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John Farrell has stage 1 lymphoma, ‘highly curable'; Torey Lovullo to manage rest of season

08.14.15 at 4:49 pm ET
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Prior to Friday’s game, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced he has stage 1 lymphoma. He had hernia surgery on Monday in Detroit and it was there that it revealed the cancer.

“It’s localized. It’s highly curable and I am extremely fortunate to be with not only people with the Red Sox, but access to MGH and all the world class talent that can handle this over at MGH,” Farrell said. “It’s been a surreal four or five days. I never had one symptom before the notification of it. No fatigue. No night sweats, loss of weight, obviously.”

“It’s been a shocker, but I take a step back and I am extremely, extremely fortunate to have caught this at this stage,” he added. “The mass was removed at the time of the hernia surgery.”

Farrell will begin chemotherapy early next week at Mass General Hospital and it is expected to last nine weeks.

The manager was emotional throughout the entire press conference, but paused and shed some tears when asked of the support from the players.

David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia were present along with general manager Ben Cherington and assistant general manager Mike Hazen when he made the announcement.

“In a way you live vicariously through their careers,” he said. “Yours is over. You try to help when you can with them and when they show that support …”

Torey Lovullo will manage the rest of the season. Farrell expects to be back with the team during spring training next spring.

“The thing that is going to suck is not being around in this capacity,” he said. “I know that there are other ways that I can stay actively involved and that will be a really needed diversion going through this.”

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Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr. starts in LF, Rusney Castillo batting 5th

08.14.15 at 3:32 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

After a long road trip, the Red Sox return home for the first game of a 10-game homestand as they take on the Mariners in the first game of a weekend series Friday night.

Hanley Ramirez will miss his fifth straight game and Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the start in left field, while Rusney Castillo will play right field and bat fifth.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here. For a series preview, click here.

Here is a complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Rusney Castillo, RF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Travis Shaw, 1B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley, LF
Joe Kelly, RHP

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Hanley Ramirez: ‘Way too far ahead to be thinking about’ playing first base

08.14.15 at 12:22 pm ET
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The Red Sox have a lot to figure out by Opening Day 2016. While the team fields auditions from young players over the remainder of the season, one of the biggest holes to fill is on the right side of the infield at first base.

The Hanley Ramirez experiment in left field has been unsuccessful, and Ramirez remains unsure about potentially moving to first base.

“I don’t know about that yet. I don’t know about first base,” Ramirez said after Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins. “I’m an employee here and I just want to win. I came here to win. I’m not saying I’m not playing there, and I’m not saying I’m playing there. It’s just way too far ahead to be thinking about that. This season isn’t over yet.”

According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have at least internally discussed playing either Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval at first. They have not approached either of them about the possibility.

Other options for the Sox, according to Bradford, include trading for a first baseman or starting Travis Shaw, who has performed well since being called up to the Red Sox. The team could also explore the possibility of moving catcher Blake Swihart to first once catcher Christian Vazquez returns from Tommy John surgery.

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Red Sox-Mariners series preview

08.14.15 at 11:40 am ET
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Nelson Cruz (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Free agent signee Nelson Cruz has been a hit for the Mariners, but the team has underperformed this season. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In a clash of two teams disappointingly not in playoff contention, the Red Sox will take on the Mariners this weekend at Fenway.

The Sox remain in the cellar of the American League East and the entire AL, owning a 50-64 record and .439 win percentage. The Blue Jays are winners of 11 straight and are new division leaders, sitting 13 games ahead of the Sox.

The Red Sox have been better while playing in the friendly confines of Fenway, where the team owns a more mediocre 27-28 record. On the season in full, the Sox have a minus-75 run differential, which is the worst in the AL and third worst in all of baseball.

The Red Sox are not the only team to yield disappointing on-field results this season. The signing of slugger Nelson Cruz (among other offseason moves) looked to put the Mariners in a position to contend. Instead, the tea M’s have fallen flat in a manner not unlike the team on Yawkey Way.

Seattle has a 54-61 record, placing it fourth in the AL West. The Mariners are eight games behind the division-leading Astros and have won seven of their last 10 contests, including a Hisashi Iwakuma no-hitter on Wednesday.

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon was cautiously optimistic about the team’s momentum and the rest of the Mariners’ season after Iwakuma’s no-no.

