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A.J. Pierzynski, C4/19/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski will rest on Saturday with David Ross getting the start behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off after a late night. Pierzynski is batting .255 this season with one homer and six RBI. The Red Sox are hoping for a more production than that.
Ryan Roberts, 3BCold4/18/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment.
Insight: Roberts went just 2-for-19 during his brief tenure with the Sox. His roster spot will be filled by Brock Holt.
David Ortiz, DHCold4/18/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in the lineup Friday against Baltimore.
Insight: Mike Napoli is starting at DH with Mike Carp getting the nod at first base. A 1-for-20 slump has dropped Ortiz's batting average to .222.
Shane Victorino, RF4/17/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: He strained his hamstring on the last day of spring training. Victorino could be activated as soon as Wednesday. Boston has a crowded outfield at the moment with Jackie Bradley Jr., Grady Sizemore, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp all seeing action early in the season. Carp (.214, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is likely to be the odd man out when Victorino returns.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/17/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with a dislocated finger. SOURCE: Ian Browne, MLB.com
Insight: He's hitting in his usual cleanup spot behind David Ortiz and ahead of Jonny Gomes. Napoli's .302 batting average leads the team.
Koji Uehara, RP4/17/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara (shoulder) is expected to be available on Thursday after completing a bullpen session Wednesday.
Insight: Edward Mujica has been serving as Boston's closer while Uehara was sidelined, but blew the save opportunity on Wednesday night.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/16/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has returned to the starting lineup. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's been out with inflammation in his wrist. Pedroia will bat leadoff tonight for the 92nd time in his career. He's a .262 lifetime hitter from that spot in the lineup (98-for-374).
Mike Napoli, 1B4/16/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli won't be available Wednesday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's out with a dislocated finger. Daniel Nava (.152, 2 HR, 3 RBI) will step in at first base.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/16/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore is just 3-for-21 (.143) against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Sizemore played just 210 games from 2009-11 and missed all of 2012-13, so he hasn't faced Danks since 2008. The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting .308 with two homers, one steal and an .870 OPS in 11 games this year.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/16/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: If Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (wrist) can return to the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, he'll face a pitcher he's gone 2-for-17 against in John Danks.
Insight: Pedroia had a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist on Tuesday and didn't start for the second straight game. He pinch ran in the ninth inning. The 30-year-old has zero homers, one RBI and a .236 average this season.
Jake Peavy, SPHot4/16/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy has three no decisions in three starts even though he has allowed four runs on 12 hits in 18 2/3 innings.
Insight: Peavy has gone 6+ innings in all three outings. His walk total is high (10 BBs) and he has allowed three home runs, but he has fanned 20 batters and allowed just four total line drives.
Mike Napoli, 1B 4/16/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger during Tuesday's game, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. He's day-to-day.
Insight: He suffered the injury when he slid head-first into second base in the ninth inning. The finger looked pretty mangled but he managed to escape without a fracture or strain.
Koji Uehara, RP4/15/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara (shoulder) is expected to be available on Thursday, according to Sean McAdam of csnne.com.
Insight: Uehara rejoined the team Tuesday in Chicago after missing Boston's four-game set against the Yankees due to shoulder stiffness. He long-tossed Tuesday and will throw a bullpen Wednesday. Edward Mujica will serve as Boston's closer until Uehara is ready.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/15/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was given a cortisone shot in his injured wrist. He expects to return Wednesday against Chicago. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: Pedroia played all of last season with a torn muscle in his thumb and only wound up missing two games. You have to admire Pedroia's toughness, though it's a little concerning he only has nine home runs in his last 758 at bats.
Koji Uehara, RP4/14/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara has no structural damage in his shoulder, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Uehara will rejoin the team Tuesday in Chicago after missing Boston's four-game set against the Yankees due to shoulder stiffness. The Red Sox went to Edward Mujica for a save Friday and he converted it.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold4/14/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has no fracture or structural damage in his left wrist, according to Rob Bradford of weei.com.
Insight: Pedroia should avoid the disabled list and may even rejoin the lineup Tuesday at Chicago. The 30-year-old missed Sunday's series finale against the rival Yankees and went 7-for-45 (.156) over his last 10 games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold4/13/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Sunday's lineup and is going back to Boston for tests on his sore left wrist. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, espnboston.com.
Insight: If Pedroia has to go on the disabled list, the Red Sox would probably fill the spot with Ryan Roberts, though they may go the bold route and call up Mookie Betts from Double-A Portland. Betts is hitting .457 with six extra-base hits and four steals in 35 at-bats this season and is ranked as Boston's No. 6 prospect by MLB.com. We'll see how Pedroia's tests go.
Koji Uehara, RP4/12/2014 9:12:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara is scheduled to long toss on Sunday. If he's unable to, the Red Sox will probably send him back to Boston to get his shoulder looked at. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: Koji is battling a stiff shoulder, which is why Edward Mujica pitched the ninth inning last night against New York. The 39-year-old could be looking at a stint on the 15-day DL.
Edward Mujica, RP4/12/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Edward Mujica will fill in at closer until Koji Uehara heals from a stiff shoulder.
Insight: Mujica had one very poor outing against Milwaukee (4 H, 4 ER in 2/3 of an inning) but has looked sharp in his other three appearances. He's definitely worth adding, especially if Uehara lands on the disabled list.
Jon Lester, SP4/12/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Boston ace Jon Lester recently turned down a four-year contract extension. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The offer was reportedly worth between $70-80 million. Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) figures he can make more on the open market this winter and he's probably right. Still, it's hard to envision him playing for anyone other than the Red Sox.
Koji Uehara, RP4/12/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Nothing has been officially announced but Red Sox closer Koji Uehara last pitched on Wednesday and Edward Mujica closed on Friday night.
Insight: Uehara (two saves, 0.00 ERA) is apparently dealing with shoulder stiffness. He has not been sent back to Boston for further exam, so hopefully its just a short-term issue.
David Ortiz, DH4/12/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .588 hitter (10-for-17) versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ortiz is batting .286 this spring with a pair of homers and eight RBI. The Red Sox DH is a career .318 hitter against the Yankees and a .316 in Yankee Stadium. Start him.
Koji Uehara, RP4/11/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox went to Edward Mujica for the save in a 4-2 game Friday night instead of Koji Uehara.
Insight: Uehara (two saves, 0.00 ERA) last pitched on April 9 so he was rested. We'll see what manager John Farrell says in the post-game presser.
Jon Lester, SP4/11/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester earned his first win of the season with 6 2/3 strong innings Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester is off to a good start for the second straight season. The 30-year-old left-hander has a 20/4 K/BB and a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 innings.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/11/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Sizemore broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth with the blast off CC Sabathia. He's hitting .333 with two doubles, two homers, four RBI and a steal this season.
Garin Cecchini, 3B4/11/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox minor league 3B Garin Cecchini is off to a fast start, batting .320 through his first nine games.
Insight: Cecchini has batted over .300 for the past two seasons and on many clubs would be in the majors, but his way is blocked by Will Middlebrooks. It may take an injury or trade to get him to the majors.
David Ortiz, DH4/9/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz socked a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: It was Ortiz' second homer of the season. He also had a double. The DH has been dealing with some calf tightness but it isn't considered serious at this time.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/9/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore will be given the day off Wednesday versus Texas. SOURCE: Marty Gitlin, CBS Sports
Insight: Sizemore is only a .228 career hitter against left-handers so it makes sense to sit him today against Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60 ERA). Jackie Bradley Jr. (.400, 0 HR, 5 RBI) is filling in at center field.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LFHot4/9/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. could remain in the starting lineup even after Shane Victorino returns from a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Bradley's defense has been better than Grady Sizemore's and it's possible the team could move Sizemore to left field while using Bradley as the everyday center fielder. Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp could all see their playing time reduced if Bradley keeps up his torrid hot streak (.421 AVG over his last five games).
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/8/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski has put together back-to-back three-hit games.
Insight: The Red Sox as a whole have had a great series offensively (.389 AVG, 11 RBI), yet it's tied 1-1 heading into Wednesday night's rubber match. Pierzynski (.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI) had just two hits all season prior to this series.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/8/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is having a great series against his former team.
