According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox’ deal with first-round pick Trey Ball is in the last stages before becoming official. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 draft is expected to sign today, with a media introduction to follow.

It was a contrast difficult to overlook. 



Between games of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader, the Red Sox carefully monitored what was arguably their most important pitching session of the day. Starter Clay Buchholz, who has not pitched since experiencing discomfort in his trapezius muscle in a start on June 8, threw off a mound for the first time since the injury.

After the Red Sox concluded their double header sweep over the Rays, the team announced that it was returning pitcher Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket. Aceves delivered a strong performance in Game 1, permitting one run in five innings before a three-hour rain delay ended his night. Still, he’d been brought up as the 26th roster member for the doubleheader, and so after he served the need for which he was summoned, Aceves was dispatched.

It has been an ugly and costly stretch for Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, though certainly, it could have been worse.

The Red Sox continue to show a flair for the dramatic, as the team claimed its sixth walkoff victory of the young season when Jonny Gomes launched a two-run homer down the left-field line and over the Green Monster for a 3-1 victory over the Rays. With Gomes’ blast, the Sox swept a doubleheader from the Rays, shaking off a ninth-inning blown save by Andrew Bailey — who vultured a victory (3-0) — to rally back immediately.

The Red Sox placed right-hander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 9) due to what the team described as a neck strain, while also placing catcher David Ross on the 7-day disabled list for the recurrence of his concussion-like symptoms. In their places, the team called up catcher Ryan Lavarnway (in place of Buchholz) from Pawtucket and right-hander Alex Wilson (in Ross’ spot.

After a nearly three-hour rain delay interrupted Game 1 of the day-night double header, the Sox give the ball to Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.91) for Game 2 to try and sweep the day. Doubront has pitched well of late and has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his last six starts.

David Ortiz and the Red Sox beat the storm and the Rays.

The Sox’ designated hitter continued his ridiculous run production pace by driving in three runs prior to the onset of a deluge that led to a 2-hour, 59-minute rain delay. His offense allowed the hosts to take the first game of the teams’ day-night doubleheader.

Tuesday’s day game between the Red Sox and Rays — the first contest of a day-night doubleheader — entered a rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Red Sox leading, 4-1. With more than 4 1/2 innings completed and the home team leading, the game would be official if it is rained out.

However, the Red Sox announced that they expect the game to resume, with the night game slated to start shortly after the conclusion of Game 1. Here is the Red Sox’ press release: