Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (11-8): Game vs. Syracuse (Nationals) was postponed due to inclement weather. Next game is Thursday night at Syracuse.

Teddy Stankiewicz

Teddy Stankiewicz

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (6-14): L, 3-2, at Binghamton (Mets)

— Starter Teddy Stankiewicz threw six solid innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on just two hits with three walks and two strikeouts, but he did not wind up factoring into the decision. He lowered his ERA to an impressive 1.13 to go with a 0.79 WHIP. Opponents are hitting just .183 against Stankiewicz this season.

— Binghamton, which took a 1-0 lead in the third on a throwing error by Sea Dogs first baseman Tim Roberson, scored the winning run in the eighth inning on a two-out RBI single from Dominic Smith that scored Kyle Johnson, who had led off the inning with a walk. Lefty reliever Nik Turley (0-1) took the loss. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Lefty Luis Ysla came on to record the final out of the eighth.

— The PawSox collected just three hits all game against Binghamton starter Andrew Barbosa (7 1/3 innings) and reliever Akeel Morris, who closed things out to get the win. Right fielder Bryce Brentz had the most significant hit of the game for the Sea Dogs, a two-run double in the sixth inning that gave his team the lead. He finished 1-for-4 with the double, two RBIs and two strikeouts. Designated hitter Henry Ramos and shortstop Jose Vincio each contributed a hit as well.

David Sopilka

David Sopilka

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (11-8): L, 4-1, at Frederick (Orioles)

— Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi extended their hitting streaks to 15 games. Moncada was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts while Benintendi was 2-for-4, raising his average to .342 on the season.

— The only other multi-hit performance for the Red Sox came from catcher David Sopilka, who went 2-for-3. Left fielder Bryan Hudson and right fielder Danny Mars each added a base knock as well. The Sox did not record a single extra-base hit.

— Mauricio Dubon scored Salem’s lone run when he ran home on a wild pitch with two outs in the fourth inning. He had reached base on a fielder’s choice.

— Starting pitcher Jalen Beeks was hit hard and took his first loss of the season, giving up four earned runs on a pair of two-out, two-run home runs. He went 4 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He raised his ERA to 2.25 on the season.

— Relievers Ben Taylor and Yankory Pimentel combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings and did not give up a hit. They only allowed one baserunner, which was the result of a walk from Taylor.

Kyri Washington

Kyri Washington

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (10-9): L, 3-1, at Delmarva (Orioles)

— In a game in which the Drive could only muster four hits, left fielder Kyri Washington was the only standout. Washington, a 23rd-round draft pick in 2015 out of Longwood University, went 2-for-4 with two doubles, recording his team’s lone RBI and raising his average to .308. The other two Drive hits were singles from designated hitter Joseph Monge and shortstop Jeremy Rivera.

— Starter Roniel Raudes lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two, taking his first loss of the season. He is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 17 innings of work.

— Victor Diaz threw 3 1/3 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Jeffry Fernandez came in for the ninth and threw a scoreless frame, striking out two while allowing one hit.

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham
Steven Wright

Steven Wright

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, who has been a pleasant surprise in the team’s rotation this season, will look to continue that narrative as he faces off against Astros righty Bud Norris on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Wright has put up quality starts in all three of his outings this season, although he only has one win to show for it, as his record sits at 1-2 to go with a dazzling 1.40 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. In his last start Friday against the Astros in Houston, he picked up his first win of the season after going 6 2/3 innings and allowing just one unearned run on four hits. He walked five and struck out six, as the Red Sox came away with a 6-2 victory.

“He’s been the most consistent starter, without question,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the win. “Going back to the conversation in spring training, not knowing where he was going to break with us. Just go out and pitch. And he does a great job of that, whether it’s in either role. To pitch the innings he’s doing, he’s been a stabilizer in the rotation.”

Wednesday night will be Wright’s first career start against the Braves.

Norris has had a rough go of it so far this season, as he’s off to a 1-3 start with a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. In his last start Friday in Atlanta against the Mets, he lasted just four innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out four as the Braves went on to lose the game, 6-3.

“Really kind of frustrating,” said Norris after suffering his third loss of the season. “I’ve got to get better. I know I can pitch deeper [in games] and do a lot better. … I want to turn this around as quick as I can, because it’s still April. I know there’s a lot more in the tank.”

The 31-year-old, who started his career with the Astros in 2009 and also has pitched for the Orioles (2013-15) and Padres (2015), has faced the Red Sox seven times, compiling a 2-3 record with a 3.07 ERA and 1.318 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts and 19 walks in 44 innings of work.

Braves vs. Wright (RHP)

Eric Aybar (6 plate appearances): 3-for-6, 1 double, 2 RBI

Tyler Flowers is 0-for-3.

Bud Norris

Bud Norris

Red Sox vs. Norris (RHP)

Dustin Pedroia (22 plate appearances): .375 AVG/.545 OBP/.563 SLG, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 6 walks, 2 strikeouts

Chris Young (18): .118/.167/.118, 1 RBI, 6 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (17): .471/.471/.706, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

David Ortiz (15): .267/.267/.667, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (14): .250/.357/.250, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Brock Holt (13): .400/.538/.600, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

Xander Bogaerts (12): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Mookie Betts is 1-for-7 with one RBI and one strikeout.

Jackie Bradley is 0-for-2 with one strikeout.

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw after he had 5 RBI as the Red Sox beat the Braves behind David Price's 14 strikeout game.

[0:00:57] ... guys as a team now have something going for one on the road trip to take two or three in Houston take. To here with two more in August of braves a the Orioles have lost so you go back to Fenway Park tomorrow night just a half game out of first place instead of make you feel pretty good. Yeah that's I think at ...
[0:01:57] ... They get more recess a confidence when you were you playing behind David Price when he gets on this role. Volume for sure I mean after that first inning I mean you pretty much thinking. That's ...
[0:03:24] ... Travis congratulations. Thanks for us so Travis sharp with a big game. David Price of the great game and save for the Red Sox is they pound the Braves beat eleven before they go forward Juan and I on this trip down south. ...





Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw after he had 5 RBI as the Red Sox beat the Braves behind David Price's 14 strikeout game.

[0:00:40] ... Well that's certainly I was very big and of course in the ninth inning if you put up ball a little more and I would have been another what the I wanted to jump all over the thud that's my type of pitcher there's a little bit of the two seamer so. I wanted to get on that this is quickly as I could say your low ball hitter. You could say that. It's you know you guys as a team now have something going for one on the road trip we take two or three in Houston take. To here with two more to go against the Braves a the Orioles have lost so you go back to Fenway Park tomorrow night just a half game out of first place is gonna make you feel pretty good. Yeah that's I think that ...
[0:01:43] ... for the bullpen it's huge for him and they. He ties a career high with fourteen strikeouts he struck out the side twice sixty. He he seemed to do it all after it just having a ...
[0:03:27] ... big game. David Price of the great game and save for the Red Sox is they pound the Braves he's eleven to four they go forward Juan on this trip down stuff. ...





ATLANTA — The Red Sox should be getting some clarity on the Pablo Sandoval situation in less than a week.

ATLANTA — The Red Sox should be getting some clarity on the Pablo Sandoval situation in less than a week.

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

ATLANTA — The Red Sox should be getting some clarity on the Pablo Sandoval situation in less than a week.

Red Sox manager John Farrell reported before his team’s game against the Braves Tuesday night that Sandoval is slated to return to Dr. James Andrews Monday for a full exam on his ailing right shoulder. The third baseman wasn’t able to conduct the originally scheduled second opinion due to discomfort in the area.

In the meantime, there were some questions that needed to be answered. Here are some of the answers …

THE TEAM WAS AWARE OF SANDOVAL’S SHOULDER HISTORY

Through reviewing Sandoval’s medical history with the Giants, and the physical the Sox conducted at the time signing the free agent, the Red Sox did have what they considered enough information on the player’s shoulder, which given him problems in 2011. But the nature of the injury wasn’t considered anything more than the kind of ailments many position players deal with.

IT WASN’T BAD ENOUGH TO CONSIDER INSURANCE

When free agents sign, and there is a part of their body which might be of some concern, teams often take out insurance. In John Lackey’s case, the insurance was a clause in his contract that stated if he missed any significant time due to his injured right elbow, his team option would be for the major league minimum salary. In the Jason Bay controversy, the Red Sox asked the player to pay half the insurance policy due to concerns over his knee. The Marlins couldn’t get insurance on Josh Beckett’s shoulder because of its condition prior to the player’s trade to the Sox. The Red Sox looked at Sandoval’s shoulder, however, and decided going the insurance route wasn’t necessary.

YES, THE REDS SOX DO TAKE OUT INSURANCE

Because of past conflicts with Lloyds of London when it came to insuring players, Red Sox principal owner John Henry had often tried to stay away from insuring injuries. (For more on Henry’s prior approach, click here.) But, according to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, there has been no such mandate, and the decision to insure players is a “case by case” basis.

THERE HAS BEEN NO WEIGHT MANDATE

Contrary to a Yahoo! Sports report that the team told Sandoval it had “no intention of playing him unless he loses weight,” according to a major league source, there has been no such directive. The Red Sox have been monitoring Sandoval’s progress while on the 15-day disabled list, and have been encouraged by his approach — and results — the last two weeks.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

One way for David Price to end a thoroughly disappointing first month with the Red Sox: tying his career high in strikeouts in his longest outing in a Boston uniform.

Making his fifth start for the Sox, Price fanned 14 batters over a season-high eight innings and received ample run support in an 11-4 win over the Braves that saw Travis Shaw drive in five runs.

One way for David Price to end a thoroughly disappointing first month with the Red Sox: tying his career high in strikeouts in his longest outing in a Boston uniform.

Making his fifth start for the Sox, Price fanned 14 batters over a season-high eight innings and received ample run support in an 11-4 win over the Braves that saw Travis Shaw drive in five runs.

Price settled down from a busy first inning to have what turned out to be a very strong performance against a Braves offense that entered Tuesday 27th in the league with a .227 batting average.

The veteran left-hander loaded the bases in the first inning after allowing an RBI single to Jeff Francoeur, but he escaped without further damage by striking out Drew Stubbs to end the inning.

Price followed up the first by turning in back-to-back 1-2-3 innings with a pair of strikeouts in each. He ran into trouble again in the fourth inning, once again loading the bases and surrendering the Braves’ second run.

From there, Price essentially put the game away by allowing just one hit and walking none over his final four innings. He struck out six of the last seven hitters he faced, all of which he retired. Furthermore, nine of Price’s last nine outs were strikeouts. He finished with a line of six hits and two earned runs allowed over eight innings, striking out 14 and walking two.

Though runs allowed have been a concern in his early starts (7.06 ERA entering Tuesday), strikeouts have not. Price has now struck out at least eight hitters in four of his first five outings with the Red Sox. Price was coming off a season-low five strikeouts in what was his shortest and worst outing of the season, a 3 2/3 inning performance in which he allowed two homers and eight earned runs against the Rays.

With Tuesday’s win, Price is now 3-0 on the season with a 5.76 ERA. The Sox improved to 11-9.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Three of Shaw’s RBI came in the form of a first-inning home run that was longer than The Revenant.

Shaw added to his night with a two-run double to deep center in the eighth inning.

(After a Google search, turns out The Revenant was only two hours and 36 minutes. Really? It was good but it felt about an hour too long.)

– Xander Bogaerts had a strong showing both at the plate and on the basepaths. In addition to going 3-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs, Bogaerts stole second base after his second-inning single and swiped third in the seventh.

– Thanks to Jackie Bradley Jr.’s triple in the eighth inning, all eight of Boston’s non-pitching starters registered hits on Tuesday.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Pat Light made his major league debut, pitching the ninth inning. It wasn’t particularly smooth, however, as he surrendered base hits to the first two batters he faced and then walked a batter to load the bases before recording an out. Light then allowed three straight groundouts, the first two of which scored runs and the third of which ended the game.

The 25-year-old right-hander had a 4.05 ERA in five games for Pawtucket this season.

– Hanley Ramirez escaped an ugly night at the plate with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Prior to that hit, Ramirez had just two hits over 13 at-bats in three games. On the season, Ramirez is hitting .266/.286/.380, though perhaps the most alarming statistic is that he still has just one homer run, which came in the second game of the season.

– Pitchers don’t like allowing offensive contributions to their counterparts, so Price likely wasn’t a happy camper in the fourth inning. After Francoeur singled to left, Price allowed a one-out walk to Drew Stubbs and a single to Erick Aybar before Atlanta starting pitcher Matt Wisler hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Francoeur and giving the Braves their second run of the game.

– As for Price’s hitting, he drew a five-pitch walk in the fourth inning, but was doubled off first base after Daniel Castro made an impressive catch on a Mookie Betts blooper that looked like it was going to fall in.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Travis Shaw's first inning home run keyed the Red Sox' win over the Braves. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Travis Shaw had a career-high five RBIs in the win. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

That’s more like it.

After allowing eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings last Thursday against the Rays, David Price was able to pick up the win Tuesday night in Atlanta as the Red Sox took down the Braves, 11-4.

They have now won three games in a row and went 4-1 on the road trip.

Although he didn’t have his best stuff early on, Price was able to figure it out as he went eight innings and allowed two runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out 14, which tied a career-high.

The left-hander got more dominant as the game went along as he struck out eight of the final nine batters he faced.

Atlanta entered the game scoring the fewest runs in all of baseball.

Travis Shaw and the offense gave Price a 4-0 lead before he even took to the mound as Shaw crushed a three-run home run in the first inning and then Brock Holt doubled home Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Sox added single runs in the fifth, seventh and then put up a five-spot in the ninth.

Hard-throwing right-hander Pat Light made his major league debut in the ninth and allowed two runs, but it didn’t make much difference with the Red Sox holding such a big lead.

Closing Time note

Holt has now reached base in all 16 games he’s played in this season. It is the longest streak by a Red Sox player to begin a season since Dustin Pedroia reached base in 18 straight in 2013. Overall, he’s reached base in 20 straight games dating back to last season, the third-longest active streak in the majors.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Shaw’s home run in the first inning traveled 418 feet. Back at third base, Shaw finished the game 2-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs. Of Shaw’s last 23 hits, 10 have gone for extra bases.

— Xander Bogaerts paced the offense going 3-for-5 to extend his hit streak to six games. The shortstop has four extra-base hits in those games.

— Pedroia had a solid night at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. It appears the second baseman has found his swing, as on the road trip Pedroia hit .391.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Hard to find something wrong in this game, but Price did load the bases twice against a poor Atlanta lineup.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable