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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-36): L, 6-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-36): L, 6-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)

— Ryan Hanigan (neck) took the first step in returning to the big league club by starting his rehab assignment in Pawtucket. Hanigan started the game as the PawSox’ designated. In the bottom of the third, Hanigan doubled to left field scoring Pawtucket’s only run of the game. Hanigan finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

“Hanigan swung the bat well,” said manager Kevin Boles. “He managed his at-bats and said he felt fine afterwards so that’s a good first game for him.”

— Brock Holt made his third rehab start for Pawtucket, as he works to come back from a concussion. Holt committed a throwing error at shortstop in the second inning and the plate went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

— PawSox starter Justin Haley ran into trouble in the second inning when he surrendered five runs on four hits. Aside from that inning, Haley retired 13 of 15 batters he faced. Haley was pulled from the game after 5 1/3 innings allowing six runs, four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

“We didn’t see the command that we saw from the first outing, but we also saw some good signs from him,” said Boles.

Thursday’s start was Haley’s second in Triple-A after getting promoted from Portland. Haley is now 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in Pawtucket.

— In relief of Haley, Kyle Martin gave up a double in the sixth inning scoring a run that was charged to Haley, but following the double, Martin sat down eight of the nine batters he faced with four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings pitched.

— Pat Light came in after Martin and recorded two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Light now has a 10 scoreless inning streak.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (26-45): L, 5-2, vs. Harrisburg (Nationals)

— Jalen Beeks got his first start for Portland and in his debut Beeks fanned a career-high 10 batters. In five innings, Beeks gave up four runs (three earned), eight hits and one walk. Before Beeks was called up, he was 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 13 starts for High-A Salem.

— Shortstop Mauricio Dubon also made his Double-A debut and in the eighth inning, he hit a triple and came around to score on an Andrew Benintendi ground out. Dubon finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk. Before getting promoted, Dubon was hitting .306/.387/.379 in 62 games for Salem.

— Aneury Tavarez committed a fielding error in right field by dropping the ball in the third inning that allowed a run to score. In the fifth inning, Tavarez made up for his error with a solo home run. Tavarez, a Dominican Republic native, is hitting .304/.363/.431 with two home runs and currently holds the fifth-highest batting average in the Eastern League.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (43-26): Postponed due to rain vs. Frederick (Orioles)

— Thursday night’s game was delayed in the bottom of the second inning because of rain. Lightning and rain continued and the game was eventually cancelled. Frederick led the game 1-0 when the game was called off. The contest will resume at Friday at 5 p.m. The teams will play a full nine innings and then the teams will play seven innings of the originally scheduled game.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (37-33): L, 8-7, (10 innings) vs. Lakewood (Phillies)

— Logan Boyd lasted four innings for the Drive giving up seven runs, which tied a season high, nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Boyd gave up four of his seven runs in the third inning. Boyd is 7-4 in 14 starts with 5.59 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.

— In the bottom of the ninth inning with the Drive down 7-5, Michael Chavis hit a single and Josh Ockimey and Kyri Washington walked to load the bases. Tate Matheny then singled to score two runs and tie the game. Chavis finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Ockimey ended up going 2-for-4. Matheny led the team going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.

— The Drive fell in the 10th inning when Trevor Kelley allowed a run on three hits to take the loss.

SINGLE-A (SHORT SEASON) LOWELL SPINNERS (7-0): W, 5-2 (11 innings), at Hudson Valley (Rays)

— With the game tied at two, Chris Madera singled in the top of 11th inning to drive home the go-ahead run. Following Madera, second baseman Jagger Rusconi hit a double to drive home two insurance runs to guide the Spinners to their seventh straight win.

Madera finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a walk and two strikeouts, while Rusconi went 2-for-6 with a run scored and two strikeouts.

— Starter Josh Pennington only allowed one run and two hits with four strikeouts, but he did also give up three walks and struggled with his control. In two starts, Pennington has a 4.32 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP, but has yet to record a decision.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

The Red Sox will hand the ball to David Price on Friday night to begin a three-game series with the Rangers, who will counter with right-hander Nick Martinez.

Price, who is 8-4 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.124 WHIP, is coming off of one of his best starts of the season on Sunday against the Mariners. In a 2-1 Red Sox win, Price pitched eight innings, giving up just one run (a home run) on eight hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.

“I think he’s just settled into what’s been his normal delivery for a number of years,” manager John Farrell said (via after the start. “You look at what he’s done over the last eight starts, it’s progressively getting better. He’s been more efficient with his pitch, not only his pitch mix, but the number of pitches thrown. He’s been quality locations throughout. It’s great to see a guy out and work like he does.”

“Unbelievable,” David Ortiz added about Price. “He’s pitching great. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game so it doesn’t surprise me. I knew things were going to get better and it was just a matter of time.”

Earlier in the season Price had ample support from the Sox offense, but over Price’s last four starts Boston has scored just seven runs.

Against the Rangers, Price is 3-4 in 11 career starts with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.361 WHIP. Price’s last start against the Rangers was in August of last year when he was a member of the Blue Jays. In that outing, Price went six innings, giving up two runs, five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.

Martinez is 1-1 in three games (one start) with a 5.14 ERA and a 2.000 WHIP. On June 14, Martinez was recalled from the minors. In 11 starts with Triple-A Round Rock, Martinez is 6-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Martinez last pitched for the Rangers last Saturday against the Cardinals. In his first start of the season, he went 4 1/3 innings allowing three runs, six hits and two walks with two hit batters and one strikeout.

Martinez has faced the Red Sox once in his career. In May of 2015, Martinez picked up the loss when Boston beat Texas 5-1. The 25-year-old threw seven innings, giving up two runs, nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Red Sox vs. Martinez (RHP) 

Mookie Betts is 2-for-4 with 1 RBI.

Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-4.

Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-3 with 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI.

Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-1.

Chris Young is 0-for-1.

Rangers vs. David Price (LHP)

Elvis Andrus (33 plate appearances): .400/.545/.400, 5 RBIs, 7 walks, 3 strikeouts

Adrian Beltre (33): .303/.303/.606, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 9 strikeouts

Shin-Soo Choo (21): .316/.333/.368, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts

Prince Fielder (12): .167/.167/ .167, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Bryan Holaday is 0-for-2 with 2 walks.

Robinson Chirinos is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.

Ian Desmond is 1-for-3 with 1 home run and 1 RBI.

Mitch Moreland is 1-for-3.

Cole Hamels is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

A source tells WEEI’s Mike Mutnansky that outfielder Bryce Brentz has been summoned by the Red Sox to join the team in Arlington, Texas, where the Sox begin a three-game series against the Rangers Friday.

OF Bryce Brentz indeed headed to Texas this morning to join the Red Sox according to a source.

A source tells WEEI’s Mike Mutnansky that outfielder Bryce Brentz has been summoned by the Red Sox to join the team in Arlington, Texas, where the Sox begin a three-game series against the Rangers Friday.

Once activated, Brentz would replace Chris Young, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing a right hamstring injury Thursday.

The 27-year-old Brentz is hitting .261 with a .726 OPS and four home runs with Triple-A Pawtucket. The right-handed hitter has previously played in nine major leagues games.

Brentz is already on the 40-man roster.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Craig Kimbrel was a huge part of Thursday's win over the White Sox. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)Thursday was not your typical June 23 game.

Heath Hembree could see himself in more high leverage situations coming up. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Heath Hembree could see himself in more high leverage situations coming up. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

If this week’s series against the White Sox said anything, it’s that the Red Sox cannot count on Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara as much as once thought.

On Wednesday night, Uehara entered with the Red Sox leading 6-4 in the eighth inning and allowed two home runs to depart with the Red Sox trailing 7-6. Then in the seventh inning on Thursday, Tazawa entered with the Red Sox leading 5-4 and allowed a three-run home run to Jose Abreu and departed with the Red Sox trailing 7-5.

With Carson Smith out for the season with Tommy John surgery, some expected one of the two to slide into the set up role, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case. Uehara has a 4.78 ERA in 26 1/3 innings, while Tazawa has a 3.18 ERA in 28 1/3 innings.

The way the current starting rotation is constructed, they cannot have the bullpen blowing many leads and need to find dependable relievers to lead into closer Craig Kimbrel.

Right-hander Heath Hembree took a step in the right direction in doing that on Thursday as he tossed a scoreless eighth inning to keep the Red Sox within striking distance and was able to get Adam Eaton out with the bases loaded to end the frame.

“Quality strikes in a key moment — and against a good hitter,” manager John Farrell said. “That might be a breakthrough moment for Heath. Bases loaded, really no other place to go, threw some pitches in some different locations than [other times] against lefties.”

The right-hander has been dominant against righties, as they were batting just .127 against him going into the day, but lefties were crushing him batting .475. The hope is Thursday will help build some momentum into more high leverage situations.

Another option could be down the road on I-95 in Pawtucket in hard-throwing right-hander Pat Light.

Light made a brief appearance earlier this year, but has spent the majority of the season with the PawSox working on his control. A starter-turned reliever, Light has a fastball that reaches the high-90s and is currently getting the job done as Pawtucket’s closer.

Following Thursday’s appearance, Light has a scoreless innings streak of 10 with 10 strikeouts over that time. For the season, he is 0-1 with a 2.22 ERA and it may be time for the Red Sox to give him another shot as a potential set up man.

It’s also worth considering Joe Kelly as a possible suitor for the job. He will throw off a mound Sunday for the first time since suffering a groin injury two weeks ago. Farrell has said the team would consider bringing him back as a reliever and with the way things have been going, it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Other than Light, Hembree or Kelly, the Red Sox really don’t have many internal options, so with how desperate they currently are, it seems likely they will give these three a shot before really turning their attention on acquiring a reliever or two from outside the organization.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Rick Porcello has some strong thoughts on how MLB is approaching the PED problem. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello had some first inning issues once again Thursday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello’s Thursday afternoon didn’t start the way he had envisioned it when he arrived at the ballpark.

The inning started with the right-hander letting up a single, hitting the next batter with a pitch and then the following hitter reached on an infield single that allowed the bases to be loaded.

The next batter hit into a double play, but a run scored and then the second run of the inning scored on a wild pitch to put the Red Sox in a 2-0 hole before they even stepped to the plate.

“I think lately it’s just been the first inning, honestly. A couple of starts I have been able to recover from it, but today I felt like I was a little sloppy,” said Porcello. “I didn’t help myself out by not fielding that ball, I think that was a pretty big play and the wild pitch was big too. I had a guy up in that situation that I felt like I could get out and just overcooked it with the slider and it resulted in two runs and some things I need to be a little cleaner with.”

Porcello’s last start against the Mariners had an almost identical situation. Porcello loaded the bases before he was rescued by a double play, but he was forced to surrender a run in the process. In Porcello’s last three starts, he has allowed a first inning run in all three. Porcello has allowed five runs on 14 hits in the first inning this season.

The Red Sox offense hasn’t been the same as of late, batting .274 in the month of June, and being down early hasn’t helped the situation.

“We are a very good offensive team. That was something special though,” said Porcello. “Everybody was firing on all-cylinders. It is baseball you know that, that is not going to happen the entire season. We are still putting up runs, but it is not happening as early as it was. We got to do a better job of setting the tone and not let them get on the board first and really set the tone with some zeros early in the game and give our guys a chance to settle in with their approaches and do what they do.”

Blog Author: 
John Hand
Craig Kimbrel earned the win Thursday against the White Sox. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel earned the win Thursday against the White Sox. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was ready to redeem himself in Thursday afternoon’s game following suffering a loss against the White Sox on Monday night.

After throwing eight pitches to keep the Red Sox tied with the White Sox in the ninth inning, Kimbrel walked back into the Red Sox dugout and told manager John Farrell that he wanted to pitch the next inning.

“Our bullpen, we have been pitching a lot and I felt like throwing eight pitches I need to go back out and do a little bit more work,” said Kimbrel.

After the Red Sox left two men stranded on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kimbrel emerged from the dugout to pitch the top of the tenth. The move symbolized neither pitcher nor manager was thinking back to Monday’s outing. To make matters more interesting, Kimbrel entered the tenth having never pitched two complete innings in his career and also being 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA in non-save situations this season.

The decision to have Kimbrel pitch the tenth inning seemed immediately regrettable. The 28-year-old right-hander walked the first batter he faced, gave up a single to the next hitter and then walked another batter to load the bases with nobody out.

“In a situation like that you have to get just take it one pitch at a time,” said Kimbrel.

With his back against the wall, Kimbrel was able to get the next batter to pop out before striking out the next two batters to get out of the inning without any damage.

“With the first pitch pop out that was pretty big, I think that put everybody in a better mindset. We were one pitch away from a double play,” said Kimbrel. “I was able to get two strikeouts and get out of the inning. This was a good game. It was a back and forth game, a hard fought game. There were a lot of situations where guys came up big and that is the reason we won the game.”

“A lot has been talked about when he comes in, in a non-save situation. Twice in a very rare relief appearance for him, two innings,” added Farrell. “After eight pitches in the first inning he was still in great shape with a lot in the tank. In a bases loaded situation nobody out, find a way to get a pop up and a couple of strikeouts. Just a helluva job on his part given the situation.”

Kimbrel’s teammates also took notice of his performance.

“It was bases loaded no out and he shut it down. That is how nasty he is,” said Xander Bogaerts, who hit the game winning single. “He’s pretty filthy, one of the best closer’s in the game and that is what we all expect from him. He’s human also, but more chances than not you’re going to get a performance like that.”

The Red Sox were able to plate a run in the bottom half of the 10th to give the Red Sox and Kimbrel a win.

“After losing the first three games against these guys, we knew coming into today that we needed to win, especially going on this road trip,” said Kimbrel. “We are definitely going to have a happy flight.”

Blog Author: 
John Hand
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