As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take an economic toll around baseball, the Red Sox announced more layoffs within the business side of the organization on Thursday. 167 more wordsRed Sox announce more layoffs as COVID-19 continues to take its toll — Boston Herald
BUFFALO — Arriving back here for a seven-game homestand and his team in a playoff spot is new territory for Ross Atkins, and the Blue Jays general manager plans to make the best of it. Atkins made it clear he intends to be a buyer in advance of next Monday’s trade deadline, a shopping urgency […]Blue Jays pitching collapses in loss to Sox as GM Atkins prepares to be trade deadline buyer — Toronto Sun
BUFFALO — Arriving back here for a seven-game homestand and his team in a playoff spot is new territory for Ross Atkins, and the Blue Jays general manager plans to make the best of it.
Atkins made it clear he intends to be a buyer in advance of next Monday’s trade deadline, a shopping urgency that may have heightened some on Tuesday due to a miserable six-run, sixth inning at Sahlen Field by the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Blue Jays pitching collapses in loss to Sox as GM Atkins prepares to be trade deadline buyer
The 9-7 loss — after opening with a 4-0 lead in the first and having the bases loaded with one out in the second — took some of the steam out of a series split in Tampa Bay on the weekend.
But it won’t dull Atkins’ desire to make a deal, given that his young team remains the front runner for the eighth post-season spot in the AL.
“It’s nice to be in this category where we’re thinking about adding at the highest level,” Atkins told the Toronto Sun. “It’s much more fun.”
On Tuesday, the Jays began a stretch of 13 in a row vs. Boston, Baltimore and Miami, a schedule that in theory would be conducive to solidifying a playoff spot. As they found out in their latest loss, however, there won’t be any gimmes when you counter with weak pitching.
As for his shopping plans, Atkins said the team is looking beyond “moving a rental” and looking for some potential short-term gain.
“We’re mostly focused on how we make the organization better at the major league level and how we can continue to complement this group,” Atkins said.
That’s music to the ears of fans who have suffered through selloffs at the previous two deadlines. And music to the ears of the mostly young team in the Jays dugout which believes it can be playoff material sooner or later.
“You can definitely feel that there is momentum,” Atkins said of the trade discussions with fellow GMs. “The cadence of calls and the exchanges is much higher.”
The Jays jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, with a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. double leading the way. When they loaded the bases with one out in the second it looked like a potential rout was in the making. Instead, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounded into a double play for the fourth time this season and that was that … Guerrero made up for it in his next at-bat — somewhat — singling between third and short to drive in a pair and bump the lead to 6-3. The timely knock extended Guerrero’s hit streak to eight games … Though he was touched for seven hits and three runs, at least Jays starter Chase Anderson got through five-plus and his team up by three runs. It was the plus that was going to start the trouble in the 82-pitch outing … The Jays couldn’t take advantage of the gift presented by the Sox of starter Kyle Hart, who brought his 11.12 ERA to the downtown ball yard … Travis Shaw left the game in the third inning after feeling some pain in his right knee. After the game, Charlie Montoyo said the veteran is listed as day-to-day … Montoyo hinted at a roster move, but with bullpen days likely on Wednesday and Friday, it will be difficult to bring in a position player. “We need the pitchers to cover innings,” Montoyo said.
Though the Jays lead never felt truly comfortable, it came tumbling down in a disastrous sixth. Anderson started by issuing a leadoff walk to Mitch Moreland, which gave way to a particularly poor version of Wilmer Font.
When the carnage was done, the Red Sox had batted around, scored six runs and turned a 6-3 deficit into a 9-6 lead. The biggest damage came on a three-run, bases-loaded triple from Rafael Devers.
The low point might from Font may have been hitting Jose Peraza with a pitch to load the bases. Montoyo couldn’t get A.J. Cole in soon enough and the Red Sox romped.
The six-run outburst tied for the most by any team in an inning this season.
AROUND THE BASES
The longer this grind of a schedule goes, the more Montoyo is going to try to protect his players physically, starting with Wednesday’s second of three against the Red Sox. “What I’m trying to do the next couple of days is just show up and play, optional (batting practice) and keep them off their feet,” the manager said. “Playing so many games, nobody’s going to be 100 per cent, that’s a fact.” … Montoyo said that Guerrero had been taking some ground balls at third base over the past couple of days as a “just in case” precaution … Of the black holes offensively, the manager was honest about infielder Brandon Drury who is hitting a meagre .152. “He hasn’t done much offensively, that’s the best way I could put it. Offensively he hasn’t had many good at-bats up to this point … Teoscar Hernandez had his fourth homer in six games and team-leading 11th to pull the Jays within a run in the ninth.
While both starting pitcher Nate Pearson (elbow) and shortstop Bo Bichette (knee) are nowhere near returning both are hoping pick up in activity this weekend
Montoyo said that Bichette will resume “baseball activities” and Pearson will start tossing this weekend.
Bichette was originally pegged to be back in mid-September, that would be ideal for a Jays team in the midst of a Yankee-heavy conclusion to their schedule.
“We’re not going to rush him back,” Montoyo said. “Whenever the kid’s ready we will go. We don’t want to have a setback.”
Injured closer Ken Giles (right forearm strain) took a notable step forward throwing his first bullpen since suffering the injury in the first series of the season.
The prognosis for starter Trent Thornton (elbow inflammation) could be more concerning. Thornton is scheduled to get checked out by noted surgeon, Dr. James Andrews.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke made a very interesting decision to pinch hit outfielder Kevin Pillar for Andrew Benintendi in the fourth inning with Boston leading the Toronto Blue Jays by one run and searching for more offense. It was, certainly at the time, a move predicated by offense. But it actually didn’t prove well…Red Sox Notes: Ron Roenicke Explains ‘Tough’ Decision To Pinch Hit For Andrew Benintendi — NESN.com
Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19.Eduardo Rodríguez out for the year due to an inflamed heart — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
The case has been cracked. In a season that is sure to have weird stuff happen all the time, something truly bizarre happened during the Boston Red Sox’s shellacking of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. During the third inning, Eovaldi went out to the mound wearing No. 7. Of course, his number actually is 17,…Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi Explains Reason For Mid-Game Number Switch — NESN.com
here were theories abound on Twitter about the one-inning swap, and following the game, Eovaldi put any rumors to rest. “So, I guess (Christian Vazquez) and I, we both sweat a lot, so we had the jerseys hanging up down in the batting cage, and I didn’t realize his were down there too,” Eovaldi said. “I glanced over and I just saw the seven and I assumed it was mine and grabbed it off the hanger, threw it on. And once I came back to the dugout they were like ‘Hey that a boy Vazquey’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And they were like ‘Oh, you’ve got his jersey on,’ I was like ‘I thought it felt a little tight on my arms,’ but it’s all good.” The change didn’t end up deterring Eovaldi, who had a pretty sharp outing in his first ever Opening Day start. Over six innings he allowed just one run on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. More Red Sox:
Jose Peraza, Kevin Pillar Make Solid Impressions In Boston Debut Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images
Rain shortened the Boston Red Sox’s second and final exhibition game with the Toronto Blue Jays, but baseball was still played. The clubs got through just a few innings before inclimate weather forced them to call it after a short delay in the bottom of the 5th. Unfortunately, it was enough time for the Blue…Red Sox Wrap: Rain Shortens Boston’s Exhibition Game Vs. Blue Jays — NESN.com
The nerves that seemed to accompany him to the Fenway Park mound aside, Nate Pearson has shown all the signs of being ready, willing and more than able to get major league hitters out. Read MoreNerves get to Pearson early but Blue Jays rookie shows flashes of Great Nate at Fenway — Toronto Sun
The Red Sox’s starting rotation already had plenty of question marks surrounding it after the departures of Rick Porcello and David Price, coupled with the injury to Chris Sale. Sale, of course, still remains with the Sox after undergoing successful Tommy John surgery in March. But Porcello now is a member of the New York…Darwinzon Hernandez Cleared To Join Red Sox After Positive COVID-19 Test — NESN.com
Below is a list of the 38 players that are going to Boston for the two exhibition games:
Pitchers (21): No.
Chase Anderson 22
Anthony Bass 52
Ryan Borucki 56
A.J. Cole (NR) 36
Rafael Dolis 41
Sam Gaviglio 43
Ken Giles 51
Thomas Hatch 69
Anthony Kay 47
Justin Miller (NR) 60
Brian Moran (NR) 48
Thomas Pannone 45
Nate Pearson 71
Sean Reid-Foley 54
Tanner Roark 14
Jordan Romano 68
Hyun Jin Ryu 99
Matt Shoemaker 34
Trent Thornton 57
Jacob Waguespack 62
Shun Yamaguchi 1
Catchers (3): No.
Danny Jansen 9
Caleb Joseph (NR) 7
Reese McGuire 10
Bo Bichette 11
Cavan Biggio 8
Santiago Espinal 72
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 27
Joe Panik 2
Travis Shaw 6
Rubén Tejada (NR) 33
Rowdy Tellez 44
Anthony Alford 30
Derek Fisher 23
Randal Grichuk 15
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 13
Teoscar Hernández 37
Billy McKinney 28
Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh opted out of the 2020 season. The right-hander is dealing with an elbow injury, which influenced his decision.Collin McHugh has opted out of 2020 season — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
An uncertain year for Bobby Dalbec got even more uncertain in early June.Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec discusses return after recovering from COVID-19 — Boston Herald
Baseball is pretty friendly to social-distance measures compared to other sports, but with expanded rosters for the first month of the season, the Boston Red Sox don’t want too many guys crowding into the dugouts and bullpens. In trying to prevent that, the team is adding temporary wood structures or tents to serve as extra seating…Red Sox Adding Temporary Dugouts In Stands To Social Distance During Games — NESN.com
Baseball is pretty friendly to social-distance measures compared to other sports, but with expanded rosters for the first month of the season, the Boston Red Sox don’t want too many guys crowding into the dugouts and bullpens. In trying to prevent that, the team is adding temporary wood structures or tents to serve as extra seating for home and visiting players at Fenway Park.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke on Tuesday told reporters on a Zoom call that only nine players and three coaches will be allowed in the real dugouts at the same time. He said two extra dugouts will be added in the stands between home plate and each home and away dugout. The team also has discussed adding a structure behind the bullpens.
“Whether it will be tents or whether it will be a structure, I know they need to get going on that. And then in the bullpen, same thing. There’s another structure we’ve talked about behind the bullpen that both the visiting and home team can go back there,” Roenicke said. “And some taller chairs so we can have more guys in the bullpen. As it is right now, you can’t see (over the right-field wall) in the lower chairs. So you’ve got to get a higher chair and we can spread them out enough. I don’t know if we can have all the guys. If we go with eight to 10 guys (relief pitchers), I don’t know if we could have them all in there, but it is a process on how we’re going to do this during the game,” Roenicke said. Fenway saw other alterations as batting cages and weight rooms were added to the concourses while players utilized suits as locker rooms