Sox run out of gas, lose to O's in 17 innings, 9-6

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Sox run out of gas, lose to O's in 17 innings, 9-6

BOSTON The Red Sox and Orioles used a combined 18 pitchers, including a position player each, in their series finale Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

It was Darnell McDonald who took the loss, giving up a three-run home run to Adam Jones in the 17th, as the Sox fell, 9-6.

The Sox needed nine pitchers, including McDonald, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for David Ortiz in the eighth inning, to get through 17 innings against the Orioles Sunday afternoon.

The loss drops the Sox to 11-16, 4-10 at home, and 1-5 on the homestand.

The Orioles' Chris Davis, who started the game as their DH, pitched two innings for the win. At the plate, Davis went 0-for-8 with five straight strikeouts to start the game.

It was another poor outing by Clay Buccholz that set up the bullpen game. Buchholz lasted just 3 23 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts.All the Orioles runs off him came on home runs, including two solo shots by J.J. Hardy, in the first and third, and a three-run shot Sox nemesis Robert Andino in the fourth. It was Buchholzs shortest outing since 3 23 innings on April 9, 2011, in a loss to the Yankees.

The Sox got a run in the fourth when Mike Aviles doubled and scored on Ryan Sweeneys single to right.

They tied the score in the next inning on Will Middlebrooks first career grand slam. It scored David Ortiz and Cody Ross, who singled, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who walked. Middlebrooks blast, over the Monster, came on the first pitch. It was also his first career home run.

The Os went ahead in the eighth, helped by two errors from Saltalamacchia. His error on Adam Jones foul extended the at-bat, allowing Jones to single. With Jones attempting to steal second, Saltalamacchias throwing error allowed him to go to second. Jones scored on Mark Reynolds double off the wall in center.

But Saltalamacchia got some redemption in the bottom of the inning, as the Sox once again tied the score. Ortiz led off with a double to center and was replaced by Darnell McDonald, who went to third on Cody Ross ground out to short. Saltalamacchias sacrifice fly to left scored McDonald.

The Orioles bullpen had gone 23 23 consecutive scoreless innings before that run.

Os starter Tommy Hunter lasted just 4 13 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, including Middlebrooks grand slam, and a walk with two strikeouts.

Of his six outings, Buchholz has not thrown a quality start yet this season, and has given up five or more earned runs in each.Althoughhe was not involved in the decision, leaving his record at 3-1, his ERA jumped from 8.69 to 9.09.

Red Sox trade Shaw, prospects for reliever Thornburg

Red Sox trade Shaw, prospects for reliever Thornburg

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox got the bullpen help they were seeking Tuesday, but it came at a steep price.
     
The Sox obtained righthanded reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers, but it cost them infielder Travis Shaw, highly regarded shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon and pitching prospect Josh Pennington, according to an industry source.

In Thornburg, 28, the Red Sox get a hard-throwing reliever whom they control for the next three seasons. He became the Brewers' closer after the trade deadline last year and recorded 13 saves while posting a 2.15 ERA and avergaing 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
    
He will serve as the Red Sox' primary set-up option to get to closer Craig Kimbrel.
     
One potential issue for Thornburg is that he's dealt with some elbow issues in the recent past. As recently as 2014, it was thought that he might require Tommy John surgery, but he instead underwent PRP (platelt rich plasma) treatment and has remained healthy.

Given that the last set-up reliever obtained by Dombrowski, Carson Smith, underwent Tommy John surgery last season, Thornburg's injury history raises a caution flag.

In dealing Shaw, the Red Sox are now expecting Pablo Sandoval to be their primary third baseman -- at least in the near term.

Sandoval missed all but a few games in 2016 with a shoulder injury and his conditioning has been an issue since signing with the Red Sox two years ago.

The Red Sox have Brock Holt to help out at third in 2017, with both Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers waiting in the wings.

Dubon is the second top prospect to be dealt by Dombrowski in the last 13 months. He included Javier Guerra in a package with three other prospects to obtain Kimbrel in November of 2015.

Dubon posted a .912 OPS in half a season at Portland last year and recently played in the Arizona Fall League. He has limited power, but strong athleticism and makes good contact.

Pennington is 20, a hard-throwing (94-98 mph) righthander who could profile either as a late-inning weapon or a starter. He's years away from the big leagues and has already undergone Tommy John surgery.

The Boston Herald was the first to report that the teams had made a trade. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com was the first to report the details.

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.

During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.

But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.

In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.

On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.