Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 20 minutes ago
Tazawa made his first appearance in a week, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Astros.
Tazawa was noticeably absent in the series against the Blue Jays and then unavailable for use Friday, leading to speculation in the Boston Globe that he was dealing with shoulder fatigue.
Mike Napoli 1B BOS 46 minutes ago
The Red Sox do not plan to use David Ortiz as a replacement for Napoli on a regular basis, the Providence Journal reports.
Napoli, who has five hits in his last 46 at-bats (.109), was given a day off Sunday. While Ortiz may not be a sustainable option to replace Napoli, Brock Holt could be, once Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is activated. At any rate, we expect Napoli back in the lineup Tuesday night against Miami.
Rick Porcello SP BOS 1 hour ago
Porcello will start Wednesday against the Marlins, the Providence Journal reports.
There had been some talk of skipping Porcello's turn through the rotation, but instead Boston will skip Justin Masterson and give Porcello an extra day of preparation. He will be paired with catcher Ryan Hanigan, who said he has some ideas that might help the struggling Porcello, who has an unsightly 8.18 ERA in his last eight starts.
Hanley Ramirez SS/LF/DH BOS 1 hour ago
Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and a two-run homer in Sunday's victory over Houston.
Ramirez's seventh-inning bomb was the winning hit in a 5-4 come-from-behind victory. He's homered three times and knocked in five runs in the past four games. He's starting to impact the ball like he did in April when Ramirez hit 10 homers with 22 RBI.
Alex Gordon LF KC 1 hour ago
Gordon went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Twins.
The All-Star starter in left field for the AL barely squeaked his 10th homer of the year over the wall at Kauffman Stadium, just his second homer and RBI since June 18. That power outage has taken off over 20 points from his slugging percentage, yet Gordon is still finding his way on base --- his OBP has dipped only one point over that span (from .381 to .380).
Eduardo Rodriguez SP BOS 1 hour ago
Rodriguez allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings in Sunday's win over the Astros.
Rodriguez wasn't at his best Sunday. He was unable to set down the Astros in order, reached several three-ball counts, and Houston put a half-dozen men in scoring position. But Rodriguez limited the damage to one run, executing well with runners on base.
Greg Holland RP KC 1 hour ago
Holland picked up his second win of the season Sunday, throwing a scoreless ninth inning with one hit allowed in a 3-2 victory over the Twins.
The 29-year-old needed just 11 pitches to get through the ninth inning, getting Trevor Plouffe to line out before inducing groundballs from Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Nunez. Holland has only allowed one run in his last eight appearances, lowering his ERA to 2.74, but he hasn't had a save chance yet so far in July.
Ian Kennedy SP SD 2 hours ago
Kennedy took the loss Sunday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four over six innings against the Cardinals. He did not walk a batter.
The 30-year-old gave up another home run, this time to rookie outfielder Tommy Pham, his sixth homer allowed in his last five outings and 18th on the year (fifth-most in NL) . Even with all of those balls finding the bleachers, the Padres' starter has been largely successful of late, pitching to a 2.31 ERA in six June outings. Kennedy will take his 4.84 ERA into Arlington to face the Rangers in his next start.
Lance Lynn SP STL 2 hours ago
Lynn picked up the win Sunday, allowing one unearned run on three hits and three walks while striking out eight over seven innings against the Padres.
The right-hander wasn't just terrific on the mound, he also helped his cause at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the Cardinals' 3-1 victory. Lynn has shown no ill effects of the forearm injury that sent him to the DL last month in three starts since returning, giving up just one earned run over 19 innings to lower his ERA to 2.53. The 28-year-old will face off against the Pirates in Pittsburgh his next start.
Danny Duffy SP KC 2 hours ago
Duffy was stuck with the no-decision Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one in 6.1 innings against the Twins.
The 26-year-old successfully maneuvered through the Twins' order by keeping the ball down -- he induced nine groundball outs. Since returning from the DL in late June, Duffy has thrown into the seventh inning in two of his three starts while recording an 11:5 K:BB ratio over 17.2 innings. Duffy will look to continue chipping away at his 5.14 ERA and 1.59 WHIP Friday against the Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium.