Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees

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Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees

BOSTON, MAGeneral Manager Ben Cherington announced today that 19 players will attend the Red Sox Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster invitees.

Pedro Beato, RHP Beato went 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in four relief appearances with Boston after being acquired from the New York Mets on August 16.

Xander Bogaerts, INF Bogaerts comes into camp as Bostons No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. He was named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year after he hit .307 with 20 home runs and 81 RBI in 127 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.

Jackie Bradley, OF The 22-year-old hit .315 with nine home runs and 63 RBI in 128 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland last season. Bradley was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year

Chris Carpenter, RHP Carpenter posted a 2.08 ERA in 21 appearances between the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Greenville, Portland, and Pawtucket.

Anthony Carter, RHP The 26-year-old Carter posted a 4-6 record with a 4.60 ERA in 39 appearances for Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization.

Jose De La Torre, RHP De La Torre went 9-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 46 appearances for Double-A Akron, Triple-A Columbus, and Pawtucket.

Jonathan Diaz, INF Diaz hit .221 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 134 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas in the Blue Jays system.

Terry Doyle, RHP Doyle was in both the Twins and White Sox organizations last year. He returned to the White Sox organization where he pitched for Triple-A Charlotte where he went 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 12 games.

Mark Hamilton, INFOF Hamilton spent last year with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization where he hit .231 with 15 home runs and51 RBI90 games with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization.

Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF In 121 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season, Hazelbaker combined to hit .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI.

Justin Henry, INF Henry played for Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization where he hit .300 with one home run and 38 RBI in 131 games.

Chris Hernandez, LHP Hernandez pitched for both Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2012 and combined to go 5-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 26 games.

Juan Carlos Linares, OF Linares hit .316 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 110 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season.

Mitch Maier, OF Maier, split the 2012 season between Triple-A Omaha and the Kansas City Royals. Maier hit .172 with two home runs and seven RBI in 32 games with the Royals. In 38 games for Triple-A Omaha, he hit .288 with four home runs and 17 RBI.

Deven Marrero, INF The Red Sox first-round selection in the 2012 Draft, Marrero hit .268 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 64 games for Single-A Lowell.

Lyle Overbay, INF Overbay, split the 2012 season between the Diamondbacks and Braves, where he hit .259 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 65 games.

Drew Sutton, INF Sutton, In his 42 games between the Pirates and Rays, he hit .254 with one home run and 13 RBI.

Ryan Sweeney, OF Sweeney batted .260 with 16 RBI in 63 games for the Red Sox before his season was ended after he punched a wall in the dugout.

Oscar Villarreal, LHP Villarreal, went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 37 games for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles minor league system.

Eight of the 19 invitees have previous major league experience. Beato, Carpenter and Sweeney all saw action for the Red Sox in 2012.

Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello 'the model of consistency'

Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello 'the model of consistency'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 9-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays

 

QUOTES:

"Rick has been the model of consistency.'' - John Farrell on starter Rick Porcello

"It means that we have a heck of a team, really. The runs we put up, and I don't think anybody talks about our defense.'' - Porcello, asked about the significance of being baseball's first 18-game winner.

"It's cool to be a part of that, but we're in a race right now and that's way more important.'' - Mookie Betts on the crowd chants of "MVP!" during his at-bat.

 

NOTES

* Hanley Ramirez has nine extra-base hit in the last 15 games.

* Opposing baserunners have stolen only 54 percent of the time when Sandy Leon is behind the plate, the lowest figure for any Red Sox catcher (minimum 20 games) since 1987

* Brock Holt tied a season high with three hits, including two with two outs and runners in scoring position.

* Mookie Betts set a career high with 72 extra-base hits.

* Betts became the third player in franchise history to have a 30-homer season before the age of 24. Ted Williams and Tony Conigliaro are the others.

* Betts has five homers and 13 RBI in his last five home games.

* Rick Porcello is just the fifth major league pitcher since 1913 to begin a season 13-0 at home

* Porcello is the third Red Sox pitcher to win 18 of his first 21 decisions after Cy Young (1902) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (2008)

* David Ortiz leads the majors in doubles, slugging percentage and OPS.

 

STARS:

1) Rick Porcello

The righthander became the first 18-game winner in the big leagues and he did it by supplying seven innings for the sixth straight start while improving to 13-0 at home.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts gave the Red Sox an early lead with his 30th homer of the year, becoming the third player in franchise history to reach that milestone before the age of 24.

3) Travis Shaw

Shaw broke out of a month-long slump with a three-hit game, including a double, to go along with two RBI.

 

First impressions: Porcello settles in, helps Red Sox beat Rays, 9-4

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First impressions: Porcello settles in, helps Red Sox beat Rays, 9-4

First impressions from the Red Sox' 9-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays:

 

* Rick Porcello followed form.

Porcello has, throughout the season, struggled some in the early innings before making some adjustments and stabilizing as the game wears on.

So it was Monday night against the Rays.

Coming into the start, Porcello had compiled a 4.15 ERA in the first three innings with a 2.13 ERA in innings four through six.

Sure enough, Porcello allowed four straight hits and two runs in the third inning. After that, he looked like a different pitcher. He did yield a solo run in the fifth when he gave up a leadoff double and two groundouts.

But from the fourth through the seventh, he faced 13 hitters and retired 12 of them, including five by strikeout.

 

* Travis Shaw showed signs of digging out his funk at the plate.

Shaw was 0-for-6 to start the homestand, and since the beginning of August, had compiled an anemic .141/.236/.264 slash line with only four extra-base hits (two doubles, two doubles).

That resulted in Shaw losing playing time to Aaron Hill at third, and being dropped lower in the batting order.

But Monday, Shaw smacked a double to right -- the kind of extra-base power that he almost routinely flashed in the first half -- and later added two singles for a three-hit night.

It marked the first multi-hit game for him since July 26, better than a month ago.

 

* Lo and behold, the Red Sox can collect hits with the bases loaded.

The team's struggles in that department have been well-chronicled. Coming into the night, the Sox were hitting just .211 in such situations, ranking them 14th out of the 15 A.L. teams.

Time after time, the Sox have failed to come through with the bases full, sometimes even with no outs.

But that wasn't the case Monday. Twice, in fact, the Sox had innings with the bases loaded and both times, they scored.

In the second, Brock Holt's single to left scored Chris Young, though Sandy Leon was cut down at the plate when the Sox tried to get two runs out of it.

In the seventh, a sharp single to center by Sandy Leon scored two more.