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Blake Swihart has ‘severe’ ankle sprain, foot will be immobilized for 2 weeks, chance season is over

06.05.16 at 5:33 pm ET
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Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

The Red Sox got some concrete news on Blake Swihart, and it was not good.

The outfielder/catcher has what manager John Farrell termed “a severe ankle sprain” and will have his left foot immobilized for two weeks before the team re-evaluates.

Swihart was hurt making a catch in foul territory against the wall in left field during Saturday’s win over the Blue Jays. He crumpled to the ground and eventually limped off the field with some assistance.

According to a team spokesman, Swihart has a medial and lateral ankle sprain, as well as a strain of the peroneal tendons.

Farrell didn’t specify a time frame beyond the two-week immobilization, but the prognosis doesn’t sound encouraging. Team sources initially feared the injury would be season-ending, but Swihart was examined by noted foot and ankle expert Dr. George Theodore on Sunday, and now the club will wait two weeks before proceeding.

“With Blake, there’s a severe ankle sprain,” Farrell said. “He’s going to be immobilized for two weeks and we’ll re-evaluate at that point to see what the next steps are. He sustained a pretty severe ankle sprain here yesterday.”

With Swihart sidelined indefinitely, Chris Young becomes the starting left fielder. Young homered and singled in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays, breaking up Marco Estrada’s no-hitter with the former in the eighth.

Swihart, 24, is hitting .258 with a .720 OPS in 19 games.

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Closing Time: Red Sox nearly no-hit, Eduardo Rodriguez (4 HRs) knocked around, rally falls short in loss to Blue Jays

06.05.16 at 4:21 pm ET
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It was a tough day for the David Ortiz and the Red Sox offense on Sunday. (Winslow Townson-USA Today Sports)

It was a tough day for the David Ortiz and the Red Sox offense on Sunday. (Winslow Townson-USA Today Sports)

Well that was a weird game.

On one side, Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed four hits — all homers — and failed to record a strikeout for just the second time in his career. On the other, Jays starter Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth before Chris Young ended it with a one-out solo homer into the Monster seats.

But just as quickly as the Red Sox looked dead, they put the tying run on second base with two outs in the ninth before pinch hitter Marco Hernandez struck out to end it. The Sox scored three times in the ninth off of closer Roberto Osuna, but when it ended, the Jays had claimed a 5-4 victory to take two out of three.

“We continue to battle right through the final out,” said manager John Farrell. “We’re one swing of the bat away from tying that ballgame up, potentially going ahead. I love the fact that our guys don’t ever quit. They keep coming. There’s a tremendous amount of character in that room. You tip your hat to a quality start by Estrada, but still, we’re four outs from this one being over and against one of the better closers in the game, we took very good swings against a really good fastball and we had some momentum built late.”

The Red Sox haven’t been no-hit since April 22, 1993 by Seattle’s Chris Bosio. They last time they were no-hit at home was July 20, 1958 by Detroit’s Jim Bunning.

Estrada looked like he had a chance through seven, striking out four and walking three, aided by a pair of nice catches in center by Kevin Pillar, as well as a running over-the-shoulder grab by right fielder Jose Bautista to end the seventh.

But Young left no doubt with his blast. Estrada was lifted after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth in favor of closer Osuna, who allowed doubles to Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Hanley Ramirez, and singles to Bradley and Young before rallying from a 3-0 count to strike out Hernandez to end it.

On the other side, Rodriguez allowed home runs to Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Darwin Barney, and Russell Martin. Encarnacion’s was a two-run shot.

Though his velocity crept up to 93-94 mph, Rodriguez frequently found himself behind in the count as he nibbled at the corners, trying to keep the ball from the middle of the plate.

Closing Time note

The Blue Jays entered the game ranked fourth in the American League in strikeouts, but E-Rod didn’t manage one. His only other start without a K came last July in an 11-1 loss to the Angels when he didn’t finish the second inning.


— The Red Sox offense stagnated, remaining hitless until Young’s homer in the eighth. “Estrada kept us off balance,” Young said.

— E-Rod looked shaky, allowing a first-inning homer to Bautista and lacking a put-away pitch thereafter. He allowed four hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out none. “I feel like I missed the spot all four times — two with a changeup, two with a heater,” he said. “The Martin one was right in the middle. The third one, I feel like it was a good pitch. He just put a pretty good swing on it. That’s the whole thing — I just missed spots four times.”

— With two on via walk in the first leading off against Estrada, AL batting leader Xander Bogaerts chose to bunt. Lead runner Mookie Betts was cut down at third and the Red Sox didn’t sniff another rally until the eighth.

“He saw something there. He sees Dominguez playing back a little bit,” Farrell said. “Thought he might be able to put one down. I’m sure that if he were to revisit things, down a run, nobody out, he’s trying to move runners. He sees something there, but certainly not going to take the bat out of his hands.”


— DH David Ortiz stroked his league-leading 26th double in the ninth to drive in the second Red Sox run.

— Young raised his average to .286 with his fourth homer of the year. He’s due for increased playing time with catcher Blake Swihart sidelined by a severe ankle sprain. “When you’re not starting you find yourself trying to playing manager in your head to see what kind of situation is coming up for you to bat, trying to get loose throughout game, try to pick opportunities you may go in the game,” Young said. “I’m happy about it, I’m happy about any opportunity I get, any time I’m playing, I’m a happy guy.”

— Relievers Heath Hembree and Clay Buchholz combined to throw 3 1/3 hitless innings, striking out five.


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Red Sox outfielder Chris Young breaks up no-hitter of Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada with homer in 8th

06.05.16 at 3:48 pm ET
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Marco Estrada

Marco Estrada

On an afternoon when Eduardo Rodriguez limited the Blue Jays to four hits, but all of them were home runs, the story became Jays starter Marco Estrada.

The right-hander no-hit the Red Sox for 7 1/3 innings before Chris Young broke it up with a solo homer to left as the Red Sox trailed 5-1.

The Red Sox haven’t been no-hit since April 22, 1993 by Seattle’s Chris Bosio. They last time they were no-hit at home was July 20, 1958 by Detroit’s Jim Bunning.

Estrada looked like he had a chance through seven, striking out four and walking three. He had been helped by a pair of nice catches in center by Kevin Pillar, as well as a running over-the-shoulder grab by right fielder Jose Bautista to end the seventh.

Rodriguez allowed home runs to Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Darwin Barney, and Russell Martin. Encarnacion’s was a two-run shot.

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Blake Swihart (sprained ankle) to 15-day disabled list, Rusney Castillo recalled among numerous Red Sox roster moves

06.05.16 at 10:29 am ET
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Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

Following the injuries coming out of Saturday’s game, the Red Sox made a number of roster moves on Sunday.

After both Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan left Saturday’s win with injuries, both were placed on the 15-day disabled list. Hanigan has a neck strain that has seemed to bother him for a few weeks and after jamming his ankle into the left field wall, Swihart was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain. But, by how severe the injury could have been, this appears to be good news.

To replace the two players on the roster, outfielder Rusney Castillo was recalled and catcher Sandy Leon was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket.

In addition, reliever Noe Ramirez was optioned back to Triple-A and right-hander Heath Hembree was recalled.

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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada scores on wild pitch to give Salem walk-off win

06.05.16 at 8:05 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (27-28): W, 11-6, at Norfolk (Orioles)

— Right-hander Sean O’Sullivan pitched seven innings and allowed two runs despite giving up nine hits and a walk. He struck out two. O’Sullivan is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in seven games with the PawSox.

— Right-hander Kyle Martin did not fare well after taking over for O’Sullivan. He allowed four runs on four hits and four walks with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. Left-hander Wesley Wright had to come on to get the final out, which he did after surrendering a bases-loaded walk.

— Dan Butler, who took over at catcher from Sandy Leon in the third inning, went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. Butler is hitting .194/.286/.387 in 12 games this season.

— Second baseman Jose Vinicio, left fielder Bryce Brentz, designated hitter Chris Marrero and shortstop Deven Marrero had two hits apiece. Eleven Pawtucket batters collected at least one hit as the team racked up 16 hits in all. Nine PawSox players scored at least one run.

— Brentz provided some impressive defense as well, racing back and making a nice over-the-shoulder catch in the second inning.

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Marco Estrada

06.05.16 at 7:54 am ET
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To close out the Red Sox-Blue Jays series, Eduardo Rodriguez will make his second start of the season opposite veteran right-hander Marco Estrada.

Rodriguez made his 2016 debut Tuesday after being sidelined with a knee injury he suffered in March. Facing the Orioles in Baltimore, the second-year left-hander was impressive, pitching six innings and allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts as the Sox posted a 6-2 victory — a game best remembered for Mookie Betts’ three home runs.

“It was good to be back,” Rodriguez said afterward. “Pitched pretty good and I located my pitches pretty good. My changeup was a great key tonight.”

Manager John Farrell said he expects Rodriguez’s velocity to improve, but overall he expressed satisfaction with the performance.

“I thought it was solid,” Farrell said after the game. “We’ve seen better velocity before, but I thought he stayed away from the middle of the plate for the most part. He threw a lot of strikes, he forced them to swing the bat when he did get into a 3-2 count. He pitched very comfortably, it looked like tonight.”

As a rookie last year, Rodriguez faced the Blue Jays twice, both in June, and had decidedly different results. The first meeting, June 14 at Fenway Park, was one of Rodriguez’s worst outings of the season. He last just 4 2/3 innings and allowed nine runs on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout in Boston’s 13-5 loss. However, in the rematch 16 days later in Toronto, Rodriguez was sharp, pitching six innings and allowing just one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in the Sox’ 4-3 win.

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Blake Swihart getting MRI on injured ankle, Ryan Hanigan tests on neck

06.04.16 at 8:09 pm ET
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Blake Swihart left Saturday's game with an ankle injury. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Blake Swihart left Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon came with a price.

Left fielder Blake Swihart left the game with two outs in the seventh inning after injuring his ankle when running into the left field wall chasing after a Michael Saunders fly ball. It was ruled a foul ball as although Swihart made the catch, it hit the wall in the left field corner first. Swihart’s left ankle jammed against the wall and he needed help walking off the field.

Manager John Farrell added Swihart will be getting a MRI Saturday night.

“You get in up against that concrete base there — the base of that wall,” Farrell said. “We don’t know exactly what has taken place yet. He will go for a MRI here tonight, so until we get the results, it’s hard to really comment any further on that.”

Swihart reached base three times in the game before having to depart.

Earlier in the inning, catcher Ryan Hanigan was removed from the game with a neck strain. This comes after he battled dizziness/illness earlier in the week. Farrell was able to rule out a concussion with him, but he will be going for more tests.

“They both are going for tests,” Farrell said. “Blake, obviously the ankle and Hanigan, who has been dealing with the neck strain, that continued to tighten throughout the game. He was battling not only the knuckleball, but obviously his neck. Both are going to go for tests here and once we get information on them we’ll have a better read on the severity of both.”

Hanigan was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and allowed three passed balls in the game. He was in the clubhouse postgame and although didn’t speak with reporters, he looked to be in some pain.

If the Red Sox need to call up a catcher from Triple-A Pawtucket, Sandy Leon would likely be the guy. He got a lot of playing time in the early going last season, so there is some familiarity with the staff.

With Swihart, if the team needs to call up an outfielder, Rusney Castillo likely is that guy. Ideally, the Sox would prefer the player to be a lefty given the number of righties they already have, but there isn’t such a player available.

Both Leon and Castillo were removed from Pawtucket’s game Saturday night.

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Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts, Travis Shaw lead Red Sox over Blue Jays to end 3-game losing streak

06.04.16 at 7:13 pm ET
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The Red Sox snapped their three-game losing streak on Saturday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox snapped their three-game losing streak on Saturday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Although the Red Sox have scuffled of late — losing three straight and six of their last nine going into the game — they still have yet to lose four in a row this season.

Led by the offense, the Red Sox snapped their skid with a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Like they have all season, the Red Sox were able to get to Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. The offense scored in five straight innings against him, as he departed with the Red Sox on top 6-4 in the sixth.

David Ortiz had a two-run single in the third and Travis Shaw added a two-out RBI single in the fifth. They added another in the sixth on a very close play at the plate involving Blake Swihart trying to score from first on a Mookie Betts double. He was originally called out, but following a challenge the call at home was overturned and Swihart was ruled safe.

Xander Bogaerts paced the offense with three hits, while Shaw and Betts each had two.

“[Bogaerts] with another big day,” manager John Farrell said. “After being stopped last night, he picks up three base hits today. I thought we did an outstanding job of running the bases — taking an extra 90 feet. Blake [Swihart] scoring from first. [Bogaerts] going first-to-third on a groundball out. Some heads up base running for sure. David with another key base hit for the two RBIs off Stroman. Each time they were able to put a run on the board, once again we were able to answer right back. That continues to be a characteristic of this team.”

In relief of Red Sox starter Steven Wright, Matt Barnes allowed a run over two innings, Junichi Tazawa threw a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel closed things out in the ninth. Overall, the Red Sox’ arms limited the Blue Jays to just four hits in the game.

Wright was pulled after the fifth inning and throwing 111 pitches. The knuckleballer allowed three runs, but none of them were earned because of passed balls. Two scored in the fifth on one passed ball when Michael Saunders struck out and beat the throw to first, which allowed both Ryan Goins and Jose Bautista to score. The Red Sox led 4-1 going into the inning.

Ryan Hanigan and Swihart left the game in the seventh inning. Hanigan left with a neck strain and Swihart departed with a left ankle injury suffered hitting the wall hard in left field on a foul ball. He was helped off the field by a trainer and Farrell.

Closing Time note

Dustin Pedroia has now hit safely in 25 straight games against the Blue Jays, tying the second longest streak in MLB history (Jerry Remy, 26, 1977-82 and Vladimir Guerrero, 25, 2001-06).

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

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Blake Swihart, Ryan Hanigan both leave Saturday’s game vs. Blue Jays with injuries

06.04.16 at 6:35 pm ET
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Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart left Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays with a left ankle injury.

On a Michael Saunders fly ball down the left field line in the seventh inning, Swihart chased it down going full force into the wall in the corner where he appeared to jam his left ankle hard into the base of the wall.

He was aided off the field by a trainer and manager John Farrell. The team announced the injury and added he is being evaluated further. Although he caught the ball, it was a foul ball because it hit the wall first.

Chris Young replaced him in left field.

Earlier in the inning, catcher Ryan Hanigan left the game with a neck strain. He was having a tough day going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and four runners left on base, along with three passed balls that all led to runs. Hanigan had dizziness/illness last week.

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David Ortiz: ‘Nobody is ever going to forget’ Muhammad Ali’s impact

06.04.16 at 4:45 pm ET
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David Ortiz

David Ortiz

On the day following Muhammad Ali’s passing, many have recalled their memories of one of the greatest boxers of all-time.

David Ortiz was one of them, as he gave his thoughts on Ali before Saturday’s game with the Blue Jays.

“[He] was a person, his career, the way he did things, the way things went down … nobody is ever going to forget that,” Ortiz said to reporters.

Ortiz added even people who weren’t alive during Ali’s greatest years will find out just how great and impactful he was.

“I think right now with all the ways people have to learn and get to know things, especially on a day like today, the day he passed away, the younger people that don’t know much about it, they are going to be Googling his name and figuring things out,” he added.

Manager John Farrell also shared his memories of the boxer.

“I can remember as a kid, 9 or 10 years old, my dad was a fan of boxing, so to see some of his matches being televised — he was certainly a controversial figure in some people’s minds,” Farrell said. “He was clear to talk about how good he was. But the thing you remember most is, it’s almost like every big match he had had its own name, whether it’s ‘The Fight,’ or ‘The Thrilla in Manila,’ anything like that.”

“Personally, not knowing what Islam was about and to see someone change his name and become so familiar with that — that was a major shift in trying to get an understanding of what (Islam) was as a kid,” Farrell added. “It was very different, very unique.”

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