Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is out for a sixth straight game with a left wrist injury as the Sox take on the Blue Jays in Game 2 of a four-game series Tuesday night.

Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is out for a sixth straight game with a left wrist injury as the Sox take on the Blue Jays in Game 2 of a four-game series Tuesday night.

Ramirez was sent back to Boston when the team was in Tampa Bay, but rejoined them in Toronto. It’s been reported Rusney Castillo is in Toronto, so it’s possible there’s a DL move to be made.

Alejandro De Aza gets another start in left field, as he’s made the most of his playing time. Jackie Bradley Jr. once again starts in right field as the Red Sox lineup goes up against right-hander Marco Estrada.

Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Blake Swihart, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-41): L, 6-0 and L, 3-0, at Rochester (Twins)

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-41): L, 6-0 and L, 3-0, at Rochester (Twins)

— The first game of Monday’€™s doubleheader was a continuation of the June 5 contest suspended due to rain after two innings with Rochester leading, 1-0. That would be all the offense Rochester would need as the PawSox managed just five hits — all singles.

— Right-hander Keith Couch pitched all six innings in Game 1, allowing nine hits and five earned runs. He walked one and struck out one. Righty Zeke Spruill, who started the game June 5, suffered the loss and fell to 3-2 on the season.

— Left-hander Brian Johnson started the second game of the doubleheader, but left after throwing just five pitches. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Johnson left due to illness, not injury. Johnson took the loss, as the only batter he faced walked and scored on a sacrifice fly. The 2012 first-round draft pick is 8-5 with a 2.68 ERA in 15 starts.

— Righty Dalier Hinojosa took over for Johnson and allowed one earned run on four hits in four innings of work. Hinojosa is 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in 35 1/3 innings over 17 games with Pawtucket this season.

–€” The Pawtucket offense struggled again in Game 2, combining for just four hits. Allen Craig notched two of them, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Reed Gragnani

Reed Gragnani

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (28-49): W, 5-4 and L, 6-1, vs. Reading (Phillies)

— Second baseman Reed Gragnani hit a single to center in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 that scored Manuel Margot and gave the Sea Dogs their third walkoff win of the season. Gragnani went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first game and Margot went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

— Ryan Hanigan continued his rehab assignment, playing both games of the doubleheader. Hanigan went 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1 as the catcher, but went 2-for-3 with a double in the second game as the designated hitter.

— Right-hander Madison Younginer grabbed the win in Game 1 after tossing three innings of relief. Younginer is now 3-3 with one save and a 3.02 ERA in 41 2/3 innings over 22 games this season.

— Left-hander Robby Scott made a spot start for the Sea Dogs in the second game, taking the loss after going 2 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk and struck out two. Scott has a 1-1 record and a 2.04 ERA in 20 appearances for Portland this year, including two starts.

— Keury De La Cruz accounted for Portland’€™s only run in Game 2, as the left fielder hit a two-out solo shot to center in the bottom of the seventh inning. The 23-year-old lefty has hit safely in his last five games and is hitting .219 with five home runs and 28 RBIs on the season.

Kevin McAvoy

Kevin McAvoy

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (40-33): L, 3-1, vs. Lynchburg (Indians)

— Third baseman Jose Vinicio extended his hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-3 with a triple. The switch-hitting 21-year-old has a .283 average with eight doubles, three triples and 11 RBIs in 45 games with Salem this season.

— Right fielder Kevin Heller drove in the lone Salem run on a single to left in the bottom of the first inning. Second baseman Tzu-Wei Lin scored after doubling to center with one out in the frame and advancing on a Yoilan Cerse groundout.

— Right-hander Kevin McAvoy started for Salem, tossing six innings and giving up one earned run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. McAvoy is 4-6 with a 4.06 ERA in 14 starts this year.

— Chandler Shepherd relieved McAvoy in the seventh inning and suffered the loss, allowing two runs in the eighth inning. He gave up four hits and no walks. The 22-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with one save and a 4.56 ERA in 23 2/3 innings over 10 games.

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (41-34): L, 4-1 and W, 4-2, vs. Charleston (Yankees)

— Dedgar Jimenez pitched the first complete game of the season for Greenville but suffered the Game 1 loss. The 19-year-old southpaw gave up four runs –€” only one earned –€” on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Jimenez is now 5-4 in 11 starts and has a 3.32 ERA.

— Second baseman Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 in game one and scored the Drive’€™s only run. He went 0-for-4 with a run scored in the second game and is hitting .229 with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs through 30 games.

— Left fielder Carlos Mesa hit a two-run home run in the third inning that was the difference in game two. Mesa is hitting .267 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 39 games for the Drive this year.

— Starting left-hander Jake Drehoff allowed just two runs on six hits and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings in game two, but right-hander Jamie Callahan earned his first win of the season with 2 2/3 innings of relief. Callahan is 1-5 with a 6.48 ERA in 15 appearances –€” six starts –€” for Greenville this season.

Josh Ockimey

Josh Ockimey

SHORT SEASON LOWELL SPINNERS (9-2): W, 5-3 and L, 1-0, at Vermont (Athletics)

— Designated hitter Josh Ockimey led the offense in Game 1, hitting the Spinners’€™ first home run of the season. He finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. The 19-year-old played first base and went 0-for-3 in the second game but is hitting .387 with nine RBIs in nine games this season.

— Right-handed starter Dioscar Romero earned the win in Game 1 with a five-inning effort. He allowed four hits, two earned runs and one walk and struck out six. The 20-year-old Dominican is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA after two starts.

— Luis Ramos pitched a six-inning, one-run complete game in Game 2 of Monday’€™s doubleheader but the Lowell offense combined for only three hits. The 20-year-old left-hander gave up just one earned run on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Ramos is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy
Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

The Show will not be any kinder to Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday, when he heads north of the border to face Marco Estrada and baseball’s most prolific offense in the Blue Jays.

Since his three-start debut to the majors which saw him go 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA, Rodriguez has come crashing down to Earth. In his last three starts, the 22-year-old southpaw has thrown 14 2/3 innings and has given up 21 hits, 16 earned runs and a .339/.382/.516 opponents’ slash line.

Part of Rodriguez’ misfortune can be attributed to a .380 BABIP, but he’s also lost some of the trademark control that made him the talk of Red Sox Nation in early June. Over his last three starts, Rodriguez has thrown just 58 percent of his pitches for strikes and opponents have tagged him for a 33 percent line drive rate.

Rodriguez’s latest outing against the surging Orioles last Thursday was absolutely brutal. The native Venezuelan lasted just 3 2/3 innings, as he allowed six runs on seven hits with the big blow coming off the bat of Matt Wieters, a two-run shot that gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead. Rodriguez never recovered from the blow and took the loss in an 8-6 slugfest.

“This game, it’€™s a faster pace than the minor leagues,” teammate Clay Buchholz said after the game. “Competition from minor leagues to the big leagues — there’€™s a lot of good players in Triple-A, but here there’€™s constant study on your delivery, if there’€™s any sort of thing they can hint on to cancel out pitches. There’€™s a couple of things we’€™re going to sit down and look at over the next couple of days just to look and clear his mind because it’€™s not easy going out there, especially the first three innings throwing as well as he did and then something happen like that.”

Rodriguez, 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA on the season, will have to tread carefully against the Blue Jays, who average a whopping 5.45 runs per game and slug .445 as a team, both MLB-leading marks. In a start against the Bluebirds on June 14, Rodriguez had the worst outing of his young career when he gave up nine runs in just 4 2/3 innings pitched en route to a 13-5 Red Sox loss. No doubt, that start will certainly be fresh in his mind Tuesday in Toronto.

Marco Estrada

Marco Estrada

Opposing Rodriguez will be Estrada, who has made a splash of late by taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning for two consecutive starts. Estrada has lowered his ERA from 4.24 to 3.45 in these last two outings and he is among the hottest pitchers in baseball.

In his most recent outing against the Rays last Wednesday, Estrada proved dominant. The right-hander tossed 8 2/3 innings of two-hit ball while punching out 10 batters. He flirted with perfection through the seventh, but with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Logan Forsythe reached first base on a weak ground ball to third baseman Josh Donaldson. After review, the play was upheld and Forsythe was credited with a hit, breaking up the perfect game and the no-no for Estrada.

“Marco is on some kind of roll,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after the 1-0 win. “He just keeps ploughing along. It was a tough, emotional ball game on both sides and got down to a matter of what’€™s going to give.”

For the year, Estrada carries a modest 5-3 record and and a 3.45 ERA in 10 starts. He last faced the Red Sox on June 14 against Rodriguez, benefiting from the 13-run outburst his offense issued to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He gave up five earned runs in that start, however, it hardly mattered, and since then he has been nearly untouchable.

Red Sox vs. Estrada (RHP)

David Ortiz (9 plate appearances): .286 AVG/.444 OBP/.714 SLG, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 walks

Pablo Sandoval (9): .222/.222/.444, 1 triple

Hanley Ramirez (8): .143/.250/.143, 1 RBI

Xander Bogaerts (7): .000/.000/.000

Brock Holt (7): .000/.143/.000, 2 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (3): .000/.667/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Alejandro De Aza is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Estrada.

Sandy Leon is 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Estrada.

Blake Swihart is 1-for-2 vs. Estrada.

Mookie Betts has one plate appearance vs. Estrada with a walk and an RBI.

