Sources: Millwood leaves Red Sox organization

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Sources: Millwood leaves Red Sox organization

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON -- Right-hander Kevin Millwood, whom the Red Sox signed to a minor league contract May 19, has left the organization, according to several sources.

Millwood made 13 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, posting a record of 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA. In his last start, Friday against Buffalo, he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts and a home run. In his previous start, July 30 against Louisville, he struck out a season high 10. The PawSox were 11-2 in his starts.

Millwoods locker was cleared out after Saturdays PawSox win over Buffalo.

He had an opt-out date in his contract for June 20, but chose to stay with the organization. He also had an opt-out date in a minor-league contract with the Yankees earlier in the season, which he did use, eventually signing with the Sox.

Millwood, who turned 36 in December, is a veteran of 14 major league seasons. He was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round in 1993, making his big league debut with Atlanta in 1997. He has a career record of 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in 414 games (406 starts) for Atlanta, Texas, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Baltimore. Last season with the Orioles, he posted a record of 4-16, a career-high in losses, with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts. He signed as a free agent with the Yankees in March, but was granted free agency on May 1 without ever appearing in a major league game.

After signing with the Sox in May, Millwood, who pitched a scoreless inning for the National League in the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park and threw a no-hitter for the Phillies against the Giants in 2003, was asked his best-case scenario.

Obviously, in the long haul, itd be up in Boston and pitching well, he said. Every outing I have here with Pawtucket is going to help me in my way back.

General manager Theo Epstein could not be reached for comment.

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David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

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David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

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Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.