Insight: He went 3-for-5 Tuesday and is now 6-for-10 against Texas over the last two games. Napoli (.364, 2 HR, 8 RBI) is usually a swing for the fences guy but all six of his hits this series have been singles.
Felix Doubront, SPCold4/8/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront got lit up Tuesday in a loss to Texas (6 H, 3 BB, 5 ER).
Insight: He lasted just 2 2/3 innings. Doubront (1-1, 9.00 ERA) has never finished with an ERA lower than four and his strikeout to walk ratio was one of the worst in MLB last season (1.96). He's not a reliable fantasy option and never has been.
Craig Breslow, RP4/8/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Craig Breslow is expected to be activated from the disabled list ahead of Wednesday's game against Texas. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: He's been out with a shoulder injury. Breslow was excellent last season (5-2, 1.81 ERA) and should serve as Boston's left-handed specialist out of the pen.
Ryan Roberts, 2B4/8/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox newly-acquired infielder Ryan Roberts will make his debut on Tuesday night at third base.
Insight: Roberts was cut by the Cubs last month after hitting .237 in spring training. He's insurance for the injured Will Middlebrooks. The last time he was fantasy relevant was 2010 when he smacked 19 homers and stole 18 bases for Arizona.
A.J. Pierzynski, C4/7/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski drilled three hits Monday against Texas.
Insight: He only had two hits combined in his first five games. All five of Pierzynski's hits this season have been singles.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/7/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli stayed hot with three hits Monday in a victory over the Rangers.
Insight: The 32-year-old is tied for third in the American League with seven RBI this season. Napoli has gone 6-for-14 during his three-game hitting streak (.429 AVG).
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF4/7/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. collected three hits Monday in a 5-1 win over Texas.
Insight: He's done a nice job filling in for Shane Victorino with a .375 average in six appearances. Monday was Bradley's second career three-hit game.
John Lackey, SPHot4/7/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander John Lackey improved to 2-0 Monday with a win over Texas.
Insight: He allowed one unearned run in seven innings. Lackey (1.38 ERA) didn't win his second game until May 19th last season. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Yankees.
Ryan Roberts, 2B4/7/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have signed infielder Ryan Roberts to a one-year deal.
Insight: He'll give the team some insurance at third base while Middlebrooks is out with a calf strain. Roberts was cut by the Cubs last month after hitting .237 in spring training.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/6/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Middlebrooks is out with a strained calf. Former Rockies infielder Jonathan Herrera has started the last two games at third base for Boston.
David Ortiz, DH4/6/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in the lineup after getting Saturday's game off, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Ortiz got in a pinch-hitting appearance in Saturday's 11-inning loss to the Brewers. He's hitting .333 with one homer and one strikeout this season.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/6/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been diagnosed with a calf strain, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Middlebrooks was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to the injury. He'll undergo an MRI Sunday morning.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4/5/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to a right calf cramp, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Boston also scratched Mike Carp (lower-back tightness) and David Ortiz is getting the night off, so Daniel Nava (1B), Jonny Gomes (LF) and Jonathan Herrera (3B) all started.
Mike Carp, 1B4/5/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Mike Carp was scratched from Boston's lineup Saturday due to lower-back tightness, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: David Ortiz is not in the lineup so Carp was starting at first base and Mike Napoli at DH in the initial lineup Saturday. Daniel Nava will move to first and Jonny Gomes will start in left field against the Brewers.
David Ortiz, DH4/5/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Saturday night's starting lineup versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Ortiz is off quickly this season, batting .353 in the early going. It appears to just be a day off. Mike Napoli is the DH and Mike Carp is at first.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/5/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Grady Sizemore is in the leadoff spot for Saturday night's game with Milwaukee.
Insight: Considering his time sidelined by injury Sizemore is off to a quick start this season (.300, 1 HR) and will get a shot at the top of the lineup. If successful this could further increase his fantasy value.
Mike Carp, 1B4/4/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: With Shane Victorino out with a strained hamstring, Mike Carp is in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: He's playing left field and batting fifth. He's yet to prove that he's a full-time player or fantasy worthy starter.
Grady Sizemore, CF4/3/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Grady Sizemore isn't in Thursday night's starting lineup. SOURCE: Tim Britton, Providence Journal
Insight: Jackie Bradley Jr. is making his first start of the season. Sizemore blasted his first home run in almost three years Monday in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot4/3/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .579 hitter against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Pedroia is off to a hot start, collecting multiple hits in each of the first two games this season. He's a must start on Thursday.
John Lackey, SP4/2/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey tossed six innings and allowed two runs on three hits to beat the Orioles in his first start of the season.
Insight: Lackey was horrible in 2011 (6.41 ERA in 160 innings) and he missed all of 2012, but the right-hander was revitalized in 2013 after getting in better shape and had a 3.52 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 189 1/3 innings. He has remained in good shape and should have an ERA below 4.00 again.
David Ortiz, DH4/2/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz smacked a two-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez of the Orioles Wednesday for his first of the year.
Insight: Ortiz hit 30 homers last season and has batted at least .309 in three straight years. Health is the only concern with the 38-year-old Red Sox DH.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/2/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia had four hits and two runs Wednesday at Baltimore.
Insight: Pedroia is off to a hot start, collecting multiple hits in each of the first two games this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/2/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had two hits, including a homer, and four RBI in five at-bats Wednesday at Baltimore.
Insight: Napoli hit .259 with 23 homers and a career-high 92 RBI last season. He has less fantasy value this year because he doesn't hold catcher eligibility, however.
Grady Sizemore, CF3/31/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore hit his first home run in 990 days on Opening Day against Baltimore.
Insight: His last home run in the big leagues also came at Camden Yards. He missed all of 2012 and 2013 due to injuries after playing just 104 games combined in 2010 and 2011, but he beat out Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting job this spring.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3/31/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has never gotten a hit against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: In fact, in 14 plate appearances, he's never even reached base against him. Middlebrooks represents one of the biggest question marks in Boston's lineup after struggling to a .227 average in 348 at bats last season.
A.J. Pierzynski, C3/31/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski is 1-for-10 in his career versus O's starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Pierzynski (.283 lifetime average) is one of the better hitting catchers in baseball but we're not expecting much from him Monday with Tillman (16-7, 3.71 ERA in 2013) throwing for Baltimore.
David Ortiz, DH3/31/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz could be in for a rough afternoon Monday against Orioles starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz has never figured out Tillman, hitting just .063 against him in 16 at bats. Overall, Tillman went 3-1 in six starts versus Boston last season with a 2.65 ERA
Daniel Nava, LF3/31/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Daniel Nava will hit leadoff and start in right field Monday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: Nava spent most of his time hitting sixth last season but will step into the leadoff role while Shane Victorino is sidelined with a hamstring injury. His batting average (.303) was the eighth-highest in the American League last season.
Mike Carp, 1B3/31/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: With Shane Victorino out with a strained hamstring, Mike Carp will move into the starting lineup Monday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's playing left field and batting fifth. Despite hitting .296 across 216 at bats last season, Carp is likely to be in a platoon situation with Jonny Gomes.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF3/31/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox have re-called outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Well, that was quick. Bradley was sent to the minors last week but is already needed in Boston with Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) headed to the disabled list. Bradley hit .189 in 95 at bats in the major leagues last season.
Shane Victorino, RF3/31/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Boston has placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring.
Insight: Jackie Bradley Jr. has been called up from Triple-A to take his place. Daniel Nava will start at right field Monday versus the Orioles.
Shane Victorino, RF3/31/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is unlikely to suit up Monday against the Orioles. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: He hurt his hamstring in Boston's final spring training game this past weekend. We'd expect Jonny Gomes (.247, 13 HR, 52 RBI in 2013) to get the start in his place.
Shane Victorino, RF3/29/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino re-injured his hamstring on Saturday. He's on his way to Boston for an MRI. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: That puts Victorino's status in doubt for Monday's season opener in Balimore. With Victorino sidelined, the Red Sox would likely use Jonny Gomes in left field with Daniel Nava moving over to right. If Victorino lands on the disabled list, there's a good chance Boston would call up Jackie Bradley from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley was one of the last players cut when the team finalized its 25-man roster earlier this week.
