Shorthanded Sox look to bounce back vs. Royals

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Shorthanded Sox look to bounce back vs. Royals

BOSTON With Saturdays trade with the Dodgers, the suspension of Alfredo Aceves, and David Ortizs ailing right Achilles, the Red Sox played two players short against the Royals in Saturdays, 10-9, 12-inning loss at Fenway Park.

Such a shortage can compromise a managers ability to manage.

I dont know compromise, manager Bobby Valentine said. I dont like to do the hoping thing and its just I hope I get through this so this doesnt happen. And sometimes in games when you're hoping, your hopes are met and sometimes the thing you want to happen the least happens most often.

On Saturday the Red Sox used all their available relievers. Left-hander Felix Doubront was activated from the disabled list before the game, even though he was not scheduled to start until Sunday. But, he was sent home early because of his scheduled start.

Yes we had sent Felix home already because it was a day game on Sunday, Valentine said. He was the guy that could be the extra man. We were talking about it. That wasnt a good feeling.

Che-Hsuan Lin and Jose Iglesias, who were called up from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, were both used. In the ninth, Iglesias pinch-ran for Ryan Lavarnway, who was serving as the designated hitter. Iglesias grounded into a double play to end the 11th. In the 10th Lin replaced Cody Ross, who had twisted his knee earlier in the game, and struck out to end the 10th with runners on first and second.

But, with the Lavarnway out of the game, Valentine would have needed a replacement if something had happened to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

We talked about it, Valentine said. Im glad it didn't go further than a discussion. We thought Mike Aviles and Mauro Gomez as candidates.

Lin was sent back to Pawtucket before Sundays game.

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 MLB.com'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.”