RECAP: Mookie Betts and Doug Fister come up huge as #RedSox end July with a 6-2 win.

Hours after acquiring Addison Reed, the Red Sox and Indians kicked off a three game series at Fenway Park. Doug Fister, who had yet to pick up a win for his new club, was matched up against the Tribe’s Mike Clevinger. Up to today, Fister has been a disappointment, owning an ERA north of seven. Perhaps it’s him just getting more comfortable, or he just wanted to prove his doubters wrong, but Fister was lights out for 99% of his start on Monday. In the 7.2 innings he pitched, the 33 year-old scattered five hits and two walks while striking out five Indians. It was a bit surprising to see him come out for the eighth, but it was nothing I was upset with. After allowing a lead off single and getting the first two outs of the eighth, Bradley Zimmer took Fister deep to right field, into the Red Sox bullpen. That would be the last pitch Fister would throw, and he got a well deserved ovation on his way to the dugout. This was really vintage Doug Fister, what he did consistently in Detroit for years, and he’s earned himself another start later this week. Brandon Workman came into the game after the home run, and he got the last four outs, clinching the win.

The bats kicked things off early on Monday, scoring three times in the second after a scoreless first. Mookie Betts drove in Mitch Moreland and Christian Vazquez on a two out single, and Eduardo Nunez drove in Betts on an RBI double that could have kept the inning going if Brock Holt was not called out at home. Mookie continued racking up RBIs in the fourth, driving in Mitch Moreland on a RBI single. Eduardo Nunez did this as well, scoring Vazquez from third on another RBI single. As part of the huge day he had, Rafael Devers drove in Nunez on a RBI single in the seventh, giving the Red Sox their sixth and final run. In his sixth career Major League game, Devers collected four hits while never recording an out. Compared to how Yoan Moncada looked in his first few games last season, Devers has looked much more composed. In 24 AB’s, Devers already has an OPS over 1.000 while only striking out five times.

With the moves they made on Monday, the Yankees look legit. With that in mind, it’s probably a good time for the Red Sox to go on a run. Was today the start of one? We’ll have to see.

Also, I hope Yoan Moncada is okay after what happened to him last night, seemed scary.

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#RedSox get Addison Reed, Yankess get Sonny Gray, and more from Deadline Day.

At 3:06, the Red Sox officially announced the acquisition of Addison Reed via the team’s Twitter account. Reed, a 28-year-old reliever who has been with the Mets since 2015, owns a 2.57 ERA and a WHIP of 1.12 so far this season. The righty has been in the bigs since 2011, racking up 125 saves over that span. This will be Reed’s fourth big league team, and this is most likely the only addition that will be made to the Red Sox bullpen. He does have big game experience, as he pitched in five games during the 2015 World Series. In exchange for Reed, Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox are trading three pitching prospects. Jamie Callahan, Stephen Nogosek, and Gerson Bautista are all part of the deal, Callahan probably being the most well-known out of three. I don’t think there’s enough evidence to really judge this trade yet, but if there was one thing, I would have to say it’s the fact that the Red Sox have traded five pitching prospects in the past week. I know none of them were that highly regarded, but it’s just something to consider. Reed is essentially a rental, but with the uncertainty Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith will bring going into next season, I wouldn’t be surprised if an extension is considered.

At 3:15, the Yankees officially announced that they have acquired Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics. Gray, who was on the trading block for what seemed like an extensive amount of time, finally gets traded. Before David Price and Chris Sale made their way to Boston, Sonny Gray was definitely a pitcher sought out by the Red Sox, fans and executives alike. In return for Gray, the Yankees are giving up three of their best prospects, Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo, and James Kaprielian. With Clint Frazier in New York, Fowler was the best outfielder in the Yankees system. The value of both Mateo and Kaprielian has diminished a bit since the start of last season, mainly due to injury and other trades the Yankees made. All and all, the Yankees got a controllable arm and the A’s got three of their top prospects in return. With the additions of Gray and Jaime Garcia, the Yankees look like they have a legit rotation for a pennant race.

This was the biggest move as the day, everything else has been smaller, mostly. Tony Watson is going to the Dodgers, Francisco Liriano is going to the Astros, the Marlins aren’t moving Dan Straily, the Tigers aren’t moving Justin Verlander, the Orioles have yet to trade Zach Brittion, Brad Hand is still a Padre, etc.

I’m pretty positive the Red Sox are done making moves. Trades can still happen after today too, can’t forget that.

It is now 4:09 and nothing big is happening.

UPDATE: The Dodgers got Yu Darvish. A 74 win team has gotten a whole lot better today. Darvish, Tony Cingrani, and Tony Watson. I would say they’re not going to have any trouble getting to the World Series, but they haven’t been in one since 1988.

UPDATE AGAIN: The Nationals got Brandon Kintzler from the Twins. So they go from having a weak bullpen, to now having Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle, and Kintzler, which is not half bad.

RECAP: #RedSox bullpen wastes a great start for Drew Pomeranz in 5-3 loss.

After a feel good walk-off win last night, the Red Sox got back to the way things were on Sunday, being an extremely frustrating team to watch. Drew Pomeranz was good in the 6.2 innings he pitched. At no point did Pomeranz dominate, but he was able to limit the damage. Seven hits, one earned run, one walk, and four strike outs. In relief of Pomeranz, Brandon Workman got out of the seventh inning while giving up a hit. Matt Barnes started the eighth, and the game went downhill from there. Barnes failed to record an out while allowing three hits and four runs, three of which were earned. Despite the sucky outing for Barnes, I will give him this: that inning could have gone completely different if Xander Bogaerts did not juggle that ground ball that allowed Lorenzo Cain, the first batter, to reach base. Robby Scott came in, gave up a hit, and got the first two outs of the inning, making way for Heath Hembree. Hembree finished the eighth, then went on to pitch a scoreless ninth as well. Like I said earlier today, Addison Reed could help this team. He’s not great, but he could serve as a viable eighth inning guy until Joe Kelly returns.

On the offensive side, Mitch Moreland had one of his best performances in a while. The first baseman drove in the first run of the game in the second, scoring Hanley Ramirez on an RBI single. That would be the first of Moreland’s two hits today, making it the first time since Independence Day that Moreland has recorded more than one hit in a game. The bats would go quiet until the fifth, when the rookie, Rafael Devers barely got the ball over the Green Monster for his second career home run and his first at Fenway Park. That would be it for the Red Sox in terms of runs. After the Royals took the lead in the eighth, they had the chance to win the game in the ninth. Before Mookie Betts came up with two outs, a JBJ walk, a Christian Vazquez single, and a Devers walk loaded the bases. You’d figure Mookie could at least make things interesting with a hard hit ball, but he popped up to Lorenzo Cain instead, ending the game.

Seeing a good amount of guys from the 2007 World Series team was cool, and David Ortiz was great the inning he was in the NESN booth. It’s too bad the Red Sox couldn’t have won on what was a pretty good day.

Also, shout out to Adrian Beltre for 3,000 hits. Miss that guy in a Red Sox uni.

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RECAP: Eduardo Nunez, Christian Vazquez, and Sandy Leon play key roles for #RedSox in 9-8 win in extras.

In a game that took just under five hours to complete, the newest addition to the Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez, drove in the winning run. Eduardo Rodriguez made his third start since coming off the disabled list, and he struggled to say the least. The pitch count was an issue, but ERod was surprisingly limiting the damage despite that. It wasn’t until the fourth when the Royals scored four times, including a cheap three-run home run off the bat of Lorenzo Cain. With ERod’s pitch count around 100 after pitching just four innings, the Red Sox bullpen would have to be relied on heavily. Fernando Abad and Blaine Boyer both gave up two runs, but that was all the Royals got the rest of the game. Robby Scott, Heath Hembree, Craig Kimbrel, and Matt Barnes combined to pitch five scoreless innings while scattering four hits and striking out five Royals in the process. Since coming back off the DL, Eduardo Rodriguez has an ERA of 6.75 and a WHIP of 1.91. Could that and David Price’s health lead to Dave Dombrowski acquiring a middle of the rotation type of starter? Perhaps. Jaime Garcia just got traded to the Yankees, but Lance Lynn is a viable option as well. Personally, I’d prefer a proven veteran reliever whose asking price isn’t too steep. On paper, the Red Sox bullpen has been great, but I find it hard to trust them in big games, that’s why I want the reliever.

Anyway, Trevor Cahill did not do much to outpitch ERod, so the Red Sox were in the game despite his struggles. As the title says, Christian Vazquez came up huge yesterday, and he drove in the first run of the game for the Red Sox in the second, scoring Jackie Bradley from third on an RBI triple. Eduardo Nunez had a big day as well, as he hit his first of two home runs in the third, a solo shot which gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead at that point. After the Royals took a 4-2 lead in their half of the fourth, that was matched with a Christian Vazquez RBI double and a Rafael Devers RBI single, tying the game. Nunez went yard again in the fifth, and Mitch Moreland drove in JBJ on a fielding error as well. In the sixth, the Royals tacked on another four runs, giving them a 8-6 lead. Jackie Bradley drove in Andrew Benintendi on a sac-fly in the seventh, and Mookie Betts tied the game in the eighth, driving in Brock Holt from third on another sac-fly. Since Holt pinch ran for Vazquez, who nearly hit for the cycle, Sandy Leon entered the game behind the plate, and he led off the tenth with a double. After Devers struck out, the Royals put on Mookie Betts intentionally with one out. A wild pitch with Nunez up allowed Leon to reach third, and he scored the game-winning run in an unusual way.

In his first two games with the Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez has done a lot. Not too many fans were thrilled when this trade happened earlier last week, but it seems to be paying off now.

Drew Pomeranz pitches today, as the Red Sox have the chance to win their first series since the All-Star break.

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RECAP: Rick Porcello loses fourteenth decision of the season as #RedSox fall out of first place.

It was quite a day for the Red Sox and their fans on Friday. David Price, who was supposed to pitch last night, was placed on the 10-Day Disabled List because of a sore elbow prior to the game. Many suspected this was done so that Price would not have to face the Fenway crowd, as this would be his first home start since the details of his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley were revealed. Dave Dombrowksi had to go in front of the press just to say it was not done for that reason. Manager John said that Price should be throwing by next Tuesday, so the injury doesn’t appear to be too severe. And while this was happening, Dustin Pedroia announced to the media that he is the leader in the clubhouse, so Fenway Park was pretty much a circus earlier Friday.

Anyway, Rick Porcello was matched up against Royals starter Jason Vargas, who is having a bit of a renaissance while coming back from Tommy John surgery. Vargas did out pitch Porcello, and Porcello did give up four runs, but he was really not that bad last night. The righty only gave up six hits and one walk in seven innings pitched, but unfortunately, two of those hits were home runs. Salvador Perez took Porcello deep with a solo shot in the second, and Mike Moustakas took him deep with a three-run shot in the fourth. Other than those two pitches though, I have nothing to complain about when it comes to Porcello’s start. I love the fact that he has consistently ate up innings this season, despite not putting up the best numbers. The last time he failed to pitch at least six innings was back on April 14th, so he has that going for him. It’s a shame the Red Sox offense hates scoring runs for Porcello, because that guy does not deserve fourteen losses.

Let me tell you how the Red Sox did at the plate last night: Seven hits and two runs, that is all. Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez both made their Fenway Park debuts, and both combined to reach base four times. Mookie Betts drove in the first run for the Red Sox in the fifth, scoring Rafael Devers on an RBI single, and Sandy Leon drove in the second run of the game for the Red Sox with an RBI ground out in the seventh, scoring Chris Young from third. They had a chance to perhaps tie things in the ninth with Andrew Benintendi singling to third with two outs, but Rafael Devers grounded out to second and that ended things.

I would have liked to see Devers be more patient, but it didn’t work out that way. This team needs a jolt, in my opinion. They’ve seemed pretty lifeless lately, and I think they’d be much worse if Chris Sale were not on the team. I’ve been pondering the idea of trading for Giancarlo Stanton, but I think I rather wait until the offseason for that. For now though, Xander Bogaerts needs some time off. He’s probably hurt, which has led to him producing next to nothing over the past few weeks.

First time in a month the Red Sox are out of first place, if the Royals sweep, they’ll have the same number of wins, which didn’t seem possible a few months ago.

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RECAP: Sale dominates, Devers goes yard, and the #RedSox end their losing streak with a 4-0 win.

I’ll be honest, I don’t feel great today so this is going to be really short, apologies.

Chris Sale looked great, seven shutout innings, eleven strikeouts, great. Blaine Boyer was not great in his first appearance since he got hurt, which led to Craig Kimbrel entering the game in a save situation. He struck out the only two batters he faced. Since the beginning of the road trip last Friday, Sale has held his opponents to zero runs over his last thirteen innings, and the only wins the Red Sox got on this trip came when he was pitching.

Offensively, the Red Sox scored in the second, third, and fourth inning. Mitch Moreland drove in Hanley Ramirez on a sac-fly in the second, Rafael Devers hit his first career home run in the third, and Sandy Leon scored JBJ along with himself with his sixth home run of the season in the fourth. That Devers home run was also his first career hit as well, so it was a special day for the rookie as well. Also, Yoan Moncada and Lewis Brinson got their first career home runs yesterday. The rookies were feeling it yesterday and the Red Sox ended the west coast trip with a win. David Price pitches tomorrow, and I’m interested to see how the fans will react when Price takes the mound.

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RECAP: #RedSox drop fourth in a row in another marathon game.

I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stay up to watch the end of this game. I fell asleep around 2, woke up at 4, realized I missed the end of the game, and checked my phone only to be disappointed with what I saw. The Red Sox love playing long games, it would be better if they won more of them.

Drew Pomeranz was matched up against King Felix, who like James Paxton has had a pretty solid month of July. Pomeranz looked like his old self really, in terms of the pitch count, but he himself did not have a bad start. He made one mistake pitch in the second inning, a pitch that resulted in a three-run shot off the bat of Miguel Heredia. Other than that though, he did not give up any runs. The four walks in five innings weren’t great, but he did manage to strike out seven as well. All and all, not to blame for the loss, that would go on the bullpen. First off, Heath Hembree gave up the tying run in the seventh. Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, and Craig Kimbrel combined to pitch three innings without giving up a run, then came Doug Fister. He got through the eleventh and twelfth without giving up anything, then the thirteenth happened. With two outs, a wild pitch scored the tying run, then Jean Segura drove in the go-ahead run, giving the Mariners the win. Since his solid debut at Fenway, Fister has gotten progressively worst, going from the rotation, to the bullpen, back in the rotation. and back to the bullpen. In a Red Sox uniform, Fister owns an ERA of 7.46, so it may not be much longer until he is Designated For Assignment.

It looked like Felix Hernandez was about to go on and do what James Paxton did the night before, as he only allowed one run in the first four innings, that being Hanley Ramirez’s seventeenth homer of the season. Dustin Pedroia tied things up in the sixth, driving in Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi on a two-run double to left field. Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in Dustin Pedroia who did represent the go-ahead run at that time with an RBI single. It was surprising to see King Felix struggle the way he did, but the Mariners bullpen did a solid job of keeping the Red Sox in check. Hanley Ramirez scored in the thirteenth on a Sandy Leon single. That should have won the game right there, but Doug Fister happened.

A few things to take away from this game are Rafael Dever’s debut and the fact that the Red Sox acquired Eduardo Nunez from the Giants for two pitching prospects. Devers failed to record a hit in his debut, but he did reach base twice and looked like he could handle himself at third. There’s a lot of speculation that Devers will get sent back down now that Nunez is here, but I could see both of them being on the 25-man roster simultaneously since Nunez can play all over the field.

Today just happens to be Sale Day, and the Red Sox have not won a game since his last start Friday in Anaheim.

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