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Red Sox lineup: Ryan Hanigan scratched, Sandy Leon will catch Steven Wright 07.26.16 at 3:21 pm ET
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Ryan Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan

Tuesday’s Red Sox lineup is much of the same.

With the Red Sox facing Tigers right-hander Mike Pelfrey, they will have Brock Holt in left field and Travis Shaw at third base as the teams will play the second game of a three-game series Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Mookie Betts will play for the second straight day after missing two games with a knee injury.

Ryan Hanigan was in the original starting lineup, but scratched around an hour prior to game time. Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Steven Wright. Hanigan has flu-like symptoms and is day-to-day.

Here is the updated Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Steven Wright, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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Joe Kelly ‘powerful’ in 1st relief appearance with Red Sox, but allows run in loss to Tigers 07.25.16 at 11:40 pm ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly’s first relief appearance with the Red Sox didn’t go perfectly according to plan, but then again it was his first relief outing as a member of the team.

Pitching at the major league level for the first time since June 1 and after seven relief appearances between Lowell and Pawtucket, the right-hander allowed one run in his inning of work while throwing 21 pitches.

Kelly entered the game in the seventh with the Red Sox trailing the Tigers 2-1. He allowed a lead off triple to Justin Upton on a 101 mph fastball to the triangle in right-center field. That was followed by a fly out, but then James McCann singled right back up the middle scoring Upton to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winning run.

Of Kelly’s 21 pitches, over half of them were recorded over 100 mph on the Fenway Park radar gun.

“He was powerful. A lot of power,” manager John Farrell said afterwards. “A lot of velocity. Some inconsistent command getting behind in the count. 2-1 to Upton, fastball out over the plate that he’s able to drive one the other way. Still, the first look, I thought he threw enough strikes. He threw a breaking ball for strikes on occasion. First look on his part.”

The right-hander spent some time in the bullpen was he was with the Cardinals, but Monday was his first in a Red Sox uniform.

“I’m sure there was some adrenaline,” Farrell said. “You would hope that every guy takes the mound there is adrenaline there. I can’t say that it took him out of his game. We’re thinking in that spot he is going to give us two innings, but 20-plus pitches, not going to run him up to 40-plus is that is the possibility. I don’t think he was over-throwing to the point he was completely losing the strike zone.”

Given the injury to Koji Uehara, Kelly will likely get more looks in the sixth and seventh innings leading into Brad Ziegler and eventually Craig Kimbrel at the end of games.

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Closing Time: Drew Pomeranz much better in 2nd start, but Red Sox offense fails to come through in loss to Tigers 07.25.16 at 10:38 pm ET
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Drew Pomeranz was great Monday night for the Red Sox. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz was much better than his first time out with the Red Sox. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz deserved better.

After the left-hander allowed five runs in just three innings during his Red Sox debut last week, Pomeranz bounced back nicely, but the offense was silenced by Justin Verlander and couldn’t come through late as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers, 4-2.

Pomeranz went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out seven. He only made one mistake the entire night when he allowed a two-run homer well over the Monster seats to Jose Iglesias in the sixth inning.

“I had a good curveball tonight,” Pomeranz said. “I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night and really, one bad pitch that hurt us.”

Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season, which leads the majors.

Joe Kelly made his relief debut as a member of the Red Sox in the seventh and allowed a run on two hits. Kelly allowed a lead off triple to Justin Upton, who then scored on a RBI single up the middle by James McCann.

“He was powerful. A lot of power,” manager John Farrell said. “A lot of velocity. Some inconsistent command getting behind in the count — 2-1 to Upton, fastball out over the plate that he’s able to drive one the other way. Still, the first look, I thought he threw enough strikes. He threw a breaking ball for strikes on occasion. First look on his part.”

Another starter turned reliever, Clay Buchholz pitched the eighth and he allowed a run on two hits. Iglesias led the inning off with a bloop single and advanced to second on a passed ball, got to third on a sacrifice fly and then scored on a Victor Martinez single.

Buchholz would then throw a 1-2-3 ninth.

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Craig Kimbrel (knee) progressing well, could appear in rehab game over weekend 07.25.16 at 4:54 pm ET
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Craig Kimbrel could appear in a rehab game as soon as this weekend. (Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel could appear in a rehab game as soon as this weekend. (Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel could be back with the Red Sox sooner than some thought.

The closer suffered a torn medial meniscus, which required surgery back on July 8. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 9 retroactive to July 7. After successful surgery, July 11, he was back on the mound Monday afternoon at Fenway Park for a 25-pitch bullpen.

“Good bullpen,” manager John Farrell said. “He felt good about it. He was aggressive for the 25 pitches he threw. Both his fastball and his curveball. It didn’t look like to the naked eye that he was favoring anything. We had him throw on the main mound so we could get the pitch tracker on him and just make sure that his release point, arm angle, those types of things are consistent with getting back to activity. He would be on tap for another bullpen on Wednesday morning.”

If everything goes according to plan, Kimbrel could pitch in a rehab game this weekend. Farrell said he might need as few as one rehab outing and wouldn’t rule out a return to the team on the next road trip.

This is good news for the Red Sox as they had a timetable of 3-6 weeks from when he suffered the injury. Three weeks would be this coming weekend.

Kimbrel getting back to the Red Sox bullpen would be a big boost, especially with the injury to Koji Uehara. Kimbrel would go back to the closer’s spot with Brad Ziegler as the primary set up man. Options leading into them would be Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes and Junichi Tazawa.

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Red Sox lineup: Mookie Betts returns vs. Tigers 07.25.16 at 3:41 pm ET
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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

After missing the last two days with a knee injury, Mookie Betts is back in the lineup and leading off against the Tigers.

Betts left Friday night’s game with right knee soreness.

The Red Sox will have Travis Shaw at third base and Brock Holt in left field as the Sox go up against right-hander Justin Verlander.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Drew Pomeranz, LHP

For an extended look at the matchups, click here.

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Hanley Ramirez named American League Player of the Week 07.25.16 at 3:32 pm ET
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Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

For his performance last week, Hanley Ramirez has been named American League Player of the Week. It was his first Player of the Week award since 2009.

Ramirez batted .333 (7-for-21) with six runs scored, five home runs and 12 RBIs over the six games. The first baseman finished the week first in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage (1.048).

His best game was Wednesday night against the Giants at Fenway Park where the right-handed slugger went 3-for-4 with three home runs and six RBIs.

The three home runs tied a Red Sox single-game record, a feat accomplished 28 times by 23 different players. He set career highs in home runs and RBI in the contest, and became only the seventh player in club history with at least three home runs and six RBIs in a game at Fenway Park.

He is the second Red Sox player to win the award this year as Jackie Bradley claimed it back in May.

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Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi debuts in left field with no issues; Luis Alexander Basabe continues hot July 07.23.16 at 11:16 am ET
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Here is the look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-49): L, 2-0, at Columbus (Indians)

— The two runs Columbus scored in the bottom of the first were all the runs scored in the game as they shutout the PawSox. Robby Scott made a spot start after Roenis Elias was scratched a couple hours before the game and allowed two runs, on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. The two runs came courtesy of a Yandy Diaz two-run homer. He was followed by Roman Mendez who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

— Joe Kelly pitched the bottom of the eighth and while he allowed a double, he didn’t allow any runs and struck out two. With Pawtucket, Kelly hasn’t allowed a run in five innings and has struck out nine.

— At the plate, the PawSox finished with just three hits. Ryan LaMarre had a double, while Jantzen Witte and Henry Ramos added singles.

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What could be next for Andrew Benintendi after making professional debut in left field 07.22.16 at 11:56 pm ET
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Andrew Benintendi made his left field debut Friday night. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Andrew Benintendi made his left field debut Friday night. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

For the first time in his professional career Andrew Benintendi started in left field Friday night. While this may seem like just a minor thing, it’s setting the stage for something bigger.

Benintendi, the Red Sox’ No. 7 overall pick in last year’s draft, had been a center fielder his whole life, but with Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field with the Red Sox, that position was blocked. The Red Sox clearly believe in him and want to put him in the best position to succeed, thus the need for the move.

It should be noted, Benintendi likely won’t be playing left field every day, but will be getting early work done there and taking fly balls during batting practice as well.

“Aware of position changes, aware of the potential estimated timeline of arrival,” manager John Farrell said. “Again, the player is going to determine when he is most ready. As we’ve seen with a number of guys, we haven’t been hesitant to move them around on the field, change positions. With Andrew going to left, we are looking down the road a little ways. When that day comes that he’s a left fielder here in Boston, remains to be seen, but the way he’s swung the bat, the way he’s advanced this year, you start to prepare for that eventual day.”

Benintendi is batting .277 in 54 games with the Sea Dogs, which comes after hitting .341 in 34 games with High-A Salem to start the year.

It certainly isn’t out of the question for him to play in Boston this year, as two current prominent members of the team — Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts — played in Double-A the same year they made their professional debuts.

Betts’ case is particularly worth examining as he too changed positions — second base to outfield — while in Double-A. Betts played center field for the first time 37 games into his Double-A career, while it took Benintendi 54 games to play left field for the first time. Then, 15 games later Betts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket and then after 23 games there, he was promoted to the big league club.

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Red Sox squander ‘golden opportunity’ to win game in 9th inning vs. Twins 07.22.16 at 11:28 pm ET
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David Ortiz grounded into a double play in the 9th inning Friday night. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz grounded into a double play in the 9th inning Friday night. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Red Sox had just two hits through the first eight innings, it looked like the Red Sox had the Twins right where they wanted them in the ninth.

After Kyle Gibson was pulled after 96 pitches, Brandon Kinzler entered for the ninth with the Red Sox trailing 2-1.

They loaded the bases with no outs and had David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez due up next. The stage was set for another magical Ortiz moment, but it didn’t go as the Red Sox planned, or expected.

Ortiz grounded into a 4-2-3 double play and Ramirez lined out to right field to end the game with the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position.

“Loved our chances,” manager John Farrell said afterwards. “Loved the chance to tack on some runs in the first inning as well. Stage was set, golden opportunity. David rolled into a ground ball double play and then the line out to finish it. We had quality at-bats in the ninth inning. Up until that point Gibson was very good. Changed speeds, good sinker. Unable to really mount any threat through the first eight innings.”

Ortiz, who has been on fire of late, said he was looking to end the game with one swing.

“Looking for a home run right there,” he said. “The pitcher made good pitches. That’s the name of the game. Made a good pitch, got himself out of the situation.”

Added Ortiz: “Just another game man, you know. Pitcher, he tried to get us out and that’s what they are there for. The game wouldn’t be that easy you know. It wouldn’t be the way it is. They know how to get hitters out. They know how to get stuff done. It’s not always gonna work out our way. It’s not always gonna work their way too. That’s what they’re there for. I let it go.”

The Red Sox finished 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and snapped a seven-game home winning streak.

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Mookie Betts (knee soreness) removed from game as precaution, day-to-day 07.22.16 at 11:16 pm ET
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Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

It doesn’t appear Mookie Betts’ knee injury is too serious.

The right fielder was removed from Friday’s 2-1 loss against the Twins with right knee soreness. Manager John Farrell said it was as a precaution and he’s day-to-day. There’s even the possibility he is back in the lineup as early as Saturday.

“He got a little soreness, a little stiffness as the game went on,” Farrell said. “Felt like he couldn’t run as normal. Precautionarily we got him off his feet. We’ll check him when he comes in tomorrow to see if he’s going to be available. Right now, day-to-day.”

It was thought perhaps Betts injured the knee on a play in the fourth inning when he threw out Brian Dozier at second base on a shallow single to right where he made the throw on the run, but Farrell said it wasn’t because of one particular play and he’s been dealing with something minor since the All-Star break.

“This isn’t the result of a slide or any one event,” he said. “He just felt like there was some soreness starting to come on. At the time that was the decision made.”

Added Farrell on if it’s been lingering: “A little bit. I wouldn’t say it was to the point of a no-go. This is something that there’s been some treatment on occasion, but not to the point where he needs X number of days to get past this.”

Betts has started in 94 of the 95 games so far this season and homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning for the second time in as many nights on Friday. It’s the second time this season he’s led off the first inning with home runs on two straight days and has five total on the year.

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