Xander BogaertsSS BOS 10 minutes ago
Bogaerts went 4-for-6 with a run scored in Saturday night's 11-9 loss to Minnesota.
Starter David Price and Boston's uber-shaky bullpen were the story in Saturday's loss, but the offensive continues to chug along. Bogaerts has feasted on Twins pitching, going 8-for-14 with a walk, two doubles and two RBI in the first three games of the series.
Andrew MillerRP NYY 14 minutes ago
The Yankees are reportedly close to dealing Aroldis Chapman, ABC News reports. If that happened Miller would almost certainly be named the closer again.
Miller is owned already in most leagues, but if you have him, you can probably count on a nice boost in saves down the stretch. l
15DCraig KimbrelRP BOS 47 minutes ago
Kimbrel (knee) is lined up to throw 20 pitches in the bullpen Sunday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Kimbrel was seen on the field prior to Saturday's game, practicing his delivery from the mound without a ball and then throwing in the outfield. The Red Sox want him to throw two bullpen sessions and then some kind of rehab work, whether that be a simulated game or a stint in the minors, before being activated. In theory, all that could be done this week and Kimbrel could join the team on its 10-game West Coast trip, which begins Thursday against the Angels. "Whether or not Craig travels with us remains to be seen. He would be getting close to a rehab appearance. Whether it's a sim game or not, that's all to be worked out," manager John Farrell said. Whatever transpires in the coming week, it looks like Kimbrel is ahead of the mid-August return date originally laid out for him.
Aroldis ChapmanRP NYY 57 minutes ago
The Yankees are close to dealing Chapman, ABC News reports. In fact, Washington Post reporter Crystal Williams reports he's heading to the Nationals for two prospects, but that report has yet to be confirmed.
Assuming Chapman went to the Nats, it's unclear whether he'd close or set up Jonathan Papelbon, but if last year is any guide, the team is more than willing to sack its incumbent for what it perceives to be the better pitcher. Andrew Miller would almost certainly reprise his closer role for the Yankees if that happened.
Joe KellySP BOS 1 hour ago
Kelly may be called up to Boston after the team optioned Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket following Saturday night's game, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Manager John Farrell did not make an announcement, but he implied Hembree's demotion opens up a spot for Kelly, who has struck out nine and walked one without being charged with a run in five innings pitched out the bullpen for the PawSox.
Heath HembreeRP BOS 1 hour ago
Hembree has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
The demotion to Pawtucket came immediately after Saturday's game, in which Hembree coughed up three hits, a homer and allowed two inherited runners to score. It was his fourth consecutive abbreviated appearance since the All-Star break. Nine of the last 13 batters faced have reached base. The open roster spot has not yet been filled, but manager John Farrell implied Joe Kelly could be called up.
David OrtizDH BOS 5 hours ago
Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, double, two RBI, two runs and a walk in Saturday's 11-9 loss to the Twins.
The veteran slugger was consistently on the basepaths, and put together his second three-hit day in the last three games. Ortiz also posted his third multi-RBI game over his last five contests, and is slashing .317/.392/.667 over 63 at-bats in July.
Miguel Sano3B/RF/DH MIN 5 hours ago
Sano went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two runs and a walk in Saturday's 11-9 victory over the Red Sox.
The young slugger provided an insurance run in the eighth with a 380-foot solo shot, and put together his second consecutive three-hit effort. Sano has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, and is slashing .292/.370/.514 over 72 at-bats in July.
Eddie RosarioOF MIN 6 hours ago
Rosario went 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs in Saturday's 11-9 victory over the Red Sox.
Rosario plated Kennys Vargas with a seventh-inning single, and put together his second four-hit day of July. The 24-year-old has exploded during the month, slashing .396/.411/.642 and raising his season average a whopping 62 points since July 3.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 6 hours ago
Cervelli went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Phillies.
The veteran backstop put together his first multi-hit effort since returning from the DL. He's tallied a pair of RBI in those four games as well, and is slashing .257/.366/.296 on the season.