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Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello after he improves to 12-2 and 9-0 at home this season.

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The Red Sox shut out the Giants, 4-0, at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, but the victory did not come without a cost.

Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara

The Red Sox shut out the Giants, 4-0, at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, but the victory did not come without a cost.

Interim closer Koji Uehara, thrust back into the role by Craig Kimbrel’s knee surgery, left the game in the ninth after throwing just one pitch to the second batter he faced. He left the game with what manager John Farrell described as a strained right pectoral and will be reevaluated on Wednesday. It’s too soon to say how long he will be out.

“I’m just praying that it’s not that serious,” Uehara said through translator C.J. Matsumoto.

Uehara entered with a four-run lead because Farrell likes giving him clean innings and didn’t want to have to bring him in with runners on base if another reliever got into trouble. Uehara hadn’t pitched since saving a victory over the Yankees on July 16.

He struck out Brandon Belt leading off the ninth, but threw just one pitch to catcher Buster Posey before motioning toward the dugout while pointing to his chest. He was replaced by Tommy Layne.

“It’s just some soreness that I feel,” Uehara said. “I thought it was just soreness. Muscle soreness. It’s the first time [he had felt it.]”

Uehara added that he “wasn’t surprised” to be pitching in a four-run game.

Joe Kelly, who struck out the side in an inning at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, would be a logical candidate to replace Uehara in the pen, with newly acquired Brad Ziegler becoming the closer, though it’s possible Uehara’s injury isn’t serious and he’ll only miss a day or two.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

All the Red Sox needed Tuesday night against the Giants were two swings of the bat.

Brock Holt’s solo home run in the third inning followed by David Ortiz’s three-run home run the following inning would be more than enough for Red Sox starter Rick Porcello as the Red Sox beat the Giants, 4-0 Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz hit his 23rd home run of the season in the Red Sox' win over the Giants. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz hit his 23rd home run of the season in the Red Sox’ win over the Giants. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

All the Red Sox needed Tuesday night against the Giants were two swings of the bat.

Brock Holt’s solo home run in the third inning followed by David Ortiz’s three-run home run the following inning would be more than enough for Red Sox starter Rick Porcello as the Red Sox beat the Giants, 4-0 Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

With two outs in the third, Holt took Giants starter Jake Peavy deep into the Red Sox bullpen and then after the first two runners in the fourth reached, Ortiz crushed a first-pitch home run well into the bleachers over the Giants bullpen.

For Ortiz, it was his 23rd homer of the year and career home run No. 526. It was also his 1,383rd career run scored, which tied him with Tony Gwynn for 98th on the all-time list. The home run traveled 451 feet according to ESPN Stats and Info, which is his longest of the season.

Porcello was once again dominant at Fenway Park. The right-hander picked up his 12th win of the season and improved to a perfect 9-0 at home. The last time a Red Sox starter started 9-0 at home was Dennis Eckersley in 1978.

He went 6 1/3 shutout innings, while scattering four hits, walking two and striking out three on 108 pitches. His ERA is down to 3.37 on the year.

Robbie Ross Jr. got out of the seventh inning by enduing a double play, newly acquired right-hander Brad Ziegler tossed a scoreless eighth. In the ninth Koji Uehara struck out the first batter, but had to leave with an apparent shoulder injury after that. Tommy Layne recorded the final two outs of the game.

Closing Time note

Ortiz is now batting .514 with three home runs when swinging at the first pitch this season.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Porcello continues to be one of the most underrated players on the entire Red Sox team. One of the biggest keys for him this season as been the shutdown inning. The last 10 times the Red Sox have scored runs for him, Porcello has shut the opponent down the next half inning all 10 times.

— Xander Bogaerts snapped an 0-for-12 skid at the plate with a single in the fourth inning. He did finish the game 1-for-4.

— Jackie Bradley Jr. made a great play in the second inning when he chased down a Conor Gillaspie deep fly to the triangle in right-center and was able to double off Jarrett Parker at first base.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— The Red Sox’ No. 6-8 hitters struggled, as Bradley Jr., Travis Shaw and Sandy Leon went a combined 0-for-9 with four strikeouts. Leon is now down to a season-low .431 average.

— Mookie Betts went 0-for-4 out of the lead off spot. He’s in a bit of a slump as he’s 0 for his last 9.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

For just the fourth time all season, Brock Holt will be batting ninth for the Red Sox.

Holt will start in left field as the Red Sox go up against the Giants and former Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy Tuesday night in the first of a two-game series.

For the Red Sox, Sandy Leon will catch Rick Porcello.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

For just the fourth time all season, Brock Holt will be batting ninth for the Red Sox.

Holt will start in left field as the Red Sox go up against the Giants and former Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy Tuesday night in the first of a two-game series.

For the Red Sox, Sandy Leon will catch Rick Porcello.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Rick Porcello, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Although the Red Sox are fairly healthy in terms of their core players, some of their role players are still working their way back from injuries.

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

Although the Red Sox are fairly healthy with their core players, some of their role players are still working their way back from injuries.

Left fielder Blake Swihart continues to go through full baseball activities after suffering a severe ankle sprain back on June 4. Manager John Farrell said there is no set timetable on a rehab assignment, but the fact that he’s going through full baseball activities should mean that will be coming soon

Swihart was batting .258 in 19 major league games this season. Farrell said over the weekend it’s unclear if he will catch at all the rest of the season.

He also added utility infielder Josh Rutledge is in a similar spot as he rehabs from a knee injury, but he might be delayed in coming back a bit because of being on the 60-day disabled list and when he’s eligible to come off of that.

Reliever Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) could return to the Red Sox roster by Friday, as he was placed on the disabled list (retroactive to July 4) last Thursday. The right-hander threw a simulated game on Tuesday and was able to throw all of his pitches.

The news isn’t as good for left fielder Chris Young as he hasn’t yet begun ground-based running as he works his way back from a groin strain, which saw him go on the disabled list on June 24.

Farrell acknowledged the MRI showed a bit more than a Grade 1 strain. He added the team has “to be careful” with his rehab.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— Joe Kelly returning to the Red Sox is more of a roster-based decision, as he’s fully recovered from his groin injury suffered in mid-June with the PawSox. Since making the switch to the bullpen, in five outings (three with Lowell, two with Pawtucket), he’s allowed two runs over seven innings with 11 strikeouts.

He’s thrown three scoreless innings with Pawtucket in his two outings with six strikeouts.

“As far as him moving to the bullpen, that has going as we could have hoped,” Farrell said. “When he’s available to us here, that’s more of a roster and bigger picture situation to get us here.”

Added Farrell: “It’s going to be based on need. Keep in mind, he’s not on a major league rehab. He’s on Pawtucket’s roster. The clock isn’t ticking that a certain date it expires and he has to come back with us. Again, that is a roster decision and probably a bigger picture item to get him back here.

— The Red Sox don’t have the easiest of schedules coming up as they will play 43 games in 44 days and from July 28-Sept. 17, 17 of their 39 games will be on the West Coast. Farrell said the recent acquisitions the team has made, as well as getting players back from injury will put them in a good place.

“I think we’re looking forward to it,” he said. “I think the depth of our bench is really going to be felt. The ability to rotate [Aaron] Hill through there, [Bryce] Brentz. Obviously Michael Martinez has yet to get on the field with any regularity of importance, but his availability to us is going to come into play. … Again, we’re relatively in a good place physically from a health standpoint. How we balance that out with David [Ortiz] and others, I think we’re set up with a balanced roster to handle these set of games.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable