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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Brock Holt homers in PawSox loss 05.22.17 at 11:01 am ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (16-23): L, 2-1 at Buffalo

— Playing in left field, Brock Holt blasted a solo shot in the fourth inning, which was his second since beginning a rehab assignment with Pawtucket for vertigo on April 21. He went 1-for-4 in the game.

— Henry Owens (3-3) took the loss on the mound as he tossed six innings and allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits, while striking out seven and walking three. His ERA is now 3.19 this season.

— Blaine Boyer pitched two innings out of the bullpen and allowed two hits and struck out two.

At the plate, center fielder Rusney Castillo, right fielder Steve Selsky and shortstop Ryan Court all hit safely in the loss.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (20-18): W, 1-0 at Trenton

Teddy Stankiewicz (2-1) allowed just five hits in seven innings to earn a shutout win. It was the seventh shutout from Portland’s pitching staff this season. Stankiewicz struck out three and walked two.

— Yankory Pimentel pitched the final two innings to earn the save. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out two.

First baseman Nick Longhi had the lone RBI for the Sea Dogs, while center fielder Tzu-Wei Lin, shortstop Deiner Lopez, and catcher Jake Depew each added hits.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (27-16): L, 5-1 vs. Myrtle Beach

Starter Shaun Anderson pitched six shutout innings, walking just one batter, striking out four and allowing just two hits.

Out of the bullpen, reliever Austin Glorius struggled as he allowed five earned runs in just one inning of work, while Mitchell Osnowitz pitched the final two innings.

At the plate, shortstop Chad De La Guerra homered in the fourth inning off of Myrtle Beach’s Adbert Alzolay for Salem’s only run.

Left fielder Mike Myers had the only other hit in the game.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (27-14): Postponed due to rain.

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Red Sox notes: Matt Barnes drops appeal of 4-game suspension, will be out until Sunday vs. Cubs 04.26.17 at 5:07 pm ET
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Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Matt Barnes dropped the appeal of his suspension. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After MLB suspended Matt Barnes for four games on Monday for throwing in the head area of Manny Machado, Barnes said he would appeal, but two days later the reliever has dropped the appeal and will begin serving his four-game suspension Wednesday night against the Yankees.

“People are going to think what they want,” Barnes said after the game. “All I know was I was trying to go up and in, trying to get some weak contact with [Adam] Jones on first. Unfortunately one got away from me, and like I said I would never intentionally throw at somebody’s head. That’s potentially life-changing and that’s unacceptable.”

The four-game ban will have him out until Sunday night against the Cubs.

Since Barnes was suspended, the Red Sox can not call up a reliever, so they will be down a man in the bullpen. It will be a setup man by committee leading to Craig Kimbrel until Sunday.

In other news, Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup for a third straight game following the hard slide from Manny Machado last Friday night in Baltimore. Manager John Farrell noted the wet conditions played a factor in the decision. On Tuesday, Farrell said he would have played if they had a game, but woke up more sore on Wednesday.

“Pedey is still dealing with some soreness in the left knee,” he said. “After some work he did yesterday here before the game, or the would be game, felt like there was still some lingering symptoms there. I will be honest with you, with the wet grounds tonight I wasn’t going to take any further risk for potential misfooting to put him at risk further. He’s day-to-day and hope he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— David Price will indeed face batters for the first time since spring training Saturday at Fenway Park. He had a good work session Wednesday.

“Threw the ball well,” Farrell said. “A normal bullpen that would be in between starts type of bullpen. He’s on tap to face hitters on Saturday here.”

— Brock Holt, who is on the DL with vertigo is progressing, but hasn’t been able to get on the field due to the weather.

“We haven’t been able to get on the field the last three days,” Farrell said. “The day off, the rain even today keeping us off the field for any work. We’re looking at another day or two of early work to go through all fielding drills before we get him out on a rehab assignment. The symptoms that caused the onset of the vertigo, that seems to be cleared up. The virus had some effect on that. He’s getting closer to getting out into some games.”

— Reliever Tyler Thornburg hasn’t got on the mound yet as he works his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in spring training. Farrell admitted it is taking longer than expected.

“You know, he’s throwing long toss out to 120 feet,” he said. “No change from what we talked about prior to the rain out yesterday. He’s still in the long toss phase. We’re hopeful to get him to at least 150 feet before we would introduce the mound. I think even by his own account this has taken longer than he even anticipated. He’s in that long toss phase and he will be on the mound as soon as first available.”

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt in lineup in series finale vs. Blue Jays 04.20.17 at 9:58 am ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play the rubber match of a three-game series Thursday afternoon in Toronto.

Brock Holt will get the start in left field as the Red Sox will take on Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Andrew Benintendi will be in center and Mookie Betts in right. Chris Young gets the day off.

Other than that, it is a standard lineup with Sandy Leon catching lefty Chris Sale.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Chris Sale, LHP

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Red Sox notes: David Price could pitch out of bullpen, more details on team meeting 10.08.16 at 6:21 pm ET
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David Price could be used out of the bullpen at Fenway Park. (David Richard/USA Today Sports)

David Price could be used out of the bullpen at Fenway Park. (David Richard/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox can’t hold anything back now.

The team enters Sunday trailing the Indians 0-2 in the best-of-five series and are one loss away from their season being over.

Clay Buchholz will start Game 3, but if there is a Game 4 on Monday, Eduardo Rodriguez could be replaced in the rotation by Game 1 starter Rick Porcello on three days rest.

“We’ll take it game-to-game,” manager John Farrell said. “We’ve obviously used [Drew] Pomeranz out of the bullpen. I wouldn’t limit not using David Price out of the bullpen. That’s certainly a possibility.

“So again, you go back to all hands on deck. You figure it out as you go. But there’s certainly a starting plan tomorrow, and that’s with Clay.”

Porcello threw 72 pitches Thursday, so that would help his cause with coming back on three days rest. If there was an opportunity for Price to come out of the bullpen, it helps that he only threw 65 pitches on Friday.

When deciding on a potential Game 4 starter, it’s worth noting the splits of both Porcello and Rodriguez. Porcello is 13-1 with a 2.97 ERA at Fenway Park this year, while Rodriguez was 0-4 in nine starts with a 6.02 ERA. If there were to be a Game 5 in that scenario, it would seem likely Price would get the nod on normal rest, assuming he doesn’t come out of the bullpen in any of the games at Fenway.

Even though the Red Sox are struggling offensively in the series so far — 13-for-65 (.200) with 22 strikeouts — Farrell doesn’t expect any big changes. It’s also worth noting Game 2 marked only the eighth time in 164 games they didn’t get an extra-base hit.

“Haven’t looked at there being any wholesale changes, no,” Farrell said

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— In the clubhouse, a few members of the team added more detail of the team meeting the team had prior to their workout on the field. The biggest message seemed to be to forget what happened in Cleveland.

“Just that we have to put everything past us and try to start new tomorrow, and win one game,” Mookie Betts said. “We can’t look too far ahead of ourselves.”

“It was everybody,” Betts added. “We all had a message, we all listened to the message and I think we’ll put everything into play tomorrow.”

— Three of the Red Sox’ youngest players have struggled so far in the series, as Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are a combined 2-for-20 with 10 strikeouts.

“It could be nerves,” Betts said. “It’s a lot of guys’ first times in the playoffs, but now we’re two games in. We kind of have settled in. I think we know what we need to do.”

— The Red Sox are hoping returning home will help give them a jump start that they desperately need.

The team is 26-13 in postseason games at Fenway since 1999 and 10-3 in ALDS play. During the regular season, the Red Sox led the AL in runs scored per game at home with 5.89 and also in batting average, hitting .300 at Fenway.

“It’s just good to be back in Boston,” Holt said. “We love playing here. Cleveland showed us what home field advantage can do, so we’re hoping to have that here. It was a good meeting. Just talked about the last couple of days and putting them behind us.”

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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

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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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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