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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (40-39): L, 3-0, at Rochester (Twins)

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (40-39): L, 3-0, at Rochester (Twins)

— Starting pitcher Justin Haley allowed three runs on six hits in five innings while fanning three and walking three in his third start with Pawtucket. He gave up two runs in the second inning after a 1-2-3 opening frame. The right-hander is 6-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 15 starts this season between both Portland and Pawtucket.

— It was a quiet night offensively for Pawtucket, who were held to a season-low one hit. The one hit was a double from Jantzen Witte in the seventh inning, his 17th of the season. He has now hit safely in six of his last seven games and is slashing .272/.356/.415 in 62 games with both Pawtucket and Portland.

— Robby Scott relieved Haley and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. The 26-year old now has a 3.17 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 19 appearances and has stuck out 48 batters in 48 1/3 innings. Opponents are averaging .207 at the plate against him.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (27-49): L, 10-9, at Trenton (Yankees)

— Andrew Benintendi, Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base on Tuesday. It was his tenth multi-hit performance in his last 17 games, and his second four-hit game this year. On the season, the 21-year-old prospect is slashing .302/.366/.487 in 70 games between High-A Salem and Portland. He also has 54 RBIs, 50 runs, and 31 steals.

— Benintendi wasn’t the only player to collect multiple hits, as outfielder Rainel Rosario went 4-for-4 with four RBIs. He hit RBI singles in the second and fifth innings and also knocked in two in the sixth inning to help give Portland a 6-2 lead. Rosario, 27, snapped a four-game streak in which he did not get on base. He is slashing .254/.311/.322 in 52 games, and his 23 RBIs sit tied for second on the team.

— Jalen Beeks made his second start for Portland, letting up two runs on seven hits in five innings, striking out two and walking two as well. The 22-year-old southpaw has not allowed more than three runs in an outing since May 20. Boston’s No.30 prospect at MLB.com is 4-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.41 WHIP between Salem and Portland.

— It was a wild game as the Sea Dogs led 6-5 going into the top of the ninth and scored three runs to take a 9-6 lead, but then Austin Maddox and Williams Jerez combined to allow five runs in the bottom half of the inning to allow Trenton to walk-off with a win.

Joseph Monge

Joseph Monge

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (47-27): W, 5-3; W, 7-6, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs)

— In Game 1, Joseph Monge hit a solo home run in the third inning to give Salem a 2-1 lead. It was Monge’s fourth home run this season. He finished 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, and a walk. Monge, 21, is slashing .313/.375/.445 in 60 total games, and since being called up to Salem from Greenville. The Bronx native is hitting .271/.347/.388 in 23 games.

— Relief pitcher Mario Alcantara hurled 2 1/3 scoreless innings to secure the win for Salem. The 23-year-old righty held Myrtle Beach hitless and struck out and walked one. Alcantara is now 7-0 in 17 appearances, compiling a 2.76 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Batters are averaging only .171 when facing Alcantara.

— Game 2 resulted in a walk-off single from Rafael Devers. His left-field single brought home Wendell Rijo in the seventh inning to give Salem its second win of the day. Boston’s No.2 prospect at MLB.com finished the night 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI. Devers, 19, recorded his fourth multi-hit game in his last seven games.

— Rijo, Boston’s No.17 prospect at MLB.com, was the only other Salem batter to notch multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI. The 22-year-old ended a three-game hitless streak, and is now slashing .185/.248/.265 in 55 games between Portland and Salem. He is batting .167 since being assigned to Salem from Portland on June 21.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (40-34): Postponed due to rain. Next game is Wednesday at Charleston (Yankees).

Gerson Bautista

Gerson Bautista

SINGLE-A (SHORT SEASON) LOWELL SPINNERS (10-2): W, 4-2, at Connecticut (Tigers)

— Gerson Bautista earned his fourth save of the season Tuesday, holding the Tigers to no runs and one hit in the final two frames of the game. He also struck out two and walked just one. The 21-year-old right-hander is 4-for-4 in save opportunities, and has yet to allow a run. His WHIP is 0.63, and batters have only put together a .136 batting average against him.

— Nick Lovullo led the way offensively for Lowell, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a run, an RBI, and a walk. The 22-year-old scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the opening frame, and then slapped an RBI single in the third inning. The son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, Nick was drafted in the 20th round of this year’s draft, and has hit safely in his last three games. He is slashing .222/.333/.296 in eight games with the Spinners.

— Outfielder Yoan Aybar went 2-for-4 with a double, the only other extra-base hit by Lowell besides Lovullo’s triple. Aybar, 18, is hitting .263/.317/.342 in 10 games. He is Boston’s No.21 prospect at MLB.com.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

The Red Sox get little time to celebrate Tuesday’s 8-2 victory over the Rays, because they’re right back at it at noon in Wednesday’s finale.

The Red Sox get little time to celebrate Tuesday’s 8-2 victory over the Rays, because they’re right back at it at noon in Wednesday’s finale.

Xander Bogaerts returns to the lineup after getting Tuesday off with what he has described as tired legs. The rest of the lineup remains unchanged, with Christian Vazquez catching David Price as the Red Sox look to finish an eventful road trip with a 3-3 record before returning to Fenway Park for a long homestand that kicks off Fourth of July weekend.

Betts RF
Pedroia 2B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Ramirez 1B
Bradley Jr. CF
Shaw 3B
Brentz LF
Vazquez C

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

The Red Sox will close out their three-game series with the Rays on Wednesday afternoon when David Price takes the mound opposite fellow southpaw Matt Moore.

Price, a former Cy Young winner, is 8-4 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in his first season with the Red Sox. The American League leader in strikeouts (110) will look to bounce back against the lowly Rays after his worst outing this year. The 30-year-old survived only 2 1/3 innings in an 8-7 come-from-behind victory at Texas on Friday, allowing six runs on 12 hits while striking out only one. It was the fifth time in his eight-year career that Price failed to go longer than 2 1/3 innings.

“I’m definitely comfortable here, I just haven’t thrown the baseball [good],” Price said. “I’ve just got to come out and throw the baseball better against these guys.”

Having played for the Rays from 2008 to 2013, Price has faced his former team only four times. He is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP against the Rays. He last faced Tampa Bay on April 21 of this season in a 12-8 Red Sox loss, as Price allowed eight runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision effort.

Moore takes the mound for the Rays with a 3-5 record, a 5.04 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He will look for his first win since a 5-0 victory over the Astros on June 12. Most recently, the 27-year-old let up five earned runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 9-3 loss at Baltimore on Friday. He struck out six and walked just one.

“There were a lot of good things and some pretty poor things,” Moore said of his performance.

In his five-year career, Moore has started against the Red Sox seven times, posting a 3-4 record and 5.40 ERA vs. the AL East rivals. His last game against Boston came on Sept. 22 of last season, when Moore got the win in 5-2 game at Fenway. Moore let up two runs and seven hits in six innings, fanning seven and walking two.

Red Sox vs. Moore (LHP)

David Ortiz (20 plate appearances): .400 AVG/.455 OBP/.950 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (17): .235/.278/.529, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Xander Bogaerts (7): .571/.625/.857, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Travis Shaw (7): .714/.750/1.286, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk

Mookie Betts (6): .667/.667/1.333, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Jackie Bradley Jr. (6): .167/.286/.333, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Josh Rutledge (6): .333/.333/.833, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez is 1-for-4 with 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.

Deven Marrero is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Rays vs. Price (LHP)

Steve Pearce (20 plate appearances): .300 AVG/.333 OBP/.450 SLG, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Evan Longoria (12): .167/.167/.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

Logan Forsythe (10): .200/.182/.200, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Brandon Guyer (10): .200/.333/.400, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Brad Miller (10): .100/.100/.300, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Logan Morrison (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts

Curt Casali (8): .625/.625/1.750, 3 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Steven Souza Jr. (8): .250/.250/.375, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Desmond Jennings (6): .167/.167/.333, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When it became clear that Travis Shaw might actually make the Red Sox in the early days of spring training, the next logical line of questioning was how he might handle playing every third or fourth day.

It seemed logical at the time, anyway.

Travis Shaw has participated in every one of the Red Sox' games this season. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Travis Shaw has participated in every one of the Red Sox’ games this season. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When it became clear that Travis Shaw might actually make the Red Sox in the early days of spring training, the next logical line of questioning was how he might handle playing every third or fourth day.

It seemed logical at the time, anyway.

Now, 77 games into the 2016 season, Shaw has participated in every single game, doing so while even getting to go into, and seemingly come out of, his first major league slump.

“I didn’t know about it until somebody pointed that out, but I take pride in durability,” Shaw said. “I think I still have the longest streak since Pedey in 2010 or 2011. It means a lot to me, especially for their trust to put me out there every single day, one way or the other. Being able to play every single day this year means a lot.

“For me, it’s more durability and showing I’m an everyday player and can do multiple things, not just one spot. I do take pride in that.”

As gratifying as hitting his first home run in 100 plate appearances was during the Red Sox’ 8-2 win over the Rays Tuesday night, the opportunity to show that he had emerged from his recent struggles offered the greatest sense of satisfaction.

After Tuesday night’s three-hit performance, Shaw has now become the first player in the majors with three games of five RBI or more, and is hitting .273 with a .792 OPS and eight home runs. This after hitting .219 with a .590 OPS and not a single homer in his previous 28 games.

After Tuesday night’s win, in 553 plate big league plate appearances, Shaw is hitting .271 with an .802 OPS and 21 home runs.

“I was sitting there, thinking about it the other night. If you look at it, I hadn’t swung the bat well in a month and was still hitting .270. I’ll take that,” Shaw said. “You weather a whole month – three and a half, four weeks – and you’re still treading water at .270, .275, it could have been way worse.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
The Red Sox could target Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino prior to the trade deadline. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox could target Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino prior to the trade deadline. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

It seems the Red Sox won’t just be in the market for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline, as they will likely be seeking a reliever or two to bolster the bullpen leading to closer Craig Kimbrel.

