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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Daniel Gonzalez goes 6 strong, C Roldani Baldwin 3-for-4 in Greenville loss

08.09.16 at 8:48 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (60-55): No game scheduled.

The PawSox took Monday off and will next host a three-game series on Wednesday against Durham (Rays).

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (44-69): No game scheduled.

The Sea Dogs traveled on Monday and will start a six-game road trip on Wednesday with a three-game series at Erie (Tigers).

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (67-45): No game scheduled.

The Red Sox will resume play on Wednesday with a three-game trip to Myrtle Beach (Cubs).

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (58-55): L, 3-2, at Columbia (Mets)

— Monday’s game began as a duel between the starting pitchers. Greenville’s Daniel Gonzalez allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, fanning seven and walking none in the process. Fireflies starting pitcher Chase Ingram, however, was a bit better, holding Salem to one run through six innings. Gonzalez, 20, held Columbia scoreless until the fifth inning. The Venezuelan right-hander now has pitched at least five innings in eight consecutive outings and is 6-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 18 appearances.

— The Greenville bats were relatively quiet throughout the game, but Roldani Baldwin had a good night, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. He drove in Austin Rei in the second inning for the Drive’s first run of the night and Baldwin’s 30th RBI overall. The 20-year-old catcher is slashing .268/.314/.384 in 68 games with both Lowell and Greenville.

— Nick Lovullo, who was drafted in the 20th round this year, drove in the other run for the Drive and went 1-for-4. The Holy Cross product — the son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo — is hitting .197 since being called up to Greenville from Lowell. As a whole, Lovullo, 22, is batting .238/.312/.278 since being drafted.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Luis Severino

08.09.16 at 8:29 am ET
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The Red Sox will kick off a six-game homestand on Tuesday when they send Rick Porcello to the mound in the first game of a three-game series against the division rival Yankees. Porcello, who will be looking for his 100th career win, will face off against young right-hander Luis Severino.

Porcello has served as the stopper for a Red Sox pitching rotation that has had its up and downs, as his 14 wins are the second best in the American League. He has a 3.46 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 22 starts. He had won six straight starts before suffering a loss in a 3-1 defeat at Seattle on Wednesday. The 27-year-old right-hander still managed to pitch well, allowing three runs on three home runs in eight innings, his second complete game in a row. He struck out eight and walked just one.

“I pitched deep into the game, felt like I threw the ball well. Their guy [Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma] was better,” Porcello said. “He really threw the ball well. He was outstanding. You tip your hat, sometimes you run into that.”

In 13 career starts against the Yankees, Porcello is 6-5 with a 3.38 ERA. He most recently faced New York on May 6 of this season, when he lost his first game of the year. Porcello let up three runs on six hits in seven innings in a 3-2 loss.

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Red Sox not planning Alex Rodriguez tribute Tuesday

08.09.16 at 7:29 am ET
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According to a team source, the Red Sox are not planning to honor Alex Rodriguez when the Yankees designated hitter begins his final series at Fenway Park Tuesday night.

Rodriguez said Sunday he would be leaving the Yankees, with the team to release the 41-year-old following Friday’s game. New York is planning to have Rodriguez serve as a mentor/instructor while riding out the remainder of his current contract, which runs through the 2017 season.

Rodriguez is hitting .204 with nine homers and a .609 OPS in 62 games this season. He is four home runs short of 700.

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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Haley pitches shutout for Pawtucket; Aneury Tavarez homers twice for Portland

08.08.16 at 9:13 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (60-54): W, 6-0/L, 3-6, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— In Game 1, Justin Haley pitched a complete-game shutout, lasting seven innings in a shortened game due to the doubleheader. The right-hander let up five hits and one walk in the outing while striking out four.

“He was aggressive, worked ahead in the count and he was very efficient,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. “He showed that sneaky fastball and he set the tone for us today.”

Haley, 25, now has won four straight starts and pitched two consecutive shutouts. He also has pitched at least six innings in his last five appearances. He is 11-7 with a 2.67 ERA this season.

— Offensively, Christian Vazquez led the way, going 3-for-3 with a double, 3 RBIs and a run. He hit a three-run double into right-center field to plate three runs in the third inning, and that would prove to be all the support Haley needed on the mound.

Vazquez, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run against Buffalo on Friday, is slashing .276/.366/.368 and has 11 RBIs in 25 games with Pawtucket. He totaled 10 RBIs in 51 games with Boston before being sent down to Triple-A.

— Ryan LaMarre added a solo home run in the fifth inning to further cement Pawtucket’s lead. It was his seventh shot of the year. LaMarre, 27, now is batting .300/.374/.444 in 67 games.

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Closing Time: David Price, Red Sox end trip on losing note with loss to Dodgers

08.07.16 at 11:16 pm ET
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Red Sox starter David Price (right) can only celebrate while Dodgers Josh Reddick (11) and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate on Sunday night. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox starter David Price (right) can only watch while Dodgers Josh Reddick (11) and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate on Sunday night. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox will have to settle for a 5-6 West Coast swing after dropping an 8-5 decision to the Dodgers on Sunday night in another middling outing from David Price marked by defensive miscues and two home runs allowed by reliever Junichi Tazawa.

The Red Sox expected to be in a good spot. They started the night hoping to complete a 6-5 trip with Price on the mound. Instead, they blew a 2-0 lead in the fourth despite Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy being unable to throw a strike in his 3 2/3 innings.

“We know we’re a better team than we’ve showed lately,” Price told reporters.

Things started to unravel in the fourth. Justin Turner, overpowered by Eduardo Rodriguez a night earlier, jumped on a Price curveball and ripped it into the left field seats for a leadoff homer. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a double to center, and third baseman Brock Holt helped the frame advance from bad to ugly by mishandling a Xander Bogaerts relay with one out on a Josh Reddick grounder.

Instead of two outs with a runner on first, Price found himself with runners on the corners, and rookie Rob Segedin made him pay with the first hit of his career, a two-run double to center that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Dodgers added three more runs in the fifth, aided by another error, with Bogaerts throwing wildly to second on a grounder, allowing a run to score. Price still had a chance to limit the damage, but Segedin ripped a two-run single to right to make it 6-2.

The Red Sox attempted to rally in the sixth. Pinch hitter Aaron Hill ripped an RBI double to left and Andrew Benintendi (3-for-4, run, 2 RBIs) plated him with a two-out single to right before racing home on an aggressive send from third base coach Brian Butterfield on a Mookie Betts single.

Any chance the Red Sox had of rallying from that 6-5 deficit went up in smoke in the seventh, however, when Tazawa allowed solo homers to Gonzalez and Enrique Hernandez with one out. The Red Sox didn’t record a hit thereafter, and closer Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to nail down the save.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox now are 11-13 in games started by Price, who signed a $217 million contract in the offseason. The Tigers and Jays went 24-8 in his 32 starts last year.

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Alex Rodriguez announces retirement; will visit Red Sox this week, play final major league game Friday

08.07.16 at 11:33 am ET
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Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

One of the most polarizing figures in Major League Baseball is retiring.

Alex Rodriguez announced at a press conference Sunday morning that he is retiring effective following Friday’s game.

The 41-year-old designated hitter has struggled all season, hitting .204 with a .609 OPS and nine home runs.

“This is a tough day,” Rodriguez said in a press conference on Sunday. “I love this game, and I love this team. And today, I’m saying goodbye to both.”

Rodriguez, 41, is just four home runs shy of 700 for his career. He’ll remain with the Yankees as a special advisor through 2017.

His final week of games will begin on Tuesday in Boston, a fitting place to wind down a controversial career, given his dalliances with the organization in the 2003 offseason. He agreed to a deal with the Red Sox and would’ve been acquired from the Rangers, but the union scuttled the agreement. He was then traded to the Yankees, where he began the most contentious portion of his career, which included multiple admissions of PED use and a year-long suspension in 2014.

“After spending several days discussing this plan with Alex, I am pleased that he will remain a part of our organization moving forward and transition into a role in which I know he can flourish,” said Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner in a statement. “We have an exciting group of talented young players at every level of our system. Our job as an organization is to utilize every resource possible to allow them to reach their potential, and I expect Alex to directly contribute to their growth and success. Baseball runs through his blood.

“He’s a tireless worker and an astute student of the game. Alex has already proven to be a willing and effective mentor to many players who have come through our clubhouse, and I am confident that this next phase of his baseball life will bring out the best in Alex and the next generation of Yankees.”

A 14-time All-Star and three-time MVP, Rodriguez currently ranks fourth all-time in home runs (696) and third in RBIs (2,084). He’s currently a lifetime .295 hitter with a .930 OPS.

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Dodgers matchups: David Price vs. Brandon McCarthy

08.07.16 at 8:20 am ET
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In the final game of the Red-Sox Dodgers series Sunday evening at Dodger Stadium, Boston will send ace David Price to the hill, while the Dodgers counter with veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Price is 9-7 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.248 WHIP. Price cruised through seven innings in his previous start last Tuesday against the Mariners, but in the eighth inning Price was charged with four runs and the Sox went on to lose 5-4. Price allowed seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

“That’s baseball,” Price said after the disappointing loss. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. Just have to move on.”

Price’s only start against the Dodgers came in 2013 when he was a member of the Rays. In that outing, Price through seven innings, allowing one unearned run, seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Salem RF Danny Mars 6-for-7 with 4 extra-base hits, 5 RBIs in 13-inning win

08.07.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Saturday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (59-54): Postponed, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— Saturday’s game was postponed by rain. It will be made up as part of a Sunday doubleheader, with the first game starting at 11:35 a.m.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (43-69): W, 9-4, vs. Akron (Indians)

— Left fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-5, his 27th multi-hit game of the year, and hit a two-run triple as part of a four-run second inning. Tavarez is hitting an Eastern League-leading .324 and is second in the league with nine triples.

— First baseman Cody Decker went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, his eighth of the season, and two runs scored.

— Right fielder Rainel Rosario went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Tzu-Wei Lin was 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Designated hitter Nate Frieman went 2-for-3 with a walk. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon hit a three-run double in the fourth inning and later scored on a wild pitch.

— Right-hander Jacob Dahlstrand started and pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks and four strikeouts. Righty Taylor Grover was touched up for three runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Righty Ty Buttrey came on for the final 1 2/3 inning and allowed no runs or hits while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

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Things don’t go as planned for Red Sox in David Ortiz’s return to first base

08.06.16 at 8:11 pm ET
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David Ortiz

David Ortiz

David Ortiz playing first base for the first time since Aug. 30, 2015 didn’t go exactly as the Red Sox had planned.

Ortiz left what would be a 3-0 Red Sox loss to the Dodgers Saturday afternoon after six innings due to what Sox manager John Farrell referred to as stiffness, with the slugger explaining to the media, “I got a little sore out there and decided not to continue in the game, didn’t want to get things worse.”

Hitting cleanup against Dodgers’ starter Ross Stripling, Ortiz went 0-for-3 before leaving. Aaron Hill would come on for the seventh inning to play third base, with Travis Shaw moving over to first.

“He started to stiffen up overall,” Farrell told reporters. “First time he’s been on the field in nearly a year. As I mentioned before the game, I felt like three or four at-bats today was more beneficial for our team than one potential pinch-hit late in the game. Unfortunately, their pitcher shut us down.”

Asked if he had planned to get Ortiz more than three at-bats, Farrell told reporters, “Oh, I was hopeful. But, you know, you’ve got to monitor every guy as they go through it. David’s got a unique situation. When he said he started to stiffen up, we got him off of his feet.”

Ortiz explained part of the reasoning behind playing first base despite his injured heels.

“I just didn’t want to take three days without playing,” he told reporters. “But, I’m OK, I’ll be fine.”

