Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

Anytime a pitcher visits with Dr. James Andrews the news usually isn’t good.

For Brandon Workman, it could have been much worse as the right-hander avoided surgery and received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection after visiting with him earlier this week.

Workman will remain in Boston and begin the rehab process.

“He’ll remain here. He’s still probably two or three weeks away from initiating any type of throwing program,” manager John Farrell said. “So he’ll remain here in Boston.”

“There are some changes to the ligament,” he added. “To what extent, or percentage of tear, I don’t have that. But that is why he received the injection he did.”

Farrell said the expectation is he will be able to pitch again this year.

Workman was set to begin the year in Pawtucket’s bullpen, but he had his optioned reversed as the injury first occurred while he was on the major league roster, so he is currently on the major league disabled list.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After being scratched from the lineup Saturday with bruised ribs, Shane Victorino returns to the Red Sox lineup Sunday against the Orioles.

After being scratched from the lineup Saturday with bruised ribs, Shane Victorino returns to the Red Sox lineup Sunday against the Orioles.

The right fielder spoke in the clubhouse before the game and said he feels fine after running into the right field wall Friday night. He swung in the cage during Saturday’s game and is ready to go Sunday.

Dustin Pedroia will get his first day off of the season. The second baseman is 0 for his last 7 and has committed two errors over the first 11 games.

“Just a day off. One of the benefits of Brock Holt,” manager John Farrell said.

“No, not a reaction,” to Pedroia’s recent struggles he added. “Planned day knowing we have an early morning game tomorrow and a left-hander on the mound. A chance to give him a spell.”

Holt will lead off with Mookie Betts sliding down to the No. 2 spot. Farrell said that was just a way to break up the left-handers in the order.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, as the Red Sox go up against Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.

For an extensive look at the pitching matchups, click here.

1. Brock Holt, 2B
2. Mookie Betts, CF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Shane Victorino, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, RHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello will take the mound Sunday afternoon in the third game of a four-game series against the Orioles at Fenway Park. He will be matched up against Miguel Gonzalez.

Porcello has had two good outings to start the season, which is something that the rest of the Red Sox pitching staff cannot claim. He has given up three runs in each game and has put up a 3.86 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, 10 strikeouts and three walks. One area of concern is the home run ball, as Porcello has allowed three. Even with the home runs, however, Porcello has been doing a good job of keeping balls in play on the ground. His ground out to air out ratio is 2.09, and opponents are hitting just .185 against him.

Porcello’s last start was the home opener, in which he went eight innings in a victory over the Nationals. He gave up just three earned runs while striking out six and walking one. It was his first start at Fenway as a member of the Red Sox.

“I obviously wanted to go out there and put up a good start,” Porcello said after the game. “The guys swung the bats great and really I didn’t have to do a whole lot but throw strikes and keep the ball down. Definitely had some butterflies early on, I was pretty excited, but it was a lot fun.”

In nine career starts against the Orioles, Porcello is 3-5 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.335 WHIP.

Miguel Gonzalez

Miguel Gonzalez

Porcello’s opponent on the mound will be Baltimore’s most effective starter early in the season. Gonzalez is 1-1 in two starts, but his loss was a result of his team being shut out by the Rays. He owns a 1.42 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP and has struck out 15 while walking six.

In his most recent start, Gonzalez got the win in a seven-inning outing. He gave up just one run and four hits while striking out ten and walking one.

In eight games and six starts against the Red Sox, the 30-year-old native of Mexico is 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.279 WHIP. In two starts at Fenway last year, Gonzalez went 1-0 and allowed just one earned run in 14 1/3 innings while striking out 10 and walking five.

Orioles vs. Porcello (RHP)

Alejandro De Aza (37 plate appearances): .206 AVG/.270 OBP/.235 SLG, 1 double, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Delmon Young (25): .333/.360/.542, 1 home run, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Adam Jones (24): .167/.167/.167, 6 strikeouts

Travis Snider (12): .100/.250/.100, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Manny Machado (11): .300/.364/.300, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Steve Clevenger (5): .800/.800/1.200, 2 doubles, 1 RBI

Ryan Flaherty (5): .400/.400/.400

Everth Cabrera (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Jonathon Schoop has one strikeout in four plate appearances vs. Porcello.

