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Ben Cherington joins Blue Jays as vice president of baseball operations

09.14.16 at 3:55 pm ET
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Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington has a job again.

After just over a year out of baseball, the former Red Sox general manager has taken a job with the Blue Jays as their vice president of baseball operations, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Cherington spent last spring teaching teaching at Columbia University after leaving the Red Sox last August.

According to Shi Davidi, Cherington will focus on player development, which he did a great job with when he was with the Red Sox. Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Travis Shaw, Xander Bogaerts and more are all credited to Cherington.

Cherington reportedly turned down an interview with the Twins for their vacant general manager position before accepting this position with Toronto.

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Red Sox Lineup: Sandy Leon replaces Ryan Hanigan behind the plate for series finale vs. Orioles

09.14.16 at 3:10 pm ET
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Sandy Leon

Sandy Leon

After struggling to find a timely hit in Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox will make just one change to the lineup, swapping Sandy Leon for Ryan Hanigan behind the plate.

Leon will hit eighth with Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting ninth.

In eight starts in the month of September, Leon has managed at least one hit in each game. He pinch-hit for Hanigan in the eighth inning on Tuesday, but grounded out to shortstop J.J. Hardy to end the inning.

Even after being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, left fielder Andrew Benintendi is not in the lineup. Chris Young will patrol left on Wednesday.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Rick Porcello, RHP

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Red Sox 2017 schedule is out and it involves the Cubs

09.14.16 at 1:06 pm ET
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Red Sox 2017 Schedule

Jon Lester

Jon Lester

As expected, the Red Sox will open the 2017 season at Fenway Park against the Pirates before heading to Detroit for a three-game set against the Tigers.

But undoubtedly the most anticipated early-season series comes against the Cubs, who will travel to Fenway Park for three-game set, April 28-30.

For inter-league play, the Red Sox will be taking on teams from the National League Central Division. Like this season, the Sox will find themselves playing without the designated hitter during the season’s final month, playing visitors to the Reds, Sept. 22-24, for their last regular season road trip.

The Red Sox finish off the schedule with two home series, against Toronto and Houston, respectively.

May is lining up to present a challenge for the Red Sox, who play 12 of their first 15 games that month on the road. The swing includes trips to Minnesota, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Oakland.

After the trip to take on the A’s, the next West Coast foray for the Sox comes June 23-25, when they follow up a three-game set in Kansas City with three more against the Angels.

Click here for the entire schedule.

Wednesday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Kevin Gausman

09.14.16 at 10:42 am ET
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The Red Sox will send 20-game winner Rick Porcello to the mound Wednesday night to face Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman in the teams’ series finale at Fenway Park.

Porcello is an MLB-leading 20-3 with 3.21 ERA and a 1.022 WHIP in 29 starts, and he is 13-0 at Fenway. Porcello has been dominant in his last nine starts, going at least seven innings and giving up three earned runs or fewer in each of those starts, the best streak in the majors. His last time out, Friday against the Blue Jays, he pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 13-3 Sox win.

“It’s definitely a huge honor,” Porcello said after becoming the first Boston pitcher to win 20 games since Josh Beckett in 2007. “It’s hard to win one game in the big leagues, let alone 20. I’m definitely very proud of that.”

Against the Orioles, Porcello is 3-7 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.455 WHIP in 13 starts. In his last start against Baltimore, on June 2, Porcello threw six innings, allowing five runs, six hits and no walks with three strikeouts in Boston’s 12-7 loss.

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Drew Pomeranz frustrated following short outing vs. Orioles

09.13.16 at 11:38 pm ET
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It was a tough outing for Drew Pomeranz. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

It was a tough outing for Drew Pomeranz. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

One word to sum up Drew Pomeranz’s outing on Tuesday would be frustrating.

The left-hander used it a number of times in his two-minute media session following Tuesday’s game where he allowed five runs in two-plus innings to take the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles, 6-3.

“It was pretty frustrating,” Pomeranz said. “I was trying to get on some of the guys and the ball was shooting over to the middle of the plate. That’s really frustrating when you’re trying to locate to a certain spot and miss to the other side of the plate. Not what I wanted out there.”

After a 1-2-3 first inning, Pomeranz allowed five runs in the second inning, including two home runs. J.J. Hardy started the scoring with a three-run shot and then after a Drew Stubbs walk, No. 9 batter Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer.

Overall, Pomeranz went two-plus innings, allowing five runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out three. The left-hander has now allowed 11 home runs in 58 2/3 innings as a member of the Red Sox. Before the trade from San Diego, he allowed eight in 102 innings with the Padres.

“A very long inning offensively on their part. 45 pitches is a high number,” manager John Farrell said. “A couple of walks mixed in on a couple of 3-2 pitches that were up in the strike zone. Fastball to Hardy. 3-2 curveball to Reimold. Two swings of the bats, as they are very capable of doing at any point in the lineup, is to drive the ball [out of] the ballpark.”

Coming into the start Pomeranz had gone seven straight outings of allowing three earned runs or less, the longest streak of his career. Since joining the Red Sox he has an ERA of 4.60 and a record of 2-5.

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Closing Time: Drew Pomeranz struggles, Red Sox can’t get clutch hit in loss to Orioles

09.13.16 at 10:38 pm ET
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It was a frustrating night for the Red Sox in their loss to the Orioles. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

It was a frustrating night for the Red Sox in their loss to the Orioles. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Tuesday night went almost the opposite as it did Monday for the Red Sox and Orioles.

On Monday the Red Sox knocked Orioles starter Wade Miley out of the game after 1 1/3 innings, and on Tuesday the Orioles knocked Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz out of the game after two-plus innings.

Unlike the Orioles on Monday, the Red Sox made it a competitive game, but they still fell 6-3.

The Red Sox went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, the Blue Jays also lost, so now both Toronto and Baltimore trail the Sox by two games in the AL East.

After a 1-2-3 first inning, Pomeranz allowed five runs in the second inning, including two home runs. J.J. Hardy started the scoring with a three-run shot and then after a Drew Stubbs walk, No. 9 batter Nolan Reimold hit a two-run homer.

Pomeranz made it out of the inning, but then was pulled after allowing a lead off single in the third. The two-plus innings made it the second-shortest start of his career.

“A very long inning offensively on their part. 45 pitches is a high number,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “A couple of walks mixed in on a couple of 3-2 pitches that were up in the strike zone. Fastball to Hardy, 3-2 curveball to Reimold. Two swings of the bats, as they are very capable of doing at any point in the lineup, is to drive the ball out of the ballpark.”

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It’s official: Andrew Benintendi has returned to Red Sox

09.13.16 at 5:55 pm ET
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Andrew Benintendi meets with the media Tuesday afternoon. (WEEI.com)

Andrew Benintendi meets with the media Tuesday afternoon. (WEEI.com)

When Andrew Benintendi walked off the Tropicana Field Aug. 24, the idea that he would be returning to the Red Sox’ active roster with 19 games to play didn’t seem realistic.

But here is.

After participating in a simulated game at Fenway Park Tuesday afternoon, Benintendi was activated by the Red Sox 20 days after spraining his knee.

“I think it just goes to show you how hard our training staff works,” Benintendi said prior to the Red Sox’ game against the Orioles. “We were working every day trying to get back as soon as possible. We dodged a bullet and now I’m glad to be back.

“It’s a really exciting time. It seems like everybody is right there and we’re playing really good baseball right now. Our pitching has been pitching really well. We’re coming up with timely hits and scoring a lot of runs. Hopefully we’ll continue to do that. When I get back in there I’m going to try and contribute any way I can and help the team win.”

While there hasn’t been a definitive plan put in place as to when Benintendi will play, Red Sox manager John Farrell did insinuate on the recent road trip that the outfielder would be the primary option against right-handed pitching, particularly with Brock Holt nursing a banged up right shoulder.

Prior to the injury, Benintendi was hitting .324 with an .850 OPS in 21 games and 74 plate appearances. The Red Sox were 12-9 in games he appeared.

“I think we all held our collective breath,” Farrell reflected. “Any time you see a non-contact play or a non-contact injury and someone goes down, you fear the worst. Sam Travis went through almost the same dynamic in a way, where it was a rundown and he ends up tearing his ACL. When you see someone go down in a heap like that, you fear the worst. Thankfully he’s got youth and maybe some quick healing on his side. He’s wearing a brace to protect himself. We all know, with all the work he’s put in and all the tests we’ve run him through, he’s been given clearance by our medical staff, and thankfully he’s back at this time. To say that, with two and a half weeks left in the regular season, this is much earlier than we initially anticipated.”

Yoan Moncada named 2016 Baseball America Minor League Player of Year

09.13.16 at 5:46 pm ET
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Yoan Moncada was named the 2016 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year. (WEEI.com)

The Red Sox’ No. 1 prospect won another award on Tuesday as Yoan Moncada was named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year for 2016.

The last player to win the award playing for the Sea Dogs was Josh Beckett in 2001.

“I feel very happy about it because it’s an award that I got based on the hard work that I’ve been putting in this year in the minors,” Moncada said through a translator Tuesday at Fenway Park. “It’s an exiting time for me and I am very proud of that success.”

In the minors this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, the switch-hitter batted .294/.407/.511 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs while stealing 45 bases. Prior to getting promoted to the Red Sox, he was hitting .277/.379/.531 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs with the Sea Dogs. He transitioned from second base to third base a few weeks beforehand.

Since arriving to Boston, things haven’t gone the way he would have liked.

While he’s 4-for-19, he has struck out in nine straight at-bats (one shy of a major league record). Manager John Farrell said he won’t completely go away from him, but it appears like he won’t be starting games the rest of the season and will be regulated to blow outs like Monday night against the Orioles.

“This time spent here is invaluable to him, regardless of what the bottom line results,” Farrell said. “He was brought here to hopefully inject some offense at third base as we scuffled at that position. Maybe the first couple of games it was there. We know what he’s going through right now. Through the challenges — the game is the greatest teacher we have. If he’s getting challenged right now, which he is, he’s got a benefit for it at some point down the line.

“Not going to run from him. If those opportunities like last night continue to present themselves, he’s going to get them. For two years we talked about young players and how they might have scuffled. We might be realizing the benefits of those struggles over the course of two years. Yoan is no different.”

Moncada is still learning just being around the team and getting his pregame work in with the major league coaches.

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Red Sox lineup: Travis Shaw, Ryan Hanigan starting vs. Orioles

09.13.16 at 3:40 pm ET
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Ryan Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan

The Red Sox will look to keep the momentum going Tuesday night against the Orioles.

Following Monday’s 12-2 win, the Red Sox will roll out a similar lineup on Tuesday. The only differences are Ryan Hanigan will catch starter Drew Pomeranz and Travis Shaw will play third base against Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy.

It’s worth noting the Red Sox are 48-31 in Hanigan’s starts since 2015, including 31-13 in his last 44.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Drew Pomeranz, LHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Drew Pomeranz vs. Dylan Bundy

09.13.16 at 8:44 am ET
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The middle game of the Red Sox-Orioles three-game series on Tuesday night will feature Drew Pomeranz against rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy.

Pomeranz is 10-11 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.153 WHIP in 27 starts. Since coming to Boston via trade from the Padres in July, the lefty is 2-4 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.324 WHIP in 10 starts. Last Monday against his former team, Pomeranz threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a 2-1 Sox loss. It was his first start at Petco Park since the All-Star Game.

“I had the most adrenaline last time I was here in the All-Star Game, so I’m just out there trying to get outs,” Pomeranz said (via MLB.com). “It doesn’t really matter what park I’m at, at this point. I’m just trying to give us a chance to win.”

Pomeranz is 0-1 in three relief appearances totaling 4 2/3 innings against the Orioles with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.429 WHIP. His last appearance against Baltimore came in August of last season when he was a member of the Athletics.

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