David Price finished Saturday night with another disappointing outing. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

David Price finished Saturday night with another disappointing outing. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

It’s becoming less and less of a surprise to see David Price’s outing covered in disappointment.

And he knows it.

“It’s been terrible. This is not fun. It’s just awful” Price said the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins Saturday night.

Since the beginning of the season, the lowest Price’s ERA has reached is 4.24, where it stood on June 19. When he departed with two outs in the fifth inning Saturday it was up to 4.51. That was thanks to an uninspiring 5 2/3-inning outing in which he gave up five runs on 11 hits.

Part of the concern since the All-Star break has been his inability to go deep into games. In both games, he went 5 2/3 with 106 pitches. With the intense and road-heavy schedule the Red Sox have ahead of them on top of their depleted bullpen, that is far from the result the team is looking for from their top starter.

“We try to space out the work as best possible,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “And with Junichi [Tazawa] coming off the DL, you have to be careful with his overall usage, but in a situation where both Tommy [Layne] and Robbie [Ross Jr.] are going four out of five days, yeah, that goes back to the depth of the … rotation and being able to work deeper into games.”

For Price, it is not so much a matter of not feeling good or coming into games ill-prepared, nor is it a health issue. What’s been evident is his ability to execute pitches.

“Honestly I feel good. I feel healthy, I feel good out there on the mound, I feel confident,” he said. “Just not making good pitches and that’s what it boils down to. You can feel bad out there and still go out there and execute pitchers and you’re going to get good results. But it doesn’t matter how good you feel if you don’t go out there and execute, and that’s when things happen.”

With the poor pair of outings to begin the season’s second half, reasonable minds could wonder if there is a confidence issue heading into the final two months. But, according to Price, doubt hasn’t crept into the equation.

“I’m still confident in myself, absolutely,” the lefty said. ” I’d go out there and pitch tomorrow if they’d let me. My confidence is not altered. I don’t listen to the outside noise. I know my teammates and the coaching staff know they have a lot of confidence in me and I haven’t really given them reason to have a lot of confidence in me this year, I’ve just got to pitch better.”

Farrell addressed part of what he perceives to be the problem in Price’s mechanics as well as his time in between games.

“Early on, David, he came off a start in New York where he’s focusing on his in between start work on trying to leverage the ball downhill, trying to get back to the bottom of the strike zone with some consistency. That was inconsistent the first few innings [Saturday],” Farrell said.

Price remains optimistic heading into his next start, which is scheduled for Thursday against the Angels in Anaheim.

“You never relax the four days in between starts whether you’re pitching good or you’re pitching bad,” he said. “You’ve got to go to work, and that’s what I’ll do, that’s what I’ve done and I’ll continue to do that.”

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

After the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins Saturday night, Red Sox manager John Farrell reported Heath Hembree would be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket after allowing a run on three hits in just 1/3 innings.

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

After the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins Saturday night, Red Sox manager John Farrell reported Heath Hembree would be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket after allowing a run on three hits in just 1/3 innings.

“He’s not a confident pitcher right now, and we just did option him to Pawtucket,” said Farrell of Hembree following the loss. “The corresponding move will be announced [Sunday]. As good as Heath has been for the vast majority of this year, really the whole first half, the four times out since the break has been the other side of that. We need to add another reliever, there’s no doubt, and a guy that’s able to go multiple innings. That’ll be the move for [Sunday].”

According to a source, that move will be promoting Joe Kelly.

Kelly will be joining the Red Sox bullpen after making the transition to reliever while with Single-A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket. In the minors, the righty made seven outings, only allowing two runs, while striking out 14 and walking two.

While Kelly hasn’t pitched in the majors out of the bullpen since Sept. 29, 2013, he does have extensive experience as a reliever.

After not pitching much at all in high school, he served as Cal-Riverside’s closer for three years before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. It was in the St. Louis minor league system Kelly made the transformation into a starter.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

At multiple points in Saturday night’s game, it seemed like nothing could top how topsy-turvy the windy weather was. What transpired on the field during Red Sox’ 4-hour, 11-minute, 11-9 loss to the Twins proved otherwise.

And it was all highlighted by one of the most frustrating innings of the Red Sox’ season.

Eddie Rosario sends a message to the Red Sox during the Twins' five-run seventh inning. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Eddie Rosario sends a message to the Red Sox during the Twins’ five-run seventh inning. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

At multiple points in Saturday night’s game, it seemed like nothing could top how topsy-turvy the windy weather was. What transpired on the field during Red Sox’ 4-hour, 11-minute, 11-9 loss to the Twins proved otherwise.

