Doubront gives Sox strong outing in win over O's, 2-1


Doubront gives Sox strong outing in win over O's, 2-1

BOSTON Before Sundays series finale against the Orioles at Fenway Park, manager Bobby Valentine was asked if this had been an important season for left-hander Felix Doubront.

I certainly hope that this has established him in his mind and the mind of others that hes a bona fide starting pitcher in the major leagues, Valentine responded.

Doubront responded by no-hitting the Orioles through four innings, and establishing a new career high with 11 strikeouts. Doubront didnt get the win, but the Red Sox did, beating the Os, 2-1, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Doubront went seven innings, matching his season high, giving up one run on four hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts. It was just the second double-digit strikeout outing by a Sox pitcher this season, along with Jon Lesters 12-strikeout win in Cleveland on Aug. 12.

Doubront left with the score tied, 1-1.

The Sox scored first, when Cody Ross led off the fourth with a single followed by a walk to James Loney from Orioles starter Chris Tillman. With one out Ross went to third on Danny Valencias fielders choice, scoring on a throwing error by Os second baseman Robert Andino.

The Os tied the score in fifth when Lew Ford, Chris Davis, and Manny Machado opened the inning with consecutive hits, the first Doubront allowed in the game.

The Sox took the lead in the eighth off Os reliever Luis Ayala as Dustin Pedroia and Cody Ross led off with back-to-back doubles.

Junichi Tazawa pitched a perfect eighth,e arning the win. He improved to 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA.

Andrew Bailey earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth, but it was not without adventure. Bailey loaded the bases with one out before getting Manny Machado to ground into fielder's choice, as James Loney threw home for the force out, then striking out pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty, looking, to end the game.

Ayala took the loss for the Os.

Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen


Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen

The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being. 

Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona. 

The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. 

Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012. 

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.