Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08

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Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08

By Jessica Camerato
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By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Right-hander Kyle Weiland made his major league debut Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

It didn't last as long as he had hoped.

Weiland was ejected in the fifth inning for beaning Vladimir Guerrero after warnings had already been issued. He became the first player to be ejected in his debut game since Atlanta Braves pitcher Francisley Bueno on August 13, 2008 (source: David VincentSABR).

In 17 starts for Pawtucket, Weiland is 8-6, with a 3.00 ERA. He has allowed two or fewer runs in 14 of his outings. In his last 10 starts, he is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA. In 93 innings, he has 99 strikeouts and 37 walks, a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 2.68 and a strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio of 9.6.

Told him to enjoy himself because hell never have another day like this in his life, said Terry Francona before the game. He looked excited . . . thats the biggest thing, I guess. I want to look at him and see, 'Okay, is this guy here?' He actually had a really confident look. I felt good. Kind of fun to talk to him. Hes a nice kid.

Guys that try not to act excited, thats when you get a little worried, like I got this under control. Thats when you go, Oh. "

Weiland, 24, was the Sox fifth pick in the 2008 draft, out of Notre Dame. He wore uniform No. 70.

Jon Lester (10-4, 3.31 ERA) was named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday in place of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. Hernandez started on Sunday, which made him ineligible for the All-Star Game per Major League Baseball rules.

Lester is on the disabled list (strained lower latissimus muscle), though, and was replaced by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09 ERA). Since Hernandez was a player-elected All-Star, his replacement was selected in order of the next highest ranking pitcher who was not already on the team. Even though Lester cannot play, he will still attend the All-Star Game in Phoenix. He does not expect to be on the disabled list longer than 15 days and does not anticipate needing a rehab start either.

Daniel Bard threw a scoreless eighth inning, extending his scoreless inning streak to 19 13 innings in his last 18 appearances. It is the longest streak for a Red Sox reliever since Hideki Okajima tossed 20 23 scoreless innings in 2007.

Dustin Pedroia (2-for-5, 1 HR) also extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .347 (14R, 10 RBI) since June 29.

Right-hander Josh Beckett threw a side session Sunday with no ill effects on his left knee. He left his Friday start after five innings, with a mildly hyperextend left knee after slipping on the mound. He will be available to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Carl Crawford, on the disabled list since June 18 with a left hamstring strain, is expected to work out Thursday at Fenway Park, and then play left field Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He will travel to Baltimore Sunday to meet the Red Sox, who'll arrive there Sunday night after their weekend series in Tampa, and be available to play Monday.

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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.

BRADLEY'S DEFENSIVE GEMS

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."

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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.