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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (21-23): No game scheduled.

The PawSox will host a three-game series vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) starting Tuesday.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (15-28): L, 6-5, at Harrisburg (Nationals)

— Left fielder Rainel Rosario did his part to keep Portland in the game, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. The 27-year-old hit a clutch RBI single in the top of the eighth inning, giving the Sea Dogs a temporary 5-4 lead. He also had a double in the game.

Rosario is batting .318/.328/.318 through 29 games this season. The native of the Dominican Republic has been a very balanced batter for Portland, as he sits in the top four on the team in runs (10), RBIs (10), hits (28), doubles (6) and walks (11).

— Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, catcher Jake Romanski was 2-for-4 with a double, and right fielder Henry Ramos went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

— Sean Coyle ripped a two-run, opposite-field home run in the third inning. Coyle, sent down from Triple-A after struggling in 24 games with Pawtucket, is hitting .176/.333/.412 in five games with the Sea Dogs.

— It was a decent performance on the mound for Portland’s Aaron Wilkerson, who let up three earned runs and six hits in five innings pitched. He also walked two and collected two strikeouts. The right-hander gave up a run in the bottom of the second inning, ending his scoreless innings streak at 21. He also allowed an RBI single in the fourth inning before giving up a triple to the first batter in the sixth inning. Wilkerson then was pulled, and the runner eventually scored.

Monday’s night game was the first appearance in which Wilkerson allowed an earned run since an April 29 loss to Reading. The Texas native now sits at 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in nine games with both Pawtucket and Portland this season. Wilkerson has the best ERA of all Portland pitchers and his 48 strikeouts lead the team as well.

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (30-14): L, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox)

— Southpaw Matt Kent struggled, going six innings and surrendering four earned runs and a season-high 11 hits. He walked two and struck out three. The 23-year-old Texas native let up three runs on two doubles and a single in the top of the third inning, but he did settle down and pitch three scoreless innings before getting pulled.

In nine total starts with both Salem and Greenville this season, Kent is 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Having pitched the second-most innings for the Red Sox (39 1/3), Kent has 26 strikeouts and has allowed only 19 earned runs with Salem.

— Outfielder Mike Meyers continued his hot streak at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. His two-out single in the bottom of the third inning plated two and cut Salem’s deficit to 4-3. Meyers also stole his eighth base of the season.

Meyers, 22, is batting .420 in his last five games with five RBIs in that same stretch. On the season, the 2012 draft pick is .252/.313/.374 and is tied for third on the team in RBIs (25).

— Right fielder Franklin Guzman went 2-for-3 with a double. He has three hits in the last two games to improve his average from .121 to .179 in 13 games.

Roniel Raudes

Roniel Raudes

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (21-22): L, 3-2, at Asheville (Rockies)

— In the longest start of his professional career, 18-year-old right-hander Roniel Raudes had a solid performance, recording eight strikeouts and allowing no runs and only three hits in six innings vs. the Tourists. He only let up one extra-base hit and walked none.

Raudes, Boston’s No. 14 prospect on MLB.com, has a 5-1 record to go along with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. The native of Nicaragua has pitched less than five innings only twice in eight starts this year. He leads Greenville with 38 innings pitched and ranks second on the team in strikeouts (38).

— Despite Raudes’ impressive performance, the Drive were unable to break .500, as righty reliever Victor Diaz allowed three runs in the seventh inning to let the Tourists take the lead for good. Greenville scored two runs in the eighth and ninth innings to spark a comeback but ended up falling just short.

Diaz is 1-4 in 11 appearances with a disappointing 8.44 ERA and 1.97 WHIP. Opponents are batting .348 against the 22-year-old this season.

— Left fielder Trent Kemp had two hits for the third straight game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old is hitting .247/.358/.473 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. J.T. Watkins had a pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

The news isn’t great for Carson Smith.

On Tuesday morning, the Red Sox announced the reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The surgery will be performed Tuesday by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Carson Smith

Carson Smith

The news isn’t great for Carson Smith.

On Tuesday morning, the Red Sox announced the reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The surgery will be performed Tuesday by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

He went on the 15-day disabled list last week with elbow tightness and received an MRI before it was determined surgery was necessary.

Smith came to the Red Sox in the trade for Wade Miley this offseason, but was never fully healthy after suffering an elbow injury during spring training. Smith came off the disabled list in early May, but only made three appearances — May 3, 9 and 14.

The right-hander said last week he was feeling the discomfort throwing sliders rather than fastballs.

“I felt healthy my first outing out and felt good for the most part for the first week or so I was back up,” Smith said. “I threw against Oakland and had an extensive outing and a number of warmup pitches to go into that game and since then, there’s been small symptoms of what it was back in spring training.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound Tuesday to open a three-game series against the Rockies. He will face off against fellow left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.

Price enters Tuesday’s game with a 6-1 record, a 5.53 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. The 30-year-old has the most strikeouts in the American League (70) and the fifth-most wins. After a rough start to the season, Price has returned to his old form as of late, surrendering only three earned runs in his last two starts. He most recently hurled 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a 5-2 win against the Royals last Wednesday. The left-hander also struck out five and only walked one.

“I felt like that’s the best I’ve commanded all my pitches from the beginning until I was taken out,” Price said after the game. “That’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

Price will be looking for his first win vs. the Rockies, as he is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP when facing the National League team. In his last start against Colorado as a member of the Rays in 2013, Price let up four earned runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking three and hitting one batter.

Jorge De La Rosa

Jorge De La Rosa

De La Rosa is 1-3 with a 10.18 ERA and a 2.07 WHIP. It’s been a tough year for the 35-year-old southpaw, as he has only gone more than six innings in a start once this season. After letting up three home runs in just three innings during a 9-4 loss to the Pirates on April 26, De La Rosa was placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin. He made three rehab starts with Triple-A Albuquerque, and Tuesday’s game will be his first game back in the Rockies rotation.

“Jorge took care of his business in his last [rehab] start,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss told The Denver Post. “We wanted to see more efficiency, and he did that. We just want him to get back to being who he is.”

Despite being in the major leagues for 13 years, De La Rosa will be facing the Red Sox for the first time.

Rockies vs. Price (LHP)

Mark Reynolds (34 plate appearances): .235 AVG/.316 OBP/.529 SLG, 1 double, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts

Ryan Raburn (30): .333/.382/.533, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts

Jose Reyes (16): .250/.250/.313, 1 double, 3 strikeouts

Brandon Barnes is 0-for-5.

Nolan Arenado is 1-for-4 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs.

Carlos Gonzalez is 2-for-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Gerardo Parra is 0-for-3.

Red Sox vs. De La Rosa (LHP)

Chris Young (28): .214/.333/.464, 1 double, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 9 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (28): .393/.500/.786, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan is 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks.

No other Red Sox have faced De La Rosa.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

Julio Teheran, shown pitching in April vs. the Red Sox, wouldn't be a good fit here. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports)Recent trade deadlines have skewed our expectations of the starting pitching market.



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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (21-23): L, 2-1, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (21-23): L, 2-1, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— William Cuevas had yet another quality Triple-A start, surrendering only one earned run and four hits in six innings pitched. He also struck out four Bison batters. The only run the right-hander allowed came on back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Having pitched the most innings for Pawtucket this season, Cuevas has a 4-1 record with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. The 25-year-old Venezuelan also sits at fourth on the team in strikeouts with 30.

— Relieving Cuevas with the game tied at 1 was right-hander Noe Ramirez. He held Buffalo hitless in the seventh and eighth innings, allowing only a walk in his appearance. However, reliever Kyle Martin let up three hits in the bottom of the ninth inning, including a walk-off single to former major leaguer Casey Kotchman.

It was a tough outing for Martin, Boston’s No. 28 prospect at MLB.com. The righty now holds a 2-2 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He does, however, lead all Pawtucket relief pitchers in strikeouts (28) and is second among relievers in innings pitched (21 1/3).

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (15-27): Postponed at Altoona (Pirates)

The rained-out game will be made up when the teams meet for a series in Portland on Aug. 16-18. The Sea Dogs next open a four-game series at Harrisburg (Nationals) Monday night.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (30-13): W, 4-2, vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox)

— Southpaw Trey Ball got the start for Salem and again had a strong performance. Boston’s No. 19 prospect at MLB.com allowed one earned run and two hits in six innings, also recording four strikeouts. However, he did not earn the win, as he left the game with the score tied at 1 when a rainstorm caused an 89-minute delay.

Ball, 21, continues to impress. He sits at 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Boston’s first-round draft pick in 2013, Ball has only had one appearance go less than six innings, and has only allowed six earned runs in five starts this season.

— Jamie Callahan picked up the win after pitching two innings and allowing one run on one hit and one walk with one strikeout, and Jake Drehoff recorded his sixth save after pitching a scoreless ninth inning (one hit, two strikeouts).

— Left fielder Mike Meyers had the decisive hit, break a 2-2 tie by delivering a two-run double off the wall in center field in the eighth inning. It was one of just three hits for the Red Sox, with the others being singles off the bat of Nick Longhi (RBI) and Franklin Guzman. Salem had four walks and took advantage of two wild pitches.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (21-21): W, 8-3, vs. Lexington (Royals)

— Left fielder Trent Kemp had a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh and added an RBI single in the eighth as Greenville rewarded a crowd of 7,191 — the largest ever to watch a Drive game at Fluor Field — by scoring eight times in its final three turns at bat. After going 2-for-3 with two walks, the 20-year-old Kemp is batting .236/.352/.461 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 28 games.

— Batting leadoff, right fielder Joseph Monge went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk and now is hitting .333/.392./.455. Catcher Austin Rei also went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

— J.T. Watkins, who entered the game without a hit in his first three games (10 at-bats), went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Watkins, a 10th-round pick in 2012 out of Army and the son of Sox scout Danny Watkins, missed the first month of the season while on the disabled list.

— Jose Almonte started and last five innings, surrendering two runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Anyelo Leclerc got the win after pitching two innings and allowing one run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

— Closer Bobby Poyner continues to dominate, recording his ninth save after pitching two hitless and scoreless frames. Poyner, a 14th-round draft pick in 2015 out of the University of Florida, has not given up a hit in his last five appearances, covering seven innings. In 13 games this season, the left-hander has a minuscule 0.41 ERA and 0.41 WHIP, allowing just nine hits and no walks with 26 strikeouts in 22 innings.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

It’s the conversation that is only getting louder, thanks in large part to what David Ortiz is doing.

Would Ortiz consider not retiring after the 2016 season if the Red Sox made it worth his while?

David Ortiz. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

It’s the conversation that is only getting louder, thanks in large part to what David Ortiz is doing.

Would Ortiz consider not retiring after the 2016 season if the Red Sox made it worth his while?

One of the people who would have a say in executing such an offer to the designated hitter, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, offered his current perspective on the scenario.

“Right now, I respect somebody’s opinion, their thoughts and we’ll just leave it at that,” Dombrowski told WEEI.com. “This is not the time of year to deal with those kind of things. We’ll respect somebody’s opinion and go from there. This is playing baseball time, day in and day out, trying to win the games. We’ll see what happens as time goes on.”

When the subject was broached with Ortiz Friday, the DH dug in on his stance to call it quits.

“Listen, the thing is that people need to understand, in my mind I’m 100 percent sure I’m going to retire,” Ortiz said. “There are so many reasons for me that I want to retire. That is what is my mind right now. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea.”

But if Ortiz keeps doing what he’s doing, the questions are going to keep on coming.

After going 4-for-4 Sunday, falling a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, Ortiz leads the majors with a 1.094 OPS, having hit 11 homers with a .329 batting average. As WEEI.com’s John Tomase points out, it is easily Ortiz’s best start of his career.

Dombrowski is right, it is too early to define Ortiz’s lot in life. He also points out that there really isn’t too much of a blueprint to this scenario considering the scarcity of players announcing their retirement before the season.

Some who have, however, went through similar early-season success in their final year.

Chipper Jones was hitting .307 with an .862 OPS on May 23 of his last season. And while the then-40 year old ended up with solid numbers at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign — hitting .287 with an .832 OPS and 14 homers — he only played in 112 games due to various ailments.

By the time May 23 rolled around for Mariano Rivera in 2013, his last season, the Yankees closer was 17-for-17 in save opportunities, carrying a 1.47 ERA. He also really wouldn’t slow down, finishing with 44 saves and a 2.11 ERA.

While there was no grand proclamation that he was retiring after the 1983 season, that was Carl Yastrzemski’s intentions. But, when he found himself hitting .323 with an .840 OPS at the All-Star break, the then-44-year-old started having second thoughts.

“At the All-Star break our team was kind of involved in the pennant race, and I was swinging the bat pretty decent,” Yastrzemski told WEEI.com in March. “I met with [general manager] Haywood Sullivan and [manager] Ralph Houk and I told them I was thinking about coming back the next year.

“Then after the All-Star break we lost a bunch and dropped way back and the game kind of became difficult as far as concentration, especially when I was hitting. When you’re involved in a pennant race, you’re always playing to win. But when you’re out of the pennant race, it kind of hits you more as an individual. That’s when I decided I wasn’t going to come back the following year.

“I talked to Haywood Sullivan and Ralph Houk in September and asked them what our chances were next year. If we had a really good ball club and had a shot, I probably would have come back. But I looked at things and saw we didn’t have a legitimate shot and that’s when I decided I was going to retire. Physically I knew I still could hit. It was more mental. The concentration became more and more difficult.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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