No decision on Lester's rotation replacement


No decision on Lester's rotation replacement

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON -- With Jon Lester on the disabled list, the Red Sox are searching for someone to start in his place on Sunday against the Orioles.

Theres no reason to do something premature, said manager Terry Francona. Well have an announcement, I guess, when we feel like it, when we feel its appropriate.

Right-hander Alfredo Aceves seemed to be the logical choice, but he pitched two innings in Thursday night's 10-4 win over the Orioles. His 15-pitch outing may not necessarily preclude him from working Sunday, but making a start on two days' rest isn't necessarily in keeping with the Red Sox philosophy of protecting their pitchers' health.

He is, however, the only option currently on the roster. Bringing up a replacement from Pawtucket (Kyle Weiland? Kevin Millwood?) would mean sending someone else (human yo-yo Scott Atchison?) back to the minors.

Aceves -- who's started four times this year, and who is 3-1 overall with a 3.60 ERA in 23 games -- is one of eight pitchers to make starts for the Red Sox this season.

Thank goodness, Francona said of the number of starters he has had available. Weve lost some pretty good pitchers and we certainly dont want to lose them for an extended period of time. Thats why were trying to be, whether the words prudent or cautious, but were pretty fortunate.

"Tim Wakefield's stepped in, Andrew Millers come up and its exciting. There are guys in Triple A we think can compete, but we also want our guys back that weve leaned on and will continue to.

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East


Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price


Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:



“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.



* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.



1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.