Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

For Monday’s series opener against the Yankees, the Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound to face Ivan Nova.

Rodriguez’s last start came more than the usual five or six days prior. Instead, the Sox pushed his next outing until Monday to keep his arm from being overworked. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday that he and the team don’t want to “ramp [Rodriguez] up to 200 innings,” though he could probably handle it. With 48 1/3 innings pitched in Triple-A this season and 92 1/3 up with the big club, Rodriguez has logged 140 2/3 innings total this year.

“We’re trying to manage his time and his workload, and this is a way to give him a couple extra days. It makes sense for us,” Lovullo said Tuesday.

The lefty pitched opposite the Royals on Aug. 23, lasting six innings and giving up just two earned runs, though four were scored with him on the mound. He allowed seven hits and struck out just one batter. With a no-decision his reward in the start, Rodriguez’s season record remains 7-5, though his ERA improved to 4.39.

This season Rodriguez has seen the Yankees twice, recording a 1-1 mark in those two outings with a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. Conceding four earned runs to New York in total, two per start, on 11 hits, he has struck out seven as well and walked three for a WHIP of 1.050. With Rodriguez on the mound, the Yankees slash .234/.294/.447 with three home runs and a double.

Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova

Nova has faced the Red Sox 10 times in his career, nine of which were starting appearances and one of which was earlier this season on July 11 in Boston. He gave up four runs in that game over 6 2/3 innings and took the loss. Including the other nine appearances, Nova has a 5.05 ERA against the Red Sox with a 3-4 record in 51 2/3 innings. He’€™s given up 11 earned runs on 34 hits and has 35 strikeouts. Boston batters slash .299/.365/.455 vs. Nova and have collected 26 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs.

With a 5-6 record and a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts this season, Nova has a 1.34 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 62 innings. His most recent start was a loss against the Astros on Tuesday as he surrendered seven earned runs in four frames with as many walks and one strikeout. The outing was his shortest of the year, and he had never pitched fewer than five innings all season.

Nova also recorded a shorter start in his previous outing vs. the Indians on Aug. 20, allowing three earned runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five frames.

“It was not a good game today,” Nova said after the Tuesday loss. “It was bad that I have two bad starts in a row and I can’t help the team to win games, especially this late in the season. We are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, and pitching a game like this, it doesn’t help the team and doesn’t help myself.”

Yankees vs. Rodriguez (LHP)

Jacoby Ellsbury (7 plate appearances): .571 AVG/.571 OBP/1.429 SLG, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Brett Gardner (7): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Alex Rodriguez (7): .500/.571/1.167, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mark Teixeira (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks

Didi Gregorius (5): .200/.200/.200

Chase Headley (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 strikeout

Chris Young (5): .200/.200/.200

Brendan Ryan (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

John Ryan Murphy has one strikeout in five plate appearances vs. Rodriguez.

Red Sox vs. Nova (RHP)

David Ortiz (26 plate appearances): .364 AVG/462 OBP/.591 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout

Alejandro De Aza (10): .700/.700/1.000, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/1.000, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Pablo Sandoval (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double

Jackie Bradley Jr. (5): .200/.200/.200, 2 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double

Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Hanley Ramirez (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen
Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

For Monday’s series opener against the Yankees, the Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound to face Ivan Nova.

Rodriguez’s last start came more than the usual five or six days prior. Instead, the Sox pushed his next outing until Monday to keep his arm from being overworked. Interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday that he and the team don’t want to “ramp [Rodriguez] up to 200 innings,” though he could probably handle it. With 48 1/3 innings pitched in Triple-A this season and 92 1/3 up with the big club, Rodriguez has logged 140 2/3 innings total this year.

“We’re trying to manage his time and his workload, and this is a way to give him a couple extra days. It makes sense for us,” Lovullo said Tuesday.

The lefty pitched opposite the Royals on Aug. 23, lasting six innings and giving up just two earned runs, though four were scored with him on the mound. He allowed seven hits and struck out just one batter. With a no-decision his reward in the start, Rodriguez’s season record remains 7-5, though his ERA improved to 4.39.

This season Rodriguez has seen the Yankees twice, recording a 1-1 mark in those two outings with a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. Conceding four earned runs to New York in total, two per start, on 11 hits, he has struck out seven as well and walked three for a WHIP of 1.050. With Rodriguez on the mound, the Yankees slash .234/.294/.447 with three home runs and a double.

Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova

Nova has faced the Red Sox 10 times in his career, nine of which were starting appearances and one of which was earlier this season on July 11 in Boston. He gave up four runs in that game over 6 2/3 innings and took the loss. Including the other nine appearances, Nova has a 5.05 ERA against the Red Sox with a 3-4 record in 51 2/3 innings. He’€™s given up 11 earned runs on 34 hits and has 35 strikeouts. Boston batters slash .299/.365/.455 vs. Nova and have collected 26 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs.

With a 5-6 record and a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts this season, Nova has a 1.34 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 62 innings. His most recent start was a loss against the Astros on Tuesday as he surrendered seven earned runs in four frames with as many walks and one strikeout. The outing was his shortest of the year, and he had never pitched fewer than five innings all season.

Nova also recorded a shorter start in his previous outing vs. the Indians on Aug. 20, allowing three earned runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five frames.

“It was not a good game today,” Nova said after the Tuesday loss. “It was bad that I have two bad starts in a row and I can’t help the team to win games, especially this late in the season. We are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, and pitching a game like this, it doesn’t help the team and doesn’t help myself.”

Yankees vs. Rodriguez (LHP)

Jacoby Ellsbury (7 plate appearances): .571 AVG/.571 OBP/1.429 SLG, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Brett Gardner (7): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Alex Rodriguez (7): .500/.571/1.167, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mark Teixeira (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks

Didi Gregorius (5): .200/.200/.200

Chase Headley (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 strikeout

Chris Young (5): .200/.200/.200

Brendan Ryan (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

John Ryan Murphy has one strikeout in five plate appearances vs. Rodriguez.

Red Sox vs. Nova (RHP)

David Ortiz (26 plate appearances): .364 AVG/462 OBP/.591 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout

Alejandro De Aza (10): .700/.700/1.000, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Ryan Hanigan (8): .250/.250/1.000, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Pablo Sandoval (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double

Jackie Bradley Jr. (5): .200/.200/.200, 2 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double

Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Hanley Ramirez (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

Over the last few days much has been made of NESN’s decision not to renew Don Orsillo’s contract for the 2016 season. The network announced ESPN and WEEI’s Dave O’Brien would take over.

While the Cubs are paying Jon Lester to be their ace, another starter has emerged as their true No. 1. Sunday night Arrieta punctuated the notion that he was the top dog in the Chicago rotation, and perhaps the best pitcher in baseball right now.

The righty threw his first career no-hitter in the Cubs’ 2-0 win over the Dodgers, striking out 12 and walking just one while throwing 116 pitches.

The 29-year-old Arrieta struck out the side to complete the feat, fanning Joc Pederson to end the game.

The former Baltimore hurler lowered his ERA to 2.11 with the effort, and carries an 11-1 mark with a 1.07 ERA in his last 14 starts.

Arrieta came to the Cubs on July 2, 2013 along with Pedro Strop in exchange for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.

For more on the no-hitter, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Over the last few days much has been made of NESN’s decision not to renew Don Orsillo’s contract for the 2016 season. The network announced ESPN and WEEI’s Dave O’Brien would take over.

There has been strong support of Orsillo from Red Sox fans who are disappointed by the decision and even have started an online petition that already has thousands of signatures.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner gave his first comments on the matter over the weekend to the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley.

“€œI understand it has created some controversy,” Werner said to Buckley. “€œAnd I also understand that Don is a great broadcaster, but we felt that starting next year it was worth going in a different direction reenergizing the broadcast. And when the opportunity presented itself to bring Dave O’€™Brien to NESN, we just felt after a great deal of thought and consideration that was the right decision to make.”

O’Brien has called Red Sox games for WEEI since 2007 while also doing major league baseball games for ESPN, as well as college basketball games during the offseason.

“€œI think when the opportunity to bring Dave aboard came to us, after a lot of thought we decided, you know what, he’€™s one of the premier broadcasters in the country and we thought he’€™d be a great addition to the team,” Werner said.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Six to go.

The Red Sox may have fallen short of a sweep against the Mets in a 5-4 loss on Sunday afternoon, but that news was of secondary significance to David Ortiz’s quest for 500 career home runs.

Six to go.

The Red Sox may have fallen short of a sweep against the Mets in a 5-4 loss on Sunday afternoon, but that news was of secondary significance to David Ortiz’s quest for 500 career home runs.

Ortiz blasted No. 494 ‘€“ a two-run shot off Noah Syndergaard that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth ‘€“ to move within six homers of the magic 500 mark for his career.

In the process, he broke a tie for 27th on the all-time list with Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig and former All-Star slugger Fred McGriff, who were each at 493.

Ortiz’s 28th homer of the year left him two shy of his ninth 30-homer season. He is bidding to become the 27th member of the 500 club, joining contemporaries like Gary Sheffield, Albert Pujols, and Manny Ramirez. The next name on the list for him is Hall of Famer Eddie Murray (504).

Sunday’s homer actually meant something within the context of the game, too, because it represented the first damage the Red Sox could manage against Syndergaard, who mowed them down for five innings before Ortiz ripped a low 97 mph into the right field seats on a line.

The lead proved short-lived, however, because Juan Uribe responded in the bottom of the frame with a two-run double to dead center off of starter Wade Miley (6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 6 Ks), who had virtually matched Syndergaard pitch for pitch until that moment.

The Red Sox didn’t go quietly, however, tying the game in the seventh on Jackie Bradley’s two-out pinch double and Mookie Betts’ bloop RBI triple to left in which the speedster alertly took third when he saw no one covering.

Back came the Mets in the bottom of the seventh, however, when Daniel Murphy reached on a one-out force, stole second, and scored on Michael Cuddyer’s clutch single to left.

The Red Sox made a game of it in the ninth, when Rusney Castillo beat out an infield single leading off and catcher Blake Swihart followed with a sharp single, but Alejandro De Aza failed to get down a sacrifice bunt Mets closer Jeurys Familia closed out the Red Sox from there.

The Red Sox saw their winning streak snapped at three, though they still won the series. They’ve also won eight of 12.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.

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[0:08:09] ... handed out to me that's the guy and you're looking for a Jon Lester replacement. If you wanna write the wrong of Jon Lester David Price answered by the way for you Lester critics or fans if you watched the game last night. Now the game ...
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Wade Miley

Wade Miley

The Red Sox will look to get the sweep of the first-place Mets on Sunday afternoon when they send Wade Miley to the mound against rookie phenom Noah Syndergaard.

Miley is coming off his 10th loss of the season against the White Sox on Tuesday. The southpaw went 6 2/3 innings in the outing but was whacked around for 13 hits and five runs in the 5-4 Red Sox defeat. He could not find his swing-and-miss stuff as White Sox hitters whiffed on just nine of his 110 pitches, his lowest mark since an Aug. 8 loss to the Tigers. To make matters worse, Chicago’s lineup squared him up for nine line drives, a season high.

The good news for the Red Sox is that each time Miley has been tagged with five earned runs or more, he has responded with a start of three earned runs or less. His record is 4-1 in these games and his ERA sits at a robust 2.12.

After the early August loss to Detroit, Miley returned against the Mariners to toss seven innings of two-run ball in a 22-10 drubbing on Aug. 15. Five days later, he did the same vs. the Royals, going 7 1/3 with just one run on the docket before exiting for the W. After the Royals start, Miley highlighted his renewed control as the key to his success.

“I’m just commanding the ball a little bit better,” Miley said. “When you’re commanding better, you get some swings and early contact, and get deeper into ball games.”

For the season, Miley owns a 10-10 record and a 4.51 ERA to go along with a 1.39 WHIP. In two career starts at Citi Field, Miley sports a 3.09 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings of work.

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard

The Red Sox offense will draw a tough matchup Sunday when Syndergaard mans the bump for the Mets. At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, Syndergaard intimidates hitters before he begins tossing 98 mph heaters and late-breaking curveballs. The righty is 8-6 with a 3.19 ERA in 19 starts since joining the big league club in May.

Syndergaard had a stellar month of July, during which he won two games and posted a 1.32 ERA in five starts. He downright dominated opposing batters, striking out 38 in 34 innings pitched while they slashed just .161/.225/.254 against him.

August has been a different story for the 23-year-old. In five starts he’s made it past the sixth inning twice, logging a 4.66 ERA. Opposing batters have started to lock in on his fastball, launching eight homers and producing a .535 slugging percentage.

Last Tuesday against the Phillies, Syndergaard didn’t have his best stuff, but he picked up his eighth win anyway behind a six-run outburst from the Mets offense. He went five innings, allowing four hits and four runs while striking out nine. Despite the punchouts, his struggles with the long ball persisted, as he gave up two home runs in the game. After the game, Syndergaard learned that he had earned his first career road win, acknowledging that sometimes he has to rely on his offense to bail him out.

“That’s news to me, that that was my first road win,” Syndergaard said. “I try not to pay too much attention to that. I just like going out there and giving a quality performance, letting the offense work and getting a victory out of it.”

Red Sox vs. Syndergaard (RHP)

No Red Sox have faced Syndergaard.

Mets vs. Miley (LHP)

Juan Uribe (22 plate appearances): .227 AVG/.227 OBP/.318 SLG

Michael Cuddyer (19): .235/.316/.471, 2 doubles, 1 triple

Daniel Murphy (9): .333/.333/.444

David Wright (9): .333/.556/.333, 3 walks

Ruben Tejada (6): .400/.500/.400

Juan Lagares (3): .333/.333/.667

No other Mets have faced Miley.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: