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Thursday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Rick Porcello vs. James Shields 06.23.16 at 9:04 am ET
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The finale of the Red Sox-White Sox four-game series will take place Thursday afternoon with the Red Sox sending Rick Porcello to the mound and the White Sox calling upon struggling right-hander James Shields.

Porcello is 8-2 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.094 WHIP in 14 starts. Porcello finally added a win to his record in a 6-2 Red Sox victory last Saturday against the Mariners. It was the first time in four starts that Porcello got a decision. It was Porcello’s sixth straight victory at Fenway. In the victory against the Mariners, Porcello threw six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts.

“I had a good one in the bullpen, so I knew it would be good, but I didn’t want to show it too early,” Porcello said of his changeup. “It was the difference-maker.”

Against the White Sox, Porcello is 10-8 in 21 career starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.273 WHIP. Porcello made his last start against Chicago in August of last year. That outing was Porcello’s first after a stint on the DL with a strained right triceps. In a 3-0 Red Sox win, Porcello threw seven innings, allowing no runs, five hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘There’s no ceiling to the numbers if [Joe Kelly] had a baseball IQ’ 06.08.16 at 10:13 am ET
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Curt Schilling

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, heaped praise upon the Red Sox offense while questioning the mental makeup of recently demoted (and now injured) pitcher Joe Kelly. To hear the interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page.

Kelly, who suffered a groin injury during his start Tuesday night in Pawtucket, was sent down to Triple-A last week after his last start for Boston, another disappointing development in the talented right-hander’s career with the Red Sox.

“There’s a term that I think a lot of baseball players know and have used for a long time called baseball IQ,” Schilling said. “It’s just acumen for the sport. It’s the ability to learn, adapt. The analogy I use … if you’re ever put a puzzle together, you lay the pieces out on the table, and eventually you get to the place where you can see the pieces and where they’re going. I always looked at pitching as very much the same thing: Here’s my three, here’s my four pitches, here’s the lineup I’m facing, and here’s how the puzzle fits together for me to shut you down.

“I think Joe Kelly looks at the puzzle pieces and then chews gum and goes cross-eyed. I don’t think that there’s the baseball acumen, the baseball IQ. Somebody who has that good of stuff — and listen, he’s got three wipeout pitches. I’ll tell you right now, he’s got better stuff top to bottom than I ever had — 97 [mph fastball], he’s got a wipeout slider, a phenomenal changeup and a good curveball. Almost like Clay Buchholz at the beginning.”

Part of Kelly’s problem, Schilling explained, is his inability to be smart about his pitch usage.

“Joe Kelly goes out in the first inning and shows you all four of his pitches inside of the first five minutes of the game, as if he’s pitching with a life vest on and he feels like he’s going to drown if he doesn’t go to the well immediately,” Schilling said. “Whereas it’s just going out and getting a feel. For me, the first inning is, hey, my fastball needs to be the four pitches I want it to be, and if I’ve got the other two it’ll be great. You’re not going to see a lot until the fifth or sixth inning, the second time around. Kelly’s emptying the tool chest in the first inning, which a young pitcher will do. He’s not a young pitcher, though.

“At the end of the day, I keep going back to the fact that when the St. Louis Cardinals trade a person that you think is extremely talented, there’s issues. Shelby Miller. Joe Kelly. So, I haven’t seen him get smarter. I haven’t seen him get smarter. And that’s the frustrating thing, because he’s a guy that there’s no ceiling to the numbers if the guy had a baseball IQ.”

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Don’t expect James Shields in Red Sox uniform 03.25.16 at 7:17 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The end of spring training is nearing, so that means trade rumors are back.

The latest one surfaced involving the Red Sox came from Jon Heyman, who suggested the Sox might be one of the teams talking to the Padres about starting pitcher James Shields.

But according to a source, the Red Sox view Shields in the same light as a year ago when they shied away from the starter in the free agent market. The Sox believe the 34-year-old wouldn’t be the best fit pitching his home games at Fenway Park, where the righty has a career 5.42 ERA in 13 starts.

While the Red Sox did show interest in then-free agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, they didn’t extend an offer to Shields prior to the 2015 season.

Shields ultimately signed with the Padres on a four-year, $75 million deal with a $16 million team option for 2019. In his first year with San Diego, the former Ray and Royal went 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts.

And while some suggested a swap involving Pablo Sandoval, who the Padres pursued in free agency, might make some sense, San Diego had already cooled on the third baseman by the time last year’s non-waiver trade deadline rolled around.

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Buster Olney on M&F: Red Sox ‘need to choose between’ Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval 08.26.15 at 1:52 pm ET
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Buster Olney

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday afternoon to talk about Dave Dombrowski and how the Red Sox can approach the coming offseason. To hear the interview, go to the Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

When Olney first heard that the Red Sox were hiring Dave Dombrowski as their president of baseball operations, he said he was surprised because of the “signals we had gotten from John Henry about Ben Cherington” and how Henry had believed in his general manager’s vision. But Dombrowski allows the Sox to make changes quickly, according to Olney, because he can say that the decisions made prior to his arrival were not his own and so he has legitimate reason to undo or advance them.

One of those alterations could involve Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez‘s roles on the team going forward. Ramirez started taking ground balls at first base before Tuesday’s game against the White Sox, signifying a possible transition to the corner for the former shortstop. Olney said he doesn’t think the Sox can have both Sandoval and Ramirez on the team for next year.

“I think ultimately they need to choose between one of the two guys, and whoever they decide to keep, that should be the first baseman, whether it’s Pablo or whether it’s Hanley,” he said. “I can’t imagine, after what they say this year, that they go into next season knowing that Ortiz is locked in as the DH with both those guys. That would really surprise me based on what I’ve heard from evaluators from other teams.”

It wouldn’t be necessarily easy to move either of them given their contracts, but Olney said the possibility is definitely there.

“There’s always something to do,” he said, “and I’m just riffing off the top of my head here. For example, you’ve got James Shields owed $65 million with the Padres, maybe you call the Padres and say, ‘Look, that’s not working out for you. How about we give you Pablo for him? the money’s close, and we’ll both try to make the best of a bad situation.’ ”

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MLB Trade Deadline: Padres reportedly ‘pushing hard’ to sell big names 07.27.15 at 9:31 am ET
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With just four days left until the trade deadline, teams have begun to hit overdrive as they either build for the future or solidify their playoff bids.

According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have expressed interest in acquiring a team-controlled ace for 2016 and beyond, which the Padres can provide. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote Sunday that the Padres are “pushing hard” to trade some of the players they added this offseason, including James Shields. However, Shields is owed $66 million over the next three years and hit the 2,000-inning mark earlier this year.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that Shields and Andrew Cashner are the two pitchers the Padres most want to move. Cashner is eligible for arbitration in 2016 and will not hit free agency until 2017. He is 9-17 over his last two seasons with a 3.23 ERA and 195 strikeouts.

The Padres also could move Tyson Ross, who is drawing a lot of interest from teams like the Blue Jays and potentially the Red Sox since he will remain under team control for another three years. Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA this year and is coming off of an All-Star 2014 campaign.

As rumors continue to swirl about Cole Hamels’ landing spot, Stark reports that the Rangers and Dodgers have emerged as the favorites to snag the Phillies ace. A number of teams, including the Red Sox, reportedly have pushed for Hamels at one point or another. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Cubs were the favorite to add the southpaw, just before he no-hit them Saturday.

Another team has engaged in serious talks for the Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon as the Nationals recently inquired about the former Red Sox closer, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal. Many have speculated that Papelbon is a sure bet for the Blue Jays, a team in desperate need of veteran relief help.

According to Heyman, talks regarding Justin Upton have stalled between the Mets and Padres. The Mets, looking to shore up their corner outfield positions, are said to have balked when the Padres demanded one or two top prospects and refused to take on the remaining $6 million of Upton’s contract. The Mets added Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves on Friday and they promoted highly touted outfield prospect Michael Conforto on Thursday.

Tyler Clippard will be cleaning out his Athletics locker soon according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Potential destinations for the right-handed reliever include the Yankees, Nationals and Mets.

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Report: Yankees will not pursue Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields, Pablo Sandoval 11.04.14 at 10:59 am ET
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It’s no secret the Red Sox will be very active this offseason in their pursuit of free agents.

Usually the Yankees are as well, but according to a N.Y. Daily News report, the Yankees have no plans to target four free agents the Red Sox could be potentially going after — Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields and Pablo Sandoval.

The report says the Yankees are interested in bringing back two of their own free agents in pitcher Brandon McCarthy and third baseman Chase Headley. Since they were traded to the Yankees during the season both players cannot be offered a qualifying offer. McCarthy went 7-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 14 starts after being traded to the Yankees from the Diamondbacks, while Headley hit .262 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 58 games after coming over from San Diego.

The reason why the Yankees might be shying away from those four big-names is the $450 million the team spent on Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury as free agents last offseason.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. James Shields 07.18.14 at 8:29 am ET
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The Red Sox will kick off the second half of the 2014 season Friday when they host the Royals for a three-game set at Fenway Park. Boston will send Clay Buchholz to the mound against James Shields in the series opener.

Buchholz (4-5, 5.42 ERA) turned in his best outing of the season Sunday against the Astros, securing a three-hit shutout while striking out a career-high 12 batters en route to a 11-0 Red Sox victory.

Buchholz, who only needed 109 pitches to complete the shutout, is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in four starts since returning from the disabled list June 25 after missing about a month with a hyperextended left knee.

“Today was reminiscent of the first half of last year before he went on the disabled list,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “Very much in control and could go to any one of four pitches at any time in the count.”

Buchholz credited his ability to utilize all four of his pitches as the biggest key to his success as of late.

“It’s night and day,” Buchholz said of being able to throw all of his pitches. “It’s tough going out in a big league baseball game and having two pitches. I’ve done a lot of work to get command of those pitches and it’s finally paying off a little bit.”

Buchholz was dominant in his last against the Royals on April 20, 2013, surrendering two earned runs in eight innings of work. In five career starts against Kansas City, Buchholz is 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

Shields (9-5, 3.65 ERA) is coming off of another strong performance on Saturday against the Tigers, allowing two earned runs in seven innings while striking out eight batters. Despite Shield’€™s great outing, the Royals lost, 5-1. The Royals are 6 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central.

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: John Lackey vs. James Shields 08.11.13 at 8:47 am ET
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The Red Sox-Royals contest Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, the finale of a four-game weekend set, features a pair of starters in the form of right-handers John Lackey and James Shields who probably could empathize with each other. They both have had strong seasons ‘€” Lackey owning a 3.21 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, Shields 3.36 and 1.27 marks ‘€” but don’€™t exactly get the offensive support they might appreciate.

The Red Sox average 3.33 runs in games Lackey starts, while the Royals put up 4.03 in games Shields pitches.

There was no greater example of that than Lackey’€™s most recent start, Monday’€™s 2-0 loss to the lowly Astros. Lackey tossed six innings of two-run ball while mostly scattering eight hits and two walks and striking out 10, his second-highest total all season.

The team survived a bit of a scare in the second when Lackey rolled his ankle fielding a slow bouncer off the bat of Matt Dominguez, who was out at first on the play. Lackey shook it off and went on to pitch four more solid innings, only to take the tough-luck loss after throwing 113 pitches.

‘€œJohn had very good stuff, got some key strikeouts when he needed to,’€ manager John Farrell said to the media afterward. ‘€œObviously when a guy goes down making a play, you’€™ve got immediate concern. We continued to monitor it closely every pitch he threw, every inning he went through. There’€™s no question he pitches with a lot of heart. He never wants to come out of a game. Unfortunately, he pitches on a day we come up on the short end.’€

Overall, Lackey arguably has been the Red Sox’ best starter throughout 2013, but he has seen a dip in his effectiveness since he last won a game July 12. In four starts since, he has an ERA nearing five while allowing opponents a .330 average and .851 OPS, raising his season ERA from 2.78 to 3.21.

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. James Shields 04.20.13 at 11:12 am ET
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Following Friday’s postponement due to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect manhunt, the Red Sox will open up a 10-game homestand Saturday, facing a very familiar pitcher in Royals right-hander James Shields. Clay Buchholz will try to continue his remarkable start to the 2013 season in the Sox’ first game in front of the Fenway faithful since the horrific Boston Marathon bombings on Monday afternoon.

Through three starts this season, Buchholz is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA and has only allowed 11 hits in 22 innings. On Sunday, Buchholz went eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits and four walks while striking out a career-high 11 batters, in a 5-0 win over the Rays. The right-hander’s no-hit bid was broken up by a Kelly Johnson single in the eighth inning.

“It’s fun to go out and pitch when you have all your pitches working,” Buchholz said. “It doesn’t happen every day. Probably five times a season for a starting pitcher.”

Buchholz is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his career vs. the Royals. In 24 2/3 career innings, he has 17 strikeouts. The Sox have won the first game in each of their first five series this young season and will look to continue the impressive streak Saturday.

Shields enters Saturday’s start at 1-2 with a 3.43 ERA. He has allowed 20 hits and just three walks in 21 innings while striking out 20. Shields, along with Wade Davis, was traded from the Rays to the Royals during the offseason in exchange for highly touted prospect Wil Myers and others.

The Royals enter Saturday’s game at 8-6. They have gone 4-4 on the road. In Shields’ most recent start, he pitched a complete game against the Blue Jays, allowing thee runs on two hits, one of them a two-run home run to Jose Bautista. That hit proved costly, as the Royals fell 3-2.

“He pitched a great ball game,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He threw 115 pitches, and if he could take one back, it would probably be the curveball to Bautista. He just got it up a little bit, and he’s one of the strongest guys in the league and he ended up hitting a two-run homer off it.”

During his time with the Rays, Shields had a very tough time against the Sox at Fenway, going 2-9 with a 5.86 ERA in 11 career starts. Dustin Pedroia has had the most success against Shields, with 16 hits, including two home runs. The only Royals hitter with any kind of success against Buchholz is Alex Gordon, who has three hits and a home run in four at-bats.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. James Shields 04.19.13 at 10:09 am ET
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The Red Sox will open up a 10-game homestand Friday, facing a very familiar pitcher in Royals right-hander James Shields. Clay Buchholz will try to continue his remarkable start to the 2013 season in the Sox’ first game in front of the Fenway faithful since the horrific Boston Marathon bombings on Monday afternoon.

Through three starts this season, Buchholz is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA and has only allowed 11 hits in 22 innings. On Sunday, Buchholz went eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits and four walks while striking out a career-high 11 batters, in a 5-0 win over the Rays. The right-hander’s no-hit bid was broken up by a Kelly Johnson single in the eighth inning.

“It’s fun to go out and pitch when you have all your pitches working,” Buchholz said. “It doesn’t happen every day. Probably five times a season for a starting pitcher.”

Buchholz is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his career vs. the Royals. In 24 2/3 career innings, he has 17 strikeouts. The Sox have won the first game in each of their first five series this young season and will look to continue the impressive streak Friday.

Shields enters Friday’s start at 1-2 with a 3.43 ERA. He has allowed 20 hits and just three walks in 21 innings while striking out 20. Shields, along with Wade Davis, was traded from the Rays to the Royals during the offseason in exchange for highly touted prospect Wil Myers and others.

The Royals enter Friday’s game at 8-6. They have gone 4-4 on the road. In Shields’ most recent start, he pitched a complete game against the Blue Jays, allowing thee runs on two hits, one of them a two-run home run to Jose Bautista. That hit proved costly, as the Royals fell 3-2.

“He pitched a great ball game,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He threw 115 pitches, and if he could take one back, it would probably be the curveball to Bautista. He just got it up a little bit, and he’s one of the strongest guys in the league and he ended up hitting a two-run homer off it.”

During his time with the Rays, Shields had a very tough time against the Sox at Fenway, going 2-9 with a 5.86 ERA in 11 career starts. Dustin Pedroia has had the most success against Shields, with 16 hits, including two home runs. The only Royals hitter with any kind of success against Buchholz is Alex Gordon, who has three hits and a home run in four at-bats.

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