Red Sox notes: Bailey looking good in rehab appearances

721522.jpg

Red Sox notes: Bailey looking good in rehab appearances

BOSTON Just as Vicente Padillas injury has left the Red Sox with a hole in the middle portion of their bullpen, help appears to be on the way in the form of Andrew Bailey.

The Sox right-handed reliever has yet to throw a pitch for the Sox this season, but has piled up some excellent rehab appearances including back-to-back games for Pawtucket on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bailey pitched one clean inning with a strikeout on Wednesday night for the PawSox, and registered two more Ks in another inning of work Thursday afternoon for Bostons Triple-A ballclub. Bailey is scheduled for another rehab inning of work for Pawtucket on Sunday, and the Sox staff will then begin to formulate a more concrete plan for when he could join Bostons bullpen.

If we dont have Padilla then Bailey could be pretty important for that role, said Valentine. Bailey had good velocity, they liked his cutter and he threw his curveball once or twice.

Hell pitch Sunday. Its hard to make a decision from Cleveland, but well try to collect all of the data. Well see how he feels. Id rather see him get a couple of outs and then pitch another inning, but well see.

Bailey has struck out nine and given up one run in five innings of rehab work while attempting to get off the 60-day disabled list following thumb surgery.

Sox manager Bobby Valentine said theyd like to see Bailey work a partial inning, cool down in the dugout and then return to the mound as one of the final hurdles before declaring him healthy. So Bailey may be in line for at least one more rehab appearance beyond Sunday, but Valentine indicated the medicaltraining staff reports will weight heaviest factoring into the decision.

The Sox are anticipating his return sooner rather than later given Padillas injury, and their move to deal away right-handed reliever Matt Albers in favor of lefty specialist Craig Breslow.

Early, middle and lately weve had to lean on the bullpen. Its a little bit of a different mix out there since Breslow has gotten here. Albers was an inning-plus right-hander and he was replaced by Breslow, who is an inning or less left-hander. Its a little bit of a different mix.

Valentine cited Junichi Tazawa and Matt Melancon as righties that should benefit with greater workloads in the absence of Albers. But it will eventually come down to Bailey as the power-armed guy slamming the door in the latter innings along with closer-of-the-present Alfredo Aceves.

Valentine said Josh Beckett was feeling good in all the important areas back, shoulder and psyche after throwing 86 pitches and getting bombed for eight runs in Wednesday afternoons loss to the Texas Rangers. The good news was that he was feeling healthy, and the even-better news was that Valentine expected the righty to be better in his next start after back spasms through off his normal routine.

We had Mike Reinold in today and like we mentioned in the postgame yesterday he sometimes doesnt have quite have his touch after a long rest, said Valentine. But the next time he does, and we hope thats the case. He had no after effects in his back or his shoulder. His legs felt strong throughout the game.

Adrian Gonzalez was giving the "Golden Tee" arcade game in the visitor's clubhouse a workout prior to Thursday night's game, but shockingly "Big Buck Hunter" went unmanned.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.

First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

red_sox_david_price_082716.jpg

First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals:

 

David Price has found a groove.

Price finally brought his ERA below 4.00.

He’d been about that mark since his second start of the season. Twenty-six starts later, he finally reached the mark.

Saturday’s start marked Price’s fourth-straight quality start. Price will soon eclipse the 200-strikeout, reaching 186 K’s with his seven-strikeout performance.

Although the lefty hasn’t been at his best throughout much of the year, he’s caught fire of late.

Possibly at the most important part of the season, too.

 

Dustin Pedroia just missed making history, can’t buy an out.

Boston’s second baseman entered Saturday with seven hits in his last seven at-bats. He stretched that streak to 11-for-11 with a 4-for-4 game.

He had the chance to go 12-for-12 in the eighth, but weakly grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

He’s also the first Red Sox player with three straight four-hit games at Fenway Park since 1913.

Boston’s second baseman continues to prove that his struggles in recent years were directly related to injuries, not diminishing performance.

 

The offense passed a big test.

It might’ve appeared that Danny Duffy was a middle-of-the-road pitcher with the way Red Sox hitters tattooed him in Saturday’s win.

But the right only had one loss in 19 starts, with a 2.66 ERA (2.61 as a starter).

Between the long balls and Dustin Pedroia’s incessant ways of late, they ballooned his ERA to 3.01.

A respectable number, still, but a jump of nearly a half of a run.

 

Sandy Leon’s in a minor cold spell.

Possibly the greatest story of Boston’s 2016 offense, Leon hasn’t had too many struggles along the way.

But after finishing 0-for-4 Saturday night, he’s only 2-for-21 (.095) in his last five games.

Saturday also marked only the third time all season where he was held hitless in back-to-back games.

These things happen to everyone, but it was starting to look like Leon didn’t fall under the category of “everyone.”