Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez has been dominant in five starts for Portland. (Lynn Chadwick / Portland Sea Dogs)

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez has been dominant in five starts for Portland. (Lynn Chadwick / Portland Sea Dogs)

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 9-3 WIN AT BUFFALO (BLUE JAYS)

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– On a night when he walked his most batters (4) and threw just 61 of his season-high 105 pitches for strikes (58 percent), left-hander Henry Owens overcame his struggles to limit his opponents to three runs on eight hits. His efforts were helped by his eight punchouts in 6 1/3 innings. In his five starts with Pawtucket, Owens is now 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 10 walks in 32 innings. Opponents are hitting .248 against him with three homers in that span, up from the .201 average to which he held opponents in Double-A this year. In short, there’s an adjustment to a higher caliber of opposing hitters to which Owens is still adjusting, though he’s holding his own amidst that transition.

– Right-hander Dalier Hinojosa was dominant, retiring eight of nine batters he faced. The 28-year-old has a 2.03 ERA since the beginning of June with 26 strikeouts and eight walks in 26 2/3 innings. After he entered July with a 5.51 ERA, he’s dropped that mark to 3.90.

Bryce Brentz can mash against left-handers with good stuff. He went deep against highly regarded Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris, his 12th homer in 58 games in Pawtucket this year. Against southpaws, Brentz is hitting .304/.355/.725 with eight homers in 76 plate appearances (one for every 9.5 trips to the dish). His performance both against lefties and overall since his return from a groin injury (.260/.333/.558) suggest someone who might be getting close to capable of contributing at the big league level. Yet as much as the Sox’ recent acquisitions of outfielders such as Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig and Rusney Castillo has raised questions about the future of a player like Shane Victorino in the organization, the questions are just as significant for players like Brentz and Alex Hassan, who now find themselves behind a considerable crowd of corner outfielders.

– Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was 3-for-6 with a double, his first three-hit game and second extra-base hit in his nine games in Triple-A.

– Shortstop Deven Marrero went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, his first multi-hit game since August 10. He’s struggled to a .220/.271/.304 line in Pawtucket, leaving Marrero with a .264/.334/383 line for the year — with his average and OBP fairly similar to the marks of .252 and .338 that he posted in Salem and Portland last year, but with nearly double the extra-base hits (38 this year vs. 22 in 2013). Given that the average AL shortstop is hitting .256/.310/.360, Marrero has the profile of a player with the potential to deliver average to slightly better-than-average offense with tremendous defense — a skill set that could make him a big league starter for a number of years.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 4-1 LOSS VS. READING (PHILLIES)

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– Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez continues to assert himself as one of the Sox’ top pitching prospects since his trade from the Orioles to Boston for Andrew Miller. Rodriguez worked around seven hits to limit his opponents to one run, punching out seven and walking none.

The 21-year-old, whose fastball (a pitch he’s used aggressively to both sides of the plate) has topped out at 96-97 mph in each of his starts with Portland, with flashes of a plus changeup and a slider, suffered his first loss with Portland, but after five starts, he’s 2-1 with a 0.86 ERA, 35 strikeouts (10.1 per nine innings) and just six walks (1.7 per nine) in 31 1/3 innings. He’s punched out at least seven in four of his five starts, while showing the athleticism to suggest an ability to repeat his delivery and attack the strike zone.

His numbers with Portland stand in marked contrast to what Rodriguez had done prior to the trade with the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate, where he was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA, 7.5 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per nine, but reflect the potential that had made him a highly regarded prospect entering the year.

Sean Coyle went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his 15th of the year. It’s his second straight year of 15-plus homers, suggesting unusual right-handed power potential for a second baseman. He’s now hitting .299/.375/.513 for the season.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 5-4 LOSS AT FREDERICK (ORIOLES)

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Jose Vinicio, the usually-light-hitting shortstop, is on a tear recently. With a 2-for-4 showing on Tuesday, Vinicio now has six multi-hit performances in his last seven games. The hot stretch has boosted his batting average almost 80 points; the 21-year-old is now hitting .230, the first time he’s hit over the Mendoza line since his first game of the season with Salem. He’s even shown some very rare power lately, with three of his four extra-base hits on the season coming in his last seven contests. However, even with the stretch of multi-hit showings, Vinicio is still batting a meager .230/.255/.280 through 31 games with Salem.

