Bedard signs one-year deal with Pirates


Bedard signs one-year deal with Pirates

DALLAS Erik Bedard signed a one-year, 4.5 million contract with the Pirates Wednesday. The Sox acquired the left-hander in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, sending three minor leaguers to the Dodgers and another to the Mariners.

With the Sox, Bedard posted a record of 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA in eight starts. His time with the Sox was uneven. He did not go more than six innings in any of his starts, but gave up more than three earned runs just once, a 4-0 loss to the Rangers on Aug. 22. He missed 16 days in September because of a sore knee, returning to face the Orioles on Sept. 20, lasting just 2 23 innings, tying John Danks for a major-league high 51 pitches in one inning in 2011.

The Sox re-signed lefty Andrew Miller Tuesday, but general manager Ben Cherington said they did not consider bringing back Bedard.

We didnt have a lot of substantive conversations with him, Cherington said. We enjoyed our time with Erik. It didnt end up the way he wanted. It didnt end the way we wanted it. Good guy and a talented guy. It seems like he got himself in a good spot.

For two months of Bedards service, the Sox gave up:

Right-hander Juan Rodriguez, who turns 23 next week, and was a combined 3-5 (4.38) between Sox and Dodgers Single-A teams.

Right-hander Stephen Fife, who turned 25 in October and went a combined 14-4 between Sox and Dodgers Double-A teams. The Dodgers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

Catcher Tim Federowicz, who turned 24 in August, and was considered highly by the Sox for his defense. He hit .277 with eight home runs and 52 RBI in 90 games for Double-A Portland, and .325 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 25 games for the Dodgers Triple-A Albuquerque, throwing out a combined 37 percent (30 of 81) of attempted basestealers.

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang, who turns 24 in February, who hit a combined .302 with 18 home runs and 86 RBI between the Sox and Mariners Double-A teams.

Luis Valbuena's solo homer lifts Angels to 3-2 win over Red Sox


Luis Valbuena's solo homer lifts Angels to 3-2 win over Red Sox

Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday.

Valbuena hit his ninth shot of the season into short right field to leadoff the inning, rounding out a trio of solo homers for the Angels.

Parker Bridwell (4-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings. Bud Norris earned his 15th save while only giving up a single to Hanley Ramirez to start the ninth. Xander Bogaerts hit into a double play to end the game.

Rick Porcello (4-13) allowed three runs in eight innings, his 18th consecutive start where he threw at least 6 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Ramirez homered to left field with two outs in the top of the sixth that gave Boston a 2-1 lead. Trout promptly answered with a massive shot to center. It was Trout's third home run in five games and his fifth RBI of the eight-game homestand.

Bridwell retired the first 10 batters he faced and 14 of 15 Red Sox before Sandy Leon singled with two outs in the fifth. Simmons made a sliding backhand grab on Brock Holt's ground ball to short but couldn't get the throw off, putting two runners on. Deven Marrero's line-drive single then fell in front of a diving Ben Revere in left and scored Leon to tie the game at 1.

After hitting the game-winner homer Saturday night, Simmons sent his 11th home run to left-center in the fourth to give the Angels a brief 1-0 lead.


Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia got the day off to rest his sore left knee. Holt started in place of Pedroia, with Marrero at 3B.

Angels:  Yunel Escobar was slotted at DH to give Albert Pujols two days off going into a six-game road trip. Valbuena replaced Escobar at 3B, while C.J. Cron got the nod at 1B.


Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.66 ERA) will make his second start since coming off the disabled list because of a right knee injury when the Red Sox open a three-game series at the Seattle Mariners on Monday. Rodriguez went six scoreless innings to pick up the win against the Mariners on May 26.

Angels: RHP Jesse Chavez (5-10, 4.88) has gone seven straight starts without recording a win and will try to end that futility when the Angels open a three-game series at the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Chavez has allowed 12 home runs in 10 road starts.


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Red Sox calling up top prospect Rafael Devers


Red Sox calling up top prospect Rafael Devers

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.

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