Making his first start since July 13, Franklin Morales helped lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the Twins in the teams' series finale at Fenway Park Sunday.
The win snaps the Red Sox' four-game losing streak and moves them to 54-55 on the season.
Morales allowed one run on three hits, striking out four and walking three ore six innings. The lefty threw 106 pitches (63 strikes). He has totaled a 3.06 ERA in six games as a starter (11 earned runs, 32 1/3 innings) this season.
Highlighting the Sox' offense was a two-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth inning. The first baseman's 11th homer of the season cleared the left field wall and scored Carl Crawford to give the Sox a 4-1 lead.
Crawford, who was celebrating his 31st birthday, kept his hot streak going, knocking out three more hits to raise his batting average to .284. The outfielder has now played in eight straight games, totaling a .343 batting average (11-for-32).
Making his first rehab appearance in his return from right thumb surgery, Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless inning for Double-A Portland Sunday.
Bailey threw 23 pitches (16 strikes) in his outing against the Erie SeaWolves at Hadlock Field in Portland, allowing three hits, striking out two while not walking a batter.
Another Red Sox pitcher making a rehab outing was Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is on the disabled list with an strain trapezius muscle.
Pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at McCoy Stadium, Matsuzaka gave up four runs (one earned) over three innings, striking out three and walking one while throwing 75 pitches (49 strikes).
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The Red Sox have acquired Twins third baseman Danny Valencia for minor league infielder Jeremias Pineda. Valencia has been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The 27-year-old Valencia has only played third base in his three-year major league career, is hitting .198 with two homers and a .522 OPS and two home runs. The right-handed batter was Minnesota's everyday third baseman in '11, finishing the season year hitting .246 with a .677 OPS and 15 home runs in 154 games.
"He struggled early. Last year he led our team in RBIs with 72, so the guy can play," said Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony. "He's been productive for us. But it's a situation where he's got off to a slow start, we sent him down to [Triple-A] Rochester. He's worked very hard to his credit. ... It's a situation where I think it's a fresh start for Danny to come over [to the Red Sox]."
The 21-year-old Pineda, a switch-hitting second baseman, was hitting...
FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent his condolences to Eagles coach Andy Reid, whose 29-year-old son Garrett was found dead this morning by an Eagles team official at their camp at Lehigh University.
"Very sad," Belichick said at his Sunday news conference. "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."
Belichick and Andy Reid are very close friends and the two longest tenured head coaches in the NFL. Authorities investigating the death have ruled out foul play and suicide.
After not starting Saturday due to a minor groin injury, Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup as the Red Sox finish off their four-game series with the Twins. Ellsbury will hit leadoff, with Ryan Kalish playing right field and hitting eighth.
The following is the Red Sox lineup against Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carl Crawford LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Ryan Kalish RF
Mike Aviles SS
Franklin Morales will get the start for the Red Sox. To look at all the matchups, click here.
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We check in with former Patriot, current NFL Network analyst Heath Evans for his complete analysis on the Patriots win over the Bengals, and the rest of the NFL.
We talk to special teams Captain Matthew Slater about the win over the Bengals and some of the extra-curricular activities that took place between plays.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick for his thoughts and analysis on beating the Bengals, and preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Listeners voice their displeasure with the NFL and Michael Lombardi called in to give his thoughts on Roger Goodell and Josh Brown.
Gerry, Kirk and Mut react to Mad Dog defending Josh Brown.
The guys praised Jerry Thornton's questions to Peter King and headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the MMQB's comments on Dale and Holley defending the NFL and Giants organization. They find fault with him and other NFL apologists in their rationale of making excuses for the league and the Giants as to why Josh Brown was only suspended one game.
The OMFers open the show talking about new revelations about Giants Kicker Josh Brown and his domestic violence case. They discuss the NFL's failure to uphold the standards that they had placed on themselves in policing domestic violence perpetrators.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio makes his weekly appearance on OMF to discuss the NFL and New York Giants mishandling of the Josh Brown situation.
We discuss the NFL and the Patriots with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the Pats prepare to head to Pittsburgh to take on the Stillers.
We discuss Josh Brown, domestic violence and the league that never learns from it's past mistakes, the NFL
We close out the show with the best clips of the day and LAROY!
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
Thomas returns from hiatus to join Conor in discussing the latest BC football disappointment. They review BC-Cuse and preview the rest of the season.
With Pete Davidson unavailable today, Jim Hackett brought in a special guest for today’s show. You know him as “Andy from Sales,” famous from his appearances as spokesman for New England Fat Loss. The loser of 75lbs has been a winner to date in the Entercom Boston Fantasy Football League, sporting a 6-0 record sitting in 1st Place. But Jim is concerned about the makeup of his team. At 6-0, there’s still plenty of work to do for Andy (picture here)… After Andy’s team diagnosis that includes some needed Waiver Wire adds and some trade options to seek, the show turns to Pete’s Starts & Sits article where Jim highlights some plays and values he likes for Week 7. The show closes with a little insight from Jim on the continued missteps of the NFL… Enjoy!
Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about what the Revs need to do to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference, what the future holds for Jay Heaps, and the front office philosophy.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.More from this show
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.More from this show
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with MMQB's Peter King for our weekly hit with him. The guys discuss Josh Brown, the Giants and the NFL, the Patriots, and also the Robert Klemko vs Bills fans situation.More from this show
Gerry, Kirk and Meter discussed the 3rd and final presidential debate in hour one of the Thursday show and have all concluded Hillary Clinton is going to be our next president.More from this show
Mut and Tom E. Curran talk about the NFL's response to the recent decline in ratings for the league. They talk about some of the issues that could be contributing, such as poor officiating and lack of rivalries.More from this show