If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

For the third straight game, the Red Sox have Brock Holt batting ninth, but it’s worked so far as the Red Sox have won the previous two games and Holt homered Tuesday night.

The Red Sox will be going up against Giants right-hander Matt Cain in the final game of a two-game set with the Giants.

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

For the third straight game, the Red Sox have Brock Holt batting ninth, but it’s worked so far as the Red Sox have won the previous two games and Holt homered Tuesday night.

The Red Sox will be going up against Giants right-hander Matt Cain in the final game of a two-game set with the Giants.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Drew Pomeranz, LHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The news isn’t so good for Koji Uehara.

After leaving Tuesday’s game after seven pitches, Uehara has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain. To fill his spot on the roster, right-hander Noe Ramirez has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara

The news isn’t so good for Koji Uehara.

After leaving Tuesday’s game after seven pitches, Uehara has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain. To fill his spot on the roster, right-hander Noe Ramirez has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Pitching with a 4-0 lead in the ninth, Uehara felt discomfort in his pec after a strikeout and was removed from the game. The 41-yrar-old is 2-3 with six saves and a 4.50 ERA in 39 appearances this season. He was the closer with Craig Kimbrel on the disabled list himself. Now it appears Brad Ziegler will take over that role.

Ramirez has made 11 relief appearances over six stints with the Red Sox this season, posting no record and a 6.55 ERA with 11 strikeouts.

For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen joined the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria show on Wednesday to discuss the team’s latest injured player and new starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz.

On Wednesday night, Drew Pomeranz will make his first start for the Red Sox after being acquired in a trade with the Padres. On Wednesday morning, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane to discuss the new hurler.

Mike Hazen

Mike Hazen

Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen joined the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria show on Wednesday to discuss the team’s latest injured player and new starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz. To hear the interview, visit the OM&F on demand audio page.

In Tuesday night’s 4-0 win over the Giants, relief pitcher Koji Uehara came out of the game after throwing just seven pitches with an apparent pectoral strain. It is unclear yet when Uehara, 41, will be able to play again, meaning that Hazen and the Red Sox front office may have to make another move for a reliever.

“We’re going to get a better look at Koji this afternoon,” Uehara said. “Never really a good time after the game to get the best read on an injury. We usually like to let 24 or so hours set in before we can get a full handle on what we’re dealing with, hopefully its nothing overly serious.”

Added Hazen: “As far as what we do moving forward, I think there’s a couple of ways to look at it. One, we’re going to be opportunistic and continue to look at the trade market. I think one of the benefits to what we did early in terms of the aggressiveness, allows us to really survey the market and watch what else is going on, and allows us to continue to watch the team and see if there are other needs. I do think we feel pretty good about the bullpen as a whole. … I feel as a whole that the group the way we look at it is in a pretty good position. Our starters are working deeper into games, I think it’s really helped from a workload standpoint, it’s allowed [manager John Farrell] to more cherry pick where he’s going to use guys, and that’s always beneficial. We’ll see how it goes over the next seven or eight days or so, I do think overall, when you talk about getting [reliever Junichi Tazawa] back and you talk about getting [close Craig Kimbrel] back, we feel pretty good about the group. But there’s always room to improve the club. We’ll never sit here and not say that, given where we’re at.”

The team’s most recent move resulted in bringing in starting left-hander Drew Pomeranz from San Diego. Pomeranz was named an All-Star and holds a 2.47 ERA, but his workload capability is a concern. He has never pitched more than 100 innings in his five-year career until this season.

“We’re mindful of everybody’s workload,” Hazen said. “Certainly year over year is one way we look at it, outing to outing, number of pitches, how hard they have to work, we’re going to be mindful of that as we move forward. But that’s no different than all the other guys that start for us, or even the bullpen guys. We’re always conscious of the workload, we have every reason to believe he’s going to be there for us all the way through. I don’t think he’s pitched in the playoffs, so anybody who’s stepping into October for the first time … you need to be mindful for those things. It looks that the way the division is shaking out right now it may go down to the last day. Hopefully if you continue to play well and you can create some separation somehow someway, those are some of the benefits that you may have going into September where you can really monitor those things. You’re not always afforded that luxury, and if it goes down to the wire … you’re just going to have to deal with it when it comes. That’s where depth shows up again, and it’s something we’re going to have to be mindful of moving forward.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.

On Blake Swihart and Chris Young’s injury status: “Both making steady progress, don’t have any firm timetables yet coming up. They may have that later on today with John and others. They’ve been getting checkups, everything’s moving in a good direction for both. They’re both doing activity at varying degrees. They’re important pieces for us to get back. When we look back at when we were really clicking on all cylinders, it really rounds out the club, given the skill sets that they have. The versatility it allows for John. So we’re looking forward to getting those guys back. We’re looking forward to the whole team getting back and healthy at some point in time. The guys that are here that are grinding through it right now, are playing really well. During the course of the season, you’re going to have those injuries, you’re going to have those ups and downs, but to sit where we’re sitting right now giving what we’re talking about, we feel pretty good.”

On Clay Buchholz’s future with the team: “He’s in the bullpen right now, and we’re going to need all of our bullpen guys to contribute. He’s still in a position of protecting the rotation as well. We have not gone very far with the same rotation, hopefully we have stabilized that, but you can never tell or plan for that. You have to plan for the alternative. In our world, we’re expecting these five guys to go for us, but you never know. As such, he’s there to protect us from that, and we think he’s more than capable of doing that, and we think he’s going to be effective out of the bullpen in his current role. Beyond that, we’re not really getting too far ahead of ourselves.”

On the extra road trips in the second half: “It is definitely weighted a little bit heavier in the front this year, it goes from year to year. The league gives us the schedule, we get input on the schedule to some degree, but you can imagine all 29 clubs asking for things in the schedule, kind of tough for a schedule maker to put it all together and make everybody happy. … The league really determines that, I think it’s all reciprocal, some years we have hardly any games in April and some years we end up with a lot. … It’s just the way the schedule worked out, it’s going to be a challenge for us going through, but no different than any other schedule we ever have. The players are constantly faced with these types of things, and we’re going to have to grind through it.”

On top prospects Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, and when fans can expect them to make the jump to the majors: “We’re getting to that point where those conversations are starting. I think once they get their feet wet in Double-A and really start to establish themselves, which is what they’re doing both right now, they’ve been outstanding all season. I think right now at this point in time in Double-A is where we start these conversations internally. We still have some time, because barring some crazy things happening up above where we’re forced into a decision, we still have time to get these guys, because they still have another half-step to go, or a full step to go in some cases. We’ve done this with almost all of our players at this stage. … We’re going to start to expose them to other parts of the field naturally because we don’t know where we can create the major league opportunity. … We want to maximize versatility to enable the organization to benefit from their offensive performance some point in time, and we also want to benefit the player. … So we’ll begin those discussions, there’s nothing really on the immediate horizon for those things, but we’re going to start those discussions and we’ll start getting guys acclimated. Once they get to Triple-A is when we really go into it, because once you go into Triple-A, now you’ve got to protect that major league team. That’s when we’ve really started to move guys around and maximize their ability to impact the club.”

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

Giants hitters talked about what it has been like to face Drew Pomeranz this year.</p>
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Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

On Wednesday night, Drew Pomeranz will make his first start for the Red Sox after being acquired in a trade with the Padres. On Wednesday morning, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane to discuss the new hurler. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. To read Schilling’s criticism of owner John Henry, check the Full Count blog.

Schilling, who twice was traded during a season, said there is a rush of emotion when joining a new team.

“Incredibly exciting. A lot of adrenaline,” Schilling said, before cautioning: “Don’t judge [Pomeranz] by anything tonight. I was always exhilarated doing it because you move up in the standings for the most part, you don’t know that he can move much farther in the standings than he just moved. I like the deal. I kind of watched him throw a little bit after everything, the only number that concerns me is I think he has 257 innings outside of Coors Field, he’s walked 98 guys, which is not a good number. I would like to see that sink a little bit. He’s got some mechanical issues, slight ones. But big body lefty. He’s going to be fired up. I love the trade.”

The Red Sox had to give up one of their most highly rated prospects, Single-A pitcher Anderson Espinoza, but Schilling said he’s OK with it.

“Listen, if you win a World Series you don’t care, and that’s what they’re trying to do,” Schilling said. “You hate to see prospects go places, but they’re prospects. And anytime you can make that big league roster a little better to win a World Series without moving any of the 25 guys on it, I think it’s a good thing.”

Despite the Pomeranz trade, Schilling said the Sox will need to make another move to sure up their chances of winning the World Series.

“I think it’s a great trade if it’s not the last one. I still think they’ve got to make another move,” Schilling said. “Before last night I was thinking another starter, but the bullpen thing is starting to be pretty serious. But if you have to go get relievers at the deadline you’re in a good place, because everybody’s got them and everybody trades them. … The only reason that I would hesitate to say, ‘Oh my God, they can’t do this,’ is if you’ve watched over the last couple of years — Ned Yost somehow fumbled his way to a ring, which still boggles my mind — but with bullpens. You remember the Rangers and the Cardinals, [Tony] La Russa bringing in guys. It was almost like teams couldn’t wait until they get to the fifth or sixth innings to go the bullpens. But I don’t think that that’s this bullpen.”

Schilling also came out in defense of John Farrell, who has been criticized after Koji Uehara was injured while pitching in a non-save situation Tuesday night (“I wouldn’t expect to see [Uehara] back for quite a long time,” Schilling said).

“There’s too many intangibles, too many variables that I don’t know,” Schilling said of why Uehara was in the game. “Maybe he needed an inning. I don’t know the reasoning or the logic. I think it’s dangerous to play that game, because again, you don’t know what was going on, what John was thinking. Like I said, maybe Koji wanted an inning; maybe they were working on something, I don’t know. But that’s a bad injury.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

On the Republican National Convention: “There have been a lot of good [speeches]. I was really impressed with [Rudy] Giuliani. I am quickly becoming a [Mike] Pence guy, a big fan. The more I have looked into, researched and read about the guy, I love the thought [of him as vice president]. He is a Christian who is very much a constitutionalist, and some of the things that have come out of his mount make me — you know what, it confirms what I have always thought about Mr. Trump in the 12, 13 years I have known him, which is he will surround himself with people that will allow him to do the best possible job. I don’t think he conveys that message well.

“I’m glad to see they did it on the first vote because a lot of people were building it up to be one vote then total chaos. I don’t wonder if they didn’t set the media up and the DNC up to anticipate [trouble]. Because you have the ‘Never Trump’ people, right, and they were supposedly going to create all this pandemonium, and I think that they were waiting for a convention that kind of fell apart or fractured to do that, and they never got their chance.”

On the Melania Trump plagiarism issue: “That is such a joke. It was two lines. Here is the thing: She said the emotions and feelings that everyone has. Listen, I don’t question that it was plagiarism. [But] she didn’t do it, because she didn’t write the speech. Somebody set her up. Do you guys know what being rickrolled is right? That happened. I thought that was one of the most blatantly obvious ‘I’m going to embarrass the hell out of you’ things I’ve ever heard. … Remember this, this speech has been written for six weeks or four months, I don’t know. It’s been written for that long, she has been practicing it for that long. She’s been doing it in front of people. No one ever caught this?”

On the state of the Republican party: “The RNC as I know it is done. It’s as bad on the far right as it is on the far left, in my mind. So I want this whole thing gutted and I want God-fearing, Constitution-loving people. … I just found it pretty refreshing how every large gathering of conservatives — or you can call them whatever you want, but they’re not liberals — you feel a pride and sense of ownership in God and country. And when did that become a bad thing? Because it’s clearly something being ‘used against us’ as Christians. I watched and I couldn’t help but just feel proud about watching the states announce their electoral votes. I know it’s all for show and whatnot, but I kind of felt excited about our government again watching some of that. And that’s been a long, long time since I felt like that.”

Blog Author: 
John Hand

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-46): W, 4-2, at Toledo (Tigers)