Mike Napoli‘s games as a Red Sox are likely numbered and one of his last few will only last one inning.

The first baseman was ejected after striking out looking in the first inning by home plate umpire Toby Basner.

Mike Napoli‘s games as a Red Sox are likely numbered and one of his last few will only last one inning.

The first baseman was ejected after striking out looking in the first inning by home plate umpire Toby Basner.

Napoli dropped his bat and helmet and the helmet bounced and hit Basner, likely unintentionally, and it was then Basner ejected the Red Sox first baseman.

Prior to Monday, he had reached base in nine straight games, while hitting .367 in those contests.

Napoli has been rumored in trade talks as Friday’s deadline nears.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Brock Holt

Brock Holt

With Dustin Pedroia going back on the disabled list and Brock Holt leaving Sunday night’s game with a hyperextended knee, the Red Sox are pressed for infield depth.

Fortunately for the team, Holt’s injury is not serious and the utilityman will likely return to the lineup Tuesday, according to manager John Farrell.

“He’s improved today, yet at the recommendation of the medical staff, another day was needed. Everything is hopefully pointing to him returning to the lineup tomorrow, but felt like another day would do him well,” Farrell said. “In an emergency, we’d probably use him but we’d prefer to give him a day of rest if we could.”

After struggling mightily for much of the season, Mike Napoli has begun to heat up at the plate since the All-Star break. Farrell has been impressed with his first baseman’s improvement at the dish.

“What’s been most encouraging is that pitches in the strike zone he’s squaring up that he’s not missing. He’s still taking his walks but I think he’s more confident, he shows more confidence at the plate. There’s at-bats where he’s offering at the first pitch and putting good swings on some pitches that’s, I think, putting some doubt in a pitcher’s mind,” Farrell said.

David Ortiz had one of the best night’s of his career on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two homers. He set a new career-high with seven RBIs. Farrell liked what he saw from the hulking designated hitter, especially Ortiz’s second home run, which was launched into the Monster seats in left-center.

“The most encouraging swing last night, to me, obviously, is the home run he hits to left-center field. That allows him to lock in on left-handers as well. … Home runs come by virtue of a good swing, not by virtue of trying to hit home runs. I think those were two situations last night that reflect that,” Farrell said.

After being called up early Sunday, Jemile Weeks took over at second base after Holt left with an injury. Weeks went 1-for-2 and will start at second Monday. He has not been great at Triple-A Pawtucket this season, hitting .207 with just a single home run and five RBIs in 51 games. Farrell recalled liking what he saw from Weeks in spring training as well as his performance Sunday.

“Jemile was very impressive in spring training. Moving all over the field, hitting from both sides of the plate. He’s on short-notice, obviously, with Brock’s situation last night. He jumps in, he puts up two quality at-bats. Fought off a pitch with two strikes the other way for a bloop base hit. It’s a half a game played last night but in our eyes .. He picked up right where he left off in spring training,” Farrell said.

Over the first 99 games of the season, the Red Sox have often not been efficient offensively. Farrell addressed the team’s inconsistencies at the plate, saying that a lot of the struggles have resulted from poor situational hitting.

“I think there’s been times we have not hit to the situation. What that means is not using the whole field as much as we could in RBI situations. … We started to turn things around on that trip to Toronto before we went out West. We started to hit the ball all over the field rather than become a little bit too pull-oriented,” Farrell said. “We rolled with that approach for the better part of a month and it reflected in our overall record. We’re trying to get back to that.”

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin
Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

Following the late-breaking news of Shane Victorino‘s trade to the Angels, outfielder Rusney Castillo was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Castillo will play right field and bat seventh in the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday.

Castillo has hit .230 with one home run and six RBIs in 26 games this season with the Red Sox. In 40 games with Pawtucket, he has hit .282 with three homers and 17 RBIs.

Here is an updated look at the Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Joe Kelly, RHP

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

And it begins.

And it begins.

The Red Sox traded outfielder Shane Victorino and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge. To fill Victorino’s spot in the roster, the team has recalled Rusney Castillo.

Victorino was hitting .245 in 33 games this season. He battled injuries each of the last two seasons. The right fielder’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season.

The Red Sox received Rutledge, who is 26 years old and was hitting .274 with the Angels’ Triple-A club. He’s played all over the infield this season, besides first base. Rutledge played three seasons with the Rockies prior to joining the Angels organization this past offseason. In 266 career games in the majors. he’s a .259 hitter.

Castillo is active for Monday’s game against the White Sox and will start in right field.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Following a report Sunday that the Pirates were interested in Red Sox veterans Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, it would appear they are no longer interested in Napoli.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Pirates are telling teams they’re likely to keep Pedro Alvarez, which would effectively end their hunt for other first baseman upgrades. So connecting the dots it would mean they are no longer interested in Napoli.

The Pirates are currently six games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, but lead the NL Wild Card.

Napoli has reached base in nine straight games, while hitting .367 in those contests.

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Ryan Hannable

It’s no secret the Red Sox will be active during the next four days leading up to Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

It’s no secret the Red Sox will be active during the next four days leading up to Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

It’s no secret the Red Sox will be active during the next four days leading up to Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Red Sox enter play Monday 11 games below .500 and 12 games out of first place in the AL East. While manager John Farrell isn’t involved as much as members of the front office are in trade talks, it does get to a point where he’s keyed in on what’s taking place.

“It gets to a certain point where conversations are going on and if there’s choices to be made — there’s some interaction there,” Farrell said. “I know that Ben is doing everything he can to make change that is going to affect us in a positive way going forward. That may vary depending on the situation, the involvement.”

With the team likely no longer in playoff contention, they could be in a position to trade away some of their veteran players with expiring contracts such as Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, while also having an eye towards 2016 and starting to build next year’s team.

“I know that there’s daily conversation going on,” Farrell said. “It’s that time of year where there’s a lot of trade talk that’s going on. Only when it gets to a certain point does Ben kind of give me a heads up. So, right now, we’re who we are.”

Not only was Farrell a former player, he was in Indians’ front office serving as director of player development from 2001-06 before joining the Red Sox as pitching coach in 2007.

“You know that a lot goes into it,” Farrell said. “Ideas are generated in 30 different offices around the game. The reality of those coming to life? There’s a lot of steps that need to be achieved to get to that point. From field level if you have a thought, there’s a long way to go before that thought may turn into reality. I just know there’s a lot of challenges in finding a trade partner and then what makes most sense for both sides.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable