|04.20.15 at 4:33 pm ET|
David Ortiz has a bone to pick with Jim Palmer.
The hall of fame pitcher and long time Orioles broadcaster criticized David Ortiz on Twitter Sunday after he flipped his bat and dropped it at the plate after a check-swing that was call strike two by third base umpire Jerry Meals.
Meals yelled at Ortiz long distance and Ortiz returned the favor. When home plate umpire John Tumpane (filling in for Paul Emmel) interceded, Ortiz got in Tumpane’s face and was ejected.
Palmer tweeted: FINALLY Oritz gets tossed with hashtags that included #ZipitOrtiz and #disrespectful. Then, early Monday, Palmer tweeted another not-so thinly veiled shot at Ortiz: O’s fans: Marathon day in Boston. What’s the over under on Ortiz going 9?
Ortiz, asked about Palmer by ESPN’s Gordon Edes after Monday’s rain-shortened 7-1 win, didn’t hold back.
“Actually, I thought he was one of my guys,” Ortiz said. “All of sudden, he’s killing me, huh? I guess anybody who want to get paid, make some noise and come to Papi, right? All right.”
Edes then attempted to provide some perspective and context to the tweet on behalf of Palmer, suggesting Palmer wasn’t hating on Ortiz.
“Oh no?,” Ortiz said, before offering some advice to Palmer, “I don’t need your help. [If] he wants me to respect him, it ain’t going to happen.”
‘ Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) April 19, 2015
‘ Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) April 20, 2015
|04.20.15 at 4:25 pm ET|
For the first time in almost three years Dustin Pedroia put down a sacrifice bunt, this time pushing a Wei-Yin Chen third-inning pitch down the first base line to move along Ryan Hanigan to third base and Mookie Betts to second.
After the bunt (which came with nobody out), David Ortiz popped out to shallow left before Chen issued walks to Allen Craig and Mike Napoli for the inning’s second run. The Red Sox four-run frame was capped when Betts and Craig came in after Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado couldn’t handle Shane Victorino‘s grounder.
The inning resulted in a 5-1 Red Sox lead heading into the fourth.
“Because it was negative-30 and raining,” said Pedroia when asked about the bunt, referencing weather conditions that ultimately ended the Red Sox 7-1 win after 6 1/2 innings.
The last time Pedroia executed such a play was June 19, 2012 game in Miami, his only sacrifice bunt of that season. In that case the second base moved over Mike Aviles from second base in the fifth inning of a tie game, leading to an Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly. It would prove to be the eventual game-winning run in a 7-5 Red Sox win.
Pedroia finished Monday’s win with two hits in his three at-bats, boosting his batting average to .280. He was coming a day off following the first two games of the Orioles’ series in which he went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts. The second baseman had gone 6-for-11 in the three games against Washington.
|04.20.15 at 3:07 pm ET|
The Red Sox lineup is dangerous with the standard three outs. Give them more than three outs is asking for disaster.
Taking full advantage of getting extra outs, the Red Sox rolled to a 7-1 win over the Orioles on Patriots Day at Fenway Park. The game was stopped because of rain the the middle of the seventh inning at 1:25 p.m., and officially called at 3:08 p.m.
Baltimore committed three errors leading to five unearned runs.
The Red Sox batted around in the third inning, scoring five unearned runs, while only recording one hit in the frame. Orioles Starter Wei-Yin Chen misplayed a Mookie Betts come-backer allowing the first run to score, and then later in the inning with two outs, third baseman Manny Machado misplayed a Shane Victorino grounder down the line allowing two more runs to score.
“The errors kid of gift-wrapped or built into the four-run inning along with some base on balls were built into the four-run inning along with some base on balls,” manager John Farrell said. “At this level you get extra outs you’re asking for trouble and it’s happened to us defensively. Hopefully we stay on the positive side of it.”
Chen went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (all unearned) on just three hits, but he walked five.
Red Sox starter Justin Masterson delivered his best start of the season, allowing one run over five innings, while picking up six strikeouts. His fastball averaged in the high-80’s, but he was able to have success with a good slider keeping the Orioles hitters off balance.
“He battled the elements and was able to use his fastball-slider combination effectively,” Farrell said. “I think the most impressive thing was he had a couple of long innings and he was still able to come out and get loose and keep the feel of the baseball on a day where the conditions probably weren’t the greatest.”
The Red Sox improved to 69-51 on Patriots Day and have won 11 of the last 15 since 2001.
SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Betts. The center fielder once again was a spark plug at the top of the order, giving the Red Sox momentum from the start, stealing second, taking third on an error and scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first. He went 1-for-4 overall, but reached base twice while scoring two runs.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
|04.20.15 at 1:28 pm ET|
The Red Sox-Orioles game Monday was stopped in the middle of the seventh inning for a rain delay with the Red Sox leading 7-1.
The rain began in roughly the fourth inning, but the teams continued to play through it. The forecast calls for rain throughout the day and night, so it wouldn’t appear likely the game will continue.
The rain delay officially began at 1:25 p.m. The game was officially called almost two hours later.
|04.20.15 at 11:51 am ET|
Ramirez fielded a ball off the wall with no issue and grounded out to first base in his only at-bat of the game. He didn’t appear bothered on either of those plays.
Following the game, manager John Farrell said it was dizziness and light-headedness, which forced him from the game. Everything points to him playing Tuesday in Tampa against the Rays.
“There was just the outset of some illness — some light-headedness,” he said. “He was examined by a doctor when he came out of the game. He stayed off his feet. I don’t anticipate him from missing tomorrow, but he was unable to go the remainder of today.”
Through the first 13 games of the season, Ramirez is hitting .250 with five home runs and 12 RBI.
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After getting the day off Sunday, Dustin Pedroia returns to the Red Sox starting lineup for his team’s series finale against the Orioles. It would seem like an opportune time for the second baseman to re-emerge for the Sox, as he is 14-for-27 (.519) against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Brock Holt, who carries a six-game hitting streak and a .500 season average (12-for-24), will bat seventh and play third base, with Pablo Sandoval getting his first day off of the season.
“There is no denying he’s earning playing time,” manager John Farrell said. “Versatility aside, he’s swinging the bat well, playing with good energy, running the bases well, we want to keep that involved as much as possible.”
With rain the forecast the team is optimistic they will at least get the game started.
“Everything right now points to us getting it started,” said Farrell. “How deep we get into it remains to be seen. Once the rain starts, every forecast says that it is probably going to be the end of it with how lengthy and the intensity of the rain.”
|04.20.15 at 7:14 am ET|
Following Sunday’s loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox have surrendered sole possession of first place and now are tied with Baltimore for the top spot. Boston has a chance to end its two-game mini-skid in a Marathon Monday series finale when Justin Masterson takes the mound for the Sox and Wei-Yin Chen gets the ball for the O’s.
Masterson got a no-decision after lasting 4 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Tuesday. Though he allowed seven runs, walking three and striking out four, the Red Sox were able to give him run support and edge out Washington in an 8-7 victory.
“Didn’t have his best stuff overall,” said manager John Farrell. “I thought he threw enough strikes early on to keep away from a big inning, and then it seemed like the stuff kind of ran out of gas a little bit with a couple of walks in that fifth inning — where multiple baserunners and a pitch up on the plate, where they’re able to start chipping away.”
Despite the outcome, Masterson is confident in what he brings as a pitcher and knows that his most recent campaign is best viewed as a learning experience.
“We had some close balls. It is all a part of getting better and learning from it,” he said. “I have a lot of things we can continue on, some good, some bad to take into the next one. I think we’ll be just fine.”
When tasked with taking on the Orioles, Masterson has a 6-6 record in 12 starts, appearing in 16 games, with a 5.53 ERA. With 71 2/3 innings against Baltimore under his belt, Masterson is averaging 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 2.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
|04.19.15 at 6:57 pm ET|
Going into the season it was understood the Red Sox wouldn’t have the best starting rotation in the game.
But, the worst starting rotation (by ERA) after two weeks? That wasn’t expected, or accepted.
Following Rick Porcello allowing eight runs in five-plus innings in an 8-3 loss to the Orioles on Sunday, through 12 games the Red Sox‘ starting rotation has a combined ERA of 6.24, the worst in baseball.
Porcello, who had been the best starter to this point in the year, struggled with his command as well as the home run ball, allowing two homers en route to the eight runs in five-plus innings and his first loss. He’s now allowed five home runs in 19 innings so far this season.
“Just pitches up in the zone,” Porcello said. “Good pitches for them to drive. I’ve got to work better at getting the ball down.”
Of the 12 games the Red Sox have played so far this season, Red Sox starters have recorded an out in the seventh inning just three times, gone less than five innings three times, and have allowed more than seven runs four times.
The last stat is particularly alarming — in a third of their games this season, Red Sox starters have allowed seven or more runs.
Clay Buchholz allowed 10 against the Yankees, Porcello eight against the Orioles, and lastly Wade Miley and Justin Masterson seven against the Nationals. (For what it’s worth, Jon Lester and John Lackey combined for four starts allowing seven or more runs all of last season)
Buchholz and Porcello were predicted to lead the rotation, but after the first two weeks the Red Sox have two players in the top-10 for worst ERA’s in the American League among qualifiers — Porcello (sixth, 6.63) and Buchholz (ninth, 6.06).
|04.19.15 at 4:52 pm ET|
Some nights the Red Sox offense will be able to bail a starting pitcher out for not having a good performance, but it’s tough when the starter allows eight runs over five-plus innings.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello allowed eight runs in five-plus innings, as they fell to the Orioles 8-3 Sunday at Fenway Park. The Orioles have won two straight games in the series after the Red Sox had a walkoff win Friday night.
After throwing 96 pitches through the first five innings, Porcello went back out for the sixth and after hitting Caleb Joseph to lead off the inning, allowed three straight hits, including a bases clearing double to Adam Jones, as the Orioles extended their lead to five runs.
Porcello finished going five-plus innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits, while walking three and striking out six. The 12 hits allowed tied a career-high and his is ERA through three starts is 6.63.
“I thought early on, a 1-0 sinker or a 0-1 sinker that didn’t have the finish to [Adam] Jones for the two-run dinger,” manger John Farrell said. “There ended up being some pitches left up in the strike zone. He had to fight back in the count at times. Left-handers took some good swings against him.”
Through 12 starts, the Red Sox‘ starting rotation has a collective ERA of 6.24.
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits to earn the win. Red Sox hitters finished with six total hits in the game, and just four after the first inning. They finished the game 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Jones. Besides the big double in the sixth, Jones hit a monster home run in the first inning and finished 4-for-5 with five RBI. The five RBI and four hits both tie a career-high.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
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