Notes: Gonzalez gets to Peavy; Jenks to be activated


Notes: Gonzalez gets to Peavy; Jenks to be activated

By SeanMcAdam and DannyPicard

BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez was familiar with what Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy had to offer on Monday night at Fenway Park.

The two were teammates for several years with the San Diego Padres. Now, both are with different American League clubs, and both are producing.

On Monday, Peavy got the best of the Red Sox, picking up his second win of the season, allowing only three earned runs over seven innings of work.

Gonzalez had his say, though, in the first time the two have ever squared off. The Red Sox slugger went 2-for-4 with a home run. It was a solo shot into the White Sox bullpen in the top of the first inning.

He mixed it up, said Gonzalez. He didnt repeat too many things. He kept using every pitch and both sides of the plate, and just kept everybody off balance.

I know how hes going to pitch, added Gonzalez. I know how he attacks hitters, and what his mentality is at times. You can never be right, but you go up there with a certain plan that you think will work.

At the end of the day, its about execution. And game plans are just a game plan. Youve got to execute, and the pitchers got to execute. Ive always said, if a pitcher executes, theyve got the advantage.

After missing almost a month, reliever Bobby Jenks will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday. The Red Sox hope Jenks can help lighten the late-inning load that has fallen squarely on Daniel Bard in Jenks's absence.

Jenks was bothered by biceps tendinitis in early May and was placed on the DL on May 5.

He made two rehab appearances with Pawtucket over the weekend.

The Sox signed Jenks two a two-year, 12 million deal over the winter to give them another experienced power arm for the seventh and eighth innings.

He was unscored upon in five of his first six outings before becoming ineffective, leading to a diagnosis of the biceps injury.

To make room for the return of Jenks to the roster, the Red Sox will option Michael Bowden back to Pawtucket. Bowden pitched two scoreless innings of relief Monday night against Chicago.

Lefty reliever Franklin Morales, who was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with some soreness in his left elbow, underwent an MRI Monday morning.

The MRI revealed that there is nothing structurally wrong with the elbow and showed only some swelling in the flexor mass.

Morales was obtained earlier this month in a trade with Colorado for a player to be named later or cash.

The Red Sox scored twice in the bottom of the third inning, when Dustin Pedroia ripped a fastball up the middle with one out and runners on second and third. Both runs scored, and it tied the game at 3-3.

It marked the seventh and eighth RBI for Pedroia in his last seven games, after having no RBI in his previous 17 games.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season


Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:


"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.



* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.



1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.


Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Shaughnessy: Everything Farrell does blows up in his face, particularly in 8th inning

Dan Shaughnessy joins Sports Tonight to discuss Rick Porcello giving up a game-tying homerun in the 8th, and explains why John Farrell has been very unlucky with any decision he makes.

First impressions: Benintendi injured in Red Sox' 4-3 loss to Rays


First impressions: Benintendi injured in Red Sox' 4-3 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:


The injury to Andrew Benintendi looked ominous.

Benintendi's left leg buckled as he tried to elude a tag on the bases in the seventh inning. He left the game with the help of two trainers, hobbling badly.

The Sox later announced that Benintendi suffered a left knee sprain, and will be further evaluated Thursday.

It's impossible to determine how serious the injury is. The prognosis could be anywhere from a few days, to, potentially, a season-ending issue.

Regardless, it's a blow to the Sox, who clearly have benefited from Benintendi's athleticism and energy in the three weeks since he's been promoted from Double A.


Rick Porcello is gobbling up innings in the second half.

Porcello gave the Sox 7 2/3 innings Wednesday night, allowing three runs. It marked the sixth straight start in which Porcello provided the Sox with a minimum of seven innings.

Through the end of June, Porcello had pitched seven or more innings just four times. Since the start of July, he's done it seven times -- and came within an out of doing it in another start.

Porcello also extended his streak of pitching at least five innings to 34 straight starts, dating back almost a calendar year to Aug. 26 of last year. Of those 34, he's pitched at least six in 31 of those.

In fact, Porcello leads the majors in innings pitched since that streak began.


David Ortiz continues to amaze

In the first inning, Ortiz walloped a pitch into the right field seats for his 30th homer, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead three batters into the game.

The homer was significant beyond that, too. With it, Ortiz reached two milestones -- 30 homers and 100 RBI for the season.

It marked the fourth straight season in which Ortiz has reached both, and it also marked the 10th time as a member of the Sox that he had hit both plateaus.

The homer also meant that Ortiz is now the oldest player - at 40 years, 280 days old -- to hit 30 homers in a season. And finally, it gave Ortiz 100 RBI seasons with the Sox, passing Ted Williams, with whom he had shared the record of nine.

And, remarkably, there's more than a month left in the season to add on to those achievements.