For the second time this season, the Red Sox will have a different leadoff hitter.

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

With Mookie Betts sidelined with a knee injury, Brock Holt slides up to take the top spot in the batting order. Filling in for Betts in right field will be Michael Martinez, who replaced the outfielder after his exit Friday night. Jackie Bradley Jr. has previously been the only other member of the Sox to leadoff this year.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup against Twins righty Ricky Nolasco on the mound for the visitors, and David Price going for the Sox:

Brock Holt LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Sandy Leon C
Michael Martinez RF

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here is the look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-49): L, 2-0, at Columbus (Indians)

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Here is the look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-49): L, 2-0, at Columbus (Indians)

— The two runs Columbus scored in the bottom of the first were all the runs scored in the game as they shutout the PawSox. Robby Scott made a spot start after Roenis Elias was scratched a couple hours before the game and allowed two runs, on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. The two runs came courtesy of a Yandy Diaz two-run homer. He was followed by Roman Mendez who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

— Joe Kelly pitched the bottom of the eighth and while he allowed a double, he didn’t allow any runs and struck out two. With Pawtucket, Kelly hasn’t allowed a run in five innings and has struck out nine.

— At the plate, the PawSox finished with just three hits. Ryan LaMarre had a double, while Jantzen Witte and Henry Ramos added singles.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (36-62): W, 9-3, vs. Binghamton (Mets)

— The biggest story in this one was Andrew Benintendi making his pro debut in left field. He was tested right away, with three of the first four batters flying out to left field. For the third catch, Benintendi had to leap at the warning track, catching the ball against the wall.

“He just needs to get used to the wall,” manager Carlos Febles said via the Portland Free Press. “He went back against it couple of times like it was nothing. He didn’t get intimidated or hesitate. He looked very comfortable.”

At the plate he went 2-for-5 with a double and is now batting .280 with Portland.

— Shortstop Mauricio Dubon had a good night at the plate as well, going 2-for-5 with a double. He raised his average to .306.

— Portland got a much-needed solid start from Teddy Stankiewicz as the right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while not walking a batter and striking out six. It was his third win of the season, but his ERA is 5.04 after a rough past few outings.

— In other news, Yoan Moncada took grounders at third base prior to the game, but Febles said it was nothing out of the ordinary and normal work for minor league infielders to take grounders at other positions. Regardless, it’s something to watch.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (57-39): W, 7-0, at Frederick (Orioles)

— Led by three home runs, Salem shutout Frederick on Friday night. Joseph Monge, Rafael Devers and Jordan Betts all homered in the win.

— Devers went 1-for-5 with the home run and is now batting .271 on the season. He is on a nine-game hit streak and has seemingly turned his year around after a very tough April.

— Left fielder Mike Meyers paced the offense going 3-for-4. His average is up to .278 on the year.

— Daniel McGrath picked up the win for Salem as he went six shutout innings, while scattering three hits, walking four and striking out two.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (49-47): L, 4-3, at Greensboro (Marlins)

— Despite the loss, Luis Alexander Basabe continued his tear of late. The center fielder went 2-for-4 with a home run. In July, he is batting .393 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

— Third baseman Mitchel Gunsolus went 2-for-4 with a double. His average is now up to .247 on the season.

— Roniel Raudes took the loss on the mound as he went five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, while not walking a batter and striking out four. He is 8-3 on the year with a 4.50 ERA.

— In relief, Jeffry Fernandez and Victor Diaz combined for three scoreless innings.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (20-14): L, 14-7, at Mahoning (Indians)

— Starter Josh Pennington had a rough night as he allowed five runs on five hits in two innings of work to take the loss. He walked four and struck out two. This was his first real poor start as he is 2-1 on the year with a 3.10 ERA.

— Things got so bad that Tucker Tubbs, a first baseman, pitched the eighth inning. He didn’t allow a run on a hit in the inning.

— Despite the loss, Victor Acosta and Isaias Lucena each had three hits.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

In the third game of the Red Sox-Twins series on Saturday night, the Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound, while the Twins call upon right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

Price is 9-7 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP in 20 starts. He was cruising through his last start on Sunday against the Yankees until the fourth inning when he gave up three runs. The 30-year-old left-hander lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, 11 hits and one walk with one strikeout. The lone strikeout tied a season low for Price.

“No, I’m definitely not satisfied,” Price said. “It was a bad fourth inning. Even when I was ahead, I couldn’t execute whatever pitch I was throwing to get an out. That’s tough. They gave me a lead there in the first inning with a home run by [Dustin Pedroia] and I couldn’t capitalize.”

Price has faced the Twins 15 times (14 starts). In those games, Price is 9-3 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.974 WHIP. Price’s career 2.12 ERA against the Twins is the lowest he has against any team with at least 10 starts. Price last faced the Twins in August of last season when he was a member of the Blue Jays. In that outing, Price went eight innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in a 5-1 Toronto win.

Nolasco is 4-8 in 19 starts with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.352 WHIP. Nolasco last pitched on Monday against the Tigers. In a 1-0 Twins loss, Nolasco pitched six innings, giving up one run, three hits and three walks. It was the first time since April 21 that Nolasco gave up less than two runs.

“It was a weird day,” Nolasco said. “I didn’t punch anybody out. Just get that first one out of the way after a long break. I felt pretty decent.”

Against the Red Sox, Nolasco is 3-2 in six starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 0.917 WHIP. The 33-year-old last faced the Sox in May of 2015, when he threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts in Minnesota’s 7-2 home victory.

Twins vs. Price (LHP)

Eduardo Nunez (48 plate appearances): .222 AVG./.271 OBP/.333 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts.

Joe Mauer (38): .176/.263/.206, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts

Kurt Suzuki (36): .212/.257/.424, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts

Brian Dozier (34): .194/.235/.452, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Danny Santana (19) .263/.263/.474, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 9 strikeouts

Eduardo Escobar (12): .250/.250/.333, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Kennys Vargas (9): .250/.333/.250, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Miguel Sano is 0-for-6 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

Robbie Grossman is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Eddie Rosario is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Red Sox vs. Nolasco (RHP)

Aaron Hill (20 plate appearances): .300 AVG./.300 OBP/.400 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (16): .308/.375/1.000, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (15): .267/.267/.267, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/.625, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Michael Martinez is 1-for-7 with 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.

Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-6 with 1 RBI.

Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-5 with 1 triple and 1 strikeout.

Mookie Betts is 2-for-4 with 1 double and 1 strikeout.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-2.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

In the third game of the Red Sox-Twins series on Saturday night, the Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound, while the Twins call upon right-hander Ricky Nolasco.

Price is 9-7 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.231 WHIP in 20 starts. He was cruising through his last start on Sunday against the Yankees until the fourth inning when he gave up three runs. The 30-year-old left-hander lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, 11 hits and one walk with one strikeout. The lone strikeout tied a season low for Price.

“No, I’m definitely not satisfied,” Price said. “It was a bad fourth inning. Even when I was ahead, I couldn’t execute whatever pitch I was throwing to get an out. That’s tough. They gave me a lead there in the first inning with a home run by [Dustin Pedroia] and I couldn’t capitalize.”

Price has faced the Twins 15 times (14 starts). In those games, Price is 9-3 with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.974 WHIP. Price’s career 2.12 ERA against the Twins is the lowest he has against any team with at least 10 starts. Price last faced the Twins in August of last season when he was a member of the Blue Jays. In that outing, Price went eight innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in a 5-1 Toronto win.

Nolasco is 4-8 in 19 starts with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.352 WHIP. Nolasco last pitched on Monday against the Tigers. In a 1-0 Twins loss, Nolasco pitched six innings, giving up one run, three hits and three walks. It was the first time since April 21 that Nolasco gave up less than two runs.

“It was a weird day,” Nolasco said. “I didn’t punch anybody out. Just get that first one out of the way after a long break. I felt pretty decent.”

Against the Red Sox, Nolasco is 3-2 in six starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 0.917 WHIP. The 33-year-old last faced the Sox in May of 2015, when he threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts in Minnesota’s 7-2 home victory.

Twins vs. Price (LHP)

Eduardo Nunez (48 plate appearances): .222 AVG./.271 OBP/.333 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts.

Joe Mauer (38): .176/.263/.206, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts

Kurt Suzuki (36): .212/.257/.424, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts

Brian Dozier (34): .194/.235/.452, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Danny Santana (19) .263/.263/.474, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 9 strikeouts

Eduardo Escobar (12): .250/.250/.333, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Kennys Vargas (9): .250/.333/.250, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Miguel Sano is 0-for-6 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

Robbie Grossman is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Eddie Rosario is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Red Sox vs. Nolasco (RHP)

Aaron Hill (20 plate appearances): .300 AVG./.300 OBP/.400 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (16): .308/.375/1.000, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (15): .267/.267/.267, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/.625, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Michael Martinez is 1-for-7 with 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.

Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-6 with 1 RBI.

Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-5 with 1 triple and 1 strikeout.

Mookie Betts is 2-for-4 with 1 double and 1 strikeout.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-2.

Blog Author: 
John Hand
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
Andrew Benintendi made his left field debut Friday night. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Andrew Benintendi made his left field debut Friday night. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

For the first time in his professional career Andrew Benintendi started in left field Friday night. While this may seem like just a minor thing, it’s setting the stage for something bigger.

Benintendi, the Red Sox’ No. 7 overall pick in last year’s draft, had been a center fielder his whole life, but with Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field with the Red Sox, that position was blocked. The Red Sox clearly believe in him and want to put him in the best position to succeed, thus the need for the move.

It should be noted, Benintendi likely won’t be playing left field every day, but will be getting early work done there and taking fly balls during batting practice as well.

“Aware of position changes, aware of the potential estimated timeline of arrival,” manager John Farrell said. “Again, the player is going to determine when he is most ready. As we’ve seen with a number of guys, we haven’t been hesitant to move them around on the field, change positions. With Andrew going to left, we are looking down the road a little ways. When that day comes that he’s a left fielder here in Boston, remains to be seen, but the way he’s swung the bat, the way he’s advanced this year, you start to prepare for that eventual day.”

Benintendi is batting .277 in 54 games with the Sea Dogs, which comes after hitting .341 in 34 games with High-A Salem to start the year.

It certainly isn’t out of the question for him to play in Boston this year, as two current prominent members of the team — Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts — played in Double-A the same year they made their professional debuts.

Betts’ case is particularly worth examining as he too changed positions — second base to outfield — while in Double-A. Betts played center field for the first time 37 games into his Double-A career, while it took Benintendi 54 games to play left field for the first time. Then, 15 games later Betts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket and then after 23 games there, he was promoted to the big league club.

Bogaerts played 56 games in Portland during the 2013 season before 60 games in Pawtucket prior to his eventual big league debut.

With the way Benintendi has been playing, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him follow Betts’ path. This would have him being promoted to Pawtucket in a few weeks and then on the major league roster when rosters expand in September.

It’s worth noting, if Benintendi plays in the majors this season he would be the first player since at least 2009 (when the Salem affiliate started) to appear in the big leagues after starting the season with High-A Salem.

Given the Red Sox’ situation in left field and the number of injuries — Blake Swhiart and Chris Young — depending on their returns, Benintendi could potentially be needed. Brock Holt has assumed the every day position there for now, which drew the praise of Farrell.

“I’m more than happy to have Brock in left field,” said Farrell. “We don’t miss out on his versatility with Michael Martinez [who can play infield and outfield], so we’re covered in terms of versatility and being able to make in-game decisions or moves, depending on what’s needed.

“The way Brock has adapted to left field, the way he plays it in here in Fenway in particular, in addition to the quality at-bats … it speaks volumes about the record (29-11) we have [when he’s in the starting lineup]. That’s not just because of him, but there’s something to it.”

But with that being said, ideally the Red Sox would have Holt in the super utility role they envisioned at the beginning of the year, especially with the tough travel schedule coming up and the chance to give certain players days off, so this could set the stage for Benintendi to be the Red Sox’ left fielder.

It now seems even more clear that the Red Sox would like a Benintendi-Bradley-Betts outfield for the future and that future could be as soon as this year.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Even though the Red Sox had just two hits through the first eight innings, it looked like the Red Sox had the Twins right where they wanted them in the ninth.

After Kyle Gibson was pulled after 96 pitches, Brandon Kinzler entered for the ninth with the Red Sox trailing 2-1.

David Ortiz grounded into a double play in the 9th inning Friday night. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz grounded into a double play in the 9th inning Friday night. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Red Sox had just two hits through the first eight innings, it looked like the Red Sox had the Twins right where they wanted them in the ninth.

After Kyle Gibson was pulled after 96 pitches, Brandon Kinzler entered for the ninth with the Red Sox trailing 2-1.

They loaded the bases with no outs and had David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez due up next. The stage was set for another magical Ortiz moment, but it didn’t go as the Red Sox planned, or expected.

Ortiz grounded into a 4-2-3 double play and Ramirez lined out to right field to end the game with the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position.

“Loved our chances,” manager John Farrell said afterwards. “Loved the chance to tack on some runs in the first inning as well. Stage was set, golden opportunity. David rolled into a ground ball double play and then the line out to finish it. We had quality at-bats in the ninth inning. Up until that point Gibson was very good. Changed speeds, good sinker. Unable to really mount any threat through the first eight innings.”

Ortiz, who has been on fire of late, said he was looking to end the game with one swing.

“Looking for a home run right there,” he said. “The pitcher made good pitches. That’s the name of the game. Made a good pitch, got himself out of the situation.”

Added Ortiz: “Just another game man, you know. Pitcher, he tried to get us out and that’s what they are there for. The game wouldn’t be that easy you know. It wouldn’t be the way it is. They know how to get hitters out. They know how to get stuff done. It’s not always gonna work out our way. It’s not always gonna work their way too. That’s what they’re there for. I let it go.”

The Red Sox finished 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and snapped a seven-game home winning streak.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable