Report: Red Sox acquire Marlon Byrd


Report: Red Sox acquire Marlon Byrd

BOSTON -- Seeking to add to their depleted outfield depth, the Red Sox Saturday obtained Marlon Byrd from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.

The Cubs are also responsible for "most'' of Byrd's 6.5 million salary this season.

The Sox currently have two starting outfielders -- Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury -- on the disabled list and may soon have a third. Jason Repko injured his left shoulder banging into the center field wall Friday and suffered what manager Bobby Valentine termed a "slight separation.''

When asked if Repko had been placed on the disabled list, Valentine said: "No...not today.''

Byrd, 34, was off to a miserable start with the Cubs, with just three hits in 43 at-bats for a lowly .070 batting average.

Several scouts Saturday labeled Byrd "average'' defensively. He's capable of playing all three outfield spots, including center.

A veteran of 11 seasons, he's played with Philadelphia, Washington and Texas in addition to the Cubs. As recently as 2010, he was an everyday player for the Cubs when he .293 with 12 homers and 66 RBI.

Bowden, a native of Illinois, gets another chance after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox last weekend. He was out of options this spring, and as a result, made the team when the season began. He made two appearances, covering three appearances, and allowed a run.

But when the Sox needed to free up a roster spot last weekend, he was designated to make room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Repko.

A first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2005, Bowden will be reunited with Theo Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations who drafted Bowden in Boston as the Sox' GM.

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels


Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.

John Farrell ejected Saturday night for arguing a balk call


John Farrell ejected Saturday night for arguing a balk call

BOSTON — Red Sox manager John Farrell went ballistic Saturday night in the bottom of the sixth inning at Fenway Park, arguing a balk call that led to a run for the Angels and promptly, Farrell’s ejection.

Home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney called a balk on Fernando Abad with the Sox trailing 4-1 in the seventh, the first inning of work for the Sox bullpen after David Price went six innings. Cameron Maybin scored on the balk.

Dustin Pedroia was among the first to run in and argue the balk call was wrong.

Farrell asked for the umpires to convene and they did, but the decision was not reversed. The Sox skipper and crew chief Bill Miller had spit flying in each other’s face as Farrell unloaded in close quarters for his first ejection of 2017.

Farrell has some history with Miller. On May 17, 2016, in Kansas City, Farrell was tossed by Miller from the dugout because of a balls and strikes argument. 

Farrell and Miller also got into it when Farrell was managing the Blue Jays, on another balls and strikes issue. In the ninth inning of that May 15, 2012 game, Brett Lawrie spiked his helmet and it hit Miller.