Player News - Red Sox

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Brian Johnson wasn’t able to get through five innings Sunday, allowing two runs over 4 2/3 frames to take a no-decision in the Red Sox’ 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Making his first start following a brief absence due to a hip injury, Johnson gave up just two hits in this one, but one of them was a two-run homer to Teoscar Hernandez and he also walked four batters. Johnson hasn’t given up more than two runs in any of his three starts since moving into the rotation, but he’s yet to go five innings as he stretches back out following a long stint as a reliever. With Eduardo Rodriguez (ankle) landing on the DL, Johnson figures to get at least one more start.
Jul 15 - 4:43 PM

Craig Kimbrel fanned two over a perfect frame to notch his 30th save of the season Sunday against the Blue Jays.

On to protect a three-run lead, Kimbrel induced a flyout and a couple whiffs to preserve the victory without a sweat. The closer concludes the first half with an even 30 saves in 32 chances and he has been scored upon just once since the beginning of June.
Jul 15 - 4:42 PM

Red Sox' manager Alex Cora announced Sunday that Eduardo Rodriguez has "serious damage" to the ligaments in his right ankle.

He won't require surgery, and the Red Sox are optimistic that he'll be able to pitch again this season, but that isn't a certainty. He'll be in a walking boot for the next two weeks before being re-evaluated. It's a crushing blow to his fantasy value for the 2018 season. The 25-year-old southpaw has been a major asset in mixed leagues, posting an 11-3 record, 3.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 110/32 K/BB ratio across his 104 2/3 innings.
Jul 15 - 4:42 PM

Xander Bogaerts smacked a solo home run in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Bogaerts ended Saturday's game with a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning and he began his day Sunday with a solo shot off of Marcus Stroman. He also later added an RBI groundout. Bogaerts will head into the All-Star break with 16 home runs, which is six more than he hit all of last season.
Jul 15 - 4:39 PM

Red Sox activated LHP Brian Johnson from the 10-day disabled list.

Johnson will rejoin the rotation Sunday versus the Blue Jays after missing a week and a half with inflammation in his hip. He holds a 4.23 ERA over 24 appearances -- three starts -- for the Red Sox this season.
Jul 15 - 10:49 AM

Red Sox placed LHP Eduardo Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.

Rodriguez was lifted from Saturday's start against the Orioles with the injury and with the All-Star break coming it makes sense to shut him down for a bit. It shouldn't be a long-term injury. Brian Johnson (hip) is back from the DL and will start Sunday. The Red Sox could also get Drew Pomeranz (biceps) as soon as next weekend.
Jul 15 - 10:47 AM

Steve Pearce (shin) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

Pearce was unavailable for a couple days with a bruised shin, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in this one. He's in the designated hitter spot and batting fifth versus Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays.
Jul 15 - 10:39 AM

Xander Bogaerts blasted a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning on Saturday, powering the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

The Red Sox trailed 2-1 in the ninth inning, where Bogaerts lined a leadoff double into left field. He came around to score the tying run two pitches later on an RBI double by Jackie Bradley. He then victimized Chris Rowley for the walk-off blast, sending the Fenway faithful into a frenzy. Bogaerts has exceeded expectations from a fantasy perspective, slashing .284/.355/.529 with 15 homers and 62 RBI on the year.
Jul 14 - 5:00 PM

J.D. Martinez clubbed his major league-leading 29th home run as the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.

Martinez tagged Blue Jays' starter Sam Gaviglio for a solo shot to get the Red Sox on the board in the fourth inning. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the afternoon 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's having a ridiculous season at the plate, slashing .330/.392/.648 with 29 homers and 80 RBI.
Jul 14 - 4:56 PM

Craig Kimbrel earned his second victory of the season on Saturday, working a scoreless 10th inning in a tied game against the Blue Jays.

The Red Sox went on to win the game in the bottom half of the inning on a walkoff grand slam from Xander Bogaerts. Kimbrel has been a force out of the Red Sox' bullpen again this season, compiling a 1.82 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and a 60/16 K/BB ratio across 39 2/3 innings. He has converted 29 of his 31 save chances thus far.
Jul 14 - 4:54 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez was forced to leave Saturday's start against the Blue Jays with a right ankle sprain.

Rodriguez had allowed just four hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings before departing. X-rays came back negative, ruling out any structural damage to his ankle, but he's still undergoing further evaluation. With the All-Star break upcoming, this couldn't have happened at a better time and the left-hander may wind up not even having to miss a start.
Jul 14 - 3:18 PM

Steve Pearce (shin) remains out of the Red Sox' starting lineup on Saturday.

Pearce sat out Friday's game after taking a pitch off of his left shin on Thursday. With a right-hander on the hill for the Blue Jays though, there's a chance that he wouldn't have been in the lineup anyways even if he was fully healthy. He's still considered day-to-day.
Jul 14 - 11:56 AM

Red Sox optioned LHP Robby Scott to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Scott worked two innings, of a total seven innings thrown by the bullpen, in Friday's game against the Blue Jays, so he's being sent out to get a fresh arm in there. The 28-year-old southpaw owns an unsightly 15.43 ERA and 1.71 WHIP with the Red Sox this season.
Jul 14 - 11:06 AM

Red Sox recalled LHP Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket.

He'll provide a fresh left-handed arm in the Red Sox' bullpen for the last two days before the All-Star break after the unit was taxed for seven innings against the Blue Jays on Friday. Poyner owns a splendid 1.64 ERA over 9 2/3 innings with the big league club this season.
Jul 14 - 11:05 AM

Mitch Moreland is absent from the Red Sox' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

It looks to be nothing more than a routine day of rest for Moreland, who has battled back spasms this month. Blake Swihart will start in his place at first base and bat seventh against Sam Gaviglio and the Blue Jays.
Jul 14 - 10:40 AM


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