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Red Sox lineup: Xander Bogaerts batting 6th vs. Orioles

04.12.17 at 3:27 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts is batting sixth against the Orioles. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts is batting sixth against the Orioles. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

It will be virtually the exact same lineup on Wednesday as the Red Sox had in Tuesday’s win over the Orioles. The only difference is Sandy Leon will be behind the plate catching knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Xander Bogaerts will continue to bat sixth, as he has the entire season. The Red Sox will be facing Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

Pablo Sandoval gets the start at third base and Andrew Benintendi continues to man center field with Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Steven Wright, RHP

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Wednesday Farm Report: Sam Travis OK after collision with Blake Swihart

04.12.17 at 10:26 am ET
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Sam Travis (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis could do without the drama.

After seeing his promising 2016 season end with a torn ACL, the first baseman flirted with disaster once again Tuesday night. In the ninth inning of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ game with Syracuse at McCoy Stadium, Travis collided with catcher Blake Swihart while both were chasing a foul ball.

The pair stayed on the ground for a while, with Travis seemingly taking the worse of the collision, ultimately having to leave the game.

Travis had a cut above his chin, Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told reporters after the game, while Swihart suffered lacerations in his mouth.

The moment put somewhat of a damper on an otherwise encouraging night for Swihart, who went 2-for-3 with a home run.

Travis finished his night going 0-for-3, with his early-season struggles currently resulting in a 3-for-18 stretch (.167).

Another standout in PawSox’s 5-4 win was Rusney Castillo, who came away with two of the host’s five hits out of the leadoff spot. Also of note were the two walks by Allen Craig, who has now been on base in 12 of his 20 plate appearances.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (5-0): W, 3-2, vs. Binghamton

– Aneury Tavarez, who was returned from the Baltimore Orioles at the end of spring training after being selected in the Rule 5 draft in the offseason, claimed a walk-off single in the 10th inning to keep Portland unbeaten. The speedy Tavarez finished with two hits, with his average now sitting at .429.

– Portland got a standout start from former fourth-round pick Kevin McAvoy, who allowed one run on two hits over six innings. McAvoy struggled in his 22 starts with the Sea Dogs last season, totaling a 5.80 ERA.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (3-3): W, 11-5, at Lynchburg

– Along with Josh Tobias’ well-timed three-run homer, the highlight for Salem was Josh Ockimey’s continued hot start. The 21-year-old first baseman claimed four more hits, boosting his batting average to .522 (12-for-23).

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (4-2): W, 4-3, vs. Lexington

– Shaun Anderson, a third-round pick from last year’s draft, turned in a stellar outing, not giving up a run over six innings while striking out six and not walking a batter. The 22-year-old has now pitched 10 2/3 innings, having surrendered just one earned run. Anderson played his college ball at the University of Florida.

Clay Buchholz leaves with injury at same moment guy he was traded for hits home run

04.12.17 at 1:27 am ET
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Josh Tobias

Josh Tobias

It was noteworthy enough that in just his second start with the Phillies Clay Buchholz was forced from his start after giving up six runs over just 2 1/3 innings. Buchholz, as it turned out, was once again injured, this time suffering a forearm strain.

But then came news what happened at the exact same moment Buchholz was coming out of his game against the Mets.

Three hundred and 18 miles away, Josh Tobias, the player Buchholz was traded for, launched a three-run homer for the Salem Red Sox in Lynchburg, Virginia just as the Phillies pitcher was ending his night.

While Tobias wasn’t considered a top prospect when heading to the Red Sox in the Buchholz deal, the 24-year-old second baseman has impressed through his first six games. The switch-hitter is hitting .385 (10-for-26).


Can Christian Vazquez be what Sandy Leon was last year?

04.11.17 at 11:42 pm ET
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Christian Vazquez went 4-for-4 on Tuesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Christian Vazquez went 4-for-4 on Tuesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Christian Vazquez has played in two games so far this season and he’s yet to be retired at the plate.

The Red Sox catcher went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBIs in the Red Sox’ 8-1 win over the Orioles Tuesday night at Fenway Park. This came after he was hit by a pitch twice and doubled on Saturday against the Tigers.

Vazquez became the first Red Sox hitter to reach safely in his first seven plate appearances in a season since Ted Cox in 1977.

“To see what [Vazquez] is doing here in the early going with just a couple of starts is a credit to him staying prepared and ready, particularly swinging the bat,” manager John Farrell said.

