If there’s one thing we know about Pablo Sandoval after the first 10 games of the season is he takes his base running very seriously.

The 5-foot-11, 255-pound third baseman isn’t afraid to go hard into second base and break up a potential double play.

Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles game had a tense moment early on, and a thrilling moment at the end, as the Red Sox picked up their first walk-off win of the year.

Joe Kelly went 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits taking a no-decision. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly went 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits taking a no-decision. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles game had a tense moment early on, and a thrilling moment at the end, as the Red Sox picked up their first walk-off win of the year.

Xander Bogaerts’ bloop to swallow right field with one out in the ninth inning scored Mike Napoli, as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 3-2.

Napoli started the inning off with a walk, and got to second base on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Daniel Nava.

Koji Uehara earned the win with a scoreless ninth.

Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from the game in the fourth inning with a no-hitter intact after he hit Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the back of the shoulder by home plate umpire Jordan Baker. There were no warnings issued beforehand.

The Orioles may have been upset with Sandoval for going hard into second base to break up a double play in the second inning. Jimenez had only allowed base runners on three walks over the first 3 2/3 innings.

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Bogaerts. His hit gave the Red Sox the win. He also had a hit earlier in the game.

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


— Red Sox starter Joe Kelly went 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out three. He threw 118 pitches, two shy of a career-high. The right-hander was still hitting 96 MPH on his fastball after being over 100 pitches, so it appears the bicep injury suffered in the spring is no longer a concern. The right-hander could’ve had better command, but he fought through and almost threw six full innings. The Orioles hitters also deserve credit for making him work for every pitch.

— Ryan Hanigan tied the game at two with a two-run home run in the fifth. The batter before, Xander Bogaerts, singled for the first Red Sox hit of the game and Hanigan then delivered with the homer. The Andover, Mass native certainly didn’t get cheated for his first homer as a Red Sox, as it hit the AAA sign hanging over the Green Monster.

— Edward Mujica pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He got a big strikeout of Manny Machado with two outs in the fifth, the first batter he faced. He continued on into the seventh and allowed a hit, but no further damage.


— Leading off the fifth inning, Caleb Joseph hit a home run that barely cleared the short wall by Pesky’s Pole in right off Kelly. While attempting to make the catch Shane Victorino hit the wall and fell awkwardly to the ground. John Farrell and the trainer went out for a visit, but Victorino stayed in the game. It certainly wasn’t a sight Red Sox fans wanted to see after all the injuries Victorino dealt with last season.

Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-3, including hitting into a double play. He also made an error in the field, his second of the season. He made two all of last year.

— Entering the game with a six-game hit streak, Mookie Betts went 0-for-3.

— The Red Sox had a chance to take the lead in the eighth with runners on first and second with one out and Sandoval at the plate. Facing lefty Brian Matusz, Sandoval had to hit right-handed and he promptly grounded into a double play. He’s now 0-for-13 from the right side this season.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez had thrown 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Red Sox Friday until he was ejected for hitting Red Sox third baseman Pablo

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez had thrown 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball against the Red Sox Friday until he was ejected for hitting Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval with a pitch in the back of the shoulder.

There were no warnings issued beforehand, and Kevin Gausman replaced Jimenez.

Jimenez had only allowed base runners on three walks to that point in the game.

Warnings were issued to both teams following the ejection.

Sandoval did go hard into second base to break up a double play in the second inning and that may have been the reason for home plate umpire Jordan Baker to eject Jimenez, as he felt there was intent.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After sitting out the series finale against the Nationals Wednesday afternoon, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and designated hitter David Ortiz return for the series opener against the Orioles Friday night at Fenway Park.

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

After sitting out the series finale against the Nationals Wednesday afternoon, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and designated hitter David Ortiz return for the series opener against the Orioles Friday night at Fenway Park.

Sandoval left Tuesday’s game after being hit by a pitch on his foot. Manager John Farrell said Wednesday Sandoval could’ve played, but they wanted to give him a day off. Farrell said it was a regular down day for Ortiz.

After DH’ing Wednesday, Napoli returns to first base. He’s had great success against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez as he is 4-for-10 with two home runs lifetime against the right-hander.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

1. Mookie Betts, 2B
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Shane Victorino, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Ryan Hanigan, C
Joe Kelly, RHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox continue their homestand with a four-game set against the Orioles starting Friday. Boston has started the year having won its first three series for the first time in the designated hitter era. They have taken two of three games from the Phillies, Yankees and Nationals to start the season.

The first time through the rotation for the Sox was a pleasant surprise for fans as each starter recorded a quality start and looked good on the mound. In four games since then, however, the starting pitching has left a lot to be desired. Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson and Wade Miley combined for just 10 1/3 innings in their second starts, while Rick Porcello provided the lone bright spot with his eight-inning victory. As a whole, Boston’s pitching could do with some improvement. It is ranked 28th in the league with a 4.75 ERA and 29th in runs allowed with 50.

The offense has made up for the inconsistent pitching with 56 runs and 54 RBIs, both of which are best in baseball. The Red Sox offense also is in the top 10 in hits (89), triples (2), home runs (11), steals (7), average (.253), walks (41) and on-base percentage (.340). It has scored at least five runs in all but two of its first nine games, and has not lost when scoring more than five runs.

The Red Sox went 8-11 against Baltimore in 2014.

Nine games into 2015, the Orioles are 5-4, tied for second at one game behind Boston. This series will mark the fourth straight against AL East teams for Baltimore, which took two of three games from the Rays, one of three from the Blue Jays, and two of three from the Yankees to start the season.

The Orioles find themselves in a similar position to the Red Sox. Their offense has been winning games for them, while their pitching has been inconsistent. Baltimore leads the league in home runs with 15, is sixth with 47 runs, and seventh in average at .270. The O’s have only been held below five runs twice, once being a shutout at the hands of Tampa Bay.

The pitching staff, on the other hand, holds a 26th-ranked ERA of 4.61 and has allowed the eighth-most home runs (10). In the Orioles’ four losses this year, opponents have scored a combined 30 runs while only putting up 16 total runs in games that Baltimore has won.

Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones is tied for second in the league with 11 RBIs and tied for third with four home runs.

O’s starting catcher Matt Wieters is recovering from 2014 Tommy John surgery and is out indefinitely. Shortstop J.J. Hardy, third baseman Jimmy Paredes and reliever Wesley Wright are also on the DL.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Joe Kelly (1-0, 1.29) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 0.00)
Clay Buchholz (1-1, 7.84) vs. Chris Tillman (1-1, 3.86)
Rick Porcello (1-1, 3.86) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 1.42)
Justin Masterson (1-0, 7.59) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 4.35)


— Xander Bogaerts seems to have turned a corner since posting underwhelming numbers at the plate for most of last season. The move back to shortstop may have helped with his confidence, but whatever the reason, the 22-year-old has been the most consistent Sox hitter with a .382 average, a .447 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage. He missed a game with a knee injury early this week but was back in the lineup the next night.

Dustin Pedroia hit two home runs in the first game of the season and added another off Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday. He has hits in six of his first nine games and already has four multi-hit games.

— Pablo Sandoval has started the year with a .306 average and has reached base safely in all but two of his eight games. All of the switch hitter’s success has come from the left side of the plate. He is 0-for-12 with five strikeouts as a righty and 11-for-24 with two walks and a strikeout as a lefty.


Adam Jones has four home runs and 11 RBIs and has also slashed a .406/.459/.844 to start the year. The 29-year-old center fielder has been batting third for the O’s.

— Miguel Gonzalez, who will start the third game of the series, is 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in his first two starts. The Orioles were shut out in his loss.

— Caleb Joseph, who was filled in for Wieters behind the plate, is 9-for-24 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs in seven games played.


— Catcher Ryan Hanigan was not expected to be a force on offense, but his start has left room for improvement. He has worked seven walks but is just 2-for-19 in seven games played.

— Allen Craig has only gotten 12 at-bats but is just 1-for-12 with a walk. Unless his bat heats up, Craig likely will continue to see minimal playing time in a crowded outfield.

— Right fielder Shane Victorino has hits in only two games and is 3-for-23. He has not been given starts every day to begin the year and will have to heat up in order to appear in the lineup more consistently.

Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce


— Left fielder Steve Pearce is 5-for-31 for a .161 average. He hit a home run in each of the first two games of the season but has just one hit and no RBIs since then.

— First baseman Chris Davis is 7-for-31 with a home run. The O’s would like to see his bat heat up, as the power hitter has just one home run and has grounded out at an unusually high rate. His 2015 ground out to air out ratio is 1.25, while his career average in that category is 0.97.

Chris Tillman, whom the Red Sox will see on Saturday, is 1-1 in two starts. His first outing was very good, but he made it through just 2 2/3 innings against Toronto in his second start. He holds a 7.71 ERA, a 1.82 WHIP and a .314 batting average against. The 27-year-old has struck out just five batters while walking six.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler
Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

For the first time since 1952, the Red Sox have won each of their opening three series to start the season. With sole possession of first place in the AL East, Boston has a chance to continue separating itself from the rest of the division when the Orioles stop by Fenway for a four-game series this weekend.

First on the docket for these clubs is a Friday night showdown between Joe Kelly and Ubaldo Jimenez.

Kelly impressed in his first start of the season on Saturday, allowing just one run on one hit over seven innings against the Yankees. He also recorded eight strikeouts in his outing, surrendered two walks and gave his team the chance to regroup after the 19-inning marathon the night before. With the bullpen spent from the late-night victory, the Sox relied on Kelly to deliver, and he did.

“Coming out like that against this team, to be able to execute with the lower pitch count and get through seven, that was huge for us, man,” catcher Ryan Hanigan said after Kelly’s start. “Once he gets the ball rolling and gets some momentum and starts feeling it, he’s tough. That was a good start for us, for sure.”

Facing Baltimore for just the third time in his career, Kelly brings with him 13 1/3 innings of experience against the Orioles with a 3.38 ERA. He has registered 11 strikeouts against the birds, averaging 7.4 per nine innings. Allowing nine hits in 49 at bats, Kelly has held Baltimore to a .184 batting average.

Like Kelly, Jimenez only has one start on this season’s resume so far as well, during which the O’s righty put together a convincing performance that was almost identical to that of his Boston counterpart. On Saturday, while the Sox were dealing with New York, Jimenez was taking care of the Blue Jays. He held Toronto scoreless in seven innings of work and allowed just one hit with eight strikeouts and a walk to boot.

In three starts at Fenway Park, however, Jimenez has had some trouble, posting a 0-1 record with a 9.45 ERA over 13 1/3 innings pitched. Even away from Fenway, though, Jimenez has a 1-3 record against the Sox with a 9.37 ERA in seven starts. Logging just 32 2/3 innings against Boston, Jimenez is averaging close to 4 2/3 innings per start. The only teams he has fared worse against in terms of ERA are the Indians and the Phillies, though he has no more than three starts against either of them.

Orioles vs. Kelly (RHP)

Travis Snider (12 plate appearances): .273 AVG/.333 OBP/.364 SLG, 1 double, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Alejandro De Aza (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ryan Flaherty (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Caleb Johnson (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Jonathan Schoop (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Adam Jones (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Everth Cabrera (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Steve Pearce (3): .667/.667/.667, 1 RBI

Delmon Young (3): .333/.333/.333

Ubaldo Jimenez (2): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Steve Clevenger (1): .000/.000/.000

Red Sox vs. Jimenez (RHP)

Pablo Sandoval (35 plate appearances): .324 AVG/.343 OBP/.618 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (19): .412/.474/.471, 1 double, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (15): .333/.467/.583, 3 doubles, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

David Ortiz (14): .182/.357/.455, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (12): .400/.500/.1.100, 1 double, 2 home runs, 3 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (11): .111/.273/.111, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Allen Craig (10): .333/.400/.333, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Shane Victorino (10): .429/.600/.429, 3 walks

Xander Bogaerts (5): .667/.800/.667, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Brock Holt (5): .333/.600/.667, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (3): .333/.333/.333

Mookie Betts (2): .500/.500/.500

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

One of the most hyped players of Red Sox spring training isn’t even on a minor league roster yet.