|Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts among AL All-Star voting leaders||06.21.16 at 3:16 pm ET|
It looks like the Red Sox will be well-represented in San Diego for the MLB All-Star Game next month.
The latest voting numbers released Tuesday afternoon have Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts two and three respectively in terms of outfielders (Mike Trout is first), Xander Bogaerts leading at shortstop and David Ortiz leading at DH. This means these players would start the game if voting ended today.
Dustin Pedroia is third at second base, while Hanley Ramirez is fourth at first base.
Online voting ends June 30.
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|Closing Time: David Price dominates, but Red Sox offense comes up short in loss to Orioles||06.14.16 at 9:57 pm ET|
It was another impressive outing for David Price. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, it also was another loss.
Price pitched lights-out in the first game of a three-game series against the Orioles on Tuesday night, but the Boston bats couldn’t come through in a 3-2 loss. The Red Sox now are 1-11 when scoring less than three runs in a game this season.
The loss was Price’s third straight, despite allowing a combined seven runs in his last three starts. His first blemish of the night was a two-run home run given up to Manny Machado in the first inning. Machado curved the ball around the Pesky Pole to give the Orioles an early 2-0 lead.
After that, Price began to look like the ace he’s been expected to be. The left-hander retired 19 straight batters after the Machado homer, striking out nine batters in that span.
“I thought David threw a quality changeup here tonight, numerous times [a] swing-and-miss,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “[He] was able to throttle guys back and forth, I thought he had very good location to his fastball both sides of the plate. … Eight strong innings by David tonight, I thought he pitched outstanding.”
However, Price slipped up in the eighth inning, as Jonathan Schoop hit the first pitch of the frame over the Green Monster to extend Baltimore’s lead, and it proved to be costly.
“The last one was a slider into Schoop, and I didn’t get it where I wanted to,” Price said. “It was kind of like the one that I gave up in San Fran, and that’s tough. I had the chance to put down a shutout inning and I wasn’t able to do that. … It’s tough, as the game goes on, I want to get better, and for the most part I did that, but one pitch in this game can lose it for you.”
Overall, Price allowed three runs on five hits in eight innings pitched. He struck out 11 and walked none in one of his strongest games of the year. Despite pitching so well as of late, Price has not notched a win since May 24 vs. Colorado. He’s struck out a combined 26 batters in the four starts since that 8-3 win against the Rockies.
|David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. lead AL All-Star voting at respective positions||at 12:08 pm ET|
If things go the way they are now, the Red Sox will be well-represented in San Diego for the All-Star Game.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released the updated voting numbers from the fans and three members of the Red Sox lead their respective positions.
David Ortiz leads the designated hitter category by a considerable amount over Kendrys Morales, Xander Bogaerts has a slight edge over Alcides Escobar at shortstop and in the outfield, Jackie Bradley Jr. is in second place behind Mike Trout. As it stands now, Trout, Bradley Jr. and Lorenzo Cain would be the American League starting outfield.
Hanley Ramirez is fourth at first place, Dustin Pedroia fourth at second base, Blake Swihart fifth behind the plate and Mookie Betts is fifth in the outfield.
Online voting ends on June 30.
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|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. all starting vs. Blue Jays||06.04.16 at 12:27 pm ET|
It is a standard Red Sox lineup when facing a right-hander Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays, as the Red Sox look to avoid losing four straight games for the first time all season.
Blake Swihart is in left field and Travis Shaw is at third base as the Red Sox go up against right-hander Marcus Stroman. After getting hit by a pitch in the first inning Friday night, David Ortiz will start.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Blake Swihart, LF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Steven Wright, RHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley on paternity leave, Rusney Castillo recalled||05.31.16 at 3:48 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they’ve placed Jackie Bradley Jr. on the paternity leave list and recalled Rusney Castillo from Pawtucket.
With Bradley out, Chris Young is in center field and batting seventh Tuesday night against the Orioles.
“Hopefully everyone is getting through this OK and resting comfortably at some point,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “We probably won’t see Jackie until we get back to Boston and in the meantime Rusney comes up to provide depth in all three outfield positions.”
This is the first time Castillo has been with the Red Sox since being demoted following the first week of the season. With Triple-A Pawtucket, the outfielder was hitting .249 with a .619 OPS and one home run.
“There’s been some inconsistencies on the offensive side of things,” said Farrell of Castillo. “I don’t know that he’s really gotten on track as we’ve seen in the past so we’ll see when he gets here.”
Returning to the lineup will be catcher Christian Vazquez, who got Monday off with Ryan Hanigan catching knuckleballer Steven Wright. Hanley Ramirez, who also sat on Memorial Day, makes his return to first base, with Travis Shaw sliding back over to third.
Here is the Red Sox lineup with Eduardo Rodriguez making his first big league start of the season:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young CF
Blake Swihart LF
Christian Vazquez C
|Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 29 games||05.25.16 at 8:38 pm ET|
Jackie Bradley Jr. is still going.
The Red Sox outfielder extended his hitting streak to 29 games with a fourth-inning single against Colorado starter Chad Bettis. The opposite-field single came on the first pitch Bradley saw in his second at-bat.
“I wouldn’t say hard to imagine,” Bradley Jr. said. “It’s pretty cool, definitely excited and hopefully you can just keep it going.”
Bradley’s streak now is the fourth-longest in Red Sox history, surpassing Wade Boggs’ stretch in 1985. The only Sox players ahead of the lefty hitter are Dom DiMaggio (34 in 1949), Nomar Garciaparra (30 in 1997) and Tris Speaker (30 in 1912). He is tied with Johnny Damon, who also managed a streak of 29 in 2005.
In his first at-bat of the night, Bradley grounded out to the pitcher.
Coming into Wednesday night’s game, Bradley had led the majors in batting average (.412), slugging percentage (.784), OPS (1.271), RBI (29), and triples (3) since the streak started on April 24.
He is the first major league player to hit in 29 straight games since Denard Span did it in 2013.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I’m saying right now Cubs-Red Sox World Series, with Theo [Epstein] breaking the Cubs’ curse’||at 11:41 am ET|
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning and said he is buying into the Red Sox offense, predicting it will carry Boston to a World Series appearance against the Cubs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
“It is legit,” Schilling said of the Sox bats. “I don’t see a large regression to the mean. Jackie Bradley Jr. is good. I think all the things everyone talked about him when he first came up are the reasons he came to be now. I don’t see a reason he can’t win a batting championship. You look at [Xander Bogaerts] and Mookie [Betts] and you start wondering where is the hole, because Travis Shaw can hit. Is it Christian Vazquez? Because he can pick his spots. This is a lineup with no letup. You are going to see a lot of middle relievers facing the Red Sox this year.
Schilling said the Sox’ hot start is no fluke, and he’s ready to place the Sox in the World Series.
“I’m saying right now Cubs-Red Sox World Series, with Theo [Epstein] breaking the Cubs’ curse,” Schilling said.
The Sox may be in the market for another reliever after losing Carson Smith for the year following Tommy John surgery. Schilling, however, said the Sox should add another dependable starter before they try to add a reliever.
“I think if you want to win a World Series [you need a starter],” Schilling said. “Do you think on any day they can outpitch the Mets? Those are the teams you are going to see in October. I think the back of their bullpen is wonderful, but that is not a matchup you worry about before you worry about starters. … There is probably no team other than the Cubs better positioned to get that guy at the deadline.”
|Closing Time: Jackie Bradley extends streak, David Price wins 7th as Red Sox cruise past Rockies||05.24.16 at 10:08 pm ET|
The Red Sox have made it look easy for a while now, and Tuesday night was no exception.
Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts extended their respective hitting streaks, ageless wonder David Ortiz drove in four more runs, and David Price delivered his third straight solid start to pace an 8-3 rout of the Rockies.
“The offense has been there right from pretty much the first week of the season,” said manager John Farrell. “The way we get out to early leads, if our starters throw strikes, they can manage some big innings and they’re going to have a pretty good chance to be right in the mix if they get into the middle-to-late innings of a game. It’s fun to watch. Our guys are confident and we’re never giving at-bats away.”
Wasting no time getting on the board, the Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead after four batters, with Ortiz driving in Dustin Pedroia (3 hits) and Bogaerts with one out in the first inning.
The haste did not just come with the scoring, either. Both Bradley (28) and Bogaerts (17) extended their hitting streaks in their first at-bats, while Price struck out four of the first 12 batters he faced.
Price climbed to 7-1 and dropped his ERA from 5.53 to 5.34, giving up three runs and five hits while striking out six over seven innings. Once again, he was the beneficiary of huge run support.
“It’s huge,” he said. “It’s something I’ve gotten I think every start. We’ve done a tremendous job of scoring a lot of runs early, especially in the first inning. To go out there and know you don’t have to be perfect every pitch, it definitely takes a lot of stress off the starting pitcher. It’s huge.”
|Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 26 games||05.21.16 at 6:10 pm ET|
At first, it looked like it might not be Jackie Bradley Jr.’s day.
The first two times at-bat against the Indians, Bradley Jr. drew an intentional walk and four-pitch free pass, in which none of the offerings were close from Indians starter Trevor Bauer.
But leading off the sixth inning, against Bauer, Bradley Jr. finally got his chance to hit, and he took advantage of it.
The Red Sox center fielder grounded a 2-2 cutter from Bauer toward the middle, where Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis dove and gathered it in. But the subsequent throw from Kipnis drew Carlos Santana off the bag just enough to allow for a Bradley Jr. single.
The hit marked the 26th game Bradley Jr. had collected at least one hit, raising his batting average to .345.
The streak is now just one game shy of David Ortiz’s stretch of 27 straight in 2013. The club record stands at 34, set by Dom DiMaggio in 1949. Second on the list is Nomar Garciaparra’s 30-gamer in ’97.
Others to carry notable hit streaks for the Red Sox include Johnny Damon (29 in 2005), and Manny Ramirez (27 in 2006).
The Red Sox held a 4-0 lead at the time of Bradley Jr.’s single.
|Jackie Bradley Jr. extends hitting streak to 25 games with home run||05.20.16 at 7:51 pm ET|
Jackie Bradley Jr. got the hit streak drama out of the way early Friday night.
Jumping on the second pitch he saw from Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, Bradley Jr. launched a 1-0 slider into the center field bleachers. It marked the 25th straight game the outfielder has collected at least one hit.
“Put a good swing on a pitch low and down the middle and it happened to get into the wind and played the course pretty well today,” Bradley Jr. said.
Bradley Jr. is now nine shy of the Red Sox record, with Dom DiMaggio totaling 34 in a row in 1949.
It was Bradley Jr.’s eighth homer since the streak began on April 24. Coming into Friday night, the stretch had included the lefty hitter managing a .407 batting average and 1.240 OPS.
It was also the 20th straight game the Red Sox have hit at least one home run, snapping the previous club record held by the the 1995 club.
The second-inning homer gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead at the time, with the Sox ultimately dropping a 4-2 decision to the Indians.
Bradley Jr. finished his night going 1-for-2 with two walks, the last coming with two outs in the ninth inning when he worked a 3-2 count against Cleveland closer Cody Allen.
“I just wanted to stay locked in for the last at-bat. I didn’t want to lose,” he said. “In my mind, I was going to give it everything I had. I didn’t want to lose the game. I didn’t want to lose that at-bat.”
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