• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Red Sox consider best spot for P Matt Barnes in 2016

    The Red Sox are still discussing where pitcher Matt Barnes fits best into their plans for next season, the Boston Globe reports.Barnes is currently relieving for Boston, but was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft and developed as a starter. His performance out of the pen has been spotty, but much better lately as he claimed he's learning how to pitch at the major-league level. The Red Sox could use a power arm in the bullpen - Barnes throws a mid-90s heater - and he'd be an attractive candidate to compete for a relief job in 2016. But Boston also needs depth and talent in its rotation.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes finding success with first-pitch strikes

    Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, who has not allowed a run since returning to the Red Sox on Sept. 12, has been better in this stint in the majors because he's throwing first-pitch strikes, the Boston Globe reports. "I think the bottom line is Strike 1 with Matt Barnes," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "If he gets a strike on you, with that velocity and at that angle, it can be very challenging." Barnes has given up just one walk, while striking out six in seven innings since returning to Boston. Getting ahead in the count and limiting walks has been key for Barnes this time around. And so has keeping the ball in the park. Barnes, who had surrendered eight homers in 32 2/3 previous innings, has not given up a long ball since the September callup.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Red Sox add pitchers Aro, Barnes and Hill to roster

    The Red Sox promoted pitcher Jonathan Aro, Matt Barnes and Rich Hill from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. They will all be active for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox demote SP Matt Barnes, bring up RP Jonathan Aro

    The impending return of Rick Porcello to the rotation has motivated the Red Sox to option fellow starter Matt Barnes to Triple-A Pawtucket. Reliever Jonathan Aro will take the place of Barnes on the roster until Porcello is activated for a start Wednesday against the White Sox, per MLB.com. Barnes did not distinguish himself in two starts this week, losing both decisions and allowing 11 runs in 10 1/3 innings. He has given up eight homers in 23 appearances this season.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Red Sox rookie Matt Barnes endures another tough start Saturday

    Making just his second big-league start, Red Sox rookie pitcher Matt Barnes did not have a good outing against the Royals on Saturday. Barnes allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, en route to the 6-3 loss. Barnes (3-4, 6.89 ERA) allowed two runs in the top of the first inning, and then settled in a bit. But he struggled in the sixth inning, when he gave up three runs, including a two-run home run to Salvador Perez. Barnes has now given up 11 runs in 10 1/3 innings over his first two starts.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox's Matt Barnes may make another start for Steven Wright

    With Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright still dealing with concussion symptoms and unlikely to be available for his next start, the team may turn to pitcher Matt Barnes, reports MLB.com. "At this point, I think we haven't quite determined that," interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "We feel like Matt threw the ball well enough, and if Steven's not ready, I think that's a direction we would consider." Barnes allowed six runs over five innings during his lone start this season.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox SP Matt Barnes allows six runs in Monday's loss

    The fourth inning was not kind to Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes during Monday's 8-2 loss to the Indians. Barnes allowed five runs in the fourth inning en route to giving up six runs over five innings. He also struck out seven and walked three. He is now 3-3 with a 6.59 ERA. Monday was the first start of his Major League career. He replaced Steven Wright, who was placed on the 7-day concussion list on Friday.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Red Sox announce Matt Barnes will start Monday vs. Indians

    The Red Sox have indicated that they will turn to right-hander Matt Barnes to make the start on Monday against the Indians. Barnes has never started a Major League game in his career. He made 21 relief outings for the Red Sox earlier this season, going 3-2 with a 5.64 ERA. He was sent down to Triple-A in the middle of July. His last two appearances with Pawtucket have been starts. In those outings, he went 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA. Barnes will make the start in place of Steven Wright, who was placed on the 7-day concussion list on Friday. The Red Sox will have to make a roster move to add Barnes to the roster.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Red Sox RP Matt Barnes optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket

    The Red Sox optioned relief pitcher Matt Barnes to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, the team announced. Barnes (3-2) has a 5.64 ERA with 22 strikeouts and eight walks in 22 1/3 innings this season.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Red Sox call up Matt Barnes, option down Travis Shaw

    The Red Sox called up RHP Matt Barnes, the team announced on Saturday. Barnes is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 15 previous games with the Sox this season. He's 1-0, 4.42 in nine games at Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room on the roster, the Red Sox optioned infielder Travis Shaw to Triple-A. Shaw is 0 for 9 in six games with Boston.