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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joe Kelly allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings Saturday in a 10-4 win over the Yankees.
It was the longest start of his career. Kelly held the Yankees scoreless over the first six innings before Brendan Ryan hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He then gave up an RBI single to Chris Young in the eighth before being pulled for Tommy Layne, who allowed the final two runs to score. All told, Kelly gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out three. The hard-throwing right-hander owns a 4.11 ERA across 10 starts with the Red Sox and should begin 2015 with a rotation spot, though he's not going to have much value in mixed fantasy leagues until his velocity begins to translate to strikeouts. Sep 27 - 4:27 PM

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Joe Kelly held the Orioles to two runs over seven innings in Sunday's win.

Kelly limited the Orioles to just three hits, with David Lough's double in the sixth inning driving in the first run. Kelly also walked three while striking out five. The win was his fifth of the season and his third since joining the Red Sox. Kelly owns a 4.15 ERA overall this year, and he'll look to end strong Saturday against the Yankees.
Sep 21 - 4:44 PM

Joe Kelly allowed four runs over six innings in a win over the Royals Sunday.

Kelly stumbled early, allowing four runs -- including an Eric Hosmer three-run homer -- in the second inning, but he straightened it out to keep the Royals off the board for the rest of the afternoon. Kelly gave up five hits and walked two on the day. The win was his second since joining the Red Sox, moving to 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA through 15 starts on the year. He'll meet the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday.
Sep 14 - 6:34 PM

Joe Kelly gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 6 1/3 innings while throwing a career-high 120 pitches Monday against the Orioles.

Kelly was let down by his defense tonight and deserved better than the line he ended up with. Still, we wonder what he doing blowing past his previous career high of 109 pitches in a completely meaningless September game. Plus, he just had a minor shoulder issue a couple of weeks back. Kelly is now 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA since coming over from St. Louis.
Sep 8 - 10:36 PM

Joe Kelly earned his first win since joining the Red Sox, holding the Yankees to three runs over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's 9-4 victory.

Kelly has pitched well in five out of his six starts with Boston after coming over in the John Lackey trade. Against the Yankees, he allowed five hits and walked four while striking out six. In his new uniform, he's 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 49/32 K/BB ratio. Kelly will oppose the Blue Jays at home in his next start on Sunday.
Sep 2 - 11:05 PM

Joe Kelly yielded two runs and three hits in six-plus innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

Kelly was on a pitch count tonight after leaving his last start with a right shoulder problem. That makes it hard to see why he was sent back out to begin the seventh, only to get pulled after giving up a double. The Blue Jays went on to score four times in the inning to take a 5-2 lead. Kelly is still winless in five starts for the Red Sox, though he's pitched well in four of them.
Aug 27 - 10:22 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Joe Kelly (shoulder) reported "no ill effects" when he arrived at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Kelly was removed from Friday's start as a precaution due to a shoulder injury, but tests showed no damage and he's expected to be fine. "He’s on target to start in five days," Farrell said.
Aug 24 - 9:26 AM

Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's start after feeling a sensation in his right shoulder.

Kelly left after five scoreless innings, and the Red Sox said the move was precautionary in nature. Testing showed no injury, and Kelly said he expects to make his next start.
Aug 22 - 11:19 PM

Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's start against the Mariners for precautionary reasons.

Kelly held the Mariners scoreless over five innings, leaving after 88 pitches. The Red Sox didn't divulge much more on his situation, so more should be known after the game.
Aug 22 - 9:55 PM

Joe Kelly was battered around by the Astros on Sunday, serving up seven runs over four innings as the Red Sox lost 8-1.

It was Kelly's third start as a member of the Red Sox, and his first poor one. Most of the damage occurred in the second inning, as the Astros scored six runs including four on Jose Altuve's grand slam over the Green Monster. The right-hander has a 4.67 on the season overall, and will look to rebound in Friday's home start against the Mariners.
Aug 17 - 5:11 PM

Joe Kelly held the Reds to two runs over six innings in a no-decision on Tuesday.

Making his second start as a member of the Red Sox, Kelly was a bit leaky with base runners, but limited the damage. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out four. He was in line for the loss until Jonathan Broxton gave up a go-ahead home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth. In nine starts this season, Kelly has a 3.75 ERA with a 31/17 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Astros at home on Sunday in his next start.
Aug 12 - 11:12 PM

Facing his former team in his Red Sox debut, Joe Kelly surrendered one run and three hits over seven innings Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Kelly struck out two, walked four and threw just 53 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Still, the Cardinals couldn't make him pay for the wildness, settling for a double and two singles in the seven innings. Kelly appears set to get the Reds and Astros next week, making him a worthy spot start in mixed leagues.
Aug 7 - 12:57 AM

Joe Kelly will make his Red Sox debut on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

It will be a very familiar environment for him, as he does battle against his old comrades at his old stomping ground. The 26-year-old hurler posted a 4.37 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 25/10 K/BB ratio over 35 innings with the Cardinals before the trade.
Aug 2 - 1:25 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Joe Kelly's debut for the team will likely come in St. Louis next week.

Kelly, of course, just came from St. Louis via trade. He last pitched on Wednesday, so starting on Tuesday following the off day seems likely.
Aug 1 - 4:40 PM

Red Sox acquired RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig from the Cardinals for RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell.

Kelly owns a promising 3.25 ERA in 266 career major league innings, but he's made half of his appearances in pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium and likely won't have as much luck on batted balls with the move to Fenway Park. The 26-year-old right-hander seems like a bullpen arm long term for Boston. He is under control through 2018.
Jul 31 - 1:07 PM

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