|06.15.16 at 9:04 am ET|
Knuckleballer Steven Wright will take the mound for the Red Sox when they play the second game of a three-game series with the Orioles on Wednesday. Wright will get the start opposite 25-year-old right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Wright has been keeping up his surprisingly successful season, going 7-4 with a 2.09 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 12 starts. He’s pitched three complete games, his ERA is the best in the American League and he’s won four straight starts.
The 31-year-old last pitched in an 8-1 win at Minnesota last Friday. Wright allowed no earned runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. He also fanned six and forced 13 ground balls.
“His last four games on the road have been everything we could’ve signed up for,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said following the win over the Twins. “He’s the same guy when he walks in the clubhouse, regardless of where the clubhouse might be around the country.”
In three career games vs. the Orioles, Wright is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. His last start against Baltimore came May 30, a 7-2 win at Camden Yards. He pitched a full nine innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out seven.
|06.14.16 at 11:10 pm ET|
Not only has David Price pitched like an ace of late, he’s also talking like one.
Price went eight innings allowing three runs on five hits (two home runs), while not walking a batter and striking out 11 on Tuesday. Despite the strong performance, the Red Sox still fell to the Orioles 3-2.
Over his last three starts, the left-hander is 0-3 and has allowed a total of eight runs in those games. While Price has put up solid numbers, he still wants to be even better to ensure the Red Sox get a win every time he takes to the mound.
“I’m better than three runs, I know that,” Price said. “That is what I have done my entire career. If you told me whenever I get to the field I can have eight innings and three runs, I’m not going to take that. I’ll take my chances and go up there and put up nine zeros. I’m getting there. I know that. This team has confidence in me, the coaching staff and I’ll continue to get better.”
It was Price’s seventh straight quality start, the longest active streak in the majors and longest by a Red Sox pitcher since Jon Lester recorded eight straight in the summer of 2014.
A lot of Price’s success has had to do with the adjustment he’s made with his delivery to get better timing. Over his first seven starts of the year Price had an ERA of 6.75, but in seven starts since, he has an ERA of 2.68, to lower his year ERA to 4.52.
“I’ve made a lot of adjustments throughout my career, whether it is start-to-start, inning-to-inning, or pitch-to-pitch,” he said. “It’s something I definitely hang my hat on being able to do. It’s tough to do it at this level and to expect to get good results, but I expect to get good results.”
|06.14.16 at 9:57 pm ET|
It was another impressive outing for David Price. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, it also was another loss.
Price pitched lights-out in the first game of a three-game series against the Orioles on Tuesday night, but the Boston bats couldn’t come through in a 3-2 loss. The Red Sox now are 1-11 when scoring less than three runs in a game this season.
The loss was Price’s third straight, despite allowing a combined seven runs in his last three starts. His first blemish of the night was a two-run home run given up to Manny Machado in the first inning. Machado curved the ball around the Pesky Pole to give the Orioles an early 2-0 lead.
After that, Price began to look like the ace he’s been expected to be. The left-hander retired 19 straight batters after the Machado homer, striking out nine batters in that span.
“I thought David threw a quality changeup here tonight, numerous times [a] swing-and-miss,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “[He] was able to throttle guys back and forth, I thought he had very good location to his fastball both sides of the plate. … Eight strong innings by David tonight, I thought he pitched outstanding.”
However, Price slipped up in the eighth inning, as Jonathan Schoop hit the first pitch of the frame over the Green Monster to extend Baltimore’s lead, and it proved to be costly.
“The last one was a slider into Schoop, and I didn’t get it where I wanted to,” Price said. “It was kind of like the one that I gave up in San Fran, and that’s tough. I had the chance to put down a shutout inning and I wasn’t able to do that. … It’s tough, as the game goes on, I want to get better, and for the most part I did that, but one pitch in this game can lose it for you.”
Overall, Price allowed three runs on five hits in eight innings pitched. He struck out 11 and walked none in one of his strongest games of the year. Despite pitching so well as of late, Price has not notched a win since May 24 vs. Colorado. He’s struck out a combined 26 batters in the four starts since that 8-3 win against the Rockies.
|06.14.16 at 8:12 pm ET|
According to a source, the Red Sox will sign second-round pick shortstop CJ Chatham to a $1.1 million deal pending a physical, which is just under the slotted value of $1,232,800 for the No. 51 overall pick.
Baseball America’s John Manuel was first to report the figure.
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.
Some thought Chatham would sign for less money to free up more money for first-round pick Jason Groome, but that appears not to be the case.
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|06.14.16 at 5:17 pm ET|
Often times he can be seen after games with an electronic pulse stimulator hooked up to both shoulders. And Ramirez admits that he altered his swing this season to help protect the problem, swinging with two hands on his follow-through.
“I used to swing with two hands and then I wanted to hit homers so I went with one hand,” Ramirez said prior to the Red Sox series-opener against the Orioles Tuesday. “I just swing with two hands and don’t think about anything else. It helps my shoulders.”
So when Ramirez goes through the kind of rut he is currently experiencing, it’s fair to surface the question about his shoulders’ health.
Coming into Tuesday night, Ramirez is hitting just .269 with four home runs and a .716 OPS. In the last 23 games he has played, the first baseman has managed just two extra-base hits (both doubles), hitting .181 with a .493 OPS.
But Ramirez confirmed his current rut is not shoulder-related.
“Body-wise, yeah, I’m good,” he said about his current state.
“The attitude is there. I’m just here to win. I’ve got four guys in front of me who are raking. That’s taking big pressure off guys behind David until we get hot again”
And, according to Ramirez, that hot streak is right around the corner.
“It’s going to be dangerous,” he said. “It’s going to be homers, triples, and more homers. It’s going to get ugly.”
|06.14.16 at 5:15 pm ET|
John Farrell provided injury updates on a few key players before his team’s three-game series against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Brock Holt, who has been out since May 18 with a concussion, is inching closer to beginning a rehab assignment, but there is still no set date for the outfielder to get back on the field. Before the injury, Holt was batting .239 with 17 runs scored and 19 RBIs.
“Brock continues to do baseball activity,” Farrell said. “When he was in Pittsburgh, he went through the ImPACT testing, so the true symptoms of the concussion and the things that might interrupt decision-making, that’s cleared up. But there’s still some dizziness at times, a general fogginess that he feels and certainly some headaches that are there. We’re working towards getting close to a rehab assignment, but no exact date for that yet.”
The Red Sox manager also said that catcher Ryan Hanigan is feeling much better after dealing with a neck injury the last few weeks. Farrell is hopeful that Hanigan will return to the team from the disabled list after the minimum 15 days.
“He’s got range and motion freely now from the left side of the neck that’s been restricting him,” Farrell said. “[He] won’t begin light baseball activity, so we haven’t loaded that up yet to where he’s going to get a true read on it. Whether or not at the 15-day mark he returns to us, that remains to be seen at this point.”
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
|06.14.16 at 5:02 pm ET|
The Red Sox went roughly three weeks without the need for a fifth starter with the number of off days that they’ve had recently, but they knew going into this weekend’s series against the Mariners, the need would be there.
With Clay Buchholz in the bullpen for a few weeks now and Joe Kelly suffering a groin injury in his last start with Triple-A Pawtucket, left-hander Roenis Elias will get the nod Friday night at Fenway against Seattle.
Rick Porcello will be pushed back to Saturday and David Price will start Sunday. Manager John Farrell noted Porcello was pushed back as a way to break up the left-handers in the series, opposed to Elias and Price going back-to-back.
“We looked at Seattle and the matchups and felt like a left-handed starter has proven to maybe negate some of their left-handed power, [Robinson] Cano, [Kyle] Seager particularly,” Farrell said. “This is as much matchup as the guys available to us. Roenis’ last four or five starts have been very good. Much more consistent. Felt like it’s time to take a look at him, particularly in this matchup.”
Farrell said it’s “possible” they go start-to-start with the No. 5 man in the rotation after Friday.
Elias was in the fifth starter competition during spring training, but lost the battle to Steven Wright. In 10 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket this year, he is 4-3 with a 3.54 ERA. He’s been better of late as over his last five starts he’s allowed two earned runs or less in four of them. In his last start on June 10, the 27-year-old went seven shutout innings to earn the win against Louisville.
The start could have special meaning for Elias as he will go up against the team who traded him this offseason as he was a thrown in in the trade that sent Carson Smith to the Red Sox for Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro.
Elias does have some major league experience starting 49 games with the Mariners in 2014 and 2015 going 15-20 with a 3.97 ERA. He did pitch in one game for the Red Sox earlier this year when their bullpen was getting decimated. Elias pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief April 23 in Houston allowing three runs.
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|06.14.16 at 3:42 pm ET|
Travis Shaw is back in Boston’s lineup Tuesday as the Red Sox take on the Orioles in the first game of a three-game set.
Shaw sat in Sunday’s game against the Twins because Minnesota had the left-handed Pat Dean on the mound and Shaw has struggled against lefties. He’s back in the lineup and hitting eighth against Orioles righty Chris Tillman.
The Sox will send David Price to the mound. Price has pitched into the seventh and allowed two runs in his last three starts (0-2). He was the hard-luck loser in his last outing, as he gave up three hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out seven over eight innings in a 2-1 loss to the Giants.
Bradley Jr. CF
|06.14.16 at 12:08 pm ET|
If things go the way they are now, the Red Sox will be well-represented in San Diego for the All-Star Game.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released the updated voting numbers from the fans and three members of the Red Sox lead their respective positions.
David Ortiz leads the designated hitter category by a considerable amount over Kendrys Morales, Xander Bogaerts has a slight edge over Alcides Escobar at shortstop and in the outfield, Jackie Bradley Jr. is in second place behind Mike Trout. As it stands now, Trout, Bradley Jr. and Lorenzo Cain would be the American League starting outfield.
Hanley Ramirez is fourth at first place, Dustin Pedroia fourth at second base, Blake Swihart fifth behind the plate and Mookie Betts is fifth in the outfield.
Online voting ends on June 30.
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|06.14.16 at 8:51 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (33-30): No game scheduled.
Pawtucket will begin a six-game road trip when it heads to Indianapolis for a three-game series Tuesday.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (21-41): No game scheduled.
Portland also starts a six-game stretch of road games when it travels to Bowie on Tuesday.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (41-23): W, 7-1, vs. Potomac (Nationals)
— The Salem bats took care of business Monday night, helping Boston’s High-A affiliate clinch the Carolina League’s Southern Division first-half championship. Leading the way offensively was Yoan Moncada, Boston’s top overall prospect at MLB.com. Moncada went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored. The 21-year-old hit a leadoff double in the first inning, and he hit another double off the outfield wall to plate a run in the eighth.
Moncada, recently named a Carolina League All-Star, is batting .375 in his last six games, and now is hitting .304/.426/.478 on the year. The native of Cuba leads Salem in total bases (107) and stolen bases (36).
— Matt Kent took the mound for Salem, and he was able to record his fourth straight victory. The left-hander allowed only one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched. He also fanned five batters and walked just one. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2013, Kent is 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 13 starts. Opponents are hitting just .283 when facing Kent.
— Rafael Devers may have only gone 1-for-5 at the plate Monday night, but Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com was able to drive in two runs. His ground out in the opening frame sent Moncada home, and he singled home Moncada again in the eighth for extra insurance. Devers, 19, is batting .227/.299/.336 this season.
— Simon Mercedes came on in the ninth inning to finish off Potomac and clinch the first-half championship. He had a perfect inning, forcing three ground outs to end the game. Assigned to Salem from Portland on June 1, the 24-year-old is 2-3 with a 6.90 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP in 19 minor league games. The save was his first of the season.
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