Sox Notes: Change of scenery could be golden for Valencia

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Sox Notes: Change of scenery could be golden for Valencia

CLEVELAND Its been a whirlwind week for Danny Valencia.

He was traded to the Red Sox on Sunday from the Minnesota Twins in an August waiver deal, he reported to Triple-A Pawtucket where he went 3-for-7 in a pair of games and now hes en route to Cleveland for his first big league stint with Boston. The 27-year-old third baseman was expected to arrive at Progressive Field right around game time for the SoxIndians tilt, and might not be added to the 25-man roster until following the game if he doesnt arrive on time.

Valencia led the Twins in RBIs during 2011, but had hit hard times this year with Minnesota while hitting .198.212.310 in 34 games and struggling defensively at third base. Bobby Valentine said it was clear to see from the opposing dugout that hed fallen out of favor with the Twins coaching staff during their games against the Red Sox this season and so a change of scenery might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Valencia in Boston.

Youve probably read about how hes fallen out of graces with manager Ron Gardenhire and the Twins. He had two games with us after four days off and Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyler gave a very nice report, said Valentine. Hes very determined. He liked his approach at the plate. He liked his defensive abilities and thought his head was in the right place.

I dont know much aside from that there were opportunities for him to get into the game when we played Minnesota, and he never picked up a helmet or got off the bench. There was something that they didnt like over there. A second chance could be exactly what he needs and what we need. Im hoping thats the case.

Either way Pedro Ciriaco will get the first start in place of Will Middlebrooks as they prepare to put their stud rookie third baseman on the disabled list with a fractured right wrist.

Valentine said that David Ortiz will hit batting practice and do some running prior to Saturdays game. The Sox skipper still wouldnt completely rule out Big Papis availability for Sundays series finale against the Cleveland Indians, but the medical staff was trying to avoid a setback.

Valentine added that Ortiz is only feeling soreness in his right Achilles when hes running straight ahead. So hes got that going for him. Which is nice.
He had an off-day yesterday and felt great. Hes going to hit and run, said Valentine. From what gather it only bothers him when he runs straight ahead. Were trying to make sure that he has no setback.

The Sox may end up using Ryan Lavarnway in the corner outfield spots if push comes to shove, and the coaching staff wants to get the right-handed slugger some playing time. The Sox prospect actually played the outfield during a pair of his seasons playing baseball with Yale University.

I dont know if I mentioned this yesterday, but I think Lavarnway could play the outfield just watching him shag flies, said Valentine.

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

FOR SALE

Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.

NO RELIEF

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"

SEVEN IN THE SEVENTH

It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."

UP NEXT:

Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.