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Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox, Sea Dogs rained out; Robby Sexton throws 6 shutout innings

04.27.17 at 10:21 am ET
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Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-9): Postponed due to rain

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (9-6): Postponed due to rain 

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (12-8): L, 13-7 vs. Lynchburg 

— Salem put together two three-run rallies but were unable to come up with the win. Starter Dedgar Jimenez gave up six runs, five earned, and nine hits in four innings.

— Jordan Weems got the loss after giving up three runs. Gerson Bautista followed Weems in relief and surrendered four runs to Lynchburg.

— Chad De La Guerra went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (13-7): W, 7-4, at Greensboro

— Greenville gave up two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but pulled off the win thanks to a seven-run rally in the seventh inning.

— Drive starter Robby Sexton threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and just one hit.

— The highlight of Greenville’s rally was a three-run homer from Mitchell Gunsolus to bump the lead to 7-0. Lorenzo Cedrola, Chris Madera, Tyler Hill and Tucker Tubbs also hit RBI singles.

Rick Porcello seems to have figured things out, but still takes loss vs. Yankees

04.26.17 at 11:22 pm ET
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Rick Porcello allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

You can’t win any games when you don’t get any run support and that has been the case for Rick Porcello of late.

For the third consecutive start, Porcello left the game with the Red Sox not scoring any runs for him.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox tried to rally late, but fell 3-1 to the Yankees at Fenway Park.

The right-hander went 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking four and striking out nine. The nine strikeouts were a season-high and the most he’s recorded at Fenway Park since April 20 of last year.

Porcello’s fastball was working well, especially with getting the Yankees to swing-and-miss. The right-hander set a career-high with 20 swing-and-misses overall.

“I felt good with it,” he said. “I think sinker and four-seam, the combination of both, was pretty solid today. So I’ve got to keep building off that. The walks, they’ll come back to hurt you.”

The Yankees scored two runs in the second inning on an Aaron Judge two-run homer (one run was unearned due to a Xander Bogaerts error), and added another in the sixth following a two-out walk and a Greg Bird single off the Monster.

That was all the damage Porcello allowed, but he knew the walks and the pitch to Judge were mistakes.

“Fastball middle-in, he put a good swing on it,” Porcello said. “Other than that really, I felt pretty good. Couple walks I didn’t care for but other than that, kept the game under control and gave us a chance.”

After a shaky start to the season, Porcello has posted back-to-back good outings, as he allowed three runs (none earned) over seven innings in his last start against the Blue Jays.

“Just getting back under control, that’s the biggest thing,” he said of what’s been working. “When I get in trouble game speeds up, get out of whack a little bit and I end up overthrowing so just keeping that mind frame of staying relaxed and executing pitches.”

With the rest of the rotation a little rocky to open the year, and still waiting on David Price, the Red Sox need Porcello to be close to what he was last year and the last two outings have shown he can be.

“He’s looking good, man. He’s looking like the Rick we know,” Bogaerts said.

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Yankees 3, Red Sox 1: This team from New York might pose a problem

04.26.17 at 10:26 pm ET
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Aaron Judge celebrates his seventh homer of the season (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Aaron Judge celebrates his seventh homer of the season (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

While everybody was worrying about suspensions, clubhouse rifts and Twitter updates, the Yankees came to town. It proved unfortunate for the Red Sox.

This New York club, which many discounted coming to 2017 because of no significant starting pitching upgrades, offered the Fenway Park faithful a taste of why it might make life uncomfortable for the Red Sox. It was just one, 3-1 win for the Yankees Wednesday night, but it was enough to highlight what may becoming an American League East reality.

If Luis Severino pitches like he did on what was admittedly a less-than-perfect hitters night — not giving up a run over seven innings — that’s a problem for John Farrell’s club.

The Yankees’ weakness still isn’t exactly a no-holds-barred strength, with their starters coming into the two-game series carrying a middle-of-the-road 4.05 ERA. But really what would put them in the conversation for the top tier in American League East would be to find some top of the rotation talent.

That’s what Severino offered the impression of on this dreary night.

Perhaps the results were more a product of an anemic Red Sox attack. That would be a fair take considering how punch-less they have been too many times this season. Seven of the Sox’ 20 games has seen them score two runs or less. They are now hitting just .119 with runners in scoring position over the last six games.

But even if a couple of the Yankees’ starters step in the manner that Severino did, all the pieces are in place for Brian Cashman’s club. As was evident in Aaron Judge’s seventh homer of the season — a two-run blast off Rick Porcello — there should be enough offense to keep up appearances. The did have the third-best OPS in baseball coming into the night.

And then you have the game-enders, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, whose existence works if they can actually pitch with leads. That blueprint was available for viewing Wednesday night, although Chapman did allow a run in the ninth before ultimately stranding the tying run at first. (The lefty fireballer ended his uncomfortable night throwing 33 pitches.)

The narrative could very well change in a hurry thanks to Chris Sale’s start Thursday night. He does, after all, hold the best-ever ERA of any pitcher in baseball against the Yankees.

Still, this one offered a glimpse of what might be. And that should be a wake-up call for those just looking forward to next week’s latest showdown with the division-leading Orioles.

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Porcello pitched well, but not well enough. The righty starter allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine and walking four. The 118-pitch outing put his ERA at 4.75.

Red Sox notes: Matt Barnes drops appeal of 4-game suspension, will be out until Sunday vs. Cubs

04.26.17 at 5:07 pm ET
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Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After MLB suspended Matt Barnes for four games on Monday for throwing in the head area of Manny Machado, Barnes said he would appeal, but two days later the reliever has dropped the appeal and will begin serving his four-game suspension Wednesday night against the Yankees.

“People are going to think what they want,” Barnes said after the game. “All I know was I was trying to go up and in, trying to get some weak contact with [Adam] Jones on first. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody’s head. That’s potentially life-changing and that’s unacceptable.”

The four-game ban will have him out until Sunday night against the Cubs.

Since Barnes was suspended, the Red Sox can not call up a reliever, so they will be down a man in the bullpen. It will be a setup man by committee leading to Craig Kimbrel until Sunday.

In other news, Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup for a third straight game following the hard slide from Manny Machado last Friday night in Baltimore. Manager John Farrell noted the wet conditions played a factor in the decision. On Tuesday, Farrell said he would have played if they had a game, but woke up more sore on Wednesday.

“Pedey is still dealing with some soreness in the left knee,” he said. “After some work he did yesterday here before the game, or the would be game, felt like there was still some lingering symptoms there. I will be honest with you, with the wet grounds tonight I wasn’t going to take any further risk for potential misfooting to put him at risk further. He’s day-to-day and hope he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.”


— David Price will indeed face batters for the first time since spring training Saturday at Fenway Park. He had a good work session Wednesday.

“Threw the ball well,” Farrell said. “A normal bullpen that would be in between starts type of bullpen. He’s on tap to face hitters on Saturday here.”

— Brock Holt, who is on the DL with vertigo is progressing, but hasn’t been able to get on the field due to the weather.

“We haven’t been able to get on the field the last three days,” Farrell said. “The day off, the rain even today keeping us off the field for any work. We’re looking at another day or two of early work to go through all fielding drills before we get him out on a rehab assignment. The symptoms that caused the onset of the vertigo, that seems to be cleared up. The virus had some effect on that. He’s getting closer to getting out into some games.”

— Reliever Tyler Thornburg hasn’t got on the mound yet as he works his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in spring training. Farrell admitted it is taking longer than expected.

“You know, he’s throwing long toss out to 120 feet,” he said. “No change from what we talked about prior to the rain out yesterday. He’s still in the long toss phase. We’re hopeful to get him to at least 150 feet before we would introduce the mound. I think even by his own account this has taken longer than he even anticipated. He’s in that long toss phase and he will be on the mound as soon as first available.”

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Dustin Pedroia explains why he’s not in the lineup against the Yankees

04.26.17 at 4:55 pm ET
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Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

It was the surprise of the day.

When John Farrell went on the Dale, Holley & Keefe Show and said Dustin Pedroia wouldn’t be in the starting lineup, it caught most by surprise. Farrell had just said the day before he would have put the second baseman in the batting order Tuesday if the game wasn’t postponed.

So what happened? Pedroia explained …

“I did some activities yesterday, kind of tested it out a little bit. Just a little sore,” the second baseman told WEEI.com regarding his surgically-repaired left knee, which was sprained when Baltimore’s Manny Machdo slid into it Friday night. “They’re just going to give me one more day and I’ll be in there.”

Considering the knee was the one Pedroia had to rehab all offseason, it seemed fair to consider that this might be a concern going forward. But the 33 year old downplayed any potential lasting effects.

“I didn’t tear any ligaments or anything,” Pedroia said. “I’m hoping to get out there tomorrow and be fine. I did a lot of stuff today to test it and be ready. I’ve played through a lot worse. I can’t hurt myself by being out there.”

“Well, when Dr. [Peter] Asnis examined him, felt like there was still some strong stability in the knee,” Farrell said. “Recognizing there was still some swelling in the ankle and somewhat around the knee area. Given the impact that took place, we didn’t think this was going to be completely gone in a matter of two or three days either.”

In Pedroia’s place in the lineup for the series opener is once again Marco Hernandez.

Another backup infielder who might be filling in if not for his own ailment is Brock Holt, who reported that his vertigo had improved dramatically and was expecting to go on a rehab assignment in the coming days.

Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia out, Marco Hernandez starting at 2B

04.26.17 at 3:20 pm ET
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Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Dustin Pedroia remains out of the lineup. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

A day after manager John Farrell said Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) would be in the lineup if Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game was played, he is out of the lineup on Wednesday.

On Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe earlier in the afternoon, Farrell said Pedroia woke up more sore and the wet conditions played a factor.

With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list, Josh Rutledge will get the start at third base and Marco Hernandez will be at second base. The Red Sox will be going up against Yankees right-hander Luis Serverino.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Xander Bogaerts, SS
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Josh Rutledge, 3B
Marco Hernandez, 2B
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, RHP

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Red Sox-Yankees postponed Tuesday, will be made up as part of day/night doubleheader July 16

04.25.17 at 3:04 pm ET
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The Red Sox and Yankees were postponed Tuesday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox and Yankees were postponed Tuesday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The current forecast for the Fenway area calls for sustained periods of rain to continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours, with temperatures in the low 40’s.

The game has been rescheduled for the July series against the Yankees at Fenway Park as the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, July 16, beginning at 1:05 p.m.

Tickets for tonight’s game will be good for admission to the rescheduled contest in July.

The Red Sox are scheduled to play the Yankees on Wednesday and Thursday before a weekend series against the Cubs at Fenway.

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David Price tweets he’s feeling great after bullpen session, but won’t speak to media about it

04.25.17 at 12:57 pm ET
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David Price threw a bullpen session on Monday at Fenway Park as he works his way back from an elbow injury suffered during spring training.

Since it was an off-day, reporters didn’t have the chance to approach Price about the session afterwards, so Price took to Twitter on Tuesday to say how it went and to say that’s all he would be saying on the matter.

It’s unclear the motive for the tweets, but regardless it doesn’t appear to be sending a good message.

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Get ready for lots of Marco Hernandez, Josh Rutledge at 3B as Pablo Sandoval goes on DL

04.25.17 at 12:20 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval has been placed on the DL. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

Pablo Sandoval has been placed on the DL. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

After a terrific spring, it hasn’t been the start to the season Pablo Sandoval and the Red Sox had hoped for.

The switch-hitter is batting .213 in 13 games this season and after leaving Sunday’s game against the Orioles with a knee injury, Sandoval was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee sprain on Tuesday.

To fill his spot on the roster, Josh Rutledge has been added to the roster after starting the year on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

With Sandoval down, this means Marco Hernandez and Rutledge will share the starts at third base, especially with Brock Holt on the DL.

In five rehab games between Triple-A Pawtucket (4 games) and Portland (1 game), Rutledge went 1-for-12 with a home run.

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Curt Schilling says he meant to hit almost all the hitters he did hit

04.25.17 at 11:04 am ET
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Curt Schilling hit 52 batters in his major league career. Evidently, few were by accident.

Talking with Rob Bradford and Lou Merloni on the Bradfo Sho podcast, Schilling went into great detail how revenge should be enacted when a pitcher hits a batter. It is a scenario that brought into the news over the weekend because of Matt Barnes’ misplaced fastball near Manny Machado’s head, and one that Schilling explained he was well versed in.

“I hit very few guys I didn’t try to hit,” Schilling said. “I didn’t have enough of Pedro in me, but I had a little. There are some guys I did that to. But I never went above the shoulder. Ask anybody, getting hit by a baseball underneath the arm, in the armpit to the side of the ribs is something nobody forgets.”

Upon identifying the preferred location of any purpose pitch, Merloni immediately concurred.

“The ribs suck,” he said.

Schilling offered the example of Andres Galarraga’s lack of success against the pitcher in their 50 showdowns, with the former first baseman hitting just .120 against the righty, while striking out 22 times. As Schilling pointed out, the “Big Cat” was also the all-time leader in getting hit by pitches from the Red Sox righty (4).

Schilling even had an example of protecting the player in the middle of the current controversy.

“The first time I ever met Dustin Pedroia I was rehabbing in Triple-A,” he recalled. “I was starting the game and in the top of the first somebody for the Indianapolis team drilled Dustin. He came back to the bench and I asked him, ‘Who do you want me to get?’ He’s like, ‘What do you mean?’ I’m like, ‘I’m going to hit somebody so you need to tell me who it needs to be.’ He’s like, ‘Really?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s how this is supposed to work. I don’t give a [expletive] if I’m on rehab.’ So he gave me a guy and I drilled him.”

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