Despite injuries, Red Sox offense keeps chugging

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Despite injuries, Red Sox offense keeps chugging

BALTIMORE -- They began -- and, since they had no other options, ended -- the game with an outfield that looked like something from a split-squad game in March.

Daniel Nava was in left; Marlon Byrd was in center; and Che-Hsuan Lin, making his first major league start, was in right.

Rice, Lynn and Evans, it wasn't.

But it was good enough. With just two position players on the bench Monday night and a makeshift outfield to boot, the Red Sox still managed to score plenty in their 8-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Having won 9-of-11 despite injuries, the Sox offense has somehow managed to score at least five runs in eight of those games.

"It was a good offensive attack," said Bobby Valentine. "It was a team effort."

Indeed, six different hitters drove in a run, with Dustin Pedroia collecting two RBI. And every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit, with four different players (Mike Aviles, Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks and Nava) enjoying multi-hit games.

And each one of the players in the makeshift outfield played a role in the win.

Nava led off the the two-run third with his first hit and came around to score the first run of the game, aided by Byrd's double to right.

Nava later chipped in with a sacrifice fly in the sixth when the Sox tied the game and Lin got his first major league hit, then showed his speed by scoring from second with ease on a single to left by Aviles.

"We've got to keep on playing," said Ortiz. "It's a situation where we don't have too much of a choice. We've got to go out and play. I heard the news (about Ross being out) right before the game, and, man, how many things do we have to get through?

"But all sorts of things happen during the season that you have to deal with."

Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

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Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

NEW YORK -- John Farrell isn't necessarily alarmed by Craig Kimbrel's poor outing Wednesday night, viewing it as an aberration. But just the same, he'd like to get his closer into a game on the final weekend to flush the bad taste of Wednesday's ninth.

Until the clincher, Kimbrel had allowed just two hits in the previous 23 at-bats (.087) since Sept. 4. And since being re-instated from the DL on Aug. 1, Kimbrel was 13-for-13 in save opportunities with 32 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched and a .113 batting average against.

Kimbrel was brought into the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner before issuing three straight walks, the last of which forced in a run.

He threw 28 pitches and didn't record an out before being lifted in favor of Joe Kelly, who allowed Mark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 Yankees victory.

"He was erratic, there's no doubt,” said Farrell. "The command was not there. The power was there, obviously, but the command was not. It turned into a situation where he gets to [almost] 30 pitches. Could we have let him go further, or could the decision have been made to leave him in the game? Sure

"But [Wednesday] night was more of an aberration. Certainly, since he's come off the DL, he's been stingy in those situations. That was a one-time outing last night [given the unusual circumstances].”

Farrell said it's "important” to get all of the Red Sox relievers into games before the season ends Sunday.

"How often, how high stress...the games will dictate that,'' Farrell said. "But yeah, it will be important to Craig back on the mound before we end, regardless of whether it's a save situation.”

 

 

Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound

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Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound

The day after clinching the A.L. East title despite a loss, the Red Sox send out a semi-makeshift lineup Thursday night as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx. 

Reserve third baseman Aaron Hill is leading off, Dustin Pedroia gets the night off, Deven Marrero starts at second base, and David Ortiz is, somewhat surprisingly, back in there at DH against left-hander C.C. Sabbathia (8-12, 4.02 ERA).

Left-hander Henry Owens (0-1, 7.79) gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz, who is bothered by tightness in his left forearm and will work out of the bullpen, if at all, for the final four games of the regular season.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Aaron Hill 3B

Andrew Benintendi LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Chris Young RF

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Ryan Hanigan C

Travis Shaw 1B

Deven Marrero 2B

Henry Owens LHP

 

YANKEES

Brett Gardner LF

Jacoby Ellsbury CF 

Gary Sanchez DH

Starlin Castro 2B

Didi Gregorius SS

Chase Headley 3B

Brian McCann C

Aaron Hicks RF

Tyler Austin 1B

C.C. Sabathia LHP