|08.10.16 at 3:09 pm ET|
After hinting at a switch for the past few days, Red Sox manager John Farrell switched things up at the top of his batting order, moving Dustin Pedroia into the leadoff spot and Mookie Betts to No. 3. Farrell first announced the decision during his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley Show.
Here is the Red Sox’ batting order against Yankees righty Nathan Eovaldi:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mookie Betts RF
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF
Click here for all the matchups with Drew Pomeranz on the mound for the Red Sox.
|08.10.16 at 1:07 pm ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (61-55): W, 3-1, vs. Durham (Rays)
— The PawSox relied on six shutout innings from Henry Owens to come away with the win. The southpaw let up only three hits while striking out seven and walking four. He has fanned 23 batters in his last three starts.
“I’ve just been trying to be consistent and hone a delivery that I can repeat over and over again,” Owens said (via MiLB.com). “Since the second half, I’ve felt pretty comfortable, more consistent and more under control.”
The shutout was Owens’ fourth of the season, and the win was his first since July 16. The 24-year-old has pitched much better in Pawtucket after being sent down from the Red Sox. Overall, he is 7-6 with a 3.85 ERA in 20 minor league starts. Opponents are batting just .218 against him.
— Brennan Boesch drilled a two-run home run over the bullpen in right field in the second inning for his fourth long ball of the season. Boesch, 31, has crossed home plate in three straight games and is slashing .240/.287/.404 in 27 games with Pawtucket.
— Christian Vazquez also went deep for the PawSox, hitting a line drive over the right field fence in the fourth inning to push Pawtucket’s lead to 3-0. It’s his second Triple-A home run of the year.
“He’s quieted things down with his lower half and he’s shown better management of the strike zone,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said of his catcher. “When he’s right, he’s looking to right center, and I think he’s done a real nice job.”
Vazquez, 25, is 6-for-9 with five RBIs in his last three games. He is batting .278/.365/.400 in 26 minor league games.
— Rusney Castillo went 2-for-4 to record his eighth multi-hit performance in his last 12 games. He is hitting .412 over that span. The 29-year-old outfielder has bumped his minor league batting average up to .259 for the season.
|08.10.16 at 12:32 pm ET|
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss the David Ortiz bobblehead that the Red Sox decided not to distribute on Tuesday, as well as Andrew Benintendi, Alex Rodriguez and Schilling’s political aspirations. To hear the complete conversation, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, in announcing the team’s decision to cancel the Ortiz promotion, said he thought the bobbleheads that arrived at Fenway appeared “racially insensitive.”
‘That’s the world we live in now, right? At the thought that someone might get offended, we are going to take 60,000 bobbleheads and get rid of them,” Schilling said, adding: “I’m not sure how you offend someone with a bobblehead.”
Schilling said he has little use for the bobbleheads, despite their popularity.
“What I find funny is like if you played for 45 minutes on a minor league team and you made the big leagues they’ll have a bobblehead day for you,” he said. “Because that draws the crowd.”
Since getting called up to the big leagues, Benintendi has a slash line of .500/.500/.563 in 16 plate appearances, after going 3-for-3 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored Tuesday night against the Yankees.
“[Benintendi is] as advertised, if not better,” Schilling said. “The swing that got me last night that I really thought, ‘OK, this is a little bit a different kid,’ was the ball that he hit out — that was a home run by the way. If you go back and watch the at-bat and you watch the swing, this was a guy putting a swing on the ball, this wasn’t a guy trying to drive it. That’s big league power right there. Again, you look at the swing and I see a guy that clearly he’s got a very mature approach — and I think everybody thought that, but seeing it in the big leagues is a little different. But that ball he drove to center field with that swing in that at-bat was pretty impressive.”
|08.10.16 at 8:07 am ET|
The Red Sox will give Drew Pomeranz the ball Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series against the Yankees, who will counter with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Pomeranz, acquired by the Red Sox on July 14, is 8-9 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.16 WHIP overall this season. He is 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in four starts with Boston. The 27-year-old southpaw continues to search for his first win in a Red Sox uniform. In his last start, Pomeranz let up two runs on four hits in six innings in a 3-2 win at Seattle on Thursday. He struck out six and walked six and did not receive a decision.
“I was just missing a little bit,” Pomeranz said. “They were pretty patient on some of my curveballs. I don’t mind walking guys as long as I don’t give up runs.”
Pomeranz, who has been a member of four different major league teams, have faced the Yankees three times in his career, posting a 1-1 record and a 1.13 ERA. He got the start vs. New York on July 2 of this year as a member of the Padres. The 2016 National League All-Star held the Yankees to one run in seven innings, striking out seven and walking none in the Padres’ 2-1 victory.
|08.10.16 at 12:30 am ET|
After one of his worst outings of the season, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel revealed that his surgically repaired left knee continues to give him trouble.
He certainly didn’t look right in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the Yankees, walking four to force in a run before being lifted in favor of right-hander Matt Barnes, who nailed down the victory with a strikeout of Mark Teixeira to earn the first save of his career.
“I walked four guys,” Kimbrel said. “I mean, I was out there watching the same game y’all were. I didn’t have my best stuff tonight. In that situation I tried to make pitches to get strikeouts, I didn’t really want them to put the ball in play. Bad day, bad night. But, on the positive side, we still won the game. We put this outing behind us and we go into tomorrow.”
The performance wasn’t as concerning, in some respects, as what Kimbrel said after. He acknowledged that his knee continues to give him trouble, a month after surgery, though he stopped short of blaming it for Tuesday’s woes. He had never walked four batters in less than an inning.
“When you’re sore, does it affect you?” he said. “I wouldn’t say it affected me in my performance, but I definitely, it’s something I’m going to battle with until it’s all gone. I’m still four weeks out of surgery. I’m good enough to pitch, I’m good enough to play, but it’s not going to affect me each and every night.”
Barnes, meanwhile, got the job done, continuing a breakout season as one of manager John Farrell’s most reliable arms.
“With the two left-handers coming, just wanted the power, particularly against Teixeira where we’ve seen that power kind of works as a better matchup,” Farrell said. “And how he [Barnes] has been with men on base this year. He has been outstanding as far as stranding inherited runners. No more important time than tonight.”
|08.10.16 at 12:09 am ET|
Rick Porcello won his 100th career game on Tuesday night. He became baseball’s third 15-game winner. He improved to 11-0 at Fenway Park.
But all anyone will want to talk about is the near-brawl he incited by barking at Yankees third baseman Chase Headley in the seventh inning of a 5-3 victory.
Headley led off with a double to center that took a funny hop off the scoreboard and briefly eluded center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who recovered to fire an off-balance strike to third with Headley attempting to stretch the play into a triple.
The perfect one-hop throw nailed Headley at the bag and he stayed down on the field, perhaps hoping for a replay challenge. Porcello advanced toward him, pointed toward his eyes and then behind him, the two exchanged words and the dugouts emptied.
So what prompted it?
“I don’t really have anything to comment on that,” Porcello said. “That’s baseball stuff. Happens down on the field, and just going to let it stay there between me and Headley.”
|08.09.16 at 10:23 pm ET|
Most knew this was probably going to have the feel of an important game.
For the Red Sox, the stakes of their showdown with the Yankees on Tuesday night were obvious. Coming off a 5-6 road trip, with the comfort of six home games staring at them, John Farrell’s team needed to get things going in order to keep pace in the playoff race.
And thanks in part to the electricity supplied by rookie Andrew Benintendi, another lock-down outing from Rick Porcello, and even a bench-clearing fracas in the seventh inning, the atmosphere didn’t disappoint.
The Red Sox kicked off a stretch of 23 games in 23 days with a spirited 5-3 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park, helping the hosts keep pace in the race for both the American League East and Wild Card.
Leading the way was Porcello, who improved to 11-0 at Fenway this season. The righty claimed his 15th win of the season, giving up just two runs on seven hits over eight innings. He also struck out six and walked just one.
It marked the first time in Porcello’s career he has totaled at least eight innings in three straight starts, having come off back-to-back complete games.
“Yeah, he was very strong once again,” manager John Farrell said. “Like many of his starts this season, he gets to that middle portion of the ballgame and really begins to settle in. I thought he had very good feel for his changeup and his curveball once again, sinker in the bottom of the zone. Eight strong innings. Just an outstanding job on his part. Two opportunities for shutdown innings, he continues to execute them very well.”
Spearheading the offense was Benintendi, who claimed his second three-hit game while putting his batting average at .500 (8-for-16) for his brief major league career.
“My job as the guy hitting in the nine-hole was to get on base and to flip the lineup, and that’s what my approach was today, and it worked out,” Benintendi said.
|08.09.16 at 4:50 pm ET|
It looks like Blake Swihart’s season is over.
The catcher-turned-outfielder will undergo surgery on his injured right ankle in North Carolina in the coming days, with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson serving as the operating surgeon.
Swihart, who last played June 4, will finish his 2016 season hitting .258 with a .720 OPS in 19 games. He played six games at catcher (including Opening Day), and 13 in left field.
In other injury news, reliever Koji Uehara played catch from 60 feet, but there’s still no timetable for his return. Farrell said he hopes Uehara can pitch again this year.
|08.09.16 at 3:34 pm ET|
After being relegated to pinch-hitting in the Dodgers series due to a left wrist injury, Hanley Ramirez returns to the starting lineup at first base in the Red Sox’ series-opening game against the Yankees Tuesday night.
Despite Red Sox manager John Farrell surfacing the idea that Mookie Betts might move down in the order, the right fielder remains in the leadoff spot.
Here is the Red Sox’ lineup against Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino, with Rick Porcello getting the start for the hosts:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt SS
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF
|08.09.16 at 3:22 pm ET|
Bobblehead night is fun. Pretty racist bobblehead night is not fun. As such, there will be no bobblehead night for the Red Sox on Tuesday.
The team had planned on giving away David Ortiz bobbleheads for Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees, but Sox tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the bobbleheads were “unacceptable to the club and not appropriate for distribution.”
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 9, 2016
What was unacceptable about them? Perhaps the fact that they featured a racist depiction of Ortiz using dated stereotypes of black people. According to at least this picture, the bobblehead depicts Ortiz having big white lips, which he does not.
Ok I can see why they cancelled Ortiz bobblehead night pic.twitter.com/3E9AtWgxOy
— Connor #2019Champs (@connortheOGfam) August 9, 2016
A Red Sox team spokesman said that the bobblehead did not represent an accurate portrayal of Ortiz’ likeness and that some of the features were racially insensitive. The spokesman also noted that these issues did not exist on all the bobbleheads, but that the team decided it was best to hold back all of them.
Rob Bradford contributed to this report.
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