|Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo||07.27.15 at 6:07 pm ET|
And it begins.
The Red Sox traded outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge. To fill Victorino’s spot in the roster, the team has recalled Rusney Castillo.
Victorino was hitting .245 in 33 games this season. He battled injuries each of the last two seasons. The right fielder’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season. He was owed $4.5 million for the rest of this season, which the Red Sox will help pay.
The Red Sox received Rutledge, who is 26 years old and was hitting .274 with the Angels’ Triple-A club. He’s played all over the infield this season, besides first base. He played three seasons with the Rockies prior to joining the Angels organization this past offseason. In 266 career games in the majors, he’s a .259 hitter.
Castillo is active for Monday’s game against the White Sox and will start in right field.
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Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:
|Report: Pirates have shown interest in Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino||07.26.15 at 7:16 pm ET|
According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have “looked into” both Napoli and Victorino.
The Pirates are currently six games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, but lead the NL Wild Card.
‘ Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 26, 2015
|Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts’ walkoff single snaps Red Sox’ 8-game losing streak||07.24.15 at 10:51 pm ET|
Mookie Betts led the inning off with a walk, Brock Holt bunted him over to second and he scored on Xander Bogaerts’ single up the middle on a close play at the plate, which needed a long review to confirm Betts was indeed safe.
It was the Red Sox‘ third walkoff win of the year.
“The replay even took extra innings, seemingly,” manager John Farrell said. “We put together a very good game from the mound. The fact coming off a road trip that was a bad road trip, to come back home, walkoff a win. Bogey again, right man in the right spot. A big relief for guys who continue to grind away.”
The rally was keyed by a strike ’em out, throw ’em out double play to end the top of the 11th when Justin Masterson struck out Victor Martinez and Ryan Hanigan threw out Ian Kinsler trying to steal third.
The Tigers threatened in the eighth against reliever Junichi Tazawa as Kinsler tripled and was the go-ahead run at third, but after a long battle, Tazawa struck Yoenis Cespedes out swinging to end the threat.
“That might be the at-bat of the game,” Farrell said. “[Cespedes] is such a good RBI guy and trying to elevate some fastballs. I think it was an eight or nine pitch at-bat, which they were tied up in. Stayed up with some velocity, couple of foul balls, finally got a swing and miss. Taz has been in so many games with his back against the wall and continues to do a great job for us.”
The Red Sox had their chance to win it in the ninth inning as they had the winning run on second and Mike Napoli smoked one right back up the middle, but it went right into Al Alburquerque’s glove to end the inning.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello had his best start in quite some time, as the right-hander went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out six. He didn’t walk a batter and it was his longest start since going eight innings on June 3 against the Twins.
His six strikeouts were the most since May 16 against the Mariners and his 105 pitches were the most since his second start of the season. The one earned run was the fewest he’s allowed since he shutout the Rays over seven innings back on May 5.
“A lot of strikes by both starters and I thought tonight from the fourth inning on, Rick’s fastball was one of the best he’s had on the entire year,” Farrell said. “He was really good with his extension. I think it showed up with some swing and miss to his changeup. He was down in the strike zone, got a key double play in the fourth inning. He was very good. Even the couple of opportunities where they had runners in scoring position he was able to get a key strikeout. He and [Hanigan] was again went out and matched up and executed well.”
Detroit scored its only run against Porcello in the third inning when Kinsler singled home former Red Sox Jose Iglesias, who had doubled to leadoff in the inning.
The Red Sox responded in the bottom of the third inning when Brock Holt came through with a two-out RBI single up the middle, plating Shane Victorino who had singled earlier in the frame.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed one run over eight innings and was as impressive as Porcello, if not more.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
The Red Sox will look to snap an eight-game losing streak, coming off there winless seven-game road trip out of the All-Star break.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Here is a complete Red Sox lineup:
|Shane Victorino: ‘I want to be here at the end of my contract’||07.23.15 at 3:14 am ET|
HOUSTON — Shane Victorino wants to win. He also wants to stay.
The outfielder knows that one might very well go hand in hand with the other.
Victorino is one of the Red Sox who are playing in a contract year, leaving him as a candidate to be shipped out at the non-waiver trade deadline if the team thinks this 11-game deficit is too much to overcome.
That’s why Victorino is eyeing the next nine days as some of the most important games of his Red Sox career.
“What can we do in this however many days before the deadline? I don’t want to go anywhere,” he said. “I don’t think any of the guys in here want to go anywhere. Let’s go make it hard on [the front office].
“You look at things and say, ‘Which way am I going to be a part of?’ Am I going to make things difficult for our organization, letting them see we’re showing them signs?”
Victorino knows the Red Sox are teetering on the edge of not being able to get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to a resurgence. They dropped their seventh straight Wednesday night, and sit at 11 games under .500.
There is no guarantees that even if the Red Sox start selling, Victorino will be part of the purge. He is just coming back from injury, and there will still be about $5 million to pay from the $13.5 million the outfielder makes this season. (According to a major league source, the Mets currently aren’t eyeing Victorino despite shopping for outfielders.)
But for the 34-year-old, anything scenario that doesn’t include bolstering the current roster would offer uneasiness.
“I don’t want to see that,” he said. “I don’t want to be part of that kind of team. When I leave that’s the part I sit there and think I didn’t get to see it to the end. I want to be here at the end of my contract.
“Make it miserable for them where they’re thinking, ‘Damn, our hands our tied. What are we going to do?’
“I still plan on to this day of being here at the end. That’s what I’m focused on. I think we can do it. I know we can do it. This is it for me.”
|Red Sox lineup: Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino back for Game 1 of doubleheader||07.20.15 at 2:31 pm ET|
The Red Sox and Angels will face off twice on Monday, making up Sunday’s rain out and then play Monday’s originally scheduled contest. The Red Sox will need to take both games to split the four-game series.
The Angels will go with left-hander Hector Santiago for the first game, like was the case Sunday night, so the Red Sox will go with the exact same righty-heavy lineup for Game 1 as they had posted Sunday night.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
|A few down-the-road decisions facing Red Sox||07.16.15 at 12:21 pm ET|
But there is another layer of decisions that loom when the offseason comes around when the last 2015 pitch is thrown.
Here are some things that you might not be thinking about now, but the next 2 1/2 months or so will have to help define when it comes to these Red Sox …
Picking up Clay Buchholz‘s option
This was an absolute no-brainer a week ago. You would have gladly committed $13 million to the level of pitcher Buchholz has proven to be, even with his ups and downs.
Now, however, there is this elbow thing.
The Red Sox say that Buchholz will pitch again this season, but the question remains in regard to how many innings that will encompass. What if Buchholz only makes a handful of starts, not giving the medical security blanket the team was hoping for?
Perhaps this remains a no-doubter even if there is some questions heading into the offseason, if no other reason but to keep the $13.5 million option for 2017 intact.
What to do with the catcher position
Christian Vazquez is on schedule to engage in full participation when spring training kicks off next year. And going off of the success of another catcher who is a veteran of Tommy John surgery, Matt Wieters, there’s no reason to believe rust or caution will be a concern.
|Red Sox lineup: Shane Victorino returns vs. Astros||07.04.15 at 11:33 am ET|
For the first time since May 23, Shane Victorino will start a game for the Red Sox.
The right fielder (left calf) was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game, but will make his return Saturday against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh.
Other than Victorino, it’s a standard Red Sox lineup with Sandy Leon catching Clay Buchholz.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
|Blake Swihart (toe) placed on 15-day DL, Shane Victorino activated headline Red Sox roster moves||07.03.15 at 5:30 pm ET|
The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to their weekend series with the Astros.
Shane Victorino was taken off the disabled list and added to the active roster, although he won’t start Friday night. He had been on the disabled list with a left calf injury since May 25. In a corresponding move, Blake Swihart (toe) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket for the active roster and in turn, outfielder Jackie Bradley was sent back down to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ramirez, reliever Zeke Spruill was designated for assignment.
Swihart had suffered the toe injury a few weeks ago and took a few days off, but wasn’t fully able to recover. He had played just once since Sunday. The 15-day DL stint will be backdated two days.
“With Blake, he had been playing with some pain as we know,” manager John Farrell said. “The injury that he suffered to that small left toe is obviously still there. The symptoms never really subsided to the point where the recommendation at the time with the number of days needed initially, we kind of took a shortcut initially to get him back in the lineup. But we’re afforded the ability to give him so added rest right now.”
Farrell is excited about getting Victorino back on the field as he’s played in just 50 combined games the past two seasons. He will share time in right field with Alejandro De Aza, but Farrell said it wouldn’t be a strict right/left platoon and it is expected Victorino will play Saturday.
“[Victorino] as we all know, brings a tremendous amount of energy,” Farrell said. “He talks the game, he’s always seeing game situations as they unfold on the field and talking it in the dugout. I know Vic feels more comfortable in speaking his mind when he’s active and on the field and contribution. His in-game decisions are outstanding. And defense in this ballpark in right field, he plays it as good as anyone has played it. And we’re looking forward to having that back.”
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