If you thought Johnny Cueto to the Royals was stunning, wait until you hear this one — Troy Tulowitzki is headed to Toronto.

If you thought Johnny Cueto to the Royals was stunning, wait until you hear this one — Troy Tulowitzki is headed to Toronto.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports, the Blue Jays have acquired the power-hitting five-time All-Star shortstop for shortstop Jose Reyes and a package of unidentified minor leaguers.

Tulowitzki, long considered the face of the Rockies, joins a loaded Blue Jays offense that’s already the best in baseball. He’s hitting .300 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs. He’s also signed through 2020, thanks to the six-year, $118 million extension that kicked in this season.

According to Rosenthal, Tulowitzki will receive a $2 million assignment bonus and receive full no-trade protection with the Jays. The 30-year-old is a lifetime .299 hitter with 188 homers and 656 RBIs. He’s also an outstanding defensive shortstop, with two Gold Gloves to his name.

The Jays still have problems on the pitching side they must address, but for now, even at the cost of Reyes, their imposing offense just got a lot stronger.

The Jays will also receive 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins, the oldest player in baseball, in the deal.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Shane Victorino had a vital presence in the Red Sox clubhouse all for three seasons he spent with Boston, even during the last two he saw minimal playing time in due to nagging injuries — that was the well-respected type of leader he was.

Although his Red Sox teammates know being traded is part of the business, it’s still hard seeing a player they like so much leave.

“He was a great guy,” pitcher Justin Masterson said. “Gave us some great stuff. Brought a lot of energy, from Hawaii. It was just fun to have him around. It will be tough seeing him go, selfishly. But in one sense for him, we’re kind of struggling here and he’s going to a place that is in first place.”

“Shane is a guy I played against for a long time with the Phillies, with the Red Sox. A valuable clubhouse guy,” catcher Ryan Hanigan added. “One of the best right fielders in the game. A good friend of mine and it’s tough. It’s part of this business obviously, but he’s going to missed I’m sure by the city of Boston. Anaheim is getting a good guy, for sure.”

Even though the right fielder was hitting .245 playing in 33 of 100 games due to injury this season, he was still a player most in the clubhouse looked up to.

Victorino will now play for his fourth career team. He spent his rookie season with the Padres, the next eight with the Phillies, before 53 games with the Dodgers in 2012 after being traded, followed by his last three years in Boston.

Masterson has been traded at the deadline a few times, so he knows what it’s like. The pitcher said it can be tough at first, but as a player you love being traded to a contender.

“It feels great,” Masterson said of being traded to a first-place team. “Once everything is set and done, you get to your spot, it feels great. But, it’s also hard because you have a lot of good things going on. He’d been here for a few years, have some nice things, [you’re] comfortable. Things that no matter where you go it’s hard to build those back up. That will be tough and hard on him. I love him so I wish him the best.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Joe Kelly allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox' loss Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox‘ loss Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly’s reentry into the Red Sox rotation has been met with unrelenting difficulties. After a month at Triple-A Pawtucket, Kelly’s major league troubles have persisted, and Monday’s game against the White Sox saw that trend continue.

The right-hander lasted just 3 1/3 innings in a 10-8 loss to the White Sox, allowing seven hits and five runs (four of them earned). He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

“Rough outing,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of his starter’s performance. “A lot of elevated pitches in the strike zone. There were strikes, but the command within the strike zone was lacking. A lot of hard contact early.”

Kelly’s struggles started just as soon as the game did; he allowed a leadoff triple to Adam Eaton on his second pitch of the day. The very next pitch was another triple, this off the bat off Tyler Saladino. Two pitches after that, Melky Cabrera doubled to left and the White Sox quickly staked a 2-0 lead.

Kelly noted the aggressiveness of the White Sox hitters in pouncing on pitches to hit early in the count.

“Those guys came out swinging the bat right away, obviously that was their gameplan, so I tried to make adjustments from there,” Kelly said.

Catcher Ryan Hanigan also talked about the success of the White Sox’ aggressive strategy at the plate.

“They didn’t let him breath. They smelt it. They were aggressive,” Hanigan said. “They were getting pitches they could barrel. … They came out aggressive and sometimes that can pay off for a team and sometimes they can roll over three times and we have a six pitch inning. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.”

The three extra-base hits were the start of a four-run first in which eight White Sox hitters came to the plate. Kelly improved after his first time through the lineup, getting through a scoreless second before allowing a run on a Jose Abreu RBI single in the third. At that point, the Red Sox had scored four times and pulled even before falling behind again 5-4.

In the fourth, after Kelly recorded an out and allowed a single to the No. 9 hitter Carlos Sanchez, Farrell had seen enough.

“We come right back after a couple of innings and tie things up,” Farrell said. “We’re going through the third time and it was time to make a move to the bullpen. Bottom line in this game, we couldn’t put up enough zeros.”

Hanigan said that the White Sox were able to capitalize on Kelly’s mistakes.

“He was missing some spots there, we made some mistakes and they didn’t miss them,” Hanigan said. “Just a tough one for Joe, [we have to] keep working, keep trying to get him on track. They can swing it, they got some balls to hit and they didn’t miss them.”

Kelly was bailed out at least in part by the Red Sox offense, who touched White Sox starter John Danks for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Thanks to those efforts, Kelly’s uninspiring performance resulted in a no-decision, rather than his seventh loss of the season.

The outing bumped Kelly’s ERA to 5.94 on the season, which is the second-worst in the American League among starters with at least 80 innings pitched. Only Detroit’s Shane Greene (Sunday night’s starter at Fenway) is worse, owning a 6.72 ERA. Farrell said that, for the moment, Kelly’s spot in the rotation is safe and he will make his next scheduled start.

“That’s to be determined,” Farrell said on the status of Kelly’s next start. “Right now yes, but unless something changes that I am unaware of right now, I’m sure it will be up for discussion.”

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

Boston will always be a part of Shane Victorino.

Shane Victorino breaks down in tears in his final press conference before the Boston media Monday night. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Shane Victorino breaks down in tears in his final press conference before the Boston media Monday night. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Boston will always be a part of Shane Victorino.

The veteran outfielder traded from the Red Sox to the Angels Monday afternoon for minor league infielder Josh Rutledge broke down several times in his final appearance in Boston after the Red Sox‘ 10-8 loss to the White Sox Monday night at Fenway Park.

“People doubted me in 2012 and the Red Sox gave me a chance,” Victorino said. “And to win a World Series, it’s one of those things where I have utmost respect for John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Tom [Werner], Ben and John. And more importantly, my teammates, I’m going to miss them. I think that’s the toughest part is understanding, coming to wits now, at the end of this [press] conference, is that I’m going to miss these guys. But I get to go to a place to watch some pretty good players. I got that opportunity to play against them a week ago in Anaheim and I look forward to watching a guy like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols after getting to play against them all these years. More importantly, I thank the Red Sox for giving me that opportunity.”

Victorino, who held it together for the first five minutes of his presser, was asked about being prepared for the eventuality of trade deadline week. But before he could gather himself, he broke down again in tears, pausing 15 seconds before offering up his response.

“You try to deny it,” Victorino said. “You try to overlook it. I had a discussion with my agent because things were being said and I wanted to get an update and I told him I want to stay here. I wanted to stay here. Not knowing where things were going to go, less than four hours later, you get called in in the middle of your BP session. Funny thing was before that, I saw Ben walk by on the field. I saw our assistant GM walk by. You sense something. You sense kind of that thing that I guess being around the game long enough, I walk by and less than two minutes later, getting called out of BP. As you’re on the walk in, you say to yourself what could be the situation. You hope that you get traded to a contender or a place where you can make a playoff run.

“For me, going to Anaheim, going back to the West Coast, being close to home, that’s the kind of things that remain positive in my mind. It’s not that simple. I am what I am and I am who I am. I’m bred one way. I want to win and I wanted to win another one here. I wanted to win, period, and be with these guys. But the last couple of years has been tough. Obviously, for us as players but fans, ownership and the city.

“But let’s not forget the good things. What I witnessed in my time here is they don’t want to stay in the doldrums for long. And that’s the thing that’s I’ve always respect for the Red Sox, even from afar. Every year, they try to produce great teams and try to go out there produce teams that this fan base loves. Having that opportunity to be a part of it. Obviously, these are two years that we didn’t expect and never hopes of being where we are and what happened. But, hey, we’re all part of growing up through the process.

“One of my teammates said, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ That’s the kind of stuff I try to take in and soak in and understand that moment.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

For Shane Victorino, the right fielder was traded to the first-place Angels on Monday from the last-place Red Sox in exchange for Triple-A infielder Josh Rutledge.

Shane Victorino was a vital part of the 2013 World Series. (WEEI.com photo)

Shane Victorino was a vital part of the 2013 World Series winning Red Sox. (WEEI.com photo)

For Shane Victorino, the right fielder was traded to the first-place Angels on Monday from the last-place Red Sox in exchange for Triple-A infielder Josh Rutledge.

Normally that would be looked at as all positives, but not for Victorino, who even with the struggles of the 2015 Red Sox was “disappointed” to be traded away.

The gritty right fielder felt a special bond with the city of Boston, especially after winning the 2013 World Series in his first year in a Red Sox uniform where his “Three Little Birds” walkup song became so famous.

“He was disappointed,” manager John Farrell said. “He didn’t want to leave in general and yet leaving — the one thing about Vic whether in Philadelphia he became very attached to Philadelphia. In similar ways he felt very attached to Boston. He’s a unique player in that sense in that he feels a bond in which the city he plays. He gives his heart and soul when he walks on the field. He takes a lot of pride in the uniform he wears for a particular city and that was the case here in a Red Sox uniform.”

Just like general manager Ben Cherington said earlier in the night, Farrell said he didn’t think the 2013 World Series win would have happened without Victorino.

“No and I think you’d say that probably about a number of players,” Farrell said. “Shane was a vital cog in our offense, certainly a Gold Glove defender in right field. Arguably played right field as well as anyone who wore a uniform. He brought energy every day. A very instinctual player. He was a main reason we won that World Series.”

The right fielder had a slash line of .294/.351/.451 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs in that 2013 season. In the playoffs he was most known for his World Series in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Tigers.

For Farrell and the Red Sox, moving on from a player like Victorino signifies the team has turned its attention towards the future as Rusney Castillo will now get regular at-bats in right field.

“Unfortunately the trade signifies a player that helped us win a World Series two years ago and when you take one of those players off this roster, you’re kind of building towards the future and that’s disappointing,” Farrell said. “We’ll miss Vic. Vic went through a lot of physical challenges here and yet every time he was on the field he gave everything he had. I’ll miss him personally, but he’s got a chance to go to a contender.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It certainly wasn’t the best played game, but at least it provided some mild entertainment.

Joe Kelly allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox' loss Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox‘ loss Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It certainly wasn’t the best played game, but at least it provided some mild entertainment.

After three lead changes and three ties, the White Sox outlasted the Red Sox, 10-8 Monday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox now haven’t won two straight games since their seven-game win streak ended July 8.

With the game tied at seven in the seventh, the White Sox scored two runs off Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr. He had allowed a run in the sixth as well, as he finished allowing three runs over two innings of work to take the loss.

Tommy Layne allowed another White Sox run in the ninth. The Red Sox scored one run in the ninth — a Pablo Sandoval single — to make it a two-run game, but that was all they could get as they had the tying run on first base.

Chicago jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped into the batters box. Joe Kelly allowed four first inning runs, as the first six batters of the reach reached base, including three extra-base hits (back-to-back triples) to open the game.

The Red Sox battled back and tied the game at four after two innings. David Ortiz hit another home run in the first inning, a two-run shot (his third in two games) and then Jemile Weeks and Mookie Betts each had RBI singles in the second.

Kelly allowed another run in the third inning, which would ultimately be his last, as the right-hander went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out two. It was the second time in his last three starts where he failed to make it out of the fourth inning.

But once again the Red Sox fought back, taking the lead in the fourth inning. Betts had an infield single and they scored another when third baseman Tyler Saladino booted a Hanley Ramirez grounder.

Craig Breslow allowed a run in his only inning of relief of Kelly, which allowed the White Sox to tie the game at six at the time. The teams then traded runs, as the Red Sox scored an unearned run in the fifth and the White Sox scored a run off Ross Jr. in the sixth making it a 7-7 game until Ross allowed the two seventh inning runs.

The two teams also combined for three errors.

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


— Kelly was brutal. After just five pitches he had allowed three extra-base hits and two runs. His ERA now sits at 5.94, which is the second-worst in the AL (min. 80 IP). It’s hard to imagine Kelly makes his next start in the rotation, as there’s a chance he gets shifted to the bullpen.

— The Red Sox bullpen wasn’t much better, as it allowed runs in three straight innings — the fifth through the seventh. Alexi Ogando, Breslow and Ross Jr. all allowed at least one run before Junichi Tazawa threw a scoreless eighth inning. Layne couldn’t keep the good vibes going as he allowed a run in the ninth.

— Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 in the game, including 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. He came into the game leading the American League, hitting at a .405 clip.

Mike Napoli was ejected from the game after striking out looking in the first inning by home plate umpire Toby Basner.


— Ortiz has been swinging a hot bat of late, as evident not only by his three home runs in two games, but the way he is hitting them. His second one Sunday night was to left-center and his homer Monday was to dead-center. Before being benched for two games in Texas after 43 games to find his swing, he had just six homers, but in the 47 games since he has 14.

— Betts went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. He came into the game 2-for-14 on the homestand. The game marked his sixth three-hit game of the year and first since July 2.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable