Apparently the Red Sox offense can’t be red-hot every night.
Coming into the game batting .316 as a team in the month of July, the Red Sox managed just four hits as a team in their 2-1 loss to the Twins Friday night at Fenway Park.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson was very effective as the Red Sox didn’t record a hit after the first inning against him, spanning 24 batters with a walk and an error mixed in. Gibson went eight innings allowing just one run on 96 pitches.
The Red Sox threatened in the ninth with the bases loaded with no outs against Brandon Kinzler, but David Ortiz hit into a double play and Hanley Ramirez left the tying and winning runs in scoring position.
“Loved our chances,” manager John Farrell said. “Loved the chance to tack on some runs in the first inning as well. Stage was set, golden opportunity. David rolled into a ground ball double play and then the line out to finish it. We had...
It doesn’t appear Mookie Betts’ knee injury is too serious.
The right fielder was removed from Friday’s 2-1 loss against the Twins with right knee soreness. Manager John Farrell said it was as a precaution and he’s day-to-day. There’s even the possibility he is back in the lineup as early as Saturday.
“He got a little soreness, a little stiffness as the game went on,” Farrell said. “Felt like he couldn’t run as normal. Precautionarily we got him off his feet. We’ll check him when he comes in tomorrow to see if he’s going to be available. Right now, day-to-day.”
It was thought perhaps Betts injured the knee on a play in the fourth inning when he threw out Brian Dozier at second base on a shallow single to right where he made the throw on the run, but Farrell said it wasn’t because of one particular play and he’s been dealing with something minor since the...
The biggest news as it relates to the Red Sox organization on Friday didn’t take place at Fenway Park, it took place in Double-A Portland.
Highly-touted prospect Andrew Benintendi will be making his first professional start in left field, shifting over from his natural position of center field.
Manager John Farrell was aware of the change.
“Aware of position changes, aware of the potential estimated timeline of arrival,” Farrell said. “Again, the player is going to determine when he is most ready. As we’ve seen with a number of guys, we haven’t been hesitant to move them around on the field, change positions. With Andrew going to left, we are looking down the road a little ways. When that day comes that he’s a left fielder here in Boston, remains to be seen, but the way he’s swung the bat, the way he’s advanced this year, you start to prepare for that eventual day.”
If you were expected Koji Uehara to return from the disabled list after the 15 days, think again.
Manager John Farrell said the reliever received a PRP injection on Friday, which suggests he will be out an extended period of time. Uehara was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a right pectoral strain.
“That is going to require a little bit of down time to recover from that,” Farrell said. “Still it doesn’t lend to a return date or really to put a ball back in his hand as of yet. That’s really the most update I can give you.”
While nothing is official, Sept. 1 seems like a good general target date for his return.
The Red Sox will get another reliever back Friday in Junichi Tazawa, who is returning from shoulder impingement. Farrell said there are no physical restrictions for him, but as they do with all relievers, the team will monitor his work load.
The Red Sox will look to keep on rolling Friday night against the Twins in the second game of a four-game weekend series.
It’s a standard lineup against a right-hander with Brock Holt in left field and Travis Shaw at third base as the Red Sox are facing the Twins’ Kyle Gibson.
Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, 1B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Travis Shaw, 3B Sandy Leon, C Brock Holt, LF Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
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