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Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez out vs. Braves

06.16.15 at 12:34 pm ET
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The Red Sox will be without two of their best hitters Tuesday afternoon as Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez will sit against the Braves and right-hander Julio Teheran.

Brock Holt will bat leadoff and get the start at second base, while Alejandro De Aza will start in left field. Xander Bogaerts will hit cleanup.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Wade Miley as the Red Sox look to snap a seven-game losing streak.

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Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Brock Holt, 2B
Mookie Betts, CF
David Ortiz, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Blake Swihart, C
Rusney Castillo, RF
Wade Miley, LHP

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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Masterson set to make another rehab start for Pawtucket; Yoan Moncada reaches base 3 times

06.16.15 at 8:23 am ET
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (32-32): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday at Charlotte (White Sox)

Justin Masterson will make his fourth rehab start for Pawtucket (one with Double-A Portland) Tuesday after landing on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis. Masterson has pitched 12 1/3 innings over his three previous rehab starts and is 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (25-38): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday vs. Binghamton (Mets)

Teddy Stankiewicz

Teddy Stankiewicz

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (33-30): L, 4-1, at Wilmington (Royals)

— Right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz fell to 1-8 on the season, taking the loss after allowing three runs — two earned — on nine hits with one strikeout. The 21-year-old 2013 second-round pick has a 3.97 ERA in 12 starts for Salem.

— Righty Chandler Shepherd pitched the seventh and eighth innings and gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks. He also struck out two and now has 15 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings over seven appearances with Salem this season. Shepherd has an 0-1 record and a 5.40 ERA.

— First baseman Sam Travis scored the only Salem run Monday, crossing the plate in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Wendell Rijo after singling to center to lead off the inning. Travis finished the day 1-for-4, but has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and is hitting .405 over that span. For the season, the 21-year-old is leading the team with a .309 average and has drove in a team-high 34 RBIs.

— Wilmington’€™s Ramon Torres hit a two-run double off Stankiewicz with one down in the third, ending a streak of 25 1/3 scoreless innings by Salem pitchers.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Braves matchups: Wade Miley vs. Julio Teheran

06.16.15 at 8:23 am ET
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Wade Miley

Wade Miley

The Red Sox will wrap up their two-game home set against the Braves on Tuesday when they send Wade Miley to the mound to face Julio Teheran.

Fresh off a dugout confrontation with Red Sox manager John Farrell, Miley has since apologized and will look to improve his 5-6 record and 5.07 ERA Tuesday afternoon. The Red Sox acquired Miley in part due to a strikeout rate which has consistently risen since 2013 — until this year. The southpaw has followed up an 8.2 strikeouts-per-nine season with this year’s abysmal 5.8 K/9 mark.

In his last start against the Orioles on Thursday, Miley’s declining punchout ability didn’t matter, instead his inability to negate the long ball controlled the narrative. The 28-year-old gave up three dingers, one each to Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado. Machado’s in the fourth broke the camel’s back, prompting Miley’s dugout antics and forcing he and Farrell into the clubhouse runway to discuss his four-inning, five-run outing.

“He didn’t want to come out of the game,” Farrell said after the 6-5 loss. “That’€™s his competitive spirit coming through. While he’€™s had good stuff, there were some decent swings against him, and I felt like we needed to make a move.”

Miley followed up with his manager’s sentiment, explaining his misplaced anger.

“I let my emotions get the best of me,” he said. “In the heat of battle I did something I kind of shouldn’t have done. Me and John discussed it, squash it and move on. Look forward to my next outing.”

Despite Miley’s frustration, statistics show that he is not nearly as bad as he appears. Though his ERA is bloated, Miley’s FIP is a pedestrian 4.22, his highest mark since a shortened 2011 season, but still an indicator that his defense has not picked him up.

Unlike Miley, Teheran has flat out struggled, posting a 5.08 FIP. Fortunately for Teheran, his record remains stalwart, as he’s gone 4-2 in 13 starts with a 4.78 ERA.

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Jonny Gomes shows how to play left at Fenway, offers Red Sox hope: ‘You would think it’s going to turn around’

06.16.15 at 8:17 am ET
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If Hanley Ramirez wanted help in how to play left field at Fenway, perhaps he should chat up Jonny Gomes.

The Braves left fielder not only robbed former teammate Dustin Pedroia of a sure double to open the bottom of the fourth Monday night, he explained the intricacies of the position after Atlanta walked away with a 4-2 win at a rain-soaked Fenway Park.

“That’s how you’ve got to play that outfield. It’s extremely risky,” Gomes said. “That exact play right there, you dive for it and get the out. Worst-case scenario, you dive for it and you’ve got the wall right there so it could be a double. Or take the angle and give him the double. So it worked out.”

Because Gomes was playing in and because he certainly wasn’t afraid to lay out on the wet grass, he was able to time his dive for the ball.

“I actually found myself diving a bunch here because a normal fence is about 340 feet down the line, play about 60 feet in front puts you at about 280,” Gomes said. “But 310 here, 40 feet in front, you’re playing at about 270 feet, which a lot of people don’t realize when that ball gets on you hot, it’s kind of like that one. You’re diving all over the place.”

Gomes certainly feels for former teammates like Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts and Mike Napoli, suffering through a miserable 27-38 season so far.

“Losing sucks flat out, at any level, any organization,” Gomes said. “I’ve played on some good teams, some bad teams. I’ve been there before. It’s not ideal but play this game long enough, you’re going to have stretches like that.

“You look at that team on paper, it’s a dangerous team. You would think it’s going to get turned around. I’d roll my dice with that roster. With that being said, I don’t wear that uniform anymore. Outside of ‘hang in there,’ I don’t have much input. I’m focused on the Braves.”

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Brandon Workman undergoes successful Tommy John surgery

06.15.15 at 11:29 pm ET
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Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

The PRP injection Brandon Workman received in the middle of April to help repair his right elbow strain apparently didn’t help.

Late Monday night, the team announced the right-hander underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow performed by Dr. James Andrews.

“There are some changes to the ligament,” manger John Farrell said back on April 19. “To what extent, or percentage of tear, I don’€™t have that. But that is why he received the injection he did.”

The injury occurred at the end of spring training and he was placed on the minor league DL as he began the year in Triple-A Pawtucket not throwing a pitch, but later it was reversed as the actual injury occurred when he was on the major league roster.

It is worth noting Workman is on the major league disabled list and not the minor league disabled list, as there are major implications. By being on the major league roster his salary is be $539,000. If he was in the minors it would be $213,000. Also more importantly, by being on the major league DL he gets a full year of service time.

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A.J. Pierzynski recalls 2014 when ‘it was all blamed on me’ and insists ‘there’s no hard feelings’

06.15.15 at 11:26 pm ET
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A.J. Pierzynski singles in the ninth inning Monday night in his return to Fenway Park. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

A.J. Pierzynski singles in the ninth inning Monday night in his return to Fenway Park. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The irony of the current situation the Red Sox find themselves in is not lost on A.J. Pierzynski.

The former Red Sox catcher, released last July 16 before being signed by St. Louis ten days later, returned Monday with the Braves and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 4-2 win over the Red Sox. The loss was Boston’s seventh straight and dropped them a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 27-38.

It was Pierzynski who was the target of anonymous criticism inside the Red Sox clubhouse after his departure. There were those who suggested his negative attitude was a reason for the 2014 team heading south and falling out of contention early in the summer.

This year, despite a massive overhaul, that collapse is happening even sooner. Pierzynski told WEEI.com after Monday’s game that he’s not reveling in Boston’s current misery.

“Yeah, we went through it last year and it was all blamed on me, which I thought was funny,” Pierzynski said. “They have good players over there and they have good people over there and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Pierzynski is referencing, of course, Red Sox sources inside the team’s clubhouse that told Rob Bradford that the veteran catcher was a bad influence.

But aside from a little humor, Pierzynski chose the high road on Monday night.

“There’s no hard feelings between me and the Red Sox organization,” Pierzynski said. “I think people are expecting me to come in and [criticize]. But I have no hard feelings. Things just didn’t work out the right way last year. And I ended up in a great place, in St. Louis and a chance to go the playoffs and that’s what it’s all about.”

Pierzynski joined another former Red Sox player, John Lackey, in St. Louis. The Cards beat the Dodgers in the NLDS before falling to Pablo Sandoval and the Giants in the National League Championship Series.

“I thank the Red Sox and I thank the people here that supported me, the fans that were nice to me and look forward to playing here again [Tuesday],” Pierzynski said.

While the Red Sox could not be colder, Pierzynski is red-hot, batting .341 (14-for-41) with eight runs and five RBIs in his last 12 games this month.

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Rick Porcello on coming out with bases loaded in seventh: ‘I was pissed off that we were in that spot to begin with’

06.15.15 at 11:18 pm ET
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Rick Porcello lost his fifth straight start Monday night against the Braves. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello lost his fifth straight start Monday night against the Braves. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello’s reaction when walking down the steps into the dugout when he was taken out of the game in the seventh inning said it all.

The right-hander threw his glove down the tunnel, as he had loaded the bases in the inning and was removed from the game after throwing 97 pitches on his way to his fifth straight loss.

Robbie Ross Jr. entered and allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but got a double play to get out of the inning with limited damage.

Porcello finished the game allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings on six hits while walking one and striking out five in the Red Sox‘ 4-2 loss to the Braves, their seventh straight defeat. For Porcello personally, it was his fifth straight loss, the second-longest streak in his career.

“I’m mad that I felt good,” Porcello said. “I ended up loading the bases with one out. I mean, that’s not good. In any situation you have bases loaded with one out it’s a tough situation to get out of. I was pissed off that we were in that spot to begin with.”

The Braves scored three runs in the fourth inning, which turned out to be all the runs they needed. The inning started off with three straight singles scoring one run, before adding another on a wild pitch and their third on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single that got past the dive of Mike Napoli at first base.

“They bunched some singles together,” manager John Farrell said. “There was a curveball that checks up right behind the plate that eludes [Sandy] Leon for another run. Not really any hard hit balls, just base hits they were able to bunch up.”

The right-hander now hasn’t won since May 16 in Seattle. He’s allowed five or more runs in three of those five starts. Monday night he didn’t pitch poorly, it was just the fourth inning that did him in, and it didn’t help the Red Sox offense got shutout by Braves starter Williams Perez, managing two runs against the Braves’ bullpen to account for their only two runs.

“It felt pretty good, honestly,” Porcello said of his two-seamer. “I mean, I was sinking it well on the right-handed hitters. Some of their lefties called for a different approach, so we didn’t use it as much against them. All my pitches were working. Just one inning where they put up three runs, that was basically it.”

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Closing Time: Red Sox lose seventh straight as Braves pick up 4-2 win over Sox

06.15.15 at 10:05 pm ET
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The Red Sox lost their seventh straight game Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Red Sox lost their seventh straight game Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Are there anymore adjectives to describe the 2015 Red Sox?

Following yet another team meeting before the game, the Red Sox managed just two runs against the Braves, as they fell 4-2 Monday night at a damp Fenway Park. It was the team’s seventh straight loss.

The Braves scored three times in the fourth inning against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. Atlanta started the inning off with three straight singles scoring one run, before adding another on a wild pitch and their third on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single that got past the dive of Mike Napoli at first base.

They added another in the seventh when they loaded the bases against Porcello before Robbie Ross Jr. entered and allowed an RBI single to Jace Peterson, making it a 4-0 game. Ross got a double play on the next batter to escape any further damage.

“They bunched some singles together,” manager John Farrell said. “There was a curveball that checks up right behind the plate that eludes Leon for another run. Not really any hard hit balls, just base hits they were able to bunch up.”

Porcello lost his fifth straight straight start, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out five. His last win came on May 16. He didn’t pitch bad, it was just a 29-pitch fourth inning that did him in.

“I’m mad that I felt good,” Porcello said. “I ended up loading the bases with one out. I mean,  that’s not good. In any situation you have bases loaded with one out it’s a tough situation to get out of. I was pissed off that we were in that spot to begin with.”

Ross pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of relief, before Alexi Ogando recorded all three outs in the ninth after Ross allowed a leadoff single.

The Red Sox offense was shutout out by starter-turned-reliever Williams Perez, as the right-hander went six innings, not allowing a run on five hits. They scored their lone run in the seventh inning on a Xander Bogaerts homer to dead-center field off reliever Dana Eveland.

They scored a run in the ninth off closer Jason Grilli on an RBI single by Mookie Betts.

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Here’s what went (wrong) and right in the Red Sox loss:

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Craig Breslow activated from paternity leave, Travis Shaw optioned, Robbie Ross recalled, INF Jeff Biachi DFA’d, Luis Jimenez signs in Korea

06.15.15 at 7:20 pm ET
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When the Red Sox weren’t busy defending themselves before Monday’s series opener with the Braves at rainy Fenway, they were making several roster moves.

The club activated lefty reliever Craig Breslow from paternity leave and optioned infielder Travis Shaw.

Breslow, 34, was placed on paternity leave on Friday. He has no record and a 4.03 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 18 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season. His 22.1 innings pitched rank third in the Boston bullpen and 12th among AL left-handed relievers.

Shaw, 25, went 0-for-1 as a defensive replacement at first base yesterday after being recalled for his second career major league stint prior to the game. The left-handed batter is hitless in three at-bats over two career major league games, also on May 8 in Toronto. In 56 games for the PawSox this season, he has hit .256 (54-for-211) with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 26 RBI, and 22 walks, appearing in games at third base (30 games), first base (22), and left field (3).

The Red Sox also recalled left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, infielder Jeff Bianchi was designated for assignment. Ross was made active in time for the series opener against the Braves.

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John Farrell holds team meeting: ‘No one has given up on the team or the season in this clubhouse’

06.15.15 at 6:02 pm ET
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This was a different John Farrell.

The usual calm, laid-back manager wasn’t his usual self Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. His pregame press conference lasted almost 15 minutes with questions about anything and everything. The third-year manager was very matter in fact with his responses.

The obvious focus was the state of the team, being 10 games under .500 and eight games out in the AL East. The manager was asked point blank if it’s hard to believe how poorly the team is playing with the roster they have.

“Yes. In a word, yes,” Farrell said. “Now we recognize there’s been some things that might be uncharacteristic that happen inside of a game or occurrences, but that’s not to be the sole reason why we stand 10 games under .500. Across the board we need to do better.”

Farrell held another team meeting prior to the game Monday where the general message was to focus on things inside the clubhouse and inside the team, as opposed to what the outside is saying.

“Whatever the outside source is, if there’s an outside distraction that is trying to penetrate, but this is a game that you learn to deflect negativity,” he said. “The game itself is based on negatively. What matters most is that we rely on one another. We’re in a situation that we’ve dug ourselves a hole, let’s be quite honest. And what we do and rally and support one another and go out and play the game assertively, anticipate situations as they unfold on the field, have one another’s back, those are the things that we preach continuously. That’s all that we can concern ourselves with.”

He added: “What has been brought forth to our team has not centered around media. We have opponents, and sometimes that opponent is ourselves. And what we need to do is continue to focus and become protective of one another and at the same time go out and play better baseball.”

Even with everything that has taken place and the team having the worst run differential in the American League at minus-60, the team still believes they can turn it around.

“No one is giving up here. No one has given up on the team or the season in this clubhouse,”€ Farrell said, stressing this clubhouse. ‘€œThat’€™€™s the strong belief that exists there. To say that this will automatically turn, no one is giving into that either. We have to go out and continue to work relentlessly and execute in that fashion.”

The third year manager was also asked about his thoughts on some calling for his firing. Farrell said he doesn’t pay attention to what is said, but knows it comes with the territory of managing in a city like Boston.

“I don’t know that I pay much attention to what’s written or talked about,” Farrell said. “I know it’s all part of every major sports city. I also recognize that this is a bottom-line game. You work in that environment and yet it doesn’t affect the way I deal with players individually, the way I deal with our team. No one likes where we are. So that comes with the territory.”

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