Henry Owens

Henry Owens

Tuesday will be an exciting day for the Red Sox in an otherwise underwhelming 2015 season as they will send left-hander Henry Owens to the rubber against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. It will be Owens’ major league debut in wake of Rick Porcello’s trip to the DL with tightness in his right triceps, as he was scheduled to start Tuesday.

Owens has excelled in the Red Sox organization ever since his second full season at the professional level in 2013 when he posted an 11-6 record and a 2.67 ERA in 26 starts between High-A and Double-A ball. Drafted in the first-round of the 2011 draft out of of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, Owens has quickly risen through the Red Sox‘ system. The 6-foot-6 starter has moved up a level each year since 2012, culminating with his call up to the show.

“Well, one we wanted to insert another starter and not move guys up. We wanted to provide an extra day of rest, so Tuesday is Henry’€™s day,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of the decision to bring up Owens. “It’€™s going to be probably the biggest stage he’€™s going to make his debut on as schedule has it. Ideally having another left-hander going against that lineup in that ballpark. We’€™ll see him on Tuesday.”

Last season, Owens turned heads when he went 14-4 at Double-A Portland with a 2.60 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 121 innings pitched. He finished the year at Pawtucket, going a combined 17-5 between the two levels. His record may not indicate it this year (3-8), but Owens has picked up right where he left off in 2014. He sports a 3.16 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in Triple-A, allowing just 84 hits in 122 1/3 innings of work.

For such a lanky individual, Owens does not have an other-worldly power fastball. His heater resides in the 88-91 mph range with some late downward movement that helps him produce soft contact. Owens’ money pitch is his changeup. Owens also throws two breaking pitches, a slider and a curveball.

Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

Owens will face a tall task as the Bronx Bombers have had the best offense in baseball for the past couple weeks. Thankfully for him, he will catch a less-than-stellar Tanaka.

Tanaka has had a bit of down year compared to his breakout rookie campaign of 2014, going 7-4 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Of course, these minor struggles could be due to the partially torn UCL in his right elbow he suffered last year.

The Japanese import has limited baserunners this year, logging a 7.7 H/9 mark, better than the 8.1 H/9 he maintained in 2014. However, he has greatly benefited from a .256 opponents’ BABIP, the fifth-lowest figure in the AL among starters with at least 80 innings pitched. His luck on balls in play is reflected in his FIP, which is a supremely average 4.00.

Tanaka’s luck seems to be running out as the last few weeks have proven disastrous for him on the mound. The right-hander owns a 5.08 ERA and a .512 opponents’ slugging percentage over his last seven starts. Furthermore, he has given up 11 longballs during this stretch. Although the Yankees have gone 5-2 in these starts, Yankees manager Joe Girardi knows he needs better from his All-Star.

“Obviously it’€™s not what we want,” Girardi said of Tanaka after a 5-2 loss to the Rangers last Wednesday. “He’€™s had some really good games and he’€™s had some tough games. He kept us in the game tonight, we just didn’€™t do a lot offensively.

“That’€™s what we ask our starting pitchers to do, give us a chance to win, and I thought he did that tonight. We know he’€™s capable of pitching better.”

In four career starts against the Red Sox, Tanaka has a 2-2 record with a 4.70 ERA. With Tanaka reeling, the Yankees may need to rely on their offense Tuesday to get them to the 60-win plateau for the season.

Red Sox vs. Tanaka (RHP)

Xander Bogaerts (10 plate appearances): .200/.200/.300, 1 double, 2 RBIs

David Ortiz (10): .222/.300/.667, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Mike Napoli (9): .500/.667/1.667, 1 double, 2 HR, 2 RBIs

Brock Holt (7): .286/.286/.429

Jackie Bradley (6): .167/.167/.167

Ryan Hanigan (5): .200/.200/.200

Alejandro De Aza (3): .000/.333/.000

Hanley Ramirez (3): .500/.333/2.000, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Pablo Sandoval (3): .333/.333/.333

Rusney Castillo is 0-for-0 against Tanaka with a walk.

No other Red Sox have faced Tanaka.

