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 Latest Boston Red Sox Player Notes:

Dec 18 2017 - Mitch Moreland
  1B Mitch Moreland agreed to terms on a two-year deal to return to the Red Sox, the team announced Monday. Moreland batted .246 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs while playing in a career-high 149 games last season. The 32-year-old also set personal bests in at-bats (508), runs scored (73), doubles (34) and walks (57) in his first season with the Red Sox. A Gold Glove winner in 2016, Moreland answered that with a .995 fielding percentage last season.


Dec 4 2017 - Tyler Thornburg
  RHP Tyler Thornburg and the Boston Red Sox agreed to terms on a one-year contract that avoided arbitration, the team announced Monday. Thornburg missed last season with a right shoulder impingement after the Red Sox acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers on Dec. 6. The 29-year-old posted a 14-9 mark with a 2.87 ERA in 144 career appearances with the Brewers from 2012-16.


Oct 25 2017 - Dustin Pedroia
  2B Dustin Pedroia underwent successful surgery on his left knee and will miss the start of the 2018 season, the Red Sox announced Wednesday. 'It is anticipated that Pedroia would return to games in approximately seven months," the Red Sox said in a press release. The 34-year-old Pedroia was on the disabled list twice after the All-Star break this season with what the Red Sox called inflammation. He had surgery on the left knee last offseason to repair a torn meniscus. Pedroia hit .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in being limited to 105 games in 2017 -- his 11th season with the Red Sox.


Oct 17 2017 - Eduardo Rodriguez
  LHP Eduardo Rodriguez underwent successful right knee surgery Tuesday and is expected to return to pitching in six months. The right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. Rodriguez, 24, posted a 6-7 record with a 4.19 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) last season, his third in the big leagues.


Oct 17 2017 - Hanley Ramirez
  1B/DH Hanley Ramirez underwent successful left shoulder surgery Tuesday and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Ramirez, 33, had a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. "Hi my people, went in for left shoulder surgery today, keep me in prayers. Coming back stronger in '18, love you all #RedSoxNation @RedSox," Ramirez wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday accompanied with a picture of himself in a hospital bed. Ramirez, a 13-year veteran and three-time All-Star, had a career-worst .242 batting average with 23 home runs and 62 RBIs this past season.


Oct 9 2017 - Mookie Betts
  RF Mookie Betts was announced as the Red Sox's nominee for the 2017 Hank Aaron Awards on Monday. The 2016 American League MVP runner-up batted .264 with 24 home runs and 102 RBIs this season. Betts went 1-for-4 against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS. Over four games this postseason, Betts hit .313 (5-for-16) with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and four strikeouts.


Oct 9 2017 - Andrew Benintendi
  -RF Andrew Benintendi launched a go-ahead, two-run home run in the fifth inning Monday against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS. Benintendi smoked a ball approximately 383 feet into the right-field seats for his second career postseason homer and first of the series. He became the seventh-youngest player to hit a go-ahead homer in an elimination game. Benintendi finished the game 2-for-4.


Oct 9 2017 - Chris Sale
  -LHP Chris Sale provided a valiant 4 2/3 innings of relief Monday against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS before ultimately taking the loss. Sale, who started Game 1, kept the Red Sox ahead in one-run game before giving up the tying home run to Alex Bregman in the eighth and later being charged with the winning run. "I was trying to get him out in front. It didn't work," Sale said of the changeup he threw to Bregman. Sale (0-2) allowed four hits and struck out six.


Oct 9 2017 - Rafael Devers
  3B Rafael Devers legged out an inside-the-park home run against the Astros to lead off the ninth inning of Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday. Devers drove a pitch from Astros closer Ken Giles off the wall in left-center and sped around the bases for his first career inside-the-parker. It was the 20-year-old's second career postseason homer after a two-run blast in Game 3. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk.


Oct 9 2017 - Rick Porcello
  RHP Rick Porcello was issued a quick hook in his Game 4 start in the ALDS against the Astros on Monday despite allowing only two runs on five hits over three innings. Porcello found his way into a bases-loaded jam in the second, but punched out Carlos Correa to end the threat. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four and walked six. Porcello allowed just the two runs in four innings, one in relief, during the postseason.


Oct 8 2017 - Rick Porcello
  RHP Rick Porcello will be tasked with trying to save the Red Sox's season in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday. Porcello is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in three career regular-season starts against Houston. He faced them in a relief role in Game 1 Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning. "It's always a different animal in the postseason, so it was good to get out there and get an inning of work," Porcello said. Carlos Beltran is batting .370 (10-for-27) with a home run and four RBIs for his career against Porcello.


Oct 8 2017 - David Price
  LHP David Price pitched four key scoreless innings of relief Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Price struck out four while keeping the game close in a one-run game that eventually resulted in a Red Sox blowout victory. "It feels good to put up zeroes in the playoffs," said Price, who has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with six strikeouts in two appearances this series. "... That's why I signed here."


