Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08

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Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08

By Jessica Camerato
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By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Right-hander Kyle Weiland made his major league debut Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

It didn't last as long as he had hoped.

Weiland was ejected in the fifth inning for beaning Vladimir Guerrero after warnings had already been issued. He became the first player to be ejected in his debut game since Atlanta Braves pitcher Francisley Bueno on August 13, 2008 (source: David VincentSABR).

In 17 starts for Pawtucket, Weiland is 8-6, with a 3.00 ERA. He has allowed two or fewer runs in 14 of his outings. In his last 10 starts, he is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA. In 93 innings, he has 99 strikeouts and 37 walks, a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 2.68 and a strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio of 9.6.

Told him to enjoy himself because hell never have another day like this in his life, said Terry Francona before the game. He looked excited . . . thats the biggest thing, I guess. I want to look at him and see, 'Okay, is this guy here?' He actually had a really confident look. I felt good. Kind of fun to talk to him. Hes a nice kid.

Guys that try not to act excited, thats when you get a little worried, like I got this under control. Thats when you go, Oh. "

Weiland, 24, was the Sox fifth pick in the 2008 draft, out of Notre Dame. He wore uniform No. 70.

Jon Lester (10-4, 3.31 ERA) was named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday in place of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. Hernandez started on Sunday, which made him ineligible for the All-Star Game per Major League Baseball rules.

Lester is on the disabled list (strained lower latissimus muscle), though, and was replaced by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09 ERA). Since Hernandez was a player-elected All-Star, his replacement was selected in order of the next highest ranking pitcher who was not already on the team. Even though Lester cannot play, he will still attend the All-Star Game in Phoenix. He does not expect to be on the disabled list longer than 15 days and does not anticipate needing a rehab start either.

Daniel Bard threw a scoreless eighth inning, extending his scoreless inning streak to 19 13 innings in his last 18 appearances. It is the longest streak for a Red Sox reliever since Hideki Okajima tossed 20 23 scoreless innings in 2007.

Dustin Pedroia (2-for-5, 1 HR) also extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .347 (14R, 10 RBI) since June 29.

Right-hander Josh Beckett threw a side session Sunday with no ill effects on his left knee. He left his Friday start after five innings, with a mildly hyperextend left knee after slipping on the mound. He will be available to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Carl Crawford, on the disabled list since June 18 with a left hamstring strain, is expected to work out Thursday at Fenway Park, and then play left field Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He will travel to Baltimore Sunday to meet the Red Sox, who'll arrive there Sunday night after their weekend series in Tampa, and be available to play Monday.

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

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Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:

 

QUOTES

“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.

 

NOTES

* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.

 

STARS

1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.