Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

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Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON The long wait for some new Legend of Jed Lowrie Twitter fodder may soon be over.

The Red Sox shortstop has come through his current rehab stint from a shoulder injury with flying colors, and continued that with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate on Thursday night for Pawtucket in seven innings of work. Lowrie hit a double, drew a walk and knocked in two runs during the 10-inning loss for the PawSox, and is now 3-for-8 in three rehab games.

He looked really good. He hit a double and made a diving play on that shoulder. He did fine. Weve just started pushing him a little bit and we want to make sure hes okay... just getting out there and playing. He hasnt played a lot, so playing him nine innings in three or four days is pushing it. Well give him the weekend, so hes got a chance and we feel better about it too.

Sox manager Terry Francona said that Lowrie will DH tonight for Pawtucket and play shortstop for nine innings on Saturday, and then will get a day of rest on Sunday before potentially rejoining the team for a road trip through Minnesota and Seattle.

Francona confirmed that Lowrie will be activated by the Sox on Monday barring any setbacks with a shoulder that appears to have fully healed.

Hell DH tonight, play shortstop tomorrow, take Sunday off and then hopefully if everything is okay hell go with us and be activated on Monday, said Francona. We just felt like we might have been pushing him a little bit.

The Sox may decide to keep Mike Aviles, Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro together as a great deal of middle infield depth with Aviles ability to play some outfield, but one has to wonder if theres a move forthcoming with one of the three when Lowrie gets activated on Monday.

Bobby Jenks also appears to be moving forward from back tightness, and will throw a bullpen session on Sunday at Fenway Park. If all goes well Jenks will travel to the teams Ft. Myers training facility to continue rehabbing the injury and building up arm strength while the team heads on the road.

Hell throw some pens and get into some simulated games before hed head to Pawtucket, said Francona. Well map that out, but the most important thing is that he feels good in the bullpen on Sunday.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.

First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

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First impressions: Price, Pedroia lead Red Sox to 8-3 win over Royals

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals:

 

David Price has found a groove.

Price finally brought his ERA below 4.00.

He’d been about that mark since his second start of the season. Twenty-six starts later, he finally reached the mark.

Saturday’s start marked Price’s fourth-straight quality start. Price will soon eclipse the 200-strikeout, reaching 186 K’s with his seven-strikeout performance.

Although the lefty hasn’t been at his best throughout much of the year, he’s caught fire of late.

Possibly at the most important part of the season, too.

 

Dustin Pedroia just missed making history, can’t buy an out.

Boston’s second baseman entered Saturday with seven hits in his last seven at-bats. He stretched that streak to 11-for-11 with a 4-for-4 game.

He had the chance to go 12-for-12 in the eighth, but weakly grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

He’s also the first Red Sox player with three straight four-hit games at Fenway Park since 1913.

Boston’s second baseman continues to prove that his struggles in recent years were directly related to injuries, not diminishing performance.

 

The offense passed a big test.

It might’ve appeared that Danny Duffy was a middle-of-the-road pitcher with the way Red Sox hitters tattooed him in Saturday’s win.

But the right only had one loss in 19 starts, with a 2.66 ERA (2.61 as a starter).

Between the long balls and Dustin Pedroia’s incessant ways of late, they ballooned his ERA to 3.01.

A respectable number, still, but a jump of nearly a half of a run.

 

Sandy Leon’s in a minor cold spell.

Possibly the greatest story of Boston’s 2016 offense, Leon hasn’t had too many struggles along the way.

But after finishing 0-for-4 Saturday night, he’s only 2-for-21 (.095) in his last five games.

Saturday also marked only the third time all season where he was held hitless in back-to-back games.

These things happen to everyone, but it was starting to look like Leon didn’t fall under the category of “everyone.”