|06.07.16 at 4:22 pm ET|
Fans around Major League Baseball are taking notice of what’s going on with the Red Sox.
The most recent results for All-Star balloting shows that Jackie Bradley Jr. has climbed into the top three in voting for the American League All-Star outfielders, joining the Angels’ Mike Trout and Lorenzo Cain of Kansas City.
Also climbing in the voting is Mookie Betts, who resides in sixth place, with Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo and Toronto’s Jose Bautista the others just out the top three.
The Red Sox are well represented at other positions, as well, with Xander Bogaerts and Alcides Escobar vying for the top spot at shortstop, and David Ortiz running away as the lead vote-getter for designated hitter.
The Red Sox have representatives in the top five at each of the other positions, as well, with second baseman Dustin Pedroia (4th), first baseman Hanley Ramirez (4th), third baseman Travis Shaw (5th), and catcher Blake Swihart (5th) all remaining in the upper-echelon of voting.
According to MLB.com, here is the up-to-date All-Star voting results for the American League:
1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 1,605,922 2
2. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 453,237 3
3. Brian McCann, Yankees: 376,605 4
4. Russell Martin, Blue Jays: 308,146 5
5. Blake Swihart, Red Sox: 217,030
|06.07.16 at 9:42 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (29-28): W, 2-1, vs. Toledo (Tigers)
— Pawtucket pushed its record above .500 thanks to a strong performance on the mound from Henry Owens. He didn’t receive a decision, but the left-hander gave up just one run on five hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings of work.
“I feel I took a couple steps forward tonight,” Owens told pawsox.com following the game. “From a consistency standpoint, I feel I was able to repeat my delivery within an at-bat from the first inning on.”
After being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on May 6, Owens is 3-1 and has allowed 18 earned runs in 32 innings pitched. The 23-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in nine starts with the Triple-A affiliate. Batters are hitting only .215 against Owens in the minor leagues.
— Chris Dominguez drove in both of Pawtucket’s runs, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. In the first inning, the 29-year-old hit a two-out RBI single to drive in Justin Maxwell and put the Red Sox on the board. Then in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, Dominguez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the go-ahead run. On the year, Dominguez is batting .244/.253/.333 in 23 games with Pawtucket.
|06.07.16 at 9:16 am ET|
The Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound to open a two-game interleague series against the Giants on Tuesday. He will start opposite rookie right-hander Albert Suárez.
It will be the 12th start of the season for Porcello, who is 7-2 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP that ranks sixth best in the American League. The 27-year-old will look to earn his first win since May 22, as his last two starts have been no-decisions. His last appearance came in a 12-7 loss at Baltimore on Thursday, when he allowed five earned runs on six hits in six innings. He gave up a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo in the fourth inning and a solo blast to Adam Jones in the fifth, which gave the Orioles the early lead.
“It was a function of two poor pitch selections,” Porcello said after the game. “Those two — the curveball to Jones and the changeup to Trumbo — were tough to swallow. Those were poor pitch selections on my part. I had other weapons that I could have gone with and with the stuff I felt like I had tonight, it’s tough giving up those two.”
Porcello has faced the Giants twice in his career, tallying a win and a loss to go along with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. He last started against San Francisco as a member of the Tigers on Sept. 6, 2014. He gave up six runs in just three innings, his shortest start that season, in an 8-2 Giants victory.
|06.06.16 at 3:00 pm ET|
Five years ago, the Red Sox believed Carl Crawford was worth $142 million. On Sunday, he became unemployed.
The Dodgers designated Crawford for assignment, even though he has roughly $35 million remaining on the seven-year deal he signed with the Red Sox before the 2011 season that runs through 2017.
The Dodgers have 10 days to work out a trade for Crawford, which is unlikely, before granting him his release. They’d then be on the hook for the remainder of his deal, with Crawford free to sign anywhere for the prorated veteran minimum.
The 34-year-old never remotely lived up to his deal in Boston, waylaid first by poor performance and then by injuries, including Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He hit .260 over two years with the Red Sox before being shipped to the Dodgers in the Adrian Gonzalez deal in August of 2012.
Crawford was only hitting .185 with a .464 OPS when the Dodgers made the decision to set him loose. The four-time All-Star hit .300 with the Dodgers in 2014, but has been ravaged by injuries, missing anywhere from 30-130 games a year since 2011.
