Gonzalez makes his 1,000th hit a memorable one

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Gonzalez makes his 1,000th hit a memorable one

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez needed just a triple to hit for the cycle Friday night.

Yeah, that ain't gonna happen, he joked at the time.

On Sunday afternoon against the Brewers at Fenway Park, Gonzalez hit his 1,000th career hit.

And sure enough, it was a triple.

Its definitely something that you dont think about when you come into the league, he said of the milestone hit. But its nice to get it and move on. I always said statistics arent something I focus on. Its nice to get there but its already behind us.

While Gonzalez was nonplussed by the milestone, manager Terry Francona was impressed.

He's not going to stop at 1,000 hits, Francona said. Youll probably see 2,000 down the road a little bit. Hes a pretty good hitter.

Gonzalez, who will never be known for his speed, found the irony that the milestone came on a triple, into the triangle in center field.

I never drew that up, especially on something (the 1,000-hit plateau) you never even think you're going to get close to, he said. So, its nice to get and nice to put it behind and keep going and focus on some more."

His three triples this season (11 in his career) are just one behind team leader Carl Crawford.

I was telling speedster Jacoby Ellsbury, who has two, I got more triples than you do. Whats going on? Gonzalez said. He just said, Hey, you're faster than me.

When I hit it I was thinking double and once it got into that corner out there and I was pretty close to second base, I said if they throw me out from out there that means that Im really, really, really slow

Just as he was unimpressed by his milestone, Gonzalez is equally unfazed at the prospect of facing the Padres over the next three games. Gonzalez, a San Diego native, spent the past five seasons with the Padres, for whom he hit. 288, with 161 home runs, 501 RBI, slugging .514 with an on-base percentage of .374.

Another series, he said. I got a lot of friends on a lot of teams. So Im going to treat it just like another series. Im definitely going to hang out with the guys and talk to them. I mean, Ive been on the phone with them the whole season so its not like I havent talked to them. But once the game starts its just another series, another game.

Its just another series. I dont like to look into things like that.

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Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per BrooksBaseball.net, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

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Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.

ROSTER MOVES

Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.

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