Notes: Reddick (hand), Lowrie (shoulder) out

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Notes: Reddick (hand), Lowrie (shoulder) out

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- A day after setting career high in hits, times on base, and runs scored, Josh Reddick is out of the starting lineup for the finale of the series against the Rangers at Fenway Park. Reddick, who was was hit on the hand in his final plate appearance last night, had an ice pack on his hand this morning.

Redds pretty sore, manager Terry Francona said. Structurally hes fine. He just got a pretty good bruise. I think what well do is well certainly stay away from him today, let him concentrate on the ice and whatever they want to do in there as opposed to trying to pick up a bat and come back a day too early. The hope would be that we could get him some treatment today, calm that thing down and maybe have him available tomorrow.

Jed Lowrie is also out of the starting lineup. He left Saturdays game with tightness in his left shoulder.

Jeds doing OK, Francona said. Hes actually doing pretty well. I think . . . it was certainly more precautionary. We just wanted to nip something before it got worse and I think we did that. Because of our situations at times weve played guys . . . Kevin Youkilis wasnt available and was on the DL so sometimes you just dont want to go too far with guys.

Red Sox pitchers entered the game leading the majors with 72 hit batters. John Lackey, who leads all pitchers in that category, extended his lead to 18 hit batters when he hit Josh Hamilton with two outs in the first inning Sunday.

Its probably an indication of a couple of things," Francona said. One is you need to pitch in aggressively or these big, strong guys are going to kill you. And then there are probably times when weve had guys that havent commanded. Like Kyle Weilands game his major league debut when he hit two batters. Theres days like that too where you get a young kid that whacks somebody because hes probably nervous. But I do know we feel the need to pitch in and pitch in aggressively or you get beat up too much.

Alfredo Aceves is also among the leaders, entering Sundays game with 11 hit batters 90 13 innings (compared to Lackeys 136 13).

Ryan Lavarnway will join the Red Sox in Toronto Monday. Triple-A Pawtucket claimed the International League North title Saturday and will wrap up the regular season Monday. Playoffs begin Wednesday. While the big league team is aware of Pawtuckets status, the fortune of the big league team trumps that.

I think we have to be realistic, Francona said. What we do here is more important. Its not taking away from what theyre doing. I just think there's a way to do it where we dont have to have mass call-ups where it really doesnt help us. We can let them finish their season out and if we need somebody we can always go get them. It just seems like it makes sense. We could call up seven guys and have them sit here or you could let them play there and get regular innings and regular at-bats. Then if we need them well call them up.

"Plus the fact that since thats the case, these guys have worked hard. They should get to enjoy the playoff experience. Again, we wouldnt sacrifice a game here for that but wed like to see them play and have a chance to win.

And, having the playoff experience is a vital part of player development.

I think its good, Francona said. I think its real good actually. The young kids that come up together they have that feeling of . . . I dont know if its family, but that togetherness that you only have with guys you come up through the minor leagues with. So I think thats true. In player development you never sacrifice the development for winning but when theyre able to win, I think its really good for them.

Francona was asked about some of the newer metrics designed to measure defensive ability and efficiency. Hes not a big fan.

To be honest with you, these ratings, and theres a few different ones, he said. Some confuse me. I know theyre trying to be able to evaluate defense without just looking with the naked eye. Even the UZR rating, you look at some of these ratings, its a little suspect so I dont know. I dont think its a problem when you see your guys every day. We know what they can do and what they can't do. I think what it helps is when you see a guy three or four times a year.

With or without the metrics, hes satisfied with his teams defense.

I think out outfield has been pretty athletic, which is good, he said. Jacoby being healthy and feeling good about himself has been huge. Carl in left field, hes good and whoever weve had in right, whether its J.D. or Reddick or Mac has been pretty solid. Gonzies a really good first baseman. Pedeys as good as you're ever going to find. Scoot is a guy who, when hes out there, makes the average play, which is what you need. And Youk going to third has been huge for us because he can go to third. And the fact that hes been a first baseman and has the ability to go to third is huge. Our catchers have done terrific. Take away the first two weeks of the season, Saltys been one of the better throwers.

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Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

BOSTON -- Twins rookie lefty Adalberto Mejia is feeling more comfortable each time he takes the mound.

Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

"He did a nice job," Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Mejia. "He had to kind of battle. It's kind of becoming a little bit of his MO to burn through pitches, but similarly to his last start, he kept walking off the field with zeros."

Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one in his 11th career start. On Friday night at Cleveland, he held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

"I feel calmer every time I'm out there," he said through a translator. "I think that's why I did better."

Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.

"It's not like they're beating the cover off the ball," Porcello said. "It's just a couple things here and there that I've got to clean up. I'm not making excuses for myself. I definitely hold myself accountable for the loss tonight."

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.

The Red Sox stranded 11 baserunners, and at least one in every inning. Farrell thought his team may have been pressing a bit.

"I thought there were times we might have expanded the strike zone a little bit, trying to make something happen," he said.

With Minnesota leading 2-0 in the sixth, Kepler lined his homer off the back of Boston's bullpen.

In the first, the Twins scored a pair of two-out runs when Sano hit his RBI double down the third-base line and scored on Kepler's broken-bat single.

Xander Bogaerts drove in Boston's run with a bases-loaded grounder in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: LHP Glen Perkins resumed throwing Tuesday after a setback last week following offseason shoulder surgery. Molitor said the club is still formulating a plan for him. He's been sidelined all season and pitched in just two games last year.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee Sunday. "He'll go through a full workday today," Farrell said. "He's feeling improved."

MATCHES OWN RECORD

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia played his 98th consecutive error-less game, matching the best mark in club history he set for a second baseman from 2009-10.

LOOKS FAMILIAR

This season has started like 2015 for Porcello, the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Two years ago when he struggled badly, the righty lost nine of his initial 13 decisions and finished 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

ROSTER MOVE

Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes was activated from the 10-day disabled list and LHP Craig Breslow was put on with rib cage soreness.

Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances in Triple-A.

Molitor plans to use him out of the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.23 ERA) looks to continue his success in Fenway Park in the series finale Thursday. He's allowed only one run over 15 innings in two career starts.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2, 4.76) has won his last five decisions against Minnesota, posting a 1.84 ERA.