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Red Sox lineup: Daniel Nava gets start in left field; Stephen Drew returns 06.04.14 at 3:25 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — With Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber on the mound for the hosts, the Red Sox send an all left-handed hitting outfield out for the series finale. Daniel Nava gets the nod in left field, with Jackie Bradley in center and Grady Sizemore manning right.

Stephen Drew is also back in the lineup, playing shortstop after a day off.

Here is the lineup for the Red Sox, who will send Brandon Workman to the mound:

Brock Holt 1B

Xander Bogaerts 3B

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

A.J. Pierzynski C

Grady Sizemore RF

Stephen Drew SS

Daniel Nava LF

Jackie Bradley CF

For all the matchups click here.

 

Closing Time: Red Sox drop second straight to Terry Francona’s Indians 06.03.14 at 10:14 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — For Jake Peavy, there was a bad start and a bad finish. That was just enough to make for a bad night at Progressive Field for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox starter allowed three first-inning runs to the Indians but settled down to leave with runners on first and second and one out in a 3-3 game in the seventh inning. But putting those pair of baserunners proved costly, as Michael Bourn greeted Sox reliever Andrew Miller with a one-out, two-run double over the head of left fielder Jonny Gomes.

The Bourn hit would be the difference, handing the Red Sox a 5-3 loss for their second straight defeat to Terry Francona‘s club.

Peavy had entered the seventh not allowing a run, and just two hits, after his first-inning issues. But he would kick off his final frame by first walking David Murphy before giving up a single to Yan Gomes. After a comebacker to the mound from Mike Aviles cut down the lead runner at third, the righty gave way to Miller.

The Red Sox had come into the game allowing the second-fewest inherited runners to score (17.8 percent) in the majors, with Miller not letting any of his 14 previous inherited runners to reach home plate. The odds were also in the Sox’ favor heading into the Bourn at-bat considering the lefty hitter came into the night with just a .188 batting average against southpaws. The caveat? Bourn had four hits in six at-bats against Miller.

“Obviously that’€™s something I pride myself on and you never want to give up somebody else’€™s runs,” Miller said. “It’€™s a terrible feeling, let alone in that situation, but that’€™s not the focus. It’€™s just one of those things I felt like I was behind in the count, he took a good pitch, and I think just wanted to put the ball in play.

“I knew he hit it off the barrel, but knowing who it was and seeing how high it was off the bat I thought it was going to be OK, but it wasn’t. He hit it as good as I think he can hit a ball in that direction, so it was certainly not the outcome I’€™m looking for, and do something different next time. But it seems like he’€™s had some success off me in the past. I need to go back and figure something different out because I know when I pulled up the replay I think he was 4-for-6 entering that at-bat and now he’€™s 5-for-7 off of me so I need to do something different. Like I said, when I saw the ball come off his bat that way, I felt he was in pretty good shape. It just didn’t work out.”

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Red Sox injury news: Felix Doubront slated to start for Double-A Portland Thursday 06.03.14 at 8:00 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — The Red Sox have identified the first rehab start for injured starter Felix Doubront: Thursday at Portland’s Hadlock field with the Double-A Sea Dogs against Erie.

Doubront has been out of action since he went on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain May 21.

‘€œHe threw the ball well,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Doubront’s side session. “He feels confident that the arm speed is getting out of his hand consistent with outings prior to coming off the mound.”

The lefty struggled in his most recent outing, giving up five runs over four innings against Toronto on May 20. Prior to the start against the Blue Jays, he had turned in back-to-back solid outings, allowing a combined two runs over 11 2/3 innings.

In other injury news:

– Catcher/first baseman Ryan Lavarnway underwent surgery on his left hamate bone, with Dr. Thomas Graham performing the operation. Farrell estimated a 5-7 week recovery period before Lavarnway could resume baseball activities.

Shane Victorino is slowly starting some running activities while recovering from the right hamstring issue that put the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list May 24. According to a team source, the plan right now is for Victorino to start a rehab outing after the Red Sox complete their current nine-game road trip (which would be June 12).

“Ground-based activities are starting to initiate, so that’s some running that’€™s going to take place,” said Farrell of Victorino, who would be eligible to come off the DL Friday. “We’re still too early to determine when he’d be ready for any kind of at-bats or a rehab assignment.”

Will Middlebrooks, who got the splint off his fractured right pointer finger Monday, is still a ways off from baseball activities.

“Still trying to gain full range of motion with the index finger,” Farrell said. “That’€™s not there yet. He won’t start to swing a bat until he’s able to gain full range of motion, which would indicate that the healing of the fracture is moving along as anticipated. He’s still in kind of an inactive period.”

Middlebrooks has been fitted for glasses when he returns to action, having experimented with contact lenses earlier in the season.

Red Sox lineup: Stephen Drew out, Alex Hassan in 06.03.14 at 3:06 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — With lefty starter T.J. House on the mound for the Indians, shortstop Stephen Drew is out of the starting lineup, with Jonathan Herrera getting the start instead.

Also starting for the Red Sox will be rookie Alex Hassan, who will play right field.

Here is the batting order with Jake Peavy on the mound:

Brock Holt 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Jonny Gomes LF

A.J. Pierzynski C

Alex Hassan RF

Jackie Bradley CF

Jonathan Herrera SS

Click here for a detailed look at the pitching matchup.

Red Sox notes: Clay Buchholz rehab timetable lengthened; searching for Daniel Nava 06.02.14 at 8:23 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — Though right-hander Clay Buchholz was scheduled to throw a simulated game against Red Sox hitters on Monday, the Red Sox have pushed that back by several days — to Saturday –in order to first give the pitcher more time to work on his delivery while he resides on the disabled list for a hyperextended left knee.

“We’€™ve adjusted the plan that we originally set out to take advantage of the time right now to keep working on the delivery items that have been identified,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “There was some work down in the bullpen today. There will be another bullpen on Wednesday with that sim game being pushed back to Saturday now.”

The Sox will wait until after the simulated game before determining what kind of rehab assignment Buchholz might need before returning to the rotation. Given that Saturday will mark Buchholz’s 12th day on the disabled list, it seems that his stay on the D.L. will go beyond the 15-day minimum while he works on his delivery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Roster management with Stephen Drew, Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt 06.02.14 at 8:04 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — With Stephen Drew back, Red Sox manager John Farrell discussed how the shortstop will be used and the impact that he’ll have on the rest of the roster. Foremost, Farrell said the Sox are better with Drew than without him.

“We’€™ve added a very good player to our roster who’€™s going to make us better,” said Farrell.

A few key points:

– Farrell said that Drew is “still in the building phase of games played,” meaning that he won’t yet be an everyday player. The Sox will give him days off in the initial stages of his buildup, trying to let them coincide with matchups that might suggest the wisdom of sitting Drew or starting someone else.

Stephen Drew up to full game speed is a damn good player. The fact is, we’€™ve got a versatile roster to help get us to that point,” said Farrell. “We’€™re getting better by the day with his addition here. like I said, we’€™ll make sure that we take the necessary steps to where he’€™s unrestricted in terms of games played and I’€™m not looking to build in days off.”

Xander Bogaerts will play third every day, and his pregame work will likewise focus on the hot corner. When Drew isn’t in the lineup — “at least in the short-term,” Farrell said — the team will keep Bogaerts at third so that he can continue to acclimate to the position while having Brock Holt or Jonathan Herrera play short. Eventually, however, Farrell suggested that the team may consider an alignment with Bogaerts at short, pointing to a potential time, for instance, when Will Middlebrooks might be back on the roster to play third against left-handed pitchers.

– Farrell reiterated the team’s desire to get Holt into the lineup as often as possible.

“The numbers bear it out. Since he’€™s been in the leadoff spot, it’€™s kind of given us some lineup continuity,” said Farrell. “We’€™re going to find every way we can to get brock on the field and keep him in the lineup.”

Red Sox lineup: Stephen Drew bats eighth in return; Brock Holt leads off, plays first 06.02.14 at 3:35 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — Stephen Drew is batting eighth and playing shortstop in his return to the Red Sox. His arrival will result in Xander Bogaerts moving over to play third base for the first time since the World Series. Brock Holt will get his second straight start at first base. A.J. Pierzynski will be behind the plate to work with Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey.

Drew was 2-for-13 in his time with Triple-A Pawtucket, and his timing represents a work in progress. For more on Drew, click here.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Brock Holt, 1B

Xander Bogaerts, 3B

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, DH

A.J. Pierzynski, C

Jonny Gomes, LF

Grady Sizemore, RF

Stephen Drew, SS

Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

John Lackey, SP

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