Sox mull schedule change for Hurricane Irene


Sox mull schedule change for Hurricane Irene

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bracing for what could be a major hurricane in New England, the Red Sox Wednesday were having internal discussions about how to best handle a three-game series with the Oakland A's at Fenway this weekend.

Hurricane Irene is due to land in the Boston area sometime Saturday night, with anywhere from six to 10 inches of rain -- along with wind gusts up to 50 mph -- in the forecast for Sunday.

The Red Sox have a scheduled off-day Monday, but the A's are due to begin a road series in Cleveland Monday night. In fact, the Red Sox and A's don't have a common off-day for the remainder of the regular season, making a makeup date extremely problematic.

One scenario being discussed is to move Sunday's scheduled afternoon game to Saturday night as part of a day-night, separate admission doubleheader.

The current Saturday afternoon game is scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. start. The Red Sox could schedule the shifted game for a 7:10 p.m.

However, the current forecast calls for rain to begin around 9 p.m. Saturday, making the prospect of a complete nine-inning game an iffy proposition.

The Sox have also had discussions about starting the regularly-scheduled afternoon game earlier than 1:10, thus enabling the second game to begin earlier, too.

This, too, is not without some issues. The nationally televised FOX telecast is set for 4 p.m. and extends to 7 p.m. Fox's arrangement with MLB ensures TV exclusivity for that three-hour window, meaning any game which starts before 7:10 p.m. could not be televised by NESN.

The Red Sox need the permission of the A's, of course, as well as the Major League Baseball Players Association, to move Sunday's game.

A decision will likely be made Thursday in order to give both teams and ticketholders time to prepare.

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays


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


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.