Player News - Red Sox

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Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-4 with two walks and two RBI as his team fell to the Indians on Saturday.

He singled to center field to plate Tzu-Wei Lin and Jackie Bradley in the eighth inning. The knock tied up the game and sent it to extra innings. Benintendi was fantastic in the first half of the season and then tailed off in the second half. He has been particulary bad in September, so it was nice to see him do something productive today. For the season as a whole he is hitting .286/.364/.464 with 16 home runs, 83 RBI and 100 runs scored. He can run too -- he has swiped 20 bags and only been caught three times.
Sep 22 - 11:36 PM

Rafael Devers went 1-for-5 and popped a solo dinger during Saturday's loss to the Indians.

He went yard off starter Mike Clevinger with the bases empty in the third inning. It is hard to call a 21-year-old elite prospect a disappointment but the fact is Devers has been a below-average hitter this year. We still expect big things from the young third baseman in the future. He is slashing .241/.296/.426 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI in 463 plate appearances.
Sep 22 - 11:31 PM

Rick Porcello gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings and did not get a decision in an extra-inning loss to the Indians on Saturday.

He gave up run-scoring knocks to Yan Gomes, Francisco Lindor (twice) and Josh Donaldson in the sub-par outing. He allowed a lot of baserunners -- eight hits and two walks -- and managed only one strikeout in five frames. It wasn't one of his better games but the Red Sox are just focused on preparing for the playoffs right now. Porcello is 17-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 32 starts.
Sep 22 - 11:28 PM

Mookie Betts remained out of the Red Sox' starting lineup on Saturday.

Betts has been battling through a side injury, and now with the division officially wrapped up they'll give him an extra day or two to rest and heal up for the postseason. J.D. Martinez will start in right field while Mitch Moreland fills in as the club's designated hitter for Saturday's game against Mike Clevinger and the Indians.
Sep 22 - 3:34 PM

Matt Barnes (hip) was victorious in his return to the mound on Friday, logging a scoreless sixth inning against the Indians.

Barnes allowed one hit and struck out one in the contest. He had been sidelined since September 3 due to inflammation in his left hip. The 28-year-old hurler boasts a 3.34 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings on the year and has been one of the most dependable options out of the Red Sox' bullpen this season.
Sep 22 - 8:52 AM

Sam Travis went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a 7-5 win over the Indians on Friday.

He popped a solo home run off Shane Bieber in the third inning. He cracked a two-run double that plated Brock Holt and Blake Swihart in the seventh, then came around to score on a Tzu-Wei Lin infield single. The outfielder was called up on September 1st to provide depth as the squad prepares for the post-season. He has a .200 batting average with one homer and seven RBI in 12 games.
Sep 22 - 1:17 AM

Craig Kimbrel turned in a three-up, three-down ninth inning to earn a save against the Indians on Friday.

He struck out Edwin Encarnacion and retired Jose Ramirez and Josh Donaldson in the clean frame. The save was his 42nd of the season to go with a 2.21 ERA. His career continues on it's Hall of Fame trajectory.
Sep 22 - 1:12 AM

Chris Sale gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings in his start against the Indians on Friday.

He surrendered a home run to Josh Donaldson and struck out seven batters in the brief outing. The Red Sox were babying him a bit as they have already clinched the AL East division. He was on the hook for the loss until the Red Sox started pouring on some runs later in the game. Sale is 12-4 with a 2.00 ERA in 26 starts. His 229:33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 153 1/3 innings is sublime.
Sep 22 - 12:56 AM

Hector Velazquez is likely to start for the Red Sox on Sunday against the Indians.

Velazquez has made seven starts for the Red Sox this season, but his last three appearances have been in relief. He's not a good streaming option.
Sep 21 - 6:00 PM

Chris Sale is slated to to throw five innings and/or 75 pitches in Friday's start versus the Indians.

Sale went three innings and threw 42 pitches over three scoreless frames against the Mets on Sunday. Obviously, even though he'll be limited to just five innings Friday, Sale should be started in fantasy leagues. He's slated to make one more start next week before the postseason.
Sep 21 - 5:58 PM

Mookie Betts is absent from the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Manager Alex Cora's post-clinch lineup is a doozy, as J.D. Martinez is the only everyday player represented. Betts still hasn't played the outfield since Sunday while battling through a side injury.
Sep 21 - 3:56 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez surrendered five runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday.

Rodriguez was bailed out by the Red Sox offense, which scored seven unanswered runs over the final five innings to take him off the hook. To say that he had issues with his control would be an understatement. He simply couldn't find the strike zone in this one. The 25-year-old southpaw issued a career-high seven walks and threw just 53 of 100 pitches for strikes. He also gave up a two-run homer to Luke Voit in the second inning and was charged with three of the four runs that crossed the plate on a grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton in the fifth inning. He’ll look to rebound in a favorable matchup against the Orioles at home in his final start of the regular season on Tuesday.
Sep 21 - 12:20 AM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in the Red Sox' comeback win over the Yankees on Thursday.

Martinez kicked off the scoring in this one with an RBI single, plating Mookie Betts from third base in the first inning. He also swiped second base, his sixth steal of the year, later in the frame. The 31-year-old slugger is hitting .331/.400/.629 with 106 runs scored, 41 homers and 124 RBI in 622 plate appearances. He leads the majors in RBI and only trails Athletics outfielder Khris Davis by two homers with only nine games left in the season. The possibility of a Triple Crown is still alive.
Sep 20 - 11:48 PM

Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBI as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 11-6 to clinch their third consecutive American League East title on Thursday.

Betts looked pretty healthy in this one. He led off the contest with a line-drive double, his 47th of the year, and came around to score on an RBI single by J.D. Martinez later in the frame. He ripped a two-run single to center field in his next at-bat with two outs in the second inning. The 25-year-old fantasy superstar put the cherry on top of the proverbial sundae with a three-run bomb, his 30th of the year, off Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning. It was yet another monster performance for the American League MVP candidate, who is hitting a sublime .339/.432/.625 with 121 runs scored, 30 homers, 77 RBI and 28 steals in 593 plate appearances.
Sep 20 - 11:27 PM

Eduardo Nunez is dealing with a hamstring injury and won't play in this weekend's series against the Indians.

It was originally believed to be a knee issue that forced him from Wednesday's game, but further investigation revealed it was a hamstring injury. The fact that he's already been ruled out for the entire weekend isn't promising, but with the Sox holding such a big lead in the AL East -- they could clinch as early as tonight -- they may just be exercising caution, running the marathon and not the sprint. Either way, it's bad news for fantasy owners, who should seek out other options for the home stretch if they're relying on Nunez in any capacity.
Sep 20 - 7:27 PM


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