Valentine: No intention of sitting starters


Valentine: No intention of sitting starters

BOSTON The Red Sox have six games remaining against the Orioles, the team that helped to knock the Sox out of the playoffs last season. But with the Os a game behind the Yankees in the American League East and tied with the As for the wild card lead, manager Bobby Valentine is not interested in playing spoiler.

I dont get a lot of glee out of other peoples misery, Valentine said. But I want our team to play as well as they can in front of our fans. This is our last homestand and you know theyve given everything theyve got every time theyve gone out on the field. Guys with a lot of pride and well try to do our best.

Valentine said he has no plans to shut down any other starters other than skipping Matsuzaka, who is expected to make one more start this season.

As reported on Thursday, the Sox called up right-handers Zach Stewart and Pedro Beato and infielder Danny Valencia Friday. Stewart is expected to make a start next week, in place of the struggling Daisuke Matsuzaka. Beato and Valencia will be used as needed, Valentine said.

Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler and hitting coach Rich Sauveur were also brought up to help out the major league staff for the rest of the season.

Really good guys, really great baseball men who both came off a season with a lot of the guys on our team playing for them on and off and winning a championship, Valentine said. Im going to use them as much as I can to help define what Im looking at as often as possible. Theyre really good guys. I really enjoyed being with them in the spring and Im sure Ill enjoy having them here.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup. He was not in the starting lineup Thursday in Tampa Bay, but went in to replace Pedro Ciriaco who was making his first start there with the team wanting to give him a test in center field. On Friday though, Ellsbury was out with an undisclosed ailment.

He has a little situation that were making sure that its nothing more than a little situation, Valentine said. He really shouldnt have played yesterday.

Im not even sure how to define it so Im not going to try to.

Scott Podsednik is in center field batting second, with Ciriaco playing third and leading off.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.