Joe and Tim are joined by the Captain, Jason Varitek to talk about his career and how it feels to go into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox Hall of Famer Tim Wakefield on the night where the 2016 Red Sox HoF class is honored at Fenway

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It was technically a quality start, but it sure didn’t feel like one.

Clay Buchholz took the loss once again, this time living on the wrong end of the Red Sox’ 4-2 defeat to the Indians, Friday night at Fenway Park.

Clay Buchholz suffered his fourth loss of the season, Friday night. (David Butler/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz suffered his fourth loss of the season, Friday night. (David Butler/USA Today Sports)

It was technically a quality start, but it sure didn’t feel like one.

Clay Buchholz took the loss once again, this time living on the wrong end of the Red Sox’ 4-2 defeat to the Indians, Friday night at Fenway Park.

And since he lasted six innings, and gave up three earned runs (four in total), Buchholz was tagged with his second quality start of the season. The problem was that the appearance included much of the discomfort that has accompanied too many of the the righty’s nine starts this season.

Buchholz allowed five hits and four walks, giving him more this season (24) than his entire 2015 campaign.

Yet, even with the methodical pace and lack of command, the narrative would have undoubtedly been different for Buchholz if not for Jason Kipnis’ three-run homer in the third. The blast came with nobody out, and landed deep into the right field seats.

Kipnis’ sixth homer of the season was the ninth given up by Buchholz, who had been staked to a 2-0 lead.

From the Red Sox point of view, their night was highlighted by Jackie Bradley Jr., who extended his hit streak to 25 games with a second-inning solo blast into the center field seats. (For more on Bradley Jr.’s streak, click here.)

Closing Time note

With Bradley Jr.’s home run, the Red Sox broke their club mark for most consecutive games hitting at least one homer. The previous record was owned by the 1995 team.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– The offensive output wasn’t what the Red Sox had been used to at Fenway as of late, having come into the three-game set recording 10 or more hits in 13 of their last 14 home games. This time around Cleveland starter Corey Kluber held the Sox to just two runs on five hits over seven innings.

– Kluber allowed just one hit — a Xander Bogaerts double — from the third inning until he exited after the seventh.

– The Red Sox weren’t able to keep the Indians from plating their fourth run of the third inning despite a spectacular effort from Bradley Jr. The Sox center fielder unleashed a frozen rope to home after reeling in Jose Ramirez’s fly ball. But Francisco Lindor was just able to get his hand to home plate before catcher Christian Vazquez applied the tag.

– The Red Sox’ bid at getting at the Indians’ bullpen fell short in the eighth inning after a leadoff single from Dustin Pedroia off Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw. First, Bogaerts hit into a fielder’s choice. The frame was then ended on 4-5-3 double play off the bat of David Ortiz.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Mookie Betts helped get things going for the Red Sox in the first inning, leading off with a double and then scoring via Bogaerts’ ground out. The Sox have now out-scored their opponents, 45-15, in the first innings since April 11.

– The Red Sox bullpen did keep things close, with Tommy Layne, Matt Barnes and Robbie Ross Jr. closing things out with three scoreless frames.

– Blake Swihart handled his first foray into playing left field at Fenway Park without incident, hauling in all three of the catchable fly balls hit his way. His best grab came on a sinker liner of the bat of Mike Napoli in the seventh inning.

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Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Jackie Bradley Jr. got the hit streak drama out of the way early, Friday night.

Jumping on the second pitch he saw from Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, Bradley Jr. launched a 1-0 slider into the center field bleachers. It marked the 25th straight game the outfielder has collected at least one hit.

Jackie Bradley Jr. got the hit streak drama out of the way early, Friday night.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jumping on the second pitch he saw from Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, Bradley Jr. launched a 1-0 slider into the center field bleachers. It marked the 25th straight game the outfielder has collected at least one hit.

Bradley Jr. is now nine shy of the Red Sox record, with Dom DiMaggio totaling 34 in a row in 1949.

It was Bradley Jr.’s eighth homer since the streak began on April 24. Coming into Friday night, the stretch had included the lefty hitter managing a .407 batting average and 1.240 OPS.

It was also the 20th straight game the Red Sox have hit at least one home run, snapping the previous club record held by the the 1995 club.

The second-inning homer gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead at the time.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

It is an uneasy feeling for Carson Smith.

The reliever, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with elbow tightness, underwent an MRI prior to the Red Sox’ series opener with the Indians. And while the results weren’t readily available after the Red Sox’ 4-2 loss to Cleveland, the publicized plan going forward can’t be too encouraging.

Carson Smith

Carson Smith

It is an uneasy feeling for Carson Smith.

The reliever, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with elbow tightness, underwent an MRI prior to the Red Sox’ series opener with the Indians.

While relaying that the ailment is in the same area as when Smith was shut down during spring training, Red Sox manager John Farrell surmised that the injury — which limited Smith to just three appearances since initially coming off the disabled list — won’t necessitate surgery.

“I would be surprised given what we know right now,” said Farrell of the likelihood of an operation.

Smith, who was feeling the discomfort more when throwing sliders than fastballs, last pitched May 14. Prior to that, he had gone on May 3 and 9.

“I felt healthy my first outing out and felt good for the most part for the first week or so I was back up,” Smith said. “I threw against Oakland and had an extensive outing and a number of warmup pitches to go into that game and since then, there’s been small symptoms of what it was back in spring training.”

The reliever added, “I want to know what’s going on, I want to get it right. I’d rather be broke or just right. It’s frustrating going out there and not being 100 percent every time. I couldn’t do that to the team. That’s when we decided to get another MRI.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Carson Smith

Carson Smith

It is an uneasy feeling for Carson Smith.

The reliever, who went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with elbow tightness, underwent an MRI prior to the Red Sox’ series opener with the Indians. And while the results weren’t readily available after the Red Sox’ 4-2 loss to Cleveland, the publicized plan going forward can’t be too encouraging.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Smith will visit Dr. David Altchek for a second opinion, Monday. The choice to rely on Altchek, and not someone like Dr. James Andrews, is at the player’s discretion.

Before the game Farrell said the ailment is in the same area as when Smith was shut down during spring training, and surmised that the injury — which limited Smith to just three appearances since initially coming off the disabled list — wouldn’t necessitate surgery.

“I would be surprised given what we know right now,” said Farrell of the likelihood of an operation.

Smith, who was feeling the discomfort more when throwing sliders than fastballs, last pitched May 14. Prior to that, he had gone on May 3 and 9.

“I felt healthy my first outing out and felt good for the most part for the first week or so I was back up,” Smith said. “I threw against Oakland and had an extensive outing and a number of warmup pitches to go into that game and since then, there’s been small symptoms of what it was back in spring training.”

The reliever added, “I want to know what’s going on, I want to get it right. I’d rather be broke or just right. It’s frustrating going out there and not being 100 percent every time. I couldn’t do that to the team. That’s when we decided to get another MRI.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

In the past few days, there has been plenty of conversation concerning the chance that David Ortiz might not actually retire after the 2016 season.