Pedroia leaves game; Sox taking wait-and-see approach

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Pedroia leaves game; Sox taking wait-and-see approach

BOSTON Dustin Pedroia left Tuesday nights game against the Marlins at the start of the eighth inning, replaced by Nick Punto.

Well, its early for a complete update of course, manager Bobby Valentine said after the game, a 7-5 Red Sox win.

Valentine talked to Pedroia during the game but did not have time immediately after the game to get an update from the second baseman. Valentine said general manager Ben Cherington filled him in. Pedroia was not available to talk to the media after the game.

Pedroia missed six games after leaving the May 28 game against the Tigers in the fifth inning whit what was later diagnosed as a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb. He left Tuesdays game after fouling out to Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez for the second out in the seventh.

He was more fearful than he was injured, Valentine said. The ball was an inside pitch that pushed the bat back in his hand the way that he didn't want it to be pushed back. It was about 95 miles an hour and he thought it might be a reoccurrence. Well see how he is tomorrow.

Asked what, if any, tests Pedroia would undergo on Wednesday, Valentine replied:

Ben talked to the trainers and to Dustin during the game. So Im not sure what the procedures are from here.

Pedroia laid down a sacrifice bunt in his previous plate appearance, sending Mike Aviles, who would later score the go-ahead run, to third in the fifth.

I dont know if it was bothering him earlier in the game and thats why he bunted but it wasnt brought to my attention until right at the end, Valentine said.

After sitting out the six games, Pedroia returned to the lineup June 5. But in the 13 games since is batting just .170 (9-for-53) with three doubles, five runs scored, five RBI, five walks and 10 strikeouts. That includes going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored along with the sacrifice bunt in Tuesdays game. Pedroias average has dropped from .295 to .269 in that span.

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.

How dominant has Craig Kimbrel been? The numbers are eye popping

How dominant has Craig Kimbrel been? The numbers are eye popping

Remember that infield hit by Jonathan Villar of the Brewers off Craig Kimbrel on May 11 in Milwaukee?

Don't worry, nobody does. That's the last hit off the Red Sox closer. That's right. One hit this month.

How dominant has Kimbrel been? Going into Saturday, right-handed hitters don't have a hit off him in their past 39 at-bats. Opponents are hitting .083 against him. Move the decimal point and 0.83 happens to be his season ERA, too, to go with 13 saves. 

Here's more via @SoxNotes:

Kimbrel, 28, has been one of baseball's best closers for years with the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres. His first year in Boston last season was solid with 31 saves and a 3.40 ERA, but his walks climbed (30 total and 5.1 per 9 innings, the second-highest totals of his career). He also struggled in non-save situations.

There's been no struggling lately. The last run Kimbrel gave up was a home run by Kendrys Morales of the Blue Jays in the ninth inning on April 20 in Toronto that tied the score at 1 in a game won by the Red Sox 4-1 in 10. Kimbrel got the win and his only blown save of the season.

His three-out save Friday night was his first outing without a strikeout since a one-out save April 23. That followed his four-strikeout inning Thursday night.