Boston Red Sox

First pitch: Sox can't capitalize on offensive chances


First pitch: Sox can't capitalize on offensive chances

SEATTLE -- For the fifth time in as many tries, the Red Sox lost a game in extra innings Saturday night.

But it wasn't as if they didn't have their chances. Before Chone Figgins' sacrfice fly to right scored Dustin Ackley to give the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 11-inning win, the Red Sox had any number of opportunties.

They outhit the Mariners, 11-9, but managed to strand 10 men on base. In both the fourth and tenth innings, they left a man on third base and in the fifth, seventh, and ninth, they left runners on second.

For the game, they were a woeful 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

"Yeah, we had some opportunities,'' lamented Bobby Valentine. "It was just one of those nights we couldn't find the hole and didn't come up with the big one.''

The worst squander came in the 10th, when the Sox got singles from Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz to start the inning. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out, Adrian Gonzalez hit into a force play that wiped out Ortiz at second while pushing Pedroia to third.

Will Middlebrooks then hit into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

"Really, really frustrating,'' said Saltalamacchia in recounting the inning. "First and second, no outs, starting with me, I've got to get a guy over, especially with Adrian right behind me. But we didn't do it.''

Gonzalez came into the game with the best average with runners in scoring position (.385) among A.L. qualifiers, but he, too, failed.

"You've got to give the (Seattle) pitching some credit,'' reasoned Cody Ross. "They're bringing in some guys throwing some gas. They made some really good defensive plays. That's just the way it goes. Of course, you want to get some runs across when you get the opportunity, but tonight, we were unable to do it.''

Valentine was asked whether he considered having Saltalamacchia bunt the baserunners over with none out.

"I don't think I've ever bunted my fourth-place hitter,'' explained the manager.

Source: Despite addition of Nunez, Sox plan to keep Devers on roster

Source: Despite addition of Nunez, Sox plan to keep Devers on roster

BOSTON — Eduardo Nunez is expected to be activated Friday night, but he doesn't have third base all to himself. Rookie Rafael Devers is not going to be sent to the minors to make room, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday.

The Red Sox announced a roster move for David Price, who went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But the corresponding move to activate Nunez, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Giants in a trade for two minor leaguers, wasn't immediately clear. 

If there's no health situation at play and no one lands on the disabled list, Deven Marrero could be the odd man out.

UPDATE: David Price on 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation

UPDATE: David Price on 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation

BOSTON — David Price went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation before his scheduled start Friday. Rick Porcello was moved up a day into Price's slot in the rotation, with Eduardo Rodriguez slated to start Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday.

Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.

The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.

Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to Price's spot on the roster. Price is on the DL retroactive to July 25, the maximum allowable three days that a DL trip can be made retroactive.

The timing of Price's injury is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.

The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.