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Red Sox pregame notes: Dustin Pedroia out with flu-like symptoms; Steven Wright called up from Pawtucket

08.17.14 at 11:55 am ET
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It’s not often Dustin Pedroia isn’t well enough to be in the Red Sox lineup.

The second baseman has a reputation of playing through pain and soreness, one he’s maintained throughout this season. Pedroia has played in 119 of the Sox’ first 122 games in 2014, and was in the lineup Saturday despite leaving Friday’s game early after fouling a ball off his foot.

Sunday will be one of those rare occasions where Pedroia can’t go.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Pedroia is out of Sunday’s lineup with flu-like symptoms. Brock Holt will play second in his place.

“He felt it during the game last night, it worsened to the point where he can’t go at all today,” Farrell said of Pedroia’s condition.

Farrell said Pedroia showed up to the ballpark Sunday and was given antibiotics by team doctors.

“Hopefully this is a short-lived situation,” he said.

Pedroia’s presence in the lineup will be missed Sunday. The second baseman has five hits, two RBIs and four runs scored in the first three games of the series against the Astros, which concludes Sunday afternoon.


– The Red Sox called up pitcher Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated outfielder Corey Brown for assignment, according to Farrell. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Ortiz reflects on milestone night, career with Red Sox

08.17.14 at 10:10 am ET
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There aren’t many players in major league history that can categorize themselves with Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. Just the idea of someone doing so would seem blasphemous to most Red Sox fans.

David Ortiz, however, is a rare exception. And he verified that with another landmark night on Saturday.

The slugger launched home runs No. 400 and 401 in a Red Sox uniform in a six RBI showcase against the Astros, becoming just the third player in club history to reach that mark.

The other two players to reach that milestone? Williams (521 home runs) and Yastrzemski (452).

“It’s an honor to be up there mentioned with those legends,” Ortiz said after his 3-for-5 night that led the Sox to a 10-7 win. “You’re not expecting to be mentioned with those guys.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell said what’s most impressive about Ortiz’s accomplishment is the pace in which he did it. Ortiz is in the midst of his 12th season with the Sox and reached the 400 home run mark in the third inning of career game No. 1,630.

Williams reached that plateau in the middle of his 15th season. Yastrzemski in his 19th.

“When you consider how many fewer games he’s done it in is really remarkable,” Farrell said. “He’s in rare company with the two other guys he’s now linked to. To see it in roughly 60 percent of the games with one and almost half the games of the other. It’s amazing what he’s been able to do here.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Collin McHugh

08.17.14 at 8:13 am ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

The Red Sox will close out a four-game series at home against the Astros Sunday, sending Joe Kelly to the mound against Collin McHugh.

After pitching on the road during his first two starts with the Red Sox, Kelly (0-0, 2.08 ERA) will be making his first career start at Fenway Park. It will also stand as the first time this season that the 26-year-old righty faces off against an American League opponent.

“I’m excited to pitch in front of the home crowd and see how the mound is and the surroundings,” Kelly said. “I’m definitely excited to get out there for my first start.”

Kelly was solid in his last start Tuesday against the Reds, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four over six innings of work en route to a 3-2 Red Sox victory.

“I thought he had very good stuff tonight, better stuff tonight than his first start in St. Louis,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the game. “He might’ve pitched a little bit fine early on, the two walks came back to haunt him, but I thought he settled in well and really got into a good rhythm. He has three-plus pitches for strikes tonight with very good fastball velocity.”

Kelly has been impressive since being traded to Boston on July 31, allowing just three runs over 13 innings of work in two starts with the Red Sox.

In two career relief appearances against the Astros, Kelly surrendered two hits and no runs while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.

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Closing Time: David Ortiz ignites Red Sox with two home runs to lead comeback win over Astros

08.16.14 at 11:01 pm ET
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David Ortiz homered twice (the 400th and 401st homers of his Red Sox career) and drove in six runs on Saturday. (Getty Images)

David Ortiz homered twice (the 400th and 401st homers of his Red Sox career) and drove in six runs on Saturday. (Getty Images)

The Red Sox were in need of a spark, and David Ortiz gave them just that.

The lefty slugger hit a pair of two-run home runs, including one in the fifth that started a four-run rally, and a two-run double in the eighth to lift the Sox to a 10-7 comeback win over the Astros Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Ortiz went 3-for-5 for the game with a career-high six RBIs, the fifth time he’s achieved that single-game feat in his career.

The homers were Ortiz’s 400th and 401st in a Red Sox uniform, making him just the third player in club history to reach that mark behind Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski, who had 521 and 452, respectively. Saturday marked his fourth multi-home run game of the season and 45th of his career.

While the blast on an 0-2 changeup in the bottom of the third was the milestone, the second one proved to be most important.

A poor outing from starter Rubby De La Rosa left the Sox in a 6-3 hole entering the fifth. But Ortiz ignited a rally with a homer just inside the right-field foul pole to cut the deficit to one.

The Sox had luck on their side in the inning as well. Yoenis Cespedes reached second one batter later after Houston first baseman Jon Singleton dropped an easy pop fly on the infield grass. Cespedes stole third and scored on an RBI single by Daniel Nava to tie the game. Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Red Sox improved to 56-66 with the win.

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David Ortiz launches 400th (and 401st) homer of Red Sox career

08.16.14 at 9:22 pm ET
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David Ortiz jumped on an 0-2 hanging changeup from Astros starter Brad Peacock in the bottom of the third inning of Saturday’s game, sending a cloud-scraper just over the wall in straightaway center field for the 27th homer of the 2014 season and the 400th of his Red Sox career. Ortiz is the third player ever to reach that landmark with the Sox, joining Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452).

Here is the milestone blast.

Evidently unsatisfied with reaching 400 homers with the Sox, Ortiz launched his 401st homer in the bottom of the fifth against Peacock, fouling off a pair of 2-2 fastballs away before smoking a poorly located slider over the right field fence. He is currently on pace for 37 homers, which would be his highest total since he mashed a Red Sox-record 54 in 2006.

Since he joined the Red Sox in 2003, Ortiz ranks third in the majors with those 401 homers, behind only Albert Pujols (443) and Adam Dunn (414).

Red Sox pregame notes: Allen Craig to start rehab assignment in Pawtucket Monday; David Ross to be activated early next week

08.16.14 at 5:39 pm ET
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It’s been over two weeks since Allen Craig made his Red Sox debut. But at this point, it’s easy to forget just how long he’s been in Boston.

That’s about to change very soon.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday the outfielder will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, and both sides are eyeing a three-day trip with the minor league club before making his return.

“We’ve mapped out probably three days, but to say that all of those are going to be needed is to be determined,” Farrell said. “He’s in agreement that there needs to be some at-bats had. Whether that’s four, whether that’s eight, we’ll cross that as we get through it.”

Craig, who the Red Sox acquired from the Cardinals at the July 31 trade deadline with Joe Kelly in exchange for John Lackey, injured his ankle during the final at-bat of his Aug. 1 Red Sox debut. He was placed on the disabled list four days later.

– Another player close to his return is catcher David Ross.

Ross, who has been out since Aug. 2 with a plantar fascia tear, will be activated either Monday or Tuesday, according to Farrell, and will not require a rehab stint. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia back in despite early exit on Friday

08.16.14 at 3:22 pm ET
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Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday night for the third game of their four-game series against the Astros despite leaving Friday’s game early after fouling a ball off his right foot in the third inning.

The second baseman left in the bottom of the eighth after running out a ground ball. Manager John Farrell said after the game that they would decide whether or not to play him Saturday.

Brock Holt will man third base, giving Will Middlebrooks the day off. Daniel Nava will play in right field.


Brock Holt, 3B

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, DH

Yoenis Cespedes, LF

Mike Napoli, 1B

Daniel Nava, RF

Xander Bogaerts, SS

Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Christian Vazquez, C

Rubby De La Rosa, SP

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