A week ago, the Red Sox dished out a 14-1 thrashing against the Blue Jays in Toronto. On Monday night, the Jays returned the favor.

Clay Buchholz had another rough outing, Monday night. (AP)

Clay Buchholz had another rough outing, Monday night. (AP)

A week ago, the Red Sox dished out a 14-1 thrashing against the Blue Jays in Toronto. On Monday night, the Jays returned the favor.

There weren’t many bright spots for the Red Sox in Monday night’s 14-1 defeat. In fact, as Felix Doubront was giving up hard-hit balls left and right in the sixth inning with a shower of boos raining upon him after each hit, it felt a lot like a new rock bottom.

Doubront, who has made his desire to either move back to the rotation or to be traded quite clear over the past couple of days, didn’t do much to improve his stock on Monday. He relieved starter Clay Buchholz with two on and nobody out in the sixth. At that point, the score was 5-0. By the time Doubront was pulled after recording just two outs, the Red Sox were in a 13-0 hole.

The left-hander has reiterated that he believes he’s a starter and doesn’t belong in the bullpen. Coming into the game, he had posted a 5.40 ERA in six relief appearances this season. His numbers between the bullpen and rotation didn’t differ all that much, despite the tiny sample size as a reliever. Those numbers look a more skewed now, as Doubront’s six-hit, six-run performance in just two-thirds of an inning. He now sports an even 11.00 ERA out of the ‘pen.

Doubront issued a walk and induced a sac fly upon entering the game, but things went south after a home run to Melky Cabrera (his second of the evening). Doubront went on to give up a couple of long doubles and hard hit singles before being lifted.

Doubront’s performance was a disaster, but Buchholz’s wasn’t much better. Buchholz put the Red Sox in a hole right off the bat; the Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead just six pitches into the game thanks to a leadoff walk and first pitch home run off of the bat of Cabrera. Though Buchholz settled down for a few innings following the long ball, he was far from sharp. The bottom of a significantly weakened Jays lineup (one that featured the likes of Munenori KawasakiJosh TholeRyan Goins and Anthony Gose) as the Jays tacked on two in the fourth against Buchholz. He was responsible for three of the nine runs in the debacle of a sixth inning, and finished with seven runs allowed on the evening. The bottom four of the Blue Jays’ order went a combined 8-for-12 against Buchholz and Doubront.

On the offensive side, it was a familiar story. The Red Sox couldn’t get much going against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed just one run on three hits through seven innings of labor.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

- For a while after Buchholz came off the disabled list, he looked like his old self. During a stretch of four starts, he compiled a 2.73 ERA and walked just one batter over 29 2/3 innings. But things have unraveled for Buchholz lately. His seven earned runs on Monday night represented a season-high, and he’s issued four free passes in each of his last two outings. He’s allowed 23 hits over his last 17 innings.

- Even the more consistent of Red Sox pitchers had off nights. Burke Badenhop wasn’t sharp, walking a pair and allowing a run, despite not permitting a hit. He did, however, secure the last out of the nightmarish sixth inning.

- Though he did draw a walk, Brock Holt went hitless for his third straight contest. The leadoff man is just 1-for-his-last-23 at the plate.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

- It comes as little surprise, but David Ortiz was responsible for the Red Sox’ lone run on the night, singling in David Ross, who had drawn a walk. Ortiz has driven in 21 runs over his last 14 contests.

-Stephen Drew had one of only four hits for the Sox, sending a double to right. He continues to show signs of progress at the plate, batting .270 over his last 11 games. He was also robbed of a hit by first baseman Juan Francisco, who snagged a sharp liner down the line.

Craig Breslow pitched a relatively clean eighth inning, allowing just a single. He’s allowed just two runs in his last 10 outings.

Blog Author: 
Katie Morrison

You didn’€™t expect the feud between David Ortiz and the Tampa Bay Rays to die down just because the Red Sox left Florida, did you?

You didn’€™t expect the feud between David Ortiz and the Tampa Bay Rays to die down just because the Red Sox left Florida, did you?

Ortiz had responded to Chris Archer’€™s criticism of the designated hitter flipping his bat after hitting a home run Sunday afternoon, saying the pitcher was, ‘€œnot the right guy to be saying that. I don’€™t think, you know, you got two days in the league, you can’€™t be just [whining] and complaining about [things] like that.’€

Monday, both Archer and his teammate (and fellow Ortiz nemesis) David Price, fired back when talking to reporters.

First, Archer:

‘€œI mean, I’ve gotten excited before, and they blow that out of proportion, too, saying that I kissed my bicep. Man, but honestly, I was in the infant stages of my career there — that was literally, like, my fifth start of my career. People say, ‘You should act like you’ve been there before.’ At that time in my career, I had never been there.

‘€œI think we all know that’s how he plays the game. I don’t take back what I said, but what I said was true. I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat — I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of player as far as what they’ve accomplished. But I guess different people have different ways of reacting, and that’s just who he is, how he plays the game. I’m not mad, just speaking the truth.

‘€œIt’s just a game, man. All this is completely blown out of proportion. I just said the truth, man. You can ask anybody. If they’re gonna be honest, they’re gonna tell you how they feel. If they want to say the politically correct thing, they may not say exactly how they feel.’€

Also responding to reporters Monday was Price, who had a dust-up with Ortiz earlier in the season.

‘€œ[Archer] said what he needed to say,” the pitcher said. “He handled it extremely well — I wish I would have handled it that well.

‘€œEverybody sees the same thing. Like Archer said, him and Big Papi’s conversations have been great. Same with me. Whenever you have conversations the way that [Ortiz] has them with people, you think he has respect for you. Doesn’t look that way.’€

Price added regarding Ortiz, ‘€œThat’s how he is, though. If anything ever happens, he wants to be on everybody’s good side. That’s why he does what he does — and everybody knows that. We’re not worried about that.’€

The Tampa Bay ace also reiterated the support Archer received from others. ‘€œNot just in here — that’s around baseball. I’m sure he’s got texts.’€

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

According to multiple major league sources, it looks as though the Red Sox decision to trade Jon Lester will most likely be made close to the 4 p.m. July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, with the likelihood of a deal gaining momentum.

According to multiple major league sources, it looks as though the Red Sox decision to trade Jon Lester will most likely be made close to the 4 p.m. July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, with the likelihood of a deal gaining momentum.

The sources paint the picture of multiple options being talked about throughout baseball, with Lester’s name being surfaced by a myriad of clubs. According to FOX Sports, interested teams include the Mariners and Orioles.

Per one source, the chances of the Red Sox re-engaging in talks with Lester’s representatives prior to the deadline aren’t likely. With that in mind, and the Sox still not approaching Lester with an offer in line with the current market value, the chances of the lefty being dealt seem to be increasing.

As for the rumors circulating around Matt Kemp, an source confirms that the Red Sox’ are not looking to trade for the Dodgers outfielder at the moment.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

It’s that time of year for manager John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox. With the trade deadline this upcoming Thursday and the Red Sox seemingly in a position to sell off some of their more desirable assets.

Given the recent trade of Jake Peavy, the team’s 48-57 record and the team’s position 10 1/2 games out of the American League East, a number of players, notably Jon Lester, Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller and Jonny Gomes have reportedly drawn interest from other teams.

With only three days until the deadline, Farrell says that the team is constant communication with players on their status of the trade market.

I think it’s out of professional courtesy or respect to the player,” Farrell said. “Ben has been very much involved in this as well, trying to keep guys up to date if there is anything that has legitimacy to a given guy or the fact that in many cases, it’s a rumor and to put their thoughts at rest. I think everyone just wants to know where they stand and what they might anticipate. That being said, that’s the purpose behind it, to allow them to go about their work with a clear mind.”

Farrell, who says no trades are imminent, says the team tries to keep an open line of communication with players in regards to trade possibilities. Farrell says he is in constant communication with general manager Ben Cherington on the state of the team.

“If we need to make roster changes with guys coming from Pawtucket or if there are situations that make sense for us as an organization going forward, there is conversation,” Farrell said. “Ben has got a complete staff to pull form and a draw from and trust. This is about a group of people led by Ben trying to do what’s right for organization.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES:

– Allen Webster will make the start for the Red Sox on Saturday against the Yankees. While there was speculation that Workman could make the start after his uniform was seen in his locker in the Red Sox clubhouse, Farrell put those thoughts to rest.

“Everything points to Allen making that start,” Farrell said. “There is no plan right now to make any changes in our rotation.”

Blog Author: 
Joon Lee

David Ortiz is aware of the reality of the Red Sox‘€™ situation at the trade deadline. With rumors swirling about what players may or may not remain in Red Sox uniforms by 4 p.m.

David Ortiz is aware of the reality of the Red Sox‘€™ situation at the trade deadline. With rumors swirling about what players may or may not remain in Red Sox uniforms by 4 p.m. Thursday, Ortiz maintains that he believes the club should hang on to one of their biggest assets.

Jon Lester‘€™s name has understandably come up in trade rumors recently, with the left-hander approaching free agency and the Red Sox sinking deeper in the AL East standings by the day. But Ortiz has confidence that his long-time teammate will still be his teammate in 2015.

“€œ[Lester is] a good player and I still believe at some point [he and the Red Sox] are going to get to an agreement,” Ortiz said Monday.

Ortiz, who has shared a field with Lester since Lester made his debut in 2006, expressed his confusion over the prospect of dealing away the rotation’€™s ace.

“He’€™s one of the best pitchers in the game…you definitely want to rebuild around a guy like him. He brings everything to the table every time he takes the mound, he takes his job very seriously,” Ortiz said. “I don’€™t know where [the rumor] comes from…it might come from the front office or whatever, but when you’€™re planning on trading that type of a player, you must be getting half a team from some other place.

‘€œHe’€™s very valuable to this ball club, he’€™s won a couple World Series, and you can’€™t ask the guy for [anything] more than what he has done. He’€™s in his prime.”

Regardless, Ortiz understands that this kind of speculation is part of the game around this point in the season.

“By this time, the trade talk is always out there. Sometimes it can be a little frustrating because some of your own teammates are going to be moved at some point,”€ Ortiz said. “At the same time, it’€™s the kind of situation you’€™ve got to deal with.”

But as the deadline looms closer, Ortiz hopes that come Thursday night, Lester will still be in a Red Sox uniform.

“This is a tough market, and you have a guy that throughout his career playing here he’€™s been able to do what he’€™s done, he’€™s a keeper,” Ortiz said. “We’€™ll see what happens.”

 

Blog Author: 
Katie Morrison
Tim Kurkjian

Tim Kurkjian

ESPN baseball writer Tim Kurkjian joined Middays with MFB Monday afternoon to discuss trade rumors surrounding Jon Lester, Koji Uehara and other Red Sox players. To listen to the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Trade rumors linking Lester to the Dodgers have quickly emerged as one of the top stories leading up to the July 31 deadline, with LA outfielder Matt Kemp tied in with many of the trade discussions. Kurkjian said that he doesn’€™t believe that Boston will trade its ace, but noted that a lot can change in the upcoming days.

“I’€™m going to say that Jon Lester is not going to be traded, with the understanding that has finally occurred to me in the last five days that it’€™s a possibility,” Kurkjian said. “I would say 10 days ago, I was told, ‘€˜Jon Lester is not going to be traded.’€™ And now that possibility exists, therefore it is a fascinating situation, and the Dodger angle is very interesting. They have so much money to deal with, all they care about there is winning a World Series and if they can’€™t get David Price, than maybe, just maybe, they look to Jon Lester.

“I’€™m just not sure that Matt Kemp is the right fit here. Granted, the Red Sox need all sorts of outfield help, that’€™s pretty obvious. He played all three outfield positions this year because he has not done very well in center field, but it just doesn’€™t seem like this is going to happen -€“ Kemp for Lester – because too much money is involved from Kemp’€™s end, free agency with Lester, to me, there are just too many moving parts.”

Another prime candidate to be traded is closer Koji Uehara, who has once again been spectacular at the back end of the bullpen (21 saves, 1.51 ERA, 0.76 WHIP) this season. While Kurkjian acknowledged that Uehara could be dealt, he added that a big-market team such as the Red Sox do not have the luxury to just mail it in for the rest of the season.

“It’€™s going to be real interesting what they do with Koji, who had a second half of the year like almost no closer has ever had. … But a free agent at the end of the year, how much is he going to ask for? The Red Sox have to ask themselves, ‘€˜Is he our closer? Do we need to re-sign him? What’€™s that going to take?’€™ I was told all along that they’€™re not trading Koji if they’€™re in the race, but if they fall out of the race, they naturally have to at least look into it, and I’€™m sure that they will,” Kurkjian said. “All sorts of teams need a reliever, that’€™s for sure. This is where contenders, including the Dodgers, just absolutely load up on as many relievers as the can get down the stretch, because you win in the postseason with a deep, versatile bullpen.”

Kurkjian continued: “This is a different situation here in Boston. These are not the Cubs. This team won the World Series last year, they’€™re selling out virtually every night, it’€™s an expensive ticket, you can’€™t just give up on the season when you’€™re the Boston Red Sox and that’€™s the tricky spot that they’€™re in.”

With the Red Sox 10 1/2 games back in the AL East standings, it appears that all hope is lost for any potential playoff runs in 2014. As a result, multiple players could be sent packing in the coming days, including Mike Carp, Felix Doubront, Stephen Drew and Jonny Gomes. While the Red Sox aren’€™t likely to gain ground in the standings, Kurkjian said that a potential Red Sox fire sale would not be too large.

“No, I don’€™t think so,” Kurkjian said. “I think at this time of year, at least this is my experience, you hear 1,000 names and two of them move, or one of them move. You also need to look at the value of the people that you’€™re trading. Mike Carp is a good player in spurts, he can help you in a lot of ways but he’€™s not going to bring you much realistically, so if you’€™re not getting anything back, why would you move him even though he’€™d like to move on? … That’€™s the way it works this time of year. When you fall out of it, everyone’€™s available but it’€™s very rare that three, four, five guys move from one team at the trade deadline.”

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Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan