|08.16.16 at 3:15 pm ET|
Also of note is John Farrell keeping Mookie Betts in the cleanup spot, with David Ortiz hitting third. The positioning allows to break up the left-handed bats of Ortiz and No. 5 hitter Jackie Bradley Jr.
Here is the Red Sox’ lineup with right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the mound for the hosts:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF
Click here for all the matchups, with Eduardo Rodriguez getting the start for the Red Sox.
|08.16.16 at 1:13 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — After he was released by Washington, sources close to the situation told WEEI.com Jonathan Papelbon would be open to returning to Boston.
Evidently, the feeling is mutual.
Appearing on MLB Network Radio, Red Sox manager John Farrell seemed to make it clear his team sees the value of adding Papelbon to its bullpen mix.
Farrell on Jonathan Papelbon "we've talked about it, there's some real strong points to 'Pap' that could be an addition here"
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 16, 2016
A source told WEEI.com Tuesday morning that Papelbon was expected to choose which team he would be signing with within 24 hours, and that there was ‘strong interest’ in the 35-year-old.
|08.16.16 at 10:15 am ET|
According to a source with knowledge of his thinking, former Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon will make a decision on where to play in the next 24 hours and is drawing “strong interest” from across the league, colleague Rob Bradford reports.
It should come as no surprise that multiple teams are intrigued by Papelbon, who was waived by the Nationals on Saturday after being displaced as closer by Mark Melancon.
Papelbon, 35, converted 19 of 22 save opportunities this season before the Nationals acquired Melancon from the Pirates on July 30. While his stuff has clearly degraded, Papelbon remains a battle-tested closer who has saved 368 games, ninth on the all-time list.
There are concerns about his drop in fastball velocity (90.9 mph this year) and strikeout rate (8.0), as well as an uptick in ERA (4.37) and walk rate (3.6). But given the fact that the Nationals are on the hook for his remaining salary in the final year of a deal that pays him $13 million this season, Papelbon represents a low-risk option for a contender at a time when those are hard to come by.
There’s no word on whether the Red Sox are interested or if Papelbon has a preference between leagues.
|08.16.16 at 9:53 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (65-57): W, 5-1, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— The PawSox opened a three-game series against the IronPigs with a big win, led by starting pitcher Henry Owens. The southpaw held Lehigh Valley to one run on five hits in seven strong innings, allowing a season-low one walk and striking out six. In his last four outings, the 24-year-old has recorded a 1.57 ERA with 29 strikeouts. He is 8-6 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 minor league starts.
— Chris Marrero led the way on offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBIs. He is 14-for-21 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in five games at Lehigh Valley this year. He crushed his league lead-tying 23rd homer of the season in the third inning to give Pawtucket a 2-0 lead. Marrero, 28, now has three home runs in his last five games. He’s slashing .288/.345/.519 with 61 RBIs in 113 games.
— Jose Vinicio went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He crossed home plate in the seventh inning on a doubled from the rehabbing Chris Young. The 23-year-old infielder is batting .260/.288/.321 in 60 games with both Pawtucket and Portland.
— Joe Kelly took the mound in the ninth inning to secure the win for Pawtucket. He gave up a leadoff single but struck out the next batter then induced a double play to end the game. Kelly, 28, has not allowed a run in his last three appearances. He’s 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 15 minor league outings.
|08.16.16 at 8:52 am ET|
With the race for the American League East heating up, the Red Sox head to Baltimore on Tuesday to kick off a crucial two-game series against the Orioles, and Eduardo Rodriguez gets the start opposite veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Rodriguez has had an up-and-down season, totaling a 2-5 record with a 5.43 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. The 23-year-old right-hander has not won a start since July 16, but he is coming off his best outing of the season. In a 4-2 loss to the Yankees on Thursday, Rodriguez held New York to one run and three hits through seven innings, striking out six and walking one. He was in line to receive the win before the Yankees drove in three runs in the eighth inning.
“[Rodriguez] did an outstanding job for those seven innings of work,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said (via MLB.com).
In five career starts vs. the Orioles, Rodriguez is 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA. His latest outing against Baltimore resulted in a 5-1 Red Sox loss on June 16. He surrendered five runs on eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings.
|08.15.16 at 9:00 pm ET|
It appears Jason Groome will be appearing in a real game relatively soon.
