Red Sox notes: Kalish not likely to play for rest of year

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Red Sox notes: Kalish not likely to play for rest of year

BOSTON -- Outfielder Ryan Kalish will be used sparingly, if at all, by the Red Sox for the remainder of the season.
Unless an emergency arises, I cant see him playing, said manager Bobby Valentine. He hasnt swung now in a long time. So he might pinch-run. Hes not even throwing very much. Hes here just in case of emergency.Kalish is still recovering from two surgeries last offseason.I think hes going to be fine for spring training, Valentine said. I think hes going to get on a program during wintertime thats going to put his body and his mind in the exact place it needs to be to be the kind of player we need for next year.
Felix Doubront (11-9, 5.08 ERA) will make his 28th start of the season today. Before this year, he had made just 23 major-league appearances, with three starts, over the last two seasons. I certainly hope that this has established him in his mind and the mind of others that hes a bona-fide starting pitcher in the major leagues, Valentine said, who added "I think it was just opportunity and he made the best of it every time he got the ball.I think he came to spring training in good shape," Valentine also said. "I think that was the key. I think that this winter will be a very crucial winter for him to continue his physical stability." Valentine was pleased with Danny Valencias first home run with the Sox on Saturday.He came back from playing for Triple-A Pawtucket with a different swing, Valentine said. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler and crew down there worked with him pretty rigorously. When he was here last time, he hadnt played very much. He was in limbo or something for a while and his swing wasnt what it should be and it looked much different when he came back in batting practice and it looked much different in a game and I think hes still getting into the routine of feeling good about himself. In one of the more light-hearted moments of the day, Valentine was asked why he sniffs the baseball when he goes to the mound to take a pitcher of a game. His response:I asked myself that once while I was doing it. I like it. I like the smell of it. I t must be the Mississippi mud mixed in with that Taiwanese leather. I dont know why I do it. Its kind of weird. When I smelled it last night I said someones going to ask me why I smell it. Its kind of stupid, isnt it? I dont think it affects the guy coming in. I dont spit on it.The Red Sox will honor Johnny Pesky in a postgame ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. The event is open to fans attending todays game as well as the general public at no charge. Fans are welcome to stay at Fenway until 9 p.m. A presentation on Peskys life will take place after which fans can walk on the field and view exhibits. Current and former players are expected to attend.

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

BOSTON -- The Red Sox scored runs in bunches in tallying four consecutive victories. They leaned on pitching and defense to earn their latest.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners for their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third win in a row for Rodriguez (4-1), who gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

"I just go out there and pitch," Rodriguez said. "I'm never really thinking about numbers. I just go out there and throw my pitches and do the best I can do."

That effort is producing one of the best stretches of his three-year career.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span. He hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings and only 11 runs in his last 49 1/3 innings. His ERA is just 2.01 over that same period.

"He was amazing," Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "Put zeroes on the board all night long. And he made the big pitch when he needed to."

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Manager John Farrell said his 24-year-old pitcher is in a "very good place" right now.

"He was powerful tonight," he said. "It's just a matter of his abilities coming together. This has always been an extremely talented young guy. We've talked about his maturity, we've talked about his progression. It's been on display here for a good number of starts consecutively."

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs.

"The whole night obviously wasn't consistent," he said.

Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help defensively. Bradley had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBIs in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

MISSING: OFFENSE

Mariners manager Scott Servais said they are doing everything they can to find production from an offense that has gone missing.

"Offensively, we struggled to put innings together. That's kind of been the story here for the last week or so, we just haven't gotten the line moving at all, for whatever reason," he said. "Guys are frustrated by it, we all are. We know we're better than that, offensively. It's not happening right now."

Seattle was held scoreless for the fourth time this season.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his first major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP