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Monday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: David Price vs. Blake Snell 08.22.16 at 9:46 am ET
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The Red Sox will continue their 11-game road trip when they open a four-game series at Tampa on Monday. David Price gets the start for Boston, and will go against Rays rookie left-hander Blake Snell.

Price comes into Monday’s game 11-8 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. His 169 2/3 innings pitched are second-most in the American League, and his 171 strikeouts rank third. Price, 30, has had an underwhelming season, but he has performed well as of late, winning his last two starts. The Vanderbilt product last won in an 8-1 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday, holding Baltimore to one run on four hits in six innings. He struck out four and and walked none for the second time in his last four outings.

“That was one of the two teams in front of us [in the AL East] before we came here,” Price said. “For us to come in here and win two, that’s always good.”

Price, who pitched for the Rays for seven seasons, is 2-3 with a 5.11 ERA in six starts vs. Tampa Bay. He faced the Rays on July 10 of this year, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out ten in a 4-0 Red Sox win.

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Wednesday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: David Price vs. Dylan Bundy 08.17.16 at 8:27 am ET
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Wrapping up their two-game series against the Orioles on Wednesday, the Red Sox will send out David Price to go against 23-year-old right-hander Dylan Bundy, who was named as a late replacement for Chris Tillman (shoulder).

The inconsistent Price holds a 10-8 record to go along with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The 30-year-old leads the American League in innings pitched (163 2/3) and ranks third in the AL in strikeouts (167), but Price has struggled to rack up wins. He did record a victory in a 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday, but it was his first win since July 10. The southpaw let up three runs on 10 hits in eight innings vs. Arizona, while striking out eight and walking just one.

“I’m happy we won,” Price said. “That’s what I came here for, is to help these guys win. And that was a good win after two tough losses against the Yankees and we needed that.”

In 21 career games against the Orioles, Price is 8-5 with a 2.93 ERA. His last game vs. Baltimore came on June 14 of this season in a 3-2 Red Sox loss, when he gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings. He struck out 11 and walked none in the effort.

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Closing Time: Hanley Ramirez’s pair of homers blasts Red Sox past Diamondbacks 08.12.16 at 10:04 pm ET
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Hanley Ramirez hit two homers and David Ortiz added another in the Red Sox' win Friday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez hit two homers and David Ortiz added another in the Red Sox’ win Friday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Not a lot has gone right for the Red Sox in August. But with the Friday’s 9-4 win in the series opener against the Diamondbacks, all of those concerns and frustrations seemed to be put on hold — at least for the night.

The most telltale sign of a turnaround came from the bat of Hanley Ramirez. With the Red Sox scoring an eighth-worst in the league 35 runs as a team in August entering Friday, Ramirez electrified the offense with a pair of three-run home runs in the first two innings. The first dinger went an estimated 404 feet, with an advertisement above the Green Monster stopping in its tracks. He then followed it with a 434-foot blast into dead center.

“He comes out of the game you don’t expect the kind of aggressiveness that he took. 3-0 pitch that he gets in the middle of the plate, squares it up good and then again the next inning for a couple of three run homers,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Added Ramirez, “I’ve been working a lot in the cage, and talking a lot with [Red Sox hitting coach] Chili [Davis] and [Red Sox assistant hitting coach] Victor [Rodriguez] and he keeps telling me, ‘Pick one side of the plate,’ and you know you can’t cover the whole thing before you get two strikes on you.”

The first baseman did this all amid concerns of a sore back following a nasty collision at first base Thursday with Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.

“I think I don’t have to be 100 percent at this point in the season to go out there,” Ramirez said, noting that his back was still in a little pain.

Ramirez was not the only one flexing his muscles for the Red Sox, as David Ortiz drilled a solo home run into straightaway center in the bottom of the seventh for his 26th blast of the year.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Diamondbacks matchups: David Price vs. Patrick Corbin at 8:38 am ET
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The Red Sox will welcome the Diamondbacks to Fenway on Friday night, with Sox ace David Price opening the series against left-hander Patrick Corbin.

In 24 starts, Price is 9-8 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.278 WHIP. Price’s disappointing season continued last Sunday when he threw only five innings, allowing six runs (three earned) and five walks with three strikeouts in an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers.

“I thought he had really good stuff and cruised through the first three,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “Any time you give a team an extra out and in back-to-back innings it is going to come back to haunt, and today it did.”

The 30-year-old left-hander’s last win came on July 10 against the Rays. Price started the year going 7-2 in his first 12 starts, but since June 8 he has gone 2-6.

“I always expect to win. That’s part of it. The first 10 starts of the year I was terrible and still won a lot of games,” Price said. “Then I start throwing the ball better and things weren’t happening. I’m going to continue to work and do everything I can to get good results.”

Price faced the Diamondbacks once in 2010 as a member of the Rays. In that start, Price threw eight innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and one walk with a season-high 11 strikeouts.

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Closing Time: David Price, Red Sox end trip on losing note with loss to Dodgers 08.07.16 at 11:16 pm ET
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Red Sox starter David Price (right) can only celebrate while Dodgers Josh Reddick (11) and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate on Sunday night. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox starter David Price (right) can only watch while Dodgers Josh Reddick (11) and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate on Sunday night. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox will have to settle for a 5-6 West Coast swing after dropping an 8-5 decision to the Dodgers on Sunday night in another middling outing from David Price marked by defensive miscues and two home runs allowed by reliever Junichi Tazawa.

The Red Sox expected to be in a good spot. They started the night hoping to complete a 6-5 trip with Price on the mound. Instead, they blew a 2-0 lead in the fourth despite Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy being unable to throw a strike in his 3 2/3 innings.

“We know we’re a better team than we’ve showed lately,” Price told reporters.

Things started to unravel in the fourth. Justin Turner, overpowered by Eduardo Rodriguez a night earlier, jumped on a Price curveball and ripped it into the left field seats for a leadoff homer. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a double to center, and third baseman Brock Holt helped the frame advance from bad to ugly by mishandling a Xander Bogaerts relay with one out on a Josh Reddick grounder.

Instead of two outs with a runner on first, Price found himself with runners on the corners, and rookie Rob Segedin made him pay with the first hit of his career, a two-run double to center that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Dodgers added three more runs in the fifth, aided by another error, with Bogaerts throwing wildly to second on a grounder, allowing a run to score. Price still had a chance to limit the damage, but Segedin ripped a two-run single to right to make it 6-2.

The Red Sox attempted to rally in the sixth. Pinch hitter Aaron Hill ripped an RBI double to left and Andrew Benintendi (3-for-4, run, 2 RBIs) plated him with a two-out single to right before racing home on an aggressive send from third base coach Brian Butterfield on a Mookie Betts single.

Any chance the Red Sox had of rallying from that 6-5 deficit went up in smoke in the seventh, however, when Tazawa allowed solo homers to Gonzalez and Enrique Hernandez with one out. The Red Sox didn’t record a hit thereafter, and closer Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to nail down the save.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox now are 11-13 in games started by Price, who signed a $217 million contract in the offseason. The Tigers and Jays went 24-8 in his 32 starts last year.

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Dodgers matchups: David Price vs. Brandon McCarthy at 8:20 am ET
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In the final game of the Red-Sox Dodgers series Sunday evening at Dodger Stadium, Boston will send ace David Price to the hill, while the Dodgers counter with veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Price is 9-7 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.248 WHIP. Price cruised through seven innings in his previous start last Tuesday against the Mariners, but in the eighth inning Price was charged with four runs and the Sox went on to lose 5-4. Price allowed seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

“That’s baseball,” Price said after the disappointing loss. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. Just have to move on.”

Price’s only start against the Dodgers came in 2013 when he was a member of the Rays. In that outing, Price through seven innings, allowing one unearned run, seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Key for Andrew Benintendi will be how he handles failure 08.03.16 at 12:05 pm ET
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Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

After getting promoted from Double-A, Andrew Benintendi made his major league debut on Tuesday night. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss Benintendi’s situation as well as David Price’s struggles. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Benintendi entered Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning and went 0-for-2, striking out for the final out of the game. Red Sox fans have high hopes for the 22-year-old after he jumped Triple-A.

“Here is the thing you worry about, and I’m not talking about [Benintendi] as a person, I don’t know him well to know this. The thing you worry about, I saw this happen to Gregg Jefferies, you get to a point where somebody, somewhere has a bad year and fails, and how do they handle it,” Schilling said. “This guy has hit everywhere he has ever been. He has been the best player everywhere he has ever been. That is not the case anymore. He is not the best player in the league. How does he handle going 0-for-12, ’cause he hasn’t probably ever done that.

“Kevin Youkilis was the same way in a sense that the season wasn’t 600 at-bats for those guys, it was like 1,800 at-bats because every out they made took a toll. I think it is one thing that makes a player really good, but also baseball is very very hard to not be able to take a loss, I guess is the way to put it, when you make an out. Think about this guy, this guy has probably never in his life been 0-for-15 in a stretch ever, so what is going to happen when he is? ‘Cause it’s going to happen here. Not to say he is not going to be a great player. I hate to see guys experience failure or loss or whatever it is they are experiencing, at this level, for the first time.”

Added Schilling: “Now that I am on this side of the fence and I watch and listen to people comment about players in certain ways, and I said this to you guys a bunch of times: You always count on [the team] knowing more about the players than we do. I think that is the case in most situations, not all. I think that they felt like, ‘Hey, listen, if he comes up here and goes 0 for the week he will be fine going back to Triple-A.’ The jump from A-ball to Double-A, the only bigger jump, I think, in sports is getting to the big leagues. Once you get to Double-A the game becomes big-league like. Everyone throws hard. You start to see breaking balls you never saw before. It’s the level, I think, where they do the first in- depth legitimate evaluation of: Can this guy play? And a lot of guys don’t even get to that level.

“He is clearly somebody I think they believe, ‘Hey, you know what? He can punch out three times in a game.’ I would bet you he has never had a hat trick. What is going to happen when he does? Is he going to fall into a rut and the next day be miserable and go out and go 0-for-4 and make an error, or is he going to go come out the next day and say, ‘Let’s go,’ and be a [Dustin] Pedroia and get after it.”

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Closing Time: Fernando Abad allows crushing homer in Red Sox debut, erasing solid start from David Price in loss to Mariners at 12:53 am ET
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After two straight dramatic victories, the Red Sox were due for an easy one.

And then the eighth inning happened.

A frame that started with David Price trying to nail down a three-hit shutout instead went up in flames when the Mariners chased Price with four straight hits and reliever Fernando Abad made his Red Sox debut one to forget by serving up a go-ahead three-run homer to Robinson Cano.

Just like that, a 4-0 Red Sox lead turned into a crushing 5-4 loss that overshadowed the big league debut of outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who grounded out as a pinch hitter in his first at-bat and then struck out on three pitches to end it.

As uplifting as the previous two victories were — they beat the Angels and Mariners on ninth-inning home runs — this one hurt just as badly, going south in the blink of an eye.

“That’s baseball,” Price told reporters. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. Just have to move on.”

Price cruised into the eighth, but Mike Zunino, who had struck out 11 times in 12 previous at-bats against him, led off with a homer and then the Red Sox couldn’t staunch the bleeding.

Until that point, it looked like they’d win easily. David Ortiz doubled in Dustin Pedroia in the first to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead, Ramirez added to it with his monster blast, and Ortiz seemed to seal it by plating an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

But Abad failed in a big way, one day after being acquired from the Twins for reliever Pat Light, hanging a 2-2 slider that Cano golfed into the right field seats for his 24th homer. Cano had been 1-for-11 off of Abad prior to the homer.

“It was down middle,” Abad told reporters. “I think he was looking for that pitch.”

Closing Time note

With his 36th double of the season in the first inning, designated hitter David set a record for most doubles by a player 40 or older, breaking the mark held by Sam Rice since 1930.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: David Price vs. Wade LeBlanc 08.02.16 at 9:10 am ET
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The inconsistent David Price will take on Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc on Tuesday as the Red Sox continue their four-game series in Seattle.

Price sits at 9-7 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. The southpaw is third in the American League in strikeouts (151) but is second in hits allowed (150). He is 1-3 in his last seven starts. His last start was a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to the Angels on Thursday, when Price tossed eight innings of shutout ball. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked just one in the outing. Price has pitched at least eight innings in eight starts, best in the AL.

“Just kind of doing what feels good out there, what feels normal, what makes me me,” Price said. “I know what I need to do. I painted a lot more pitches. It was better.”

Price has taken on the Mariners six times in his eight-year career, totaling a 3-1 record and .225 ERA. He started against them on June 19 of this year, when he held Seattle to one run on eight hits in eight innings. He fanned seven batters and didn’t walk one.

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Thursday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: David Price vs. Jered Weaver 07.28.16 at 8:32 am ET
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The Red Sox begin a West Coast road trip on Thursday night with a four-game series against the Angels. The Sox will send ace David Price to the mound, while the Angels will call upon Jered Weaver.

Price is 9-7 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.275 WHIP after signing a seven-year, $217 million contract in the offseason. Price has allowed 143 hits this year, which is among the most allowed in the America League. In his most recent start Price lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, 11 hits and two walks with four strikeouts in an 11-9 loss to the Twins last Saturday.

“It’s been terrible,” Price said of his season. “No fun. It’s awful. … “Honestly I feel good, I feel healthy. I feel good out there on the mound. I feel confident. I’m just not making good pitches. That’s what it boils down to. You can feel bad out there and still go out there and execute pitches and get good results. It doesn’t matter how good you feel if you don’t go out there and execute.”

In 12 career starts against the Angels, Price is 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.155 WHIP. The 30-year-old southpaw last faced the Angels in August of last season as a member of the Blue Jays. In that outing, he pitched eight innings, allowing two runs, six hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in a 9-2 win.

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