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."

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.