Red Sox notes: Bailey looking good in rehab appearances

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Red Sox notes: Bailey looking good in rehab appearances

BOSTON Just as Vicente Padillas injury has left the Red Sox with a hole in the middle portion of their bullpen, help appears to be on the way in the form of Andrew Bailey.

The Sox right-handed reliever has yet to throw a pitch for the Sox this season, but has piled up some excellent rehab appearances including back-to-back games for Pawtucket on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bailey pitched one clean inning with a strikeout on Wednesday night for the PawSox, and registered two more Ks in another inning of work Thursday afternoon for Bostons Triple-A ballclub. Bailey is scheduled for another rehab inning of work for Pawtucket on Sunday, and the Sox staff will then begin to formulate a more concrete plan for when he could join Bostons bullpen.

If we dont have Padilla then Bailey could be pretty important for that role, said Valentine. Bailey had good velocity, they liked his cutter and he threw his curveball once or twice.

Hell pitch Sunday. Its hard to make a decision from Cleveland, but well try to collect all of the data. Well see how he feels. Id rather see him get a couple of outs and then pitch another inning, but well see.

Bailey has struck out nine and given up one run in five innings of rehab work while attempting to get off the 60-day disabled list following thumb surgery.

Sox manager Bobby Valentine said theyd like to see Bailey work a partial inning, cool down in the dugout and then return to the mound as one of the final hurdles before declaring him healthy. So Bailey may be in line for at least one more rehab appearance beyond Sunday, but Valentine indicated the medicaltraining staff reports will weight heaviest factoring into the decision.

The Sox are anticipating his return sooner rather than later given Padillas injury, and their move to deal away right-handed reliever Matt Albers in favor of lefty specialist Craig Breslow.

Early, middle and lately weve had to lean on the bullpen. Its a little bit of a different mix out there since Breslow has gotten here. Albers was an inning-plus right-hander and he was replaced by Breslow, who is an inning or less left-hander. Its a little bit of a different mix.

Valentine cited Junichi Tazawa and Matt Melancon as righties that should benefit with greater workloads in the absence of Albers. But it will eventually come down to Bailey as the power-armed guy slamming the door in the latter innings along with closer-of-the-present Alfredo Aceves.

Valentine said Josh Beckett was feeling good in all the important areas back, shoulder and psyche after throwing 86 pitches and getting bombed for eight runs in Wednesday afternoons loss to the Texas Rangers. The good news was that he was feeling healthy, and the even-better news was that Valentine expected the righty to be better in his next start after back spasms through off his normal routine.

We had Mike Reinold in today and like we mentioned in the postgame yesterday he sometimes doesnt have quite have his touch after a long rest, said Valentine. But the next time he does, and we hope thats the case. He had no after effects in his back or his shoulder. His legs felt strong throughout the game.

Adrian Gonzalez was giving the "Golden Tee" arcade game in the visitor's clubhouse a workout prior to Thursday night's game, but shockingly "Big Buck Hunter" went unmanned.

Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox

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Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox

Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer, Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst.

Pujols became the 26th player to score 1,700 runs when he touched home plate after Simmons went deep. Pujols joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays in amassing at least 600 home runs and 1,700 runs.

JC Ramirez (9-8) recorded his second win at home in 11 starts, striking out six while allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings.

David Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year.

The Red Sox got off to another fast start after scoring five runs in the first inning on Friday. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single to start the game, and the Red Sox got two runs in the second after the Angels' franchise-record streak of 14 games without an error ended when Ramirez couldn't make the catch to complete a double play while covering first. Mookie Betts hit his 31st double to knock in a run and then was driven in by Andrew Benintendi for a 3-0 lead.

However, the Angels were able to respond after dropping the series opener. They added two runs in the fifth when Simmons singled, again bringing home Pujols, and he scored on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Trout picked up an RBI in the sixth, giving him five in seven games this home stand.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge (concussion) is likely to come off the disabled list on Monday. . Mitch Moreland was in the starting lineup at DH for the first time this season.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained oblique) pitched four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake, giving up three earned runs and six hits.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA) has just one win in his last 10 starts, but it came against the Angels last month. Porcello has allowed two earned runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, striking out 13 without allowing a walk in that span, and still took the loss in both outings.

Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.18 ERA) went a career-high 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Red Sox last month. Bridwell has held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.

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