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Red Sox lineup: Travis Shaw starts day on bench in series finale

07.03.16 at 11:00 am ET
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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

Red Sox option RHP Pat Light back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Sunday starter Sean O’Sullivan

07.03.16 at 1:28 am ET
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Pat Light

Pat Light

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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John Farrell: ‘Honestly, we’re embarrassed by tonight’s ballgame’

07.03.16 at 12:19 am ET
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John Farrell

John Farrell

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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Clay Buchholz: ‘I only gave up 3 earned runs, it wasn’t the worst performance I’ve had all year’

07.03.16 at 12:05 am ET
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Clay Buchholz wasn't happy to leave the game when he did on Saturday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz wasn’t happy to leave the game when he did on Saturday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

While Clay Buchholz wasn’t the biggest of the Red Sox’ problems Saturday night, he still allowed six runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings of work to take his ninth loss of the season as the Red Sox were embarrassed in their 21-2 loss to the Angels.

The right-hander allowed two runs in the first inning, another in the second, another in the fourth, before being pulled after allowing two batters in the fifth to reach.

Both of the runners came around to score to account for his six total runs allowed. His ERA now stands at 5.91.

“I mean, I only gave up three earned runs, it wasn’t the worst performance I’ve had all year,” Buchholz said. “Home runs, still a problem. Yeah, still haven’t found a way to fix that. It wasn’t a good start.”

Buchholz allowed a two-run homer to Albert Pujols in the first inning and a solo homer to C.J. Cron in the fourth. He’s now allowed 17 home runs on the year. The right-hander has also had troubles in the early innings as his first inning ERA is now 10.38 and his ERA in the first and second innings is now 9.35.

The Red Sox even changed the way he warmed up by trying to simulate the first inning by sitting down and starting back up, but it didn’t seem to work out.

With the way the schedule is set up before the All-Star break, the Red Sox don’t have to use him the next time through the rotation as they can have Sean O’Sullivan (Sunday’s starter) or someone from Triple-A start next Friday.

Manager John Farrell wouldn’t commit to Buchholz making a start before the break.

“I can’t really commit to that,” he said.

Buchholz was visibly frustrated when he left the mound after throwing just 66 pitches. He met Farrell about halfway between the dugout and the mound to hand him the baseball and then was seen going right to the clubhouse and not sticking around in the dugout afterwards.

The two spoke about what happened afterwards and Buchholz still felt he should have stayed in the game given his low pitch count.

“We’ve had a chance to talk about it,” Farrell said. “It was a quick exit. I know he’s frustrated, but there’s some things within the game you’re trying to execute.”

While Buchholz certainly wasn’t the only issue Saturday night, he still hasn’t won a game as a starter since May 9 and the Red Sox may not have the time to wait around for him to turn things around.

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Closing Time: Red Sox allow 4 home runs, get blown out by Angels in worst loss in long time

07.02.16 at 10:54 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz allowed six runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings of work Saturday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz allowed six runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings of work Saturday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Saturday night was a typical Clay Buchholz start and that was not a good thing for the Red Sox.

In fact, once Buchholz left the game it got even worse.

Buchholz allowed two runs in the first and another in the second and that was just the beginning as the Angels crushed the Red Sox, 21-2.

The Red Sox have now lost eight of their last 12 games.

With two outs in the first inning Mike Trout doubled and that was followed by a two-run home run off the bat of Albert Pujols. The Angels added another run in the second inning and one more in the fourth on a C.J. Cron homer before really blowing things open in the fifth as they scored five runs. Buchholz was pulled after the first two batters of the inning reached and Heath Hembree couldn’t bail him out. Aided by a Travis Shaw throwing error, the Angels scored five runs in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead.

The Red Sox starter finished the game going 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out one. Hembree wasn’t any better in relief as he allowed three runs (no earned) in 1 2/3 innings of work. Following Hembree things didn’t get any better — they only got worse, which included the bullpen allowing 11 runs in the seventh inning.

Robbie Ross Jr. allowed six runs in 1/3 of an inning, Pat Light allowed six runs (five earned), including two home runs in 1 2/3 innings and finally outfielder Ryan LaMarre pitched the ninth. Ironically, he was the only player not to allow a run.

For the Angels, Cron had a monster game going 6-for-6 with five RBIs and five runs scored. He’s the third ever Angel to record six hits in a game.

Offensively, the Red Sox got their runs in the fifth inning as Mookie Betts scored when Dustin Pedroia reached on a throwing error and then Betts hit a solo homer in the seventh.

Closing Time note

Shaw has now played in 134 straight games, the longest streak by a Red Sox player since Pedroia played in 148 games from 2011-12. He’s started 123 of the 134 games.

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

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Red Sox lineup: Hanley Ramirez returns, Brock Holt sits vs. Angels

07.02.16 at 5:12 pm ET
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Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

After missing Friday’s game against the Angels, Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup Saturday night.

The Red Sox held off on posting a lineup until Ramirez finished batting practice, but everything appeared to have gone well. Ramirez was pulled from Wednesday’s game in Tampa with an injury to his right side suffered on a swing in the late innings.

After playing in his first game in over a month after suffering a concussion on Friday night, Brock Holt will sit on Saturday. This was the plan going into the series, so it isn’t a set back for the left fielder, who went 2-for-4 in his return.

Bryce Brentz will get the start in the left field as the Red Sox go up against Angels lefty Hector Santiago.

Christian Vazquez will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

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
Bryce Brentz, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Clay Buchholz, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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Joe Kelly changing roles, will come back to Red Sox as reliever

07.02.16 at 4:54 pm ET
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When Joe Kelly comes back to the Red Sox, it will be out of the bullpen. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

When Joe Kelly comes back to the Red Sox, it will be out of the bullpen. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Joe Kelly is nearing a return from a groin injury he suffered a few weeks back in Triple-A Pawtucket and when he returns to the mound, it will be in a new role.

Manager John Farrell said prior to Saturday’s game with the Angels Kelly has been moved to the bullpen.

“Power arm,” Farrell said. “He’s done it multiple times with whether it’s been St. Louis — this will be the first time that we’ve shifted him to that role here. This is for multiple reasons — for the time it would take to stretch him back out, potential of shorter stints, the stuff playing up, possibly more productive. That is the whole goal here and to also continue to build depth in our bullpen.”

Kelly suffered a groin injury during a start with Pawtucket on June 7 and hasn’t pitched in a game since. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen Saturday and will throw another one Monday.

“He was receptive,” Farrell said of the role change. “He understood the reasons for it and the logic behind it. It’s something he’s done in the past. I think more importantly he’s feeling good physically and that is the biggest thing. His bullpen today was a productive one, it was crisp. The fact that he has the potential of putting himself in a position to be a candidate to come up here sooner than later because of the role, that’s another positive in this.”

Farrell pointed to a possible return to the big league club right after the All-Star break and that he would need a minimum of two rehab outings beforehand. He said one would be with short-season, Single-A Lowell and then another with Double-A Portland when they are in New Hampshire July 4-7.

Looking at the schedules, it would appear Kelly would first appear in New Hampshire with the Sea Dogs and then go to Lowell with the Spinners next weekend.

In six starts this season, Kelly is 2-0 with a 8.46 ERA. For his career, he’s pitched in 30 games as a reliever and is 2-3 with a 3.25 ERA in those games.

Kelly certainly can add depth to the Red Sox’ bullpen which needs help going into the second half of the season. It could also be a sign that the Red Sox will focus the majority of their attention at the trade deadline towards acquiring a starter.

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Hector Santiago

07.02.16 at 11:28 am ET
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Clay Buchholz will get another chance to turn around his disappointing season when he’s handed the ball for Saturday night’s game against the visiting Angels and left-hander Hector Santiago.

Buchholz is 3-8 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.467 WHIP. He hasn’t pitched terribly since returning to the starting rotation, but in those two starts he put his team in a hole early, allowing five first-inning runs. In his most recent outing last Sunday against the Rangers he gave up three runs in the first inning and five runs overall (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and a season-high five walks (two in the first inning) while striking out three in Boston’s 6-2 loss.

“There was a stretch where we’ve seen in a number of his starts where he was very good, but there’s an inning inside of it that’s the one you can point to,” manager John Farrell said after the game.

Buchholz has started against the Angels 12 times in his career, posting a record of 6-4 with a 4.83 ERA and 1.441 WHIP. He last faced them twice in 11 days in August of 2014, giving up nine runs in 14 innings as the Sox lost both games.

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Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada homers, ties career-high with 5 RBIs

07.02.16 at 10:34 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-40): L, 5-4, vs. Columbus (Indians)

— Left-hander Henry Owens struggled once again taking the loss. He allowed five runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings of work on four hits and struck out nine, but walked five batters. It was a strange line as he still managed to walk five hitters when he threw 70 of his 110 pitches for strikes. Owens is now 5-5 on the season with a 3.86 ERA.

— The offense couldn’t get much going as they trailed 3-0 and then 5-3 before scoring a run in the ninth. The game saw just over an hour rain delay.

— Henry Ramos and Jantzen Witte paced the offense as they each went 2-for-4. Ramos is now batting .309 with the PawSox, while Witte is hitting .255.

— Chris Dominguez homered with Pawtucket down to its final out in the ninth, cutting the score to 5-4. The homer deflected off the right fielder Yandy Diaz and deflected over the right field fence. He has now homered three times in his last seven games.

— In relief of Owens, Kyle Martin struck out four in 1 2/3 perfect innings of work.

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David Ortiz on 9th inning potential fan interference play: ‘We played with 26 players tonight’

07.02.16 at 1:06 am ET
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It appears the Red Sox may have caught a huge break in their 5-4 win over the Angels Friday night.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Mike Trout was on first base and Daniel Nava at the plate. He lined a shot into the right field corner off closer Craig Kimbrel that bounced up against the wall and skipped back out into play where a fan appeared to grab the ball.

The play was ruled a ground-rule double meaning Trout had to stop at third base instead of scoring. The Angels challenged the play, but the ruling of a ground-rule double stood. The next batter C.J. Cron grounded out to third base ending the game. If the play was not ruled a ground-rule double, Trout would have scored to tie the game at five.

Many of the Red Sox players and coaches felt they may have caught a break.

“We didn’t get a clear explanation, but obviously fan interference came into play,” manager John Farrell said. “Whether or not they challenged if that ball was going to stay in fair territory or not, you might say we caught a break right there.”

Added David Ortiz: “That was huge. We played with 26 players tonight.”

Right fielder Mookie Betts was the closest player to the fan in right field and he too felt like the Red Sox may have caught a break.

“We were joking, we’re going to have to take him out to dinner because I think that ball was going to come back in play,” Betts said. “I think obviously Trout would have scored on that ball. Tough situation there, but fortunately, he has pretty good hand-eye coordination.”

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was not happy with the call, telling reporters it was “a brutal call” and “absolutely wrong.”

Below is video of the play.

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