Bailey makes Red Sox debut; other notes

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Bailey makes Red Sox debut; other notes

BALTIMORE -- Andrew Bailey was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday and made his Red Sox debut in the bottom of the eighth inning of the 7-1 loss to the Orioles. He faced two batters, walking the first and striking out the second.
He was glad to get his feet wet in a situation where the game wasnt exactly on the line.

Its been way too long, said Bailey, who fanned 10 in six minor-league rehab appearances prior to his activation. Everything felt good and the ball was coming out of my hand good. Ill just stay ready when the phone rings. I have no expectations and were in a situation where we just need to win ballgames.

Its expected that Alfredo Aceves will stay in the closer role for the time being and Bailey will work in a setup role. Bailey spent the first 116 games of the season on the DL after the Sox shipped Josh Reddick to the Oakland As in exchange for him last winter.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 iand has hit safely in each of his last 37 games against the Orioles dating back to April 17, 2009. He is hitting .416 (69-for-166) over that stretch and it represents the longer hit streak against the Orioles franchise. Ellsbury left the blowout loss early; manager Bobby Valentine said the center fielder was tight."

The Red Sox recorded 11 hits in the game, but went a pitiful 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. Its not often you see a team outhit their opposition by an 11-7 margin and still lose the game by a score of 7-1.

Old friend J.C. Romero made his Baltimore Orioles debut on Tuesday night and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season's final week - meaning only one of them can win match Boston's 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.