|Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt sits again (knee), Alejandro De Aza bats second||07.28.15 at 3:34 pm ET|
Though manager John Farrell said Brock Holt would likely be back in the lineup Tuesday after hyperextending his knee on Sunday, the utility man will get another day off when the Red Sox play Game 2 of their series with the White Sox.
Alejandro De Aza, who entered Monday night’s game as a pinch hitter, will occupy the two-spot in the lineup to face Chicago righty Jeff Samardzija. The right fielder is 5-for-25 over his last 10 games and hasn’t recorded an extra-base hit since July 2.
Blake Swihart will be behind the plate to catch Wade Miley.
For an extensive look at Tuesday’s matchups, click here.
Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:
|Red Sox pregame notes: Brock Holt (hyperextended knee) expected back in lineup Tuesday||07.27.15 at 6:25 pm ET|
Holt’s injury isn’t serious and the utilityman will likely return to the lineup Tuesday, according to manager John Farrell.
“He’s improved today, yet at the recommendation of the medical staff, another day was needed,” Farrell said. “Everything is hopefully pointing to him returning to the lineup tomorrow, but felt like another day would do him well. In an emergency, we’d probably use him but we’d prefer to give him a day of rest if we could.”
After struggling mightily for much of the season, Mike Napoli has begun to heat up since the All-Star break. Farrell has been impressed with his first baseman’s improvement.
“What’s been most encouraging is that pitches in the strike zone he’s squaring up that he’s not missing,” Farrell said. “He’s still taking his walks but I think he’s more confident, he shows more confidence at the plate. There’s at-bats where he’s offering at the first pitch and putting good swings on some pitches that’s, I think, putting some doubt in a pitcher’s mind.”
David Ortiz had one of the best night’s of his career on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two homers and a career-high seven RBIs. Farrell liked what he saw, especially Ortiz’s second home run, which was launched into the Monster seats.
“The most encouraging swing last night, to me, obviously, is the home run he hits to left-center field,” Farrell said. “That allows him to lock in on left-handers as well. … Home runs come by virtue of a good swing, not by virtue of trying to hit home runs. I think those were two situations last night that reflect that.” Read the rest of this entry »
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:
|Closing Time: David Ortiz (career-high 7 RBIs), Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox over Tigers||07.26.15 at 11:23 pm ET|
After scoring just three runs in the first two games of the series and averaging 1.77 runs a game since the All-Star break, it was a matter of time before the Red Sox offense exploded.
Led by David Ortiz‘s two home runs and career-high seven RBIs, the Red Sox beat the Tigers 11-1 Sunday night at Fenway Park. As a team, the Red Sox finished with a season-high 20 hits with every member of the starting lineup recording one.
With the game tied at one in fifth, Ortiz crushed a Shane Greene offering over the Tigers bullpen for a three-run homer, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead at the time. Ortiz added another homer in the seventh, this one over the Green Monster for another three-run homer. It was his first multi-home run game of the season and 48th of his career.
Ortiz finished the game 4-for-5 with seven RBIs. The seven RBIs were a career-high and he became the first Red Sox player to have seven RBIs in a game since Will Middlebrooks last September.
“Big night for David, big night for us offensively overall,” manager John Farrell said. “But, David was all over the baseball. Two beautiful swings on those two, three-run homers. Maybe it’s somewhat fitting for Boston baseball today with Pedro’s induction and then David with the seven RBIs as he climbs up higher on that list. Good to see him swing the bat like he did.
“Once again, Bogey all over the baseball. Just a good night offensively.”
The Red Sox scored a total of four times in the fifth, three in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Mike Napoli had RBI hits in both the fifth and sixth. The first baseman has reached base in nine straight games and over his last seven games he’s batting .429.
The impressive offensive showing took some of the spotlight off Eduardo Rodriguez, who bounced back nicely after a tough outing last Monday against the Angels where he allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings.
|Brock Holt day-to-day with hyperextended knee||at 10:04 pm ET|
Rounding first base hasn’t been too kind to Red Sox second basemen this season.
After Dustin Pedroia injured his hamstring rounding first base in a game last month, Brock Holt appeared to injure his left knee rounding first base during Sunday’s game. He left the game after the fifth inning with left knee tightness.
The Red Sox‘ lone All-Star appeared to injure the knee in the first inning when he awkwardly rounded first base after a single. Manager John Farrell and the trainer came out for a visit, but he stayed in the game. Holt left after the game after he singled again in the fifth and came around to score on David Ortiz‘ three-run home run.
“He hyperextended his knee and it gained some tightness throughout the game,” Farrell said. “We got him off his feet. We’ll check him tomorrow. Day-to-day. We don’t feel like this will be a time missed situation.”
Holt entered the game batting .280 on the season. New utility man Jemile Weeks took his place at second base.
|Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts’ walkoff single snaps Red Sox’ 8-game losing streak||07.24.15 at 10:51 pm ET|
Mookie Betts led the inning off with a walk, Brock Holt bunted him over to second and he scored on Xander Bogaerts’ single up the middle on a close play at the plate, which needed a long review to confirm Betts was indeed safe.
It was the Red Sox‘ third walkoff win of the year.
“The replay even took extra innings, seemingly,” manager John Farrell said. “We put together a very good game from the mound. The fact coming off a road trip that was a bad road trip, to come back home, walkoff a win. Bogey again, right man in the right spot. A big relief for guys who continue to grind away.”
The rally was keyed by a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play to end the top of the 11th when Justin Masterson struck out Victor Martinez and Ryan Hanigan threw out Ian Kinsler trying to steal third.
The Tigers threatened in the eighth against reliever Junichi Tazawa as Kinsler tripled and was the go-ahead run at third, but after a long battle, Tazawa struck Yoenis Cespedes out swinging to end the threat.
“That might be the at-bat of the game,” Farrell said. “[Cespedes] is such a good RBI guy and trying to elevate some fastballs. I think it was an eight or nine pitch at-bat, which they were tied up in. Stayed up with some velocity, couple of foul balls, finally got a swing and miss. Taz has been in so many games with his back against the wall and continues to do a great job for us.”
The Red Sox had their chance to win it in the ninth inning as they had the winning run on second and Mike Napoli smoked one right back up the middle, but it went right into Al Alburquerque’s glove to end the inning.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello had his best start in quite some time, as the right-hander went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out six. He didn’t walk a batter and it was his longest start since going eight innings on June 3 against the Twins.
His six strikeouts were the most since May 16 against the Mariners and his 105 pitches were the most since his second start of the season. The one earned run was the fewest he’s allowed since he shutout the Rays over seven innings back on May 5.
“A lot of strikes by both starters and I thought tonight from the fourth inning on, Rick’s fastball was one of the best he’s had on the entire year,” Farrell said. “He was really good with his extension. I think it showed up with some swing and miss to his changeup. He was down in the strike zone, got a key double play in the fourth inning. He was very good. Even the couple of opportunities where they had runners in scoring position he was able to get a key strikeout. He and [Hanigan] was again went out and matched up and executed well.”
Detroit scored its only run against Porcello in the third inning when Kinsler singled home former Red Sox Jose Iglesias, who had doubled to leadoff in the inning.
The Red Sox responded in the bottom of the third inning when Brock Holt came through with a two-out RBI single up the middle, plating Shane Victorino who had singled earlier in the frame.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run over eight innings and was as impressive as Porcello, if not more.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
|Cuban Missile Aroldis Chapman blows away Brock Holt, AL stars in remarkable show||07.15.15 at 1:35 am ET|
CINCINNATI — The Cuban Missile was deadly Tuesday night.
In the ninth inning of the American League‘s 6-3 win over the National League at Great American Ball Park, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman showed why he is one of the most feared pitchers in baseball, firing 14 pitches, averaging just over 101 mph.
Of the 14 pitches he threw, only two were below the century mark. He struck out the side in the ninth, starting out with Brock Holt, followed by Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas and capped off by a flame-throwing performance against New York Yankee Mark Teixeira.
“I feel really happy. I can’t describe it but I feel like I had so much fun,” Chapman said through an interpreter. “I want to do this. I’m happy I threw the ninth. I had a chance to show the fans and everybody else what they’re used to seeing every night, pitching the way I do.”
The opposing batters may not have felt the same way, at least not Holt, who was making his first career All-Star appearance in the batter’s box.
“As soon as I made the team, I kind of figured I would face Chapman,” Holt said. “I was trying to get mentally prepared for that about a week ago. It still didn’t help me out. I knew I would probably get an at-bat late and he would be throwing late. He’s not fun to face. You want to face the best and he’s one of them. It was fun.”
|Brock Holt: ‘It was an honor to play in this game’||at 1:08 am ET|
CINCINNATI — Who knew Brock Holt would play such a significant role in the All-Star Game?
No, he didn’t win MVP of the contest, won 6-3 by the American League over the National League at Great American Ball Park. But he did come in and replace the MVP, Mike Trout, who became the first-ever back-to-back winner of the Ted Williams MVP trophy.
Holt came on in the seventh as a pinch-runner for Trout, who walked to begin the inning. He stole second base and scored on a Manny Machado double. He caught two fly balls in the ninth, including the one off the bat of Joe Panik to end the game.
“I’m glad someone hit me a ball,” said Holt, who didn’t see any action in left field in the eighth. “I got two there in the last inning. To catch the last out of the game for the win was pretty cool.”
Holt made his biggest impact on the bases, taking advantage of the wildness of reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who bounced several balls in the dirt during his encounter with Manny Machado.
“I wasn’t planning on stealing the base,” Holt said. “I knew he was probably going to go breaking balls in the dirt. I missed one dirt-ball read before so I wanted to be ready for the next one. Yady picked it and luckily I was able to get in there. Not a delayed steal, just looking for a ball down in the dirt and saw it angle down and read it from there.
|Brock Holt steals base, scores run as AL wins All-Star Game||07.14.15 at 11:34 pm ET|
CINCINNATI — Brock Holt didn’t get into the game until the seventh inning, but when he did he made it count.
Prince Fielder later added a sacrifice fly in the inning for the fifth American League run, and the visitors would add another later on to beat the National League, 6-3. As a result, the AL will have home-field advantage in the World Series.
“It was great,” Holt said. “Anytime you come to games like this you want to get in — at least get an at-bat or something. Play a few innings in the field, run the bases a little bit. It was a lot of fun out there.”
“Not a delayed steal, just looking for a ball down in the dirt and saw the angle down and read it from there,” Holt added on his stolen base.
Holt stayed in the game and played left field for the final three innings. He caught two fly balls in the ninth inning, including the final out and had one appearance at the plate, striking out swinging against Reds hard-throwing lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman to leadoff the ninth. Chapman touched 100 mph or more on four of the five pitches Holt saw, including 101 on the final swing and miss.
“As soon as I made the team I kind of figured I would face Chapman,” Holt said. “I was trying to get mentally prepared for that a week ago, but still didn’t help me out. I knew I would probably get an at-bat late and he would probably be throwing late. It was one of those things, he’s not fun to face, but you want to face the best and he’s one of them. It was fun.”
CINCINNATI — For Red Sox All-Star representative Brock Holt, this past week has been the most attention he’s ever received playing baseball.
Holt, a naturally humble, laid-back guy, is soaking it all in and enjoying every second.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Holt said. “Great experience, just like everyone else told me. There’s a lot of stuff going on, but a good experience for everyone. I know my wife has had a good time and my family and her family — we all got to spend some good time with each other and we’ve all enjoyed each other. It’s been fun.”
Holt said American League manager Ned Yost said Monday to take fly balls in left field, so he is “using context clues” to guess that is where he will play.
The Red Sox utility man said he got nine tickets for his wife, his mom, dad and sister and then his wife’s mom, dad and two brothers, as well as his agent. He also said his high school coach and his wife as well as their son are coming, along with his class-A host family.
The 27-year-old is also making sure he gets plenty of things to take home, adding he’s collected a lot of “cool” stuff, including two jerseys (one American League All-Star and one Red Sox) signed by the entire team.
He’s been able to soak in the whole experience, seeing players he grew up watching.
“Obviously Ken Griffey Jr. threw out the first pitch last night,” Holt said. “He was one of my favorite players growing up. I didn’t get a chance to meet him, but I met him before in Tampa, he was there once before. Obviously, him and my wife sent me a text and said if I see Pete Rose I need to get her an autograph of him. I guess I will try and find him, see where he’s at.”
Growing up he always watched the Home Run Derby more than the actual game, so Monday night being on the field was a huge thrill.
“It was a lot of fun,” Holt said. “A different perspective, I’ve always just watched it on TV. It was pretty cool being down there and seeing how far some of those balls got hit.”
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