|BOSTON ( RANAUDO )|
CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )
|971||BOSTON||+140||Ov 7.5,+105||+125||Ov 7.5,+100|
|972||CINCINNATI||-150||Un 7.5,-125||-135||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-44||-16.4||31-45||3.7||0.239||0.306||4.0||0.256||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.6||1-6||2.9||0.182||0.230||2.7||0.220||0.295|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-47||-5||36-53||3.7||0.240||0.293||3.5||0.233||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||3-4||4.9||0.256||0.307||2.3||0.202||0.270|
|8/1/2014||RANAUDO(R)||NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||4-3||W||-125||9 ov||U||9||5||0||6||7||0|
|8/2/2014||WEBSTER(R)||NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||8||7||1||10||10||0|
|8/3/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||7-8||L||+100||8.5 ev||O||8||4||0||10||5||0|
|8/5/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-3||L||135||7.5 ev||U||5||5||0||10||9||1|
|8/6/2014||KELLY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-1||W||125||8 un||U||8||6||0||5||7||0|
|8/7/2014||WORKMAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-5||L||155||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||8||4||0|
|8/8/2014||WEBSTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-2||W||175||8.5 ev||U||8||7||1||6||8||0|
|8/9/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-5||L||180||7.5 un||O||6||5||0||15||16||2|
|8/10/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||3-1||W||140||8.5 ov||U||4||6||2||6||8||1|
|8/12/2014||KELLY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||3-2||W||115||7.5 un||U||8||5||1||6||6||0|
|8/13/2014||RANAUDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|8/18/2014||WORKMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|8/19/2014||WEBSTER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/31/2014||CUETO(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-1||W||-115||6.5 un||U||7||6||0||5||5||2|
|8/1/2014||LATOS(R)||@ MIAMI||COSART(R)||5-2||W||105||7 ev||P||8||6||1||7||7||0|
|8/2/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||1-2||L||105||7 un||U||6||7||0||7||7||0|
|8/3/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||7-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||15||8||1||5||7||1|
|8/4/2014||SIMON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-7||L||190||7 un||O||8||11||0||10||4||1|
|8/5/2014||CUETO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||9-2||W||105||7 un||O||15||8||0||5||4||1|
|8/14/2014||SIMON(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/15/2014||CUETO(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)|| |
|8/16/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||LATOS(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)|| |
|8/18/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|8/19/2014||SIMON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (BOSTON-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Reds Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Boston (52-65) at Cincinnati (60-58), 12:35 p.m. EDT
It didn't take long for Yoenis Cespedes to make a powerful impression on the Boston Red Sox.
After hitting game-winning homers in back-to-back games, Cespedes will try to help the Red Sox sweep this two-game set from the sputtering Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Boston (53-65) is at the bottom of the AL East, and building toward 2015 with Cespedes as a cornerstone.
The left fielder has reached base in all nine games since being acquired in the Jon Lester deal with Oakland before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He's batting .263 with seven RBIs and as many runs over that stretch, but has been particularly clutch in the past two games.
Cespedes hit his first homer for the Red Sox on Sunday, connecting for a three-run shot in the eighth inning of a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. He followed that up with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth of Tuesday's 3-2 win at Cincinnati, giving Boston back-to-back wins for the first time since a five-game streak from July 13-21.
His latest homer came one pitch after Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton forced him to duck out of the way with a fastball high and inside.
"A lot of times when pitchers throw high and tight, they think the batter backs off and gets flustered," Cespedes said through a translator. "That's not how I am. I get more focused."
The Red Sox, 8-1 all-time against Cincinnati (60-59) in interleague play, may be getting another glimpse of the future with Anthony Ranaudo starting in place of fellow rookie Brandon Workman, who is being skipped after going 0-6 with a 6.35 ERA over his last six games - five starts.
"We felt like he could use some extended rest," manager Jon Farrell told MLB's official website.
Ranaudo's impressive major league debut in a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Aug. 1 likely gave Farrell some confidence in his decision. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and four hits with four walks in six innings.
"I feel a lot more prepared now going out there and a lot more confident that I can just focus on the game and focus on pitch-to-pitch adjustments and executing pitches," Ranaudo said.
He went 13-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 22 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this year, and he's facing a Cincinnati team that's hitting .213 while dropping three of four games.
Devin Mesoraco, however, is 7 for 14 with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in that span.
Mike Leake (9-10, 3.42 ERA) gets the ball after Homer Bailey's scheduled start was pushed back to Saturday at Colorado due to a sore elbow. Leake has won two of his last three starts, compiling a 1.31 ERA and a .176 opponents' batting average with 20 strikeouts in 20 2-3 innings.
The right-hander could've used some help from his offense Friday, when he allowed two runs and struck out seven over seven innings in a 2-1 loss to Miami.
The bullpen let Leake down in his only career meeting with the Red Sox on May 7. He allowed two runs and left with the lead after the seventh before two relievers gave up two runs in a 4-3 loss at Boston.
Leake has a 2.24 ERA over his last nine interleague starts, but he only has a 2-2 record to show for it since he's been backed by three runs or fewer in six of those outings.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:08:35 AM EST|