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Dare we say the Red Sox have turned a corner?

Following an unimpressive start to the homestand, dropping three of the first four games with barely any life, the Red Sox won the last two games of the series against the Angels, capping it off with a 6-1 win Sunday.

Mike Napoli hit his fifth home run of the homestand in the Red Sox win. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli hit his fifth home run of the homestand in the Red Sox win. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Dare we say the Red Sox have turned a corner?

Following an unimpressive start to the homestand, dropping three of the first four games with barely any life, the Red Sox won the last two games of the series against the Angels, capping it off with a 6-1 win Sunday.

Wade Miley gave the Red Sox their second exceptional start in as many games, as the left-hander went eight innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out two.

He didn’t allow a baserunner until two outs in the fifth when he walked Chris Iannetta and then the next batter, C.J. Cron singled to left following a review of whether a pitch was a hit by pitch or foul ball that hit the knob of the bat.

Miley ended his outing in style, getting a double play to end the eighth inning, with Mike Trout standing on deck.

Mike Napoli continued his monster homestand as the first baseman crushed a two-run home run in the second inning to dead centerfield. It traveled 451 feet. Napoli finished the homestand 9-for-21 with five homers and 7 RBIs, and for his career has owned the Angels as coming in to the game he had the best all-time slugging percentage (.716) and OPS (1.163).

The Red Sox added another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Dustin Pedroia, bringing in Brock Holt, who hit a ground rule double to open the inning. Sandy Leon had a perfect sacrifice bunt getting him to third.

They added three more insurance runs in the eighth when Napoli ripped a two-RBI double off the Green Monster and the next batter, pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval delivered an RBI single.

Koji Uehara pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in a non-save situation.

As a team the Red Sox have now hit home runs in 18 of their 22 home games, which ties the Astros for most in the American League.

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Here’s what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Napoli has found his swung following a tough start to the season, as he hit his fifth home run of the homestand. He entered play Tuesday with three through the first 33 games of the season.

— Bogaerts extended his hit streak to seven games with an outstanding game going 4-for-4 and is hitting .444 (11-for-25) during the streak — his longest of the season.

— Pedroia went 1-for-2 to extend his own hit streak to four games. Once again he hit out of the leadoff spot, as the Red Sox continue to look for a spark offensively. He reached base twice, as besides a first inning single in the third, he walked in the seventh. The second baseman also added the sac fly in the fifth.

— The Red Sox made two great defensive plays in the seventh inning. First, Pedroia made a great play up the middle diving for a ball and getting Kole Calhoun at first and then Holt robbed the next batter, David Freese of a hit with a diving play at third base.

WHAT WENT WRONG

David Ortiz continues to struggle against lefties as he finished 0-for-4 overall, and 0-for-3 against starter Hector Gonzalez. For the season he is now down to .109 against lefties. He’s also in the midst of a 0-for-12 slump.

— Mookie Betts went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, ending a five-game hit streak.

— Holt was pinch-hit for by Sandoval in the eighth as he took a liner off the arm and shoulder in the top half of the inning.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Mike Napoli went deep twice in the Red Sox' win Saturday over the Angels. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli went deep twice in the Red Sox‘ win Saturday over the Angels. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Sometimes bad luck can lead to good things.

In the case of the Red Sox, Shane Victorino leaving Saturday’s game against the Angels (and subsequently landing on the disabled list) opened a new opportunity for John Farrell and Mookie Betts. Specificially, it allowed Farrell to see what Betts looks like hitting behind Dustin Pedroia and it gave Betts a chance to hit between Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez in the order. Sunday marked just the second time this season Betts has batted in the No. 2 hole.

Betts went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Saturday’s 8-3 win.

“I think it’s one of those things where hey, it worked, I’m not going to change it [with] as much change as we’ve been going through,” Farrell said. “Mookie put three swings on balls [Saturday] night as we’ve seen in a number of other games. He was given a little bit of heads up before the game started, be on-call here because you don’t know how far or how deep in the game he might be needed. It was unfortunately quick in this case. He put up three quality at-bats in the meantime. Credit to him.”

Then there’s the scorching hot Mike Napoli. He obliterated another pitch Sunday afternoon, launching a pitch from lefty Hector Santiago five rows deep to the bleachers in straightaway center for his fourth homer in three games and fifth homer on the six-game homestand. Saturday, he crushed a pair of homers of nemesis C.J. Wilson, including a two-run bomb to left that cleared the Monster and traveled an estimated 450 feet.

“It’s more timing,” Farrell said of Napoli‘s resurgence. “It’s not so much trying to take an approach to one side of the diamond because when the timing is accurate, they’re seeing pitches more clearly and they’re able to react to where pitches are on the plate. You see [Saturday] where in a 3-2 count, Nap gets a fastball on the inside part of the plate that he turns on. When they’re in a good hitting position, there’s a great ability to react to where balls are located in the zone.

“I can’t say there’s a different effort level in the swing. He’s a guy that’s going to impact the baseball and drive the baseball. That’s his calling card as a hitter his whole major league career. So in those [hitter’s] advantage counts, now that his timing is more consistent and more what he’s been accustomed to. He’s just in a better position to drive the baseball. Sometimes, whether it’s a pitcher or hitter, body mechanics can get disrupted by thoughts. More than anything, he’s hitting with a clear mind right now.”

With Victorino going on the disabled list Sunday, the Red Sox brought up infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket. Farrell said there was no consideration to bring up Jackie Bradley Jr. since the organization felt he needed more regular playing time.

“At this point, he needed to get some regular at-bats,” Farrell said of Bradley, who was expected to travel to Louisville and be ready to play Sunday evening against the Bats, the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate.

Farrell also said righty Justin Masterson continues to make good progress after being disabled with right shoulder fatigue/tendinitis on May 14.

“He threw a bullpen [Friday],” Farrell said. “A pretty intense bullpen. He’ll have at least one more and we’ll probably get a total of three bullpens before we send him out on a rehab assignment but he’s making strong progress in terms of the intensity of the throws, the volume of throws. We don’t have a targeted date for his first rehab assignment but that’s coming in the near future.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Reliever Anthony Varvaro is back with the Red Sox.

Anthony Varvaro

Anthony Varvaro

Reliever Anthony Varvaro is back with the Red Sox.

After being designated for assignment by the team on April 29, and then claimed by the Cubs, it was found out the right-hander has a right flexor strain. The severity of the injury was unknown to the Red Sox at the time of the assignment, so both clubs agreed it would be appropriate to return Varvaro to the Red Sox for placement on the disabled list in accordance with major league rules.

Varvaro has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, but it looks like he will likely be transferred to the 60-day DL, as a report from SILive.com has him quoted saying he will have surgery and will be unable to pitch again this season.

“The tendon is partially torn off the bone, but the elbow is stable otherwise,” Varvaro said. “I’ll begin my rehab here on [Staten] Island and then go to the team’s camp in Florida.”

Varvaro made nine relief appearances for the Red Sox this season.The right-hander was 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA, allowing 14 hits and recording eight strikeouts against six walks.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On Sunday the Red Sox placed rightfielder Shane Victorino (left calf) on the 15-day disabled list and selected infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket.

On Sunday the Red Sox placed rightfielder Shane Victorino (left calf) on the 15-day disabled list and called up infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Victorino missed two games this week with general soreness, focused around the left calf, but returned Saturday night. The return didn’t go as planned as he had to leave the game before his at-bat in the bottom of the third as he went back awkwardly on a fly ball in the top of the third and felt some tightness in the calf.

This is Victorino’s second trip to the disabled list this season, as he missed over two weeks with a hamstring injury last month. Since the start of the 2014 season, Victorino has played in just 50 games.

“He didn’t acknowledge it, that’s just the competitor he is, and I’m not saying he fought this, but at the same time he’s disappointed,” manager John Farrell said of Victorino accepting being placed on the DL. “He’s frustrated. But, in defense of Vic it’s kind of hard to plan inning-to-inning rather than game-to-game.”

Farrell said he admires the determination of Victorino and his value to the team when fully healthy. The issue is not being able to depend on him every day, and having to constantly have a backup plan ready to go on days he does play, as well as coming to the ballpark unsure of his playing status.

“When you look at the performance when he came back to us this year after all that he’s been through, you give him a tremendous amount of credit for the work he’s put in,” said Farrell. “I think any athlete who is taken out of competition because of injury, it’s taxing mentally. A number of times that Vic has either been on the DL or has missed anywhere from 3-5 games it wears on him. I don’t know that there’s a stronger competitor in our clubhouse and a guy who means  a lot to this team when he’s active feels like he can speak his mind — it’s hard for a player to speak his mind when they are not active and in the mix and Vic is a vocal guy in our clubhouse.

“He’s a guy that impacts the game as we’ve seen this year when he’s on the field in a number of ways. He’ll be missed. That’s why you believe in a player as strong as you do with Vic, not for what he did just in 2013, but what we does every time he’s on the field and near 100 percent health. We’ve got to get him back to where the durability is a little bit more consistent.”

Bianchi has played in 162 career games with the Brewers, but when he does get into a game with the Red Sox it will be his first appearance at the big league level with them. He’s an infielder who can play third base, second base and shortstop. The Red Sox signed him to a minor league deal this past January.

“What we saw in spring training was a lot of dependability, particularly on the defensive side,” said Farrell. “His addition allows us to be a little bit more versatile with Brock to use in the outfield with a matchup that might be to our liking. The ability to play all three infield positions. Played all three with a lot of dependability in camp.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

With righty Hector Santiago on the mound for the Angels, John Farrell a similar lineup to what he rolled out for Saturday night’s Red Sox win.

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

With righty Hector Santiago on the mound for the Angels, John Farrell a similar lineup to what he rolled out for Saturday night’s Red Sox win.

Dustin Pedroia leads off for a second straight game, with Mookie Betts re-entering the starting lineup, this time batting second.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mookie Betts CF
Hanley Ramirez LF
David Ortiz DH
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mike Napoli 1B
Rusney Castillo RF
Brock Holt 3B
Sandy Leon C

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford