Don Orsillo was a constant in the Red Sox broadcast booth for the last 15 years.</p>
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Former Red Sox first baseman and current MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar joined Middays with Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to talk about the latest with the

Kevin Millar

Kevin Millar

Former Red Sox first baseman and current MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar joined Middays with Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to talk about the latest with the Red Sox. To hear the full interview, head to the Middays with Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

Following the Dave Dombrowski hire, Millar believes the Red Sox will be better off with a long-time baseball executive leading the way.

“He brings a presence,” Millar said. “He’s been doing this for 29 years as a general manager. Talking with him last night, he’s here, he gets the chance to be around the club … he’s going to ask questions, he wants to learn the town, he wants to learn the city. But now you know who the point man is. … There’s a lot of work, there’s a lot of meetings he’s going to have to go through — all the way to the scouting directors to the food and beverage directors to whoever he wants to see — he’s going to sit down and learn. But this man’s done it for 30 years so there’s going to be that presence and that leadership.

“You need to fear somebody in this game. Salaries dictate a lot because players make so much money these days and they don’t fear anybody, so you try to create this culture and the way to get that culture back and that discipline. So I think Dave Dombrowski is going to come in here with a plethora of knowledge and good ideas.”

With Dombrowski being president of baseball operations, he will have the final say in all Red Sox decision matters.

“Yes, he’s got enough experience,” Millar said. “… You know Dave Dombrowski had a plethora of other jobs, this wasn’t rocket science. He does some great things wherever he’s gone so he came here, and I’m sure he’s got some pull to make his decisions and why wouldn’t he? You don’t do this for 29 years and then come here and have to go down the totem pole. He’s got a relationship with John Henry. … You’re bringing in a veteran, which is basically what you got. You went out and got a veteran in the front office, not on the field.”

Coming off Rusney Castillo’s five-RBI day, Millar presented his opinion on how the Red Sox should manage their athletic, young outfield going forward.

“Jackie Bradley Jr. throws the baseball as well as I’ve ever seen in this game,” Millar said. “… He’s had some success now the last few weeks. You’re starting to hopefully see that Jackie Bradley Jr. is not the guy that’s going to hit three home runs and drive in eight RBIs every game, but he’s also not a .180 hitter. I like him. He plays all three positions. He’s a great center fielder. Mookie Betts is a great athlete that’s going to keep getting better and better and better with baseball instincts, because he’s a tremendous athlete. And then Castillo — we haven’t seen him play. So you’re starting to get a chance to see the power. He’s big and he’s strong. You see the thunder off his bat. And I think you need to get the at-bats to see what you’ve got in him. You gave him $70-plus million at 27 years old, let’s go see.

“You’ve got some dynamic scenes, it’s just how far and how long can you wait to keep waiting and waiting. I don’t know. But that’s where Dave Dombrowski comes in and sees, ‘We’ve got some talent. We’ve got some young talent. Do I have to make a few moves? Do I have to get somebody here and somebody there?’ They’ve got a great, athletic base.”

Unsurprisingly, Millar cited starting pitching as Dombrowski’s biggest need this coming offseason.

“He’s got to go get arms,” Millar said. “This game is won with the big dogs at the top of the rotation. … Go get arms and pitch, pitch, pitch and pitch. If you pitch and catch the baseball, you’re going to win games. The Tampa Bay Rays pitched and caught the baseball for many years and they won a lot of games. You can’t name five of their starting hitters.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

On Hanley Ramirez: “Going into the season I thought Hanley would be much better, I’ll be honest with you. He’s a soft-spoken, nice kid, but then there’s times I want to go out there and it’s hard to watch. It’s a hard watch on the baseball field and in left field. … Hanley’s going to have to look in the mirror and ask, ‘What’s Hanley want to be in this game?’ You want to be great? Do you want to think you’re Manny [Ramirez] without the numbers? Do you want to be Miguel Cabrera? Because he can be whoever he wants, I’m not Hanley. … Can you imagine if Hanley really loved baseball and gave everything he had every single day? Then this guy’s underpaid. But if you’re going to go out there and play on just one side of the field, which is offense and that’s not even that good. Do you want to hit .338 like Miguel Cabrera and have 39 home runs and drive in 130? Then we can put blinders on him.”

On comparing Joe Kelly to Jake Arrieta: “What a great comparison to Jake Arrieta, because I worked out with Jake Arrieta a few years back when he was with Baltimore and not finding his thing, strong kid. … Then he went to Chicago and now he’s one of the best pitchers in the big leagues. Joe Kelly, Clay Buchholz, all of these guys [have] great arms, great feel, but it’s another thing to find that consistency. I love Joe Kelly’s arm, I love everything about him. … At this level, 2-1, 3-1, 2-0, you’ve got to learn to hit a spot, you can’t just sit here and throw heaters down the middle, and think, ‘Ok, let me throw a strike,’ because then you get hurt. … Some guys are [late-bloomers], but I wouldn’t give up on a guy like Joe Kelly by any means. Because the arm and the person, you like.”

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Justin Pallenik

CHICAGO — On a team full of uncertainty, Clay Buchholz’ future with the team continues to be one of the most undefined issues.

CHICAGO — On a team full of uncertainty, Clay Buchholz’ future with the team continues to be one of the most undefined issues.

The Red Sox pitcher, who continues to recover from a right elbow injury, still doesn’t know if he will pitch this season. Per the advice of Dr. James Andrews, Buchholz will begin his throwing program Sept. 2 and see where that leads him heading toward the Red Sox’ final regular season game Oct. 4.

But no matter what transpires over that time, Buchholz is confident that he doesn’t need to pitch this season in order to prove his worth for either the Sox or other teams in regards to next year.

Buchholz has a $13 million team option for 2016 that new Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has to make a call after this season.

“I’ve been assured by a couple of different doctors that if the Red Sox or any other team needed any kind of word on how they should view it they would definitely call and talk to whomever they need to talk to just to reassure I’m 100 percent healthy even without throwing,” the righty told WEEI.com. “Time is the best doctor for this sort of thing from the information I gathered from Dr. Andrews. What I’m looking to do is just start playing catch.”

Buchholz did admit that there is an increased sense of uncertainty due to the change in decision-makers, considering his long relationship with former general manager Ben Cherington.

“I haven’t talked to anybody,” Buchholz said when asked about his ’16 option. “I think it would have been easier to talk to Ben about this situation because I’ve been around Ben for 10 years. Obviously, Dave is well known in his craft and he’s really good at what he does. I’m not sure what his outlook on priorities are. It’s not like there’s loyalty from him to me, so that’s one of the situation that is a little different than it was.”

For more on Buchholz, including addition comments from the pitcher, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the nation by storm again this August with Major League Baseball playing a major part with every team in the league participating.

It will conclude Aug. 31 with David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Brock Holt expected to take part by pouring ice on fans on the field at Fenway Park. Fans can get the opportunity by winning an online auction.

In addition to getting soaked on the field, winners will receive the spring training jerseys that Red Sox players wore on March 3 to honor Pete Frates, the Boston College baseball star and pioneer of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Winners also receive two tickets to the game against the Yankees that night, along with a professional photo commemorating the experience.

“€œWe’€™re honored to be associated with the Frates family and to have the opportunity to help bring attention to this devastating disease,” said Adam Grossman, Red Sox, SVP of Marketing and Brand Development. “What Pete and Pat have accomplished through the ice bucket challenge initiative — raising global awareness and much needed funds to support critical research ‘€“ is nothing short of amazing and we’€™re proud to be part of this movement.”

Fans can submit their bids at www.redsox.com/ALS. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the ALS Association.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (50-80): W, 5-1, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

This will be Don Orsillo’s last season with NESN, multiple sources tell Gerry Callahan.

This will be Don Orsillo’s last season with NESN, multiple sources tell Gerry Callahan.

Orsillo has been NESN’s Red Sox play-by-play man since the beginning of the 2001 season, which has included three World Series winning teams. Since 2007, Orsillo has called playoff games with TBS. Before working for NESN he was the Pawtucket Red Sox radio announcer from 1996-2000.

He started his broadcasting career with the Pittsfield Mets of the New York-Penn League in 1991.

For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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WEEI

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

Edwin Escobar

Edwin Escobar

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (50-80): W, 5-1, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— Edwin Escobar earned the win Monday with a seven-inning effort, his longest outing of the season. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed just one earned run on a fifth-inning solo homer and gave up a total of four hits. He walked one and struck six. Escobar improved to 2-2 on the season and now has a 4.76 ERA after four starts and 13 relief appearances.

— Right-hander Ryan Cook pitched the final two innings and allowed one hit and struck out four. The hit is the only one Cook has allowed through 7 1/3 innings over five games with Pawtucket.

— Shortstop Deven Marrero and third baseman Carlos Rivero led the Pawtucket offense with a pair of two-hit games. Marrero went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and has now hit safely in his last six games. He is batting .251 on the year and has 26 RBIs. Rivero went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. He is batting .262 through 14 games in a PawSox uniform.

— Second baseman Mike Miller went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-out solo home run in the fourth inning. Right fielder Chris Marrero (Deven’€™s brother) went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Justin Haley

Justin Haley

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (47-81): L, 8-4, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)

— Starter Justin Haley suffered the loss Monday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and two walks in five innings of work. He also struck out five. The 24-year-old right-hander has started 25 games for Portland this season and has a 4-15 record and a 5.43 ERA.

— Right-hander John Cornely came on in relief of Haley in the sixth and pitched two innings, allowing two runs — one earned — on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Cornely has appeared in 25 games for the Sea Dogs this season and is 0-2 with a 5.03 ERA.

— Kyle Martin closed out Monday’€™s game with a two-inning effort. The 24-year-old righty allowed one earned run on two hits. He walked two and struck out one. Martin has made 24 relief appearances for Portland this year and is 2-0 with four saves and a 4.46 ERA.

— Despite putting up four runs, the Sea Dogs offense managed just five hits Monday. Right fielder Aneury Tavarez led the way with a pair of doubles, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. First baseman Sam Travis went 1-for-3 with walk, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Center fielder Manuel Margot went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (58-68): W, 4-2, vs. Lynchburg (Indians)

— Designated hitter Mike Meyers paced the Salem offense, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Meyers has played in six games for the Sox since his promotion from Single-A Greenville and is hitting .208 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. The 21-year-old hit .296 with five home runs and 40 RBIs for Greenville earlier this season.

— Right fielder Cole Sturgeon went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, extending his current hitting streak to four games. Left fielder Kevin Heller went 2-for-4 with a triple and catcher Jordan Procyshen went 2-for-3 with a walk.

— Ty Buttrey was victorious Monday, improving to 8-8 on the season. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks and struck out five over six innings. The 22-year-old southpaw has started 19 games for Salem this season and now has a 3.99 ERA.

— Right-hander Taylor Grover picked up his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Monday. He did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out one. Grover has appeared in 31 games for the Sox this year, including one start, and is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (64-62): Scheduled off-day. Next action Tuesday vs. Greensboro (Marlins)

Josh Ockimey

Josh Ockimey

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (31-31): W, 10-6, vs. Vermont (Athletics)

— First baseman Josh Ockimey led the Lowell offense, going 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth inning. He also walked, doubled, and notched two RBIs. The 19-year-old Philadelphia native is hitting .270 with 25 RBIs through 43 games with the Spinners.

— Shortstop Jeremy Rivera went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe went 2-for-4 with and RBI and two runs scored. Third baseman Victor Acosta also crossed the plate twice and finished the day 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

— Starter Jose Almonte earned the win with a five-inning effort. The right-hander allowed two earned runs on three hits and five walks. He also struck out five. Almonte has made 12 starts for the Spinners this season and is now 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA.

— Monday’€™s win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Spinners.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy