David Price pitched an ace-like game Thursday night, not allowing a run over eight innings. It was exactly what the doctor ordered when it came to the Red Sox trying to get their No. 1 starter on the right track.

It’s not clear the level of interest the Red Sox have in Jonathan Lucroy, but certainly the fewer roadblocks if trade talks heat up, the better it is for Dave Dombrowski.

That’s why the fact that the Red Sox aren’t on Lucroy’s no-trade list is of some note.

Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy

It’s not clear the level of interest the Red Sox have in Jonathan Lucroy, but certainly the fewer roadblocks if trade talks heat up, the better it is for Dave Dombrowski.

That’s why the fact that the Red Sox aren’t on Lucroy’s no-trade list is of some note.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the list of eight teams the Milwaukee catcher can block trades to include the Twins, Angels, Athletics, Padres, Mariners, Nationals, Indians and Tigers.

Perhaps the most noteworthy of those teams mentioned are Cleveland and Detroit, both of which have reportedly shown interest in the 30-year-old. It doesn’t mean Lucroy can’t be dealt to those teams, just that he must approve any deal.

Some of the other organizations who have been linked to talks for Lucroy, besides the Red Sox, include the Mets and Rangers.

Lucroy is slated to make $5.25 million next season, a number he could possibly renegotiate if a trade to one of the teams on his list are involved.

The catcher is having a stellar year for the struggling Brewers, hitting .300 with an .848 OPS and 13 home runs.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (54-52): L, 13-5, vs. Rochester (Twins)

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (54-52): L, 13-5, vs. Rochester (Twins)

— Right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, returning from a stint on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis, pitched a scoreless first and third inning but was touched for six runs in the second inning. He allowed six hits and no walks while fanning four.

— Righty William Cuevas relieved and allowed six runs on eight hits (three home runs) and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Right-hander Casey Janssen finished up with two-thirds of an inning, allowing a run on one hit with one strikeout.

— Designated hitter Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single. The 28-year-old now is hitting .289/.343/.511 in 98 games.

— Right fielder Ryan LaMarre went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles. Center fielder Rusney Castillo also went 2-for-5.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (38-66): W, 7-0, at Binghamton (Mets)

— Designated hitter Nate Freiman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. His two-run double in the first inning opened the scoring. The 29-year-old now is batting .278/.350/.464 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 61 games with the Sea Dogs.

— Center fielder Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. The 2015 first-round draft pick is hitting .285/.348/.478 with six home runs an 38 RBIs in 61 games with Portland since his call-up from Single-A.

— Right fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and now is batting .308/.359/.447 in 73 games with Portland.

— Left-hander Jalen Beeks pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out three, to improve to 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in seven starts with the Sea Dogs. Two relievers completed the shutout, as lefty Jake Drehoff allowed three hits in three innings and righty Taylor Grover closed it out with a perfect ninth.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (61-41): W, 8-2, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs)

— In a game shortened to eight innings by rain, right-hander Michael Kopech started and pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Righty Mario Alcantara picked up the win after pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while fanning four. He’s now 9-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Right-hander Simon Mercedes allowed a run on two hits with one strikeout in one inning, picking up his fourth save.

— Left fielder Mike Meyers went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple as part of Salem’s five-run eighth inning. Third baseman Rafael Devers was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in the sixth inning that put his team ahead to stay. First baseman Nick Longhi was 1-for-4 with two-run single in the eighth.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-49): W, 5-4, vs. Rome (Braves)

— Right-hander Roniel Raudes pitched five scoreless innings before surrendering back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth. He finished his stint at 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts. He picked up the win and now is 9-3 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.

— Right-hander Gerson Bautista relieved and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run but no hits and one walk with a pair of strikeouts. Righty Jake Cosart pitched the final two innings to collect his second save, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He ended the game by inducing a fly out with runners on first and third.

— Designated hitter Trent Kemp (1-for-4) unloaded for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, sending the ball off the building beyond Greenville’s Green Monster in left field. The shot was estimated at 412 feet.

— Catcher Austin Rei was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Third baseman Michael Chavis (1-for-4) hit an RBI double in the first inning.

— Shortstop Jeremy Rivera made a diving catch to save a run in the third inning.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (23-16): W, 5-3 in 10 innings, vs. Batavia (Marlins)

— First baseman Jerry Downs lined the second pitch he saw in the 10th inning over the fence in left field for a two-run home run to give Lowell the walk-off win. Downs also had a single earlier in the game, finishing 2-for-4. He’s now hitting .250/.344/.375 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 23 games.

— Left fielder Tyler Hill went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. He singled just before Downs hit the game-winner. A 19th-round pick of the Sox in 2014, Hill now is batting .381/.436/.571 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 32 games.

— Third baseman Steven Reveles went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs, upping his line to .224/.253/.263 in 20 games.

— Designated hitter Allen Craig, starting a rehab assignment after being out since May 19 with right knee inflammation, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

— Right-hander Josh Pennington started but was removed after walking the first two batters (one was subsequently caught stealing), hitting the next two, allowing a sacrifice fly and throwing a wild pitch. Following his two-out, two-run stint, he’s now 2-1 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in eight starts.

— Righty Pat Goetze was the first reliever to see action. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Right-hander Algenis Martinez followed with four innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and two walks with four strikeouts. Righty Matthew Gorst, a 12th-round pick this year, picked up the win after pitching a scoreless top of the 10th, striking out one.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Looking to end their four-game losing streak, the Red Sox will turn to Rick Porcello on Friday night at Angel Stadium. He’ll be opposed by veteran right-hander Tim Lincecum.

Porcello is 13-2 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.151 WHIP. His 13 wins are one behind the league leaders in that category. Porcello has been especially impressive at Fenway. After defeating the Twins on Sunday, Porcello improved his home record to 10-0, making him the only starting pitcher in the MLB to be unbeaten at home. Against Minnesota, Porcello went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned), six hits and one walk, while recording eight strikeouts in the 8-7 win.

“I’ve had quite a few starts at home. I just feel good here,” Porcello said. “I feel comfortable pitching in front of our crowd. We play good baseball here.”

While Porcello has fared well at Fenway, he hasn’t had the same luck at Angel Stadium in his career. In four starts he is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. Overall against the Angels, Porcello is 4-6 with a 6.82 ERA and a 1.573 WHIP in 13 starts. Porcello last faced the Angels in July of last season, pitching five innings and allowing three runs (two earned), four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in a 3-0 Sox road loss.

Lincecum is 2-4 with an 8.70 ERA and a 2.300 WHIP in seven starts. After undergoing left hip surgery last September, Lincecum started the season as a free agent before being signed by the Angels in June. Lincecum previously spent nine seasons with the Giants, winning two National League Cy Young Awards and three World Series championships. This season, however, Lincecum has struggled to regain the velocity he once had. In the 32-year-old’s most recent start on Sunday, he lasted a mere 1 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits (three home runs)  while walking two with no strikeouts in an 11-3 loss to the Astros. His fastball hovered at 86-87 mph, down from his season average of 89 mph.

“He just had a lot of trouble commanding his fastball and commanding counts,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Lincecum. “Those [Astros] guys got some good counts to hit in, and they didn’t miss things today.”

Lincecum called his performance “pathetic,” but said he’s willing to be patient as he tries to work back into form. How much more patient the Angels will be, however, remains to be seen.

“I’m confident in the process, that this is part of what I’m going through right now,” Lincecum said. “If it takes going through this, then it takes going through this. And if they have to make a decision that puts me in a different position, then I’ll be open to that. But at the same time, I’m definitely going to go after this as a starter and still keep grinding it out that way, and try to give my team a chance to win. I haven’t been doing that.”

In two career starts against the Red Sox, Lincecum is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA and a 2.625 WHIP. Lincecum last faced Boston in 2013 as a member of the Giants. In that outing, Lincecum lasted five innings, giving up five runs, nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Red Sox vs. Lincecum (RHP)

Hanley Ramirez (29 plate appearances): .333 AVG./.379 OBP/.481 SLG, 1 double, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts

Aaron Hill (28): .500/.571/.682, 4 doubles, 4 RBIs, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (10): .333/.400/.333, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Michael Martinez is 1-for-4 with 1 walk.

David Ortiz is 1-for-5 with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout.

Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Robbie Ross is 0-for-1.

Angels vs. Porcello (RHP)

Mike Trout (23 plate appearances): .286 AVG./.348 OBP/.429 SLG, 1 home run, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Albert Pujols (19): .316/.316/.579, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs 1 strikeout

Yunel Escobar (13): .167/.231/.167, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Johnny Giavotella (13) .167/.231/.250, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Kole Calhoun (9): .625/.667/1.375, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Daniel Nava is 3-for-6 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Andrelton Simmons 1-for-5.

Carlos Perez is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

David Price offered the Red Sox the kind of top-of-the-rotation hope they were looking for Thursday night. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)ANAHEIM, Calif. -- We can't be hypocrites.



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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The explanation was simple and succinct. But it didn’t make anything easier to digest for the Red Sox.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The explanation was simple and succinct. But it didn’t make anything easier to digest for the Red Sox.

“I tried to get two before I got one,” said Hanley Ramirez after the Red Sox’ 2-1, walk-off loss to the Angels Thursday night. “That can’t happen. I know better than that. I know that I’ve got [Mike] Trout on third and it was a tough ground ball but I’ve got to make sure of one. I kind of started running before I threw it.”

What Ramirez was talking about was the final, and pivotal, play in the Red Sox’ fourth loss in a row. He had botched what could have been a game-ending, double-play grounder off the bat of pinch-hitter Daniel Nava, sailing the throw home over the head of catcher Sandy Leon after failing to set his feet when releasing the ball.

With the errant toss, both Trout and pinch-runner Ji-Man Choi scored, capping a wild ninth inning the Red Sox could have done without.

“That’s mental right there,” Ramirez said of the throw. “That’s a mental mistake right there. I know what I did wrong and I’ll come back tomorrow and hopefully it won’t happen. But if it happens, it won’t happen again. I rushed it a little bit.”

With closer Brad Ziegler on the mound, the ninth-inning issues began with a slow grounder down the third base line off the bat of Trout. Third baseman Travis Shaw gathered in it, but had to rush his throw, resulting in a short-hop Ramirez couldn’t handle.

“You see the original hop. Couldn’t get it on the original hop so you have to wait for that second bounce,” Shaw explained. “You try and make the transfer as quick as you can. And even in that spot right there I think a perfect transfer he still beats that out. He gets down the line pretty good. Just try and get it out of my hand as quick as I can.

“You know as soon as that ball takes that second bounce, the scouting report is he can run. I didn’t look at him at all. I just know you have to make that transfer and that throw as quick as you can.”

Albert Pujols followed with a line-drive single to left field. Then, after pinch-hitter Carlos Perez failed o three straight bunt attempts, Andrelton Simmons loaded the bases with a base-hit into center field. That set the stage for Nava’s at-bat.

“The only [pitch] that I thought was semi-bad was to Pujols,” Ziegler said. “It was up a little bit. It was still off the plate, but he got his barrel to it. Pitch to Simmons was down. Pitch to Trout was a pretty good pitch. Last one there, they’re all down. Simmons was the one guy who took a pitch that was down and elevated it a little bit. I really, I felt good throwing the ball.”

“You anticipate everything before it happens,” said Ramirez, who now has four errors on the season, committing his first since June 25. “The only thing I can say is I tried to get two before I got one. That can’t happen. You have to make sure of one and go from there.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

One bad throw ruined what was supposed to be a momentum-turning night for the Red Sox.