The Red Sox’ No. 9 hitter singled in the third, doubled in the fifth to help set up the first run of the game, but really came up big late. With one out in the seventh inning he singled and then scored on an Andrew Benintendi single. Then in the eighth, he blooped a ball to right field near the line that fell and rolled up the wall, allowing the catcher to easily get to third base for a stand up triple, which drove in two runs.

It was his second career four-hit game. He also stole a base, the first of his career.

“I am trying to not to do too much and thinking through the middle,” Vazquez said. “… I am hitting the ball well. I feel good.”

Red Sox catchers seem to have a knack for being streaky despite not playing every day. Last year, Sandy Leon hit .467 in May and .355 in June on his way to finishing the year with a .310 average in 78 games. Vazquez likely will end up splitting time with Leon this year, so it’s worth wondering can he keep this up at the plate?

The likely answer is no because first off Vazquez is a career .236 hitter, but also just look at the balls he put in play Tuesday night. It wasn’t like the catcher was mashing the ball all over the field, the hits were bloop singles and bleeders that found holes in the defense.

While the success likely will not last the whole season and him hitting above .250 for the year would be considered a good season, his hot start could get him more playing time behind the plate.

Either way, Vazquez isn’t going to stress about it.

“I don’t decide that,” he said. “When they send me to play I am going to be ready.”

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Red Sox 8, Orioles 1: After uneasy spring training, Drew Pomeranz dominates in season debut

04.11.17 at 10:25 pm ET
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Drew Pomeranz (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz had a great first outing of the season. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Admit it, you didn’t see this coming.

Chris Sale? Sure. Rick Porcello? Maybe he wouldn’t be quite as good, but it sure seems like he would continue down that top-of-the-rotation path. And Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez left spring training carrying enough optimism that they weren’t considered concerns.

But Drew Pomeranz?

He was the guy who so many believed was not only not equipped to pitch in the American League East, but would most likely have to do so with a bad left elbow. And when news game down that his progression as Red Sox property had gone from inconsistent starter, to postseason reliever, to guy who was getting stem cells taken out of his hip and implanted into his elbow, there wasn’t a lot of belief that Pomeranz would be relied on in the Sox’ starting rotation for long.

The hope that the Red Sox would be able to get a return on their investment — which was sending their top pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza, to San Diego — only diminished when Pomeranz’ delayed spring training was slowed further by a sore triceps.

But here he was Tuesday night, turning in one of his best games as a member of the Red Sox in his team’s 8-1 win over the Orioles. (For a complete recap of the game, click here.)

Pomeranz said throughout spring training the plan was going to work out, and sure enough, when it came to making his first start in fine fashion, it certainly did.

The Red Sox starter left his season-opener having gotten through six innings and one batter in the seventh without having allowed a run. In the 91-pitch outing, Pomeranz struck out six and walked just one, flashing a 95 mph fastball out of the gate. (He would be charged with a run after Heath Hembree failed to strand his inherited runner, Chris Davis.)

“I felt like I had waited forever to get that first start,” Pomeranz said. “I hadn’t thrown off a mound in eight or nine days, something like that. I just tried to do everything I could to stay ready and be ready for this day. I’ve been working hard and things clicked in warmups today. I felt really good out there.”

“I was feeling really good today,” he added. “I figured out some things mechanically, timing-wise. Things that I have been looking for, searching for all of spring and finally it all come together.”

While appearing on the Bradfo Sho podcast, he had suggested that last year’s 14 appearances with the Red Sox weren’t representative of what the All-Star was capable of.

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Clay Buchholz leaves 2nd start with Phillies due to right forearm strain

04.11.17 at 9:02 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz suffered a forearm injury against the Mets. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz suffered a forearm injury against the Mets. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

It took two starts for the first Clay Buchholz injury to happen with the Phillies.

The right-hander left Tuesday’s game against the Mets in the third inning with what the Phillies called a right forearm strain.

Buchholz went 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.

In his two starts this season, Buchholz has pitched 7 1/3 innings to go along with a 12.27 ERA.

Buchholz was traded to the Phillies this offseason, as the Red Sox felt they had too many starters. The right-hander is no stranger to injuries as he has only appeared in more than 28 games just twice in his 11-year career.

Some thought the Red Sox should have held on to him because of a lack of depth in the starting rotation, but others pointed out how often he gets injured.

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Buck Showalter appears to take jab at Red Sox over recent flu overbreak

04.11.17 at 7:25 pm ET
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Buck Showalter isn't showing much sympathy for the Red Sox and their recent flu outbreak (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Buck Showalter isn’t showing much sympathy for the Red Sox and their recent flu outbreak (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox have battled the flu since the end of spring training with several members of the team being forced to miss games, and even Robbie Ross Jr. to the disabled list.

The team had its clubhouse disinfected while it was on the road and even the Twins asked the Tigers to disinfect the visitors clubhouse after the Red Sox occupied it over the weekend.

Speaking prior to Tuesday’s game at Fenway Park, Orioles manager Buck Showalter appeared to take a jab at the Red Sox noting the Orioles too have been battling the flu, but they just haven’t made it as public as the Red Sox.

“Everybody in the league’s got a flu issue,” Showalter told reporters. “I’ve had it. It’s a different strain. It lingers for a long time. Some of them see to be a little more noteworthy, it seems like, but our guys have fought their way through it. We’ve got a lot of guys who aren’t 100 percent with it, but so do other clubs, so nobody really wants to hear somebody complain about it. Our guys have done a good job not broadcasting it to the world.”

For the record, the only player for the Orioles known to miss a game due to the flu has been reliever Darren O’Day.

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Red Sox notes: Jackie Bradley Jr. (knee) sees encouraging signs; Matt Barnes appears to be 8th inning guy

04.11.17 at 5:23 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr. is on the DL with a hyperextended knee. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. is on the DL with a hyperextended knee. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

After hyperextending his knee in Detroit over the weekend, Jackie Bradley Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, but things are looking better than they could have been.

While there’s no timetable for his return, manager John Farrell called Tuesday an “encouraging” day for the center fielder. Farrell added he will be fitted for a knee brace.

“I don’t have a timeframe,” Farrell said. “I thought there were some encouraging signs that he went through today with the rehab and the agility work here. I know we’re fitting him for a brace to be worn.

“And just talking with Jackie, he seemed to be upbeat here today. This has been a little bit of an oddity. Those who have watched the replay, it is an ugly position he got himself into with the hyperextension. We feel like we maybe have dodged a bullet a little bit with what potentially could have happened from an injury standpoint. The fact that he walked off under his own power was encouraging. Minimum of 10 days, but we’ll see where we are shortly after that.”

In the clubhouse, Bradley Jr. noted he feels good, but is not going to rush a return.

“I feel great,” he said. “They just want to give it some time — injury that is serious enough. Time is the only thing that’s going to heal it.”

Bradley Jr. added: “Whenever it’s ready. I am not going to rush it. I just want to make sure I am able to make all the same powerful moves I made before with no hesitation.”

The center fielder was off to a good start to the season, going 4-for-14 in his first four games of the season. It appears Andrew Benintendi will get most of the starts in center during his absence.

One of the bigger questions with the roster over the first week of the season is how the bullpen will look leading to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Farrell said he has no problem matching up until the ninth, but said as of now Matt Barnes is the primary set-up man.

“Depending on the inning, yeah,” Farrell said of matching up until the ninth. “I think the way Matt Barnes is throwing the baseball, you could say he is going to have the eighth inning provided he has not gone two innings the day before. As best we can and as rapidly as we can to settle into roles we’re moving in that direction.”


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Red Sox lineup: Hanley Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts return for series opener vs. Orioles

04.11.17 at 3:30 pm ET
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Hanley Ramirez will return to the lineup Tuesday night. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez will return to the lineup Tuesday night. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox will get two of their better players back for their second home series of the year against the Orioles.

Hanley Ramirez, who missed the series in Detroit with the flu, and Xander Bogaerts, who also missed the series because of being on the bereavement list, are both in the lineup Tuesday night against Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy. Bogaerts will hit sixth like he did last week.

With Jackie Bradley Jr. on the disabled list, Andrew Benintendi appears to be getting the starts in center field with Chris Young in left.

Christian Vazquez will catch Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz, who is making his season debut.

Here’s the complete Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Christan Vazquez, C
Drew Pomeranz, LHP

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Red Sox make roster moves in advance of series with Orioles, including Jackie Bradley Jr. to DL

04.11.17 at 3:23 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list. (Winslow Townsend/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list. (Winslow Townsend/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox are getting a few players back, but also losing another. Prior to the series against the Orioles, the Red Sox made a few roster moves.

Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 9) with a right knee sprain, Xander Bogaerts was activated off the bereavement list and Drew Pomeranz was activated off the 10-day disabled list.

To make room for these players on the roster, Deven Marrero was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bogaerts is in the lineup Tuesday night and Drew Pomeranz will make his season debut on the mound.

Without Bradley Jr., it appears Andrew Benintendi will get the majority of the playing time in center field. By all accounts it appears Bradley Jr.’s trip to the disabled list will not be longer than the 10 days.

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