Red Sox manager John Farrell said the last few regular seasons games might determine who would get the majority of playing time at third base when the postseason rolled around. (He said that, of course, without specifically mentioning the Red Sox might be in the playoffs.)

Judging by Saturday’s lineup, that continues to be the case.

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the last few regular seasons games might determine who would get the majority of playing time at third base when the postseason rolled around. (He said that, of course, without specifically mentioning the Red Sox might be in the playoffs.)

Judging by Saturday’s lineup, that continues to be the case.

With right-hander Matt Andriese on the mound for the Rays, Brock Holt gets the start at third base. Holt is 2-for-8 against Andriese, while the other lefty-hitting option, Travis Shaw, is 1-for-6. Shaw is coming off a start Friday night in which he went 0-for-4.

Chris Young gets the nod in left field, having not started since Tuesday.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup with Rick Porcello on the mound for the visitors:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Brock Holt 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
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Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

With the Red Sox looking for their 10th straight victory, Saturday evening’s matchup will feature Cy Young contender Rick Porcello against Rays right-hander Matt Andriese.

Porcello is 21-4 with a 3.08 ERA and a 0.978 WHIP in 31 starts. The sinkerballer picked up his 21st win against the Orioles on Monday with a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts in what ended up being a 5-2 Sox win.

“Rick Porcello was outstanding,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said (via MLB.com). “He threw a high number of first-pitch strikes. He was able to induce ground balls. He elevated at appropriate times. He had four pitches working for strikes tonight. He was in complete command for this one.”

The 27-year-old right-hander is 9-4 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.134 ERA in 16 career starts against the Rays. This season Porcello is 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.038 WHIP in five starts vs. Tampa. His last start against the Rays was on Aug. 29. In that outing he threw seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a 9-4 Sox win.

Andriese is 8-7 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.229 WHIP in 27 games (17 starts). On Saturday he threw 5/3 innings, allowing two runs, six hits and no walks with three strikeouts in a 5-2 win over the Orioles.

“Good win, a Rays win,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said (via MLB.com). “We pitched well. Everybody came in and did their part. Andriese started it. He had some nasty stuff going, you could tell from the side.”

Against the Red Sox, Andriese is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.220 WHIP in five games (three starts). In three games (two starts) against the Sox this season, Andriese is 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.658 WHIP. On Aug. 29, the 27-year-old right-hander lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs, 10 hits and one walk with four strikeouts in a 9-4 Sox win.

Red Sox vs. Andriese (RHP)

Mookie Betts (11 plate appearances): .455 AVG./.455 OBP/.818 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-9 with 4 strikeouts.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-8 with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.

David Ortiz is 3-for-9 with 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 2 strikeouts.

Brock Holt is 2-for-8 with 1 double, 2 RBIs and 3 strikeouts.

Sandy Leon is 3-for-8 with 1 double and 3 strikeouts.

Travis Shaw is 1-for-6 with 1 double and 1 strikeout.

Dustin Pedroia is 2-for-3 with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

Chris Young is 1-for-4 with 1 double, 2 RBIs and 1 strikeout.

Andrew Benintendi is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.

Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-2 with 1 double.

Aaron Hill is 0-for-1. 

Deven Marrero is 1-for-1.

Rays vs. Porcello (RHP)

Alexei Ramirez (56 plate appearances): .164 AVG/.164 OBP/.273 SLG, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

Evan Longoria (45): .238/.267/.381, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts

Logan Forsythe (29): .296/.345/.370, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Kevin Kiermaier (28): .222/.250/.259, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Brad Miller (19): .222/.263/.778, 1 double, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Corey Dickerson (16): .313/.313/.688, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Nick Franklin (16): .200/.250/.267, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Bobby Wilson (11): .364/.364/.455, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Curt Casali is 1-for-7 with 2 strikeouts.

Mikie Mahtook is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout.

Luke Maile is 1-for-1 with 1 double and 1 RBI.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (right) needs help determining which dance to perform after Red Sox wins. Brock Holt (left) and Jackie Bradley look on.</p>
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Mookie Betts let Twitter inspire him, and Friday night’s outfield dance might’ve been the group’s most zeitgeisty yet — The Carlton.

With Red Sox teammates Brock Holt (left) and Jackie Bradley (center) looking on, Mookie Betts breaks out The Carlton on Friday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

With Red Sox teammates Brock Holt (left) and Jackie Bradley (center) looking on, Mookie Betts breaks out The Carlton on Friday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Mookie Betts let Twitter inspire him, and Friday night’s outfield dance might’ve been the group’s most zeitgeisty yet — The Carlton.

For those unfortunate enough not to have been born/paying attention in the early ’90s, The Carlton was the eponymous manic dance performed by actor Alfonso Ribeiro, whose character loved lusty 60s lounge singer Tom Jones. In real life, Ribeiro went on to win Dancing With the Stars in 2014.

After Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Rays, in which Betts went 3-for-4, the MVP candidate busted out the dance’s signature right-to-left “white man” grooves, as Eddie Murphy called them in Delirious.
Speaking to reporters in Tampa, Betts explained his process.

“I saw a couple of Twitter requests for The Carlton,” he said. “I want to switch it up each time. I may ask Twitter what the next dance should be.”

That said, Betts didn’t make the call until late in the game.

“No, that was on the spot,” he said. “In the eighth inning, I said. ‘Imma do the Carlton.’ That was on the spot.”

This obviously opens a world of possibilities.

“There are so many out there,” Betts said. “I need to know the night before so I can YouTube how to do it, and then go from there.”

After watching fellow outfielder Andrew Benintendi earn plaudits for his Michael Jackson homage on consecutive nights, and Jackie Bradley get rave reviews for his ski jumper, Betts wants to keep viewers on their toes.

“I feel like we’ve been escalating,” he said. “I want to do something different each time. They can do the same thing. It’s just your personal preference.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
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The David Ortiz Show keeps getting better and better.

On a night when the Red Sox offense didn’t do much with Rays starter Chris Archer or the Tampa bullpen, Ortiz gave the Red Sox all the runs they would need with a mammoth two-run homer in the first that proved decisive in a 2-1 victory.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (right) hugs Hanley Ramirez after slamming a two-run homer on Friday in Tampa. (Kim Klement-USA Today Sports)

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (right) hugs Hanley Ramirez after slamming a two-run homer on Friday in Tampa. (Kim Klement-USA Today Sports)

The David Ortiz Show keeps getting better and better.

On a night when the Red Sox offense didn’t do much with Rays starter Chris Archer or the Tampa bullpen, Ortiz gave the Red Sox all the runs they would need with a mammoth two-run homer in the first that proved decisive in a 2-1 victory.

The Red Sox won their season-high ninth straight game and lowered their magic number to clinch the division title to four. They maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over the Blue Jays, who beat the Yankees.

Ortiz, who will retire at the end of the season, is going out with a bang. He added a single that was originally a double before replay changed it, and finished the game hitting .319 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs, numbers that will be sure to earn him MVP consideration.

All in a night’s work for the ageless slugger, who remains the most feared bat in the Red Sox lineup.

Ortiz’s homer made a winner of left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who allowed four hits and a solo homer in five innings. Pomeranz, who hadn’t won in five starts since beating the Tigers on Aug. 20, was lifted after 78 pitches.

The bullpen took over from there. Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross, Matt Barnes, and Robby Scott combined to get the Red Sox to the ninth inning. With Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable, right-hander Brad Ziegler nailed down his fourth save with the Red Sox, stranding the tying run at second after a leadoff double

Offensively, the other star of the game was MVP candidate Mookie Betts, who went 3-for-4 with a walk.

Closing Time note

Scott continues to impress. The rookie left-hander retired the only man he faced to end the eighth with the tying run on base, and has now started his career with five straight scoreless outings.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase