A trek away from Fenway Park might be just what the slumping Red Sox need at this point in the season.

What began with a promising 2-1 start on an 11-game homestand quickly was scuttled thanks to an eight-game losing streak that resulted in a massively disappointing 2-9 mark against the Astros, Angels and Mariners during their season-long stretch at Fenway.

Boston’€™s last three games were especially deflating, as the Red Sox blew 3-0 leads in consecutive games and left 15 runners on base Sunday en route to a three-game sweep by the Mariners — Seattle’s first sweep at Fenway since the franchise’€™s inception in 1977.

“That’s just the game. So many things you can’t control,” said third baseman Will Middlebrooks after Sunday’€™s game, adding: “What are you going to do?”

The remainder of the 2014 season will see the Red Sox mostly taking on their familiar foes in the AL East, as 25 of Boston’€™s final 32 games will be against division opponents, starting with a three-game set against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays have slumped as of late, posting a 3-7 record over their last 10 games — including a series loss against the Rays that culminated in a 2-1 extra-innings defeat Sunday.

The heart of Toronto’€™s lineup was ineffective against Tampa Bay’€™s pitching as Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion were a combined 0-for-17 Sunday.

The Red Sox will be looking for a different outcome from the last time they faced off against Toronto on July 28-30, as the Blue Jays outscored Boston 24-4 during a three-game sweep.

Here are the probable pitchers for the three-game series.

Monday: Clay Buchholz (5-8, 5.94 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (8-8, 4.39 ERA)
Tuesday: Rubby De La Rosa (4-5, 3.69 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (10-12, 4.08 ERA)
Wednesday: Joe Kelly (0-1, 4.09 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (7-5, 4.11 ERA)

WHO’€™S HOT: RED SOX

– Yoenis Cespedes was acquired by Boston at the July 31 trade deadline to drive in runs. So far, he’€™s been doing a great job of it. Since his first game with the Red Sox on Aug. 2, Cespedes has driven in 18 of Boston’€™s 79 runs — 23 percent of the team’€™s total scoring output. Despite his aggressive approach at the plate, the Cuban left fielder has more RBIs than strikeouts (16) in his 21 games in Boston.

David Ortiz had an impressive homestand, posting a .515/.636/.970 line with four home runs and nine RBIs over the 11-game set. The designated hitter has reached base multiple times in his last six games, with eight walks and a .647 average. Despite his impressive stretch, Ortiz might be limited against Toronto after fouling a fastball off his foot in the fourth inning of Sunday’€™s game.

– Reliever Alex Wilson has been a great addition to the Red Sox bullpen, compiling a 1.26 ERA with a 0.63 WHIP in seven appearances this season.  The 27-year-old righty had retired 24 batters in a row before hitting Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano with a pitch in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game.

WHO’€™S HOT: BLUE JAYS

Jose Reyes has been a productive presence at the top of the Blue Jays lineup, batting .349 in August with seven doubles and seven RBIs. The 31-year-old shortstop has excelled at home this year, hitting .315 with 21 RBIs at Rogers Centre.

– While it’€™s mostly been a disappointing season for center fielder Colby Rasmus, the 28-year-old has shown signs of breaking out of his season-long skid, batting .278 with three extra-base hits over his last seven games.

WHO’€™S NOT: RED SOX

Closer Koji Uehara had a tough stretch over the past two weeks at Fenway, surrendering an earned run in three straight outings — culminating in a two-thirds inning, five-run showing in his last appearance against the Mariners on Friday. Uehara has given up seven earned runs over his last 2 2/3 innings.

Buchholz had another setback in his last outing against the Angels Wednesday, as the Sox starter was roughed up for six earned runs over six innings of work. Buchholz has given up at least six earned runs in three of his last five starts.

WHO’€™S NOT: BLUE JAYS

– Stroman has come down to earth after his posting a 6-2 record with a 2.12 ERA over his first 11 starts. The young righty has given up five earned runs in three of his last four outings.

– Slugger Jose Bautista has been stuck in a mini-slump as of late, going hitless in his last 11 at-bats. Over his last seven games, the right fielder is batting .111 with two extra-base hits.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

TORONTO — There have been times throughout Clay Buchholz’ career he has the best pitcher on the Red Sox‘ starting staff. But at no time was he perceived as the kind of leader all others should file in line behind.

Like it or not, that dynamic has suddenly shifted.

Buchholz is last man standing in a rotation that was full of veterans. Gone are Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy. Left behind is Buchholz, who just turned 30 years old 11 days ago and a bunch of 20-somethings.

So, with that in mind, the obvious question should be asked of the righty: Are you ready to lead a staff?

“I’ve always been the best at what I’ve done. When I got to the big leagues it was the first time I wasn’t the best. So I always carried myself, I’m not the most vocal person ever, but I know what I need to do to get my job done,” he said during a recent sit-down at Fenway Park. “Sometimes it doesn’t happen but I know my thought process was right going into it. Having those guys, the Jon Lesters and the Lacks and Peavys and [Josh] Becketts and [Curt Schillings] Schills, that definitely helps a lot because you can pick their brains and learn a lot about the game, you sort of try to take everything you can that’s going to help you. I’ve been able to do that over the last six, seven years with a lot of great baseball minds. I feel like if that’s sort of what I’m slated to do is be the veteran guy on the team and help out.

“I’m feeling more and more comfortable with the role I have right now as each day goes by.”

There is the element of leading by example when put in the position as head of any starting staff. But there is also the reality that such a pitcher has to be consistently productive, which Buchholz is currently trying to establish after the worst season of his career.

If Buchholz does rediscover success, then the conversation is pushed toward his role in the midst what has become a uncertain group of youngsters.

It’s a dynamic he’s not unfamiliar with.

“Even before Lack and Lester and Peavy left, that’s a lot of years of baseball between a select number of guys. They would be sitting and watching video or something and they would ask me ‘What do you see right there?’ and another day I’d ask them. So everybody is helping each other, not just one person helping everybody out,” he said. “It’s sort of everyone going in and helping each other and I think that’s what makes a pitching staff stronger than maybe it should be because the guys trust each other and you build sort of what you’re trying to do. You’re scouting report goes off of what other guys are saying. That’s sort of how pitching can be difficult and make it a little bit easier at the same time.”

“It definitely helps if they’re the guys that are the ones that can give you advice without it critical. I’ve had a good mix of just about everything. [Tim Wakefield] would be the first person to come up to me and tell me, ‘Hey, this is what I see.’ That helped me a lot because he’s been around the game a long time. Wake pitched with Pedro [Martinez], saw him, saw Schill. He knows what he’s talking about when it comes to pitching and he’s one I’ll always listen to even though he threw a knuckleball. He was really good a breaking down mechanics and he’s helped me out this year too.

“There’s definitely good to having older guys on the club. But none of these guys are here because they just got lucky. They’re here because they throw good pitches and they deserve to be in the big leagues. That’s first and foremost for me.”

Here is what Buchholz said he has learned from some of his previous mentors:

JOSH BECKETT

“You’ve got to be mean out there. I almost feel like whenever JB was at the top of his game and something was going on within an inning or within a game, it was almost like the hitter was scared of him at some point because the hitter knows that guy is not scared to throw inside. You can’t just lean out over the plate can’t just sit on a heater away.

“I didn’t really ever pitch inside before I got up here and saw him pitch with [Jason] Varitek behind the plate and how they called the game. JB is one of my good buddies now. But back then I was sort of intimidated by him just by watching how his mound presence was on the field and how he actually pitched during the games.”

TIM WAKEFIELD

“He was the all-time veteran. That’s the one guy that I think of being a veteran, going through every stage within this baseball process and converting to a pitcher and all that stuff he found a way to get 20 years in the big leagues. I think Wake was more determined than a lot of other people.”

CURT SCHILLING

“Really really smart baseball guy. The one thing comes to mind about Schill was it doesn’t matter who he was talking to he was going to tell you how it was and sometimes that’s what, especially young guys, that’s what they need to hear. They don’t need to hear the things like, ‘You’re doing a good job,’ when the world knows you’re not doing a good job.

“He’s the one that comes up to you and basically gives that constructive criticism to put you back in a place to succeed rather than just snowballing and going down the hill. Schill eared me ot a couple times. It actually made me better because I wasn’t going out and doing things the right way.”

JOHN LACKEY

“He’s one of my good buddies. From life in general and what he’s gone through over the last four or five years and still being able to take care of business on the field. He’d be one of the first ones to the field after a day that he started, be in the gym, cardio, getting his workout in. He was always held accountable for everything he did. Until the day he’s done with baseball that’s how he’s always going to be.”

