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David Price didn’t make any excuses following the Red Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays in which he allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to take his fifth loss of the season.

David Price allowing four runs in his fifth loss of the year Wednesday to the Rays. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

David Price allowing four runs in his fifth loss of the year Wednesday to the Rays. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

David Price didn’t make any excuses following the Red Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Rays in which he allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to take his fifth loss of the season.

“It’s frustrating,” Price said to reporters. “It’s been my worst year. It’s unacceptable. I don’t care if I’m a rookie. It’s unacceptable. I’ve got to get better, and I will.”

As it stands now, the left-hander is 8-5 on the year with a 4.74 ERA. Price is currently No. 73 among 98 MLB starters who qualify in terms of ERA, which isn’t even close to what the Red Sox expected when they signed him this offseason.

“I’m so much better than this,” Price said. “I’ve just got to get better. It’s crushing me right now, but I’ll get there.”

Price gave up a solo homer to lead off the second inning then allowed two singles and two doubles in the third that plated three more runs.

“Bad. Again,” Price said. “I’m just putting us being the eight-ball early on in games. I’m not setting the tone the way that I need to. It’s tough.”

The left-hander walked one and struck out 10, to increase his strikeout total to 120, which tops in the American League. Of his 58 runs allowed this season, 24 (41 percent) have came via home run.

“I didn’t feel any different,” Price said. “Changeup, that’s probably the worst changeup I’ve had in probably a month. Curveball was awful. Can’t get my cutter or my slider where I want to. I’m just bad right now.”

Being 5 1/2 games out of first place, the Red Sox need Price to be better and be better soon.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Here we go again.

The momentum the Red Sox hoped to build after Tuesday’s 8-2 victory in Tampa lasted about 12 hours before the Rays sent the Sox crawling back to Boston with a 4-0 shutout that completed a disappointing 2-4 road trip.

Sean O'Sullivan

Sean O’Sullivan

The PawSox had two members of their team be named to the International League All-Star team — Chris Marrero and Sean O’Sullivan.

The 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Marrero, a first baseman, is the PawSox’ leader in both home runs (12) and RBIs (34) this season. His 12 homers are tied for fifth in the International League. He is batting .278 in 73 games this season.

Right-hander O’Sullivan is 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 11 starts for the PawSox this season. He leads the club in victories and his ERA is eighth-best in the International League.

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

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
David Price can't believe he gave up a homer to Brandon Guyer, either. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

David Price can’t believe he gave up a homer to Brandon Guyer, either. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Here we go again.

The momentum the Red Sox hoped to build after Tuesday’s 8-2 victory in Tampa lasted about 12 hours before the Rays sent the Sox crawling back to Boston with a 4-0 shutout that completed a disappointing 2-4 road trip.

David Price couldn’t stop the bleeding, allowing four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out 10, but that was hardly what the Red Sox were looking for against the worst offense in the American League, which entered the series having lost 11 straight before taking two of three from the Red Sox.

Price wasted little time surrendering runs, starting with a Brandon Guyer 366-foot homer in the second inning in his first at-bat off the disabled list. In the third, the Rays went on a base hit spree, driving in three runs via singles and doubles.

With the home run to Guyer, Price has now allowed a homer in nine consecutive starts.

Price allowed a worrisome amount of hard contact, starting with Logan Forsythe’s ground-rule double leading off the first, though Price at least stranded him at third. From there, the Rays continued to tee off, with five of their nine hits going for extra bases.

Price (8-5) dropped to 1-4 this month.

After Christian Vazquez broke up Rays starter Matt Moore’s no-hitter to start the sixth, the Red Sox proceeded to load up the bases with just one out. As they have often this month, however, they were unable to cash in with David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez both flying out to leave ’em loaded.

That came after Jackie Bradley ran the Red Sox out of the fifth inning by getting picked off second while ill-advisedly trying to steal third.

Despite the Rays being the worst team in the division, the Red Sox are 2-4 against them this year.

The Red Sox will return to Fenway Friday to begin a three-game set against the Angels.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox finished a June to forget. They entered the month two games ahead of the Orioles, but after a 10-16 month, they’re five games off the pace.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— The Red Sox were held to a no-hitter by Rays starter Matt Moore until Christian Vazquez’s single to start the sixth inning.

–Nearly 12 hours after putting eight runs on 11 hits on Rays pitchers, the Red Sox bats went quite, scoring nothing on five hits.

— It did not take long for David Price to get smacked out of the park, with Brandon Guyer drilling a homer in the second inning. In his 6 1/3 innings of work, Price allowed at least one runner in all but the fourth inning.

— Hanley Ramirez left the game after overextending on a swing.

— Not sure what Bradley was thinking, but taking off to steal third while trailing 4-0 with two outs in the fifth was not a wise move. Moore never threw to the plate, instead picking him off.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Price struck out the side in the fourth inning, a redeeming inning following a turbulent first three innings.

— With the infield in during the bottom of the third, Dustin Pedroia made a critical diving stop to get Desmond Jennings at first. Although a run did score, it eliminated a potential second run in Evan Longoria scoring from second had it gone through.

— It was Price’s fifth outing striking out ten or more batters. His 120 strikeouts lead the American League.

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss recent roster moves and other team news.

Mike Hazen

Mike Hazen

Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss recent roster moves and other team news. To hear the full interview, check out the OM&F audio on demand page.

On Monday, the Red Sox recalled infielder Mike Miller from Triple-A Pawtucket. Many thought he would play in Monday’s game with Xander Bogaerts and manager John Farrell saying the day before he needed a down day, but Bogaerts got the start and the Red Sox ended up needing almost six innings from their bullpen.

Some questioned the move of calling up Miller and not a reliever with some even speculating there was some disconnect between the team and the front office regarding the 25-man roster. Hazen, however, strongly denied that notion.

“There’s absolutely no miscommunication whatsoever,” Hazen said. “You alluded to it, it’s what’s going on right now, the roster changes [are] happening minute-by-minute. We’re constantly discussing those things. … When you get your roster into a state of transition due to the amount of injuries that we’ve had, and we’re trying to shuttle guys up and back from Pawtucket, you end up in situations where your roster is not going to be perfect on a nightly basis. You have to get into this situation because it doesn’t add to the cohesion of the clubhouse, nobody wants to see this happen. The manager doesn’t want to see it happen, the front office doesn’t want to see it happen. We want to keep 25 guys in that clubhouse so they can build that comradery together, that trust, the tendency of knowing what they’re going to get. When we have to keep bringing guys up everyday, it takes away from that. You have to do it because you have to put your team in a position to be successful, but that shuffle isn’t ideal for anybody.”

There was also some questions surrounding Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara being used in Monday’s blowout loss.

“In retrospect, we can go back and look,” Hazen said. “Pitching your top three relievers in a game where they haven’t pitched in a while, that’s going to happen. Sometimes it may happen out of need, but sometimes John just wants to get them work so they’re not down for five or six days. Coming in with [starting pitchers Rick] Porcello and [David] Price back behind him, you don’t know when you’ll be able to use them again.”

Added Hazen: “We had confidence in [recently optioned Eduardo Rodriguez] going into that start, and I think sometimes when you’re trying to balance out both the position player club and the pitching side of things and making sure you’re maximizing your depth. It was a tough series in Texas, and [we] wanted to maximize our position player depth, not necessarily we were going to start anybody in particular when we called them up, but that we wanted to maximize that position player depth. We had the expectation that E-Rod was going to pitch very well in Tampa Bay and it didn’t happen. 24 hours later, we can look back on it and say, ‘Hey maybe we should have added a pitcher,’ that wasn’t the decision we were making at the time.”

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

On Eduardo Rodriguez changing his delivery because of injury: “When you’re dealing with any sort of rehab situation, obviously you’re going with the medical decision that he’s healthy enough to go out there and pitch. … We see this all time with injuries, that sometimes guys get into mechanical ruts or hitting-wise, in bad habits. A position player hurt his wrist, and next thing you know he’s lowering his hands. Those things sometimes aren’t overly conscious. When we sent him out on rehab, we felt like he was fully ready to go, and start his rehab progression, and we still feel that way. Sometimes guys make subtle adjustments to the delivery and we have to step back in when things aren’t working the way they need to and readjust some things. It goes on all the time, it goes on with every guy that has injury things and I don’t think they’re always conscious.”

On the Red Sox front office trying to make trades a month before the trade deadline: “We’re human beings and the other side are human beings, and we all know what deadlines do to human beings. It sort of forces people to make decisions. When you’re four or five weeks removed from that, you’re never forced into making any type of decision. As we know, in order to trade, you need two to tango. I think at this stage of the game, who the sellers are and the guys that are willing to listen on their players is probably a smaller group then what will be a month from now, which will help I think those buying when there’s more in the market. I think there’s more of an impedus. I think it’s not just at the deadline though, there will be opportunities before that. … There are teams out there now that are probably thinking to themselves ‘Gey, we’re probably going to sell on all the guys that we have,” everyday you run them out there, something can happen and then you don’t get the same value for them or you don’t get to trade them at all. So I think wherever that equation hits for each individual club, that’s where the opportunity exists to make deals.”

On what Rodriguez needs to work on after being optioned to Pawtucket: “We need to work on the entire package. I think coming back the way he did, being hurt is never an easy thing, especially for a young kid, especially something that may have impacted mechanically how he’s delivering a baseball. The positives of what we’ve seen so far, I think the slider usage is going to increase, the velocity on his fastball was a little low early when he was going through his rehab, but as he felt more confident, we’ve seen him sitting in the mid-90’s, that’s coming back. I look at the other night, the command was not there. It didn’t matter if he was throwing slider or fastball or changeup, major league hitters are going to hit those pitchers. He’s got to work on that, he knows that … that’s our job now underneath to rebuild that, both the stuff, the command and the confidence and we’re going to be working on all those things. There’s no doubt we’re going to need this guy, we need this guy to go down to Pawtucket and really work, nothing’s going to be handed to him.”

On Pablo Sandoval’s rehab and his weight: “He’s down in Florida, doing well, he’s putting the work in. He’s rehabbing obviously his shoulder,we’ve had guys with this type of injury in the past, it’s a slow process in the beginning, he’s able to do other stuff, and then if he starts to ramp back up, we’ll start pushing him harder and harder and getting him back into baseball activity in time. The strength of the shoulder is going to be an important piece to this, as it relates to his power in the future, but we expect him back ready next year. … I’m not going to get into specific stuff, he’s working hard and doing everything he has to do, he’s going to be ready come next year. Being in very good physical condition, optimizing his ability to play outfield is part of the program.”

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz was tempted, but has decided against it.

The Red Sox designated hitter isn’t going to participated in the Home Run Derby during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game celebration in San Diego.

Hanley Ramirez, David Ortiz, now teammates talk at the 2010 Homerun Derby. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez, David Ortiz, now teammates talk at the 2010 Homerun Derby. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz was tempted, but has decided against it.

The Red Sox designated hitter isn’t going to participated in the Home Run Derby during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game celebration in San Diego.

“No. No, because I have so many things going on over there when I go,” said Ortiz of the event, which is scheduled to take place July 11. “It’s going to be crazy. The Home Run Derby wears you out. I would like to, but I’ve got so many things lined up. It’s too much.”

Ortiz hasn’t done the Home Run Derby since winning the event in 2010 in Anaheim, beating current teammate Hanley Ramirez in the final round. The designated hitter has participated in the Derby four times.

This being his final season, Ortiz was tempted to dive into the Derby one more time, especially considering he has 18 homers (four shy of the American League lead) heading into Wednesday’s game.

“I probably would, but I’m not. My time is going to be very limited,” he said. “It’s good for the younger guys to do it. It puts you on the map for a minute. Energy is a big part of it. When was the last time you saw a guy my age do it. It takes everything out of you, because you don’t take any cheap swings. Everything has to be powerful. You definitely have to be in your 20’s to do it.”

He also understands that the Derby isn’t for everybody, particularly with the chance that an altered approach may mess up second-half swings.

“Not me because that’s what I do. Batting practice I work on my opposite field swing and after that I start launching balls. Some guys, they aren’t legitimate power hitters,” Ortiz said. “They go to the Home Run Derby and I watch them and I can see it effecting their swing, because that’s not what they normally do.”

The other Red Sox hitter who might be a candidate to participate in the Derby is Mookie Betts, who has 16 home runs and is currently trending toward being voted in as an All-Star starter.

“I don’t think so,” he said when asked if it might be an option. “I’m not a home run hitter.” Betts said the last time he was part of a Home Run Derby was as a 10-year-old, finishing second in a Little League competition.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford