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Red Sox notes: David Ortiz expected to play in every game rest of season 09.15.16 at 5:17 pm ET
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David Ortiz

David Ortiz

Given his age and the long season, David Ortiz has needed a few down days along the way this year. Going into Thursday, the designated hitter has missed 11 games in total this year, but hasn’t started in a few more to later come in as a pinch-hitter.

Ortiz didn’t play (he pinch-hit once) in any of the three games in San Diego last week and it appears like that will be enough to make him available for the remaining 16 games of the season after Thursday.

“I’m sure there’s been some benefit to it,” manager John Farrell of the three games plus an off-day last week. “Any time this time of year a player regardless of who you are gets a little bit of a breather, it helps. I think there was some at-bats up in Toronto where he worked to get his timing back a little bit more sharp and consistent. Hopefully that set him up to be available every game remaining. No one wants to be out there daily more than David. We’ll take a step back if needed, but right now there is nothing to suggest he will need a day.”

Since the down time, Ortiz is hitting .240, but like Farrell said, it has taken some time to get his timing back. Farrell said Ortiz is feeling pretty good at the moment, but he will continue to check on him daily like they have all year.

“I think he feels — I can’t say as good as he has at any point in the season — but we had 23 games remaining after the Padres series,” Farrell said. “We do have a day off scheduled, [Sept. 26] in New York. I think that if the turnaround time of a given day — we have a couple of Sunday night games coming up that are going to present a little bit of a challenge, but as we’ve done all year that will be daily communication and we’ll work through it as best we can.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt batting 9th for 3rd straight game 07.20.16 at 3:31 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

For the third straight game, the Red Sox have Brock Holt batting ninth, but it’s worked so far as the Red Sox have won the previous two games and Holt homered Tuesday night.

The Red Sox will be going up against Giants right-hander Matt Cain in the final game of a two-game set with the Giants.

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 extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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Closing Time: David Ortiz, Rick Porcello lead Red Sox over Giants 07.19.16 at 9:53 pm ET
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David Ortiz hit his 23rd home run of the season in the Red Sox' win over the Giants. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz hit his 23rd home run of the season in the Red Sox’ win over the Giants. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

All the Red Sox needed Tuesday night against the Giants were two swings of the bat.

Brock Holt’s solo home run in the third inning followed by David Ortiz’s three-run home run the following inning would be more than enough for Red Sox starter Rick Porcello as the Red Sox beat the Giants, 4-0 Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

With two outs in the third, Holt took Giants starter Jake Peavy deep into the Red Sox bullpen and then after the first two runners in the fourth reached, Ortiz crushed a first-pitch home run well into the bleachers over the Giants bullpen.

For Ortiz, it was his 23rd homer of the year and career home run No. 526. It was also his 1,383rd career run scored, which tied him with Tony Gwynn for 98th on the all-time list. The home run traveled 451 feet according to ESPN Stats and Info, which is his longest of the season.

“What David continues to do for us is remarkable,” manager John Farrell said. “What he’s meant to our overall offense as a team — comes up in a big spot, first pitch over the plate for a three-run homer.”

Porcello was once again dominant at Fenway Park. The right-hander picked up his 12th win of the season and improved to a perfect 9-0 at home. The last time a Red Sox starter started 9-0 at home was Dennis Eckersley in 1978.

He went 6 1/3 shutout innings, while scattering four hits, walking two and striking out three on 108 pitches. His ERA is down to 3.37 on the year.

“He was at his best right after the first couple of lead off base hits,” Farrell said. “Great  job putting up a zero with three consecutive strikeouts. Two opportunities for shutdown innings, which he converted. As we talked before the ballgame, very comfortable in this ballpark. Was in complete control of the ballgame here tonight. Outstanding work on his part.”

Robbie Ross Jr. got out of the seventh inning by enduing a double play, newly acquired right-hander Brad Ziegler tossed a scoreless eighth. In the ninth Koji Uehara struck out the first batter, but had to leave with an apparent shoulder injury after that. Tommy Layne recorded the final two outs of the game.

After the game, it was revealed Uehara felt something in his pectoral muscle. It’s unclear the severity of the injury.

“I’m just praying that it’s not that serious,” he said through a translator.

The Red Sox have not allowed a run in their last 25 innings at Fenway Park.

Closing Time note

Ortiz is now batting .514 with three home runs when swinging at the first pitch this season.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win.

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt in left field batting 9th vs. Jake Peavy, Giants at 5:19 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

For just the fourth time all season, Brock Holt will be batting ninth for the Red Sox.

Holt will start in left field as the Red Sox go up against the Giants and former Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy Tuesday night in the first of a two-game series.

For the Red Sox, Sandy Leon will catch Rick Porcello.

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
Rick Porcello, RHP

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Red Sox notes: Eduardo Rodriguez to start Friday in New York; Clay Buchholz back in starting rotation 07.10.16 at 12:37 pm ET
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Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox Friday night in New York. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox Friday night in New York. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

The Red Sox will get two starting pitchers back in their rotation coming out of the All-Star break — Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz.

Rodriguez will start Friday night in New York, as he’s appeared in two games with the PawSox since being sent back down in late June. He threw seven shutout inning on July 3, then allowed two runs over three innings in a rain-shortened outing Friday night.

“There’s been some adjustments made to his hand position,” manager John Farrell said. “It was a seven-inning and a rain-shortened three inning outing in which he’s pitched down there. The first inning in his second start — took him an inning to get into things, but the seven innings prior was sharp, was powerful. I think he’s by all reports and watching video of him looks like he’s gaining some comfort with the hand position that has been widely talked about. Required needed adjustments have been made.”

It also appears Buchholz will go back in the rotation, but the Red Sox won’t need a fifth starter until July 23. He hasn’t appeared in a game since July 2.

“Right now, we’ll work to get Clay back in there at some point,” Farrell said. “Where that slots in after the New York series remains to be worked through, but that’s the tentative plan right now.”

After Rodriguez in New York, Steven Wright will start Saturday and David Price on Sunday. Farrell said he did this to get both Rick Porcello and David Price a few extra days off.

“Yeah, we tried to build in as much as we could for everybody,” he said. “This will give David a couple extra days pitching on Sunday, but I think with Rick everything is pointing to a few extra days is what he needs.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— Both Brock Holt (sprained ankle) and Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) are unavailable Sunday, but Farrell is hopeful they will be available Friday and he doesn’t expect either to go on the disabled list.

“Both are unavailable today,” Farrell said. “We don’t anticipate either situation, a DL situation. The four days is coming at a good time for a number of guys.”

Holt sprained his ankle after jamming it sliding into second base on Friday night, but is getting better by the day.

“Getting treatment,” Farrell said “Walking around a little bit more. The increase is a little bit more each day. Those guys are going to remain here over the break to continue to get treatment. Hopefully things are pointing to Friday for Brock and [Tazawa].”

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Red Sox lineup: Hanley Ramirez on bench to start vs. Rays 07.09.16 at 3:15 pm ET
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Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

A night after leaving the game after fouling a pitch off his leg, Hanley Ramirez is out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday afternoon against the Rays.

Travis Shaw will return to the lineup after missing Friday and play first and Aaron Hill will get his second straight start at third base, as the Red Sox go up against Rays left-handed Matt Moore. Brock Holt is also out of the lineup, dealing with an ankle sprain also suffered in Friday’s game.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Aaron Hill, 3B
Travis Shaw, 1B
Bryce Brentz, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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Red Sox notes: Injury updates on Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Junichi Tazawa at 2:16 pm ET
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The Red Sox did get some good news on Brock Holt as his ankle injury doesn't appear to be serious. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox did get some good news on Brock Holt as his ankle injury doesn’t appear to be serious. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

There’s no question, the Red Sox are working through some injuries right now, but for most, the news is better than it is for Craig Kimbrel.

Brock Holt suffered a sprained ankle when he jammed his foot sliding into second base Friday night. He left the game and was in a walking boot afterwards, but the news was better on Saturday.

“Day-to-day,” manager John Farrell said. “He came in today better than we anticipated based on what took place on the field. He’s walking around a little bit more normally. I would doubt he’s going to be available in these two games before the break, but not to the point where we need to put him on the disabled list. The four days over the All-Star break are going to be good for a number of guys with these temporary types of situations physically. Brock is one of them.”

Holt has proven to be an integral part to the Red Sox this season as the team is 25-10 in games he starts this season.

Also leaving the game Friday night’s game was first baseman Hanley Ramirez after fouling a pitch off his leg. He was still limping on Saturday and thus not in the starting lineup, but Farrell said he would be available to pinch-hit.

Utility player Michael Martinez, who was acquired from the Indians on Friday is with the team and will be active for Saturday’s game. Marco Hernandez was sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.

Also, added to the roster is Noe Ramirez. He will take the place of Kimbrel, but once Brad Ziegler arrives, it’s likely Ramirez goes back to Triple-A on Sunday.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— Junichi Tazawa is unavailable again on Saturday, but the Red Sox are hoping it isn’t a long-term thing.

“Based on the exam by our medical team, feel like yes, there is time needed,” Farrell said. “He’s going through some treatment. They haven’t indicated there’s the need for a MRI at this point. If that would change, we would certainly do that. We’re not at that point yet.”

— Brandon Workman, who left Friday’s rehab outing in Lowell, suffered a left oblique strain as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.

“An unfortunate temporary injury on his part,” Farrell said.

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Brock Holt leaves game vs. Rays with left ankle sprain 07.08.16 at 8:34 pm ET
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Red Sox left fielders cannot catch a break this season.

Exactly a week after returning from a concussion, Brock Holt left Friday night’s game against the Rays with a left ankle sprain jamming his foot into second base while stealing in the fourth inning.

He walked off the field under his own power, but with a limp, and was replaced by Bryce Brentz. The team announced he had X-rays which came back negative and he will be re-evaluated Saturday.

The Red Sox currently have left fielders Chris Young and Blake Swihart on the disabled list and they don’t have any viable options in Triple-A.

Below is video of the play.

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Red Sox notes: Recent acquisitions of Aaron Hill, Michael Martinez give team versatility, flexibility at 5:04 pm ET
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New Red Sox INF Aaron Hill will likely get most of his starts at third base. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

New Red Sox INF Aaron Hill will likely get most of his starts at third base. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox have been active each of the last two days by making two trades.

On Thursday, they traded for infielder Aaron Hill and on Friday they traded for infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez. Hill is starting at third base Friday night and Martinez is expected to get to Boston Saturday and it isn’t clear when he will join the team.

Hill was slashing .283/.359/.421 with eight homers in 78 games with the Brewers.

“We felt to balance out our roster, give us maybe to better equip and matchup against left-handers, we felt like we needed a right-handed bat on the infield,” manager John Farrell said. “Aaron Hill is a veteran guy that’s done it for a number of years. There’s some familiarity back to Toronto days, but fortunate to be able to add a veteran like Aaron to this lineup.”

Farrell said it “could be” a platoon at third base with Hill and Travis Shaw, but Farrell said it wouldn’t be a strict platoon.

“Could be, but it could also be against a right-hander where if Hanley needs a day, Travis can slide across to first base,” Farrell said. “There’s a lot of second base in the past and a few handful of games for Aaron as well this year at second base. That versatility allows us to give a breather when needed and to keep some guys fresh. We’ve got a lot of games ahead of us. Some travel that is maybe going to require some rotation in there. Aaron is a very good fit for what’s upcoming.”

As for Shaw and his injured foot, he’s feeling much better than he did on Thursday after fouling a pitch off his left foot Wednesday night. X-rays were negative and he’s available to pinch-hit Friday night. It’s expected he will be back in the lineup this weekend, but that might not be until Sunday as they face a lefty on Saturday.

Martinez slashed .283/.306/.383 in 63 at-bats with Cleveland this season and is a career .282 hitter over nine seasons in Triple-A. Martinez is very versatile as he can play second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. He was designated for assignment last weekend and the Red Sox jumped at the chance to add him to their bench.

“As we looked at ways to improve the roster, improve the bench, versatility is one thing we wanted to maintain,” Farrell said. “Michael obviously gives you that with the ability to play three infield positions. He’s played all three outfield positions. He’s a guy that can run, switch-hit. Hits better from the left side of the plate. Having a solid year prior to the roster move over in Cleveland. Again, to preserve the flexibility is where he wanted to add to this club as well.”

Once he joins the team, it would be expected Marco Hernandez would go back down to Triple-A where he could play every day and Martinez would become the team’s utility player with Brock Holt playing almost every day in left field.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell on D&H: New pitching coach Brian Bannister’s ‘information has been provided all year long’ to Red Sox 07.06.16 at 3:46 pm ET
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John Farrell

John Farrell

Red Sox manage John Farrell made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley with Thornton show on Wednesday to discuss Craig Kimbrel’s collapse on Tuesday and the addition of a new pitching coach. To hear the interview, visit the D&H audio on demand page.

Kimbrel, who was named an American League All-Star on Tuesday, failed to record an out in an appearance for the first time in his career. He let up four runs in the ninth inning, ultimately leading to a 7-2 Red Sox loss against the Rangers. Kimbrel has not always been at his best in non-save situations, but Farrell claimed that the closer would still be needed at times in situations like the one on Tuesday.

“There’s going to be times where we need him to pitch in non-save situations, much like in the ninth inning with the game tied,” Farrell said. “If you start to prove the criteria around he’s only going to get a save opportunity, that’s in the ninth inning with a three-run lead or less, who’s going to predict that? So there are days in which one, he’s going to need work. That was a game that was still very much in the balance and on the line. We’re looking at a zero, hopefully, in that spot, with the middle of the order coming, that we feel like with the left-handers against [Rangers relieve Sam Dyson] is a good matchup in our situation. Unfortunately, over the course of a very short period of time, 12 pitches, that game gets out of hand. I don’t think that final score is anywhere reflective of what took place in those first eight innings.”

In other Red Sox news, the team announced that pitching guru Brian Bannister now has a role on the pitching staff. The team’s struggles on the mound have been obvious, and Farrell says that Bannister’s knowledge of PITCHf/x, a system that helps evaluate the speed and trajectory of pitches, will help the Red Sox pitchers better understand what works for them and what doesn’t.

“Many of our pitchers have asked for kind of an overview from very specific data,” Farrell said. “The PITCHf/x has become such an integral part of pitcher evaluations, of performance evaluations, try to get a better read on what makes a pitcher most effective. That comes from pitch sequence, that comes from pitch type, how often do you use that certain type of pitch. That is what Brian’s niche is. … The example is this: If a pitcher thinks that his two-seam fastball is his best pitch, and yet there is very clear data that shows the life and movement of that being less than what it was at one point, we can now more readily and more clearly draw that picture for the pitcher. So when his back is against the wall, what pitch is he going to now vs. what his point of reference has been.”

Added Farrell: “His information has been provided all year long, now it’s a matter of having a direct connection to the pitchers that have previously requested this. To provide that, it’s a different viewpoint, it’s not a opinion of someone, this is factual, data-driven report or feedback given directly to the pitcher.”

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