|09.16.16 at 11:56 pm ET|
It’s been a roller coaster of a season for Clay Buchholz.
His past three outings have been his fourth stint in the starting rotation as because of performance and injuries, Buchholz has gone back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen.
As the Red Sox continue to search for a dependable No. 3 starter, Buchholz is the only pitcher pitching like he wants it.
Buchholz was solid on Friday night to earn the win in the Red Sox’ 7-4 victory over the Yankees. He went six innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out two. He picked up his first win at Fenway Park since May 9.
“Not as many walks – the two walks that I did have, found a way to minimize them, had a couple of double plays that helped out,” Buchholz said. “Defense played really good behind me again tonight. It was a grind.i felt like they put up some really tough at-bats together. With that win, its a big win given the situation that we’re in.”
Although he didn’t have a clean inning all night, his ability to pitch out of jams was what made him so effective.
“I thought he did a very good job with men on base,” manager John Farrell said. “He created a couple of jams for himself, but to the left-handers he was able to go to a couple of changeups to get some soft contact. I thought he made a couple of really good fastball pitches in to [Gary] Sanchez for a couple of groundball double plays early on. He’d bend a little bit, but stayed away from the big inning.”
Besides his rough outing in Toronto last Sunday, Buchholz allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings against the Padres on Sept. 6 and then was good again Friday. Prior to the Padres start, he allowed one earned run in each of his prior two starts, so he’s been solid as a starter for well over a month.
Over his last five starts he has an ERA of 3.94, which includes the six runs over three innings against the Blue Jays.
|09.16.16 at 11:50 pm ET|
Hanley Ramirez is the hottest hitter in the Red Sox lineup and also one of the hottest in all of baseball at the moment.
Except don’t tell him that.
“I haven’t got hot yet,” Ramirez said Friday. “I think we’ve got to keep forward. We’ve got to keep forward and push it to the limit. Grinding every day, give everything we’ve got as a team, and keep playing how we’ve been playing.”
This came after going 2-for-3 with a home run in the Red Sox’ 7-4 win over the Yankees.
After his walk-off homer on Thursday, he’s homered on back-to-back days and has hit homers in six of his last nine games, nine in his last 16 and 10 in his last 19. Ramirez leads the majors with 40 RBIs since Aug. 11 and is batting at a .417 clip over that span with runners in scoring position.
“We’ve just got to keep rolling,” Ramirez said. “You cannot be really comfortable with yourself. You got to keep pushing to the limit and see how far you can go.”
It’s no surprise that the Red Sox are playing some of their best baseball of the season at the same time Ramirez is on such a hot streak. The team has won the last 10 games Ramirez has recorded a RBI in and 20 of its last 26.
Ramirez’s homer on Friday went to just about the same spot in dead-center field as his walk-off the night before did and the first baseman had a definitive answer when asked which ball he hit harder.
“Both of them,” he said with a smile.
|09.16.16 at 10:24 pm ET|
The Red Sox appear to be in a good position for the final 15 games of the season.
Led by Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. at the plate, and Clay Buchholz on the mound, the Red Sox beat Yankees 7-4 Friday night at Fenway Park.
They now lead the Yankees by six games in the AL East and Orioles by two games as they came from behind to beat the Rays. The Blue Jays are playing the Angels late on the West Coast.
The Red Sox carried over their momentum from Thursday night into the first inning on Friday as they scored two runs. David Ortiz had an RBI single off the Green Monster, but was thrown out at second base and then Ramirez singled up the middle to make it a 2-0 game.
Ramirez kept his hot streak going as he crushed a solo homer in the fourth inning to almost the exact same spot as his walk-off on Thursday to put the Red Sox in front 3-0 at the time. Travis Shaw and Sandy Leon each added RBIs before Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer in the seventh.
Buchholz wasn’t perfect by any means, but was able to make key pitches when he needed to as he escaped a few jams. The right-hander went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out two. It was his seventh win of the year.
He’s given the team two outstanding starts in his last three outings with Steven Wright down and possibly out for the year.
The Yankees went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Robbie Ross Jr. (2/3 of an inning), Brad Zieger (1/3 of an inning), Koji Uehara (one inning) were excellent in relief as they didn’t allow a run in two innings of work, but Fernando Abad had issues in the ninth as he allowed a two-run homer to Billy Butler forcing Craig Kimbrel to come on for the final two outs.
Ramirez has six home runs in his last nine games, nine in his last 16, and 10 in his last 19.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox win.
|09.16.16 at 9:27 pm ET|
The Red Sox are not happy with Major League Baseball.
On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that Padres general manager A.J. Preller would be suspended for submitting false medical records to the Red Sox while completing the trade of Drew Pomeranz for top prospect Anderson Espinoza.
The Red Sox filed a complaint, but did not ask to have the deal reversed. Preller was suspended for 30 games, while the Red Sox did not get anything to make up for what happened. This is what appears to have irked the Red Sox.
“I think it’s fair to say that we were extremely disappointed in the decision,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said on the NESN pregame show Friday. “We feel that some wrong was committed and it’s important to have a level playing field, and the Padres didn’t play on it.”
According to ESPN, the Padres maintained two separate databases on injured players, updating the one provided to rival teams only when a player went on the disabled list.
For Pomeranz’s reaction to what happened, click here.
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|09.16.16 at 8:10 pm ET|
Drew Pomeranz said he has no idea what information the San Diego Padres could’ve hidden from the Red Sox before completing their July 31 trade, which resulted in Major League Baseball suspending Padres G.M. A.J. Preller for a month.
“I’ve been asked about this before,” Pomeranz told WEEI.com before the Red Sox played the Yankees on Friday. “I don’t really know anything about that. That part’s above my head. I’m just the guy who got traded. I don’t know any of this stuff that’s going on, any of the back and forth. I don’t really know how the whole thing went down at all.”
MLB announced on Thursday that Preller would be suspended for submitting false medical records to the Red Sox while completing the trade for top prospect Anderson Espinoza. The Red Sox filed a complaint, but did not ask to have the deal reversed.
According to ESPN, the Padres maintained two separate databases on injured players, updating the one provided to rival teams only when a player went on the disabled list. Preventative treatment like ice or anti-inflammatories, which is logged by most teams to be shared in the event of a trade, was withheld. According to ESPN, this was the level of information the Padres did not disclose to the Red Sox.
Asked if he had received minor treatment, Pomeranz did not disclose specifics.
“I know I made all my starts,” he said. “I didn’t miss any time. I didn’t do anything. As far as I knew, when I got over here, everything went fine, but it’s above my pay grade, I guess you could say. Whatever they talked about — something, obviously — they worked it out now.”
Pomeranz is 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA since joining the Red Sox, allowing one or two earned runs in seven of his 11 starts. He went 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in San Diego, earning his first All-Star berth.
“They wanted me here and I think I’ve pitched well,” Pomeranz said. “There’s room for improvement, but I think I’ve been doing my part. I’m happy to be here and we’re winning, in first place, and it’s great over here.”
Pomeranz has thrown 160 2/3 innings, blowing past his previous career-high of 96 2/3. He said he’s ready to make his final three starts of the season and then hopefully pitch in October.
“I’ve been asked that question about my innings limit,” he said. “I’ve thrown more than I ever have, but I feel great. I’ve got three more left in the regular season, so I’m ready to get after those.”
|09.16.16 at 7:36 pm ET|
For the first time since signing with the Red Sox, 2016 first-round pick Jason Groome was on the field at Fenway Park in full uniform.
Prior to Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees game, Groome shagged fly balls and played catch in the outfield, as well as getting to speak with members of the current team and coaches in the outfield.
This is something the Red Sox typically do after their top picks first sign, but since Groome signed close to the deadline, he headed right to Florida for the Gulf Coast League.
“It still feels like a dream,” Groome said in the Red Sox dugout after batting practice. “I never thought I would be playing for the Red Sox and having my family here, it’s their first time in Boston. It’s a great feeling.”
One of the players who Groome talked to the most was Rick Porcello, as both grew up in New Jersey. The 18-year-old also said he got to meet David Ortiz, which was a huge thrill for him as he grew up with the Red Sox being his favorite team.
“It kind of feels a little weird because like I just got drafted, I am at the end of the ladder and they are all the way at the top, but it’s just like another group of teammates,” he said. “You get to meet them now and hopefully I remember your face when I get up here.”
Groome made two starts in the Gulf Coast League before two more in short-season, Single-A Lowell. Over the four starts, he allowed three earned runs in 10 innings (one run in each of his final three appearances). He was kept on a pitch count with his longest start being 3 1/3 innings. Going from the Gulf Coast League to Lowell was a big adjustment.
“Mainly just how pro ball is structured,” Groome said. “Time management was a big thing for me, so I mean, I do what I needed to do and got where I needed to be on time. That was a big step and and just the transformation from the GCL to Lowell was it felt more like professional baseball because being in Lowell still in Massachusetts there’s ton of Boston fans so actually pitching in front of a crowd now is pretty surreal.”
|09.16.16 at 6:20 pm ET|
With there only being 16 games left in the regular season and the Red Sox with a good chance of making the postseason, it’s never too early to start thinking about a potential playoff roster and who will be on it.
The Red Sox bullpen has a 0.74 ERA in the month of September — the best in baseball — with a number of players stepping up to deliver strong performances.
Given the number of great individual outings and players performing better than earlier in the year, there will be a lot of competition for the final bullpen spots, but manager John Farrell said the remaining games will not be considered an audition.
“No, it’s about what to we need to do to win tonight,” Farrell said. “Not to short-circuit the answer, but I don’t anyone is looking beyond today. And honestly, that’s the mentally we have to maintain until the last out is made whenever and wherever that is.”
One of the pitchers who has made a name for himself is left-hander Robby Scott, who was added to the roster when rosters expanded on Sept. 1.
In two appearances, Scott hasn’t allowed an earned run over four innings, which included a three inning appearance Thursday night against the Yankees, which proved key to keep the Red Sox within striking distance prior to Hanley Ramirez’s walk-off home run.
Scott made his major league debut this month as the 27-year-old has had a long journey to the big leagues.
“It was, but yet the other day in that sim game we had him throw an inning just to tune him up, sharpen him up, just to get him on the mound,” Farrell said when asked if the team took an inning-by-inning approach on Thursday with him. “As he was going through that game last night — and even if you set aside the final outcome — those three innings were key just to preserve staying away from certain guys when you’re down on the scoreboard.
“Just an incredible personal story on his part from where he’s come from, the way he’s made adjustments this year to make himself even that much more unique — all credit to him for the work that he’s put in, but I think the thing that stands out is maybe that he’s starting in Yuma, Arizona and the Independent League trail that he’s followed, there’s no fear on his part. Just a good strike-thrower with maybe not the most overpowering stuff, but the change of angles and the fearlessness certainly plays out.”
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
|09.16.16 at 3:24 pm ET|
The Red Sox will look to make it two in a row and extend their lead even more in the AL East following Thursday’s dramatic walk-off win.
Chris Young will get the start in left field and Andrew Benintendi will rest as the Red Sox go up against right-hander Luis Cessa. It’s likely the Red Sox wanted to give Benintendi a down day after his first game back in over three weeks on Thursday.
Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Clay Buchholz, RHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|09.16.16 at 2:10 pm ET|
It’s been a tradition this season for teams to honor David Ortiz with a special pregame ceremony with gifts as a way to pay tribute to him during his final game in that particular city, as he is set to retire at the end of the this year.
This type of ceremony apparently won’t happen in one city in the American League East.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays aren’t planning any special ceremony, just a short video tribute to be shown prior to the second inning in next Sunday’s series finale. The story notes every team in the league has honored Ortiz to this point in the year with the exception of the Braves.
Even the Yankees are reportedly planning some sort of ceremony.
Rays officials declined to give a reason to Topkin for the story.
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|09.16.16 at 8:05 am ET|
The Red Sox will dispatch Clay Buchholz to face rookie right-hander Luis Cessa on Friday night in the second game of the Red Sox-Yankees four-game series.
Buchholz is 7-10 with a 5.31 ERA and a 1.396 WHIP in 34 games (18 starts). His last time out against the Blue Jays on Sunday was unimpressive. In only three innings of work he gave up six runs, four hits (two home runs) and four walks with three strikeouts in an 11-8 Sox win.
Against the Yankees, the right-hander is 5-9 with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.647 WHIP in 18 games (17 starts). Buchholz last saw the Yankees on Aug. 10. In that appearance, he replaced starter Drew Pomeranz in the sixth inning and went on to get Starlin Castro to ground into an inning-ending double play. His last start against the Pinstripes came in July of last season, when he went 3 1/3 innings before having to leave the game with an elbow injury. Before departing, he allowed three runs (one earned), six hits and no walks with three strikeouts.
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