Pedroia: Hernandez 'was pretty special tonight'

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Pedroia: Hernandez 'was pretty special tonight'

SEATTLE -- It took a great performance by perhaps the best pitcher in the American League to beat the Red Sox Thursday night.
That's exactly what Felix Hernandez delivered.
Hernandez fanned 13, tying a career high, while shutting out the Sox in a complete-game shutout, 1-0.
He allowed just five hits, all of them singles, and walked just one.
"He was great,'' said Dustin Pedroia, who was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts. "That's the best we've seen him. His stuff was moving all over the place. He kept the ball out of the middle of the plate. He was pretty special tonight.''
"He was King Felix,'' said Cody Ross, who was fanned twice in three hitless at-bats. "He was as good as I've ever seen him -- just pounding the strike zone, getting calls off the plate. When you're facing a guy like that and he's getting generous calls off the plate, chances are, he's going to throw up a lot of zeroes.
"We had our chances. We had our chances to score and couldn't come up with a big hit.''
The two best chances for the Sox came in the third and again in the top of the ninth.
In the third, with runners at first and second and two out, Pedroia hit a ball to left-center. But Franklin Gutierrez, among the game's best outfielders, ran it down, ending the threat.
Gutierrez later left the game after being struck in the ear on a pickoff attempt at first base. But his replacement, Michael Saunders, made a similarly impressive catch in the ninth.
The Sox then had first-and-second with one out, and Hernandez engaged in an epic at-bat with Adrian Gonzalez.
Gonzalez drove the ball to the left-center gap, but Saunders raced over and made the plate. When Will Middlebrooks popped to second, Hernandez was out of the jam.
Safeco Field is a spacious ballpark, and Gonzalez was a victim of the dimensions.
"Definitely the wrong place to hit that ball,'' he said. "He fell behind 3-and-0 and I was trying to get his fastball. He made a good pitch 3-and-0, then made a good pitch 3-and-1. Then, when he got to 3-and-2, you don't know if he's going to changeup or he's going to go curveball or if he's going to go his fastball.
"He kept throwing good pitches, good fastballs middle-away. He just kept spotting that fastball good. He left one over the middle of the plate and I Was able to hit it good, just not great. It's probably off the wall in a lot of ballparks.''
But not Safeco, on a night that wasn't the Red Sox' night.

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Roster flexibility, something of substance, or a combination of both?

The Red Sox on Thursday placed Drew Pomeranz on the brand new 10-day disabled list because of a left forearm flexor strain.

"It's become more and more clear he's not ready to begin the season," John Farrell told reporters, including The Providence Journal's Tim Britton, on Thursday morning.

The Sox don’t need a fifth starter, Pomeranz’s potential spot, until April 9. He can be activated before then. So, in effect, the trip to the DL frees up an extra roster spot.

Farrell said the team hopes Pomeranz will be able to make his scheduled start but "is certainly not guaranteeing it."

The situation could prove an interesting look at how MLB handles its new 10-day disabled list. If Pomeranz continues on his previously planned schedule, the Red Sox could be seen as simply be using the 10-day DL to their advantage. But Farrell spoke earlier this spring about how he expected MLB to highly scrutinize trips to the DL.

Pomeranz’s forearm is known not to be in the best of shape, considering he went for a stem-cell injection this offseason.

Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

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Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via RedSox.com. "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.