And it was all highlighted by one of the most frustrating innings of the Red Sox’ season.

Carrying an uncomfortable, 8-5 lead the seventh, the Red Sox squandered their advantage in a big way, starting with a misread fly ball by Michael Martinez in deep right field that resulted in an RBI triple for Max Kepler. Brock Holt followed up with a misread fly ball of his own in left field, sliding to early to try to make the catch with the ball instead deflecting off his knee for an RBI double.

Things started looking up as Jackie Bradley Jr. appeared to throw out Kennys Vargas at the plate to end the inning, however a review of the play showed otherwise, tying the game.

Eduardo Nunez then provided a pivotal two-run single to put the Twins up by what would be the final margin.

The Red Sox utilized Clay Buchholz, Tommy Layne and Heath Hembree in the seventh inning alone.

The Red Sox had a chance to redeem themselves in the bottom of the frame after adding a run and loading the bases, but fell short as Bradley Jr. flew out to deep right field.

Pitching was a problem all night for the Red Sox, with starter David Price putting together an underwhelming outing himself. The lefty allowed five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings, raising his ERA from 4.36 to 4.51. He also walked two batters while striking out four.

The biggest exhibition of offense for the Red Sox came in the bottom of the second. After going down 4-1 to enter the frame, they put a five-spot on Twins starter Ricky Nolasco.

Three of the five runs, however, came from one swing of the bat from Hanley Ramirez. Not far removed from a three home run affair Wednesday as he still tries to regain form at the dish, Ramirez put a 398-foot shot into the Monster seats to put the Red Sox up by two runs.

The Red Sox will look to split the series in a Sunday matinee at 1:35.

Closing Time note

Saturday ended a streak of four consecutive starts at Fenway in which David Price went eight or more innings.

Here’s what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss …

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— After falling into a 4-1 hole surrendering three runs in the top of the second, the Red Sox put together a resilient second inning to put themselves up by two.

— Brock Holt was a sufficient replacement for Mookie Betts in the leadoff spot, going 2-for6. He also exhibited tremendous baseball IQ on the bases, taking home on a wild pitch ball four to David Ortiz.

— The middle of the Red Sox lineup was solid, with David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Bradley Jr. going a combined 7-for-10 with seven RBI.

WHAT WENT WRONG

–Saturday served as the seventh time in 21 starts this season David Price allowed four or more earned runs.

–While the Red Sox bullpen was far from solid, the Red Sox defense ultimately caused the seventh inning collapse.

— Heath Hembree let the game get further out of reach in the eighth inning, allowing three hits in 1/3 inning, one of which being a home run to Miguel Sano.

— The Red Sox were frequently unable to cash in on runs, stranding 12 runners all game, seven of which being in scoring position.

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

Even after cutting up his team’s uniforms, don’t count on Chris Sale coming to the Red Sox.

According to multiple major league sources, the White Sox still have shown no inclination to deal some of their key players, such as pitchers Sale or Jose Quintana.

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

Even after cutting up his team’s uniforms, don’t count on Chris Sale coming to the Red Sox.

According to multiple major league sources, the White Sox still have shown no inclination to deal some of their key players, such as pitchers Sale or Jose Quintana.

It is a posture the Red Sox have taken into account when planning a strategy heading into the non-waiver trade deadline, and in making the decision to act early with the acquisition of starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz.

The White Sox came into Saturday’s game against Detroit at 46-50, seven games out of the final American League Wild Card spot and 10 1/2 games in back of Cleveland in the A.L Central.

Sale’s availability has been the topic of conversation throughout baseball in recent weeks, and only gained steam after the lefty was scratched from his Saturday start due to a dispute about wearing the White Sox’ throwback uniforms.

But with Sale still under team control through the 2019 season, making no more than $13.5 million per season, there isn’t a strong motivation for the White Sox to deal the 27-year-old old.

Quintana (also 27 years old) is in a similar situation, with the White Sox controlling his contract through the 2020 season. Under the current deal, the most he will be making is $10.5 million for a single season.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start Saturday after what the club defined as a “clubhouse incident.” The issue, according to multiple reports, involved Sale’s refusal to the throwback uniforms scheduled to be donned by Chicago in it’s game against Detroit.

White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start Saturday after what the club defined as a “clubhouse incident.” The issue, according to multiple reports, involved Sale’s refusal to the throwback uniforms scheduled to be donned by Chicago in it’s game against Detroit.

Matt Albers started in the place of Sale, who came into the day with a 14-3 record and 3.18 ERA. He was coming off an eight-inning gem against Seattle in which the lefty allowed just one hit.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The strong winds at Fenway Park Saturday was reeking havoc with more than just the play on the field.