JAKE PEAVY

“Another guy that leaves everything on the field. Everybody can see that he didn’t have the same stuff that he had six years ago. Even if he lost game it wasn’t for a lack of effort. He was one of the most fierce competitors I ever got to play with. The way he did his stuff and how he prepared, I think I can compare him to Schilling as far as preparation goes. He was really really big on video and knew exactly what pitch he wanted to throw the day before to a hitter if he got in any king of situation. Taught me a lot about preparation even though it’s my sixth, seventh year in the big leagues.”

JON LESTER

“He’s a horse. Every time that you watch him pitch it’s like everything is perfect, on time within his delivery. Execution of pitches and then stuff overall is probably second-to-none. I’ve said it for the last five years I think he’s the best left-handed pitcher in baseball. Hopefully we get a chance to get him back over here. But he’s a true leader, true ace and I think everybody that he’s been around for just a little bit of time could definitely see that.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Dustin Pedroia and other Red Sox veterans are finding it difficult to live through the team's last-place performance. (Getty Images)Not everyone is thinking about the future. 



Former Boston College baseball player and ALS awareness advocate Pete Frates will be honored at the 21st Oldtime Baseball Game on Monday, Aug. 25. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

Former Boston College baseball captain and ALS awareness advocate Pete Frates will be honored at the 21st Oldtime Baseball Game on Monday night. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

Pete Frates is no stranger to the Oldtime Baseball Game.

Just a few months after the initial news that the former Boston College baseball captain was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis –€“ also known as Lou Gehrig‘€™s disease — Frates took part in the baseball charity event, taking the field at first base before exiting after one pitch.

What happened next was a moment that still is ingrained in the minds of many who attended, including Boston Herald columnist and Oldtime Baseball Game co-founder Steve Buckley.

“€œSomething really cool happened when Pete came out of the game,” Buckley said. “Every single player, and you can’€™t plan this, every single player on both teams came out of the dugout and embraced Pete at first base. Every single player shook hands with him or patted him on the back or gave him one of the fist-bumps. Every single player.”

It was the type of reception expected for someone like Frates, who — despite battling a horrific ailment that has sapped him of his voice and mobility — has remained vigilant in his goal of raising awareness of ALS.

Now, two years later, Frates is expected back at St. Peter’€™s Field in North Cambridge, as the 29-year-old will be honored during the 21st annual Oldtime Baseball Game on Monday night.

“It’€™s just funny how things happen. … This game holds a very special part of our whole family’€™s lives. … It’€™s such a wonderful event in and of itself,” said Pete’€™s mother, Nancy Frates. “It celebrates baseball, and if there’€™s anything that my son loves — other than his family, his wife, and his friends — it’€™s baseball. It’€™s the subtleties of the game, it’€™s the history and the strategy of the game that all comes into play here, and that’€™s all that Pete always loved about the game.”

Sports always seemed to come natural for Frates, as the Beverly native made plays on the baseball diamond, football field and hockey rink at St. John’€™s Prep in Danvers before beginning his collegiate career at BC in 2004.

Frates forged an impressive career for himself at The Heights, leading the Eagles in home runs during both his junior and senior seasons. The center fielder set a BC record for most RBIs in a single game during his senior campaign, driving in eight runs against Maryland on April 14, 2007.

While Frates’€™ skills on the field were evident from looking at the box score, it was his drive and positive personality that stuck out to most of his teammates and coaches at BC.

“I think there’€™s a lot of good memories, but I think the overall arching thing that you remember about Pete as a player was his character, his toughness, his work ethic, his integrity,”€ said Boston College baseball coach Mike Gambino, who served as BC’€™s assistant coach for Frates’€™ first two seasons with the team. “All those things, combined, is what made him so universally respected by all his teammates and it made him such a great leader on the baseball field and the diamond when he was in college.”

After college, Frates remained active in baseball, playing for the HSV Stealers in the German Baseball League and locally for the Lexington Blue Sox of the Intercity Baseball League.

The first signs of trouble began to surface during his final stretch of games with Lexington. After being hit in the wrist with a pitch, Frates grew concerned when the injury seemed to linger for months,€“ eventually leading him to reach out to a doctor for testing. It was then, in March 2012, that the then-27-year-old received the crushing news that he was stricken with the deadly neurodegenerative disease.

The prognosis was grim. Most people only live 2-5 years after being diagnosed with ALS. The only drug available for ALS treatment has shown to generate positive results, but it only extends the patient’€™s survival by another 2-3 months.

