Found May 29, 2013 on
Boston Sports Then & Now:
With the Astros moving to the American League this season Interleague Play is now throughout the season. The season began with the Angels visiting the Reds. I for one like the idea of Interleague Play throughout the season but understand it isn’t beneficial to all teams. The Red Sox are one of few teams to have just experienced interleague games for the first time during the “rivalry week.” The Phillies have been predetermined as their rival with many of the other interleague rivals interstate like New York and California. This week teams play two, two game series against their rival home and away. Which means David Ortiz will pull out his mitt to play first base again for most likely one of those games.
With Monday’s 9-3 win against the Phillies Alfredo Aceves kind of stuck it to the Red Sox for keeping him in Pawtucket. Maybe the Phillies offense is not what it once was but he had a good outing. I thought Aceves had pitched his last game for the Sox in that terrible start against Oakland. With the start against the Phillies maybe other teams will take notice of Aceves. He was sent down after the game to make room for Franklin Morales, who is off the disabled list for the first time this season.
Jonathan Papelbon collected a save against his former team last night.
Last night Cliff Lee dominated the Sox with eight masterful innings with no walks and eight strikeouts in a 3-1 Phillies win. Lee has always been a pitcher with great control and he showed it once again. He had 0-2 counts on eight Red Sox hitters. Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon came on for the save in the ninth and got a mix of boos and cheers. Ortiz for one said he had a hard time looking a Papelbon on the mound. The rumors linked to the Red Sox wanting Papelbon back to reclaim his closer role could be true. Papelbon did say he could picture playing for the Red Sox again. With interleague play you do get to see players you don’t usually see and former players who leave your favorite team. In year’s past it was 18 games of interleague but this year it only adds on two extra games.
The Red Sox will also be matched up with San Diego, Arizona and Colorado at home, while playing on the road against Colorado, San Fransisco and Los Angeles. This means the Red Sox will get to face the old friends on the Dodgers from the money dump trade last season. Maybe Josh Beckett will be pitching and Ortiz can take him deep.
Interleague play I believe is good for baseball. Twenty games is not too overwhelming where they play only two additional games to years past. The only problem I see is American League teams in a pennant race playing in National League Parks where they won’t have a designated hitter. The Red Sox do play two games in Colorado in late September as the second to last series of the season. With David Ortiz or Mike Napoli having to sit that may pull away from a chance to win those two games. Maybe the Red Sox won have to be in that position if they can get out to a lead in the division but the American League East looks to be one of the toughest divisions in baseball.
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Alfredo Aceves is back. Aceves got the called up from Triple-A Pawtucket last week, where he has been ever since a 13-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on April 23. He gave up eight runs on seven hits and four walks in only 3 1/3 innings. Aceves has pitched well for the Pawsox . In four starts, he was 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA. Maybe the time away in Triple-A will do Aceves some...
The Red Sox’ first trip of the year to a National League park means it’s time for David Ortiz to dust off the ol’ first baseman’s mitt.
But although Ortiz seldom plays the field, the slugger’s first-base skill set is more than up to par. Ortiz did not commit an error in seven games under NL rules last season, and he enters Thursday night’s game in Philadelphia with a...
David Ortiz has been one of the best hitters in baseball this year, and the Red Sox would like to have him in the lineup every day they can. That proves a little more difficult to do when playing in National League ballparks, but they have the usual designated hitter penciled in at first base for Thursday’s series finale in Philadelphia.
That could be a little interesting to see...
It looks like David Ortiz will get at least one game at first base this week. With interleague play and no DH, Big Papi will grab his first baseman's mitt for the first time in two years and take to the field either Wednesday or Thursday.
Ortiz got some work in this afternoon.
Here's @davidortiz taking grounders at first base. #redsox twitter...
David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup for the Red Sox, but he won’t be playing his usual designated hitter role on Thursday night. Instead, Ortiz will be playing first base for the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, as the Sox wrap up their two-game series at the Phillies’ National League home.
Ortiz doesn’t often play first base, but when he does, he has shown...
The Boston Red Sox offense backed the strong start of Alfredo Aceves in a 9-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night at historic Fenway Park.
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It sounds like David Ortiz has some mixed feelings about playing first base.
The slugger got his rare chance to man the corner bag Friday night as the Red Sox played the second of two games at the Phillies’ National League field. Before the game, Ortiz sounded reticent about getting some action, even with the prep work he had put in.
“I tell [Dustin] Pedroia that everything he...
Alfredo Aceves‘ latest stint in Boston lasted just one day.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Tuesday that the right-hander, who allowed one run on seven hits and three walks in a win Monday night, has been optioned to Triple-A and replaced on the roster by Franklin Morales. This marks a return to the majors for Morales, who began the season on the disabled list.
The Red Sox and Phillies continued their unique four-game series; the first two in Boston and the final two in Philly. The Sox made their first appearance in a National League park, thus shifting David Ortiz to the bench. It's always worth watching the Sox pitchers take some hacks at the plate too...especially Lackey
Besides the "solo-shot" night, both offenses were...
4:14 p.m.: David Ortiz and Mike Napoli will flip-flop on Thursday. Napoli, who started Wednesday’s game, will get the night off, while Ortiz will play first base and hit cleanup.
Mike Carp will get another start in left field with a right-hander on the hill, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the dish for Franklin Morales’ first action of 2013.
The rest of Thursday’s...
Starting pitching and an evenly balanced offense helped the Sox get their first win in their first interleague game of the season. This team is now in first and hopefully because they now have sole possesion of first place in the AL East they do not look back. Here are the 3 stars of the game.
Star 3: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia quickly helped the Red...
The Phillies ended a rough week with a loss to the Washington Nationals, and began the next with an ugly loss in Boston against the Red Sox. In their last 11 games at storied Fenway Park, the Phils are 2-9. Last night they managed just one run against Sox starter Alfredo Aceves, who had allowed [...]
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David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes homered and Jacoby Ellsbury set a club record with five stolen bases as the Boston Red Sox routed the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 on Thursday night.
Ellsbury added three hits and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two doubles and three RBIs for the Red Sox, who enter this weekend's series against their AL East rival New York Yankees having won 11 of 16 games...
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