Podsednik grateful for chance with Sox

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Podsednik grateful for chance with Sox

BOSTON There were times last season and early this season, Scott Podsednik thought of calling it a career.

There were thoughts, Podsednik said Friday afternoon, standing in front of his locker in the Red Sox clubhouse before the start of the three-game series against the Rays.

Getting back into shape and ready to play is one thing, but getting an opportunity for some organization is another thing. So I started to wonder if that would ever happen again.

The decision to stick with it paid off this week for Podsednik, who turned 36 in March. After starting the season with the Phillies, the Sox purchased his services on May 12 and promoted him from Triple-A Pawtucket May 22.

He entered the game that night as a pinch-hitter and the next day made his first big league start Sept. 9, 2010. He was limited by injuries to just 34 games and 157 plate appearances last season with four minor league teams, two each with the Phillies and Blue Jays. The long wait, he said, made him more appreciative.

I worked extremely hard this winter getting myself in the proper shape I needed to be in so I feel gratified that the work I put in is paying off, he said. So my bodys healthy. Im ready to go and help the club.

With seven big league teams in 11 seasons, Podsednik, a third-round pick of the Rangers in 1994, has a career average of .280, with 42 home runs, 301 RBI, playing all three outfield positions.

In his first start with the Sox, Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore, he went 2-for-3 with a home run as the Sox won, 6-5. He was the first Sox player to hit a home run and a sacrifice fly in his first start since Jerry Casale on April 15, 1959.

It was a feeling of accomplishment, he said of his thoughts as he rounded the bases. My careers been up and down with injuries, different teams, so it was a good feeling to get in and make an impact.

We have a good group of guys here. What I wanted to do was come in and fit in and gel with what they've got working here.

Podsednik is batting ninth, starting in center field Friday against the Rays.

You got the wall in left, youve got some tricky angles out there, he said of the Fenway outfield. But you go out there and when it's hit you go get it.

Im excited. With the injuries last year pushing me out of the league, its nice to put a big league uniform on again and to do it here in Boston with the caliber of the organization like theBoston Red Sox, its going to be exciting.

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recenlty optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per BrooksBaseball.net, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

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Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.

ROSTER MOVES

Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.

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