Found April 26, 2013 on
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
The Houston Astros were welcomed for the first time to Fenway Park as an American League team, and the Red Sox did not give them a warm welcome.
The Red Sox stuck early once again, and a win tomorrow will give them their sixth series win out of eight. Here are the four bases:
First Base: There may still be lingering questions about Clay Buchholz, but those questions have diminished. That’s partly thanks to a 9.3 K/9 ratio in 37 innings, 2.7 better than his career average (6.8). He now has an even 3.0 K/BB ratio, a career high, as well. His five wins now lead the majors, and his 1.19 ERA ranks third.
Second Base: There do not seem to be any sea-legs with David Ortiz after his ankle injury, at least not yet. Ortiz, with his 3-for-4 night, is now 11-for-20 since returning to the big club. He also hit his first home run since returning, a good sign that his power is coming back. With Mike Napoli leading the league in RBI, the 4-5 punch of Ortiz and Napoli will be one to turn on the television for.
Third Base: With Shane Victorino day-to-day with lower back pain, Daniel Nava once again slid into the number two spot in the lineup, which is a perfect spot for him. It is not really because of his .310 average, but his .425 on-base percentage. With Dustin Pedroia making contact 81 percent of the time behind him, the number two slot is perfect for Nava to score a lot of runs from.
Home Plate: Mike Carp has not gotten a lot of playing time, but he’s taking advantage of the atbats he gets. Going 2-for-4 tonight with a double and two RBI, his average is still a flat .500. He’s made 15 of his 17 plate appearances against right handed pitchers, so his average should stay high as long as he’s hitting against them.
Beyond the Diamond… A lot came out of the pregame press conference, so I’ll just throw it all right at ya. First, Victorino is day-to-day and will not come back until he is symptom free…. John Farrell has not made it official, but he strongly hinted that John Lackey could start as soon as Sunday. Additionally, when Lackey gets activated from the 15-Day Disabled List, Ryan Lavarnway will get optioned back to AAA Pawtucket. It will be worth watching the lineup card to see if Lavarnway is in the lineup in the next two days… Finally, and probably my favorite, is that Farrell said that Alfredo Aceves took his demotion “like a pro.” I have no idea what that means, but I guess when Aceves gets sent anywhere, it is worth keeping taps.
(Photos Courtesy of Michael Dwyer)
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here...
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
After allowing two runs in 7 2⁄3 innings of last night’s easy-breezy
7-2 victory over the Houston Astros, Buchholz became the majors’ first
five-game winner. His ERA is 1.19, lowest for a Red Sox...
David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, boosting his batting average over .500 as the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 7-2 Thursday night to win their eighth straight series opener.
Ortiz, who also scored three runs, is 11 for 20 (.550) with five RBIs since returning last weekend. He missed 71 of last year's final 72 games and most of the first three weeks...
Despite another bad outing on Thursday the Houston Astros have no plans to remove Philip Humber from the starting rotation. Humber has a 7.99 ERA on the season after allowing 15 runs over his last two starts.
The Astros picked up Humber in November after he was placed on waivers by the White Sox. White with the White Sox the right hander had a perfect game on April 21. Since then...
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...
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox responded to a good old-fashioned beatdown by bouncing back and grinding out a 6-5 win over the Athletics on Wednesday. Now, the Sox’ focus turns to the Astros, who arrive at Fenway Park on Thursday for the start of a four-game set.
Houston, in its first year in the American League West, figures to have a difficult season ahead. The Astros are a very young...
After leaving Saturday's game with back stiffness and missing both games of Sunday's doubleheader, Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino left a game again last night with the same problem.
According to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com, Boston manager John Farrell said Victorino's replacement was "precautionary":
"His back tightened up again...
David Ross cleared the Green Monster twice with solo home runs and Ryan Dempster struck out a career-high 10 for the Boston Red Sox in a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
David Ortiz homered for the second straight night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are having one of the best Aprils in club history. Boston (16-7) is two wins short of tying the club record for the month...
While Ryan Dempster has been pitching well so far this season, the hurler has yet to snag a win in a Red Sox uniform. That could all change on Friday night, when the Sox host the 7-15 Astros in their second game of a four-game series at Fenway Park.
Dempster, 0-2, 3.38 ERA, hasn’t allowed more than six hits or four earned runs in any of his first four starts with the Sox. Former...
By now, Daniel Bard‘s struggles in 2012 have been well documented.
After struggling early in the season after transitioning to a starting role and subsequently developing a bout of Steve Blass disease, Bard was sent to Pawtucket, never to return. Except now, after starting the 2013 campaign in Double-A Portland, has finally come back to the big club, and is back in his familiar...
Coming off a frustrating weekend series loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox rebounded this week with a series win over the Oakland Athletics by taking two out of three from them. It was the first series win for Boston vs. the Athletics since August 26-27, 2011 at Fenway Park after going 1-8 against them in 2012. The key in the series for the Red Sox was getting timely...
This season during every Red Sox home game on NESN, fans will be selected to appear on our game telecast, tell viewers why they’re at the game and bring a sign asking Jerry Remy to “Buy Them a Hot Dog.” Send us your story at NESN.com/Stories.
Fresh off a dominating victory over the Astros on Thursday night, the Red Sox will look to keep rolling on Friday at home. Tune in to...
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...
Last Saturday’s pregame ceremony at Fenway Park honoring the victims and first responders of the Boston Marathon tragedy has been one of the iconic moments in the city’s healing efforts.
But just as the physical and emotional wounds of those affected do not heal in just two weeks, the outpouring of support has not slowed, either. Organizations across New England and the nation...
Getting his first win of the season for the Red Sox tonight, Dempster looked pretty sharp even against a poor Astro's ball club. Coming into the season Dempster was an after thought in this Red Sox rotation. Now fans are seeing him as the strikeout machine that he has/can be. Tonight he went 6 innings only giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and allowing 3 free passes to first. Yah...