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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens quality; Carlos Peguero, Sam Travis, Marco Hernandez mashing

06.21.15 at 12:00 pm ET
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (34-35): W, 5-4, at Gwinnett (Braves)

— Left-hander Henry Owens (Boston’€™s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) allowed a two-run double in the third inning but finished strong by retiring 12 of the last 13 batters he faced for a final no-decision line of 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. Owens, 22, recorded the first out of the seventh with the game tied 2-2 before bring pulled with his pitch count at 100 (65 strikes). The 6-foot-6 Owens has produced back-to-back quality starts, and although he has walked 45 batters on the season to lead the International League, Owens has walked just three batters over his last two outings (12 1/3 IP). In 14 total starts Owens is 2-5 with a 3.40 ERA and just a .193 batting average against; right-handed batters are connecting at just a .180 clip.

— Right fielder Carlos Peguero hit another home run, his third in two nights, to go with a wall-ball double to center field and a walk on a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Peguero, 28, homered in the fourth inning on an opposite-field shot after fouling off a difficult 2-2 pitch to stay alive. Peguero’€™s double came on the first pitch he saw in the sixth frame. Acquired on May 27 from the Rangers organization, Peguero saw just six plate appearances in Boston before being designated for assignment. After electing free agency, he agreed on a minor league deal with the Red Sox and since being activated has gone 6-for-12 with three homers, two doubles, and seven RBIs. A 6-foot-5 lefty batter, Peguero hit 30 homers in 2014 in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for Omaha.

— Colombian RHP Dayan Diaz earned his first save for Pawtucket, escaping a jam in the eighth with no outs and the trying run at third, then striking out two in a perfect ninth to lock down the 5-4 win. Diaz, 26, has been mostly used as a multi-inning reliever this year between Double-A Portland and the PawSox (promoted on May 11). In his first Triple-A action over 18 2/3 innings with Pawtucket Diaz has allowed eight runs, striking out 18 and walking five while also allowing three home runs.

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt at third base in place of Pablo Sandoval

06.21.15 at 11:45 am ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

With Pablo Sandoval nursing a sprained left ankle suffered in Saturday night’s game, Brock Holt gets the start at third base in the Red Sox‘ series finale against the Royals Sunday.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup with Wade Miley going for the visitor and Chris Young getting the start for Kansas City:

Mookie Betts CF
Brock Holt 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mike Napoli 1B
Alejandro De Aza RF
Sandy Leon C

For all the matchups, click here.

Sunday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Wade Miley vs. Chris Young

06.21.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Wade Miley

Wade Miley

As the Red Sox conclude a four-game set with the AL’s second-best team, the Royals, they will send Wade Miley to the bump to oppose veteran Chris Young.

Miley enters Sunday’s contest coming off of the most important start of his young Red Sox career. The left-hander put an end to the Red Sox‘ season-worst seven-game losing streak with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball and eight strikeouts in a 9-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday.

Just one start removed from the pandemonium and media circus of his dugout outburst, Miley responded in the best way possible. And while Brock Holt may have stolen the show with the first Red Sox cycle in nearly 20 years, Miley’s teammates did not soon forget his stellar effort.

“He’s extremely competitive, but he’s a great guy,” said fellow starter Rick Porcello. “Always loose. He never changes. He’s the same guy every day. … He didn’t pay attention to any of that other stuff. He went out there and did his job.”

Miley’s been doing his job a lot better lately. The southpaw owns a meager 6-6 record and 4.88 ERA for the season. However, in his last two starts excluding his implosion against the Orioles on June 11, Miley has tossed 13 2/3 innings, giving up just four runs and striking out 14.

Miley will remain wary going into Sunday’s start, though, as he’s given up nine hits and five runs in two consecutive road starts.

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David Ortiz on ejection: ‘I don’t feel like I did anything wrong’

06.20.15 at 11:37 pm ET
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Mark it down as just another frustrating night for what has become a frustrating season for David Ortiz.

