Allard Baird

Allard Baird

According to multiple major league sources, Red Sox vice president of player personnel Allard Baird will be remaining with the organization.

Baird is the latest in a growing list of members of former general manager Ben Cherington’s regime to be retained by new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Baird, who served as Cherington’s chief talent evaluator, will remain in the same role he has previously filled with the Red Sox. He will report directly to Dombrowski.

The former Kansas City Royals general manager had previously played a major role in some of the more high-profile international signings, as well, serving as the point person in the team’s acquisition of Rusney Castillo.

Baird is a native of Rochester, New Hampshire, having played baseball at Spaulding High. He joined the Red Sox in 2006 as an assistant to the general manager after his exit from Kansas City, where he had been the GM for seven seasons.

Baird joins newly-named general manager Mike Hazen, director of professional scouting Gus Quattlebaum, and assistant director of amateur scouting Jared Banner, along with manager John Farrell and the majority of his coaching staff as those being brought back by Dombrowski.

To date, the only outside hire in the Red Sox front office during Dombrowski’s brief tenure has been senior vice president of baseball operations Frank Wren.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The Red Sox announced Sunday that not only will John Farrell remain as manager (provided a clean bill of health after his recovery from Stage 1 Lymphoma), but Torey Lovullo will be by his side as bench

The Red Sox announced Sunday that not only will John Farrell remain as manager (provided a clean bill of health after his recovery from Stage 1 Lymphoma), but Torey Lovullo will be by his side as bench coach for the 2016 season.

Lovullo has signed a new two-year extension with the team that encompasses the 2017-18 seasons, agreeing to bypass the opportunity to pursue any major league managerial openings during the upcoming offseason. Lovullo was signed through the ’16 season.

Farrell signed a two-year coach extension this past offseason, taking him through the ’17 season with a team option for ’18.

Third base coach Brian Butterfield, assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez and bullpen coach Dana LeVangie will return, having all been in the final year of their contracts. First base coach Arnie Beyeler and strength and conditioning coach Pat Sandora, both of whom were also in last year of their deals, will not be returning.

Pitching coach Carl Willis and hitting coach Chili Davis will also be returning for the ’16 season, with their contracts already extending beyond the ’15 season. Interim bullpen coach Bob Kipper will return to his post as the pitching coach for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

And then there was one.

And then there was one.

The Red Sox have now played 161 games after their 2-0 loss to the Indians Saturday night in Cleveland. It puts the Sox record at 78-83, one game in back of fourth-place Tampa Bay in the quest not to finish in the American League East basement.

It clinches at least a tie for last-place in the division for the Red Sox, marking the third time in the last four seasons they will have finished in the bottom spot.

The Red Sox‘ third loss in a row was primarily a product of being baffled by Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, who shutout the visitors while allowing just three hits and striking out nine over eight innings.

The 2014 Cy Young Award-winning Kluber, who lowered his ERA to 3.49, finished his 2015 season going 9-16, having pitched 222 innings.

Sandy Leon claimed two of the Red Sox three hits, with Travis Shaw also managing a single. The only Sox baserunner to reach second base was Mookie Betts, who walked and stole second in the second inning.

Xander Bogaerts, who came into the game needing five hits to reach 200 for the season, went 0-for-4.

Taking the loss was starter Craig Breslow, who allowed a pair of solo home runs over his career-high 5 1/3-inning outing. Breslow would finish his second start of the season giving up five hits. The lefty’s previous longest appearance came against the Orioles when he pitched four innings during the Sox’ Sept. 26 win.

The game took 2 hours, 41 minutes to play after a rain delay.

For a complete box score, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

UPDATE: Dustin Pedroia was initially in the Red Sox‘ lineup, but was replaced by Josh Rutledge wi

After hitting his 37th home run of the season Friday night, David Ortiz will sit out the Red Sox‘ second to last game of the 2015 season.

With one game to go, Ortiz is sitting with a .910 OPS and 107 RBIs in 145 games.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup with Craig Breslow getting the start against the Indians and former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Travis Shaw 1B
Rusney Castillo LF
Brock Holt DH
Deven Marrero 3B
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Ensured of a losing season following Friday’€™s loss in Cleveland, and back in a tie for last place in the American League East, the 78-82 Red Sox take the field for the penultimate game of 2015 on Saturday night with Craig Breslow on the mound against Corey Kluber, who has been unable to duplicate last year’€™s AL Cy Young season.

Breslow (0-3, 4.22 ERA) made his first career start last Saturday against the Orioles, allowing just two hits in four innings as the Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory.

“Now that it’s done and it went pretty well, it was a lot of fun,” the 35-year-old left-hander said. “I don’t know how many guys make 500-some odd career relief appearances and then get a chance to start their first big league game.”

Breslow, who again will be limited to 50-60 pitches Saturday, has not faced the Indians this season. In his career vs. Cleveland, spanning 26 games and 26 innings, he is 1-3 with a 2.42 ERA.

Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber

Kluber (8-16, 3.62 ERA) has been struggling of late, going 0-4 with a 5.13 ERA in his last six starts. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed nine home runs in those six games, spanning 33 1/3 innings, after allowing the same number of homers in his previous 18 starts and 136 innings.

Limited to three September starts by a hamstring issue, Kluber is the first pitcher to lose 16 games with at least 230 strikeouts since Nolan Ryan in 1987 (8-16 for the Astros).

“I’ll take him at 80 percent compared to a lot of guys at 100 percent,” teammate Jason Kipnis said. “Corey is out there giving his best because he wants to help this team any way he can.”

Kluber is 0-2 in five career games vs. Boston, including one meeting this season. On Aug. 19 he allowed six runs — including a career-worst four home runs — in six innings as the Tribe dropped a 6-4 decision.

Red Sox vs. Kluber (RHP)

David Ortiz (12 plate appearances): .273 AVG/.333 OBP/.818 SLG, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (12): .182/.250/.273, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Brock Holt (10): .300/.300/.300, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley Jr. (8): .167/.286/.667, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/.625, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch.

Rusney Castillo is 1-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Pablo Sandoval is 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.

Travis Shaw is 1-for-2 with a HR, RBI, walk and strikeout.

Josh Rutledge is 0-for-2.

Indians vs. Breslow (LHP)

Michael Brantley (9 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.333 OBP/.250 SLG, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mike Aviles (7): .286/.286/.286

Carlos Santana (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 walk,  2 strikeouts

Jason Kipnis is 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Lonnie Chisenhall is 0-for-3.

Chris Johnson is 2-for-3 with a double.

Adam Moore is 0-for-2.

Ryan Raburn is 1-for-2.

Yan Gomes is 0-for-1.

Jerry Sands is 0-for-1.

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David Ortiz just keeps making history.

David Ortiz follows through on his 37th homer in Friday's loss. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

David Ortiz follows through on his 37th homer in Friday’s loss. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

David Ortiz just keeps making history.

The Red Sox designated hitter isn’t letting age slow him, not by a long shot. On Friday night against the Indians, Ortiz blasted his 37th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth that accounted for all of the Red Sox scoring in an 8-2 loss in Cleveland.

Ortiz had already become just the second player ever to hit 30 homers and drive in at least 100 runs at age 39 or later. Barry Bonds, who went 45-101 in 2004, is the other.

He simply added to those totals on Friday, with his season numbers now standing at 37 homers and 107 driven in. If Ortiz can hit three more home runs over the final two games of the season — a tall order, to be sure — he’ll join Bonds and Hank Aaron as the only 39-year-olds to hit 40 homers. He also needs six RBIs to tie Paul Molitor’s record for most RBIs (113) for a player 39 or older.

Ortiz wasn’t even necessarily supposed to play on Friday. A night earlier, interim manager Torey Lovullo had suggested that Ortiz wouldn’t play again this season. He certainly had nothing left to prove. But Ortiz had other ideas.

“It really wasn’t anything pressing, to be honest with you,” Lovullo told reporters in Cleveland before the game. “I just asked him how he felt, he said, ‘I’m ready to go.’ That was really it. Maybe I gave you guys the wrong impression, which I apologize for. All along, we were going to re-evaluate where he was at today and just talk it over and see how he felt.

“Obviously, he wants to play. The best part about David are the things nobody knows about. He wants to play for all the right reasons. He wants to play to win a game. He wants to play to do well. He wants to play to show his younger teammates that this is what a championship-style player does. It speaks volumes about his character, that he is here to play.”

The rest of the game didn’t go so well for the Red Sox or rookie left-hander Henry Owens, who got knocked around before being knocked out in the fifth. Owens allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings, walking four, striking out four, and struggling with his command.

Owens finishes his rookie campaign with a 4-4 record and 4.57 ERA.

The Indians put this one away with four in the third and three in the fifth. Carlos Santana struck the big blow, a three-run double with one out in the third.

With the loss, the Red Sox (78-82) are guaranteed to finish the season with a losing record.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase