Veteran OF Podsednik re-joins Red Sox

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Veteran OF Podsednik re-joins Red Sox

CLEVELAND In a surprising move for a team that seems ready for an infusion of youth, the Red Sox have signed outfielder Scott Podsednik to a major league deal and returned Ryan Kalish to the minor leagues.
The Sox traded Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with righty reliever Matt Albers in exchange for lefthander Craig Breslow at the July 31 trade deadline, but Podsednik refused to go to the minor leagues and was granted free agency by the D-Backs.
Podsednik, 36, was excellent for the Sox while filling in for injured players. He hit .387 with one homer and seven RBI and .893 OPS in 62 at-bats while filling in as an energy outfielder in Jacoby Ellsbury's absence. Perhaps the move was spurred on by a lower body issue that has nagged at Ellsbury over the past week, but Kalish also hasnt done much with the opportunities given to him this season in Boston.
The young outfielder has hit .203.247.241 in 25 games for the Sox, and hasnt been able to consistently establish himself offensively amid some sporadic playing time in multiple stints in Boston. He was again sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Podsednik gives them a veteran thats accustomed to coming off the bench and maximizing whatever limited playing time can be available with Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Cody Ross all presumably healthy right now.
Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal was the first to have the report of the Podsednik signing and the demotion of Kalish.

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris 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. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

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

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd 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.