Reyes, Red Sox extend deadline by one day

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Reyes, Red Sox extend deadline by one day

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. Left-hander Dennys Reyes, in the mix for a Red Sox bullpen spot, said he has allowed the team to extend the deadline from Friday to Saturday to make a decision on adding him to the roster.

He is currently on a minor-league contract. If he is not added to the major-league roster by Saturday, he would be allowed to become a free agent.

It was one more day, he said. They asked me for an extra day and I gave it to them.

But, hes looking forward to having a decision made.

Yeah, its always a little stressful just waiting to see what the decision is going to be, he said. Especially the last couple of days because everything is getting close and you want to know what you want to do. People like to know whats going to happen. But I understand their decision is going to be tough because they got a lot of good pitchers in camp. So we just have to wait.

He is expected to pitch Friday night against the Blue Jays at City of Palms Park. It will be his ninth Grapefruit League appearance. Although he was delayed getting to spring training because of visa issues, he has appeared in eight games so far, spanning eight innings and posting a record of 1-1 with a 1.12 ERA. He has given up two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts and a hit batter.

He believes hes had ample opportunity to show the Red Sox what he can do.

Yeah, I did, he said. I gave everything I have. I think I showed them I can pitch at the big-league level, and I dont think I could do anything different than what I did. Its up to them whether theyre going to take me with the team or theyre going to take somebody else. Its not my decision. I just have to wait and see what theyre going to do.

If not with the Red Sox, though, he would like an opportunity with another major-league team. Reyes, who turns 34 in April, has thrown 725 major-league innings over 14 seasons, with 10 teams.

Yeah, I want to play for a contending team," he said. That was my first idea when I signed. Ive been lucky to play for contending teams the last five, six years. Its fun going into September and youre playing for something, instead of just playing to finish the season. I kind of got used to that feeling and I want to keep doing it. Thats why I signed with this team. But the main thing is I want to pitch in the big leagues, stretch my career as long as I can, and if it's not going to be here, I want it to be somewhere else.

Late sink, good sink, and a little bit of a late-breaking breaking ball, Terry Francona said earlier this week of what he has seen from Reyes this spring. Those are the decisions that are hard to make. He does have a pretty good track record.

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Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

BOSTON -- Twins rookie lefty Adalberto Mejia is feeling more comfortable each time he takes the mound.

Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

"He did a nice job," Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Mejia. "He had to kind of battle. It's kind of becoming a little bit of his MO to burn through pitches, but similarly to his last start, he kept walking off the field with zeros."

Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one in his 11th career start. On Friday night at Cleveland, he held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

"I feel calmer every time I'm out there," he said through a translator. "I think that's why I did better."

Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.

"It's not like they're beating the cover off the ball," Porcello said. "It's just a couple things here and there that I've got to clean up. I'm not making excuses for myself. I definitely hold myself accountable for the loss tonight."

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.

The Red Sox stranded 11 baserunners, and at least one in every inning. Farrell thought his team may have been pressing a bit.

"I thought there were times we might have expanded the strike zone a little bit, trying to make something happen," he said.

With Minnesota leading 2-0 in the sixth, Kepler lined his homer off the back of Boston's bullpen.

In the first, the Twins scored a pair of two-out runs when Sano hit his RBI double down the third-base line and scored on Kepler's broken-bat single.

Xander Bogaerts drove in Boston's run with a bases-loaded grounder in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: LHP Glen Perkins resumed throwing Tuesday after a setback last week following offseason shoulder surgery. Molitor said the club is still formulating a plan for him. He's been sidelined all season and pitched in just two games last year.

Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee Sunday. "He'll go through a full workday today," Farrell said. "He's feeling improved."

MATCHES OWN RECORD

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia played his 98th consecutive error-less game, matching the best mark in club history he set for a second baseman from 2009-10.

LOOKS FAMILIAR

This season has started like 2015 for Porcello, the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Two years ago when he struggled badly, the righty lost nine of his initial 13 decisions and finished 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

ROSTER MOVE

Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes was activated from the 10-day disabled list and LHP Craig Breslow was put on with rib cage soreness.

Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a "dead feeling" in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances in Triple-A.

Molitor plans to use him out of the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.23 ERA) looks to continue his success in Fenway Park in the series finale Thursday. He's allowed only one run over 15 innings in two career starts.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2, 4.76) has won his last five decisions against Minnesota, posting a 1.84 ERA.