Report: Red Sox interested in Miami's Sanchez, Johnson

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Report: Red Sox interested in Miami's Sanchez, Johnson

There is no denying the struggles that the Red Sox have faced this season, particularly with their pitchers Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. And now the Sox are looking for a little help.

According to ESPN, the Red Sox are interested in Miami Marlins pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Josh Johnson to potentially come in as starters before the July 31 trade deadline.

From ESPN:
Sanchez, 28, has a career 44-45 record win seven seasons with the Marlins, including a 3.75 ERA. He has a 3.94 ERA this season, but that number is deceiving. His ERA is actually much higher -- 5.63 -- since June. He is making 8 million and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Johnson has also scuffled (4.35 ERA), but had a stretch of 10 straight starts in May and June in which he gave up three earned runs or less. He is 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in his last three starts, however.

Funny enough, Sanchez was a part of the Red Sox organization seven years ago and reached Double-A when they traded him to Miami along with Hanley Ramirez and Harvey Garcia in exchange for Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota in 2005. And now the Sox might just want him back.

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 

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Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.