Blog en Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis leaves PawSox game with injury; Andrew Benintendi stays hot for Portland <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday.</p> <p><strong>TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (24-26): L, 8-2, vs. Indianapolis (Indians)</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Pawtucket starter Keith Couch let up a six-run inning, blowing the game wide open. It tied the most runs the PawSox have allowed in a frame all season. Couch, who returned to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland before the game, let up six hits that inning, two of them home runs, to receive his second loss of the season with Pawtucket. Before that inning, the right-hander let up only one run and two hits in the first three frames, totaling a strikeout in the process.</p> <p>The performance gives Couch a 3-2 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in seven games with both Pawtucket and Portland. The 26-year-old has struck out just 21 batters in 40 innings of work this year, and batters are hitting .273 against him.</p> <p>&#8212; Relieving Couch was Robby Scott, who impressed in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He <a href=";sid=milb" target="_blank">struck out four</a> and allowed only three hits and an earned run in his appearance. Following him was Anthony Varvaro, who also whiffed four batters in the final 1 2/3 innings.</p> <p><iframe src=";width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=milb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>Throughout the season, both Scott and Varvaro have been reliable bullpen members for Pawtucket. Scott, 26, is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, while the 31-year-old Varvaro is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Varvaro is second on the team in ERA among pitchers who have appeared in at least ten games, and Scott’s 29 strikeouts ranks second among relievers.</p> <p>&#8212; Besides the loss, some more bad news for Pawtucket, as first baseman Sam Travis left the game in the third inning with a leg injury. Travis, who leads Pawtucket in RBIs (29), was chasing down a baserunner to apply the tag when he stumbled and fell to the ground. He stayed down for a few minutes before being helped off the field by trainers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told the Patriot Ledger after the game</a> that Travis was having “left leg discomfort” and would be undergoing evaluation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Boston’s No.7 prospect on</a>, Travis is having a solid year, batting .272/.332/.434 in 47 games. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2014, the 22-year-old was struggling at the plate as of late, going 1-for-13 in his last four games.</p> <p><span id="more-103998"></span></p> <p><strong>DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (17-32): L, 6-3, vs. Hartford (Rockies)</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Red-hot prospect Andrew Benintendi was a bright spot in a loss for the Sea Dogs, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run. His three-bagger in the bottom of the fourth put the 21-year-old in position to score on an RBI single from Ryan Court. He also <a href=";sid=milb" target="_blank">made a great diving catch</a> in the second inning.</p> <p><iframe src=";width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=milb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>Benintendi, <a href="" target="_blank">Boston’s No. 3 prospect on,</a> was called up to Portland from Salem on May 16, and he has been playing better and better at the next level. The Cincinnati native is batting .389 in his last five games, and is now hitting .320/.388/.512 during his time with the Sea Dogs.</p> <p>“His approach is improving and now he’s driving the baseball, staying up the middle of the field,” <a href="" target="_blank">Sea Dogs manager Carlos Febles said after the game. </a>“He’s a good hitter. He will keep hitting, no doubt in my mind.</p> <p>&#8212; Making a spot start for Portland, right-hander Mike McCarthy let up four earned runs and eight hits in five innings to earn his second loss of the year. He also struck out three and let up no walks. On the season, the 28-year-old is 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.57 ERA with both Portland and Pawtucket.</p> <p>&#8212; Another strong performance at the plate came from Cole Sturgeon, who hit a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth inning to score two runs and cut Hartford’s lead to two. Sturgeon, 24, went 2-for-3 in the game to go along with the two RBIs. On the year, he is batting .255/.301/.387 with six doubles and 11 RBIs.</p> <div id="attachment_94368" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="" data-id="94368"><img class="size-full wp-image-94368" src="" alt="Yankory Pimentel" width="150" height="210" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Yankory Pimentel</p></div> <p><strong>HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (33-17): W, 2-1, at Lynchburg (Indians)</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Daniel McGrath was the one who started the game for Salem and allowed only one run in four innings, but it was Yankory Pimentel who earned the win with a dominating relief performance. He allowed no hits in three innings while tallying four strikeouts to keep the Lynchburg bats at bay in a tight game.</p> <p>It’s been an impressive season for the 22-year-old right-hander, who is 3-1 and holds a team-leading 1.38 ERA to go along with a 1.00 WHIP in 12 games. The Dominican Republic native has surrendered just three earned runs in his last seven appearances.</p> <p>&#8212; Danny Mars led the Salem batters Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a run. He scored on a fielder’s choice in the second inning to provide the go-ahead run for the Red Sox. Mars, 22, is hitting .253/.323/.337 through 45 games, and his 28 RBIs rank third on the team.</p> <p>&#8212; Rafael Devers, <a href="" target="_blank">Boston’s No. 2 prospect at,</a> went 1-for-4 with a double and a run to go along with a strikeout. Devers continues to play well for Salem, with a .286/.311/.429 batting average in just 25 games.</p> <div id="attachment_102406" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="" data-id="102406"><img class="size-full wp-image-102406" src="" alt="Mitchell Gunsolus" width="150" height="220" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Mitchell Gunsolus</p></div> <p><strong>SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (24-24): W, 10-2, at Rome (Braves)</strong></p> <p>&#8212; The game was tied until the fifth inning, when Greenville slugger Mitchell Gunsolus clubbed a two-run home run to put the Drive up for good. It was the third baseman’s sixth homer of the season. He finished the blowout with 1-for-2 with two runs, two RBIs, and three walks.</p> <p>Gunsolus, 23, is batting .289/.406/.482 for the Drive in his second year in the minors. He has four RBIs in his last four games and his OBP (.406) is third best on the team.</p> <p>&#8212; Another impressive outing came from designated hitter Jayce Ray, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a run, 2 RBIs, and a walk. Assigned to the Drive on May 20, the 26-year-old is hitting .333/.379/.407 in just seven games with the team.</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 30 May 2016 14:17:06 +0000 2229671 at Monday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Steven Wright vs. Tyler Wilson <!--paging_filter--><p>The Red Sox will open a four-game series at Baltimore when they send Steven Wright to the mound Monday afternoon. The Orioles will counter with Tyler Wilson in what will be a battle for first place in the American League East.</p> <p>Wright comes into Monday’s game with a 4-4 record to go along with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. The knuckleballer’s ERA is fifth best in the American League, and he is <a href="" target="_blank">coming off his fourth win of the season</a>. He allowed two earned runs and seven hits and struck out seven in seven innings on Wednesday against the Rockies.</p> <p><iframe src=";topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>&#8220;There was violence to the knuckleball,&#8221; <a href="" target="_blank">Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game.</a> &#8220;Hot night and [no wind]. Ball is going to have a lot of violence to it, but when he needed to he was able to get back in the strike zone, and that&#8217;s a very good fastball-hitting team and he was able to disrupt timing.&#8221;</p> <p>Wright, 31, has faced the Orioles just twice in his career. He’s yet to earn a decision with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. His last appearance against the team came last season, when he pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run and one walk and striking out two.</p> <p><span id="more-103994"></span></p> <p>Wilson takes the mound Monday carrying a 2-3 record with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The right-hander has lost three of his last four starts, with his most recent performance coming Wednesday in a <a href="" target="_blank">4-3 loss to the Astros</a>. The 26-year-old went six innings, allowing three earned runs and six hits, two of them home runs. He also struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.</p> <p><iframe src=";topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>Monday’s game will be the second time Wilson faces the Red Sox and his first start vs. the team. The Virginia product tossed three innings of relief last season in his lone appearance against Boston, allowing just two hits and striking out two.</p> <p><strong>Red Sox vs. Wilson (RHP)</strong></p> <p>Travis Shaw is 1-for-2.</p> <p>Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-1.</p> <p>Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-1 with a strikeout.</p> <p>Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-1 with a strikeout.</p> <p>Mookie Betts is 0-for-1.</p> <p>Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-1.</p> <p>Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-1.</p> <p>David Ortiz is 0-for-1.</p> <p>Chris Young is 0-for-1.</p> <p><strong>Orioles vs. Wright (RHP)</strong></p> <p>Ryan Flaherty is 0-for-3 with a strikeout.</p> <p>Adam Jones is 0-for-2 with a walk.</p> <p>J.J. Hardy is 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts.</p> <p>Matt Wieters is 0-for-1 with an RBI and a strikeout.</p> <p>Jonathan Schoop is 0-for-1 with a walk.</p> <p>Christian Walker is 0-for-1 with a strikeout.</p> <p>Chris Davis is 0-for-1.</p> <p>Manny Machado is 0-for-1.</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 30 May 2016 12:54:50 +0000 2229461 at Monday’s Morning Mashup: Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido rescued after kidnapping <!--paging_filter--><p>Welcome to Monday&#8217;s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="" target="_blank"> home page</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">click here for the top stories from our news wire</a>.</p> <p><strong>MONDAY&#8217;S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:</strong><br /> MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)<br /> MLB: White Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> MLB: Twins at Athletics, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)<br /> NBA playoffs: Thunder at Warriors, 9 p.m. (TNT)<br /> Stanley Cup Final: Sharks at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)<br /> Lacrosse: NCAA championship, North Carolina vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)<br /> Tennis: French Open, 11 a.m. (NBC)</p> <p><strong>AROUND THE WEB:</strong></p> <div id="attachment_38419" style="width: 385px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="" data-id="38419"><img class="size-full wp-image-38419" src="" alt="Alan Pulido is safe after being rescued following his kidnapping. (David Banks/USA Today Sports)" width="375" height="379" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Alan Pulido is safe after being rescued following his kidnapping. (David Banks/USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p>&#8212; Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido made an appearance before the media Sunday night, hours after being <a href="" target="_blank">rescued by government forces from kidnappers</a> in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in the troubled state of Tamaulipas.</p> <p>The 25-year-old striker, a member of Mexico&#8217;s 2014 World Cup team who plays professionally for Olympiakos, held a press conference outside a hospital, wearing a bandage on his right hand.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m very well, thanks to God,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Pulido reportedly had been kidnapped after leaving a party late Saturday night, as masked men surrounded his car and took him away while his girlfriend was left unharmed. State and federal forces launched an aggressive response and retrieved Pulido on Sunday, with one suspect arrested.</p> <p>Tamaulipas, which borders the southernmost part of Texas, has one of the world&#8217;s highest kidnapping rates, with hundreds &#8212; possibly thousands &#8212; held for ransom each year.</p> <p>Pulido formerly played for the Mexican club Tigres. He left in 2014 to play in Europe, but he has been locked in a dispute with Tigres about his contract. He was left off Mexico&#8217;s Copa America team due to the legal issues.</p> <p>&#8212; While police continue to investigate <a href="" target="_blank">the shooting death of Pelicans rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones</a>, his agent said it was a case of &#8220;wrong place, wrong time.&#8221;</p> <p>Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend in Dallas and went for a walk early Saturday morning. When he returned, he went to the wrong apartment, agent Scott W. Nichols said. Dejean-Jones kicked down the front door, then started kicking at the bedroom door. The resident, inside the bedroom, took out a handgun and shot Dejean-Jones, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.</p> <p><span id="more-38418"></span></p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s shocking this happened,&#8221; Nichols said. &#8220;Wrong place, wrong time, I think.&#8221;</p> <p>Dejean-Jones signed with Pelicans last summer after going undrafted out of Iowa State. He started 11 of 14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds before breaking his right wrist. His agent said the player had nearly completed his physical rehabilitation and was ready to being shooting again next week.</p> <p>&#8220;We are devastated at the loss of this young man&#8217;s life,&#8221; the Pelicans said in a statement.</p> <p><strong>ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below):</strong> On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?</p> <p><strong>QUOTE OF THE DAY:</strong> &#8220;He understands how I&#8217;ve felt about the whole situation. I don&#8217;t think anybody would be human as a baseball player if they didn&#8217;t take it as a slap in the face or as &#8216;You&#8217;ve got to get better.&#8217; That&#8217;s sort of how I took it, and he understood that.&#8221; <em>&#8212; Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, after picking up the win in relief in <a href=";final=true" target="_blank">Sunday&#8217;s 5-3, 11-inning victory over the Blue Jays</a> following his removal from the rotation</em></p> <p><strong>STAT OF THE DAY: 1 &#8212;</strong> Hit for the Yankees in <a href=";g=360529130" target="_blank">Sunday&#8217;s 2-1 victory over the Rays</a>, as Starlin Castro hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning</p> <p><strong>&#8216;NET RESULTS:</strong> Likely NBA No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons <a href="" target="_blank">mixes in a soccer move with his basketball training</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich is hurt after <a href="" target="_blank">taking a foul ball off his head</a> while sitting in the Miami dugout.</p> <p><iframe src=";topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p><strong>TRIVIA ANSWER:</strong> Mo Vaughn</p> <p><strong>SOOTHING SOUNDS:</strong> Marie Fredriksson, <a href="" target="_blank">lead singer of Roxette</a>, was born on this day in 1958.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Cee Lo Green was born on this day in 1974.</p> Blog general Other Mon, 30 May 2016 12:17:11 +0000 2229456 at Clay Buchholz after picking up win in relief: ‘I’m glad I could contribute today’ <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90918" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90918" src="" alt="Clay Buchholz" width="150" height="216" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Clay Buchholz</p></div> <p>On Sunday, Clay Buchholz did something he hadn&#8217;t been able to do in about three weeks &#8212; earn a win.</p> <p>After being demoted to the bullpen at the end of last week, Buchholz made his first appearance out of the bullpen in the 10th inning against the Blue Jays.</p> <p>The right-hander allowed a hit and struck out a batter in the bottom of the 10th and then after the Red Sox scored two runs in the 11th, he was pulled and Koji Uehara picked up the save giving Buchholz his third win of the year and the Red Sox a 5-3 win to avoid a weekend sweep in Toronto.</p> <p>It was Buchholz&#8217;s first relief appearance since 2008.</p> <p>&#8220;It definitely felt a little different,&#8221; he told reporters. &#8220;That&#8217;s the position I&#8217;m in. I&#8217;ve got to help the team any way I can. It&#8217;s just like when you&#8217;re starting, but you don&#8217;t know when you&#8217;re pitching out of the bullpen, so it&#8217;s a little different. That&#8217;s part of it, part of the adjustment I&#8217;m going to have to make for the time being. I&#8217;m glad I could contribute today.&#8221;</p> <p>Manager John Farrell acknowledged Buchholz would have gone out for the 11th inning if the game remained tied. After the game, Buchholz addressed being moved to the bullpen for the first time.</p> <p>&#8220;I needed a breather from everything,&#8221; he said. &#8220;It&#8217;s part of the game. Pitching is pitching. Out of the bullpen, you just don&#8217;t know when you&#8217;re pitching, and that&#8217;s the biggest thing I&#8217;m going to have to adjust to. It&#8217;s a good team win today. These guys are swinging the bat really good. It&#8217;s fun to go extra innings and win and not get swept, especially here in the division. It&#8217;s a good team win.&#8221;</p> <p>Added Buchholz: &#8220;[Farrell] understands how I&#8217;ve felt about the whole situation. I don&#8217;t think anybody would be human as a baseball player if they didn&#8217;t take it as a slap in the face or you&#8217;ve got to get better, and that&#8217;s how I took it. He understood that. I had to come in in a situation, extra-inning ballgame on the road, and it&#8217;s a different situation for me to be in, and I think that&#8217;s why he did that, to show me that he saw the work going into it, an awkward situation, but able to get through it.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-103988"></span>If the weekend series in Toronto showed the team anything, it&#8217;s they need some help in the bullpen after it blew a four-run lead Saturday and another lead on Sunday. The team is still searching for a pitcher to replace Carson Smith &#8212; and while Buchholz certainly isn&#8217;t ready for that yet &#8212; if he can get some momentum going, he could potentially be a huge asset.</p> <p>&#8220;He handled it very well,&#8221; Farrell said. &#8220;First time I think he’s pitched out of the ‘pen in a number of years. He had a good cutter, a good fastball, sank the ball. With the exception of the curveball to Barney that stays in the middle of the plate, he was sharp. For all that he’s been through, he’s got his back against the wall in a situation like that, executed very well.”</p> Blog red sox Other Mon, 30 May 2016 00:26:10 +0000 2228346 at Closing Time: Clay Buchholz picks up win in relief as Red Sox beat Blue Jays in extra innings <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_103985" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-medium wp-image-103985" src="" alt="Clay Buchholz suffered the loss in his first appearance out of the bullpen. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)" width="400" height="222" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Clay Buchholz earned the win in his first appearance out of the bullpen. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p>It wasn&#8217;t easy, but the Red Sox came away with the win.</p> <p>With the game tied at three in the 11th inning, Dustin Pedroia hit a ground-rule double scoring Blake Swihart who walked to open the frame and that was followed by a RBI ground out from Xander Bogaerts as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 in 11 innings.</p> <p>Clay Buchholz picked up the win in his first appearance since 2008. The right-hander threw a scoreless 10th inning and Koji Uehara earned the save with a scoreless 11th.</p> <p>Buchholz and Uehara were able to save the Red Sox bullpen, which blew a lead earlier in the game.</p> <p>With the Red Sox leading 3-2 in the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion laced a solo home run to tie the game at three off reliever Heath Hembree. This spoiled David Price&#8217;s start as he gave the Red Sox the start they needed coming in losers of three straight.</p> <p>Making his first start in Toronto against his former team, Price was solid. The left-hander went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. The three strikeouts were tied for the fewest in a game this season. His only mistake came in the fifth inning when he allowed a two-run home run to Bautista.</p> <p>With Bautista coming up with one out and the tying run at second base in the seventh inning, Price was removed from the game in favor Hembree. Hembree was able to strike Bautista out and then retire Josh Donaldson to get out of the jam.</p> <p>The Red Sox were held hitless until the sixth inning against Jays starter R.A. Dickey, but once they got their first hit they made it count.</p> <p>Betts started the inning with a triple and that was followed by two straight singles by Pedroia and Bogaerts to make it a 2-1 game and set up runners on first and second. Travis Shaw walked and then Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch to tie the game and end Dickey&#8217;s day.</p> <p>Relief pitcher Chad Girodo entered and walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. The Sox could&#8217;ve had more, but Josh Rutledge popped up and Christian Vazquez flew out to end the inning.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-101900" src="" alt="Closing Time note" width="600" height="23" /></p> <p>With the win, the Red Sox continue their streak of not losing four straight games this season.</p> <p>Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox&#8217; win:</p> <p><span id="more-103983"></span><strong>WHAT WENT RIGHT</strong></p> <p>&#8212; Price seems to have turned a corner. In his last four starts he has gone 27 1/3 innings and allowed just eight earned runs. Over that time he has lowered his ERA from 6.75 to 5.11.</p> <p>&#8212; Bogaerts&#8217; single in the sixth extended his hit streak to 22 games. It is MLB&#8217;s longest-active streak and the second-longest streak overall in the majors this season with the longest being Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game streak that came to an end late last week. Overall, Bogaerts has now hit safely in 34 out of his last 36 games.</p> <p>&#8212; Dustin Pedroia&#8217;s RBI single in the sixth inning extended his hit streak against the Blue Jays to 23 games, which is tied for the third-longest all-time.</p> <p>&#8212; Blake Swihart made a nice diving catch in left field during the second inning. He appears to be getting more and more comfortable by the day in the outfield. Prior to the game, manager John Farrell hinted he could be the full-time left fielder even when Brock Holt returns if he can begin to hit.</p> <p><strong>WHAT WENT WRONG</strong></p> <p>&#8212; It was the second straight day the Red Sox bullpen couldn&#8217;t hold a lead and it&#8217;s become quite clear the team needs some help, especially with Carson Smith being done for the season.</p> <p>&#8212; The Red Sox could have added a run in the seventh inning, but Swihart took too big of a turn around third base and was caught in between third and home for the final out of the inning. The Red Sox would have had first and third with two outs for Ramirez.</p> <p>&#8212; Getting into the lineup when David Ortiz was scratched, Rutledge went 0-for-4 with a key strikeout in the sixth inning when the Red Sox could have broken the game open.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-101958" src="" alt="SwensonGranite_RSPoftheW" width="600" height="74" /></a></p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 29 May 2016 21:25:16 +0000 2228001 at Full Court Press: Celtics look for their next big thing, Klay Thompson goes off <!--paging_filter--><p><div id="attachment_76273" style="width: 360px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-76273" src="" alt="May 28, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) scores over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the fourth quarter in game six of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports" width="350" height="582" srcset=" 768w, 655w" sizes="(max-width: 350px) 100vw, 350px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) scores over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the fourth quarter in Game 6 Saturday night. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)</p></div> </p><p>Maybe what the Celtics should really be looking for is the next Klay Thompson in the June 23 draft.</p> <p>For all the talk about <a href="" target="_blank">who to take with the third pick</a> or if they should trade for Jahlil Okafor or <a href="" target="_blank">Nerlens Noel,</a> the Celtics could use a long scorer like Thompson, the somewhat overshadowed other half of the Splash Brothers. For anyone who missed Saturday night&#8217;s epic 41-point effort from Thompson, they missed one of the greatest performances in an elimination game.</p> <p>Thompson led one of the most dramatic comebacks in the fourth quarter. He made an NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers in 18 attempts and powered the Warriors to a 33-18 fourth quarter that turned an eight-point deficit into a stunning 108-101 Warriors win in Game 6 that sent the Western finals back to Oakland for Game 7 Monday night.</p> <p>Thompson was the 11th overall pick of the Warriors in the 2011 draft, behind Brandon Knight (8th), Kemba Walker (9th) and Jimmer Fredette (10th). Thompson has been playoff MVP of the Warriors quest to finish off their historic season. He&#8217;s been averaging 26.5 points in the postseason, including 31.0 points in the five-game win over Portland, a series they were without the injured Steph Curry for the first three games.</p> <p>There are a number of shooters like Thompson in the draft, including Jamaal Murray, who would be available at No. 3, and possibly No. 16. <a href="" target="_blank"> has the Celtics taking Buddy Hield</a>, the shooting guard and Wooden Player of the Year in college basketball. Hield doesn&#8217;t have the height of Thompson, who is 6-foot-7, but he is considered one of the most mature players ready to contribute right away in the pros.</p> <p> also has the Celtics taking Cheick Diallo, the big man out of Kansas. Those mocks, of course, don&#8217;t take into consideration potential trades.</p> <p><strong>Trippin</strong>: Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge left for Israel Friday to watch the highly-touted prospect and potential No. 3 draft pick play, along with another European star in Ante Zizic.</p> <p>The Celtics have three first-round picks at Nos. 3, 16 and 23.</p> <p><span id="more-76272"></span>Both Ainge and son Austin, the team’s director of player personnel left for Israel on Friday to watch Bender in two practices Saturday and Sunday. There will be no game action.</p> <p>18-year-old Bender plays for one of the top teams in Israel (Maccabi Tel Aviv). This season, he’s been had his playing time limited to coming off the bench, averaging just 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds on the season. But Danny Ainge has longed for a player with his height (7-foot-1) and shooting ability. He is still underweight for the NBA but many scouts feel he has a great upside that make him worthy of a top-5 pick.</p> <p>Austin Ainge has made several trips to Europe in the past two seasons and acknowledged that last week but indicated that pre-draft rules prohibited him from talking about Bender until the early-entrant deadline, which passed on Wednesday.</p> <p><strong>Flashback</strong>: Saturday night in Oklahoma City was a throwback for all Celtics fans old enough to remember the old school days of the early Larry Bird 1980s.</p> <p>The Warriors will attempt to become the tenth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in NBA playoff history and the first to do it in the conference finals since the 1981 Bird-led Celtics did it to the Sixers. That year, the Celtics used the series to catapult their way to the first of three NBA titles during the Bird run in the 80s. Bird&#8217;s Celtics won Game 5 at the Garden and then trailed the Sixers in Game 6 at the Spectrum, like the Warriors did Saturday night.</p> <p>The Sixers led 31-18 after the first quarter and 73-70 after three. Then the Celtics outscored the Sixers, 30-25, in the fourth to force Game 7. In one of the most thrilling Game 7s ever played, the Sixers led 75-71, heading into the final quarter. Then, the Celtics held the Sixers scoreless in the final minute. The Celtics trailed 89-82 with four minutes left and scored the next nine points, holding on for a 91-90 win when Bobby Jones threw the inbounds pass off the backboard.</p> <p>Saturday night, the Thunder were on the verge of eliminating the 73-win Warriors and sending them home and putting an ignominious end to their historic season. Oklahoma City led 96-89 with 5:09 left. They led 101-99 with 2:22 left. They did not score again as Thompson completed his night for the ages, with some help from MVP Steph Curry. Will they be able to finish the deal Monday night in Oakland. Will Oracle rock like the Garden did that afternoon of May 3, 1981? Stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Memorial Day</strong> is a day for remembrance. That took on additional meaning around the NBA this weekend with the news of the shooting death of New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones. The promising 23-year-old guard died early Saturday morning in Dallas. Police said Dejean-Jones was shot and that the homicide unit is conducting an investigation. But there is a sad, ironic twist to the story. &#8220;An individual who believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment,&#8221; Joshua Pool, a manager at the Camden Belmont located northeast of downtown Dallas, wrote in an email <a href="" target="_blank">obtained by USA TODAY Sports</a>. &#8220;After breaking in, the intruder was shot and later taken via ambulance to a local hospital. Fortunately, no residents were injured.&#8221;</p> <p>Dejean-Jones was breaking into his own apartment after the intruder broke into the wrong apartment. Dejean-Jones kicked open the front door and entered his own apartment, according to a statement released on the Dallas police website. The resident said he heard Dejean-Jones enter and retrieved a handgun and shot Dejean-Jones.</p> Blog celtics Other Sun, 29 May 2016 20:00:27 +0000 2227891 at Xander Bogaerts extends hit streak to 22 games <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90971" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90971" src="" alt="Xander Bogaerts" width="150" height="219" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Xander Bogaerts</p></div> <p>The streak is now at 22.</p> <p>Xander Bogaerts was able to extend his hit streak to 22 games with a one-out single to left field in the sixth inning against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday.</p> <p>It came on the 11th pitch of the at-bat as Bogaerts fouled off a number of pitches to keep the at-bat alive.</p> <p>At 22 games, it is the second-longest streak in the majors with the longest being Jackie Bradley Jr.&#8217;s 29-game streak that came to an end late last week.</p> <p>Overall, Bogaerts has now hit safely in 34 out of his last 36 games.</p> <p>For more Red Sox news, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 29 May 2016 19:04:08 +0000 2227786 at David Ortiz scratched from Sunday’s series finale with Blue Jays <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90930" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90930" src="" alt="David Ortiz" width="150" height="224" /><p class="wp-caption-text">David Ortiz</p></div> <p>About half hour prior to Sunday&#8217;s series finale against the Blue Jays, David Ortiz was scratched from the Red Sox lineup.</p> <p>No reason was immediately given.</p> <p>Ortiz was hit by a pitch in Saturday&#8217;s 10-9 loss, so it&#8217;s possible he is still feeling the effects of that. The designated hitter finished the game 2-for-5 and appeared to hit the game-winning home run in the ninth inning before the Blue Jays won it in the bottom half.</p> <p>In 44 games this season, Ortiz is batting .339 with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.</p> <p>Here is the updated Red Sox lineup against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as Hanley Ramirez will DH, Travis Shaw will play first base and Josh Rutledge will play third base.</p> <p>Mookie Betts, RF<br /> Dustin Pedroia, 2B<br /> Xander Bogaerts, SS<br /> Travis Shaw, 1B<br /> Hanley Ramirez, DH<br /> Jackie Bradley Jr.<br /> Josh Rutledge, 3B<br /> Christian Vazquez, C<br /> Blake Swihart, LF<br /> David Price, LHP</p> <p>For more Red Sox news, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 29 May 2016 16:51:31 +0000 2227576 at Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart back in left field, Christian Vazquez catching David Price <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_90932" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-90932" src="" alt="Blake Swihart" width="150" height="219" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Blake Swihart</p></div> <p>It is a standard Red Sox lineup for Sunday&#8217;s series finale with the Blue Jays as the visitors look to snap a three-game losing streak overall and avoid a series sweep.</p> <p>Blake Swihart will be back in left field after Chris Young got the start on Saturday, which was a tough 10-9 walk-off loss.</p> <p>Christian Vazquez will catch Red Sox starter David Price as the Red Sox lineup will go up against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.</p> <p>Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:</p> <p>Mookie Betts, RF<br /> Dustin Pedroia, 2B<br /> Xander Bogaerts, SS<br /> David Ortiz, DH<br /> Hanley Ramirez, 1B<br /> Jackie Bradley Jr., CF<br /> Travis Shaw, 3B<br /> Christian Vazquez, C<br /> Blake Swihart, LF<br /> David Price, LHP</p> <p>For an extensive look at the matchups, <a href="">click here</a>.</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 29 May 2016 13:58:23 +0000 2227251 at Malcolm Butler reportedly pushing for contract adjustment prior to start of 2016 season <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_94885" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="" data-id="94885"><img class="size-full wp-image-94885" src="" alt="Malcolm Butler" width="150" height="210" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Malcolm Butler</p></div> <p>Maybe there was something to Malcolm Butler not being present at Thursday&#8217;s OTA for the Patriots.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">ESPN&#8217;s Mike Reiss</a>, Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an adjustment to his contract prior to the 2016 season. Staying away from OTAs limits his injury risk and also could send a message to the organization.</p> <p>Reiss does note the cornerback was at the team&#8217;s &#8220;Fantasy Camp&#8221; with high-paying sponsors last Wednesday at Gillette Stadium and a local high school playing basketball with teammates a few weeks ago, so he is in the area.</p> <p>Butler is scheduled to make $600,00 this season as he was an undrafted free agent in 2014. He will be a restricted free agent after this season.</p> <p>For more Patriots news, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Blog patriots Other Sun, 29 May 2016 13:20:06 +0000 2227141 at Sunday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: David Price vs. R.A. Dickey <!--paging_filter--><p>Looking to avoid a three-game sweep in Toronto, the Red Sox will send out former Blue Jay David Price to square off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.</p> <p>Price comes in with a 7-1 record, 5.34 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He leads the league with 76 strikeouts and an average of 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings. After a disappointing first month with the Red Sox, the left-hander is coming off three straight quality starts (all wins). His last outing was last Tuesday against the Rockies, when <a href="" target="_blank">he pitched seven innings</a> and allowed three runs on five hits and a a walk with six strikeouts, and the Boston offense provided him with plenty of support in an 8-3 win.</p> <p><iframe src=";topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>&#8220;To go out there, knowing you don&#8217;t have to be perfect, it&#8217;s huge,&#8221; <a href=";home=02&amp;vis=27&amp;final=true" target="_blank">Price said afterward</a>. &#8220;At some point, we&#8217;re going to struggle offensively. That&#8217;s when the pitchers are going to have to come together.&#8221;</p> <p>In 22 career starts against Toronto, Price is 17-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He has more wins against the Jays than any other team he’s faced. Price last faced Toronto on April 16 and gave up two runs on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings as Boston grabbed a 4-2 win.</p> <p><span id="more-103970"></span></p> <p>Dickey (2-6, 4.60 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) also has bounced back from a slow start with a strong May. He’s allowed just 11 earned runs in five May games, although he surrendered four earned runs in each of his last two starts, including last Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to the Yankees. In that game, Dickey <a href="" target="_blank">went 6 2/3 innings</a>, allowing five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.</p> <p><iframe src=";topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>Despite Dickey’s improvement, the Jays have not fared well with the veteran knuckleballer on the mound, losing eight of his 10 starts this year.</p> <p>In 24 career games against the Red Sox (18 starts), Dickey is 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He has already faced Boston twice this season &#8212; consecutive starts in mid-April &#8212; going 0-2 with 7.45 ERA and 2.06 WHIP.</p> <p><strong>Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP)</strong></p> <p>Dustin Pedroia (50 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.280 OBP/.375 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts</p> <p>David Ortiz (41): .278/.366/.611, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBIs, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts</p> <p>Hanley Ramirez (37): .278/.297/.500, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts</p> <p>Xander Bogaerts (35): .364/.400/.576, 4 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts</p> <p>Mookie Betts (30): .310/.333/.483, 1 double, 2 triples, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts</p> <p>Jackie Bradley Jr. (25): .130/.200/.261, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts</p> <p>Chris Young is 1-for-13 with 1 double and 5 strikeouts.</p> <p>Travis Shaw (12): .400/.500/.900, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts</p> <p>Christian Vazquez is 3-for-10 with 1 double and 2 strikeouts.</p> <p>Ryan Hannigan (9): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts</p> <p>Blake Swihart (6): .250/.333/.250, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout</p> <p><strong>Blue Jays vs. Price (LHP)</strong></p> <p>Jose Bautista (61 plate appearances): .346 AVG/.426 OBP/.712 SLG, 4 doubles, 5 HR, 12 RBIs, 7 walks, 11 strikeouts</p> <p>Edwin Encarnacion (47): .238/.298/.476, 1 double, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts</p> <p>Russell Martin (29): .200/.310/.200, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts</p> <p>Josh Donaldson (12): .333/.333/.667, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 strikeouts</p> <p>Justin Smoak (7): .143/.143/.143, 2 strikeouts</p> <p>Kevin Pillar (6): .167/.167/.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts</p> <p>Ryan Goins is 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts.</p> <p>Josh Thole is 1-for-4 with 1 strikeout.</p> <p>Darwin Barney is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.</p> <p>Michael Saunders is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout.</p> <p>Devon Travis is 2-for-3.</p> <p>Ezequiel Carrera is 1-for-2 with 1 strikeout.</p> <p>Jimmy Paredes is 1-for-2 with 1 strikeout.</p> Blog red sox Other Sun, 29 May 2016 13:07:41 +0000 2227131 at Closing Time: Red Sox bullpen falls apart, handing Blue Jays walk-off win <!--paging_filter--><p><iframe src=';topic_id=8877962&#038;width=400&#038;height=224&#038;property=mlb' width='400' height='224' frameborder='0'>Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>It was not the birthday Craig Kimbrel was hoping for.</p> <p>On the day he turned 28 years old, the closer fell apart in the ninth inning Saturday, allowing the Blue Jays to come back with two runs with two outs to claim a 10-9 win over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre.</p> <p>Kimbrel had gotten the first two outs in the ninth after David Ortiz&#8217;s ninth-inning home run gave the visitors a one-run lead. But a single from Justin Smoak, stolen base by pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera, an advancement to third on catcher Christian Vazquez&#8217;s throwing error put things in doubt.</p> <p>Russell Martin would tie things up on a two-strike double, leading to Devon Travis&#8217; grounder down the third base line. Travis Shaw managed to reach the ball and get off a throw, but first baseman Hanley Ramirez wasn&#8217;t able to handle what appeared to be a slight short hop, allowing for the walk-off Blue Jays win.</p> <p>Kimbrel, who had pitched just once over the previous week, totaled a season-high 39 pitches.</p> <p>Before the bottom of the ninth, it appeared as though Ortiz had provided all the heroics the Red Sox needed with his 40th career Rogers Centre home run. But the designated hitter&#8217;s solo shot wouldn&#8217;t prove enough to prevent the Sox from losing their third straight.</p> <p><iframe src=';topic_id=8878860&#038;width=400&#038;height=224&#038;property=mlb' width='400' height='224' frameborder='0'>Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>Kimbrel&#8217;s issues were just part of the bullpen&#8217;s problems.</p> <p>It didn&#8217;t appear as though the Red Sox would need any sort of drama entering the eighth inning. But, mostly due to the continued struggles of Junichi Tazawa in Toronto, the Sox allowed the hosts to tie things up with four runs.</p> <p>The combination of Tommy Layne and Tazawa were charged with the four runs, although it was Kimbrel who gave up the game-tying run on Jose Bautista&#8217;s two-out single.</p> <p>Kimbrel, who came on with one out and the potential tying run at third base, almost escaped with the lead, striking out Kevin Pillar. But Bautista&#8217;s single necessitated Ortiz&#8217;s homer.<br /> <a href=";home=14&#038;vis=02">For a complete box score, click here.</a></p> <p><img src="" alt="Closing Time note" width="600" height="23" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-101900" /></p> <p>The loss hands the Red Sox their third three-game losing streak of the season, still not having lost as many as four in a row.</p> <p><strong>WHAT WENT WRONG</strong></p> <p>&#8211; Tazawa, who had pitched a pair of scoreless innings in his only two outings at Rogers Centre this season, reverted to his struggles North of the Border. The reliever now has a career 6.75 ERA in 13 appearances at Rogers Centre.</p> <p>&#8211; Christian Vazquez had a rough time behind the plate in the ninth inning, first with the throwing error on Carrera&#8217;s stolen base, and then allowing Martin to reach third after not being able to find Kimbrel&#8217;s pitch in the dirt.</p> <p><strong>WHAT WENT RIGHT</strong></p> <p>&#8211; Rick Porcello pitched well enough to get a win, which was taken away from him thanks to the Blue Jays&#8217; four-run eighth inning. The righty allowed four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five while throwing 106 pitches.</p> <p>&#8211; Of note was the Red Sox ability to start turning the tide when it came to putting up runs on on the road. Coming into the game, the Red Sox had far and away the best OPS (.883) at home of any team in the majors, but 104 points lower on the road.</p> <p>Highlighting the Red Sox attack was once again Xander Bogaerts, who extended his hitting streak to 21 games with some panache. The shortstop managed three hits, including a fourth-inning solo home run, to boost his average to .353. Bogaerts would also score three runs.</p> <p>Two of the other Red Sox&#8217; offensive standouts were Travis Shaw and Hanley Ramirez. Shaw blasted his seventh homer of the season for a two-run homer in the sixth. Ramirez accounted for three RBI with a pair of singles.</p> <p>&#8211; Dustin Pedroia and Vazquez also had two hits apiece, with Pedroia doubling in Vazquez during the Red Sox&#8217; four-run fourth inning.</p> <p>&#8211; The Red Sox now have given Toronto stater Marcus Stroman two of his worst outings of his season. After the righty allowed six runs over five innings in his first meeting with the Sox, Stroman allowed seven runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.</p> <p><img src="" alt="SwensonGranite_RSPoftheW" width="600" height="74" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-101958" /></p> Blog red sox Other Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:17 +0000 2225501 at Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz back in against Marcus Stroman <!--paging_filter--><p><div id="attachment_92230" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img src="" alt="Marcus Stroman" width="150" height="239" class="size-full wp-image-92230" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Marcus Stroman</p></div>With Toronto ace Marcus Stroman on the mound for the Blue Jays Saturday, David Ortiz returns to the Red Sox lineup after getting the series opener off.</p> <p>Stroman struggled in his previous outing against the Red Sox this season, allowing five runs over 5 1/3 innings. He is, however, coming off his best start of the year, giving up just one run over 7 2/3 innings against the Twins.</p> <p>Another change in the Sox lineup will be Chris Young getting the start in left field. Young is hitting just .161 against righties this season (5-for-34), while totaling a .370 average vs. left-handers.</p> <p>Here is the Red Sox lineup with Rick Porcello on the mound for the visitors:</p> <p>Mookie Betts RF<br /> Dustin Pedroia 2B<br /> Xander Bogaerts SS<br /> David Ortiz DH<br /> Hanley Ramirez 1B<br /> Jackie Bradley CF<br /> Travis Shaw 3B<br /> Chris Young LF<br /> Christian Vazquez C</p> <p><a href="">For all the matchups, click here.</a></p> Blog red sox Other Sat, 28 May 2016 14:47:56 +0000 2224931 at Reminder that Clay Buchholz might still be of some importance to these Red Sox <!--paging_filter--><p><div id="attachment_95482" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img src="" alt="Clay Buchholz still potentially has come value for the Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)" width="400" height="284" class="size-medium wp-image-95482" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Clay Buchholz still potentially has come value for the Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)</p></div>Friday was the day we officially learned Clay Buchholz would be headed to the bullpen.</p> <p>It was also the day we were reminded why this might not be the last we hear of the pitcher.</p> <p>While Buchholz&#8217;s move to life as a reliever was inevitable &#8212; having the second-worst ERA of any major league starter &#8212; there are very real scenarios for the Red Sox where he presence will be called upon to save the day somewhere down the line.</p> <p>This reality bubbled up during the Red Sox&#8217; 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays.</p> <p>Joe Kelly gives up five runs over 4 2/3 innings, and Koji Uehara allows the Blue Jays to break a 5-5 tie in the eighth with Josh Donaldson&#8217;s two-run homer. Starting. Relieving. While most everybody got what they wanted when it came to juggling the roster pieces, this team is far from secure.</p> <p>If something does happen to one of the Red Sox starters, either because of injury or performance, there isn&#8217;t much proven reliability sitting behind them. </p> <p>Perhaps the best option, right now, is Roenis Elias, who has turned things around in his last two starts with Triple-A Pawtucket. In his last two outings, the lefty has allowed a combined three earned runs in 15 innings, striking out 21 and walking just two.</p> <p>William Cuevas has been the PawSox&#8217;s most consistent starter, with the 25-year-old managing a 3.14 ERA while allowing more than three earned runs just once this season. This after managing a 2.63 ERA in his seven starts with Pawtucket last season.</p> <p>Still, relying on either when it counts for any extended period of time will be a tough call considering there is always the chance for a healthy Buchholz to find of his runs.</p> <p>But perhaps the more intriguing potential holes resides in that eighth inning the Red Sox struggled through Friday night. </p> <p>Uehara seems to still be a reliable late-inning option. But we can&#8217;t ignore that he has now allowed at least one hit in eight of his last nine outings, totaling a 5.19 ERA and .901 OPS against in May. Also of note, the 41-year-old has already thrown 305 pitches, 80 more than at this time last year</p> <p>The Carson Smith injury was more damaging than many are realizing, with the righty have been slotted in as the one to take some of the pressure off of Uehara.</p> <p>It would be a pretty big leap to suggest Buchholz would emerge into the next Wade Davis and start locking down high-leverage relief innings, particularly considering he has served as a reliever for two games throughout his entire career. But, at the same time, stranger things have happened.</p> <p>Perhaps the more realistic scenario is Buchholz filling in the innings left behind if the Red Sox choose to start leaning more on Matt Barnes. Barnes has started to show enough production, and velocity, to suggest that will emerge as an option.</p> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Blog red sox Other Sat, 28 May 2016 14:32:11 +0000 2224871 at Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Jose Almonte tosses 6-inning no-hitter with Greenville <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.</p> <div id="attachment_94233" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-94233 size-full" src="" alt="William Cuevas" width="150" height="228" /><p class="wp-caption-text">William Cuevas</p></div> <p><strong>TRIPLE-A PATWUCKET RED SOX (23-25): L, 4-2, at Indianapolis (Indians)<br /> </strong></p> <p>&#8212; The PawSox allowed three unanswered runs in the late innings to allow Indianapolis to come away with a one-run win. Starter Williams Cuevas took the loss, although he didn&#8217;t pitch all that bad. The right-hander went five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out six.</p> <p>&#8212; Anthony Varvaro had a solid outing in relief as he tossed two scoreless innings allowing just one hit.</p> <p>&#8212; Bryce Brentz paced the offense in the loss as the left fielder went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He&#8217;s now hitting .304 with Pawtucket.</p> <p>&#8212; In the lead off spot, Rusney Castillo went 1-for-4 with a double. He&#8217;s batting .254 on the season.</p> <p>&#8212; The struggles continue for shortstop Deven Marrero as he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts to see his average dip to .188 on the year.</p> <p><span id="more-103944"></span></p> <div id="attachment_94399" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-94399 size-full" src="" alt="Teddy Stankiewicz" width="150" height="224" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Teddy Stankiewicz</p></div> <p><strong>DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (16-31): L, 3-2, vs. Hartford (Rockies) </strong></p> <p>&#8212; It was another tough-luck loss for starter Teddy Stankiewicz. The right-hander went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits while walking three and striking out three. His record now sits at 1-4, but has an ERA of 3.25.</p> <p>&#8212; Williams Jerez tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief of Stankiewicz. He has struggled a bit this season as his ERA sits at 4.05.</p> <p>&#8212; Nos. 1 and 2 hitters Henry Ramos and Sean Coyle paced the offense as they each went 2-for-4. Coyle ripped a double and scored a run in the loss.</p> <p>&#8212; Center fielder Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-4 with an RBI. In his short time with Portland he&#8217;s batting .172.</p> <p>&#8212; As a team, the Sea Dogs went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position as they couldn&#8217;t get the big hit when they needed in the loss.</p> <p><strong>HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (31-17): L, 6-1, at Lynchburg (Indians)<br /> </strong></p> <p>&#8212; Salem starter Trey Ball took the loss and didn&#8217;t have the best of lines as he allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out five over five innings. He wasn&#8217;t helped by the fact Salem made three errors. Ball is now 2-1 on the year with a 2.12 ERA.</p> <p>&#8212; At the plate, Salem managed just five hits as a team. Yoan Moncada went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .301 on the year, but he did make two out of the team&#8217;s three errors.</p> <p>&#8212; Mauricio Dubon went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. The shortstop is hitting .312 this season.</p> <p><strong>SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (23-24): W, 3-1, at Rome (Braves) </strong></p> <p><iframe src=";width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=milb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>&#8212; Starter Jose Almonte threw six no-hit innings to pick up the win. He walked two and struck out five, but was pulled after throwing 82 pitches. The 20-year-old was making his third start of the year and has allowed just four earned runs in 16 innings. He got a late start to the year because of a groin injury.</p> <p>&#8212; Rome got their first hit and run in the seventh inning off Greenville reliever Anyelo Leclerc.</p> <p>&#8212; Bobby Poyner earned his 10th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He has a minuscule 0.38 ERA this season.</p> <p>&#8212; Right fielder Tate Matheny paced the offense as he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the win. For the year he&#8217;s batting .287.</p> <p>&#8212; Lead off man Luis Alejandro Basabe also had a nice night offensively going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. The shortstop is now batting an even .300 this year.</p> Blog red sox Other Sat, 28 May 2016 13:25:26 +0000 2224766 at