|09.26.15 at 12:45 pm ET|
The Red Sox announced their minor league players of the year, which included Yoan Moncada as the base runner of the year and Sam Travis as offensive player of the year.
Here is the complete list:
— Offensive: Sam Travis
— Pitcher: Williams Jerez
— Defensive: Javier Guerra
— Base runner: Yoan Moncada
— Latin Program player: Lorenzo Cedrola
— Latin Program pitcher: Denyi Reyes
— Lou Gorman Award: Jonathan Aro
All the players will be honored on the field prior to Saturday’s game against the Orioles.
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|09.26.15 at 12:35 pm ET|
A night after hitting three doubles, David Ortiz will get Saturday off in Game 2 of a weekend series against the Orioles. The Red Sox won in dramatic fashion Friday night when Rich Hill tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout.
Dustin Pedroia will be the designated hitter in his place as the Sox go up against O’s left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
The Red Sox outfield will have Rusney Castillo in left, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Mookie Betts in right.
Blake Swihart will catch the bullpen game, with Craig Breslow getting the start.
Here is the complete lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Travis Shaw, 1B
Rusney Castillo, LF
Brock Holt, 3B
Josh Rutledge, 2B
Blake Swihart, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Craig Breslow, LHP
|09.26.15 at 12:04 am ET|
With an RBI double to left field and a pair of infield singles in a 7-0 Red Sox win over the Orioles at Fenway Park Friday night, Xander Bogaerts notched his 55th multi-hit game of 2015 and sits just 12 hits away from 200 on the year.
Throughout the season, Bogaerts has expressed disappointment after being robbed of home runs by the wall in left and has discussed his desire to add to his home run total, but with just nine games left on the schedule, the shortstop is content with shifting his focus to his overall offensive performance.
“I mean I’m three home runs away from ten, but I had a nice comment the guys made today: there’s not too many guys that get 200 hits,” Bogaerts said. “So it’s kinda like, ‘OK, you know, you’re right.’ So let me just stop worrying about that home run and just try to get my hits in. Hopefully try to reach close to [200 hits].”
Friday also marked the 17th time this season the shortstop has recorded three or more hits in a game. He has now reached base safely in 23 consecutive games and his .325 average ranks second in the American League behind Miguel Cabrera‘s .334.
“I’m pretty happy, I didn’t expect it,” Bogaerts said of his average. “I’m very happy the way things have been. I’m very excited for next year for the whole team.”
Bogaerts also said earlier this season that he hopes to steal 15 bases. He did not record a steal Friday night, but still showed off his speed on a wild play at the plate in the sixth inning.
After Dustin Pedroia drew a leadoff walk, Bogaerts reached on a soft grounder to third for the first of his two infield hits.
David Ortiz then doubled on a fly ball to right field and Bogaerts took off, but Pedroia was holding at second, preparing to tag up, and the pair ended up rounding third just strides apart.
“That was a tough one, I read the ball well,” Bogaerts said. “If [Orioles right fielder Dariel Alvarez] caught it he would have doubled me up either way, so I just followed my instincts right there… I just went because I knew how far I was from second base at the time the ball fell.”
|09.25.15 at 11:11 pm ET|
A leaping catch over the wall to rob a home run is always special, but when the catch preserves a shutout for 35-year-old Rich Hill, it’s very special.
There were two outs in the top of the ninth Friday night and Hill was one out away from his second career complete game shutout. Orioles slugger, and MLB’s home run leader, Chris Davis crushed a pitch to deep right field. Betts raced back to the wall, felt where he was up against it and made a leaping catch to end the game — a 7-0 win over the Orioles.
“When he hit I didn’t know if it was going to go way over, or go over by a little,” Betts said. “I took off running, put my head down, got close to the wall and someway was able to jump and catch it.”
No one was more excited than Hill (see Vine below), as he immediately threw his hands in the air in pure joy.
“What a catch by Mookie,” Hill said. “That was unbelievable.”
“Well, not until he caught it,” he added when asked if he thought Betts had it all the way. “I thought it was actually in the seats. I thought it was a little bit deeper. Obviously after he did catch it I caught a glimpse of my reaction on TV so I think — that was probably, among plays that was the best catch I’ve ever seen.”
For Betts it was just his fifth start in right field at Fenway Park, as he just started playing there at the start of the homestand. The outfielder credited outfield coach Arnie Beyeler for their pregame work together.
“Me and Arnie work a lot around the wall,” Betts said. “He hits a lot of balls for me to get used to, especially being in right field I have to deal with it a little more being on the side as well. He’s done a great job with me getting out early and working every day. It’s starting to translate.”
In typical Betts fashion with anything, he deflected the attention off himself, saying he was just doing his job.
“I’m just trying to do my job and go out and catch the ball,” he said.
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|09.25.15 at 9:54 pm ET|
Two months ago Rich Hill was pitching in the Independent League and now the left-hander is pitching like the ace of a major league stuff.
Yes, the ace of a major league staff is a bit sarcastic, but the 35-year-old has been dominant in his three major league starts with the Red Sox this month. The latest came Friday night when he led the Red Sox to a 7-0 win over the Orioles.
Hill tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout to pick up his second win of the year. It was his second career complete game shutout, as his first came Sept. 16, 2006 against the Reds when he was with the Cubs.
“That was probably right up there,” Hill said if it was the most fun he’s had on a baseball field. “I can’t put a number on it, but that was a lot of fun. That was great.”
After allowing a leadoff single to open the game, Hill retired 16 straight batters before No. 9 batter Dariel Alvarez reached on an error by Hill when he overthrew first base on a grounder in front of the plate in the sixth. The second hit he allowed came to leadoff the ninth.
The left-hander also struck out 10, the third time in three starts he has done so this season. He has now allowed just three runs in 23 innings pitched this year. For his career he has a career ERA of 1.15 with the Red Sox, the lowest in club history (min. 25 IP).
He is the only AL pitcher in the last 100 years to record at least 10 strikeouts in each of his first three starts with a team. The only other Red Sox pitcher in the last 100 years to record 10 or more strikeouts and one or fewer walks in three straight starts at any point is Pedro Martinez in 1999.
“I’m older and I’ve been able to hone my skills I guess in the last five years and get stronger — get into a good lifting program and it’s a whole, big each piece of the pie kind of fits together and as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to figure out the most efficient way that works for me to pitch,” Hill said. “This summer all the things fell into place and for me just really stay in that moment and make the pitch the best that I can.
Overall, when I was younger and starting, I don’t think I was as apt to understanding pitching as much as I thought I was. Now, as I’ve gotten older more of that has come along.”
Mookie Betts robbed Chris Davis of a home run to end the game with a leaping catch against the wall of the Red Sox bullpen.
The Red Sox gave Hill more than enough offense as they scored a run in the third on Xander Bogaerts’ double to left, which scored Betts, although Dustin Pedroia was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first to end the inning.
The Sox added another run in the fifth. Brock Holt led off with a walk. Sandy Leon sacrificed him over to second base and then he advanced to third on a groundout by Jackie Bradley Jr. and was able to score on a wild pitch.
|09.25.15 at 7:05 pm ET|
Frank Wren has been around the game for a long time, so he wasn’t going to take just any job after being fired by the Braves last year.
When Dave Dombrowski was hired as Red Sox president of baseball operations just over a month ago, the ball started rolling for Wren to join the front office in some capacity as the two had worked together for 11 years between the Expos and Marlins in the early 1990s.
Friday it became official when Wren was hired as senior vice president of baseball operations.
“Well, I think for me, there’s very few places that I would really want to go,” Wren said. “I’ve been in some really good spots, and the last 15 years in Atlanta has been very good for me and for my family. When this opportunity came with Dave, it was pretty much something that I was really excited about and thinking this was an ideal situation and looking at the young talent that’s here. You look at the young talent, this is a special, special franchise. All of us in the game know that. You hope you’re lucky enough one day to work for a franchise like this. All that came together and my familiarity and my respect for Dave made it something that’s pretty easy to accept.”
With so many high profile names being brought into the organization, there is bound to be disagreements on certain decisions. Dombrowski feels this is a good thing and it is his job to sort things out and ultimately make the right call.
“I think it’s important to get those type of people who’ll say Dave I don’t agree with you,” he said. “You can sit down and you can argue over some things and when you leave the room you’re on the same page. But I’ve had those guys many times tell me, well I don’t agree with you. Well, that’s OK. That’s fine. That’s the way it goes. I don’t agree with you all the time either.”
|09.25.15 at 6:09 pm ET|
Although it was just the mound in the bullpen, it was a major step in Buchholz getting back to full strength, as he threw 20 pitches with a catcher standing in front of home plate, in a bullpen session he refers to as a “front toss bullpen.”
The entire starting rotation watched the session and Buchholz came away pleased, according to interim manager Torey Lovullo.
“He felt great. The reports were that there was a lot of energy, a lot of intensity,” Lovullo said. “He’s finishing his pitches. The conversation I had with Clay afterwards, he’s very encouraged. He was pain free and those were the things we were looking for.”
There was some optimism Buchholz would be able to throw an inning in a game this season, but with the regular season coming to a close a week from Sunday, it doesn’t appear likely — although not completely ruled out.
“Considering how long he’s been down, it’s going to be very risky to give him a start,” Lovullo said. “I don’t think that’s in the cards — whether it’s an inning or a start — we’re unsure right now. We just don’t want to put him in harms way. We want to make sure he’s healthy with step one which was today. Step two will be the bullpen. I think the idea is just getting him on the mound, with he slant, feeling the rubber, feeling the dirty in his spikes — there’s a lot to be said for that for a player who is trying to build confidence coming back from an injury.
“Step one is very good, I don’t want to look too far beyond that, but I don’t think a start is in the cards.”
If Buchholz feels well Saturday, a bullpen would be the next step, but the date of that has yet to be determined.
“We just don’t want to stretch him out too far and overwhelm him,” Lovullo said.
|09.25.15 at 5:45 pm ET|
It’s been just over a month since Dave Dombrowski was hired as Red Sox president of baseball operations so he hasn’t had much time to put his stamp on the organization, but one of the first steps to making a change occurred Friday when the team announced the hiring of Frank Wren as senior vice president of baseball operations.
Ultimately, Dombrowski wants to change the professional scouting aspect of the organization and Wren is the first piece in doing that.
“One of the biggest changes I will make that we really haven’t gotten into totally because we haven’t been at that point yet is our professional scouting, our major-league scouting aspect,” Dombrowski said.”Not right or wrong or indifferent how people do it, but it’s something that I want changed. A lot of that change is behind the scenes. We’re getting closer to announcing what those changes will be. But Frank is part of that change with a bit more emphasis on people scouting the major-league strictly, using their evaluation tools there, but also supplemented by another group of individuals that will be very strong in their professional coverage.”
Wren has been around the game a long time, as he has over 30 years of experience working in the front office of baseball organizations. Most recently he was general manager of the Braves from 2008-14. He also worked with Dombrowski for 11 years between the Expos and Marlins from 1987-98.
Wren said he will help out in whatever is best for Dombrowski and will be based from his home in Atlanta.
“I think one of the things Dave and I have talked about over the last few weeks as this all came together is really assisting in a lot of different areas,” Wren said. “I’ve been involved in a lot from the time I played, coaching in minor leagues, to being involved in scouting, running Latin America, to assistant GM and GM. I’ve been involved in a lot of different areas, so wherever I can help out and feel like there’s value for Dave, that’s what I will do.”
While there is a lot of work to done this offseason, both with the talent on the field and within the front office, Dombrowski believes the team has a chance to get back to winning quickly.
“There is a great core of young players here,” Dombrowski said. “I think if we make some wise moves to supplement the talent we have here in addition to some of the veteran players, we have a chance to have a good club pretty quickly.”
|09.25.15 at 3:33 pm ET|
Rusney Castillo will get the night off, as Brock Holt will start in left, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Mookie Betts in right against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Devan Marrero will get the start at third base, with Pablo Sandoval out for the foreseeable future.
Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rich Hill.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
|09.25.15 at 3:24 pm ET|
A day after promoting Mike Hazen to general manager, the team has made another move within their front office.
Former Braves general manager Frank Wren has been hired as senior vice president of baseball operations. Within the press release it says Wren will serve as a talent evaluator and will assist president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in all aspects of baseball operations. He and Dombrowski previously worked together for 11 years between the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins.
It is unclear where Wren fits in the organization in terms of power, as it relates to Hazen.
The Red Sox also announced a few other moves:
— Athletic trainer Rick Jameyson has decided to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities.
— Jared Banner has been promoted to director of player personnel
— Brad Pearson, MS, ATC, CSCS has been named head athletic trainer
— Paul Buchheit, MS, ATC, CSCS has been named assistant athletic trainer
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