“If you look at this club since the All-Star Break we’re playing real good baseball,” McClendon said. “Probably should have won three out of four in Minnesota. Took the series in Colorado and we won our last three series in a row. So we’re starting to pick it up. This type of game only helps.”

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Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Haley tosses gem for Portland; Andrew Benintendi triples, has 7-game hit streak

08.14.15 at 10:08 am ET
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:

Quintin Berry

Quintin Berry

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-75): L, 3-2, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— RHP Shawn Haviland pitched into the eighth inning in his second Pawtucket start since being acquired by Boston earlier this month, but he took the loss with a final line of: 7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (104 pitches, 66 strikes). Haviland (4-7, 4.32 ERA) allowed two runs in the first on three singles but recovered to pitch six scoreless innings as he scattered just a hit, two walks and a hit batsman over his next 20 batters faced. However, in a 2-2 game in the eighth, Haviland allowed back-to-back singles and was removed for RHP Noe Ramirez, who allowed the go-ahead RBI single with Haviland’€™s inherited runner scoring.

A Harvard graduate, the 29-year-old Haviland was acquired by Boston earlier this month in a trade with Colorado for cash considerations after making 19 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Charlotte and compiling a 4-5 record with a 4.19 ERA over 77 1/3 innings. In his first start with the PawSox, the 6-foot-2 Haviland allowed four earned runs over five innings, walking two and striking out two.

— The Pawtucket offense had nine hits, all singles, and finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Pawtucket tied the game 2-2 in the third inning on an RBI ground out from third baseman Carlos Rivero, scoring first baseman Matt Spring, and an RBI single from catcher Sandy Leon, scoring shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’€™s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com).

Rivero, 27, finished 2-for-5 in his third game with Pawtucket since being reacquired by Boston from Seattle for cash considerations. He also struck out to end the game with the potential tying run on second base in the top of the ninth.

Center fielder Quintin Berry also had two hits, going 2-for-4 with a successful sacrifice bunt to improve to 4-for-12 over his last three games, and DH Marco Hernandez (Boston’€™s No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 but struck out to end the third inning with the bases loaded.

— Pawtucket has lost 11 games in a row, two shy of a club record set in 1985. The PawSox also have dropped 14 of 16, and 22 of 26 overall, with a 6-36 mark since June 29.

— Reliever Jorge Marban was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland. The 26-year-old Marban made 24 appearances with the Sea Dogs, going 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings of work, with 26 strikeouts and 22 walks.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Mike Montgomery

08.14.15 at 8:19 am ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

On the heels of two losses to the Marlins, the Red Sox will return to Fenway Park on Friday evening to face the Mariners. Joe Kelly will get the ball for the Sox while Mike Montgomery pitches for Seattle.

Last time out on Aug. 7 against the Tigers, Kelly turned in a strong start in which he gave up just two earned runs on seven hits with as many strikeouts and two walks. Those 5 1/3 innings of work earned him the win, his second consecutive victory, though the prior outing on Aug. 1 wasn’t quite as strong as he allowed five earned runs in five full. In Detroit, Kelly was able to deliver with some help from his defense, improving his season record to 4-6 and his ERA to 5.96.

“I had a good mix of pitches going on early,” he said last Friday. “Trying to keep the hitters off balance … from the get-go. Trying not to let hitters attack us, really. Just a solid mix of offspeed. But honestly, we had great plays made out there. Jackie Bradley, obviously one of the best center fielders in the game. Brock [Holt] made a good play. I think that was just part of just trying to throw strikes and get ahead of guys, and let those guys work out there, especially with the big field.”

Kelly has just two starts against the Mariners in his career, one this year and one last year. In 11 1/3 innings, the righty has conceded just one earned run on six hits for a 0.79 ERA with seven strikeouts and a half-dozen walks. His WHIP vs. Seattle is 1.05 and he holds M’s batters to a .154/.283/.154 slash line. His appearance against the Mariners this year, a road endeavor, was 6 1/3 innings long back on May 14 and yielded one earned run on five hits with three walks and two K’s. The Sox ended up winning that game 2-1 on a ninth-inning solo home run by Shane Victorino, but Kelly did not factor in the decision.

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Red Sox Minor League Notebook: 2014 first-rounder Michael Chavis turning season around with new plate approach

08.13.15 at 1:04 pm ET
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2014 first-round pick Michael Chavis is having a much better second half. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

2014 first-round pick Michael Chavis is having a much better second half. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

It’s been an up-and-down first full season in the Red Sox organization for 2014 first-round pick Michael Chavis with Single-A Greenville.

