|07.27.15 at 5:16 pm ET|
It’s no secret the Red Sox will be active during the next four days leading up to Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
The Red Sox enter play Monday 11 games below .500 and 12 games out of first place in the AL East. While manager John Farrell isn’t involved as much as members of the front office are in trade talks, it does get to a point where he’s keyed in on what’s taking place.
“It gets to a certain point where conversations are going on and if there’s choices to be made — there’s some interaction there,” Farrell said. “I know that Ben [Cherington] is doing everything he can to make change that is going to affect us in a positive way going forward. That may vary depending on the situation, the involvement.”
With the team likely no longer in playoff contention, they could be in a position to trade away some of their veteran players with expiring contracts such as Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, while also having an eye towards 2016 and starting to build next year’s team.
“I know that there’s daily conversation going on,” Farrell said. “It’s that time of year where there’s a lot of trade talk that’s going on. Only when it gets to a certain point does Ben [Cherington] kind of give me a heads up. So, right now, we’re who we are.”
Not only was Farrell a former player, he was in Indians’ front office serving as director of player development from 2001-06 before joining the Red Sox as pitching coach in 2007. It’s with this past experience he knows just how much goes into getting a deal done.
“You know that a lot goes into it,” Farrell said. “Ideas are generated in 30 different offices around the game. The reality of those coming to life? There’s a lot of steps that need to be achieved to get to that point. From field level if you have a thought, there’s a long way to go before that thought may turn into reality. I just know there’s a lot of challenges in finding a trade partner and then what makes most sense for both sides.”
|07.27.15 at 3:20 pm ET|
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:
|07.27.15 at 1:35 pm ET|
As the rumor mill spins regarding David Price‘s status on the trading block as well as his potential destinations, he spoke with WEEI.com’s John Tomase on Saturday, refusing to dismiss the Red Sox as his destination this offseason, despite some hostile moments with the team in the past.
“I won’t rule out anybody,” Price said. “If you can prove to me that you want me for the player that I am and the person that I am, I’ve got to respect that. If you have a formula to win and can do it over a sustained period of time, who doesn’t want to win? That’s why you play the game. It’s not about the money. It’s about being able to win now and in the years in the future. That’s what I want to do. I want to be a part of something special. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Price, who has been associated with teams like the Cubs and Dodgers of late, also showed his disdain for teams that would discount him simply because of his age (29).
“If you’re not going to sign a pitcher that’s 30, so be it,” he said. “I’ll cross you off my list.”
Furthermore, even though he will hit his third decade on Aug. 26, Price is certain that he is improving each and every year.
“I’m getting better,” he said. “I don’t care what anyone says [about 30]. I continue to get better. I’ve never been as good as I am right now. I know of a couple of ways that I can and will get better. I’m loving what I’m doing right now and the direction that I’m heading pitching-wise. I’m going to get better. I am.”
|07.27.15 at 9:31 am ET|
With just four days left until the trade deadline, teams have begun to hit overdrive as they either build for the future or solidify their playoff bids.
According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have expressed interest in acquiring a team-controlled ace for 2016 and beyond, which the Padres can provide. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote Sunday that the Padres are “pushing hard” to trade some of the players they added this offseason, including James Shields. However, Shields is owed $66 million over the next three years and hit the 2,000-inning mark earlier this year.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that Shields and Andrew Cashner are the two pitchers the Padres most want to move. Cashner is eligible for arbitration in 2016 and will not hit free agency until 2017. He is 9-17 over his last two seasons with a 3.23 ERA and 195 strikeouts.
The Padres also could move Tyson Ross, who is drawing a lot of interest from teams like the Blue Jays and potentially the Red Sox since he will remain under team control for another three years. Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA this year and is coming off of an All-Star 2014 campaign.
As rumors continue to swirl about Cole Hamels’ landing spot, Stark reports that the Rangers and Dodgers have emerged as the favorites to snag the Phillies ace. A number of teams, including the Red Sox, reportedly have pushed for Hamels at one point or another. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Cubs were the favorite to add the southpaw, just before he no-hit them Saturday.
Another team has engaged in serious talks for the Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon as the Nationals recently inquired about the former Red Sox closer, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal. Many have speculated that Papelbon is a sure bet for the Blue Jays, a team in desperate need of veteran relief help.
According to Heyman, talks regarding Justin Upton have stalled between the Mets and Padres. The Mets, looking to shore up their corner outfield positions, are said to have balked when the Padres demanded one or two top prospects and refused to take on the remaining $6 million of Upton’s contract. The Mets added Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves on Friday and they promoted highly touted outfield prospect Michael Conforto on Thursday.
Tyler Clippard will be cleaning out his Athletics locker soon according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Potential destinations for the right-handed reliever include the Yankees, Nationals and Mets.
|07.27.15 at 9:17 am ET|
With their first series win of the second half taken care of in an 11-1 victory over the Tigers on Sunday night, the Red Sox will move on to the White Sox for a four-game set beginning Monday evening. The second act in a three-series homestand, Chicago comes into Fenway Park on a four-game winning streak.
