Stewart to make Red Sox debut on Wednesday vs. Angels

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Stewart to make Red Sox debut on Wednesday vs. Angels

ANAHEIM -- Two months after joining the organization in the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox, pitcher Zach Stewart will make his Red Sox debut Wednesday night when he draws a start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Stewart was informed of the assignment Monday night while with Pawtucket Red Sox on a road trip outside of Atlanta. For Pawtucket, Stewart was 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 11 starts.

In five of his last six starts, Stewart had limited the opposition to three runs or fewer.

"I'm excited and ready to get going," said Stewart. "I had a (scheduled) start today and I was pretty much just getting ready for that. It was definitely a surprise and I'm happy to be here."

Stewart began the year in the White Sox organization, pitching in relief before being dealt (with Scott Podsednik) to the Sox for Youkilis in June.

"I've done a lot of both -- relieving and starting -- my whole career," he said. "So I guess it's somewhat normal. But it was kind of a roller coaster this season."

Wednesday will represent his first start in the big league for Boston. He's already pitched in the big leagues for both Toronto (in 2011) and the White Sox (earlier this year), but has lacked consistency in the past.

"For me, (it's about) getting ahead of guys and getting guys to swing and try to get themselves out," he said. "That's been my game plan and when I've been successful, that's usually what I'm doing. I'm not trying to fool anybody. I'm trying to throw strikes and try to let them get themselves out."

Stewart features a sinkerslider mix as his two most effective pitchers and is capable of getting groundouts when his stuff is working.

It's unknown whether Stewart will get additional starts in the final five weeks of the season. For now, he's taking the spot vacated by Franklin Morales, who was placed on the DL with left shoulder weakness. But he's effectively getting an early start on auditioning for a spot in the rotation next spring.

"That's not my call," said Stewart. "I'm just going to go out and pitch the best I can and whatever happens, happens. Hopefully, it's a good thing."

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The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

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