According to a source, the Red Sox’ first-round pick (No. 7 overall) is tentatively scheduled to make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Red Sox next Monday if his bullpen session goes as planned this week.
Groome has been in Fort Myers the past few weeks after signing getting on the Red Sox’ throwing program and working with the Red Sox’ staff, all leading up to making his debut.
As a senior this past year at Barnegat High School in New Jersey, the tall left-hander posted a 0.77 ERA with 90 strikeouts and 15 hits allowed in 39 2/3 innings.
MLB.com was first to report the news.
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|08.15.16 at 4:16 pm ET|
As he’s done for years, David Ortiz put the Red Sox on his back, with the heroics this time resulting in a 3-2 win over the Indians in Cleveland on Monday afternoon.
The Red Sox offense couldn’t find any answers through the first two-thirds of the makeup game from April 7. But in the sixth inning Ortiz delivered a one-out, no-doubter home run into the right-field bleachers, giving the Red Sox a lead they would never relinquish.
The dinger brought Ortiz into a tie for 10th in the league for home runs with 27.
Two batters later, Jackie Bradley Jr. drilled his 19th homer of the year into right-center field.
The sixth-inning power surge helped starter Drew Pomeranz earn his first win in a Red Sox uniform. Aside from a fourth inning solo shot to Rajai Davis, the lefty was impressive, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing a pair of runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
By and large, Pomeranz showed ability to get himself out of potentially volatile situations, most notably forcing Carlos Santana into a 5-4-3 double play after walking Mike Napoli to start the seventh inning.
He did put himself in trouble in the eighth, however, allowing a double to Chris Gimenez, who later scored on a Davis double to let the Tribe climb within one. Fernando Abad came in to relieve Pomeranz, getting Jose Ramirez to fly out to left.
After allowing a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor then a walk to Mike Napoli to start the ninth, Craig Kimbrel struck out Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Jose Almonte to fly out to earn his 20th save of the year.
|08.15.16 at 10:56 am ET|
Following Sunday’s win, the Red Sox announced several roster moves.
Right-hander Steven Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder and also placed first baseman Hanley Ramirez on the three-day bereavement list in addition to sending left-hander Roenis Elias back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Prior to Monday afternoon’s game in Cleveland, the team made the three corresponding moves.
Infielders Deven Marrero and Marco Hernandez as well as right-hander Heath Hembree were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and will be in uniform for the game.
Hernandez is batting .303 in 52 games with the PawSox, while Marrero is having a tough year batting just .196 in 87 games. Both will give the team options off the bench in the infield.
Hembree has seen extensive time in the majors this season with the Red Sox and is 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA.
For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.
|08.15.16 at 10:35 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (64-57): L, 5-2/L, 2-1, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader (with both games shortened to seven innings), right-hander Sean O’Sullivan picked up his fourth straight loss, giving up five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked a season-high six batters. He has allowed 13 second-inning runs in his last four starts. O’Sullivan is 6-6 with a 4.54 ERA in 15 starts with Pawtucket.
— Chris Young went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the second game of his rehab assignment with Pawtucket. He is working his way back to Boston after injuring his hamstring rounding first base on July 23. The left fielder was slashing .277/.338/.508 in the majors before the injury.
— William Cuevas pitched six innings in a complete-game effort in Game 2, letting up two runs on four hits. He struck out one and walked two. Cuevas, 25, has held opponents to only five runs in his last three appearances. He now holds a 6-6 record with a 4.31 ERA in 21 minor league outings.
|08.15.16 at 10:19 am ET|
A day after hitting three home runs for the second time this season, Mookie Betts will do something he hasn’t done in his career — bat cleanup.
Betts is batting fourth as the Red Sox take on the Indians for just a one-game series, which is a makeup game from Opening Day that was postponed because of rain.
With Hanley Ramirez on bereavement list, Travis Shaw will play first base and Aaron Hill will play third base as the Red Sox go up against Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin.
Bryan Holaday will catch Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, RF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Aaron Hill, 3B
Travis Shaw, 1B
Bryan Holaday, C
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Drew Pomeranz, LHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
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