Ross doing all he can to prove he belongs in Boston

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Ross doing all he can to prove he belongs in Boston

BOSTON Cody Ross knew Luke Hochevar made him look silly in the first inning. The Royals right-hander fed Ross four straight curveballs to strike him out. Ross looked at the first two for called strikes, let the third one go for a ball, and swung unsuccessfully at the fourth, ending the inning.

So, he was expecting the curve when he faced Hochevar again in the third, with two outs and two on. Ross was behind, 1-and-2 without seeing the curveball. But, on the next pitch, Hochevar delivered and Ross was waiting. He banged the curveball off the wall in left field for two runs. That Ross was thrown out at second, ending the inning, trying to stretch a double mattered little. He had put the Red Sox ahead, by two runs on their way to a 5-1 win.

Hes got a really good curveball, Ross said. I figured at some point I was going to see it again. Luckily, it was a good one to hit and got some good wood on it.

Thats the hitter making in-game adjustments and batting fourth, rising to the occasion as he has all year, said manager Bobby Valentine. Hes been a really good player for us.

Ross led the Red Sox offense in Monday afternoons win, going 2-for-4, with three RBI and a run scored. He used his Fenway-perfect swing for a two-run single off the Wall in the third and an RBI double to left in the sixth.

My swing has always been like this, he said. Finally got to play in a place that it actually works.

Ross is batting .281 this season, with 19 home runs and 67 RBI. At Fenway Park, though, he is batting .315 with 21 doubles, 13 home runs and 47 RBI. Its safe to say he enjoys hitting at home.

Its really nice, he said. Both those balls that I hit today were legit doubles. The first one probably could have been a homer in most places. But its definitely nice to use that to our advantage, thats for sure.

Ross is eligible to be a free agent at the end of the season.

Id be lying if I tell you I dont think about it. he said. But I dont put a whole lot of thought into it. I worry about going in day in and day out and doing my job. Thats a way I can look at myself in the mirror at the end of the year and say I gave it my all. And if Im worried about other stuff that I really cant control, then Im not putting forth my best effort. So all that stuff will work itself out as long as I got out and keep playing.

General manager Ben Cherington said over the weekend, after the Sox completed the nine-player trade with the Dodgers, he would like to bring Ross back next season. Thats always nice for a player to hear, and for Ross especially. He is with the sixth team in his nine-year career.

Yeah, yeah. Absolutely, he said. Any time you have a team that feels like they want to invest a little into your future then its nice. Ive really never had that.

And now with two consecutive wins, the trade completed, Ross hopes the Sox can go on the road with some momentum, some calm, and just worry about playing baseball.

I think we have, he said. Its fun. You got some young guys out there that I think are hungry and trying to prove themselves. Just playing relaxed and enjoying it. Never really had a whole lot of that this year. So its nice to have that feeling.

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 recently 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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