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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Brock Holt homers in PawSox loss

05.22.17 at 11:01 am ET
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Brock Holt

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (16-23): L, 2-1 at Buffalo

— Playing in left field, Brock Holt blasted a solo shot in the fourth inning, which was his second since beginning a rehab assignment with Pawtucket for vertigo on April 21. He went 1-for-4 in the game.

— Henry Owens (3-3) took the loss on the mound as he tossed six innings and allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits, while striking out seven and walking three. His ERA is now 3.19 this season.

— Blaine Boyer pitched two innings out of the bullpen and allowed two hits and struck out two.

At the plate, center fielder Rusney Castillo, right fielder Steve Selsky and shortstop Ryan Court all hit safely in the loss.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (20-18): W, 1-0 at Trenton

Teddy Stankiewicz (2-1) allowed just five hits in seven innings to earn a shutout win. It was the seventh shutout from Portland’s pitching staff this season. Stankiewicz struck out three and walked two.

— Yankory Pimentel pitched the final two innings to earn the save. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out two.

First baseman Nick Longhi had the lone RBI for the Sea Dogs, while center fielder Tzu-Wei Lin, shortstop Deiner Lopez, and catcher Jake Depew each added hits.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (27-16): L, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach

Starter Shaun Anderson pitched six shutout innings, walking just one batter, striking out four and allowing just two hits.

Out of the bullpen, reliever Austin Glorius struggled as he allowed five earned runs in just one inning of work, while Mitchell Osnowitz pitched the final two innings.

At the plate, shortstop Chad De La Guerra homered in the fourth inning off of Myrtle Beach’s Adbert Alzolay for Salem’s only run.

Left fielder Mike Myers had the only other hit in the game.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (27-14): Postponed due to rain.

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Red Sox 12, Athletics 3: Bats come alive for much-needed win

05.21.17 at 8:13 pm ET
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Mitch Moreland homered for the third straight game. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

Mitch Moreland homered for the third straight game. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

After scoring eight runs in the first three games of the series, the Red Sox bats came alive for 12 runs in the series finale against the Athletics for a much needed 12-3 win on Sunday to avoid a sweep.

It was a 6-3 game until the Red Sox combined for six runs in the last two innings to turn a relatively close game into a blow out win.

Even though the offense scored 12 runs, the star of the game was starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

The left-hander pitched his sixth straight quality start to pick up the win. Rodriguez went eight innings and allowed three runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out eight.

The most encouraging thing for him was his command, as he hadn’t gone more than six innings in a start this season. The left-hander is now 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA on the year.

Every member of the Red Sox lineup had a hit with Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez leading the way as both recorded three hits. Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley Jr. also had multi-hit games.

Leading 2-1, Mitch Moreland gave the Sox some breathing room with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was his fifth homer of the season.

Also, every member of the lineup recorded at least one RBI except for Xander Bogaerts.

The Red Sox finished the road trip 3-3 and are now 22-21 on the season.

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Moreland homered for the third straight game, the first time he’s been able to do that in his career.

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A’s 8, Red Sox 3: It’s time to start rethinking Drew Pomeranz’s role

05.20.17 at 7:30 pm ET
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Drew Pomeranz (Kelley L. Cox/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz (Kelley L. Cox/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz has had his chance. It’s time to switch things up.

The story of the the lefty getting his crack at living life as a starting pitcher is well-documented. He pleads his then-manager, San Diego skipper Andy Green to compete for a starting spot with the Padres. Pomeranz earns the opportunity, makes the National League All-Star team which leads to the Red Sox giving up their top pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza, for the southpaw’s services.

But that’s really where the feel-good story has come to an end.

After managing to pitch just four innings in a 97-pitch outing against the A’s Saturday, Pomeranz has now made 21 starts for the Red Sox. Just twice has he managed to get an out in the seventh inning. That’s a trend that was on full display in the Sox’ 8-3 loss to Oakland.

Like many of his outings, Pomeranz did manage to keep his team close, having now allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts this season. But, also like many of his outings, getting to the finish line was a tractor pull. He entered the latest start having totaled 18.4 pitches per inning, almost two more than a year ago.

It’s frustrating for everybody, which was also evident in watching John Farrell and Pomeranz exchange words in the dugout following the pitcher’s exit.

The Red Sox most likely won’t make the move of changing Pomeranz to the bullpen, citing the lack of options to replace him. They would point out what the former All-Star can deliver is something the depth starting options simply can’t deliver right now. And then there is the thinking that the organization surely doesn’t want to devalue the guy they got for Espinoza.

But here’s the thing: As we sit here right now, Pomeranz’s value to the team is greater in high-leverage spots as a reliever.

While the Red Sox have pieced together the bullpen well enough to have some success leading into Craig Kimbrel. And Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg could ultimately help as well. But, judging by what Pomeranz flashed while living life out there during the final days of 2016, he could actually fill somewhat of need.

Yes, it will leave the Red Sox with some more rotation uncertainty. Even if David Price comes back without incident, that is unavoidable.

Maybe it’s time, however, to use the next month or so to figure out if Brian Johnson can actually be a reliable major league starter. In seven starts with Triple-A Pawtucket this season, Johnson has managed a 2.82 ERA. It is also his third season with the PawSox and time to figure out if he can become a consistent big league starter.

With Price still easing his way back, Pomeranz will almost certainly keep doing what he has been doing for another few times through the rotation. And maybe, after 21 starts, the lefty will find a way to give the Red Sox the kind of innings expected from any starter.

Yet after watching the latest effort, it just seems like it might be worth rethinking Pomeranz’s lot in life. It might be best for all involved.

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Hanley Ramirez got things going for the Red Sox with his sixth homer of the season, coming in the second inning and giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. Also, with the loss, the Sox fall to .500, having dropped three games in a row for the first time this season.

Drew Pomeranz, John Farrell argue in dugout after starter is pulled

05.20.17 at 6:27 pm ET
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Drew Pomeranz’s season isn’t going as he had hoped. And some of that frustration might have manifested itself in a pointed discussion with John Farrell during the Red Sox’ game against the A’s Saturday afternoon.

Once again, Pomeranz failed to pitch deep into his start, this time lasting just four innings. With the Red Sox carrying a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, Farrell ended the lefty’s afternoon after 97 pitches, bringing in reliever Ben Taylor.

The decision led to what appeared to be Pomeranz confronting Farrell with his displeasure.

Pomeranz has yet to get past six innings this season, having gone four, three and four innings, respectively, in his last three outings. Since joining the Red Sox, he has gotten an out in the seventh inning just twicw in 21 starts.

Taylor ran into problems after replacing Pomeranz, allowing four runs on three hits while not recording an out before being replaced by Noe Ramirez.

A’s 3, Red Sox 2: Amazing Jackie Bradley Jr. catch wasted by Mark Canha walkoff homer

05.20.17 at 1:12 am ET
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This Jackie Bradley Jr. catch would've made much more of an impact if the Red Sox had beaten the A's on Friday. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

This Jackie Bradley Jr. catch would’ve made much more of an impact if the Red Sox had beaten the A’s on Friday. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. saved the Red Sox from defeat in the bottom of the ninth with one of the best catches of the year.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Red Sox starter Chris Sale told reporters regarding the catch. “That’s as good of an outfield catch that you’re going to see. This is a big ballpark and he had to cover a lot of ground. We all know he’s really good at doing that. Jackie making that catch right there, I said it out loud, ‘we’re going to win this game.’ That’s how I feel about this team, feeding off of energy, feeding off each other, and all that.”

There was no saving Heath Hembree in the 10th. Or the Red Sox offense, for that matter.

Mark Canha blasted a walkoff homer leading off the frame and the Red Sox wasted another 10-strikeout outing from Chris Sale in a 3-2 loss at Oakland on Friday night.

The game appeared over with two outs in the ninth when Ryon Healy blasted a Craig Kimbrel offering to deep center, where Bradley reached over the fence to rob him of the winning homer with a leaping catch.

This loss was on the offense. The Red Sox stranded 10 runners and wasted a prime opportunity to blow open a 2-0 lead when Trevor Plouffe made a nice play on a Hanley Ramirez smash up the third base line with two outs and the bases loaded.

The Red Sox have now lost two straight games to the A’s, who aren’t exactly the iron of the American League.

Sale did his part. Even though he wasn’t at his sharpest, he still limited the A’s to two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 for the eighth straight start and walked none.

Mitch Moreland gave the Red Sox all of their offense with a two-run homer in the fourth, following a Xander Bogaerts double. Moreland nearly played the hero in the ninth, but left fielder Khris Davis chased down his opposite-field liner at the foul line with two outs and Andrew Benintendi on second.

The Red Sox are now a perfectly mediocre 20-21 and their offense continues to plague them. They have not scored more than six runs in a game since May 9 and they’ve scored four or fewer in six of their last nine.

They also haven’t won or lost more than two in a row since April 18, muddying along in the middle of the American League East.

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David Price struggles in rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket, removed after only two innings

05.19.17 at 8:56 pm ET
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David Price finally faced hitters on Friday, and it didn’t go smoothly.

Pitching in Buffalo for Triple-A Pawtucket, the former Cy Young Award winner was knocked out after just two innings and 65 pitches. He allowed five hits and three runs, including a homer. He walked one and struck out four.

“I felt great in both innings,” Price told reporters, including Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News. “Every pitch I threw . . . my entire body felt good. Not just my arm.”

The Red Sox had expected Price to make in the vicinity of 90 pitches, but he was lifted 25 short of that mark after allowing four hits and two runs in the second, the big blow a bloop two-run single by Jake Elmore.

Price is attempting to return from a spring training elbow injury that initially looked like it could be season-ending. Told by a pair of specialists that they would’ve recommended surgery if he were younger, Price instead opted for rest and rehab and Friday marked his first game action since March.

Red Sox manager John Farrell had expressed hope that Price could be ready to return next week after this start, but that now appears to be optimistic.

Price opened the game by allowing a leadoff double to Elmore to end a 15-pitch at-bat. He stranded him there by striking out the side. He then allowed a homer to Raffy Lopez leading off the second before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Elmore then singled to right to drive in two before Price induced a groundout and struck out Jason Leblebijian to end the frame, and his night.

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Red Sox option LHP Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket, recall RHP Noe Ramirez

05.19.17 at 2:18 pm ET
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Noe Ramirez

Noe Ramirez

With the amount of innings the bullpen has logged of late, the Red Sox were in need of a reliever so they made a roster move Friday afternoon.

The team recalled right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez and optioned left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

One thought was the team would option Thursday’s starter Hector Velazquez back, but the organization likely wants to make sure David Price gets through his rehab outing Friday night.

Ramirez has gone 0-1 with two saves and a 2.53 ERA in nine appearances with the PawSox this season, recording nine strikeouts against two walks while holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

In eight games with the Red Sox this season, Ross Jr. has an ERA of 7.00.

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Remembering Chase d’Arnaud, the happiest Red Sox who almost never played

05.19.17 at 10:47 am ET
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Chase d'Arnaud (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today Sports)

Chase d’Arnaud (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today Sports)

Chase d’Arnaud is gone, but, at least in this corner, not forgotten.

It’s almost impossible for any player to live life on the Red Sox’ 25-man roster for even a few days without some recognition of their existence. But d’Arnaud seemed to pull it off.

He spent 22 days on the Red Sox’ 25-man roster, but appeared in just two games and got only one at-bat. It was a feat we haven’t seen before, and may never see again. In fact, there hasn’t been a Red Sox to live some sort of life in the organization and get just one at-bat since Bo Diaz in 1977.

All kind of games came and went, with nary an appearance from the player the Red Sox claimed off waivers on April 27. During that stretch, the Red Sox were out in the field for a total of 180 2/3 innings, with d’Arnaud playing exactly one of them, manning second base in the Sox’s 17-6, May 7 blowout of the Twins.

