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Top Masataka Yoshida News

  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Underwent jaw surgery last fall

    Yoshida revealed recently that he underwent surgery last fall on his jaw to correct temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

    It's an issue which Yoshida had for a few years and led to headaches and other discomfort. He now feels much better after the procedure. Yoshida noted that it affected him more with everyday tasks and not necessarily while he was playing baseball, but it can't hurt his outlook now that he's more comfortable. He's slated to be Boston's primary designated hitter this season.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Expected to be primary DH

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that he expects Yoshida to receive the majority of the at-bats at designated hitter, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    It's the direction things have been pointing after Yoshida struggled defensively in left field in his first year in Boston. Tyler O'Neill is slated to play left field for the Red Sox, while Wilyer Abreu looks like the early favorite to handle right field, at least against right-handed pitching. Yoshida slashed .289/.338/.445 with 15 home runs in 2023 but had just a .663 OPS after the All-Star break.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Absent from lineup

    Yoshida is not in the lineup for Friday's contest in Baltimore.

    This is the third time in a row Yoshida won't be in the lineup against a left-hander. Rob Refsnyder will patrol left field and Justin Turner will be the team's designated hitter.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Drives in two in loss

    Yoshida went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to Texas.

    Yoshida had gone nine straight games without an RBI before his two-run single in the third inning. The outfielder appears to be tiring under the grind of the MLB season. Yoshida is batting .196 (10-for-51) over 14 games in September and has a .640 OPS since the All-Star break.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: On bench again Monday

    Yoshida is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.

    Yoshida has not opened a game against a left-handed starter since Aug. 17, and with Boston facing a southpaw for the second time is as many games, Yoshida will work as a reserve for a second straight day.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Not in lineup Sunday

    Yoshida is out of the lineup Sunday versus the Blue Jays.

    Rob Refsnyder will patrol left field, and Justin Turner will serve as Boston's designated hitter in Sunday's series finale at Toronto. Yoshida went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the three-game weekend set.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Taking seat for first game

    Yoshida is not in the lineup for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.

    Wilyer Abreu will be in left field for the afternoon contest. Expect Yoshida back in the lineup for the second game of the double dip.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Sitting out night game

    Yoshida is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Yoshida heads to the bench after going 0-for-4 with a walk in the day game. Rob Refsnyder is getting the start in left field with lefty Carlos Rodon starting for New York.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Out of lineup Sunday

    Yoshida is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles.

    Wilyer Abreu, Ceddanne Rafaela and Alex Verdugo will start across the outfield as Justin Turner serves as Boston's designated hitter. This looks to be a routine day of rest for Yoshida, who went 3-for-6 with three singles and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to Baltimore.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Clobbers three-run homer

    Yoshida went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 7-3 victory over the Royals.

    Yoshida plated Justin Turner and Tristan Casas on a three-run shot in the fourth inning off Zack Greinke for the outfielder's 14th long ball of 2023. The outing broke Yoshida out of a mini-slump, entering Sunday's game 1-for-9 across his last three games. Through 120 appearances, Yoshida is slashing .296/.350/.462 and is striking out at a 12.3 percent clip.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Resting against lefty

    Yoshida is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    The lefty-hitting Yoshida will get some rest for the day game after a night game while the Astros bring a tough southpaw (Framber Valdez) to the hill. With Yoshida on the bench, the Red Sox will roll out a starting outfield of Rob Refsnyder, Adam Duvall and Alex Verdugo from left to right.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Coming off bench Sunday

    Yoshida is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.

    Though the lefty-hitting Yoshida will be on the bench for the second straight game while the Dodgers open the game with left-hander Caleb Ferguson on the mound, the rookie outfielder could make an early appearance off the bench. Right-hander Gavin Stone is expected to take over once Ferguson exits the contest, at which point Yoshida could be called upon to replace Justin Turner at designated hitter or Adam Duvall in left field.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Not in Saturday's lineup

    Yoshida will not start Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Yoshida has had a near-everyday role for most of the season, but his off day here against Julio Urias means he's now sat against two of the last three southpaws the Red Sox have faced. Yoshida hasn't shown any splits whatsoever in his first MLB season, posting an identical 115 wRC+ against both lefties and righties, but given that he's slumped to a .206/.219/.284 line over his last 26 games, it makes sense that Boston would want to give him a few more days off, with those off days likely to come against same-sided pitching. Rob Refsnyder starts in left field.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Takes seat Wednesday

    Yoshida is absent from the lineup Wednesday at Houston.

    Justin Turner will occupy the designated-hitter role for the visiting Red Sox and Wilyer Abreu will start in left field. Yoshida appears to be getting a scheduled day off after going 1-for-5 with a single in Tuesday's loss to the Astros. He boasts a .295/.349/.459 batting line with 13 home runs, 61 RBI, eight stolen bases and 61 runs scored through his first 111 major-league games.

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  • Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Homers, drives in four

    Yoshida went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in Friday's 8-3 win over the Yankees.

    Yoshida put an exclamation point on the Red Sox' four-run first inning, finding the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium when he ripped a three-run blast off Jhony Brito. He plated another run in the second with an RBI single. Yoshida was on the bench for back-to-back games earlier this week as he battled through an August slump, but he's now tallied two straight multi-hit efforts, and his four RBI on Friday more than doubled his total for the month.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-8, 192 lbs
Birthplace: Fukui, Japan
Age: 30
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, R