Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning and said he is buying into the Red Sox offense, predicting it will carry Boston to a World Series appearance against the Cubs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

“It is legit,” Schilling said of the Sox bats. “I don’t see a large regression to the mean. Jackie Bradley Jr. is good. I think all the things everyone talked about him when he first came up are the reasons he came to be now. I don’t see a reason he can’t win a batting championship. You look at [Xander Bogaerts] and Mookie [Betts] and you start wondering where is the hole, because Travis Shaw can hit. Is it Christian Vazquez? Because he can pick his spots. This is a lineup with no letup. You are going to see a lot of middle relievers facing the Red Sox this year.

Schilling said the Sox’ hot start is no fluke, and he’s ready to place the Sox in the World Series.

“I’m saying right now Cubs-Red Sox World Series, with Theo [Epstein] breaking the Cubs’ curse,” Schilling said.

The Sox may be in the market for another reliever after losing Carson Smith for the year following Tommy John surgery. Schilling, however, said the Sox should add another dependable starter before they try to add a reliever.

“I think if you want to win a World Series [you need a starter],” Schilling said. “Do you think on any day they can outpitch the Mets? Those are the teams you are going to see in October. I think the back of their bullpen is wonderful, but that is not a matchup you worry about before you worry about starters. … There is probably no team other than the Cubs better positioned to get that guy at the deadline.”

If the Sox are to go after a starter, Schilling suggests that they target Braves right-hander Julio Teheran and not Athletics righty Sonny Gray.

“The kid that threw last night for Atlanta I would guarantee gets traded. I would look that way,” Schilling said. “I’m not sure [Gray] is done maturing. I had the chance to talk to him at length a couple of weeks ago. I want to bring a guy in that you aren’t necessarily worried about his mental makeup.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

On whether Red Sox ace David Price’s success is due to run support: “Expectations are always high. [Price] is looking at his numbers saying he is better than this. … I always felt like I had to put my foot on their neck and step down on it. If I didn’t feel that way, I was going to get beat. … Some years you go out and pitch on days and it didn’t matter, your team wasn’t scoring. We always used to joke that you don’t want to pitch on that day, that day being the day it didn’t matter who you were facing, nobody [on your team] hit.”

On if the Red Sox should attempt to trade for Angels outfielder Mike Trout: “If I’m Boston I wouldn’t think twice about doing that right now. What you have is legit. If somebody takes five of your top minor league prospects for him, sure, but I wouldn’t mess with this roster.”

On the success of Orioles manager Buck Showalter: “His attention to detail is unworldly. He has always been a great game manager, but there were a lot of questions whether he could communicate with his players. He told me something really fascinating coming out of Arizona. He told me, ‘A lot of things that people talk about me weren’t really true. I was managing an expansion team. I had 25 guys that didn’t belong in the big leagues.’ He had the uniform thing the first year or two and then he stopped, but the media never let it go. He has learned how to communicate. When you get the players to buy in, you are good.”

On if he would pick Xander Bogaerts or Mookie Betts to start a team: “Probably Bogaerts because of the scarcity of big offensive production at that position. I look at him in some way like I look at Jeff Bagwell. He hit home runs that make you think he has big-time pop. [Bogaerts] has driven the ball into big-boy territory. The power will come. He is becoming one of the better defensive players at his position today.”

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John Hand

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright will take the mound Wednesday night opposite Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Wright heads into the game with a 3-4 record, 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in eight starts. Despite the losing record, the knuckleballer ranks fifth in the American League in ERA and has two complete games. His last start last Wednesday resulted in a 3-2 loss at Kansas City. The right-hander went eight innings, allowing three earned runs and five hits while striking out six.

“He was outstanding once again,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He settles in after the first inning. … He retired a number of guys consecutively. He’s been very steady for us all year long, very good.”

Wednesday’s game will be Wright’s first start against the Rockies in his four-year career.

Bettis is 4-2 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. The 27-year-old has won three of his last four starts, with his last appearance coming in a 3-1 win over the Cardinals last Tuesday. The right-hander let up only one earned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched.

“Every start I go out to keep the ball down and have them roll over to our infielders,” Bettis said after the game. “We had some great plays. Everything went fantastic.”

Bettis has only faced Boston once in his three-year major league career. In a Sept. 24 win in 2013, the Texas Tech product pitched an inning of relief, giving up a hit and striking out one.

Rockies vs. Wright (RHP)

Nick Hundley is 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts.

Jose Reyes is 1-for-1 with a walk.

No other Rockies have faced Wright.

Red Sox vs. Bettis (RHP)

Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-2 with 2 walks.

Chris Young is 1-for-1.

Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-1.

No other Red Sox have faced Bettis.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

Xander Bogaerts has spent plenty of time on the bases this year. (Peter G. Aiken/USA Today Sports)Jackie Bradley Jr.



The Red Sox have made it look easy for a while now, and Tuesday night was no exception.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts extended their respective hitting streaks, ageless wonder David Ortiz drove in four more runs, and David Price delivered his third straight solid start to pace an 8-3 rout of the Rockies.

Good news out of Pawtucket, where left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez delivered the best start of his rehab stint.

Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

Good news out of Pawtucket, where left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez delivered the best start of his rehab stint.

After failing to top six innings or allow fewer than three runs in any of his first four rehab starts, Rodriguez went seven innings and allowed four hits and a run on a solo homer. He struck out seven and walked none with a low-90s fastball in a 2-1 victory over Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. He did not figure in the decision.

It was his first start since a minor setback in his injured knee caused him to skip his last scheduled rehab start last week.

“Today was a step forward,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles told reporters, including from MiLB.com. “He looks more comfortable, the delivery has better pace and rhythm to it, and it looked like he was more athletic on the mound.”

Rodriguez took the mound after a 29-minute rain delay and retired the side in order in three of his first four innings. His night ended with a strike-’em-out-throw-’em-out in the seventh.

Rodriguez threw 102 pitches and 69 strikes. He still has 10 days remaining on his rehab clock, so the Red Sox don’t have to rush him back to the big leagues. He started the year on the disabled list with an injured right knee.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.

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David Price and the Red Sox cruised on Tuesday. (Greg M. Cooper-USA Today Sports)

David Price and the Red Sox cruised on Tuesday. (Greg M. Cooper-USA Today Sports)

Everything came in droves for the Red Sox Tuesday night — hits, runs, 1-2-3 innings, as they breezed through an 8-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies.

Wasting no time getting on the board, the Sox found themselves up 2-0 after four batters, with David Ortiz driving in Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts with one out in the first inning.

The haste did not just come with the scoring, either. Both Jackie Bradley Jr. (28) and Bogaerts (17) extended their respective hitting streaks in their first at-bat, while David Price struck out four of the first 12 batters he faced.

Price climbed to 7-1 and dropped his ERA from 5.53 to 5.34, giving up three runs and five hits while striking out six over seven innings.

The runs came in a variety of ways, from Mookie Betts’ second inning sacrifice fly to Christian Vazquez’s triple earlier that frame, to Chris Young’s single in the fourth.

The biggest defensive gaffe in Colorado’s one error effort led to a run, as Dustin Pedroia singled to right field in the eighth. However Carlos Gonzalez’s errant throw to third in an attempt to nab Betts went high and allowed him to score and move Pedroia to second.

Prior to the game, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski cited a comfort in the Junichi Tazawa- Koji Uehara- Craig Kimbrel back end of the bullpen with Carson Smith out for the year, and there was some validation in that during the game. Uehara came on in the eighth and struck out three straight after allowing a single to D.J. LaMahieu.

The two teams will get back at it Wednesday night at 7:10, with Steven Wright scheduled to take on Chad Bettis.

Closing Time note

If an offensive “negative” could be found, it would be the lack of the home run for the Sox, snapping a 22-game streak of at least one long ball.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts extended their hitting streaks to 28 and 17 games, respectively. Bradley’s hit brings him halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s record of 56, and six away from the Red Sox record of 34 set by Dom DiMaggio in 1949.

— David Price struck out six, bringing his league-leading season total to 76, while walking just 15.

— David Ortiz continue to climb in the record books, tying Paul Waner for 12th all-time in doubles at 604 following his fourth-inning two-bagger. Ortiz drove in four and reached base three times.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Hanley Ramirez left the game after the bottom of the fourth with a right big toe contusion after being hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. He ran the bases the rest of the inning before being substituted out for Travis Shaw. The X-rays were negative.

— Chris Young dreadfully mistimed a dive in the second inning that enabled Gerardo Parra to triple and drive in Ryan Rayburn. Rayburn was initially called out at home after a laser cutoff throw from Xander Bogaerts, but the play was reviewed and overturned.

— Charlie Blackmon roped a home run off of David Price in the top of the third when Price hung a pitch right on the inside of the plate.

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Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

Halfway to Joltin’ Joe.

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 28 games on Tuesday night with a second inning double off Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies on the first pitch he saw.