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MLB Series Preview: Boston Red Sox Vs Toronto Blue Jays

April 27th, 2015 at 3:48 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (10-9) return home to Fenway Park to take on the Toronto Blue Jays (9-10).

Boston dropped two out of three in Baltimore over the weekend, including an 18-7 shellacking on Sunday. The 18 runs were a franchise record for the Orioles, surpassing their previous record of 17, which was set against the Red Sox in 1960.

Toronto is coming off a series in which they were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite their losing record, the Blue Jays have scored the second most runs in the majors with 100.

Pitching Matchups

DateBoston Red SoxToronto Blue Jays
April 27Joe Kelly: 1-0, 4.08 ERA, 1.02 WHIPAaron Sanchez: 1-2, 5.14 ERA, 1.86 WHIP
April 28Clay Buchholz: 1-2, 4.84 ERA, 1.43 WHIPDrew Hutchison: 2-0, 5.48 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
April 29Rick Porcello: 1-2, 6.48 ERA, 1.44 WHIPR.A. Dickey: 0-2, 5.25 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

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Boston Red Sox Call up Heath Hembree, Send Down Matt Barnes

April 26th, 2015 at 11:59 AM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox called up right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree prior to Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles and optioned Matt Barnes back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes joined the Red Sox for Saturday's game after Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Barnes tossed two shutout innings in relief and was in line for the win until closer Koji Uehara blew the save in the bottom of the 10th inning. After his multi-inning appearance, Barnes would not have been available to pitch today, which must have factored into the decision given how overworked the bullpen has been to open the season. Boston's bullpen has already thrown 65.2 innings this season, which is the second most in the majors.

Hembree has pitched 8.0 scoreless innings in 6 relief appearances for Pawtucket, including a pair of saves. He has struck out 10 batters and only walked 2.

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David Ortiz Moves to No. 32 on All-time Career HR List

April 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 PM
By Sean Penney

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz blasted the 469th home run of his career last night to move ahead of Chipper Jones on Major League Baseball's all-time home run list.

Ortiz is off to a slow start at the plate this season, hitting only .208 through 14 games. The solo shot in the 5th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays was his 3rd of the season and only his 5th RBI. Even if the results aren't up to his lofty standards in the early going, Ortiz still appears as strong as ever, as his moon shot traveled an impressive 445 feet. It was the longest home run Ortiz has hit since he crushed a 482-foot blast against the New York Yankees exactly one year earlier.

The home run was also the 30th of Ortiz's career at Tropicana Field, which is the most for any visiting player in the ballpark's history. The stadium has historically been known as a pitcher-friendly environment, but Ortiz hasn't had much trouble hitting there. He holds a career .935 OPS against the Rays in their home park.

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MLB Series Preview: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

April 21st, 2015 at 3:29 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox (8-5) make their first trip of the season to The Trop to take on the Tampa Bay Rays (6-7).

Boston split a four game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park over Patriot's Day weekend. The Red Sox stormed back to even the series with a 7 run outburst in a rain shortened game that ended during the 7th inning stretch, capitalizing on a series of miscues from the Orioles that led to 5 unearned runs.

Tampa Bay was just swept at home by the New York Yankees in a series where they were outscored 19-7. The Rays are the only team in the AL East that currently have a negative Run Differential (-12).

Pitching Matchups

DateBoston Red SoxTampa Bay Rays
April 21Wade Miley: 0-1, 10.57 ERA, 1.83 WHIPChris Archer: 2-1, 1.37 ERA, 0.66 WHIP
April 22Joe Kelly: 1-0, 2.13 ERA, 0.71 WHIPNathan Karns: 1-1, 4.58 ERA, 1.08 WHIP
April 23Clay Buchholz: 1-2, 6.06 ERA, 1.65 WHIPJake Odorizzi: 2-1, 1.74 ERA, 0.68 WHIP

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David Ortiz Responds to Criticism from Jim Palmer

April 20th, 2015 at 6:33 PM
By Sean Penney

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz responded to Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer's critical Twitter comment that the Baltimore Orioles TV broadcaster aimed at him following Ortiz's ejection from Sunday's game.

Not surprisingly, Big Papi is unhappy about it.

"That's how he wants to get respect from us? Is that how he wants me to respect him? It's not going to happen," fumed Ortiz.

Ortiz was tossed from Sunday's game after third-base umpire Jerry Meals ruled that Ortiz did not hold back on his attempt to check his swing on a 1-1 count. Ortiz raised his arms in protest of the strike call and barked down the line to Meals, which warranted the ejection in the mind of home plate umpire John Tumpane.

Palmer was not in the broadcast booth for Sunday's game, but expressed his opinion via Twitter after witnessing the ejection from the comfort of his living room.

His comments didn't end there. Palmer elaborated on his tweet in an email that was reported on by ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes.

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