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

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

Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (49-78): W, 7-3, vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies)

— Rick Porcello made a rehab start for the PawSox and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits, including a home run. He walked none and struck out six and did not factor into the decision. Porcello made 20 starts for Boston this season before he was placed on the DL with a right triceps strain. The righty has a 5-11 record and a 5.81 ERA.

— Right-hander Jorge Marban picked up the win after relieving Porcello in the sixth inning. He allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of work. He struck out four and walked none. Marban has appeared in three games for Pawtucket this season and is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA.

— Righty Noe Ramirez closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed one hit and recorded one strikeout. Ramirez has made 27 appearances for the PawSox this season and is 4-1 with one save and a 2.54 ERA.

— Humberto Quintero got Pawtucket on the board in the second inning with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center field. Quintero, who was the designated hitter Friday, finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He is hitting .252 with 30 RBIs after 70 games.

— The PawSox combined for 13 hits as five members of the lineup recorded two-hit games, including Quintero. Shortstop Deven Marrero went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Catcher Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Second baseman Jeff Bianchi and right fielder Jonathan Roof both went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Oscar Tejeda

Oscar Tejeda

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (46-79): L, 11-6, at Harrisburg (Nationals)

— Third baseman Oscar Tejeda and right fielder Aneury Tavarez carried the Portland offense. They each hit a solo home run and finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Tejeda is hitting .255 on the season with three home runs, two triples, 18 doubles and 33 RBIs. Tavarez is batting .232 with five home runs, one triple, nine doubles and 11 RBIs in 58 games with Portland after spending the first half of the season with Salem.

— Starter Luis Diaz suffered the loss, falling to 1-10 on the season. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up six earned runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. He also recorded one strikeout. Diaz has made 24 starts for the Sea Dogs this year and has a 5.64 ERA.

— Heri Quevedo relieved Diaz in the fifth inning and allowed five runs — three earned — on five hits and two walks. He also struck out two. The 25-year-old righty has started eight games and made eight relief appearances for Portland this season. He is 0-5 with a 6.17 ERA.

— Right-hander Kyle Martin tossed the last 1 1/3 innings and allowed no runs and no hits and struck out one. Martin has a 1-0 record and a 4.46 ERA after 22 relief appearances this season.

Teddy Stankiewicz

Teddy Stankiewicz

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (55-68): L, 7-5, at Wilmington (Royals)

— Teddy Stankiewicz took the loss, allowing all seven Wilmington runs on seven hits and one walk with one strikeout over 4 2/3 innings. The 21-year-old right-hander is 3-11 in 22 starts this season and has a 4.09 ERA.

— Right-hander Kyle Kraus pitched the final 3 1/3 innings and allowed just two hits and one walk. Kraus has appeared in 11 games for Salem this season and is 1-2 with two saves and a 1.39 ERA.

— Second baseman Yoilan Cerse led the Salem offense, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. First baseman Mario Martinez went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored and left fielder Mike Meyers went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon also posted a two-hit game for Salem, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.

— Friday’€™s game marked the seventh straight loss for Salem.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (63-61): W, 10-5, at Delmarva (Orioles)

— The Greenville offense posted 16 hits, led by a pair of three-hit games from center fielder Andrew Benintendi and second baseman Hector Lorenzana. Benintendi went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .400 after four games since his promotion to Greenville and has two home runs and five RBIs in that span. Lorenzana finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored and now has hit safely in his last five games. He has played in 10 games for the Drive and is hitting .294 with five RBIs.

— Designated hitter Michael Chavis went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Third baseman Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Danny Mars also had a two-hit game, going 2-for-6 with a run scored.

— Every member of the Drive lineup recorded at least one hit.

— Starting left-hander Dedgar Jimenez earned the win in a six-inning effort. He scattered nine hits and allowed three earned runs. He walked one and did not record a strikeout. The 19-year-old from Venezuela has made 20 starts for the Drive this season and is 7-9 with a 4.57 ERA.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (30-28): Postponed due to rain vs. Staten Island (Yankees). The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday.

Blog Author: 
Emily McCarthy

The third game of a four-game series between the Red Sox and Royals will pit Matt Barnes against Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura.

Barnes has been back and forth between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket this season. The 25-year-old has accrued a 3-3 record to go along with a 6.59 ERA this season in the majors. He sports an unseemly 1.866 WHIP, allowing 13.2 hits per nine innings. He has also demonstrated the ability to put hitters away, compiling 29 strikeouts in just 27 1/3 innings of work. He has an average fastball velocity of 94.9 mph.

Barnes has made 22 major league appearances on the season, all but one of which has come in relief. He spent the beginning of July with the Sox before being sent to Pawtucket. His return to Boston came in the form of his first career start on Monday.

The right-hander took a loss at the hands of the Indians by a score of 8-2. He threw five innings, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks. He allowed a home run and struck out seven. Despite the less-than-gaudy results, Barnes felt confident about his starting debut.

“I felt really good out there,” Barnes said. “I thought I had really good command of all three pitches.”

“I thought Matt threw the ball really, really well,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said, echoing his starter. “He gave us everything we expected. He was commanding his fastball. Everything was crisp and downhill. He was effective. He did his job for us tonight.”

Yordano Ventura

Yordano Ventura

Ventura is in his second full season, owning a 4.82 ERA and an even 7-7 record. The 24-year-old has a 1.311 WHIP and 4.05 FIP in 19 starts on the year.

For Ventura, 2015 has yielded a regression from a very impressive rookie season a year ago. Last year, the right-hander finished with a 14-10 record and 3.20 ERA, good enough to rank sixth in American League Rookie of the Year voting.

He also demonstrated impressive composure in the postseason for the AL champion Royals, making five appearances (four starts) and tallying a 3.20 ERA. In two starts in the World Series against the Giants, Ventura hurled 12 1/3 solid innings, allowing just two runs and earning a 1.46 ERA and 1-0 record.

Ventura received a no-decision in his last start against the Angels on Sunday, but he could very easily have gotten the win. The Dominican product tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven. The Royals scored the game-tying run in the ninth inning before winning in walkoff fashion in the 10th. Kendrys Morales singled home Ben Zobrist to seal the victory for KC.

“I wanted to see the old Ventura out there and we saw it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “That’s good for us and bad for everybody else.”

Royals vs. Barnes (RHP)

Jarrod Dyson is 0-for-1 with a strikeout against Barnes.

Eric Hosmer is 0-for-1 with a strikeout against Barnes.

Omar Infante is 1-for-1 with an RBI against Barnes.

Mike Moustakas is 1-for-1 in his career against Barnes.

Salvador Perez struck out in his only plate appearance against Barnes.

Lorenzo Cain walked in his only plate appearance against Barnes.

No other Royals have faced Barnes.

Red Sox vs. Ventura (RHP)

Jackie Bradley Jr. (five plate appearances): .400 AVG/.400 OBP/.400 SLG, 1 strikeout

Mookie Betts (4): .667/.750/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI

Xander Bogaerts (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout

Brock Holt (3): .667/.667/.667

David Ortiz (3): .000/.000/.000

Alejandro De Aza (2): .000/.000/.000

No other Red Sox have faced Ventura.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin

If that was an audition, Johnny Cueto may want to petition for a do-over.

Henry Owens tossed eight solid innings in the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Royals Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Henry Owens tossed eight solid innings in the Red Sox‘ 7-2 win over the Royals Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Left-hander Henry Owens has made four major league starts including his debut Aug. 4 in New York against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium so it’s not like he’s been eased into the big leagues — he’s been thrown right into the fire.

Over those four starts the 23-year-old has faced two first place teams, including Friday night when he went eight strong innings picking up the win in the Red Sox‘ 7-2 win over the Royals and Johnny Cueto.

“Not thinking about really who’s pitching — I’m thinking about who’s hitting more, and that’s a good ball club, they’ve proven it the last two years or three years,” Owens said. “I knew I had a tough task tonight and Wade [Miley] went out and set the tone yesterday so I just tried to compete and try to match him the best I could.”

Against the Yankees — the other first-place team — he went five innings and allowed just three runs, leaving when the score was 2-1, so clearly he hasn’t let who he’s faced effect him on the mound.

The lanky left-hander went eight complete innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, while walking a batter and striking out four against the AL Central leaders. By going the full eight innings, it was the second-longest outing by a Red Sox pitcher within his first four major league games since 1994. The longest in that stretch was Clay Buchholz‘s no-hitter in 2007.

Owens said it was the best stuff he’s had in any start this season.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “Collectively minor leagues and big leagues I felt like I was pretty comfortable early on and just took it inning and by inning and ended up throwing eight [innings.]”

The Royals scored a run in the fourth inning when Hanley Ramirez was charged with an error in left field allowing the runner to score, so the only real mistake Owens made was a solo home run to Alcides Escobar to leadoff the sixth.

What impressed interim manager Torey Lovullo most was Owens’ ability to bounce back.

“He put it behind him and was attacking the zone,” he said. “A lot to be said for a guy who makes a mistake on a fastball out over the plate, gets back on the mound and starts driving pitches through the zone. He’s got great mound presence, we can all see that. He’s unphaseable. He makes quality pitches when he needs to. He feels like he’s in any count at any time and it’s very rare for a pitcher to be able to do that.”

Owens’ biggest issue in the minor leagues was his command, as at one point in June he led all of the majors and International League in walks, but in four big league starts he’s allowed one walk in three of the four and that just builds on allowing just 14 over his last eight starts in Triple-A.

As the player evaluation begins with Dave Dombrowski coming on board as president of baseball operations, the last 40-plus games are important for a lot of the young players, including Owens as he would like to prove he can be a successful major league pitcher and be a player the organization can count on to be part of the 2016 starting rotation.

Being as laid back as he is, Owens isn’t even thinking about that. He’s just looking at it as one start at a time and letting the Red Sox offense keep carrying the team.

“Every fifth day I have confidence with this lineup coming out there getting 10-plus hits every single day. So I’m just going to try to roll with it and in another five days in Chicago I’ll throw and hopefully our bats are still there.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Henry Owens tossed eight solid innings in the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Royals Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Henry Owens tossed eight solid innings in the Red Sox‘ 7-2 win over the Royals Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Left-hander Henry Owens has made four major league starts including his debut Aug. 4 in New York against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium so it’s not like he’s been eased into the big leagues — he’s been thrown right into the fire.

Over those four starts the 23-year-old has faced two first place teams, including Friday night when he went eight strong innings picking up the win in the Red Sox‘ 7-2 win over the Royals and Johnny Cueto.

“Not thinking about really who’s pitching — I’m thinking about who’s hitting more, and that’s a good ball club, they’ve proven it the last two years or three years,” Owens said. “I knew I had a tough task tonight and Wade [Miley] went out and set the tone yesterday so I just tried to compete and try to match him the best I could.”

Against the Yankees — the other first-place team — he went five innings and allowed just three runs, leaving when the score was 2-1, so clearly he hasn’t let who he’s faced effect him on the mound.

The lanky left-hander went eight complete innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, while walking a batter and striking out four against the AL Central leaders. By going the full eight innings, it was the second-longest outing by a Red Sox pitcher within his first four major league games since 1994. The longest in that stretch was Clay Buchholz‘s no-hitter in 2007.

Owens said it was the best stuff he’s had in any start this season.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “Collectively minor leagues and big leagues I felt like I was pretty comfortable early on and just took it inning and by inning and ended up throwing eight [innings.]”

The Royals scored a run in the fourth inning when Hanley Ramirez was charged with an error in left field allowing the runner to score, so the only real mistake Owens made was a solo home run to Alcides Escobar to leadoff the sixth.

What impressed interim manager Torey Lovullo most was Owens’ ability to bounce back.

“He put it behind him and was attacking the zone,” he said. “A lot to be said for a guy who makes a mistake on a fastball out over the plate, gets back on the mound and starts driving pitches through the zone. He’s got great mound presence, we can all see that. He’s unphaseable. He makes quality pitches when he needs to. He feels like he’s in any count at any time and it’s very rare for a pitcher to be able to do that.”

Owens’ biggest issue in the minor leagues was his command, as at one point in June he led all of the majors and International League in walks, but in four big league starts he’s allowed one walk in three of the four and that just builds on allowing just 14 over his last eight starts in Triple-A.

As the player evaluation begins with Dave Dombrowski coming on board as president of baseball operations, the last 40-plus games are important for a lot of the young players, including Owens as he would like to prove he can be a successful major league pitcher and be a player the organization can count on to be part of the 2016 starting rotation.

Being as laid back as he is, Owens isn’t even thinking about that. He’s just looking at it as one start at a time and letting the Red Sox offense keep carrying the team.

“Every fifth day I have confidence with this lineup coming out there getting 10-plus hits every single day. So I’m just going to try to roll with it and in another five days in Chicago I’ll throw and hopefully our bats are still there.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Kevin Garnett shouted the words after the Celtics won the title in 2008, and if you're a Red Sox player, coach, or executive, you may feel compelled to say t



Johnny Cueto of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Red Sox Friday night.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Johnny Cueto of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Red Sox Friday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

If that was an audition, Johnny Cueto may want to petition for a do-over.

The Royals ace acquired from Cincinnati on the Sunday before the trade deadline was racked for a career-high 13 hits and seven runs – six earned – over six innings in a 7-2 Red Sox win Friday night at Fenway Park. For some perspective, Cueto hadn’t allowed double figure hits in a single outing since June 21, 2013, when he was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs in a loss to the Diamondbacks. One outing later, Cueto headed to the disabled list for two months with a lat strain, derailing Cincinnati’s hopes of a division title.

Both Cueto and his manager Ned Yost insisted afterward this was a one-game blip and not a warning flag.

“[He looked] completely comfortable,” Yost said. “He kept competing his tail but just wasn’t really sharp. He never stopped competing but he just wasn’t exceptionally sharp. He was competing through it. He just got some pitches up and got slapped the other way. Pitches hit up the middle. It was one of those nights.”

Cueto, who appeared to be stretching his side occasionally on the mound, said the outing was more about the Red Sox batters than his ineffectiveness.

“First of all, they made adjustments to me,” Cueto said. “I didn’t leave too many [pitches] up. But the ones I did leave up, they put good swings on them. They just beat me today. Those guys are major league baseball players and they’re in a major league lineup and they just beat me.

“It just a bad outing. I’m going to keep my head up and get ready for the next start.”

Just on Thursday, Cueto, who turns 30 in February, said he would want to come to Boston in 2016 as a free agent because the Red Sox are a championship-caliber contender.

In four previous starts for Kansas City before Friday, Cueto pretty much came as advertised. In 30 innings over four starts, he allowed six total runs and 24 hits, striking out 21 and walking just four. He was 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA. On Friday, he gave up more runs in one outing and over half as many hits, as his ERA jumped to 3.00.

With new Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski looking on from the owner’s box, the question must have crossed his mind: Is free-agent-to-be Cueto worthy of a $125 million deal over the long term?

The Royals have been keeping close tabs on Cueto’s health, trying to keep his balky elbow, lat and oblique warm and loose as they make a push for the best record in the American League.

Cueto and the Reds appeared on a path for the World Series in 2012 and led the Giants, 2-0, in the NLDS. Cueto could never recover from his oblique strain in Game 1 and the Reds collapsed to the eventual World Series champs. The next year, Cueto took the bump for the Reds in the wild card game in Pittsburgh and famously dropped the ball on the mound in the middle of a roaring Pirates crowd at PNC Park.

Friday night may have been a one-game aberration and, in fairness to Cueto, the normally sure-handed Royals kicked the ball around the field like the Bad News Bears, costing Cueto at least three runs.

“He’s been doing a great job since we got him,” said center fielder Lorenzo Cain who, in the fourth inning, misplayed a Rusney Castillo ball into a triple and booted a Mookie Betts single in the fourth inning to allow a run to score.

“Unfortunately, speaking for myself, I played terrible,” Cain added. “I wish I could’ve done a better job of making plays behind him but unfortunately I didn’t. That’s the kind of outcome you get.”

“No aspect of our game was tremendously good tonight,” Yost said. “Just one of those nights.”

Cueto agreed: “That’s part of the game. We have a real good defense. It’s just one of those days, man.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.

[0:00:08] ... very much and I'm excited. Just wanna keep momentum flown in the winning streak going. Henry first menu face tonight that Escobar can be dangerous guy you put him on ball four read and watched anybody ...
[0:00:57] ... your start tonight for your mindset going into. My mindset wasn't facing Kansas City Royals another good team they're active on the base. They like don't get together balls and her in the falls on the arts ...




Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.

[0:00:08] ... very much and I'm excited. Just wanna keep momentum flown in the winning streak going. Henry first menu face tonight that Escobar can be dangerous guy you put him on ball four read and watched anybody ...
[0:00:57] ... your start tonight for your mindset going into. My mindset wasn't facing Kansas City Royals another good team they're active on the base. They like don't get together balls and her in the falls on the arts ...