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

Red Sox president-to-be Sam Kennedy says it won't be his job to pick the players. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Sam Kennedy is taking over as president of the Red Sox.



It’s one of the biggest stages in all of baseball and Tuesday night it will be the site of Henry Owens’ major league debut, as the 23-year-old will take to the mound for the first time in a big league uniform against the Yankees.

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

It’s one of the biggest stages in all of baseball and Tuesday night it will be the site of Henry Owens’ major league debut, as the 23-year-old will take to the mound for the first time in a big league uniform against the Yankees.

With Rick Porcello scheduled to start Tuesday and going on the disabled list Sunday, that opened a spot for Owens.

“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,” manager John Farrell said. “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.”

Owens was the selected in the first-round of the 2011 draft by the Red Sox.

Over 21 starts with Pawtucket this season, Owens is 3-8 with a 3.16 ERA. The biggest issue for Owens has been the number of walks he’s allowed, but he’s cut them down of late, which is the primary reason for him getting the promotion.

In April and May the 6-foot-6 left-hander had 35 walks in 54 1/3 innings. At one point in early June he had the most walks in all of baseball — both Triple-A and the majors. Recently, Owens has commanded his pitches much better as over his last two starts (12 innings) he has a total of two walks and in the month of July he has issued just eight walks in 31 2/3 innings.

“A lot more strikes, repeating his delivery,” Farrell said of what has changed for him. “I think coming out of spring training there was some work needed just commanding his body as well as the baseball and that has been the case over the last four weeks or more. In a nut shell, it’s more quality strikes throughout the entire time he’s on the mound.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Junichi Tazawa has been the Red Sox‘ most dependable reliever this season, but even he can have a bad day once in awhile.

Wade Miley picked up his ninth win of the season Sunday against the Rays. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Wade Miley earned a no-decision as Junichi Tazawa allowed two eighth inning runs to take the loss.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Junichi Tazawa has been the Red Sox‘ most dependable reliever this season, but even he can have a bad day once in awhile.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox and Wade Miley, Tazawa allowed two eighth inning runs in the their 4-3 loss to the Rays, spoiling a good start from Miley.

With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the eighth, Evan Longoria doubled to leadoff the inning and scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s ground-rule double. Cabrera scored on a single by James Loney for the game-winning run. Tazawa picked up his fourth loss of the season.

Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Things didn’t get off to the best of starts for Miley. After allowing five first inning runs his last time out, Miley allowed a leadoff home run to Brandon Guyer to open the game, but quickly settled down.

The left-hander retired the next seven hitters, getting into a good groove. Miley finished going 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on five hits, while walking a batter and striking out four. Robbie Ross entered with a runner on third and two outs and after hitting a batter and a walk, he struck out Joey Butler to get out of the jam.

The Red Sox offense got going early, as they responded to the Rays’ first inning run with two of their own. Hanley Ramirez ripped a two-out double off the Monster, which scored Xander Bogaerts and then Mike Napoli followed with an RBI single. They would add another in the third on a David Ortiz double that scored Bogaerts.

Following the third inning, the Red Sox put just two runners in scoring position the rest of the game.

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

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Tazawa took the loss with allowing the two runs in the eighth. He came into the day not allowing a run over his last 4 1/3 innings.

— After his four-RBI performance Saturday, Rusney Castillo went 0-for-4.

— Brock Holt went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, snapping his five-game hit streak.

— Ramirez left the game after his single in the eighth inning with an apparent knee injury. It looked like he injured it on an earlier swing where the bat flung into the stands.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Fresh off his 4-for-4, two-homer day Saturday, Travis Shaw went 2-for-4. He also made a few nice plays at third base.

— Ryan Hanigan’s single in the second inning extended his hit streak to a season-high seven games.

— Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. Since May 31, he has the best average in the majors, as he’s hitting .358.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Many where wondering how the Red Sox were going to approach Rick Porcello’s scheduled start Tuesday, with the righty suffering through a two-inning, 10-hit, six-run outing in his last appearance. Sunday there was an answer.

Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

Many where wondering how the Red Sox were going to approach Rick Porcello’s scheduled start Tuesday, with the righty suffering through a two-inning, 10-hit, six-run outing in his last appearance. Sunday there was an answer.

The Red Sox placed Porcello on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 30) with a right triceps strain. Taking the place on the Sox’ 25-man roster is newly-acquired reliever Ryan Cook.

“He came out of his last start with soreness and inflammation in his triceps,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “The best way could have done would have been to push him back to Saturday to give him ample time, but we felt like that was going to be too much of a risk. We feel like it’s a short-term thing, but at the same time, we need to be able to back him out of there. He wasn’t going to be able to throw a bullpen today. While the symptoms are improving, there’s still soreness there, so he goes on the disabled list.”

Farrell noted that the Red Sox still hadn’t determined who would make the Tuesday start against the Yankees in New York. Candidates from Triple-A Pawtucket would be Brian Johnson and Henry Owens, although Johnson was scheduled to pitch Sunday, with Owens slated for Monday.

Porcello has the highest ERA (5.81) of any qualifying starter in the American League, and third-highest in the majors. Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick is the highest at 6.43, with Milwaukee’s Kyle Lohse sitting at 6.24.

– A positive development for the Red Sox was news that Mookie Betts, who has been on the seven-day concussion disabled list after tumbling over the right fence July 28, is closer to returning.

“Mookie turned a corner yesterday,” said Farrell. “His headache has disappeared. He’s going to be rechecked here in Boston. He won’t travel to New York. He’ll be rechecked here by midweek. He’ll begin exertion testing today, and we’ll continue to go through the MLB protocol for concussions. A much improved state with Mookie.”

Betts is expected to join the Red Sox for their weekend series in Detroit, at which time the outfielder will most likely resume baseball activities.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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