Yankees vs. Owens (LHP)

No Yankees have faced Owens.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-65): L, 9-3, at Syracuse (Nationals)

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

Edwin Escobar

Edwin Escobar

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-65): L, 9-3, at Syracuse (Nationals)

— Left-hander Edwin Escobar took the loss in his first start of the season. He allowed four earned runs in three innings of work on six hits and one walk. He also struck out one. In 13 games for Pawtucket this season, Escobar is 0-2 with an 8.69 ERA.

— Lefty Robby Scott also tossed three innings for the PawSox Monday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Tommy Layne and Heath Hembree combined for two scoreless innings.

— The Pawtucket offense faced Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who is rehabbing after a DL stint with a left oblique strain. Strasburg struck out 11 in 5 2/3 innings but was tagged with two earned runs on a two-out double by Mike Miller in the second inning. Allen Craig and Garin Cecchini led off the frame with back-to-back singles and came around to score.

— Craig finished the day 3-for-4 with a run scored. Miller posted the only other multi-hit game for Pawtucket, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBIs.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (40-69): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday at Erie (Tigers)

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (53-55): Scheduled off day. Next action Tuesday vs. Frederick (Orioles)

Luis Ramos

Luis Ramos

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (55-52): L, 5-1, at West Virginia (Pirates)

— Starter Luis Ramos suffered the loss in his Greenville debut. The 20-year-old left-hander yielded all five West Virginia runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He also struck out three. Ramos, who is from Panama, made eight starts for Lowell this season and went 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA.

— The bullpen was solid for the Drive Monday, as left-hander Jake Drehoff relieved Ramos in the bottom of the fifth and pitched 2 2/3 innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out three. Drehoff has appeared in 17 games for Greenville this season, including four starts, and is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA. Righty Carlos Pinales tossed a perfect eighth inning Monday and lowered his ERA to 4.77.

— Second baseman Deiner Lopez drove in the lone Greenville run Monday on a two-out single to right in the top of the fifth inning. Right fielder Joseph Monge came around to score after hitting a single to center and stealing second. Lopez posted the only two-hit game for the Drive, finishing the day 2-for-3. Monge finished 1-for-3.

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (22-21): L, 7-6, vs. Brooklyn (Mets)

— Left fielder Kyri Washington and designated hitter Tate Matheny each drove in two runs to pace the Lowell offense. Washington went 2-for-3 and Matheny finished the day 1-for-4 with a double.

— Center fielder Andrew Benintendi posted a three-hit day for the Spinners, going 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored. The lefty has hit safely in four straight games and is batting .253 through 22 games with Lowell this year.

— Right-handed reliever Taylor Nunez suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits and one walk in just 2/3 of an inning. He also struck out two. Nunez has a 2-2 record with one save and a 2.21 ERA in 11 appearances out of the bullpen.

— Kevin Steen made his first start in a Lowell uniform and went five innings. The 19-year-old right-hander gave up two earned runs on eight hits and two walks and struck out two. Steen was 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA in six appearances with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox this season.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy

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Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson was placed on the minor league disabled list on Monday, one day after leaving a start at Triple-A Pawtucket with tightness in his elbow, a team spokesman confirmed.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson was placed on the minor league disabled list on Monday, one day after leaving a start at Triple-A Pawtucket with tightness in his elbow, a team spokesman confirmed.

Johnson lasted just four innings at Buffalo on Sunday, allowing two hits and a run. He walked three and struck out three. He is scheduled to undergo further examination on Tuesday.

One of the team’s best pitching prospects, Johnson made his big league debut on July 21 in an 8-3 loss to the Astros. He allowed three hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings, walking four, striking out three, and having difficulty throwing over to first base.

Manager John Farrell said last week that Johnson would rejoin the rotation shortly, but that was before he suffered this injury. Left-hander Henry Owens will make his big league debut on Tuesday when the Red Sox open a three-game series in New York against the Yankees.

News of Johnson’s DL stint was first reported by the Boston Globe.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.
Rob Bradford is joined by Weei.com’s John Tomase to talk about what the Red Sox might do now that Sam Kennedy has been named President of the team. Tomase raises the very interesting possibility of the Red Sox bringing in a veteran executive to call the shots when it comes to player acquisition.