Fortunately, the bullpen market appears to be bigger than the starting pitching market, giving the Red Sox more options. It also won’t take as much to acquire a reliever — likely a mid-level prospect or two.

On Monday we listed five potential starters the Red Sox could acquire prior to the July 31 deadline and now here are five relievers the Red Sox could target.

Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Braves

The 25-year-old right-hander is having a solid season with a 1-2 record and a 1.93 ERA to go along with 10 saves. He also has 45 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. Vizcaino may demand more than just a mid-level prospect with him being arbitration eligible after this season and not a free agent until 2020. With the Braves being sellers, they could make a big splash by combining both Vizcaino and starter Julio Teheran in the same deal, which likely would yield a big return and in the Red Sox’ case one of Yoan Moncada or Andrew Benintendi.

Sean Doolittle, LHP, Athletics

With Robbie Ross Jr. and Tommy Layne as the only lefties in the bullpen, the team could certainly look to improve that area of the bullpen and the A’s seem willing to deal Doolittle. In 35 games this season, he is 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings. He has been dominant against left-handers, holding them to a .152 batting average. He is signed through 2018 with team options for 2019 and 2020, so he may too take more than just a mid-level prospect to get.

Fernando Abad, LHP, Twins

Minnesota will certainly be sellers and Abad is the best reliever they have to offer. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 30 games. He may just be a lefty specialist as they are batting just .143 with two extra-base hits against him this year, but right-handers are batting .269. The Red Sox could certainly use another lefty in their bullpen, but they would need to add more than just Abad.

Fernando Rodney, RHP, Padres

The 39-year-old has played for six teams in his 14-year career and a seventh team may come into play in a few weeks as the Padres will likely be looking to trade their closer. In 28 appearances he has 24 saves and a 0.31 ERA. If he gets dealt, he likely will slide into a setup role with his new team. He could be a great addition to the Red Sox’ bullpen, but only if the price is right because the team certainly wouldn’t want to overpay for a 39-year-old rental.

Daniel Hudson, RHP, Diamondbacks

Hudson isn’t the best reliever on the market, but he along with another pitcher could really help boost the bullpen. He’s 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 32 appearances this season. This is his seventh year in the league, so the right-hander has a great deal of experience. It certainly wouldn’t take much for the Sox to acquire him, especially with being a free agent after this year, so he may be worth a shot.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Who would have thought a month ago that the Red Sox would notch their 10th win of June on the 28th day of the month? But it did, in fact, take that long, as the Red Sox won their penultimate game of what has been an abysmal month, beating the Rays, 8-2, Tuesday night.

Rick Porcello turned in a solid performance Tuesday night. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello turned in a solid performance Tuesday night. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Who would have thought a month ago that the Red Sox would notch their 10th win of June on the 28th day of the month? But it did, in fact, take that long, as the Red Sox won their penultimate game of what has been an abysmal month, beating the Rays, 8-2, Tuesday night.

The Red Sox finally got on the board first, getting to Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer, who fell to 1-8 lifetime against the Sox with the loss.

Travis Shaw hit his first home run in a month to put the Red Sox in the second, his first in 100 plate appearances. Shaw would later add a two-run double, and two-run single. The middle of the lineup all added RBI of their own, with David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. all plating runs.

Rick Porcello’s quietly impressive 2016 campaign continued, albeit against an unimpressive Rays lineup. The righty went six innings, allowing five hits and one run with eight strikeouts and a trio of walks. He’s now 9-2 on the season with a 3.78 ERA, a drop from the 3.93 ERA he entered the game with.

The biggest threat for the Rays against Porcello came in the fourth inning, when he allowed the first four batters to get on base, three of which were through walks. One of walks came to Nick Franklin with the bases loaded to score the first run of the game for the Rays.

But, with Matt Barnes warming up, Porcello got out of the jam by sandwiching strikeouts to Hank Conger and Brad Miller around Logan Forsythe’s fly out to center field.

While Junichi Tazawa did allow a seventh-inning homer to Brad Miller, he was able to combine with Koji Uehara and Matt Barnes to close things out for the final three innings. Uehara pitched a perfect frame one game after giving up a two-run homer.

For a complete recap, click here.

Closing Time note

The win was the Red Sox first multi-run win since beating the Mariners 6-2 on June 18.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Bryce Brentz made a great sliding grab in left field to end the sixth inning, completing a 1-2-3 inning.

— Shaw’s home run wasn’t a cheap one, flying 449 feet into the edge of the seats in right-center field.

— It was Porcello’s first time allowing one run or less since blanking the Yankees on April 30.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— The Red Sox struggled to see pitches on occasion, striking out 11 times. A third of the lineup had at least two strikeouts, with Brentz striking out three times.

— The fourth inning was a frightening one for Porcello, throwing 39 pitches and walking three batters. He got out of it with moderate trouble, however, allowing just one run.

— Miller blasted a home run in the seventh off of Junichi Tazawa.

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen