Player News - Red Sox

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Saturday's game that Drew Pomeranz will make his next scheduled start against the Astros.

There was some uncertainty about his outlook after he was battered again Saturday, leaving him with a 6.75 ERA and 1.88 WHIP, but Cora said the club and Pomeranz will just have to continue looking for fixes on the fly. Even if the Red Sox have to roll with him, fantasy owners don't, and should have jumped ship by now. He can't be used in any format until he gets back on track, and the results show it.
May 26 - 5:40 PM

Andrew Benintendi homered, tripled and drove in three runs on Saturday, leading the Red Sox in an 8-6 victory over the Braves.

Benintendi greeted Jesse Biddle with a solo shot in the fourth inning that cut the Red Sox' deficit to 5-4. He then smoked a two-out, two-run triple in the seventh to increase their lead to 8-5. He finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now slashing a healthy .283/.370/.489 with six homers, 33 RBI and eight stolen bases on the season. He continues to be a terrific five-category producer in fantasy leagues.
May 26 - 4:46 PM

Mitch Moreland went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBI as the Red Sox defeated the Braves on Saturday afternoon.

Moreland delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning that put the Red Sox on top 6-5. Now locked in as the club's everyday first baseman in the wake of Hanley Ramirez's departure, Moreland should be owned and started in all fantasy formats. He's slashing .321/.394/.652 with eight homers with 25 homers on the season.
May 26 - 4:46 PM

Craig Kimbrel allowed a run in the ninth inning against the Braves on Saturday, but still managed to secure his 16th save of the season.

Kimbrel gave up just one hit in his inning of work, a solo homer to Ronald Acuna. He has done a tremendous job this season, converting 16 of his first 18 save chances while compiling a 2.31 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 32/5 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings of work.
May 26 - 4:42 PM

Drew Pomeranz was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Braves, giving up five runs on six hits on only 3 1/3 innings of work.

Pomeranz walked three and struck out three on the afternoon. He served up a two-run homer to Dansby Swanson in the second inning, then the Braves added on in the third and fourth before chasing him. He now owns a miserable 6.75 ERA and 1.88 WHIP on the season. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Red Sox bump him from the rotation, or place him on the disabled list, after this latest disaster.
May 26 - 4:42 PM

Rafael Devers is absent from the Red Sox' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves.

It's just a routine day of rest for Devers against Braves' left-hander Sean Newcomb. Eduardo Nunez will start in his place at the hot corner and bat seventh for the Red Sox.
May 26 - 9:57 AM

Blake Swihart is in the Red Sox lineup as the designated hitter for Saturday's showdown against the Braves.

Red Sox' manager Alex Cora said that Swihart would get more run after Hanley Ramirez was DFA'd on Friday, and it looks like he's true to his word. Swihart is batting eighth against Braves' southpaw Sean Newcomb on Saturday afternoon. With his catcher eligibility, he could be an interesting option in AL-only leagues and deeper two-catcher mixed leagues if he does indeed receive regular playing time.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Swihart has had a pretty rough start to the 2018 season, accumulating just 4 hits in 33 plate appearances in limited action thus far. That said, it appears the Red Sox believe he is an important piece for the future of the franchise - enough that it was worth designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment to keep him on the roster. Look for Swihart to build momentum as he gets in a rhythm of playing more routinely.
May 26 - 9:51 AM

Dustin Pedroia will make his 2018 debut on Saturday against the Braves.

Pedroia was activated from the disabled list on Friday but didn't appear in the game. He's starting at second base and batting sixth for the Red Sox against Sean Newcomb and the Braves on Saturday.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: It will be great to see Pedroia back on the field after an extended absence to start the 2018 campaign, but be hesitant to use him for DFS purposes in his debut against Braves ace Sean Newcomb. Newcomb has neutralized RH hitters this year, only allowing a .248 wOBA and 1 HR against 180 RH batters this season. Pedroia will no doubt soon be a great piece for DFS lineups, but today may not be the day.
May 26 - 9:48 AM

Mookie Betts blasted his MLB-leading 17th homer in Friday’s 6-2 victory over the Braves.

The Red Sox were up by one run when Betts deposited a two-run homer into the Monster Seats in the seventh. That gives him four homers in his last seven games. Betts also drew a walk and stole a base on the night. In addition to leading the majors in homers, he’s also at the top in batting average (.361) and OPS (1.199). Mike Trout is having an amazing year, but Betts has been the most valuable player in fantasy leagues so far this season.
May 26 - 12:23 AM

Eduardo Rodriguez improved to 5-1 after allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Braves on Friday.

Rodriguez gave up six hits and three walks while fanning seven. He ran into some early trouble, but the Braves were only able to cash in with a two-run double from Nick Markakis in the second. After hitting a bit of a rough patch, the southpaw has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four straight starts, so he’s regaining the trust of fantasy owners. He’ll bring a 4.02 ERA into a start against the Blue Jays next week.
May 26 - 12:22 AM

Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Braves.

It’s rather appropriate that he went deep on the day the Red Sox cut ties with Hanley Ramirez. Moreland is now batting .318/.393/.636 with eight homers and 23 RBI over 35 games. Moreland might not be in the lineup card every day at first base moving forward, but he’ll certainly be in there most of the time. Given the lineup and situation, he should be owned in more mixed leagues.
May 26 - 12:21 AM

J.D. Martinez connected for a solo blast Friday against the Braves.

It was a line drive homer over the Green Monster. Martinez went 1-for-4 on the night. He’s up to 16 homers on the year, with 11 of them coming this month. He’s done exactly what the Red Sox were hoping when they gave him a five-year, $110 million contract in late-February. That same sentiment goes for fantasy owners who invested an early pick in the slugger.
May 26 - 12:21 AM

Xander Bogaerts slugged a solo home run against the Braves on Friday.

He hit a game-tying homer against Julio Teheran in the fourth inning after J.D. Martinez also homered earlier in the frame. Bogaerts has certainly cooled down from what he did in April, but he’s already reached seven homers after hitting just 10 home runs all of last season.
May 26 - 12:20 AM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Friday that he may now be willing to use Blake Swihart at catcher.

It's a course reversal from what the skipper had said previously. Cora said that the team had been expecting Swihart to lose his roster spot when Dustin Pedroia came off the DL, but now that they know he's going to be around a while longer they want to use him more often. Swihart has made just four starts this season and they were all in the designated hitter spot.
May 25 - 4:28 PM

The Red Sox have reset Tyler Thornburg's (shoulder) rehab clock.

Thornburg's rehab clock had been set to expire on Tuesday and the Red Sox didn't think he would be ready to pitch in the majors by then. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the reliever is "very close" and he will be eligible to restart his rehab at Triple-A Pawtucket on June 1. Thornburg had thoracic outlet surgery last June.
May 25 - 3:23 PM


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