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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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Source: Rich Hill talking extension with A’s, but trade still more likely

07.31.16 at 11:59 pm ET
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Rich Hill

Rich Hill

LOS ANGELES — Something seems likely to happen with Rich Hill on Monday.

According to a major league source, Hill has been talking with his current team, the A’s, about a possible contract extension. The lefty is currently pitching on a one-year, $7 million deal. The talks were first reported to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

But the more likely scenario for Hill, according to the source, is that he gets dealt by the A’s. The non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. Monday. After that players would have to clear waivers in order to be traded.

Complicating Hill’s situation is his current stint on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 20) with a blister issue, one which hasn’t allowed him to throw more than five pitches in a game since July 7.

Prior to the blister problem, Hill proved himself as one of the most effective starting pitchers in the American League. The former Red Sox has gone 9-3 with a 2.23 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings.

If Oakland chooses not to deal Hill it can still offer the 36-year-old a qualifying offer at season’s end, which would guarantee him $16.7 million for 2017. It would also give the A’s a draft pick if Hill declines the offer and signs elsewhere.

Even with his current injury, Hill remains one of the best options for contending teams looking for playoff-ready starting pitching. Thus far, the only starters to have been dealt leading up to the deadline have been Drew Pomeranz (Red Sox), Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea (Marlins), and Wade Miley, who was sent to the Orioles on Sunday.

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Report: Red Sox among teams discussing acquiring Yankees OF Carlos Beltran

07.31.16 at 10:17 pm ET
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The Yankees are sellers at this year’s deadline and it looks like they aren’t stopping with just their bullpen.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran could be dealt by Monday’s deadline and according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, four teams are interested in potentially acquiring him, including the Red Sox. The other teams are the Astros, Rangers and Indians.

Beltran is 39 years old and will be a free agent at the end of the season. The switch-hitter is batting .301 with 21 homers and 61 RBIs this season. He’s played exclusively right field the past two seasons with the Yankees.

As it relates to the Red Sox, if they were to get him he would likely be their everyday left fielder and move Brock Holt to a super utility role. Chris Young is working his way back from a hamstring injury, along with Blake Swihart and his ankle injury, but his return doesn’t appear as close as Young.

Beltran is better from the right side of the plate, as he’s hitting .342 against left-handers compared to .283 against righties. It would seem Beltran is too good to platoon with Young, so if the Red Sox did get him, he’d play virtually every day.

With him being just a rental player, the asking price likely won’t be too crazy, but for the Red Sox he may not be worth adding considering who they have returning from injuries and also don’t forget about Andrew Benintendi in Double-A.

Some also may want to look at the Red Sox and Yankees not wanting to trade with eachother, but they did in 2014 when the Red Sox traded Stephen Drew.

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What now for Clay Buchholz?

07.31.16 at 9:06 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz has changed the conversation with his performance of late. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz has changed the conversation with his performance of late. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Red Sox might have played this one right.

Heading into the non-waiver trade Monday (at 4 p.m.), the Red Sox continue to get calls on Clay Buchholz. Their asking price (as pointed out by FanRag’s Jon Heyman when surfacing Miami’s interest) has been relatively high. Buchholz is still viewed as a starter, and when you have a starter in this market, that’s what you do — ask for too much.

So now Buchholz finds himself throwing the ball better than he has all year, albeit out of the bullpen. The latest example? Three innings of no-hit ball on the way to his fourth win of the season.

The conversation about the righty has certainly taken a hard turn since he went 19 days between outings. (After the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Angels, it was a period Buchholz referred to as “an out-of-body experience.”)

Thanks in large part to an adjustment in his arm slot, Buchholz is seemingly throwing the ball with the kind of confidence and conviction seen during one of his good runs. And because of it, if the Red Sox were to make him available in this market, they would be (and are) looking for something significant.

He’s saying all the right things, and, as of late, doing all the right things. There has been a late-July about-face.

“I’m still privileged that I’m getting to play baseball,” he said. “I’m not going to whine and gripe about what’s going on. If I can help the team out of the bullpen and that’s my role for right now, then that is what it is. There’s nothing I can do to change that. But I can try to get better at it and work and whenever I get in the games, give them the innings that they need me to give them. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

But is he looking forward to some definition thanks to the passing of Monday’s deadline?

“Yeah, I guess. It’s been a long couple of weeks, a long month or so,” Buchholz added. “It is what it is. It’s a business and I understand that aspect of it, too.”

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Closing Time: Dustin Pedroia saves Red Sox with 9th-inning homer

07.31.16 at 7:11 pm ET
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John Farrell suffered his third ejection of the season, arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports)

John Farrell suffered his third ejection of the season, arguing balls and strikes in the fifth inning. (Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It was without doubt the biggest hit of the Red Sox season.

With two outs in the ninth inning and the Red Sox trailing by a pair, Dustin Pedroia took Angels closer Huston Street’s 1-0 slider over the center field wall to give the Red Sox the lead for good, handing John Farrell’s team an improbable 5-3 win Sunday afternoon.

Just for good measure, Xander Bogaerts followed up Pedroia’s heroics with a homer of his own, sealing the Red Sox’ split of the four-game series with the Angels.

The Red Sox offense, dormant for almost the entire afternoon, finally came alive against Street in the ninth thanks to back-to-back singles from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Aaron Hill. Then, after consecutive strikeouts by Ryan Hanigan and Brock Holt, Mookie Betts kept things alive for the visitors with an RBI single.

That led to Pedroia’s blast.

“We find a way to dig a little bit deeper before the 27th out is recorded and give credit to our guys that keep fighting and keep battling,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “A big inning much needed particularly to salvage a split in the series and keep pace with where we are in the race.”

The manager added, “We’re digging, grinding, we’re dealing with some frustration, and to see it maybe, you know, the cork get popped late in the game with a five-run outburst, that’s hopefully the start of something here.”

Said Pedroia: “We don’t get too down. I think we just play the game. There’s 27 outs to get and we’re not — I think I struck out my first three times. It’s not like I was going to go cry or anything. You keep playing the game. That’s the way baseball is. We’re all professional and we’re all going to try to win for 27 outs.”

Getting the win for the Red Sox was Clay Buchholz, who followed up Steven Wright’s five-inning, three-run outing with three hitless frames.

“He was very good,” Farrell said of Buchholz. “He was down in the strike zone, he had a really good cutter, he was powerful. He’s doing a good job of obviously following a game, getting loose and getting prepared as best possible on short notice. And those three innings proved pivotal.”

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Report: Clay Buchholz came up in trade talks with Marlins, but Miami sees asking price ‘too high’

07.31.16 at 6:54 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

With the way Clay Buchholz has pitched of late, it’s no surprise he’s drawing interest from other teams.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network, Buchholz came up in talks with the Marlins, but Miami sees the price as currently being “too high.”

It’s unclear what exactly the Red Sox are seeking in return.

Buchholz has pitched well out of the bullpen of late as opponents are 0-for-17 in their last 18 at-bats against the right-hander. His stuff has looked much better in his last few appearances.

As a starter this year, Buchholz is 2-8 with a 6.31 ERA over 13 starts.

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John Farrell ejected in 5th inning for arguing balls, strikes

07.31.16 at 5:21 pm ET
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dustin Pedroia started the argument, but John Farrell finished it. And because of disagreement, the Red Sox manager was forced to watch the second half of his team’s game against the Angels in the visitors clubhouse.

Farrell was ejected by home plate umpire Gabe Morales after coming out onto the field to pick up a disagreement Pedroia kicked up following a called third strike. But shortly after stepping in between his second baseman and Morales, Farrell found himself ejected by the umpire.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, Pedroia remained in the game long enough to hit the game-winning, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, with the Sox claiming a 5-3 win over the Angels.

“Given how quick his trigger was, yeah, he was on the verge,” said Farrell of the possibility of Pedroia getting thrown out. “I was out obviously supporting Pedey, and to be honest from the dugout, the height of the pitch, he had every right to complain. But as quick as his trigger was, Pedey might have been very close but thankfully, Pedey comes up big in the ninth.”

The heave-ho from Morales only amped up the intensity of Farrell’s argument, with crew chief Joe West coming in from his third base position to step between the manager and umpire.

The strikeout was the second out of the Red Sox’ half of the fifth, with runners on first and second and the game scoreless. It was the third time this season Farrell has been ejected.

“I just said, ‘I’m only 5-foot-7, I’m going to need a trampoline to hit that damn ball. What are we doing here?'” said Pedroia. “This is the major leagues. I don’t know. that’s a part of the game. He was really good. [Anaheim starter Tyler Skaggs] had a good curveball and he didn’t need any help. He was pretty good.”

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Why is Dave Dombrowski, front office with team on West Coast at trade deadline? Red Sox president explains

07.31.16 at 2:44 pm ET
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Dave Dombrowski

Dave Dombrowski

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Theo Epstein or Ben Cherington were running the show for the Red Sox at the non-waiver trade deadline, nobody was leaving Boston. All of those members of the front office that had anything to do with the wheeling and dealing certainly weren’t making the trip with the club.

This time around, as the minutes tick down toward Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline, everybody is here.

Not only is Dave Dombrowski making his trade deadline calls while with the club, but by his side are general manager Mike Hazen, assistant general manager Brian O’Halloran, pro scouting director Gus Quattebaum, vice president of player personnel Allard Baird, vice president of baseball operations Frank Wren, director of major league operations Zack Scott, vice president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye and a few others.

“You do it because all those guys have seen all the players. You have your people in who can readily get information for you,” Dombrowski said. “You have sources of information to reach out to other clubs. I think it’s better to normally be with your club because sometimes somebody on your own club can be affected. The manager is here. The trainers are here. I think it’s important to be around your people. Let’s face it, you can be faced with some important decisions. I think you want to be prepared and these guys can help you be prepared.

“We’ve got statistical information. We’ve got scouting information. Some guys have seen certain clubs. Rule people. Contract people. They’re all here for you.”

Dombrowski clearly has developed a rythm to this time of year, one which he seemingly embraces.

“I guess it probably still is [stressful for some], but I think it’s an enjoyable time of year because you’re getting a chance to improve your ball club,” he said. “It’s an active time. You have a lot of conversations. All the work you had your people put together for this time comes to fruition because you really need to be ready. I enjoy this time of year.”

So, does he embrace the chaos?

“You’re in a spot where first and foremost you’re trying to generally make a move to improve your club, either adding players or trying to help your organization by moving players,” Dombrowski noted. “You need to be well-prepared. You have your people around you so you enjoy being with them, but also conversing about players at that time. You’re talking to other people in other organizations, keeping a pulse of everything that’s taking place. I think it’s a combination of all those things.

“I would be surprised if most people didn’t enjoy this time of year. It’s just like the winter meetings. There’s a lot going on. You’re always trying to help your club and organization, and there are certainly times of year that seem to highlight that. One is the trade deadline because after July 31 it’s hard because you don’t have total control. It’s just like the winter meetings, where everybody is together and a lot of things take place. They’re both very hectic. You put a lot hours in and do a lot of preparation. But that’s what is enjoyable.”

So far, however, Dombrowski explained the group haven’t experienced any overnighters while hunkered down in their Costa Mesa hotel rooms.

“So far we haven’t had to here because we haven’t had conversations go on all night long,” he said. “I have had times when I’ve done that, and you’re prepared for it. Every situation is different.”

Jonathan Lucroy reportedly vetoes trade from Brewers to Indians

07.31.16 at 11:18 am ET
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All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers has invoked his no-trade clause and vetoed a deal to the Indians, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Lucroy, who had a limited no-trade that included Cleveland, was expected to join the Indians and bolster their playoff chances on the same day they acquired All-Star reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees.

But he instead chose to nix the deal for reasons that aren’t yet clear.

Lucroy, 30, is batting .300 with 13 home runs and an .844 OPS.

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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Rusney Castillo has another 2-hit game in PawSox win; Jerry Downs walks off Lowell again

07.31.16 at 11:10 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (56-52): W, 8-7, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— Center fielder Rusney Castillo went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. It was his third two-hit game in his last four, and he’s now hitting .232/.278/.306 in 71 games with the PawSox.

— Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He’s hit in six straight games and 13 out of 14.

— Left fielder Brennan Boesch went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to right field in the first inning.

— Second baseman Jose Vinicio went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth inning that put the PawSox ahead to stay.

— Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, on a rehab assignment, started the game and faced three batters. He allowed a leadoff single, induced a ground out, then hit a batter before being removed.

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