Red Sox notes: Roster expansion welcomed

796362.jpg

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.''

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

yankees_blue_jays_092616.jpg

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

marlins_dee_gordon_092616.jpg

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.