Jackie Bradley has not faced Estrada.

Blue Jays vs. Rodriguez (LHP)

Jose Bautista (3): .333/.333/.333

Chris Colabello (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI

Josh Donaldson (3): .500/.667/.500

Edwin Encarnacion (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI

Russell Martin (3): .667/.667/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Jose Reyes (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Ryan Goins is 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs against Rodriguez.

Kevin Pillar is 1-for-2 with an RBI against Rodriguez.

Danny Valencia is 0-for-1 with a walk against Rodriguez.

No other Blue Jays have faced Rodriguez.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

TORONTO — After now watching Alejandro De Aza run around he outfield as a member of the Red Sox for 20 games now, it was asked if the “hair on fire” approach was what we should get used to.

Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza

TORONTO — After now watching Alejandro De Aza run around he outfield as a member of the Red Sox for 20 games now, it was asked if the “hair on fire” approach was what we should get used to.

“That’€™s the De Aza way,” the outfielder explained. “That’€™s how I like to play the game. I dont like to be lazy in the game because I’€™m a runner too and I know you give the opposite team runner a chance to advance to the other base. So I do it as quick as I can.”

Since taking over left field for the past five games due to Hanley Ramirez‘ left hand injury, De Aza has been flying around with great success.

Offensively, the 31-year-old has totaled a .474 batting average during his stint as Ramirez’ replacement, hitting three home runs while managing a 1.105 OPS. It is the best production of any left fielder over that span, with De Aza punctuating it during the Red Sox’ 3-1 win over the Blue Jays Monday night with three hits.

Since joining the Red Sox via a trade from the Orioles — who had designated the outfielder for assignment to free up playing time for Travis Snider — De Aza is hitting .317 with a .968 OPS. In games he has started, the Sox are 9-6.

“If you look back to what he was able to do against us last year while in Baltimore with a defined role, he was a very productive player,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell of De Aza, who was an every day player in each of his last three seasons (with the White Sox and Orioles). “Now that he’s getting regular at-bats, he’s starting to prove that again, and he comes to us at a time when we have a little bit of a rotation in right field, Hanley goes down so the at-bats are there. I can’t say that [playing time is] more than we anticipated, but he gets DFA’ed, obviously, for roster reasons over there, and he’s fit right in here very well.”

Then there is the defense.

De Aza was running all over the Rogers Centre outfield during the Red Sox’ latest win, including a pivotal grab of Jose Bautista’s blast at the left field wall in the sixth inning that almost went out for a game-tying homer.

The defensive aggressiveness has been a dramatic departure from Ramirez’ approach in left field.

So what happens upon Ramirez’ return? The likely scenario in the short-term will see De Aza platooning with Shane Victorino, who is trending toward returning to right field with the Red Sox upon the club’s return to Fenway Park Friday.

“I dont know what was going to be my role, but I’€™m happy,” De Aza said. “They gave me a chance to play and I’€™ll try to do my best to keep myself in the lineup.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

TORONTO — Hanley Ramirez arrived at Rogers Centre Monday night in time to see his Red Sox claim a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.

TORONTO — Hanley Ramirez arrived at Rogers Centre Monday night in time to see his Red Sox claim a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.

He also showed up early enough to execute something that had been eluding him since injuring his left hand last Wednesday. Ramirez was able to swing a bat, hitting balls off a tee.

The exercise made more feasible in Ramirez’ mind after getting word that his injury was just a “deep bone bruise,” following an MRI performed back in Boston.

“It was a relief because the pain I was having, in my mind I didn’t know what was happening,” Ramirez told before leaving the ballpark Monday night. “There was too much pain. But we got the MRI and it’s a deep bone bruise and hopefully the next couple of days, or tomorrow, I’ll be back in the lineup.”

Before the game, and prior to Ramirez’ arrival back with the team, Red Sox manager John Farrell was simply hopeful that he would get his left fielder back in the lineup before the week was out.

“The swelling has diminished even through the weekend, and yet he didn’t feel complete confident that everything was cleared up in there,” Farrell said. “The MRI has given him some peace of mind that there’s nothing structural going on. He’s dealing with some soreness with the bone bruise and maybe a little residual swelling that’s there. More than anything, a little peace of mind that structurally he’s good allows him to move through the hitting progression.”

In case Ramirez’ diagnosis wasn’t what he or the team had hoped, Rusney Castillo was at the ready. According to sources, the outfielder had postponed joining Triple-A Pawtucket in Rochester, N.Y. in order to wait in Toronto for word of Ramirez’ condition.

Since filling in for Ramirez in left field, Alejandro De Aza has provided the best offense of any major leaguer at the position. In the past five game, De Aza has hit .474 with three home runs and a 1.105 OPS.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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