Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup on Friday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup on Friday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

After leaving Thursday’s game against the Rangers as a precaution with a knee injury, Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup Friday against the Mariners.

Manager John Farrell said it was mostly due to the wet conditions, but perhaps there’s something more to it keeping him out on Friday.

Josh Rutledge will get the start at second base and Deven Marrero at third against Seattle righty Yovani Gallardo. Andrew Benintendi will hit second with Pedroia out.

Christian Vazquez will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Mookie Betts, RF
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Josh Rutledge, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Christian Vazquez, C
Deven Marrero, 3B
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (17-24): Postponed due to rain

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (21-20): Postponed due to rain

Logan Boyd

Logan Boyd

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (17-24): Postponed due to rain

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (21-20): Postponed due to rain

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (30-17): W, 5-4 at Buies Creek; W, 5-1 at Buies Creek 

— In Game 1, Venezuelan lefty Dedgar Jimenez picked up his fifth win of the season, throwing five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out five. His 48 strikeouts lead the team.

— Designated hitter Michael Chavis added to his impressive 2017 stat line, going 3-for-4 and driving in three runs. His team-leading 11th home run in the third inning gave the Sox a 4-0 lead.

— Right-handed starter Daniel Gonzalez impressed in his second start of the year in Game 2. The 21-year-old went five innings, struck out five and only allowed three hits. His ERA sits at 2.25 for the season.

— First baseman Josh Ockimey broke the scoring open in the first inning with his ninth double of the year, which drove in his team-leading 40th run.

— Chad De La Guerra’s two-run homer in the seventh inning gave the Sox a 5-0 lead. The shortstop has a .311 average and .405 OBP this season.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (29-16): W, 1-0 at Charleston

— The Drive shut out the RiverDogs thanks in large part to Logan Boyd’s six scoreless innings. The southpaw struck out four and only allowed three hits, lowering his ERA to 3.49 on the season. He now sits in second place in the South Atlantic League with six wins.

— Stephen Nogosek closed the game with a five-out save, striking out two, walking two and allowing no hits. He now owns a 2.22 ERA and 10 saves on the season.

— The only scoring came in the top of the first, as left fielder Tyler Hill drove in second baseman Santiago Espinal following his double – the lone Drive extra-base hit of the night.

Blog Author: 
Nick Neville
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz who got the win and tied his career high in strikeouts tonight with 11 as the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-2.

[0:00:13] ... necessarily but it didn't tonight a totally different story. Was at the curve ball enough and you said that when you've got to curve ball going the way you wanted to you can put it anywhere you want. Yeah I was a little bit everything you know ...
[0:03:04] ... you very much. Or at that time congratulations drew Palmer rants within outstanding performance tying his career high with eleven strikeouts. ...




Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz who got the win and tied his career high in strikeouts tonight with 11 as the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-2.

[0:00:13] ... necessarily but it didn't tonight a totally different story. Was at the curve ball enough and you sense that when you've got to curve ball going the way you wanted to you can put it anywhere you want. Yeah I was a little bit everything you know ...
[0:01:34] ... outing drew what did you do it. Took to make sure your pitch count was effective and economical. You know I just attacked and you know and I sort of you know me throw my cutter ...
[0:03:04] ... very much. Or at that time congratulations drew Palmer rants with a outstanding performance tying his career high with eleven strikeouts. ...





Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz who got the win and tied his career high in strikeouts tonight with 11 as the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-2.

[0:00:13] ... necessarily but it didn't tonight a totally different story. Was at the curve ball enough and you sense that when you've got to curve ball going the way you wanted to you can put it anywhere you want. Yeah I was a little bit everything you know ...
[0:01:34] ... outing drew what did you do it. Took to make sure your pitch count was effective and economical. You know I just attacked and you know and I sort of you know me throw my cutter ...
[0:03:04] ... very much. Or at that time congratulations drew Palmer rants with a outstanding performance tying his career high with eleven strikeouts. ...





When the top of the sixth inning rolled around Thursday night, there was no Dustin Pedroia on the soaked Fenway Park field.

That suddenly filled what had been a damp and dreary night with some immediate intrigue.

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

When the top of the sixth inning rolled around Thursday night, there was no Dustin Pedroia on the soaked Fenway Park field.

That suddenly filled what had been a damp and dreary night with some immediate intrigue.

But a few innings later, the team did everything they could to temper any fears that Pedroia’s absence was due to something serious. The announcement came that the second baseman had left the game with left knee pain, but it was purely precautionary and solely Red Sox manager John Farrell’s decision.

After the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Rangers, Farrell explained how everything went down.

“With the conditions tonight … Pedey wanted to stay in the game,” Farrell said. “Made the decision to take him off the field. Didn’t want to do anything given what he’s gone through on that knee. When they dump the tarp, there is a lot of water that stands behind second base and when they’re in an over shift he’s right in the middle of it. While he could have continued, just wanted to be sure this is more precautionary. And the conditions, he felt a little soreness. He wanted to stay in the game but wasn’t going to take any chances with it.”

The knee, of course, was the same one Pedroia had surgery on in the offseason, and had damaged during Manny Machado’s hard slide in Baltimore April 21.

Josh Rutledge came on to replace Pedroia, who walked and scored a run before his exit.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Drew Pomeranz looked like a pitcher that was out to prove something. The Red Sox starter came out of the gate against the Rangers Thursday night and struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced.

Drew Pomeranz (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz looked like a pitcher that was out to prove something. The Red Sox starter came out of the gate against the Rangers Thursday night and struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced.

But by the time Pomeranz exited his outing, walking off the soaked Fenway Park field, the dominance had dwindled somewhat. But it was still good enough, both for the short term — a 6-2 Red Sox win — and the long haul. (For a complete recap, click here.)

There were no outs to be had in the seventh inning, once again, with Pomeranz now getting outs in the frame just twice in his 22 starts with the Red Sox. But when it was all said and done, the six-inning, two-run win — in which he finished with 11 strikeouts and one walk — was something John Farrell and Co. can live with going forward.

Pomeranz pitched with a much improved pace, while introducing his cutter (as promised) appreciably more than usual. It was a different feel from when we last saw the pitcher trudge his way through four innings Oakland, culminating with a dugout disagreement with his manager. It was also just the third time in his nine starts this season he had made it through six innings.

If Pomeranz can do this, and David Price’s return eventually works to the Red Sox’ benefit, this team might actually be on their way to finally stabilizing this starting rotation.

The Red Sox have now won four games in a row, having crept back to three games in back of first-place New York. During the four-game run, Red Sox starters have gone at least six innings in each outing, giving the bullpen a much needed breather.

And, once again, the bullpen did its part when called upon, with Heath Hembree, Robby Scott and Craig Kimbrel tossing three innings of shutout ball. In eight innings during the win streak, the relievers have only given up a single run while not walking a batter.

The punctuation this time was Kimbrel striking out four batters in one inning, giving the Red Sox pitchers 19 for the game.

Perhaps the biggest difference in this win for the Red Sox was that they actually managed to hit a few balls out of the ballpark. The last two wins, even though they scored a combined 20 runs, there had been no home runs.

First came Xander Bogaerts’ initial homer of the season in the third inning.

And then Deven Marrero hit his second career long ball to cap off the scoring in the eighth.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford