Notes: Lackey to be skipped in rotation after rainout

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Notes: Lackey to be skipped in rotation after rainout

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON With Wednesdays rainout and Thursdays scheduled day off, Red Sox manager Terry Francona made some adjustments to his starting rotation.

The Toronto Blue Jays come to Fenway Park for a four-game series starting Friday. Clay Buchholz will start that game, followed by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka. John Lackey is scheduled to start the first game in Oakland on Tuesday.

Basically, Lackeys missing a turn so we dont have to try to have guys going on a weeks rest, Francona said. Its not perfect for him. But then well try to map it out where it helps him. But, rather than have five guys really pushed back way too much, well take one start, let Lack start the game out in Oakland where hes had a lot of success.

In 16 starts in Oakland, Lackey has a record of 8-4, with a 2.92 ERA. In two very ineffective starts this season, he is 1-1 with a 15.58 ERA, allowing 17 earned runs in 8 23 innings. Francona was asked if the extra time off would give Lackey a chance to work out some of his issues.

I certainly always want guys to work on stuff, he said. But theres a lot that went into the decision. With rain today, day off tomorrow, we have an 11 a.m. game on Monday. This seemed to keep us on somewhat of a pattern where theres some consistency.

Francona said some players will come to the park on Thursday to work out. But, because of the relatively early decision to call the game Wednesday, most of the players were able to get in their required work.

Jed Lowrie, who is hitting .438 (7-for-16), was scheduled to be the starting shortstop Wednesday before the postponement. Asked if the regular season has been an extension of a productive spring training for Lowrie, Francona replied:

Well, he was healthy, Francona said. I actually thought he was a little overaggressive at times this spring. Swung at a lot more balls out of the zone than weve seen. Maybe thats some of it's probably just early spring training. But hes a good hitter. Weve said that were trying to find ways to get him in the game and theres days like today would have been where somebodys got to sit. Just trying to win a game.

Left-hander Dennys Reyes has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. However, he will first report to the teams training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., to work on some things, said general manager Theo Epstein.

Reyes, who signed with the Sox as a free agent in February, appeared in four games, spanning 1 23innings, before the team designated him for assignment on April 8.

Wednesday's game will be rescheduled for a date in the summer. Tickets for this game can be used then.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter athttp: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.