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Ryan Lavarnway will return to the lineup to catch knuckleballer Steven Wright‘s first career major league start as the Red Sox try to rebound against the Astros on Tuesday night in Houston.
Wright will get the nod as a result of manager John Farrell‘s wish to give his regular starters an extra day of rest. Despite it being Wright’s first big league start, however, the right-hander has plenty of experience starting for Triple-A Pawtucket. He’s started 19 games for the PawSox this season, owning a 3.89 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. For Boston, Wright has pitched 12 1/3 innings this season and earned two wins, including one in last Thursday’s miracle 8-7 comeback victory over the Mariners, when he pitched three shutout innings.
Lavarnway’s start is likely a result of Wright getting the nod. The catcher has caught all but 3 1/3 innings of the knuckler’s big league innings this season. Together, they’ll try to keep the Astros from running all over them on the basepaths one night after Houston swipe...
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Steven Wright‘s first career start didn’t go exactly the way he had planned.
The right-hander lasted just one inning and gave up three runs on one hit. Wright combined with catcher Ryan Lavarnway for a record-tying four passed balls in the inning. Wright’s first spot start gave the starting rotation some rest, and the Red Sox came out on top, despite the early pitching struggles...
After the first inning where Ryan Lavarnway had four passed balls off of the Steven Wright knuckleball, you'd have thought the Boston Red Sox would be done against the Houston Astros. They weren't and I'm guessing some people gave up on the game.
Folks with this Red Sox team, you simply can't do that.
Lavarnway redeemed himself in the 5th inning with a two...
Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway had a rough first inning handling (or "trying to handle") Steven Wright's knuckleball against the Houston Astros...
Yeah... it was a long first inning...
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Four passed balls later, Lavarnway would redeem himself...
He hit a two-run double in the fifth as the Sox would win 15-10
Photo courtesy of the Houston Astros
Losing to the last-place team is never a good thing. But when you’re the best team in the league, it’s unacceptable. John Lackey pitched another solid outing but was unaided by the Red Sox offense – again – in a 2-0 loss to the Astros. The win was Houston’s 37th of the season, still four less than...
8 a.m. ET: The Astros boast one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, but it sure didn’t look like that Monday night.
Rookie starter Brett Oberholtzer and a pair of relievers combined to shut out the highest-scoring offense in the majors, holding the Red Sox to five hits in a 2-0 win for the home team.
The Sox hope to have better luck on Tuesday against right-hander Jordan...
I figured Monday night’s game, which saw the Red Sox shut down by the worst team in baseball, would be the oddity in this series. Turns out it was just an appetizer. Last night’s slugfest was one of the oddest and more confounding Red Sox games I’ve ever witnessed and I’m happy that when the dust cleared, they emerged with a win.
Among the strange happenings:
(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Stephen Wright had his knuckleball dancing like you write home about. Unfortunately, his dance partner, Ryan Lavarnway, just couldn't catch it. Four passed ball later (an MLB record for one inning), Boston was down, 3-0. John Farrell had seen enough, pulled Wright and brought in Brandon Workman. Lavarnway could catch him, but so could the Astro...
Boston starting pitcher Steven Wright had the knuckleball dancing so much Tuesday night in Houston that the Astros couldn't get any wood on it. Unfortunately, Red Sox backstop Ryan Lavarnway couldn't get any leather on it.
Lavarnway tied the Major League Baseball record for passed balls in an inning with four. The golden sombrero of catching...
Eric D. Schabell
The definition of a knuckler, "a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin".
The Red Sox have been blessed to have on of the best ever in Tim Wakefield throwing a knuckler, entertaining the fans at Fenway and across America. This tradition was about to be lost when Time Wakefield finally hung up his hat, but in the minors the...
Eric D. Schabell
Who is at fault for the 1st inning last night in Houston?
Can we blame the catcher who has never seen a ball dance like that before, sometimes dropping up to 14 inches vertically and moving horizontally up to 12 inches as it came at him?
Maybe the Red Sox should have called up the same catcher that handles Steven Wright down at Pawtucket...
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“This past week, we pretty much have three or four wins coming from behind,” Ortiz said. “That tells you this is a team, doesn’t matter what the situation is, we’re going to fight through it. We’re...
First Pitch: Monday 8:10, Tuesday 8:10, Wednesday 8:10
Arms: Monday: John Lackey, RHP (7-8, 3.23 ERA) vs. Brett Oberholtzer, LHP (1-0, 3.77 ERA)
Tuesday: Steven Wright, RHP (2-0, 3.65 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles, RHP (4-5, 4.91 ERA)
Wednesday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (6-8, 4-58 ERA) vs. Jarred Cosart, RHP (1-0, 0.96 ERA)