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Chris Sale scratched from start after not wanting to wear throwback uniforms

07.23.16 at 8:24 pm ET
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White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start Saturday after what the club defined as a “clubhouse incident.” The issue, according to multiple reports, involved Sale’s refusal to the 1976 throwback uniforms scheduled to be donned by Chicago in it’s game against Detroit.

Matt Albers started in the place of Sale, who came into the day with a 14-3 record and 3.18 ERA. He was coming off an eight-inning gem against Seattle in which the lefty allowed just one hit.

Jerry Remy hit in head with monitor during broadcast

07.23.16 at 8:09 pm ET
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The strong winds at Fenway Park Saturday were reeking havoc with more than just the play on the field.

Jerry Remy was forced to leave the NESN broadcast in the second inning after a gust of wind blew a television monitor into his head. The longtime Red Sox color analyst exited the broadcast booth to be evaluated by medical personnel, with Steve Lyons taking over for the remainder of the game between the Red Sox and Twins.

NESN personnel reported Remy checked out OK and is expected to return to the booth for Sunday’s series finale.

Red Sox notes: Craig Kimbrel progressing rapidly; John Farrell ‘hopeful’ Koji Uehara will return this season

07.23.16 at 5:17 pm ET
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Craig Kimbrel experienced his first trade exactly one year ago. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel is making signficant progress in returning from his right knee injury. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

The prognosis was that Craig Kimbrel’s return would be 3-6 weeks. Judging by how the reliever has progressed since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, it sure seems like he might be coming back sooner rather than later.

Red Sox manager John Farrell reported that the plan is to have Kimbrel throw a 20-pitch bullpen session either Sunday or Monday, with another planned before the team heads to the West Coast after Wednesday’s afternoon game.

“I think we’ll have a better idea when he gets through the two bullpens,” Farrell said. “We need to get some PFP [pitchers fielding practice] involved here, some change of direction to field the position and those types of things. Cut in terms of amount of time missed and the fact he’s able to get as aggressive right now in long toss, I would think it’d be on the shorter end of number of appearances even if it’s more than one.”

The manager added, “He feels very good. If he wasn’t making the ultimately decision medically he’d probably say give me the ball tonight. That’s how good he feels. That’s encouraging but still we have to get him through proper steps to get him there.”

After the bullpens, the Red Sox may conduct a simulated game for Kimbrel, although a rehab appearance isn’t out of the question. “We’re not scripting it out past Wednesday because we could go one of two ways here.”

Kimbrel hasn’t pitched since July 6, having injured his right knee while going over to field a ball in batting practice July 9.

– The news doesn’t sound quite as optimistic for Koji Uehara, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle on his right side. The reliever is currently recovering from a PRP [Platelet Rich Plasma] injection, administered Friday.

“It’s more to tolerance, and it might depend on the area in which it’s administered. This is mostly muscle,” Farrell said. “There’s not a ligament involved here where, if it was an elbow, you’d be looking at a little bit of a longer period, but, still, there’s no number of days that says Koji is going to put a ball back in his hand. It’s going to come through strength. It’s going to come through range of motion and the rehab. Right now he’s just getting back from the soreness of the injection itself.”

Asked if the organization is counting on Uehara returning this year, Farrell said, “We’re hopeful of that. To give you a time frame, it’s too early to tell on that.”

– Besides the time off given to Mookie Betts (for more on the outfielder’s injury click here), Farrell also presented the Sox’ plans when it comes to playing time for the rest of the homestand.

“We’re trying to rotate guys all the way through,” he said. “We’ve got a little bit of a different look here today. (For a complete lineup, click here.) I’d anticipate Hanley [Ramirez] DHing tomorrow and David [Ortiz] being down one of two for David this coming week. A day off his feet to manage all the situations so with Mookie being down want to be careful we’re not void of three of our top four guys in the lineup in a give night.”

Mookie Betts feeling ‘pretty good’ after leaving Friday with a sore knee

07.23.16 at 4:51 pm ET
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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

After leaving Friday night’s game with a sore knee, it appears Mookie Betts’ absence won’t be long, nor serious.

Speaking prior to Saturday’s game, the Red Sox’ right fielder indicated that though the pain had been somewhat persistent, as of recently, the treatment he has been receiving has been beneficial in his recovery.

“I feel pretty good today,” Betts said. “[Going to] do some treatment on it and make sure everything’s good and hopefully get back out there.”

“Still day to day,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell prior to Saturday night’s game. “Structurally everything is sound. There’s no cartilage issues. There’s some slight swelling in the area and we’ve got to work to get that out of there so day to day is the status. It may take a couple before he’s back to us but everything points to this being a short-term situation.”

Betts will not start for the first time this season and will be replaced by Michael Martinez in right field and Brock Holt in the leadoff spot.

“I always want to be in there in play,” Betts said. “We have a pretty good team and I think everyone will be fine and hopefully I can get back in there pretty quick.”

The 23-year-old said Saturday was a good treatment day and that he would reevaluate again Sunday morning. The injury was suspected — and eventually confirmed by Betts — to have worsened when he sprinted into shallow right field to throw out Brian Dozier at second base during the top of the fourth inning. The soreness is not new, however, as Red Sox manager John Farrell cited Betts had been dealing with the pain since the All-Star break.

“After the play with Dozier, I felt I couldn’t run full speed so I just didn’t want to make anything worse and was precautionary,” Betts said also noting that he had felt the pain prior to the game but rubbed it out and felt better.

Betts’ is listed as day-to-day, with his treatment so far consisting of mainly ice He did receive and MRI as well, which he said showed only fluid.

“Structurally everything is perfectly fine, just fluid around there, that’s all. Just trying to get it out,” Betts said.

 

 

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt leads off with Mookie Betts out

07.23.16 at 3:26 pm ET
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For the second time this season, the Red Sox will have a different leadoff hitter.

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

With Mookie Betts sidelined with a knee injury, Brock Holt slides up to take the top spot in the batting order. Filling in for Betts in right field will be Michael Martinez, who replaced the outfielder after his exit Friday night. Jackie Bradley Jr. has previously been the only other member of the Sox to leadoff this year.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup against Twins righty Ricky Nolasco on the mound for the visitors, and David Price going for the Sox:

Brock Holt LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Sandy Leon C
Michael Martinez RF

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Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi debuts in left field with no issues; Luis Alexander Basabe continues hot July

07.23.16 at 11:16 am ET
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Here is the look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-49): L, 2-0, at Columbus (Indians)

— The two runs Columbus scored in the bottom of the first were all the runs scored in the game as they shutout the PawSox. Robby Scott made a spot start after Roenis Elias was scratched a couple hours before the game and allowed two runs, on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. The two runs came courtesy of a Yandy Diaz two-run homer. He was followed by Roman Mendez who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

— Joe Kelly pitched the bottom of the eighth and while he allowed a double, he didn’t allow any runs and struck out two. With Pawtucket, Kelly hasn’t allowed a run in five innings and has struck out nine.

— At the plate, the PawSox finished with just three hits. Ryan LaMarre had a double, while Jantzen Witte and Henry Ramos added singles.

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: David Price vs. Ricky Nolasco

07.23.16 at 8:28 am ET
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In the third game of the Red Sox-Twins series on Saturday night, the Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound, while the Twins call upon right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

Price is 9-7 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP in 20 starts. He was cruising through his last start on Sunday against the Yankees until the fourth inning when he gave up three runs. The 30-year-old left-hander lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, 11 hits and one walk with one strikeout. The lone strikeout tied a season low for Price.

“No, I’m definitely not satisfied,” Price said. “It was a bad fourth inning. Even when I was ahead, I couldn’t execute whatever pitch I was throwing to get an out. That’s tough. They gave me a lead there in the first inning with a home run by [Dustin Pedroia] and I couldn’t capitalize.”

Price has faced the Twins 15 times (14 starts). In those games, Price is 9-3 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.974 WHIP. Price’s career 2.12 ERA against the Twins is the lowest he has against any team with at least 10 starts. Price last faced the Twins in August of last season when he was a member of the Blue Jays. In that outing, Price went eight innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in a 5-1 Toronto win.

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What could be next for Andrew Benintendi after making professional debut in left field

07.22.16 at 11:56 pm ET
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Andrew Benintendi made his left field debut Friday night. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Andrew Benintendi made his left field debut Friday night. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

For the first time in his professional career Andrew Benintendi started in left field Friday night. While this may seem like just a minor thing, it’s setting the stage for something bigger.

Benintendi, the Red Sox’ No. 7 overall pick in last year’s draft, had been a center fielder his whole life, but with Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field with the Red Sox, that position was blocked. The Red Sox clearly believe in him and want to put him in the best position to succeed, thus the need for the move.

It should be noted, Benintendi likely won’t be playing left field every day, but will be getting early work done there and taking fly balls during batting practice as well.

“Aware of position changes, aware of the potential estimated timeline of arrival,” manager John Farrell said. “Again, the player is going to determine when he is most ready. As we’ve seen with a number of guys, we haven’t been hesitant to move them around on the field, change positions. With Andrew going to left, we are looking down the road a little ways. When that day comes that he’s a left fielder here in Boston, remains to be seen, but the way he’s swung the bat, the way he’s advanced this year, you start to prepare for that eventual day.”

Benintendi is batting .277 in 54 games with the Sea Dogs, which comes after hitting .341 in 34 games with High-A Salem to start the year.

It certainly isn’t out of the question for him to play in Boston this year, as two current prominent members of the team — Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts — played in Double-A the same year they made their professional debuts.

Betts’ case is particularly worth examining as he too changed positions — second base to outfield — while in Double-A. Betts played center field for the first time 37 games into his Double-A career, while it took Benintendi 54 games to play left field for the first time. Then, 15 games later Betts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket and then after 23 games there, he was promoted to the big league club.

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Red Sox squander ‘golden opportunity’ to win game in 9th inning vs. Twins

07.22.16 at 11:28 pm ET
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David Ortiz grounded into a double play in the 9th inning Friday night. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz grounded into a double play in the 9th inning Friday night. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Red Sox had just two hits through the first eight innings, it looked like the Red Sox had the Twins right where they wanted them in the ninth.

After Kyle Gibson was pulled after 96 pitches, Brandon Kinzler entered for the ninth with the Red Sox trailing 2-1.

They loaded the bases with no outs and had David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez due up next. The stage was set for another magical Ortiz moment, but it didn’t go as the Red Sox planned, or expected.

Ortiz grounded into a 4-2-3 double play and Ramirez lined out to right field to end the game with the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position.

“Loved our chances,” manager John Farrell said afterwards. “Loved the chance to tack on some runs in the first inning as well. Stage was set, golden opportunity. David rolled into a ground ball double play and then the line out to finish it. We had quality at-bats in the ninth inning. Up until that point Gibson was very good. Changed speeds, good sinker. Unable to really mount any threat through the first eight innings.”

Ortiz, who has been on fire of late, said he was looking to end the game with one swing.

“Looking for a home run right there,” he said. “The pitcher made good pitches. That’s the name of the game. Made a good pitch, got himself out of the situation.”

Added Ortiz: “Just another game man, you know. Pitcher, he tried to get us out and that’s what they are there for. The game wouldn’t be that easy you know. It wouldn’t be the way it is. They know how to get hitters out. They know how to get stuff done. It’s not always gonna work out our way. It’s not always gonna work their way too. That’s what they’re there for. I let it go.”

The Red Sox finished 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and snapped a seven-game home winning streak.

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Mookie Betts (knee soreness) removed from game as precaution, day-to-day

07.22.16 at 11:16 pm ET
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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

It doesn’t appear Mookie Betts’ knee injury is too serious.

The right fielder was removed from Friday’s 2-1 loss against the Twins with right knee soreness. Manager John Farrell said it was as a precaution and he’s day-to-day. There’s even the possibility he is back in the lineup as early as Saturday.

“He got a little soreness, a little stiffness as the game went on,” Farrell said. “Felt like he couldn’t run as normal. Precautionarily we got him off his feet. We’ll check him when he comes in tomorrow to see if he’s going to be available. Right now, day-to-day.”

It was thought perhaps Betts injured the knee on a play in the fourth inning when he threw out Brian Dozier at second base on a shallow single to right where he made the throw on the run, but Farrell said it wasn’t because of one particular play and he’s been dealing with something minor since the All-Star break.

“This isn’t the result of a slide or any one event,” he said. “He just felt like there was some soreness starting to come on. At the time that was the decision made.”

Added Farrell on if it’s been lingering: “A little bit. I wouldn’t say it was to the point of a no-go. This is something that there’s been some treatment on occasion, but not to the point where he needs X number of days to get past this.”

Betts has started in 94 of the 95 games so far this season and homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning for the second time in as many nights on Friday. It’s the second time this season he’s led off the first inning with home runs on two straight days and has five total on the year.

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