After making his major league debut Saturday, Blake Swihart is back behind the plate again Sunday night against the Yankees. The Red Sox will be looking to avoid a three-game sweep.

On Sunday the Red Sox claimed infielder Luis Jimenez after the 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Saturday.

On Sunday the Red Sox claimed infielder Luis Jimenez after the 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Saturday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox transferred catcher Ryan Hanigan to the 60-day disabled list after having surgery Saturday on his fractured finger.

On Saturday, manager John Farrell indicated it was unlikely Hanigan would be able to return prior to the All-Star break.

Jimenez appeared in 15 games for Milwaukee this season, going 1-for-15 with a run scored and a walk.  Both of his starts came at third base (seven total games) and he also appeared defensively at second base once.

He’s been in the league for three seasons, his first two coming with the Angels. Lifetime, over 67 games, he’s a .218/.255/.269 hitter.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

The Red Sox close out their series with the Yankees with Joe Kelly on the mound against Adam Warren on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

In a rotation plagued by inconsistency, Kelly (1-0) is no exception. However, he arguably has been the most effective of the five starters. His lone win came in his first start against the Yankees. Since then, however, Kelly’s production has dipped, as he has allowed five runs in each of his last two starts. The 26-year-old has a 4.94 ERA on the season and leads Red Sox starters with a 1.10 WHIP, a .207 batting average against, and seven strikeouts per start.

In his last outing, Kelly went six innings against the Blue Jays, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks. Toronto jumped on him early, with three runs in the first inning. Kelly allowed a run in the third on a home run to Devon Travis and one run in the fourth. The good news in the start was the 10 strikeouts that he tallied, which was his season high. He was also able to keep the ball on the ground more often than in previous starts, with seven balls in play being hit on the ground and just five in the air.

“The positive is you’re not going to find better arm strength, better velocity,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “At times he may over throw occasionally and mis-locate such as the 0-2 pitch to [Devon] Travis [home run]. It’s electric stuff and as he begins to harness it and understand when he’s most effective. And that is when he’s using his secondary pitches as well, he’s got big-time stuff.”

In three career starts against the Yankees, Kelly is 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He has struck out 17 while walking eight in 21 innings of work.

Adam Warren

Adam Warren

Kelly’s opponent, Warren, is in his first year as a full-time starter with the Yankees. Through four starts, he is 1-1. His win came against the Tigers while his loss came at the hands of the Red Sox in his first start. The 27-year-old native of Birmingham, Alabama, holds an ERA of 4.35, a 1.40 WHIP and a .263 batting average against. He has not gone past 5 2/3 innings in 2015.

In his last start, a no decision against the Rays, Warren went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits in a game that New York would eventually win 4-1. He struck out six without allowing a walk. Of balls put in play, just four were on the ground while 12 were put in the air.

In 18 career appearances against the Red Sox (just his last one was a start), Warren is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, 29 strikeouts and 11 walks. In nine appearances at Fenway, Warren is 0-1 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1. 45 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings.

Yankees vs. Kelly (RHP)

Garrett Jones (15 plate appearances): .154 AVG/.267 OBP/.308 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Brian McCann (11): .273/.273/.273

Chase Headley (10): .250/.400/.375, 1 double, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Chris Young (7): .286/.286/.429, 1 double, 1 RBI

Carlos Beltran (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Stephen Drew (6): .200/.333/.600, 1 triple, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Didi Gregorius (4): .333/.250/.333, 2 RBIs

Alex Rodriguez (3): .333/.333/.333

Brett Gardner has five strikeouts in six plate appearances vs. Kelly.

Jacoby Ellsbury has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Kelly.

Mark Teixeira has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Kelly.

John Ryan Murphy has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Kelly.

Gregorio Petit has two strikeouts in two plate appearances vs. Kelly.

Red Sox vs. Warren (RHP)

Dustin Pedroia (16): .133/.188/.133, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (13): .273/.385/.545, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (13): .545/.615/1.091, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (10): .125/.300/.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (9): .250/.250/.500, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan (7): .400/.571/.600, 1 double, 2 walks

Brock Holt (7): .333/.429/.333, 1 walk

Mookie Betts (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Pablo Sandoval (2): .500/.500/.500

Allen Craig has one walk and one strikeout in six plate appearances vs. Warren.

Hanley Ramirez has one strikeout in one plate appearance vs. Warren.

Sandy Leon has not faced Warren.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

Blake Swihart's first day as a major leaguer proved to be a whirlwind. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)It was only predictable part of the day for Blake Swihart.



Wade Miley's start Sunday was the third straight quality start for a Red Sox starting pitcher. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Wade Miley’s start Sunday was the third straight quality start for a Red Sox starting pitcher. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Although the Red Sox fell to the Yankees 4-2 Saturday afternoon, it was another sign the Red Sox’ rotation may be turning a corner.

Wade Miley, who entered with a 8.62 ERA, went seven innings and allowed three runs, which gave the Red Sox their third start quality start — and more importantly for him, he went the longest he’s gone in a game this season. In two of his four starts prior to Saturday he went just 2 1/3 innings.

“Obviously the last couple outings haven’t been the best, but I wanted to get deep in the game and give them a chance,” Miley said. “I was able to get through the seventh. Something good to build off of, for sure.”

Miley went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, not walking a matter and striking out three. He retired the final seven batters he faced.

It could have been an even better start for the left-hander, as he almost escaped the fifth inning without any damage. With runners on second and third with two outs, Miley had two strikes on Yankees No. 2 hitter Brett Gardner, but the left-hander fought a pitch off and lined it into shallow left field for a two-RBI single, which held up as the difference in the game, as the hit gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead at the time.

“It’s a big situation there — second and third, two outs. It was a pitch I think I had a 3-2 count and if I could do it all over again maybe stay hard in or get the slider off the plate a little bit,” Miley said. “He capitalized on it, that’s it.”

Prior to the game Miley had walked at least two batters in every start this season, and had walked a total of 11 batters in his 15 2/3 innings. Saturday marked the first time since September 15, 2014 he didn’t walk a batter in a game. Miley admitted he did make a slight adjustment.

“Just tried to go out and relax, kind of enjoy the game a little bit,” he said. “Try and make pitches and keep us in the game.”

As the Red Sox still have the worst starters’ ERA in the game at 5.62, the past three starts have given reason for optimism. Before Miley Saturday, Rick Porcello allowed a run over seven innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays, and Justin Masterson allowed two runs in six innings Friday against the Yankees.

The staff held a meeting with manger John Farrell prior to the game on Thursday, and at least as of now, things are trending in the right direction.

“It’s being competitive,” Miley said. “Go out there be aggressive, make pitches. The pitcher needs to dictate what goes on rather than the other way around. I think that’s the goal.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox will be without catcher Ryan Hanigan for quite some time.

After fracturing his finger Friday night, the catcher had surgery Saturday and isn’t expected to return until at least after the All-Star break.

Ryan Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan

The Red Sox will be without catcher Ryan Hanigan for quite some time.

After fracturing his finger Friday night, the catcher had surgery Saturday and isn’t expected to return until at least after the All-Star break.

“He had surgery today,” manager John Farrell said. “There were some pins inserted. It’s going to be a lengthy recovery time. I wouldn’t anticipate him back before the All-Star break.”

With Blake Swihart making his major league debut Saturday, the team has he and Sandy Leon as the only catchers. Farrell doesn’t know how the exact split of time will go.

“I don’€™€™t have an exact split on it,”€ Farrell said before the game. “Blake is a darn good prospect. And yet, he’€™€™s going to get a lot of exposure. We’€™€™ll ease him in and out and divide the time as we feel appropriate. The most important thing is he just comes up and gets his feet on the ground and learns the guys on the mound starting today.”

Swihart went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk in his major league debut.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On most days Wade Miley’s start would be good enough with the Red Sox‘ powerful lineup behind him.

Wade Miley allowed three runs over seven innings Sunday, his best start of the year. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Wade Miley allowed three runs over seven innings Sunday, his best start of the year. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

On most days Wade Miley’s start would be good enough with the Red Sox‘ powerful lineup behind him.

Unfortunately for him, the Red Sox’ hitters couldn’t get anything going in their 4-2 loss to the Yankees Saturday afternoon. The Yankees have now taken both games to open the series.

Coming into the game with a 8.62 ERA and going 2 1/3 innings in two of his four starts, Miley threw his best game of the year tossing seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, while not walking a batter and striking out three.

Prior to the game he had walked at least two batters in every start this season, and had walked a total of 11 batters in his 15 2/3 innings to open the season.

It was his longest outing of the year, and going back to last season he had gone seven starts without pitching in the seventh inning. The outing could’ve been even better if one pitch was different in the fifth inning.

The Yankees snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with two outs. Miley was one strike away from getting out of the inning, but Brett Gardner lined a two RBI single to left. They added an insurance run in the eighth on a Chris Young solo homer.

Dustin Pedroia had the first Red Sox run — a solo home run in the fourth inning. They got their second in the seventh inning on a Mookie Betts RBI double off the wall scoring Blake Swihart, but Pedroia left the tying run in scoring position grounding out to short.

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Miley. Despite the loss, the Red Sox left-hander posted his best start to the season and bounced back in a big way after Sunday’s terrible performance in Baltimore. He got back to his old habits of getting ground balls, proving effective. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

WHAT WENT WRONG

Napoli went 0-for-4. His average is down to .160 to open the season. Napoli had a chance to tie the game in the sixth, but he couldn’t come through. He is 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position with two outs to open the year. He also struck out in the eighth inning with the tying run on first.

— Brock Holt went 0-for-4 in the game. He’s cooled off, as he’s now 1-for-14 on the homestand that started Monday.

Hanley Ramirez‘s adventures in left field continued in the third inning when Gardner hit a ball down the line. Ramirez slowly jogged after it and Gardner tried to take third, but fortunately for Ramirez he was able to throw him out on the play. It was not the urgency you would like to see from the Red Sox’ left fielder. The Yankees did score their first run on the play, as Didi Gregorius scored.

— Alexi Ogando allowed a solo home run in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a two-run lead. It was the second he’s allowed this year and the fourth run in 10 games.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Pedroia’s home run in the fourth inning was his sixth of the year and also extended his hit streak to six games. He’s hitting .455 in those games.

David Ortiz went 2-for-4, while extending his hit streak to five games and is batting .444 in that span.

— Left-handed reliever Tommy Layne got the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning out.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable