David Ortiz

David Ortiz

BALTIMORE — There might only be a few regular season games left in David Ortiz’s career, but that doesn’t mean slowing down as the finish line draws near.

The latest feat in Ortiz’s historic final season came Monday night at Camden Yards when the Red Sox’ designated hitter launched his 35th homer of the season. The fifth-inning blast over the right field wall scored Dustin Pedroia and increased the Red Sox’ lead to 5-1 over the Orioles.

It was Ortiz’s seventh homer against the Orioles, matching the most the 40-year-old as ever hit in one season against Baltimore (with the other seven-homer campaign coming in 2013).

Ortiz has 53 home runs against the Orioles, the third-most by any opponent. Only Harmon Killebrew (68) and Alex Rodriguez (69) have more.

The Sox’ DH has now homered in five of his last eight games at Camden Yards, having gone deep 10 times in his last 16 trips to the home of the O’s. Since 2012, Ortiz has hit 15 homers in 34 games here.

Prior to the Ortiz homer, the Red Sox had already utilized the long ball to get the better of Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, with Mookie Betts launching a two-run home run to kick off the scoring in the third inning. It was Betts’ eighth homer at Camden Yards this season the most by a visiting player since the Orioles moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

BALTIMORE — With three more trips through the rotation to be had in the regular seaosn, the Red Sox and Drew Pomeranz are staying the course.

Drew Pomeranz. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

BALTIMORE — With three more trips through the rotation to be had in the regular seaosn, the Red Sox and Drew Pomeranz are staying the course.

Despite the lefty’s recent downturn, having allowed nine runs in 5 2/3 innings over his last two starts, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the plan is to still have Pomeranz make his next scheduled outing, Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla. against the Rays. Sunday night, the southpaw allowed four runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings against the Yankees.

The 27-year-old is well above his career high in innings pitched, having thrown 164 1/3 between his stints with the Padres and Red Sox.

“Command. It’s been command,” said Farrell when asked what has been Pomeranz’ primary issue. “Is that a direct correlation to the innings workload to date? That’s quite possible. I thought last night his velocity was consistent or similar to previous starts. The command from pitch to pitch was not there. And it cost him. That’s something we monitor close. He’s going to start Friday in Tampa. We continue on.”

The only mechanism in place to limit Pomeranz’s workload has been the Red Sox not allowing the starter to begin an inning if at or over 100 pitches.

“That still holds true. That still holds steadfast,” said Farrell of the mandate. “If there’s a quality outing after X number of innings, we feel like, you know what, here’s a step in the right direction, given the availability of a number of arms to us, that might be a little bit of a shift as we move forward. We’re balancing all of that.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

BALTIMORE — Andrew Benintendi is getting the call for the first game of the season’s most important series.

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

BALTIMORE — Andrew Benintendi is getting the call for the first game of the season’s most important series.

The rookie starts in left field for the Red Sox, who begin their four-game set against the Orioles Monday night at Camden Yards with Baltimore trailing the Sox by three games in the American League East. The lefty hitting Benintendi bats ninth against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy.

A new wrinkle to the Sox’ order is Brock Holt playing third base, a position he hasn’t started at since Aug. 24. It will be Holt’s sixth start at third this season.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup with Rick Porcello getting the start for the visitors:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Andrew Benintendi LF

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

On Monday night the Red Sox will be in Baltimore to open a four-game series with the second-place Orioles. The Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound for the opener to face rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy.

Porcello is 20-4 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.002 WHIP, all among the best marks in the American League. On Wednesday against the Orioles, Porcello went eight innings, allowing just one run, four hits and no walks with six strikeouts but was the hard-luck loser in a 1-0 game. The lone run came via a Mark Trumbo home run in the second inning. It was Porcello’s first loss at Fenway this season.

“Rick was outstanding,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He settled in. He takes the ball off the calf [on a line drive in the second inning], was able to maintain staying loose, got better as the game went on.”

Against the Orioles, the right-hander is 3-8 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.365 WHIP in 14 starts. Before Wednesday, Porcello last pitched against the O’s in June, going six innings, giving up five runs, six hits (three home runs) and no walks with three strikeouts.

Bundy is 9-5 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.395 WHIP in 34 games (12 starts). He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 and is currently in the middle of his first full season. The former fourth overall pick began the year in the Orioles bullpen but was moved to the starting rotation in mid July. As a starter, Bundy is 7-4 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.314 WHIP in 12 outings. Over his last four starts he has struggled, posting a 6.27 ERA. Against the Sox on Tuesday, he threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, six hits and four walks with four strikeouts in a 6-3 Orioles win.

Against the Sox, Bundy is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.979 WHIP in six games (two starts). Prior to Tuesday, the 23-year-old’s last start against Boston came on Aug. 17. In that outing, he went 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, nine hits (two home runs) and two walks with two strikeouts.

Red Sox vs. Bundy (RHP)

Mookie Betts is 3-for-8 with 1 home run, 1 RBI and 1 walk.

Xander Bogaerts is 3-for-9 with 1 home run, 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts.

Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-8 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 1 walk.

David Ortiz is 2-for-8 with 1 double and 1 RBI.

Travis Shaw is 4-for-8 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-for-6 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 1 strikeouts.

Hanley Ramirez is 1-for-6 with 1 strikeout.

Brock Holt is 3-for-4 with 1 double.

Chris Young is 1-for-2 with 2 walks.

Sandy Leon is 2-for-3 with 1 home run and 2 RBIs.

Christian Vazquez 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.

Andrew Benintendi is 0-for-1 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-1 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Orioles vs. Porcello (RHP)

Adam Jones (41 plate appearances): .244 AVG./.244 OBP/.415 SLG, 1 double, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, 11 strikeouts

Chris Davis (33): .250/.273/.563, 1 double, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts

J.J. Hardy (26): .440/.423/.520, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 5 strikeouts

Manny Machado (26): .333/.346/.375, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Mark Trumbo (22): .318/.318/.727, 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Matt Wieters (19): .250/.368/.313, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Michael Bourn (18): .222/.222/.444, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

Ryan Flaherty (15): .429/.467/.643, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Nolan Reimold (10): .200/.200/.200.

Jonathan Schoop is 0-for-9 with 1 walk.

Drew Stubbs is 3-for-10 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI and 3 strikeouts.

Caleb Joseph is 1-for-4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

Pedro Alvarez is 1-for-6 with 3 strikeouts.

Hyun Soo Kim is 1-for-3.

Steve Pearce is 0-for-3.

Francisco Pena is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

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