Red Sox notes: Nava to DL, Lavarnway called up

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Red Sox notes: Nava to DL, Lavarnway called up

BOSTON A day after the non-waiver trading deadline, the Red Sox were not done making roster moves.What would a day in Beantown be without a roster move? manager Bobby Valentine jokingly inquired of the assembled media before Wednesdays season and series finale against the Tigers at Fenway Park.This time, though, has been a common theme for the Sox this season, the moves were because of health.Outfielder Daniel Nava was placed on the disabled list with soreness in both wrists. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the roster. With both Mike Aviles (turf toe) and Kelly Shoppach (sore shin) ailing, Valentine was looking to Lavarnway to provide help from the right-hand side of the plate.Left-hander Craig Breslow, acquired Tuesday from the Diamondbacks, had not yet arrived at Fenway Park. When he does, right-hander Clayton Mortensen, who earned the win Tuesday, will likely be optioned back to Pawtucket.Daniel Nava, who has been playing with a little banged up wrist--actually, both of his wrists have been bothering him a little -- were just going to make sure that he gets fully healed and put him on the disabled list, Valentine said. And considering that Mike is still dealing with his toe and Kelly Shoppach is dealing with his shin situation, Ryan Lavarnways here for that right-handed protection that well need later in the game.If Breslow arrives in time, well have to make another move.Valentine said Shoppach fouled several balls off his shin, causing the soreness, which should not require a DL stint.
-- Valentine has been a big fan of Lavarnways since watching him in spring training. In 83 games with Pawtucket, Lavarnway is hitting .295 with eight home runs and 43 RBI for a .376 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage.I loved him in spring training and since hes continued to make improvements, Valentine said. Offensively, Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler says hes definitely ready and will continue to improve and we hope he continues his improvements, and defensively the same. Hes ready but we want him to continue to improve.-- David Ortiz, on the DL since July 17 with a right Achilles strain, is progressing. However, there is still no timetable for him to come off the DL, which he was eligible to do today.Yesterdays batting practice was great but he still was a little hesitant to run or jump or move quickly, Valentine said. He said today when he woke up was the first day he had no pain walking. And so he was going to do some agility work out on the field. Obviously because of the pregame rain, its being moved to the exercise room or something where hell do some light work. But it wont be really what we wanted. Hes getting closer, that being said.
-- With Josh Beckett ailing, left-hander Franklin Morales could possibly move back to the rotation. Morales, 2-2, with a 3.32 ERA, made five starts earlier this season.Lets say that well err on the side of caution with him, Valentine said. Theres not a formal plan for him to make a start but hes definitely in the wings. Hes been up a lot of times in the bullpen and hes thrown a couple of times in the games in the last five days. Today would be probably an off-day anyway and that would give us a little more time tomorrow to evaluate the situation. But hed be our first choice if we need a starter.
-- Andrew Bailey, who has been on the DL all season after thumb surgery, made an appearance for the Gulf Coast League Wednesday afternoon in his first outing on a his rehab assignment.
He threw 22 pitches I believe, had a strikeout, he made a good fielding play, he had good aggression out on the mound and felt good after the performance, Valentine said. Hell make another appearance in a couple of days (GCL).Valentine said Bailey would need no more than nine innings on his rehab outing to get ready. He also said he would not necessarily have to progress through each level.

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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