|06.20.16 at 10:30 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (36-33): W, 5-4, at Louisville (Reds)
— Pawtucket earned a come-from-behind victory to sweep a three-game series for the first time this season. With the PawSox down 4-2 in the seventh inning, 29-year-old Chris Dominguez drilled an opposite field home run to cut the lead to one. Drafted in the third round by the Giants in 2009, Dominguez is hitting .216/.230/.319 this year and has hit safely in his last three games.
— In the eighth inning, Pawtucket took the lead for good on a two-out single by Justin Maxwell. With runners on second and third base, the 32-year-old drilled the first pitch of the at-bat into left field to bring home Jantzen Witte and Chris Marrero. Maxwell now has 24 RBIs, good for third on the team, and is batting .222/.316/.325 in 54 games.
— With the game on the line, Pat Light came on in the ninth to seal the victory. Boston’s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com, the right-hander pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the third and final batter. Light, 25, has not let up a run in the final frame of a game this season, earning saves in all five of his chances. He has a 2.31 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 18 appearances.
|06.20.16 at 10:16 am ET|
The Red Sox open a four-game series with the White Sox on Monday when they send Steven Wright to the mound to face 32-year-old right-hander Miguel González.
Wright continues to have a stellar season, carrying an 8-4 record with an AL-leading 2.22 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He also leads the American League with three complete games. His last start came on Wednesday in a 6-4 Red Sox win. He let up three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched while striking out four. He has won five straight games.
“There’s a lot of confidence by all of us when he takes the mound and he’s earned that,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “We’ve developed that trust in him because of his consistency. Even when he’s misfired with his knuckleball, he’s got a couple of other pitches he can go to so he’s not defenseless if that pitch is a little erratic for an inning or a couple of innings.”
Wright, 31, has faced the White Sox only twice in his career, going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He took on Chicago on May 3 of this year, taking a 4-1 loss. He allowed two runs on three hits and fanned six in six innings.
|06.19.16 at 11:26 pm ET|
It was only a matter of time before Yoan Moncada joined Andrew Benintendi in Portland.
The High-A Salem Red Sox announced Sunday night Moncada, Ben Taylor and Jalen Beeks have been promoted to Double-A Portland. The Sea Dogs are off on Monday, so it’s possible Moncada will make his debut Tuesday night in Portland.
Moncada appeared in 61 games with Salem where he slashed .307/.427/.496 with four home runs and 34 RBIs. He also has stolen 36 bases, while only being caught eight times. The second baseman has been hot of late as in 14 games in June he’s hitting .345.
Taylor, a right-hander, was a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft. The reliever has an 0-2 record with a 2.60 ERA in 15 games this season. Over 45 innings he has 56 strikeouts.
Beeks, a left-handed starter, is 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA over 13 starts this season. He was a 12th-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Salem is on its All-Star break, which is generally the time for promotions. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon could move up soon as he’s playing in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but noting has been made official.
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|06.19.16 at 4:40 pm ET|
The Red Sox ace continued to pitch like the top-of-the-rotation presence the team signed up for, with an additional bonus this time around — Price’s team won, beating Seattle, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox lefty went eight innings for a third straight start, allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter. He punctuated the 110-pitch appearance by punching out Robinson Cano
In his last eight starts, Price has totaled a 2.47 ERA.
The reason Price was able to finally come away with a victory was because of Mookie Betts’ offensive heroics. The outfielder highlighted his three-hit day with a solo homer off of Seattle reliever Edwin Diaz to lead off the seventh inning.
The Betts blast over the left field wall broke a 1-1 tie, and boosted the leadoff hitter’s batting average to a season-high of .296.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– The Red Sox finally knotted the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning, scoring their first run after Seattle starter Tijuan Walker had been replaced by Vidal Nuno. Back-to-back singles from Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz got things going, leading to Hanley Ramirez’s fielder’s choice, run-scoring ground out to shortstop.
– Ortiz notched his second stolen base of the season, getting an outrageously good jump off of Diaz to swipe second in the seventh inning. It was the designated hitter’s 17th career stolen base.
– Jackie Bradley Jr. narrowly missed a home run, rocketing an eighth-inning line-drive over the 420-foot marker in center field. The blast did result in the outfielder’s sixth triple of the season.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– The Red Sox had an enormous squander in the third inning with Betts at third and Dustin Pedroia at first with nobody out. But after a shallow fly out from Bogaerts, Ortiz hit into a 3-6-3 double play to end the threat.
– The Red Sox couldn’t get much going against Walker, who finished his five innings giving up six hits without allowing a run. While the Mariners’ top prospect came into the game with a 4.96 ERA, he was starting to show signs of promise, as was on display in pitching eight shutout innings, with 11 strikeouts, against the White Sox June 8.
– Hanley Ramirez’s adventure on the bases continued, with the first baseman getting picked off by Vidal Nuno in the sixth inning. While the play ultimately led to a short run-down, it didn’t appear as though Ramirez intended to steal.
– Christian Vazquez’s bid at breaking the game open in the sixth was thwarted by shortstop Ketel Marte, whose diving grab of the catcher’s line-drive ended the Sox’ bases-loaded threat.
|06.19.16 at 2:22 pm ET|
Castillo, who turns 29 on July 9, has been put on outright waivers by the Red Sox, according to Jon Heyman FanRag Sports.
The chances of any team claiming the outfielder seem unlikely considering he is owed more than $50 million, having signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal in 2014. If Castillo does pass through waivers he will be off the Red Sox’ 40-man roster, but remain on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster.
Castillo has been a major disappointment for the Red Sox, hitting .262 with a .679 OPS and seven home runs in 99 major league games. He has also struck out 63 times while drawing 16 walks.
This season Castillo came into spring training with an opportunity to win the starting left field job, but was beaten out by the combination of Chris Young and Brock Holt. While he did make the Opening Day roster, Castillo only ended up playing in nine games with the Red Sox this season, going 2-for-8.
The righty hitter started just two games with the Red Sox this season, one coming on April 9 and the other taking place Thursday.
With Pawtucket, Castillo hit .245 with a .645 OPS and one home run in 38 games.
According to a source, Castillo hadn’t heard any news regarding his situation as of early Sunday afternoon. He has three days to report to the PawSox from the time of his demotion.
|06.19.16 at 10:39 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (35-33): W, 4-1, at Louisville (Reds)
— Right-hander Justin Haley’s Triple-A debut was a good one, as he pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Haley, called up from Double-A Portland, retired the last 10 batters he faced. The 25-year-old, a sixth-round draft pick of the Sox in 2012, was 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 12 starts for Portland.
— Noe Ramirez picked up his third save in four chances by pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout. The 26-year-old right-hander, who has made 11 appearances with Boston this season, is 1-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 11 games with the PawSox.
— Chris Marrero broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with his 12th home run of the season — his second in two games. Marrero, who played first base, finished 2-for-4 and now is hitting .289/.342/.506 in 63 games this season.
— Catcher Ali Solis hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the PawSox some insurance. Solis is 3-for-13 in four games with the PawSox since being called up from Double-A, where he was hitting .145/.214/.210 in 20 games.
— The PawSox scored their first run in the second inning as Chris Dominguez walked, advanced to third on a Henry Ramos double and scored on a Rainel Rosario ground out.
— Second baseman Mike Miller went 2-for-4 with a walk. Ramos, playing center field, was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
|06.19.16 at 8:47 am ET|
The Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound and the Mariners will dispatch 23-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker to wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon.
Price is 7-4 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.135 WHIP in 14 starts. Last Wednesday, Price was outdueled by Orioles ace Chris Tillman in a 3-2 Red Sox loss. Price gave the Sox eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits (two home runs) and no walks with 11 strikeouts. In each of Price’s last six starts he has given up at least one home run.
“I’m better than three runs [allowed], I know that,” Price said after the start. “That’s what I’ve done my entire career. Whenever I get eight innings and three runs I’m not going to take that. I’ll take my chances and go out there to put up nine zeros. I’m getting there. I know that. This team and this coaching staff has confidence in me and we’ll continue to get better.”
In Price’s last seven starts he has pitched at least seven innings and given up fewer than three runs. Price also possesses the longest active streak of quality starts in the American League.
Against the Mariners, Price is 2-1 in five starts with a 2.48 ERA and a 0.800 WHIP. Price last faced the Mariners as a member of the Tigers in July 2015. In that start the 30-year-old lefty threw eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 3-2 Mariners win.
|06.18.16 at 11:31 pm ET|
According to a source, Red Sox second-round pick CJ Chatham has a broken thumb. The injury occurred two weeks ago in a regional game against Long Beach State.
The shortstop didn’t think it was anything major until his physical with the Red Sox.
He will depart for Fort Myers Sunday to rehab and is expected to be there two or three weeks before joining short-season, Single-A Lowell.
Chatham signed a $1.1 million deal, which is just under the slotted value of $1,232,800 for the No. 51 overall pick. With Florida Atlantic this past year, the right-handed hitter led the team with a .357 average, .554 slugging percentage and a .422 on-base percentage. He finished the year with eight home runs and 50 RBIs.
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|06.18.16 at 8:10 pm ET|
It appears that Pedro Martinez’s understandable enthusiasm over Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has gotten the better of him.
One day after Martinez tweeted that Fernandez, “is a special pitcher and human being and in every form you look at him you see BOSTON RED SOX,” a source in the league office said that Martinez’s comment is being investigated and will likely result in a “reminder” that such commentary technically constitutes tampering.
Jose Fernandez is a special pitcher and human being and in every form you look at him you see BOSTON RED SOX.
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 18, 2016
Were Martinez merely a retired player, voicing his opinion would be fine. But because he’s a special assistant to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and thus represents the Red Sox, his statement technically violates rule 3(k) which prohibits the “enticement” of rival players “respecting employment.”
The league has no plans to punish him or the Red Sox, according to the source. He’ll instead be educated on the rule. The Red Sox will let the league handle the issue.
Martinez’s fondness for Fernandez makes sense. The 23-year-old Marlins right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA in his first full season since returning from 2014 Tommy John surgery. He’s 31-12 with a 2.43 ERA lifetime and as a Scott Boras client, will presumably be too expensive for the Marlins’ taste before reaching free agency after the 2018 season.
|06.18.16 at 7:00 pm ET|
It was only a matter of time.
The Red Sox offense has struggled at times recently, but Adrian Sampson was only going to keep it down for so long.
Held in check for their first two turns through the order, the Red Sox broke through against Sampson during a three-run fifth, driving the rookie from his first big league start and cruising to a 6-2 victory.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts stroked two more hits, including his ninth home run of the season to give the Red Sox an insurance run and make a winner of right-hander Rick Porcello who scattered eight hits over six innings in a solid performance that bordered on terrific after a rough start.
Slumping catcher Christian Vazquez also contributed a pair of hits, while outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. added his 12th homer of the season.
The game started poorly, with the first three Mariners recording singles before Porcello settled down and coaxed a double play grounder out of the dangerous Nelson Cruz with the bases loaded.
Porcello would repeat that pattern throughout his six innings, weaving in and out of trouble, but ultimately only allowing two runs in six innings.
He gave the offense enough time to get untracked. Consecutive singles by Chris Young, Vazquez, and Mookie Betts tied the game before a Dustin Pedroia double play grounder gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Bogaerts followed with a two-out homer to give the Red Sox some breathing room, and an inning later, Vazquez added an RBI double.
A year after going 5-7 at Fenway Park, Porcello improved to 6-0 here this season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Porcello effectively managed trouble, scattering eight hits over six innings, the only other damage an Adam Lind solo homer. He didn’t walk anyone and induced a pair of double plays.
— Bogaerts just continues to mash. He went 2-for-4 to raise his league-leading average to .352. He also now has two more homers than the seven he managed all of last season.
— Hustlin’ Hanley Ramirez scored from second after an errant throw on a grounder rolled into short left. He ran straight through the stop sign of third base coach Brian Butterfield before sliding home safely and celebrating with a karate pose.
— Vazquez recorded his first two hits since June 10 after extensive work with hitting coach Chili Davis.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 and grounded into a pair of double plays, giving him 12 on the season.
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