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Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Goes deep Thursday
Betts went 2-for-3 with a walk, home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Betts reached base on three occasions, the fourth consecutive game in which he's reached base multiple times. The highlight came in the seventh inning when he took Derek Law deep for his 14th home run of the season. With his hot stretch since the All-Star break, Betts has improved his line to .284/.399/.480 across 451 plate appearances for the season.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Delivers again
Devers went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Devers made the most of his lone hit, as he took Thomas Pannone deep in the fifth inning for his 19th home run of the season. He continues to hit the ball very well, collecting at least one hit in six of seven contests since the All-Star break. He's also hit for plenty of power, recording three home runs and three doubles in that span. Devers is in the midst of a breakout campaign, slashing .325/.379/.563 across 410 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Fans 12 in dominant start
Sale (4-9) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out 12 across six scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Sale returned to form after a few bumpy outings, dominating the Blue Jays by generating 20 swinging strikes. Both the hits he allowed were singles, and he allowed only one runner to reach scoring position throughout the afternoon. While his 4.05 ERA is disappointing, his 172 strikeouts and 1.08 WHIP across 117.2 frames is a reminder of how dominant he can be. Sale will draw his next start Tuesday at Tampa Bay.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Nathan Eovaldi: Solid in first rehab outing
Eovaldi (elbow) issued one walk and struck out three batters across a scoreless inning for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Eovaldi looked sharp in what was his first game action since mid-April, firing 11 of his 19 pitches for strikes and touching 98 mph with his fastball, per Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. If the right-hander checks out OK in the coming days, he could be activated from the injured list during the team's upcoming series in Baltimore, which begins Friday. Eovaldi is expected to serve as Boston's closer once healthy.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Steve Pearce: Not close to returning
Manager Alex Cora suggested Pearce (back/knee) is not close to returning from the injured list, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Pearce is currently rehabbing at the team's spring training facilities in Fort Myers, Florida, though he is still limited to hitting off a tee. "Just rehabbing down there," Cora said. "Nothing even close to (being) back." Pearce was originally expected to miss another month after suffering a setback at the beginning of July, but given his lack of progress so far, it now sounds like the veteran first baseman will be sidelined for longer.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Squelches threat
Barnes walked a batter and struck out two over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.
Barnes inherited a couple of baserunners with one out in the seventh inning and immediately walked a batter before escaping the bases-loaded threat. He continues to be used primarily as a fireman, entering high-leverage situations in the seventh or eighth inning. He has not been called upon to save a game since blowing a save June 26. Red Sox manager Alex Cora is getting by with Brandon Workman as a temporary closer until Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) is ready to be activated.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brock Holt: Primary starter at second base
Holt went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.
Holt, who is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup, started at second base for the fifth time in the six games since the All-Star break. In the game he didn't start, the now-designated Eduardo Nunez played the keystone. Marco Hernandez is still around to play second, but for now it looks like Holt will the primary starter. That could change once Mitch Moreland (quadriceps) is ready to duty. When that happens, Michael Chavis is presumed to be the primary starter at second.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr.: Sitting against lefty
Bradley is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Manager Alex Cora will withhold two of the team's lefty-hitting regulars (Bradley and Brock Holt) from the lineup with southpaw Thomas Pannone toeing the rubber for Toronto in the series finale. With Bradley on the bench, Mookie Betts will cover center field while J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi fill the corner spots.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brock Holt: Heads to bench
Holt is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
With Toronto bringing a lefty (Thomas Pannone) to the hill for the series finale, Holt will bow out of the lineup after three consecutive starts. Michael Chavis will shift over to second base to replace Holt while Sam Travis enters the starting nine at first base.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Carries offense in win
Devers went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.
All three of his hits -- a solo shot in the third inning, a two-run double in the fourth and an RBI single in the eighth -- produced offense, with the last of the three delivering what ended up being the winning run. Devers is now slashing .326/.380/.558 with 18 homers and a career-high 70 RBI through 93 games in a breakout season for the 22-year-old.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brandon Workman: Escapes with fifth save
Workman gave up one run on one hit and two walks over 1.2 innings of relief to record his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. He struck out four.
After Toronto closed to 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning off Josh Taylor, Workman got the call and struck out Justin Smoak and Freddy Galvis to end the threat with runners on first and second. Boston tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame, and it proved to be crucial when Workman ran into trouble of his own in the ninth. The right-hander appears to be the closer du jour for the Red Sox, but his stint in the role is expected to end once Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) comes off the IL.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Wins fifth straight
Rodriguez (11-4) picked up the win Wednesday, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks over 6.1 innings while striking out four in a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays.
The southpaw has now won three straight starts and five straight decisions, with his last loss coming June 9. Rodriguez will take a 4.34 ERA and 120:37 K:BB through 116 innings into his next outing Monday, on the road against the Rays -- the last team to hand him a defeat.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Set to resume rehab
Moreland (quadriceps) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Moreland was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier in the month due to quadriceps tightness, but he's been cleared to resume minor-league action after taking a handful of days to rest and recover. Seeing as the veteran first baseman has been on the shelf for more than a month, he'll likely need to complete multiple rehab games before being cleared to return from the injured list. Michael Chavis should continue to serve as Boston's primary first baseman in the meantime.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Heath Hembree: Dismisses injury concerns
Hembree told manager Alex Cora that he feels fine physically, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Hembree has struggled since returning from an elbow injury prior to the All-Star break -- compiling a 10.80 ERA and 2.10 WHIP in five appearances (3.1 innings) while experiencing diminished velocity -- prompting concerns over the health of the right-hander. While Hembree insists he's fine and doesn't believe he'll need a return trip to the IL, the Red Sox figure to keep a close eye on the reliever moving forward.... See More ... See Less