BOSTON – Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will be placed on the bereavement list and miss Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski announced the roster move after Thursday’s game at Fenway Park — the scheduled series finale of a three-game set with the Pirates — was called due to rain.
To fill Bogaerts’ spot on the roster, the Red Sox promoted infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
By TERRY LYONS
BOSTON – (Staff) – Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon was hoping to redeem himself when he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 12th inning. Earlier in the scoreless game, Leon was cut down at the plate after running through 3B coach Brian Butterfield’s “stop sign,” with what might have been the winning run in the third inning. With CF Jackie Bradley Jr. and 3B Pablo Sandoval both on board after earning a pair of base on balls, Leon crushed an Antonio Bastardo pitch, left hanging over the plate, and plopped it into the left-centerfield Green Monster seats at Fenway Park to give the Red Sox a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of the young season.
Sandy Leon (3) celebrates game-winning homer
On a cold New England night, without the ball traveling in the 40-degree still, damp air, Leon could’ve scored that one run in the third inning and it might’ve been enough. The catcher was part of a battery which held the Pirates to only five hits. Starter Chris Sale, pitching in his very first game at Fenway Park as a member of the home team threw seven innings of three-hit baseball, striking out seven Pittsburgh batters while walking only one. Sale turned it over to the bullpen and Matt Barnes, Craig Kimbrel, Heath Hembree and Robby Scott all held the Pirates scoreless before the game’s winning pitcher, Joe Kelly, came in for two impressive innings, extending his personal winning streak to 13 straight decisions, dating back to August 1, 2015. In team history, the only longer streak belongs to Roger Clemens who won 14-straight from April 11-to-June 27, 1986.
After the Red Sox victory, manager John Farrell was thrilled with his team’s endurance, anchored by Sale.
“An outstanding outing by Chris Sale,” said Farrell. “It was a classic pitcher’s duel and I love how he goes about his work. He was sharp, his velocity and his breaking ball were effective on a cold night when the ball wasn’t traveling.
“Joe Kelly came in with a big two innings,” added Farrell.
Sale was making his Red Sox debut and continued his ways of not losing a season debut in any of his six major league seasons as a starter, going 5-0 with a 1.73 ERA (8 ER/41.2 IP). The outing marked Sale’s 20th career start pitching 7.0 or more scoreless innings.
SP Chris Sale
The Pirates did not record more than five hits for their second straight game, falling victim to Red Sox reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and a stellar relief effort on Monday. The poor offensive output tied the club record for low output, dating back to 1913.
Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher, Jameson Taillon had scattered five hits over his seven innings, walking three Red Sox and striking out six. It marked his third time for holding an opponent scoreless over 7.0 innings. Taillon leads the Pirates with 13 quality starts (4-3, 1.91 ERA) since making his MLB debut last June 8.
The Red Sox have allowed Pittsburgh runs in only one of 21 innings played this season, holding the Bucs scoreless in the first six innings of both games played to open the season.
On the offensive side, Leon led the Sox, going 3-for-5 with a 2B to add to his game-winning homer and three RBI. He fell a triple shy of batting for the cycle. Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, playing in his 1,400 career game in a Red Sox uniform singled for the second consecutive game and is now in sole possession of 11th place on the all-time Red Sox games-played list, surpassing Dom DiMaggio tonight.
NOTES: The Red Sox and Pirates wrap-up their three-game season-opening series on Thursday with a 1:35pm afternoon start at Fenway park. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to start for Boston while RHP Chad Kuhl goes for the Bucs … Red Sox manager John Farrell is now six wins shy of 500 for his career … Sox All-Star Rookie Betts was sent home from the game after coming down with flu-like symptoms that have also plagued utility man Brock Holt and pitcher Robbie Ross. All three players were unable to play tonight, leaving the Red Sox short-handed at a number of positions.
Pittsburgh at Boston
When: 7:10 PM ET, Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
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BOSTON – Chris Sale makes his debut for the Boston Red Sox when he toes the rubber in the second of a three-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Acquired in December from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for for a massive haul of prospects, Sale has been an All-Star in five straight seasons while finishing in the top six in Cy Young Award voting each time.
Sale joins a Boston rotation led by the reigning Cy Young winner in Rick Porcello, who was solid through 6 1/3 innings to help the Red Sox win 5-3 in Monday’s opener – their first game since longtime designated hitter David Ortiz retired. Rookie Andrew Benintendi helped Boston to quickly turn the page to a new era with a three-run homer and a leaping catch in left field to stifle a rally by the Pirates in the seventh. “That was awesome,” Benintendi told reporters. “We’re all excited to start playing games that actually matter. It was a fun experience.” Pittsburgh will hope for a rebound performance from its star outfielders – Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte – who combined to go 0-for-8 on Monday, with McCutchen striking out three times.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (2016: 5-4, 3.38 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Chris Sale (2016: 17-10, 3.34)
Taillon allowed three earned runs or fewer in 13 of his final 14 starts last year after being promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis in June. He let up three runs and fanned 14 batters in 14 innings spread over two interleague starts. The No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft missed all of 2014 and 2015 following Tommy John and hernia surgeries.
Sale matched a career high in wins while posting personal bests in starts (32), innings (226 2/3) and complete games (six) for Chicago last year. He is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in six career games (three starts) at Fenway Park and boasts a sparkling 1.00 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts) against National League Central teams, although he has never faced the Pirates. The 28-year-old allowed six earned runs and struck out 26 in 21 innings during Grapefruit League action.
1. Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts had two hits and two stolen bases in the opener.
2. McCutchen has 175 career home runs, one shy of matching Barry Bonds for fourth on the franchise’s all-time list.
3. The series finale is slated for 1:35 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Boston 5, Pittsburgh 3
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
BOSTON – (Special to Digital Sports Desk by The Sports Xchange) – Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
Price has been dealing with a left elbow strain for the past month. The 31-year-old has been participating in some baseball activities and has thrown from 75-to-90 feet recently.
The team has not divulged a timetable for the return of Price, who is the second left-hander in the starting rotation to be sidelined. Boston placed Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a left forearm flexor strain.
In 2016, Price posted a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA and 228 strikeouts over 230 innings — his first year of a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox.
The Red Sox also placed left-hander Roenis Elias (right oblique strain), infielder Josh Rutledge (left hamstring strain) and right-handers Carson Smith (recovering from Tommy John surgery) and Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.