Brock Holt

Brock Holt

BALTIMORE — A lot has fallen into place for the Red Sox over the past month.

Their starting rotation has fallen into place, as has the roles in the bullpen. The position players have remained relatively injury free while continuing to present one of the majors’ best offenses. And, most importantly, the Red Sox have won more games in September than any other team.

But there is one piece of the puzzle that Red Sox manager John Farrell would like to firm up in the last 10 games of the regular season — third base.

“That’s a position, we were very candid, that’s why [Yoan] Moncada came here,” Farrell said. “We’re looking for production at third base to continue to climb. Guys are here that have done it. It’s a spot that can further be grabbed. We don’t ever want to just hand a spot just because you hit right-handed or left-handed.”

Since the beginning of the month, Aaron Hill has had the most offensive production among the third basemen, hitting .350 (7-for-20), with Travis Shaw coming in at .265 (13-for-49). Moncada, of course, had gotten the first crack at winning playing time before going into the tailspin that currently has him striking out in nine straight plate appearances.

The wild-card in the equation might be Brock Holt, who has only gotten one start at third in Sept. With Andrew Benintendi back and playing in left field against right-handers, third base might represent the best opportunity to get the lefty-hitting utility man in the lineup.

“All of our guys are recognizing that how guys perform is not only important for us but to them and because third base has been a little bit unsettled this year,” Farrell said. “Travis was the majority of the year, obviously. But over the last month or so, six weeks, it’s been a little bit more unsettled just because of the overall production.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
David Price

David Price

Looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Orioles, the Red Sox will send out David Price opposite right-hander Chris Tillman in Thursday night’s series finale.

Price is 16-8 with 3.91 ERA and a 1.176 WHIP in 32 starts. In six innings of work on Saturday, Price surrendered five runs, nine hits and no walks while recording nine strikeouts in a 6-5 win over the Yankees. The southpaw didn’t factor in the decision, which ended his streak of wins in seven straight outings.

In his career against the Orioles, Price is 10-5 with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.112 WHIP in 23 starts. This season against the O’s, he is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA and a 0.667 WHIP in four starts. His last outing vs. Baltimore was on Aug. 17. In a rain-shortened game, he pitched six innings, giving up one run, four hits and no walks with four strikeouts in an 8-1 Sox win.

Tillman is 16-6 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.239 WHIP in 28 starts. He was placed on 15-day disabled list in late August because of right shoulder bursitis. Since returning to the rotation, he is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts. Tillman last pitched on Saturday against the Rays, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs, four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in a 5-2 Orioles loss.

“I feel like we did a pretty good job throughout, making pitches when we needed to,” Tillman said (via MLB.com). “Just a couple swings beat us. They threw the ball better.”

Against the Sox, Tillman is 10-3 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.320 WHIP in 19 starts. The 28-year-old’s lone start vs. Boston this year was in June, when he went seven innings, allowing one run, five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a 3-2 Orioles win.

Red Sox vs. Tillman (RHP)

Dustin Pedroia (48 plate appearances): .295 AVG./.333 OBP/.364 SLG, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

David Ortiz (41): .194/.293/.333, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 9 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (23): .100/.217/.250, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Aaron Hill (17): .125/.176/.375, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley Jr. (14): .308/.357/.615, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (12): .182/.250/.273, 1 double, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Chris Young (12): .100/.250/.200, 1 double, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Brock Holt (11): .545/.545/.545, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-6 with 3 walks and 1 strikeout.

Christian Vazquez is 1-for-7 with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-5 with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

Bryan Holaday is 1-for-7.

Travis Shaw is 1-for-2 with 1 walk.

Orioles vs. David Price (LHP)

Adam Jones (61 plate appearances): .254 AVG./.279 OBP/.339 SLG, 5 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 17 strikeouts

Matt Wieters (57): .278/.316/.444, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 20 strikeouts

J.J Hardy (48): .267/.313/.378, 5 doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 walks

Nolan Reimold (38): .118/.184/.206, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 13 strikeouts

Chris Davis (34): .290/.353/.484, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 15 strikeouts

Manny Machado (34): .258/.324/.581, 1 double, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Mark Trumbo (31): .290/.290/.548, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 9 strikeouts

Michael Bourn (22): .136/.136/.182, 1 double, 5 strikeouts

Jonathan Schoop (19): .235/.316/.412, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Drew Stubbs (12): .364/.417/.545, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Caleb Joseph (10): .200/.200/.200, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Ryan Flaherty is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Paul Janish is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Hyun Soo Kim is 0-for-2.

Franscisco Pena is 0-for-1 with 1 strikeout.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

Andrew Benintendi has taken advantage of his impromptu opportunity. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)BALTIMORE -- It all changed for the Red Sox on Aug. 1.



Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi after his 3-run home run capped off a 5 run rally in the 6th inning as the Red sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1

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Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi after his 3-run home run capped off a 5 run rally in the 6th inning as the Red sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1

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THRILLER#WinDanceRepeat@RedSox pic.twitter.com/YgzjXU4ceI

— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) September 22, 2016

BALTIMORE — Andrew Benintendi wanted to be prepared.

So while waiting for his opportunity to be the focal point of the Red Sox’ outfielders’ celebratory dance, Benintendi did his due diligence.

“Oh, yeah. All the time,” said Benintendi when asked if he practiced his moves for when the time was right. “I’m always practicing.”

It paid off.

After hitting Wednesday night’s decisive three-run homer in the Red Sox’ 5-1 win over the Orioles, all eyes — and fake movie cameras — turned to Benintendi when the final out was recorded. With Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. pretending to film, the rookie broke out his version of Michael Jackson dancing during the video for “Billy Jean.”

“I grew up watching him on YouTube, his dances,” Benintendi said. “I thought it would b quick enough to do out there. Just wanted to add a little fun to that.”

Even though the maneuver had to follow up what has become Bradley Jr.’s popular ski jump, Benintendi’s execution seemed to be on point.

How would he grade himself?

“I’ll have to watch the video,” he said with a laugh.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Suddenly, the Magic Number is six. Can anyone stop the Red Sox?

Saving their best baseball for the absolute right time of the year, the Red Sox capitalized on a huge error by Orioles first baseman Chris Davis to score five runs in the sixth, erase a 1-0 deficit, and cruise to a 5-1 victory.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) soars over Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop (on Wednesday. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) soars over Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop (on Wednesday. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Suddenly, the Magic Number is six. Can anyone stop the Red Sox?

Saving their best baseball for the absolute right time of the year, the Red Sox capitalized on a huge error by Orioles first baseman Chris Davis to score five runs in the sixth, erase a 1-0 deficit, and cruise to a 5-1 victory.

The team’s seventh straight win left it on the cusp of completing its second straight four-game sweep, coming on the heels of four wins over the Yankees at Fenway Park. The seven-game winning streak is a season-high.

This one was in the balance until the sixth, when Sandy Leon grounded to Davis with the bases loaded and two outs. Instead of under-handing to pitcher Brad Brach covering, Davis threw a seed that eluded the pitcher, allowing two runs to score.

One pitch later, rookie Andrew Benintendi drilled a three-run homer over the right field fence to give the Red Sox a comfortable lead they would not relinquish.

Right-hander Clay Buchholz, making a bid for the final spot in the postseason rotation, stymied the O’s for seven innings, allowing three hits and one run, striking out four. The only Orioles run came on an Adam Jones sacrifice fly in the third. Otherwise, Buchholz cruised while improving to 8-10 and lowering his ERA to 5.00.

Coupled with Toronto’s loss in Seattle, the Red Sox opened a five-game lead over the Blue Jays and six games over the Orioles in the AL East. Their magic number now stands at six with 10 games to play, which should allow manager John Farrell to rest regulars down the stretch.

The Red Sox will try to complete the sweep on Thursday.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox have won Clay Buchholz’s last five starts. He’s 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in his last six.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

BALTIMORE — Remember Yoan Moncada?

The last time we saw the rookie was during a Sept. 12, blowout victory over the Orioles which saw him get one at-bat to extend his streaking of striking out to nine straight plate appearances.