|09.06.16 at 1:29 pm ET|
SAN DIEGO — There was a lot about Yoan Moncada that people were anxious to witness.
Hitting from each side of the plate. Speed on the basepaths. Ability to field his new position.
But after four games, there has been one aspect of the third baseman’s game that stands out: his throwing arm.
So, now that we have seen what appears to be a Manny Machado-esque arm, the question has to be — Why was a player with this kind of ability to throw a baseball playing second base? With the help of translator Daveson Perez, Moncada explained.
“The only reason I was at second base was because the Cuban team needed me to be there,” he said. “But now that I’m at third I get the chance to show the arm that I’ve always had.
“I’ve always had a good throwing arm, it just so happened they moved me to second base so I was throwing a lot softer. But the arm has always been there.”
Moncada, who did pitch as an 11 year old, seems genuinely relieved to play a position where his throwing arm can be highlighted.
“I’ve always liked third base and now that I’m there I get a chance to showcase the arm that I’ve always had,” he said. “Third base has always been a position I’ve enjoyed. Now is a chance to show what I’ve got.”
“Previous, you’re always seeing it from a different arm angle, a different arm slot, because of the position of second base,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Seeing it across the field, seeing it carry and the power to the throw, he’s explosive. And it plays out in a number of different ways, including his arm strength.”
|09.06.16 at 11:48 am ET|
Donald Trump might count Tom Brady among his friends, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be invited to David Ortiz’s retirement party.
In an interview conducted in Spanish with USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz, the Red Sox slugger — who normally avoids getting involved in politics — said Trump’s comments about immigrants hit a nerve with the Dominican Republic native.
Trump has said he wants to build a wall along the Mexican border to stop people from entering the United States illegally, and his famous remark that Mexico is sending rapists and criminals to the U.S. “didn’t sit well” with Ortiz.
“When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face,” Ortiz said. “I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better. Things have gotten much better in that regard. … As Latin people we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from. And especially our Mexican brothers, who come here willing to do all the dirty work.
“Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy. Whoever opposes that is going to lose. And not just Latin people but immigrants. I’m talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realize the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.”
On a more positive note, Ortiz said he is hoping to leave a legacy as a star who was always willing to help younger players.
“That matters to me more than any home runs I’ve hit. It may inspire some of the young players coming up to try to emulate the things I’ve done right,” Ortiz said, adding: “If [my sons] ever get up here [to the majors], I want people to say to them, ‘I knew your dad, and he was a guy with huge power. But there was something better about him. He was a good person, a good guy.’ That’s what I care about the most.”
Added Ortiz: “I like doing that. It’s my nature. When I see young guys put some advice you gave them into work and they’re doing well, it makes me feel like I accomplished something.”
|09.06.16 at 8:55 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (74-68): W, 4-2, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— Left-hander Henry Owens wrapped his strong final month in Triple-A with another impressive outing, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts as the PawSox ended the season with a win.
“This year, there’s been a lot of adjustments mechanically and I thought I turned a corner in my last four or five starts here,” Owens said (via MiLB.com). “I’ve been more consistent with my delivery and I just want to keep working every day and develop that muscle memory and stay within the strike zone.”
Owens, who struggled in his four starts in Boston this year, went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA in his final six starts with the PawSox, and he finished the year at 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 24 starts.
“He had a couple of hiccups but he was able to settle in and give us some length today,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). The best is yet to come with him, I believe that.”
Owens is slated to join the major league team later this week and serve as an emergency starter.
— Kyle Martin pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and no runs in recording his sixth save in six chances. The 25-year-old went 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 36 appearances this season.
— Right fielder Bryce Brentz had the game’s big hit, a three-run home run in the first inning. Shortstop Jose Vinicio was the only PawSox batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double.
— Designated hitter Allen Craig went 1-for-2 with a walk and a triple, finishing his injury-shortened Triple-A season at .173/.250/.280 in 22 games. Center fielder Rusney Castillo was 1-for-4 and finished with a line of .263/.309/.354 with two home runs and 34 RBIs in 103 Triple-A games.
|09.06.16 at 8:35 am ET|
The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound to face Paul Clemens on Tuesday night in the middle game of Red Sox-Padres three-game series in San Diego.
Buchholz is 5-10 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.373 WHIP in 32 games (16 starts). The right-hander will be getting the start in place of Steven Wright, who remains out with a right shoulder injury.
Buchholz threw a bullpen session Sunday in Oakland, as he has not pitched in a game since last Tuesday. In one inning of work against the Rays, he allowed a go-ahead home run to Evan Longoria while recording three ground outs.
The 32-year-old has made three starts in place of Wright, compiling a 2.70 ERA in those games. The last start Buchholz made was on Aug. 23 against the Rays. In 6 1/3 innings he gave up one run, five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts as Boston took a 2-1 decision.
“That’s probably as good a fastball as he’s had in quite some time,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said (via MLB.com). “He got down and underneath some left-handers’ swings. He was never really challenged with a long pitch count in a given inning. It was an outstanding job on his part.”
Buchholz has never faced the Padres in his 10-year career.
|09.05.16 at 9:11 pm ET|
SAN DIEGO — Welcome to National League baseball.
As was expected, John Farrell was presented with an interesting decision when it came to using David Ortiz in a tight game. In this case the choice came down to whether or not pinch-hit Ortiz in key spots in either the eighth inning or ninth inning against the Padres on Monday.
Farrell went for the latter.
The Red Sox manager opted to pinch-hit Sandy Leon for lefty-hitting Brock Holt with southpaw reliever Brad Hand on the mound, the Red Sox trailing, 2-1, one out and Aaron Hill representing the tying run at third base. Leon came into the at-bat hitting .404 vs. left-handed pitching, while managing two hits in six pinch-hitting at-bats this season.
The move didn’t work out, with Leon striking out on a big curveball from Hand, whose pitch actually hit the batter in the foot. While the ball bounced back to the backstop, Hill couldn’t advance since it was correctly deemed a dead ball. Xander Bogaerts struck out looking to end the threat.
“With a left-hander on the mound, to stay right-handed and knowing they’re going to close with a right-hander, that was a pretty clear-cut decision at the time,” said Farrell when asked about the decision after the Red Sox’ 2-1 loss.
Sure enough, Ortiz would get his chance against the Padres’ right-handed closer, Brandon Maurer, an inning later.
After a fly out to lead off the ninth by Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez reached on an infield single to represent the game-tying run. Then, after a strikeout by Jackie Bradley Jr., Ortiz came to the plate in the place of Yoan Moncada (who had struck out in all three of his at-bats).
With the sold-out crowd at Petco Park crowd on its feet, Maurer eventually got Ortiz to fly out to center field on a 97 mph fastball to end the game.
|09.05.16 at 7:44 pm ET|
After scoring 16 and 11 runs Friday and Saturday against the A’s, the Red Sox bats have gone quiet.
On Sunday they were shut out by the A’s in a 1-0 loss and then on Monday managed only one run, falling 2-1 to the Padres in the first game of a three-game set.
Of the Red Sox’ last 23 losses, 11 have been one-run games.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz was decent against his former team as the left-hander went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out five. He threw 105 pitches. He was traded to the Red Sox from San Diego prior to the trade deadline this year.
It was only one bad inning for Pomeranz as he allowed a two-run home run to Adam Rosales in the fourth to account for the only Padres runs.
“Definitely wasn’t one of my best days,” Pomeranz said. “I was struggling with my rhythm and timing out there on the mound so I was kind of battling to locate with all my pitches but I got some big outs when I needed to. I would have liked to get through that sixth inning but that happens.”
Padres starter Edwin Jackson dominated the Red Sox as he went seven shutout innings, scattering four hits, walking two and striking out 11. The 11 strikeouts were the most by a Padres starter this season.
Jackson was able to escape the seventh inning as the Red Sox had first and second with no outs, but got Jackie Bradley Jr. to hit into a double play.
Once Jackson departed, the Red Sox made it interesting when Chris Young hit a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning to make it a one-run game. Then, another pinch-hitter, Aaron Hill doubled and advanced to third on a ground out, but was stranded there after both Sandy Leon and Xander Bogaerts struck out.
The Red Sox also threatened in the ninth against closer Brandon Mauer as Hanley Ramirez reached on a one-out infield single, but Bradley Jr. struck out and then pinch-hitter David Ortiz flew out to end the game.
“I kind of suck at pinch-hitting, right?” Ortiz said. “Look at my numbers, let me know tomorrow.”
Ortiz is 2-for-24 lifetime when getting just one at-bat in a game in an NL park.
Young’s home run snapped a streak of 16 scoreless innings for the Red Sox offense.
|09.05.16 at 4:04 pm ET|
SAN DIEGO — Don Orsillo needed to cross this reunion off his list.
The former NESN broadcaster, let go last summer, will call his first Red Sox game from the opposing booth on Monday when the Red Sox open a three-game series with the Padres in San Diego.
Orsillo, 47, spent Monday morning renewing acquaintances with everyone from Red Sox players to manager John Farrell to behind-the-scenes NESN folks and clubhouse workers.
“I needed to get in the clubhouse, I needed to get in the NESN truck to see the guys,” Orsillo said. “I needed to see John. I hadn’t seen John, he wasn’t here for the All-Star Game. The clubhouse guys, Tommy [McLaughlin], all those guys. It was good to see everybody. Now it’s like another series.”
Orsillo has made a home for himself in picturesque southern California.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I didn’t know much about the National League, interleague maybe, but it’s not the same thing, obviously. I love it here. The ballpark’s beautiful, the city’s beautiful — they call it America’s finest city. The weather is tremendous. Every day it’s 75. What you see today is what it is. It’s a great division. I love going to the ballparks, San Francisco is terrific, we went to Dodger Stadium for the third time this year. The biggest challenge to me this year has been learning the National League. It’s been different. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed it very much.”
