Player News - Red Sox

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Rick Porcello gave up only two runs in a dominant complete game five-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Angels on Friday.

He fanned three batters without issuing any walks to raise his record to an impressive 14-2. The win puts him in a four-way tie for the major league lead. Only three starting pitchers have a better walk rate than Porcello this year. He will take his 3.47 ERA into a matchup with the Mariners on Wednesday.
Jul 30 - 1:22 AM

Xander Bogaerts smacked a two-run homer and added an RBI double in Friday's game.

He finished 2-for-5 on the night with three RBI and two runs scored. The longball was his 13th of the season. His .331 batting average ranks him fourth in the major leagues while his 78 runs scored rank sixth.
Jul 30 - 1:04 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Friday that David Ortiz is likely to sit on Saturday.

It'll be a well-deserved day of rest for the veteran slugger against Angels left-hander Hector Santiago. The 40-year-old is having perhaps his finest season as a pro, slashing .325/.417/.657 with 25 homers and 84 RBI in 93 games.
Jul 29 - 9:28 PM

Brad Ziegler is unavailable should a save situation arise on Friday against the Angels.

Ziegler had a rough night on Thursday, blowing a save in the ninth inning in the opening game against the Halos. Matt Barnes would get the call should the Red Sox have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Friday.
Jul 29 - 8:34 PM

Travis Shaw is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Friday night's tilt against Tim Lincecum and the Angels.

Just a routine day of rest for Shaw. It'll be Aaron Hill, who has a strong history against Lincecum, batting seventh and starting at the hot corner for the Red Sox.
Jul 29 - 6:40 PM

Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds.
Jul 29 - 1:36 AM

David Price was superb in earning a no-decision in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels, rolling through eight shutout frames while scattering seven singles.

Manager John Farrell is probably second-guessing himself tonight, at least just a little bit. Price had thrown 109 pitches through eight innings and could have theoretically at least started the ninth, but Farrell turned to Brad Ziegler instead. The reliever subsequently blew the save as Price lost out on what would have been a smooth 1-0 win. Tumultuous end aside, this was a strong effort from the ace southpaw. He will bring a 4.26 ERA -- plus a 1.26 WHIP and 151/31 K/BB ratio (143 2/3 innings) -- into a road date with the Mariners next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 29 - 1:25 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he hasn't considered skipping Steven Wright's turn in the rotation despite his struggles with humid weather conditions.

Wright admitted he has a hard time gripping the ball when the weather is wet or sticky. That may explain his disappointing 6.37 ERA in the month of July. However, Farrell has no plans to sit the knuckleballer, nor should he. Wright has easily been Boston's best starter this year with 12 wins and a 3.12 ERA. The 31-year-old's next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Angels.
Jul 28 - 8:54 PM

Chris Young (hamstring) and Josh Rutledge (knee) could begin rehab assignments when the Red Sox return from their 11-game road trip.

They'll be back home on August 8, so Young and Rutledge are still at least a week and a half away from playing in rehab games. Young, who has begun jogging, will slide into a left field platoon with Brock Holt upon his return. Rutledge's role is more uncertain now that Aaron Hill has taken over as Boston's utility infielder.
Jul 28 - 8:43 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) is on track to rejoin the Red Sox on Monday.

Kimbrel will throw one inning in a minor league rehab game Saturday and should be cleared for activation if all goes well in that outing. He has been on the shelf since undergoing a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star break. Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for Boston.
Jul 28 - 1:11 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Tigers.

Rodriguez walked three and gave up nine hits, so the damage could have been even worse. The left-hander has been pretty good overall since returning from Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break and he'll have a slightly friendlier matchup next week in Seattle.
Jul 27 - 4:42 PM

Brad Ziegler allowed a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers.

Ziegler entered a 3-3 game and retired the first two batters he faced -- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias -- but Cabrera launched a two-out solo bomb to right-center to put the Tigers on top. Ziegler is still the best bet for save opportunities in Boston until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the disabled list.
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

Red Sox SS prospect Jose Sermo blasted three homers Tuesday in a win for High-A Salem.

He drove in four runs as the Red Sox edged Potomac 10-7. It was the first three-homer game by a Salem hitter since 2006. Sermo had homered only twice in 81 at-bats this season prior to Tuesday's explosion. The 25-year-old entered Tuesday's game in a 3-for-30 rut that saw his average dip from .271 to .200. Sermo spent all of last season in independent ball with the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Frontier Greys.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 2:55 PM

Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

Travis Shaw will start at first base and Aaron Hill will start at third base. This is just a day of rest for Hanley, who's batting .306/.411/.645 so far in July.
Jul 27 - 10:22 AM

Steven Wright gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.

Wright has admitted to some issues with the heat, as sweaty hands make it difficult for him to get a proper grip on his knuckler. That was probably an issue tonight, with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees at Fenway. Wright tossed a gem last time out against the Twins, but he has a 6.37 ERA in five starts this month.
Jul 26 - 11:19 PM


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