A solid turn through the rotation for Red Sox


A solid turn through the rotation for Red Sox

Rick Porcello capped off the most recent turn through the Red Sox’ starting rotation with a typical Rick Porcello win Friday night.

Efficient and fairly effortless.

That’s finally carried over to the rest of the starting five.

Drew Pomeranz started on Monday with a 7 2/3-inning effort -- the longest of his career -- and only allowed two runs against the high-scoring, playoff-bound Indians. On top of that, he finally got his first win for the Sox.

Eduardo Rodriguez followed with seven strikeouts in four innings of work against the high-octane Orioles offense. Unfortunately, his left hamstring injury shortened his outing, but he’s expected to be ready to go in his next start.

On Wednesday, David Price went six innings in the rain-shortened game in Baltimore, giving up the lone run off a Chris Davis long ball. And he would’ve pitched deeper into the game had weather permitted.

After the win, Price did his normal postgame routine, not too high, not too low.

In the course of the postgame comments he had a pretty important one:

“It’s all on the starting pitching.”

Pretty powerful from a pitcher who hasn’t been as advertised for much of 2016 -- even if he wasn’t trying to make a statement.

In fairness, he’d just picked apart one of Boston’s competitors for the A.L. East title.

Clay Buchholz followed that up with one run over six innings Thursday afternoon. He looked much like his 2013 self, back when he was an All-Star following a dazzling first half.

That was the lone loss this time through the rotation, but Buchholz left the game with the lead, so in no way was that 4-3 loss his fault.

Then Friday, Porcello was typical 2016 Rick Porcello.

This was one of the best turns through the rotation in 2016 -- and that’s without the Red Sox’ lone All-Star starting pitcher, Steven Wright.

Much like the offense, Boston’s starting pitching made adjustments as the season progressed.

The result? They’ve finally become part of the solution.

Report: Third base among 'major upgrades' Red Sox seek by trade deadline

Report: Third base among 'major upgrades' Red Sox seek by trade deadline

Despite still being owed more than $42 million after this year, Pablo Sandoval's days with the Red Sox appear numbered. So, it's no surprise that landing a third baseman at the trade deadline is a priority.

That's among the "major upgrades" the Sox are seeking by the July 31 deadline, MLB.com columnist Mark Feinsand reports.

With Sandoval now on his second disabled list stint of the season - this time with an ear infection - after turning into what Feinsand calls "a horror tale for the Red Sox," and with fill-ins Josh Rutledge and Deven Marrero holding down third, it's apparent that the position is a glaring need.

"Sandoval is basically a non-entity at this point," a source told Feinsand. "They need to make a move there."

Feinsand mentions the usual suspects - Mike Moustakas of the Royals and Todd Frazier of the White Sox - as possibilities. Also, he wonders if former MVP Josh Donaldson could be pried away from the Blue Jays (if "Dave Dombrowski knocks their socks off") with an offer and if Toronto is still sputtering at the deadline?

Those other upgrades? "Boston is also looking for pitching, both in the rotation and bullpen," Feinsand writes. Again, no surprise there.