Despite receiving the shocking news, Frates immediately began to shift gears. His baseball career may have reached its end, but a new mission began.

Frates immediately began looking for ways to spread the word about the dangers of the disease. Two years after his diagnosis, Frates found the effective (and chilly) avenue that he needed to get his message out on a global scale.

Frates was one of the driving forces behind the ice bucket challenge, which has been shared, retweeted and forwarded to almost every crevice of social media over the last month. He got the idea — which involves having someone pour a bucket of ice water on their head and challenging others to perform the same act within 24 hours or make a donation to an ALS organization or charity — from New Yorker Patrick Quinn, who also suffers from ALS and meets with Frates whenever he’€™s in Boston for medical treatment.

The challenge’€™s simple message and grassroots campaign quickly helped spur its growth over the last few weeks. What originally began with just a few videos of Frates’€™ friends and family taking part in the event has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon that has seen people such as George W. Bush, LeBron James, Bill GatesOprah Winfrey and countless others post videos of themselves participating in the icy task.

While the ice bucket challenge has been an undisputed success, Gambino made a point to say that the real purpose of the challenge is not to laugh at celebrities pouring freezing water over their heads — it’€™s about spreading the word regarding a horrible disease that affects up to 30,000 people in the United States.

“Pete’€™s dad, John, probably summed it up better than I could,”€ Gambino said. “We were having dinner last week and he said, ‘€˜For two years, we’ve been doing everything we can to try to raise awareness. Who knew that all we needed was a bucket of ice.’€™ The ice bucket challenge is awesome, and the money that it’€™s raising for ALS research, all over the country, is amazing. The thing that we all have to remember is that the Ice Bucket Challenge wasn’t the point. The point is finding a cure for ALS, getting more funding and more research going to this disease.”

Even though ALS has rendered him unable to talk, Frates has ensured that millions of others have been speaking and acting on his behalf through the ice bucket challenge, and the impact of the event has completely shattered expectations.

Tufts pitcher Tim Superko takes part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the Oldtime Baseball Game's Media Day last Monday, Aug. 18,  at St. Peter's Field.

Tufts pitcher Tim Superko takes part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the Oldtime Baseball Game’s media day last Monday at St. Peter’s Field. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

As of Friday, the ALS Association received $53.3 million in donations from July 29-Aug. 21. Over that same stretch last year, the group received $2.2 million.

While Nancy Frates acknowledged that the social media frenzy revolving around the challenge will not last forever, she said that page views or tweets were never the focus.

“Will the social media phenomenon stop? Well, probably,” she said, adding: “The most important piece is the ripple effect. … So maybe that social media, pouring ice over the head, might wane, but I do believe that the ripple effect from it is going to change the trajectory of the disease and live on.”

Despite the massive success of the ice bucket challenge, “Team FrateTrain” is not stopping anytime soon, as this year’€™s Oldtime Baseball Game marks just the latest event to be impacted by Frates’€™ mission.

This year, proceeds from the game will go to both the ALS Therapy Development Institute of Cambridge and the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which supports Frates and his family by both helping to cover his rising medical bills and allowing his friends and family to continue his goal of spreading the word about ALS.

Keeping with the “œFrateTrain”€ theme, many of Frates’€™ former high school and college teammates and coaches are expected to take the field Monday as the home team for the baseball exhibition. Participants will include Gambino, Boston College senior pitcher John Gorman and former MLB player Matt Antonelli, who played alongside Frates at St. John’€™s Prep.

“I think he’€™s one of the strongest people that maybe anyone has ever seen,”€ Antonelli said. “€œThe way that he’€™s been able to deal with this — getting a bad break. He really hasn’t stopped from the moment that he found out. … I’€™m not surprised at what he’€™s been able to do at all, because that’€™s the type of person he is, but it’€™s been remarkable.”

In recognition of his efforts to raise awareness for ALS, Frates will become the fifth recipient of the Greg Montalbano Award during Monday’€™s game. Named in honor of the former Red Sox minor leaguer who passed away at 31 after battling cancer, the award is given to a former Oldtime Baseball Game player who best represents Montalbano’€™s drive, tenacity and sportsmanship.

Entering its 21st incarnation, the Oldtime Baseball Game was originally thought of during the 1994 MLB strike as a way to rekindle interest in the old days of America’€™s Pastime, when various semipro leagues would attract hundreds of fans to local ballparks for competitive matches between rival towns or neighborhoods.

As part of the “€œOldtime”€ tradition of the game, every player dons a vintage uniform, with St. Louis Browns, Homestead Grays and Boston Braves jerseys filling the diamond at first pitch.

“€œIt was supposed to be a one-shot deal in 1994,”€ Buckley said. “€œIt kind of happened on the fly. … Then we had a second game, and with each step along the way it attracts more and more people. It’€™s really quite organic. Very rarely have we ever called anybody, said, ‘€˜Can you do this for us?’€™ People just seem to be attracted to it, because it’€™s a celebration of baseball and it’€™s baseball front porch on a warm summer evening.

“It’€™s a chance to take the past and the present and morph them into one. … To try to recreate some of that old-time fervor, we got everybody showing up to see old-style uniforms. If you go to our game and you see 1,500 people crowded up and down the foul lines to watch these guys in those uniforms, it’€™s awesome.”

Nancy Frates, Pete's mother, stands next to former MLB player and St. John's graduate Matt Antonelli and Oldtime Baseball Game co-founder Steve Buckley at the event's Media Day. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

Nancy Frates, Pete’s mother, stands next to former MLB player and St. John’s graduate Matt Antonelli and Oldtime Baseball Game co-founder Steve Buckley at the event’s Media Day last Monday. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

The conclusion of Monday’s game and the eventual end of the ice bucket challenge does not signify the end of Frates’ efforts, as the ALS awareness spokesman has plenty of goals for the future. One of Frates’€™ new objectives is speaking with MLB officials in an effort to have every July 4 game be recognized as an ALS Awareness Game in honor of Lou Gehrig‘€™s famous farewell speech that he delivered at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.

While Frates may not boast the baseball resume that the Iron Horse built for himself during his 17-year career, Buckley said that it’€™s easy to make the connection between the two ballplayers — both of whose lives were irrevocably affected by ALS.

“€œTo quote Lou Gehrig, ‘€˜That I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.’€™ … Who better to embody the spirit of Lou Gehrig than Pete Frates, who has accepted the challenge of ALS,”€ Buckley said. “Every story I’ve ever heard about Pete as a team captain, both at hockey and baseball on every level in which he ever played … he was the guy that brought everyone together. It’€™s been an honor to see Pete in action as an ALS spokesman the last couple of years, and we will find a cure for ALS — and I can guarantee you, we will find a cure for ALS quicker than we would have otherwise because of people like Pete Frates.”

Life may have delivered Frates a curveball, but as he’€™s displayed throughout his life — both on and off the diamond — a new challenge has done little to stall the Frate Train.

“€œHe said that he now knew what his mission in life was, and that was to impact the ALS community — the ALS research, the misunderstanding about ALS and the underfunding of ALS,”€ Nancy Frates said. “€œBoy, how many of us get to say that we set a goal for ourselves and then we actually almost achieve it? The treatment and cure is of course the ultimate goal. But for him to have inspired this incredible phenomenon is overwhelming to say the least, but not that surprising to those who know him.”

When he returns to St. Peter’€™s Field on Monday, Frates won’t be able to take the field and play with his fellow friends and teammates, but his presence will be immeasurable. Frates’€™ body and voice might have been weakened by ALS, but his mind — and his drive to finish this tireless mission — remain stronger than ever.

“What he would say right now?” Nancy Frates responded when asked what Pete would say if he was able to speak again. ” ‘What’€™s next?’€™ ”

For more information on the game, visit www.oldtimebaseball.com.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

Xander Bogaerts has been placed on the seven-day disabled list due to symptoms that suggest a mild concussion after being hit on the head by a Felix Hernandez pitch on Friday night.

Xander Bogaerts Has been placed on the seven-day disabled list due to mild concussion symptoms after being hit on the head by a Felix Hernandez pitch on Friday night. With Bogaerts sidelined, the Red Sox have called up versatile 26-year-old Carlos Rivero. It is Rivero’s first stint in the big leagues.

Rivero, originally signed out of Venezuela by the Indians, has bounced from the Indians system to the Phillies to the Nationals before signing a minor league deal with the Red Sox this offseason. He opened the year with Double-A Portland, hitting .214/.285/.316, but had shown enough in spring training that when Brock Holt moved up to the big leagues, he was promoted to Pawtucket. In 74 games with the PawSox, he’s hitting .286/.341/.407 with five homers and 36 RBIs while playing short, third and left field. He also has some minor league experience at first base and in right field.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

Well, this time the Red Sox hit a bit. But it didn’t matter. They still lost.

David Ortiz was hobbled in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his foot. The injury would ultimately make him exit the game in the sixth. (Getty Images)

David Ortiz was hobbled in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his foot. The injury would ultimately make him exit the game in the sixth. (Getty Images)

Well, this time the Red Sox hit a bit. But it didn’t matter. They still lost.

The Sox, who hadn’t scored more than three runs in any of their previous seven games (all losses), put up a five-spot — along with 10 hits — against the Mariners in the teams’ series finale at Fenway Park. But thanks in large part to Allen Webster’s ineffectiveness, the end result was still an eighth straight defeat for the Sox. The final this time: Mariners 8, Red Sox 6.

It’s now an eight-game losing streak the Red Sox have been out-scored 38-20, dropping them to 18 games below .500 (56-74).

Also staying consistent with the trend throughout the losing streak was the time of game. This time the duration of the nine-inning tilt clocked in at 4 hours, 7 minutes. Entering Sunday, the Red Sox had averaged 3 hours, 29 minutes per game throughout the homestand.

The Red Sox had a chance to come all the way back in the ninth, loading the bases against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney. But Kelly Johnson — who had replaced in an injured David Ortiz in the sixth inning — fanned to end the threat, and game.

The Sox would finish up stranding 15 runners, going 6- for-19 with runners in scoring position.

Perhaps the most discouraging aspects of this loss for the Red Sox was starter Webster’s inability to hold what had become a 5-3 lead for the hosts.

Webster, who was coming off a decent outing against the Angels in which he allowed three runs over six innings, immediately gave up a single run in in the fourth and two more in the fifth following the Sox’ comeback.

The righty’s final line included six runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings, raising his ERA over six starts to 5.81.

Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox in their 74th loss of the season:

WHAT WENT WRONG

- The Red Sox had a golden opportunity to at least tie the game in the inning, putting runners at first and third base with one out. But Christian Vazquez’s liner back up the middle was stabbed by pitcher Danny Farqhar, who then threw to first to double up Mookie Betts.

-The Sox had another great chance to knot things up in the eighth, with Allen Craig up, runners on first and third, and the hosts trailing by a run. But Craig — who owns the best batting average in baseball with runners in scoring position since 2012 (.378) — struck out looking to end the threat.

- The seventh-inning squander highlighted a problem the Sox dealt with throughout their homestand, entering the series finale having gone 4-for-57 with runners in scoring position over the previous seven losses.

- The teams looked to take the average time of game for the series to a new level in the first inning, managing a 42-minute initial frame. A big part of that time was spent with the Mariners scoring three runs off of Webster thanks to a two-run single from Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales’ RBI base-hit.

- The Red Sox couldn’t take advantage of a game in which Robinson Cano only played 1 1/2 innings, with the second baseman walking off the field with nobody out in the second due to dizziness.

- Ortiz was forced to leave the game in the sixth inning after a long single to right. The designated hitter left due to a right foot contusion, having fouled a ball off himself in a previous at-bat. Ortiz had reached in two of his four at-bats, making it 20 times he had reached in his last 26 plate appearances.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

- The Red Sox were able to once again get to Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who came into this appearance with an 8.53 ERA against the Sox in three starts. John Farrell‘s club previously handed the righty his shortest outing of the season, having roughed him up for five runs on eight hits over four innings. This time the Sox drove Iwakuma from the game after just 2 1/3 innings, having surrendered five runs.

- Yoenis Cespedes notched three hits, knocking in another run. He had entered the game driving in 23 percent (23 of 71) of his new team’s runs since arriving with the Red Sox.

- Vazquez showed off his arm once again, this time picking Mike Zunino off first base.

- Mookie Betts reached four times, coming away with two singles and two walks.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was forced from Sunday’s game against

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was forced from Sunday’s game against the Mariners after suffering contusion on his right foot.

Ortiz exited after favoring the foot while rounding first base on a single to deep right field. Upon returning to the base, the DH walked off the field with manager John Farrell.

The initial injury seemingly occurred in the fourth inning with one out when Ortiz fouled a ball off the inside of his foot, sending the DH to the ground while bringing on the Red Sox’ training staff.

Ortiz reached two more times (single, walk) in his four plate appearances, making it 20 times he has safely gotten on base in his last 26 PAs.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford