Although he’s ready to play after taking a fastball off the wrist Thursday night, the Red Sox will give third baseman Pablo Sandoval another day down in the series finale against the Rays.

Travis Shaw, coming off his four-hit, two homer day Saturday, will get another start at third base.

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

Although he’s ready to play after taking a fastball off the wrist Thursday night, the Red Sox will give third baseman Pablo Sandoval another day down in the series finale against the Rays.

Travis Shaw, coming off his four-hit, two homer day Saturday, will get another start at third base.

The Red Sox outfield will have Hanley Ramirez in left field, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field and Rusney Castillo in right field against Rays righty Jake Odorizzi.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Wade Miley.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Wade Miley, LHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It was revealed early Saturday evening that Larry Lucchino would be stepping down at the end of this season.

While this wasn’t a surprise to many in the organization, it presented a chance to reflect back on what he’s meant to the organization as president and CEO for three World Series titles.

“The announcement of Larry stepping down, that’s been the succession plan probably in place and talked about for quite some time,” manager John Farrell said. “But just personally, someone who is obviously deeply involved in not only the roster constriction, but with everything that has gone on around Fenway here. I can tell you, someone who is demanding, but yet willing to invest the best available for resources available to players to get the most and highest production out of guys.

“While he’s demanding, there’s some things that Larry was always willing to go above and beyond to make available to all of us here.”

Some have said the near 70-year-old has already begun to take a step back this year, but Farrell said that isn’t the case, although he’s been heavily involved with new group who has bought the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“No, I wouldn’t say that,” Farrell said of Luchhino’s possible diminished role this year. “I wouldn’t say he was less involved. There’s a number of people who are involved when it comes to selecting players — whether it’s about how we go about our daily work. With the addition of the Pawtucket situation there was probably more involvement with that on his end there, but I can’t say he was less involved here.”

Despite the team’s struggles each of the last two seasons, Lucchino left his mark in Boston, not only with the three titles, but the improvements made in and around Fenway Park.

“He’s clearly been a main player in an unprecedented run of success here in Boston,” Farrell said. “That will carry on not just in World Series trophies, but tangible things here with additions to Fenway and the renovation plans and programs that this ballpark went through. Still, the thing that will stand out most is the interactions that you had with him frequently whether it’s here at home, during spring training and just a driving force behind being the best that we could be.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Wade Miley

Wade Miley

The Red Sox will look to solidify their first series sweep since July 8 when they send Wade Miley to the bump Sunday to face Jake Odorizzi and the plummeting Rays.

Miley had been one of the Red Sox‘ most consistent starters before his most recent outing against the White Sox last Tuesday. In the 9-4 loss, he gave up seven runs, including five in the first inning, on 10 hits and three walks. Miley did not have the command he’d had in starts previous as White Sox hitters squared him up for a season-high eight line drives. After the game, Miley cited control as the underlying issue behind his worst start since June 11.

“Not a lot of command in the first inning,” Miley said. “A lot of fastballs in the middle of the plate and not a good effort me making adjustments in that first inning. I probably had a couple opportunities to minimize the damage and didn’t do a very good job of it.”

Though his latest start is a huge red flag, Miley’s previous eight outings were quite encouraging. The southpaw hurled 48 2/3 innings, posting a 3.33 ERA and a more than manageable .228/.319/.356 opponents’ slash line. He still had his usual troubles with commanding the strike zone, tossing just 58 percent of his pitches for strikes, however he got hitters to bite on stuff outside the zone more often, generating a 1.09 ground ball rate.

For the season, Miley owns an 8-9 record and a 4.65 ERA as part of the AL’s worst starting rotation. In his fourth career outing against the Rays on June 27, Miley had one of the best games of his season, throwing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball while striking out eight in a losing effort. During his career, Miley has logged stellar numbers against Tampa Bay, going 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

Jake Odorizzi

Jake Odorizzi

Miley’s counterpart on Sunday will Odorizzi. A former first-round pick and pivotal prospect dealt in the Wil Myers trade of 2012, Odorizzi is starting to fulfill his projections as a 25-year-old. On the campaign, he sports a 6-6 record and an impressive 2.76 ERA.

Since he missed approximately four starts in June due to an oblique strain, Odorizzi has leveled out in July, posting a 3.86 ERA and giving up three home runs in 21 innings pitched. However, if one removes his 4 1/3-inning, six-run debacle vs. the Blue Jays on July 17, he has been just as dominant as he was before the aggravating his oblique, boasting a 1.62 ERA with 18 punchouts in 16 2/3 innings.

“What he provides every fifth day, the length and the opportunity for us to go out and win the game, is going to be nice to have back,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said following the pitcher’s return to the rotation on July 11.

During his latest start against the Tigers last Tuesday, Odorizzi was nothing short of dominant, going six strong innings in which he allowed six hits and one run while whiffing eight batters. In the wake of a disagreement between he and Cash regarding his limited pitch count following his DL stint, Odorizzi threw 101 pitches against the Tigers, displaying the workhorse mentality he had before the injury.

Over the course of his brief MLB career, Odorizzi has made seven starts against the Red Sox. He has logged a 2-2 record and a 3.26 ERA along with a 1.14 WHIP in these outings.

Losers of 16 games in July, the Rays need Odorizzi to help jump-start them in August as they have quickly faded from a playoff-capable squad to an AL East afterthought in a matter of weeks.

Rays vs. Miley (LHP)

Logan Forsythe (15 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.400 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

Evan Longoria (12): .200/.333/.600, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Rene Rivera (10): .400/.400/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Asdrubal Cabrera (9): .222/.222/.444, 1 triple

Brandon Guyer (6): .250/.500/.250

Steven Souza (6): .000/.167/.000

James Loney (5): .200/.200/.200

Joey Butler (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Tim Beckham is 0-for-1 against Miley with a walk.

No other Rays have faced Miley.

Red Sox vs. Odorizzi (RHP)

Xander Bogaerts (16): .333/.438/.583, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBIs

David Ortiz (16): .125/.125/.125

Brock Holt (11): .300/.273/.900, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

Mike Napoli (6): .000/.000/.000

Pablo Sandoval (6): .167/.167/.333

Alejandro De Aza (5): .400/.400/1.000, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Jackie Bradley Jr. (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Rusney Castillo is 0-for-2 against Odorizzi.

No other Red Sox have faced Odorizzi.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

According to a source, Larry Lucchino will be leaving his post as Red Sox president/CEO as early as the end of October.

According to multiple reports, Larry Lucchino will be leaving his post as Red Sox president/CEO as early as the end of October.

Lucchino will reportedly be replaced by current Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy. The 42-year-old Kennedy, a Brookline native, is not believed to have a role in player acquisition in the manner Lucchino did since joining the club in 2002.

According to the Boston Herald, the transition from Lucchino to Kennedy has already begun.

“The truth is Sam is an important part of this puzzle,” Lucchino told the Boston Herald. “He’s been working for me for 20 years, right out of college. He’s certainly my choice, as well as that of John [Henry] and Tom [Werner], to be promoted the position of president.”

It has long been rumored that Lucchino would be stepping aside from his current post, with the longtime baseball executive — who will turn 70 next month — seemingly wanting to diminish his workload. The current president/CEO hasn’t been as visible this season, with much of his focus turned to the the purchase of the Pawtucket Red Sox and that organization’s quest to build a new stadium in Providence.

Another motivation for the Red Sox is to keep Kennedy in the fold, with the former classmate of Theo Epstein at Brookline High having recently been courted by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns both the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.

“We are hopeful and confident that we will conclude an agreement with Larry going forward where he will continue to be an integral part of upper management,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner told the Boston Herald. “He will have less of an everyday role but he will continue to have an important strategic role not just with the Red Sox but also within Major League Baseball.”

Kennedy came back to Boston in 2002 after working under Lucchino in San Diego as the executive director of partnerships and broadcasting.

While there was some rumbling in spring training about a power struggle between Lucchino and owner Mike Gordon, the reality was that both Gordon — president of the Fenway Sports Group — and Werner already resided above Lucchino in the decision making hierarchy due to their ownership stakes.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Travis Shaw went 4-for-4 with his first two major league homers in the Red Sox' win Saturday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Travis Shaw went 4-for-4 with his first two major league homers in the Red Sox‘ win Saturday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Listening to Travis Shaw after Saturday’s game you’d never know went 4-for-4, hitting the first two home runs of his major league career and falling a triple short of the cycle, while scoring five runs in the Red Sox’ 11-7 win over the Rays.

The 25-year-old barely cracked a smile during the roughly five minutes he spoke to the media after the game, but maybe there’s a reason for that.

Shaw’s dad Jeff was a major league reliever who played 12 seasons in the majors and was a two-time All-Star. Growing up, Travis was always at the park shagging fly balls during batting practice and even serving as bat boy during road games. He probably had seen many performances better than his own.

“Son of a major leaguer, maybe that’s why he keeps it in stride. He’s been around it his entire life,” manager John Farrell said, who actually played with Jeff on the Indians, Jeff’s first three years in the majors.

“Jeff never shut up, Travis is quiet. They both have the last name Shaw, but very different,” he added.

Shaw stepped to the plate a triple shy of the cycle in the eighth inning, but instead of the cycle he crushed a homer to dead-center field for his second of the day. He became the first Red Sox player since at least 1914 to record four hits, five runs and 11 total bases in a game.

He admitted he was thinking about the cycle stepping to the plate.

“It’s in your head,” he said. “Everyone is talking about it. If you hit the ball in the gap, everyone is like, ‘Don’t stop running.’ I’ll take the homer.”

His first home run came in the third inning when he took Rays starter Matt Moore deep into the Rays bullpen for his first career home run.

The left-handed hitter who stands 6-foot-4 said he felt some sense of relief as he had played in eight games before recording his first major league hit in his ninth game (back in early July before being sent down) and then in his 10th he was able to hit his first home run.

“It’s about the same,” he said of more weight being off his shoulders after his first homer. “Everyone is looking at me to hit home runs, especially with the type of body that I have. Being able to go out there and do that it takes some weight off your shoulders.”

In 77 games with Pawtucket this season he has hit .249 with five home runs and 30 RBIs, but has swung a better bat of late as he had three multi-hit games in his last eight games before the promotion. He used that success to help him with his confidence.

“I feel pretty good at the plate,” Shaw said. “Just trying to not do too much, just stick with what I’ve done down there. I’ve been successful down there and trying to carry that up here.”

Shaw was called up early Saturday as the team needed more infield depth, but with the organization now thinking more towards 2016, he could be here to stay. He was drafted in 2011 by the Red Sox as a first baseman, but immediately added third base to his repertoire.

It’s possible if the Red Sox were to deal Mike Napoli during August, they could give Shaw more playing time at first base to see what he has, as the team weighs its options for the position next season.

No matter how many more games he does get to play in, Shaw just wants to make the most of them.

“It’s sort of out of my control,” he said. “I try and control what I can control. Each day that I am in the lineup up here try and make the most of and hopefully that speaks for its self.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie, who had four hits, hit two home runs, and scored five runs in the win over the Rays at Fenway.

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Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie, who had four hits, hit two home runs, and scored five runs in the win over the Rays at Fenway

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