On July 4, his average dipped blow .200 for the year to .197, but the past month or so Chavis has turned things around.

The third baseman’s average is up to .228, but has performed well of late — batting .282 with two home runs and nine RBIs in nine games in the month of August. This after batting .250 in July.

Chavis says the biggest difference is a more relaxed approach at the plate.

“I’ve stopped pressing and trying to do too much and I am just having fun, relaxing and letting my talent take over instead of trying to do so much at the plate and prove to everybody why I’m here,” Chavis said on the WEEI Farm Report Podcast this week. “I’m having fun and playing the game that I love.”

Another change for Chavis has been a shift up in the order. He’s now batting second, which is something he’s never done, but something he’s enjoyed doing and has helped him perform better.

“I’ve never hit in the No. 2 hole before but now that I have gotten used to it, I like it,” he said. “I like being up in the first inning and having something to expect on defense knowing I will be one of the first batters up and it’s just fun. I like being higher up in the lineup. It’s more interesting, more at-bats. I usually get four or five at-bats a game and I like that.”

Chavis was taken No. 26 overall by the Red Sox in last year’s draft out of Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. He just turned 20 years old this week and did admit there was some pressure with being such a high pick and playing with a number of talented players in Greenville.

After maybe putting too much pressure on himself earlier in the season, he’s more relaxed now and it’s paying off.

“It’s a lot easier said than done. Earlier in the year I was trying to do that a lot and it’s not something that just clicks,” Chavis said. “I started making some better at-bats towards the end of the first half and then the second half they moved me up to the No. 2 hole and it just clicked one day. I figured it out and I am starting to feel a lot better at the plate.”

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Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: 17-year-old Anderson Espinoza continues to sizzle in Gulf Coast League

08.13.15 at 8:56 am ET
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

Edwin Escobar

Edwin Escobar

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-74): L, 4-3 in 12 innings, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— LHP Edwin Escobar (Boston’€™s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) made his second start of the year for the PawSox, finishing with a no-decision final line of: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO (82 pitches, 49 strikes). Escobar, 23, did not allow a run through five innings, scattering two singles and walking two, before surrendering a single to lead off the sixth. The runner would come home to score on a double allowed by RHP Jonathan Aro.

In 15 appearances this season, Escobar is 0-2 with a 6.51 ERA over 27 2/3 innings, with 16 strikeouts and 14 walks. Acquired by Boston from San Francisco in July of 2014 along with RHP Heath Hembree in exchange for RHP Jake Peavy, Escobar made 25 starts last year between Pawtucket and Triple-A Fresno, going 3-10 with a 4.94 ERA, with 45 walks and 116 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings.

— Right fielder Quintin Berry homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot in the first inning to give the PawSox a 2-0 lead. Berry, 30, finished 1-for-4 with a walk and now has three homers on the season, after going 81 games between long-balls from April 18 to August 11.

— First baseman Allen Craig doubled in the sixth and came home to score on a sacrifice fly from Humberto Quintero, giving Pawtucket a 3-0 lead. Craig finished 2-for-5 and put his slash line at .266/.366/.332 with three homers and nine doubles through 75 games this season in Triple-A.

— RHP Pat Light (Boston’€™s No. 22 prospect at MLB.com) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, walking three, while also allowing two hits. Light allowed a double and walked two to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but escaped on a ground out back to the mound. Light stayed on for the 10th inning and induced two more ground outs, one for a double play after a leadoff walk.

— Hembree also escaped a bases-loaded jam, escaping the 11th after two walks and a single, but eventually took the loss (0-5, 2.32 ERA) as he allowed a walkoff single in the bottom of the 12th. In 31 innings this year in Triple-A, Hembree has struck out 31, with opposing batters hitting just .211 against him. However, Hembree has now allowed runs in three straight appearances.

— Pawtucket has now lost 10 games in a row, three shy of a club record set in 1985. The PawSox have also dropped 13 of 15, and 21 of 25 overall, with a 6-35 mark since June 29.

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Clay Buchholz optimistic he will pitch this season after visit to Pensacola

08.12.15 at 8:33 pm ET
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MIAMI — Maybe Clay Buchholz will pitch this year, after all.

The Red Sox starter returned from visiting Dr. James Andrews earlier Wednesday with news that he could begin a throwing program. The visit was another precautionary check-up with Dr. Andrews, whose previous examination had convinced Buchholz to receive a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection in his ailing right elbow.

“Everything’€™s good. Apparently it’€™s a lot more — that area, I wasn’€™t expecting it to take this long,” said Buchholz, who hasn’t pitched since July 10. “It’€™s just the area you don’€™t really want to mess with, is what I got from them.”

Buchholz has routinely taken the advice of Dr. Andrews, having used his visit to the doctor to formulate his plan back from a 2013 shoulder injury. And this year, he once again altered his course after having started to participate in some light tossing shortly after his injury.

“I got the rude awakening when I went there last time,” he said. “I wasn’€™t expecting to have a procedure done. But that being said, the protocol for PRP is 4-6 weeks. Start building back up. Look at the calendar, there’€™s not a whole lot of days left. I’€™d like it to be sooner rather than later. That’€™s part of a pitcher’€™s body that if you do something too quick, something else is going to take effect from it.”

Buchholz did come away from the visit with optimism that he would be able to pitch again this season.

“Yeah, I’€™d like to,” he said. “That’€™s what I’€™m going to work for. That’€™s why I’€™m here, yeah. Square one.”

Buchholz is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, with the Red Sox holding a $13 million team option for 2016, and a $13.5 million option for the following season.

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Closing Time: Red Sox routed by Marlins; David Ortiz hits two more homers

08.12.15 at 7:18 pm ET
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Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

MIAMI — The wheels have truly fallen off the cart for the Red Sox.

The Sox continued to cement their spot for worst record in the American League with their second loss in as many games to the Marlins Wednesday, suffering a 14-6 rout at the hands of the hosts at Marlins Park. It marked the fifth time this season Red Sox pitchers have allowed 17 hits or more.

To nobody’s surprise, the biggest catalyst for the Red Sox loss was once again the bullpen. The combination of Ryan Cook and Robbie Ross Jr. surrendering six runs in what turned into a 10-run sixth inning.

(As a side note, Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto set a team record with RBIs in the sixth inning, thanks in large part to his grand slam off Ross Jr.)

The bullpen had already allowed 16 runs in 19 innings over the first seven games of the Red Sox’ road trip. Red Sox relievers entered Wednesday with a 5.33 ERA, with an opponents’ OPS of .944.

“You’re looking at a spot where you have some right-handers coming. You’re looking to get some outs and shut some things down, but it doesn’t happen,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Then you’re into limited availability based on the recent usage. That’s the tough part. The matchups almost become irrelevant when you’re going to the guy most rested.”

What was perhaps even more demoralizing thane the bullpen’s showing in the series finale was the subpar outing from Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

The rookie lefty was charged with eight runs on nine hits over five innings, watching his ERA balloon to 4.83. Prior to not retiring any of his four batters in the sixth, Rodriguez had set down eight in a row.

Another troubling trend continued to be Rodriguez’ inability to get hitters out with runners on base. Six of the nine hits allowed by the southpaw came with Rodriguez pitching out of the stretch. It, of course, feeds the conversation regarding if he continues to tip his pitches with baserunners on.

“I thought today when they show a replay after a base hit, he pulled some pitches across the plate. Missed to his arm side on a couple of occasions,” Farrell said. “To say this is all the result of tipping, I’m not going there. And I know that becomes kind of the common theme that everybody will look to seek out. But to me it was more he got behind in some counts, fastballs found some of the plate and they squared them up.”

One of the very few bright spots for the Red Sox came from David Ortiz, who hit two more home runs, including a towering, 419-foot, upper-deck blast in the second inning. It puts Ortiz — who played first base for a second straight game — nine homers away from 500 for his career.

The homers gave Ortiz five for the road trip, finishing the eight-game swing with with a .367 batting average (11-for-30).

“I dont know I’€™m just going to keep on swinging, not trying to put any pressure on myself, just trying to put a good swing on it when I’€™m at the plate. Hopefully,” said Ortiz when asked about reaching 500 home runs.

Ortiz added, “Hey look, I’€™m not trying to really accomplish any personal thing, just trying to play the game the way I’€™m supposed to play it. If I’€™m swinging the bat good I’€™m going to try to put a good swing on the pitch every time. That’€™s me. That’€™s how I play the game. But that’€™s all I can do, all I can control.”

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