Salty gives Sox sweet walk off homer


Salty gives Sox sweet walk off homer

BOSTON Jarrod Saltalamacchias first career walk-off home run rescued the Red Sox Saturday night, as they took a 3-2 win over the Rays.

Saltalamacchia, pinch-hitting for Marlon Byrd with one out and Daniel Nava on second base, took an 0-1 pitch from Rays closer Fernando and deposited it into the Red Sox bullpen for the win.

Rodney had been a perfect 15-for-15 in save situations this season until Saltalamacchias blast.

Rich Hill, who pitched the ninth for the Sox, got the win and his first decision of the season, 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA.

Josh Beckett started and cruised through the Tampa Bay lineup for six innings. In that span, he held Rays batters to just one hit a Jose Molina third-inning single with no walks and three strikeouts.

The Red Sox offense gave him a one-run lead in the sixth when David Ortiz, who reached on a single and took second on Adrian Gonzalezs single to center, scored on Will Middlebrooks single.

Despite the slim lead, with the way Beckett was setting down the Rays, it appeared that may be enough for the right-hander.

But the seventh inning was his undoing. Beckett gave up a lead-off single to B.J. Upton, who took third on Matt Joyces single to right. Upton scored on Ben Zobrists sacrifice fly with Joyce scoring on Luke Scotts single to right.

Beckett was done after that. His line: Seven innings, four hits, two runs, no walks, five strikeouts. His ERA fell from 4.38 to 4.15.

Rays starter David Price was in line for his seventh win of the season before Saltalamacchias blast.

It was the eighth home run of the season for Saltalamacchia.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”