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Ace, what ace?

For the third time in a week, the Red Sox were able to make an opposing team’s ace look like just an average pitcher.

Mookie Betts was one of the offensive starts as the Red Sox took down Johnny Cueto and the Royals Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Mookie Betts was one of the offensive starts as the Red Sox took down Johnny Cueto and the Royals Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ace, what ace?

For the third time in a week, the Red Sox were able to make an opposing team’s ace look like just an average pitcher.

After tagging Felix Hernandez for 10 runs Sunday and Corey Kluber for six runs Wednesday, Friday it was Johnny Cueto’s turn, as the Red Sox scored seven runs off the new ace of the Royals staff.

The Red Sox beat the Royals 7-2 Friday night for their fourth straight win and was the first time they’ve won four straight since July 4-8. It’s the second time all season they’ve won four straight games.

Five straight base hits in the second inning got the Red Sox three runs. Travis Shaw started things off with a one-out double and then Blake Swihart had a double that scored two runs. Mookie Betts closed the scoring with an RBI-single to left that Paulo Orlando couldn’t come up with.

They added two more in the fourth thanks to some spotty defense in center field by Lorenzo Cain. Rusney Castillo tripled on a ball that had a chance to be caught (although it would have been a nice catch) and then he scored on Swihart’s single. Swihart came around to score when Betts singled to center and Cain kicked the ball around, allowing him to plate the fifth Red Sox run.

Josh Rutledge — who is 5-for-6 lifetime against Cueto — added a two-run homer in the sixth. Cueto departed after the inning, allowing seven runs on 13 hits.

Making his fourth major league start and second against a first place team, Henry Owens was very effective. The lanky left-hander went eight strong innings allowing two runs on just four hits, while walking one and striking out four.

He got some help with some terrific defense behind him, but the 23-year-old was on his game.

Health Hembree pitched the ninth inning to finish things off.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Betts continues to swing a hot bat as he went 3-for-5 in the win. It was his third three-hit game of the month.

— Shaw extended his hit streak to six games and in those games he’s hitting a whopping .565 with five extra-base hits.

— Castillo went 2-for-3, which means he’s now hit safely in each of his last seven games. He’s batting .283 for the season.

— Swihart had four hits, including two doubles. It was his second straight multi-hit game and second four-hit game in his last four games.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-4 and he’s now 0 for his last 13 and has just one walk in his last 72 plate appearances.

David Ortiz went 0-for-4 and is in the midst of a 0-for-7 slump.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

John Farrell was at Fenway Park once again Friday.

John Farrell was at Fenway Park once again Friday.

A week after announcing he had Stage 1 lymphoma and three days after undergoing his first chemotherapy treatment, he was in full uniform for the Red Sox‘ team photo.

“He’s doing well,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Obviously a little fatigue as we expected, but he’s such a horse and wants to be around and part of this despite that fatigue. It’s great to see him. It’s great to have him around and it’s great to have baseball conversation with him, but the best thing about it is it’s great to see him laugh and smile.”

Lovullo also said he and Farrell met with new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Thursday.

“I had a chance to sit down with him yesterday and go over a couple of key guys — John, myself and Dave,” Lovullo said. “Just normal baseball conversation about some of our young players. I think he’s just trying to get a feel for our guys through our eyes. That’s how it works in baseball. You sit down and try and get as familiar as you possibly can, as quickly as you possibly can.

“It was nice to sit down and give our perspective. It was good baseball conversion. It was very typical of what happens in those settings.”

Dombrowski was officially introduced Wednesday afternoon and is now trying to do his best to learn as much as he can about the current Red Sox players before the season ends to help him with building 2016’s team.

Lovullo said there wasn’t much difference in their thoughts on certain players.

“I think it’s pretty close,” he said. “John and I were able to do most of the talking and filling in a times. Dave gives great baseball perspective. I think he’s trying to get as much as he can as fast as he can. We were able to fill in a lot of those gaps.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz last pitched in a game July 10 and hasn’t been able to throw since.

Clay Buchholz hasn't pitched since July 10. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz hasn’t pitched since July 10. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz last pitched in a game July 10 and hasn’t been able to throw since.

“Clay has not [begun a throwing program],” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Right now Clay is kind of in a no-throw situation. He feels good enough to throw, but we are evaluating him daily to see where he’s at. I know he’s had an opinion where he can start to throw, but we’re not going to rush anything that he’s not ready to do.”

Lovullo was then asked if the right-hander would pitch again this season. He would not say yes or no.

“We haven’t determined that,” he said. “We’re trying to figure this out moving forward.”

In 18 starts this season, Buchholz is 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA. Over his last five starts that he was able to make, he allowed just one earned run in each of them.

Brock Holt is out of the lineup for a second straight day, but it doesn’t appear to be serious and Lovullo said he would be available off the bench, if needed.

“He’s just a little banged up,” Lovullo said. “He just needed another day. I decided to give him another day — I decided to give him another day to get caught up. I know I’ve been talking a lot the last couple days about these guys getting tired and fatigue and instead of staying with it we wanted to get a little bit ahead of it.”

Catcher Christian Vazquez has been out for the entire season after having Tommy John surgery during the spring. Despite not being able to play, the 25-year-old has been with the team all year and been an active participant in meetings.

He could be playing in games as soon as this offseason.

“He’s always engaged and involved in every meeting,” Lovullo said. “From the shoulders up he’s not going to need much time to recover. I think the early plan, and I may be mistaken, but the early plan is to see where he’s at after the season and get him some at-bats in the instructional league and pick it up from there. He’s right on target and kind of a forgotten man that really no one notices or talks about, but we’re really excited to see where he comes in next year.”

With Vazquez coming back next season, the team would have two young, talented catchers. Lovullo said the team is aware of the situation, but there’s been no talk of exposing Blake Swihart to another position.

“I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of discussions over the course of this offseason about what to do with our catching situation,” Lovullo said. “We’re very fortunate and lucky to have two young guys who are very capable of handling the work load. We’ll move forward as a group and I think Dave [Dombrowski] will probably want to see these guys perform each and every day and make that decision moving forward, but that’s nothing we can predict right now.”

In 58 games this season, Swihart is batting .258. In 55 games last year, Vazquez batted .240.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Going for their fourth straight win, the Red Sox will be without one of their hottest hitters.

Likely keeping with the outfield rotation, Jackie Bradley Jr. will be out of the lineup, as the Red Sox go up against Johnny Cueto in the second game of a weekend set with the Royals.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Going for their fourth straight win, the Red Sox will be without one of their hottest hitters.

Likely keeping with the outfield rotation, Jackie Bradley Jr. will be out of the lineup, as the Red Sox go up against Johnny Cueto in the second game of a weekend set with the Royals.

The outfield will have Hanley Ramirez in left, Mookie Betts in center and Rusney Castillo in right.

Brock Holt will also be out of the lineup for the second straight game and Pablo Sandoval will once again hit second.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Henry Owens.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Travis Shaw, 1B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Blake Swihart, C
Josh Rutledge, 2B
Henry Owens, LHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday: