Red Sox pregame notes

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Red Sox pregame notes

CHICAGO -- Assorted news, notes and health updates from pre-game.

After adding one lefty reliever (Rich Hill) to their roster Friday, it may not be long before the Sox add another.

Andrew Miller is continuing his rehab assignment at Pawtucket and might be close to a call-up.

"Ben (Cherington) talked to him when Rich came up,'' said Bobby Valentine. "He feels he's close and we feel he's close. (We'd like to see) a little more consistency. He's throwing well.''

Miller pitched an inning for Pawtucket Wednesday. In eight rehab outings -- two with Greenville and six with Pawtucket -- he's struck out 15 in 8 13 innings while allowing four runs.

Cody Ross was back in the lineup after missing Thursday with some left knee soreness.

"He's got a bounce in his step,'' said Valentine. "Says he's O.K.''

Carl Crawford is back in Fort Myers following his visit to Dr. James Andrews, but doesn't plan to stay there long.

He's expected to be back in Boston when the team returns to begin a homestand Monday.

Crawford has been shutdown from all baseball activity for the time being. Valentine said the length of the down time would be determined by Crawford's "tolerance when he gets ready to start doing things.''

First impressions: Bradley Jr.'s hit streak comes to an end

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First impressions: Bradley Jr.'s hit streak comes to an end

BOSTON - First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies:

 

Just when you think Clay Buchholz may be close to figuring some things out, you realize he hasn't.

The night began well for Buchholz, who retired the first nine hitters he faced, marking the first time since April 18 that he had the opposition scoreless through the first three innings.

But then Buchholz allowed a single and a two-run homers in the fourth. And then did it again in the fifth. And then again in that same inning. That's been the big tease all season -- a few innings of dominance, more than wiped out by big hits with men on base.

He's got a 6.35 ERA. It's hard to find a reason why he should make his next start.

 

You can't say that Jackie Bradley Jr. didn't go down swinging.

He swung at the second pitch of the first inning and hit to the warning track in right, where it was caught.

After a weak comebacker in the third, Bradley crushed a pitch to the center field wall, close to 400 feet. That, too, was caught.

In his final at-bat, with the crowd on its feet in anticipation, Bradley swung at the first pitch and rolled out to second base.

It was nice -- and plenty of fun -- while it lasted.

Now, the attention focuses on Xander Bogaerts, who has his own streak going at 19 games.

 

David Ortiz has had a nice month this week.

Ortiz was at it again Thursday, slamming a two-run homer into the home bullpen in the first, then doubling off The Wall in the fourth.

He finished the night 2-for-5, but for the homestand was 10-for-23. Of those 10 hits, eight were for extra bases -- six doubles and two homers -- and he knocked in 11 runs in six games.

Also, for the first time in his career, Ortiz has knocked in multiple runs in four straight games.

 

Heath Hembree continues to be an important part of the bullpen.

The Red Sox don't necessarily have a designated long man, but Hembree is the closest thing they have to one.

He came in in the sixth and turned in three innings in which he allowed just one run -- and that one was unearned.

This marked the ninth time in 12 appearances this season that Hembree has pitched more than an inning.