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Source: Red Sox 2nd-round pick CJ Chatham has broken thumb, will report to Fort Myers

06.18.16 at 11:31 pm ET
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According to a source, Red Sox second-round pick CJ Chatham has a broken thumb. The injury occurred two weeks ago in a regional game against Long Beach State.

The shortstop didn’t think it was anything major until his physical with the Red Sox.

He will depart for Fort Myers Sunday to rehab and is expected to be there two or three weeks before joining short-season, Single-A Lowell.

Chatham signed a $1.1 million deal, which is just under the slotted value of $1,232,800 for the No. 51 overall pick. With Florida Atlantic this past year, the right-handed hitter led the team with a .357 average, .554 slugging percentage and a .422 on-base percentage. He finished the year with eight home runs and 50 RBIs.

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Source: MLB plans to remind Pedro Martinez that Jose Fernandez tweet was technically tampering

06.18.16 at 8:10 pm ET
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It appears that Pedro Martinez’s understandable enthusiasm over Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has gotten the better of him.

One day after Martinez tweeted that Fernandez, “is a special pitcher and human being and in every form you look at him you see BOSTON RED SOX,” a source in the league office said that Martinez’s comment is being investigated and will likely result in a “reminder” that such commentary technically constitutes tampering.

Were Martinez merely a retired player, voicing his opinion would be fine. But because he’s a special assistant to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and thus represents the Red Sox, his statement technically violates rule 3(k) which prohibits the “enticement” of rival players “respecting employment.”

The league has no plans to punish him or the Red Sox, according to the source. He’ll instead be educated on the rule. The Red Sox will let the league handle the issue.

Martinez’s fondness for Fernandez makes sense. The 23-year-old Marlins right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA in his first full season since returning from 2014 Tommy John surgery. He’s 31-12 with a 2.43 ERA lifetime and as a Scott Boras client, will presumably be too expensive for the Marlins’ taste before reaching free agency after the 2018 season.

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Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley power Rick Porcello, Red Sox to victory over Mariners

06.18.16 at 7:00 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts (right) celebrates a homer with David Ortiz Saturday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts (right) celebrates a homer with David Ortiz Saturday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

It was only a matter of time.

The Red Sox offense has struggled at times recently, but Adrian Sampson was only going to keep it down for so long.

Held in check for their first two turns through the order, the Red Sox broke through against Sampson during a three-run fifth, driving the rookie from his first big league start and cruising to a 6-2 victory.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts stroked two more hits, including his ninth home run of the season to give the Red Sox an insurance run and make a winner of right-hander Rick Porcello who scattered eight hits over six innings in a solid performance that bordered on terrific after a rough start.

Slumping catcher Christian Vazquez also contributed a pair of hits, while outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. added his 12th homer of the season.

The game started poorly, with the first three Mariners recording singles before Porcello settled down and coaxed a double play grounder out of the dangerous Nelson Cruz with the bases loaded.

Porcello would repeat that pattern throughout his six innings, weaving in and out of trouble, but ultimately only allowing two runs in six innings.

He gave the offense enough time to get untracked. Consecutive singles by Chris Young, Vazquez, and Mookie Betts tied the game before a Dustin Pedroia double play grounder gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Bogaerts followed with a two-out homer to give the Red Sox some breathing room, and an inning later, Vazquez added an RBI double.

Closing Time note

A year after going 5-7 at Fenway Park, Porcello improved to 6-0 here this season.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Porcello effectively managed trouble, scattering eight hits over six innings, the only other damage an Adam Lind solo homer. He didn’t walk anyone and induced a pair of double plays.

— Bogaerts just continues to mash. He went 2-for-4 to raise his league-leading average to .352. He also now has two more homers than the seven he managed all of last season.

— Hustlin’ Hanley Ramirez scored from second after an errant throw on a grounder rolled into short left. He ran straight through the stop sign of third base coach Brian Butterfield before sliding home safely and celebrating with a karate pose.

— Vazquez recorded his first two hits since June 10 after extensive work with hitting coach Chili Davis.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 and grounded into a pair of double plays, giving him 12 on the season.

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Pedro Martinez tweets his desire for Jose Fernandez to become member of Red Sox

06.18.16 at 12:36 pm ET
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Not a lot of pitchers in Major League Baseball can claim to possess the same kind of potential Pedro Martinez did in his early-to-mid-20’s. But one of them is Miami’s Jose Fernandez. And don’t think Martinez hasn’t taken notice.

The 23-year-old Fernandez is having spectacular year, going 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA. In 80 2/3 innings he has struck out 118 batters while walking just 25.

Recently, the Miami Herald reported the Marlins are pessimistic about signing Fernandez to a long-term deal. He is slated to become a free agent after the 2018 season.

Red Sox lineup: Travis Shaw hitting in front of Chris Young

06.18.16 at 12:23 pm ET
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With Seattle sending out right-hander Adrian Sampson to make his major league debut, the Red Sox are moving Travis Shaw — who had two hits Friday night — up ahead of Chris Young in the lineup.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup with Rick Porcello getting the start for the hosts:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Christian Vazquez C

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Red Sox promote outfielder Ryan LaMarre, infielder Deven Marrero

06.18.16 at 12:08 pm ET
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Ryan LaMarre

Ryan LaMarre

With the John Farrell announcing after his team’s loss that the Red Sox would be sending Roenis Elias and Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket, the club filled its spots Saturday morning.

The Red Sox announced they were recalling outfielder Ryan LaMarre and infielder Deven Marrero.

LaMarre can play all three outfield positions, having hit .313 with six homers and 11 stolen bases with the PawSox this season. The 27-year-old made his major league debut with the Reds last season. (For more on LaMarre’s background, click here.)

Marrero served as Pawtucket’s primary shortstop this season, starting 54 games at the position, while manning second base twice. He was hitting .216 with the PawSox. The 25-year-old played in 25 games with the Red Sox in 2015.

Saturday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Adrian Sampson

06.18.16 at 8:38 am ET
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In the middle game of the Red Sox-Mariners series on Saturday afternoon, the Red Sox will hand the ball to Rick Porcello, while Seattle is calling up right-hander Adrian Sampson to make his major league debut.

Porcello is 7-2 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.077 WHIP in 13 starts this season. The Sox defense was unable to give Porcello a boost in his last outing. Last Sunday against the Twins, Porcello allowed four runs but only one earned run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings of work in Boston’s 7-4, 10-inning loss. Furthermore, the one earned run was scored in the first inning when Eduardo Nunez got a single, stole second base and advanced home on two ground outs. This outing was the fourth consecutive time that Porcello has not gotten a decision.

“He put a number of balls on the ground, he [worked] to both sides of the plate,” manager John Farrell said (via the Providence Journal). “He pitched very well.”

Porcello has faced the Mariners nine times in his career. In those outings he is 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.182 WHIP. The last time Porcello faced the Mariners he guided the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory. In that start the 27-year-old right-hander threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs — both on home runs — five hits and two walks while recording six strikeouts.

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David Ortiz after tying Ted Williams on all-time home run list: ‘I’m a bad ass’

06.17.16 at 11:26 pm ET
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David Ortiz

David Ortiz

David Ortiz keeps climbing up the statistical ladder, with Friday night’s accomplishment including a fairly significant name.

With his fourth-inning solo home run, Ortiz tied Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 19th on the all-time list with 521 homers.

“It means a lot,” said Ortiz after the Red Sox’ 8-4 loss to the Mariners. “It means a lot. Historically, all you guys know how great Mr. Ted Williams was. Like I always say, whenever they throw your name out there with those legendary [players], it kind of tells you what kind of career you’ve had through the years. It’s not over. We’re going to continue just trying to do whatever we’re doing right now. My main focus right now is just trying to win ballgames. … It’s wonderful. You’re talking about some of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. Your name is being mentioned right next to them. It’s all good.”

The homer also was Ortiz’s 1,700 career RBI, passing Jim Thome for 25th on the all-time RBI list. He also has 1,501 RBI as a designated hitter, more than any other DH.

Ortiz got the ball back from the fan who caught the home run, trading an autographed bat for the memento.

“It’s a good ball to keep, trust me,” he said.

Ortiz is now hitting .347 with a major-league best 1.147 OPS, having also hit 18 home runs this season.

Upon leaving the clubhouse Friday night, Ortiz offered punctuation for his latest achievement.

“I’m a bad ass,” he jokingly said.

Clay Buchholz to get start Wednesday for Red Sox; Roenis Elias sent to Triple-A

06.17.16 at 11:12 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Next up will be Clay Buchholz.

After his team’s 8-4 loss to the Mariners, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that Roenis Elias and Rusney Castillo were being sent to Triple-A Pawtucket, with Buchholz getting the start against the White Sox Wednesday.

The move was a product of Elias’ struggles Friday night, with the lefty giving up seven runs over four innings.

Buchholz last started May 26, having turned in five outings in relief (9 1/3 innings) in which he allowed three earned runs and a .182 batting average against. His last appearance, Thursday night, the righty threw three shutout innings.

Buchholz was pulled from the starting rotation after succumbing to a 6.35 ERA over 10 outings.

Outside of David Price, Steven Wright and Rick Porcello, the Red Sox starters have now totaled a 6.85 ERA.

“We didn’t anticipate the number of guys we’ve gone through for 65-plus games, wherever we’re at right now,” Farrell said. “We’ll continue to search. Right now it’s internal. Right now that would put Clay back in the rotation. That’s the approach we’re going to take, and hopefully he continues to build on the three innings he pitched last night, which might be the most crisp he’s thrown so far. That’s the approach we’re going with right now.”

Michael Kopech throws 4 1/3 scoreless innings with Lowell Spinners, but not completely satisfied

06.17.16 at 10:52 pm ET
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Michael Kopech didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings with Lowell Friday. (WEEI.com)

Michael Kopech didn’t allow a run in 4 1/3 innings with Lowell Friday night. (WEEI.com)

LOWELL, Mass. — While Michael Kopech didn’t allow a run in his 4 1/3 innings Friday night, it wasn’t the greatest of outings.

The hard-throwing right-hander didn’t have the best command as he needed 79 pitches to get through the 4 1/3 innings, which included four walks.

“It was obviously big getting out there in front of a crowd under the lights,” Kopech said. “I was a little worked up in the first couple of innings. Kind of had to settle down. Didn’t have the stuff I wanted to have, but it’s the first outing back. Should have thrown more strikes is the best I can put it. Off-speed stuff wasn’t what it has been, but I was still able to miss some bats. They made weak contact and my team was able to pick me up.”

Kopech got the start in the Spinners’ season opener after throwing in a few extended spring training games as he comes back from a broken hand suffered in an altercation with a teammate during spring training. He also missed the last 50 games of the 2015 season when he was with Single-A Greenville as he was suspended for using a performance-enhancing drug.

“It’s a big step,” he said. “It’s been almost a year. Huge step. Glad to get one of my belt so I can go out there and compete the rest of the year.”

The Red Sox organization viewed him pitching in a stadium atmosphere and under the lights as being better than extended spring training games, which are typically late in the morning with no crowds. It remains to see how long he’ll be with Lowell, but it shouldn’t be for long.

Overall, Kopech went 4 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering four hits, walking four and striking out four. Of his 79 pitches, 43 were for strikes and he finished with nine swing and misses. He left the game in a scoreless tie.

The 2014 first-round pick allowed the first runner of each inning to reach except the fifth, but then he went on to walk the second batter and then be removed from the game. Known for his fastball, Kopech was touching the high-90s in the first, but may have been a bit pumped up as that dropped down to the low-to-mid 90s after the first.

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