Player News - Red Sox

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Rafael Devers had a grand slam and a double as the Red Sox crushed the Angels 9-0 on Wednesday.

That makes four grand slams in 17 games for the Red Sox. They never had a one in 2017. Devers hasn't been one of the team's hottest hitters, but he still has 15 RBI in 16 games with everyone above him performing so well. He's batting .273 with three homers.
Apr 19 - 1:39 AM

Rick Porcello shut out the Angels for six innings to move to 4-0 on Wednesday.

The Angels loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Porcello rebounded to strike out Kole Calhoun and Zack Cozart to end the threat and he was never in any real danger again. Porcello's four wins in four starts matches his total from the first four months of last year; he opened the season 4-14 before eventually finishing up 11-17.
Apr 19 - 1:37 AM

J.D. Martinez went 4-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored Wednesday against the Angels.

After signing late, Martinez struggled some this spring and didn't find his groove until a few games into the regular season. However, he's up to .313 with four homers and 14 RBI now.
Apr 19 - 1:33 AM

Mitch Moreland went 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and a walk against the Angels on Wednesday.

The big game came in his first start against a lefty this season, and he had two hits off Tyler Skaggs, though the homer came off righty reliever Keynan Middleton. Moreland will remain a part-time player until someone ahead of him lands on the disabled list.
Apr 19 - 1:31 AM

Steven Wright (knee) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Wright hasn't pitched since undergoing surgery on his left knee in the off-season. He'll likely need two-to-three rehab starts before he's ready to join the Boston pitching staff. Once activated, he'll have to serve a 15-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.
Apr 18 - 8:39 PM

Andrew Benintendi is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels.

J.D. Martinez gets the start in left, Hanley Ramirez will DH, and Mitch Moreland is starting at first. The hits haven't fallen so far for the 23-year-old outfielder, but he does have a .382 on-base percentage, and his .255 batting average is a big jump from the low .100s he was hitting just a week ago. He's going to be just fine.
Apr 18 - 6:24 PM

Jackie Bradley went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-1 road blowout of the Angels.

Bradley has been scuffling this season, but he has picked it up over the past seven outings. Since a mental day off on April 8 the outfielder is 9-for-26 (.346) with a double, a homer and three RBI to raise his average from .115 to .231. He'll look to continue the improvement in Wednesday's game against LHP Tyler Skaggs.
Apr 18 - 3:16 AM

Brock Holt went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer with three RBI in Tuesday's road rout of the Angels.

Holt's homer was the first of the season, one of four bombs served up by reliever Luke Bard in a nightmarish 1 2/3 innings of what was technically relief. Overall Holt is hitting just .207, but he is starting to show signs of life at the dish. He has raised his average from .063 to .207 by going 5-for-13 with a double, home and three RBI during his modest three-game hitting streak.
Apr 18 - 3:13 AM

David Price (hand) made his road start Tuesday against the Angels and he allowed just one run, three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in the win.

Price left his last start due to numbness in his hand, and he was limited to 78 pitches in this one. He struck around long enough to qualify for the victory, and with the scoreboard reading 9-1, manager Alex Cora played it safe and lifted the southpaw rather than risk any kind of a setback or injury. Price will next toe the slab on Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
Apr 18 - 3:10 AM

Mookie Betts (foot) was in the lineup for Tuesday's road game against the Angels and he belted three solo home runs while posting a pair of walks.

Betts led off with a 411-foot homer off of Shohei Ohtani for his 12th career leadoff bomb, extending his franchise record. He also has eight multi-homer games in the leadoff spot, another Boston team record. In total his three solo shots traveled a combined 1,254 feet. Betts will look to keep it rolling against left-hander Tyler Skaggs in Wednesday's contest. He's off to a tremendous start here in 2018.
Apr 18 - 3:07 AM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Steven Wright (knee) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

Wright was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day with lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee. The veteran knuckleballer probably won't be an option for the Red Sox until sometime in early May, assuming he needs at least two or three minor league rehab outings.
Apr 17 - 9:09 PM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) threw 33 pitches in an extended spring training game Monday.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the velocity was good and his breaking ball looked better. Thornburg is still making his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and has yet to pitch for the Red Sox since they acquired him from the Brewers in December 2016, but we could finally see his Boston debut sometime in late April or early May.
Apr 17 - 9:05 PM

Xander Bogaerts (ankle) is hitting on the field Tuesday at Angel Stadium.

That's a nice step in the right direction, though the real tests for Bogaerts will be running the bases and fielding groundballs at the shortstop position. He was placed on the disabled list April 9 with a small fracture in the talus bone of his left ankle. Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin have been filling in at shortstop for Boston.
Apr 17 - 7:52 PM

Mookie Betts (foot) is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Angels.

He will start in right field and bat leadoff against Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani. Betts suffered a bruised left foot Saturday in a collision with Orioles catcher Chance Sisco but only wound up missing one game because Monday's series finale got postponed due to nasty weather on Patriots' Day in Boston.
Apr 17 - 6:20 PM

Monday's Patriots' Day game between the Orioles and Red Sox has been postponed due to inclement weather in the forecast.

It'll be made up on May 17, which is a mutual off-day for the two clubs. It's the first time that a Patriots' Day game has been postponed in Boston since 1984. Brian Johnson had been scheduled to pitch in that game in place of David Price, but he'll probably just have his turn in the rotation skipped now.
Apr 15 - 5:07 PM


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