Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox first baseman Sam travis, who made his MLB debut tonight going 2-4 and scoring a run in the Red Sox 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers.

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About seven hours before the Red Sox mounted their seven-run seventh inning on the way to a 9-4 win over the Rangers, John Farrell sat with the guys from the Dale, Holley and Keefe Show and addressed the FoxSports.com report that he might be on the hot seat.

Josh Rutledge came through with one of two pinch-hits for the Red Sox Wednesday night (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Josh Rutledge came through with one of two pinch-hits for the Red Sox Wednesday night (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

About seven hours before the Red Sox mounted their seven-run seventh inning on the way to a 9-4 win over the Rangers, John Farrell sat with the guys from the Dale, Holley and Keefe Show and addressed the FoxSports.com report that he might be on the hot seat.

“I’ll be honest with you, there’s been a lot more reports than just today or yesterday,” Farrell said. “It doesn’t change my focus and that is to put forth the effort to win and focus on the behalf of this team. So that has never changed my approach towards a game tonight or a game yesterday or what’s upcoming tomorrow.”

At least for this game, it’s approach that worked out.

While rolling out Chris Sale and a lineup that ultimately put up nine runs on the Rangers doesn’t usually necessitate the Bobby Fischer of baseball, there were moments in the Red SOx’ 24th win of the season that deserves a tip of the chapeau to Farrell.

The first came in the third inning when Deven Marrero singled with two outs, representing the first Red Sox’ hit off of Texas starter Martin Perez. With the count going to 2-2, Farrell put Marrero in motion, resulting in a stolen base and runner in scoring position. Now, with the count at 3-2, Mookie Betts singled for the first run of the game.

The Red Sox could have waited around for the count to run full on Betts and then give Marrero the green light, which would seem the safe move considering the only runner who attempted a stolen base off Perez this season had been thrown out. But they didn’t, and it paid off.

Then came the pivotal seventh inning.

With the Chris Sale surprisingly allowing the Rangers to grab the lead with a two-run fifth inning — (which, by the way, made it 10 runs allowed by the ace in the fifth, compared to a total of eight in all the other frames combined) — Perez was finally driven from the game thanks to one-out singles from Andrew Benintendi and Sam Travis.

(Just implementing Travis into the lineup was another action item that worked out, with the rookie becoming the first Red Sox to claim a pair of hits in his first big league game since Will Middlebrooks in 2012.)

Texas manager Jeff Banister replaced Perez with righty Sam Dyson, paving the way to two straight pinch-hitting moves by Farrell. The first came in the form of Mitch Moreland, who replaced Sandy Leon, the switch-hitter who was hitting just .209 from the left side. That led to an RBI single. The next was Josh Rutledge for Marrero, both right-handed hitters. That led to another base-hit, tying the game at 3-3.

After the two pinch-hit singles, the Red Sox officially jumped to the top of the heap in the majors when it came to pinch-hitting efficiency, having gone 8-for-19 (.421).

From there, the meat of the Red Sox order took over, finishing out the seventh with six hits, three walks and the seven runs.

The last semi-debatable move Farrell had to make involved Sale, who would fail to strike out 10 batters for the first time this season, landing at six for the night. With the comfortable four-run lead, Sale found himself sitting at 97 pitches with a run in after two eighth-inning hits.

So, for the first time in his Red Sox career, Sale exited his outing having throwing fewer than 100 pitches, giving way to Joe Kelly. The righty reliever came on, retired Elvis Andrus and Jonathan Lucroy to keep the spread at four runs heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Three straight wins will cool off any hot seat, but so will some well-timed decisions along the way.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — David Price’s first rehab start with the PawSox didn’t go very well, and neither did the second.

Price allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings of work on Wednesday night. He walked a batter and struck out four, while needing 89 pitches (61 strikes) to record 11 outs.

David Price wasn't sharp for the second straight outing. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

David Price wasn’t sharp for the second straight outing. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — David Price’s first rehab start with the PawSox didn’t go very well, and neither did the second.

Price allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings of work on Wednesday night. He walked a batter and struck out four, while needing 89 pitches (61 strikes) to record 11 outs.

This comes following Price’s first start last Friday in Buffalo when he allowed three earned runs in two innings of work.

The left-hander didn’t have a problem with his velocity on Wednesday, as his fastball was consistently hitting between 93-95 miles per hour (he did hit 96 once in the first), but he didn’t have the best of command. On a few occasions he would get two strikes on a batter, but then take several more pitches to record an out.

He wasn’t helped much by his defense, as only three of his six runs allowed were earned and a few of the hits he allowed may have been fielded by major league players.

His first inning was by far his worst as he allowed four runs, but only two were earned. His first inning went: double, pop up to pitcher, single, walk, error first base, fly out to right field, double, strikeout.

Price then allowed another run in the second inning before not allowing a run in the third and his two batters faced in the fourth. He retired the final three batters he faced.

It will be interesting to see what the Red Sox do with him next, as ideally he would make his next start with the big league club, but he hasn’t been very sharp in his two minor league outings.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Our weekly check-in with John Farrell from Fenway.

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John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon and addressed concerns surrounding his job security. For the full interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

John Farrell stopped by the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon before the Sox took for the second game of six-game homestand.

John Farrell

John Farrell

John Farrell stopped by the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon before the Sox took for the second game of six-game homestand. For the full interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

With first baseman Sam Travis set to make his major league debut on Wednesday night against Rangers lefty Martin Perez, Farrell discussed Hanley Ramirez’ potential to play first moving forward.

“If it’s available to us, yeah,” Farrell said when asked whether he wants to see Hanley play first against American League ballclubs. “But I think at the same time, you know, if physically that’s creating some issues for him, what I don’t want to do is jeopardize and miss at-bats in the DH slot.”

Ramirez has only started one game at first all season, and while Farrell indicated two weeks ago on D&H that he hoped to see Hanley play first against left-handed pitching, discomfort has stood in the way.

“There have been times when he got out there and he got injured over in Milwaukee,” Farrell said.

Farrell made the distinction that this is not a matter of choice, but rather one of “physical well-being.” That being said, Farrell said that he would like to play first at some point.

“While he’s been successful at the DH slot, you know, we’re going to take the best of what each player can give us as well.”

As of right now, that seems to be utilizing Mitch Moreland, who is tied for the MLB lead in doubles with 16, while also mixing in some at-bats for Travis.

“Sam Travis was swinging the bat extremely well over past seven-eight games,” Farrell said. “We get him here, we got four consecutive series where we’re going to have one possibly two, left-handed starters in some of those series, and I felt like this was a chance to get his first exposure at the big leagues.”

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Blog Author: 
Nick Neville

John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon and addressed concerns surrounding his job security. For the full interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.