|07.04.16 at 10:16 am ET|
For the first time since his return from a concussion, Brock Holt will play back-to-back days.
Holt will be in left field as the Red Sox go up against Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez on the Fourth of July from Fenway Park. After not starting Sunday, Travis Shaw is back at third base.
Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Brock Holt, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, RHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|07.04.16 at 9:53 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (43-41): W, 5-4 in 16 innings, vs. Columbus (Indians)
— Sunday’s extra-innings contest was the longest since Pawtucket played a 16-inning game on April 12, 2015. Henry Ramos was the one to end it, blasting a two-run home run off Clippers shortstop Yhoxian Medina, who was forced to the mound due to a lack of Columbus relievers.
“Before I stepped to the plate, [Rusney] Castillo told me, ‘This is like BP, so go and hit it far,’ and that is what I did,” Ramos told MILB.com after hitting his third home run of the year.
Ramos, 24, now is slashing .282/.319/.429 in 67 games this season with Pawtucket and Portland. Boston’s N0. 22 prospect at MLB.com has collected 14 RBIs in his last 10 games.
— Eduardo Rodriguez got his first start since being assigned to Pawtucket from Boston, and he was able to deliver a very solid outing. The 23-year-old southpaw tossed seven frames of scoreless ball, giving up just two hits and striking out four. He also retired 11 consecutive batters.
“I was working my pitches on both sides of the plate and didn’t throw it right down the middle like when I was in the big leagues,” Rodriguez said. “I just used my slider, my changeup, and used them on different counts.”
Rodriguez has started six games each with the Red Sox and PawSox. He is 1-3 with an 8.59 ERA with Boston, and 0-3 with a 2.83 ERA in Pawtucket.
— With the game seemingly never going to end, pitcher Justin Haley came through for Pawtucket, as he pitched the last six innings and allowed just one run. He gave up four hits and fanned five in his first Triple-A relief performance. Called up to Pawtucket from Portland on June 17, the 25-year-old Haley is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA with the team.
— On the day after his 28th birthday, Chris Marrero drilled his 13th home run of the season in the second inning to put Pawtucket on the board. He is tied for the team lead in homers, and he also was the man on for Ramos’ walk-off blast. Marrero is batting .272/.334/.459 in 78 games.
|07.04.16 at 8:53 am ET|
In the first game of a three-game series with the Rangers, the Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound to face off against right-hander Nick Martinez.
In his second year in a Red Sox uniform, Porcello is 9-2 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The righty has the fifth-most wins in the American League, and hasn’t lost since a May 17 defeat at Kansas City. He last started in an 8-2 win at Tampa Bay last Tuesday, Boston’s only win in the three-game series. The 27-year-old let up only one run on five hits in six innings and walked three. He recorded eight strikeouts, his most in an outing since he fanned nine batters on April 20 vs. the Rays.
“You look at three other no-decisions consecutively when he’s left with low-run games,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He’s been everything we could’ve hoped. You look at a starting pitcher that can go out and be consistent every fifth day, he’s been a model of that for us.”
In eight career starts against the Rangers, Porcello is 4-4 with a 5.86 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. His ERA when facing Texas is his third-highest in the American League. It’s been over two years since Porcello has appeared vs. the Rangers, tallying a 6-0 win on June 26, 2014, as a member of the Tigers. Porcello pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up just three hits and striking out six.
|07.03.16 at 6:44 pm ET|
David Ortiz said he had never been asked by a team to execute what the Celtics requested. But once approached, he was happy to oblige.
Following the Red Sox’ 10-5 win over the Angels Sunday afternoon, Ortiz told WEEI.com that the Celtics requested the Sox’ designated hitter to reach out to Durant in an attempt to help recruit the free agent forward to Boston.
And while he couldn’t join the Celtics’ meeting with Durant in the Hamptons Saturday because of the Red Sox’ game (although he said he would have attended if there wasn’t the commitment), Ortiz did manage to fire off a tweet, encouraging the forward to commit to the Celts.
Yo @KDTrey5 sorry I couldn’t make the meeting today but Brady will tell u they don’t call Boston the City of Champions for nothing 🏆🏆🏆
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) July 2, 2016
“Boston deserves it, man. Fans here deserve that,” Ortiz said. “They deserve the best athletes to come around and perform for them. Fans here are real fanatics. I have played in different cities and what you get here is special from the fans.
“When something like that is to be put in place, I’m down with it. My people are here. There are real fans here.”
Ortiz said he wasn’t surprised that Tom Brady was in attendance at the meeting because he “already heard he was going to be there.”
The slugger also talked to his longtime friend Al Horford prior to the forward agreeing to his four-year deal with the Celtics.
“I talked to Horford before about free agency and stuff. He pretty much wanted to go to a team that could compete, and Boston is a pretty good place,” Ortiz said.
|07.03.16 at 5:27 pm ET|
Sean O’Sullivan delivered just what John Farrell and the Red Sox ordered — a pretty good start.
The International League All-Star dominated the Angels long enough for the Red Sox batters to finally get the better of Angels starter Matt Shoemaker, leading the Red Sox to a 10-5 win in the teams’ series finale at Fenway Park.
O’Sullivan, who had given up 11 runs over 11 1/3 innings in his previous three big league outings, showed the stuff that made the Red Sox prioritize his promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket. The right finished his five-inning outing allowing four hits. He was ultimately charged with two runs after giving way to reliever Matt Barnes with two on and nobody out in the sixth inning.
The outing marked just the second time in the last 12 games a Red Sox starter gave up two runs or less.
With Pawtucket, O’Sullian totaled a 2.79 ERA in 11 starts, turning in eight quality starts. Entering Sunday, the righty started 54 major league games, having claimed a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts with the Phillies in 2015.
The Red Sox’ bats were fairly dormant until the fifth inning when they exploded for seven runs, driving Shoemaker from the game. Within the frame the Red Sox notched six hits, including run-scoring doubles from David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon.
After falling into a 7-0, the Angels did threaten with three runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh, coming on Yunel Escobar’s two-run double against reliever Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa was, however, able to get a line-out to left field from Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout fly out to right field to end the visitors’ final threat.
|07.03.16 at 11:19 am ET|
Sean O’Sullivan returns from Triple-A Pawtucket to start for the Red Sox in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Angels. Opposing him is right-hander Matt Shoemaker.
O’Sullivan made three appearances with the Red Sox in mid-May, going 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA and a 1.853 WHIP before returning to the minors. In 11 starts for Pawtucket he is 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.113 WHIP.
In his last start for the PawSox eight days ago, O’Sullivan pitched seven innings of shutout ball against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six. It was his fourth win in five June starts.
“It was really just about getting ahead in the count,” O’Sullivan told MiLB.com. “I tried to use all my pitches and luckily I was able to throw everything for strikes and fortunately they hit some balls hard right at our defense.”
O’Sullivan, who first appeared in the majors in 2009 with the Angels, has faced his original team twice — both times as a member of the Royals, in 2010 and ’11 — and is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA and 1.800 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings.
|07.03.16 at 11:01 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-41): L, 7-2, vs. Columbus (Indians)
— Center fielder Rusney Castillo went 2-for-3 and scored a run. He has at least one hit in seven of his last eight games, and he’s batting .345 in that span. For the season, he’s hitting .250/.303/.344 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 51 Triple-A games.
— Playing before a sellout crowd (and season high) of 11,408, the PawSox scored on Jantzen Witte’s RBI single in the second inning and Mike Miller’s RBI groundout in the eighth.
— Ryan Hanigan, continuing his rehab assignment from Boston, played all nine innings at catcher and went 0-for-3.
— Right-hander Aaron Wilkerson got through three innings without allowing a run, but things fell apart in the fourth as Columbus scored four times on two singles, a double, a walk and some sloppy defense. The PawSox committed four errors in all, and four of the seven runs Wilkerson allowed were unearned. Wilkerson gave up seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
“We didn’t take care of the baseball behind him and it’s a credit to him to be able to get seven innings out of him,” manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). “I’m very impressed on how Wilkerson went after the hitters and kept his composure.”
Wilkerson, 27, is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in nine games (eight starts) with the PawSox since being called up from Portland.
— Left-hander Robby Scott pitched two perfect innings in relief. He is 3-2 with a 3.04 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP in 20 appearances (three starts) this season.
|07.03.16 at 11:00 am ET|
Travis Shaw, who has appeared in every one of the Red Sox’ games this season, will start Sunday on the bench, with Marco Hernandez playing third base.
Here is the Red Sox lineup with Sean O’Sullivan getting the start for the hosts in their series finale against the Angels:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B
|07.03.16 at 1:28 am ET|
It was a brief stint with the big league club for right-hander Pat Light.
After being recalled earlier in the week, Light was brought in during the seventh inning and contributed to the Angels scoring 11 runs in the frame on Saturday. He allowed two home runs and finished the night going 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits, while striking out two.
Light was pitching great with Pawtucket before being recalled as he had a scoreless innings streak of 10 innings.
The corresponding move is recalling right-hander Sean O’Sullivan to start Sunday’s game. Manager John Farrell made the announcement following Saturday’s loss.
Sunday won’t be O’Sullivan’s first appearance with the Red Sox this year. O’Sullivan pitched May 7 in relief, then started on May 10 and May 15, including earning the win May 10 against the Athletics. Overall, he’s 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA this season.
With Triple-A he was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game where he’s 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 11 starts. He leads the PawSox in victories and his ERA is eighth-best in the International League.
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|07.03.16 at 12:19 am ET|
The Red Sox self-admittedly were embarrassed by their 21-2 loss to the Angels Saturday night.
The Angels scored five runs in the fifth to lead 9-0 and then really poured it on by scoring 11 times in the seventh inning. The Red Sox surrendered 20 or more runs for the 14th time in franchise history and the first since Aug. 31, 2012 coming against the Athletics. They hadn’t allowed 20 more runs at Fenway Park since Aug. 21, 2009.
“Too many extra outs, far too many extra-base hits. Honestly, we’re embarrassed by tonight’s ballgame. There’s really no other way to put it,” manager John Farrell said afterwards. “We got kicked around the ballpark tonight and we need to put this behind us with an opportunity to win the series tomorrow.”
The pitching wasn’t there, evident by the 21 runs allowed. The defense wasn’t there as they committed four errors and the hitting wasn’t there, as they managed just one run against Angels starter Hector Santiago who entered with a 5.27 ERA.
The Red Sox have now dropped eight out of their last 12 games overall and just aren’t playing solid baseball.
“Absolutely we need to get out of it,” Dustin Pedroia said. “We need to play better, but going into the year, we knew we were going to have a stretch like this. If everyone thought we were going to show up and win 140 games, that’s not how baseball works. You’re going to have bumps in the road. What makes your team is how you find a way to get out of it and limit the losing streaks or bad plays. We’ve got to show up tomorrow and win the series. Chip away and win series at a time. That’s how you get out of it. I know we lost by 21 runs, but we win tomorrow, we’re starting out the homestand pretty darn good. I don’t care if we lost by 20 or whatever. That’s what we’ve got to focus on.”
The second baseman noted they are just 4 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East and they have plenty of time to turn things around.
“We’re four games out of first place. Dig in,” he said. “Show up to work tomorrow and try to win. I’m not embarrassed to be a Boston Red Sox. By no means. We lost by 21 runs, or whatever the hell it was. So? There’ll be better days.”
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