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With the roster expanding for the final month of the regular season, the Red Sox will add four players to their clubhouse prior to Tuesday’s game against the Yankees at

Allen Craig

Allen Craig

With the roster expanding for the final month of the regular season, the Red Sox will add four players to their clubhouse prior to Tuesday’s game against the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Included in the group who will promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket are first baseman Allen Craig, pitchers Ryan Cook and Noe Ramirez, and catcher Sandy Leon.

For Craig, it will be his first trip back to the major leagues since he played in a May 9 loss to Toronto. In 24 games with the Red Sox, the 31-year-old hit just .135 with a .430 OPS.

While with Triple-A Pawtucket, Craig was hitting .274 with a .718 OPS. He managed four home runs and 14 doubles in 93 games.

Both Ramirez and Cook figure to get semi-regular action of the Red Sox bullpen, with interim manager Torey Lovullo suggesting before Monday night’s win over the Yankees that any player called up would be relied on to contribute for the final month.

Leon returns the Red Sox after playing in 26 games with the PawSox, having been sent down to Triple-A after clearing waivers. The backstop had been designated for assignment by the Sox on July 20.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Alejandro De Aza will have his shot at playing in the postseason.

Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza will have his shot at playing in the postseason.

The Red Sox and Giants narrowly beat Monday night’s midnight waiver trade deadline, with the Sox dealing De Aza, along with cash considerations, to San Francisco for minor league lefty pitcher Luis Ysla.

The Red Sox will pay the Giants $650,000 in the deal, with De Aza owed $930,000 the rest of the season. When the Sox dealt for the outfielder from the Orioles June 4, however, they only took on $1 million of De Aza’s $5 million for the 2015 season, meaning San Francisco’s financial commitment in acquiring the 31-year-old is virtually nothing.

The Giants are 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West, and five games out of the final wild card spot.

De Aza, who is eligible for free agency after this season, proved a valuable player for the Red Sox. The lefty hitter finished his stint with the Sox hitting .292 with an .831 OPS in 60 games.

In return the Red Sox are getting an intriguing prospect.

The numbers for the 23-year-old Ysla while playing for San Jose of the California League (Single A) haven’t been encouraging, with the southpaw totaling a 6.33 in 33 outings (9 starts). He has, however, struck out 95 batters in 79 1/3 innings, walking 41.

Ysla finished 2014 as the Giants’ 21st-ranked prospect, having turned 6-7 mark with a 2.45 ERA in 23 starts for Single-A Augusta in the South Atlantic League. That season he also managed an impressive strikeout rate, fanning 115 in 121 1/3 innings.

The Venezuela native was identified by Baseball America as having the SAL’s best changeup after his ’14 campaign. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he also has a fastball that can tough 97 mph.

He signed relatively late for an international prospect, signing with the Giants for just $7,500 at the age of 20.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

With the season over from a standings perspective, the Red Sox are left with three reasons to play out the schedule ‘€“ seeing how young players develop, determining who should be here in 201

A Red Sox spokesman said on Monday night that the team issued no directive to confiscate signs supporting popular NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo, a point seconded by multiple sources in stadium operations.

A Red Sox spokesman said on Monday night that the team issued no directive to confiscate signs supporting popular NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo, a point seconded by multiple sources in stadium operations.

“Our gameday staff was advised to treat any signs about Don just like any others that come into the ballpark, provided they didn’t include offensive language, weren’t displayed during play, or wouldn’t obstruct any fan’€™s enjoyment of the game,” spokesman Kevin Gregg wrote in an e-mail.

A Boston Globe report citing two ballpark sources said workers at the turnstiles were instructed to confiscate signs supporting Orsillo as fans entered the park, but the paragraph in question was subsequently edited out of the story.

Multiple team sources vehemently denied any such directive had been ordered, and there were a smattering of pro-Orsillo signs spotted throughout the park.

Whether those signs appeared on NESN’s broadcast is another story, of course. The station and the Red Sox have been under fire since news broke that Orsillo wouldn’t return to the broadcast booth for a 16th season next year. He’ll instead by replaced by WEEI’s lauded play-by-play man Dave O’Brien.

A petition calling for Orsillo’s reinstatement has garnered over 50,000 signatures.

 

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John Tomase
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