While it isn’t quite the Fourth of July (just yet), the Red Sox and Astros provided some fireworks in a wild game, which saw two lead changes and the game tied another three times, along with some bizarre plays over the four-plus hour affair.

The Red Sox will have a standard recent lineup Friday night when they host the Astros for the first of three games this weekend.

Ryan Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan

The Red Sox will have a standard recent lineup Friday night when they host the Astros for the first of three games this weekend.

Even with Shane Victorino activated Friday, Alejandro De Aza gets the start in right field, although manager John Farrell said he would play Saturday. Farrell will stick to Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez No.’s 3-5 against Astros right-hander Dan Straily.

Ryan Hanigan will make his first start at Fenway Park since breaking his finger May 1 against the Yankees. He will catch Red Sox starter Justin Masterson.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here. For a series preview, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Justin Masterson, RHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to their weekend series with the Astros.

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to their weekend series with the Astros.

Shane Victorino was taken off the disabled list and added to the active roster, although he won’t start Friday night. He had been on the disabled list with a left calf injury since May 25. In a corresponding move, Blake Swihart (toe) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket for the active roster and in turn, outfielder Jackie Bradley was sent back down to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ramirez, reliever Zeke Spruill was designated for assignment.

Swihart had suffered the toe injury a few weeks ago and took a few days off, but wasn’t fully able to recover. He had played just once since Sunday. The 15-day DL stint will be backdated two days.

“With Blake, he had been playing with some pain as we know,” manager John Farrell said. “The injury that he suffered to that small left toe is obviously still there. The symptoms never really subsided to the point where the recommendation at the time with the number of days needed initially, we kind of took a shortcut initially to get him back in the lineup. But we’re afforded the ability to give him so added rest right now.”

Farrell is excited about getting Victorino back on the field as he’s played in just 50 combined games the past two seasons. He will share time in right field with Alejandro De Aza, but Farrell said it wouldn’t be a strict right/left platoon and it is expected Victorino will play Saturday.

“[Victorino] as we all know, brings a tremendous amount of energy,” Farrell said. “He talks the game, he’s always seeing game situations as they unfold on the field and talking it in the dugout. I know Vic feels more comfortable in speaking his mind when he’s active and on the field and contribution. His in-game decisions are outstanding. And defense in this ballpark in right field, he plays it as good as anyone has played it. And we’re looking forward to having that back.”

Bradley goes back to the minors after hitting .211 (4-for-22) in eight games since being recalled for a second time this season in June. Farrell said Bradley is still adjusting to playing in the big leagues.

“The numbers are what they are,” he said. “But, what you do see is a swing path that I think is more consistent than what it was a year ago. That was evident in spring training and he’s carried it through. He hasn’t had the production at the big league level. We know that there is a sizable gap between Triple-A and here and yet Jackie is still working his way to get his feet on the ground and be a consistent performer here.”

Ramirez is a side-arm reliever, drafted in the fourth-round of the 2011 draft by the Red Sox. When he appears in a game it will be his major league debut.

“Right-handed reliever but he’s been a closer throughout the minor league career,” Farrell said. “It’s a different arm slot. There’s some sink to his fastball. And we’ve had a little bit of turnover on that bullpen and some guys pressed into action that we need to get a fresh arm here. So Noe comes to us.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

David Ortiz has been an American League All-Star nine times, so he’€™s intimately familiar with the selection process and the game itself.

That’€™s why he doesn’€™t like what he’€™s witnessed this year.

“We need to take this more serious when it comes to picking guys for the All-Star Game,” said the Red Sox designated hitter.

Like the rest of baseball, Ortiz has witnessed how fan voting (which closed Thursday night) has unfolded, with Kansas City Royals players either leading, or close to leading, virtually every position on the American League roster.

According to the most recent results, second baseman Omar Infante (.231 batting average, .547 OPS) and Alcides Escobar (.273, .664) of the Royals would be starters if the game was played today.

Other KC players garnering enough votes to start at last glance are outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, and catcher Salvador Perez. In second-place at their positions are DH Kendrys Morales, first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas.

Ortiz joins the voices that say enough is enough.

“I know that MLB always wants to get the fans involved in this because as a fan you want to see your favorite players. But the reality is the way I know All-Star games are for whomever is playing the best in the first half. Now you see all these things that’s happening with Kansas City and their players. I saw that coming. I saw that coming a long time ago. I knew it was going to happen,” the DH said.

“I think the reality is that they need to go back to the old days and choose the players who are playing the best in the first half. Even us as players are like, ‘These guys are making the All-Star Game with these numbers?’ It’s questionable. I don’€™t think it’€™s fair to some of the players.”

The “old days” Ortiz is referring to are actually prior to the 1970 game, when fans didn’€™t have a say in the voting.

The way it currently works is that fans vote for each league’€™s starters, with eight pitchers and a backup for each position selected by players, coaches and managers. The respective managers of each league’€™s All-Star team will fill out the remaining slots until the roster reaches 33 players.

“Remember going to the All-Star Game means a lot to us,” said Ortiz, who will likely miss out on making this year’€™s All-Star Game. ‘€œFor our history of what we’ve done in the game. It all matters. I see all the time this guy who played in the ’80’s ‘He made three All-Star Games.’ They say it loud and proud. So it means a lot

“The best way to go about this is like the old days. The guys who play their best the first half of the season, two weeks before the All-Star Game they know they’re going to be in it. What you see happened this year is going to continue to happen because you’re going to see fans from New York or Boston or Los Angeles voting three million times.”

According to Ortiz, first-half performance ‘€“ not big names or big fan-base voting turnout ‘€“ should define each club’€™s roster.

“It shouldn’t be Big Papi because of his name he deserves to be in the All-Star Game. No, no, no. Let’s pick the best of the best,” he said. “All-Star, that’s the name of it. You don’t pick a guy who is hitting .230 for the All-Star Game. All-Star. That’s the name of it.

“Let me tell you, I love those kids in Kansas City. Those are my boys. I love them and I wanted them to win badly last year. But the reality is when I got to the All-Star Game I’m planning on going to see the guys who kill the first half of the season. I want to see why Harper is who he is. I want to see why Mike Trout is having a good season. Miggy [Cabrera], Bogie [Xander] Bogaerts, [Dustin] Pedroia, having a great season. You want to see why [Mark] Teixeira is having a good season. I want to see why the Kansas City bullpen is so nastu. I want to see King Felix [Hernandez]. You’re talking about All-Stars, and that’s my All-Stars.”

So, who would be Ortiz’€™ All-Stars?

“Cabrera [first base], Pedroia [second base], Bogaerts [shortstop], [Josh] Donaldson, Trout [OF], Adam Jones [OF], Brett Gardner [OF], Nelson Cruz [DH], Russell Martin [catcher], and Felix,’€ he explained.

“King Felix is King Felix, and I think he deserves to start the game and we can go through the rest of the guys.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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

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

Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-44): L, 14-2, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— Boston outfielder Daniel Nava began his rehab assignment (sprained thumb), hitting in the two-hole as the DH and going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. Nava, 32, was placed on the DL on May 28 after struggling through a .159 start to his season in Boston through 27 games.

— The PawSox took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by center fielder Rusney Castillo and an RBI single from right fielder Carlos Peguero. Then Scranton/W-B opened up the floodgates with a five-run fourth inning and a seven-run sixth, battering Pawtucket RHP Zeke Spruill for 10 earned runs on 11 hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

— LHP Edwin Escobar (Boston’€™s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) was no answer out of the bullpen, as the 23-year-old allowed four earned runs in just two-thirds of a inning. Escobar entered with the bases loaded in the sixth and gave up a grand slam, followed by a walk, two singles and two doubles. Escobar missed the first two months of the season with elbow inflammation, and since returning to Pawtucket has allowed 12 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings (12.46 ERA). Escobar was acquired with RHP Heath Hembree from San Francisco in exchange for Jake Peavy near the 2014 MLB trade deadline.

— First baseman Allen Craig had the only multi-hit night for the PawSox, going 2-for-4. In 42 games with Pawtucket, Craig’€™s slash line is .282/.403/.383. He has hits in four of his last five games after hitting just .235 over 24 games in June.

Cole Sturgeon

Cole Sturgeon

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (29-51): W, 6-5 (16 innings), vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)

— At 12:14 a.m. outfielder Cole Sturgeon, who also earned the win as he chipped in on on the mound with three scoreless innings of relief, scored the winning run on a wild pitch, giving Portland a walkoff victory after five hours and nine minutes of action. It was the 23-year-old Sturgeon’€™s first pitching action as a professional.

Drafted in the 10th round out of Louisville in 2014, Sturgeon had pitched out of the bullpen while in college in addition to his outfield duties. All told, Sturgeon (1-0) went 2-for-6 at the plate with a double and a single to lead off the 16th, to go with the three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. Sturgeon is the 15th position player in Portland franchise history to also pitch in a game, and the third to earn a win while doing so.

— First baseman Sam Travis (Boston’€™s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) had a four-hit night, his first game at the Double-A level with more than two hits, finishing 4-for-7 with a run scored. Travis, Boston’€™s second-round pick of the 2014 draft, has played in eight games with Portland since his promotion from Salem, with a 7-for-30 (.233) start.

— Seven Sea Dogs had multi-hit nights, with Jantzen Witte (three hits), Marco Hernandez, Carlos Asuaje, Manuel Margot and Jake Romanski joining Travis and Sturgeon. Margot (Boston’€™s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) also walked twice and drove in two runs, and is off to a 13-for-44 (.295) start in 11 games since his promotion from Salem.

— Portland’€™s bullpen blew a 5-4 ninth-inning lead, with RHP Madison Younginer allowing his first earned run after eight straight scoreless appearances. A leadoff walk, a sacrifice and an infield single brought the tying run home and sent the game to extras.

Trey Ball

Trey Ball

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (40-37): Suspended game, 1-0 in the fifth inning, at Myrtle Beach (Cubs)

— Lightning and rain caused the suspension of play with one out in the fifth inning on Thursday. The game will be resumed as part of a Friday doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m.

— LHP Trey Ball (Boston’€™s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) had pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, facing just two over the minimum, before the halting of action. Ball struck out two and walked one, while also picking off a runner at first. The seventh overall pick of the 2013 draft, the 6-foot-6 Ball was 3-1 in June with a 1.59 ERA over five starts, with opposing hitters batting just .189 against.

— Salem’€™s 1-0 lead is courtesy of a first-inning homer by second baseman Wendell Rijo (Boston’€™s No. 16 prospect at MLB.com), who also singled in the third. The 19-year-old Rijo now has four homers on the season and has multi-hit games in four straight and five of his last six contests, with four doubles in that span to go with the Thursday long ball. Rijo was signed by Boston for $575,000 out of the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2012.

Michael Kopech

Michael Kopech

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (42-36): W, 2-1 (13 innings), at Hickory (Rangers)

— RHP Michael Kopech (Boston’€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) pitched a career-high six innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out five and walking one. Kopech, 19, had pitched a previous best five innings on four occasions this season. All told through 14 starts, Kopech is 3-5 with a 2.89 ERA and has given up three earned runs or less in every outing. Kopech, signed for $1.5 million last year as the 33rd overall pick in the draft, has struck out 63 in 56 innings while walking just 18.

— Right fielder Bryan Hudson and center fielder Joseph Monge had back-to-back two-strike, two-out hits in the ninth inning to tie the game at 1, scoring left fielder Mike Meyers, who had drawn a two-out walk. Then in the 13th, Meyers doubled on a hard grounder past the third baseman to score shortstop Javier Guerra to give Greenville a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 13th, RHP Mario Alcantara (3-1) allowed two walks but induced a game-ending double play to second baseman Yoan Moncada, who stepped on the second base bag and fired to first for the clinching out.

— Meyers, 21, now has a seven-game hit streak and has reached base in 11 straight games, going 16-for-45 (.356) over that span to raise his average 29 points. For the season, Meyers has an nice slash line of .290/.353/.444 over 57 games played, significantly improved from his 2014 season with Lowell, where he produced just .215/.248/.330 over 56 games.

— Guerra, Hudson, Monge and first baseman Nick Longhi all had two-hit nights for Greenville as hitters four through seven in the lineup, while the top of the Greenville order (Moncada, Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers) struggled, going a combined 0-for-14 . Longhi, 19, now has a seven-game hit streak.

Jake Cosart

Jake Cosart

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (10-4): L, 11-2, at Connecticut (Tigers)

— Third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus had one of the just three Lowell hits, his a 400-foot two-run home run and his first as a professional to get the Spinners on the board in the ninth inning. Gunsolus was drafted in the 10th round this year out of Gonzaga and is hitting 8-for-29 (.276) so far in 10 games played.

— The other Lowell hits, both singles, came from center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe and Chad De La Guerra. Left fielder Victor Acosta had his season-opening nine game hit streak come to an end with an 0-for-3 night.

— RHP Jake Cosart (Boston’€™s No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) didn’t make it out of the second inning, taking the loss (0-1) with an ugly final line of 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (53 pitches, 28 strikes). Cosart, the 21-year-old younger brother of Miami Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart, gave up a solo homer in the first and then a grand slam in the second after a single and two walks to start the frame. He was pulled after allowing another hit, a triple. Cosart was Boston’€™s third-round draft pick in 2014 and signed for $450,000 out of Seminole State.

Tyler Hill

Tyler Hill

ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (10-0): W, 5-3, at GCL Orioles

— The GCL Sox lineup struck out a combined 14 times and had only six hits, all singles, but with help from five walks and five GCL Orioles€™ errors the Sox managed to score five runs and stay unbeaten on the season. Infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe and center fielder Trent Kemp led the way with two hits and an RBI apiece, while right fielder Tyler Hill walked twice and scored twice.

Hill, 19, is off to a 10-for-31 (.323) start to the season with four RBIs and four multi-hit games and has reached safely in seven of eight overall played this year. He was drafted in 2014 in round 19 out of Delaware Military Academy and subsequently played in just four Gulf Coast League games last year.

Kemp, 19, is 9-for-29 (.310) with five RBIs on the season and has a hit in all seven games he’€™s started this year. Kemp was given $150,000 to sign in 2014 as a 15th-round draft choice by Boston out of high school in California. He had initially committed to play at Fresno State.

Basabe, 18 years old and the twin brother of Lowell’€™s Luis Alexander Basabe, is 9-for-34 (.265) with eight walks (leading to a .409 on-base percentage) and eight runs scored, to go with four stolen bases. He has reached safely in eight of nine games played so far in 2015.

— RHP Josh Pennington started and pitched three scoreless innings, with five of his nine outs recorded via strikeout. A 19-year-old who was drafted in Round 29 in 2014 out of high school in New Jersey, Pennington has not been scored upon in two starts, five total innings pitched, with nine strikeouts to just one walk.

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Ken Laird
The Red Sox won't have to face George Springer in this series, as the Astros outfielder was placed on the disabled list after suffering a fractured wrist when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday against the Royals. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Red Sox won’t have to face George Springer in this series, as the Astros outfielder was placed on the disabled list after suffering a fractured wrist when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday against the Royals. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

After a solid road trip that kept at least a sliver of hope for the 2015 season alive, the Red Sox return home for a weekend series against the Astros.

Despite a reassuring week, the Red Sox remain in last place in the American League East with a record of 37-44. They sit six games behind the Yankees and Orioles, who are tied for first place, and five back of Tampa Bay and Toronto. The clutter and parity of the division means that the Sox would have to overcome four teams to take the lead, but also that no team is far superior to the others.

