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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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Brock Holt on M&F: Terry Francona accompanying John Farrell to chemo treatment ‘shows what kind of man he is’ 08.18.15 at 1:25 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

Red Sox utility player and Jimmy Fund co-captain Brock Holt checked in with Merloni & Fauria, along with Tom Caron during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon to talk about what the Jimmy Fund does and also to discuss manager John Farrell‘s recent cancer announcement. To hear the interview, go to the Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

Farrell told the team last Friday during an unexpected meeting he has stage 1 lymphoma. Holt said it shocked everyone and felt like the team was going through it with its manager.

“When he told us we all kind of sat there and jaws were dropped, like what do we do, what do we say? You’re not really ready for something like that to be told to you,” Holt said. “It was a difficult day for everyone I think, but part of our job is to go out there and play every night and fortunately we were able to do that put some runs on the board and play a good game.”

Farrell’s first day of chemotherapy is Tuesday and Indians manager and close friend Terry Francona accompanied him to Mass General Hospital for his treatment.

“That kind of shows the kind of man that Terry is,” Holt said. “I have never met him, but obviously he was the manager here for a long time and Dustin played for him and Dustin says nothing but good things about him. It just kind of shows what kind of man he is and that is a pretty cool thing that he’s doing.”

Despite the team being 14 games below .500, Holt has seen some positives, although he did admit it’s been a disappointing year for everyone.

“I think our job is to come out and play regardless of how things have gone in the past,” Holt said. “The season obviously hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to go, or anyone else for that matter. We’ve done some good things. Younger guys are starting to play. Obviously [Xander Bogaerts] has had a tremendous year for us. He plays one of the main positions on the field for us, shortstop, so that’s been big for us. Our pitching has been better of late. We’ve been banged up, man — [Clay] Buchholz, [Rick] Porcello now, but Porcello is coming back. I think we have a good group. We just have to keep going on the path we’ve been on of late.”

Personally, Holt struggled a bit following the All-Star break, which he attributed to possibly fatigue coming out of the break. He’s performed better of late, as he’s batting .276 in August. He attributed the better performance to using a lighter bat.

“I think so. I was tired there for awhile,” he said. “I wasn’t getting to some pitches I usually get to and I was confused — I wasn’t doing anything different, my swing is pretty simple. I wasn’t able to square anything up. I was fouling pitches off or just missing them — pitches I usually get to. That’s part of the learning process of playing so many games. I didn’t get the All-Star break this year, but I think I’m starting to catch a second wind and I’ve started to switch to a lighter bat too, which has probably helped. I think I was just tied for awhile. It’s a long season. It’s a grind.”

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Closing Time: Mike Napoli’s 2-run home run leads Red Sox to comeback win over Rays 07.31.15 at 10:25 pm ET
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Alejandro De Aza had two RBIs in the Red Sox' over the Rays Friday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Alejandro De Aza had two RBIs in the Red Sox‘ over the Rays Friday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Friday night’s Red Sox-Rays game was a battle for the worst record in the majors over the month of July and it certainly looked that way, as it was a sloppy game with the teams combining for five errors and both teams blowing leads late.

In the end, the Red Sox rallied to beat the Rays 7-5 and will finish the month 10-15, while the Rays will finish 9-16.

With two outs in the seventh inning, David Ortiz and Rays reliever Jake McGee battled in an 11-pitch at-bat before the lefty slugger worked a walk to set the stage for Mike Napoli, who hit a towering home run to left field that just barely cleared the wall of the Green Monster. It was his second home run in three games and gave the Sox a 6-5 lead.

“Two fantastic at-bats in the seventh inning,” manager John Farrell said. “David with an outstanding at-bat. Just misses a double, able to work out the walk against probably a premium left-handed reliever and then Nap seemingly tomahawks a pitch that has just enough to get out of here. Sea-saw game back and forth. Great to see us respond with the two-run home run by Nap.”

Blake Swihart scored on a wild pitch in the eighth for an insurance run.

Junichi Tazawa got a double-play in the eighth to end a potential Rays rally and Koji Uehara pitched the ninth to close out the win.

The Red Sox grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on Alejandro De Aza’s second RBI of the game, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it.

In the seventh inning Robbie Ross Jr. allowed a walk and hit another batter to set up runners on first and second with two outs before departing from the game. Tazawa couldn’t escape as he allowed a pinch-hit double to John Jaso, which scored two runs and gave the Rays the 5-4 lead.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez didn’t have the best command of his fastball, but made up for it with one of his better changeups of the season. The left-hander went five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out four. The issue was he walked four batters on the way to throwing a career-high 110 pitches.

“On a night where Eddie battled himself, never really got into much of a rhythm, but to his credit made some pitches with runners in scoring position to minimize the damage,” Farrell said.

The Red Sox scored three times in the first inning to take a 3-1 lead early on. De Aza singled home Xander Bogaerts and then Swihart came through with a two-run single to shallow left field.

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

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt sits again (knee), Alejandro De Aza bats second 07.28.15 at 3:34 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

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:

Mookie Betts, CF
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Blake Swihart, C
Jamie Weeks, 2B
Wade Miley, LHP

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Red Sox pregame notes: Brock Holt (hyperextended knee) expected back in lineup Tuesday 07.27.15 at 6:25 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

With Dustin Pedroia back on the disabled list and Brock Holt leaving Sunday night’s game with a hyperextended knee, the Red Sox are pressed for infield depth.

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 »

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Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt (knee) out, Shane Victorino batting 2nd vs. White Sox at 3:20 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

After leaving Sunday’s game with a hyperextended knee, Brock Holt is out of the Red Sox lineup in the series opener against the White Sox on Monday. Jemile Weeks will take his place at second base.

With the White Sox going with left-hander John Danks, Shane Victorino will get the start in right field and hit in the No. 2 spot in the order.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here. For a series preview, click here.

Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Pablo Sanodval, 3B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Joe Kelly, RHP

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