ARLINGTON, Texas — After a lengthy meeting with manager John Farrell following the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Rangers, Dave Dombrowski offered the media assembled a dose of reality.

ARLINGTON, Texas — After a lengthy meeting with manager John Farrell following the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Rangers, Dave Dombrowski offered the media assembled a dose of reality.

Dave Dombrowski

Dave Dombrowski

ARLINGTON, Texas — After a lengthy meeting with manager John Farrell following the Red Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Rangers, Dave Dombrowski offered the media assembled a dose of reality.

His team’s starting pitching just finished a three-game series in which it allowed 19 runs in 12 1/3 innings, with the Red Sox falling four games back in the American League East race. And, in the latest loss, Clay Buchholz struggled once again in the No. 5 spot, allowing five runs over 5 1/3 innings.

But Dombrowski offered the fly in the ointment when it came to making a deal to help fix the problem.

“The thing you have to remember is that you have two clubs to make a deal, and most clubs, as I’ve said all along and it hasn’t changed whatsoever, really are not prepared to move towards 2017 and be in a position where they’re willing to move,” he said. “There are probably five clubs that have been looking at that all year long, and I think those five clubs are the ones that remain.”

Dombrowski added, “It’s still early. I can tell you I’ve done a great deal of work and there’s five clubs that are willing to talk about it, and it’s the same five clubs who have been at it all year. So it’s still a little early for that type of situation. We’ll see what happens.”

Some of the teams it would appear Dombrowski was referencing are the Braves, Phillies, Padres, Brewers, Reds, Rays, Diamondbacks, and Twins.

When asked if he believed some of the solutions might come internally, Dombrowski referenced the rash of injuries the organization finds itself with, both in the majors and minors.

“First of all, we’ve got nine guys on the disabled list, plus we have guys on the disabled list on the minor league level, too, that we would normally bring up,” he noted. “So we’re scuffling for positional players at this point. The depth of our lineup, that doesn’t help. So you only have so many players in the organization who are capable the big league club at a particular time.

“The problem you run into is that some of those players are anticipated to be back soon relatively soon, so you can’t go out and make a trade for some positional player and gives up one of your top prospects that somebody asks for a two-week, or a week, type of situation. Our pitching, we had a bad series pitching-wise. Most of the guys did. I don’t want to say all of them because some of the guys threw the ball well out of the bullpen. We need to pitch better, we need to play better.”

As for Buchholz, who now has a 6.31 in 12 starts, Dombrowski surmised that the righty would still be in the rotation when his next turn comes up.

“I anticipate he’ll start for us again,” he said. “I anticipate, but you’re asking me questions and we haven’t even had a chance to get showered, basically, so we still have time to sit down and visit and have all those types of discussions. But I anticipate he will.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Things continue to trend in the wrong direction for Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox.

Clay Buchholz struggled once again in his loss to the Rangers Sunday. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz struggled once again in his loss to the Rangers Sunday. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Things continue to trend in the wrong direction for Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox.

The pitcher the Sox were not only relying on to fill the fifth spot in their rotation, but, in the short term, help relieve a taxed bullpen, came up short once again. Buchholz allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings, leading to a 6-2 loss for the Red Sox at the hands of the Rangers.

The outing marked the seventh time in 12 starts that Buchholz has allowed five or more runs, with his ERA as a starter now standing at 6.31.

The loss drops the Red Sox four games out of first place in the American League East for the first time since April 12.

It seemed miraculous that Buchholz lasted as long as he did after suffering through a horrific first inning. The Sox starter kicked off his outing at Globe Life Park by allowing the first six Texas batters to reach via four singles and a pair of walks.

Buchholz escaped the first giving up three runs after leaving the bases loaded via fly out to left field off the bat of No. 9 hitter Bryan Holaday.

The righty has now allowed 13 earned runs and 21 hits in his 12 first innings this season.

The Sox starter settled down to allow just one hit over his next four innings. But in the sixth inning, after a throwing error from shortstop Xander Bogaerts on Adrian Beltre’s grounder, Prince Fielder rocketed a line-drive into the right field corner and over the 349-foot sign for his seventh homer of the season.

After a trip to the mound from manager John Farrell, Buchholz would stay in to get Rougned Odor on a ground out to second. But a subsequent walk to Elvis Andrus ended the starter’s day, forcing the Red Sox bullpen to final eight outs. For the series, Sox relievers were forced to pitch 12 2/3 innings.

For the three-game series, the Red Sox starters allowed 19 runs (13 earned) in 12 1/3 innings.

For a complete recap of the series finale, click here.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Farrell’s plan to intentionally walk Nomar Mazara with two outs and Shin-Soo Choo at third base backfired. Playing the notion that reliever Heath Hembree would fare better against Adrian Beltre, considering righty hitters were hitting just .132 against the hurler. Beltre responded by ripping an RBI single into left field, increasing the hosts lead to five.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Bryce Brentz hit his first major league home run, a solo blast in the sixth inning that cut the visitors’ deficit to two at the time.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ARLINGTON, Texas – With lefty Martin Perez on the mound for the Rangers, David Ortiz is starting the Red Sox’ series finale against Texas on the bench. Filling in for Ortiz at DH will be Bryce Brentz, with Ryan LaMarre getting the start in left field.

Here is the Red Sox lineup with Clay Buchholz pitching for the visitors:

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

ARLINGTON, Texas – With lefty Martin Perez on the mound for the Rangers, David Ortiz is starting the Red Sox’ series finale against Texas on the bench. Filling in for Ortiz at DH will be Bryce Brentz, with Ryan LaMarre getting the start in left field.

Here is the Red Sox lineup with Clay Buchholz pitching for the visitors:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz DH
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Ryan LaMarre LF

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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

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