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Red Sox injury updates: Shane Victorino out with ‘general soreness'; Pablo Sandoval ‘much improved’ 05.21.15 at 5:10 pm ET
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Shane Victorino was in the original lineup posted shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, but just a few minutes later a revised one was sent out with Victorino scratched and Daniel Nava inserted to make his third straight start in right field.

“[Victorino] is held out tonight with some soreness,” said manager John Farrell. “It’s more centralized around the left calf. Not anything related to the lower back or hamstring that he’s dealt with in the past. Precautionary he’s held out tonight.”

The right fielder was inserted as a pinch-hitter for Nava Wednesday and went 2-for-2. He is hitting .421 since returning from the disabled list on May 11 following a hamstring injury suffered on April 25.

“Not anything inside of last night’s game that caused anything,” said Farrell of the late scratch. “Just general soreness. Like I said, general soreness overall, but somewhat localized in the calf.”

Farrell is hopeful he will be available over the weekend.

Over the past two seasons, Victorino has missed a total of 153 games with a variety of injuries, mostly to his back and hamstring. Given the 34 year old’s injury history, Farrell said it wasn’t totally unexpected to have to scratch him without much advance notice.

“Not unexpected to a certain extent,” Farrell said. “You know you’re going to have to run him out there a few days, back off on days even if he feels he’s capable. Almost to protect him against himself. This is a little bit unforeseen, but like I said, you walk in the clubhouse everyday knowing there are 25 guys at your disposal and that is not always the case.”

The news is better for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is out of the lineup again after missing Wednesday’s game following taking a 97 mph fastball off the knee Tuesday night.

“Pablo is much improved today,” said Farrell. “There is still some soreness there. Giving him another day, particularly with a left-handed starter on the mound and we anticipate him back in the lineup tomorrow.”

Brock Holt starts at third base in Sandoval’s absence.

It’s also worth noting Rusney Castillo will return to the PawSox lineup Thursday and hit second following being out the last two days on paternity leave. It shouldn’t be long before the outfielder is in Boston.

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Closing Time: Red Sox can’t get clutch hit, Joe Kelly’s strong start spoiled in loss 05.20.15 at 10:23 pm ET
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Joe Kelly gave the Red Sox another strong performance Wednesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly gave the Red Sox another strong performance Wednesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Wednesday was Rangers starter Phil Klien’s first major league start, and just fifth professional start, as Texas has converted the reliever into a starter, but you wouldn’t know it by the way the Red Sox made him look.

The home team scored just one run off him in his 5 1/3 innings, and that would be all the runs they would score in the game, as they fell to the Rangers 2-1.

It wasn’t that they didn’t have any chances, as they had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth inning and didn’t score, runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth and didn’t score, runners on first and second for Hanley Ramirez in the seventh and didn’t score, and a runner on second with one out in the ninth and didn’t score.

Simply, the team just couldn’t get a clutch hit.

“There were a number times where we squared a ball up and someone is either running something down in the gap, or someone standing right there,” manger John Farrell said. “Mookie [Betts], five hard hit balls tonight, Hanley [Ramirez] with couple of line outs to end a couple of threats, Bogey [Xander Bogaerts] with a two-out line drive to center field — we’re getting a number of good at-bats, the ball is just not falling right now.”

As a team they were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and with their two outs with the bases loaded in the sixth, they are now 0 for their last 19 with the bases loaded as a team. Bogaerts provided the Red Sox with their only offense — a line shot that easily cleared the Monster for his second home run of the season in the fifth inning.

The lack of offense spoiled a good start from Joe Kelly. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out seven. It was the seventh straight game the Red Sox starter has gone at least six innings allowing two earned runs or less.

“After the third inning he really settled in,” Farrell said. “He used his curve ball a little bit more, elevated some fastballs for some strikeouts. And on a night where he wasn’t completely healthy in terms of some illness he was dealing with, he threw the ball exceptionally well

The Red Sox are averaging 2.39 runs per game in the month of May, and are now 19-21 after 40 games.

“It’s been a little bit up-and-down,” Farrell said of the season. “Of late we’re getting much more consistent pitching. You’d like to see, and I think we will see, an offense that is certainly going to score more runs than we have over the last eight or 10 games. I like where we are right now.”

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Napoli, for the second straight game. The first baseman reached base three times, recording two hits. He’s 4-for-8 the past two nights. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid.

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

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Red Sox lineup: Pablo Sandoval (knee) out, Daniel Nava back in right field vs. Rangers at 3:11 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

A night after getting hit in the knee with a pitch, Pablo Sandoval is out of the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Brock Holt will take over at third base in Sandoval’s absence. Daniel Nava gets his second straight start in right field, although manager John Farrell on Dale & Holley said Shane Victorino would start in the series finale Thursday night.

Blake Swihart will be back behind the plate catching Red Sox starter Joe Kelly, as the Red Sox lineup goes up against right-hander Phil Klein.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, RF
Brock Holt, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Blake Swihart, C
Joe Kelly, RHP

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Red Sox lineup: No shakeup as Daniel Nava starts in right field vs. Rangers 05.19.15 at 3:16 pm ET
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Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

After scoring seven runs in four games against the Mariners over the weekend, some thought the Red Sox‘ batting order would get a shakeup, but that is not the case.

It is a standard lineup as the Red Sox host the Rangers in the first of a three-game series.

Daniel Nava gets the start in right field against Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo. After getting a day off Sunday, and the team day off Monday, David Ortiz returns to the lineup Tuesday.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Wade Miley.

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

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Blake Swihart, C
Wade Miley, LHP

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Closing Time: Led by Wade Miley, Red Sox squeak past Athletics, 2-0 05.13.15 at 6:12 pm ET
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Wade Miley threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Red Sox' 2-0 win over the A's. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Wade Miley threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Red Sox‘ 2-0 win over the A’s. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Things didn’t look good at the start for Red Sox starter Wade Miley — walking the first two batters of the game on nine pitches.

But, the Athletics didn’t score in the inning, setting up the theme of the game for Miley — getting into trouble, but being able to get out of it.

Led by Miley, the Red Sox were able to outlast Sonny Gray and the A’s, taking the rubber game of the series, 2-0.

Miley went 6 2/3 innings without allowing a run on five hits, while walking four and striking out one. The left-hander picked up his first win since April 21, after he came into the game a loser in his last three starts. Although the A’s threatened in many innings, Miley was able to escape damage with the A’s going 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

“Three starts ago I really felt like I was getting a better feel for where I wanted to be with my mechanics and I was trying to build off that,” Miley said. “[Wednesday] was one of those days, just a grind. They were hitting some pitches, finding some holes, getting on base. The first inning I didn’€™t really help, walking the first two guys, but after – I definitely am going in the right direction.”

“I think you look at the last three, there’€™s been more consistency, there’€™s been, I thought, better stuff in the bottom of the strike zone,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Even the game in Toronto in which he came away with a loss, I thought he pitched better than the line. Today that showed up to be the case.”

Gray picked up a tough loss as he went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits, while striking out nine. The A’s ace retired last 13 batters he faced. It was his first loss of the season, as he entered the game 4-0.

The Red Sox scored their first run of the game in the second inning. Hanley Ramirez led the inning off with a single and after two strikeouts, Ramirez advanced to second on a wild pitch and was driven in on a two-out single by Daniel Nava.

The visitors were able to add an insurance run in the eighth inning when Nava scored on an error with two outs by shortstop Marcus Semien, as his throw on a ground ball in the hole air-mailed first base. It was ruled a single with Nava scoring on the error.

It was the Red Sox’ first series win since April 29 at home against the Blue Jays. Overall they are 2-6 in their last eight series’ after starting the year 3-0-1.

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Nava. His two-out RBI single in the second inning proved to be the difference. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid.

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Who wants to step up and play right field for the Red Sox? 05.04.15 at 5:31 pm ET
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The Red Sox are searching for someone to step up and claim the starting right field job.

Through the first 25 games the team has had four different players appear at the position — Shane Victorino (12 games), Daniel Nava (9), Allen Craig (5) and Brock Holt (4). Unfortunately for the team, none of the four have done much with their opportunity.

The right field position has combined to hit .128/.240/.174, which is good for the worst average and slugging percentage, as well as the second to worst on-base percentage in all of baseball.

Victorino was getting the majority of the starts, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 25 with a right hamstring strain. Even with his absence, the team still has capable players of performing.

“We feel like it was going to be matchups,” manager John Farrell said of how the team was looking to replace Victorino. “We’€™re still looking for ways to keep Allen Craig in the mix, try to get him going. The guys that we’€™re rotating through there, there’€™s some track records to each. You run with a guy for a while, let them have it, see what they’€™re going to produce. And then, at the same time, trying to keep everyone in the mix as best possible.

“That has been a position where it’€™s certainly open for someone to jump up and take it.”

Victorino will likely rehab with Portland on Friday and Saturday, with the possibility of Sunday as well. He’s eligible to return Friday, but with the team playing on the new turf in Toronto, that was never really an option. All things point to him returning in Oakland a week from Monday.

“It’€™s been a little bit more volatile in terms of who’€™s played there than we anticipated going into the start of the season or would otherwise like,” Farrell said of the right field position. “But trying to get some left-handed production, particularly against right-handed starters. That’€™s where we are.”

Victorino was hitting just .143 before going on the disabled list. Craig has just five hits in 37 at-bats this season (.135) and is striking out in almost 25 percent of his at-bats. Holt got off to a hot start to the year, but has cooled off as he’s 0 for his last 5 and 1-for-14 on the homestand.

With how powerful the Red Sox‘ offense is, having a position batting .128 isn’t going to last long, so despite the number of players vying for the position, it’s out there for the taking.

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Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart makes 2nd straight start, Daniel Nava in RF in series finale vs. Yankees 05.03.15 at 4:17 pm ET
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Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

After making his major league debut Saturday, Blake Swihart is back behind the plate again Sunday night against the Yankees. The Red Sox will be looking to avoid a three-game sweep.

Daniel Nava will start for the first time this weekend in right field against Yankees right-hander Adam Warren, who is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA.

Otherwise it’s a standard lineup for the Red Sox, who will send Joe Kelly to the mound.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

1. Mookie Betts, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Daniel Nava, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Blake Swihart, C
Joe Kelly, RHP

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Shane Victorino scratched with sore ribs, Daniel Nava starts in RF 04.18.15 at 3:24 pm ET
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Looks like Shane Victorino did pay a price for going after that fly ball in right field Friday night.

Victorino was scratched an hour before Saturday’s game with sore ribs. He was replaced in right field by Daniel Nava, batting seventh.

The Victorino situation appeared encouraging at the start of the day when the outfielder was in the starting lineup, one day after he had one of his trademark collisions with the short wall at the Pesky Corner in right. Victorino made a futile attempt to catch Caleb Joseph’s solo homer in the fifth inning Friday night.

He was shaken up and on the warning track for nearly a minute before getting back to his feet. He stayed in the game and was penciled in the lineup for Saturday before the late scratch.

(Update: Here is what Red Sox manager John Farrell said regarding Victorino after the Red Sox’ 4-1 loss to the Orioles – “When he hit the wall, he made a great effort to try to bring back a home run. The left rib area was sore here today. He was no go. We’€™ll check him in the morning on his availability.”

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the adjusted lineup for the Red Sox:

1. Brock Holt, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Daniel Nava, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Ryan Hanigan, C
Clay Buchholz, RHP

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Daniel Nava still flirting with idea of not switch-hitting 02.28.15 at 4:28 pm ET
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Daniel Nava continues to work on hitting from the left side of theplate against lefty pitchers. (Rob Bradford/WEEI.com photo)

Daniel Nava continues to work on hitting from the left side of theplate against lefty pitchers. (Rob Bradford/WEEI.com photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Thursday, the Red Sox let Daniel Nava hit left-handed against southpaw reliever Dana Eveland. Saturday, he was in a group that went against another lefty, Tommy Layne.

It’s all part of the process. Where it ends up, Nava has no idea. But he figures this is a good a time as any to at least take a few steps down the path toward hitting exclusively from the left side.

“We’re just seeing if lefty-lefty can be a viable option,” said the switch-hitting outfielder. “There’s only one way to find out, give it a shot.

“Obviously, it’s an adjustment because I’ve never done lefty-lefty and something you’ve never done before is going to be an adjustment period but I’d like to think I can do it based on my approach and not trying to pull the ball, remains to be seen.”

Nava explained in the offseason he had been considering the move for some time, with his splits slanting dramatically in the favor of his work as a lefty hitter. Last year, for example, he hit .293 as a left-handed batter, compared to .159 from the right side.

Red Sox manager John Farrell and Nava said after their team’s Saturday workout that the organization had started conversations with the outfielder about a possible alteration at the end of the 2014 season.

“€œI think it was because last year I struggled from the right side,” Nava explained. “The year before it was all right but last year was a tough year so we thought it was worth a shot.”

He does insist, however, that just because you’ll be seeing him hit left-handed against lefty pitching in spring training (a practice he hasn’t experienced since Little League), that doesn’t mean Nava has dug in on not switch-hitting.

He still has to figure out if this is exactly the best road to go down.

“Just arm angle, way ball comes out, and the way ball moves,” he said regarding the differences he’s noticing when hitting lefty-on-lefty. “Those are things once I get out there — I’ve talked to a lot of guys. I’ve talked to [former major league switch-hitter who changed to just one side of the plate] J.T. Snow as well, as you know he did it. He gave me what he did, as somebody who has walked that road. I’ll try to see what they did and hope that it works.”

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John Farrell is pretty excited about Brock Holt and Daniel Nava on his bench 02.23.15 at 5:46 pm ET
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Brock Holt

Brock Holt

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brock Holt and Daniel Nava are the ying and yang of the Red Sox bench. And manager John Farrell acknowledges how well the 2015 Red Sox come together could hinge, in part, on how these two super subs perform.

Daniel Nava hit .300 for the final four months of 2014 while Brock Holt was the only American Leaguer to start at seven different positions over the course of the 162-game season. Holt missed the final 21 games with a concussion but still managed to hit .281 with a .331 OBP and four home runs.

“We’re never restricted by late-inning moves because we’ve got the versatility with those two guys,” Farrell said Monday. “They’re talented players that you can build in some off-days for other guys and rotate them through and seemingly not skip a beat. It goes back to the depth of our roster and the talent that’s there.

“The key is with David being a full-time DH, Brock’s versatility really allows [for substitution options]. Where many teams might use the DH spot to rotate guys through and get them off their legs on a given day, Brock is that built-in player to do that with David in the DH spot. We didn’t know this going into last year but the fact he started games at seven different positions, he put himself in a unique category around the league.”

Holt became Boston’s most productive utility player — and baseball’s most versatile — as Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino all battled through injuries.

“He’s a good baseball player,” Farrell said. “He’s shown an improved arm strength as we put him over at shortstop the last couple of years, an above-average runner and clearly what we saw in the outfield were good reads and routes when playing all three positions.

“Maybe one of the better stories of the otherwise overall frustrating year was his versatility and how he improved as a player.” Read the rest of this entry »

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