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Closing Time: Craig Breslow, Red Sox bullpen lead way in win over Orioles 09.26.15 at 7:03 pm ET
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Brock Holt just beat the throw from left field to score the Red Sox' first run in their win over the Orioles. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Brock Holt just beat the throw from left field to score the Red Sox‘ first run in their win over the Orioles. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Red Sox didn’t know what to expect Saturday when they didn’t have a starting pitcher available and needed to use their bullpen for the entire game, but what they got exceed any expectations.

Seven pitchers combined to allow five hits and no runs in a 8-0 win over the Orioles at Fenway Park. Six of the eight Red Sox runs were unearned. It was their second straight win, as they won Friday’s game in dramatic fashion.

The Red Sox earned shutout wins on back-to-back days for the first time since April 23-24, 2011.

Craig Breslow got the start and went four innings, allowing just one hit, while walking two and striking out two. He threw 55 pitches and went beyond the one time through the order interim manager Torey Lovullo wanted prior to the game.

“He stepped up at a moment’s notice, gave us four quality innings, scored a run, we started to play a little bit of downhill baseball. Just a great team effort, highlighted by [Breslow],” he said. “Timely hitting, solid defense. Not one thing stand out offensively. Just a solid team effort. One of those special moments for Bres. First career start, he gives us four scoreless.”

In starting the game, Breslow made his first start in 523 major league games, becoming the first pitcher to make his first start that late in a career in games played since Troy Percival in his 639th game in 2007. He also passed Scott Atchison as the oldest ever Red Sox pitcher at the time of his first major league start.

“It was (fun) — now that it’s done and went pretty well. It was a lot of fun,” Breslow said. “At the time, I was consumed by some other thoughts. It was a lot of fun. I don’t know how many guys make 500 some-odd career relief appearances and then get a chance to start their first big league game.”

“I was pretty nervous,” he added. “I had no idea — kind of stupid things you don’t think about like where am I supposed to play catch before I go into the bullpen, what do I do during the national anthem? Those kinds of things that I’ve never faced before. Like I said, I drew on some of the other starters and followed the crowd. Like I said, it worked out.”

Health Hembree (win, one inning), Matt Barnes (two innings), Alexi Ogando (1/3 inning), Tommy Layne (1/3 inning), Noe Ramirez (1/3 inning) and Jonathan Aro (one inning) all followed Breslow to combine for the shutout win.

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Red Sox lineup: Rusney Castillo out, Brock Holt starts in left field vs. Orioles 09.25.15 at 3:33 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

The Red Sox and Orioles will play the final series at Fenway Park of the season beginning Friday night.

Rusney Castillo will get the night off, as Brock Holt will start in left, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Mookie Betts in right against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Devan Marrero will get the start at third base, with Pablo Sandoval out for the foreseeable future.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rich Hill.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B
Deven Marrero, 3B
Brock Holt, LF
Sandy Leon, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Rich Hill, LHP

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt starts at third base with Pablo Sandoval out again 09.24.15 at 3:25 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

With Pablo Sandoval still out with an illness, Brock Holt will start at third base in the series finale against the Rays Thursday night at Fenway Park. It is the sixth time in seven games Sandoval has been out of the lineup.

Mookie Betts will play his fourth straight game in right field at Fenway Park with Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field and Rusney Castillo in left field, as the Sox go up against Erasmo Ramirez.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Wade Miley’s final Fenway start of the season.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B
Rusney Castillo, LF
Brock Holt, 3B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Wade Miley, LHP

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Red Sox lineup: Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts get night off, Jackie Bradley to play center 09.16.15 at 3:19 pm ET
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Fresh off Tuesday night’s marathon 13-inning loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox are giving a couple of regulars a day of rest.

Center fielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Xander Bogaerts will take a seat, with Jackie Bradley sliding over to center field. Rookie Deven Marrero will make the third start of his career at shortstop in place of Bogaerts.

Bogaerts has played in all but five games this season, while Betts has appeared in 128 of 144 games this year.

Here’s the rest of the lineup, in support of young left-hander Henry Owens:

Brock Holt RF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Travis Shaw 1B
Rusney Castillo LF
Blake Swihart C
Jackie Bradley CF
Deven Marrero SS

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Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia returns, Brock Holt starts in left field 09.08.15 at 3:50 pm ET
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After missing over a month of action, Dustin Pedroia is back.

The second baseman has been activated from the disabled list and will start at second base in the second game of a three-game set against the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

He hasn’t played since July 23 when he aggravated a hamstring injury he suffered in late June.

Brock Holt shifts from second base to left field, while Mookie Betts will play center field and Jackie Bradley Jr. will play right field as the Red Sox go up against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Henry Owens.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Brock Holt, LF
Blake Swihart, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
Henry Owens, LHP

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Red Sox pregame notes: Brock Holt available off bench; Matt Barnes optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket 08.23.15 at 12:18 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

Although Brock Holt will miss his fourth straight game, it appears he’s nearing a return.

Holt will miss Sunday’s game after originally being in Saturday’s lineup, but was a late scratch with left oblique tightness. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said he would be available in an emergency situation Sunday.

“Brock’s doing OK,” Lovullo said. “Still a little nicked up. His left oblique has given him problems, but he is available today if needed in an emergency situation. We’re looking to get him in the lineup tomorrow. I had a good discussion with Brock this morning where we just felt like it was best to give him one more day, give him a blow, get ahead of it and see where he’s at tomorrow.”

The utility man has played 99 games this season and this comes after he played a career-high 106 last year. Lovullo said the team is aware of the numbers of games played and him struggling in the second half of last year. He hit .219 after hitting .327 in the first half.

“It’s been on our radar that he’s had a history of wearing down, but I think overall you just have to look at the guy, productivity and what he means to the ball club,” he said. “Whether he is tired or not, he has such great value to this team that we’re going to find a spot for him in the right situation. What can he do? I don’t know if he can work any harder behind the scenes.

“He’s a very caring guy. He understands what he means to this team. He wants to stay healthy — whether he tweaks his offseason program I’m not sure, but I think in time we’re going to find a guy who can be consistent throughout the year health wise.”

— Sunday is just an off-day for Hanley Ramirez.

— Following Saturday’s game and Matt Barnes‘ second major league start, he was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. With Rick Porcello returning to the rotation this week, the team needed to open up a spot.

Barnes went 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs. Overall in his two starts, he allowed 11 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.

Reliever Jonathan Aro was recalled as the corresponding roster move.

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt still out, Hanley Ramirez sits in series finale vs. Royals at 10:34 am ET
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A night after snapping a 0-for-16 skid with a double in his final at-bat Saturday, Hanley Ramirez will get the day off as the Red Sox close out their series with the Royals. Despite the loss, the Red Sox have taken two of the first three games of the series.

Jackie Bradley Jr. will take Ramirez’s spot in left, Mookie Betts will play center and Rusney Castillo will play right.

Brock Holt is out once again. He was scratched from Saturday’s with left oblique tightness.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF
Josh Rutledge, 2B
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

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Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr. back; Brock Holt (left oblique tightness) scratched 08.22.15 at 3:26 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Red Sox will be going for a season-long fifth straight win Saturday night when they host the Royals at Fenway Park.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt are back in the lineup as the Sox go against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura. Holt slides down in the order as Pablo Sandoval will hit second for a third straight game.

[UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: Holt has been scratched from the lineup with left oblique tightness. Josh Rutledge will play second base.]

Hanley Ramirez will be in left, Mookie Betts in center and Bradley Jr. in right. Ramirez is hitting sixth, as Travis Shaw slides up to fifth.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Matt Barnes.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete updated Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Blake Swihart, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
Josh Rutledge, 2B
Matt Barnes, RHP

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Red Sox pregame notes: Clay Buchholz yet to begin throwing program, rest of year uncertain 08.21.15 at 5:12 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz hasn't pitched since July 10. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz hasn’t pitched since July 10. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz last pitched in a game July 10 and hasn’t been able to throw since.

“Clay has not [begun a throwing program],” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Right now Clay is kind of in a no-throw situation. He feels good enough to throw, but we are evaluating him daily to see where he’s at. I know he’s had an opinion where he can start to throw, but we’re not going to rush anything that he’s not ready to do.”

Lovullo was then asked if the right-hander would pitch again this season. He would not say yes or no.

“We haven’t determined that,” he said. “We’re trying to figure this out moving forward.”

In 18 starts this season, Buchholz is 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA. Over his last five starts that he was able to make, he allowed just one earned run in each of them.

Brock Holt is out of the lineup for a second straight day, but it doesn’t appear to be serious and Lovullo said he would be available off the bench, if needed.

“He’s just a little banged up,” Lovullo said. “He just needed another day. I decided to give him another day — I decided to give him another day to get caught up. I know I’ve been talking a lot the last couple days about these guys getting tired and fatigue and instead of staying with it we wanted to get a little bit ahead of it.”

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Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt out vs. Royals at 3:48 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Going for their fourth straight win, the Red Sox will be without one of their hottest hitters.

Likely keeping with the outfield rotation, Jackie Bradley Jr. will be out of the lineup, as the Red Sox go up against Johnny Cueto in the second game of a weekend set with the Royals.

The outfield will have Hanley Ramirez in left, Mookie Betts in center and Rusney Castillo in right.

Brock Holt will also be out of the lineup for the second straight game and Pablo Sandoval will once again hit second.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Henry Owens.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Travis Shaw, 1B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Blake Swihart, C
Josh Rutledge, 2B
Henry Owens, LHP

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