Oct 8 2017 - Hanley Ramirez
  DH Hanley Ramirez recorded his first four-hit game in the postseason Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS, going 4-for-4 with three RBIs. It was Ramirez's first four-hit contest since May 14, 2015 and the 15th such game in Red Sox postseason history. He also tied his playoff career high in RBIs. "I think that's my job, find a way to come through in big situations," Ramirez said.


Oct 8 2017 - Rafael Devers
  3B Rafael Devers became the youngest Red Sox player ever (20 years, 349 days) to hit a home run in a postseason game and had three RBIs Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Devers' two-run homer in the third gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead and helped spark an eventual blowout victory. Devers, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk, is just the sixth player in major league history to homer in the postseason before turning 21. "He's an extremely talented kid, and I think we marvel at the fact that he's 20 years of age," manager John Farrell said.


Oct 8 2017 - Doug Fister
  RHP Doug Fister lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his start Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Fister was pulled after giving up three runs, marking the shortest postseason outing for a Red Sox starter since Bret Saberhagen (one inning) on Oct. 11, 1999. Fister allowed four hits, walked one and struck out one.


Oct 6 2017 - Drew Pomeranz
  LHP Drew Pomeranz lasted just two innings in his first career postseason start, allowing four runs on five hits and one walk with one strikeout. Pomeranz made a pair of relief appearances for the Red Sox last postseason in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. He was on the postseason roster for the Oakland Athletics in 2014 but did not appear in the Wild Card Game.


Oct 6 2017 - David Price
  LHP David Price made his first postseason relief appearance since Oct. 12, 2015 in Game 4 of the ALDS while with Toronto. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, which is tied for his longest relief appearance this season (Sept. 22 at Cincinnati). Price had not allowed a run in any of his six relief appearances this season.


Oct 6 2017 - Eduardo Nunez
  3B Eduardo Nunez was replaced on the ALDS roster following an aggravation of his right knee injury in Game 1. Nunez collapsed on the turf following his groundball out in the first inning in the opener and needed to be carried off the field. He will undergo an MRI when the club returns to Boston. Nunez was playing in just his second game since Sept. 9.


Oct 6 2017 - Chris Young
  DH Chris Young was added to the ALDS roster following approval by Major League Baseball. He replaced injured 3B Eduardo Nunez. Young, a Houston native, finished 1-for-2 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. In 68 career games in his hometown, Young is batting .317 (77-for-243) with 16 doubles and 39 runs scored. He improved his postseason OPS to 1.138 which ranks fifth in league history (minimum 50 plate appearances) behind Lou Gehrig (1.214), Babe Ruth (1.214), Kyle Schwarber (1.178) and Troy Glaus (1.154).


Oct 5 2017 - Doug Fister
  RHP Doug Fister was named the starter for Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Fister went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA over 18 games (15 starts) with the Red Sox this season, but limited the Astros to three runs on five hits and one walk over 5 1/3 innings Sept. 29. He was 12-13 with a 4.64 ERA over 32 starts with the Astros last season.


Oct 5 2017 - Hanley Ramirez
  DH Hanley Ramirez finished 2-for-3 with a pair of hits off Astros RHP Justin Verlander after entering off the bench in the third inning. Ramirez became the second player in club history to record a multi-hit game in the postseason after entering as a substitution, joining RHP Charley Hall, who went 3-for-4 in Game 7 of the 1912 World Series against the New York Giants.


Oct 5 2017 - Chris Sale
  LHP Chris Sale suffered the loss in his first career postseason start, allowing seven runs and nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts over five innings. Sale allowed three home runs, two to Astros 2B Jose Altuve, marking the third time since the start of September that he surrendered at least three homers in a start. Sale did not allow more than two home runs in a start over the first five months of the regular season.


Oct 5 2017 - Eduardo Nunez
  DH Eduardo Nunez was lost with a right knee injury in the first inning of Thursday's Game 1 in the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park, pulling up lame after hitting a ground ball to Houston Astros 3B Alex Bregman. Nunez, who played in only one game since Sept. 9 while dealing with an injury to the same knee, failed to make it to first base and was carried off the field by a Red Sox trainer and Boston manager John Farrell. Nunez last played Sept. 25 against the Toronto Blue Jays, finishing 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored in a 6-4 loss while re-aggravated the injury. He will undergo an MRI and was taken off the ALDS roster.


Oct 2 2017 - Rafael Devers
  3B Rafael Devers had an RBI double in each of his last three games. He joins Tony Conigliaro, Dalton Jones and Ted Williams (twice) as the only Red Sox hitters since 1913 to double in three straight games before turning 21. He hit .284 for the season with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 14 doubles.


Oct 2 2017 - Xander Bogaerts
  SS Xander Bogaerts hit .324 with a .442 on-base percentage and 19 runs scored in his last 18 games of the season. He ended the season with a nine-game hitting streak and finished the season at .273 with 10 homers and 62 RBIs.