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Red Sox's Chris Sale: Strikes out 10 in win
Sale improved to 3-7 on the season Saturday against the Orioles, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 in six innings.
Sale gave up an earned run for the first time this month, but the outing was overall a strong one. He's reached double digits in strikeouts in his last four starts and eight of his last nine. After an awful start to the season, he's managed to drag his ERA down to 3.49 while raising his strikeout rate to 35.7 percent. He'll get the chance to improve on those numbers Friday against the Blue Jays.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Advances to Triple-A
Hernandez was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez has thrown 5.1 innings at the major-league level but has never actually pitched in Triple-A. The 22-year-old owns an unimpressive 5.13 ERA for Double-A Portland in 40.1 innings. His poor 17.0 percent walk rate has so far outweighed his strong 31.4 percent strikeout rate.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Ryan Brasier: Expected back Monday
Brasier is expected to return from the bereavement list Monday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Brasier has been on the list since Tuesday. Players are allowed to spend between three and seven days on the list, so he appears to be tracking toward the back end of that timeframe.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Christian Vazquez: Sitting Saturday
Vazquez is not in Saturday's lineup against the Orioles, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
After a mini slump, Vazquez has seven hits in his last four games. Sandy Leon will start behind the dish, hitting ninth.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Nathan Eovaldi: May be out until second half
The Red Sox hope Brian Johnson will fill in for Eovaldi (elbow) though the All-Star break, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Eovaldi's rehab from arthroscopic elbow surgery has hit a couple of snags, and it sounds like the Red Sox are going to give him plenty of time to get ready. "Most likely he'll be the guy," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said about Johnson filling Eovaldi's spot. "Hopefully now all the way to the end of the All-Star break it's a regular schedule. We have our guys lined up every five days and it's going to benefit everybody, I believe." Cora hopes the left-handed Johnson stabilizes the rotation after multiple pitchers took Eovaldi's turn, including Ryan Weber, Hector Velazquez, Josh A. Smith and Darwinzon Hernandez.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brian Johnson: Expected to start Sunday
Johnson is expected to start Sunday against Baltimore and every fifth day beyond that until Nathan Eovaldi is ready to return from an elbow injury, Christoper Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Johnson was activated off the injured list Friday after his own ordeal with an elbow injury. The Red Sox hope he can stabilize Eovaldi's spot in the rotation after a string of starts that went to Ryan Weber, Hector Velazquez, Josh A. Smith and Darwinzon Hernandez. "Most likely he'll be the guy," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said about Johnson. "Hopefully now all the way to the end of the All-Star break it's a regular schedule. We have our guys lined up every five days and it's going to benefit everybody, I believe." The left-hander last pitched June 9 for Triple-A Pawtucket, throwing 62 pitches over four innings, so he's stretched out enough to potentially throw five innings Sunday. Eovaldi suffered a setback during his rehab but is set to resume throwing shortly, and it looks like the Red Sox will keep him on rehab through the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr.: Homers in second straight
Bradley went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 13-2 win over Baltimore.
Bradley, who homered for a second straight game and extended his hitting streak to five games, is emerging from a devastating (for fantasy owners) slump. His batting average climbed above the Mendoza Line this week after a 55-game stretch with an average below .200. As a player known for streaks with high peaks and low valleys, Bradley may be starting one of those hot streaks. He's slashing .344/.462/.750 with seven extra-base hits, nine RBI and six runs scored over the last 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brock Holt: Joins homer parade
Holt went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored against the Orioles on Friday.
Holt clubbed a home run in the second inning to give Boston an early 2-1 lead. By the end of the night, the Red Sox had left the yard five times as a team. Holt is slashing .288/.364/.407 with four extra-base hits and nine RBI over 19 games in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Goes deep twice
Martinez went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two walks in Friday's win over the Orioles.
Martinez slugged a two-run homer in the fourth inning and left the yard again in the fifth. The 31-year-old slugger has homered in back-to-back contests and now sits with 15 long balls over 62 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Chavis: Slugs 12th homer
Chavis went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Orioles.
Chavis put together an impressive day at the dish, driving home a run in the fourth inning on a single to left center, and then launching a two-run homer in the fifth to extend Boston's lead to nine. The 23-year-old continues to have a solid rookie campaign, and he's now slashing .253/.341/.478 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI over 50 contests.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Fires seven stellar innings
Rodriguez (7-4) surrendered one run on six hits and struck out four over seven innings Friday in a win over the Orioles.
Rodriguez gave up his lone run in the first inning on a solo homer, but he was able to buckle down and toss six consecutive scoreless frames to close out his night. The 26-year-old southpaw has struggled to find consistency through his first 14 starts of the 2019 campaign, though he'll attempt to piece together back-to-back solid outings in his next scheduled appearance, which lines up for Wednesday in Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Josh Taylor: Back in big leagues
Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Friday's game against the Orioles.
Taylor didn't fare well in his last outing with the Red Sox, allowing four runs on six hits over one inning of work, but he'll get another shot in the bullpen after Heath Hembree was sent to the 10-day injured list Friday with a right elbow strain.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brian Johnson: Activated off injured list
Johnson (elbow) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday as expected, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Johnson has been sidelined with elbow inflammation since early April and makes his return to the majors after a six-game minor-league rehab stint. It's not yet clear if the left-hander will be used as a starter or a reliever, though it's worth mentioning the Red Sox will require a fifth starter Sunday at Baltimore.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Nathan Eovaldi: To resume throwing shortly
Eovaldi (elbow) could resume throwing either Sunday or Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Eovaldi's last bullpen session was canceled after he experienced biceps tendinitis, but he's reportedly feeling better and is set to throw again within the next few days. How he feels during his upcoming throwing session will likely determine the next steps in his recovery process.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Sam Travis: Sent to Triple-A
Travis was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Travis hadn't started the last three games and was 2-for-17 since joining the Red Sox at the start of June. Pitcher Brian Johnson (elbow) was activated off the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Heath Hembree: Heads to IL
Hembree was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to a right elbow extensor strain, retroactive to Tuesday.
Hembree felt forearm tightness Thursday and was unable to pitch, so he'll require at least a brief stint on the shelf as a result. Boston is optimistic that he'll be able to return following the 10-day minimum, and he'll be eligible to return beginning June 21.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Day off Friday
Betts won't be in the lineup for Friday's game at Baltimore, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Betts started the last 35 games for the Red Sox but will receive the day off Friday after slashing .234/.371/.401 with five homers in that stretch. It's only the third time this season the 26-year-old will be out of the lineup.... See More ... See Less