Red Sox notes: Cameron demonstrates health

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Red Sox notes: Cameron demonstrates health

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. In the second inning of Saturdays 9-2 win over the Marlins at City of Palms Park, Mike Cameron dropped a bunt down the third base line for a single, showing that his 38-year-old legs are feeling good. Just as important, showing that hes recovered from the August surgery to repair a tear in his abdomen.

Cameron, who had been sidelined earlier in the week with tendonitis in his left knee, went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. He is batting .412 (7-for-17).

I know his left knee was bothering him for a couple days, said manager Terry Francona. But we gave him a couple days break. He looks really fresh. You can tell. He played a good game today, he jumped on that ball to left field and on most days its probably a home run, laid down a good bunt, looked like he felt good.

With Cameron limited by injuries last season, in his first season with the Sox, Francona never got to see a fully healthy outfielder.

No, not really, Francona said. It was a battle right from the beginning. And hes a tough kid but he just looks so much freer fright now. Even that smiles coming a lot quicker. It was a fight for him last year.

The Red Sox made their first round of player moves Saturday. Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and infielder Oscar Tejeda to Double-A Portland. Reassigned to minor league camp are right-handed pitchers Tony Pena Jr., Jason Rice, Clevelan Santeliz, Kyle Weiland and Alex Wilson, catchers Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway, infielders Brent Dlugach and Hector Luna, and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin.

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 in the game. He is batting .333 (8-for-24) this spring.

The Red Sox voided the minor league contract of right-hander Jason Bergmann. He reported to camp with a shoulder injury and did not pitch.

Clay Buchholzs next scheduled day to start is Monday. But, with the Red Sox facing the Yankees Monday night at City of Palms Park, Francona prefers to hold Buchholz back from a division rival. Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will likely get the start instead, with Buchholz pitching in an alternate scenario, such as a simulated game.

Pitchers scheduled for the game against the Pirates in Bradenton include Josh Beckett, Scott Atchison, Andrew Miller, and Daniel Bard.

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First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

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First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field:

 

* When the guy who was 0-for-34 produces the go-ahead RBI, it's probably not your day.

The Red Sox and Rays were tied 1-1 in the seventh when Steven Souza Jr. singled to lead off the inning. That brought Mikie Mahtook, hitless in his last 34 at-bats to the plate.

Naturally, Mahtook roped a line-drive double to left field, scoring Souza all the way from first base. It was that kind of day for the Red Sox, who were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded five baserunners.

For a team that still leads the majors in runs scored, the Red Sox have shown an uncanny ability to go cold at the plate.

On Thursday afternoon, that happened again, while the most unlikely hero for Tampa Bay came through in an improbable spot.

 

* The Red Sox' struggles with the bases loaded is almost comical.

It happened again.

In the sixth inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no out. Mookie Betts then hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring one run. Hanley Ramirez then walked, re-loading the bases, this time with one out.

But Jackie Bradley Jr. then swung at the first pitch and hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing 4-6-3 double play.

In two plate appearances with the bases loaded, the Sox failed to get a hit.

The Sox are hitting .216 with the bases loaded (24-for-111), ranking them 14th in the American League. Only Seattle and Detroit have had more bases-loaded opportunities, and yet the Red Sox rank in the second half in runs scored in such situations.

 

* Drew Pomeranz is showing no signs of innings fatigue

True, Pomeranz failed to provide a shutdown inning in the sixth after the Red Sox had gotten him a run in the top of the inning.

Still, Pomeranz pitched into the seventh and allowed just two runs while striking out a season-high 11 batters.

In his past five starts, he's compiled a 2.37 ERA, and both the power to his fastball and the sharpness to his curve offer no evidence that he's hit any sort of wall despite already establishing a career high at the major league level with five weeks remaining in the season.

     

 

 

Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Benintendi (DL), Ortiz (day off) out

Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Benintendi (DL), Ortiz (day off) out

David Ortiz and Andrew Benintendi are of of the lineup as the Red Sox close out their four-game series, and 11-game road trip, with a matinee (1:10 p.m.) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Benintendi was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. He sustained a sprained knee while running the bases in the seventh inning of an eventual 11-inning loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. He had MRI Thursday morning and the Red Sox medical staff will review the results when the team returns to Boston. 

It’s a day off for Ortiz, who will be replaced at DH by Hanley Ramirez, who had the night off Wednesday. Travis Shaw starts at first base.

With Benintendi out, Chris Young, who came off the DL on Monday, will start in left field. Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (10-9, 2.95 ERA) is on the mound for the Red Sox, who are trying to take three of four from the Rays to finish the trip 8-3. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (8-5, 3.63) starts for the Rays. 

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez DH

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Chris Young LF

Aaron Hill 3B

Travis Shaw 1B

Bryan Holaday C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

 

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller 1B

Matt Duffy SS

Logan Morrison DH

Scott Souza RF

Mike Mahtook LF

Luke Maile C

Jake Odorizzi RHP