Two days after that Red Sox debut, d’Arnaud got his one and only at-bat with his new team, pinch-hitting for starter Drew Pomeranz. The righty hitter would reach via an infield single, and eventually score after running through third base coach Brian Butterfield’s stop sign.

Sure, there was no playing time. But d’Arnaud — a fourth-round pick of the Pirates in the 2008 draft — understood the deal.

“I love this team. All the guys are really cool. There are great personalities in this clubhouse that make it a lot of fun,” he told WEEI.com the day before being DFA’d.

“Pinch-running, I like to think I’m the go-to guy. And I’m happy with that. I come out and get all my work done because you never know what’s going to happen in baseball. I just work as hard as I can and be prepared as I possibly can for whatever opportunity presents itself.”

But the end ultimately came Thursday, with the Red Sox designating d’Arnaud for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for starting pitcher Hector Velazquez.

Gone from the Red Sox clubhouse was d’Arnaud and his backpack filled with the recording equipment that he used in his downtime to record tracks for his band. (The Chase d’Arnaud band once opened in Atlanta for Lady Antebellum.)

Also gone was one of the most unique personalities this team has seen in some time.

You see, even while d’Arnaud was going through this epic streak of not playing, nobody was smiling more. In fact, he smiled so much it really was not normal. Every time anybody saw the 30 year old, he was bouncing to and fro, with a grin from ear to ear.

“It’s at the top of my priority list,” he said when asked why he was always so happy.

“It can be misconstrued of airheadedness,” d’Arnaud added. “But I can assure you it’s an intentional blocking of negativity that keeps me this way. Everything is better that way. You retain more knowledge. You have better retention when you’re happy. With dopamine flooding the brain, you’re going to perform better. I feel like it should be a priority for everybody, but it’s not.”

As it turned out, d’Arnaud has read books and articles on the practice of remaining in a good mood.

“Once you hear it makes so much sense,” he said. “So why not implement it?”

And that he did, all the way up to the moment his resolve to remain happy was tested once again. The guess is that if playing for two innings over the past three weeks isn’t going to put a dent in the philosophy, another transaction isn’t going to change things.

“A big part of what has made me successful in this role is my attitude,” he said before not playing once again in Wednesday’s 13-inning Red Sox game. “A lot of guys will want to play more. Of course everybody wants to play. It’s fun to play. But it’s important to know how to happy and have a level of acceptance where you understand your role and make the most of it. Just get along with the guys and enjoy everybody’s company, which is exactly what I’m doing.”

Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis records 5 hits in PawSox extra innings loss

05.19.17 at 9:59 am ET
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Sam Travis led to offense in the PawSox loss. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis led to offense in the PawSox loss. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-21): L, 11-10 at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox fell in 11 innings after coming back from a 10-5 deficit in the ninth courtesy of a Matt Dominguez grand slam. Sam Travis went 5-for-6 in his fourth straight multi-hit game. Travis hit two doubles with three RBI. Rusney Castillo was 2-for-5 with two doubles and a home run.

— PawSox starter Kyle Kendrick gave up seven runs on nine hits in his three innings. Brandon Workman gave up a home run but struck out five.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-17): L, 4-3 vs. Hartford

— The Sea Dogs gave up a 3-2 lead in the eighth to suffer the loss to Hartford. Portland loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth before Joseph Monge hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

— Jalen Beeks gave up two runs, six hits and struck out seven in his 6 2/3 innings. Ty Buttrey got the loss after giving up one earned run, three hits and a walk in his two innings.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (25-15): W, 10-7 vs. Frederick 

— With a 10-0 lead in going into the fifth, Salem gave up seven runs late in the game, but ultimately kept the lead for the win.

— Michael Chavis hit his eighth home run of the season to put Salem on the board in the first inning. Austin Rei also hit a home run, his second of the year. Tate Matheny added an RBI triple.

— Salem starter Daniel McGrath pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings, giving up six hits and three walks before Jordan Weems took over and caused the real damage. Weems gave up five earned runs, including a home run, and five hits in his 2 1/3 innings. Yankory Pimentel got the win after giving up an unearned run and two hits.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (26-13): W, 10-3, W, 3-1 vs. Asheville 

— Greenville swept Asheville in the Thursday doubleheader, beginning with a blowout win in the first game.

— The Drive had a total of 12 hits and scored four of their runs in the third inning. Santiago Espinal hit an RBI single and Ryan Scott followed up with an RBI groundout. Roldani Baldwin also hit a two-run homer.

— In Game 2, Daniel Gonzalez threw five innings in which he gave up one run and just two hits with eight strikeouts.

— Offensive highlights included a Lorenzo Cedrola triple and a Scott RBI double. Scott and Chris Madera each had two hits in the game.

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A’s 8, Red Sox 3: Here’s another reminder the Red Sox really need David Price

05.19.17 at 8:56 am ET
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Hector Velazquez (Stan Szeto/USA Today Sports)

Hector Velazquez (Stan Szeto/USA Today Sports)

It’s almost like we forgot that the Red Sox are playing without their highest paid player.

Thanks Hector Velazquez for reminding us.

David Price will pitch what might be his final minor-league rehab assignment game Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket in Buffalo. He is expected to throw between 85-90 pitches in an outing that the Red Sox are banking on showing enough to result in a return to the big league club next week.

With this potentially being Price’s only foray into actually pitching against another organization since dealing with his elbow issue in early March, there might be some uneasiness. If Price goes out there against the Rangers at Fenway Park and offers something other than a top of the rotation kind of start, there is going to be some second-guessing going on.

But if Price goes out there Friday and offers the kind of optimism he elicited in tossing what were classified as some super intense simulated games, it will be hard not to reintroduce him to the major leagues. IT’s getting to be about that time where the Red Sox could really use something along the lines of what this guy can offer.

While technically the spot Velazquez filled in Thursday night during the Red Sox’ 8-3 loss to the A’s belonged to Steven Wright, it really is opening Price needs to fill. (For a complete recap, click here.)

While there has been some uneasiness in what Drew Pomeranz and Rick Porcello has delivered at times this season, there is enough there to believe that those two, along with Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez, is pennant race worthy. There is just that one missing piece. And after Velazquez’s uninspiring five-inning, six run loss, Price would seem to be scratching right where the Red Sox are itching.

In games pitched by pitchers manning that rotation hole Wright and/or Price left behind, the Red Sox are 2-7, with the collection of Wright, Brian Johnson, Kyle Kendrick and Velazquez combining for a 9.35 ERA (40 earned runs, 37 1/3 innings).

Of course, even with some rust, Price would be expected to be better.

While we get derailed by his “Manager John” quips and sting from the last time we saw Price pitch, it should be remembered what the lefty can deliver. Even during his worst season as a professional, some of the runs he put together throughout 2016 would be a welcome change for these Red Sox.

After heading into his May 12 start with a 6.75 ERA, Price rattled off eight outings in which he combined for a 2.47 ERA over 58 1/3 innings. It was a dominant stretch.

Price also managed a two-month run from July 28-Sept. 22 in which he went 8-1 with a 2.93 ERA, limiting opposing batters to a .219 batting average.

Sure, there were the kind of stinkers that would have lined up with what this fifth starter concoction has been offering the Red Sox. Most notably, the 3 1/3 innings of postseason awfulness in Cleveland.

But in this time of the Red Sox really needing to uncover their identity, with the Yankees sitting 10 games over .500 with a run differential of plus-59 (the Sox are plus-5), Price is needed now. After watching the Velazquez experiment result in three Oakland homers a series-opening loss, that is more evident now than ever.

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Matt Barnes turned in his best relief outing in weeks, throwing two perfect innings while striking out five.

“I thought that was the best two innings he’s pitched in probably 10 days,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters of Barnes. “A chance for him to go out and pitch, use his stuff, both breaking balls, the curve and slider. An opportunity to go out and get in a little bit of a rhythm. He needed to go out and get some work to gain some consistency. I know he comes out of tonight and even comments after he’s done feeling more consistent and better about his outing. In his own right, a guy we need later in games, as he gets back on track, hopefully this is a chance to build on it.”

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