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

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-22): L, 2-0, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— Left-hander Henry Owens took the loss despite giving up just one run on four hits, although he did allow four walks. The 6-foot-6 southpaw also fanned four in the six-inning effort. Owens fell to 2-3 in nine starts this season, but lowered his ERA to 2.98.

–€” Righty Miguel Celestino pitched two innings of relief, giving up the second Scranton run. He allowed one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Dana Eveland tossed a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing two hits and a walk.

— Allen Craig, the designated hitter Monday, hit a single to left field in the ninth inning. He has now hit safely in his last four games.

— The PawSox managed just four hits in their fifth shutout loss of the season.

Carlos Asuaje

Carlos Asuaje

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (19-26): W, 8-2, vs. Reading (Phillies)

— Portland scored six runs on home runs, as second baseman Carlos Asuaje hit a solo shot in the third inning and then followed with a three-run home run in the seventh. Designated hitter David Chester also hit a two-run shot in the seventh. It was the Sea Dogs’€™ first multi-home run game of the season.

Asuaje is hitting .287 with three home runs and 24 RBIs in 41 games. Chester raised his average to .138 and now has three home runs and eight RBIs.

–€” Mike Augliera improved to 2-7 on the season, pitching seven scoreless innings. The righty allowed four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. The 24-year-old had given up at least one earned run in his prior eight starts, but lowered his ERA to 4.44 after Monday’€™s performance.

— Center fielder Aneury Tavarez notched his first Double-A hit with a single in the bottom of the second. The 23-year-old lefty finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

— Shortstop Marco Hernandez and catcher Danny Bethea also had success at the plate. Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored and Bethea went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Teddy Stankiewicz

Teddy Stankiewicz

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (23-22): W, 4-0, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox)

— Right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz earned his first win of 2015 in dominant fashion, allowing just two hits and one walk with four strikeouts over eight innings. Selected 45th overall by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2013 draft, the 21-year-old is now 1-5 with a 3.52 ERA in nine starts with Salem this season.

— Wendell Rijo put Salem on the board in the fifth inning with a bases-loaded infield single on a swinging bunt. The 19-year-old second baseman finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Kevin Heller also drove in two runs, going 3-for-3 with a triple, a double, a walk, and a run scored.

— Righty German Taveras closed the game for Salem with a scoreless ninth inning, lowering his ERA to 5.56. The 22-year-old struggled in relief appearances earlier this season, but has allowed just one earned run and three hits in six innings of work over his last three outings.

Mauricio Dubon

Mauricio Dubon

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (26-18): W, 5-3, at Augusta (Giants)

–€” Mauricio Dubon propelled the offense with a four-hit night, going 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. The 20-year-old California native is now hitting .295 with 21 RBIs.

For the season Dubon is hitting .295 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

— Left-hander Jalen Beeks earned the win, pitching six innings with seven hits, three earned runs, one walk, and two strikeouts. Picked by the Red Sox in the 12th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Arkansas, Beeks is now 4-1 with a 3.63 ERA in eight starts this season.

— Williams Jerez recorded a three-inning save, striking out four and allowing just one hit and one walk. The 23-year-old from Brooklyn has three saves on the season with a 2.16 ERA.

–€ No word on Yoan Moncada’€™s status after the Cuban infielder was out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury he suffered sliding into third base on Saturday, but a DL stint appears unlikely.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy

The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound Tuesday to face Mike Pelfrey and the Twins at Target Field for the middle game of their three-game set.

Buchholz, who holds a 2-5 record and a 4.58 ERA, comes into Tuesday’s game with a streak of three consecutive quality starts. His latest outing came against the Rangers last Thursday, when he pitched 7 1/3 strong innings, limiting the Rangers to two earned runs. Unfortunately for Buchholz, the Red Sox could not figure out Texas left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, mustering only one run and handing Buchholz the tough-luck 3-1 loss.

“I thought Clay certainly gave us a chance to win this ballgame,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “They score a second run on an attempted double play in the first to give them a 2-0 lead and then a cutter that stayed on the outside of the plate to [Mitch] Moreland is the extent of their offense. Going into the eighth inning, kept his pitch count well in check, and through the middle innings I thought he did an outstanding job to get that deep.”

