ARLINGTON, Texas – Before Friday night’s game, players in the Red Sox clubhouse at Globe Life Park were casting their ballots for American League All-Stars.

Anybody who didn’t vote for Mookie Betts might have felt a bit sheepish in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Mookie Betts' home run was the biggest hit of the game for the Red Sox Friday night (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Images)

Mookie Betts’ home run was the biggest hit of the game for the Red Sox Friday night (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Before Friday night’s game, players in the Red Sox clubhouse at Globe Life Park were casting their ballots for American League All-Stars.

Anybody who didn’t vote for Mookie Betts might have felt a bit sheepish in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

With two outs in the ninth inning, and the Red Sox trailing by a pair, Betts took a Matt Bush 1-1 pitch over the center field wall to tie the game. The at-bat was made possible because of Sandy Leon’s pinch-hit, RBI double one spot before, punctuating an 11-pitch at-bat.

The Red Sox completed the comeback when Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson couldn’t handle a 1-2 fastball from Bush, allowing Dustin Pedroia to race home on the wild pitch. Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts had kept things going after Betts’ heroics, managing a walk and single, respectively.

The end result was an 8-7 Red Sox win over the best team in the American League, the Rangers.

The Betts homer took David Price off the hook despite one of the worst starts of his career.

For the fifth time in his career, Price didn’t make it past 2 1/3 innings of a game he started. This time the lefty allowed six runs on 12 hits before being yanked in favor of Matt Barnes.

It wasn’t totally unexpected that Price might struggle against the Rangers, considering he came into the game with a 5.15 in 11 previous starts vs. Texas. He also had a 6.54 ERA in the home of the Rangers, having pitched their six times.

But, starting with a leadoff home run by Shin-Soo Choo in the first inning, this was worse than anybody could have expected. Particularly since Price came into the game having pitched eight innings in his previous three starts, while totaling a 2.47 ERA in his last eight.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Closing Time note

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. each helped the Red Sox keep it close with home runs. Ramirez launched his seventh of the year over the center field fence in the fourth inning, while Bradley Jr.’s hit his sixth of the season in the six inning to cut the Rangers’ lead to three. Both homers were of the two-run variety.

– Making his debut in the majors this season, Bryce Brentz came away with a single while making a diving catch on Jurickson Profar in the seventh inning.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– The Red Sox couldn’t do much with Texas starter Nick Martinez, who came into the game with a 5.14 ERA, having just one start in the majors this season. The Sox only managed four runs on six hits over six innings against the righty.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ARLINGTON, Texas — Whatever momentum David Price had coming into Friday night evaporated in the Lone Star State heat.

David Price

David Price

ARLINGTON, Texas — Whatever momentum David Price had coming into Friday night evaporated in the Lone Star State heat.

For the fifth time in his career, Price didn’t last beyond 2 1/3 innings in a start, giving up six runs on 12 hits against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. The last time he had been chased after just seven outs was April 22, 2015 against the Yankees, when the lefty allowed eight runs on 10 hits.

Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a home run to left field, starting a three-run, five-hit first inning.

Price had been on quite a run coming into the start against the Rangers, going eight innings in each of his last three appearances, managing a 2.25 ERA during the stretch.

In his previous eight starts, Price had posted a 2.47 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, marking he longest streak of quality starts since Jon Lester’s run in 2013.

The outing continued Price’s struggles against the Rangers. The starter came into Friday with a 5.15 ERA in 11 starts against Texas, with his ERA at Globe Life Park standing at 6.54 in six outings.

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Rob Bradford

ARLINGTON, Texas — Andrew Benintendi’s time hasn’t quite come. That was the message given by Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski prior to his team’s series-opening game Friday night.

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

ARLINGTON, Texas — Andrew Benintendi’s time hasn’t quite come. That was the message given by Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski prior to his team’s series-opening game Friday night.

The reason Benintendi’s names was surfaced at all in recent days was due to the wave of injuries hitting the Red Sox outfield, with Chris Young serving as the latest casualty after going on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 hamstring strain.

“We don’t think he’s ready at this point,” Dombrowski said. “We didn’t even talk about him in relation to this move, per say, we just don’t think he’s ready and we wouldn’t want to bring him up here until he’s ready.”

Benintendi has steadily improved since his promotion to Double-A Portland, hitting .300 (12-for-60) with two home runs and nine RBI. With the Sea Dogs the Red Sox’ 2015 first-round pick has hit .246 with a .694 OPS.

Dombrowski did note that the Double-A level might be the most important when it comes to identifying a player’s readiness before hitting the major leagues.

“I have believed for years that Double-A is sort of that, for most players, that big proving ground,” he said. “That jump from A to Double-A, the talent really rises there, to go from all those A-ball guys to Double-As, so there’s a lot of talent. Generally, if you can perform well at the Double-A level, you can perform well at the big league level. I have jumped many a players in my career from Double-A to the big leagues, I have no problem with that. Triple-A is still, there are things you learn in Triple-A and we’d love to get him that step. But if you’re really good you can make it from Double-A, sure. We just don’t think he’s quite ready yet.”

One part of Benintendi’s game that Dombrowski did suggest is ready for the major leagues is as a defender and on the bases.

It’s offensively — even with a career .303 batting average and .898 OPS in the minors — that Benintendi has to fine-tune things.

“Defensively he can play in the big leagues,” he said. “Baserunning, all that. But if you’re going to be an outfielder you’re going to have to produce from an offensive perspective and that’s the biggest challenge. He can play here defensively at this point. Really the rest of his game could play here it’s just from an offensive perspective, adjustments are still needed. And they’re normal, growing, and he’s doing amazing basically being in Double-A after being signed in about a year.”

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Rob Bradford

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bryce Brentz is going to get his chance right out of the gate.

Brentz, who was just put on the active roster to replace the injured Chris Young (DL due to hamstring), gets the start in left field in the Red Sox’ series opener againt the Rangers. It is the ninth major league appearance for the 27-year-old outfielder.

Bryce Brentz

Bryce Brentz

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bryce Brentz is going to get his chance right out of the gate.

Brentz, who was just put on the active roster to replace the injured Chris Young (DL due to hamstring), gets the start in left field in the Red Sox’ series opener againt the Rangers. It is the ninth major league appearance for the 27-year-old outfielder.

Here is the Red Sox lineup against Texas right-handed starter Nick Martinez, with David Price getting the start for the visitors:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Christian Vazquez C

For all the matchups, click here.

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Rob Bradford

The pieces seem to be just the right fit for what the Red Sox need. But is it worth it?

According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the Red Sox have talked to the Braves about both starting pitcher Julio Teheran and reliever Arodys Vizcaino. Bowden does, however, go on to reiterate no deal is close.

The pieces seem to be just the right fit for what the Red Sox need. But is it worth it?

According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the Red Sox have talked to the Braves about both starting pitcher Julio Teheran and reliever Arodys Vizcaino. Bowden does, however, go on to reiterate no deal is close.

Teheran is perceived as the top of high-end starting pitching talent the Red Sox should be craving, with the 25-year-old boasting an 2.66 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP over his 15 starts this season. And adding to the allure is the righty’s contract, which pays him just $28 million through the 2019 season, with a $12 club option for 2020.

Vizcaino, also 25 years old, has established himself as one of the game’s best, young closers. In 32 games, he has just a 2.01 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings. The right-hander is also under control through 2019, which is slated for his final year of arbitration-eligibility.

Because of the age, performance, and contracts of both players, any deal for one, or both, would most likely necessitate dealing the likes of Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi and/or Rafael Devers. Top pitching prospects Anderson Espinoza and Michael Kopech would also seemingly be in high demand.

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Rob Bradford