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Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Henry Owens vs. Masahiro Tanaka 04.29.16 at 9:24 am ET
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Henry Owens

Henry Owens

The Red Sox will send young lefty Henry Owens to the hill on Friday as they open a three-game series against the Yankees. He will be opposed by Masahiro Tanaka.

Owens will look to rebound after struggling through his first start of the season with the Red Sox on Sunday against the Astros. After his call-up from the minors, he lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. The biggest issue he ran into was issuing free passes, something that plagued him in his previous big league stint last year as well. He had four walks to go with four strikeouts and did not factor into the decision. The Red Sox would go onto win 7-5 in 12 innings.

In two career starts against the Yankees, Owens is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA and 2.100 WHIP. He has struck out seven and walked three in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Coincidentally, both times Owens faced the Yankees, Tanaka was the opposing pitcher. Owens is looking forward to the third matchup.

“It should be fun,” he said. “It’s a rematch. It’s Tanaka again, so that should be good. Hopefully, I get a little redemption.”

Tanaka is off to a solid start in 2016, as he is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through four starts. In his last outing Sunday against the Rays, he went seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk with strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision, but the Yankees wound up victorious, 3-2.

One interesting note on the 27-year-old Tanaka is that after surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last season, he has not thrown his four-seam fastball nearly as often. He feels it is still a part of his pitching arsenal moving forward, however.

“Obviously, my four-seam fastball will be used,” Tanaka said recently. “For me, I don’t look at it so differently. There’s not that much velocity difference from the four-seam and the two-seam. But I’m moving the ball with the two-seamer and getting better results, so that’s why I’m leaning toward that way.”

In seven starts against the Red Sox, Tanaka is 4-2 with a 5.13 ERA and 1.240 WHIP. He has walked nine and struck out 32 in 40 1/3 innings of work.

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Henry Owens vs. Scott Feldman 04.24.16 at 8:08 am ET
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Henry Owens

Henry Owens

Southpaw Henry Owens will take the hill for the Red Sox on Sunday night after being called up from Triple-A. He is set to square off against Astros right-hander Scott Feldman in the series finale.

The 23-year-old Owens joined the Red Sox rotation late in the 2015 season, making 11 starts from August to October. He went 4-4 over that span with a 4.57 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 63 innings of work. After a rocky spring training, he started the year in Pawtucket and has pitched well out of the gate. In three starts with the PawSox, Owens is 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He has walked 10 and struck out 23 over 18 innings. When Joe Kelly was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, Owens was the first option to replace him in Triple-A. During the early stages of spring training, many felt it would be a battle between Kelly and Owens to earn the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation.

“This is awesome. I remember in high school, it was the same thing, competing for a varsity spot,” Owens said during spring training. “The first big league camp I was at, after the won the World Series, I knew there wasn’t really a spot for me. Last year kind of the same thing. I knew there was a little competition, but it was kind of set in stone. This year I truly believe there’€™s a spot up for grabs, and everyone else knows that so we’€™ll be out there competing against each other.”

Sunday will mark Owens’ first career start against the Astros.

Feldman will be seeking his first win of the season Sunday, as he his record sits at 0-2 through three starts. In his most recent outing on April 19 against the Rangers, Feldman went five innings and allowed four runs (three earned). He walked three and struck out just one in a game the Astros would go on to lose 7-5.

“[Feldman] just couldn’t put away hitters,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said following the loss. “They had a lot of guys that put swings on the ball with two strikes and found a way to do something. … Every time we did something, they seemed to answer back.”

Feldman has appeared in 13 games against the Red Sox, including seven starts, going 1-4 with a 7.24 ERA and 1.783 WHIP. He has walked 21 and struck out 25 in 46 innings.

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Looking at potential Joe Kelly replacements for Red Sox starting rotation 04.19.16 at 11:40 pm ET
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It appears Henry Owens is the favorite to be called up to replace Joe Kelly. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

It appears Henry Owens is the favorite to be called up to replace Joe Kelly. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

After leaving Tuesday’s start after 23 pitches and four batters with right shoulder impingement, Joe Kelly will miss some time. Immediately after the game, manager John Farrell announced Kelly will be going on the disabled list.

Tuesday was the third time since August of 2014 that Kelly has needed to leave a game early because of injury.

With Kelly missing time, and Eduardo Rodriguez not quite ready to return from his knee injury, the Red Sox will need to call up a starter from Triple-A for at least likely two turns through the rotation. Here are a look at three possibilities:

Henry Owens

Owens has got off to a great start in three games with Pawtucket. The tall, lanky left-hander has a 1-1 record, but has a 1.00 ERA as he’s allowed just two earned runs over 18 innings in three starts. He’s also struck out 23 batters. The one thing to watch with Owens, and has always been an issue with him, is the number of walks. He’s walked 10 batters in 18 innings so far in 2016.

From a scheduling perspective, Owens last pitched on Monday so he would be able to slide into Kelly’s spot in the rotation on one extra day of rest. The 23-year-old has limited major league experience, as he appeared in 11 games at the end of last season. In those 11 games, he went 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA. It seems likely Owens will be the player making the journey up I-95 and joining the Red Sox’ rotation.

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Tuesday Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens solid in PawSox win, improves ERA to 1.00 through 3 starts at 10:23 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

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Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-5): W, 3-1, 10 innings, at Rochester (Twins)

— Left-hander Henry Owens delivered a solid performance, earning his seventh consecutive quality start in Triple-A dating back to last season. He went six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision despite the impressive outing, as the game wound up going to 10 innings before the PawSox won, 3-1. Owens now is sporting a nifty 1.00 ERA through three starts this season.

— Blake Swihart, recently optioned to Pawtucket by the Red Sox, showed off some late-game heroics with a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning. IT was his only hit in five at-bats. Rusney Castillo, who made the trip to Triple-A with Swihart, finished 2-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.

— Right fielder Justin Maxwell had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout. Also joining the party offensively was Sam Travis, who was 2-for-4 with a walk. His average now sits at .277.

— Kyle Martin was dominant out of the bullpen, throwing three perfect innings, striking out three and walking none. He picked up his first win of the season.

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Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens, Anderson Espinoza suffer losses 04.14.16 at 7:54 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (2-5): L, 1-0, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— LHP Henry Owens allowed only one run and two hits, but it was enough to tag him with a loss on a day when he labored with his control. The final line for Owens (1-1, 0.75 ERA) read: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO (99 pitches, 59 strikes). Owens did not allow his first hit until the fifth inning, but in addition to walking four he also hit two batters. The lone run allowed by the 23-year-old southpaw on the day came during a 27-pitch second inning after three consecutive walks and an ensuing RBI ground out.

“He lost his command for a moment but he was able to limit the damage,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told the Pawtucket Times. “A year or two ago, things might have snowballed on him. Now he’s showing that he can get back on track and piece something together. We’re looking for that consistency because that’s what plays up at the major league level.”

Boles continued: “He was frustrated and disappointed, but he was able to keep a level head and move forward. If you dwell on that second inning, things can move pretty quickly. He didn’t do that. He simmered down on the bench and it was an example where emotion is harnessed.”

Selected by Boston in the first round (36th overall) of the 2011 draft out of high school in California, Owens last year went 3-8 with a 3.16 ERA over 21 Triple-A starts. Lack of control was a particular issue for Owens in the first half of 2015 as he walked 35 batters over his first 54 1/3 innings pitched through May.

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Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens, Anderson Espinoza impress in 2016 debuts 04.09.16 at 10:30 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (1-0): W, 2-0 vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays). Next action Saturday vs. Buffalo.

— Left-hander Henry Owens was dominant in his 2016 debut as he went six shutout innings, allowing just one hit while walking three and striking out eight to pick up the win in the PawSox’ 2-0 win. He threw 92 pitches and 55 strikes. This is a good sign for Owens to get off to a good start after a somewhat shaky spring.

— Anthony Varvaro pitched two shutout innings in relief allowing just one hit and struck out four and then Health Hembree pitched the ninth to earn the save.

— Christian Vazquez, who has opened the year on the Red Sox’ disabled list, played all nine innings behind the plate and went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double. He also had two walks and a strikeout.

— The offense was provided by Allen Craig who doubled home Justin Maxwell in the second inning and then Sean Coyle hit Pawtucket’s first home run of 2016 with two outs in the seventh inning. They could have had even more offense, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Craig went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, while in his Triple-A debut, Sam Travis went 0-for-3 with a walk.

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Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi opens season with first career 4-hit game 04.08.16 at 6:43 am ET
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday, the opening day of the regular season for the affiliates listed below:

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (0-0): Postponed due to rain vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays). Next action Friday vs. Buffalo.

— Pawtucket will now play its 2016 home opener Friday at 6:15 p.m., with pregame ceremonies beginning at 5:45 p.m. Thursday’s postponed game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 12:05 p.m. (seven-inning games with a 30-minute break in between).

— The PawSox starting pitching schedule for the weekend now is: LHP Henry Owens Friday, RHP Sean O’Sullivan for Game 1 Saturday, RHP William Cuevas for Game 2 Saturday, and LHP Brian Johnson (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) Sunday. LHP Roenis Elias is expected to round out the rotation on Monday.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (1-0): W, 3-1, at Reading (Phillies)

— RHP Aaron Wilkerson pitched shutout baseball over 5 2/3 innings, earning the Opening Day victory (1-0) with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO (84 pitches, 56 strikes). The 11 strikeouts were a career high for the 26-year-old Wilkerson, who last season went 11-3 with a 3.10 ERA over 29 outings combined between Single-A Greenville, High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, striking out 137 in 136 2/3 innings of work.

Signed by Boston in July of 2014 from the Grand Prairie AirHogs out of the independent American Association, Wilkerson was promoted to Double-A Portland on Aug. 5 of last year. In his last six starts dating back to last year, Wilkerson has allowed just three total earned runs over 35 2/3 innings (0.78 ERA) with 36 whiffs to just 10 walks over that span.

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Red Sox announce series of roster moves, including optioning Henry Owens to Triple-A Pawtucket 03.24.16 at 9:44 am ET
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Henry Owens

Henry Owens

The Red Sox are trimming down their roster as the start of the season nears.

The team announced pitchers Heath Hembree, Brian Johnson and Henry Owens have been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Also, outfielder Ryan LaMarre, right-handed pitcher Roman Mendez and first baseman Sam Travis were reassigned to minor league camp.

With Owens being optioned to Triple-A it means the fifth starter’s job is down to Steven Wright and Roenis Elias.

In five games this spring, Owens has allowed eight earned runs in 13 1/3 innings. Travis was one of the Red Sox’ best hitters, as he was 15-for-28 in 17 games.

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Takeaways from Red Sox Grapefruit League Game No. 16: The Travises keep mashing, Henry Owens hits speed bump 03.17.16 at 4:27 pm ET
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Sam Travis (74) high fives teammates after homering on Thursday. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis high-fives teammates after homering on Thursday. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The seven-game losing streak is history!

You probably had no idea the Red Sox had lost that many in a row. It was news to me. But in any event, they hammered the Orioles 9-5 on Thursday afternoon at JetBlue Park behind some more slugging from the two Travises, Shaw and Sam.

Here are some thoughts on the game:

Forget about getting Travis Shaw on the roster. That’s already a done deal. What about finding room for Sam Travis?

That’s obviously not happening for Opening Day, but the young slugger is making a case to earn one of the first calls when a need arises with just a monstrous spring.

The 22-year-old went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs, raising his spring average to .591 and his OPS to 1.475. His homer, a mammoth shot to center off of Vance Worley, easily traveled over 420 feet.

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Takeaways from Red Sox’ Grapefruit League opener 03.02.16 at 5:24 pm ET
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Henry Owens struck out five in two innings Wednesday ( Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Henry Owens struck out five in two innings Wednesday. ( Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — No injuries. Some optimism.

That’s all the Red Sox could ask for in their Grapefruit League opener on Wednesday afternoon against the Twins at JetBlue Park. The end result was a 7-4 loss for the Sox, but the performance of starter Henry Owens, and a select group of position players, proved to be the priority.

Owens pitched just two innings, but struck out five and got out of a bases-loaded jam after some early control issues.

The lefty got swings and misses from Twins hitters primarily by setting up what appeared to be an improved fastball with his slow curve.

“I thought Henry threw a number of quality pitches,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “The thing that stands out is his poise, even when there were multiple men in scoring position. First time out, I thought he accomplished a number of things. That was the use of all three pitches, but the thing that stood out was how he kept those innings from further damage being created. Mound presence and poise I thought was very good.”

Another candidate for the fifth starter spot, Brian Johnson, also made an appearance, although he wasn’t able to come out of it unscathed.

Pitching for the first time since having his season cut short with an elbow issue last August, Johnson gave up two runs no two hits over 1 2/3 innings. Yet, even with the baserunners, the southpaw came away all smiles.

“I think I came off the mound and hugged our Triple-A pitching coach Bob Kipper,” Johnson said. “I said, ‘I felt like myself again.’ He just said, it looked like night and day, the last time I saw you to this time. It looked like myself.”

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