Nathan Eovaldi

24 May 19
Boston Herald
HOUSTON — It appears the Red Sox are moving away from Andrew Benintendi in the leadoff spot. At least against left-handed pitchers. Benintendi was batting sixth for the second straight game on Friday evening as the Red Sox prepared for a three-game series with the Houston Astros. WIth the left-handed Wade Miley on the mound, Michael Chavis hit leadoff, the same arrangement the Sox went with against Blue Jays lefty Clayton Richard on Thursday. Asked why he made the change, manager Alex Cora pointed to the short left-field porch at Minute Maid Park. “It’s right there,” Cora said. “(Chavis) runs into one and it’s damage right away. I don’t know, we might go that way with lefties. It’s something I’m considering.” Chavis is pounding lefties to the tune of  a .980 OPS with four homers in 31 plate appearances. This isn’t anything new; he had a 1.030 OPS with five homers in 38 plate appearances against lefties in the minors before his call-up. Benintendi continues to struggle against lefties and the Red Sox aren’t running away from him just yet, but they think they found a better option. He’s stayed in the leadoff spot against righties, who he’s hit .284 with an .806 OPS against, but he’s hitting .205 with a .671 OPS vs. lefties. “His on-base percentage (.389) is way up against lefties,” Cora noted. “He’s walking against lefties, just, he’s not doing damage against them.” Despite the poor results, Cora said he doesn’t want to see Benintendi change anything against lefties, who have held him to a .231 average and .646 OPS over his career. “As far as like the quality of at-bats, they’re good at-bats,” Cora said. “He’s hitting sixth so it’s not like he’s hitting ninth for us or down in the order. He’s going to find some traffic and this is a guy we trust.” FINALLY, A BREATHER It couldn’t have been easy to take Rafael Devers out of the lineup, but Cora felt it was time. Before Friday night, Devers hadn’t missed a game this year, having played in the first 50. He hadn’t been out of the starting lineup since April 23, when the Sox played a doubleheader. “He needs it the rest,” Cora said. “He’s been playing every game, getting on base at a high rate, running the bases.” Eduardo Nunez filled in for Devers, who is hitting .355 with a .991 OPS in his last 25 games. “He’s been amazing,” Cora said of Devers. “Start looking at stats and where he’s at in the league, all that, it’s fun. We’re very proud of him because he worked in the offseason to get to his weight and working on his defense and all that. Everything is paying off.” After starting the year with nine errors in 31 games, Devers hasn’t made an error since May 2. “He’s more consistent now because of his footwork,” Cora said. “I read somewhere he wants to be a complete player. That’s part of it. He takes a lot of pride. . . .  It’s cool to see because at one point you’re like, ‘what’s going to happen here?’ But his footwork has been a lot better on routine plays.” . . . J.D. Martinez returned to the lineup after missing time with back spasms. “He’s better,” Cora said. “He hit earlier so he’s ready to go (Astros manager A.J. Hinch) was hoping he doesn’t play this weekend but he makes the big bucks, he has to play.” SLOW RETURN TO MVP FORM Is Steve Pearce finally turning a corner? The World Series MVP hit his first homer of the season on Thursday, but he’s still hitting just .171 with a .497 OPS this season. “He put a good swing yesterday for the home run but he drove the ball to right field with two strikes which it was a good sign,” Cora said. “His mechanical, his confidence. His confidence was at an all-time low, to be honest with you. And it seems like yesterday he was finally able to breathe, like, ‘oof, I didn’t lose it.’ He’s got a match up today against a lefty, that’s what he’s here for and hopefully he can put some good swings on it.” Cora has maintained that he has faith in Pearce despite the poor results. “Mechanically he was way off,” the manager said. “Early in the season he was way off. … It was a work in progress, so little by little he kept fixing a few things and at the end, it’s like everything, you stay with the process and good things are going to happen.” INJURY UPDATES Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) will throw a bullpen on Saturday and another one next week before the Sox decide his next step. Hector Velazquez will stay in the bullpen and Ryan Weber could get another start in Eovaldi’s absence. Brock Holt (eye) started at shortstop in his rehab game for Double-A Portland on Friday and could return to the Sox here this weekend, if all goes well. Dustin Pedroia played just four innings at second base in that game before he was removed. He’s just 3-for-21 with five strikeouts since returning to his rehab assignment on May 17. “With Pedey, he’s making strides offensively,” Cora said. “I know the numbers are not there but if you look at the at-bats, his stride is getting better. He was actually like flying open and stepping into the bucket. But little by little, he’s getting close. That’s a good sign. “He’s in a good spot too…As far as soreness and all that, no red flags the last few days, which is good. We’ll just keep rolling.”
24 May 19
Red Sox Unfiltered

Featured image courtesy of Zimbio.com: (Oct. 17, 2018 – Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America) Every year, the middle of summer is an exciting time for armchair GMs like myself. Between the MLB Draft in June and the non-waiver one-and-only trade deadline in July, there’s a lot of action taking place outside the lines. The June […]

23 May 19
Prime Time Sports Talk

In what may be shocking to some, the Washington Nationals enter play on Wednesday in fourth place in the NL East at 19-29.

22 May 19
New York City Ticketron

No big boppers? No problem! The New York Yankees have 13 comeback wins this season but some have stood out above the rest. Heading into the sixth inning and the New York Yankees are losing. How many times have we heard this statement this year? Now, how many times has that statement been flipped upside […]

22 May 19
Archy news nety

NEW YORK (AP) – The 131 free agents who signed, with name, position, ex club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained from The Associated Press from player and management sources. For players with minor league contracts, the letter agreements for the major league contracts are in brackets: BALTIMORE (2) – He signed […]

22 May 19
CBS Boston

Nathan Eovaldi threw an encouraging bullpen session on Tuesday, but the team is still taking a cautious approach with the righty.

22 May 19
New York City Ticketron

No big boppers? No problem! The New York Yankees have 13 comeback wins this season but some have stood out above the rest. Heading into the sixth inning and the New York Yankees are losing. How many times have we heard this statement this year? Now, how many times has that statement been flipped upside […]

22 May 19
Welcome

Associated Press Published: 5/22/2019 12:52:24 AM TORONTO – Rowdy Tellez had two homers and five RBI and Randal Grichuk also homered to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox, 10-3, on Tuesday night. Tellez got the Blue Jays on the board in the fourth inning with his seventh home run of the […]

22 May 19
Arcynewsy

TORONTO – An uncomfortable afternoon gave way to an encouraging evening for the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday. By now you've heard that the Blue Jays rested Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Monday, his first return home after his breakout road trip. While building at rest for Guerrero Jr. has all kinds of sense considering his past […]

22 May 19
CBS Boston

Rowdy Tellez had two homers and five RBIs and Randal Grichuk also homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-3 on Tuesday night.

22 May 19
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

TORONTO (AP) — Rowdy Tellez had two homers and five RBIs and Randal Grichuk also homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-3 on Tuesday night. Tellez got the Blue Jays on the board in the fourth inning with his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot off the […]

22 May 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

CLOSE TORONTO (AP) — Rowdy Tellez had two homers and five RBIs and Randal Grichuk also homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-3 on Tuesday night. Tellez got the Blue Jays on the board in the fourth inning with his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot off […]

21 May 19
Boston Herald
TORONTO — Nathan Eovaldi threw his first bullpen session Tuesday since undergoing a procedure to remove foreign objects from his elbow on April 23. It went very well, with Eovaldi throwing all of his secondary pitches for the first time. And, as is his wont whenever the topic of Eovaldi’s relentless approach to his rehab is brought up, manager Alex Cora smiled broadly as he spoke about it. “He was good, the feedback was great, he threw cutters, fastballs and splits actually, 35 pitches,” Cora said. “This is a guy, as everybody knows, we have to make sure we slow him down, because if it was up to him, the progress would be very fast. His stuff was very good, he’s in a good mood in the training room after that, doing all the exercises, we’ll see how he feels (Wednesday) and then decide what’s the next step.” Eovaldi likely believes he is ready to start. “I think it’s how physical he is, what kind of athlete he is, he’s not going to half-ass it out there, he’s full blast,” Cora said. “That’s the good thing about it but at the same time we have to be careful. We know where he’s coming from and we need this guy to be healthy any time he steps onto the big-league diamond, and we’ll make sure that happens.” Eovaldi likely will throw his next bullpen session Friday in Houston. HARD FEELINGS The Red Sox and Blue Jays, specifically starter Marcus Stroman, engaged in some low-key chirping and barking at each other in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s 10-3 loss. The Sox dugout appeared a bit piqued about home plate umpire Alan Porter’s selective concept of calling time or not, in response to pressure from Stroman. The catalyst seemed to be when Stroman likely quick-pitched Michael Chavis. “In that one, I think Michael called time and as soon as Michael got in the box, he pitched right there. I don’t know what they said,” Cora said. “It’s people competing out there. He was pretty decent today, he went what, six innings. We had a lot of traffic out there, he made some pitches when he had to and he got a W.” Cora went into some vague specifics. “I was talking with Alan, if he’s going to get on our guys, get on him,” Cora said. “It’s the same thing with him every day, he competes in a certain way and people don’t like it, It seems like whenever there’s a game when I’m in, somebody screams at him, I don’t know, that’s the way he acts. He’s a good pitcher, he gets motivated in different ways. Some people like it, some people don’t, so whatever. It is what it is.” ROAD STILL SMOOTH With the loss, the Red Sox are 9-3 in their past dozen road games. … Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his second home run of the season and second in as many nights. … Mitch Moreland hit his 13th home run of the season. Three of his dingers have come against the Blue Jays. … Rafael Devers also homered, his fourth on the season. Steve Pearce reached base in all three plate appearances: two walks and a single. J.D. OUT AGAIN J.D. Martinez didn’t play Monday just to have a break during a long stretch without any days off for the team, but he needed another day off Tuesday because of illness. “He texted me this morning, he wasn’t feeling great, he had a rough night, I don’t know if he was throwing up or whatever,” Cora said. “As soon as he texted me this morning, I was, ‘Well, you’re not playing today,’ so hopefully it’s only a 24-hour thing and he’ll be back tomorrow. Probably he’ll hit during the game, see how he feels, if necessary we’ll use him but it doesn’t make any sense to play him the way he feels right now.” … Rick Porcello will pitch Wednesday, on his normal rest, meaning the Red Sox have a vacancy to fill for Thursday’s series finale. Depending on how Tuesday’s night start by Eduardo Rodriguez went, either Hector Velazquez or Ryan Weber will get the start. Doesn’t sit well The nation of Canada was upset with Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo’s decision to rest rookie phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Monday, the national holiday known as Victoria Day. Toronto GM Ross Atkins had to face many questions about it. Atkins backed his manager, but admitted perhaps he could have briefed Montoyo on the importance of the holiday, which might have changed Montoyo’s mind, although Atkins was not sure. Cora was sympathetic with Montoyo’s decision. “I saw it last night after the basketball game, there was a guy, he was very hard on Charlie about it, I was like, ‘Wow!’” Cora said. “Whatever. People don’t know what happens behind closed doors, what the program is and the plan. We respect the fans and we respect everything that goes outside of our doors, but there’s a reason he didn’t play yesterday. “I get it. I understand. The kid is going to play a lot of games here and people are going to see him play. If the plan was for him to get an off day regardless of what it was, I understand. I respect all that stuff. But at the same time the organization, they have a pretty good idea what they’re doing. But going to the question, I haven’t had (having someone play because it was a holiday) happen yet.” … Cora, a big basketball fan, wished the NBA schedule-makers had made Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between Toronto and Milwaukee be played Monday night in Toronto, after the Red Sox’ day game, so he could attend. Instead it was being played Tuesday evening. “If I go to the game tonight it’s because I got thrown out,” Cora said. Pedroia plugs away Dustin Pedroia is on another rehab assignment in the minor leagues, and Cora said the veteran has plenty of work left ahead before coming back to the team. “I see the at-bats, there’s still some stuff that he has to work mechanically,” Cora said. “Actually I talked to him yesterday about it, he got some videos, some feedback today and he looked at it, and he was, ‘OK, I’m doing that,’ so hopefully he can make the adjustments throughout the process, throughout the at-bats and  he can get better and better. “Today is the first day he’s going to play second since Friday, supposed to play seven innings, he DH’d both days. Defensive part is not an issue, just a matter of build-up, and obviously the at-bats, something he wants keep working at, keep building, keep getting better, obviously that’s something we also want him to do.” Pedroia very much wants to play at a high level upon his return. “He understands, he understands, he doesn’t want to be just a guy, he wants to produce, which is the most important thing for him, he wants to be the guy, when he plays every day, if he plays when he comes back it’s to produce,” said Cora. “He doesn’t take that lightly and that’s why he’s working hard as far as making adjustments.”
21 May 19
NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x78y7s9″ width=”480″ height=”270″] An important member of the Boston Red Sox’s starting rotation is making progress. Nathan Eovaldi threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Sox’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander threw cutters, fastballs and his split-finger, marking the first time he’s thrown secondary pitches since the […]

21 May 19
Bronx to Bushville

There’s no denying that the Yankees have been the feel good story of the 2019 season.

21 May 19
Sport Archives

Usually, there is nothing to write home about the third place in the division, especially in the sport of the ball. However, if you are in the Boston Red Sox, the third place in the American League East is looking great compared to how they are playing to open the 2019 MLB season. Disrupting the […]