Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Monday. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Monday. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

TORONTO — Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez’s sore shoulder. Those two things have made the Red Sox adjust their initial plan when it comes to managing the first base position.

It’s looking more and more like Ramirez isn’t going to be using his first basemen’s glove as much as the Red Sox initially thought.

“He and I have had many conversations about this,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “We know we have inter-league coming up relatively soon in National League ballparks. He’s aware of that. I’m not throwing the towel in on him playing first base. At the same time we’ve been able to be pretty darn productive with Mitch going every day.”

So, what about the plan to have Ramirez play first base, giving Chris Young an opportunity to serve as a designated hitter?

“That still is an alignment I would like us to achieve,” Farrell said.

With Ramirez’s shoulders not allowing him to play first throughout spring training, it delayed the process of implementing the original strategy. And when Ramirez was stricken with an illness, eliminating the plan to play him in the field in Detroit, it paved the way for Moreland to show he could handle the first against lefties and righties.

Moreland came into Thursday afternoon’s game hitting .351 with an 1.010 OPS. Against left-handers the lefty hitter was managing a .273 batting average and .839 OPS.

“After the missed the series in Detroit, we kind of backed away from that, giving him a chance to regroup physically,” said Farrell of Ramirez working out at first base. “But that’s not something we’re turning the page away from.”

Farrell also pointed out that, after his conversations with the righty hitter, Ramirez is still open to playing in the field.

“[He’s] not resistant,” Farrell noted. “We’re getting to the point with Jackie [Bradley] coming back, getting to full strength that this is going to be more of the intent than it’s been because quite honestly we haven’t had the pressing need with the injuries we’ve dealt and guys being sick.”

If Ramirez isn’t going to play in the field until the Red Sox’ first inter-league road game, coming May 9 in Milwaukee, one of the challenges for Farrell will be finding playing time for Young. Bradley is returning to the lineup Friday, and Andrew Benintendi has been hitting lefties at a .357 clip.

“Where he’s going to filter through and be in a similar role that he was when he signed here,” said Farrell of Young. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to take at-bats away from him. obviously Jackie coming back and having that alignment against right-handed pitching is likely going to be a better matchup for us. But Chris has done an outstanding job in the role that he has here and he’ll continue to be a valuable guy on this team.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-6): W, 4-0 at Charlotte 

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Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-6): W, 4-0 at Charlotte 

— The PawSox hit two home runs in their 4-0 win over Charlotte and one came courtesy of Jackie Bradley Jr. on his 27th birthday. Bradley went 1-for-3 in the second game of his rehab assignment with the PawSox for a right knee sprain. Josh Rutledge, also with the team for his rehab assignment after a left hamstring strain, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Bradley Jr. is expected to rejoin the Red Sox in Baltimore on Friday.

— Brandon Workman and Noe Ramirez pitched a combined three innings in relief. Workman recorded five strikeouts in his two innings of work.

— Yoan Moncada started at second base for Charlotte and struck out three times.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: Postponed due to inclement weather

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (9-5): W, 7-6 vs. Wilmington

— The Red Sox pulled off a comeback win over Wilmington on a three-run, walk-off home run from Michael Chavis in the ninth inning. It was his third homer of the game.

— Salem was up 3-0 after the third inning, but lost the lead in the fourth and was down 6-4 going into the ninth.

— This was the second walk-off Wilmington gave up to Salem in as many nights and the Red Sox extended their winning streak to six games.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (9-5): W, 4-2 at Lexington

— Greenville starter Logan Boyd had a stellar outing, holding Lexington to three hits and one run with two strikeouts over five and a third innings.

–The Drive got off to an early lead with one run in the second and two in the third. Nick Lovullo hit an RBI double in the second to score one run. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play the rubber match of a three-game series Thursday afternoon in Toronto.

Brock Holt will get the start in left field as the Red Sox will take on Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Andrew Benintendi will be in center and Mookie Betts in right. Chris Young gets the day off.

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play the rubber match of a three-game series Thursday afternoon in Toronto.

Brock Holt will get the start in left field as the Red Sox will take on Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Andrew Benintendi will be in center and Mookie Betts in right. Chris Young gets the day off.

Other than that, it is a standard lineup with Sandy Leon catching lefty Chris Sale.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Chris Sale, LHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
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Mut talks a little bit about the Red Sox lose to the Blue Jays and Rick Porcello's strong pitching performance, but they were both over shadowed by Aaron Hernandez and his death. Mut gives his theory of why Hernandez took his life after being acquitted only a few days earlier. The Patriots also visited the White House and many players did not attend including Tom Brady. Mut also has a theory why Tom Brady skipped the White House visit even though he has shown support for President Trump in the past.

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

TORONTO — Wednesday night, Mookie Betts struck out.

It was the first time Sept. 12, 2016 that he had suffered such a fate.

To understand what a feat it was, realize that Minnesota’s Byron Buxton — once deemed the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball — fanned 49 times during that time period. Seven other big leaguers struck out at least 40 times since that last Betts punch-out.

But Wednesday, during the Red Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays, it all came to end after 129 plate appearances of not whiffing. One 84 mph slider from Francisco Liriano left the Red Sox’ outfielder 18 plate appearances shy of matching Juan Pierre’s 2004 streak of 147 trips to the plate without a punch-out.

“I don’t think you really realize it when you’re in the midst of it until you’re asked questions daily an things are made of it,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “He’s a special player. He punches out the one time, comes right back with a base hit the next time. We’ll get more very good production out of him.”

During the 31-game stretch, Betts hit .356 with an .860 OPS.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

TORONTO — This we know: Pablo Sandoval has come a long way since his belt exploded in this same building just more than one year ago.

After the embarrassment of that swing, Sandoval went on to undergo surgery on his right shoulder before losing some pounds and regaining his starting job at third base.