The blown save was not the low-point of the outing for Joel Hanrahan. Two batters after he permitted a game-tying solo homer to Brian Dozier, the once-again closer for the Red Sox (thrust back into the role he’d lost to Andrew Bailey) issued a walk to Josh Willingham. In the middle of that at-bat, he “felt a little pull, like my forearm went a little bit with the ball.”

At the time, he though it was minor, something with which he could continue pitching. It wasn’t.

Stephen Drew punctuated his best game with the Red Sox with a two-out, walkoff double in the bottom of the 11th inning that drove home catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second base to give the Sox a 6-5 victory. It was Drew’s fourth hit of the game, his 13th career game with four or more hits, and his third career walkoff hit (last on April 27, 2011).

Triple-A Pawtucket placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 7-day disabled list (retroactive to May 4) due to tendinitis in his right biceps. He’d sat out the last two games due to the condition, and he’d been limited to designated hitter duties prior to that.

After five days of public conversation about whether or not Clay Buchholz did or did not use a foreign substance to improve his grip in his last start — a seven-inning, no-run masterpiece against the Blue Jays last Wednesday — the right-hander will take the mound against the Twins on Monday night. Manager John Farrell was asked whether he anticipated that the Twins might have his starter scrutinized for doctoring the baseball.

The Red Sox suffered their first series sweep of the season Sunday, enduring a 4-3 walkoff loss to the Rangers when former Sox Adrian Beltre delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to score Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Returning to the Red Sox lineup against Twins right-hander Vance Worley will be Will Middlebrooks, who got the day off Sunday against Texas ace Yu Darvish. The third baseman is hitting .195 with a .623 OPS to go along with six home runs, although he has totaled a slightly-improved .265 average with a .736 OPS in his previous 10 games.

The controversy surrounding Clay Buchholz and the did-he-or-didn't-he obscures a more important reality to the Red Sox.



The Red Sox suffered their first series sweep of the season Sunday, enduring a 4-3 walkoff loss to the Rangers when former Sox Adrian Beltre delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to score Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey will have an exam and an MRI after sitting for roughly a week because of what is being called biceps soreness. Manager John Farrell was asked Sunday if it was possible the righty would have to go on the disabled list, and Farrell said the team would likely “have more information on that that” when the team returns to Boston.

With the Red Sox facing major league strikeout leader Yu Darvish of the Rangers on Sunday as they try to avoid a three-game sweep in Texas, the Sox will feature a reconfigured lineup. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and right fielder Shane Victorino are all out of the lineup, with Pedro Ciriaco, David Ross and Mike Carp finding their ways into the lineup.