After sitting out Sunday’s series finale in Toronto with a sore foot — having fouled a ball off his foot Saturday — David Ortiz returns to the Red Sox lineup, going up against Baltimore righty Tyler Wilson.

Also of note, Hanley Ramirez starts on the bench, with Travis Shaw starting at first and Marco Hernandez manning third.

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

After sitting out Sunday’s series finale in Toronto with a sore foot — having fouled a ball off his foot Saturday — David Ortiz returns to the Red Sox lineup, going up against Baltimore righty Tyler Wilson.

Also of note, Hanley Ramirez starts on the bench, with Travis Shaw starting at first and Marco Hernandez manning third.

Here is the Red Sox lineup in the first of a four-game set against the Orioles, with Steven Wright on the mound for the visitors:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 1B
Blake Swihart LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Marco Hernandez 3B

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-26): L, 8-2, vs. Indianapolis (Indians)

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-26): L, 8-2, vs. Indianapolis (Indians)

— Pawtucket starter Keith Couch let up a six-run inning, blowing the game wide open. It tied the most runs the PawSox have allowed in a frame all season. Couch, who returned to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland before the game, let up six hits that inning, two of them home runs, to receive his second loss of the season with Pawtucket. Before that inning, the right-hander let up only one run and two hits in the first three frames, totaling a strikeout in the process.

The performance gives Couch a 3-2 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in seven games with both Pawtucket and Portland. The 26-year-old has struck out just 21 batters in 40 innings of work this year, and batters are hitting .273 against him.

— Relieving Couch was Robby Scott, who impressed in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out four and allowed only three hits and an earned run in his appearance. Following him was Anthony Varvaro, who also whiffed four batters in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Throughout the season, both Scott and Varvaro have been reliable bullpen members for Pawtucket. Scott, 26, is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, while the 31-year-old Varvaro is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Varvaro is second on the team in ERA among pitchers who have appeared in at least ten games, and Scott’s 29 strikeouts ranks second among relievers.

— Besides the loss, some more bad news for Pawtucket, as first baseman Sam Travis left the game in the third inning with a leg injury. Travis, who leads Pawtucket in RBIs (29), was chasing down a baserunner to apply the tag when he stumbled and fell to the ground. He stayed down for a few minutes before being helped off the field by trainers.

Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told the Patriot Ledger after the game that Travis was having “left leg discomfort” and would be undergoing evaluation.

Boston’s No.7 prospect on MLB.com, Travis is having a solid year, batting .272/.332/.434 in 47 games. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2014, the 22-year-old was struggling at the plate as of late, going 1-for-13 in his last four games.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (17-32): L, 6-3, vs. Hartford (Rockies)

— Red-hot prospect Andrew Benintendi was a bright spot in a loss for the Sea Dogs, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run. His three-bagger in the bottom of the fourth put the 21-year-old in position to score on an RBI single from Ryan Court. He also made a great diving catch in the second inning.

Benintendi, Boston’s No. 3 prospect on MLB.com, was called up to Portland from Salem on May 16, and he has been playing better and better at the next level. The Cincinnati native is batting .389 in his last five games, and is now hitting .320/.388/.512 during his time with the Sea Dogs.

“His approach is improving and now he’s driving the baseball, staying up the middle of the field,” Sea Dogs manager Carlos Febles said after the game. “He’s a good hitter. He will keep hitting, no doubt in my mind.

— Making a spot start for Portland, right-hander Mike McCarthy let up four earned runs and eight hits in five innings to earn his second loss of the year. He also struck out three and let up no walks. On the season, the 28-year-old is 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.57 ERA with both Portland and Pawtucket.

— Another strong performance at the plate came from Cole Sturgeon, who hit a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth inning to score two runs and cut Hartford’s lead to two. Sturgeon, 24, went 2-for-3 in the game to go along with the two RBIs. On the year, he is batting .255/.301/.387 with six doubles and 11 RBIs.

Yankory Pimentel

Yankory Pimentel

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (33-17): W, 2-1, at Lynchburg (Indians)

— Daniel McGrath was the one who started the game for Salem and allowed only one run in four innings, but it was Yankory Pimentel who earned the win with a dominating relief performance. He allowed no hits in three innings while tallying four strikeouts to keep the Lynchburg bats at bay in a tight game.

It’s been an impressive season for the 22-year-old right-hander, who is 3-1 and holds a team-leading 1.38 ERA to go along with a 1.00 WHIP in 12 games. The Dominican Republic native has surrendered just three earned runs in his last seven appearances.

— Danny Mars led the Salem batters Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a run. He scored on a fielder’s choice in the second inning to provide the go-ahead run for the Red Sox. Mars, 22, is hitting .253/.323/.337 through 45 games, and his 28 RBIs rank third on the team.

— Rafael Devers, Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com, went 1-for-4 with a double and a run to go along with a strikeout. Devers continues to play well for Salem, with a .286/.311/.429 batting average in just 25 games.

Mitchell Gunsolus

Mitchell Gunsolus

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (24-24): W, 10-2, at Rome (Braves)

— The game was tied until the fifth inning, when Greenville slugger Mitchell Gunsolus clubbed a two-run home run to put the Drive up for good. It was the third baseman’s sixth homer of the season. He finished the blowout with 1-for-2 with two runs, two RBIs, and three walks.

Gunsolus, 23, is batting .289/.406/.482 for the Drive in his second year in the minors. He has four RBIs in his last four games and his OBP (.406) is third best on the team.

— Another impressive outing came from designated hitter Jayce Ray, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a run, 2 RBIs, and a walk. Assigned to the Drive on May 20, the 26-year-old is hitting .333/.379/.407 in just seven games with the team.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

The Red Sox will open a four-game series at Baltimore when they send Steven Wright to the mound Monday afternoon. The Orioles will counter with Tyler Wilson in what will be a battle for first place in the American League East.

Wright comes into Monday’s game with a 4-4 record to go along with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. The knuckleballer’s ERA is fifth best in the American League, and he is coming off his fourth win of the season. He allowed two earned runs and seven hits and struck out seven in seven innings on Wednesday against the Rockies.

“There was violence to the knuckleball,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “Hot night and [no wind]. Ball is going to have a lot of violence to it, but when he needed to he was able to get back in the strike zone, and that’s a very good fastball-hitting team and he was able to disrupt timing.”

Wright, 31, has faced the Orioles just twice in his career. He’s yet to earn a decision with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. His last appearance against the team came last season, when he pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run and one walk and striking out two.

Wilson takes the mound Monday carrying a 2-3 record with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The right-hander has lost three of his last four starts, with his most recent performance coming Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to the Astros. The 26-year-old went six innings, allowing three earned runs and six hits, two of them home runs. He also struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Monday’s game will be the second time Wilson faces the Red Sox and his first start vs. the team. The Virginia product tossed three innings of relief last season in his lone appearance against Boston, allowing just two hits and striking out two.

Red Sox vs. Wilson (RHP)

Travis Shaw is 1-for-2.

Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-1.

Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-1 with a strikeout.

Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-1 with a strikeout.

Mookie Betts is 0-for-1.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-1.

Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-1.

David Ortiz is 0-for-1.

Chris Young is 0-for-1.

Orioles vs. Wright (RHP)

Ryan Flaherty is 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Adam Jones is 0-for-2 with a walk.

J.J. Hardy is 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts.

Matt Wieters is 0-for-1 with an RBI and a strikeout.

Jonathan Schoop is 0-for-1 with a walk.

Christian Walker is 0-for-1 with a strikeout.

Chris Davis is 0-for-1.

Manny Machado is 0-for-1.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier

On Sunday, Clay Buchholz did something he hadn’t been able to do in about three weeks — earn a win.

After being demoted to the bullpen at the end of last week, Buchholz made his first appearance out of the bullpen in the 10th inning against the Blue Jays.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

On Sunday, Clay Buchholz did something he hadn’t been able to do in about three weeks — earn a win.

After being demoted to the bullpen at the end of last week, Buchholz made his first appearance out of the bullpen in the 10th inning against the Blue Jays.

The right-hander allowed a hit and struck out a batter in the bottom of the 10th and then after the Red Sox scored two runs in the 11th, he was pulled and Koji Uehara picked up the save giving Buchholz his third win of the year and the Red Sox a 5-3 win to avoid a weekend sweep in Toronto.

It was Buchholz’s first relief appearance since 2008.

“It definitely felt a little different,” he told reporters. “That’s the position I’m in. I’ve got to help the team any way I can. It’s just like when you’re starting, but you don’t know when you’re pitching out of the bullpen, so it’s a little different. That’s part of it, part of the adjustment I’m going to have to make for the time being. I’m glad I could contribute today.”

Manager John Farrell acknowledged Buchholz would have gone out for the 11th inning if the game remained tied. After the game, Buchholz addressed being moved to the bullpen for the first time.

“I needed a breather from everything,” he said. “It’s part of the game. Pitching is pitching. Out of the bullpen, you just don’t know when you’re pitching, and that’s the biggest thing I’m going to have to adjust to. It’s a good team win today. These guys are swinging the bat really good. It’s fun to go extra innings and win and not get swept, especially here in the division. It’s a good team win.”

Added Buchholz: “[Farrell] understands how I’ve felt about the whole situation. I don’t think anybody would be human as a baseball player if they didn’t take it as a slap in the face or you’ve got to get better, and that’s how I took it. He understood that. I had to come in in a situation, extra-inning ballgame on the road, and it’s a different situation for me to be in, and I think that’s why he did that, to show me that he saw the work going into it, an awkward situation, but able to get through it.”

If the weekend series in Toronto showed the team anything, it’s they need some help in the bullpen after it blew a four-run lead Saturday and another lead on Sunday. The team is still searching for a pitcher to replace Carson Smith — and while Buchholz certainly isn’t ready for that yet — if he can get some momentum going, he could potentially be a huge asset.

“He handled it very well,” Farrell said. “First time I think he’s pitched out of the ‘pen in a number of years. He had a good cutter, a good fastball, sank the ball. With the exception of the curveball to Barney that stays in the middle of the plate, he was sharp. For all that he’s been through, he’s got his back against the wall in a situation like that, executed very well.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

It wasn’t easy, but the Red Sox came away with the win.

With the game tied at three in the 11th inning, Dustin Pedroia hit a ground-rule double scoring Blake Swihart who walked to open the frame and that was followed by a RBI ground out from Xander Bogaerts as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 in 11 innings.