Boston went 5-2 in the past week, winning series against division opponents Tampa Bay and Toronto. The team has won six of its last 10 and nine of 14. Designated hitter David Ortiz has been encouraged by the club’s progress of late.

“It’s good, man,” said Oritz after Thursday’s 11-2 rout of Toronto. “We haven’t been able to play consistently good, you know? If we finish the first half of the season playing the way we have lately, it’ll give you hope for the second half, especially when you’re in a division where there’s not too many games apart. We played the worst the first couple months of the season and we’re still six, seven games away. If we start playing better, it’ll give you hope.”

While the Sox have surprised many with their struggles this season, their weekend foes are just the opposite. The Astros have been shockingly good and hold a solid lead on the rest of the AL West.

Houston has gone 47-34 this season, boasting the highest winning percentage and most wins in the American League and second in all of baseball behind the Cardinals. They are in the driver’s seat in the division, holding a five-game lead over the Angels and a 5 1/2-game lead on the Rangers.

The Astros’ plus-59 run differential is second best in the AL and fourth best in baseball. They own the eighth-best team ERA in baseball at 3.52 and have scored the third-most runs in the league, with 362. The team’s bullpen ERA is fourth best in baseball, and opponents are hitting a meager .194 against Houston relievers. Houston has hit more home runs than anyone in the league.

Astros ace Dallas Keuchel has emerged as one of the premier pitchers in all of baseball, and is enjoying both the team’s success and his own, saying that this season is the most fun he’s had on a baseball field.

“That’s because I’ve seen the worst,” Keuchel said Tuesday. “I’ve been through a couple of 100-loss seasons. I’ve been through tryouts with guys coming in and out, a revolving door of a roster. It’s very rewarding. For us to be in first place right now, I don’t even think we’ve played that well. I think we have more room to grow, and I think we’re a better team than what we’ve shown so far. And we’re 10 games over .500.”

The Astros have won six of their last 10 and four straight, including a sweep of the defending AL-champion Royals. They will be without outfielder George Springer, who was placed on the disabled list with a broken right wrist after being hit by a pitch Wednesday.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Friday: Justin Masterson (3-2, 5.58 ERA) vs. Dan Straily (season debut)
Saturday: Clay Buchholz (6-6, 3.48 ERA) vs. Collin McHugh (9-3, 4.51 ERA)
Sunday: Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.92 ERA) vs. Lance McCullers (4-2, 2.19 ERA)

WHO’S HOT: RED SOX

— Alejandro De Aza has been raking of late for Boston. The outfielder is hitting .440 and slugging an even 1.000 in the past seven games, including six extra-base hits and three homers. In 22 games since joining the Red Sox on June 5, De Aza is hitting .319.

— After a four-hit game on Thursday, Xander Bogaerts is hitting .370 over the past 11 games, including eight doubles and eight RBIs.

— Right-hander Clay Buchholz has been by far the most solid Sox starter of the season. In his past nine starts, the Texan has posted a 2.13 ERA over 63 1/3 innings.

Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve

WHO’S HOT: ASTROS

— Second baseman Jose Altuve, who appears likely to be the AL starter in the All-Star Game, carries a 10-game hitting streak. He has hit .440 in the past week, knocking 11 hits, including two of his seven homers on the season. Altuve is 6-for-10 in his last two games at Fenway Park.

— Evan Gattis is hitting .364 in the last six games, including two triples and a double. He has six RBIs in that span.

— Keuchel has been one of the best pitchers in the league this season, owning a 10-3 record. His 2.03 ERA is best in the AL, and his WHIP of 0.96 is just behind Chris Archer’s 0.95 atop the AL.

WHO’S NOT: RED SOX

— Rick Porcello certainly has not been worth his $82.5 million contract extension this season. His 6.08 ERA is the second highest among all qualified pitchers in baseball, and he has not recorded a win since May 16. In eight starts since, his ERA is 8.18.

Mike Napoli has struggled mightily at the dish all season. He has hit .211 in the past week and is below the Mendoza line on the season, batting .199.

— Since being called back up, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has continued to have trouble with major league pitching, something he has struggled with his whole career. He is hitting .211 with six punchouts in the past seven games.

Luis Valbuena

Luis Valbuena

WHO’S NOT: ASTROS

— Luis Valbuena leads the Astros in home runs (19), but he has not hit well of late. In the past six games, he has hit just .150 and struck out seven times. For the season, the Venezuelan third baseman is hitting .197/.277/.439. More than a third of his 52 hits on the season are home runs.

— Catcher Jason Castro has just two hits over his past five games, hitting .133 over that span. He is hitting .214/.277/.375 on the season.

Chris Carter is hitting just .190 and has struck out seven times in the past six contests. For the season, he is hitting .198/.314/.411, with 15 of his 52 hits on the season leaving the yard.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

In the Red Sox‘ series opener with the Astros, Justin Masterson will get the ball for Boston while Dan Straily pitches for Houston.

Masterson inspired confidence during his most recent trip to the mound, hurling five innings for the Sox on Sunday and holding the Rays to just one unearned run with six strikeouts and no walks. The start helped improve his season ERA to 5.58 and his record to 3-2, marking his first outing back up in Boston since May 12 when he gave up six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings to the A’s.

“The break was nice,” Masterson said Sunday of his time in Triple-A Pawtucket. “We worked on some minor things, trying to get stronger, trying to get healthier and just hone in on the mechanics more. Tonight was just throwing strikes and that’s the biggest thing and velocity was where it was. I just felt confident in everything that we had.”

Now in his eighth year as a major league pitcher, Masterson still hasn’t recorded a start or appearance against the Astros, though he has faced a few current members of the team before. Houston is just one of three teams that the righty has yet to see, the other two being the Padres and the Rockies. Against the other teams of the AL West, Masterson has conceded 113 earned runs over 230 total innings for a 4.42 ERA and a 12-13 record.

Dan Straily

Dan Straily

Straily has not made a start for the Astros yet this season, spending his time in Triple-A Fresno and posting a 4.06 ERA, a 6-6 record and 70 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old is no stranger to the majors, though, as he pitched for the A’s from 2012 to midway through last season, when he was traded to the Cubs. Straily made seven starts for Oakland in his first year with the team before becoming a full-time starter in 2013, recording a 10-8 mark with a 3.96 ERA in 152 1/3 innings. The right-hander was used as a bullpen arm after his first and only start in Chicago, appearing in seven total games for the Cubs.

“He’s got some experience to take from, he’s gone down [to Fresno] and pitched very well, pitched deep into games,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday. “He’s earned the opportunity. We’ve run through a number of starting pitchers so far, some we expected, some we didn’t expect, but when we acquired Dan, we expected him at some point to contribute and now is his opportunity.”

Still, Straily has experience against the Sox, though it’s limited to one start. On May 2 of last season he took the hill at Fenway Park and tossed 4 1/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits — three of which were doubles — as well as a trio of walks and strikeouts. It was his penultimate outing for Oakland, and he took the loss in what would end up being a 7-1 win for Boston.

Astros vs. Masterson (RHP)

Colby Rasmus (14 plate appearances): .154 AVG/.214 OBP/.308 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Hank Conger (13): .273/.333/.364, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Chris Carter (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

Luis Valbuena has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Masterson.

Red Sox vs. Straily (RHP)

Alejandro De Aza (7 plate appearances): .429 AVG/.429 OBP/.714 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Xander Bogaerts (2): .000/.000/.000

Jackie Bradley Jr. (2): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 2 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk

David Ortiz (2): .000/.000/.000

Hanley Ramirez (2): .500/.500/1.000, 2 double, 1 RBI

Mike Napoli has three strikeouts in five plate appearances vs. Straily, and Pablo Sandoval has one K in three plate appearances.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen