The Red Sox have finally made their move when it comes to Clay Buchholz.

John Farrell announced to the media in Toronto Friday prior to this team’s series-opener against the Blue Jays that Clay Buchholz would be headed to the bullpen. Taking his place in the Sox rotation will be Eduardo Rodriguez, who is slated to start against the Orioles Tuesday.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

The Red Sox have finally made their move when it comes to Clay Buchholz.

John Farrell announced to the media in Toronto Friday prior to this team’s series-opener against the Blue Jays that Clay Buchholz would be headed to the bullpen. Taking his place in the Sox rotation will be Eduardo Rodriguez, who is slated to start against the Orioles Tuesday.

Buchholz has only pitched two games in relief throughout his career, with the most recent occasion coming in 2008.

The move comes after Buchholz’s latest struggles, with the righty giving up six runs over five innings. It was the sixth time in his 10 starts this season he had allowed five or more runs. Buchholz’s ERA stands at 6.35, the second-highest of any starter in the majors.

Rodriguez, who hasn’t pitched in the majors this season while recovering from a right knee injury, last pitched Tuesday when he allowed one run over seven innings. In five rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, Rodriguez totaled a 3.54 ERA.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

David Ortiz is getting a breather.

Despite owning Toronto starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez — managing four hits and three walks in his 11 plate appearances against the righty — Ortiz will start the Red Sox’ series opener at Roger Centre on the bench.

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

David Ortiz is getting a breather.

Despite owning Toronto starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez — managing four hits and three walks in his 11 plate appearances against the righty — Ortiz will start the Red Sox’ series opener at Roger Centre on the bench.

The Sox DH is coming off a homestand in which he hit .500 (11-for-22), with an OPS of 1.638. He has multiple-hits in five of his last six games, currently carrying the best OPS (1.126) in the majors.

Marco Hernandez plays third base, with Travis Shaw moving over to first base, and Hanley Ramirez sliding into the designated hitter spot. Ramirez is 9-for-18 with a 1.471 OPS as a DH this season.

Here is the Red Sox lineup with Joe Kelly getting the start for the visitors:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Hanley Ramirez DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Marco Hernandez 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Blake Swihart LF

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.

TRIPLE-A PATWUCKET RED SOX (23-24): L, 11-4, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PATWUCKET RED SOX (23-24): L, 11-4, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

— It was a rough day for PawSox starter Henry Owens. In the first inning Owens let up two singles, a double, two walks and a sacrifice fly and he hit a batter before getting out of the inning. Owens was pulled from the game after 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits (including a home run) and five walks with two strikeouts, and he hit two batters. Since rejoining Pawtucket after a brief stint with Boston, Owens has had trouble locating the strike zone. In three of his last four starts he has walked five batters. Owens is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Red Sox farm system, but he has struggled this season. With Pawtucket the 23-year-old-left-hander is 3-2 in seven starts with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. In three starts with the big league club Owens has not recorded a decision in 12 1/3 innings with a 5.11 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP.

— Rusney Castillo and Ryan LaMarre hit home runs for the PawSox. Castillo finished the day 2-for-5 with a strikeout and two runs scored. He now is hitting .254/.310/.331 in 33 Triple-A games this season. LaMarre went 3-for-4 with a strikeout and now is hitting .313/.358/.434 in 23 games with the PawSox.

— The bullpen was unable to help salvage the game for the PawSox. Robby Scott came on in relief for Owens and lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits (two home runs) with three strikeouts. The 26-year-old left-hander has appeared in 11 games for Pawtucket this season, posting a 3.21 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Wesley Wright followed and allowed two runs on three hits (one home run) with one strikeout in two innings. Noe Ramirez closed things out with a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (16-30): L, 5-4, at Harrisburg (Nationals)

— The Sea Dogs have lost two games in a row by walking home the winning batter. On Thursday it was Simon Mercedes who was unable to find the strike zone in the ninth inning. After walking the first batter of the inning, Mercedes, a Dominican Republic native, got one out on a sacrifice bunt, but then he walked the next three batters, allowing Harrisburg to get the win. The 24-year-old right-hander is 2-3 this season with a 9.45 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.

— Ryan Court’s bat was hot on Thursday, as he went 3-for-4 with two triples, a long solo home run and three RBIs. The 27-year-old shortstop is hitting .246/.361/.393 in 19 games with Portland this season.

— Ty Buttrey got the start for the Sea Dogs. Buttrey lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits and five walks with no strikeouts. In eight starts for Portland this season the 23-year-old right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (31-16): L, 9-6, at Potomac (Nationals)

— Salem pitchers combined for nine walks on Thursday, and five of those walks came from starter Dedgar Jimenez. Jimenez, a native of Venezuela, gave up five runs on six hits with no strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The season the 20-year-old left-hander is 2-3 with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP.

— Nick Longhi drove home two of Salem’s runs. Longhi finished the day 1-for-4 with one run scored and one strikeout. He has hit .296/.372/.396 this season with Salem. Rafael Devers gave Salem three more runs with an estimated 435-foot three-run home run. Devers has hit .188/.268/.313 this year.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (22-24): L, 7-4, at Rome (Braves)

— Drive starter Marc Brakeman pitched four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts. Brakeman is 1-4 this season with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

— Roldani Baldwin gave the Drive a 4-1 lead in the third inning with a solo home run. Baldwin is hitting .244/.248/.402 with three home runs.

— The Greenville pitchers were unable to preserve the lead. The Braves were able to score two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Reliever Adam Lau pitched two innings of relief after Brakeman was pulled and gave up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Austin Glorius finished the game by pitching two scoreless innings.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

On Friday night the Red Sox will be north of the border to start a three-game series with the Blue Jays. Boston will begin the series by sending Joe Kelly to the mound, while Toronto will be depending on the right arm of Aaron Sanchez.

Kelly (2-0) will be making his second start for the Sox after a stint on the DL with a right shoulder impingement. Kelly had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning in his first start back from the DL last Saturday against the Indians. In that start it didn’t appear Kelly needed much time to get used to facing big league hitters again, as he began the contest by retiring 13 straight. Kelly ended up throwing 6 2/3 innings and giving up just one hit, no runs and three walks while striking out seven. Kelly’s stellar comeback outing lowered his ERA from 9.35 to 5.28 to go along with a 1.82 WHIP.

“Overall command of the fastball was very big today,” Kelly said after the start. “I was throwing it to both sides of the plate. I just felt super strong out there. All the work we’ve been putting in since I went on the DL of getting the shoulder stronger in the training room, it’s just good to go out there and not even think about it and get a little more extension on the fastball and all the other pitches with that strong shoulder.”

Kelly currently is enjoying a 10-game winning streak, dating back to last season. It is the 16th time in Red Sox history that a pitcher has a 10-game winning streak, and Kelly’s streak is the longest since 2013 when Clay Buchholz won 11 straight. Over his last eight starts at Fenway, Kelly is 7-0 with a 2.41 ERA. Toronto’s Rogers Centre has been far less accommodating for Kelly, however. Kelly has started three games at Rogers Centre in his career and in those starts he is 0-1 with a whopping 9.20 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. Kelly has faced the Blue Jays six times in his career, going 1-1 with 6.96 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. The 27-year-old right-hander faced Toronto in his first start of the 2016 season. Kelly didn’t begin the year the way he wanted, as he gave up seven runs, one home run and three walks with four strikeouts in just three innings.

Something to keep an eye on is who will be catching for Kelly. Ryan Hanigan is supposed to get the start, but it is unclear if he is fully healthy after leaving Wednesday’s game with an illness. If Hanigan is unable able to go, Blake Swihart could get the start behind the plate. Swihart came up through the Red Sox system as a catcher, but has been playing left field for the Sox since his call-up from Pawtucket last week.

Sanchez will make Friday’s start with some extra rest. The Blue Jays starter was pushed back a day in order to try to preserve him over the course of the season. The 23-year-old has never thrown over 130 innings, and if he is kept on his current pace he would hit 130 innings by July.

Sanchez began 2015 in the starting rotation before he missed seven weeks with a lat strain. After the injury Sanchez, who was the 34th pick in the 2010 draft, finished the year as a full-time reliever. Sanchez was returned to the starting rotation at the beginning of this season. So far in 2016 Sanchez is 4-1 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. His last start was a 9-3 victory over the Twins in which he pitched seven innings and gave up eight hits but just two runs and no walks while striking out seven.

Sanchez has appeared in 11 games (three starts) against the Red Sox in his three years in the majors. In those outings he is 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. His last outing against the Sox came in April when he went seven innings and allowed no runs on six hits and two walks while recording six strikeouts in Toronto’s 5-3 win.

Red Sox vs. Sanchez (RHP)

Xander Bogaerts (13 plate appearances): .077 AVG./.077 OBP/.077 SLG, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (11): .500/.636/.625, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks

Dustin Pedroia (11): .250/.455/.250, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

Mookie Betts (10): .333/.400/.444, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Travis Shaw is 0-for-7 with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks.

Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-6 with 3 strikeouts.

Chris Young is 2-for-5 with 1 double and 2 strikeouts.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 3-for-3.

Marco Hernandez is 1-for-2 with 1 walk.

Blake Swihart is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Christian Vazquez is 0-for-1.

Blue Jays vs. Kelly (RHP)

Russell Martin (21 plate appearances): .294 AVG./.381 OBP/.529 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

Josh Donaldson (19): .529/.579/.706, 1 hHR, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Jose Bautista (17): .154/.353/.385, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts

Edwin Encarnacion (17): .364/.529/.727, 1 double, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts

Kevin Pillar (14): .273/.429/.455, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Darwin Barney (9): .500/.556/.500, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Ryan Goins (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Michael Saunders (8): .143/.250/.143, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Troy Tulowitzki is 0-for-6 with 2 walks.

Devon Travis is 2-for-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout and 1 walk.

Justin Smoak is 2-for-3 with 1 triple and 1 RBI.

Jimmy Paredes is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.

Blog Author: 
John Hand
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Clay Buchholz can't even look as Dustin Garneau rounds the bases after homering Thursday.</p>
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