Appearing on the NESN pregame show prior to the Red Sox’ series opener against the Rangers Tuesday night, Dave Dombrowski certainly didn’t sound like someone who was ready to fire his manager.

Dave Dombrowski

Dave Dombrowski

Appearing on the NESN pregame show prior to the Red Sox’ series opener against the Rangers Tuesday night, Dave Dombrowski certainly didn’t sound like someone who was ready to fire his manager.

In a five-minute interview with NESN’s Tom Caron, Dombrowski answered questions about both where he viewed his team — which came into Tuesday one game over .500 — and where his support of Farrell stood.

ON IF HE HAS A GOOD HANDLE ON WHAT HIS TEAM IS

“Well, probably not as much as you normally would in most seasons. Because the reality is when you look at our ball club, it really hasn’t been together at all at any point during the year for me. So I think when you look at it, you say, ‘OK, well we need to improve our fourth and fifth starters.’ Well, David Price comes back next week — we think he’ll be back next week. So that’s a pretty big addition, that’s like making a major trade. I still think Drew Pomeranz, although he has scuffled at times, should be a fourth-, fifth-type starter on a good club. … We need to straighten him out. I think he’s capable of doing that. When you talk about bullpen, our bullpen’s been good but I still think we’re going to get Carson Smith in a short time period, so that’s another addition that we have.

“Third base, you know has been a hole for us where Pablo Sandoval could be back very soon. I’m not sure where Brock Holt fits into that whole equation. So we’re really on our fifth third baseman right now when you look at it. Pablo is there, and then Brock Holt was there. Marco Hernandez is going to have surgery, we’re going to miss him for the rest of the year. Josh Rutledge has been over there.

“In Hanley [Ramirez’s] case, not playing first base, people don’t realize at times how much that changes the mix of your club. Because at some time, we are going to have Chris Young get at-bats and DH at that point. So we sat down yesterday for over a couple hours. I sat down with John Farrell, with [assistant general managers] Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran, Zack Scott. I already talked to some of our scouts and just kind of go over our club to try to get it to fit together a little bit. Because some of those things, the injuries, and even the guys that are playing, like in Hanley’s case, it does affect what you’re trying to do. So normally at this time of year, I think you have a better pulse. But I think we need a little bit more time. We just really haven’t flowed as a club. We haven’t played as well as I think we’re capable of and I think we need to give ourselves that opportunity.”

HIS RESPONSE TO SUGGESTIONS JOHN FARRELL IS ON THE HOT SEAT

“Well, we won a divisional crown last year. He managed very well for us at the time. I think that John as well as everybody else is frustrated by our performance and that we haven’t taken off, but we’re not buried either. I mean we’re four games out of first place and we really haven’t been in a flow. And when you look at it, it’s like, OK last week Thursday we won two great games in St. Louis. I wasn’t with the team, I was in Salem.

“Well, I looked at the match-up on Thursday, and I’m thinking, well if Gray throws like he’s capable, I’m not sure what we’re going to get out of Velazquez at that particular time. And of course, [Hector] Velazquez didn’t have a very good outing. So you lose that ball game. Is that John’s fault? I can’t put that on John. Friday night, you have Chris Sale, he threw the ball very well. Well the play that Trevor Plouffe made on Hanley Ramirez, I don’t know if he’s made a play like that all year long. Mookie Betts, in the ninth inning gets a line drive right at the third baseman. Well you have a chance to score five or six runs, didn’t happen, no excuses, but it’s one of those where I think to pin those things on John Farrell are just not fair. I think we’re in a position where he’s managed well, he’s managed divisional champions. I think we’re in a position, we have a good club. We just need to get in a better flow of things.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

NESN has announced the launch of NESNgo, an in-market streaming service for NESN cable subscribers to watch NESN live at no additional cost. It is available throughout New England, except for Fairfield County, Connecticut.

The streaming can be accessed at NESNgo.com and the NESNgo app and includes regular season Red Sox games, including pre- and post-game coverage, and “other NESN programming” on phones and tablets.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

One of the Red Sox’ top prospects is on his way to Boston. The team announced Tuesday afternoon that they have called up first baseman Sam Travis from Pawtucket and optioned pitcher Hector Velazquez to make room on the roster.

The Red Sox called up Sam Travis on Tuesday. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox called up Sam Travis on Tuesday. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)

One of the Red Sox’ top prospects is on his way to Boston. The team announced Tuesday afternoon that they have called up first baseman Sam Travis from Pawtucket and optioned pitcher Hector Velazquez to make room on the roster.

After a slow start to his Triple-A season, Travis has been on fire in 23 games since April 22, hitting .344 (31-for-90) with a .909 OPS, six doubles, three home runs and eight walks against only 10 strikeouts.

A 2014 second-round pick, Travis was named the Red Sox’ Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 before missing much of the 2016 season due to a season-ending knee injury. WEEI.com’s Ryan Hannable had Travis ranked as the organization’s No. 3 prospect entering this season.

It remains to be seen how the Red Sox will use Travis given that first baseman Mitch Moreland and designated hitter Hanley Ramirez have been everyday staples in the lineup, but it’s probably safe to assume John Farrell will want to at least get him in against lefties. Travis has crushed left-handed pitching throughout his professional career, hitting .358 overall and .414 this season.

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WEEI

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (16-23): Scheduled off-day. 

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (20-18): Game postponed due to wet grounds and rescheduled to Tuesday.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (28-16): W, 10-5 vs. Myrtle Beach

Michael Chavis

Michael Chavis

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (16-23): Scheduled off-day. 

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (20-18): Game postponed due to wet grounds and rescheduled to Tuesday.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (28-16): W, 10-5 vs. Myrtle Beach

— After going scoreless in the first five innings, the Red Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead in front of a crowd made up of Roanoke City students on education day.

— The Pelicans scored one run in the top of the seventh, but Josh Ockimey answered with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to take back the lead. The Red Sox maintained the lead for the rest of the game.

— At the plate, Michael Chavis went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. It was his 14th multi-hit game of the season. His .346 average leads the Carolina League.

— Lefty reliever Bobby Poyner pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and recorded one strikeout to close the game. In May, Poyner has a .194 ERA.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (27-15): L, 4-3 at Kannapolis

— The Drive didn’t allow a run after the first inning, but Kannapolis’ four runs were enough to take down Greenville.

— Lefty pitcher Robby Sexton (0-4) took the loss after he allowed four runs on seven hits, but did tally five strikeouts in three innings of work. Sexton has a 5.67 ERA on the season.

— Stephen Nogosek replaced Pat Goetze in the bottom of the seventh. He allowed no hits and recorded three strikeouts to give the Drive an opportunity to come back. However, Kannapolis’ Mike Morrison pitched two innings and tallied three strikeouts to close the game.

— At the plate, Lorenzo Cedrola was 2-for-4 with one RBI, which raises his average to .273 this season.

— It’s worth mentioning, former Drive infielder Carlos Asuaje got called up to the Padres on Monday. During his time with Greenville in 2014, Asuaje was 99-for-325 with 11 home runs and a .305 batting average. He was included in the Craig Kimbrel trade.

Blog Author: 
Olivia Healy

David Ortiz still seems bitter about his failed drug test getting leaked to the New York Times eight years ago.

David Ortiz continues to insist he didn't test positive for performance enhancung-drugs in 2003. : (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

David Ortiz continues to insist he didn’t test positive for performance enhancing-drugs in 2003.  (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

David Ortiz still seems bitter about his failed drug test getting leaked to the New York Times eight years ago.

In 2009, the Times identified Ortiz as one of 104 players who tested positive for performance enhancing-drugs during a preliminary round of testing in Spring Training 2003. The results were supposed to remain anonymous, but they were never destroyed.

Since then, Ortiz has been a crusade to dispute the results. He claims to not know what he tested positive for, saying nobody has helped him identify the substance. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred backed up those questions during a visit to Fenway Park last October, when he said it’s “entirely possible” Ortiz didn’t test positive for steroids in 2003.

During an interview with WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Keefe Friday, when the conversation turned to the infamous failed test, Ortiz accused the Yankees of leaking his name to the press.

“What was the reason for them to come out with something like that?” he asked. “The only thing that I can think of, to be honest with you, a lot of big guys from the Yankees were being caught. And no one from Boston. This was just something that leaked out of New York, and they had zero explanation about it.”

While Alex Rodriguez was the only Yankee whose name on the 2009 test was revealed –– though he was playing for the Rangers at the time –– a number of Bronx Bombers were on the 2007 Mitchell Report, a study on steroid use in MLB that was spearheaded by former Sen. George Mitchell. Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch were all on the list. (Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield were both tied to BALCO, the Bay Area-based company that supplied Barry Bonds and other athletes with PEDs.)

Gene Orza, the former MLB Players Associating Chief Operating Officer, told the New York Daily News there’s no way the Yankees unmasked Ortiz’s name, since clubs didn’t have access to the list. Manny Ramirez, who wound up getting suspended twice for failed drug tests, was also named in the bombshell Times report.

In a 2015 Players’ Tribune essay, Ortiz said he passed more than 80 drug tests from 2004 until his penultimate season. But as NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra pointed out at the time, Ortiz may have inadvertently admitted to a positive drug test –– if he was being truthful. Only players who have previously tested positive for PEDs are checked that frequently. When the program was implemented, players weren’t suspended for first-time offenses or amphetamines.

Regardless, Ortiz continues to insist he’s innocent of any wrongdoing.

Nobody came to me after, nobody came to me before, nobody came to me ever to tell me that I test positive for any kind of steroids,” he told Dale & Holley with Keefe. “This was just something that leaked out of New York. They have still no explanation about it. It was just, ‘You’re name was there.’ I was like, ‘Oh, ok. See how that works.’ It’s not up to me anymore, about the Hall of Fame. I think I did what I was supposed to. I worked extremely hard to represent (Boston) the way I did.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (16-23): L, 2-1 at Buffalo