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Mike Napoli ejected in 1st inning after striking out

07.27.15 at 7:45 pm ET
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Mike Napoli‘s games as a Red Sox are likely numbered and one of his last few will only last one inning.

The first baseman was ejected after striking out looking in the first inning by home plate umpire Toby Basner.

Napoli dropped his bat and helmet and the helmet bounced and hit Basner, likely unintentionally, and it was then Basner ejected the Red Sox first baseman.

Prior to Monday, he had reached base in nine straight games, while hitting .367 in those contests.

Napoli has been rumored in trade talks as Friday’s deadline nears.

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Red Sox pregame notes: Brock Holt (hyperextended knee) expected back in lineup Tuesday

07.27.15 at 6:25 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

With Dustin Pedroia back on the disabled list and Brock Holt leaving Sunday night’s game with a hyperextended knee, the Red Sox are pressed for infield depth.

Holt’s injury isn’t serious and the utilityman will likely return to the lineup Tuesday, according to manager John Farrell.

“He’s improved today, yet at the recommendation of the medical staff, another day was needed,” Farrell said. “Everything is hopefully pointing to him returning to the lineup tomorrow, but felt like another day would do him well. In an emergency, we’d probably use him but we’d prefer to give him a day of rest if we could.”

After struggling mightily for much of the season, Mike Napoli has begun to heat up since the All-Star break. Farrell has been impressed with his first baseman’s improvement.

“What’s been most encouraging is that pitches in the strike zone he’s squaring up that he’s not missing,” Farrell said. “He’s still taking his walks but I think he’s more confident, he shows more confidence at the plate. There’s at-bats where he’s offering at the first pitch and putting good swings on some pitches that’s, I think, putting some doubt in a pitcher’s mind.”

David Ortiz had one of the best night’s of his career on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two homers and a career-high seven RBIs. Farrell liked what he saw, especially Ortiz’s second home run, which was launched into the Monster seats.

“The most encouraging swing last night, to me, obviously, is the home run he hits to left-center field,” Farrell said. “That allows him to lock in on left-handers as well. … Home runs come by virtue of a good swing, not by virtue of trying to hit home runs. I think those were two situations last night that reflect that.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Updated Red Sox lineup: Rusney Castillo playing right field

07.27.15 at 6:21 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

Following the late-breaking news of Shane Victorino‘s trade to the Angels, outfielder Rusney Castillo was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Castillo will play right field and bat seventh in the Red Sox lineup on Monday.

Castillo has hit .230 with one home run and six RBIs in 26 games this season with the Red Sox. In 40 games with Pawtucket, he has hit .282 with three homers and 17 RBIs.

Here is an updated look at the Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Joe Kelly, RHP

Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo

07.27.15 at 6:07 pm ET
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And it begins.

The Red Sox traded outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge. To fill Victorino’s spot in the roster, the team has recalled Rusney Castillo.

Victorino was hitting .245 in 33 games this season. He battled injuries each of the last two seasons. The right fielder’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season. He was owed $4.5 million for the rest of this season, which the Red Sox will help pay.

The Red Sox received Rutledge, who is 26 years old and was hitting .274 with the Angels’ Triple-A club. He’s played all over the infield this season, besides first base. He played three seasons with the Rockies prior to joining the Angels organization this past offseason. In 266 career games in the majors, he’s a .259 hitter.

Castillo is active for Monday’s game against the White Sox and will start in right field.

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MLB Trade Deadline: Pirates reportedly ending hunt for first baseman, out on Mike Napoli

07.27.15 at 5:55 pm ET
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Following a report Sunday that the Pirates were interested in Red Sox veterans Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, it would appear they are no longer interested in Napoli.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Pirates are telling teams they’re likely to keep Pedro Alvarez, which would effectively end their hunt for other first baseman upgrades. So connecting the dots it would mean they are no longer interested in Napoli.

The Pirates are currently six games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, but lead the NL Wild Card.

Napoli has reached base in nine straight games, while hitting .367 in those contests.

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John Farrell: Ben Cherington doing ‘everything he can’ to make moves impacting Red Sox in ‘positive way going forward’

07.27.15 at 5:16 pm ET
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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.”

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt (knee) out, Shane Victorino batting 2nd vs. White Sox

07.27.15 at 3:20 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

After leaving Sunday’s game with a hyperextended knee, Brock Holt is out of the Red Sox lineup in the series opener against the White Sox on Monday. Jemile Weeks will take his place at second base.

With the White Sox going with left-hander John Danks, Shane Victorino will get the start in right field and hit in the No. 2 spot in the order.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here. For a series preview, click here.

Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Pablo Sanodval, 3B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Joe Kelly, RHP

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Tigers’ David Price won’t rule out trade to Red Sox

07.27.15 at 1:35 pm ET
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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.”

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MLB Trade Deadline: Padres reportedly ‘pushing hard’ to sell big names

07.27.15 at 9:31 am ET
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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.

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Red Sox-White Sox series preview

07.27.15 at 9:17 am ET
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Melky Cabrera and the White Sox head to Boston after a four-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland.  (David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Melky Cabrera and the White Sox head to Boston after a four-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland. (David Maxwell/Getty Images)

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.

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