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

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

Dayan Diaz

Dayan Diaz

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-64): W, 2-1, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— The PawSox scored both runs Sunday in the top of the eighth inning. After Deven Marrero and Sandy Leon started the frame with back-to-back walks, Allen Craig singled and Marrero was able to score on a throwing error. Leon scored after Garin Cecchini grounded into a fielder’€™s choice.

— Dayan Diaz earned the win in a four-inning relief appearance. The righty allowed just one hit and two walks. Diaz is 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 20 appearances out of the bullpen.

— Left-hander Brian Johnson started for Pawtucket and was limited to 60 pitches, allowing one earned run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts over four innings of work. Johnson has a 9-6 record and a 2.53 ERA after 18 starts in a PawSox uniform this season.

— Right-hander Noe Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season.

Tim Roberson

Tim Roberson

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (40-69): L, 16-12 (11 innings), vs. Harrisburg (Nationals)

— Now riding an 11-game hit streak, Tim Roberson notched four hits Sunday to lead the Portland offense. He went 4-for-6 with a solo home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Roberson, who was the designated hitter Sunday, is hitting .361 on the season and has posted at least two hits in seven games during his current hitting streak.

— First baseman Sam Travis also homered for the Sea Dogs and finished the day 2-for-5 with a walk, four RBIs and two runs scored. Shortstop Oscar Tejeda went 3-for-6 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Right fielder Henry Ramos went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBIs.

— The Sea Dogs used six pitchers Sunday, with right-hander John Cornely taking the loss after giving up three earned runs in the top of the 11th inning. Cornely is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 19 relief appearances for Portland this season.

— Right-hander Luis Diaz started for the Sea Dogs and was tagged for six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, including two home runs, and walked two and struck out four. Diaz is 1-9 with a 5.59 ERA after 21 starts.

Ty Buttrey

Ty Buttrey

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (53-55): L, 5-0, at Potomac (Nationals)

— Right-hander Ty Buttrey suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and one walk with two strikeouts over seven innings. Buttrey fell to 7-5 and now has a 3.65 ERA after 15 starts for Salem this season.

— Left-hander Mike Adams tossed one scoreless inning of relief, allowing just one hit. Adams has a 1-3 record and a 4.17 ERA in 28 appearances for Salem this year.

— The Salem offense combined for just five hits Sunday, with two coming off the bat of Cole Sturgeon. The left fielder went 2-for-3 with a walk and now has hit safely in his last four games, recording two hits in three of those four. Sturgeon is hitting .254 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBIs.

— Third baseman Yoilan Cerse went 1-for-3 with a double and designated hitter Kevin Heller went 1-for-4 with a double. Heller has now hit safely in his last seven games and is hitting .314 on the season.

J.T. Watkins

J.T. Watkins

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (55-51): W, 7-6, vs. Lexington (Royals)

— First baseman Cisco Tellez and catcher J.T. Watkins drove in two runs apiece to lift the Drive. Tellez finished the day 0-for-3 but had an RBI ground out and a bases-loaded walk. He also scored a run. Watkins went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

— Second baseman Yoan Moncada and designated hitter Michael Chavis also posted two-hit games for Greenville. Moncada went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI and Chavis went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

— Right-hander Jamie Callahan earned the win despite allowing three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three. Callahan’€™s ERA jumped to 6.02, but the 20-year-old improved to 4-6 on the season after 23 appearances.

— Jeffry Fernandez started for Greenville, allowing three runs — one earned — on five hits and three walks. He also struck out four. The right-hander is 3-8 on the season with a 5.67 ERA through 20 starts.

Victor Acosta

Victor Acosta

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (22-20): L, 6-3, at State College (Cardinals)

— Left fielder Kyri Washington drove in all three Lowell runs Sunday with a bases-clearing double in the top of the fourth inning. Through five games with the Spinners, Washington is hitting .188 with five RBIs.

— Third baseman Victor Acosta went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. The 19-year-old from Venezuela is batting .284 on the season with six doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs.

— Left-hander Javier Rodriguez started for the Spinners but managed to record just two outs. He suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on two hits and four walks. Rodriguez fell to 0-3 on the year and now has a 7.27 ERA.

— Daniel Gonzalez took over for Rodriguez and pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The 19-year-old right-hander has a 2-2 record and a 3.32 ERA in nine appearances for Lowell this season.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy