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

Marco Hernandez

Marco Hernandez

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (12-12): W, 8-3, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

— The PawSox ended a four-game losing streak by pounding out 15 hits to back a strong outing from William Cuevas. The right-hander went 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts as he improved to 3-1 with a 376 ERA. Robby Scott and Pat Light each pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief without surrendering a run.

— Shortstop Marco Hernandez led the offense, going 4-for-5 with one RBI, upping his average to .377. Right fielder Justin Maxwell went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Second baseman Mike Miller went 2-for-3 with a double. First baseman Sam Travis went 2-for-4.

— All nine PawSox batters recorded a hit, and five of those hits were doubles. The PawSox trailed 2-0 before scoring twice in the fifth, three times in the sixth, once in the seventh and twice in the ninth.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (8-16): Rained out vs. Binghamton (Mets). Next will host Binghamton on Tuesday night.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (15-8): Rained out vs. Carolina (Braves). Next will play doubleheader vs. Carolina on Tuesday night.

Tate Matheny

Tate Matheny

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (11-12): Doubleheader, W, 5-3 in Game 1, L, 2-1 in Game 2, at Lakewood (Phillies)

— Tate Matheny went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Drive to a Game 1 win. Greenville scored four times in the first inning, with Matheny plating a run on a double and Kyri Washington driving in two more with a triple then scoring on a wild pitch. Austin Rei went 2-for-3.

— Logan Boyd started and lasted four innings, surrendering three runs on nine hits and no walks with six strikeouts, and saw his ERA climb to 3.91. Anyelo Leclerc (2-1, 2.60 ERA) picked up the win after pitching two scoreless innings in relief. Bobby Poyner pitched a perfect seventh inning for his third save of the season (both games were seven innings as per league doubleheader rules). Poyner has not allowed an earned run in six appearances and 12 innings this season.

— Daniel Gonzalez (1-1) was the hard-luck loser in Game 2, as he allowed two runs (both in the second inning) on three hits and no walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Austin Glorius pitched the sixth inning, allowing one hit.

— The Drive scored their run in the seventh inning when Trenton Kemp walked and Jeremy Rivera tripled with one out. However, Greenville could not plate the tying run off Lakewood closer Robert Tasin.

— Leadoff hitter Luis Alejandro Basabe went 2-for-4 with a double after going 1-for-3 in the opener, as he improved his average to .288. Greenville was held to five hits in the nightcap.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Steven Wright

Steven Wright

Coming off a sweep of the AL East cellar-dwelling Yankees, the first-place Red Sox send Steven Wright to the hill Tuesday as they open a three-game series against the AL Central-leading White Sox in the Windy City. The opener sets up to be a pitchers’ duel, as both Wright and Chicago starter Jose Quintana are ranked in the top four in the American League in ERA, and Quintana has stellar numbers in his career against Boston.

Wright is just 2-2 despite carrying a 1.37 ERA (second best in the AL) and 1.14 WHIP. He had his fourth straight quality outing in his most recent appearance, which resulted in a 9-4 victory over the Braves last Wednesday. Wright pitched seven innings and allowed two runs (one unearned) on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman. He recorded a season-high eight strikeouts.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was impressed by the knuckleballer’s performance.

“I thought we had a pretty good approach early in the game against Wright,” Gonzalez said after the game. “But I’ve never seen a knuckleball go sideways.”

Wright has faced the White Sox just once in his career, recording a win at Fenway Park last July 30 after allowing two runs in seven innings.

One thing to watch defensively is catcher Ryan Hanigan, who has seven passed balls in Wright’s last two outings.

Quintana, 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA (fourth best in the AL) and 1.11 WHIP, is on a streak of 16 consecutive scoreless innings. The 27-year-old left-hander faced the Blue Jays last Wednesday and went six innings, allowing no runs on five hits and three walks while striking out a season-high 10 batters. The White Sox won the game 4-0.

“He was throwing a lot of strikes,” White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro said after the game. “He was getting ahead of hitters with all of his pitches, fastballs, breaking balls, everything.”

Quintana, a native of Colombia, is in his fifth season in the majors, all spent with the White Sox. He has a career record of 36-35 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He has started against the Red Sox five times, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.14 ERA and 0.832 WHIP. In 33 2/3 innings he’s allowed just 23 hits and five walks while recording 23 strikeouts. He went 1-0 in two starts against Boston last season.

This marks just the third time this season the Red Sox will face a lefty starter.

Jose Quintana

Jose Quintana

Red Sox vs. Quintana (LHP)

David Ortiz (12 plate appearances): .167 AVG./.167 OBP/.250 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (9): .111/.111/.111, 2 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (9): .111/.111/.111, 3 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley Jr. (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI

Brock Holt (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Chris Young (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (4): .500/.500/1.000, 2 doubles

Travis Shaw (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI

Josh Rutledge (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout

White Sox vs. Wright (RHP)

Adam Eaton (4 plate appearances): .667 AVG./.750 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Brett Lawrie (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout

Tyler Saladino (4): .250/.250/.250, 2 strikeouts

Jose Abreu (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Melky Cabrera (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Carlos Sanchez is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Red Sox fans aren't shedding a tear for the loss of Pablo Sandoval. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)John Farrell owes Pablo Sandoval a debt of gratitude.



The Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo left shoulder surgery in the coming days.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist who examined Sandoval in Florida on Monday. Sandoval, 29, had complained of shoulder soreness in early April and was placed on the disabled list on April 13.

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

The Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo left shoulder surgery in the coming days.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist who examined Sandoval in Florida on Monday. Sandoval, 29, had complained of shoulder soreness in early April and was placed on the disabled list on April 13.

The Red Sox did not provide an update on how long Sandoval will be out or what kind of rehab his surgery will entail, noting in a press release that more information will be made available after surgery.

This has been a lost season for Sandoval from the start. He arrived at spring training out of shape and lost his job to youngster Travis Shaw, who has emerged as one of the team’s best hitters. Sandoval opened the season on the bench and ended up going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in a reserve role.

Last week, he said that he wasn’t sure if he’d need surgery to fix an injury that first cropped up in 2011.

“I’m not a doctor,” he said. “I’m going to let them make the decisions. I don’t know if I’m going to get surgery or not. At least I can move it around. The inflammation went down. I hope they can look at it and see what’s going on.”

It turns out what Andrews saw was bad.

Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million deal that runs through 2019, with a team option for 2020. With Shaw playing well, it’s safe to say we’ve seen the last of the Panda for a while.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

The question put before Hanley Ramirez was simple.

“Would you rather hit .330, or hit 35 home runs?”

The answer was quick.

“No question, .330.”

The Red Sox first baseman then elaborated.

Hanley Ramirez. (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images Sports)

Hanley Ramirez. (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images Sports)

The question put before Hanley Ramirez was simple.

“Would you rather hit .330, or hit 35 home runs?”

The answer was quick.

“No question, .330.”

The Red Sox first baseman then elaborated.

“I don’t want to think about homers,” Ramirez said. “I’m not a home run hitter. I hit homers. That’s the difference.”

It has been a big difference. Last year at this time, Ramirez had 10 home runs. This season’s first month? Just one.

“I forgot for a couple of years. I was trying to launch everything,” said of his previous all-or-nothing approach. “But now I just want to hit for average, and the homers will come.”

The change has been noticeable, with Ramirez limiting his leg kick while executing a much more compact swing. Gone are the enormous, one-hand follow-throughs, and in their place are opposite field-focused cuts. (It’s interesting to note Ramirez’s average launch angle — the vertical angle the ball leaves a player’s bat — is half the major league average, suggesting more line-drives and ground balls.)

It was a change in philosophy he made in the offseason after listening to “The hitting guy that I have inside me.”

“It’s better for my shoulders,” Ramirez said. “It feels a lot shorter. I want a shorter swing. It’s more compact. It’s two different hitters, using the bottom hand and top hand. I went from top hand my first couple of years in the big leagues, to the bottom hand after the first three or four years, when I hit 30-plus homers. But now I want to go back to top hand.”

It has worked for Ramirez in the past, with the righty hitter managing a .300-or-better batting average in his first four full major league seasons. Included in that run was a 2009 batting title (hitting .342), in which he finished April with just two homers but totaled 24 for the season.

And while that’s the hitter he wants to get back to, the on-base consistency that was a constant throughout those early years has eluded him in the first month. Ramirez is hitting .283, but carries just a .689 OPS.

With what has been consistent defense at first base, and the Red Sox living life in first place in the American League East, the public has been patient while Ramirez finds his way offensively. He is, after all, still carrying better OPS’ than fellow first basemen Edwin Encarancion, Jose Abreu, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols.

And, for now, Ramirez is staying with the approach, convinced that the shock and awe of last April was not the way to go.

“Yeah, I was focused to much on hitting home runs. It was awful,” he said. “This offseason I was like, ‘No. I’m going to hit .378.’

“I just want to be in the lineup every day and go out there and compete. Just stay healthy. That’s the key. I feel more consistent with my swing. I feel good.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (11-13): L, 5-4, at Syracuse (Nationals)

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

Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (11-13): L, 5-4, at Syracuse (Nationals)

— The PawSox fell to Syracuse in 10 innings Sunday as they were swept over the weekend. Trea Turner and Scott Sizemore both singled with one out, setting up the two-out, walk-off single for Jason Martinson. Turner beat leftfielder Rusney Castillo’s throw to the plate, delivering the Chiefs’ second walk-off win in 48 hours.

— Starter Sean O’Sullivan had a good outing as he went seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out five. His ERA is now 3.00 on the year.

— Castillo had a good day at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. His average is now .246 on the year.

— Blake Swihart caught all 10 innings and at the plate went 1-for-5 with a double.

— Center fielder Ryan LaMarre paced the offense as he went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI to raise his season average to .362.

Wendell Rijo

Wendell Rijo

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (8-16): W, 7-6 vs. Reading

— The Sea Dogs scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning after Reading scored in the top half to come away with a wild extra-innings win. Wendell Rijo’s two-out double scored the two runs for the game-winning hit.

— Rijo’s game-winning hit capped a terrific day at the plate for the second baseman. He went 4-for-5 to raise his average to .219 on the year.

— At the top of the order, Henry Ramos went 1-for-5 with two runs scored in the win. For the year, he’s batting .236.

— From the mound, it was a tough outing for Kevin McAvoy. He went just 3 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Mitch Atkins gave them four great innings of relief where he allowed just one run and struck out five.

— Simon Mercedes earned the win by getting two strikeouts in the top half of the 10th inning.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (15-8): Cancelled due to. Next game Monday vs. Carolina.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (10-12): Canceled due to rain. Next game Monday at Lakewood (doubleheader).

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez celebrate the catcher's game-winning home run Sunday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)The Red Sox are in first place.