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Justin Masterson gave up four runs and walked six in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rays.

Masterson had turned in three straight solid efforts, giving up six runs over 18 innings, but he completely lost the strike zone at times tonight and was lucky to last as long as he did. He and Joe Kelly are really neck-and-neck in the fierce competition to lose a spot in Boston's rotation.
May 6 - 10:40 PM

Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is expected to begin taking dry swings on Thursday.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Wednesday morning that Hanley Ramirez "is said to be feeling better" and could return to the Red Sox starting lineup in "a couple days," but there's no real timetable yet. Hanley suffered a left shoulder injury Monday when he slammed into the left-field wall at Fenway Park. He should avoid the disabled list, but the slugger might not return to games until early next week. Allen Craig is in left field on Wednesday night.
May 6 - 4:31 PM

Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens bounced back with a strong effort Tuesday for Triple-A Pawtucket, limiting Toledo to one run on five hits over six innings.

Owens' first full season in Triple-A has been rocky at times but Tuesday's outing shows that he's headed down the right path. His real problem this year has been walks, allowing 19 free passes in only 27 innings of work. The 22-year-old has offset his high walk totals by holding opponents to a stingy .194 average. With Boston's starting rotation in shambles, there's a good chance Owens will see action at the big league level this year.
Source: MILB.com
May 6 - 2:57 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) "is said to be feeling better" and hopes to return to the lineup "in a couple days."

Ramirez avoided a serious left shoulder injury when he slammed into a side wall on Monday and has made nice progress since then. The Red Sox will obviously be careful with him, but it sounds like there's a chance he could return to action before the end of the week. Ramirez is batting .283/.340/.609 with 10 home runs this season.
May 6 - 11:09 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Tuesday that the team might give Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) a week to improve before deciding whether to place him on the disabled list.

"You know, if you look back to what we’ve done with other situations where it’s not been a DL, you get to that midpoint, that seventh day, hopefully we would have much more clear information before the seven days arrives," Farrell said. "That’s usually been our marker when to put a guy on the DL or not." Ramirez had increased range of motion with his left shoulder on Tuesday, and an MRI showed no structural damage. Still, he's undoubtedly sore and the Red Sox might wind up shutting him down for a couple weeks.
May 6 - 9:17 AM

Koji Uehara retired the Rays in order to pick up his fifth save, closing out a 2-0 win versus the Rays on Tuesday.

Protecting a two-run lead, Uehara kept David DeJesus, Logan Forsythe, and Asdrubal Cabrera in the infield for a 1-2-3, 13-pitch ninth inning. He's 5-for-6 in save situations now with a 2.45 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 11/0 K/BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings.
May 5 - 10:12 PM

Rick Porcello scattered eight hits over seven scoreless innings to pick up the win versus the Rays on Tuesday.

All eight hits were singles. As he didn't issue any walks and struck out six, he made it difficult for the Rays to do much of anything with an extra-base hit. The Red Sox entered Tuesday's action with the AL's worst starting rotation ERA at 5.73, so they badly needed Porcello's strong outing. Porcello now has a 4.38 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 35/10 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. He'll look for more of the same when he takes on the Athletics in Oakland next.
May 5 - 10:06 PM

Mookie Betts provided all of the offense the Red Sox needed on Tuesday, hitting two solo home runs in a shutout win over the Rays.

The game was scoreless until Betts clubbed a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth off of Drew Smyly. He added a second solo shot in the eighth off of Ernesto Frieri. Betts has otherwise been treading water offensively, batting .234/.306/.411 with four home runs, 17 RBI, and five stolen bases.
May 5 - 10:03 PM

An MRI came up clean on Hanley Ramirez's shoulder.

Ramirez was lifted from Monday's game against the Rays after banging his left shoulder against the left field wall at Fenway Park while trying to make a catch. He showed improved range of motion on Tuesday and is hoping to avoid the disabled list, but he'll be out for at least a handful of games. The 31-year-old slugger had racked up 10 home runs and 22 RBI through just 92 at-bats.
May 5 - 4:35 PM

Allen Craig is in the starting lineup and playing left field in Tuesday's game against the Rays.

Craig homered on Friday, but he's been largely ineffective in his bench role for the Red Sox. This season, he's hitting just .146/.222/.220 in 41 at-bats. His years of hitting in the .300's for the Cardinals feel like they occurred in another lifetime.
May 5 - 3:31 PM

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, but the Red Sox lost 5-1 to the Rays on Monday.

Bogaerts' second-inning RBI triple off of Jake Odorizzi ended up being the only offense the Red Sox would generate on the evening. The shortstop hasn't done much at the dish as he's still looking for his first multi-hit game since April 17. Bogaerts is batting .264/.326/.368 with one home run and 11 RBI in 95 plate appearances.
May 4 - 11:00 PM

Clay Buchholz continued to struggle on the mound on Monday, taking his fourth loss after yielding five runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Rays.

Buchholz wasn't sharp early, allowing two runs in each of the first two innings, but he settled down until the seventh, when the Rays plated one more run and knocked him out of the game. The right-hander gave up nine hits in total while walking two and striking out seven. Half his starts have been decent and the other half has been disastrous. As a result, he carries a 6.03 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP and a 40/10 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. Buchholz will try to turn things around in Toronto against the Blue Jays in his next outing.
May 4 - 10:54 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Monday's game that Hanley Ramirez's left shoulder injury is not a "clear-cut DL" situation.

Farrell referred to Ramirez, who has been diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain following a collision with the side wall, as day-to-day. It's certainly possible that Hanley could still wind up going on the disabled list, but Farrell's words are encouraging. Ramirez has had surgery on the shoulder twice before.
May 4 - 10:43 PM

Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain.

The Red Sox aren't providing anything more at the moment, but they should have another update on Ramirez's status after Monday's game. Hanley was injured when he crashed into the side wall while trying to chase down a flyball. It seems likely that he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it's too soon to speculate about the seriousness of the ailment at the moment.
May 4 - 8:15 PM

Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game versus the Rays in the first inning with an apparent left arm/shoulder injury.

Ramirez crashed into the side wall while trying to chase down a flyball. He immediately clutched his left arm after banging his shoulder pretty hard. Worth noting is that Ramirez has had his left shoulder surgically-repaired twice before. It certainly looked like something that could keep the slugger out for a while, but we should know more later Monday. Ramirez is off to a .283/.340/.609 start this season and trails only Nelson Cruz with his 10 homers.
May 4 - 7:18 PM


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