Steve Pearce is 0-for-3 in three plate appearances vs. Porcello.

Caleb Joseph, Ryan Lavarnway, Chris Davis, and David Lough have not faced Porcello.

Red Sox vs. Gonzalez (RHP)

Daniel Nava (18): .333/.444/.400, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (15): .214/.267/.214, 1 RBI

Xander Bogaerts (8): .125/.125/.125, 3 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (8): .143/.250/.143, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (6): .400/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Brock Holt (4): .250/.250/.250

David Ortiz has two walks and two strikeouts in eight plate appearances vs. Gonzalez.

No other Red Sox have faced Gonzalez.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

Clay Buchholz has earned a reputation as one of the slowest pitchers in baseball with runners on base.

Clay Buchholz has earned a reputation as one of the slowest pitchers in baseball with runners on base. The Baltimore Orioles felt the Red Sox pitcher Saturday reached a new low – or long – as he slowed the game down to a crawl in the fourth and fifth innings.

Buchholz threw 30 pitches in the fourth, when the Orioles loaded the bases twice but could only score twice. That inning also featured four throws to first and a coaching visit to the mound. It took over 20 minutes to record three outs. But to Buchholz’s credit, he limited damage to two runs by getting of the jam with strikeouts of Alejandro De Aza and Steve Pearce.

In the fifth inning, it was another tedious inning for Buchholz. He loaded the bases with none out. But a 3-2-3 double play sped things along and then Ryan Flaherty struck out. No runs. Amazingly, Buchholz allowed 11 hits over his five innings, taking 89 pitches to complete his day’s work.

But Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t believe that the two half innings by Buchholz took nearly 40 minutes of the three hours, 24 minutes it took to complete the game. More annoying to Showalter was the impact it had on his starter Chris Tillman.

“Let’s put it this way, Chris was good, had good stuff,” Showalter said. “I think he was challenged by the tempo that was set by things out of his control. Wow. I think it kind of froze things up there a little bit.”

Tillman confirmed the observation of his manager when asked how long the delays in between innings felt like with Buchholz on the mound.

“Forever. I couldn’t even tell you how long they felt. They felt like forever,” Tillman said.

“There were a couple of innings there where he’s sitting around for 20, 30 minutes over here,” Showalter said. “It’s cold and we finally found a couple of heaters. It took him a little while to get loose. It’s sad in a way because he had stuff to go deep in that game. We needed at least five or six innings.”

The reason the Orioles felt they needed five or six innings from Tillman was the untimely ejection of Friday starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the fourth inning.

“They had the four-corner stall going there,” Showalter said. “It’s tough to keep concentration. It’s really tough. It seemed like Buchholz had thrown 120 but he had only thrown 80 or 90. It’s all about getting that last base touched and we weren’t able to do it.”

“I wouldn’t say it’s mentally tough,” added Tillman. “It’s more physically challenging. I’ve been in that situation enough to prepare myself in the dugout to go back out to make pitches from the get-go. First couple of times it was tough.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

It remains a work in progress.

There was an understanding that it was going to take time for Hanley Ramirez to grow accustomed to playing his new position, left field. But instances like the one that occurred during the Red Sox‘ 4-1 loss to the Orioles Saturday tests the patience of all involved.

It remains a work in progress.

There was an understanding that it was going to take time for Hanley Ramirez to grow accustomed to playing his new position, left field. But instances like the one that occurred during the Red Sox‘ 4-1 loss to the Orioles Saturday tests the patience of all involved.

With runners on first and second in the fifth inning, and Clay Buchholz trying to manage a 2-0 deficit against Baltimore, Jimmy Paredes lofted a high fly ball toward the left field wall. With the wind pushing the ball toward the left field line, Ramirez seemed to have the catch lined up.

As the ball arrived at the base of the wall, Ramirez executed what was probably an unnecessary small jump. The outfielder then saw the baseball bounce off the heel of his glove, resulting in a single to load the bases for the Orioles.

This came after Ramirez seemingly pulled up on a ball in the left field corner the inning before (also of Paredes’ bat), ending up as the only extra-base hit allowed by Buchholz. (For video of that play, click here.)

After the game, Ramirez insisted the wall was at least partly to blame.

