Notes: Atchison optioned back, Bowden called up


Notes: Atchison optioned back, Bowden called up

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON After pitching three innings Friday night against the As, in relief of Tim Wakefield, Scott Atchison returned to Triple-A Pawtucket this morning. Right-hander Michael Bowden was called up to take his place.

We spoke to Atch after the game Friday night and kind of told him, actually after I talked to the media, that we may make a move, manager Terry Francona said. We wanted to think about it. We wanted to see with weather, with travel . . . Triple A was in Scranton . . . just wanted to make sure we could make a move. So Michael landed five minutes ago and hes on his way and we optioned Atch back. Just trying to, again, if something happens, not ruin the bullpen.

Atchison will likely be a call-up when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Atchison is in his final season with options. He has already had five stints with the Sox this season, so he's used to getting the news. But its not always easy for the manager to deliver.

I know its tougher on him, but I dont enjoy it, Francona said. He comes up and sometimes his role, or if he stays on our team is determined by the way somebody else pitches or like he pitched so well last night but he pitched long so he can't come back and pitch today. So he has to go back. Yeah, its unfortunate. Guys get in that position sometimes. Next year that wont happen. That option will be (gone). Its happened with other players. You have to do it but its not fun. Dont take pleasure in it for sure.

Bowden has appeared in six games for the Sox this season, the most recent on June 22 against the Padres. He has allowed one earned run in seven innings for an ERA of 1.29. In 41 games with the PawSox this season, all in relief, he is 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 16 saves.

Francona has set his rotation for the three-game series against the Yankees, beginning Tuesday at Fenway Park. John Lackey will pitch Tuesday, followed by Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester.

Francona is unsure when Tim Wakefield, who took the loss Friday night, will start next.
We have the Yankees series planned out and then we need to see what were going to do, Francona said.

Hideki Matsui sent a present to the Sox clubhouse for Darnell McDonald: The bat he cracked grounding out, 1-4-3, in the ninth inning in McDonalds professional pitching debut Friday night. McDonald who was surprised that it was the actual bat from the play, smiled when it was pointed out to him. McDonald said he would keep it but hoped Matsui would add his nickname Godzilla to the Hideki Matsui, 55 already on the bat. Pointing to the scuff mark on the bat, McDonald said with a smile, See, I got inside on him.

J.D. Drew on the disabled list since July 20 with a left shoulder impingement, went 0-for-2 with a run scored, a walk, and was hit by a pitch serving as Single-A Lowells designated hitter in a rehab assignment Friday night. He was originally expected to play for the Spinners on Saturday. But he was in the Sox clubhouse Saturday morning and will not play today.

Bobby Jenks on the 15-day DL since July 8 with left back tightness, is expected to pitch in an inning for Single-A Salem on Saturday.

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis, on the DL since Aug. 18 with a low back strain, took infield this morning.

Clay Buchholz, on the DL since June 17 with a lower back strain, is expected to be reevaluated within the next few days. Francona said. He cannot throw until Thursday at the earliest.

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Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

Moreland homers again, Red Sox tag A's to avoid four-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. - A five-run ninth inning for the Red Sox that lasted more than a half-hour derailed any chance Eduardo Rodriguez had of getting his first career complete game.

Not that the left-hander was complaining.

After a bitter loss to Oakland a year ago when he allowed just one hit over eight innings, Rodriguez was more than happy with the way things turned out.

Rodriguez earned his second straight win, Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game and Boston beat the Oakland Athletics 12-3 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"I wanted to go back out there but they hit the ball pretty good in that inning and I know I had to get out of the game," Rodriguez said about the long wait. "I'll take it because we score more runs, I have a chance to win. If every inning's like that, I'll get out of the game after five."

Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs over eight innings. He struck out eight, walked one and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

"Where he was with the pitch count, it'd be nice for him to go out there for the ninth inning given where he was and how well he was throwing the baseball," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But at that point you're up nine, probably about a 35-minute inning, didn't want to take any chances."

Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez had three hits apiece to power a Red Sox lineup that tallied 15 hits. Every player in Boston's starting lineup had at least one hit, and eight of the nine drove in runs.

Chad Pinder homered and drove in two runs for Oakland.

Boston, which hasn't been swept in a four-game series since July 2015, trailed 3-2 before scoring 10 runs over the final five innings.

"It felt we had them on the run a little bit," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They get the lead and then we come back and take the lead again and you feel pretty good. But they were pretty persistent today."

Pinder went deep in the fourth, his fourth home run in eight games and fifth overall.

The A's committed three errors, giving them a major league-leading 42.


Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts gave the A's trouble with his running and defense. Betts scored twice from first base and also made a pair of strong defensive plays. He made a sliding catch on Mark Canha's sinking liner in the eighth and then slammed into the wall after catching Khris' Davis fly to end the inning.

"This place during the daytime plays very difficult," Farrell said. "What Mookie was able to do a couple times in right field, those aren't easy plays. To be able to stay with it, go up against the wall a couple of times, we played very good outfield defense here today."


Red Sox: Brock Holt continues to deal with lingering symptoms from vertigo and isn't yet ready to come off the disabled list, according to Farrell. Likewise, Boston plans to keep third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the minors to get consistent at-bats while recovering from a right knee sprain. ... Farrell said LHP Drew Pomeranz, who took the loss Saturday, will start against Texas on Thursday.

Athletics: Yonder Alonso (sore left knee) sat out his fourth straight game but could be back in the lineup Tuesday when Oakland begins a two-game series against Miami. ... Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) threw on flat ground before making 15 pitches off the mound. The plan is for the former closer to throw 25 pitches on Wednesday. ... Melvin said the team has applied for an extension on Chris Bassitt's rehab assignment. Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015.


Red Sox: Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (2-5) faces Texas on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Porcello has lost three of his last four decisions.

Athletics: Following an off day, RHP Jesse Hahn (1-3) starts against Miami on Tuesday at the Coliseum. Hahn leads the majors in fewest home runs allowed per nine innings at 0.19.