The Red Sox lost. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Red Sox lost on Wednesday. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Red Sox were in danger of being no-hit in a blowout Wednesday. Thanks to a five-run ninth, it just looked like a plain old normal 10-6 loss by the end of the game.

Dan Butler ended Wei-Yin Chen’€™s perfect game bid at 16 batters by belting a one-out double in the sixth inning. Xander Bogaerts followed the next inning with a solo homer to make it 8-1, but it was the Sox’€™ busy ninth after giving up two more runs that made things interesting. Daniel Nava drove in two with a double and Carlos Rivero followed with a three-run homer.

Wednesday marked the second straight day in which Bogaerts homered, bringing his total on the season to 11 dingers.

Butler doubled again in the bottom of the eight inning, but as was the case with his previous hit, he was left stranded as the Sox failed to score in the inning.

Now for the bad stuff. Brandon Workman was shelled for the second time in his last three starts as he surrendered six hits and six runs, five of which were earned, over just three innings. He walked three batters and struck out three in tossing 62 pitches in the outing.

Craig Breslow didn’€™t fare much better, as he allowed two earned runs over his two innings of relief work. Tommy Layne showed up both pitchers in the sixth inning by being the first Boston pitcher of the day to not allow a run, and Alex Wilson followed in the seventh by turning in the first 1-2-3 inning by a Sox pitcher.

Junichi Tazawa tossed a clean eighth inning, with Edward Mujica surrendering four hits and two runs in the ninth inning.

Chen ended up going seven innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, striking out four and walking none on 93 pitches.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
John Farrell joined the midday show due to the early game, and confirmed that Dustin Pedroia will likely be inactive for the rest of the season. Farrell also spoke the need to get Rusney Castillo into the majors before the end of the year, and where the team stands with Koji Uehara's situation.
Travis Shaw

Travis Shaw

The PawSox took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Triple-A International League Governor’s Cup Championship Series on Tuesday, claiming a 3-2 victory (box). A brief look at the prospect performances from the game:

– For a stretch in April and May, Travis Shaw was the hottest hitter in the Red Sox organization. He is wrapping up his season in similar fashion. Shaw continued his dominant playoff stretch by going 1-for-3 with an RBI single up the middle and a walk. In four postseason games, he’s 6-for-11 with five walks, two doubles and a homer, good for a line of .462/.611/.846. While Shaw doesn’t have the enormous power that might characterize a top prospect — particularly at first base, where the power expectations are immense — he still shows in stretches an excellent approach that make him a meaningful part of the Sox’ first base depth conversation. He stays back on pitches, he’s walked at a high rate throughout his career (until, at least, he got to Pawtucket this year — but his season-ending run suggests that he may be adjusting to Triple-A arsenals), he has the ability to drive the ball with authority to left-center in a fashion that suggests an ability to thrive in an offensive environment like Fenway Park. His performance in the postseason underscores the view of him as a potentially important depth option who stands a good chance of landing on the Sox’ 40-man roster this winter.

– Left-hander Edwin Escobar allowed two runs over seven innings, limiting the damage from six hits by walking none and striking out five. In two playoff starts, the 22-year-old has a 1.72 ERA with 12 strikeouts and no walks in 15 2/3 innings.

– Right-hander Heath Hembree had an adventurous save, recording four outs — with the final two after he’d loaded the bases in the ninth on a pair of hits and a walk. Hembree punched out three, giving the 25-year-old 13 strikeouts (along with seven walks) in 10 2/3 innings with the PawSox this year.

– Outfielder Rusney Castillo went 1-for-4 with a single, a pair of strikeouts and was caught stealing while playing a full nine innings in center for the first time since signing with the Sox. Overall, he’s hitting .304/.360/.391 with two walks and four strikeouts in his seven games, with Tuesday marking his first multi-strikeout contest.

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Alex Speier

Red Sox manager John Farrell said while there were no firm plans to do so yet, surgery to address the ongoing inflammation he’s experienced throughout this season represents a likely outcome.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said while there were no firm plans to do so yet, surgery to address the ongoing inflammation he’s experienced throughout this season represents a likely outcome. For now, Farrell suggested, the surgery has yet to be scheduled, but that appears the likely conclusion of this process after Tuesday’s MRI revealed the worsening inflammation.

Dustin Pedroia is likely to undergo season-ending surgery. (Getty Images)

Dustin Pedroia is likely to undergo season-ending surgery. (Getty Images)

“Nothing definitive. He and we are still gathering information. It’s moving towards probably a procedure, but nothing definitive is scheduled right now,” said Farrell.

Of course, the idea of fixing what currently ails Pedroia is one thing. Going forward, the Sox face the question of whether there’s any way to diminish the frequency of injuries that have become an annual staple for Pedroia as a result of his perpetually dirt-covered style of play.

