Dose: Take it to the Max

Dose: Take it to the Max
Dave Shovein takes a look at more dominance from Max Scherzer, Neil Walker's return to Pittsburgh & an impressive scoreless streak in Saturday's Dose.
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Making his Fenway Park debut, Brian Johnson yielded just five hits over nine scoreless frames for his first career shutout Saturday in the Red Sox’s 6-0 win over the Mariners.

Wow. This was only Johnson’s second career start but he looked like a seasoned vet with his masterful command of the strike zone. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone. Johnson’s fastball only sat in the mid to high 80s but he attacked the Mariners by throwing 85 of his 109 pitches for strikes and also benefited from a number of stellar defensive plays from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts. Johnson probably isn’t long for the rotation with David Price due back next week but this was an afternoon he’ll never forget. Johnson’s gem was the first complete game thrown by a Red Sox pitcher this year.
May 27 - 6:59 PM

Jackie Bradley whacked his fifth home run of the year Saturday in the Red Sox’s 6-0 win over the Mariners.

Bradley put overmatched starter Rob Whalen out of his misery by slugging a two-run homer over the right-center field wall with one out in the sixth inning. That put the Red Sox ahead 5-0 and they would never look back. Bradley also had a fine afternoon defensively, robbing Robinson Cano with a leaping catch in the triangle and later making a diving play to preserve Brian Johnson’s shutout in the ninth inning. Perhaps Saturday is a sign that Bradley is ready to break out of his season-long slump (.211 AVG over 109 at-bats).
May 27 - 6:57 PM

Jarrod Dyson notched two hits Saturday in the Mariners’ 6-0 loss to the Red Sox.

He provided two of the Mariners’ five hits and also added his AL-leading 14th stolen base. Dyson only saw seven pitches in his three at-bats, so he obviously came out ready to swing. The 32-year-old has always been a one-trick pony, providing elite speed and little else. He had just one hit in his previous 14 at-bats prior to Saturday’s outburst.
May 27 - 6:56 PM

Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a run scored Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Mariners.

He reached in three of four plate appearances, singling twice and taking first on a hit-by-pitch. Ramirez also contributed his first steal of the season. Hanley has caught fire over his last seven games, hitting .391 during that stretch while improving his average from .250 to .273. He’ll look to stay hot Sunday as the Red Sox go for their seventh straight win.
May 27 - 6:53 PM

Mitch Moreland chipped in with two hits Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Mariners.

Moreland singled in the sixth and later scored on a two-run blast by Jackie Bradley Jr. He also gave the Red Sox a lift with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Moreland’s first year in Boston has been full of peaks and valleys but he’s been on the upswing recently with 13 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.371). He also ranks third in the majors with 16 doubles this year.
May 27 - 6:52 PM

Brandon Kintzler allowed a home run in the ninth inning but held on to earn a save during a 5-3 win over the Rays on Saturday.

He was protecting a three-run lead, so the solo home run by Colby Rasmus didn't have much impact. Kintzler now has 13 saves against just one blown save. He has a splendid 2.05 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
May 27 - 6:26 PM

Adalberto Mejia gave up two runs in five innings and settled for a no-decision against the Rays on Saturday.

He pitched well in his fourth major-league start. Both runs were driven in by Rays' catcher Derek Norris. The first one came on a second-inning single, the second one on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly. The 23-year-old Mejia surrendered six base hits and two walks while notching six strikeouts. He has a 4.64 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 12 walks in 21 1/3 innings.
May 27 - 6:22 PM

Corey Kluber (back) will return to the Indians' rotation Thursday against the Athletics.

Kluber dominated in Friday's rehab outing for Double-A Akron (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and that was all manager Terry Francona needed to see. The former Cy Young winner missed most of May while dealing with lower back discomfort. His return will probably bump Mike Clevinger from the starting rotation.
May 27 - 6:18 PM
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