While in the field, Ortiz did once again prove he can play the position without a problem. In the fifth inning, he made a lunging catch of Josh Reddick’s two-out line-drive that would have scored at least one run if it got by the first baseman.

“I used to,” said Ortiz when asked if he enjoyed playing first. “Now, I worry about pain (too) much.”

Before exiting the game, Ortiz did make a couple of impressive plays at first base, including an inning-ending grab of Josh Reddick’s two-out line-drive in the sixth with runners on first and third.

Closing Time: Red Sox bats go silent in loss to Dodgers

08.06.16 at 7:35 pm ET
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Eduardo Rodriguez only lasted 4 1/3 innings Saturday. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

Eduardo Rodriguez only lasted 4 1/3 innings Saturday.

David Ortiz exited Saturday's game after the sixth inning due to stiffness in his heel. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz exited Saturday’s game after the sixth inning due to stiffness in his heel. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

Friday night seems like sort of a mirage.

Except for the Red Sox’ nine-run outburst in their series opener with the Dodgers, John Farrell’s team has had a tremendously difficult time getting any sort of offensive consistently cooking. And that would be the Sox’ primary downfall in dropping a 3-0 decision to Los Angeles Saturday afternoon Dodger Stadium.

During their current West Coast road trip, the Sox have scored three or fewer runs in six of their 10 games. They are now 5-5 on the swing, with the final game of their three-game set taking place Sunday night.

One of the frustrating aspects of the Red Sox’ offensive woes this time around is that they couldn’t score either against the Dodgers’ rookie starter Ross Stripling or the rookie relief pitcher who followed him, Grant Dayton. The pair — which had totaled 13 major league appearances coming into the game — combined to hold the Sox scoreless for a combined seven innings, allowing just four hits while striking out eight.

Also not working out as planned was the integration of David Ortiz at first base, at least offensively. The Red Sox slugger went 0-for-3 before being pulled after the sixth inning. Following the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed Ortiz had experienced some “stiffness” with his problematic heels, leading to bringing in Aaron Hill to third base and putting Travis Shaw at first base.

“He started to stiffen up overall,” Farrell told reporters. “First time he’s been on the field in nearly a year. As I mentioned before the game, I felt like three or four at-bats today was more beneficial for our team than one potential pinch-hit late in the game. Unfortunately, their pitcher shut us down.”

“I got a little sore out there and decided not to continue in the game, didn’t want to get things worse,” Ortiz explained to the media. Then, when asked when the soreness started, he joked, “Since the first inning. Beaten up for awhile.”

Ortiz is one of the Red Sox hitters to struggle through the current trip, currently going 4-for-30 (.133). Also slumping on the West Coast has been Xander Bogaerts, whose road swing has seen him hit .209 (9-for-43), although he did manage a single Saturday.

Before exiting the game, Ortiz did make a couple of impressive plays at first base, including an inning-ending grab of Josh Reddick’s two-out line-drive in the sixth with runners on first and third.

While Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez only allowed three runs, his outing couldn’t be considered a success considering he only lasted 4 1/3 innings. The lefty weaved his way in and out of trouble for much of the 88-pitch outing, allowing eight hits and a walk.

One of the more frustrating moments from Rodriguez came in the second inning when he allowed the game’s first run, a two-out single to No. 8 hitter A.J. Ellis with runners on first and second. The Sox lefty failed to bury his three-ball pitch to Ellis the pitcher, Stripling, on-deck, resulting in the run.

Reliever Matt Barnes managed to save Rodriguez a few runs on his line, coming in with a pair of runners on in the fifth inning and striking out pinch-hitter Joc Pederson before getting the Reddick liner to Ortiz.

The Red Sox managed only five hits on the day, with Mookie Betts collecting two of them. It ended with Dodgers’ All-Star closer Kenley Jensen striking out the side in the ninth inning.

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Closing Time note

The Red Sox are now 15-9 in games Ortiz has played first base since injuring his heel in 2012, having now lost four of the last five.

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