McAdam: 'Sox finally headed in right direction'

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McAdam: 'Sox finally headed in right direction'

CSNNE's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam joined SportsNet Central to break down Boston's recent games that are getting them closer to where they want to be.
"(The Red Sox) are at .500 for the third time this season after a road trip that saw them go 5-3. With three tough series on the road, in Tampa where they split two, in Philly where they took two out of three, and here in Baltimore where they also took two out of three.
"Over the trip, it seemed like everyone contributed. There were newcomers like Scott Podsednik and call ups like Daniel Nava playing big parts."
Boston enjoyed an off day Thursday -- their first in 20 days -- and will be back on the diamond Friday at home against the Rays.

David Price faces hitters for the first time in rehab

David Price faces hitters for the first time in rehab

BOSTON - Two months after his throwing elbow started bothering him, David Price faced hitters Saturday, throwing to Chris Young, Josh Rutledge and newcomer Chase d’Arnaud at Fenway Park.

“It was a quality workday for him,” manager John Farrell said. “Accomplished what the plan was, and that was for two simulated innings after he warmed up. Good intensity. So that was a good day for him. I know when he walked off he said he felt good. But we’ll check and see how things feel tomorrow. It would be scheduled for a light bullpen, which would be on Monday.”

Farrell said Price threw a couple cutters. Another sim game is to follow for the southpaw after four days of rest, setting Price up to be on an every-five-day schedule like a normal starter. He threw 30 pitches Saturday.

“This would be done in five days, with an increase of an additional 15 pitches,” Farrell said. “That’s all subject to how he feels physically over the coming days…We’ll continue to take this week by week.”

Maybe Price can make it back by the start of June, but there’s still a long road to go.
 

Saturday's Red Sox-Cubs lineups: Pedroia hits sixth again; Wright vs. Lackey

Saturday's Red Sox-Cubs lineups: Pedroia hits sixth again; Wright vs. Lackey

The Red Sox stick with the same lineup as they look to make it two in a row over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon (4:05) at Fenway Park.

Dustin Pedroia (2-for-3 with a walk Friday) is back in the sixth spot after hitting there for the first time in his career Friday night as the Red Sox used a five-run first to hold on for a 5-4 victory.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-2, 8.66), still looking to regain his All-Star form from the first half of last season, is on the mound for Boston. Continuing the reunion theme of the weekend, he's opposed by old friend John Lackey (1-3, 4.88), the Red Sox' 2013 World Series hero traded in 2014 to the Cardinals in the deal that sent Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to Boston. Lackey signed with the Cubs last offseason. 

The full lineups:  

RED SOX
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B
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Steven Wright RHP

CUBS
Kyle Schwarber DH
Kris Bryant 3B    
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Ben Zobrist 2B
Jason Heyward RF    
Addison Russell SS    
Miguel Montero C    
Albert Almora CF    
Jon Jay LF
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John Lackey RHP