3:24 AM EDT, Tue May 30, 2017
9 hours ago
Red Sox 4, White Sox 5: Red Sox blow David Price’s encouraging 2017 debut

Red Sox 4, White Sox 5: Red Sox blow David Price’s encouraging 2017 debut

That’s a bad loss with blame to go around. The leadup to this game was all about David Price’s return to the mound, so obviously that’s where we’re going to start. Most fans were apprehensive about the expensive lefty taking the mound today after his lackluster results in his two rehab appearances. It’s true that those games were little more than a late spring training for Price, but it was still hard to know what to expect — or to have high expectations — for him after seeing Triple-A hitters hit him hard in two consecutive games. As it turns out, Price was....fine in his...
12 hours ago
Dustin Pedroia leaves Monday’s game with a sprained wrist

Dustin Pedroia leaves Monday’s game with a sprained wrist

Pedroia is hurt. Dustin Pedroia has been dealing with a sore knee all season, an injury that was exacerbated by the now-infamous Manny Machado slide back in April. The knee seems to be holding up, but on Monday he suffered a wrist injury that caused him to leave the game. The official injury is a sprain of the left wrist. Sprained left wrist for Pedroia.— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) May 29, 2017 It was a weird set of circumstances to lead to the injury. In the first inning, Pedroia hit a groundball to Jose Abreu, the White Sox first baseman. Abreu took the ball to the bag himself but...
15 hours ago
Red Sox at White Sox lineup: Is this the biggest game of the year?

Red Sox at White Sox lineup: Is this the biggest game of the year?

David Price makes his 2017 debut, and how he fares could make all the difference for a World Series-or-bust team. The Red Sox (27-22) visit the South Side to play the Chicago White Sox (23-26) this afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field in what could be, in the big picture, their biggest game of the year so far (2:10 p.m., NESN). Big-ticket lefty David Price (a better-than-you-think 3.99 ERA in 2016) makes his first start of the season after being injured in Spring Training, and his performance — not just today, but during the rest of the year — could be the difference between a...
17 hours ago
Red Sox at White Sox series preview

Red Sox at White Sox series preview

A look at the upcoming three-game stint in Chicago SB Nation Blog South Side Sox The Opponent in one sentence The supposedly rebuilding White Sox got off to a surprising start before cooling off of late despite their run differential still being about the same as Boston’s. Record 23-26 Trend Up, very slightly. Lately, the White Sox have been a streaky team. They are coming off a four-game set against Detroit in which they took three out of four. Before that, however, they dropped three straight in Arizona after taking three of four in Seattle. And, just prior to that, they lost three in a...
18 hours ago
Red Sox option Brandon Workman to make room for David Price; Keep Blaine Boyer

Red Sox option Brandon Workman to make room for David Price; Keep Blaine Boyer

David Price is back David Price is coming back for Monday afternoon’s game in Chicago, hopefully giving the Red Sox a huge boost on the roster. With Brian Johnson having already been optioned for Blaine Boyer prior to Sunday’s game, a reliever would need to go down to make room for Price on the active roster. Brandon Workman, as it turns out, is that reliever. #RedSox optioned RHP Brandon Workman to AAA to make a roster spot for David Price.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 28, 2017 Workman had been up with the Red Sox for about a week but hadn’t appeared in a game since his...
19 hours ago
Red Sox Minor Lines: Henry Owens has a Henry Owens start

Red Sox Minor Lines: Henry Owens has a Henry Owens start

Owens does what he does, Devers goes deep. Pawtucket W 7-1 Rusney Castillo: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI Blake Swihart: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K Steve Selsky: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI Henry Owens: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 7 K After Brian Johnson impressed everyone with his spot start at Fenway on Saturday, Owens came out on Sunday and....had the typical Henry Owens outing. The lefty didn’t allow many runs and he struck out a ton of batters, but that damn control continues to be an issue. I keep talking myself into there being a chance he works it all out, but it sure is frustrating in the meantime. Portland...
20 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Brian Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brock Holt

Daily Red Sox Links: Brian Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brock Holt

Today’s links look back at Brian Johnson’s great start, the lineup’s ability to avoid strikeouts and an update on Brock Holt. Brian Johnson has had a long road to the majors, but he showed on Saturday why he’s continued to fight. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Strikeouts have continued to trend upwards around the league, but the Red Sox have somehow been immune to that trend. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Eduardo Rodriguez has taken a step forward this season. Chris Sale and David Price have been big reasons why. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) It’s going to be a little while until...
May 28, 2017
Red Sox 0, Mariners 5: A brutal day for the offense

Red Sox 0, Mariners 5: A brutal day for the offense

A rough day for the offense at Fenway What a frustrating day. Rick Porcello didn’t have his best stuff, but he was still able to hold Seattle to only the one run thanks to big pitches at the right time and a little bit of luck. Unfortunately, the Red Sox failed to come through when they had their many chances, and were shutout after finally showing some signs of life during this recent stretch. Let’s start with the offense, because their inability to get any runs across the plate was definitely the story for most of this game. It seemed like it should have been a good day for Boston’s...
May 28, 2017
Red Sox vs. Mariners lineup: Can Boston slay Seattle for a seventh straight win?

Red Sox vs. Mariners lineup: Can Boston slay Seattle for a seventh straight win?

Rick Porcello will face off against Seattle’s latest excuse for a starting pitcher. Sorry, M’s fans. It’s all love. The Red Sox (27-21) look to win their seventh straight game overall and earn a second straight series sweep when they face the listless Mariners (21-29) this afternoon at Fenway Park (1:35 p.m., NESN). Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (4.35 ERA) starts for Boston, while Seattle continues rolling out awful pitchers, today in the form of Christian Bergman (6.30 ERA). This will be Bregman’s 19th career start in his fourth season and first...
May 28, 2017
Red Sox Minor Lines: Rafael Devers is slumping

Red Sox Minor Lines: Rafael Devers is slumping

Rafael Devers is in a slump and Pablo Sandoval is working his way back. Pawtucket W 6-2 Pablo Sandoval: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 K Steve Selsky: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K Hector Velazquez: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K Jamie Callahan: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K Chandler Shepherd: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K It hasn’t been the most productive of rehab assignments for Sandoval, who is not hitting just .143/.217/.238 in Pawtucket. Despite that, the Red Sox are still considering bringing the third baseman back up to the majors soon. It’s just another reminder that performance isn’t always the...
May 27, 2017
Red Sox 6, Mariners 0: Brian Johnson goes the distance

Red Sox 6, Mariners 0: Brian Johnson goes the distance

Brian Johnson gets a CGSHO as the Sox win their sixth in a row. When you watch Brian Johnson pitch, I think it’s fair to say that you generally aren’t blown away by what you see. If the lefty really reaches back, he can hit 90 mph with his fastball. He also mixes in a good curveball, but not one that will “wow” you every time. There’s also a changeup here and there. No, if Johnson is going to succeed at the highest level, it will be because of his command. He needs to work on the edges of the strike zone or risk being crushed in each and every outing. On Saturday, he had his...
May 26, 2017
Red Sox vs. Mariners lineup: Pedroia sits, Benintendi bats second for E-Rod

Red Sox vs. Mariners lineup: Pedroia sits, Benintendi bats second for E-Rod

Yovani Gallardo, who is best known for giving up a lot runs, often, starts for Seattle. The Red Sox (25-21) look to win their fifth straight game when they host the disappointing Seattle Mariners (21-27) tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN). Apparently terrible baserunner Dustin Pedroia will sit out with a knee injury, with Josh Rutledge playing second base and batting sixth. As you learned from the headline, Andrew Benintendi moves up to second in the batting order and will play left field, with Jackie Bradley Jr. playing center and batting seventh. The increasingly wonderful...
May 26, 2017
Game of Thrones night, not winter, coming to Fenway Park this summer

Game of Thrones night, not winter, coming to Fenway Park this summer

The mad ace Pedro Martinez? If you’re like a lot of people these days you’ve marked July 16th on your calendar for the return of Game of Thrones. With just two seasons left fans are at a fever pitch wondering how the story will end. The Red Sox feel your pain. On July 18th, it’s time to visit Westeros Fenway. Courtesy of MLB/Boston Red Sox Game of Thrones night wouldn’t be complete without an opponent from a frozen wasteland: the Toronto Blue Jays! With their Canadian quirks selling milk in a bag and eating doughnuts (actually Tim Horton’s is just as awesome...
May 26, 2017
Introducing the Friday Fire Farrell Index

Introducing the Friday Fire Farrell Index

On a scale of 1-11, how likely is the Red Sox manager to keep his job this week? For about a month I’ve struggled with column ideas because it seems like they’ve all come back to analyzing the idea that Red Sox manager John Farrell should be fired, an idea that’s pervasive on Twitter, if not elsewhere (talk radio, most likely). It was only yesterday that I decided this should be the focus of the column, not just today, but every Friday throughout the remainder of the season. Without further ado, I present to you the first edition of the Friday Fire Farrell Index, a weekly look how...
May 26, 2017
Red Sox vs. Mariners Series Preview

Red Sox vs. Mariners Series Preview

Looking ahead to the weekend’s series against Seattle. SB Nation Blog Lookout Landing The opponent in one sentence The Mariners came into the season with relatively high expectations but have turned in one of the most disappointing starts to the year largely thanks to one of the worst pitching staffs in the league. Record 21-217 Trend Down. The Mariners did win their series finale against the Nationals on Thursday, but prior to that they were losers of five straight. They also only scored one run in each of those five games. As we saw in the series against the Rangers, trends aren’t...