The Red Sox and White Sox will have to wait a little longer for their series finale.

Due to rain sweeping through the Boston area, Thursday’s game will now start at 8 p.m.

The White Sox are going for a four-game sweep of the Red Sox.

Steven Wright will be opposed by Chris Sale once the game gets going.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

Following third baseman Pablo Sandoval leaving Wednesday’s game due to dehydration, manager John Farrell revealed Sandoval’s conditioning “continues to be addressed.”

Along the same lines, some scouts have said Sandoval has put on some weight this season, which has affected his defense at third base. He is listed at 5-foot-11, 255 pounds.

Sandoval was asked point-blank if he’s gained weight from after last season.

“No. I’m still the weight that I was last year the weight that I finished my season,” he said. “So I don’t get complaints about it. I have to keep working hard, yes I do, but I don’t focus about that, I focus about teamwork and try to do the best out there for my team.”

Following Sandoval’s comments, Farrell was asked the same question.

The manager said his weight fluctuates and the team is working with him on both conditioning and nutrition. Farrell did say the third baseman works hard off the field.

“The one thing we do know is there is a wide range able to fluctuate and that’s been consistent year-to-year with Pablo,” Farrell said. “I do know this, his work ethic in the weight room, his work ethic on the field is consistent. It has been since the first day he got on the field with us here. And yet there’s been challenges that we’ve became aware of over the course of his career that you’re trying to align a number of things and that’s the consistency to the work routine as well as the nutritional side of things.”

Sandoval has committed 12 errors in 89 games after committing 11 all of last year. His season-high is 18 back in 2013. Farrell said a reason for the increase in errors is possibly playing closer in than coaches would like because of a comfort level he had in the National League.

“There’s a comfort level with his positioning,” Farrell said. “Coming in on a ball has been a challenge for him. His comfort level is to play a little bit closer. He’s been accustomed to the National League where a two-out bunt is not uncommon and sometimes even a two-strike bunt. Coming over here as we try and get him to move back a little bit — there’s a comfort zone that every player feels on the field defensively. That’s still a work in progress.”

Sandoval didn’t have much to say when asked about his fielding.

“It’s tough. I can’t get every ball that’s hit out there,” he said.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to Thursday’s series finale with the White Sox, primarily to help the depleted Red Sox bullpen due to three consecutive poor starts by Red Sox starting pitching.

Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

The Red Sox made a few roster moves prior to Thursday’s series finale with the White Sox, primarily to help the depleted Red Sox bullpen due to three consecutive poor starts by Red Sox starting pitching.

Daniel Nava was designated for assignment and left-hander Tommy Layne was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. The corresponding moves had Jonathan Aro recalled and reliever Jean Machi activated after the Sox claimed him earlier in the week off waivers.

“We needed the space to get two fresh arms here,” manager John Farrell said. “Unfortunately for Daniel, whose story is an incredible one, the path that he’s traveled, there were some extended period of success for him here, but as opportunity diminished and the productivity was inconsistent the decision to designate him to make room was made.”

Nava was hitting .152 in 29 games with the Red Sox this season. He battled a thumb injury for most of the season, which Farrell said had an impact on his performance. Nava’s story is a unique one as he didn’t even make his college team at Santa Clara University. The Red Sox paid Nava’s Independent Ball team $1 for his rights back in 2007.

The switch-hitter made his major league debut in 2010 and became the fourth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first major league at bat and the second to do it on the first pitch.

Things have gone downhill for him following the 2013 season where he hit .303 and played a major part in the Red Sox winning the World Series. Last season he hit .270 overall, but this was after spending time in Triple-A. Then this year, it’s been a struggle, partly because of the thumb.

“There were a couple of things,” Farrell said of his struggles. “I think at the beginning of ’14 there was some fundamental differences that maybe had him with a little bit more of an uphill path that when he went down to Pawtucket he was able to correct and came back last year and had a solid second half of the year for us. This year I thought he maintained some of those fundamental changes, but yet the production wasn’t there. As a result the opportunities started to diminish. There’s no question the thumb (injury) had an effect on his ability to repeat his swing. Those things combined never really allowed him to stay on track and him be the consistent hitter he was in 2013.”

Machi, who the Red Sox claimed off waivers from the Giants hasn’t pitched in 10 days, but Farrell said he is available out of the bullpen.

“He’s available tonight,” he said. “He threw a light bullpen here today. It’s been 10 days since he’s been in a game so there’s a little bit of a challenge bringing him in here given our situation where the need for innings is right away with his 10 days of inactivity. He’s been going through a throwing program, not competitively obviously while designated. We’ll see what he’s got available for tonight.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After having to exit Wednesday night’s game early due to dehydration, Pablo Sandoval is in the Red Sox‘ starting lineup in their series finale against the White Sox at

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

After having to exit Wednesday night’s game early due to dehydration, Pablo Sandoval is in the Red Sox‘ starting lineup in their series finale against the White Sox at Fenway Park.

Also in the lineup for the Red Sox is first baseman Mike Napoli despite going 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against White Sox starter Chris Sale.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup with Steven Wright going for the hosts:

Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez LF
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Rusney Castillo RF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Blake Swihart C
Jackie Bradley CF

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Jon Lester has given the Cubs a stabilizing presence the Red Sox could've used. (Jon Durr/Getty Images)Looking for the moment this all started to unravel so epically? It won't come as a surprise.



The Blue Jays, sitting two games out of the American League‘s second wild card spot at 51-51, have made their intentions clear. They are going for it.

The Blue Jays, sitting two games out of the American League‘s second wild card spot at 51-51, have made their intentions clear. They are going for it.

After dealing for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki earlier in the week, the Jays sent more shockwaves around baseball by dealing for pitcher David Price according to multiple reports.

Going to the Tigers in exchange for the soon-to-be 30-year-old Price will be top Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris. Also reportedly included in the deal will be Jays minor league pitchers Jairo Labourt and Matt Boyd. The completion of the trade is pending a physical.

While Tulowitzki was acquired to be part of the Jays’ foundation for years to come — under club control through 2021 — Price is a pure rental for the remainder of the 2015 season. He will be eligible for free agency at the end of this year.

It is the second straight year Price has been dealt at the non-waiver trade deadline, with the Tigers having acquired the lefty in a three-team trade with the Rays and Mariners.

Price continues to be dominant, posting a 2.53 ERA in 21 starts this season.

For more on the deal, and the prospects surrendered by the Blue Jays for Price, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores

As the trade deadline gets closer and closer teams are beginning to make their final efforts to get things done before Friday’s deadline.

— The Pirates acquired pitcher Joe Blanton from the Royals on Wednesday for cash considerations.

— On Thursday morning, the Indians and Cardinals made a one-for-one swap with right fielder and first baseman Brandon Moss heading to St. Louis for pitcher Rob Kaminsky, per Ken Rosenthal.

— It was an interesting night Wednesday as a trade between the Mets and Brewers that involved Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez going to New York in exchange for pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores reportedly was going to happen until it fell through at the last minute.

Flores, who began crying on the field when he was informed of the trade, likely via a player who saw on social media, learned later that things had fallen through when Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said “there is no trade.” MLB.com reported the Mets backed out because of concerns with Gomez’s right hip, which he’s had soreness throughout the season.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “a high-ranking executive who spoke to Tigers twice this week says he’d be shocked if the Tigers don’t move David Price by Friday” and Buster Olney said later on Wednesday that the Cubs, Giants, Yankees, Giants, Dodgers and Astros could be in on the pitcher.

Nightengale then tweeted Thursday morning: MLB executives are absolutely convinced Tigers David Price will win up with the Dodgers, who likely will have to part with [pitching prospect Julio] Urias.

Now that Hamels is gone, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote the Yankees will talk to the Tigers about Price, though they are not necessarily considered a favorite to get him. New York had turned down a trade for Hamels when the Phillies asked for two of their top prospects in Luis Severino and Aaron Judge.

— The Tigers are also listening on closer Joakim Soria and former Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and could field offers for their other impending free agents, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. They will likely focus on Price, Cespedes and Soria though, Stark wrote.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen