Brock Holt

Brock Holt

Rounding first base hasn’t been too kind to Red Sox second basemen this season.

After Dustin Pedroia injured his hamstring rounding first base in a game last month, Brock Holt appeared to injure his left knee rounding first base during Sunday’s game. He left the game after the fifth inning with left knee tightness.

The Red Sox’ lone All-Star appeared to injure the knee back in the first inning when he awkwardly rounded first base after a single. Manager John Farrell and the trainer came out for a visit, but he stayed in the game. Holt left after the game after he singled again in the fifth and came around to score on David Ortiz‘ three-run home run.

Holt entered the game batting .280 on the season. New utility man Jemile Weeks took his place at second base.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After it was reported last week there hadn’t been much interest in Red Sox veterans Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, it appears that has changed.

After it was reported last week there hadn’t been much interest in Red Sox veterans Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, it appears that has changed.

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have “looked into” both Napoli and Victorino.

The Pirates are currently six games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central, but lead the NL Wild Card.

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Ryan Hannable

Although David Ortiz only played two seasons with Pedro Martinez, he’s remained very close with him as Martinez is now a member of the Red Sox organization.

Although David Ortiz only played two seasons with Pedro Martinez, he’s remained very close with him as Martinez is now a member of the Red Sox organization.

Ortiz, like everyone else in the baseball world, watched Sunday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

“Pedro was special,” Ortiz said. “Unbelievable competitor. Best stuff I’ve ever seen in a pitcher and the most important thing, an incredible human being. I think a lot of people misjudge Pedro because of the way he was goes about his business. Besides that, Pedro is a very Christian person and person that has much love for everyone. I don’t think you can be around a better human being than what he is. I was watching the whole thing and it was very emotional. It was I was expecting.”

In seven seasons with the Red Sox, Martinez was 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.978 WHIP in 201 starts. Ortiz knew even then he would one day be in the Hall of Fame.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “I think Pedro was going to be a Hall of Famer at some point because his numbers, they were ridiculous. ‘€¦ His winning percentage and the way he carried himself was something you only see in Hall of Famers.”

Martinez is only the second player from the Dominican Republic to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ortiz, who is also from the Dominican, said it shows just how hard getting into the Hall of Fame is.

“I can remember Victorino asked me, ‘Man, it’s crazy, all the great players we have in the Domincan, there’s only two Hall of Famers.’ I’ve never thought about that,” Ortiz said. “Victorino told me and I told Victorino, ‘That’s how good of a player — you need to achieve some good numbers to get into the Hall of Fame. Getting into the Hall of Fame isn’t an easy thing to do. It doesn’t matter if you were one of the best players of you’re era. You still need to stack up numbers.”

With the Hall of Fame being discussed, Ortiz was asked if he had given thought of himself getting in as a designated hitter. As expected, Ortiz didn’t have much to say.

“I don’t know. I don’t vote,” he said.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

With Dustin Pedroia going on the disabled list prior to Saturday’s game, the Red Sox needed some infield help.

Jemile Weeks

Jemile Weeks

With Dustin Pedroia going on the disabled list prior to Saturday’s game, the Red Sox needed some infield help. With their bullpen in better shape that it was a few days ago, the team optioned Noe Ramirez back to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled utility man Jemile Weeks.

“All over the infield as well as he’s played a couple of games in the outfield,” manager John Farrell said of Weeks. “So kind of a super-utility that gives us some flexibility all around the diamond.”

It’s the 28-year-old’s first appearance in the majors this season.

In 51 games with Pawtucket this season, Weeks has a slash line of: .207/.307/.310. He came to the Red Sox last season from the Orioles along with Ivan DeJesus, Jr. in exchange for Michael Almanzar and Kelly Johnson.

Ramirez was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three games with the Red Sox.

With the Red Sox entering play Sunday 12 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 12 games below .500, the team will likely be active at the trade deadline. Their focus has shifted towards 2016 and trying to get a head start on building next year’s team.

“There’s a couple things that quickly come to mind. One, that you’re always looking for additions,” Farrell said of how the team will approach this week. “You’re looking for ways to improve your team. You’re looking for guys that might come in to sure up an area that’s in need of. Like I said, I think the temperature in the clubhouse can be different depending on the intensity of some of the rumors. Our guys are smart. They’re aware of what’s going on whether it’s communication from their agent or otherwise. But again, I’d like to think that we’ve got enough veterans that stay focused on what we’ve got to do tonight.”

With a few names already rumored of being shopped around, there could be some distractions leading into Friday’s deadline, but Farrell hopes that won’t become an issue.

“You’d like to think that the attention and focus is on today’s work and preparation for tonight,” Farrell said. “Sure it’s a natural thing to start to see players get traded. Every day there’s probably going to be a prominent name that changes uniforms. But I don’t know that there’s been a lot of rumor surrounding any guys in our clubhouse. If there’s any talk, what has been handled in the past is that there’s some communication with the player that you try to stem some of those distractions or thoughts. But we’re not at that point.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After struggling to catch knuckleballer Steven Wright behind the plate on Saturday, Blake Swihart is back behind the plate Sunday night in the series finale against the Tigers as he will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

After struggling to catch knuckleballer Steven Wright behind the plate on Saturday, Blake Swihart is back behind the plate Sunday night in the series finale against the Tigers as he will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Alejandro De Aza will start in right field for a second straight day as the Red Sox will face Tigers right-hander Shane Greene.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Blake Swihart, C
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Pedro Martinez showed as much class in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech as he did in establishing himself as one of the greatest pitchers in Red Sox history.