Kalish happy to help Sox with pinch-hit in 10th


Kalish happy to help Sox with pinch-hit in 10th

Ryan Kalish wasn't in the starting lineup, but he played a huge role in the comeback win.

Kalish pinch-hit for Brent Lillibridge in the top of the 10th and blasted a double to right. From there, he took third on a Dustin Pedroia's single and scored on David Ortiz's sacrifice fly.

"I can't be more happy to be a part of this win," said Kalish. "Obviously, they were playing us tight and there weren't a lot of runs scored in this series. It was just huge to help out."

As a young player, Kalish doesn't have a lot of pinch-hitting experience, but he likes the challenge those situations present.

"I don't really mind it," he said. "It's just another (situation) where you can show your value, your use. You go up there and just try to have something happen. You just keep it light. There's pressure, but then again, there's really none because you haven't been in the game the whole time. You're just up there trying to put a good swing on something.

"I kind of find it fun."

Matched against Brandon League, Kalish was trying to "stay aggressive, see a good pitch early -- because they're trying to get ahead. They're going to put something over the plate and I was just ready for it."

Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death


Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death

Like the rest of the baseball world, the Red Sox expressed shock and sadness over the tragic death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident in Miami. 

David Ortiz tweeted his thoughts before the game Sunday in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox played the Tampa Bay Rays.

There was a moment of silence for Fernandez - who attended high school in the Tampa area after defecting from Cuba at 15 - before the game at Tropicana Field, and before all major league games on Sunday. 

There was to be on-field ceremony for Ortiz before his last game at the Trop, part of his retirement farewell tour, but it was canceled at Ortiz's request. A video tribute to Ortiz was shown during the game and the Rays gave Ortiz his retirement gifts privately.

Ortiz wiped away tears during the moment of silence. He wrote Fernandez's intitals and his uniform number 16 on his cap.

Fernandez had joked about how he wanted to give up a home run to Ortiz when he faced him as an N.L. pitcher in the All-Star Game this past July. 

"I told him yesterday that I am going to throw him three fastballs down the middle. I want to watch him hit a home run," Fernandez had said. 

Ortiz ended up walking against Fernandez, prompting this response from Big Papi:

First baseman Hanley Ramirez, who played for the Marlins, as well as other Red Sox players, also tweeted their reactions after hearing the news of Fernandez's death Sunday morning. 


Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches


Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. 

Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.

The lineups:  

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
Jake Odorizzi RHP