Notes: Buchholz (back) throws from 60 feet

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Notes: Buchholz (back) throws from 60 feet

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Right-hander Clay Buchholz, who has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a lower back strain, threw for the first time today. He made 25 throws from 60 feet.

Which is probably not, in the grand scheme of things, exciting, but it was for us, said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Obviously, were going to go slow, kind of deliberate. But the fact that he did so well in his core work and in that step of the program is really exciting. Whether this turns into him pitching or not we dont know bit its still exciting in the fact that hes done so well to this point. And well just continue that and like I said, pretty deliberate, and well see where it goes.

Francona said Buchholz would probably throw every-other day for a while.

You won't see this escalate in a hurry, he said.

I think Ive said this probably multiple times: If you see him pitch, hes fine andit would be with anybody. Doesnt matter who they are. Were going to take this very deliberate and hes going to pass tests. The good news is he feels good. So whether he pitches this year or not, wed hate like heck for him to go into the offseason not feeling well.

Buchholz was satisfied with his outing.

"Yeah, just to pick up a ball and mess around, yeah, he said. Seems like its been all season. So definitely good to get out there.

I felt good. There was no pain, nothing holding me back. Obviouslyit was a light day, but it was good.

Buchholz is still unsure if he will pitch in the regular season.

I dont know, he said. I think its going to depend on whenever I actually start doing the pitching motion and see how that feels and see how it feels the day after that. But it felt good today, no restrictions, and no pain. So that was definitely a good thing.

The Sox stranded at least one runner in every inning and 16 total, tying a season high, which they set on April 10 against the Yankees. The Sox went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

At 3:59 it was the longest nine-inning game of the season for the Sox.

Ortiz extended his season-high hit streak to 13 games. He is batting .520 (26-for-50) with seven doubles, six home runs, 14 RBI, and seven walks in that stretch. His seventh-inning walk was the 751st of his career, moving him past Dom DiMaggio into seventh place on the Sox all-time list.

Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 and his now hitting .329 (26-for-79) against the Yankees in his career. It is his third-highest average against an American League club, behind .333 against the Royals and .359 against the Rangers.

J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis each played a rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket. Drew played right field and went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Youkilis served as the designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Youkilis is expected to play third base Wednesday night for the PawSox while Drew serves as the DH. If all goes well, Drew could be back Thursday with Youkilis coming back Friday.

With those two returning, the Sox are not likely to do anything immediately when rosters expand on Thursday, except to possibly add a pitcher. Ryan Lavarnway would also be called up next week.

General manager Theo Epstein and I talked about this numerous times, Francona said. I think were kind of on the same page. In fact, I know we are. You never want to get caught short. At the same time, just calling guys up to put them in the bullpen or sit on the bench, Im not sure thats in anybodys best interest. If we ever run short, we can get somebody up here the next day and these guys can continue to do what theyre doing. So, I think thats kind of how we look at it.

Francona has set his rotation for the three-game series with the Rangers beginning Friday at Fenway Park. Left-hander Andrew Miller is scheduled to pitch the first game, followed by lefty Eric Bedard, and John Lackey, who starts Tuesday night against the Yankees. Tim Wakefield is expected to start one of the games in the three-game series in Toronto beginning Monday, but Francona would not say which one yet.

This schedule gives Bedard a couple days rest, Francona said. Were going to back Wake up a little bit. Hes not going to pitch until Toronto. Just talked to him before I spoke to the media so he can figure out how to proceed and we can get him in the bullpen for a few days and as we get closer to that start he can start preparing for that, too. We also have a doubleheader coming up on the 19th against the Orioles at Fenway Park.

The Rangers have scheduled Derek Holland for Friday, followed by Colby Lewis on Saturday, with Sundays starter undecided.

Francona on Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who was 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against the Sox this season before getting the win Tuesday night, while going 17-3 (2.40) against everyone else:

I really dont know why. Maybe I should. Certainly respect how good CC is and what he can do. Weve done pretty well against him. When hes made mistakes weve made him pay for it. Weve made him work really hard. Saying that, I dont think everybody woke up this morning saying, Yeah, we get to face CC. hes one of the best in the game and we still respect that. But weve done a pretty good job up to this point against him. Well see again tonight.

Bobby Jenks, on the DL since July 8 with left back tightness, is back with the Sox. He had been scheduled for a rehab game on Saturday with Single-A Salem, but was scratched when he became ill.

Hes kind of having a day where hes getting reevaluated and were kind of sifting through how to get him back on his feet, when to do it, how do to it, where to do it, Francona said. Hopefully well have some answers the next couple of days.

He got sick in Salem. We were going to send him to Scranton with Pawtucket. Then, we couldnt get him anywhere with the hurricane. It was kind of a mess.

Condolences to pitching coach Curt Young, who father died. Bullpen coach Gary Tuck will serve as the pitching coach in Youngs absence.

The Red Sox have announced the players they are sending to the Arizona Fall League, along with Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler, who will manage the Scottsdale Scorpions (comprised of players from the Red Sox, Angels, Giants, Nationals, and Phillies). Pitchers Brock Huntzinger, Jeremy Kerht, and Wil Latimer, catcher Dan Butler, infielder Will Middlebrooks, and outfielder Alex Hassan are expected. The Sox have one additional pitching spot on the Scottsdale roster they can fill.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen.

Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

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Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

BOSTON - Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

"The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches," Johnson said. "Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool."

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

"Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling" he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

"That's the reality of the game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday."

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

"Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well."

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

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Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

BOSTON - Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander's only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHPs Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw bullpen sessions. Hernandez said he "felt really good."... LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back at second base after getting Friday off to rest his sore left knee and not play on a wet field. He was hit by a pitch on the right forearm his first time up and went 1 for 3. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the DL with a sprained right knee, was expected to play nine innings Saturday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell didn't rule out that he could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.30 ERA) gave up 10 runs and 14 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss Tuesday at Washington.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.35) has gone at least six innings in eight of nine starts.