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Rafael Devers mashed his eighth homer Saturday in the Red Sox’s loss to the Yankees.

He trimmed New York’s lead to 4-3 by swatting a solo shot to deep center in the seventh. Devers also singled and scored on Jackie Bradley’s RBI single in the fifth inning. The rookie has been on fire, hitting a robust .407 throughout his six-game hitting streak. He’s now homered in three straight games against the Yankees, becoming the first Red Sox hitter to do that since Will Middlebrooks in 2013.
Aug 19 - 10:33 PM

Chris Sale wasn’t at his best on Saturday, yielding seven hits and four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Yankees.

He racked up nine strikeouts while issuing just one walk. Sale usually tears the Yankees up (though he actually hasn’t won against them this year), but he was surprisingly human in this one. Most of the damage he allowed came on a three-run homer by Tyler Austin in the second inning. He also served up a solo shot to his former White Sox teammate Todd Frazier in the sixth. Saturday snapped the left-hander’s six-start unbeaten streak. He’ll take a 14-5 record into his next outing Thursday at Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 10:32 PM

Drew Pomeranz (back) said Saturday that while he's sore, he fully expects to make his next start.

Pomeranz was lifted from his start on Friday after just 3 1/3 innings due to back spasms. It appears to be just a minor issue though, so look for him to get the ball on Wednesday against the Indians in Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 4:02 PM

Mitch Moreland delivered a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run single in Friday's 9-6 victory over the Yankees.

The Red Sox were down 6-3 after the Yankees plated four runs in the top of the seventh, but they fought right back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Moreland put them ahead for good with a single up the middle against Tommy Kahnle. The 31-year-old faded bigtime in July, but he's hitting .318 (14-for-44) with two homers and eight RBI this month.
Aug 18 - 11:50 PM

Craig Kimbrel notched his 29th save Friday after striking out the side against the Yankees.

The Red Sox now have a five-game lead in the AL East. Kimbrel needed just 14 pitches to set the Yankees down in order. He now has seven straight scoreless appearances under his belt. He’s struck out at least two batters in all of them. Kimbrel has been nothing short of amazing this year, with a 1.38 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and 97/8 K/BB ratio over 52 innings.
Aug 18 - 11:42 PM

Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday’s victory over the Yankees.

Devers launched a two-run homer in the second inning off Jordan Montgomery and singled and scored in the eighth against Aroldis Chapman. The 20-year-old continues to show remarkable poise during his first stint in the majors. He’s now batting .356/.420/.699 batting line with seven homers and 15 RBI through 19 games.
Aug 18 - 11:40 PM

Christian Vazquez went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and three runs scored Friday against the Yankees.

It was his first three-hit game since he slugged a walk-off homer against the Indians to begin the month. Not typically known for his offense, Vazquez has a solid .286/.328/.397 batting line with three homers and 24 RBI over 72 games. We’re just not banking on much in the way of fantasy value here.
Aug 18 - 11:39 PM

Drew Pomeranz left Friday's start against the Yankees due to back spasms.

Pomeranz was forced to exit after tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings. It doesn't sound overly serious, but more should be known about the status for his next start in a couple of days.
Aug 18 - 9:25 PM

Drew Pomeranz was forced to leave Friday's start against the Yankees in the fourth inning due to an apparent injury.

It's unclear exactly what occurred, but it appeared to be some sort of leg issue that forced Pomeranz from the game. Prior to departing, he had scattered four hits and struck out four over 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Look for the Red Sox to provide an update on his status shortly.
Aug 18 - 8:23 PM

David Price remains shut down from throwing due to ongoing stiffness in his left elbow.

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that while Red Sox manager John Farrell is still hopeful of Price returning this season, he "acknowledges the window is closing." The left-hander has had a couple starts and stops in his throwing program since he landed on the disabled list nearly three weeks ago with what the club called inflammation at the time. Price, of course, didn't make his season debut until late May because of elbow issues.
Aug 18 - 4:43 PM

Rick Porcello will start Sunday against the Yankees.

Doug Fister had been slated to go, but the Red Sox will push the reigning Cy Young winner up to start on regular rest. Fister should go on Monday in Cleveland.
Aug 18 - 4:32 PM

Red Sox activated LHP Roenis Elias from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Elias is recovered from his intercostal and lat injuries and has already made some starts at Triple-A. The 29-year-old left-hander has not made an appearance at the major league level in 2017, but he could join the Red Sox in a long relief role when rosters expand in September.
Aug 17 - 1:38 PM

Mookie Betts delivered a walk-off two-run double as the Red Sox came back to beat the Cardinals 5-4 on Wednesday.

It was Betts' third hit of the game. The Red Sox rallied from down 4-2 in the ninth on a homer from Xander Bogaerts, a pair of walks and finally Betts' double off the Green Monster with two outs. Betts had three RBI in all, putting him at 75 for the year. He had been slumping since the All-Star break, hitting just .246/.311/.328 in 122 at-bats.
Aug 16 - 11:20 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez surrendered four runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

All four runs came in the second, and there's a good chance Rodriguez wouldn't have even survived the inning if not for a baserunning blunder from Matt Carpenter that got him his second out. Having made it through, he settled down nicely; of the final nine hitters he faced, the only batter to reach against him did so on an error. Rodriguez's next start will come Monday or Tuesday against the Indians.
Aug 16 - 11:17 PM

The Red Sox will consider adding Blake Swihart as a third catcher when rosters expand in September.

To prepare, he'll begin catching 2-3 games a week for Triple-A Pawtucket. Swihart has played all over the diamond in recent years, seeing time at catcher, first base and left field. He'll give the Red Sox some depth behind Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez.
Aug 16 - 5:50 PM


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