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Lineup: Red Sox try to maintain momentum from Sunday’s thrilling victory

08.01.16 at 7:36 pm ET
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The Red Sox return to the field on Monday, opening a four-game series against the Mariners and hoping to build on one of their best victories of the season.

The Sox trailed the Angels 3-0 in the ninth on Sunday before Dustin Pedroia powered a five-run ninth with a three-run homer that lifted Boston to a 5-3 victory.

The Red Sox will look to keep that momentum going in Seattle, with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound. Here’s the lineup.

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Sandy Leon C
Bryce Brentz LF

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Red Sox activate Craig Kimbrel, option Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket

08.01.16 at 5:23 pm ET
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Craig Kimbrel has been activated from the 15-day DL. (Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel has been activated from the 15-day DL. (Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

Prior to Monday’s game with the Mariners, the Red Sox activated closer Craig Kimbrel from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Joe Kelly back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kimbrel is returning from a left knee medial meniscus tear suffered on July 9. After successful surgery he is back with the team less than a month later. Kimbrel was named to this year’s AL All-Star team as a manager’s selection, but couldn’t participate. He’s gone 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA totaling 50 strikeouts in 34 appearances, 28 of which have been scoreless.

Kelly rejoined the Red Sox as a reliever just over a week ago and in three appearances allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings. He will rejoin the PawSox were he excelled out of the bullpen before being called up. The right-hander allowed zero runs and five hits in five innings, while recording nine strikeouts against one walk over four appearances.

Also, with the Red Sox adding Fernando Abad via trade to their bullpen, they likely will need to make another move, which will likely involve lefty Tommy Layne.

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Red Sox only make minor move on trade deadline day, keep top prospects Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi

08.01.16 at 4:27 pm ET
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Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

The 2016 MLB trade deadline has passed and the Red Sox only made a small move Monday, acquiring Twins left-handed specialist Fernando Abad in exchange for minor league right-hander Pat Light.

Although they only made this deal, there were rumors of the team being in on discussions with multiple teams, most notably the White Sox for Chris Sale. Sale didn’t end up by being traded and from a Red Sox perspective, it’s likely because they didn’t want to part ways with either of their top prospects Yoan Moncada or Andrew Benintendi.

In 32 games with Double-A Portland, Moncada is batting .289 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs, while in 63 games with the Sea Dogs, Benintendi is batting .295 with eight homers and 44 RBIs. The center fielder has begun playing games in left field so it’s worth keeping an eye on him as he could soon be promoted to Triple-A and contribute in Boston before the year is over.

Despite only trading for Abad, it doesn’t mean Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox weren’t active at the deadline, it was just they made their deals well ahead of Monday’s deadline.

Here is a look at what Dombrowski and the Red Sox did this month:

July 7 – Acquired INF Aaron Hill and cash considerations from the Brewers for RHP Aaron Wilkerson and INF Wendell Rijo.
July 9 – Acquired INF-OF Michael Martinez from the Indians for cash considerations.
July 10 – Acquired RHP Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks for RHP Jose Almonte and INF Luis Alejandro Basabe.
July 14 – Acquired LHP Drew Pomeranz from the Padres for RHP Anderson Espinoza.

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Rich Hill, Josh Reddick traded by A’s to Dodgers, taking potential Red Sox targets off market

08.01.16 at 2:48 pm ET
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Rich Hill

Rich Hill

Cross two more names off the list of potential Red Sox targets: left-hander Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick.

The two former Red Sox were traded by the A’s to the Dodgers on Monday in advance of baseball’s trade deadline for a trio of minor league right-handed pitchers.

At one point, Hill was considered a prize of the deadline. He’s 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings. However, the 36-year-old left his his last start on July 17 with blister problems one batter into the game and hasn’t pitched since. His last start of more than one batter came on July 7.

The A’s placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20. He has also spent time on the DL this season with a sore groin.

Reddick is a former Gold Glove right fielder who was hitting .322 with an .860 OPS on May 19 when a fractured left thumb landed him on the disabled list for more than a month.

While the left-handed hitter was a less likely target of the Red Sox, he still could’ve filled a need in Boston.

The Red Sox have reportedly made inquiries on 39-year-old Yankees switch hitter Carlos Beltran. They could also turn left field over to top prospect Andrew Benintendi.

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Red Sox acquire left-handed reliever Fernando Abad from Twins for reliever Pat Light

08.01.16 at 1:22 pm ET
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Fernando Abad

Fernando Abad

The Red Sox acquired a left-hander from the AL Central 0n Monday, but it wasn’t Chris Sale.

Instead, they’ve swung a deal for reliever Fernando Abad of the Twins and will send Triple-A reliever Pat Light to Minnesota in return. Both teams announced the deal.

Abad, 30, is 1-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 39 appearances. His primary value is as a left-handed specialist. He has limited lefties to a .163 average and .458 OPS. Of his three extra-base hits allowed to left-handers, one was naturally a double by David Ortiz. Righties, meanwhile, are hitting .257-.712 against him.

Abad would seemingly make Tommy Layne expendable, particularly in a season that has seen Layne post average numbers against both lefties and righties.

Abad has played for four teams since reaching the big leagues in 2010 with the Astros. He has also made stops in Washington and Oakland. Lifetime, he’s 6-24 with a 3.58 ERA.

As for Light, the Red Sox selected him in the first round of the 2012 draft (37th overall) out of Monmouth. Despite featuring an upper-90s fastball, he never made a mark in Boston, done in by a lack of control in the minors (4.9 BB/9 this year) at Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Report: Red Sox, White Sox had late night discussions regarding Chris Sale

08.01.16 at 10:39 am ET
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Chris Sale

Chris Sale

If the White Sox do trade Chris Sale, the Red Sox appear to be one of the likely destinations.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox had late night talks with the White Sox regarding Sale. He adds if Sale is traded, the Red Sox and Dodgers are the likely teams he gets dealt to.

Of course there’s no guarantee he gets traded at all on Monday, but if he does it makes sense the Red Sox are in the mix given what they have to offer in return.

The White Sox are asking for quite a bit in return, but the Red Sox have some of the best prospects in baseball — namely Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, where likely one of the two would need to be included in such a deal along with a few other prospects and likely a major league pitcher.

Sale is signed through 2017 with team options for 2018 and 2019. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game and is currently 14-4 with a 3.17 ERA.

UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports Moncada is unlikely in a potential deal and a deal would center around Benintendi and Eduardo Rodriguez. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the White Sox want four players in return, including three “best.”

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Orioles acquire former Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley from Mariners

08.01.16 at 10:10 am ET
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Wade Miley

Wade Miley

The Orioles on Sunday night bolstered their rotation for the stretch drive by acquiring former Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley from the Mariners for minor-league lefty Ariel Miranda.

Miley, 29, is 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 starts. He posted a 3.45 ERA in five July starts, including seven one-hit innings in a 4-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

The Red Sox sent Miley to the Mariners this winter for setup man Carson Smith and lefty Roenis Elias. Smith underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery and Elias posted a 15.88 ERA in two appearances with the Red Sox.

The appeal to the Orioles is obvious. They’ve received very little from starters beyond ace Chris Tillman and second man Kevin Gausman. As noted by MLBTradeRumors, Baltimore’s primary third-through-fifth starters own a 5.93 ERA in over 300 innings.

If Miley stays in the 4.00 range, that would represent a substantial improvement.

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Trade deadline roundup: Reds OF Jay Bruce appears likely to be traded; Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy remains on market

08.01.16 at 9:57 am ET
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Here are some of the top rumors around MLB as Monday afternoon’s trade deadline approaches.

— It looks like Reds outfielder Jay Bruce will be moved before the deadline. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Reds have made an agreement with a National League team to trade the three-time All-Star. The Giants and Mets seem to be the top teams making a push for Bruce, with the Indians, Dodgers and Rangers showing interest as well. Nightengale, however, says the Dodgers are not the team that the Reds have an agreement with.

Bruce, 29, has spent all nine of his major league seasons with the Reds. He is slashing .265/.316/.559 in 97 games this season.

— Besides pushing for Bruce, the Giants also have expressed interest in Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Moore, according to several reports. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports indicated that it is unknown whether San Francisco has the right prospects to make a deal. Moore, 27, is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts.

— After vetoing a trade to the Indians, Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy remains on the market. He likely will be traded before the deadline, most probably to the Rangers, according to Rosenthal. Texas infielder Joey Gallo could be part of a package to acquire Lucroy, who is batting .299 with the Brewers.

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Monday’s Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Haley throws 6 scoreless innings for PawSox; Andrew Benintendi homers twice in Portland rout

08.01.16 at 9:07 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (57-52): W, 4-0, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— The PawSox were able to complete the sweep of the Rail Riders thanks in large part to Justin Haley, who let up just one hit and no runs in six innings. He struck out four and walked three in his first Triple-A scoreless outing.

“My slider was probably my best pitch today and we had a lost of success with it,” Haley said (via MiLB.com). “I was focused on getting ahead on hitters, and this was a good outing to build on.”

The performance gave Haley, 25, his 10th minor league victory in 20 starts. The right-hander holds a 2.84 ERA with both Pawtucket and Portland, and opponents are averaging just .228 against him.

— Offensively, Jantzen Witte was the only Pawtucket batter to collect at least two hits. He hit an RBI double in the fifth inning for the team’s only extra-base hit. The 26-year-old Texas native now has doubled in five of his last six games and is slashing .260/.333/.384 in 79 games with Pawtucket.

— Heath Hembree pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the win. He ended all three of the team’s shutouts this week. Hembree, 27, has yet to allow a run in seven minor league appearances and is 4-for-4 in save opportunities. The righty was 4-0 with a 2.41 in 27 games with Boston before being optioned to Pawtucket on July 24.

— Marco Hernandez extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. The 26-year-old is averaging .310/.353/.406 in 40 games with Pawtucket.

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Monday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. James Paxton

08.01.16 at 8:44 am ET
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The Red Sox will continue their long West Coast trip on Monday when they send Eduardo Rodriguez to the hill to open a three-game series against the Mariners. Rodriguez will start opposite left-hander James Paxton.

After a promising rookie campaign last season, Rodriguez has struggled often this season, totaling a 2-4 record with a 6.51 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. In his three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on July 15, however, Rodriguez has been more effective. In his last outing, the 23-year-old southpaw allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

One of the reasons Rodriguez has had difficulty on the mound this season is the lack of a quality third pitch. He has thrown his slider much more since returning to Boston, and the extra pitch is helping him keep opposing batters on their toes. He threw the slider for a strike 21 times in the loss to the Tigers.

“I thought he showed three defined pitches,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “The slider continues to improve. … I thought he threw the ball well against a quality right-handed-hitting lineup.”

Rodriguez has not yet faced the Mariners in his young career. He is 1-1 in three starts vs. teams in the American League West.

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