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Boston Red Sox Call up Tommy Layne, Dalier Hinojosa as Bullpen Reinforcements

April 29th, 2015 at 3:34 PM
By Sean Penney

The rotating door to the Boston Red Sox bullpen continues, as the team has made more moves to call in reinforcements for their overworked relievers. Manager John Farrell confirmed on WEEI's Dale and Holley show that left-handed pitcher Tommy Layne and right-hander Dalier Hinojosa have been called up from Triple A-Pawtucket, while outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. will be sent back down and Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment.

Layne was with the team earlier this month, making 4 appearances out of the Red Sox bullpen and posting a 5.79 ERA in 4.2 innings. The results have been much better in Pawtucket, as he's thrown 5 shutout innings in relief for the PawSox.

Hinojosa has yet to pitch in a regular season major league game. He has a 3.68 ERA in 7.1 innings with 9 strikeouts this season for Pawtucket.

Sending Bradley, Jr. back to Triple-A comes as no surprise, considering his latest stint with the big league team was expected to be brief. He was called up on Tuesday to add depth to the bench while Mike Napoli was unavailable due to illness, but with Napoli back in the lineup on Wednesday, the need for bullpen arms outweighed the need for an extra position player.

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Boston Red Sox Call up Jackie Bradley, Option Steven Wright

April 28th, 2015 at 3:36 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox made another roster move on Tuesday, calling up outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket. Right-handed pitcher Steven Wright has been optioned back to clear room on the roster for Bradley.

Wright joined the team on Monday to replace Heath Hembree, in what has been a revolving door to the Red Sox bullpen over the past week. Boston had rotated between three different relievers to fill the spot opened when Shane Victorino was placed on the disabled list in an effort to bolster a bullpen that has thrown the second most innings in the majors this season. Wright will be sent back down without having made an appearance in his brief stint.

As much as there has been a need for bullpen reinforcements due to the inability of the Red Sox starters to go deep into games, the need for a position player became more of an immediate need. With Victorino sidelined and Mike Napoli battling an illness that has kept him out of the lineup for the past two days, Boston was left with only two healthy bench players on the roster. Bradley has been added to give the team more depth.

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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

Red Sox Projected Lineup

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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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