The Red Sox will open next season on April 6 on the road against the Phillies, followed by a trip to play the Yankees in New York before the home opener against the Washington Nationals on Monday, April 13.

The Red Sox will open next season on April 6 on the road against the Phillies, followed by a trip to play the Yankees in New York before the home opener against the Washington Nationals on Monday, April 13. It will mark the second straight year that the Sox are opening against a National League opponent.

Some details from the press release, with the schedule available below:

The club will open the season on the road for the fifth straight year. This year will be the club’€™s first regular season opener in Philadelphia since 1954, the last year the city had an American League franchise, the Athletics. It also marks the first time the Red Sox have ever opened a season against a National League team.

The Red Sox are scheduled to play 76 games versus their American League East rivals, 19 games each against the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Red Sox will face the National League East Division for Interleague play. In addition to the Nationals, the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Miami Marlins will visit Fenway Park.

Interleague games on the road take place in Philadelphia April 6, 8, and 9, in Miami August 11 and 12, and at Citi Field versus the New York Mets the weekend of August 28-30.

The Red Sox have the most number of home games in July (16) and the fewest in April (10). The club, which completes its home season Sunday, September 27, will end the season with a weeklong road trip to play the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. The regular season ends Sunday, October 4.

For the second straight year, Boston plays four straight games against Atlanta in two cities. The first two games of the series take place at Fenway Park on June 15-16, followed by a second pair of games at Turner Field June 17-18. For the second straight year, the Red Sox will open their home season versus a National League club. After Washington’€™s series (April 13-15), the Marlins visit July 7-8 and the Phillies play at Fenway Park the weekend of September 4-6.

The Red Sox play more games at Yankee Stadium and Toronto’€™s Rogers Center (10 each) than any other road venue. Following the first match-up in New York April 10-12, the Red Sox visit Yankee Stadium August 4-6, and September 28-October 1. They host the Yankees three times: May 1-3, July 10-12, and August 31-September 2.

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Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

The Red Sox have called up right-hander Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Right-hander Matt Barnes received his first big league call-up on Monday. (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox.)

Right-hander Matt Barnes received his first big league call-up on Monday. (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox.)

The Red Sox have called up right-hander Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket. Though he has spent his entire career (save for one outing as a piggyback starter) in the rotation, the 24-year-old — a first-round pick in the 2011 draft — will pitch out of the bullpen for the duration of the season.

Barnes had a rough start to the year. He was shut down due to shoulder discomfort as a non-roster invitee in his first big league spring training, and when he joined the PawSox, he went 4-7 with a 5.06 ERA, 6.9 strikeouts and 3.7 walks per nine innings prior to the All-Star break, struggling with his pitch efficiency and sometimes showing diminished life on his stuff relative to previous years. However, he turned his season around following the mid-year break.

In his most recent outing — a Triple-A International League playoff game last week — he logged seven shutout innings in which he gave up three hits (a double and two singles), walked none and punched out six. It marked the sixth time in eight outings that Barnes had pitched into the seventh inning, something he’€™d done just four times in his first 65 pro games. He threw 65 of 101 pitches (64 percent) for strikes. In nine starts since the All-Star break including the regular season and Thursday’€™s outing, Barnes now has a 2.10 ERA with 7.8 strikeouts and just 2.3 walks per nine.

He has perhaps the best fastball in the system, a 90-96 mph offering that he can use to get swings and misses in the strike zone (as opposed to relying on hitters to chase it outside the zone). He also has a changeup that grades as a solid average offering. His curveball has sometimes graded as a below-average offering, though it showed improvement to the point of being a potentially average (and even sometimes a tick above) third pitch — which would mean that he had a starter’s repertoire, with multiple evaluators citing a pitcher like Michael Wacha as a potential point of comparison for the UConn product.

However, for now, Barnes — who was going to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 draft — will get his first exposure to the big leagues through the unfamiliar role of the bullpen.

Barnes has thrown a career-high 127 2/3 innings this year, up from 113 1/3 last year.

To make room for Barnes on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox shifted outfielder Shane Victorino (out for the year following back surgery last month) from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

And then there was one.

Double-A Portland was eliminated from the playoffs with a Game 5 loss to Binghamton on Sunday, thus ending a season that saw perhaps the greatest wealth of near big-league ready Sox prospects since the extraordinary Portland class of 2005. It is not hard to imagine several impact big leaguers emerging from a roster that at different points featured Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, Rusney Castillo, Deven Marrero, Brian Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez and Sean Coyle.

But with Portland out, the Red Sox‘ minor league season is now down to Triple-A Pawtucket, which will open its best-of-five Governor’s Cup championship series on Tuesday at McCoy Stadium.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 8-5 LOSS VS. BINGHAMTON (METS); LOSE BEST-OF-FIVE SERIES, 3-2

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Rusney Castillo played a full nine innings (albeit at DH) for the first time since signing with the Sox, once again showing the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field by going 2-for-5 with a double to right. He also had a strikeout. The 27-year-old, who is 6-for-19 with two walks, two strikeouts and a steal through six minor league games, will now join Triple-A Pawtucket to get more at-bats in the minors prior to his callup to the big leagues.

– Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will join Castillo in heading from Portland to Pawtucket to continue his season. Rodriguez, 21, has thrown 126 2/3 innings this year between the regular season and playoffs, down from the 145 innings he logged in the Orioles’ system last year. After a year and a half in Double-A, Rodriguez will get his first exposure to Triple-A. He’s forged a 6-8 record and 3.55 ERA with 114 strikeouts and 39 walks in 126 2/3 innings in Double-A this year, with a 3-1 record, 1.23 ERA, 39 walks and eight strikeouts in 44 innings after joining Portland following the trade that sent him from the Orioles to the Sox.

– Right-hander Luis Diaz was shelled for seven runs (all earned) on eight hits (four doubles) in just 3 2/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

Sean Coyle, who was hit on the wrist by a pitch on Saturday, proved unable to play. Coyle told the Portland Press-Herald that X-rays were negative for a fracture, but that swelling and inflammation rendered him unable to play.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

Xander Bogaerts is 12-for-32 in his last eight games. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Perhaps, finally, the corner has been turned.



The Red Sox are now one loss away from officially being eliminated from the American League East.

Jose Bautista's three-run homer was all the Blue Jays needed Sunday afternoon. (Getty Images)

Jose Bautista’s three-run homer was all the Blue Jays needed Sunday afternoon. (Getty Images)

The Red Sox are now one loss away from officially being eliminated from the American League East.

While such a fate has been a forgone conclusion for some time, coming on the short end of a meeting with the Blue Jays offered at least a bit of surprise. This was a Toronto team, after all, that had dropped the first two games of the teams’ series, having lost one of their best players — Melky Cabrera — for the season Friday night.

But some of the same old issues came back to haunt the Sox Sunday, with Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey teaming with relievers Chuck Cecil and Casey Jannsen to hold the hosts to just six hits en route to a 3-1 loss for John Farrell‘s club to the Jays.

Not helping matters for the Red Sox was their continued inability to get runners in from scoring position, going 1-for-9 in such situations. They also were held to one or fewer runs for the 28th time this season after finishing ’13 with 20 such games.

Dickey pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run on six hits while striking out four and now walking a batter. He also found himself going up against fellow knuckleballer Steven Wright after the Red Sox reliever replaced starter Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth.

De La Rosa was driven from the game after allowing the biggest blow of the game, a three-run shot off the bat of Jose Bautista. Wright finished his five-inning relief outing allowing just two hits, not allowing a run while striking out six and not walking a batter.

De La Rosa is now winless in his last five starts, dating back to Aug. 16. He finished allowing three runs on seven hits over four innings, matching his shortest outing of the season.

The only Red Sox run came in the sixth inning when Xander Bogaerts singled in Daniel Nava. Bogaerts joined Mookie Betts as the only two Sox hitters to come away with multiple-hit afternoons.

The bottom four hitters in the Red Sox lineup — Allen Craig, Will Middlebrooks, Jackie Bradley and Christian Vazquez — went a combined 0-for-13.

The Red Sox finish with a 7-12 mark against the Blue Jays this season, including going 2-7 at Fenway Park.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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What’s next for Rusney Castillo?

After the Portland Sea Dogs’ season game to an end Sunday thanks to an 8-5 loss to Binghamton, Castillo will now be moving on to Triple-A.