|Wednesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Marcus Stroman||08.27.14 at 11:44 am ET|
Kelly (0-1, 4.09 ERA) is looking for his first win in his fifth start with the Sox since being acquired from the Cardinals on July 31. He pitched five scoreless innings in his last start, allowing just one hit, but he left the game after 86 pitches due to a shoulder concern, and Sox closer Koji Uehara proceeded to implode in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Mariners.
The Sox medical staff checked out Kelly after removing him and found nothing to prevent him from taking the ball for his next scheduled start.
“Joe came in and felt no ill effects from [Friday] night after a battery of tests that he went through after the game that didn’t reproduce any of the symptoms,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said the day after. “It was followed up with him feeling well [Saturday] morning and he’s on target to start in five days.”
Stroman (7-5, 4.11 ERA) held the Red Sox to one run over 14 innings in back-to-back wins for the rookie on July 24 and 29. The Duke product has struggled since then, however, going 0-3 with an 8.66 ERA in four starts.
In his most recent outing, Friday against the Rays, Stroman gave up six runs on a season-high 10 hits with three walks in five innings of an 8-0 loss. Despite pitching on six days’ rest, Stroman saw his winless streak reach four starts.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said afterward. “I couldn’t keep my team in it today to get a win.”
The 23-year-old — who at 5-foot-9 is one of the game’s shortest pitchers — has 20 games of major league experience, all coming this season.
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. R.A. Dickey||08.26.14 at 12:25 pm ET|
After snapping their eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings Monday night in Toronto, the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays in the middle game of their three-game set Tuesday night with Rubby De Le Rosa taking the mound opposite knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
De La Rosa (4-5, 3.69) is coming off a solid outing against the Angels on Thursday in which he allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 2-0 loss.
“I thought he was really strong early on,” Farrell said after the game. “He settled in and was very good. I thought he pitched well enough to win on most nights.”
De La Rosa has started twice against the Jays this season, going 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA. When he faced the Jays on July 29 he gave up three runs in six innings in a 4-2 loss.
De La Rosa has especially had trouble with Juan Francisco, who is 4-for-5 with a home run, triple and double against the right-hander.
The Blue Jays, like the Red Sox, have had a rough August. Toronto is 6-15 this month and is in danger of falling to .500 for the first time since May 15. The Jays had won six in a row and 10-of-13 against the Red Sox this season — and almost stole Monday night’s game, tying the score in the ninth inning of Koji Uehara before Boston battled back in the extra inning.
Dickey (10-12, 4.08 ERA) is 3-0 against the Sox this year with a 2.79 ERA. Most recently, he allowed one run on three hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts in a 14-1 rout of the Sox on July 28.
Dickey picked up his first win in his last four starts in his most recent outing, last Wednesday’s 9-5 victory over the Brewers, despite giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Will Middlebrooks is the Sox’ top hitter against Dickey, going 3-for-8 with two home runs and three RBIs.
|Tom Werner: Baseball can keep tradition while speeding up game||08.20.14 at 6:15 pm ET|
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner joined Dale & Holley Wednesday as part of the Jimmy Fund radio telethon. In addition to making a donation, Werner discussed his recent candidacy for the next MLB commissioner.
Werner lost out to Rob Manfred, who will take over for Bud Selig, but he said he intended to take the job.
‘I was ready to take it on,’ Werner said. ‘I love the Red Sox and I love baseball. I think the game is a great game, but I was talking about the future and a need to go out and capture a new generation of fans. I used it as an opportunity to talk about some things I care deeply about.’
Werner said that he pushed heavily to make changes that can speed up the rate of play and revealed some of the changes he’d like to see.
“I watch these games and I feel often that there’s just long periods of just inaction in a game it’s like a player, he takes a ball and goes out of the batter’s box and fixes his batting glove,” Werner said.
Werner said that he is in favor of a pitch clock, noting his understanding that the idea might be “somewhat radical,” but pointing to a recent Red Sox/Angels game in which he felt the pitching coach went to the mound for a lengthy visit solely so he could discuss a previous call when the umpire tried to break up the conference.
“You could see on the camera, he wasn’t even talking to the pitcher,” Werner said. “They were just waiting for the umpire to come up, and that was an opportunity for the pitcher to say something.”
Werner said that it’s crucial to make sure that the next generation loves baseball, saying that attention spans are getting shorter as games are getting longer, so “somebody has to address it in some way.”
Changes to the game may upset traditionalists, but Werner pointed to the NFL, a league that is thriving and has adapted over the years. In fact, Werner made a quip that head coaches don’t have lengthy discussions with their kickers before field goal attempts.
“I said this when I was speaking to the owners: I respect tradition and I respect the values of baseball, but every year it seems the NFL has some rule changes that make it feel contemporary and modern. ‘ … I’m for making some moderate adjustments, and let’s try it,” he said.
“I just feel like we shouldn’t simply say, ‘This game has been the way it is for more than a hundred years and let’s leave it that way.’ Let’s try some things and do it in a way that I think can keep the values of the game but make it more exciting.”
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|Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli sit in finale against Astros||08.17.14 at 12:22 pm ET|
The Red Sox will be without their customary right side of the infield for the final of their four-game series against the Astros, as Dustin Pedroia (flu-like symptoms) and Mike Napoli (scheduled day off) will both sit against the Astros and right-hander Collin McHugh. Brock Holt will play second, while Kelly Johnson will play first.
RED SOX LINEUP
Brock Holt, 2B
Daniel Nava, RF
David Ortiz, DH
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Kelly Johnson, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Dan Butler, C
Joe Kelly, SP
|Roger Clemens on MFB: Cooperstown voting process is ‘weird’||08.14.14 at 11:40 am ET|
With the length of eligibility being cut down from 15 years to 10, Clemens, who has not gotten in on his first two years on the ballot, is eligible to get in for eight more years. He’s received less than 40 percent of the votes (75 percent is needed for election) in each of his first two years on the ballot due to his connection to performance-enhancing drugs.
“I can’t control any of that,” Clemens said. “All I can do is what I did, and I proved my case with the facts and everything that I need to do there.
“I find it kind of weird that people have to vote on how good you were or weren’t anyway, and most of them have never played the game anyway. I don’t really put a lot of stock in it either way. I know most of the guys at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, I’ve taken the boys there to play and they have a bunch of my memorabilia there that I go and show them, so I have a great time there anyway, but if that happens, great.”
Clemens said he finds the whole voting process “weird,” noting that players who get in on their 15th year of eligibility, such as Jim Rice, should be elected in their first year.
“It took him I don’t know how many years to get in,” Clemens said of Rice, “so I called him and said ‘Congratulations. I don’t know how you got better in 10 years to get in; I don’t know if you hit a bunch of home runs in a pickup semi-pro league or what, but congratulations.’
“Either you’re good enough to be in or you’re not. I don’t get punishing a guy or making a guy wait. If they think he’s a Hall of Famer, he should be in.”
Asked if it’s tough on his family each year when the voting process and therefore annual PED discussion surrounds him, Clemens said he pays it no mind.
“When you don’t pay a lot of attention to it, it’s nothing,” Clemens said. “We don’t worry about that day at home. We’re so busy, and I’m a Hall of Fame dad to them, and I’m not the Rocket, and that’s just the way we go about our life.”
After Clemens’ interview, fellow Red Sox Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez joined the show. Martinez sang Clemens’ praises, saying he considered him the better pitcher and that Clemens had the “best mechanics I’ve ever seen from a right-hander.”
|Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley sits again||08.08.14 at 6:40 pm ET|
Jackie Bradley will begin the Red Sox‘ series against the Angels on the bench Friday night, as Brock Holt will man center field in place of the struggling youngster.
Bradley, who is without a hit in his last 27 at-bats (with 13 strikeouts in the span), is sitting for the third time in the last four games.
Boston’s lineup is as follows:
1. Brock Holt, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
5. Mike Napoli, 1B
6. Daniel Nava, RF
7. Xander Bogaerts, SS
8. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
9. Christian Vazquez, C
SP ‘ Alan Webster
|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz at first base against Cardinals||08.05.14 at 4:26 pm ET|
With Ortiz at first base in the inter league contest, Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup. Rubby De La Rosa will take the mound and oppose Lance Lynn.
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