Notes: Bowden called up to Sox; rotation shuffled

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Notes: Bowden called up to Sox; rotation shuffled

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Tim Wakefield was set to take John Lackeys place in the rotation Tuesday night. Instead he'll be pushed back to face the Cubs Sunday in the homestand finale.

Clay Buchholz is scheduled to face the Tigers Wednesday night, followed by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Alfredo Aceves, who is taking Daisuke Matsuzakas place in the rotation.

I think were pretty fortunate, manager Terry Francona said of being able to slide Wakefield and Aceves into the rotation, before joking. Wakes . . . been pitching since I was a kid." As for Aceves, he said: "Thats why we signed him. We think he can go out there and do a good job.

Wakefield hasn't pitched since throwing 1 13 innings in Toronto on May 11. Francona will try to get the knuckleballer some work in a game before Sundays start.

Well see how were doing and what he needs, Francona said. I told him well talk to him about it Wednesday.

Aceves, who has made two starts this season for the PawSox, will be making his first big-league start since July 9, 2009 with the Yankees.

Its hard to say, Aceves of what he can expect in his start. The body is going to tell you when you're tired. You can prepare yourself. Everybody works different. In the game your bodys going to tell you.

Aceves, who got the win in relief Monday, will try to get into a starters routine before Saturday.

Try to catch up on the same page as a starter, he said. Third day bullpen, next day short, couple of breaking pitches, flat ground, the next day just play catch.

Right-hander Michael Bowden will be activated Wednesday to take Matsuzakas spot on the roster. He found out about the move around midnight after Mondays game. The PawSox were preparing for a trip to Columbus.

Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler called me at midnight, and woke me up, Bowden said. I was already in bed because we had a 4:30 wakeup call to catch a 7:00 flight. So that was good news, got to not only sleep in but get the call up here.

How will he be used with the Sox?

Out of the bullpen, he said. Just be ready, thats all that I know.

Since moving from the rotation to the bullpen in the middle of last season Bowden has worked only in relief. In 14 appearances, spanning 15 13 innings, with the Sox last season, he posted a record of 0-1 with a 4.70. In 14 games with the PawSox this season, he is 1-0 with four saves and a 1.59 ERA in 14 games, spanning 22 23 innings.

No word yet on a possible makeup date for Tuesdays rainout. The Orioles return to Fenway twice more this season. In July, they are in Boston for a four-game series, July 7-10, just before the All-Star break. But that is also the conclusion of a three-city, 10-game road trip for the Os. They also return to Fenway for a three-game series Sept. 19-21.

Bobby Jenks, on the DL because of a right biceps strain since May 2, was eligible to be activated Tuesday. But he threw for the first time and will likely need a rehab assignment before he can be activated.

Jenks threw today from 60 feet. Good intensity, Francona said. Hell move back a little bit farther tomorrow and he did very well. That was good.

Dan Wheeler, who's been on the DL with a left calf strain since May 5, is eligible to be activated Friday and will likely be ready then.

I dont see any reason why he won't be ready, Francona said.

Francona was asked if Lackeys elbow problem correlates to his last two starts, when he allowed 17 combined runs over 10 23 innings on 19 hits and eight walks.

I dont know, Francona said. Theres a lot of gray area there. If you talk to a starting pitcher, if they make 35 starts, I bet you they tell you they feel good physically about six or seven. So actually, what I told the media yesterday was actually about as honest as I can be. We didnt feel a rush to do anything because we knew we could cover the spot today. If he was okay, we were going to let him pitch. We know hes been having a rough time but we also know hes a pretty good professional pitcher and we also know hes going to turn it around.

Now all of a sudden you start talking about someone being tender or sore or hurt, that makes it a little bit tougher. Then you got a guy who wants to pitch through it and we respect that, so we put our heads together and talked to the medical people and talked to Lack and took it out of his hands.

That would be terrific if this little shutdown really helps him and he feels
good and he starts throwing and we can get him right back when its time to come
up. I dont know if thats the case. I hope it is.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen

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.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Merloni: ‘Missed opportunities left and right’ for Red Sox

Lou Merloni talks about the Red Sox losing 6 out of the last 7 games and if David Price should have stayed in the game for the 9th inning.