Carlos Asuaje‘s 11-game hit streak was broken on Tuesday night, but the left fielder still reached base three times, drawing a trio of walks. It’s the second time this season he’s been able to work three free passes in a game. Asuaje has displayed adequate ability when it comes to drawing walks, posting a .391 OBP and walking in a little under 10 percent of plate appearances in 90 games with Single-A Greenville this season. But the ability seemed to have eluded him during his first couple weeks with Salem, drawing six free passes in 124 plate appearances (walking at about a five percent rate). His last four games, however, have been a different story. Asuaje has worked six walks in his last 18 trips to the plate. His OBP, which sat at .355 prior to this four-game stretch, has shot up to .394.

– After a couple of impressive outings, starter Simon Mercedes was roughed up in his latest performance, allowing five runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out two. It’s the fifth time in 18 appearances (13 starts) that Mercedes has given up five or more runs. His strikeout numbers continue to be way down, with the righty fanning 10 batters over his last 21 2/3 innings of work. He owns a 5.08 ERA in 78 innings this year.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 2-1 WIN AT CHARLESTON (YANKEES)

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– Starter Daniel McGrath was solid through five innings, allowing a run on just one hit, though he did walk three. It was a nice bounce-back effort from the 20-year-old, who endured one of his shortest and most wild outings of the season his last time out, allowing six runs on seven walks. The command has been an issue for the young lefty all season long, as he’s averaging about five walks per nine innings, an alarmingly high rate. However, when McGrath finds the zone, opposing hitters have mustered just a .223 batting average against him through his 91 1/3 innings this season.

– Though Sam Travis‘s rapid production has tailed off a bit over the last couple of weeks, he’s still showing off some power. Travis knocked his ninth double since being promoted to Greenville at the beginning of August, bringing his slugging mark to .494 through 83 at-bats. He ended the night going 1-for-3 with a walk. His walk turned out to be pivotal, as he moved up to second on a bunt and scored on a passed ball in the ninth inning, giving the Drive the lead. The first baseman, who turns 21 on Wednesday, is hitting .277/.322/.494 with the Drive.

– McGrath wasn’t the only effective pitcher on Tuesday. Jason Garcia, who relieved McGrath after five, tossed four one-hit frames of his own, walking three and striking out five while keeping the RiverDogs off the board. Garcia owns a 4.13 ERA through 32 2/3 innings with Greenville this season.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 5-0 LOSS AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS)

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– In his third start for the Spinners, Jeffry Fernandez was roughed up, allowing five runs (though only three earned) on eight hits in four innings of work. On the bright side, the 21-year-old righty hasn’t walked or hit a batter in nine innings since experiencing some real command issues in his first start (four walks and a hit batter). Fernandez has allowed a total of eight earned runs on 18 hits through his first 13 2/3 innings with the Spinners.

– One of the few bright spots for Lowell was reliever Williams Jerez, who tossed three scoreless innings in relief, permitting three hits and fanning five. Much like he was in the GCL earlier this season, Jerez has been racking up the strikeouts in Lowell, with 11 in just seven innings since earning the promotion. The three-inning stint on Tuesday was Jerez’s first outing without allowing a walk in his four appearances for the Spinners.

Aneudis Peralta extended his hitting streak to six games with a 2-for-4 showing. He was the only member of the Spinners’ lineup to rack up multiple hits on the evening. The first baseman has hit well since joining the Lowell squad, putting together a .291/.350/.345 line through 16 games.

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– Left-hander Gabe Speier continues to look impressive in his return from Tommy John surgery. The 19-year-old, whose fastball is a high-80s to low-90s offering complemented by a breaking ball that he spins well, fired five innings in which he allowed a run on five hits, punched out a season-high seven and walked none. In nine games in the GCL, Speier — a 2013 19th-rounder who underwent Tommy John surgery — is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA, 26 strikeouts and just one walk. He’s striking out 8.1 per nine innings and has gotten groundballs on 57 percent of the balls put in play against him, suggesting some interesting raw materials in his first real opportunity to pitch as a professional while healthy.

Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with a double, giving him three straight multi-hit games, four in five contests and five in his last seven games. The 17-year-old’s .322 average is fifth in the GCL; the four players ahead of him are 18, 19, 20 and 22 years old. Though Devers has seen his walk rate drop roughly in half from the DSL (15.0 percent) to the GCL (7.7 percent), his strikeout rate has increased by only about 10 percent (from 15.7 to 17.3 percent) in his move to a level where his age makes him a rarity.

– Second baseman Victor Acosta went 2-for-4, his fifth multi-hit game in his last 10 contests, continuing an August run that has seen him boost his line from .189/.282/.289 to .271/.350/.389. The 18-year-old is hitting .407/.467/.556 this month, with his average and OBP ranking second in the GCL in that time and his slugging mark ranking sixth.

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Alex Speier and Katie Morrison
Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Coming off two straight extra-innings victories over the Blue Jays, the Red Sox send Joe Kelly to the mound opposite rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman in Wednesday’s series finale at Rogers Centre.

Kelly (0-1, 4.09 ERA) is looking for his first win in his fifth start with the Sox since being acquired from the Cardinals on July 31. He pitched five scoreless innings in his last start, allowing just one hit, but he left the game after 86 pitches due to a shoulder concern, and Sox closer Koji Uehara proceeded to implode in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

The Sox medical staff checked out Kelly after removing him and found nothing to prevent him from taking the ball for his next scheduled start.

“Joe came in and felt no ill effects from [Friday] night after a battery of tests that he went through after the game that didn’t reproduce any of the symptoms,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said the day after. “It was followed up with him feeling well [Saturday] morning and he’s on target to start in five days.”

Stroman (7-5, 4.11 ERA) held the Red Sox to one run over 14 innings in back-to-back wins for the rookie on July 24 and 29. The Duke product has struggled since then, however, going 0-3 with an 8.66 ERA in four starts.

In his most recent outing, Friday against the Rays, Stroman gave up six runs on a season-high 10 hits with three walks in five innings of an 8-0 loss. Despite pitching on six days’ rest, Stroman saw his winless streak reach four starts.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said afterward. “I couldn’t keep my team in it today to get a win.”

The 23-year-old — who at 5-foot-9 is one of the game’s shortest pitchers — has 20 games of major league experience, all coming this season.

Stroman hails from Medford, New York, and is a former winner of the Carl Yastrzemski Award, an honor that goes to the top high school player in New York’s Suffolk County (where the Red Sox legend grew up). In three seasons at Duke he went 15-13 with a 3.27 ERA and set the  school’s career strikeout record with 290 (in 220 innings). He also played outfield for the Blue Devils, hitting .252 in 301 at-bats. He became Duke’s first-ever first-round draft pick when he was selected 22nd overall by Toronto in 2012.

Stroman was handed a 50-game suspension on Aug. 28, 2012, while pitching for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He had tested positive for methylhexanimine, a banned stimulant that was in an over-the-counter training supplement he said purchased without being aware.

Red Sox vs. Marcus Stroman (RHP)

Brock Holt (7 plate appearances): .286/.286/.429, 1 double, 4 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (6): .167/.167/.167, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 strikeout

Kelly Johnson (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double

Christian Vazquez (5): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Yoenis Cespedes (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Allen Craig (3): .667/.667/.667, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Mike Napoli (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (3): .667/.667/.667, 1 double, 1 RBI

Blue Jays vs. Joe Kelly (RHP)

Jose Reyes (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Melky Cabrera (3): .667/.667/.1.000, 1 double

Juan Francisco and Dioner Navarro each are 0-for-1 against Kelly.

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WEEI

On Sunday, Mike Napoli talked about the importance of treating the remainder of the schedule as meaningful, of respecting the game in a fashion that maintained the integrity of the team’s who s

Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia drove in five of the Sox' seven runs in the 11th innings. (Getty Images)

Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia drove in five of the Sox’ seven runs in the 11th innings. (Getty Images)

On Sunday, Mike Napoli talked about the importance of treating the remainder of the schedule as meaningful, of respecting the game in a fashion that maintained the integrity of the team’s who still have something to play for in 2014. The veteran said that the Red Sox were mindful of the teams that had fallen out of the race last year that nonetheless still fought for wins against contenders; the Sox, Napoli hoped, would do the same.

Through the first two games against the Blue Jays in Toronto, the Sox have done just that, delivering a potentially terminal pair of losses on the Jays, the latest an 11-7 victory in 11 innings on Tuesday. The Sox scored seven or more runs in an extra-inning frame for just the second time in at least the last 30 years, the previous such instance coming on August 16, 2005, then held on for dear life as reliever Heath Hembree struggled to secure the final three outs.

Still, secure them he did, as the Red Sox left the Blue Jays reeling, seven games out of the wild card race.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

– For the second straight game, Dustin Pedroia went deep, launching a two-run homer in the top of the first against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. It was the first time since last July 30-31 that he’s gone deep in consecutive games. He later delivered a bases-loaded, two-run single in the 11th to set in motion the Sox’ victory. His four runs batted in matched a season high.

– Napoli smoked a three-run homer (his 16th of the year) to blow the game open as part of a 2-for-5 game.

– Yoenis Cespedes had his third straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-6 with a trio of singles including a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the seventh. He also now has a five-game hitting streak that has included at least one run in in each contest, a run during which he’s 10-for-22 with a pair of walks. His stretch of five straight games with a hit and RBI is the longest by a Red Sox this year. Cespedes is 10-for-31 with a walk and 18 RBIs with runners in scoring position since joining the Sox.

– Will Middlebrooks continued his tremendous success against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. He drove a first-inning RBI double to center against Dickey, improving to 4-for-11 against him, with all four of the hits (two doubles, two homers) having been for extra bases — the most extra-base hits Middlebrooks has against any big league pitcher. However, Middlebrooks’ strong night was somewhat qualified by the fact that in the 11th, he struck out against infielder-turned-pitcher Steve Tolleson.

– Brock Holt singled against tough left-handed reliever Aaron Loup, thus improving to .311/.360/.430 against southpaws this year.

Allen Craig hit his first homer since joining the Sox, a two-run shot in the 11th.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

– For the first time in his 24 big league starts, right-hander Rubby De La Rosa did not strike out a batter. While he had plenty of velocity, he fooled no one over the course of his 4 2/3 innings in which he allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks.

While it would be natural to wonder whether De La Rosa has fatigued due to a career-high innings log, he had struck out eight in his last outing and indeed in two of his prior three. Moreover, it’s worth noting that the Blue Jays have been all over De La Rosa this year, having whiffed just twice in a total of 14 2/3 innings spanning three starts against Toronto.

There’s been some discussion throughout the year about whether De La Rosa has been tipping his pitches. If so, it would appear that Toronto has developed a very keen sense of when he’s throwing his fastball.

It’s also worth noting that De La Rosa, whose success this year had derived largely from his ability to elicit ground balls and work down in the strike zone, operated at the top of the zone throughout the night. He got just four groundouts, and in some respects, was fortunate to limit the damage to just three runs during his outing.

– Alex Wilson’s streak of nine straight scoreless innings came to an end when he allowed a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the seventh. He also gave up a walk, the first free pass he’d given up since May 25. He’d made six subsequent appearances spanning 13 1/3 innings without walking anyone.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

There have been points this season when the Red Sox outfield depth has been nonexistent, to the point where it seemed as though anyone who could catch a fly ball in Pawtucket would have a shot to earn some playing time.



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David Ortiz is out against the Blue Jays for the second straight day due to his injured right foot. In his absence, Mike Napoli will serve as DH, while Allen Craig will play first base.

David Ortiz is out against the Blue Jays for the second straight day due to his injured right foot. In his absence, Mike Napoli will serve as DH, while Allen Craig will play first base.

RED SOX LINEUP

Brock Holt, SS

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Yoenis Cespedes, LF

Mike Napoli, DH

Daniel Nava, RF

Allen Craig, 1B

Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Mookie Betts, CF

Christian Vazquez, C

Rubby De La Rosa, RHP

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier
Right-hander Matt Barnes continued his second-half dominance on Monday. (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox.)

Right-hander Matt Barnes continued his second-half dominance on Monday. (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox.)

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 6-2 WIN AT BUFFALO (BLUE JAYS)

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Matt Barnes‘ second-half breakthrough continued, and has now reached the point where it can be called the best sustained stretch he’s had since at least the first eight starts of his pro career, and arguably since he made his pro debut in 2012. The 24-year-old allowed two runs on four hits (three singles and a triple) while walking two and punching out four in 7 1/3 innings. The outing marked the third straight, fourth out of five and fifth out of seven in which he’s pitched into the seventh inning or later, something he’d done only four times in his first 65 minor league starts.

Barnes is now 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in his seven second-half starts, a span in which he has 7.0 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings. Whereas he looked like someone who might struggle to stay in the rotation in the first half based on the continuation of his 2013 struggles to work deep into games, averaging just under five innings an outing prior to the All-Star break, in the second half, he’s averaging 6 2/3 innings per start, showing an ability to deliver the sort of consistent innings that the Red Sox want to see from anyone whom they’d consider as a rotation candidate. After he closed out the first half with a 5.06 ERA, Barnes has lowered that mark to 3.80, and on Monday, he crossed the 120-inning plateau for the first time in his pro career.

Alex Hassan went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs. In 63 games since the 26-year-old was returned to Pawtucket from his first big league callup, he’s now hitting .326/.412/.506 to improve to .283/.375/.426 for the year.

Blake Swihart, who has been playing roughly every other day over the last two weeks as a concession to the workload of his season, went 0-for-4 as his line in 14 Triple-A games dropped to .236/.263/.364. He’s been hitless in four of his last five games, going 2-for-18. Swihart has now played 106 games, three more than he played in the regular season with High-A Salem last year (though he did play five more playoff games in 2013, meaning he’s played two fewer than he did in 2013).

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 3-0 WIN VS. READING (PHILLIES)

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– Portland has now won 10 straight.

– Right-hander Justin Haley tossed six shutout innings in which he allowed four hits, walked one and punched out five. In five starts since his promotion from High-A Salem, he has a 1.47 ERA with 24 strikeouts and 15 walks in 30 2/3 innings. Overall, in 24 minor league appearances, the 23-year-old is 9-6 with a 2.48 ERA, 7.2 strikeouts per nine and 2.8 walks per nine.

Carson Blair keeps raking in his transition to Double-A. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, with the 24-yera-old improving to .295 with a .373 OBP, .591 slugging mark, eight extra-base hits, six walks and 14 strikeouts in 12 games. Overall this year between Salem and Portland, while nearly doubling his previous career games high of 44, the 24-year-old is hitting .266/.383/.489 with 11 homers and 38 extra-base hits in 79 games.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 6-2 WIN VS. WILMINGTON (ROYALS)

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– Right-hander Pat Light allowed one run on five hits (three singles, two doubles) while walking one and punching out six, his largest total since his promotion to Salem, in 6 1/3 innings. The outing marked the third time this year that the 23-year-old, a supplemental first-rounder in 2012, pitched into the seventh inning. He lowered his ERA in Salem to 5.17.

– Corner infielder Jantzen Witte went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to nine games during which he has four games in which he’s collected three or more hits. The 24-year-old is hitting an even .500 (19-for-38) during the run to improve to .296/.343/.465 in 57 games in Salem.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: OFF DAY

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 7-3 WIN AT CONNECTICUT (TIGERS)

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– Outfielder Mike Meyers set a Lowell record with three triples in a game and eight triples in a season, as the 20-year-old — a 2012 12th-rounder — went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. Meyers, who is hitting .223/.258/.342 for the season, has more triples (8) than doubles (6) in his 49 games this year with Lowell.

– Right-hander Chandler Shepherd continued his solid pro debut with a pair of shutout innings to earn the win. The 22-year-old 13th-rounder out of Kentucky has a 3.56 ERA with 31 strikeouts and just seven walks in 30 1/3 innings.

ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 3-2 LOSS (COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME), 6-5 LOSS AT GCL ORIOLES

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Michael Chavis completed a suspended game with a 3-for-4 line and followed that up by going 3-for-4 with his first pro homer and a double. When the Sox drafted Chavis with their top pick this year, they did so with the view of him as one of the most advanced high school bats in the draft. Though Chavis, who turned 19 this month, struggled out of the gate in his adjustment to pro ball — a healthy experience in the eyes of some of the team’s evaluators, given that he’d known nothing but untrammeled success as an amateur — he’s lived up to his billing in August. Chavis is hitting .380 with a .429 OBP and .606 slugging mark on the strength of 11 extra-base hits in 20 games this month, boosting his line for the year to .268/.340/.425.

– Suddenly, Rafael Devers is hot again. The 17-year-old went 3-for-4 in the second game, giving him four multi-hit games in his last six contests — a run that followed a four-game hitless streak. In 40 GCL games, Devers is now hitting .318/.378/.493. Though he wasn’t promoted to the GCL until a couple of weeks into the season, he ranks fourth in the league with 33 RBIs, he’s tied for sixth in average and he’s fifth in slugging percentage, all underscoring the notion that he’s an incredibly advanced hitter given that he’s one of the youngest players in the league.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier
Rubby De La Rosa

Rubby De La Rosa

After snapping their eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings Monday night in Toronto, the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays in the middle game of their three-game set Tuesday night with Rubby De Le Rosa taking the mound opposite knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

De La Rosa (4-5, 3.69) is coming off a solid outing against the Angels on Thursday in which he allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 2-0 loss.

“I thought he was really strong early on,” Farrell said after the game. “He settled in and was very good. I thought he pitched well enough to win on most nights.”

De La Rosa has started twice against the Jays this season, going 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA. When he faced the Jays on July 29 he gave up three runs in six innings in a 4-2 loss.

De La Rosa has especially had trouble with Juan Francisco, who is 4-for-5 with a home run, triple and double against the right-hander.

The Blue Jays, like the Red Sox, have had a rough August. Toronto is 6-15 this month and is in danger of falling to .500 for the first time since May 15. The Jays had won six in a row and 10-of-13 against the Red Sox this season — and almost stole Monday night’s game, tying the score in the ninth inning of Koji Uehara before Boston battled back in the extra inning.

Dickey (10-12, 4.08 ERA) is 3-0 against the Sox this year with a 2.79 ERA. Most recently, he allowed one run on three hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts in a 14-1 rout of the Sox on July 28.

Dickey picked up his first win in his last four starts in his most recent outing, last Wednesday’s 9-5 victory over the Brewers, despite giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Will Middlebrooks is the Sox’ top hitter against Dickey, going 3-for-8 with two home runs and three RBIs.

Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP)

Dustin Pedroia (22 plate appearances): .143/.182/.325, 1 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Kelly Johnson (20): .222/.300/.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

David Ortiz (20): .333/.400/.778, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (17): .313/.353/.438, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Yoenis Cespedes (13): 231/.231/.692, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (12): 273/.250/.364, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Will Middlebrooks (9): 375/.444/.1.250, 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout

David Ross (9): 125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Brock Holt (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout

Christian Vazquez (3): 333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Allen Craig grounded into a double play in his only at-bat against Dickey.

Blue Jays vs. De La Rosa (RHP)

Jose Bautista (7): .500/.714/.500, 2 walks

Jose Reyes (7): 286/.286/.286

Melky Cabrera (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Dioner Navarro (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 walk

Juan Francisco (5): .800/.800/2.000, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Munenori Kawasaki (5): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout

Danny Valencia (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Colby Rasmus (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Blog Author: 
WEEI

TORONTO — The initial response was predictable.