|07.13.15 at 5:10 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — The Red Sox only have one representative for the 2015 All-Star Game, but many feel like they should have had another in Xander Bogaerts.
The shortstop has a slash line of .304/.338/.411 this season with his .304 average the third-best among shortstops in all of baseball. Orioles All-Star third baseman Manny Machado is one of those people who feel Bogaerts should be in Cincinnati this week.
“He’s awesome. It’s great to watch,” Machado said. “He’s exciting. I think he should have been here. I think he deserved to be an All-Star. It’s just one of things he needs to keep playing the game. He’s very exciting to watch.”
Machado is a talented player in his own right, making his second All-Star appearance this week, and hitting .298 with 19 home runs this season. A few years ago he was in the same shoes Bogaerts is in now — a talented, up-and-coming star.
“The way he plays the game I think he has that natural ability that he can play that natural shortstop,” Machado said of what stands out most about Bogaerts’ game. “We haven’t seen that much lately in the game that you have that natural shortstop who can hit, that can field. He’s an exciting guy to watch.”
The two players beating out Bogaerts at the position were the Royals’ Alcides Escobar, who was voted as a starter by the fans and the Tigers’ Jose Iglesias.
“That’s a good player,” Escobar said. “I think that guy. He can hit, he can field, he can run Any other year he would be in the All-Star Game. He’s a good player and a future All-Star.”
Iglesias was also complimentary of his former teammate in Boston.
“I mean, he’s a great young player. A lot of talent. Really happy for him. He’s been playing well.”
|07.13.15 at 4:49 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — As the Red Sox will be in the market for young starting pitchers under team control at the trade deadline, one of the biggest names that fits that criteria is the Athletics’ Sonny Gray, but if you ask him he’s not getting traded.
“I don’t think I am going to get traded,” Gray said Tuesday.
With Oakland currently nine games under .500 and 8 1/2 games out in the AL West, the team could be sellers at the deadline with a number of teams calling on Gray. When asked again what his mindset will be at the deadline, he reiterated he doesn’t think he will be dealt.
“I just don’t think I am going to get traded,” he said.
Gray is currently 10-3 with a 2.04 ERA, the second-best mark in the majors. The 25-year-old right-hander makes only $515,000, and isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
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|07.13.15 at 3:51 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — Jonathan Papelbon wants out of Philadelphia bad.
And he says he thinks about the possibility of returning to Boston often. But the pitcher who signed a four-year, $50 million (2016 vesting option) contract after the 2011 season knows there are other possibilities for trade partners out there.
“Yeah, of course,” Papelbon told WEEI.com. “Yes, it does cross my mind, but I think this year they’ve got different things to attack and different needs and different necessities to maybe seek out. I’d have to think about it. I don’t know, man. If they made [an offer]. If the opportunity was there, I’d have to think about and weigh that opportunity against another opportunity elsewhere.”
Papelbon is on a Philadelphia team that has just established a new franchise mark for most losses (62) before the All-Star break. But Philly fans can’t blame Papelbon. He is 14-for-14 in save chances with a 1.60 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Many thought the Phillies would have traded the unfulfilled closer by now, including Papelbon himself.
“Yeah, I’m surprised. It’s just that time where it’s either you-know-what or get off the pot,” he said Monday.
|07.13.15 at 11:54 am ET|
CINCINNATI — The Red Sox have an extremely talented farm system, but Sunday at the Futures Game the spotlight was on Rafael Devers and Manuel Margot.
While each went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the game, it wasn’t about their performances as much as it was the recognition of being named to the game in the first place.
“It’s a great honor for those guys,” Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers said via phone. “To me, they are young guys and people think they have a bright future and they are on the right path to get to the big leagues — have a chance to get on the big stage.”
Devers, who is just 18 years old, was the second-youngest player to play in the game, only older than Ozhaino Albies, a 17-year-old Braves minor league shortstop from Curacao. Devers said he wasn’t thinking about that at all.
“No, I feel the same as everybody,” he said through a translator after the game. “All baseball players are the same out there.”
For Hyers, who has been around the game 20-plus years, he knows how unusual it was for a player that young to get the recognition of being named to the game.
“It is a big honor and it is uncommon for somebody that young to be named,” Hyers said. “He put a lot of hard work into it and I think he’s a really good player.”
|07.13.15 at 8:26 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
Center fielder Manuel Margot (Boston’s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) and third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston’s No. 4 prospect at MLB.com) appeared in MLB’s Sirius XM Futures Game in Cincinnati on Sunday as members of Team World. Margot started and played five innings, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a line out. Devers entered the game in the sixth inning and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
For full details, check out Ryan Hannable’s on-location coverage here.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-52): L, 4-0, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— RHP Steven Wright had a three-hit shutout going through six innings but then allowed four runs on six hits, including a three-run homer, in the seventh as the knuckleballer took the loss to fall to 2-5 with a 3.81 ERA. Wright’s final line: 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO (109 pitches, 68 strikes).
It was Wright’s fourth straight loss with the PawSox dating back to June 26, during which time the 30-year-old was called up to Boston for a brief stint, his fourth trip to the majors this season. In 11 appearances and four starts with Boston this year Wright is 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA (20 ER/43 1/3 IP).
— Catcher Blake Swihart continued his rehab assignment (sprained foot), catching the game’s first seven innings and going 0-for-3 at the plate with two fly outs and a double play ground out. Swihart was charged with one passed ball catching Wright. Swihart is 0-for-6 in two rehab outings so far with the PawSox.
— Right fielder Rusney Castillo had the lone Pawtucket extra base hit, a line-drive two-bagger down the left-field line to open the bottom of the seventh. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a walk, but Swihart’s twin-killing on a 3-1 pitch, followed by an Allen Craig popout, ended the threat. Castillo is 5-for-13 over his last three games, with Bradley cooling off at 2-for-16 over his last four contests as he heads to the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha on Wednesday night.
— Pawtucket reached the break with its 13th loss in its last 14 games, a day after avoiding the longest losing streak in team history.
|07.12.15 at 10:00 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable talk about the Red Sox‘ first half of 2015 and their prospects from All Star Game in Cincinnati. Prospects Manuel Margot and Rafael Devers both went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the Futures Game, won by Team USA, 10-1.
|07.12.15 at 7:22 pm ET|
It turns out the slugger wasn’t even in the park, sent home by the team’s doctors before the game because of an upper respiratory illness.
“David was sent home before the game and was not available in any capacity today,” manager John Farrell said. “This came on throughout the game last night. Was checked here this morning and doctor’s instructions was to leave the ballpark.”
Had Ortiz been able to play, there’s a good chance he would’ve started at first base in place of rookie Travis Shaw, who went 0-for-2 before being replaced by veteran Mike Napoli, who grounded a single while going 1-for-2.
Farrell said that Ortiz will be checked on during the All-Star break, and the hope is that he doesn’t miss any more time. He added that Ortiz’s illness didn’t catch him by surprise.
“It was questionable,” Farrell said when asked if he knew on Saturday night that Ortiz wouldn’t be able to play. “Even when I talked with him after the game and a couple of text messages last night, couple more this morning, then saw him in person here. The doctor sent him home.”
|07.12.15 at 7:04 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — Although neither made a significant impact in the Futures Game — a 10-1 win for Team USA over Team World — both Manuel Margot and Rafael Devers were proud to represent the Red Sox.
Both players went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the game, as their Team World fell for the 11th time in 17 games against Team USA, but that didn’t matter to either player, as it was an experience they both won’t ever forget.
“Very proud,” Margot said through a translator following the game. “It’s an honor to be here with so many good players from so many good countries, including the Dominican Republic. I’d like to thank the Boston Red Sox for giving me an opportunity to be here today.”
Margot, currently with Double-A Portland, started the game in center field. Combined between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, the center fielder is batting .281 with four home runs and 30 RBIs this season. The 20-year-old was very excited upon learning he would get the nod starting the game in center.
“It was a great honor. I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “There are a lot of players who wanted to be in that position. Very pleased to do it.”
What made the game even more special for Margot was being able to play with one of his good friends in the Red Sox’ organization in Devers. The two were even locker mates in the Team World clubhouse.
“We’ve played together since we both signed and it’s a great experience to play with my teammate here today,” Margot said.
Devers, who is just 18 years old, is hitting .294 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs with Low-A Greenville this season. Being as young as he is, it was by far the biggest stage he had ever played on.
“This has been a really great experience,” Devers said through a translator. “It’s my first time in front of so many fans and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s really great.”
Having been apart of the the All-Star week festivities and being recognized as one of the best players in the minors, it gives both players a taste of what it would be like to one day be named a major league All-Star.
“It’s my dream,” Devers said.
|07.12.15 at 5:59 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — It was a fairly uneventful day for Manuel Margot and Rafael Devers — the Red Sox‘ two representatives in the Sirus XM Futures Game, both members of the World Team.
Margot, currently with Double-A Portland, started the game in center field and played five innings, as he was removed for prior to the bottom of the sixth. At the plate he went 0-for-2.
In his first at-bat he struck out on a weak swing on a full count on a pitch up and away and in his second at-bat he was robbed of a base hit by shortstop JP Crawford with a leaping catch. Crawford is in Double-A in the Pirates organization.
Margot did make a nice catch on the warning track in the deepest part of the ballpark in the second inning off the bat of Richie Schaffer.
“It’s been a really great experience,” Margot said through a translator following the game. “I’m really proud to be here. The fans have been great. I thank God and everyone else for giving me the opportunity.”
Devers, who is just 18 years old and with Low-A Greenville, entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning at third base. In his first at-bat he hit a weak chopper to first base to end the top of the seventh and then in the ninth he struck out looking for the final out of the game.
“I’m really proud,” Devers said through a translator. “It’s such an important event because there are so many great players. To be the one representing this team is really special.”
Team USA beat the World Team 10-1. They are now 11-6 lifetime in the 17-year history of the game.
|07.12.15 at 5:19 pm ET|
It was looking like the Red Sox were going to punctuate their recent resurgence. They carried a one-run lead over the Yankees into the fifth inning, with starter Wade Miley seemingly in the midst of a solid outing.
Then the wheels came off, sending the Red Sox into the All-Star break with an all too familiar bad taste in their mouths.
With one run in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth, driving Miley from his start, the Yankees would go on to claim a 8-6 win over the Sox Sunday. It send the Sox into the season’s second half 6 1/2 games in back of New York for first-place in the American League East, residing five games under .500 (42-47).
A win would have been huge for the Red Sox, who had won four straight series prior to the three-game set with the Yankees.
Instead, John Farrell‘s team was left with a familiar feeling, dropping their sixth game in nine tries against the Yankees this season.
Prior to the fifth inning — which saw the Yankees score the game-tying run via only the second balk of Miley’s career — it appeared as though the Sox starter had been in control. His only miscue had been a first-inning, two-run homer off the bat of Brian McCann. That was deficit the Red Sox erased with a three-run third inning against Yankees hurler Nathan Eovaldi.
The Red Sox had a few chances in the later innings, but Mookie Betts came up on the short end in key spots on two separate occasions. In the sixth, with runners on second and third and two outs, Betts flew out sharply to deep right field. Then, in the eighth with the potential game-tying run at first base, the center fielder fanned against New York reliever Dellen Betances.
Following the eighth-inning Red Sox squander, the Yankees pulled away for good thanks to a ninth-inning, two-run home run from rookie Rob Refsnyder off reliever Alexi Ogando.
The Sox did bring the potential tying run to the plate in twice the ninth inning against Yankees reliever Andrew Miller, scoring twice thanks in large part to two key New York errors. But Shane Victorino‘s pop up into shallow left field ended the threat and the game.
The Red Sox did finish with 12 hits, with Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza each claiming multiple-hit games. They did, however, go just 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
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