Red Sox notes: Roster expansion welcomed

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Red Sox notes: Roster expansion welcomed

ANAHEIM -- Major league rosters expand Saturday, and manager Bobby Valentine expects his injury-depleted club will be getting some reinforcements then.
"There hasn't been a formal discussion about that,'' said Valentine. "But I would think we'll need another catcher, some relief help, and anybody that Ben (Cherington) feels might be benefit from being here in September. And, obviously, we need another outfielder. Hell, for that matter, we can use another infielder.''
Valentine also expects that Rich Hill, who has been on a rehab assignment from a forearm injury for the past few weeks, will rejoin the team Saturday. The hope is that Scott Atchison, also sidelined with a forearm injury, can return, also.
If Valentine wants a catcher, he may be out of luck as the main catcher in Pawtucket is Dan Butler, who's not on the 40-manroster.
Others who could be promoted: outfieler Che-Hsuan Lin, infielder Danny Valencia and pitcher Pedro Beato.

To make room for the activation of starting pitcher Zach Stewart, the Red Sox Wednesday optioned pitcher Clayton Mortensento Double A Portland.
The reason Mortensen was optioned to Portland is because their season ends sooner than Pawtucket's and this proceduralmove allows Mortensen to return Monday, when Portland's season is completed.
Otherwise, Mortensen would have to remain in the minors for a minimum of ten days.

Valentine took exception to a reporter who asked if he had reviewed videotape of Alfredo Aceves nicking Angels infield Erick Aybar in the knee in the ninth inning Tuesday.
"You know, I'm sick of people asking me whether or not we saw anything from the dugout,'' he said, "and whether or not theumpires get the call right. Their job is to get the call right. Simple!
"If they don't get it right, that's not the players' fault for not arguing it. It's not the people in the dugout's fault for not seeing it from 80 feet away. They had a job to do. Just do it, I think. But I really am sick of talking about that stuff.
"If they can't do their job and get it right, then you reporters all change the system.''

Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

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Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:

 

QUOTES

“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.

 

NOTES

* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.

 

STARS

1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.