“It’s one of those things where you look at the player, and Carl has had a great career, 14 years and had a lot of great moments,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told ESPN.com. “I know he was proud to be a Dodger. He will be missed. What he brought to the club in terms of experience in postseason games, the impact he had on the young players and the veteran players, the experience he brought will be missed, certainly. But it’s one of those things where father time I think catches up with everybody.”
|06.06.16 at 9:20 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (28-28): W, 4-1, at Norfolk (Mets)
— Left-hander Roenis Elias threw the first complete game of the season for Pawtucket, surrendering only one run and six hits in nine innings. He struck out eight and walked just two batters in the dominant performance. In his two starts against Norfolk, he has tallied 21 total strikeouts.
Sunday’s win gives Elias, 27, his third victory in his last four starts. On the year, the Cuba native is 3-3 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP with Pawtucket. In his third season in Triple-A, he sits at second on the team in innings pitched (54) and leads all pitchers in strikeouts (53).
— Leadoff hitter Ryan LaMarre got Pawtucket on the board first with a solo home run in the third inning. It’s his third homer in his last seven games, and the 27-year-old finished the game 2-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI. LaMarre now is batting .302/.346/.460 in 34 games with the PawSox. In his last seven games, the University of Michigan product is .322 with five RBIs and six runs scored.
— Deven Marrero, Boston’s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com, went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the game. He scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly. Sunday’s game was his second multi-hit performance in a row after going 22 games without recording multiple hits. In 49 games with Pawtucket, Marrero, 25, is hitting .211/.255/.258 with 15 runs and 15 RBIs. He ranks third on the team in hits (41) and is tied for second in stolen bases (5).
|06.05.16 at 5:33 pm ET|
The Red Sox got some concrete news on Blake Swihart, and it was not good.
The outfielder/catcher has what manager John Farrell termed “a severe ankle sprain” and will have his left foot immobilized for two weeks before the team re-evaluates.
Swihart was hurt making a catch in foul territory against the wall in left field during Saturday’s win over the Blue Jays. He crumpled to the ground and eventually limped off the field with some assistance.
According to a team spokesman, Swihart has a medial and lateral ankle sprain, as well as a strain of the peroneal tendons.
Farrell didn’t specify a time frame beyond the two-week immobilization, but the prognosis doesn’t sound encouraging. Team sources initially feared the injury would be season-ending, but Swihart was examined by noted foot and ankle expert Dr. George Theodore on Sunday, and now the club will wait two weeks before proceeding.
“With Blake, there’s a severe ankle sprain,” Farrell said. “He’s going to be immobilized for two weeks and we’ll re-evaluate at that point to see what the next steps are. He sustained a pretty severe ankle sprain here yesterday.”
With Swihart sidelined indefinitely, Chris Young becomes the starting left fielder. Young homered and singled in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays, breaking up Marco Estrada’s no-hitter with the former in the eighth.
Swihart, 24, is hitting .258 with a .720 OPS in 19 games.
|06.05.16 at 4:21 pm ET|
Well that was a weird game.
On one side, Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed four hits — all homers — and failed to record a strikeout for just the second time in his career. On the other, Jays starter Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth before Chris Young ended it with a one-out solo homer into the Monster seats.
But just as quickly as the Red Sox looked dead, they put the tying run on second base with two outs in the ninth before pinch hitter Marco Hernandez struck out to end it. The Sox scored three times in the ninth off of closer Roberto Osuna, but when it ended, the Jays had claimed a 5-4 victory to take two out of three.
“We continue to battle right through the final out,” said manager John Farrell. “We’re one swing of the bat away from tying that ballgame up, potentially going ahead. I love the fact that our guys don’t ever quit. They keep coming. There’s a tremendous amount of character in that room. You tip your hat to a quality start by Estrada, but still, we’re four outs from this one being over and against one of the better closers in the game, we took very good swings against a really good fastball and we had some momentum built late.”
The Red Sox haven’t been no-hit since April 22, 1993 by Seattle’s Chris Bosio. They last time they were no-hit at home was July 20, 1958 by Detroit’s Jim Bunning.
Estrada looked like he had a chance through seven, striking out four and walking three, aided by a pair of nice catches in center by Kevin Pillar, as well as a running over-the-shoulder grab by right fielder Jose Bautista to end the seventh.
But Young left no doubt with his blast. Estrada was lifted after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth in favor of closer Osuna, who allowed doubles to Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Hanley Ramirez, and singles to Bradley and Young before rallying from a 3-0 count to strike out Hernandez to end it.
On the other side, Rodriguez allowed home runs to Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Darwin Barney, and Russell Martin. Encarnacion’s was a two-run shot.
Though his velocity crept up to 93-94 mph, Rodriguez frequently found himself behind in the count as he nibbled at the corners, trying to keep the ball from the middle of the plate.
The Blue Jays entered the game ranked fourth in the American League in strikeouts, but E-Rod didn’t manage one. His only other start without a K came last July in an 11-1 loss to the Angels when he didn’t finish the second inning.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— The Red Sox offense stagnated, remaining hitless until Young’s homer in the eighth. “Estrada kept us off balance,” Young said.
— E-Rod looked shaky, allowing a first-inning homer to Bautista and lacking a put-away pitch thereafter. He allowed four hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out none. “I feel like I missed the spot all four times — two with a changeup, two with a heater,” he said. “The Martin one was right in the middle. The third one, I feel like it was a good pitch. He just put a pretty good swing on it. That’s the whole thing — I just missed spots four times.”
— With two on via walk in the first leading off against Estrada, AL batting leader Xander Bogaerts chose to bunt. Lead runner Mookie Betts was cut down at third and the Red Sox didn’t sniff another rally until the eighth.
“He saw something there. He sees Dominguez playing back a little bit,” Farrell said. “Thought he might be able to put one down. I’m sure that if he were to revisit things, down a run, nobody out, he’s trying to move runners. He sees something there, but certainly not going to take the bat out of his hands.”
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— DH David Ortiz stroked his league-leading 26th double in the ninth to drive in the second Red Sox run.
— Young raised his average to .286 with his fourth homer of the year. He’s due for increased playing time with catcher Blake Swihart sidelined by a severe ankle sprain. “When you’re not starting you find yourself trying to playing manager in your head to see what kind of situation is coming up for you to bat, trying to get loose throughout game, try to pick opportunities you may go in the game,” Young said. “I’m happy about it, I’m happy about any opportunity I get, any time I’m playing, I’m a happy guy.”
— Relievers Heath Hembree and Clay Buchholz combined to throw 3 1/3 hitless innings, striking out five.
|06.05.16 at 3:48 pm ET|
On an afternoon when Eduardo Rodriguez limited the Blue Jays to four hits, but all of them were home runs, the story became Jays starter Marco Estrada.
The right-hander no-hit the Red Sox for 7 1/3 innings before Chris Young broke it up with a solo homer to left as the Red Sox trailed 5-1.
The Red Sox haven’t been no-hit since April 22, 1993 by Seattle’s Chris Bosio. They last time they were no-hit at home was July 20, 1958 by Detroit’s Jim Bunning.
Estrada looked like he had a chance through seven, striking out four and walking three. He had been helped by a pair of nice catches in center by Kevin Pillar, as well as a running over-the-shoulder grab by right fielder Jose Bautista to end the seventh.
Rodriguez allowed home runs to Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Darwin Barney, and Russell Martin. Encarnacion’s was a two-run shot.
|06.05.16 at 10:29 am ET|
Following the injuries coming out of Saturday’s game, the Red Sox made a number of roster moves on Sunday.
After both Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan left Saturday’s win with injuries, both were placed on the 15-day disabled list. Hanigan has a neck strain that has seemed to bother him for a few weeks and after jamming his ankle into the left field wall, Swihart was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain. But, by how severe the injury could have been, this appears to be good news.
To replace the two players on the roster, outfielder Rusney Castillo was recalled and catcher Sandy Leon was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket.
In addition, reliever Noe Ramirez was optioned back to Triple-A and right-hander Heath Hembree was recalled.
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|06.05.16 at 8:05 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (27-28): W, 11-6, at Norfolk (Orioles)
— Right-hander Sean O’Sullivan pitched seven innings and allowed two runs despite giving up nine hits and a walk. He struck out two. O’Sullivan is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in seven games with the PawSox.
— Right-hander Kyle Martin did not fare well after taking over for O’Sullivan. He allowed four runs on four hits and four walks with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. Left-hander Wesley Wright had to come on to get the final out, which he did after surrendering a bases-loaded walk.
— Dan Butler, who took over at catcher from Sandy Leon in the third inning, went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. Butler is hitting .194/.286/.387 in 12 games this season.
— Second baseman Jose Vinicio, left fielder Bryce Brentz, designated hitter Chris Marrero and shortstop Deven Marrero had two hits apiece. Eleven Pawtucket batters collected at least one hit as the team racked up 16 hits in all. Nine PawSox players scored at least one run.
— Brentz provided some impressive defense as well, racing back and making a nice over-the-shoulder catch in the second inning.
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