Saturday night, in the seventh inning of what would result in a 7-4 Red Sox loss, Ortiz was ejected by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman. The Red Sox wasn’t tossed until after he reached first base via a single off Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera.

Ortiz had already taken issue with two strike calls by Dreckman during the at-bat against Herrera. And after the DH lofted his single into center field, he tossed the bat back in front of home plate.

Once at first base, the talking continued between Ortiz and the umpire until finally the Red Sox’ slugger suffered his second ejection of the season.

“All I have to say is that this situation between players and umpires is getting to a ridiculous point,” Ortiz told reporters. “And it’€™s because it seems to me it’€™s more of a feeling than reality. I’€™m an 18-year veteran in this league and when I was coming up it seems like you deserve respect because of that. But it seems like it doesn’€™t work that way anymore.

“Growing up in my house I was teached that if you don’€™t respect me I don’€™t respect you, you know what I’€™m saying? That’€™s how I am. That’€™s life. You call two bad pitches on a guy that throws 100, what do you want me to do? It was pretty obvious that those two pitches were pretty bad. Not only that, I look at you, you look at me, and I tell you the guy doesn’t need help and you keep giving me signals. I finally give up on you and you throw me out of the game for that? I dont know.”

He later added, “I want to see what the commissioner and everybody is going to tell me about because it seems like every time we are the bad guy. I dont feel like I did anything wrong.”

As for exactly what Ortiz said to Dreckman upon arriving at first base, the DH confirmed he was taking issue with the perceived help the ump was allowing the Kansas City flame-thrower.

“I just keep on telling him that the guy on the mound doesn’€™t need any help,” Ortiz told reporters. “The guy throws 100 mph. If you look at the video, that’€™s all I say, he don’€™t need no help. That’€™s all I say.”

The instance also opened the door for Ortiz railing against what he perceives as baseball’s bigger strike zone.

“I mean man this [expletive] game has changed so much,” he said. “Nothing is new to me, you know what I’€™m saying? This is like, I mean, everybody keeps saying he’€™s old, he’€™s this, he’€™s that, that’€™s why he doesn’€™t hit anymore. All of a sudden I was being one of the best strike zone hitters to being one of the worst. So from day to night, it doesn’€™t work that way. It feels like every time you go into the box you have two strikes already. You can’€™t hit like that, period. You can’€™t hit like that. I’€™m facing a guy that’€™s throwing 100 mph and you’€™re going to give him two pitches. How am I going to hit?

“Just look at the report. Just look at the report that everybody knows. It’€™s simple. Just look at the report. The strike zone is way too damn big. You can’€™t hit like that. Pitchers are better, yeah, but the strike zone is too damn big. You can’€™t hit like that.”

Closing Time: Rick Porcello, Red Sox struggles continue in Kansas City

06.20.15 at 10:21 pm ET
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Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

For a while it looked like the Red Sox might be heading to their third three-game win streak of the season. Then came the fifth inning.

In the fifth the wheels came off once again for Rick Porcello, with the Red Sox starter relinquishing the visitors lead via a five-run frame for the Royals. The Sox could never recover, dropping a 7-4 decision to Kansas City.

The performance marked another disappointment for Porcello, who continues to be mired in a subpar season. After allowing six runs on eight hits over five innings against the Royals, the righty’s ERA stands at 5.61.

Porcello has lost his last six starts, not having claimed a victory since May 16. He has now also allowed 17 fifth-inning runs, far and away more than any other frame.

The fifth inning also marked another instance of Porcello giving up runs immediately after his team scored in the previous half inning. In this case the Red Sox had built a 4-1 lead with two runs in the top of the fifth.

Included in Porcello’s night was the starter allowing a pair of home runs, one in the second inning by Salvador Perez and another in the fifth, coming off the bat of Kendrys Morales. The Sox hurler has now allowed 13 homers this season.