But like the Red Sox, the White Sox started the second half on a bit of a skid, though Chicago lost five of its first six compared to Boston’s seven straight. The Red Sox managed to right their stumbling with a 2-1 walkoff win on Friday in their first game with Detroit off a single from Xander Bogaerts.
“Much needed, that’s for sure,” Bogaerts said after the game. “We had a tough road trip. We have a long homestand right now — just try and win as many games as possible and you never know what can happen.”
Not including Sunday’s rout, the Red Sox have struggled to score runs over the past 10 games, averaging 1.78 per contest in their first nine tilts back. Their 27 runs in those games puts them at the fourth fewest in the majors during that span. The White Sox, on the other hand, have scored 44 runs since the break — eighth most in the league — 4.4 per contest. During their winning streak, they’ve averaged 6.5 runs per game.
“We have to win ballgames,” pitcher John Danks said Wednesday after Chicago’s most recent loss. “There’s not really any time left. We have to go. I feel like we have played better than our record shows this first week, but at the end of the day it’s all about wins and losses.”
Still four games under .500 and 12 1/2 games behind the first-place Royals, the White Sox have a ways to go. They’re five games back of the wild card spot and are situated fourth in the division, trailing the third-place Tigers by one game. And though Chicago swept the Indians in Cleveland, the White Sox‘ 22-28 road record doesn’t necessarily bode well for their slate with the Red Sox.
|07.27.15 at 8:43 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-61): L, 11-10, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— Pawtucket lost its eighth straight game, this time blowing a six-run lead, as Buffalo scored three in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth to complete the sweep. The PawSox have a 3-19 record in July.
RHP Matt Barnes pitched a scoreless sixth in relief, but he walked the first two batters of the seventh inning before allowing a three-run home run that brought Buffalo within 10-7. That snapped a string of seven straight scoreless innings for Barnes, Boston’s 19th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
In the eighth, LHP Edwin Escobar (Boston’s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) retired two batters but left two aboard as he gave way for RHP Ronald Belisario. After a single and an error by shortstop Marco Hernandez plated two Buffalo runs, Belisario allowed a game-tying RBI double and then walked in what proved to be the winning run.
— The defensive miscue marred what was a nice offensive night for Hernandez, as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. His double in the second inning scored Jonathan Roof, and a third-inning double scored Travis Shaw and Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com). The error was the first charged to Hernandez since he joined Pawtucket, coming on a backhand in the hole that he initially gloved and then bobbled. In 10 games with the PawSox the 22-year-old Hernandez is hitting .306 with a homer and three doubles, eight runs and six RBIs.
— Second baseman Jeff Bianchi went 4-for-6 with two doubles for Pawtucket, driving in three runs. Shaw finished 2-for-4 with a walk. First baseman Allen Craig and right fielder Rusney Castillo each reached base twice, as did Cecchini who had a single, a double and two RBIs.
— Infielder Jemile Weeks, the brother of major leaguer Rickie Weeks, was called up to Boston and added to the 40-man roster as second baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed on the disabled list. Weeks has played 28 games at second base and 16 at shortstop this year with Pawtucket; at the plate he’s hit just .207 in 51 games. A first-round draft pick of the A’s in 2008, Weeks was acquired by Boston in 2014 from Baltimore with Ivan DeJesus Jr. in exchange for Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar.
In a corresponding roster move, RHP Noe Ramirez was optioned back to Pawtucket. Ramirez made three appearances with Boston, allowing three earned runs, including two homers, in five innings of work.
|07.27.15 at 8:21 am ET|
Nabbing their first series win since the All-Star break, the Red Sox will change out the Tigers for another AL Central team in the White Sox. Joe Kelly will get the ball for Boston on Monday while John Danks will pitch for Chicago in the opener of a four-game set at Fenway Park.
Kelly made his return to the big league rotation Wednesday in Houston. He wasn’t able to earn the win for the Sox, tossing 5 1/3 innings while allowing four earned runs on six hits, a walk and half a dozen strikeouts. However, all of the Astros’ runs that evening in a 4-2 loss came off the three home runs that Kelly conceded — two to left fielder Preston Tucker and one to designated hitter Evan Gattis.
“I thought he made some big pitches with his fastball,” manager John Farrell said. “He gets a couple of called strikes looking. I thought he changed eye level with some fastballs. But a couple pitches out over the plate. And in an unforgiving ballpark such as this, you pay for it.”
The start pushed Kelly’s season record to 2-6 and his ERA to 5.74, and with Farrell confirming his stay in the rotation for the time being, he’ll have another chance to improve those marks on Monday when he squares off against Chicago for the first time.
|07.27.15 at 1:15 am ET|
Back on May 27, David Ortiz was batting .216 with six home runs and 18 RBIs and the designated hitter was benched for the first two games of a series in Texas with the hope of finding his swing.
Even with some people in and around the game doubting him, Ortiz has figured things out and is looking like the player many expected to see going into the season.
Following the left-handed slugger’s 4-for-5, two homer, career-high seven-RBI performance against the Tigers Sunday night, his average is up to .243 and he’s hit 19 home runs and has 54 RBIs this season.
Since those two games down, he’s batting .269 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs over 46 games.
Manager John Farrell had no doubt at the time Ortiz would return to his usual self.
“No, personally there was no doubt because while some might suggest — because of his age there were a lot of comments around decreased bat speed. We didn’t see that,” he said. “It was more timing and getting his front foot on the ground a little more consistently. He’s hit left-handers better of late as well, but no, there was no concern that he at the end of the year when you look back, his numbers would be close to where they’ve been year in and year out.”
While his numbers have gotten much better of late, Ortiz said he doesn’t put much stock in them. He says it’s all about winning.
“I don’t really worry about my numbers. I worry about winning,” Ortiz said. “I worry about being able to walk out with a ‘W.’ That doesn’t just go for me, it goes for everybody in this room. It doesn’t matter if I go deep every night. If we end up not winning, who cares? The one thing that we always look for is having somebody doing something different every night to win ball games. Hopefully this thing carries over to tomorrow and the couple months that we have left.”
|07.27.15 at 12:53 am ET|
Hours after the Red Sox pitching great was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ortiz, inspired by a 30-minute bilingual speech from Martinez, drove in a career-high seven runs, belted two three-run homers, scored three runs and went 4-for-5 in an 11-1 pasting of the Tigers at Fenway Park.
“I was very emotional today looking at the induction,” Ortiz said. “It’s something that was remarkable. You never know what is going to pop out. Pedro, I got tears coming out when I saw Pedro talking because I know the man. I know everything that he went through in his career. I used to see that with Pedro after games. He starts telling me stories about things. All the stories he used to tell me made me a better human being, made me a better player. He was good. He wrote a book about it.
“He let it fly during the speech because for a lot of people, I know some of the fans, fans that don’t follow him. They thought that Pedro was as crazy as he looks sometimes when he was pitching. Pedro was the most unbelievable human being I have been around. Pedro is a Christian man. He is a man that thanks God every single minute of his life. Just watching during the speech, there was no doubt about the human being that I know that was out there letting people know how the game gets to be played.”
The magnitude of the night wasn’t lost on Ortiz’s manager, John Farrell.
“Maybe it’s somewhat fitting for Boston baseball today, with Pedro’s induction and then David with the seven RBI’s as he climbs up higher on that [career] list,” Farrell said.
Ortiz has struggled this season, as has the team. But on a night like Sunday, Ortiz could only imagine what Martinez would be doing to him in the dugout.
“He’d be hugging me all night,” Ortiz said. “Pedro, man, I’m telling you, he’s special. He’s somebody I always love having around because Pedro is nothing but positive stuff coming out. I’m pretty sure everybody in New England enjoyed his induction today.”
|07.27.15 at 12:41 am ET|
As manager John Farrell put it after Sunday’s game, it’s been an “interesting” first two months in the major leagues for left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.
But, minus three poor outings in which he’s battled tipping pitches, Rodriguez is making history.
The left-hander went seven innings, allowing one run on just three hits while walking one and striking out six in picking up his sixth win of the season in the Red Sox‘ 11-1 rout over the Tigers on Sunday night.
With that performance, Rodriguez’s ERA sits at 4.26, but if you take away his three poor starts in which he’s allowed 22 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings, his ERA is only 1.23 over eight starts.
“This has been an interesting roughly two months that he’s been here,” Farrell said. “He’s been challenged at times in between the lines and it’s the greatest teacher that we have. There’s been some adjustments in his delivery. That’s an ongoing situation, and he continues to adapt and evolve. It shows his aptitude and his attitude to make those adjustments.”
After allowing seven runs, including two home runs, over 1 2/3 innings in last Monday’s loss to the Angels, Rodriguez responded in a big way Sunday. He only allowed one hit to the first 14 batters he faced and his only mistake came in the fourth inning when he allowed a solo homer to Nick Castellanos.
“I think the last one I tried to go too quickly to home plate and made my fastballs in the strike zone,” Rodriguez said. “Today I just got under control to control my fastball where I want. That’s what I think made it go better.”
In six night games this season Rodriguez is 5-0 with a major league-leading 1.14 ERA (min. 30 innings). Rodriguez has allowed one earned run or less in seven of his first 11 starts in the majors, becoming the first AL left-hander to do so since at least 1918.
“I just go start to start,” he said. “That’s what I think makes me change after the other start. Just thinking, continue to throw strikes and try to get outs.”
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