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We are all lead to believe Alfredo Aceves has played his last game in a Red Sox uniform.
With the Oakland A’s coming to town this week after the Red Sox had an emotional weekend series with the Kansas City Royals, the Sox were looking for one more start out of Alfredo Aceves before turning it back to John Lackey hopefully this Sunday. It could not have gone worse. A rain shortened seven inning game which the Red Sox lost 13-0 with Aceves not getting out of the 4th inning. Aceves walked four, gave up eight runs, seven of them earned. Obviously this performance was something no team is looking for when it comes to starting pitching.
After the game Aceves seemed to have a grip on the situation wondering why his team wasn’t hitting. Can’t blame the weather Alfredo, Bartolo Colon pitched all seven innings and allowed no runs. Apparently Colon messed up the mound on Aceves and had it filled in the third inning. Comparing two performances is not hard to do when the weather is the same for both of them. Everyone saw the conditions, you would have had to pay me to go to that game.
Aceves known for his crazy personality has had multiple run ins already this year. In early spring training he was lobbing balls into hitters when pitchers were supposed to be giving it a full go. In the World Baseball Classic he was a part of the brawl between Team Mexico and Team Canada. Larry Walked was quoted as saying he, “saw Satan” in Aceves’ eyes. After the Classic, Aceves entered a game against the Rays and hit Sean Rodriguez with a pitch, almost causing another brawl. Entering the season Aceves started as the long man in the bullpen. John Lackey got hurt in his first start and Aceves stepped in to make three starts, never lasting more than five innings. Is he a starter? Is he a reliever?
Right now Aceves is a minor leaguer. After Wednesday’s 6-5 win over Oakland the Red Sox optioned him to Triple A Pawtucket. Aceves has 72 hours to report to Pawtucket. The likelihood of him reporting I really don’t know. Him taking this demotion well is not something I expect. The Red Sox are trying to get something for him by holding onto him instead of outright releasing him. He was not good in the clubhouse as we saw. Hopefully he doesn’t infect the Pawtucket clubhouse as well, having young players who are trying to reach the big leagues. The team is making an example of him, who not to be like. Manager John Farrell said the demotion is solely performance based, but I feel it is not. See how long he can stay down there and not flip a gasket, until you can trade him to a team in need of a reliever for some value.
After a spring training full of incidents I feel Aceves made the team only because of injuries to the bullpen with Craig Breslow and Franklin Morales down. Now that the team sent him to the minor leagues I believe Alfredo Aceves has played his last game in a Red Sox uniform. Alex Wilson has looked good in a few appearances and the team recently called up Daniel Bard from Double A Portland. With Bard passing Aceves on the depth chart that truly tells you something. Alfredo it was nice knowing you. He was one of the few players who looked to be trying in the horrible collapse of September 2011. This years Red Sox are different though, no nonsense, no clubhouse problems. It’s a Red Sox team I like to watch.
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The Red Sox made their second bold move in as many days on Wednesday, optioning struggling righty Alfredo Aceves to AAA Pawtucket following the team's 6-5 victory against the Oakland Athletics. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox will spend the next 72 hours trying to trade Aceves, who has posted an ugly 8.66 ERA in five games (three starts) so far this...
Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves, shelled for seven earned runs in less than four innings, blamed a small strike zone for his terrible outing.
The Red Sox have optioned right-hander Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Boston made the move following Wednesday's 6-5 victory over Oakland and one day after Aceves had a dismal outing in a 13-0 loss to the Athletics.
Aceves allowed eight runs, seven earned, and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. He walked four and committed a pair of balks before he was pulled.
The Boston Red Sox optioned pitcher Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A on Wednesday. Aceves had struggled after being moved into the Red Sox rotation for an injured John Lackey.
In 17 2/3 innings of work Aceves had a 8.66 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP. After his latest outing he claimed that the strike zone was too small.
With the demotion of Aceves the Red Sox promoted catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Lavarnway’s...
The Red Sox finally ran out of patience with Alfredo Aceves – at least for the time being.
The Red Sox announced that they have optioned Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket. The move comes just one day after Aceves struggled mightily against the Athletics while starting in place of the injured John Lackey.
Aceves’ somewhat controversial behavior has led to widespread speculation about...
The Oakland Athletics had their way with Alfredo Aceves and Boston Red Sox pitching in a 13-0 win at a raw, damp night at historic Fenway Park.
For more slices of Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, CSN New...
Of all the excuses…in all the universe…why?
Red Sox former relief pitcher turned starter was crushed in Tuesday’s game vs the Oakland A’s in which he gave up 7 earned runs and the Sox eventually lost 13-0.
Rain cut short the brutally one sided affair and afterwards Aceves offered up the following to explain his bad showing:
“It’s hard to explain to you guys,…You...
It looks as though the Alfredo Aceves era with the Boston Red Sox is coming to an end.
According to multiple media outlets and first reported by CSN New England, Aceves has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. He'll have 72 hours to report to PawSox.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that catcher Ryan Lavarnway will be called up to replace Aceves on the 25-man...
Alfredo Aceves pitched two strong innings, followed by one disastrous one.
Aceves' own mistakes and a few by his teammates piled up quickly as Oakland scored six runs in the third and went on to shut out the Red Sox 13-0 Tuesday night in a game shortened to seven innings because of rain.
''It's not like only one thing. It's couple things,'' Aceves said...
Alfredo Aceves has ruffled some feathers in the past, but his demotion to Triple-A Pawtucket has nothing to do with any behavioral issues, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Farrell said before Thursday’s game that Aceves’ demotion was “performance-based, solely.” Some may find that hard to believe, but the right-hander has certainly endured his fair share of struggles...
Allen Webster’s second big league start could come sooner than expected.
Alfredo Aceves was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after Wednesday’s game against the Athletics. That means the Red Sox will be turning elsewhere if John Lackey is unavailable to return for Sunday’s start against the Astros. Webster should make sure his phone is charged, as he’ll likely be the first one...
The Red Sox have resorted to having none other than The Spaceman, Bill Lee work with both Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves. The Red Sox have long had former soft-tosser and sports psychologist Bob Tewksbury on the payroll to work with players who may have mental or emotional issues, but hearing that the eccentric Lee is working with players in an official capacity is a bit surprising...
Alfredo Aceves of the Boston Red Sox did not have himself a good night on Tuesday. Aceves' Red Sox lost 13-0 to the A's in seven innings, and Aceves had a historically bad performance. He threw just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits, walking four, and striking out three. Aceves also balked twice, and committed a throwing error. No pitcher has...
This offseason the Red Sox went back to basics in terms of reemphasizing patience at the plate. While probably pharmaceutically aided, the Red Sox bats were undone by a wily veteran who pounded the strike zone.
Luckily most pitchers can't command their fastball like Bartolo Colon can in this second act of his career. Any pitcher with even average command of his fastball should...
No, the two parts of that headline are not related.
It was a rough night in Boston sports, as all three teams lost and looked bad doing it. The Celtics appear to be at the end of the line, (wait, are they really not better without Rajon Rondo????) the Bruins are disappointing, and Alfredo Aceves and the Red Sox bats both failed to show up last night. Let’s move on…