Sox dump Reyes, activate Doubront, call up Aceves

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Sox dump Reyes, activate Doubront, call up Aceves

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON In a direct response to the horrific 0-6 start thats completely stunned the Red Sox, they've done a double bullpen swap: They've switched out right-hander Matt Albers and left-hander Dennys Reyes for right-hander Alfredo Aceves and left-hander Felix Doubront.

Albers was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained lat muscle, and the strike-zone challenged Reyes was designated for assignment. Reyes' last appearance for the Red Sox, Wednesday in Cleveland, was horrific: He hit two batters and walked a third without recording an out, and all three runs wound up scoring as the Indians broke open a close (3-2) game.

Aceves was recalled from Pawtucket and Doubront, battled through some left elbow problems in spring training, was activated off the disabled list.

It was obviously a pretty short look for Reyes, said Francona. Its hard to have only one lefty in the bullpen when that pitcher's thats not throwing the ball over the plate. We love Doubront, but he wasnt ready to pitch when we left spring training. Getting Felix back is something were very excited about.

I know it was a short leash with Dennys, but we need to win some games.

Reyes had the lovable looks of El Guapo, but he posted a 16.20 ERA and 2.40 WHIP in four appearances as the Sox situational lefty, and thats about as bad it gets.

As for Albers, Francona indicated the move was precautionary.

He was warming up in Cleveland the other night and felt it," said the manager. "Then he sat down and warmed up again and felt pretty good. Then he felt it grabbing at him the next day, so we stayed away from him. I dont think he'll be sidelined terribly long, but the last thing we wanted to do was run him out there in the next day or two and really hurt him.

Aceves was excited to be facing the Yankees, the team that he pitched for last season, and that means his book on their hitters is still pretty fresh.

Theyre a good team. Everybody has skills and strengths over there, so you just have to dominate, said Aceves.

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

First impressions: Detroit Tigers 4, Boston Red Sox 3

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First impressions: Detroit Tigers 4, Boston Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to Detroit on Wednesday afternoon:

1) Eduardo Rodriguez pitched pretty well, but not well -- or deep -- enough.

Rodriguez has now made three starts since coming back from Pawtucket and any one of them was better than his starts from earlier this year.

He's no longer tipping his pitches, he's commanding better in general and his fastball has been more powerful.

But he's also giving up a lot of hits (19 in 18 innings) and he's gotten through the sixth inning just once in his three outings. For a team short in its bullpen, that's leaving a big workload for the relievers.

2) The late-inning comebacks have been in short supply.

Yes,  the Red Sox have scored runs by the boatload at times. And yes, they've mostly played hard this season.

But before Wednesday, the Sox had been just 3-35 when trailing after seven innings and they had enjoyed only two walkoff wins all season.

Those numbers can be misleading, of course. Teams can dig out from early holes -- as the Red Sox did Tuesday night.

But the ninth-inning rallies haven't happened much. In fact, on the current home stand, the Sox have had the top-to-middle part of the order up in the bottom of the ninth -- with David Ortiz getting an at-bat each time -- on four separate occasions, trailing by a run or two, and couldn't produce a winning rally.

3) Clay Buchholz may be pitching himself out of the doghouse

After going weeks -- literally --between appearances, Buchholz has been called upon four times in the last seven games.

Granted, in most of those games, the Red Sox have been trailing. But the games were such that they were still within reach, contradicting John Farrell's remarks late last week when he broadly hinted that he didn't trust Buchholz in games that were close.

Slowly, however, Buchholz could be earning some trust coming out of the bullpen. He had a perfect inning Wednesday with the Sox trailing by a run at the time.

Wednesday's Red Sox-Tigers lineup: E-Rod aims to avoid sweep

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Tigers lineup: E-Rod aims to avoid sweep

BOSTON -- The Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound as they attempt to salvage the final game of their homestand and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tigers.

Today's lineups:

TIGERS:
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jose Iglesias SS
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Nick Castellanos 3B
Justin Upton LF
Mike Aviles RF
James McCann C
Tyler Collins CF
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Michael Fullmer P

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt LF
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Eduardo Rodriguez P