Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

TORONTO — Dustin Pedroia might not play every game this season, after all.

The Red Sox second baseman starts the Red Sox’ series opener on the bench, with Marco Hernandez getting the nod at second base against Toronto starter Marcus Stroman. Xander Bogaerts takes Pedroia’s spot at the top of the lineup.

Here is the entire Red Sox’ batting order, with Brian Johnson getting the nod for the visitors:

Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi CF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Chris Young LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 2B

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Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (6-5): Scheduled off-day.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (6-4): L, 8-3, at Binghamton

Michael Chavis

Michael Chavis

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (6-5): Scheduled off-day.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (6-4): L, 8-3, at Binghamton

— Starter Kevin McAvoy took the loss as he had major control issues. The right-hander went 3 1/3 innings and allowed just one hit, but allowed four earned runs because of seven walks. The Sea Dogs trailed 4-1 when he exited the game.

— Offensively, each member of the Sea Dogs batting order recorded at least one hit, except for No. 9 batter Joseph Monge.

— First baseman Mike Olt paced the offense by going 2-for-4 and third baseman Rafael Devers added a double.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (7-5): W, 11-2, vs. Wilmington

— Tate Matheny and Chad De La Guerra led the Salem offense by collecting three hits apiece in the blowout win. Second baseman Josh Tobias added a home run. He was acquired in return for Clay Buchholz.

— Michael Chavis returned from the disabled list as the designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. He missed about 10 days with an elbow injury.

— On the mound, Matt Kent got the win by going 6 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out six.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (7-5): L, 5-3 at Lexington

— Greenville starter Darwinzon Hernandez was pitching well until the fifth inning when things fell apart. He finished the outing allowing five runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss. He walked three and struck out five.

— Tyler Hill and Isaias Lucena paced the offense by collecting two hits each.

— As a team, Greenville finished with just five hits.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Even though it has only been 13 games, the 2017 Red Sox have already shown they are different in one key way than last year’s team.

The 2017 Red Sox can come back in games when they are down.

The Red Sox already have four comeback wins this season. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox already have four comeback wins this season. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Even though it has only been 13 games, the 2017 Red Sox have already shown they are different in one key way than last year’s team.

The 2017 Red Sox can come back in games when they are down.

Last year, it seemed every time the Red Sox trailed in the late innings, or at any point at all really, they were done. Even though it is only two weeks into the season, the 2017 Red Sox have proven they are different.

Of the eight wins so far this season, four have been of the comeback variety, including Monday’s 4-3 win over the Rays.

It’s something that has stood out to manager John Farrell in the early going this season.

“The one thing that’s starting to show is that we’ve come from behind a number of games already,” he said. “To tack on some runs late, to take some leads. And that goes hand in hand with a bullpen that has pitched very well, but we haven’t abandoned our approach at the plate. Guys haven’t come out of their approach. They haven’t had the one game with the one swing of the bat. We’ve built innings. We’ve faced very good pitching from a number of teams. I think it’s that relentless that we’ve been trying to preach and continue to have it filter over from the trust in that lineup from top to bottom.”

Starter Steven Wright had a tough first inning by allowing two runs before the Red Sox even stepped to the plate, but the offense got a run back in the bottom half and then scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-2 lead and wouldn’t look back.

The Red Sox actually caught a break in the second inning when Rays second baseman Brad Miller dropped a ball, which would have ended the inning on a force play. Andrew Benintendi (two RBIs) and Mookie Betts (RBI) made Tampa Bay pay with back-to-back singles to give the Sox a 4-2 lead.

“Huge break,” Farrell said. “It was almost like blood was in the water and we took advantage of it. It caused Snell probably an additional 15 pitches in the inning. We were able to bunch some base hits together right after that. We caught a break, but as we’ve seen many times you give a big league team an extra out sometime a crooked number can happen.”

Sunday’s 7-5 win was another of the comeback variety.

A poor first inning from Drew Pomeranz had the Sox trailing 3-0 before they got to bat in the first, but once again the offense responded by scoring two runs to cut into the deficit. After the Rays scored another in the top of fourth, the offense responded in the bottom half with two runs to tie the game at four.

Trailing 5-4 in the seventh, the Red Sox took the lead for good with two runs to take a 6-5 lead and tacked on another in the eighth for the 7-5 win.

While this may not seem like a big deal to some, showing the ability to come back in games can do wonders for a team’s confidence, especially after the lack of comeback wins in 2016. Just look at the 2013 team, every time the team was down, they were never counted out.

This isn’t to say the Red Sox will win the World Series because of four comeback wins early in the season, but it is showing the team has fight when down, which could go a long way as the season rolls along.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Bahamas. Japan. Taiwan.

Brian Johnson has been to all of those ports of call. But Canada? Never. Until Monday.

Brian Johnson (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Brian Johnson (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Bahamas. Japan. Taiwan.

Brian Johnson has been to all of those ports of call. But Canada? Never. Until Monday.

Instead of hopping the plane to Charlotte with the rest of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the 26 year old found himself driving up to Boston in time to catch the Red Sox’ plane to Toronto. Eduardo Rodriguez was on paternity leave, John Farrell needed a starter, and Johnson was the deemed the guy.

“You definitely appreciate the call up more when you don’t know what lies next,” said Johnson, who gets the start against the Blue Jays Tuesday at Rogers Centre. “It took two years but it was a long path in between that but I’m excited to be here.”

To be exact, it will be 637 days — or one year, eight months and 28 days — from the last time Johnson pitched in a major league game. And considering what happened that first time around, when he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings in Houston before being shut down due to elbow issues, it’s understandable that the Florida native is anxious to put that debut in the rear-view mirror.

Then factor in what Johnson has gone through since that 2015 season. There was the offseason he was car-jacked, which led to a 2016 season that was derailed by anxiety issues. And even this season with the PawSox, he was struck in the head by a line-drive (the second time in his pro career), forcing him from his first start.

“Honestly, I think the only way I think you can shake it off is to take one in the face before that,” he said, referencing the liner he took off the face while pitching for Single-A Lowell. “You take one in the face, one in the head is not too bad. Honestly I’d take that one, any day of the week before I take that first one so it wasn’t bad.”

And now, he will be relied upon to keep the Red Sox’ winning ways going against a Blue Jays team that entered Monday with a major league-worst 2-10 mark. Not hurting matters is the momentum he’s riding via his last start, a 6 1/3-inning gem which resulted in just one run allowed.

And the fact that he gets to get another stamp on his passport is just an added bonus.

“I’ve been throwing more off my fastball,” Johnson said. “I think last year I got into the habit of more maybe trying to throw it for a strike and kind of babying. Now I’m really just throwing it as hard as I can like my fastball and it’s worked out well so far.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Joe, Tim, and Lou Merloni talk with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel after his impressive series against the Rays where he struck out 7 of the 9 batters he faced

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The hold-your-breath feeling is still there. That’s what happens when you have all but one guy trying to do something on a regular basis that they’ve never consistently been asked to do.