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Jarrod Saltalamacchia back behind the plate as Sox take on Blue Jays 08.13.13 at 3:07 pm ET
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After getting the day off in Sunday’s finale against the Royals, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back behind the plate and batting eighth as the Red Sox open a three game series against the Blue Jays. Ryan Dempster will take the hill for the Sox, who see no other changes to their lineup or batting order:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Daniel Nava, LF
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Stephen Drew, SS
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
SP — Ryan Dempster

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Red Sox lineup: Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Lavarnway get starts against James Shields 08.11.13 at 10:31 am ET
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Will Middlebrooks will be making his second straight start Sunday, hitting ninth against Kansas City starter James Shields. Also getting the start will be Ryan Lavarnway, who will serve as the battery-mate for Sox starter John Lackey.

Here is the Red Sox lineup in their series finale against Kansas City:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Shane Victorino RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Daniel Nava LF

Mike Napoli  1B

Stephen Drew SS

Ryan Lavarnway C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

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Jacoby Ellsbury, bullpen helps Red Sox finally beat Royals 08.10.13 at 10:48 pm ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury notched four hits, and the Red Sox‘ bullpen followed Felix Doubront with five innings of scoreless relief as the Sox beat the Royals, 5-3, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The big inning for the visitors came in the fourth inning, which resulted in four runs for the Red Sox. Helping key the frame was a two-run, opposite field single by newly-promoted Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman finished with a pair of hits.

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront only managed four innings, being charged with three runs while tossing 98 pitches. Brandon Workman came on for Doubront and did allow one of his inherited runners to score, but settled in to strike  out three in 1 1/3 innings.

Finishing off the final three innings were relievers Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara.

Ellsbury’s four hits included a pair of RBI. Also knocking in a run was Stephen Drew.

For the entire box score, click here.

For a complete recap of the Red Sox win, click here.

 

 

Closing Time: Jake Peavy, Red Sox fall apart in losing another to Royals 08.09.13 at 11:36 pm ET
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KANSAS CITY — The good times that has been Jake Peavy in a Red Sox uniform came to a crashing halt Friday night.

The starter struggled in his second start with his new team, blowing three separate leads on the way to allowing a 9-6 win for KC  over the Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Peavy finished his night giving up six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He had come into the game with a 1-5 mark with a 5.80 ERA at the home of the Royals

The Red Sox fell apart in the sixth inning, with the combination of Peavy, Drake Britton and Pedro Beato giving up a combined six runs on six hits and two walks.

Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox, who fall to 1-4 against the Royals this season:

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Peavy clearly didn’t have his best command early on, as was evidenced by the righty allowing Kansas City to comeback after the Sox had taken two separate leads. In the second, Peavy surrendered a solo Justin Maxwell homer and David Lough’s RBI single. Then, after Ortiz helped hand the visitors another lead with a solo blast in the third, the Sox starter gave up his second homer of the game, this one off the bat of Alex Gordon.

– Britton couldn’t stop the bleeding in the sixth inning, taking over for Peavy with two on, nobody out and the Red Sox holding a two-run lead. After a walk to George Kottaras loaded the bases, the lefty did get Miguel Tejada on a pop up to first. But the Royals proceeded to claim the lead thanks to David Lough’s sacrifice fly (which almost resulted in Shane Victorino throwing out Mike Moustakas at home) and Eric Hosmer two-run, opposite field single.

– Beato didn’t fare much better than Britton, allowing KC to extend their lead to two runs when Billy Butler greeted the righty with an RBI double. Beato would allow one more run in the inning on a Maxwell single.

– Brock Holt went 0-for-4, making the Red Sox’ third basemen 3-for-30 (.100) this month. That’s the worst mark in the majors.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– The Sox drove Ervin Santana from the game after just 3 2/3 innings, collecting nine hits, six runs, and two walks against what was one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Santana, who ended up throwing 97 pitches, had come into the game with a 1.27 ERA since the All-Star break.

– A day off didn’t cool David Ortiz off. The designated launched his 22nd homer of the season in the third inning after singling in his first at-bat.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia came away with his second multi-hit game of the road trip.

Mike Napoli had notched what appeared to be the game’s biggest blow, a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning that handed the Sox a three-run lead. With the hit, the Red Sox now have four players hitting .500 or better with the sacks full — Napoli (8-for-16), Jonny Gomes (3-for-4), Jacoby Ellsbury (6-for-11), Ortiz (3-for-6).

– Napoli made a nice play to end the fifth inning, catching a line-drive off the bat of Alex Gordon before promptly firing to second to double off Hosmer.

– Jacoby Ellsbury made one of his better catches of the season in the third inning, jumping up against the center field wall to rob Mike Moustakas of extra-bases, ending the Royals’ threat.

 

Poll: What do you think of the Red Sox’ trade for Jake Peavy? 08.01.13 at 6:37 am ET
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The Red Sox sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Tigers on Tuesday in a deal that netted them right-hander Jake Peavy from the White Sox. What do you think of the deal?

Do you like the Red Sox' trade for Jake Peavy?

  • Yes, it was the right move at the right time (82%, 798 Votes)
  • No, they gave up too much (18%, 174 Votes)

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Join Rob Bradford for Red Sox live chat, noon 07.18.13 at 7:34 am ET
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WEEI.com site editor/Red Sox writer Rob Bradford will be answering your Red Sox questions as the team heads into an important late-July stretch leading into the non-waiver trade deadline. You can also listen to Bradford and WEEI.com Red Sox writer Alex Speier talk trades and the state of the Sox Thursday night at 6 p.m. during the ‘Trade Deadline Show’ on WEEI.

Get your questions in for Rob now, with chat kicking off at noon:

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Red Sox lineup: Shane Victorino remains in right field; Brock Holt at third base 07.13.13 at 6:03 pm ET
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Despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, Shane Victorino is back in the lineup for the Red Sox, playing right field and batting second against Oakland right-hander A.J. Griffin.

David Ortiz has had the most success against Griffin among Red Sox hitters, going 3-for-6 with a home run, and will be hitting cleanup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has totaled the most plate appearances vs. the A’s starter (8).

Brock Holt continues to get the starts at third base against right-handed pitching, hitting .316 in his 22 plate appearances.

The following is the Red Sox lineup with Jon Lester on the mound for the visitors:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Shane Victorino RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Daniel Nava LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Jose Iglesias SS

Brock Holt 3B

John Farrell: Clay Buchholz return set for June 25 06.19.13 at 3:15 pm ET
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In his weekly appearance on “Salk & Holley,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday the target date for the return of righty Clay Buchholz is June 25th when the team returns home to face the Rockies.

“We had planned [Tuesday] to have it be the defining moment for his roster status. He threw long toss between games. He did get on the mound for an abbreviated bullpen,” Farrell said of Buchholz, who is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA this season before going on the disabled list earlier this month. “He feels improved over previous throwing sessions, the flat-ground work that he’s done.

“But when we looked at the previous days missed, what we felt comfortable with in terms of the throwing needed to get back to have him be able to go five, six, hopefully seven innings on Saturday, we felt like it was a little too short in total numbers of days, and when you factor in rest period, throwing sessions. So we can retroactive his DL status and make him available on the 24th, which is Monday. We’re off, so that game we open up home against Colorado, he’s eligible to start that. That gives us the ability to do a little bit of a [simulated] game Friday or Saturday over in Detroit. And probably gets him in a better place physically to walk out and start a big-league game.”

Farrell said that when it comes to Buchholz and his health, the Red Sox can’t be too careful, adding that he rejects the idea that the righty might be “fragile.”

“This was the question about Jacoby Ellsbury: Is he fragile? You know, body types are different. And you have to respond to how they are handling the workload based on their position and what’s a strength in their game,” Farrell said. “We always take a position of putting a player in the best position to succeed, and in a pitchers’ case, whenever you’re doing it with anything around the shoulder or neck area, you just can’t jeopardize anything. Clay is dealing with something that’s been nagging him for a little bit of time now. And he’s doing whatever he could. He missed the one start, came back in New York, threw well, pitched well against the Angels. Unfortunately, with an awkward throw on a line drive back through the middle he felt some spasms in the neck again, so we have to respond accordingly.”
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The Red Sox draft day podcast with Ben Cherington, Amiel Sawdaye, Keith Law and Gabe Kapler 06.06.13 at 11:04 am ET
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Trying to make sense of the forthcoming 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft? Look no further.

Alex Speier’s Minor Details podcast previews the 2013 Red Sox draft, with an emphasis on the team’s first-round pick (at No. 7 overall, the highest the club has selected since 1993). Featured on the show: Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye discuss the Sox’ approach and process at No. 7, ESPN draft guru Keith Law evaluates the candidates whom the Sox are focused on at that pick and former major league outfielder Gabe Kapler — who was taken in the 57th round of the 1995 draft — discusses the inexact science of the draft and considers whether an NFL-style combine would yield improvements to the process.

To listen to the complete podcast, click here.

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John Farrell: Decision on DL stint for Jacoby Ellsbury coming soon 06.05.13 at 3:11 pm ET
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In his weekly sitdown with “Salk & Holley,” Red Sox manager John Farrell hinted the team is getting closer to making a decision on whether or not outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury could be placed on the disabled list, and also talked about a potential platoon on the left side of the infield.

Ellsbury, who isn’t in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers, could be placed on the 15-day DL later this week if his health doesn’t improve.

“Jacoby, while he’s not in the lineup again tonight, he’s making progress,” Farrell said. “With Jacoby’s situation, as we used with Shane [Victorino] before, when we get past that halfway mark with what the 15-day DL would have been like, or span, ten we start to seriously consider the DL. And that day is coming — it’s Thursday or Friday of this week. if he’s not ready to go, we’ve probably got to take a look at a roster move in that situation.”

Farrell did say that there’s been improvement in Ellsbury’s health since he went down with the groin injury.

“He suffered a pretty good strain in the groin on that fifth stolen base,” Farrell said of the May 31 game when Ellsbury set a team-record with five steals in a game against the Phillies. “And after the game that night, we ended up busing up to New York overnight. It continued to get more stiff and more painful. It’s a legitimate deal he’s dealing with. And yet, he’s making improvement. He did get out and run yesterday on the outfield — very controlled. Not the 80 to 90 percent that you’d like to see before considering getting him back in the lineup. While progress is being made, he still needs a a little bit of time.

“Any time you lose a player to injury, it’s always disappointing, particularly the way in Jake’s case he really started to turn the corner,” Farrell added. “You look at two road-trips ago when we finished up in Chicago, he was starting to get on base multiple times a game. He continued on the home stand. He took over that game in terms of getting on base — the last game that he played — getting on base and the stolen bases that he was able to successfully swipe. he was back to that dynamic leadoff guy we know him for. And you know what? He’s out of the lineup. But we’re finding a way to plug guys in and are doing an excellent job. You know, the depth of this team is really starting to show by the performances of a number of individuals.”

Farrell defended Ellsbury, saying he “definitely” considers the outfielder a tough player.

“You have to keep in mind that the things he’s suffering are legitimate,” Farrell said. “Broken bones and torn muscles, those are things that take away from a player’s game. Everyone is going to point to, ‘Well, Dustin Pedroia can play with the injured thumb that he went through.’ Every player is different. In Jake’s own right, and in defense of Jake, he has suffered legitimate things that he’s dealing with. And the fact is, a lot of his game is based on speed and it’s based on range in the outfield, and when your groin or your legs are involved, it’s going to take away from it.”
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