Player News - Red Sox

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David Ortiz crushed his 31st home run of the year on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Red Sox to victory over the Royals.

Big Papi's solo shot ignited a three-run rally in the fourth inning that briefly gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead, but that would wind up being the extent of their offense. Ortiz finished the night 1-for-4 and is now slashing .319/.407/.633 with 31 bombs and 101 RBI in his farewell tour.
Aug 28 - 11:37 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez was knocked around in Sunday's loss to the Royals, allowing five runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Rodriguez struggled with his command in the contest, issuing four walks while striking just one. It was his first start since August 16 due to discomfort he experienced in his left hamstring and the left-hander appeared a bit rusty. He'll bring a disappointing 5.35 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Athletics in Oakland.
Aug 28 - 11:37 PM

Dustin Pedroia will be away from the Red Sox on Sunday due to a family matter.

The Red Sox will not make a roster move, and it's possible, although not a given, that Pedroia will rejoin the club on Monday. It's unfortunate timing, as Pedroia is red-hot at the plate with 11 hits in his last 12 at-bats. The Red Sox are playing the Sunday night game and haven't released a lineup yet, so it's unclear who will be filling in for Pedroia at second base. Aaron Hill, Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez are the options.
Aug 28 - 1:08 PM

Mookie Betts crushed his 29th home run of the season on Saturday, leading the Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over Danny Duffy and the Royals.

Betts was one of three Red Sox to take Duffy deep in this one, joining Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts. His blast in the fifth inning increased the Red Sox advantage to 6-2. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .320/.359/.561 with 29 homers, 94 RBI and 21 stolen bases in what has been an MVP-caliber season.
Aug 27 - 10:26 PM

David Price pitched well in Saturday's victory over the Royals, allowing two runs on five hits over six strong innings.

The veteran southpaw racked up seven strikeouts on the evening while issuing only two free passes. All of the damage against him came in the second inning which featured a solo homer from Salvador Perez and an RBI double from Alcides Escobar. Price earned his 13th victory of the season, but still sports a disappointing 3.97 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He'll do battle next against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday.
Aug 27 - 10:23 PM

Koji Uehara (pectoral) threw 53 pitches off a mound on Friday.

ESPN's Scott Lauber noted that Uehara was throwing with "good intensity." Uehara is scheduled to throw again Monday and could face live hitters for the first time since straining his pectoral muscle shortly after the All-Star break. He'll likely share setup duties with Brad Ziegler upon his return.
Aug 27 - 6:31 PM

Steven Wright took the loss in his return from the disabled list Friday, giving up five runs over six innings against the Royals.

Wright really struggled with his command and control in the first inning and gave up all five runs in the process (via homers from Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon). He settled down nicely from there, but the damage was done. The knuckleballer struck out just one batter on the night. He now owns a 3.18 ERA through 23 starts on the year and will square off against the Rays next week at home.
Aug 26 - 10:47 PM

Mookie Betts went 5-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles in Friday’s loss to the Royals.

All five hits were singles. This was the first five-hit game of his career. Betts, Dustin Pedroia, and Xander Bogaerts combined for 12 hits on the night, but they only managed three runs against Ian Kennedy and the Royals’ bullpen. With a .320/.360/.557 batting line to go along with 28 homers, 93 RBI, 21 steals, and 99 runs scored, Betts continues to look like a strong MVP candidate.
Aug 26 - 10:45 PM

Jackie Bradley, Jr. went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Friday against the Royals.

The struggles continue for Bradley. He has just three hits in 34 at-bats over his last nine games and is hitting .167 (15-for-90) with 32 strikeouts this month. He’ll probably be happy to see the calendar flip to September.
Aug 26 - 10:45 PM

An MRI on Andrew Benintendi's left knee didn't reveal any structural damage.

Benintendi took a nasty spill during Wednesday's game while trying to avoid a tag at second base, but it appears he's avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn't known at this point, but the Red Sox should get him back sometime next month.
Aug 26 - 4:30 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket.

He's posted a 2.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 30 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season. Hembree will return when rosters expand.
Aug 26 - 12:11 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Steven Wright from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Friday against the Royals after missing three weeks with a jammed shoulder that he suffered while pinch-running. Wright has mostly faded the last couple months after a terrific start to the season, although he did throw a shutout in his last outing.
Aug 26 - 12:10 PM

Clay Buchholz will move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) returns to the starting rotation Sunday against the Royals.

Steven Wright (shoulder) is also returning this weekend. Buchholz is coming off arguably his best start of the season (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R Tuesday against Tampa Bay) and has been a much improved pitcher in the second half with a 3.00 ERA over 11 appearances. There's a good chance we'll see him back in the rotation at some point this year.
Aug 25 - 4:20 PM

Drew Pomeranz took a loss against the Rays after allowing two runs and striking out 11 in six-plus innings.

Working in a 1-1 game, Pomeranz gave up a single and an RBI double to open the seventh before being lifted. The Red Sox went on to lose 2-1. It's still worth wondering if Pomeranz will fade down the stretch as his innings count continues to build, but he's been very good lately after a rough first three starts for the Red Sox.
Aug 25 - 4:13 PM

Aaron Hill went 0-for-3 in the loss to the Rays on Thursday and is hitting .202/.268/.258 since joining the Red Sox on July 7.

The Red Sox bought in to Hill's fluky first half when they sent two prospects the Brewers way for his services, and they're living to regret it. He should be limited to starting against lefties the rest of the way; there's no excuse for having him in the lineup against a righty like Jake Odorizzi.
Aug 25 - 4:05 PM


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