Notes: Sox interested in Kerry Wood

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Notes: Sox interested in Kerry Wood

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Add Kerry Wood's name to the long list of set-up relievers in which the Sox have some interest, an industry source said.

Wood was not offered salary arbitration by the Yankees and would not require compensation.

The Sox engaged in trade talks with the Cleveland Indians for Wood at the July 31 deadline, but ultimately, the Yankees were prepared to take on more of Wood's remaining salary obligations and they dealt for him.

Wood pitched well for the Yankees and, despite not offering him arbitration, are interested in re-signing him.

On Thursday morning, the Red Sox will take part in the Rule V draft in which players not protected on the 40-man roster are eligible to be taken by other organizations for 50,000.

The players must then remain on the 25-man major league roster for the entire year, or be offered back to their original club at half that price.

Since Theo Epstein became general manager, the Red Sox have obtained Daniel Stern, Lenny DiNardo and Javier Lopez -- among others -- through the Rule V draft.

"We still haven't decided if we're going to take someone or not,'' said Epstein. "But if we do, we have a list of players prioritized for us.''

In recent years, the Sox have tended to concentrate on selecting pitchers over position players, operating on the theory that it's easier to nurse along a young pitcher as the 12th man on the staff than it is to carry a position player.

"That general rule still applies for us, for sure,'' said Epstein.

Among the minor leaguers exposed by the Red Sox include Pawtucket outfielder Bubba Bell and reliever Daniel Turpen, who was obtained in the deal that sent Ramon Ramirez to the San Francisco Giants.

"We'll probably have one player taken at least,'' said Epstein. "But the assessment is we'll probably get those guys back because they won't be ready to make a major league roster for an entire year.''

The Red Sox will be at 39 on their 40-man roster once the Carl Crawford signing is official, so they'll have one spot available.

The Sox met with Andrew Miller here, the pitcher they acquired from Florida before non-tendering last week, making him a free agent.

They are hopeful of re-signing Miller -- without the prospect of salary arbitrtion hanging over them. Since Miller was acquired, he's visited the Red Sox in Boston, been visited by some staff members and had newly-hired pitching coach Curt Young speak with him by phone.

"It's going pretty well,'' said Epstein of the nature of the talks. "We'll continue to talk to him. There's been good dialogue. We're continuing to get to know him and see if it's a good fit for both sides.''

The Boston Globe reported that Miller has also been talking with the San Francisco Giants.

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season's final week - meaning only one of them can win match Boston's 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.