“It hit the wall and then hit my glove so make sure you see the replay person and ask him about it,’€ he said. (Note: After further review, upon Ramirez’s suggestion, the ball never did touch the wall.)

“There was nothing I could do on that play,” he added. “I jumped and the ball just hit the wall. I went back inside and saw the replay.

“You just have to come back tomorrow and win the game. We’€™re playing pretty good baseball right now. There’€™s nothing we have to be concerned about.We take everything as a positive Everybody is just happy we’€™re here, we’€™re going to keep working and give 100 percent every game. There’€™s nothing we have to be concerned about right now.”

After the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell reiterated the evolution of Ramirez’s defensive existence would take some time to get comfortable with.

“We knew it was going to be a transition for him,” he said. “There was going to be work to be done. The wall here is going to be different than what we had the ability to work with in Fort Myers just because of the way it’€™s constructed. To me, there’€™s nothing alarming and the more games played, the more comfortable he’€™s going to get.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

It was hard to tell if the perception of Clay Buchholz was altered Saturday.

The result of the starter’s outing was clearly better than what transpired the last time out, yet much of the six innings in which Buchholz was thick with uneasiness.

It was hard to tell if the perception of Clay Buchholz was altered Saturday.

The result of the starter’s outing was clearly better than what transpired the last time out, yet much of the six innings in which Buchholz was thick with uneasiness.

The end result of Buchholz’ third start of the season was a Red Sox 4-1 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park. The righty took the loss, giving up 11 hits and a walk while striking out seven and stranding nine baserunners.

Only one of the hits off Buchholz was of the extra-base variety, and that one — coming off the bat of Jimmy Parades — should have been caught by left fielder Hanley Ramirez.

Despite Buchholz’ ability to escape major damage, his slow pace and reluctance to use his fastball in key spots later in the game (after using it liberally out of the gate) didn’t paint the exact picture the Red Sox were hoping for coming off 3 1/3-inning, 10-run start in New York.

At the end of the day, Buchholz did keep pace with Baltimore starter Chris Tillman, who cruised through much of his 5 1/3 innings in which he allowed one run on six hits.

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Tillman. The Orioles hurler kept the Red Sox off-balance for much of his outing. In 17 starts against the Red Sox, the righty has now allowed more than three runs just twice.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– The Red Sox first real chance against Tillman came in the third inning with runners on first and third and two outs. But Dustin Pedroia couldn’t quite beat out his slow roller down the third base line, making the second baseman 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position for the season. The Red Sox had secured the runners on base thanks to a Xander Bogaerts’ walk (giving the Sox most free passes in the majors, 49) and another Brock Holt single.

– The next solid chance the Red Sox had came in the fourth, with David Ortiz standing at third with two outs (thanks to his second single of the game). But Mike Napoli continued to struggle, flying out to second. Napoli — who is 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position — did manage a single in his next at-bat.

– Ramirez continued to play left field (to be kind) cautiously. In this case it led to the Orioles’ first run, with Ramirez allowing Parades’ fly ball bounce in the corner. With two runners on with nobody out, Baltimore managed to plate a pair thanks to a fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop and single. Ramirez would make another subpar play in the fifth, dropping a fly ball at the base of the left field wall.

– Pedroia stranded five runners, striking out twice. Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Daniel Nava also went hitless.

– Robbie Ross Jr. allowed Chris Davis his second home run of the season, with the Orioles first baseman launching a two-run blast over the left field wall to give the visitors some breathing room heading into the bottom of the ninth.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Buchholz got out of what could have been a disastrous situation, facing the bases loaded and just one out in what had already become a two-run fourth inning. But after striking out Alejandro De Aza on a well-placed change-up, and Steve Pearce on an 89 mph cutter, the starter got out of what resulted in a 31-pitch inning.

– The righty did it again in the following inning when he escaped a bases-loaded, nobody out jam. In this case, Buchholz induced a 3-2-3 double play and a Ryan Flaherty strikeout to end the frame.

– The Red Sox were finally able to get to Baltimore starter Chris Tillman in the sixth inning, with David Ortiz managing his third hit of the game, a line-drive double to right field, to kick things off. Ortiz was ultimately plated when Tillman mishandled a slow roller off the bat of Sandoval.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford