Matsuzaka: 'Im ready to make the step up'

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Matsuzaka: 'Im ready to make the step up'

PAWTUCKET, RI After his third and latest rehab start Wednesday night, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka said he feels good enough that he could be activated from the disabled list.Matsuzaka went 5 23 innings against ScrantonWilkes-Barre, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts, throwing 97 pitches, 65 strikes. He was also charged with an error. Matsuzaka took the loss, dropping to 0-1 on this rehab assignment (0-3 overall with Pawtucket) with a 3.68 ERA, as the PawSox lost, 5-1 at McCoy Stadium in the first game of a double-header.After my previous start I felt that I definitely needed to throw in the minors again, have another rehab start, Matsuzaka said after his outing. But today I felt a lot better, and I think the results werent what I wanted, but I felt a lot better. I threw a lot better, and I threw about 100 pitches. My pitch count went up, and I feel like Im ready to make the step up.The Yankees scored all their runs off him in the fifth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. Matsuzaka threw 38 pitches in the inning, allowing the first seven batters to reach base -- including one on his own throwing error -- before he could record an out. It was an adjustment he made in that inning, he said, that caused his difficulties.Overall I think I threw well today, he said. But after the fourth inning, I saw my pitch count, I saw it was low and cant exactly say what I changed but I changed something. And that might have had an effect on what happened. But if I didnt make that error, it wouldnt have been as bad as it was.It was a small mechanical adjustment I made, because I felt so good, and the results followed because of that. But once I got up there everything seemed to fall apart and I really regret doing that. And its going to be the last time I make such an adjustment during a game.The results werent great, obviously. Physically I felt the best Ive felt in a while, and again Ive said this before, but if it werent for the error then it wouldnt have been as bad. But my fastball felt really good and there werent any hard hits on it. So thats a positive to take away from it. So its just about how I use my pitches is whats going to be something I need to rethink. The results were poor but I dont feel as bad as the results.PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler supported Matsuzakas assertion that he pitched better than his line showed.I think thats fair to say, Beyeler said. He had one bad inning. But overall he did a nice job. He commanded well.Matsuzaka has been on the DL since July 3. It is his second stint on the DL this season after beginning the year there following Tommy John surgery in June 2011. He has made just five starts, spanning 23 innings, for the Red Sox this season, going 0-3 with a 6.65 ERA. In all, he has made 12 rehab starts this season between the two stints, going 0-4 with a 3.76 ERA.He began his current 30-day rehab assignment on Aug. 5 and would not have to be activated until Sept. 4.

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 recenlty 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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