Lowrie working toward return

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Lowrie working toward return

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON -- After being placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain over a month ago, Jed Lowrie is working his way toward his return to the field.

Lowrie began taking swings off the tee this week and has already increased his reps from 15 to 30 swings from each side, he said, noting a steady progression.

It felt good, the shortstop said prior to Saturdays Red Sox - Mariners game. It felt exactly how I expected it to. Always the first round or the first couple of rounds feel strong, and then it just kind of fatigues. And I think thats normal. So I think were getting to the point where Ive taken enough swings to maybe start moving into some flips.

Terry Francona does not have a definitive date set for Lowries return, but has a general has a general overview of his rehab process.

Hes picking up the intensity a little bit, he said. Hes doing a few more reps each day. I would imagine hed be probably like a week on the tee, maybe a week on the soft toss, maybe a week on BP. That looks like a rough progression. That could go either way a little bit. Thats probably not fair to completely lay it out, but thats probably somewhat close. And then he would obviously have to go play.

Lowrie, who is batting .270 on the season, has not played since June 16. He is anxious to get back on the field, and is being cautious as he works toward the day he can play again. He is following a treatment regimen to make sure he doesnt suffer any further injuries.

A lot of the treatment is actually before just to get it moving, get the blood flowing there, he said. So we do kind of alternating between strength and stability days. And then we do just ice basically after.

He leaves the medical plans up to the Red Sox staff while he focuses on baseball.

Its not really my job. I like to stay informed but I think thats through medical opinions, he said. Im not researching it on Google, Im not going on the internet. We have qualified doctors who get paid to do this. I dont need to get on the Internet and tell them how to do their job.

After all, he has a goal in mind.

Getting back out there and playing, he said.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comJCameratoNBA

Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

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Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.

The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

ANGELS
Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF

Hector Santiago LHP

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

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Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.