Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (65-59): L, 9-4, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.

Justin Haley

Justin Haley

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (65-59): L, 9-4, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

— The IronPigs jumped on PawSox starter Justin Haley early, tagging him for four runs in the first inning and five in the second. That proved to be the difference, as Pawtucket couldn’t make up the difference at any point throughout the game.

The 25-year-old Haley made it just two innings, allowing all of Lehigh Valley’s nine runs, while allowing eight hits and a walk. Among the eight hits were a pair of home runs, one of which being a three-run blast and the other being a two-run shot. The loss dropped Haley to 7-4 this season with a 3.92 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

— None of the PawSox hitters had  multi-hit games, while six of nine batters had at least one strikeout.

— Chris Dominguez did smack his ninth home run of the year home run, a solo shot in the second inning. The only other extra-base hit came via a Jose Vinicio triple in the third inning.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (46-74): Game 1: W, 4-3; Game 2: L, 7-4 vs. Altoona (Pirates)

— In Game 1 of a seven-inning doubleheader, Sea Dogs starter Mike McCarthy, went three innings, allowing a run on four hits with a strikeout and three walks in taking a no-decision.

— Right-hander Brandon Workman appeared in relief as part of his rehab assignment and struggled, allowing two runs on three hits with five walks and no strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings of relief.

— The remaining pair of Sea Dogs pitchers were solid with Ty Buttery getting the win, pitching a scoreless, hitless 1 1/3 innings, allowing two walks and then Ben Taylor got his fourth save of the year, striking out one in the seventh.

— Aneury Tavarez continues to thrive, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. The 24-year-old Dominican is hitting .340 with Portland this season. Also performing well was Mauricio Dubon, who went 1-for-3 with a a pair of RBI. The 22-year-old Honduran is hitting .320 as a member of the Sea Dogs.

— In Game 2 Curve put a late four-spot on Portland in the sixth inning to drop the Sea Dogs in the back end of the doubleheader.

— Tavarez and Dubon again helped carry the Sea Dogs offensively, each going 2-for-3, with Dubon drilling a two-run home run in the the third. Cole Sturgeon also added a dinger of his own, a two-run blast in the fourth inning.

— Jalen Beeks had a less than stellar start, allowing seven hits and five runs over as many innings with three walks and two strikeouts. He also allowed a two-run shot to Kevin Newman in the fourth inning. The 23-year-old lefty fell to 4-3 this season. He also owns a 4.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP.

— Williams Jerez came in the sixth and blew a save opportunity, allowing his pair of inherited runners from Beeks to score, while also surrendering two more of his own to turn the Sea Dogs’ 4-3 lead entering the inning to a 7-4 deficit by the end of it.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (74-47): W, 5-1, vs. Carolina (Braves)

— Daniel McGrath was outstanding for eight innings for Salem, allowing just one run on as many hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks in the win. He climbed to 7-5 with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

— Bryan Hudson, Mike Meyers and Jayce Ray each had two hits, with Hudson grabbing a pair of doubles in the process.

— Each member of the team — with the exception of Rafael Devers — had a hit in Wednesday’s game. The four RBI for Salem all came from their No. 7-8-9 hitters.

Logan Boyd

Logan Boyd

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (60-55): L, 9-2 (14 innings), vs. Kannapolis (White Sox)

— The Drive brought the game all the way to 14 innings just to meltdown by allowing seven runs in the 14th inning. The seven runs weren’t a combination of power, rather consistent base hits and a sacrifice fly off of pitcher Stephen Nogosek. Nogosek allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout over an inning of work.

— Starter Logan Boyd had a good outing, keeping the Drive in the game, allowing one run — a solo home run — on five hits over six innings. He also struck out six and didn’t walk any batters.

— Luis Alexander Basabe was the only member of the Drive to have more than one hit, going 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. The 19-year-old Venezuelan is hitting .265 this season.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (32-25): L, 3-0, vs. Connecticut (Tigers)

— The Spinners could never generate any offense, putting together just five hits as a team as they got shutout by the Tigers.

— Lowell starter Michael Shawaryn went 2 2/3 and did not allow any runs, nor hits as he struck out four and walked three in the no-decision. Reliever Daniel Zandona got the loss and fell to 3-2 this season, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout.

— No. 9 hitter Andy Perez went 2-for-3.

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

After getting a few hours of sleep, the Red Sox are back at it for an afternoon game with the Tigers.

Given their travel schedule, the lineup resembles one from spring training, but they do get Hanley Ramirez back from the bereavement list. As the corresponding move, Marco Hernandez was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

After getting a few hours of sleep, the Red Sox are back at it for an afternoon game with the Tigers.

Given their travel schedule, the lineup resembles one from spring training, but they do get Hanley Ramirez back from the bereavement list.

David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia both get the day off — at least to start — as Sandy Leon will DH, Deven Marrero will play second base and Aaron Hill will play third base against Tigers lefty Matt Boyd.

Bryan Holaday will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Aaron Hill, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, DH
Bryan Holaday, C
Deven Marrero, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Clay Buchholz, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox begin a four-game series at Detroit on Thursday afternoon. The Sox will start the series by sending Clay Buchholz to the mound, while the Tigers will dispatch 25-year-old left-hander Matt Boyd.

Buchholz is 4-9 in 27 games (14 starts) with a 5.66 ERA and 1.406 WHIP. Buchholz made his first start in over a month last Saturday against the Diamondbacks, returning to the starting rotation when knuckleballer Steven Wright injured his shoulder. In the outing, Buchholz went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, three hits and three walks with one strikeout in a 6-3 Red Sox win. Buchholz was pulled after 71 pitches because it was his first start since July 2.

In 13 relief appearances, Buchholz is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.017 WHIP.

Against the Tigers, Buchholz is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP in 10 games (eight starts). The 32-year old right-hander saw the Tigers in two relief appearances in July of this season. In his first appearance on July 25, he threw two innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks with one strikeout. In his second appearance two days later on July 27, he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Buchholz last start against the Tigers came in July of 2012 when he pitched eight innings, allowing three runs (two earned), five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

In Boyd’s second season in the big leagues, he is 4-2 in 13 games (11 starts) with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.229 WHIP. Boyd pitched his best game of the season last Saturday in a 2-0 win over the Rangers, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing only two hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts.

“That’s as good as I think we’ve seen Matt Boyd,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

“I liked how quick he was,” Rangers starter Cole Hamels said of Boyd. “He really came after you with his pitch and kept firing away. It was more like a Cliff Lee approach. If he’s able to keep doing that, he’s going to have a pretty good career. Especially with that lineup protecting him, he’s going to get a lot of wins.”

Since the start of July, when Boyd was recalled from Triple-A, the southpaw is 4-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his last six starts and a relief appearance.

As a member of the Blue Jays last July, Boyd failed to make it out of the first inning in his only career start against the Red Sox. He allowed seven runs, six hits (two home runs) and one walk with no strikeouts.

Red Sox vs. Boyd (LHP)

Mookie Betts is 1-for-1.

Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-1 with 1 RBI.

Brock Holt is 1-for-1.

David Ortiz is 1-for-1 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs.

Tigers vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Miguel Cabrera (26 plate appearances): .227 AVG./.308 OBP/.318 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Ian Kinsler (10): .333/.600/1.333, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Victor Martinez is 1-for-7 with 1 RBI.

Justin Upton is 2-for-6 with 2 doubles, 4 RBIs and 3 strikeouts.

James McCann is 0-for-2.

Tyler Collins is 0-for-1.

Andrew Romine is 0-for-1.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

John Farrell has his team playing its best baseball going into the season's toughest stretch. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)BALTIMORE -- "It's like a double whammy."



BALTIMORE — A complicated travel schedule for the Red Sox was made a bit more uncomfortable Wednesday night.

With the Red Sox’ series opener in Detroit scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch, the plan was to send their starting pitcher, Clay Buchholz, to the home of the Tigers ahead of his teammates.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

BALTIMORE — A complicated travel schedule for the Red Sox was made a bit more uncomfortable Wednesday night.

With the Red Sox’ series opener in Detroit scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch, the plan was to send their starting pitcher, Clay Buchholz, to the home of the Tigers ahead of his teammates.

Buchholz was slated to take off from Baltimore Washington International Airport at 5:30 p.m., with a car scheduled to pick him up at Detroit Metropolitan Airport at 7:15 p.m.

But his flight was delayed at least three hours, forcing the pitcher to head back to Camden Yards, where he found himself at about 9 p.m., just as the Red Sox’ were getting ready to start their rain delay. The plan to have Buchholz not be subjected to the team’s quick turnaround was no longer an option.

The Red Sox’ plane would ultimately take off from BWI at just after 1 a.m., with flying time to Detroit just over an hour. Buchholz would be getting to the team hotel just about 10 hours before he was scheduled to take the mound.

Buchholz will going up against Detroit starter Matt Boyd.

The game-time for Thursday’s tilt has come under some scrutiny, with the Red Sox trying repeatedly to push it back considering they would be coming from Baltimore. For more on that controversy, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

BALTIMORE — The sting for David Price, and probably some of the others in the starting rotation, is still there.

For much of the Red Sox’ season, they were perceived as a big part of the problem.

Times are changing.

David Price has been part of the Red Sox' starting rotation's resurgene. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)

David Price has been part of the Red Sox’ starting rotation’s resurgene. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)

BALTIMORE — The sting for David Price, and probably some of the others in the starting rotation, is still there.

For much of the Red Sox’ season, they were perceived as a big part of the problem.

Times are changing.

“I just don’t listen to any of the outside noise, any of the bullcrap that’s said,” said Price after the Red Sox’ rain-shortened, 8-1 win over the Orioles. “I’m just going to continue to plug forward. I don’t care about any of that other stuff.”

The noise Price referenced is shifting out of the equation. That’s what a run like the Red Sox’ starting staff is on will do. All of a sudden, the lefty is looking ace-like, and the Sox’ starters have become the envy of Major League Baseball.

No team in baseball has gotten the kind of performance from their starters this month that the Red Sox have produced. Not even close. After Price’s six-inning, one-run win Wednesday night, the Sox’ starting pitchers have totaled a 2.62 ERA and .203 batting average against in August.

They have now gone 14 straight starts without allowing more than three earned runs, a stretch the team has managed a 9-5 record.

“You always have to be able to do that,” said Price of the starters feeding off each other. “That’s something we’ve definitely done here recently, and that’s something we’ve got to continue to do.”

For Price, he seemingly has found the groove so many expected he would uncover long ago. For the first time since the end of May, he has won back-to-back starts, with his only miscue this time around being a solo home run by Baltimore’s Chris Davis.

“We’re in a good run where our rotation, our starters, are doing a good job of keeping games under control,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “We’ve been able to manage any kind of damage, we’ve been able to put up some low-run outings pretty consistently here. And that’s’ been the biggest key. To give us a chance to win the low-run game, come back if we’ve been down a run or two. It’s not a big whole to dig out of. Our starters have set the tone in this stretch.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford