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Red Sox's Robbie Ross: Takes loss Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross was the pitcher of record in Tuesday night's 9-8 loss to the Tigers. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out one in a two-inning, 40-pitch relief outing.

Ross initially performed well when called on in the fifth inning to replace struggling starter Steven Wright, but began to weaken as his pitch count rose, and Boston manager John Farrell tried to squeeze out one more batter. After retiring the first two batters in the seventh, Ross loaded the bases on a hit batsman, a single and a walk, and then walked in the winning run.

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Red Sox's Chris Young: Making "gradual" progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young (hamstring) has been hitting in the cage, but still isn't at the point where he can run a full sprint, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.

Boston manager John Farrell described Young's progress as "gradual" since he strained his right hamstring a little more than a month ago. Young will join the Red Sox on the team Thursday when it begins an 11-game road trip through Anaheim, Seattle and Los Angeles.

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Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Week away from rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swihart (ankle) has been increasing activity, but is still at least a week away from starting a rehabilitation assignment, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports. "When he first increased the intensity, there was some residual discomfort in just getting past some of the increased change in direction, straight-ahead speed," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "So while he's making progress, he's not ready to go out on a rehab assignment."

Swihart's on the 60-day disabled list and is eligible to be activated Aug. 4. If he can begin a rehab assignment next week, we're looking at a return by the second week of August. When he does return, the Red Sox plan to keep deploying him in left field.

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Red Sox's Joe Kelly: Incorporating the slider
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly had a one-pitch appearance Tuesday, retiring Detroit's Ian Kinsler on a slider in Boston's 9-8 loss, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.

Kelly is adjusting to life out of the bullpen and part of that adjustment is using all of the pitches available to him. When he was called up to Boston over the weekend, he told reporters his mindset is trying to strike everyone out as a reliever. On Monday, he relied heavily on the fastball, hitting 100 mph multiple times, but velocity didn't stop Detroit's Justin Upton from tripling and eventually scoring the winning run. "The same thing applies in this role as it did while he was starting," Boston manager John Farrell said. "His need to use the secondary pitches exists. That's going to always be a part of Joe's plan for success - that he can't rely just on velocity because as we've seen, the swing-and-miss rate is low despite upper-90s to 100 miles an hour." Going forward, Kelly said he'll need to rely on his slider more often in order to keep hitters off balance.

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Phillies' Peter Bourjos: X-ray on shoulder negative
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourjos had an X-ray on his shoulder Tuesday which came back negative, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Bourjos left Tuesday's game with a jammed right shoulder in the first inning after making a running catch and hitting his shoulder against the wall. He said he hopes to need just a few days off before he can return to the lineup. Bourjos may not come back to a full-time role as Aaron Altherr is expected to come off the DL Thursday and the Phillies will want to give him regular playing time over the remainder of the season.

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