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David Price allows 6 runs in 3 2/3 innings in rehab start with PawSox, leaves without speaking to reporters 05.24.17 at 7:50 pm ET
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David Price wasn't sharp for the second straight outing. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

David Price wasn’t sharp for the second straight outing. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — David Price’s first rehab start with the PawSox didn’t go very well, and neither did the second.

Price allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings of work on Wednesday night. He walked a batter and struck out four, while needing 89 pitches (61 strikes) to record 11 outs.

This comes following Price’s first start last Friday in Buffalo when he allowed three earned runs in two innings of work.

Price did not speak to the media afterwards, as he left McCoy Stadium before reporters could speak to him.

“Price said he felt good after his outing,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. “Obviously, he burned through his pitch count. Command is not what he was looking for. I think if you asked him that. Overall, he said he felt good. I thought the stuff was actually pretty good, it’s just the command and location, which is to be expected. He is coming off an injury.”

The left-hander didn’t have a problem with his velocity on Wednesday, as his fastball was consistently hitting between 93-95 miles per hour (he did hit 96 once in the first), but he didn’t have the best of command. On a few occasions he would get two strikes on a batter, but then take several more pitches to record an out.

He wasn’t helped much by his defense, as only three of his six runs allowed were earned and a few of the hits he allowed may have been fielded by major league players.

His first inning was by far his worst as he allowed four runs, but only two were earned. His first inning went: double, pop up to pitcher, single, walk, error first base, fly out to right field, double, strikeout.

Price then allowed another run in the second inning before not allowing a run in the third and his two batters faced in the fourth. He retired the final three batters he faced.

It will be interesting to see what the Red Sox do with him next, as ideally he would make his next start with the big league club, but he hasn’t been very sharp in his two minor league outings.

“That is not for me to tell,” Boles said of what is next. “Again, our job is to make sure he gets through healthy. Boston is going to make those final decisions in terms of where he is at. Again, if you talk to David he is pretty upbeat as far how he is feeling physically, so that is what we are taking from this.”

John Hand contributed to this report.

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Red Sox 12, Athletics 3: Bats come alive for much-needed win 05.21.17 at 8:13 pm ET
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Mitch Moreland homered for the third straight game. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

Mitch Moreland homered for the third straight game. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

After scoring eight runs in the first three games of the series, the Red Sox bats came alive for 12 runs in the series finale against the Athletics for a much needed 12-3 win on Sunday to avoid a sweep.

It was a 6-3 game until the Red Sox combined for six runs in the last two innings to turn a relatively close game into a blow out win.

Even though the offense scored 12 runs, the star of the game was starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

The left-hander pitched his sixth straight quality start to pick up the win. Rodriguez went eight innings and allowed three runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out eight.

The most encouraging thing for him was his command, as he hadn’t gone more than six innings in a start this season. The left-hander is now 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA on the year.

Every member of the Red Sox lineup had a hit with Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez leading the way as both recorded three hits. Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley Jr. also had multi-hit games.

Leading 2-1, Mitch Moreland gave the Sox some breathing room with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was his fifth homer of the season.

Also, every member of the lineup recorded at least one RBI except for Xander Bogaerts.

The Red Sox finished the road trip 3-3 and are now 22-21 on the season.

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Moreland homered for the third straight game, the first time he’s been able to do that in his career.

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Red Sox option LHP Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket, recall RHP Noe Ramirez 05.19.17 at 2:18 pm ET
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Noe Ramirez

Noe Ramirez

With the amount of innings the bullpen has logged of late, the Red Sox were in need of a reliever so they made a roster move Friday afternoon.

The team recalled right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez and optioned left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

One thought was the team would option Thursday’s starter Hector Velazquez back, but the organization likely wants to make sure David Price gets through his rehab outing Friday night.

Ramirez has gone 0-1 with two saves and a 2.53 ERA in nine appearances with the PawSox this season, recording nine strikeouts against two walks while holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

In eight games with the Red Sox this season, Ross Jr. has an ERA of 7.00.

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Red Sox 5, Cardinals 4: Bullpen comes up big in gritty comeback win 05.18.17 at 12:44 am ET
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Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless inning Wednesday night. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel threw a scoreless inning Wednesday night. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Despite injuries to two of their better relievers in Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg, who haven’t appeared in a game this season, the Red Sox bullpen has been one of the biggest surprises so far this year.

Entering play on Wednesday, the bullpen had an ERA of 2.90, good for fourth in baseball, and that was before arguably its best performance of the season.

The Red Sox bullpen combined for seven scoreless innings in their 5-4 win in 13 innings over the Cardinals.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Starter Rick Porcello allowed four runs in the first two innings, but did settle down as he finished the game by going six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits, while walking three and striking out six.

Following Porcello, every member of the bullpen got into the game with Fernando Abad (win) delivering the best performance by going two innings. Other relievers to get in were Robbie Ross Jr. (2/3 of an inning), Matt Barnes (1/3 of an inning), Joe Kelly (2/3 of an inning), Robbie Scott (1/3 of an inning), Craig Kimbrel (one inning), Heath Hembree (one inning) and finally Ben Taylor (one inning, save).

The group combined to retire 20 of the 25 batters it faced, as the Cardinals never threatened much once Porcello exited the game.

The Red Sox seemed out of the game most of the way, as it was 4-0 from the second inning all the way until the seventh when they scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to tie the game at four. It took until the 13th inning to plate the go-ahead run and it came with two outs.

Mitch Moreland had a two-out bloop ground rule double, which was followed by an intentional walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. This set the stage for pinch-hitter Chris Young, whose RBI single was the difference.

The performance of the bullpen is encouraging considering it has been asked to do a lot not only with the absence of Smith and Thornburg, but having to log a lot of innings with the issues the No. 4 and 5 starters in the rotation have had.

Once those two pitchers return, and if the group continues to throw like it has, the Red Sox could have one of the best bullpens in baseball come the second half of the season.

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Before Wednesday, the Cardinals were 19-0 this season when leading after seven innings.

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Pablo Sandoval, David Price both will begin rehab assignments with Triple-A Pawtucket Friday 05.17.17 at 8:14 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval will begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Pablo Sandoval will begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Two of the highest paid Red Sox players will be playing for Triple-A Pawtucket in Buffalo Friday night, as both begin rehab assignments.

David Price was already known, as his first rehab outing with the PawSox was rained out on Sunday, but to keep him on a five-day schedule he threw a simulated game indoors. He’s expected to throw about 90 pitches.

The other will be Pablo Sandoval, who will serve as the designated hitter.

He’s been on the disabled list since the end of April with a knee sprain. The third baseman will fly back to Boston Wednesday night from St. Louis and then travel to Buffalo.

“He’ll begin Friday in Buffalo and DH to begin with and as we’ve done with position players who have had some extended time down, we’ll break him in that way,” manager John Farrell told reporters in St. Louis. “But he’s going to need some games to get into game shape. The fact is he’s done a lot of work to get to this point, some early work again today. And he’s ready to get that rehab underway.”

Sandoval isn’t quite sure how much time he needs.

“I don’t know,” Sandoval said to reporters. “I don’t know how much time I’m going to need. I just want to focus to have a nice rehab and feel healthy. That’s one of the things that I’m looking forward, feel 100 percent to be back on the field and play the game.”

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Red Sox 6, Cardinals 3: Mookie Betts does it all in win to open road trip 05.16.17 at 11:36 pm ET
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Mookie Betts homered to leadoff Tuesday's game. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Mookie Betts homered to leadoff Tuesday’s game. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Many of the Red Sox have been in slumps of late, but not Mookie Betts.

The right fielder took home American League Player of the Week honors last week when he batted .375 with three home runs, and he picked up where he left off Tuesday night in St. Louis when he led the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Betts wasted no time, as he blasted a leadoff home run to start the game. It was his 10th career leadoff home run, which ties the Red Sox’ all-time record (Jacoby Ellsbury).

The right fielder wasn’t done there, as he drove in the tying run at the time (3-3) in the fifth inning on a RBI ground out. The right fielder also made a tremendous play by throwing out Matt Carpenter at second base when he tried to extend a single into a double in the bottom half of the inning.

Carpenter ripped a liner down the line that kicked off the wall halfway out to the fence, Betts tracked it down and fired a strike to get him at second base to end the inning. If Carpenter got to second base he would have been the tying run.

Overall, Betts went 1-for-5 with two RBIs, but he had a much bigger impact on the game than the stat line indicates. With the bulk of the Red Sox lineup in a funk (finishing with only six hits in the game), Betts’ play of late could not have come at a better time.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is one of those players slumping, but he showed signs of coming out of it in the win.

The center fielder went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and a walk. It’s worth noting both these hits were to the opposite field, a sign he’s much more locked in than he has been in recent weeks.

The Red Sox are only two games over .500 and that is primarily because of some of their top hitters underperforming. After a slow start to the season Betts has picked it up of late, and the Red Sox need some of their other key hitters to follow.

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The Cardinals scored one of their runs on a sacrifice fly caught by Xander Bogaerts off the bat of Carpenter. Thanks to Baseball Reference Play Index, it was 134th sac fly fielded by a shortstop in the MLB since 1970 and Carpenter is the only batter with three of them (h/t @nuggetpalooza).

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Red Sox notes: Pablo Sandoval making progress, could begin rehab assignment Friday; Hector Velazquez to start Thursday 05.16.17 at 7:54 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval could begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Pablo Sandoval could begin a rehab outing on Friday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

The third base position has been less than for the Red Sox so far this season, but their starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval is progressing towards a return.

Sandoval has been on the disabled list with a knee sprain since April 25, but he’s in St. Louis with the team and could begin a rehab assignment as early as Friday.

“Went through some early work today, ran the bases, we’ve got to get him … now that he’s back to baseball activity, we’ve got to get him back into game shape and that’s going to be required to get out on rehab,” manager John Farrell told reporters in St. Louis. “We’re hopeful that will begin when we leave here and go to the West Coast. He’d join Pawtucket and start getting some games under his belt.”

Another player close to a return is David Price.

The left-hander will make his first rehab start with the PawSox Friday in Buffalo. If all goes well, he could slide into the Red Sox’ rotation as early as next week.

“I think we’ll reserve our planning until he gets through Friday but I wouldn’t rule it out at this point,” Farrell said.

Price would like take Hector Velazquez’s spot in the rotation, as he will start Thursday in Oakland.

It will be his major league debut, but he was very effective in Pawtucket. In five starts, he was 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA.

“He commands the baseball,” Farrell said. “That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about sheer velocity. It’s about pitching ahead in the count. I like the fact that late in camp he started to come up with a little more of an off-speed curveball to help spread the strike zone top to bottom. This is a guy who has a lot of experience, albeit not at the major league level, but still there’s a lot of savvy and strike throwing ability here.”

It does not appear Drew Pomeranz will miss a start after all. He will throw a bullpen on Wednesday and is on track to start Saturday. He does know he needs to work some things out, though.

“I think it’s partly a mechanical thing,” he told reporters. “Just mechanics are a little different than last year, slightly, so it’s something I’m just going to have to adjust to. That’s what I started in spring training, I was a little longer, a little more behind my body. I think that’s what started that in the first place. Now I know what the problem is, it’s just a matter of me fixing it.”

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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Brian Johnson performs well again for PawSox; Michael Chavis goes 2-for-5 05.16.17 at 10:29 am ET
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Brian Johnson had another strong outing Monday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Brian Johnson had another strong outing Monday. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-18): L, 8-4 (12 innings), at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox lost on a walkoff grand slam off Brandon Workman with one out in the bottom of the 12th. It was the first batter Workman faced after Chandler Shepherd exited the game with the bases loaded. The game got to extra innings when Blaine Boyer allowed a run in the ninth inning to pick up a blown save.

— Three members of the PawSox had multi-hit games, including Steve Selsky, Sam Travis and Dan Butler. Selsky hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning.

— Brian Johnson delivered another solid start, as the left-handed allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings while scattering seven hits, walking three and striking out six. His ERA is now 2.92 on the year and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his seven starts.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (17-14): Scheduled off-day

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (24-13): L, 9-5, vs. Fredrick

— Salem led 5-4, but allowed five runs from the seventh inning on to take the loss. Gerson Bautista took the loss, as he allowed three runs in two innings of work. Starter Matt Kent was effective, as he allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings, while walking one and striking out four.

— Third baseman Michael Chavis paced the offense going 2-for-5 with a double and a RBI. He’s batting .333 on the year.

— Besides Chavis, the Red Sox had three other extra-base hits, including doubles from Austin Rei, Bryan Hudson and Trenton Kemp.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (24-12): W, 9-6, at Delmarva

— The two teams combined for five homers, but the Drive came away with a three-run win thanks to six unanswered runs to close the game out.

— Santiago Espinal, Tyler Hill and Tucker Tubbs all homered in the win. It was Hill’s fourth of the season.

— Algenis Martinez picked up the win by tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

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Mookie Betts named American League Player of the Week 05.15.17 at 3:15 pm ET
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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

The move back to the lead off spot has clearly paid off for Mookie Betts.

Betts went on a tear last week and because of it was named the American League Player of the Week for the week ending on Sunday.

The right fielder hit .375 (9-for-24) with eight runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and a stolen base over six games to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award. His first came last June. The 24-year-old finished the week first in RBI, total bases (22), extra-base hits (7) and slugging percentage (.917).

This is the Red Sox’ first weekly award since Hanley Ramirez took home AL weekly honors last season (September 18).

Overall, Betts is batting .296 with six home runs and 25 RBI this season.

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Despite leaving game in 4th inning, Red Sox get positive news on Drew Pomeranz 05.14.17 at 7:56 pm ET
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Drew Pomeranz left Sunday's game in the third inning. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz left Sunday’s game in the third inning. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

It appears Drew Pomeranz’s injury isn’t all that serious.

The left-hander exited Sunday’s game against the Rays just before the fourth inning as during his warmup tosses manager John Farrell and a trainer went to the mound after he experienced some discomfort, and then was removed from the game with left triceps tightness.

“I felt something in warmups, kind of similar to what I felt in spring training, one of those games I came out of,” Pomeranz said to reporters. “[It] just kind of stayed there, didn’t go away. We decided it was best to come out of the game then.”

Pomeranz allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over three innings before departing the game. He’s scheduled to have a precautionary MRI Monday, but he said he expects to make his next start.

“Until we get the feedback on that, he wasn’t able to reproduce any symptoms later in the day, so we’ll see what transpires tomorrow,” Farrell said. “We don’t think this is anything long-term.”

In seven starts this season, Pomeranz has a 5.29 ERA. He knows he needs to be better.

“These last two outings have struggled a little bit,” Pomeranz said. “You have ups and downs in the season and can’t always be perfect every time out there but it’s frustrating sometimes, wanting to stay out there for as long as I can, keep us in the game, obviously don’t want to give up runs early like I did today or the last time out, but it’s part of it.”

While leaving the game after just three innings is never good, it seems positive that as of now he isn’t expected to be out long. The Red Sox cannot afford to lose another starter after Steven Wright was lost for the year, and his replacement in Kyle Kendrick has since been sent back to Triple-A.

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