September 21, 2017

MLB - Latest Red Sox Player Notes
09/21/2017 - Chris Sale  
LHP Chris Sale became the first AL pitcher with a 300-strikeout season since 1999. He fanned 13 in eight scoreless innings at Baltimore. Sale tied a career high with his 17th victory. He allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter. Sale joins Pedro Martinez as only the second pitcher in Red Sox history with 300 strikeouts. "I appreciate it. I don't want to downplay it or anything," Sale said. "We have still have a lot of work to do."

09/21/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
INF/OF Eduardo Nunez is still dealing with a sprained PCL in his right knee. The team hopes he might be available to pinch-hit against the Reds this weekend. "Today was another step forward in terms of BP on the field," manager John Farrell said. "More intensity and more repetition on ground-ball work. He did do some running, but not baserunning. While hitting and fielding portion has improved, we find that the running portion is going to take longer than we first anticipated." Nunez is batting .319 with eight homers and 27 RBIs over 37 games for Boston.

09/21/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
DH Hanley Ramirez, who had been bothered by left arm soreness, was back in the starting lineup for the first time in six games Wednesday against Baltimore. He went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and is batting .242.

09/21/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia, who left the Monday game in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his nose, was back in the starting lineup Wednesday. Pedroia snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a two-run double in the eighth. He entered as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning on Tuesday and grounded into a double play.

09/20/2017 - Drew Pomeranz  
LHP Drew Pomeranz continued his strong second-half in Tuesday's game. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out five with two walks. Pomeranz got some help from his defense, especially LF Andrew Benintendi (throwing runner out at home) and CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (leaping catch at fence) but kept the Red Sox right in the game, which is what they needed. "I felt like I had everything going tonight," he said. "I was throwing four pitches for strikes pretty much the whole night. I felt like I was making pitches all night."

09/20/2017 - Andrew Benintendi  
LF Andrew Benintendi keeps finding ways to hurt the Orioles in this series. He got the game-winning hit -- a two-run single -- in the 11th inning of Monday's 10-8 victory and then nailed 3B Manny Machado at home plate in the third inning of this game. Machado was trying to score on 2B Jonathan Schoop's single, but Benintendi easily threw him out at home. That was a crucial play in Boston's 1-0 11-inning victory. "He's improved in so many ways in all phases of the game. He's ... (really) gotten better," Boston manager John Farrell said.

09/20/2017 - Jackie Bradley Jr.  
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. flashed his spectacular defensive skills in this game. He made a running, leaping catch of a long drive from 1B Chris Davis to start the fifth, robbing him of a homer by getting his glove above the wall. Bradley later scored the game's only run in the 11th inning, racing home from third base when RHP Brad Brach threw a wild pitch. "It's all about anticipation," Bradley said about that play. "You have to almost envision it. If not, you're not going to be ready."

09/20/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia did not start Tuesday because of the nasal contusion he suffered in Monday's game. There was no more testing done to his nose, according to manager John Farrell, but the skipper said he could return to the starting lineup Wednesday. Pedro pinch hit in the 10th inning, however, in Tuesday's 1-0 victory. "He's sore, there's no question," Farrell said. "I would expect him to be back in the lineup tomorrow."

09/20/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
DH/1B Hanley Ramirez felt fine after pinch hitting Monday. He did not play Tuesday, and manager John Farrell hopes he'll be able to start against Baltimore left-hander Wade Miley in the series finale Wednesday.

09/18/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
DH/1B Hanley Ramirez (sore arm) will be back in the Baltimore series, manager John Farrell said before Monday's game. Ramirez has been bothered by a variety of issues in recent weeks. It's not likely he'll be at first base when he returns. He did pinch-hit in Monday's victory, going 0-for-1.

09/18/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia had to leave Monday's game in the fourth inning after fouling a ball that bounced off home plate and hit him around the nose. The Red Sox said later that the injury was a nasal contusion. "He's sore; he was bleeding pretty good and that got him flush, right square in the nose," manager John Farrell said. "We'll see where he's at tomorrow."

09/18/2017 - Xander Bogaerts  
SS Xander Bogaerts had been hot lately but slid into an 0-for-10 funk. He broke that in the seventh inning of Monday's game with a game-tying solo homer off LHP Donnie Hart. Bogaerts has scored at least one run in five of his last seven games and drew three walks in this contest.

09/18/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts (right thumb contusion) started Monday's game after coming out early from Sunday's loss in Tampa Bay due to that injury. X-rays were negative, and Betts returned to the lineup and went 2-for-6 with four RBIs in the 10-8 victory over Baltimore Monday, getting his 600th career hit in his 500th career game. In addition, Betts now has 999 career bases.

09/18/2017 - Andrew Benintendi  
LF Andrew Benintendi is making a habit of getting multi-hit games. He did it again Monday, going 2-for-6 with two RBIs, both of which came on a tie-breaking two-run single off RHP Miguel Castro in the top of the 11th. That gave the Red Sox a 10-8 victory over the Orioles. Benintendi now has a team-high 42 multi-hit games this year. "This is a big one," he said about the win. "Being down early and coming back. Obviously it's a good win but it's kind of a character win. Everybody contributed tonight."

09/18/2017 - Doug Fister  
RHP Doug Fister had been doing well before his last start, where he allowed six runs in four innings versus Oakland. Those troubles continued Monday against the Orioles, when he walked five and allowed five runs on four hits in two innings plus three batters but still escaped with a no-decision.

09/18/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia left in the fourth Monday due to a nasal contusion. He fouled a pitch off the plate, and it bounced into his nose. He stumbled away and went down to his knees, clutching the area around his nose. The Boston medical staff came to check him out, and Pedroia was able to walk off and left the game. He replaced by Brock Holt, who then doubled on the next pitch.

09/18/2017 - Eduardo Rodriguez  
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez gave up three runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings Sunday at Tampa Bay. It was the third consecutive outing in which Rodriguez gave up two or fewer earned runs. He struck out seven batters.

09/18/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price pitched for the first time since July 22, throwing two scoreless innings and striking out two in a relief appearance. "That was even more than I personally anticipated," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "From the power to the touch and feel. I'm amazed that someone who hasn't pitched in a game in nearly seven weeks can come out with that kind of command and throw three or four pitches for strikes. He is a unique pitcher, and that was really a strong two innings of work."

09/18/2017 - Jackie Bradley Jr.  
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. broke up a no-hitter with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning that traveled 439 feet. Both of his home runs against the Rays have come off of Jake Odorizzi. He has three homers and seven RBIs in his past 10 starts.

09/18/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia (knee inflammation) went 0-for-3 with a walk as the designated hitter Sunday. According to manager John Farrell, Pedroia will play second base Monday in Baltimore.

09/18/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts left the Sunday game in the fifth inning with a right thumb contusion. X-rays were negative, and he is day-to-day. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Betts jammed his thumb on two separate occasions Sunday.

09/17/2017 - Mookie Betts  
OF Mookie Betts had a hand in all three Boston runs, hitting a solo home run in the second and an RBI single in the sixth, scoring a moment later. Betts has 90 RBIs and is getting back into a rhythm at the plate just as the postseason is nearing for Boston.

09/17/2017 - Rick Porcello  
RHP Rick Porcello had his first appearance without an earned run since April, taking a shutout into the eighth and holding the Rays to five hits. He still has 17 losses on a first-place team, but is pitching more economically as the postseason nears.

09/17/2017 - Jackie Bradley Jr.  
OF Jackie Bradley went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts hitting out of the No. 9 hole in the lineup. He's hitting .256 on the season but has been displaced by more consistent bats at the top of the Red Sox lineup of late.

09/17/2017 - Craig Kimbrel  
RHP Craig Kimbrel was lights out with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 33rd save of the season. Kimbrel lowered his season ERA to 1.43 and has 17 scoreless appearances in his last 18 outings. He struck out two of the three batters he faced and has a strikeout rate of 51 percent, the highest in the majors this season.

09/16/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
INF Eduardo Nunez is close to returning from a knee injury, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Nunez sprained his PCL sliding into a base last week. Farrell says he could return during the team's road trip.

09/16/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
1B/DH Hanley Ramirez had an MRI on his left shoulder/biceps Friday and manager John Farrell said nothing conclusive came from the examination, but there were signs of inflammation in the biceps area. Ramirez is unlikely to play Saturday.

09/16/2017 - Mitch Moreland  
1B Mitch Moreland went 3-for-7 on Friday with two RBIs and three runs scored, including one of the seven the Red Sox scored in the 15th inning. Moreland raised his season average to .251

09/16/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts went 3-for-8 with a run scored Friday. Betts scored the go-ahead run in the 14th inning before Rays OF Kevin Kiermaier tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a home run. Betts is hitting .262 this season.

09/16/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
DH Dustin Pedroia has struggled since taking over for Hanley Ramirez at DH on Friday, going 0-for-9 with two strikeouts. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the DH spot will rotate while Ramirez is out with shoulder/bicep soreness.

09/16/2017 - Xander Bogaerts  
SS Xander Bogaerts bounced back from being hit on the tricep by a pitch in the first inning Friday and reached base five consecutive times in the game, going 4-for-7 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

09/16/2017 - Chris Sale  
LHP Chris Sale had his scoreless-innings streak against the Rays snapped at 15 on Friday night. He gave up four runs and six hits (two home runs) in 5 2/3 innings. Sale is 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA in nine starts since the beginning of August.

09/14/2017 - Chris Sale  
LHP Chris Sale opens the Red Sox's final road trip of the regular season, a nine-game journey that opens at Tampa Bay Friday night. Sale, 16-7 on the season, is 2-1 against the Rays and hasn't allowed a run to them in either of the last two starts. He pitched six shutout innings to beat the Rays in his last start and has 33 strikeouts in 21 innings against them.

09/14/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
DH Hanley Ramirez, who owns a .171 on-base percentage and has four RBIs in September, sat Thursday, resting his sore shoulders. His batting average had dropped from .264 to .238 in a month. He has batted .192 for the year with runners in scoring position and is 9-for-63 (.143) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

09/14/2017 - Christian Vazquez  
C Christian Vazquez, the leading American League hitter at home, drilled a solo homer to tie Thursday's game in the fifth inning, his seventh homer of the season. He went 1-for-4 and is hitting .372 at home, just .222 on the road. He has reached base in 18 straight home games with at least one plate appearance and is hitting .389 in his last 27 games.

09/14/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia, DHing Thursday to rest his sore knee, had the first of three straight Red Sox doubles that snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning Thursday. The double extended his hitting streak against the A's to 27 straight games (.421) and left him trailing only Jose Altuve (29) and David Segui (28). He went 7-for-11 in the series and moved to within one RBI of tying Mo Vaughn for 13th place on the Red Sox's all-time RBI list.

09/14/2017 - Andrew Benintendi  
LF Andrew Benintendi had three hits and three RBIs, including his third and fourth doubles in two games (a span of seven at-bats), on Thursday. He is 11-for-22 with eight RBIs during a five-game hitting streak. It was his team-high 15th game of at least three hits, and he leads major league rookies with 144 hits. He is second among AL rookies with 25 doubles. He also had two assists to go with an error in Thursday's win.

09/14/2017 - Drew Pomeranz  
LHP Drew Pomeranz joined staff mate Chris Sale in a four-way tie atop the American League wins list with his 16th Tuesday, when he worked six solid innings in defeating the Oakland A's. Pomeranz is 10-1 since June 16 and allowed five hits and one run, striking out five. Asked after the game where his lefty ranks among American League pitchers, manager John Farrell said, "You start to look at the numbers as they are and the things that we have to go by, and maybe sometimes people don't put a lot of weight in wins, losses and ERA but they're meaningful and he starts to put himself in a very small group around the American League. You look at the hits allowed, you look at the runs given up, the quality starts, the run of games he's been on for the better part of three months, or more, he's been maybe our most consistent starter in our rotation for the better part of those three or four months."

09/14/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price was activated from the 10-day disabled list and will be used out of the bullpen for the rest of this season, the Boston Red Sox announced Thursday. Price has been sidelined since July 28 with left elbow inflammation. The 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner began the season on the disabled list with a left elbow strain before returning on May 29. He posted a 5-3 mark with a 3.82 ERA in 11 starts before making another trek to the disabled list.

09/14/2017 - Drew Pomeranz  
LHP Drew Pomeranz, 15-5 with a 3.35 ERA overall, is 8-2 with a 3.24 at home as he gets set to face the A's in the finale of the three-game series at Fenway Park on Thursday. In his latest start, Pomeranz worked six strong innings for his 15th win, joining Chris Sale to give the club a pair of left-handed 15-game winners for the first time since 1953. He is 9-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts since June 16. Pomeranz was 5-0 in August and has gone 1-1 in September. He is likely the Red Sox's Game 2 starter in the postseason if things can be lined up correctly. He was 10-10 for the A's in 2014 and '15 and enters this game one game under .500 lifetime in his career at 40-41.

09/14/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) threw 45 pitches in a three-inning simulated game Wednesday, and he could return working out of the bullpen depending on how things fall. He said, "I don't know how many days we have left and how many games. Threw 40-some odd pitches today. Felt good. Felt strong at the end. So, it's not the decision I'll be making. I just want to pitch. Whatever it is, that's fine."

09/14/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts drove in his seventh run in the two games of the Oakland series and now has 18 RBIs in 18 career games against the A's. He has reached base in his past 16 home games and in 26 of his past 27 games overall.

09/14/2017 - Andrew Benintendi  
LF Andrew Benintendi stroked a pair of doubles and is 8-for-18 with four doubles in his past four games. He leads major league rookies with 141 hits. The last Red Sox player to lead all rookies in hits was Nomar Garciaparra, who had 209 in 1997.

09/14/2017 - Mitch Moreland  
1B Mitch Moreland, who came into the Wednesday game with home runs in three straight games against Oakland, just missed making it four in a row with a long double to center in the sixth inning. However, the Red Sox fell to 16-5 in the past 21 games in which Moreland has had at least one hit. The double was his 30th of the season, the first time he reached that mark. Nine of his 11 doubles since the All-Star break have come at Fenway Park.

09/14/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia had three hits for the second straight night, extending his hitting streak against the Oakland A's to 26 games. That's third only to Jose Altuve (29) and David Segui (28) among streak against the A's since the franchise moved to Oakland. The 26 is the longest by a Red Sox player in the last 100 years against the Athletics -- Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland. Pedroia is 11-for-21 on the homestand that ends Thursday.

09/14/2017 - Doug Fister  
RHP Doug Fister, who has gone from being an extra pitcher picked up on waivers into one who factors into the Red Sox's postseason plan, hit a bump in the road Wednesday. He allowed six runs in four innings in a loss to the A's. He came in 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in seven starts in place of David Price, 3-1 with a 1.50 over his past four outings. He had allowed runs only in the first inning of those four but gave up four in the first inning Wednesday and two more in the third. Asked after the game about Fister's first-inning troubles, manager John Farrell said, "His routine is he warms up earlier than most guys and then there's a little bit of a gap of time between the end of his warmups and the first pitch."

09/13/2017 - Kyle Martin  
RHP Kyle Martin was outrighted to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Martin was designated for assignment on Sept. 5. Martin is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two games this season for the Red Sox.

09/13/2017 - Doug Fister  
RHP Doug Fister, who has gone from being an extra arm into likely being part of the Red Sox' postseason rotation, faces the Oakland A's in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park Wednesday night. He is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in seven starts with David Price again disabled, 3-1 with a 1.50 in his last four. All runs in those four games have come in each first inning and batters are 6-for-83 (.072) against him after that point in the game. He is 8-7 with a 2.88 ERA lifetime against Oakland and comes into this start one game under .500 -- 82-83 -- in his career.

09/13/2017 - Xander Bogaerts  
SS Xander Bogaerts had three hits in Tuesday night's win over the A's. He is second in the American League with 48 three-hit games since 2015, including 31 since the start of last year (fourth in the league).

09/13/2017 - Christian Vazquez  
C Christian Vazquez, who came into Tuesday's game against the A'e as the American League's leading hitter at home (minimum 100 at-bats), went 2-for-4 and is batting .376 at home this season, including a .429 average in his last 17 home games. He has nine go-ahead RBIs this year, seven of them at Fenway.