Orsillo, whose broadcast partner is former big leaguer and Holliston native Mark Sweeney, shares the same wish with Padres fan, that his new team was playing better. The Padres began the day in last place in the NL West, 20 games out of first.
“We’re in different places,” he said. “This team is heading in a different direction. The last couple of years were hard. Last place three out of four, right? It’s kind of similar to what we had there. The intensity of a playoff race, which you guys are having right now, is something that’s different. For me, I didn’t know anywhere else. That’s all I had ever known my whole childhood was that. Now, down here, it’s different. Of course it’s different.”
Orsillo has understandably had this series circled for a while.
“I saw it on the schedule, and you spend 20 years in an organization — five in Pawtucket, 15 in Boston — it’s going to be different seeing these guys across the field,” he said. “But I will say, having seen a lot of these guys at the All-Star Game really helped. David [Ortiz] and I spent some time at the All-Star Game, Mookie [Betts], Xander [Bogaerts], I saw a lot of these guys when they were here here and I hadn’t seen them at all this year. That was good to see those guys then. That certainly made it less weird now that they’re here again a couple of months later.”
As Orsillo spoke, a stream of well-wishers with Boston ties interrupted him to welcome him back.
“It’s definitely different to be on the visiting side and to walk in there and know so many faces, lot of hugs, lot of handshakes,” he said. “It’s great to see those guys.”
|09.05.16 at 3:50 pm ET|
SAN DIEGO — The Red Sox said Yoan Moncada would be getting his fair share of playing time when getting called up to the big leagues. That certainly seems to be the case.
With three right-handers starting for the Padres — Edwin Jackson, Paul Clemens and Jarred Cosart — Moncada will start all three games of the series at third base, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.
So with Moncada seemingly cemented at third for the next few days, Farrell noted that Travis Shaw could very well start in left field in Wednesday’s series finale.
Particularly with Andrew Benintendi still coming back from his knee injury, left field appears to be Shaw’s home for now.
“It is what it is,” Shaw said. “They wanted a spark and Moncada came up and he’s played well so far since he’s gotten here and I’m still, I don’t want to say pleased, but I could have a worse year. But it’s the spot we’re in right now and down the stretch I’m going to do whatever they ask me to do.”
Shaw, who started taking fly balls in the outfield on the last day in Oakland, is now focused on the new position.
“It was news to me [Sunday],” Shaw said of playing left field. “Last couple days me and Ruben [Amaro] have gone out there early and it seems like third base, there’s not going to be much playing time there the rest of the year so try to find another way in there and I’m going to focus pretty much all my attention on left field from here on out and kind of see, I don’t know what their plan is, but I’m going to make sure I’m adequate enough out there.”
Shaw has played a total of six major league innings in left field, with a smattering of experience at the minor league level. He was supposed to spend time playing left in the Puerto Rican Winter League before being shut down with a shoulder impingement.
“Surprisingly pretty comfortable,” said Shaw of working out in the outfield. “Out there in early work even today taking live reads off the bat it doesn’t feel weird and it doesn’t feel odd. I’ve always loved catching fly balls and pop ups in the infield. It actually feels pretty comfortable out there now.”
|09.05.16 at 1:38 pm ET|
As promised by manager John Farrell, DH David Ortiz is out of the starting lineup vs. the San Diego Padres for Monday’s Labor Day matinee.
Ortiz will not start any of the three games in the National League Park, Farrell said, because it would require playing in the field, and the last time Ortiz did that — vs. the Dodgers — he ended up leaving the game early with soreness, which indirectly led to knuckleballer Steven Wright pinch running a day later and injuring his shoulder.
Monday’s game also represents Drew Pomeranz’s return to San Diego, where he made an All-Star team before being shipped to the Red Sox in July.
The game will also be a reunion with former NESN play-by-play man Don Orsillo, who now calls games for the Padres.
Here’s the lineup:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Brock Holt LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Yoan Moncada 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Drew Pomeranz P
|09.05.16 at 11:27 am ET|
Some help could be on the way for the Red Sox bullpen.
Reliever Koji Uehara, out since July 19 with a pectoral injury that threatened his season, was activated on Monday, when the Red Sox open a three-game series with the San Diego Padres, but won’t be available until Tuesday.
Uehara threw a simulated game on Saturday and emerged feeling strong, so the Red Sox activated him. He’s 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA this year, but if healthy would go a long way towards solving the team’s issues in the eighth inning.
The 41-year-old has struck out 51 and walked nine in 36 innings.
Fore more on Uehara’s activation, check out Rob Bradford’s Red Sox notebook.
In other roster news, the Red Sox also officially summoned catcher Christian Vazquez and right-handers Heath Hembree and Noe Ramirez to the active roster.
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