Mitch Moreland homered for the third straight game. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

Mitch Moreland homered for the third straight game. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

After scoring eight runs in the first three games of the series, the Red Sox bats came alive for 12 runs in the series finale against the Athletics for a much needed 12-3 win on Sunday to avoid a sweep.

It was a 6-3 game until the Red Sox combined for six runs in the last two innings to turn a relatively close game into a blow out win.

Even though the offense scored 12 runs, the star of the game was starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

The left-hander pitched his sixth straight quality start to pick up the win. Rodriguez went eight innings and allowed three runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out eight.

The most encouraging thing for him was his command, as he hadn’t gone more than six innings in a start this season. The left-hander is now 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA on the year.

Every member of the Red Sox lineup had a hit with Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez leading the way as both recorded three hits. Dustin Pedroia and Jackie Bradley Jr. also had multi-hit games.

Leading 2-1, Mitch Moreland gave the Sox some breathing room with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. It was his fifth homer of the season.

Also, every member of the lineup recorded at least one RBI except for Xander Bogaerts.

The Red Sox finished the road trip 3-3 and are now 21-21 on the season.

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Moreland homered for the third straight game, the first time he’s been able to do that in his career.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Drew Pomeranz has had his chance. It’s time to switch things up.

Drew Pomeranz (Kelley L. Cox/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz (Kelley L. Cox/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz has had his chance. It’s time to switch things up.

The story of the the lefty getting his crack at living life as a starting pitcher is well-documented. He pleads his then-manager, San Diego skipper Andy Green to compete for a starting spot with the Padres. Pomeranz earns the opportunity, makes the National League All-Star team which leads to the Red Sox giving up their top pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza, for the southpaw’s services.

But that’s really where the feel-good story has come to an end.

After managing to pitch just four innings in a 97-pitch outing against the A’s Saturday, Pomeranz has now made 21 starts for the Red Sox. Just twice has he managed to get an out in the seventh inning. That’s a trend that was on full display in the Sox’ 8-3 loss to Oakland.

Like many of his outings, Pomeranz did manage to keep his team close, having now allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts this season. But, also like many of his outings, getting to the finish line was a tractor pull. He entered the latest start having totaled 18.4 pitches per inning, almost two more than a year ago.

It’s frustrating for everybody, which was also evident in watching John Farrell and Pomeranz exchange words in the dugout following the pitcher’s exit.

The Red Sox most likely won’t make the move of changing Pomeranz to the bullpen, citing the lack of options to replace him. They would point out what the former All-Star can deliver is something the depth starting options simply can’t deliver right now. And then there is the thinking that the organization surely doesn’t want to devalue the guy they got for Espinoza.

But here’s the thing: As we sit here right now, Pomeranz’s value to the team is greater in high-leverage spots as a reliever.

While the Red Sox have pieced together the bullpen well enough to have some success leading into Craig Kimbrel. And Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg could ultimately help as well. But, judging by what Pomeranz flashed while living life out there during the final days of 2016, he could actually fill somewhat of need.

Yes, it will leave the Red Sox with some more rotation uncertainty. Even if David Price comes back without incident, that is unavoidable.

Maybe it’s time, however, to use the next month or so to figure out if Brian Johnson can actually be a reliable major league starter. In seven starts with Triple-A Pawtucket this season, Johnson has managed a 2.82 ERA. It is also his third season with the PawSox and time to figure out if he can become a consistent big league starter.

With Price still easing his way back, Pomeranz will almost certainly keep doing what he has been doing for another few times through the rotation. And maybe, after 21 starts, the lefty will find a way to give the Red Sox the kind of innings expected from any starter.

Yet after watching the latest effort, it just seems like it might be worth rethinking Pomeranz’s lot in life. It might be best for all involved.

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Hanley Ramirez got things going for the Red Sox with his sixth homer of the season, coming in the second inning and giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. Also, with the loss, the Sox fall to .500, having dropped three games in a row for the first time this season.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Drew Pomeranz’s season isn’t going as he had hoped. And some of that frustration might have manifested itself in a pointed discussion with John Farrell during the Red Sox’ game against the A’s Saturday afternoon.

Drew Pomeranz’s season isn’t going as he had hoped. And some of that frustration might have manifested itself in a pointed discussion with John Farrell during the Red Sox’ game against the A’s Saturday afternoon.

Once again, Pomeranz failed to pitch deep into his start, this time lasting just four innings. With the Red Sox carrying a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, Farrell ended the lefty’s afternoon after 97 pitches, bringing in reliever Ben Taylor.

The decision led to what appeared to be Pomeranz confronting Farrell with his displeasure.

Pomeranz has yet to get past six innings this season, having gone four, three and four innings, respectively, in his last three outings. Since joining the Red Sox, he has gotten an out in the seventh inning just once in 21 starts.

Taylor ran into problems after replacing Pomeranz, allowing four runs on three hits while not recording an out before being replaced by Noe Ramirez.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Jackie Bradley Jr. saved the Red Sox from defeat in the bottom of the ninth with one of the best catches of the year.

There was no saving Heath Hembree in the 10th. Or the Red Sox offense, for that matter.

Mark Canha blasted a walkoff homer leading off the frame and the Red Sox wasted another 10-strikeout outing from Chris Sale in a 3-2 loss at Oakland on Friday night.

This Jackie Bradley Jr. catch would've made much more of an impact if the Red Sox had beaten the A's on Friday. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

This Jackie Bradley Jr. catch would’ve made much more of an impact if the Red Sox had beaten the A’s on Friday. (Neville E. Guard/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. saved the Red Sox from defeat in the bottom of the ninth with one of the best catches of the year.

There was no saving Heath Hembree in the 10th. Or the Red Sox offense, for that matter.

Mark Canha blasted a walkoff homer leading off the frame and the Red Sox wasted another 10-strikeout outing from Chris Sale in a 3-2 loss at Oakland on Friday night.

The game appeared over with two outs in the ninth when Ryon Healy blasted a Craig Kimbrel offering to deep center, where Bradley reached over the fence to rob him of the winning homer with a leaping catch.

This loss was on the offense. The Red Sox stranded 10 runners and wasted a prime opportunity to blow open a 2-0 lead when Trevor Plouffe made a nice play on a Hanley Ramirez smash up the third base line with two outs and the bases loaded.

The Red Sox have now lost two straight games to the A’s, who aren’t exactly the iron of the American League.

Sale did his part. Even though he wasn’t at his sharpest, he still limited the A’s to two runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 for the eighth straight start and walked none.

Mitch Moreland gave the Red Sox all of their offense with a two-run homer in the fourth, following a Xander Bogaerts double. Moreland nearly played the hero in the ninth, but left fielder Khris Davis chased down his opposite-field liner at the foul line with two outs and Andrew Benintendi on second.

The Red Sox are now a perfectly mediocre 20-21 and their offense continues to plague them. They have not scored more than six runs in a game since May 9 and they’ve scored four or fewer in six of their last nine.

They also haven’t won or lost more than two in a row since April 18, muddying along in the middle of the American League East.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

David Price finally faced hitters on Friday, and it didn’t go smoothly.

Pitching in Buffalo for Triple-A Pawtucket, the former Cy Young Award winner was knocked out after just two innings and 65 pitches. He allowed five hits and three runs, including a homer. He walked one and struck out four.

The Red Sox had expected Price to make in the vicinity of 90 pitches, but he was lifted 25 short of that mark after allowing four hits and two runs in the second, the big blow a bloop two-run single by Jake Elmore.

Price is attempting to return from a spring training elbow injury that initially looked like it could be season-ending. Told by a pair of specialists that they would’ve recommended surgery if he were younger, Price instead opted for rest and rehab and Friday marked his first game action since March.

Red Sox manager John Farrell had expressed hope that Price could be ready to return next week after this start, but that now appears to be optimistic.

Price opened the game by allowing a leadoff double to Elmore to end a 15-pitch at-bat. He stranded him there by striking out the side. He then allowed a homer to Raffy Lopez leading off the second before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Elmore then singled to right to drive in two before Price induced a groundout and struck out Jason Leblebijian to end the frame, and his night.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
We speak with David Ortiz, co-author of the new biography Papi: My Story with our own Michael S. Holley.

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We speak with David Ortiz, co-author of the new biography Papi: My Story with our own Michael S. Holley.

[0:00:09] ... now but coauthor of the book in the subject of the book David Ortiz joins us right now. David thanks for taking a few minutes Oreo. A boon. I ya I guess this is the second ...
[0:07:28] ... worried look on at the beginning it was those. We're talking with David Ortiz coauthor of poppy my story co written with Michael Holley. There are few athletes in recent history in the city of Boston ...
[0:10:04] ... a story. With you David where you can tell a story about Torii Hunter you're trying to Torii Hunter to come here and. Yeah. Every part of the rhetorically if they're. Excited loaned him very well. Toward commitment to train before ...
[0:21:04] ... involved and. The book is called up popping my story written by David Ortiz co written by Michael holly available in your bookstores right now. Published by Houghton Mifflin hardcourt. And I David we appreciate you taking the time to join us and it was it was a fun read I enjoyed it. Eight regular must Michael Barrett. That I may do that. He's a lot different well. I think if nothing else is there I'll play him it's as well. Where. Thanks David. I don't take thank you. That is. Future hall of Famer in my opinion David Ortiz. He'd. He denies taking steroids in eighteen different ways. Are he just the end as he said but the majority of of his being David Ortiz happened during the steroid testing here. Most of when he was David Ortiz was when there were testing came in in place in 2004. Well now he says he got cut in the steroid era but he went and help this team has had success in the right in the testing here. That's what I can't better that the testing or what I meant it when they were testing. They starting 2004. Outs and David Ortiz sort of took off where you and gets and first ballot birdied and there's enough I don't know why I don't I don't think it's the the steroids that's going to be the issue and it's the DH thing. Which I think is bogus by the way. I mean it was Frank Thomas Moore to DH or first base really well and and he got him and I was during his tires used very much ...