|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens takes no-hitter into seventh, but loses; Shane Victorino plays 9 innings in Portland||07.01.15 at 8:51 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-42): L, 1-0, at Rochester (Twins)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just two hits, but got no run support and took the loss (2-6, 3.28 ERA) with a final line of: 7 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (98 pitches, 60 strikes). Owens was perfect through four before walking the leadoff batter in the fifth. He continued with a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a leadoff double. A ground out and sacrifice fly would bring that runner home and provide the difference on the scoreboard.
It was the fourth straight quality start for Owens, who was selected by Boston in the first-round of the 2011 draft (36th overall). However, Owens has not won a game since May 5, a span of 12 starts. The 22-year-old finished June with an 0-3 mark in six outings with a 3.47 ERA, compiling 27 strikeouts to 13 walks in 36 1/3 innings.
— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) replaced Owens in the eighth after a leadoff double and a strikeout. Light, 24, allowed a single, but stranded two runners as he came back with a strikeout of his own on a split-finger fastball, followed by a pop-out to end the inning. A 2012 first-round draft choice and this year converted to a reliever, Light has now rebounded with two straight scoreless appearances since blowing back-to-back saves on June 21 and June 24.
— Big leaguer Ervin Santana held the Pawtucket offense in check, giving up just five hits while walking not walking a batter over eight scoreless innings. Santana completed his three-game Triple-A build up to rejoining Minnesota after his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The PawSox had two aboard in only one inning, the eighth, but second baseman Sean Coyle (Boston’s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) popped out to end the chance.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Sean Coyle homers to lead PawSox; Manuel Margot blasts first Double-A HR; Trey Ball, Michael Kopech rising prospects||06.28.15 at 10:05 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (37-39): W, 7-3, vs. Gwinnett (Braves)
— Second baseman Sean Coyle (Boston’s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning with a three-run home run to left, unloading on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fifth blast of the year for Coyle, 23, who had missed 23 games with time on the DL (left elbow inflammation) from May 15 through June 7. Coyle had struggled at the plate since his return, hitting just 7-for-45 (.156) over 13 games in June before Saturday night’s game-changer. Coyle, a third-round selection by Boston in the 2010 draft, was a Double-A Eastern League All-Star in 2014 as he hit .295 with 16 homers in 96 games, while also appearing in the MLB All-Star Futures Game at Target Field in Minnesota.
In addition to the homer on Saturday, Coyle also was part of a heads-up play defensively to end the Gwinnett fourth inning. After a single to left with two aboard, Coyle snuck behind an overzealous baserunner and applied the tag before the lead runner could cross the plate. Left fielder Quintin Berry supplied the throw.
— The PawSox made several excellent defensive plays on the night. Right fielder Shane Victorino‘s calf looked fine as he executed a feet-first slide to grab a sinking liner in the third. One batter later, Berry made a fine running backhand over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track. In the fifth, center fielder Rusney Castillo ended the inning with a charging shoe-top snag of his own. Then in the sixth, Castillo displayed his arm strength as he nailed a runner at the plate trying to score from second on a slow-rolling single up the middle.
— Victorino played seven innings and finished 1-for-4 in his third rehab game with Pawtucket. He is 3-for-9 with a double.
— Castillo was 2-for-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored. Castillo also stole a base, his eighth. It was the Cuban’s third multi-hit game out of four since his demotion from Boston.
— RHP Pat Light pitched a perfect ninth to close the game out in a non-save situation. Light, a converted starter and 2012 first-round draft pick, had blown saves in his last two outings but looked smooth on Saturday as his fastball peaked at 97 mph on the McCoy Stadium radar gun.
— Outfielder Carlos Peguero was hit by a pitch on the elbow in the first inning and had to leave the game. Catcher Humberto Quintero was a late scratch due to a lower back injury.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens, Shane Victorino look sharp; Sam Travis, Manuel Margot give Double-A jolt; Yoan Moncada breaks out with offense||06.26.15 at 9:55 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (36-38): L, 6-5, vs. Rochester (Twins)
— It was a busy day for transactions involving the PawSox, with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., shortstop Deven Marrero and RHP Jonathan Aro getting called up to Boston and starter Joe Kelly being optioned to Pawtucket, in addition to infielder Jeff Bianchi being outrighted to the PawSox. RHP Steven Wright also reported to Pawtucket and was activated, as was infielder Jemile Weeks off of the DL.
Kelly is scheduled to start Sunday June 28 for the PawSox, a 1:05 p.m. start against Gwinnett.
— The rehab assignments of outfielder Shane Victorino (calf) and catcher Ryan Hanigan (hand) continued, with Victorino going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Hanigan going 0-for-2 with a walk. Each played six innings, with Hanigan getting behind the plate on defense for the second time this week in addition to getting a game as the DH.
Victorino ripped a double down the left-field line in the third off Twins RHP Ervin Santana (eligible to return from major league suspension July 5), and Victorino appeared to run the bases and navigate the field without an issue. Victorino made three routine putouts in right field.
— Pawtucket greeted Santana rudely, with leadoff hitter Rusney Castillo taking the first pitch from the right hander over the right-center wall for this third Triple-A homer on the season. Castillo, who played center field, was 2-for-5 on the night with two runs scored plus his seventh stolen base. Castillo is 4-for-10 over his first two games with the PawSox since his demotion from Boston.
— DH Carlos Peguero also homered off of Santana, a mammoth two-run shot that cleared the McCoy Stadium right-field seats and advertising signs and landed in the parking lot. Peguero turned on an inside fastball for the blast, giving him four homers in his last seven games for Pawtucket. The 28-year-old Dominican went 3-for-5 and now has a slash line of .394/.432/.818 in eight games in Triple-A.
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) got the start for the PawSox, producing a quality line of 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO (103 pitches, 66 strikes). It was Owens’ longest outing of the season, as well as his highest pitch count. Owens, 22, did not allow a hit during the first three innings, giving up just a walk, before getting touched up for two runs in the fourth on four singles. He escaped further damage by inducing a double play to end the frame. Owens then allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth before retiring the final eight batters he faced.
Owens has kept his walk numbers down over the past three starts, giving up just four free passes in 19 innings while striking out 14 in that span.
|Red Sox injury updates: Sox hope to get Ryan Hanigan back July 1; Shane Victorino begins rehab with Pawtucket||06.24.15 at 5:36 pm ET|
It seems Hanigan will return faster than Victorino, as the Red Sox are hopeful he can return when he’s eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on July 1.
“We fully hope that he’d be back when he’s first eligible and that’s right after the first of July,” manager John Farrell said.
Hanigan caught five innings on Monday and served as the designated hitter Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Following a day down on Wednesday, Farrell said he will be back behind the plate Thursday.
Victorino will begin his rehab with the PawSox on Wednesday.
“He’ll go back to back for the first couple days just building into it,” Farrell said. “Two and three at-bats both for the first two nights. We’ve got to get him to where he’s going consecutive games nine innings each before he comes back to us. So that wouldn’t be on this upcoming road trip.”
Farrell ruled out a return to the team on their upcoming road trip for Victorino.
Both players will be with Pawtucket until Friday and then after it’s undetermined where they will go, with the chance one or both could go to Double-A Portland.
|Red Sox injury updates: Shane Victorino to begin rehab assignment Wednesday; Ryan Hanigan working his way back||06.23.15 at 5:30 pm ET|
The Red Sox are working towards getting some of their injured players back.
After being placed on the disabled list on May 24 with a calf injury, Shane Victorino will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.
Of a possible 233 games between this year and last, Victorino has played in just 50. Manager John Farrell has said the team will want to make sure of his durability in playing consecutive games before making a move to call him back up.
Catcher Ryan Hanigan who broke his finger on May 1, made his first rehab start Monday night in Pawtucket, going 0-for-3 in five innings behind the plate. Hanigan will DH Tuesday night before catching again Wednesday.
“Ryan will DH tonight, be back behind the plate again tomorrow with Pawtucket and then he’ll transition to Portland as Portland goes back home,” Farrell said. “The whole thought is to get him back-to-back nine-inning games hopefully within the next week. His first day eligible to us is July 1.”
|Red Sox pregame notes: Travis Shaw promoted, Matt Barnes optioned; Multiple injury updates||06.14.15 at 12:18 pm ET|
There was an unfamiliar face in the Red Sox clubhouse Sunday morning when first/third baseman Travis Shaw walked through the door. Shaw has appeared in just one major league game, an early May game in Toronto.
The corresponding move for Shaw was optioning reliever Matt Barnes back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
“Given the physical situation with a couple of our position players, we needed some depth at a corner position, so Travis is here today,” manager John Farrell said.
Barnes suffered the loss Saturday, allowing a towering home run to Jays catcher Russell Martin in the 11th inning. Following a string of five straight scoreless appearances, Barnes has allowed runs in his last three outings, including three Friday night without recording an out. For the year, the right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA.
A starter turned reliever, he will remain a reliever with Pawtucket.
“It’s been more in hitter counts where the mislocated pitches have cost him,” Farrell said. “Yesterday [Saturday] was a prime example of that. The one thing about Matt is if you look back at his progression to get to the big leagues, there’s been obviously a learning curve at each of the levels he’s advanced through. If you combine that with a change of role, this is part of his continued learning and the required consistency at this level. He’s got all the ingredients to be a very good late inning reliever. There’s a lot of trust in him. You look at the three-pitch mix that he has and yet we’re striding for consistency.”
“Second day down,” Farrell said. “Much like we did with David and with Pablo. A couple of days to regroup. Fully expect him back in the lineup tomorrow.”
— Pablo Sandoval is starting after leaving the game Saturday with right quad tightness. The third baseman went through a full workout before the game and came through it with no issues. Shaw was brought up in case it did flare up within the game.
— After crashing into the Red Sox bullpen wall Friday night, Mookie Betts is out once again, but will taking batting practice on the field prior to the game. “Improved throughout the night. We’ll know more coming out of BP,” Farrell said.
|Red Sox pregame notes: Hanley Ramirez staying in LF; Shane Victorino improving; Dustin Pedroia out of leadoff spot?||06.02.15 at 6:28 pm ET|
Long-term and broader focused subjects dominated the discussion Tuesday at Fenway Park, as both John Farrell and owner John Henry addresses the team’s 22-29 start, but Farrell also addressed a few day-to-day items with the team, including Hanley Ramirez‘s play in left field.
Ramirez has had his fair share of struggles in left field, which he and Farrell acknowledge, but Farrell continues to state it’s a work in progress and isn’t showing any signs of a potential position change.
“There’s work daily,” Farrell said. “It’s a work in progress, we know that. I think if you were to ask Hanley himself, he would say that there is continued work going on there. We have to stay the course with that.”
— Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 24 with a left calf injury. The manager said he is improving daily and a possible timetable for a rehab assignment will be known at the end of the week.
“The volume and intensity of the work and the running continues to ramp up,” Farrell said. “That was the case throughout the road trip. We will know better by the end of this week kind of a projected timeline of a rehab assignment. We’re not at the point to target a start date for that.”
— Farrell also confirmed Justin Masterson will make his second rehab start Friday in Portland. His first one Sunday with the PawSox didn’t go that well as the right-hander was on a 50-pitch limit and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks.
— Dustin Pedroia has performed well out of the leadoff spot, as in nine games he’s batted .324, but Farrell indicated the second baseman prefers hitting second and the hope is he could be moved back to his preferable spot once things turn around.
“It could be revisited,” Farrell said of the leadoff spot. “I know Dustin’s preference — well first of all, Dustin is a constant team player. He’s going to do whatever is asked, whatever is best for this team. I know his presence is to hit in the two hole. He’s performed great since moving to the leadoff spot, so what we need to do is to continue to solidify things and get on a consistent performance. Consistent winning ways.”
|Shane Victorino (left calf) to disabled list, Red Sox looking to get durability more consistent||05.24.15 at 11:49 am ET|
Victorino missed two games this week with general soreness, focused around the left calf, but returned Saturday night. The return didn’t go as planned as he had to leave the game before his at-bat in the bottom of the third as he went back awkwardly on a fly ball in the top of the third and felt some tightness in the calf.
This is Victorino’s second trip to the disabled list this season, as he missed over two weeks with a hamstring injury last month. Since the start of the 2014 season, Victorino has played in just 50 games.
“He didn’t acknowledge it, that’s just the competitor he is, and I’m not saying he fought this, but at the same time he’s disappointed,” manager John Farrell said of Victorino accepting being placed on the DL. “He’s frustrated. But, in defense of Vic it’s kind of hard to plan inning-to-inning rather than game-to-game.”
Farrell said he admires the determination of Victorino and his value to the team when fully healthy. The issue is not being able to depend on him every day, and having to constantly have a backup plan ready to go on days he does play, as well as coming to the ballpark unsure of his playing status.
“When you look at the performance when he came back to us this year after all that he’s been through, you give him a tremendous amount of credit for the work he’s put in,” said Farrell. “I think any athlete who is taken out of competition because of injury, it’s taxing mentally. A number of times that Vic has either been on the DL or has missed anywhere from 3-5 games it wears on him. I don’t know that there’s a stronger competitor in our clubhouse and a guy who means a lot to this team when he’s active feels like he can speak his mind — it’s hard for a player to speak his mind when they are not active and in the mix and Vic is a vocal guy in our clubhouse.
“He’s a guy that impacts the game as we’ve seen this year when he’s on the field in a number of ways. He’ll be missed. That’s why you believe in a player as strong as you do with Vic, not for what he did just in 2013, but what we does every time he’s on the field and near 100 percent health. We’ve got to get him back to where the durability is a little bit more consistent.”
Bianchi has played in 162 career games with the Brewers, but when he does get into a game with the Red Sox it will be his first appearance at the big league level with them. He’s an infielder who can play third base, second base and shortstop. The Red Sox signed him to a minor league deal this past January.
“What we saw in spring training was a lot of dependability, particularly on the defensive side,” said Farrell. “His addition allows us to be a little bit more versatile with Brock to use in the outfield with a matchup that might be to our liking. The ability to play all three infield positions. Played all three with a lot of dependability in camp.”
|Closing Time: Mike Napoli homers twice, Steven Wright outstanding in Red Sox win||05.23.15 at 10:25 pm ET|
Losing two straight and four of five, the Red Sox offense, which came in averaging 2.45 runs per game in May, and team in general needed a spark — someone to insert some life into the group.
Mike Napoli to the rescue.
The first baseman hit two monster home runs, as the Red Sox beat the Angels 8-3 Saturday night at Fenway Park.
His second home run came in the sixth inning with two outs and Hanley Ramirez on first base as he took a C.J. Wilson offering and crushed it over everything in left, snapping a 2-2 tie at the time.
Napoli owns the Angels as he entered the game with the best all-time slugging percentage (.679) and OPS (1.120) against them. He has reached base in 14 straight games against them.
“I feel pretty good,” Napoli said. “This is a time that we’re out to maintain what I’m doing right now in the cage and my BP. I know where my hands have to get and it’s a good feeling to go in there and compete and not try to think what’s going wrong with my swing or anything. So I’m going to try to keep that muscle memory and be able to go in the game and compete.”
The Red Sox added to their lead in the seventh inning when Xander Bogaerts delivered a two-out, two-run single to right with the bases loaded. They struck for two more in the eighth when Blake Swihart and Brock Holt perfectly executed a hit-and-run where Holt scored from first on a ball that died in the outfield grass, and then Mookie Betts added a two-out RBI single.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright was terrific for the Red Sox, as after allowing two first inning runs he retired 18 of the next 19 hitters before walking Matt Joyce with one out in the seventh inning and manager John Farrell took him out of the game. Alexi Ogando retired the next two batters to get out of the inning with no damage.
Wright finished the night going 6 1/3 innings, allowing the two first inning runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out two to pick up his second win of the season. It was his first career win as a major league starter.
“For me, it’s just another day,” Wright said. “If you try and put too much pressure on yourself you’re just going to disappoint and you’re going to try and over do things, over work. For me, I am going to try and go in there and throw quality knuckleballs in the strike zone. They are going to put it in play, it’s a contact pitch. Today we were fortunate to get balls right at some guys, guys made some good plays. I went as deep as I could.”
After trailing 2-0, the Red Sox scored once in the third and once in the fourth. They got on the board in the third inning on a rocket of a homer by Napoli into the Monster seats. They then scored the following inning on an RBI single to left from Betts, who was pinch-hitting for Shane Victorino (more on that later).
Things didn’t start so well for Wright and the Red Sox as the Angels scored twice in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. The Red Sox have now been outscored 32-14 in the first inning this year.
Victorino, after missing the last two games, returned to the lineup, but left prior to his at-bat in the bottom of third inning with left calf tightness. That was part of what has kept him out the last two days.
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Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
|Shane Victorino day-to-day after leaving game in third inning with left calf tightness||at 8:12 pm ET|
Shane Victorino just can’t seem to stay 100 percent healthy.
After going back awkwardly on a fly ball in the top of the third inning of Saturday’s game against the Angels, the right fielder was removed from the game prior to his at-bat the next half-inning. The team announced it as left calf tightness.
Following the game, manager John Farrell said he is day-to-day and will be reevaluated Sunday morning.
“If there’s anything more to that we’ll know in the morning when we check him out,” Farrell said.
He had missed the previous two games with “general soreness” centered around the left calf.
Since the start of the 2014 season, Victorino has played in just 50 games.
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