“It’s been everything,” Porcello told reporters. “Right now I don’€™t feel like there’s anything mechanically that’€™s glaring. For the most part, I feel like I did a good job of keeping the ball down. It’s these innings that are taking me out of games and taking our team out of games. I’ve got to keep grinding through it and keep fighting and making sure they don’€™t put up these big runs. That’€™s all there is to it. Grit your teeth and keep going after it.”

The loss drops the Red Sox 10 games under .500, and 10 games out of first-place in the American League East with division leader Tampa Bay winning once again.

(For a complete box score, click here.)

WHAT WENT WRONG

David Ortiz had another run-in with an umpire, getting ejected in the seventh inning after arguing with home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman. The Red Sox designated hitter actually reached first base via a single off of KC reliever Kelvin Herrera. But after flipping his bat toward the home plate area, and then continuing sending words toward Dreckman while standing at first base, Ortiz was ultimately tossed.

(To read about Ortiz’ reaction to the ejection, click here.)

– After managing four runs on eight hits against Kansas City starter Edison Volquez, the Red Sox could manage very little against the highly-touted KC bullpen. The combination of Franklin Moralex, Ryan Madson, Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland allowed just three baserunners while striking out four in a combined 3 2/3 innings.

– Both Pablo Sandoval (sprained left ankle) and Blake Swihart (sprained left foot) were forced to exit the game early due to fifth-inning injuries. (To read more about the ailments, click here.)

“They both had X-rays here,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters. “Blake’€™s is at the base of the fifth toe. There were no fractures there and nothing structurally bone-wise on Pablo either.”

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Mookie Betts continued his hot hitting, claiming his seventh homer of the season while manning the leadoff spot. Betts joined Hanley Ramirez, Alejandro De Aza and Swihart as the only Red Sox to claim multiple-hit games.

Dustin Pedroia made his presence felt defensively in the eighth inning, ranging into right field to first rob Omar Infante of a hit, but then whirling around to throw into first to double up Alex Rios.

Pablo Sandoval, Blake Swihart exit with injuries

06.20.15 at 9:36 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval’s nightmarish week was punctuated Saturday night with another hiccup: an apparent leg injury.

The team would classify Sandoval’s injury as a left ankle sprain.

Sandoval was forced to leave the Red Sox‘ game with the Royals in the fifth inning after turning awkwardly on his leg while making a throw to first on Lorenzo Cain’s grounder. Before tossing what would be an errant throw to Mike Napoli, Sandoval had stretched out in an attempt to tag Alcides Escobar, who was ranging off third.

Sandoval was able to walk the Red Sox‘ dugout under his own power, with Travis Shaw coming on to man third base the rest of the way.

Sandoval, who was benched Thursday for violating the team’s social media policy, had gone 2-for-4 in the teams’ series opener Friday. He was 0-for-3 before leaving the game Saturday.

Also leaving due to injury was catcher Blake Swihart, who appeared to twist his left foot sliding into third base in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Sandy Leon, who pinch-hit for Swihart in the sixth.

Swihart would be diagnosed with left foot sprain.

“They both had X-rays here,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters. “Blake’€™s is at the base of the fifth toe. There were no fractures there and nothing structurally bone-wise on Pablo either.”

Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia returns, Xander Bogaerts out

06.20.15 at 3:50 pm ET
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After sitting out three of the last four games due to a left knee injury, Dustin Pedroia returns to the Red Sox lineup for their game against the Royals Saturday night in Kansas City. The second baseman will hit third.

Not getting the start is Xander Bogaerts, who is replaced at shortstop by Brock Holt. Taking the place of Holt in right field will be Alejandro De Aza. Mookie Betts also returns to the top of the Red Sox’ batting order.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup with Rick Porcello on the mound for the visitors, and Edison Volquez starting for KC:

Mookie Betts CF
Brock Holt SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Alejandro De Aza RF
Blake Swihart C

For all the matchups, click here.

Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Carlos Peguero lifts Pawtucket with two home runs; Josh Ockimey’s 4 RBIs help Lowell open season with win

06.20.15 at 9:09 am ET
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:

Allen Craig

Allen Craig

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-35): W, 7-5, at Gwinnett (Braves)

— Carlos Peguero drove in six of Pawtucket’€™s seven runs on two home runs, one of which was a third-inning grand slam. Peguero, who played right field and hit cleanup, recorded the only multi-hit game for the PawSox, finishing the day 3-for-5.

— Now riding a six-game hitting streak, Allen Craig went 1-for-4 with two walks and drove in the seventh Pawtucket run. Craig is hitting .298 with 11 RBIs in 34 games for Pawtucket this season.

— Brian Johnson earned his International League-leading eighth win with a six-inning outing, allowing five runs — four earned — on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts. The 24-year-old left-hander and 2012 first-round draft pick is 8-4 on the year with a 2.80 ERA.

— Right-hander Jonathan Aro recorded the save, tossing three scoreless innings despite entering the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh. The 24-year-old Dominican struck out five and allowed two hits and one walk. Aro has a 1.69 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings over nine games with the PawSox this year.

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Edinson Volquez

06.20.15 at 7:57 am ET
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Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

In the second game of a three-game series with the Royals, Rick Porcello will take the hill for the Red Sox on Saturday night opposite Edinson Volquez. Porcello will look to get the Sox their third straight win, which, given the way of the season so far, would seem like a minor miracle.

Porcello himself has struggled mightily of late. The right-hander is 4-7 on the season with an ugly 5.29 ERA, while opponents are hitting .271 against him. Among qualified starters, Porcello has the 10th-highest ERA in all of baseball (though still the second highest on his own team, slotting in behind Joe Kelly’s 5.32).

Porcello, 26, is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, the worst of his six-year career. He last won on May 16 in Seattle by a 4-2 score. During this skid, Porcello has thrown 31 innings, thus averaging over six innings per start, which is a solid figure. However, Porcello’s out-getting has not been accompanied by run prevention. He has allowed 24 runs in the five contests, good for a 6.97 ERA.

In his last time out, Porcello took the loss Monday at the hands of the Braves. The righty pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits while striking out five. The Sox lost 4-2.

“It felt pretty good, honestly,” Porcello said of his two-seamer after the outing. “I mean, I was sinking it well on the right-handed hitters. Some of their lefties called for a different approach, so we didn’t use it as much against them. All my pitches were working. Just one inning where they put up three runs, that was basically it.”

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Closing Time: Mookie Betts, Red Sox offense lead way in win over Royals

06.19.15 at 11:07 pm ET
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Hanley Ramirez had two hits, including a home run in the Red Sox' win over the Royals. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez had two hits, including a home run in the Red Sox‘ win over the Royals. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Coming into the three-game weekend series in Kansas City, many thought there was a chance the Red Sox could get swept with how they’ve been playing of late and the Royals entering with the best record in the American League.

Well, the Red Sox won’t be swept, as their offense came alive Friday night in a 7-3 win, where five players had multi-hit games, including 16 hits overall.

Five second inning runs would be all the runs the Red Sox would need, as the team couldn’t have asked for a better start. There were some big hits in the inning, including a two-RBI single by Mike Napoli to get the scoring started and then a two-RBI double by Blake Swihart later in the inning.

They would get another run in the fifth, a home run by Hanley Ramirez and another in the seventh, an RBI single by Ramirez again.

Yohan Pino got the start for the Royals and he was roughed up for six runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Following a rough start Sunday at Fenway Park, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez rebounded, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits, while walking a batter and striking out five. He’s now 3-1 over his first five major league starts and has given the rotation the boost they needed.

In relief of Rodriguez, Robbie Ross Jr. allowed a solo homer to Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning and Steven Wright allowed a run in the ninth.

Mookie Betts led the offense, as the center fielder went 4-for-5 with four singles, while Xander Bogaerts made a tremendous play in the sixth inning on a ball to his left, making a Derek Jeter-like throw to get the runner at first base.

The Red Sox have now won two games in a row for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

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