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Red Sox lineup: Chris Young, Ryan Hanigan get starts

04.19.16 at 3:33 pm ET
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Chris Young

Chris Young

With left-hander Drew Smyly starting for the Rays in their series-opener against the Red Sox Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Sox manager John Farrell gives Chris Young the nod once again in left field.

Young, who Farrell noted in the offseason would play against all lefty starters, is just 2-for-15 to start the season. He has just three plate appearances against Smyly, notching a hit and a walk.

Also starting will be Ryan Hanigan, who will be catching Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

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Red Sox option reliever Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket, recall reliever Heath Hembree

04.19.16 at 2:07 pm ET
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Noe Ramirez

Noe Ramirez

Although it is not a drastic move, the Red Sox have made a move with their bullpen.

After Monday’s loss, the Red Sox optioned right-hander reliever Noe Ramirez to Triple-A and as the corresponding move recalled right-handed reliever Heath Hembree.

Hembree has not allowed a run in four appearances with Pawtucket this season, surrendering only two hits and recording nine strikeouts without issuing a walk over five innings. He came to the Red Sox from the Giants in the Jake Peavy trade in 2014.

Through 12 games this season with the Red Sox, Ramirez has a 4.91 ERA with eight strikeouts. He made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. He was a 2011 fourth-round pick by the Red Sox.

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Dr. Thomas Gill talks Pablo Sandoval situation on OM&F: ‘It’s pretty confusing, I’ve got to be honest’

04.19.16 at 1:55 pm ET
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Dr. Thomas Gill said the Pablo Sandoval situation is very confusing. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)

Dr. Thomas Gill said the Pablo Sandoval situation is very confusing. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)

Former Red Sox medical director and Patriots team doctor Dr. Thomas Gill checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the Pablo Sandoval situation. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

After an MRI late last week on his left shoulder, Sandoval wanted a second opinion by Dr. James Andrews. Monday was that second opinion, but upon meeting with Dr. Andrews Sandoval was too sore for a full exam and instead got a cortisone shot.

Dr. Gill said the situation is questionable.

“It’s pretty rare to have someone this far out from this specific injury to have so much pain you can’t examine them,” Gill said. “Obviously I’m not aware of anything going on with Pablo, specifically. But just in a general rule for an athlete with a shoulder injury, you ought to be able to examine them. What John Farrell was saying that he received an injection to calm down the pain, usually that’s what I do to get a really good exam. Once you give that injection in the office you can get rid of their pain almost right away and that’s really the best time to test strength, flexibility and things like that. It is pretty confusing, I’ve got to be honest.”

Dr. Gill explained what he would do if a patient was too sore for a full exam.

“What I typically do, and not so much a cortisone injection, but you can inject some novicane into the bursa, that area above the rotator cuff,” he said. “What that does is get rid of all the pain. So a guy who has had a lot of weakness before the injection … You can be weak either because of the pain or because of a big tear, but if I give some novacane in the bursa what that does is gets rid of their pain and allows me to give a much better exam.

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Tuesday Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens solid in PawSox win, improves ERA to 1.00 through 3 starts

04.19.16 at 10:23 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-5): W, 3-1, 10 innings, at Rochester (Twins)

— Left-hander Henry Owens delivered a solid performance, earning his seventh consecutive quality start in Triple-A dating back to last season. He went six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision despite the impressive outing, as the game wound up going to 10 innings before the PawSox won, 3-1. Owens now is sporting a nifty 1.00 ERA through three starts this season.

— Blake Swihart, recently optioned to Pawtucket by the Red Sox, showed off some late-game heroics with a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning. IT was his only hit in five at-bats. Rusney Castillo, who made the trip to Triple-A with Swihart, finished 2-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.

— Right fielder Justin Maxwell had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout. Also joining the party offensively was Sam Travis, who was 2-for-4 with a walk. His average now sits at .277.

— Kyle Martin was dominant out of the bullpen, throwing three perfect innings, striking out three and walking none. He picked up his first win of the season.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Drew Smyly

04.19.16 at 8:39 am ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Hard throwing right-hander Joe Kelly will be on the bump Tuesday night as the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Rays, who will send out lefty Drew Smyly.

Kelly will look to build on his previous start last Thursday, when he picked up his first win of the young season. He went five innings against the Orioles, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out six. The Red Sox went on to win the game, 4-2. He had to work through jams, but Kelly’s performance proved to be enough to hand the Orioles their first loss of the season.

“Obviously it wasn’t the best,” Kelly said afterward. “I went out there and battled and grinded against a team that’s been really, really hot.”

Kelly has faced the Rays twice — a pair of starts last year. He is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 1.900 WHIP, recording 13 strikeouts and two walks in 10 innings.

Smyly’s last start was last Wednesday, when he picked up his second loss in two starts this season despite a solid performance against the Indians. He went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on just three hits. He walked one and struck out 11, which tied his career high. The Rays could only muster one run in the game and wound up losing, 4-1, at the hands of a dominating pitching performance from Carlos Carrasco.

“I knew it was going to be a pitchers’ duel,” Smyly said after the loss. “Carrasco has amazing stuff. He just beat us today.”

Smyly, who started his career with the Tigers in 2012, has made eight appearances against the Red Sox, including six starts. The 26-year-old is 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 1.008 WHIP, recording 43 strikeouts and walking 10 in 40 2/3 innings.

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Despite Red Sox loss, Clay Buchholz gets back on track with 6 2/3 scoreless innings

04.18.16 at 3:48 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and got a no-decison. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and got a no-decison. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

If there was one bright spot in Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays, it would be the performance of starter Clay Buchholz.

In his third start of the year, the right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but the bullpen allowed four eighth innings runs to spoil the dominant start to leave him with a no-decision.

Buchholz went 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits, while walking two and striking out two. After allowing five earned runs in each of his previous two starts this season, Monday was much-needed.

“I felt good despite being 11 o’clock in the morning,” Buchholz said. “It’s one of the things I have to get over. I am not the best morning person, I guess. I have to find a way to get mentally prepared and go out and try to win a ballgame. With the lineup that we faced these four games is not an easy lineup to pitch around any one person to get to the next guy. I felt really good with just about everything. My curveball came to me a little later. The fastball-changeup-cutter mix was probably the best I’ve felt.”

The key for Buchholz was inducing four double-play balls, which tied a career-high and were the most by a Red Sox starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008. He credited his two-seamer for getting all the groundballs, which he said he spent a lot of time working on in between starts.

Buchholz lowered his ERA from 10.00 to 5.74. He said he really didn’t change much from his previous starts.

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Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) too sore to have full exam by Dr. James Andrews

04.18.16 at 3:11 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

The strange Pablo Sandoval situation has gotten even stranger.

The Red Sox third baseman had his shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Monday morning, but he couldn’t get a full exam because the shoulder was “very sore.”

Instead, he got a cortisone shot to calm down the inflammation and will likely be re-examined by Dr. Andrews in a few weeks.

“He had the exam here today with Dr. Andrews. He’s still very sore,” manager John Farrell said. “To say there was a full exam conducted, Dr. Andrews couldn’t because of the soreness. He was given an ejection to calm the inflammation down. At this point he will be re-examined likely by Dr. Andrews in a few weeks.”

Sandoval had an MRI late last week after the third baseman was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. After the results came back it was determined he would go see Dr. Andrews for a second opinion.

It is unknown what the MRI last week found as neither Sandoval or any member of the organization would say.

After losing the starting third base job in spring training to Travis Shaw, Sandoval played in three games and was 0-for-7.

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Closing Time: Koji Uehara, Craig Kimbrel can’t hold lead as Red Sox fall to Blue Jays on Patriots’ Day

04.18.16 at 2:19 pm ET
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It was a rough eighth inning for Koji Uehara. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

It was a rough eighth inning for Koji Uehara. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Evidently, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel are not morning, or early afternoon people.

The two combined to allow four runs in the eighth inning, as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 4-3 on Patriots’ Day at Fenway Park.

With a 1-0 lead in the eighth, Koji Uehara allowed the first batter of the inning to reach on an infield single, but Josh Rutledge’s throw went into the camera-well allowing Kevin Pillar to reach second.

After a walk and a passed ball, Michael Saunders hit a grounder to Xander Bogaerts on the right side of second base, and after appearing to have a play at home, opted to throw to first for the first out of the inning, which tied the score at one. Uehara then walked Jose Bautista to load the bases with no outs, ending Uehara’s day.

In came closer Craig Kimbrel, who struck out Edwin Encarnacion for the second out, but then walked Troy Tulowitzki to allow the second run to score and finally allowed a two-run single to Russell Martin making it a 4-1 game.

The bullpen ruined a masterful start by Clay Buchholz, as the right-hander went 6 2/3 shutout innings. He was aided by inducing four double plays, which were the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008.

Overall, he went 6 2/3 innings, not allowing a run on six hits, while walking two and striking out two on 97 pitches.

Lefty J.A. Happ shut down the Red Sox lineup, limiting them to just a run on four hits over seven-plus innings.

The Red Sox scored their first run in the second inning on a two-out double by Josh Rutledge, which scored Hanley Ramirez, who also doubled earlier in the frame. They made it 4-3 in the ninth on a two-out double by Travis Shaw and a single by Ramirez, but pinch-hitter David Ortiz ended the game with the tying run on base.

Closing Time note

Happ was the first left-handed starter the Red Sox have faced all year. It was the furthest into a season without an opposing left-hander since 1996 when the Red Sox faced the Orioles’ David Wells in Game 13.

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Video: Jeff Bauman, Jake Gyllenhaal throw out ceremonial first pitches at Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day

04.18.16 at 11:12 am ET
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Prior to Monday’s annual Patriots’ Day game, Boston marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and Jake Gyllenhaal threw out the ceremonial first pitches at Fenway Park.

Gyllenhaal is playing Bauman in the upcoming film “Stronger.” The first pitches will be used in the actual movie.

Below is video of the first pitches (Gyllenhaal on the left and Bauman on the right), which were thrown to David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez.

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John Farrell reflects on what playing on Patriots’ Day means to him, Red Sox

04.18.16 at 10:20 am ET
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Jeff Bauman will throw out the first pitch on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Jeff Bauman will throw out the first pitch on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Patriots’ Day is a special day for the City of Boston with the Boston Marathon and the Red Sox having their annual 11 a.m. start.

The day has a whole new meaning following the marathon bombings three years ago.

This will be manager John Farrell’s fourth Patriots’ Day as manager and he’s proud to be part of it.

“Well, certainly it’s not only a special day here in Massachusetts and New England obviously with the holiday and a chance to celebrate with a unique major league game or start time, but it is part of the history of this holiday and the Red Sox part in it,” Farrell said before Monday’s game. “No one is going to forget obviously three years ago, the significance of that day. We can’t forget those who were impacted directly.”

The Red Sox are 69-51 all-time on Patriots’ Day, with 26 doubleheaders between 1903 and 1966. They have won on 11 of the last 15 games played on Patriots Day.

Over the weekend there have been several reminders of the events three years ago with survivors throwing out first pitches and runners being in and around the park.

On Monday, Jeff Bauman and actor/producer Jake Gyllenhaal will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Gyllenhaal is playing the role of Bauman in the film “Stronger.”

“There’s always reminders of it,” Farrell said. “I think for those of us who were here and walked off the field that day just as those bombs were detonated, that will never be omitted or erased from our mind. The frenzy that followed immediately, but then what grew out of that day. While we remember those who were victims, I think there was a unique and special bond that was created and fostered over the rest of that summer.

“I would hope that we played a part in the healing for some of the people that were coming to the ballpark each and every day. When you see the victims and the stories that come out of that day, it’s a place in history that we will never forget.”

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