Notes: Red Sox to all wear No. 6 to honor Johnny Pesky

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Notes: Red Sox to all wear No. 6 to honor Johnny Pesky

BOSTON -- The Red Sox will all wear uniform jerseys with the No. 6 on back, in honor of Johnny Pesky. The jerseys will be auctioned to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

A pregame ceremony to honor Pesky will be held, with his son, David throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Right-hander Vicente Padilla, who had been on the DL since Aug. 6 with right arm tightness, will be activated for the game. Third baseman Danny Valencia was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.

Left-hander Rich Hill, on the 60-day DL since June 9 with an elbow strain, is progressing Valentine said. He had his rehab assignment transferred to Pawtucket Monday and pitched one scoreless inning with a strikeout.

The reports are that the ball is coming out of his hand very well, Valentine said. Rich today said he likes what it feels like. Theres no pain. His delivery is easy and hes got a back=to-back coming up. That will probably be a true test to see where he is.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start tonight for Pawtucket. Valentine said Matsuzaka is expected to pitch at least seven innings.

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.

 

Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Dan Shaughnessy joins Sports Tonight to discuss Rick Porcello giving up a game-tying homerun in the 8th, and explains why John Farrell has been very unlucky with any decision he makes.