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

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

Shawn Haviland

Shawn Haviland

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (57-84): L, 2-1, vs. Rochester (Twins)

— Right-hander Shawn Haviland fell to 5-10 on the season, taking the loss after giving up both Rochester runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked none. In six starts with the PawSox after being acquired from the White Sox organization, Haviland is 1-5 with a 4.17 ERA. His ERA on the year is 4.18.

— Madison Younginer made his first appearance with the PawSox this year and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and recording one strikeout. The 24-year-old right-hander had an 8-4 record with two saves and a 3.05 ERA in 39 relief appearances for Portland this season.

— Center fielder Jonathan Roof drove in the lone Pawtucket run on a single in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Pawtucket offense managed just five hits, as catcher Humberto Quintero doubled and scored on Roof’€™s single, and third baseman Deven Marrero, designated hitter Carlos Rivero and second baseman Mike Miller all singled.

Mike Augliera

Mike Augliera

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (51-88): L, 3-0, vs. New Britain (Rockies)

— Mike Augliera suffered the loss after allowing all three New Britain runs in two innings of relief. The 25-year-old right-hander gave up four hits and struck out four. Augliera fell to 3-15 on the season and now has a 5.26 ERA.

— Left-hander Danny Rosenbaum started for Portland and went six innings, allowing just two hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Rosenbaum has started 11 games for the Sea Dogs this year and is 0-7 with a 6.02 ERA.

— Righty Simon Mercedes pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts. The 23-year-old is 3-3 with a 4.77 ERA through 36 relief appearances.

— The Portland offense managed just four hits, with two coming off the bat of center fielder Manuel Margot. Margot went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in his last three games. First baseman David Chester and left fielder Forrestt Allday also recorded hits for the Sea Dogs.

Wendell Rijo

Wendell Rijo

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (64-72): W, 6-3, at Potomac (Nationals)

— Second baseman Wendell Rijo (who celebrated his 20th birthday Friday) led the Salem offense with a 2-for-5 day, hitting a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. Rijo has recorded two hits in each of his last three games and is hitting .256 on the season with six home runs.

— First baseman Mario Martinez also went 2-for-5 and scored a run. Left fielder Yoilan Cerse drove in three runs and went 1-for-5 with a triple and a run scored.

— Trey Ball earned the win in a five-inning effort. The left-hander allowed two runs — one earned — on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Ball improved to 9-13 after 25 starts and now has a 4.73 ERA.

— Right-hander Brandon Show pitched the final four innings and recorded his second save of the season. Show gave up one unearned run, four hits and no walks with one strikeout. The 22-year-old has pitched in 12 games for Salem this season and has a 1-1 record with a 2.83 ERA.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (70-66): Postponed due to rain vs. Savannah (Mets). Teams will play a doubleheader Saturday.

Kevin Steen

Kevin Steen

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (36-37): L, 3-2, at Aberdeen (Orioles)

— The Spinners were eliminated from New York-Penn League playoff contention Saturday night after blowing a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning and losing on a walkoff fielder’€™s choice. Bobby Poyner entered the game with one out and two on in the ninth and gave up three straight singles to tie the at score at two apiece. Aberdeen’€™s Drew Turbin then lined into a force out at second but the winning run crossed the plate.

— Right-hander Kevin Steen started for Lowell and allowed just one hit over five innings of work. He walked one and struck out three. Steen has started seven games for Lowell this season and went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

— The Lowell offense combined for only four hits Friday, as left fielder Tyler Spoon, right fielder Tyler Hill, second baseman Aneudis Peralta and shortstop Carlos Tovar all singled. Catcher Jhon Nunez and third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus each recorded an RBI.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy

It takes a lot for me to work on a Saturday. And even more to work on the Saturday of a holiday weekend. And as you can see, Tom Brady Sr. going on a San Francisco radio station to lay a magnificent beat down of the NFL and commissar Roger Goodell is a lot.

Wade Miley

Wade Miley

The Red Sox look to continue their success against the Phillies on Saturday afternoon when they send Wade Miley to the mound opposite rookie right-hander Alec Asher, who is making just his second career start.

The Red Sox are 15-8 vs. the Phillies all-time at Fenway Park after Friday’s 7-5 victory.

Miley struggled in his last two starts, going 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA. In his most recent game, Sunday in New York against the Mets, he went six innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits, taking a no-decision. Miley had six strikeouts in a game that the Red Sox couldn’t pull out at the end, losing 5-4 after getting the first two batters on base in the top of the ninth but failing to score either of them.

Miley has been up and down all season, with a record of 10-10 and an ERA of 4.57 in 159 2/3 innings. In nine starts since the All-Star break he has a record of 2-2 with five no-decisions. Miley hasn’t always received a ton of support from his teammates, as in three of the five starts since the break that ended without a decision for the left-hander, he pitched at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or less but the Sox lost all three games.

In his last three home starts, Miley is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA.

Miley will face the Phillies for the first time this season, though he has faced them as a member of the Diamondbacks. In three career starts, Miley holds a 1-1 record with an ERA of 4.24 in 17 innings pitched. Miley has 15 strikeouts in those three starts.

Alec Asher

Alec Asher

For the Phillies, Alec Asher will make his first start outside of Citizens Bank Park. On Sunday, Asher made his big league debut against the Padres. Although he took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits (including two home runs) in 5 2/3 innings, he was thrilled with the chance to pitch in the majors.

“It’s a dream come true,” Asher said. “I’ve worked my whole life for this since I was a little boy. It’s awesome to finally be here.”

Said manager Pete Mackanin: “You don’t really expect a guy making his first appearance at the major league level to be that poised and have that kind of a mound presence. We’re fortunate that we’ve got [Aaron] Nola who did, [Jerad] Eickhoff who did it, and actually so did Asher [Sunday]. He really came back after struggling in the first inning.”

Asher was acquired by the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade in which the Rangers sent five prospects to Philadelphia. He is one of three rookies the Phillies are starting in this series at Fenway.

Phillies vs. Miley (LHP)

Carlos Ruiz (8 plate appearances) .167 AVG/.375 OBP/.333 SLG

Domonic Brown (6) .333/.333/.500

Darin Ruf (6) .500/.500/1.500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Jeff Francoeur (5) .750/.800/1.250

Cody Asche (3) .667/.667/.667

Freddy Galvis (2) .500/.500/1.000

No other Phillies have faced Miley.

Red Sox vs. Asher (RHP)

No Red Sox have faced Asher.

Blog Author: 
WEEI

Joe Kelly was in command on Friday night against the Phillies.</p>
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Mookie Betts is currently in the midst of a 10-game hit streak. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Mookie Betts is currently in the midst of a 10-game hit streak. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Xander Bogaerts has hits in 14 of his last 15 games and is the best hitter in the majors since May 31, while Jackie Bradley Jr. is the best hitter in the majors since Aug. 9, batting .423 over that span.

While those young players have received the bulk of the attention of late, leadoff man Mookie Betts has been just as impressive.

Following his 2-for-3, two doubles, two run night in the Red Sox‘ 7-5 win over the Phillies, the rookie has extended his hit streak to 10 games — the second-longest of his career and three short of a season-high.

“It’s whatever,” Betts shrugged. “I just try and go up and see the ball, hit the ball and let the chips fall where they may.”

Betts led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on Bogaerts’ single. Then in the seventh after he walked, he scored on a Bogaerts ground out part of the four-run inning.

Overall for the season, he’s batting .275 with eight home runs and 65 RBIs, which are second on the team behind David Ortiz.

He’s hit safely in 18 of his last 19 appearances and nine of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases, including each of his last three. For the season he has 54 extra base hits and as a comparison, Hanley Ramirez has 42 and Pablo Sandoval has 35.

While he may be a doubles machine — 33 on the year — when he steps to the plate that is the furthest thing from his mind.

“No, just go up and hit the ball,” Betts said. “That’s it, try and get on base. Hit it hard and get on base.”

His .275 average is 10th among big league center fielders and he’s proven he can play the position, despite being an infielder his entire life until May of last season.

Despite being 22 years old, the outfielder has batted leadoff in 90 of the 117 games he’s played in. He hasn’t let the potential pressure get to him and has the full support of interim manager Torey Lovullo.

“At the top of the lineup you tend to put guys that you have certain expectations for,” he said.

As the Red Sox have already begun to shift their focus to 2016 it appears Betts and Bogaerts will be major pieces to the team and their performances down the stretch are important in starting to build the foundation for what hopes to be much better season than the previous two.

“Those young guys have been playing really good baseball for a month now and it’s been a lot of fun for us to watch,” Lovullo said. “They are playing wide open, comfortable, confident baseball that is helping us win games.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had two doubles and a walk and scored two runs in the win over the Phillies.

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Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had two doubles and a walk and scored two runs in the win over the Phillies.

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Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who had two doubles and a walk and scored two runs in the win over the Phillies.

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Although it took a little while longer than they would have liked, the Red Sox offense finally got to Phillies rookie starter Adam Morgan.