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David Ortiz X-rays negative after fouling ball off shin; Mookie Betts day-to-day with right calf tightness 08.11.16 at 12:25 am ET
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Initial X-rays performed on David Ortiz’ right shin following Wednesday’s game were negative, according to the Red Sox.

Ortiz was helped off the field after fouling a ball off the midpoint of his right shin during a ninth-inning at-bat. John Farrell said after the game that Ortiz had been hit in that area twice in recent days.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in the clubhouse that Ortiz was feeling better after the game.

“He looks like he’s moving around pretty good right now considering how he was,” Dombrowski said. “Before, we had to carry him off, basically, but he’s now walking, he’s standing around on his own. It hit off him solid, but he’s doing much better.”

Ortiz declined to speak with reporters, saying he’d talk on Thursday. Dombrowski sounded relieved.

“My heart sunk a little bit when I saw it, but fortunately, I just saw him back there,” Dombrowski said. “He’s doing much better. I felt much better that he’s OK. No question.”

That wasn’t Boston’s only injury scare Wednesday, as Mookie Betts left the 9-4 loss to the Yankees prior to the eighth inning due to right calf tightness. Farrell said that Betts is day-to-day, but that he was doubtful for Thursday’s game.

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Closing Time: Good players get hurt after Red Sox bullpen blows it for Drew Pomeranz 08.10.16 at 11:28 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts was thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts was thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Holding a narrow lead, Drew Pomeranz needed to rely on himself and Clay Buchholz in order to secure his first victory in a Red Sox uniform. Both came through. Then Matt Barnes happened. Then Fernando Abad. Then Junichi Tazawa. Then Robbie Ross Jr. The Red Sox lost like crazy.

Wednesday’s 9-4 loss was an ugly one, a defeat in which the losing team can at least take solace in escaping with a healthy team. In that respect, at least nobody other than David Ortiz (helped off the field after fouling a ball off his right foot in the bottom of the ninth) and Mookie Betts (departed in the eighth with right calf tightness) were hurt.

Barnes (three earned runs) and Abad (two) turned in dreadful showings as they retired just one batter apiece in relief to blow what was a strong start from Pomeranz and a key relief appearance from Buchholz. Both of Abad’s earned runs scored on a two-out double from Starlin Castro off Tazawa in the seventh inning, while Tazawa (two earned runs) and Ross both contributed to a sloppy eighth inning that saw the Yankees add three insurance runs.

“It’s a tough one,” Betts said of the Sox blowing a three-run lead en route to suffering a five-run loss. “I felt like we controlled the game for the most part today, but it happens. It happens to the best of us. We just have to go back out and play tomorrow.”

Pomeranz came away with a no-decision in a despite allowing just one earned run over 5 1/3 innings. After serving up a leadoff homer to Didi Gregorius in the bottom of the fifth for New York’s first run of the game, Pomeranz surrendered back-to-back singles to Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine to put the game’s tying run in scoring position with nobody out. The lefty escaped by striking out Aaron Hicks swinging and getting Brett Gardner to ground into an inning-ending double play.

“They’re starting to mount a little bit of a rally and I thought he did a very good job of getting a key strikeout and then a key ground ball double play to end the threat,” John Farrell said after the game. “I thought the stuff was quality. I thought he was around the plate more consistently than his last time out in Seattle.”

The lefty recorded the sixth inning’s first out on a Jacoby Ellsbury pop out to short, but surrendered a single and a walk in succession before being pulled from the game. Buchholz, who is set to start on Saturday, was summoned and promptly got Starlin Castro to hit into a twin killing.

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Steven Wright to miss start after baserunning injury 08.10.16 at 5:09 pm ET
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Steven Wright

Steven Wright

Steven Wright will miss his next start due to inflammation in his shoulder, John Farrell said prior to Wednesday’s game. Wright suffered the injury diving into a base while serving as a pinch-runner Saturday against the Dodgers.

With Wright missing his start, Boston’s rotation the next three days will be Eduardo Rodriguez Thursday, David Price Friday and Clay Buchholz Saturday. Buchholz will make his first start in over a month, as he last served as a starter on July 2, allowing six runs (three earned) over 4 1/3 innings in a 21-2 loss to the Angels.

Though the injury will not land Wright on the disabled list for now, it does disrupt what’s been a very strong season for the knuckle-baller. Wright is 13-5 on the season with a 3.01 earned run average over 146 2/3 innings pitched. In his last start, Wright allowed three hits in pitching a complete-game shutout against the Dodgers.

Farrell also said that Blake Swihart will undergo his scheduled ankle surgery Monday in North Carolina. The surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Robert B. Anderson, will end Swihart’s season.

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Jonny Gomes returns to States after short stint in Japan 05.11.16 at 1:09 pm ET
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Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes

Apparently the WAR stat just means wins above replacement in Japan.

Per a report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, MLB journeyman and 2013 World Series champion Jonny Gomes has left the Rakuten Golden Eagles “by mutual consent” and intends to play in America again.

Gomes, 35, spent last season between the Braves and Royals, though he was not on Kansas City’s roster when the team won the World Series. The outfielder then left for Japan, saying his aim was to “win over there.”

He hit just .169 in 75 plate appearances for the Golden Eagles, however, and said that he didn’t feel comfortable playing in Japan. Known for being a team guy (after winning the World Series with the Red Sox, he knocked the WAR stat by calling himself the type of player teams “want to go to war with”), Gomes told Rosenthal that the language barrier presented a major issue.

“I hated not being able to talk to all my teammates because of the language,” Gomes told Rosenthal. “I would just sit in front of my locker solo and sit in the dugout and couldn’t talk.”

Closing Time: Offense bails out Henry Owens, Red Sox take series vs. White Sox 05.06.16 at 12:10 am ET
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David Ortiz put Thursday's game out of reach with an RBI double. (Tamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz put Thursday’s game out of reach with an RBI double. (Tamil Krzaczynski/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox and White Sox walked each other all night Thursday, and it was brutal.

Fortunately for the visitors, however, none of the nine free passes handed out by Boston pitchers led to Chicago runs as the Red Sox took a 7-3 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The game, which saw the teams combine for 16 walks, gave the Red Sox the series victory in their three-game set in Chicago.

Hanley Ramirez was one of three Red Sox to homer on the night. Ramirez was back in Boston’s lineup after sitting out Wednesday’s win with flu-like symptoms.

The Sox needed their offense to come through Wednesday, as a short outing from Henry Owens (two runs and six walks over three-plus innings) was aided by steady scoring over the course of the night. After taking a one-run lead into the sixth inning, the Red Sox gained separation thanks to a Jackie Bradley Jr. home run in the sixth and a two-run eighth inning on RBI from Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz.

Closing Time note

The first-place Red Sox improved to 17-11 on the season with the win. They next will head to New York for a three-game series with the Yankees.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— The White Sox appeared set to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Red Sox were saved by Mookie Betts. After Heath Hembree walked in a run and was replaced by Matt Barnes with one out, Betts caught an Austin Jackson fly ball and threw a tagging Brett Lawrie out at the plate to end the inning. The White Sox challenged the play, but the call on the field was upheld.

Betts also made a nice catch against the wall on a deep fly ball from Jose Abreu to open the bottom of the ninth inning.  Read the rest of this entry »

Closing Time: Clay Buchholz shines, Red Sox pitching holds White Sox to 3 hits in win 05.04.16 at 10:58 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz recovered from a bumpy start to have his best performance of the season. (Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz recovered from a bumpy start to have his best performance of the season. (Mike Dinovo/USA Today Sports)

When Clay Buchholz allowed two runs to the White Sox before recording two outs, it seemed Wednesday would not be the night the struggling starter snapped out of an underwhelming start to his 2016 season.

Yet Buchholz recovered exceptionally from Jose Abreu’s two-run homer in the first inning by allowing just one hit and no runs over the next six innings in a 5-2 Red Sox win. The victory was Buchholz’s first of the season and Boston’s first win in a game started by him in 2016.

Chicago’s other hit off Buchholz came with one out in the second inning, but an inning-ending double play essentially closed the book on any damage the White Sox would do against the Boston starter. He struck out six batters and walked two. Buchholz also retired the last 10 batters he faced as he improved his season record to 1-3.

(For more on Buchholz’s breakout performance — and fans’ frustration with him — check Rob Bradford’s column.)

The win moved the Red Sox back into first place in the AL East, as the Orioles were defeated handily by the Yankees in a 7-0 loss in Baltimore. The Red Sox sit atop the division with a 16-11 record on the season.

Closing Time note

Buchholz’s performance Wednesday was a much-needed departure from an opening month of the season that saw him allow five earned runs in four of his five starts. Wednesday also marked Buchholz’s longest outing of the season, as he pitched into the seventh inning on two prior occasions but never made it out of the inning.

The win for Boston evened this week’s series with the White Sox at a game apiece. The teams will play the rubber game Thursday night, with Henry Owens opposing Erik Johnson.  Read the rest of this entry »

Closing Time: Clay Buchholz struggles as Red Sox drop finale vs. Braves 04.28.16 at 10:33 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings Thursday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today)

Clay Buchholz allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings Thursday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today)

When David Price tied his personal record with 14 strikeouts Monday night, many said to consider the opponent. Good pitchers should perform well against the Braves, who entered Thursday ranked 29th in the league with a .224 batting average.

Well, if a great outing against the Braves isn’t that great, a subpar outing against the Braves is bad. Such was Clay Buchholz’s night Thursday at Fenway Park.

Looking for his first win of the season, Buchholz allowed five earned runs on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts over 6 1/3 inning of work. He struggled out of the gate, allowing one run in the first inning and two more in the third, which proved to be more than Boston’s offense could match.

Buchholz saw his ERA rise to 6.51 and was the losing pitcher in Boston’s 5-2 loss to the Braves. On the season, his record stands at 0-3.

The Sox were quiet offensively through an eight-hit performance. Braves starter Jhoulys Chacin kept the Sox offense in check for five innings (two earned runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts) before giving way to an Atlanta bullpen that allowed two hits over the final four innings.

Closing Time note

Thursday’s loss saw the Red Sox fail to complete a home-and-home sweep of the four games played against the Braves this week. It also ended Boston’s four-game winning streak.

The Red Sox will host the Yankees Friday in the first game of a three-game set at Fenway.

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Closing Time: David Price ties career high in strikeouts, Travis Shaw drives in 5 runs as Red Sox crush Braves 04.26.16 at 10:04 pm ET
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Travis Shaw's first inning home run keyed the Red Sox' win over the Braves. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Travis Shaw’s first-inning home run keyed the Red Sox’ win over the Braves. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

One way for David Price to end a thoroughly disappointing first month with the Red Sox: tying his career high in strikeouts in his longest outing in a Boston uniform.

Making his fifth start for the Sox, Price fanned 14 batters over a season-high eight innings and received ample run support in an 11-4 win over the Braves that saw Travis Shaw drive in five runs.

Price settled down from a busy first inning to have what turned out to be a very strong performance against a Braves offense that entered Tuesday 27th in the league with a .227 batting average.

The veteran left-hander loaded the bases in the first inning after allowing an RBI single to Jeff Francoeur, but he escaped without further damage by striking out Drew Stubbs to end the frame.

Price followed up the first by turning in back-to-back 1-2-3 innings with a pair of strikeouts in each. He ran into trouble again in the fourth inning, once again loading the bases and surrendering the Braves’ second run.

From there, Price essentially put the game away by allowing just one hit and walking none over his final four innings. He struck out six of the last seven hitters he faced, all of which he retired. Furthermore, nine of Price’s last nine outs were strikeouts. He finished with a line of six hits and two earned runs allowed over eight innings, striking out 14 and walking two.

Closing Time note

Though runs allowed have been a concern in his early starts (7.06 ERA entering Tuesday), strikeouts have not. Price now has struck out at least eight hitters in four of his first five outings with the Red Sox and leads the league with 46 strikeouts. Price was coming off a season-low five strikeouts in what was his shortest and worst outing of the season, a 3 2/3 inning performance in which he allowed two homers and eight earned runs against the Rays.

With Tuesday’s win, Price is 3-0 on the season with a 5.76 ERA. The Sox improved to 11-9.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Closing Time: Wade Miley eventually falters, Hanley Ramirez messes up again as Red Sox fall to White Sox 08.25.15 at 11:13 pm ET
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Wade Miley

Wade Miley

Wade Miley allowed just two earned runs over six innings Tuesday night against the White Sox.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Wade Miley threw 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday.

The White Sox got to Miley for three runs in the bottom of the seventh, erasing Boston’s two-run lead and jumping ahead on a double from Trayce Thompson that was largely due to Hanley Ramirez‘s latest adventure in left field. Thompson’s double ended Miley’s night and gave him the loss in a 5-4 victory for the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Ramirez failed to field the line drive into left field, missing the ball and letting it bounce to the wall as Chicago runners advanced. Though he made news earlier Tuesday by doing first-base fielding work prior to the game, Ramirez made no news at the plate Tuesday. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Though Miley managed to keep Chicago off the scoreboard for the most part over his first six innings, he surrendered at least one hit to every White Sox starter and 13 — the most he’s allowed in a start in his career — in total. Miley struck out three and walked one.

Thompson did the most damage against Miley on the night, as he was actually the only Chicago hitter to get an extra-base hit on a night that saw Miley allow 11 singles. The 24-year-old led the way for the home team with three RBIs.

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Closing Time: Red Sox (including David Ortiz) hit home runs, take series from Indians 08.19.15 at 10:21 pm ET
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The Red Sox didn’t need all of their big bats to beat up on another Cleveland starter. They managed another offensive explosion with Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts all on the bench Wednesday night.

Boston’s 6-4 win over the Indians Wednesday gave the Sox a series victory and continued what’s been a positive stretch for the team offensively. The Sox had back-to-back homers twice in the game as the team scored at least six runs for the sixth time in the last seven games (4-3).

The Sox held a comfortable lead for much of the game after putting up six runs on Indians starter Corey Kluber in the first four innings while Joe Kelly cruised through six innings, but a three-run homer from Johnny Gomes surrendered by Jean Machi brought the Indians within two in the eighth inning. The Red Sox were able to hold on thanks to a 1-2-3 ninth from Junichi Tazawa, good for his first save of the season.

Leading the way both in the field and at the plate for the Sox was Jackie Bradley Jr., who belted a three-run homer in the fourth after having already turned in a pair of impressive defensive plays.

The most impressive play in the field for Bradley came on a leaping over-the-shoulder catch in the first inning as he snagged a line drive from Francisco Lindor that was going over his head.

“One of the best catches I’ve ever seen,” Kelly said of the play. “I was messing around calling him — you know, [he’s] JBJ, but I was calling him OBJ — Odell Beckham Jr. Pretty fun to watch.”

Bradley also took a good angle on another ball from Lindor that was headed for the triangle in the top of the fourth, holding Lindor to a single.

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