Alexi Ogando RP BOS 2 days ago

Ogando got four outs, striking out one, in Tuesday night's win over the Blue Jays. He hasn't been touched for a run in 11 consecutive appearances, covering a span of 11.2 innings.

Ogando got the call in the high-leverage eighth inning, bridging to closer Koji Uehara, probably because Toronto has had success against usual setup man Junichi Tazawa. Ogando lowered his ERA to 2.88 with the outing, its lowest point since early April.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Ogando pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Monday night's loss to the Braves. It was his third consecutive scoreless outing after a stretch in which he allowed runs in three of four appearances.

Ogando's body of work this season is rather pedestrian -- 19 strikeouts, nine walks and a 3.67 ERA over 27 innings -- but he's the least of Boston's problems.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 2 months ago

Ogando worked the eighth inning Tuesday night and picked up his third hold of the season with a scoreless inning.

This would normally be a spot for Junichi Tazawa, but not Tuesday. There's no indication that Ogando is replacing Tazawa as the primary set up man. It was probably a decision borne of Tazawa needing 29 pitches the night before in a lackluster appearance in which he allowed two walks, a hit, and an inherited runner to score.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 3 months ago

Ogando allowed two inherited runners to score in Tuesday night's win over the Nationals. He allowed a hit while striking out two in 1.1 innings.

Ogando has followed up two clean relief innings with a couple of sketchy ones. The two inherited runs, charged to starter Justin Masterson, gave Washington a lead.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 3 months ago

Ogando pitched a clean seventh inning in Friday night's win over the Yankees. That's two straight 1-2-3 innings for the right-hander.

Ogando induced several uncomfortable swings and has looked like his old self in two appearances. He and Junichi Tazawa set up the game for fill-in closer Edward Mujica, who promptly blew the save when he served up a ninth-inning homer. If Ogando continues to impress, he may move ahead of Mujica as Boston's fill-in when closer Koji Uehara is unavailable or if he gets injured.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 3 months ago

Ogando, who retired all three batters faced in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies, had his fastball in the 93-95 mph range, the Boston Globe reports.

Ogando has regained a good portion of his fastball velocity after an injury-marred 2014 season. It was an encouraging outing on a cold and damp night.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 3 months ago

Ogando was lit up for three runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning against the Twins on Wednesday. The good news is that his fastball hit 95 mph.

Ogando had been impressive until Wednesday's outing. So impressive that he was one of the relievers mentioned that could pick up save opportunities early in the season while Koji Uehara deals with a hamstring injury.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 3 months ago

Ogando could serve as a backup closer if Koji Uehara (hamstring) can't serve in the role, WEEI.com reports.

Manager John Farrell talked about Ogando and Edward Mujica filling in if needed. "It depends on matchups, history, who has pitched recently," Farrell said. "There could be a number of things that come into play. I can't say just always ride the hot hand. Those guys are going to find themselves in the highest leverage and that could be in the seventh inning as well, depending where we are in the lineup."

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 4 months ago

Ogando threw a dominant inning in Monday's game against the Mets, WEEI.com reports. He struck out two and induced a popup.

"Domination, pretty much. He looked good," said Red Sox catcher Ryan Hannigan. "Good fastball command and an exceptional slider. Locked guys up and did his thing. It was pretty obvious." Ogando's had two consecutive clean innings and has struck out five in 4.0 innings.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 4 months ago

Ogando, who pitched a clean inning in Thursday's game against the Pirates, can be a weapon against the quality right-handed hitters in the A.L. East, ESPN Boston reports.

Red Sox manager John Farrell is liking what he's seeing from Ogando early on, telling reporters Thursday that he "could be one of the biggest keys" if his arm strength reaches previous levels. The manager noted the right-handed bats he'll face in the division, including Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson in Toronto, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy in Baltimore, and Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings of Tampa Bay.