With sources confirming late Tuesday night an earlier ESPN report that the Phillies were asking teams for their last and best offer on Cole Hamels, it appears the Red Sox aren’t a likely landing spot for the pitcher.

Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

According to one major league source, Hamels’ no-trade clause — that prevents the Phillies from dealing the 31-year-old to a list teams, one of them being the Red Sox — continues to be roadblock when it comes to the Sox acquiring the lefty. It seemingly has been an issue throughout the team’s pursuit of Hamels.

It is believed that the Phillies may be currently focusing on teams that have shown significant interest and are not on Hamels’ 20-team no-trade list.

It is believed by numerous major league sources that the Dodgers might have the inside track on acquiring Hamels, with a very interested Houston team running into the same issues as the Red Sox (also residing on the no-trade list). The Rangers are also believed to be in the mix.

MLB.com has reported that Hamels will not make his scheduled start Thursday, the last day before the non-waiver trade deadline.

Hamels is coming off a no-hitter against the Cubs, with his ERA standing at 3.64 over 128 2/3 innings. He is signed at $22.5 million per season through 2018, with a $20 million team option for ’19.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-61): W, 6-0, vs. Norfolk (Orioles)

— Brian Johnson made his first PawSox start since making his major league debut and tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory. The left-hander gave up four hits and three walks and struck out six. Johnson improved to 9-6 in 17 starts for Pawtucket and lowered his ERA to 2.54.

— Righty Noe Ramirez relieved Johnson in the seventh and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing one walk and striking out two. Right-hander Ronald Belisario pitched the ninth inning and allowed one hit.

— Travis Shaw led the Pawtucket offense, posting the only multi-hit game for either team Tuesday. The lefty went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Shaw, who played third base Tuesday, is hitting .253 with 12 doubles and 30 RBIs on the season.

— First baseman Allen Craig also drove in two runs, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI, and catcher Humberto Quintero went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Luis Diaz

Luis Diaz

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (39-65): L, 2-1, at Trenton (Yankees)

— Despite giving up just two runs — one earned — Luis Diaz took the loss to fall to 1-9 on the season after 20 starts. The right-hander gave up five hits and one walk over six innings. He did not record a strikeout but did lower his ERA to 5.21.

— Right-hander Simon Mercedes pitched two scoreless innings of relief, lowering his ERA to 4.38. He gave up one hit and one walk and struck out two. Mercedes has a 2-2 record after 26 relief appearances for Portland this season.

— Catcher Jordan Weems drove in the lone Portland run Tuesday in his first at-bat at the Double-A level, grounding out to second in the top of the third to score right fielder Aneury Tavarez. Tavarez led off the frame with a walk, stole second and reached third on a throwing error. Weems finished the day 0-for-4. Tavarez went 0-for-3.

— The Sea Dogs posted just three hits Tuesday, as first baseman Sam Travis, second baseman Mike Miller and left fielder Keury De La Cruz all singled.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (51-49): Suspended due to rain at Lynchburg (Indians)

— Tuesday’€™s game was suspended after three innings and will be resumed Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Lynchburg holds a 3-0 lead.

Reed Reilly

Reed Reilly

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-50): L, 2-1, at Charleston (Yankees)

— Reed Reilly suffered the loss, allowing both Charleston runs. Reilly allowed seven hits and one walk and struck out two. The two runs were unearned. The 23-year-old righty fell to 4-5 but lowered his ERA to 4.01 after 14 starts and 21 total appearances for the Drive this season.

— Right fielder Danny Mars recorded the only Greenville RBI and finished the day 2-for-4 with a stolen base. He has hit safely in five straight games and has recorded at least two hits in four of those five. The switch-hitting Mars is batting .364 with two doubles, one triple, six RBIs and six steals after 10 games with the Drive.

— Shortstop Javier Guerra also posted a two-hit game for the Drive, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Second baseman Yoan Moncada went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored and also recorded a steal, his 21st of the season.

Luis Alexander Basabe

Luis Alexander Basabe

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (18-19): L, 6-5, at Williamsport (Phillies)

— Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe and first baseman Josh Ockimey paced the Lowell offense with a pair of two-hit games. Basabe went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and two runs scored, and Ockimey went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

— Second baseman Chad De La Guerra drove in two runs on a triple to center in the top of the first inning. He finished the day 1-for-4 and extended his current hitting streak to six games.

— Right-handed reliever Daniel Gonzalez took the loss in a four-inning effort. The 19-year-old from Venezuela gave up four earned runs on five hits, walked none and struck out two. Gonzalez fell to 2-2 and now has a 3.34 ERA after eight appearances, including one start, for the Spinners.

— Javier Rodriguez started for the Spinners and did not allow a hit in four innings of work but allowed two runs — one earned — on four walks. He also recorded five strikeouts. The 20-year-old southpaw has an 0-2 record and a 5.40 ERA after four starts with Lowell this year.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy
Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

The Red Sox will take on the White Sox on Wednesday as Rick Porcello matches up with Jose Quintana and looks to end the team’s latest slump.

Porcello undoubtedly wishes he could take much of his 2015 season back. The right-hander bears the weight of a 5-10 record and the AL’s worst ERA among starters at 5.51. Much of his struggles can be attributed to his inability to rein in the baseball. Porcello has given up 18 home runs in each of the last two seasons. He has already reached that mark this year through just 19 starts.

To Porcello’s credit, he has responded well since his long-term future with the Red Sox came under serious consideration July 1. Following that disastrous start against the Blue Jays — two innings pitched, seven runs and three homers allowed — he has been stalwart, logging a 2.50 ERA over three starts. His success culminated with a seven-inning, one-run masterpiece against his former team, the Tigers, last Friday. After the game, a 2-1 Red Sox walkoff win, Red Sox manager John Farrell praised Porcello’s resilience under pressure with men on base.

“A lot of strikes by both starters, and I thought tonight from the fourth inning on, Rick’€™s fastball was one of the best he’€™s had on the entire year,” Farrell said. “He was really good with his extension. I think it showed up with some swing and miss to his changeup. He was down in the strike zone, got a key double play in the fourth inning. He was very good. Even the couple of opportunities where they had runners in scoring position he was able to get a key strikeout. He and [Hanigan] again went out and matched up and executed well.”

As a longtime member of the AL Central, Porcello is no stranger to the White Sox. In 19 starts against them, he has posted a 9-7 record and a 4.02 ERA, his second-best mark vs. a team against whom he’s made at least 12 starts. Facing a struggling offense, he will look to cash in and make his third quality start during the month of July.

Jose Quintana

Jose Quintana

Toeing the rubber for the White Sox will be Quintana, a solid starter who’s seen his numbers inflate behind poor defense. This season Quintana has compiled a respectable 5-6 record and a 3.56 ERA. However, his numbers should be even better according to his FIP, which sits at 3.11, ahead of aces like Felix Hernandez (3.25) and Johnny Cueto (3.13). He experienced a similar phenomenon in 2014 when he went 9-11 with a 3.32 ERA and a 2.81 FIP, the 10th-best figure in the majors. All this is to say Quintana’s defense has not done him any favors over the last two years.

Quintana didn’t need any defense last Friday against the Indians as he proved nearly unhittable. The 26-year-old southpaw tossed the first complete game and shutout of his career, an eight-strikeout dazzler. He also tied his season high with 16 ground balls induced and issued zero free passes in the 120-pitch effort. White Sox manager Robin Ventura alluded to Quintana’s struggles with poor defense and a lack of run support after the game, lauding the Colombian for his performance in the 6-0 win.

“He was sharp, and I think there was something about what he’s had to endure,” Ventura said. “I felt we were playing good defense and it helped him. He was sharp from the get-go locating and got out of some jams. Shockingly, we scored a bunch of runs for him, which he was happy about.”

Quintana will try to keep his momentum going Wednesday, as last Friday’s start represents merely one in a long line of July gems. For his career, he has twirled a 2.80 ERA in 21 July starts, the best of any month by nearly half a run.

White Sox vs. Porcello (RHP)

Alexei Ramirez (51 plate appearances): .160 AVG/.160 OBP/.200 SLG, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Gordon Beckham (37): .469/.486/.750, 6 doubles, 1 HR, 6 RBIs

Melky Cabrera (22): .500/.545/.800, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Tyler Flowers (17): .133/.235/.200, 5 strikeouts

Avisail Garcia (14): .538/.571/.615, 1 double, 3 RBIs

Jose Abreu (7): .286/.286/.714, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

Adam Eaton (7): .286/.286/.714, 1 double, 1 triple

Geovany Soto (7): .571/.571/1.571, 1 double, 2 HR, 2 RBIs

Adam LaRoche (6): .600/.667/.800, 1 double

J.B. Shuck (6): .167/.167/.333

Carlos Sanchez (4): .250/.250/.250

Emilio Bonifacio is 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI against Porcello.

Tyler Saladino has not faced Porcello.

Red Sox vs. Quintana (LHP)

Mike Napoli (6): .167/.167/.167, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Mookie Betts (3): .000/.000/.000

Brock Holt (3): .000/.000/.000

Daniel Nava (3): .500/.667/.500

Hanley Ramirez (3): .333/.333/.333

Pablo Sandoval (3): .000/.000/.000

No other Red Sox have faced Quintana.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu

Almost a year after the Red Sox inked Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal, the outfielder has collected a fair amount of naysayers.

But don’€™t count Jose Abreu among that group.

The White Sox slugger ‘€“ who hit his 52nd career home run in the first baseman’€™s 238rd big league game Tuesday night during his team’€™s 9-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park ‘€“ believes good times are ahead for his former Cuban national team teammate.

“Yes, of course,” said Abreu through a translator when asked if he believed Castillo would be a star in the major leagues. “He’€™s a five-tool player. He’€™s just trying to work hard every day. He’€™s a great, great player.”

While the 28-year-old Abreu is just less than six months younger than Castillo, the pair’€™s immediate major league success has been strikingly different.
The Red Sox outfielder has totaled a .272 batting average, .688 OPS and three home runs in 38 major league games, while also 40 more games with Triple-A Pawtucket this season.

Abreu, on the other hand, by this date in his first full major league season had already hit 31 homers.

The White Sox slugger suggests, however, that all Castillo needs is more time.

“I played against him a lot in Cuba and I know him very well. He’€™s a very good player,” Abreu said. “My advice for him is to just keep working hard every day because he’€™s got a lot of talent to show up here.”

He added, “I see him as the same player as he was in Cuba. Sometimes it’€™s difficult for a player to just play one game or two and not have that consistency instead of playing every day. He has to keep working his way because he’€™s not a manager. He just has to play hard.”

And then there is that sting that Abreu left for Red Sox fans when the White Sox out-bid Boston for the player’€™s services by less than $5 million. (It is believed that the narrow miss by the Red Sox on Abreu pushed the team harder toward signing Castillo, with principal owner John Henry emailing WEEI.com last August, “Yes, the financial aspects [of Castillo’€™s contract] were impacted by coming close on Abreu. The White Sox did their homework.”

“I just kept my mind open for each team,” Abreu said. “I have to thank the Red Sox organization because I was working out in their complex in the Dominican Republic, so I have to thank them for that because they gave me the facility to show off for other teams, and for them also. But things were right for the White Sox.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Pedro Martinez had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox Tuesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Pedro Martinez had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox Tuesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

There was a long wait for it, but Tuesday night was all about Pedro Martinez again at Fenway Park.

As the Red Sox retired No. 45 to the right field wall, Martinez reflected on all he had accomplished during his time in Boston as well as how he reached this point in his career.

It was all he could do, he said.

Prior to the game, the Sox held a ceremony for the recent Hall of Famer, bringing out former members of the team like Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Dennis Eckersley, Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek and others.

“All I could do was reflect when I saw everybody there,” Martinez said. “And seeing the franchise standing right there, all the players … reflect, reflect and reflect and maybe one of these days I will wake up and say, ‘Hey, my god, this just happened.’ But right now I’m like in a bubble, I’m flying around. I haven’t set my feet down yet.”

He also emphasized just how much all of his accolades have affected him, and how he’s still strapped for words when he thinks about how he was the one on the receiving end of them.

“It seems like destiny had me linked in a very different way to everything,” he said. “The Red Sox, the seasons, the championships, ’04, 86 years and then I’m part of the All-Century team for the Red Sox, and I see so many great players that passed by that couldn’t pull it off. I was part of the ones that pulled it off, and not only that, I’m the first pitcher that goes into that exclusive wall of numbers retired.

“It’s a unique opportunity to feel this, and I don’t know how to describe it. I get confused in the middle of trying to explain why, why me? How? And I’m trying to enjoy it as well, and I’m trying to have a great time and soaking up as much as I can, but I’m still floating from being in the Hall of Fame, from being in the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Latino Hall of Fame, so many things that happened that I can only say I’m fortunate. I’m so fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent so many different things.”

Not surprisingly, he was met with thousands of cheers throughout the ceremony, creating an atmosphere that reminded the former pitcher of his days on the mound in Boston.

“Today I felt the same, the same little movement,” Martinez said. “The kids walking, and the cars parked a little further down, and the kids are rushing into the stadium, and the people are happy and they’re excited and they want to be out there.

“I love that, and that’s what makes Boston unique. Now when I was standing by the podium over there, I could hear someone, ‘I love you Pedro!’ and that’s the only stadium where you can probably be able to hear that and feel that kind of passion and love … it’s a unique feeling being here in Boston.”

Manager John Farrell said that one of the characteristics that defined Martinez’s starts at Fenway, aside from his sheer pitching ability, was the way people reacted to him. It created a different kind of day for those at the park. But inside of hurling the baseball, Martinez found ways to impress in a time when runs typically came in droves.

“The thing that stood out at the time was someone of his physical stature was capable of throwing the baseball and manipulating the baseball as he could,” Farrell said. “With the power that he had, you wonder, OK, a guy of his size, how long’s it going to last? It obviously lasted a long time with a heck of a lot of success. In an era that was dominated by offense, he was equally or more dominant on the other side, which makes his time here in Boston that much more special.”

While Martinez has been praised over and over for his numerical and statistical success as a player, he said he’d rather be remembered as a sign of hope as someone who “unexpectedly made it further than he ever dreamed” because he refused to give up and had no space for failure.

“Instead of greatness and achievement, I’ll take hope and faith and determination, hard work and dedication,” he said. “[So they say,] ‘There’s a symbol of dedication, there is a symbol of integrity, there is a symbol of hope, there is a sign of hope for everyone that’s coming out,’ and especially for me, to be born in the Dominican Republic with a shot and coming from a third world country that this sign of hope that I want to represent for those people is even bigger. That would make a lot more sense to me than the individual achievements.”

But when people look up at his number now at the park, all Martinez wants them to think about is having fun.

“The same way that number’s hanging, they’re hanging here …” he said. “I am fun. I am having fun, and I love to have them here, and I hope they have the same feeling when they see that number.

“‘Pedro, that’s Pedro! Oh, Pedro is always in the parade. Pedro’s always happy, Pedro’s always grateful. Pedro, you never know what Pedro’s going to be,’ so just go out there, have fun. Remember me for a fun guy, sign of hope, a sign of someone that was always happy and grateful.”

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen
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Joe Kelly’s first inning Monday night was bad — allowing four runs — putting the Red Sox in a quick 4-0 hole.

Wade Miley allowed five first inning runs in the Red Sox' loss to the White Sox Tuesday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Wade Miley allowed five first inning runs in the Red Sox‘ loss to the White Sox Tuesday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly’s first inning Monday night was bad — allowing four runs — putting the Red Sox in a quick 4-0 hole.

But, Tuesday night was even worse as Wade Miley allowed five first-inning runs, digging the Red Sox a hole they couldn’t dig out of in their 9-4 loss to the White Sox on the night Pedro Martinez‘s number was retired before the game.

Martinez wouldn’t have liked what he saw, as after striking out the leadoff batter, Miley allowed the next five batters to reach, all of which scored, as the White Sox took a 5-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped to the plate.

The big blow came on a two-run Geovany Soto double, which scored two runs. Emilio Bonifacio followed with an RBI double for the fifth run of the inning.

Miley settled down, firing four scoreless innings until a freak play in the sixth ended his night.

With two outs in the sixth inning and the White Sox carrying a 5-2 lead, Jose Abreu launched a first-pitch fastball to deep right-center field. Mookie Betts raced back to catch the fly ball, but after two steps hurdled his body over the right field fence.

The outfielder tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen, landing on his head and neck. While the ball trickled out of Betts’€™ glove after landing on the ground, Abreu was initially called out. But after an umpires’€™ review, the call was over-turned, giving the White Sox slugger his 16th homer and the visitors’€™ a two-run lead.

Making matters worse, Betts was forced to leave the game and was tested for a possible concussion.

Miley went 5 2/3 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits, while walking three and striking out five.

The Red Sox cut into the White Sox’ lead in the second inning on a Pablo Sandoval two-run homer the other way. That was all the Sox could get against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija until a meaningless two runs in the ninth.

The right-hander went 8+ innings allowing four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three.

In relief of Miley, Justin Masterson allowed a towering homer to Soto in the seventh and another run in the eighth. He allowed two runs over his 3 1/3 innings of relief.

The Red Sox have now dropped two straight games and are 2-9 since the All-Star break.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ win:

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Although Miley made it into the sixth inning after his issues in the first, the Red Sox needed a better effort. He had been better at Fenway Park, as he entered the game 4-2 with a 3.59 ERA at Fenway Park since May 2.

Mike Napoli went 0-for-4 with a strike out and grounding into a double play. After a mini hot streak, he’s 0 for his last 6.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Sandoval’s home run was his eighth of the season, but just his third of the year at Fenway. It was the first home run for Sandoval since June 28, which spanned 90 at-bats.

— The Red Sox held a terrific pregame ceremony to retire Martinez’s number. He ended by throwing out the first pitch to Jason Varitek.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable