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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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Can Drew Pomeranz be the pitcher Red Sox thought they were getting?

04.11.17 at 11:39 am ET
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Drew Pomeranz (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Photo)

Drew Pomeranz (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Photo)

Colleague John Tomase wrote a great column Monday, pointing out the importance of Chris Sale to Dave Dombrowski’s legacy in Boston.

But there might be one move that rivals Sale when it comes to highlighting the good and bad of Dombrowski. That would be his trade for Drew Pomeranz last July.

All the particulars of the trade were well-documented:

– The Red Sox needed an starter, and Pomeranz, who was fresh off making the National League All-Star team, was considered one of the top two available candidates. In 17 starts with San Diego, he had totaled a 2.47 ERA.

– To get Pomeranz, the Red Sox were forced to give up their top pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza.

– Pomeranz went to experience an up and down tenure with the Red Sox, managing a 4.59 ERA in 14 appearance (13 starts). He would end his season in the bullpen, having been drawn back due to lingering elbow issues.

– Over the offseason, Pomeranz used stem cell injections to help get his arm back in shape, ultimately delaying his progress through spring training.

Now Pomeranz is ready to kick off his next big opportunity – showing the Red Sox he can be an All-Star pitcher in their rotation. That starts Tuesday night against the Orioles.

Why it’s tough to figure what Pomeranz might deliver, especially with such an uneven spring training, it is interesting to note what he said when appearing on the Bradfo Sho podcast.

When asked if he ever felt as healthy with the Red Sox as he had when dominating for San Diego Pomeranz said, “Everybody is dealing with something, and most of the time we’re the ones that know what’s going on. No one else knows what we’re dealing with. I’ve got my mind right to pitch every five days, and was recovering enough to feel good enough to pitch every five days and go out there and still feel good. it can be tough. Pitching in the big leagues in itself is tough enough, especially when you have other stuff going on. You just have to stay focused. You know yourself, so you have to stay within yourself, do what you’re capable of doing and not worry about the rest of it.

“It was an ongoing issue for most of the year. I’ll put it this way, I feel a lot better now than I did then.”

The first challenge will be to prove he is healthier than a year ago. Then will be the issue of pitching in Fenway Park, where he was pretty good for three starts, and pretty bad in the other three.

And, finally, just showing he can turn the kind of quality innings the Red Sox were banking on when moving on from Espinoza.

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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Top prospect Jason Groome leaves game with reported lat injury; Rafael Devers goes 3-for-4 with Portland

04.11.17 at 11:15 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (2-3): L, 13-5, vs. Syracuse

— Before a sellout crowd at McCoy Stadium, the PawSox couldn’t come through with a win in their home opener. Starter Kyle Kendrick didn’t have a good outing as he allowed nine runs on 10 hits in six innings of work to take the loss. Syracuse scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined to blow the game open.

“We’ve got to keep him stretched out because he’s been talked about as major-league depth,” manager Kevin Boles told reporters, as to why he stayed in so long.

— Blake Swihart and Alan Craig each had two hits for Pawtucket at the plate. Craig is having a good start to the season, as he’s 6-for-12 so far this year.

— Rusney Castillo hit a home run in his first home at-bat of the year, but finished the game 1-for-6. First baseman Sam Travis went 1-for-4 with a double.

— The PawSox went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 14 men on base.

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Top Red Sox prospect Jason Groome leaves game in 2nd inning in first Single-A start

04.10.17 at 8:37 pm ET
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It was not the Single-A debut Jason Groome or the Red Sox anticipated.

The No. 12 overall pick in last year’s draft left his first start with Single-A Greenville in the second inning with a trainer by his side.

The 18-year-old left-hander allowed nine runs on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings. He walked three, struck out one and allowed a grand slam. He threw 34 pitches in the first inning, but then reportedly struggled with his control in the second inning, as some pitches barely reached home plate.

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Tigers 2, Red Sox 1: Chris Sale masterful, but Red Sox offense once again sickly in loss to Tigers

04.10.17 at 4:31 pm ET
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Chris Sale pitches in the first inning against the Tigers on Monday. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

Chris Sale pitches in the first inning against the Tigers on Monday. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox acquired Chris Sale to be an ace, and he’s delivering. Only problem is, the guy he faced on Monday was pretty good, too.

Squaring off against former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, Sale looked to be every bit as worthy of that honor himself. The two staged an old-fashioned duel that saw Sale outlast his rival by pitching into the eighth, but ultimately leave with the loss after Tigers scratched out a run to complete their 2-1 victory.

With travel delays keeping regular shortstop Xander Bogaerts out of the lineup and the flu still sidelining Hanley Ramirez, the makeshift Red Sox offense did almost nothing with Verlander, recording only three hits.

It for a bit like the one run they managed would be enough, however. Sale was nearly untouchable until the sixth, when Ian Kinsler reached him for a game-tying solo homer off a mislocated changeup. Sale ended up allowing five hits and two runs, striking out 10 in 7 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox had their opportunities vs. Verlander, particularly in the second when Mitch Moreland led off with a double, Pablo Sandoval walked, and Chris Young reached on an error.

The Red Sox scored one run when Brock Holt grounded into a double play that possibly could’ve been averted, except Holt stumbled out of the box. The inning then ended with red-hot catcher Sandy Leon lining out to third.

After that, baserunners became scarce for both sides. Andrew Romine hit a ground-rule double down the left field line for Detroit’s first hit in the third. The Red Sox wasted another leadoff double from Moreland in the fourth and the two pitchers combined to set down 17 in a row before Kinsler’s homer.

Romine’s second double, over and off the glove of a sprawling Holt with two outs in the eighth, gave Kinsler a chance play the hero again, but Sale, whose fastball still touched 98 mph in the at-bat, walked him.

Nick Castellanos followed with a sharp single to left that plated Romine to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead and end Sale’s afternoon.

Moreland (3-for-4), who has become a hit machine since starting the season 0-for-12, led off the ninth with a single through the shift against Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez, but the Red Sox failed to take advantage and K-Rod struck out Holt to end it.

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Sale may be one of the most dominant pitchers of this decade, but if there’s one guy he hasn’t figured out, it’s Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez. V-Mart went 1-for-3 against him and saw his lifetime average against him fall to .429.

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Red Sox left-hander David Price takes another step towards return with bullpen session in Detroit

04.10.17 at 12:11 pm ET
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David Price

David Price

Red Sox left-hander David Price threw a 20-pitch bullpen on Monday in Detroit and is progressing toward facing hitters as he returns from an elbow injury that halted his spring training in early March.

“He threw the ball well,” manager John Farrell told reporters in Detroit. “The biggest thing is that the intensity increases in throwing, the volume as it’s increased, he’s responded well physically to it. That’s the hopeful goal of tomorrow, coming in, feeling as consistent as he’s been.”

If Price checks out physically, the next step will be throwing another bullpen on Wednesday, with the eventual goal of pitching to hitters in a simulated setting before beginning a rehab assignment.

For his part, Price told reporters in Detroit that he threw 20 fastballs. He’s taking it slow.

“It felt good getting back out there on the mound, throwing to a catcher this time,” he told reporters. “Steps in the right direction. I come out feeling good. I wanted to have a productive day today, but I want to feel good tomorrow. It’s kind of like spring training all over again.”

Drs. James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache told Price in March that were he younger, they’d probably recommend Tommy John surgery. However, the 31-year-old is hoping to manage his injury and return to the mound without going under the knife.

In that regard, he’s about where he expected to be.

“It feels really good right now,” he said. “So everything that’s happened the past couple weeks has all been good for my confidence and just the mental aspect of it, so it all feels good.”

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Red Sox lineup: Xander Bogaerts out after flight to Detroit is cancelled

04.10.17 at 9:41 am ET
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Xander Bogaerts remains out of the lineup. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts remains out of the lineup. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox will take on the Tigers in the final game of a four-game weekend set in Detroit Monday afternoon and they will continue to be without a few of their stars.

Hanley Ramirez (flu), Jackie Bradley Jr. (knee) and Xander Bogaerts (bereavement) remain out of the lineup, as the Red Sox will go up against Tigers righty Justin Verlander.

Bogaerts was originally supposed to be in the lineup, but his flight to Detroit was cancelled.

With Bradley Jr. out, Andrew Benintendi will play center field and Chris Young will play left field. Brock Holt gets the nod at third base, while Pablo Sandoval will serve as the designated hitter.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Chris Sale.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Brock Holt, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Marco Hernandez, SS
Chris Sale, LHP

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