“We’ve asked him not to slide head-first anymore, which he’s doing. You go back to Opening Day in 2013 [when Pedroia tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb on a head-first slide], that’s where a lot of this originated,” said Farrell. “He’s aggravated the left hand again by being taken out at second base on double plays, earlier in the year and then mid-year. So, we’re really not going to ask him to change — with the exception of deciding to slide head-first. Dustin plays the game as he’s wired. That’s what makes him the great player that he is.

“If there’s thought to playing more under control, does that thought put a guy in position physically for potential injury? That’s debatable. But he’s going to play by his instincts,” Farrell added. “We would not ask Dustin to even think about changing those. Then I think you’re disrupting the natural abilities of a player. That might be more detrimental than just playing all out.”

Given that the team won’t ask Pedroia to alter his red-line style of play, there is an alternative that the team is considering: Having Pedroia play less. He played a career-high 160 games in 2013 and had played in 97 percent of the team’s games until he suffered a concussion in Tampa Bay at the end of last month. The team may seek to regulate the number of games he plays more actively going forward.

“He and I have had conversations, [GM Ben Cherington] and I have talked about … do we set a certain number of consecutive games played and then, regardless, you’€™re getting him off his feet? That’€™s one approach that we have discussed,” said Farrell. “And I think in Dustin’€™s case specifically, as a guy gets deeper into his career, he might need that day off prior to an off day to get him a couple of days of recovery time. All those things are being discussed and looked at.’€

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

– Farrell said that right-hander Koji Uehara had a strong, extended bullpen session on Tuesday in which he showed good life on his pitches (particularly his splitter). He’s expected to be available to pitch in games in Kansas City, with the idea that he will eventually reclaim his role at the end of games.

“He’ll be available out of the bullpen this weekend, and we would get him in lower-leverage situations initially, with the thought of getting him back into closing games out before the season finishes,” said Farrell.

Matt Barnes, after an impressive major league debut on Tuesday in which he tossed three shutout innings against the Orioles, is slated to remain in the bullpen throwing multiple inning stints after getting the needed rest to be ready. Even after his strong debut, there are not yet plans to have him start.

“Last night was impressive. I can’t say that because of a three-inning stint last night, does it move him into the rotation? We’re not at that point,” said Farrell. “We want to take the remaining games in September and get his feet wet. We’re doing that.”

Brock Holt is expected to return to the lineup in Kansas City after missing a number of days due to illness and a stiff neck.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

Red Sox manager John Farrell, making his weekly WEEI appearance Wednesday, told Middays with MFB that

Red Sox manager John Farrell, making his weekly WEEI appearance Wednesday, told Middays with MFB that Dustin Pedroia is “probably likely” to miss the rest of the season due to an injury to his left hand/wrist. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Pedroia, in the midst of a subpar offensive season (.278/.337/.376), had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed inflammation in the wrist. The 30-year-old was scheduled to meet with team representatives Wednesday to determine a course of action.

“Nothing has been arranged as far as surgery,” Farrell said. “Information is still being gathered. There’s not been a final, like I said, target date or decision in this way. It’s pointing towards him having the procedure done. So, whether or not he remains inactive — it’s probably likely he is inactive the rest of the way.

This injury is the latest in a series of issues with Pedroia’s hands. He had surgery on his left thumb last offseason.

“Let’s face it, he’s had a number of collisions, headfirst slides, a number of things that have affected the hands, and he’s dealing with it in the left hand right now,” Farrell said. “We look at it like, if this procedure is needed, which, the initial reports — and let’s face it, surgery is always something you have to be concerned with, but ‘€¦ the severity of it is not like a high-risk situation with him.

“So, we look at it like if there’s a chance to get an additional two weeks of recovery time so he can get into some strength training throughout the winter and go through a normal offseason workout program as he gets into later November and beyond, that’s probably the avenue chosen here.

“What Dustin means to us is obvious. This is the heartbeat of our team, and we’ve got to get him back to 100 percent as soon as we can.”

MORE TO COME

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Jerry Spar
Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

The Red Sox will play the third and final game of their series against the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park. Brandon Workman will get the start for Boston and will oppose left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The Red Sox will look for an improved performance from their offense, which has scored a combined two runs over the last three games.

Workman (1-8, 4.90 ERA) did not factor into the decision during his last start against the Yankees in the Bronx last Thursday. He did, however, strike out five and get charged with three runs over six innings. The Red Sox could not hang on late, as then-closer Koji Uehara surrendered two home runs in the ninth inning — including a walkoff homer to Chase Headley — and the Red Sox fell 5-4.

Despite not getting the win, Workman said he thought he pitched well at Yankee Stadium.

“I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand well today,” Workman said after the game. “It may not have been the biggest numbers I’ve ever put up. More important than the velocity, though, is I was keeping the ball down for the most part today. That’s a big part of it.”

The no-decision last week ended a streak in which Workman lost eight consecutive decisions from June to the end of August. Over his last 10 outings, Workman’s ERA is a 6.04, pushing his season total closer to five. During his start against the Mariners on Aug. 23, Workman was knocked around for 10 hits and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He kept the Mariners off the board through three innings, but a seven-run fourth, which included a Dustin Ackley three-run home run, ended Workman’s day.

One of Workman’s better starts with Boston this season came against the Orioles back on June 10. He pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings at a rain-soaked Camden Yards in Baltimore. He allowed just two baserunners — one single and one walk — in the start.

Three current Orioles have one hit against Workman, while the rest of the team is hitless.

Wei-Yin Chen

Wei-Yin Chen

While Workman has struggled, Chen (14-4, 3.69 ERA) is in the midst of the best season of his three-year career. His .778 winning percentage is the best mark in the American League. His strikeouts-per-nine innings rate is just 6.7, but he is effectively pitching to contact, as his WHIP is 1.248. In four out of his previous five starts, Chen has thrown at least six innings. During his last start on Friday, Chen kept the Rays scoreless for six innings, though he did not factor into the decision.

Two of Chen’s early starts this season came against the Red Sox back in April. His first start of the year on April 3, and one of his worst, saw him give up four runs and a season-high 12 hits. Later in the month on April 21, Chen won the game against Boston but was charged with three runs.

After some hiccups against the Red Sox in April, Chen dominated Boston on June 11 with seven shutout innings and seven strikeouts.

Dustin Pedroia, whom Red Sox manager John Farrell said could be shut down for the rest of the season because of inflammation in his wrist, has some gaudy numbers against Chen. The second baseman’s .519 batting average and .778 slugging percentage lead the team. David Ortiz has one home run and five RBIs in 21 career plate appearances against Chen.

Orioles vs. Workman (RHP)

Kelly Johnson (7 career plate appearances): .167 average/.286 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

Alejandro De Aza (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 RBI, 1 walk

J.J. Hardy (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk

Adam Jones (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Nick Markakis (4): .000/.000/.000

Nelson Cruz (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts

Chris Davis, Caleb Joseph and David Lough all are 0-for-2 against Workman. Jonathan Schoop and Delmon Young each have one plate appearance against the right-hander, with Young reaching base once.

Red Sox vs. Chen (LHP)

Dustin Pedroia (30): .519/.567/.778, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (21): .389/.429/.556, 5 RBIs, 1 home run, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks

Will Middlebrooks (19): .421/.421/.526, 2 doubles, 4 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (18): .176/.222/.588, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 1 double

David Ross (15): .267/.267/.333, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (14): .538/.571/.769, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Yoenis Cespedes (11): .273/.273/.273, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk

Xander Bogaerts (8): .286/.375/.286, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk

Jackie Bradley (7): .500/.571/.667, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Jemile Weeks (7): .000/.286/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Brock Holt (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

Dustin Pedroia faces the possibility that his 2014 season has come to an end.</p>
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Anthony Ranaudo

Anthony Ranaudo

John Farrell has spoken highly of Anthony Ranaudo’s mound presence and poise. His stuff has been another matter.

On Tuesday, Ranaudo allowed three homers in just 3 1/3 innings to take the defeat in the Red Sox‘ 4-1 loss to the Orioles. The 25-year-old has now permitted eight homers in just 28 2/3 innings this year, with vulnerability on fastballs up in the strike zone representing a common thread in his starts.

“He didn’t get away with many mistakes, pitches that were elevated in the strike zone,” Farrell said after the game. “Where he’s gotten some swing and miss in some previous starts with some mislocated pitches, that wasn’t the case tonight.

“He’s a flyball pitcher and there’s, as we’ve seen, there’s a substantial difference between Triple-A and here. And possibly, with some of those same pitches, they’re not going to be driven as they are here, and it’s a matter of elevation within the strike zone.”

Ranaudo, who went 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year in Triple-A en route to International League Pitcher of the Year honors, is now 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in the big leagues. Tuesday represented his worst outing of the bunch. Ranaudo said the responsibility to turn around his results falls on him.

“I think this is my fifth start now. Guys have seen film, seen me pitch a couple times,” said Ranaudo. “Those kind of pitches aren’t going to fly here, especially late in the season. Fatigue might be setting in. I’ve got to be a little bit sharper about some things, make some better adjustments quicker. Obviously they’re making adjustments to me now. It’s my job to make adjustments to them.”

Of course, those adjustments may be particularly challenging at this stage of the year. Ranaudo has blown past his previous career innings high of 146 (reached last year in the regular season and playoffs). He’s now at 168 2/3 innings, and pitching deeper into the calendar year than he ever has before. Yet he would not accept that as a reason for his poor performance on Tuesday.

“I think tonight, some of the pitches, I went back and looked at the film, and even my breaking balls and stuff like that weren’t as crisp as they’ve been in the last couple starts,” said Ranaudo. “I’m trying not to think too much into that. I feel good physically. I’m also aware that this is September and I’m around 170 innings. But like I said, those are things I’m going to have to adjust to. Everyone is going through that, everybody is playing in September and going through fatigue and stuff like that. it’s just a matter of me making better adjustments and making better pitches.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier