Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-37): W, 7-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

— Starter Sean O’Sullivan pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four baserunners on three singles and a double to win for the fourth time in five June starts. Playing in front of a season-high 10,247 fans at McCoy Stadium, the 28-year-old right-hander struck out six and did not walk a batter in improving to 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 11 Triple-A games this season.

“It was really just about getting ahead in the count,” O’Sullivan told MiLB.com. “I tried to use all my pitches and luckily I was able to throw everything for strikes and fortunately they hit some balls hard right at our defense.”

— Right fielder Henry Ramos went 3-for-4 and collected four RBIs, on two run-scoring singles and a deep two-run home run to right field in the sixth.

“From that left side, he’s got some impact to right field,” manager Kevin Boles said of the switch-hitter. “We’ve seen him manage his at-bats, he can drive the ball; he does a lot of things well.”

Ramos, 24, is hitting .323/.338/.516 with two home runs an 10 RBIs in 17 games with the PawSox since being promoted from Double-A Portland.

— Brock Holt, continuing his rehab assignment as he works his way back to Boston following a concussion, played all nine innings in left field. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs, and he picked up an outfield assist in the fourth inning.

“I feel better,” Holt said after his fifth game in Triple-A. “It’s just been about getting out there and getting more at-bats.”

Said Boles: “Brock played well and got tested in a lot of different ways. He had some pretty good at-bats, and you can tell it’s a professional AB when he goes up there.”

— Catcher Ryan Hanigan, also on a rehab assignment from Boston, played seven innings and went 0-for-4. He is 2-for-9 in three Triple-A games.

— Shortstop Mike Miller went 2-for-3 with a walk, center fielder Rusney Castillo was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and first baseman Chris Marrero went 2-for-4.

Tzu-Wei Lin

Tzu-Wei Lin

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (26-47): L, 8-4, vs. Reading (Phillies)

— Second baseman Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. He hit his first Double-A home run, a leadoff blast to right field in the first inning. Lin, 22, is hitting .248/.312/.337 in 57 games this season.

— Shortstop Mauricio Dubon, making his second Double-A start since his promotion from Salem last week, went 2-for-5 with two RBI singles. The 21-year-old from Honduras is 3-for-8 in his first two Double-A games.

— Designated hitter Tim Roberson went 2-for-4 with two doubles to improve his batting line to .254/.296/.339 in 34 games.

— Teddy Stankiewicz could not get out of the first inning, allowing three runs on four hits and recording just two outs. The 22-year-old right-hander, a second-round pick in 2013, fell to 2-7 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 14 starts this season.

Daniel McGrath

Daniel McGrath

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (44-27): W, 2-1, vs. Frederick (Orioles)

— After completing a game that had been suspended two days earlier, and losing 5-1, Salem bounced back. In a game shortened to seven innings, left-hander Daniel McGrath went the distance, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while fanning five. The 21-year-old Australian is 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in seven games this season.

— Third baseman Rafael Devers went 1-for-3 and drove in the winning run on a single in the fifth inning. The 19-year-old is hitting .239/.303/.342 in 65 games this season.

— In his first at-bat with Salem, shortstop Jose Sermo hit an RBI double in the second inning. Sermo, 25, was a 35th-round selection of the Brewers in 2012 out of Bethany College in Kansas and played three seasons in the Milwaukee organization, reaching Double-A before being released. He had been playing for the independent league Gary SouthShore RailCats when he was signed last week.

Anderson Espinoza

Anderson Espinoza

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (38-34): L, 5-3, vs. Lakewood (Phillies)

— Starter Anderson Espinoza pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The 18-year-old right-hander fell to 4-6 with a 3.90 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 14 starts.

— Marc Brakeman came on in relief and struggled, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Austin Glorius finished with two innings of one-run ball on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.

— Lakewood starter Jose Taveras struck out 15 Drive batters in eight innings and had a perfect game into the fifth until Mitchell Gunsolus hit a double and Tyler Spoon drove him home with a single. Greenville managed just those two hits off Taveras and three in the game.

— Kyri Washington hit a two-run double in the ninth inning, scoring Luis Alejandro Basabe and Chad De La Guerro, who both had walked.

Tucker Tubbs

Tucker Tubbs

SINGLE-A (SHORT SEASON) LOWELL SPINNERS (9-0): W, 9-3, vs. Tri-City (Astros)

— The Spinners remained perfect, exploding for seven runs in the first inning en route to their ninth straight win. First baseman Tucker Tubbs led the way by going 3-for-4 with a double a home run and four RBIs. Tubbs, a ninth-round pick last year, is hitting .375/.500/.625 in his first five games this season.

— The first-inning rally was capped by a two-run home run by No. 9 hitter Carlos Tovar. The 20-year-old shortstop finished 2-for-4 and now is hitting .308/.333/.615 in seven games this season.

— Catcher Roldani Baldwin went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a triple and a walk. Designated hitter Tyler Hill went 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

— Starter Kevin Steen went four innings and allowed three runs on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Brad Stone picked up the win after going 1 2/3 hitless innings, allowing two walks and fanning two. Kuehl McEachern recorded his first save, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

For the final game of the Red Sox-Rangers series on Sunday afternoon, the Sox will count on Clay Buchholz, while the Rangers will turn to left-hander Martin Perez.

Buchholz is 3-7 in 16 games this season (11 starts) with a 5.83 ERA and a 1.408 WHIP. Buchholz has been enduring a tumultuous season. His start last Tuesday was his first since May 26 after being demoted to the bullpen. In that outing against the White Sox, the 31-year-old right-hander gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game, but he settled down to pitch five innings, giving up three runs on four hits, including two home runs, and one walk with five strikeouts in a 3-1 Boston loss. In all but two of Buchholz’s starts this year he has given up at least one home run.

“The stuff was good,” Buchholz said after the outing. “I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand. I threw some good pitches in full counts that I needed to throw. I walked one guy, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad walk, in my mind. I prepared as much as I could for this start, and my body felt good out there. I feel strong. We’ll see what happens again five days from now.”

Buchholz is 1-5 in seven career starts against the Rangers with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.320 WHIP. His last start vs. Texas came last season when Buchholz went 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Perez is 6-4 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.390 WHIP. The left-hander comes into Sunday’s start without having lost a game over his last six starts. In his most recent outing last Sunday against the Cardinals, Perez didn’t get a decision in a 5-4 Texas win after pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs (two home runs), eight hits and three walks with no strikeouts.

Against the Red Sox, Perez is 1-1 in three career starts with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.938 WHIP. Perez’s last start against the Sox came in 2014. In that outing, the 25-year-old threw 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Red Sox vs. Perez (LHP)

Dustin Pedroia (9 plate appearances): .250 AVG./.333 OBP/.375 SLG, 1 double, 1 walk

Chris Young is 4-for-7 with 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI.

David Ortiz is 2-for-6 with 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI and 1 strikeout.

Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-5.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 3-for-4 with a strikeout.

Rangers vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Shin-Soo Choo (19 plate appearances): .133 AVG./.316 OBP/.200 SLG, 1 double, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

Adrian Beltre (15): .154/.267/.308 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Elvis Andrus (14): .357/.357/.429, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts

Prince Fielder (13): .182/.308/.182, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Mitch Moreland is 4-for-7 with 1 home run and 2 RBIs

Rougned Odor is 1-for-2.

Bobby Wilson is 0-for-2.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

ARLINGTON, Texas – In the hot, windy air of Globe Life Park Saturday night, Steven Wright misplaced his magic.

For just the second time this season, the Red Sox’ starter allowed more than three runs, this time giving up seven (4 earned) over just 4 2/3 innings. Wright’s hiccup helped result in a momentum-stopping, 10-3 loss to the Rangers.

Xander Bogaerts consoles Steven Wright after exiting in the fifth inning Saturday night. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

Xander Bogaerts consoles Steven Wright after exiting in the fifth inning Saturday night. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

ARLINGTON, Texas – In the hot, windy air of Globe Life Park Saturday night, Steven Wright misplaced his magic.

For just the second time this season, the Red Sox’ starter allowed more than three runs, this time giving up seven (4 earned) over just 4 2/3 innings. Wright’s hiccup helped result in a momentum-stopping, 10-3 loss to the Rangers.

The outing pushed Wright’s ERA to 2.18. It also gave Red Sox starters a 7.83 ERA this time through the rotation.

The Red Sox reside three games in back of first-place Baltimore in the American League East, and one game ahead of third-place Toronto.

Wright gave up some of the game’s biggest hits — Mitch Moreland’s two-run single, Elvis Andrus’ three-run triple, and an RBI hit from Adrian Beltre — on fastballs.

The loss proved to be an all-around uninspiring night for the Red Sox, with the Rangers’ pivotal five-run fifth inning being helped along by errors from Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez.

Click here for a recap of the Red Sox’ loss.

Closing Time note

– David Ortiz received a belt buckle and pair of cowboy boots as a retirement gift from the Rangers before the game.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Ian Desmond became just the fifth hitter to take Wright deep, blasting leadoff homer over the center field wall in the fourth inning. The home run was Desmond’s 13th of the season and tied the game at 1-1.

– The Red Sox finished the fifth inning with a major squander, with Dustin Pedroia grounding into a 5-4-3, inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. It kept the Sox in a one-run hole.

– Bogaerts made his sixth error on the season on Shin-Soo Choo’s routine grounder to lead off the home half of the fifth. Later in the frame, Ramirez made another miscue on what should have been an inning-ending grounder off the bat of Rougned Odor, loading the bases. One batter later, Andrus cleared the bases with a triple.

– With the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning, Moreland took advantage of a Wright fastball by rifling it into right field for a two-run single, breaking a deadlock. It was the first hit against Wright this season with the bases loaded in eight plate appearances.

– Robbie Ross Jr., who followed Wright, struggled a bit, allowing two runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

– After striking out the first four Red Sox hitters he faced, Texas starter A.J. Griffin’s first-pitch fastball to Ramirez was sent over the right field wall to give the Sox an early lead. It was Ramirez’s fourth homer in his last 11 games.

– Jackie Bradley Jr. saved a run in the second inning, making a shoe-top catch of Andrus’ shallow fly ball. The two-out grab prevented Rougned Odor from coming in from second base and tying the game.

– Bryce Brentz showed his defensive ability for the second straight night, making back-to-back running catches to rob both Mitch Moreland and Robinson Chirinos in the third inning.

– Mookie Betts produced once again, this time coming up with a bases-loaded single, scoring Bradley Jr. He is now 3-for-6 with the bases full on the season.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ARLINGTON, Texas — Steven Wright certainly wasn’t considered one of the hotter properties this offseason.

He was his first full major league season, one which ended early due to a concussion. So, by the time the Hot Stove season hit, Wright represented a 31-year-old knuckleballer who had never started more than nine games. He was also out of options.

Steven Wright

Steven Wright

ARLINGTON, Texas — Steven Wright certainly wasn’t considered one of the hotter properties this offseason.

He was his first full major league season, one which ended early due to a concussion. So, by the time the Hot Stove season hit, Wright represented a 31-year-old knuckleballer who had never started more than nine games. He was also out of options.

But that didn’t stop the Rangers from targeting Wright.

“We asked about him this winter and they did not want to move him,” said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

While credit goes to Texas for identifying Wright as a potential pitcher of value, Daniels noted that the Red Sox deserve praise for not giving up on the pitcher.

“No. Cheap pitching. Versatile guy,” said Daniels when asked if he was surprised the Red Sox didn’t let Wright go. “We didn’t know he was going to do this or we would have tried harder.”

As it turned out, Wright had his worst outing of the season Saturday night against the Rangers. The Sox starter allowed seven runs (4 earned) over 4 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 2.18.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Steven Wright

Steven Wright

ARLINGTON, Texas — Steven Wright certainly wasn’t considered one of the hotter properties this offseason.

He was his first full major league season, one which ended early due to a concussion. So, by the time the Hot Stove season hit, Wright represented a 31-year-old knuckleballer who had never started more than nine games. He was also out of options.

But that didn’t stop the Rangers from targeting Wright.

“We asked about him this winter and they did not want to move him,” said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

While credit goes to Texas for identifying Wright as a potential pitcher of value, Daniels noted that the Red Sox deserve praise for not giving up on the pitcher.

“No. Cheap pitching. Versatile guy,” said Daniels when asked if he was surprised the Red Sox didn’t let Wright go. “We didn’t know he was going to do this or we would have tried harder.”

As it turned out, Wright had his worst outing of the season Saturday night against the Rangers. The Sox starter allowed seven runs (4 earned) over 4 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 2.18.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ARLINGTON, Texas – A few weeks ago, it wouldn’t seem to be a plausible conversation, keeping Sandy Leon on the major league roster when Ryan Hanigan was healthy enough to return.

But that’s exactly the discussion taking place with Hanigan’s return nearing.

Sandy Leon

Sandy Leon

ARLINGTON, Texas – A few weeks ago, it wouldn’t seem to be a plausible conversation, keeping Sandy Leon on the major league roster when Ryan Hanigan was healthy enough to return.

But that’s exactly the discussion taking place with Hanigan’s return nearing.

The problem for the Red Sox is that they can’t attempt to send Leon back to the minors without putting him on waivers, with the 27-year-old catcher not possessing any more options. It was a maneuver the Sox were forced to execute with Leon last season, with the catcher clearing waivers and returning to Triple-A Pawtucket.

This time, with Leon hitting .545 with a 1.343 OPS in his nine games, the move would be appreciably riskier.

“We don’t want to lose him. He’s doing a great job,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell, adding, “I think there were a number of us who felt like we wouldn’t see him again. He did get through and thankfully he re-signed with us even after the end of the season. And as we’re seeing now, he’s proving to be a valuable player for us.”

Farrell noted that Hanigan (who is coming back from a neck injury) would have to catch back-to-back games of nine innings at Triple-A Pawtucket before returning.

And while Blake Swihart is expected to return from his injured ankle in about a month, catching doesn’t appear to be part of the equation when he comes back due to the nature of his injury.

That leaves Leon, Hanigan and Christian Vazquez, who does have options and came into Saturday night’s game hitting .215 with a .557 OPS.

But it has been the turnaround by Leon, who was hitting .243 with a .655 OPS in 36 games with the PawSox before his promotion, that has shaped the debate.

“Probably confidence,” said Farrell of the difference in Leon this season. “I can’t say that the swing has changed all that much. He’s not missed pitches when they’ve been on the plate. He’s shown some discipline at the plate, even some borderline pitches [Friday] night when he takes. I think he’s just come up and he’s jumped in and gotten a couple of key hits. I’m sure that’s boosted his confidence even further.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ARLINGTON, Texas — With the Red Sox bullpen having to pitch 6 2/3 innings Friday night, manager John Farrell needed some arms for Saturday. That’s why William Cuevas has made the trip to Globe Life Park.

The Red Sox recalled Cuevas to help out the Red Sox relief corps, sending infielder Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket.