What appeared to be one of the season’s more dramatic plays for the Red Sox simply resulted in a two-run homer for Chicago’s Jose Abreu and an injured Mookie Betts.

What appeared to be one of the season’s more dramatic plays for the Red Sox simply resulted in a two-run homer for Chicago’s Jose Abreu and an injured Mookie Betts.

With two outs in the sixth inning, and the White Sox carrying a 5-2 lead over the Red Sox, Abreu launched a Wade Miley first-pitch fastball to deep right-center field. Betts raced back to catch the fly ball, but after two steps hurdled his body over the right field fence.

The outfielder tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen, landing on his head and neck. While the ball trickled out of Betts’ glove after landing on the ground, Abreu was initially called out. But after an umpires’ review, the call was over-turned, giving the White Sox slugger his 16th homer and the visitors’ a two-run lead.

Adding injury to insult, Betts would be removed from the game after having to sit on the ground just prior to reaching the Red Sox dugout. Rusney Castillo came on to replace the center fielder.

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Rob Bradford

Two days after Pedro Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Red Sox retired his No. 45 during a pregame ceremony Tuesday night.

Tim Wakefield, Curt Schilling, Luis Tiant, Carl Yastrzemski, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek were among the many current and former Red Sox who joined Martinez on the field for the ceremony. Check out all of our photos from the ceremony here.

Pedro Martinez addresses the Fenway crowd during the ceremony to retire his number. (Photo: WEEI.com)

Pedro Martinez addresses the Fenway crowd during the ceremony to retire his number. (Photo: WEEI.com)

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Jason Varitek was 25 when Pedro Martinez was traded to the Red Sox from the Expos.

In just the second year of his major league career, the catcher was behind the plate for Martinez’s second start as a member of the Red Sox against the Angels on April 6, 1998. When he pitched in Game 3 of the 2004 World Series for his final Red Sox start, Varitek caught that too.

“You look back and it’s just an opportunity,” he said. “I was so young … it was the most memorable moments that I had to do behind the plate. You don’t appreciate how good someone is until you play your entire career and you don’t really see it again.”

“He had the physical tools with an exploding fastball, location of it, the ability to change speeds, a devastating changeup developed into the same curveball,” Varitek added. “He had plus pitches across the board, but that only goes so far unless you have the competitiveness and the heart that he had when he pitched, and it made him who he was.”

He was emotional when Martinez gave his Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday, sitting in front of the television for three and a half hours so he wouldn’t miss a thing.

“You just kept waiting, waiting, waiting, and he took the stage, but it showed what heart he has for both the United States and for his home, the Dominican …” Varitek said. “I’m just so proud and happy for him. It’s his moment, his time and so well deserved.”

There isn’t a whole lot of space on the right field deck for very many retired numbers, and that, to Varitek, speaks volumes of just how big it really is to have No. 45 go up there Tuesday night.

“It’s huge,” he said. “I mean you look on that board, and there’s only a few, there’s only room for a few [numbers], and deservedly so that Pedro’s is going to go right up there with them.”

In Martinez’s seven years with the Red Sox, Varitek said he gained baseball knowledge working in tandem with him because of how special he was as a pitcher and how well he could read and react to a game.

“His ability made him different,” he said. “His ability to read hitters from the mound in pressure situations, read swings, make those adjustments along with his competitiveness made him elite. He had the repertoire, but not everybody can see the game as slowly and the ability from the mound that he could, and I do truly believe that’s where I would learn from him.”

While the right-hander had his fair share of impressive games throughout his career, his battery mate noted that each night Martinez toed the rubber, there was a chance that things could become memorable fast.

“Everybody wants to pick the game in New York between him and Roger [Clemens], but you have opportunities,” Varitek said. “He’s had games against Cleveland. He’s had games against Anaheim, 1-0, and with some exploding offenses there too. I think the rest of our ERA for our starting staff was about 4 1/2 innings, and he’d go out there and he’d average 7 1/2, eight, whatever it was, and it was a bullpen day off, which didn’t happen too too often. His best moment was almost every time he took the mound.”

Now that they’ve both finished their playing careers, Martinez and Varitek have positions within the Red Sox organization, working as special assistants to general manager Ben Cherington. But while their job titles are similar, Varitek said they don’t often run into one another, though he loves it when they do.

“I love seeing him,” he said. “I love the impact, his knowledge, every time he speaks about pitching you want to put an ear in there and listen because he struggled. He’s been through struggles, so it wasn’t always easy for him. He understands the different levels and trying to work toward seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and perfecting your craft, but along the way also not ever quitting and be determined towards that and don’t fall short of your own dreams. I think he does am excellent job of portraying that.

“He had some gifts and ability to manipulate that baseball that only he can relate that sometimes to pitchers to where it comes out of Pedro Martinez‘s mouth, then somebody’s going to listen.”

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Judy Cohen

It’s no secret there will be more Red Sox players traded in the coming days.

With the Red Sox 13 games back of the Yankees in the AL East and 12 games below .500, there will be some movement as the team begins to shift its focus towards 2016.

Manager John Farrell noted there is a little different feel than last year, as there were many names rumored in trade talks — notably Jon Lester. There isn’t that one premier player or rumor this year.

“The difference between this year and last year is I think you see a lot of rumors surrounding individual names, precipitating in trades,” Farrell said. “That rumor hasn’t been nearly as strong surrounding guys last year. It is that time of year. Guys are fully aware that the deadline is fast approaching. I don’t think it’s as prevalent in the minds of the guys here and the lack of that rumor. If there’s anything that is kind of leaning that way, we try and give guys a heads up as best possible, but that’s not the case.”

One player who has been rumored in trades after Shane Victorino was dealt yesterday is Mike Napoli. After struggling much of the season, the first baseman has turned it around of late. Over his last 10 games he’s hitting .355.

“It’€™s something that’€™s out of my control,” Napoli said of possibly being dealt. “I come here, work hard every day to get myself better. Go out there, play hard and try to help us win that day. It’€™s something I don’€™t really think about. I come here and get my work in and do what I can.”

The Red Sox first baseman did speak of how much he loves Boston, but didn’t want to get into much about how sad he would be if traded.

“I don’€™t know. I guess I’€™ll answer that if it happens,” he said. “I love this place. I bought a place here, I live here. Love this city, love the people here. I’€™ve really enjoyed it. If that time comes, I’€™ll touch on my thoughts then.”

With the Victorino trade on Monday, Farrell himself admitted it says the team is focusing now on the future. The manager didn’t want to get into what that would mean for the team overall until after Friday’s deadline has passed.

“I think it’s probably best we get through these next few days,” Farrell said. “It’s kind of a mark on the calendar that you — I think there are some things that are obvious and if it affects an individual then that’s when a sit down 1-on-1 comes down a little more regularly.”


— Brock Holt is doing better after missing the last two games after hyperextending his knee Sunday night. He could have played Tuesday.

“Improved today,” Farrell said. “Went through a full baseball activity. Ground balls, took some swings, he ran, change of direction. He’s available tonight, but felt like it was best to give him one more day to get over this.”

Dustin Pedroia received a PRP injection for his injured hamstring Monday. Farrell said it wouldn’t impact his return. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

“No, that doesn’t change the original time frame,” Farrell said. “And yet, there’s kind of a projected date for his return. Pedey will be back to us when he’s first available.”

— The Red Sox have not made a decision on whether or not Joe Kelly will make his next start.

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Ryan Hannable

It’s clear the Red Sox need to add to their bullpen and they got that process started Tuesday.

It’s clear the Red Sox need to add to their bullpen and they got that process started Tuesday.

The Red Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Jean Machi off waivers from the Giants and to make room for him on the 40-man roster, Clay Buchholz (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

The expectation even before the transfer to the 60-day DL was that Buchholz would pitch in September. He is eligible to return Sept. 9.

“Yeah, once the PRP injection was had, that was adding some time,” manager John Farrell said. “Now when you start to map out the down time following the injection, the initial flat ground throwing program, the mound progression, rehab starts, we’re into September.”

Farrell still expects Buchholz to pitch again this season and wants him to as a positive note heading into next season.

“Still [do], and I think it would be important for all involved to go into the offseason with some game activity under his belt,” he said. “I think that would give some peace of mind to Clay going into the offseason as well as everyone else.”

Machi was designated for assignment on July 20. In 33 outings for the Giants this season, all in relief, he went 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts, making 23 scoreless appearances.

“An opportunity to take a look at a guy that will pitch out of the middle for us,” Farrell said. “We know it’s been about eight days since he’s been designated so there’s a little bit of time here where we’ve got to get back on the mound. Someone who has had two strong years prior to this one. Like I said, it’s an opportunity to take a look at someone.”

In 122 appearances between 2013 and 2014, the first two full seasons of his major league career, the native of Venezuela ranked 10th among National League relievers (min. 100.0 IP) with a combined 2.49 ERA.

Farrell said he didn’t have any reports as to why there was a dip in numbers this season.

“I don’t have a whole lot of reports,” he said. “I was first made aware of it last night that we had some interest. When the waiver period expired today we were awarded the claim. I don’t have any specifics as to why performance is down from the last two years.”

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Ryan Hannable

Though manager John Farrell said Brock Holt would likely be back in the lineup Tuesday after hyperextending his knee on Sunday, the utility man will get another day off when the

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

Though manager John Farrell said Brock Holt would likely be back in the lineup Tuesday after hyperextending his knee on Sunday, the utility man will get another day off when the Red Sox play Game 2 of their series with the White Sox.

Alejandro De Aza, who entered Monday night’s game as a pinch hitter, will occupy the two-spot in the lineup to face Chicago righty Jeff Samardzija. The right fielder is 5-for-25 over his last 10 games and hasn’t recorded an extra-base hit since July 2.

Blake Swihart will be behind the plate to catch Wade Miley.

For an extensive look at Tuesday’s matchups, click here.

Here is a complete look at the Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Blake Swihart, C
Jamie Weeks, 2B
Wade Miley, LHP

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Judy Cohen

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Phillies are notifying teams with interest in lefty Cole Hamels that they would like to receive their best offers by Wednesday. Hamels is scheduled to start Thursday, but there’s a chance he is dealt before then.