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Friday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Allen Webster vs. Jered Weaver

08.08.14 at 8:39 am ET
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The Red Sox head out to the West Coast during the second leg of their eight-game road trip to take on the Angels for a three-game set in Anaheim. Boston will send Allen Webster to the mound against Jered Weaver in the series opener.

Webster (1-1, 6.75 ERA) will be looking to bounce back from his last start Saturday against the Yankees, as the right-hander completely lost command on almost all of his pitches.

Webster only lasted 2 2/3 innings, surrendering four earned runs and six walks in what was a 6-4 Yankees victory.

“Yeah, it was clear he lost command of the strike zone,” said manager John Farrell after the game. “And while there’s plenty of stuff in terms of fastball action, swing-and-miss to his changeup, just the ability to make an adjustment from either pitch-to-pitch or hitter-to-hitter was elusive.”

While Webster — who carries an 8.22 ERA in 10 career major league appearances — has had his fair share of growing pains with the Red Sox, Farrell said that the 24-year-old righty is making strides in his goal to gain more consistency in his outings going forward.

“I would say yes, he’s repeating his delivery on his side day,” Farrell said. “We’re also looking forward to seeing the adjustments that might be needed inside a given game be accomplished. That’s always the challenge of bringing the bullpen [session] into the game and executing it, having the wherewithal to step off and regroup if those situations call for it and make necessary adjustments. That’s where our evaluation probably stems. It’s not about stuff; it’s a matter of making adjustments.”

Friday will stand as Webster’€™s first career appearance against the Angels.

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Closing Time: Brandon Workman falters early as Red Sox fall to Cardinals

08.07.14 at 11:28 pm ET
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Brandon Workman generally has been presumed to be near the front of the line in terms of the Red Sox‘ prospects who are candidates for the 2015 rotation. Between his contributions in a pennant race and the postseason in 2013 and his strong early performance out of the bullpen and in the rotation in 2014, Workman had earned the trust of team officials and members of the coaching staff. He opened his big league career with eight straight starts of at least five innings and no more than three runs allowed, the longest such run at the start of a Red Sox pitcher’s career since World War II.

But those promising initial returns — the ones that relegated Felix Doubront to the bullpen and ultimately started him on a path to the end of his Red Sox career — have given way to less consistent outcomes of late.

On Thursday, in the Red Sox’ 5-2 loss to the Cardinals, Workman had an unspectacular outing of 5 1/3 innings in which he gave up four runs on six hits, including a double and solo homer. He walked two and punched out five. It marked the fifth straight outing in which Workman had allowed four or more runs, a stretch in which he has a 6.04 ERA. Read the rest of this entry »

Updated Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz scratched due to wet grounds

08.07.14 at 8:14 pm ET
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Though David Ortiz was in the original Red Sox lineup as the first baseman for Thursday night in St. Louis, the slugger was scratched due to wet grounds resulting from the daylong rain at Busch Stadium. Ortiz was slated to make his fourth appearance of the year at first base, but given the uncertain terrain in St. Louis, the decision was made to put regular first baseman Mike Napoli back in the lineup. Ortiz is available off the bench.

Here is the updated Red Sox lineup:

Holt, RF

Pedroia, 2B

Cespedes, LF

Napoli, 1B

Bogaerts, SS

Vazquez, C

Bradley, CF

Middlebrooks, 3B

Workman, SP

Red Sox-Cardinals game scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m.

08.07.14 at 6:57 pm ET
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The scheduled start of the Red Sox‘ game against the Cardinals in St. Louis, originally scheduled for 7:15 p.m., has been delayed due to inclement weather. The game is now expected to start at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Red Sox option Mookie Betts, set to activate Kelly Johnson

08.07.14 at 4:08 pm ET
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The Red Sox have optioned Mookie Betts back to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to clear a roster spot for newly acquired corner infielder/left fielder Kelly Johnson.

Betts started twice in five games after being summoned back to the big leagues on August 1, going 2-for-7. For the year, in 13 contests, he’s hitting .244/.279/.366 in 44 big league plate appearances.

The 21-year-old has shredded the minors, however, for a .342/.429/.530 line with 11 homers and 30 steals in 88 games, including a .321/.408/.496 line in Triple-A Pawtucket. With something of a roster crowd in the big leagues that has the Sox rotating outfielders in and out of the lineup, the team wanted to ensure regular playing time for Betts at this stage of his professional development by having him return to the minors rather than dealing with fitful playing time in the big leagues.

Johnson, acquired from the Yankees for Stephen Drew just before last Thursday’s trade deadline, went 0-for-6 with two walks and three strikeouts during a two-game rehab assignment with Double-A Portland in which he saw time at first and third base. Prior to the groin injury that landed him on the D.L., Johnson was hitting .219/.304/.373 in 77 games for the Yankees.

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Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr., Will Middlebrooks return; Daniel Nava sits

08.07.14 at 3:57 pm ET
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As the Red Sox prepare for the finale of their three-game series against the Cardinals, they will rotate a number of players back into their lineup against right-hander Adam Wainwright. David Ortiz, who sat out of Wednesday’s game in favor of Mike Napoli, is back in the lineup and batting third. Jackie Bradley Jr. will start for the first time in the three-game series, with Daniel Nava getting a day off. And Will Middlebrooks, who sat in favor of Brock Holt on Wednesday, is back in the lineup at third, with Holt in right field.

RED SOX LINEUP

Brock Holt, RF

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, 1B

Yoenis Cespedes, LF

Xander Bogaerts, SS

Christian Vazquez, C

Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Brandon Workman, SP

Red Sox minor league roundup: Williams Jerez’s prospect rebirth; Sam Travis mashing; Keury De La Cruz goes for a rare walk

08.07.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox minor league system on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 7-4 WIN AT BOWIE (ORIOLES)

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– Outfielder Keury De La Cruz, who entered the game with three walks and 39 strikeouts in his first 47 games of the year, went 1-for-2 with a double and matched a career-high with three walks, thus matching his season total. It was his first game with multiple walks since 2012, and his first with three walks since playing in the Dominican Summer League in 2009. It is worth noting that two of the walks (including one of the intentional variety) came against a knuckleballer.

Still, though De La Cruz’s swing early and often approach makes him vulnerable to pitchers with command, the double underscored his ability to impact the ball when swinging at strikes, particularly against right-handed pitchers. The 22-year-old owns a .340/.366/.509 line this year against righties, with an overall .282/.303/.395 line in 48 games with Portland.

– Catcher Carson Blair, making his Double-A debut at 24, delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning to cap a 1-for-3 day in which he reached twice by walk. Blair hit .261/.385/.471 in 67 games with Salem, in his first opportunity at being a primary catcher in his professional career. He performed well enough to suggest the potential tools of a late-coming big leaguer, though the fact that he ended up on the disabled list underscored concerns about whether he can withstand the physical wear of catching to the point that it will enable him to reach the big leagues. Read the rest of this entry »

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