|Closing Time: David Price, Red Sox end trip on losing note with loss to Dodgers||08.07.16 at 11:16 pm ET|
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.
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.
|Closing Time: Steven Wright dominates, Mookie Betts leads offensive explosion, Red Sox cruise past Dodgers||08.06.16 at 1:08 am ET|
Steven Wright turned back the clock to May on Friday night, and the Red Sox followed his lead.
The knuckleballer dominated the Dodgers in the fashion that earned him a spot on the American League All-Star team. The offense exploded. Put the two together and the Red Sox claimed their first easy victory in more than two weeks with a 9-0 whitewashing of the Dodgers.
Wright was masterful, allowing three hits to record his first shutout. Had Justin Turner not touched him for a clean double in the second, Wright would’ve taken a no-hitter into the eighth.
Regardless, Wright gave the Red Sox exactly they needed. He had entered the game in a slump, with a 6.23 ERA in six starts since July 1. He went 4-0 in that span and the Red Sox won five times, so it didn’t hurt the team in the standings, but it didn’t fill anyone with confidence, either.
However, facing a National League offense unfamiliar with his signature pitch, Wright cruised, at one point retiring 15 straight before Yasmani Grandal singled leading off the eighth.
Wright unfurled a big smile after Josh Reddick popped to Xander Bogaerts in short left field to end it.
Offensively, the star of the night was once again Mookie Betts. The All-Star right fielder went 3-for-5 with his 23rd homer. He boosted his average to .309 and his RBI total to 73, maintaining his 30-100 pace and strengthening his case for MVP consideration, should the Red Sox remain in contention.
The homer-happy Sox also got long balls from Sandy Leon (4th) and Travis Shaw (14th) in winning their second straight and fourth in six games.
They needed it, too, because all three of their primary playoff rivals — Baltimore, Toronto, and Detroit — prevailed in earlier action.
With his fourth complete game, Wright tied Chicago ace Chris Sale and Giants All-Star Johnny Cueto for the most in baseball.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Wright was on point from the very start, mixing his knuckleball and his fastball and keeping the Dodgers off balance. He struck out nine and walked only one over the course of 119 pitches.
— Betts remains on fire. Fresh off his Player of the Month Award for July, he stayed hot in August, boosting his OPS within a whisker of .900. He remains on pace to become the first player in history to record 30 homers and 100 RBIs out of the leadoff spot.
— Second baseman Aaron Hill had a productive night, going 1-for-1 with two runs and three walks.
— Sandy Leon unloaded on a Scott Kazmir offering in the third, ripping his fourth home run of the year and his third batting right-handed.
— Playing in the park where he grew up watching baseball when his father, Jeff Shaw, played for the Dodgers, Travis Shaw made his presence felt with the homer that started a five-run eighth.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Only one thing went wrong, but it was big. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia fouled a ball off his shin/ankle in the third and left the game one inning later with a contusion.
|Rich Hill, Josh Reddick traded by A’s to Dodgers, taking potential Red Sox targets off market||08.01.16 at 2:48 pm ET|
Cross two more names off the list of potential Red Sox targets: left-hander Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick.
The two former Red Sox were traded by the A’s to the Dodgers on Monday in advance of baseball’s trade deadline for a trio of minor league right-handed pitchers.
At one point, Hill was considered a prize of the deadline. He’s 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings. However, the 36-year-old left his his last start on July 17 with blister problems one batter into the game and hasn’t pitched since. His last start of more than one batter came on July 7.
The A’s placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20. He has also spent time on the DL this season with a sore groin.
Reddick is a former Gold Glove right fielder who was hitting .322 with an .860 OPS on May 19 when a fractured left thumb landed him on the disabled list for more than a month.
While the left-handed hitter was a less likely target of the Red Sox, he still could’ve filled a need in Boston.
The Red Sox have reportedly made inquiries on 39-year-old Yankees switch hitter Carlos Beltran. They could also turn left field over to top prospect Andrew Benintendi.
|Carl Crawford on Pablo Sandoval benching: ‘We bleed just like you’||04.01.16 at 2:01 pm ET|
If there’s anyone who knows what Pablo Sandoval is feeling right now, it’s Carl Crawford.
The former Red Sox outfielder endured torrents of criticism during his time in Boston for failing to live up to a $142 million contract. After leaving Boston during the 2012 purge to the Dodgers, he did not try to hide his feelings of hurt over how he was treated.
With Sandoval benched, Crawford was asked by Yahoo’s Tim Brown for his thoughts on another player losing the support of Boston fans.
“It’s extremely hard,” Crawford said. “Once you have failure, for some reason people like to see it. When you get that type of money, the expectations become so unrealistic. You don’t live up to the expectations, you’re doomed.
Crawford would know. He struggled in Boston before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has since performed somewhat better in Los Angeles, batting .300 in 2014, albeit in a limited role, thanks to injuries.
He knows what Sandoval is feeling.
“It definitely eats at you,” Crawford said. “But, as men, we can’t whine about stuff like that. We have to be professional. We can’t show somebody it bothers us. But, hey, you know, we bleed just like you.”
|Reports: Dodgers acquire Aroldis Chapman||12.07.15 at 10:49 am ET|
Both FoxSports.com and CBSSports.com both report that Los Angeles has struck a deal to acquire reliever Aroldis Chapman from the Reds. It isn’t yet known what players will be going to Cincinnati in the deal
The Red Sox had shown interest in the 27-year-old Chapman, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2016 season, prior to acquiring Craig Kimbrel.
Chapman joins Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the LA bullpen, offering one of the best end-of-game scenarios in the big leagues.
Chapman, the hardest thrower in Major League Baseball, is coming off a 2015 season in which he struck out 116 in 66 1/3 innings. He finished with a 1.63 ERA while converting 33 saves.
|Peter Gammons on D&C: Dodgers no longer in on Jon Lester||07.31.14 at 9:27 am ET|
Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss Jon Lester‘s potential departure and other trade rumors surrounding the Red Sox. To listen to the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Multiple teams have been linked to Lester over the past week, with Jon Morosi stating on Fox Sports 1 Tuesday night that the Dodgers, Pirates and Cardinals were finalists in the bidding for Lester’s services.
However, Gammons said that the Dodgers are unwilling to part with some of their top-tier prospects and thus are out of the running to acquire Lester.
“Scratch the Dodgers off that list. They’re not in on it,” Gammons said, adding: “I know this, the Dodgers have the three guys. They have a left-handed pitcher who I think is the best prospect in baseball, Julio Urias, and Joc Pederson and Corey Seager. They’re not trading any of them. The Phillies wanted three, the Rays wanted two and the Red Sox wanted one and they wouldn’t trade any of them.”
While it’s unlikely that the Red Sox will acquire a top prospect such as Urias or Pederson for Lester, Gammons said that Boston could still get a good return for its ace.
“I think more likely it’s one ‘A’ prospect, like a Steven Piscotty, right fielder of the Cardinals, or Josh Bell of the Pirates, and one really good young prospect,” Gammons said. “I don’t think it would be much more than that.”
Added Gammons: “I don’t think you’re going to see the Cardinals trade any of their one or two top guys, but Piscotty is a right fielder and he’s got a lot of power, and right-handed power is rare.”
|Source: ‘Nothing going on’ regarding Red Sox, Matt Kemp||06.23.14 at 12:14 am ET|
There had been reports that the Sox were heavily scouting Los Angeles, with Kemp as a potential target. But while the Red Sox continue to explore multiple avenues in regard to upgrading their outfield’s offensive production, according to the source there is no momentum regarding any deal involving the Dodgers outfielder.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told The Boston Globe that Kemp is not on the market.
Moving Kemp would, however, seem to make sense for the Dodgers, who are juggling the playing time of Yasiel Puig, Scott Van Slyke, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. The right-handed-hitting Kemp will have five years and $107 million on his current deal after the 2014 season.
The 29-year-old is hitting .278 with seven home runs and a .793 OPS. He has been hot as of late, hitting .410 with a 1.106 OPS in his last 10 games.
|Ryan Dempster, Allen Webster on the trade that wasn’t||02.27.13 at 12:18 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The proximity is fascinating. On one end of the row of pitchers in the Red Sox clubhouse in Fort Myers sits Allen Webster, the quiet, rocket-armed prospect who has been opening eyes in the early stages of spring. Near the other end of that same row is Ryan Dempster, the veteran with a long and consistent big league track record.
The idea of the two of them in the same clubhouse is particularly intriguing given that could have been traded for one another last summer. Last July, as the trade deadline neared, the Dodgers — in search of an upgrade to their rotation — were interested in adding Dempster. Given the right-hander’s pending free agency, the Cubs were open to dealing him, but they needed a meaningful prospect in return. In talks with the Dodgers, Chicago wanted Webster.
Los Angeles never agreed to part with Webster, and so the deal didn’t happen. The implications were considerable.
The Cubs ended up sending Dempster to the Rangers at the deadline in a deal that netted Chicago third baseman Carlos Villanueva and right-hander Kyle Hendricks. The Dodgers’ inability to acquire Dempster meant that they were open to taking on the salary of Josh Beckett in late-August, in the blockbuster deal that shipped Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto from the Red Sox. And in return for those big leaguers, the Sox received a package of five prospects built around Rubby De La Rosa and … Webster. Read the rest of this entry »
|All in the family? Rubby De La Rosa looks to make Pedro, Ramon Martinez proud||01.11.13 at 3:18 pm ET|
Rubby De La Rosa, the right-hander with a huge arm whom the Red Sox acquired the Dodgers in last summer’s blockbuster, encountered former Dodgers 20-game winner Ramon Martinez — an instructor for Los Angeles — early in his career. And while it is typically the young pitchers who recognize their instructors, in this case, the tables were turned.
“We were talking and he said, I know you,” recalled De La Rosa on Friday, at the Red Sox Rookie Development Program.
De La Rosa’s ties to Ramon and Pedro Martinez, it turns out, go back nearly a lifetime. His grandmother served as the nanny for the famous Martinez brothers in the Dominican.
“I grew up with these people,” said De La Rosa.
While the 23-year-old Red Sox pitcher knows Ramon better than his more decorated brother — Ramon Martinez, in fact, called recently to offer De La Rosa his house during spring training — it was Pedro Martinez who taught De La Rosa his changeup in 2008, and it was the former Red Sox great who captivated the young pitcher’s imagination when he was growing up in the Dominican.
“I don’t watch a lot of baseball. But all the time Pedro pitched, I watched all the time,” he said. “I had to watch what he did. I want to be like him every time. When I grew up, I watch him all the time — video games and everything.’
And now, De La Rosa — who showed tremendous promise in the big leagues in 2011 before requiring Tommy John surgery that cost him most of last year — finds himself in the organization where Pedro Martinez spent his greatest years and where Ramon Martinez spent two seasons towards the end of his career. Thanks to the blockbuster deal that shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, De La Rosa relocated from the team with whom both Martinez brothers entered pro ball to the team with whom they pitched together at the end of their careers. Read the rest of this entry »
|After losing to Rockies, Josh Beckett takes on LA Times columnist T.J. Simers||08.28.12 at 1:20 am ET|
DENVER — Following his Dodgers debut — in which he allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings — Josh Beckett met with the media in the visitors’ clubhouse. The former Red Sox pitcher noted that he regretted missing on a few key pitches, and that he was “the second-best pitcher out there,” praising Colorado starter Jeff Francis.
Beckett reiterated that he enjoyed his new teammates, and lamented the fact Colorado leadoff hitter Tyler Colvin took the righty’s second pitch in a Dodgers uniform over the left field wall.
But the real entertainment came with the back-and-forth with Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers. The following is the portion of the six-minute question and answer in which Simers executes his trademark pointed line of questioning (to listen to the entire interview, click here).
Did you ever think the ball would ever come down that first batter you faced?
“I figured it would eventually. Yeah, I figured it would.”
What did you think at that moment, Dodgers debut, second pitch and ‘¦
“I thought I made a pretty [expletive] pitch. That’s what I was thinking.”
That’s your choice of words?
Were you nervous?
“No more than normal. I’m always nervous on start day.”
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