Since his loss to the Rays on May 4, Buchholz has shown the stuff that made him a dark-horse Cy Young candidate back in 2013. Over his last three starts, the 30-year-old has logged 21 2/3 innings, notching 18 punchouts and limiting opposing hitters to a paltry .200/.250/.333 slash line. Buchholz finally has begun to find his swing-and-miss pitch, as 16 percent of his strikes over these three starts have come off of the whiff.

The Texas native has made eight career starts vs. the Twins, posting a 3-1 record and a 4.25 ERA. He has struggled with limiting baserunners against Minnesota, walking 19 batters in 48 2/3 innings pitched. Facing a 2015 Twins team that owns a .308 OBP, 11th in the AL, Buchholz hopes to find better success against Minnesota this time around.

Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey

Toeing the rubber for the Twins will be 6-foot-7 Mike Pelfrey, who has seen a career resurgence in Minnesota this year. The right-hander owns a 3-1 record and a 3.00 ERA, a drastic departure from his 4.49 career ERA.

Pelfrey has struck gold this season, not with the strikeout pitch but rather by limiting opponents’ big hits. The former Met has given up just three long balls in 45 innings this season, or 0.6 per nine. Last season, Pelfrey allowed 1.9 HR/9, or 1.3 more than this season.

In his most recent outing last Wednesday, Pelfrey hurled six strong innings vs. the Pirates in an interleague matchup. He allowed one earned run and whiffed five as his team rolled to a 4-3 victory. Pelfrey threw just 92 pitches during this start, 61 of them for strikes, showing his improvement in pitch location.

“I’m always pretty calm,” Pelfrey said after the game Wednesday. “Early in my career there would be times where the game sped up. Now I get crucified sometimes for taking too much time out there, but that’s me breathing and not allowing the game to get too fast, especially in big situations.”

Pelfrey has made one career start against the Red Sox, tossing seven innings of two-run ball while striking out six. The Wichita, Kansas, native will look to earn his first career win vs. the Red Sox when he takes the bump Tuesday.

Red Sox vs. Pelfrey (RHP)

Hanley Ramirez (51 plate appearances): .213 AVG/.275 OBP/.277 OBP, 1 home run, 7 strikeouts

Pablo Sandoval (17): .235/.235/.294, 1 double, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (3): .000/.333/.000

Dustin Pedroia (3): .667/.667/.667

No other Red Sox have faced Pelfrey.

Twins vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Torii Hunter (25): .143/.280/.190, 4 strikeouts, 4 walks

Joe Mauer (19): .438/.526/.625, 3 doubles, 3 walks

Trevor Plouffe (15): .077/.200/.154, 5 strikeouts

Kurt Suzuki (15): .533/.533/.600, 2 RBIs

Brian Dozier (14): .167/.214/.167

Aaron Hicks (9): .250/.333/.375, 1 double

Eduardo Escobar (6): .500/.500/.667

Eduardo Nunez (3): .500/.667/.500

No other Twins have faced Buchholz.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

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MINNEAPOLIS — Unfortunately for the Red Sox, it seemed like old times.

Joe Kelly turned in his worst start of the season Monday. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly turned in his worst start of the season Monday. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS — Unfortunately for the Red Sox, it seemed like old times.

After a run of solid starting pitching, and two straight wins, the Sox fell into some old habits with starter Joe Kelly lasting just 1 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs. It put John Farrell‘s team in a hole they couldn’t dig out from, losing its series opener against the Twins, 7-2, Monday afternoon at Target Field.

Kelly, whose ERA jumped to 6.24, has now given up five or more runs five times in his nine starts this season.

The Red Sox hurler allowed one run in the first before giving way to Matt Barnes after surrendering six in the second.

Meanwhile, Twins starter Ricky Nolasco was able to settle down against Red Sox hitters. The righty, who came into the game with a 6.00 ERA, surrendered just two runs while not walking a batter over 7 2/3 innings.

Nolasco retired 16 straight before Mookie Betts’ two-out double in the eighth inning, the last batter the starter faced.

The only Red Sox runs came in the third inning thanks to an RBI ground out from David Ortiz and RBI single by Hanley Ramirez. It was Ramirez’s first RBI since April 29.

The one positive for the Red Sox was the work of their bullpen after Kelly’s exit, with Barnes (3.1 IP, 5 H), Craig Breslow, Tommy Layne and Heath Hembree not allowing any further runs.

For a complete box score, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

MINNEAPOLIS — With another major league pitcher getting suspended for the use of a foreign substance — Baltimore’s Brian Matusz, who is appealing his eight-game ban R

Brian Matusz, here being ejected from Saturday's game against the Marlins for having a foreign substance on his arm, is appealing is eight-game suspension. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Brian Matusz, here being ejected from Saturday’s game against the Marlins for having a foreign substance on his arm, is appealing is eight-game suspension. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS — With another major league pitcher getting suspended for the use of a foreign substance — Baltimore’s Brian Matusz, who is appealing his eight-game ban Red Sox manager John Farrell suggested there should be another look at the rules of baseball.

Talking to the media prior to his team’s series opener against the Twins at Target Field on Monday, Farrell said MLB might want to look for a new substance that helps the pitcher with his grip on the baseball that is considered legal.

“I would like to see an approved substance that pitchers can use,” Farrell said. “Because when we take a manufactured baseball and rub it with dirt, it’s going to create a slippery feeling to it. The mud residue leaves a film on it that you don’t necessarily feel a good, consistent grip. Unless you go to a ball like the one used in Japan where it’s got a tacky feel to it. But I’d like to see something that’s approved that everyone can use. I think if you poll any hitter, the hitter wants to know that the ball’s got a grip. The ball’s not going to get away from [the pitcher].”

Matusz, who was ejected from Saturday’s game against the Marlins for having a substance on his right arm, is the second MLB pitcher in a week to be disciplined for using an illegal substance on the baseball. The BravesWill Smith also was suspended eight games for using what he said was a combination of rosin and sunscreen — also on his right arm.

“I think any time the game loses players for eight to 10 games, I think it makes us as an industry look within,” Farrell said. “If a number of pitchers are putting themselves at risk and the belief is a widespread number of pitchers are using it, why would we not look to improve the game? Nobody wants to see pitchers sidelined.”

The Red Sox were involved in a similar controversy two years ago, when Clay Buchholz was accused by the Blue Jays radio broadcast crew of using a rosin-sunscreen mix to get a better grip. He was never penalized, and a number of people came to his defense, saying he was simply trying to get a better grip rather than get the ball to move unnaturally.

“I don’t think a grip gives you an ability to make the ball do different things,” Farrell said Monday. “You’re looking for feel in the hand and overall command. And a grip. I think if you even ask a hitter, they’re going to say that a substance makes a ball do different things. It’s not like scuffing it. Now, as long as it’s a tacky substance. Not Vaseline, where you’ve got spitter action.”

Farrell, who early last season alerted umpires that Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was using a foreign substance, leading to Pineda’s ejection and a 10-game suspension, said MLB should consider following the lead of Japanese baseball, which he said uses balls that are easier to grip.

“I don’t know what they use. But when you take a ball out of there … plus they don’t rub the ball up with dirt. They’re rubbed up with a little bit of sand, if anything so it doesn’t leave a film on it,” he said. “The leather itself has got a tackiness to it that it is a distinctly different feel in the hand of a pitcher.”

Added Farrell: “The Japanese ball is completely different and I think pitchers would prefer to use a ball  that … they’re looking for some tackiness or some added grip. And the Japanese ball clearly provides that.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Dustin Pedroia will bat leadoff for the third straight day as the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Twins in Minneapolis with an af

Dustin Pedroia will bat leadoff for the third straight day as the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Twins in Minneapolis with an afternoon tilt. Pedroia is 2-for-6 with a walk in the past two games, both Red Sox wins. Mookie Betts will bat second for the Sox.

Here is the lineup that will face Twins righty Ricky Nolasco, as Joe Kelly starts for the Sox.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mookie Betts, CF
David Ortiz, DHHanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Daniel Nava, RF
Blake Swihart, C

For the detailed pitching matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
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