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Red Sox option LHP Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket, recall RHP Noe Ramirez 05.19.17 at 2:18 pm ET
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Noe Ramirez

Noe Ramirez

With the amount of innings the bullpen has logged of late, the Red Sox were in need of a reliever so they made a roster move Friday afternoon.

The team recalled right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez and optioned left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

One thought was the team would option Thursday’s starter Hector Velazquez back, but the organization likely wants to make sure David Price gets through his rehab outing Friday night.

Ramirez has gone 0-1 with two saves and a 2.53 ERA in nine appearances with the PawSox this season, recording nine strikeouts against two walks while holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

In eight games with the Red Sox this season, Ross Jr. has an ERA of 7.00.

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Rays 11, Red Sox 2: Bad day all-around punctuated by Sox allowing 7 runs in 9th inning 05.14.17 at 6:21 pm ET
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The Red Sox allowed seven runs in the ninth inning. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox allowed seven runs in the ninth inning. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

It was a Mother’s Day to forget for the Red Sox.

Not only did starter Drew Pomeranz leave after the the third inning with left triceps soreness, the worst had yet to come as Robbie Ross Jr. and Heath Hembree allowed a combined seven runs in the ninth inning to punctuate a 11-2 loss to the Rays on a rainy, cool Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The game lasted four hours and 32 minutes in miserable conditions.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Unlike the final score indicates, the Red Sox were actually in the game the entire way.

They trailed 2-1 after two, 3-1 after four and then 4-2 after seven until the bullpen melted down in the ninth.

In the ninth, Tampa scored seven runs on eight hits. Overall, Ross Jr. allowed three runs on three hits and then Hembree allowed four runs, including a homer, in 1/3 of an inning of work.

The biggest takeaway from the game is now the starting rotation desperately needs David Price to return from his elbow injury. (For more on his progress, click here.)

The Sox were already searching for a fifth starter after Kyle Kendrick couldn’t get it done after replacing Steven Wright, and now it appears they will need to find a replacement for Pomeranz if he’s out for an extended period of time.

The No. 4 and 5 spots in the rotation having issues has put tons of pressure on the bullpen, and led to games like Sunday.

At the plate, the Red Sox finished with just six hits as a team. Christian Vazquez led the way by going 2-for-4.

Shattering Perceptions Game Note Image

The 4:32 time of game fell just 13 minutes shy of the all-time record for a 9-inning MLB game.

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Red Sox make roster moves, including adding new utility man Chase d’Arnaud 04.28.17 at 1:01 pm ET
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Ben Taylor has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Ben Taylor has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Prior to the Red Sox-Cubs series this weekend at Fenway Park, the Red Sox made a few roster moves.

The team added infielder/outfielder Chase d’Arnaud to the active 25-man roster and recalled right-handed pitcher Ben Taylor from Triple-A Pawtucket. In the corresponding moves, it optioned left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. and outfielder/infielder Steve Selsky to Triple-A Pawtucket.

d’Arnaud was claimed off waivers Thursday after he was released by the Braves. He gives them more versatility than Selksy, as he can play all over the field. He made the Braves’ 2017 Opening Day roster and appeared in 11 games (one start) for the club, going 3-for-8 (.375) with a pair of walks.

With Ross optioned, the team now has just two lefties in the bullpen in Robbie Scott and Fernando Abad. Ross has appeared in four games with Boston this season, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

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Red Sox notes: What is Joe Kelly’s role after not pitching in 8th inning on Opening Day? 04.05.17 at 5:35 pm ET
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Joe Kelly needs to work his way into being able to work the eighth inning. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Joe Kelly needs to work his way into being able to work the eighth inning. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

One of the biggest questions following Opening Day was what is Joe Kelly’s role as he was assumed to be the eighth inning guy, but instead it was Robbie Scott and Heath Hembree combining for a 1-2-3 inning.

Speaking prior to Wednesday’s game, manager John Farrell indicated Kelly needs to work his way into such a role after the way he closed out the spring. Kelly threw 9 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out nine, but did walk eight batters.

“He fits in the middle,” Farrell said. “I mentioned the other day, we come out of spring training with guys in a short list a little bit ahead of others. That is the way it played out the other day. We have to get Joe going a little bit to take on the potential of the eighth inning. We’re going to mix and match as best possible and matchup to get to [Craig] Kimbrel until things become a little bit more solidified.”

[UPDATE 12:15 a.m.: Kelly picked up the win Wednesday night by tossing a scoreless two innings and allowing only one hit against the Pirates. He’s now won 13 straight decisions dating back to 2015.]

One reliever who may not be available is lefty Robbie Ross Jr., as he is the latest member of the team to come down with flu-like symptoms. Other players are Mookie Betts and Brock Holt, who will not be available on Wednesday.

“We’ve got a few guys that we are paying close attention to and whether or not they are available tonight remains to be seen,” Farrell said. “At the outset, particularly Mookie is not.”

The flu has been going through the Red Sox clubhouse for several weeks, dating back to when the team was in Fort Myers. It is not the worst Farrell has seen, though.

“In ’08 it ran through our clubhouse extensively,” he said. “I think we had a 22-day road trip leaving Florida through Tokyo to L.A., to Oakland, to Toronto and back here and I think everyone got run down. It was pretty ramped that year as well.”

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John Farrell defends pitching decisions in 9-8 loss to Tigers 07.26.16 at 11:46 pm ET
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John Farrell

John Farrell

Within the Red Sox’ 9-8 loss to the Tigers Tuesday night at Fenway Park were a few decisions made by manager John Farrell with the pitching staff worth debating.

The first was with Steven Wright in the fifth inning.

Wright clearly didn’t have his best stuff as he had allowed four runs going into the inning. After the Red Sox had given him a 5-4 lead, the knuckleballer walked the first two batters of the inning, which were followed by two straight singles. An RBI ground out made it a 6-4 game with runners on second and third with one out.

Wright was able to get the next batter to pop out, but then with left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. seemingly ready in the bullpen, Farrell stuck with Wright who allowed a two-out, two-run single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to give the Tigers a 8-4 lead.

With two relievers unavailable, it seemed Farrell wanted to do anything in his power to get Wright through the fifth inning.

“On a night when [Clay] Buchholz is unavailable, [Matt] Barnes is unavailable, trying to get him as deep as possible to get us in those middle innings and possibility beyond,” Farrell said. “Unfortunately, can’t get through the fifth.”

Buchholz has pitched four times in the last six days, but Barnes being unavailable is puzzling considering he worked 1/3 of an inning Sunday after throwing three innings last Wednesday.

Then in the seventh inning, Ross Jr. was still in the game with the game tied at eight. It was his second full inning of work and after retiring the first two batters of the inning, things started to fall apart.

Ross Jr. hit a batter, allowed a single and then walked two, including the second with the bases loaded to allow the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run to score. Right-hander Joe Kelly was warming and entered following the walks to Saltalamacchia and No. 9 batter, lefty Tyler Collins. Kelly retired Ian Kinlser on one pitch to get out of the inning without further damage.

Farrell defended sticking with Ross Jr. against Saltalamacchia and Collins.

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Closing Time: Red Sox pitching struggles spoiling strong offensive night in loss to Tigers at 10:43 pm ET
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Steven Wright didn't have it Tuesday as he allowed eight runs in taking a no-decision. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Steven Wright didn’t have it Tuesday as he allowed eight runs in taking a no-decision. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Red Sox offense showed plenty of fight coming back from four and three-run deficits in the game, it still wasn’t enough to beat the Tigers.

Detroit scored a run in the seventh inning off left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. to break a 8-8 tie and it was able to hold on for a 9-8 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Ross was able to record the first two outs of the seventh inning with no issues, but allowed a hit-by-pitch, a single and back-to-back walks to walk in the eventual game-winning run.

The Red Sox had the tying run on the ninth, but Ortiz hit into a game-ending double play.

“It is frustrating when you put that many runs up on the board and come away on the wrong side of it,” manager John Farrell said.

The seventh inning wasted a valiant comeback effort by the Red Sox, which included two home runs. They now have 31 since July 4, which leads the majors in that span.

Trailing 8-5 going into the sixth, the Red Sox scored three times in the inning to tie the game at eight. Jackie Bradley Jr. got the scoring going with a solo homer to lead the inning off, then later Dustin Pedroia had an RBI single and Xander Bogaerts beat out a potential double-play ball to plate the tying run.

It was the worst start of the year for knuckleballer Steven Wright, but because of the Red Sox offense took a no-decision. He allowed eight runs on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work, while walking three and striking out two. His eight earned runs were a career-high.

The most frustrating thing for Wright was the Red Sox had rallied to take a 5-4 lead after the fourth inning, but Wright walked two batters to open the fifth and would go on to allow four runs in the frame.

“Early on didn’t have the same, or typical violence and action to his knuckleball,” Farrell said. “They nick him for a couple of runs in each of the first two innings then I thought he got the touch and feel for it. Started to have his typical action to the pitch and then in that fifth inning, couple of walks to lead things off and we contributed inside the inning with an extra out. A couple of balls found their way through a hole.”

Trailing 4-0 after two innings, the Red Sox rallied with three in the third courtesy of David Ortiz’s 25th home run of the season and then scored two more in the fourth to grab a 5-4 lead at the time.

Closing Time note

Ross Jr. has stranded his last 10 inherited runners.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

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Spring training with Robbie Ross Jr.: Hand-stands, shooting guns 02.20.16 at 3:35 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — At this point in spring training, pitchers and catchers do their work and usually are done for the day by early afternoon. It leaves many with more downtime (and nicer weather) than one might have when the season rolls around.

It also leads to some interesting Instragram posts by Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr. (who already experienced a far from usual offseason in India). Check it out …

Full auto suppressed!!! Great time shooting some guns with some good dudes! #LetItEat

A video posted by @therealrobbieross on

"You can take a picture of me if you want" -RRj

A photo posted by Brittany Ross Jr. (@britt_ross108) on

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Closing Time: Joe Kelly, Red Sox relievers roughed up in loss to White Sox 07.27.15 at 11:06 pm ET
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Joe Kelly allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox' loss Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox‘ loss Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It certainly wasn’t the best played game, but at least it provided some mild entertainment.

After three lead changes and three ties, the White Sox outlasted the Red Sox, 10-8 Monday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox now haven’t won two straight games since their seven-game win streak ended July 8.

With the game tied at seven in the seventh, the White Sox scored two runs off Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr. He had allowed a run in the sixth as well, as he finished allowing three runs over two innings of work to take the loss.

Tommy Layne allowed another White Sox run in the ninth. The Red Sox scored one run in the ninth — a Pablo Sandoval single — to make it a two-run game, but that was all they could get as they had the tying run on first base.

Chicago jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped into the batters box. Joe Kelly allowed four first inning runs, as the first six batters of the reach reached base, including three extra-base hits (back-to-back triples) to open the game.

The Red Sox battled back and tied the game at four after two innings. David Ortiz hit another home run in the first inning, a two-run shot (his third in two games) and then Jemile Weeks and Mookie Betts each had RBI singles in the second.

Kelly allowed another run in the third inning, which would ultimately be his last, as the right-hander went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out two. It was the second time in his last three starts where he failed to make it out of the fourth inning.

“Rough outing,” manager John Farrell said. “A lot of elevated pitches in the strike zone. There were strikes, but the command within the strike zone was lacking. A lot of hard contact early. We come right back after a couple of innings and tie things up. We’re going through the third time and it was time to make a move to the bullpen. Bottom line in this game, we couldn’t put up enough zeros.”

But once again the Red Sox fought back, taking the lead in the fourth inning. Betts had an infield single and they scored another when third baseman Tyler Saladino booted a Hanley Ramirez grounder.

Craig Breslow allowed a run in his only inning of relief of Kelly, which allowed the White Sox to tie the game at six at the time. The teams then traded runs, as the Red Sox scored an unearned run in the fifth and the White Sox scored a run off Ross Jr. in the sixth making it a 7-7 game until Ross allowed the two seventh inning runs.

The two teams also combined for three errors.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

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Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada injured (with added update), Eddie Rodriguez grinds through tough stretch 05.24.15 at 9:44 am ET
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday, May 23:

Robbie Ross Jr.

Robbie Ross Jr.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-20): L, 6-1, at Louisville (Reds)

— Boston swapped relief pitchers with Pawtucket before the game as right-hander Heath Hembree was recalled for the second time this season (Boston manager John Farrell cited the need for a “fresh arm”), while Robbie Ross Jr. was sent back to Triple-A. Hembree, 26, appeared in just one game in his first stint with Boston, allowing six runs and six hits on April 26 at Baltimore. In Pawtucket this year Hembree has allowed just two earned runs in 16 2/3 innings pitched (1.08 ERA) with 17 strikeouts and two walks in 14 appearances, all out of the bullpen. He converted five of his seven save opportunities for the PawSox. Ross, 25, in two stints with Boston has an ERA of 5.14 (8 ER/14 IP). Ross was on Boston’s Opening Day roster.

— Ten players have been called up to Boston at various points this year from Pawtucket: Ross, Dalier Hinojosa, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Travis Shaw (who all are back with the PawSox), along with Hembree, Tommy Layne, Blake Swihart, Matt Barnes, Steven Wright and Rusney Castillo. In 2014 Pawtucket sent 23 players to Boston during the regular season.

— Eddie Rodriguez (Boston’s No. 4 prospect at Baseball America) had one of his rockier starts of the season as he allowed nine hits and five runs, taking the loss to lower his record to 4-3 (2.98 ERA). Trouble started in the first inning as Rodriguez picked up a swinging bunt and threw it low and off the mark toward first base, traveling into foul territory, leading to two unearned runs. A throwing error in the fourth inning by left fielder Bryce Brentz led to another unearned run charged to Rodriguez. The southpaw went seven innings, with six strikeouts (no walks), throwing 93 pitches (70 for strikes). After going 3-0 with 1.82 ERA in his first four starts, Rodriguez is 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA in his last four outings.

— Pawtucket added Mike Miller from Double-A Portland on Saturday, and Miller made his Triple-A debut batting ninth, playing second base, and going 0-for-3. Miller, 25, is a 5-foot-9 righty bat (Boston’s ninth-round draft pick in 2012) who was 19-for-70 in his last 16 games with Portland (.271) to go with one home run, two triples, a double and seven RBIs. So far this year Miller has played 21 games at first base, 10 games at third base, and now seven games at second base. In 2014, with 72 games split between High-A and Double-A, Miller hit .305.

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Red Sox pregame notes: Lineup shakeup in hope to change performance against lefties 05.23.15 at 5:47 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

The Red Sox will face another left-handed pitcher Saturday in the Angels’ C.J. Wilson. For the season as a team, the Red Sox are batting .197 against lefties, with some individual players even worse as Pablo Sandoval is just 2-for-41 (.049).

Because of that, Sandoval is out of the lineup, as manager John Farrell said he is over the knee issue after missing the last three games following being hit by a pitch Tuesday night.

“He’s available inside of tonight,” Farrell said. “If there was a right-handed starter on the mound, he would be in the lineup, but with Wilson going it was a chance to get him another day down.”

There were more changes with Dustin Pedroia sliding into the leadoff spot, Shane Victorino hitting second, and Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz flip-flopping so Ramirez will hit third, and Ortiz fourth.

Farrell said this was based on their performances against lefties.

“That’s the reason you have Pedey (Pedroia) in the leadoff spot with Vic hitting second,” he said. “The two guys that have handled left-handed pitching the best on our club so far. Give Mookie [Betts] a down day as well.”

When asked if Pedroia might stay in the leadoff spot past tonight, the manager didn’t rule that out.

“We’ll see it how it unfolds,” Farrell said. “Hopefully today is a day we handle Wilson who is off to a decent start, we get another left-handed starter tomorrow. Depending on who is available tomorrow to be in the lineup, we’ll address that at that time.”

Entering the season, hitting left-handed pitching was likely on the bottom of the list of potential concerns with a lineup featuring Ramirez, Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. But, after 42 games, it’s one of the biggest — although general manager Ben Cherington thinks it will naturally improve.

“Certainly coming into the season we didn’t foresee that would be an issue and it has been to this point,” Cherington said. “Looking in hindsight at the first 42 games or wherever we are, you can see certain areas of performance and be like, ‘Oh, that’s why they are struggling against lefties.’ We didn’t expect that to be a challenge and I think that is something that can just improve naturally with the guys that are here and get guys into some established roles.”

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