutierrez hit the first of his two home runs on the night, clearing the center field wall.

By the time Elias exited the game, the Red Sox trailed 7-0, with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound for the Mariners.

For more from the series opener, click here.

Red Sox lineup: Chris Young returns to left field vs. Mariners

06.17.16 at 3:56 pm ET
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Chris Young

Chris Young

Chris Young is back in Boston’s lineup and batting seventh Friday as the Red Sox host the Mariners in the first game of a three-game set at Fenway Park.

Sandy Leon is catching Roenis Elias. The lineup is as follows:

Betts RF
Pedroia 2B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Ramirez 1B
Bradley Jr. CF
Young LF
Shaw 3B
Leon C

Josh Rutledge heads to disabled list, making room for Roenis Elias

06.17.16 at 2:39 pm ET
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The Red Sox needed to make a roster move to get Friday night’s starting pitcher, Roenis Elias, on the active roster. As it turned out, Josh Rutledge’s knee took care of that.

The Sox placed Rutledge on 15-day disabled list with left knee patellar tendinitis.

Rutledge had been hitting .262 with a .733 OPS in 28 games, but had been slumping of late. Since a two-hit game on May 18, the infielder has gone 0-for-15 while appearing in 10 games.

The move leaves Marco Hernandez as the only utility infielder for the Red Sox.

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens underwhelming again; RHP Keith Couch allows 5 runs in Portland loss

06.17.16 at 1:39 pm ET
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Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-33): L, 5-1, at Indianapolis (Pirates)

— Henry Owens’ start on Thursday night started off well, as he allowed no runs through the first three innings, but he started the fourth inning by allowing a walk, a single and ended up giving up two runs in the inning. Then in the fifth inning, Owens continued to struggle by giving up more three runs. He ended up pitching four-plus innings, allowing five runs (three earned runs), five hits, six walks and two strikeouts. Owens is 4-3 in 11 starts with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP with Pawtucket this season.

— Ryan LaMarre, Dan Butler and Deven Marrero each had two hits for the Pawtucket in the loss.

— Justin Maxwell scored the PawSox’ only run of the game in the seventh inning after Butler hit a single to center field and the Indianapolis center fielder made a throwing error to third base allowing Maxwell to score.

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Roenis Elias on opportunity Red Sox are giving him as fifth starter: ‘I plan on making the most of it’

06.17.16 at 10:51 am ET
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Roenis Elias. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Roenis Elias. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The never-ending search for a fifth starter continues with its next applicant: Roenis Elias.

The Cuban left-hander arrived from Seattle with Carson Smith in the December deal for fellow southpaw Wade Miley. A darkhorse to make the rotation out of spring training, he instead pitched himself right out of the big leagues and down to Triple-A, where he needed a few starts to accept his fate.

“At first I was confused,” he admitted through translator Daveson Perez. “It’s something I’m not used to, which is why I got off to such a rough start. I lost my first three, but I felt good, even though I lost those three. It’s been a long road. It’s been a learning process, but I’ve put in the work and now I’m here.”

Work with pitching coach Bob Kipper clicked in mid-May, and over his last five starts at Pawtucket, Elias went 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 36 innings.

“The problem that Kip outlined to me was kind of just the timing was off,” Elias said. “I was getting into my delivery a little too fast and that was leading to a lot of walks early in the game and that was what was coming to hurt me later on. I talked to him, he gave me his idea, I told him what I thought, and from that point, we found a happy medium and started working.”

Elias looks forward to facing his former teammates on Friday, particularly Robinson Cano, with whom he shared many conversations about attacking hitters. “He was one of the best teammates I had,” Elias said.

With the Red Sox struggling to find a fifth starter, Elias has a chance to take this job and run with it.

“It’s an amazing opportunity that the Red Sox have given me,” he said. “I’m happy for this opportunity and I plan on making the most of it, giving the best effort I can possibly give, just like I was giving the last five games at Triple-A, and leave it up to the team and whoever to hopefully give me the position that is available.”

For more on Elias, including the influences of Felix Hernandez, Luis Tiant, and Daisuke Matsuzaka (?!?!) on his delivery, check out this story from spring training. And for the story of Elias’s incredible journey to the U.S. from Cuba, Rob Bradford has you covered.

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Source: Red Sox sign 2 college seniors to under slot deals, money could be for Jason Groome

06.17.16 at 10:14 am ET
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The Red Sox have started to free up a little more money for first-round pick Jason Groome.

According to a source, the Red Sox have signed both college seniors they selected in the top 10 rounds — seventh rounder Ryan Scott and ninth rounder Matt McLean — for $10,000. Both are outfielders and are currently on the short-season, Single-A Lowell roster.

The seventh-round pick had a slotted value of $210,700 and the ninth-round pick had a slotted value of $168,400, so with these two players the Red Sox saved $359,100.

This money in all likelihood will be allocated to sign the No. 12 overall pick, which has a slotted value of $3,192,800, but he’s reportedly seeking around $4 million.

Jim Callis of MLB.com was first to report the signings.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Roenis Elias vs. Hisashi Iwakuma

06.17.16 at 8:43 am ET
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The Sox welcome the Mariners to Fenway Park on Friday night. To kick off the three-game series, former Mariner Roenis Elias will make his first start for the Red Sox, while the Mariners will counter by sending right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound.

Elias was 4-3 in 10 games (nine starts) with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in Pawtucket this season. The southpaw was called up to be the Red Sox’ fifth starter after Joe Kelly was demoted to Triple-A and Clay Buchholz was sent to the bullpen.

“We looked at Seattle and the matchups and felt like a left-handed starter has proven to maybe negate some of their left-handed power, [Robinson] Cano, [Kyle] Seager particularly,” manager John Farrell said Tuesday. “This is as much matchup as the guys available to us. Roenis’ last four or five starts have been very good. Much more consistent. Felt like it’s time to take a look at him, particularly in this matchup.”

The Mariners have hit .244/.308/.416 against lefties, while left-handers have hit .218/.304/.332 against Elias in his brief major league career. Elias, a native of Cuba, came to the Red Sox this past offseason via a trade with the Mariners. The Sox received Elias and reliever Carson Smith in exchange for pitchers Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro. Elias made one appearance with the Red Sox in April, pitching 1 2/3 innings of relief and giving up three runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout.

In the 27-year-old left-hander’s last start in Pawtucket, he went seven innings, allowing no runs, five hits and no walks while recording seven strikeouts. In Elias’ last five starts he is 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 40 strikeouts.

With the Mariners last season, Elias was 5-8 in 22 games (20 starts) with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.301 WHIP.

This will be Elias’ first start at Fenway Park and first appearance against his former team.

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After best outing of season, Clay Buchholz believes he’s ready to rejoin rotation

06.16.16 at 11:52 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz awaits word on his next move.

In the wake of Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Orioles, Red Sox manager John Farrell said left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez would make his next start. That was before Rodriguez huddled with Farrell, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, and pitching coach Carl Willis for a lengthy postgame discussion.

Rodriguez’s turn comes back around on Tuesday against the White Sox. If the Red Sox don’t need Buchholz then, his return to the rotation would nonetheless appear to be imminent, particularly if Rodriguez (6.97 ERA) continues struggling.

“I’m sure I’ll figure something out tomorrow,” Buchholz said. “I haven’t talked to anybody, though.”

Buchholz threw his three best innings of the season in Thursday’s loss, allowing two hits and striking out four. He didn’t walk anyone or allow a run.

“I had a couple weeks to sit back, look, and work on a couple different things without having to bring those into starting a baseball game,” he said. “I’ve felt like I’ve figured a couple of things out. It’s one outing, but definitely that felt like I know how I can throw a baseball. Not a whole lot of balls, being able to throw strike-one, throw off-speed pitches off of that. It’s probably the first time I’ve had a changeup all year. That’s the one pitch that got me to the big leagues, was a changeup. It’s tough for me to pitch without that pitch if I can’t throw it in different situations. It did feel good. I don’t know anything about what lies ahead.”

Buchholz explained why his changeup felt different.

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Closing Time: Eduardo Rodriguez struggles again as Red Sox fall to Orioles

06.16.16 at 10:04 pm ET
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Eduardo Rodriguez allowed five runs to take the loss. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Eduardo Rodriguez allowed five runs to take the loss. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox needed Eduardo Rodriguez to take a step forward Thursday night and instead he took a step back.

The left-hander allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss as the Red Sox were blown out by the Orioles, 5-1.

“It comes down to more consistent location,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s not a matter of stuff. I thought he used a full assortment of pitches here tonight, a mix. Quality fastball in terms of just power, but it comes down to location.”

Rodriguez finished the night going just 4 1/3 innings allowing five runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out five. He struggled with getting ahead of the count and the Orioles were able take full advantage of balls left over the plate.

After a 10-pitch second inning with two strikeouts, Rodriguez went out in the third and allowed two runs on a mammoth home run off the bat of Adam Jones, well over the Green Monster. It scored No. 9 hitter Paul Janish, who walked to open the frame.

The Orioles added another in the fourth on an RBI double from Jones and two more on the fifth on a single by Chris Davis and a double by Jonathan Schoop.

“I just have to keep going and working to be better, that’s it,” Rodriguez said.

It was the first time he allowed more than three earned runs in a night game (15 starts). In his last five starts against the AL East, he’s allowed five earned runs in all five.

On the flip side, the Red Sox were shut down by rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson. He went eight shutout innings, scattering three hits, walking one and striking out six.

David Ortiz hit his 17th home run of the year in the ninth inning to snap the shutout. It was his 209th career home run at Fenway Park, breaking a tie with Jim Rice for third on the venue’s all-time list.

Matt Barnes (1 2/3 innings) and Clay Buchholz (three innings) did give the Red Sox 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Closing Time note

Rodriguez has given up six home runs in four starts to right-handers, which matches the total number he allowed in 21 starts last year.

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

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Dave Dombrowski confident Red Sox have solutions in left field, expects Blake Swihart back this season

06.16.16 at 6:10 pm ET
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Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

Much has been made of late that what the Red Sox might do when it comes to going out and getting help in left field.

With Brock Holt (concussion) and Blake Swihart (ankle) both sidelined, would Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski go out and trade for a left-handed option at the position? Or would the Red Sox entertain the idea of promoting Andrew Benintendi at some point?

Talking prior to his team’s game against the Orioles Thursday night, it appears as though Dombrowski is no rush to do either.

“I never really get into speculating on guys and all that type of stuff. Chris Young has been doing a good job for us in left field, so I don’t know why everybody is talking about it,” Dombrowski told WEEI.com.

“Eventually [Swihart and Holt] will be back. That’s the problem, people talk about that, but then if you get somebody, then what happens if another guy is ready? We figure we’ll get both those guys at some point. When I say relatively soon, the next month or so, and maybe before that in Brock Holt’s case. Those thing just take care of themselves.”

Young, who started Thursday on the bench with a sore right quad muscle, has been playing well since taking over left field against both right-handed and left-handed pitching. In his eight starts since the Swihart injury, Young is hitting .290 with a .946 OPS and three home runs.

There was initially some thought that Swihart’s injury could sideline him for the season. But Thursday, Dombrowski appeared fairly optimistic about the 24-year-old’s recovery.

“It’s really wait and see,” he said. “We originally said it would be an extended time period, and it won’t be a short time period. But I anticipate he’ll be back this year for us.”

As for Benintendi, the outfielder has performed well of late after a somewhat slow start with Double-A Portland. The lefty hitter has managed multiple-hit games in three of his last five games, hitting a pair of home runs.

Dombrowski noted, however, that there is no specific plan to get a player like Benintendi through the system on a timetable that would help the big league club before the season’s out.

“I don’t have any magical formula, just if somebody is playing well at a particular time,” he said. “But sometimes needs sort of dictate what’s going on, too. There’s no, ‘If he does this, he gets promoted.’ I’ve just looked at each and every situation and just evaluated the players when they were ready to move.”

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