Red Sox drop eighth of trip, lose 2-1 to Mariners

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Red Sox drop eighth of trip, lose 2-1 to Mariners

SEATTLE -- The final game of the Red Sox nine-game West Coast road trip ended just like every other except one -- with a loss.
The Sox mustered just five hits and were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Seattle Mariners for their eighth defeat of the trip.
The lone Red Sox run in the sixth when Jacoby Ellsbury, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored from first on a double into the right field corner by Cody Ross.
Ross had three of the Sox' five hits and drove in four of their five runs in the final two games here.
The defeat marked the sixth time in the nine games on the trip that the Sox were held to two runs or fewer.
Aaron Cook, who pitched a masterpiece when the Sox were last here in June, allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. Since starting the season 2-1, Cook has lost eight of his last nine decisions, including the last four in a row.
The Mariners scored both of their runs in the fourth inning when Dustin Ackely drove a single up the middle with the bases loaded, delivering Eric Thames and Mike Carp.
The win went to Kevin Millwood, who pitched for Pawtucket last season, and allowed just four hits over six innings.

STAR OF THE GAME: Dustin AckleyThe Mariners' leadoff hitter drove a ground ball single into center in the fourth inning to score the only two runs Seattle would need for its second victory in three tries in the series against the Red Sox.HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin MillwoodMillwood, who couldn't crack the Boston rotation last year when he was Pawtucket, got a measure of revenge, limiting the Sox to a single run on four hits over six inningsw to record his 14th quality start of the season.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Ryan LavarnwayLavarnway hit into a double-play to end the second, left the bases loaded in the fourth with a groundout and struck out with a runner on first in the ninth. A key hit in any of those at-bats might have made a difference.
TURNING POINT: After Cody Ross doubled home Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth, the Sox ahd a runner in scoring position with one out but couldn't move him to third, much less score the run.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox 1-8 trip on the road trip was their worst on a three-city West Coast trip since September 4-13, 1989.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "It's time to go home. It was a bad, bad road trip for us.'' -- Aaron Cook.

Red Sox trade Shaw, prospects for reliever Thornburg

Red Sox trade Shaw, prospects for reliever Thornburg

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox got the bullpen help they were seeking Tuesday, but it came at a steep price.
     
The Sox obtained righthanded reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers, but it cost them infielder Travis Shaw, highly regarded shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon and pitching prospect Josh Pennington, according to an industry source.

In Thornburg, 28, the Red Sox get a hard-throwing reliever whom they control for the next three seasons. He became the Brewers' closer after the trade deadline last year and recorded 13 saves while posting a 2.15 ERA and avergaing 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
    
He will serve as the Red Sox' primary set-up option to get to closer Craig Kimbrel.
     
One potential issue for Thornburg is that he's dealt with some elbow issues in the recent past. As recently as 2014, it was thought that he might require Tommy John surgery, but he instead underwent PRP (platelt rich plasma) treatment and has remained healthy.

Given that the last set-up reliever obtained by Dombrowski, Carson Smith, underwent Tommy John surgery last season, Thornburg's injury history raises a caution flag.

In dealing Shaw, the Red Sox are now expecting Pablo Sandoval to be their primary third baseman -- at least in the near term.

Sandoval missed all but a few games in 2016 with a shoulder injury and his conditioning has been an issue since signing with the Red Sox two years ago.

The Red Sox have Brock Holt to help out at third in 2017, with both Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers waiting in the wings.

Dubon is the second top prospect to be dealt by Dombrowski in the last 13 months. He included Javier Guerra in a package with three other prospects to obtain Kimbrel in November of 2015.

Dubon posted a .912 OPS in half a season at Portland last year and recently played in the Arizona Fall League. He has limited power, but strong athleticism and makes good contact.

Pennington is 20, a hard-throwing (94-98 mph) righthander who could profile either as a late-inning weapon or a starter. He's years away from the big leagues and has already undergone Tommy John surgery.

The Boston Herald was the first to report that the teams had made a trade. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com was the first to report the details.

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.

During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.

But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.

In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.

On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.