Jon Lester, SP3/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says the team is pressing the "pause button" on contract negotiations with Jon Lester. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Cherington expects the two sides to re-visit the deal before the offseason. Keep in mind, Dustin Pedroia signed his eight-year extension last July. We're confident a deal will get done sooner or later.
Grady Sizemore, CF3/28/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Grady Sizemore will be Boston's Opening Day center fielder, according to Gordon Edes of espnboston.com. Jackie Bradley Jr. has been demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Sizemore has hit .333 with one home run and an .842 OPS in 39 at-bats this spring. The 31-year-old Sizemore is a former 30-30 man but that was back in 2008; he missed all of the last two seasons after playing 104 games combined in 2010-11 due to injuries. Manager John Farrell said Thursday that Sizemore will hit in the middle of the order rather than leadoff, so he could have good value as a run producer.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF3/28/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Jackie Bradley has been sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Bradley lost the battle with Grady Sizemore after batting just .158 this spring and .189 last year. Of course, Sizemore has a long history of injury and Bradley could be back with the big club soon.
Daniel Nava, LF3/28/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava could see a lot of work at the top of the Boston lineup this season.
Insight: Nava and Grady Sizemore have been the two players at the top of the Red Sox lineup the past week and manager manager John Farrell said Sizemore would bat in the middle of the lineup. Translation: Nava must be the leadoff guy. The 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he batted .303 with 12 homers, 66 RBI, 77 runs and an .830 OPS in 134 games.
Grady Sizemore, CF3/27/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that if CF Grady Sizemore makes the Opening Day roster, he will almost always bat in the middle of the order, not leadoff, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Sizemore has hit .306 with one home runs and a .759 OPS in 36 at-bats this spring. He's battling Jackie Bradley Jr. (.167 this spring) for the starting center-field job. The 31-year-old Sizemore is a former 30-30 man but that was back in 2008; he missed all of the last two seasons after playing 104 games combined in 2010-11 due to injuries.
Shane Victorino, RF3/27/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (side) played a minor league game without any issues Thursday, according to csnne.com.
Insight: Victorino was scratched with left side discomfort on Tuesday. He should be ready for Opening Day after Thursday's development.
Shane Victorino, RF3/26/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (side) will miss his second straight game Wednesday, according to Jason Mastrodonato of masslive.com.
Insight: Victorino was scratched with left side discomfort on Tuesday and is still hurting. However, he said he'll be ready for Monday's season opener.
Jon Lester, SP3/24/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are hoping to sign Jon Lester to a contract extension before the end of spring training. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: They took care of David Ortiz yesterday (one-year, $16 million extension) and now it's Lester's turn. Lester enjoyed a nice bounceback season in 2013, posting a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts. He'll get the start Opening Day against Baltimore next Monday.
David Ortiz, DH3/23/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz have agreed to a one-year contract extension. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: An announcement is expected to be made on Monday. According to reports, Ortiz's 2015 salary will pay him $16 million so he's getting a slight raise. He's our 74th ranked fantasy player heading into the 2014 campaign.
David Ortiz, DH3/21/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is close to signing a one-year contract extension. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: It's supposedly "in the neighborhood" of $15 million, which is how much Ortiz will make in 2014. There was never any question that Ortiz would finish his career in Boston. He's hit at least .300 in each of his last three seasons.
Stephen Drew, SS3/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Stephen Drew seems like an obvious fit for the Tigers now that Jose Iglesias (shin) could miss most of the season.
Insight: Scott Boras has the Tigers right where he wants them. Drew is an above average defensive player with decent power for a middle infielder. Though nothing has been decided yet, this deal makes too much sense not to happen.
Clay Buchholz, SP3/12/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: WEEI's Rob Bradford is reporting that Clay Buchholz will open the season as Boston's No. 5 starter.
Insight: That might be the right place for Buchholz given how fragile he's been in the past. In seven major league seasons, the two-time All-Star has never made more than 29 starts.
Shane Victorino, RF3/8/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino may give up hitting from the left side of the plate altogether, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, though Victorino said "no decision's been made."
Insight: A leg injury prevented him from hitting lefty late last season and throughout the playoffs. He hit .314 with six homers and an .861 OPS in 169 at-bats as a lefty last season but in his career has been a much better right-handed hitter than a left-handed one.
Jake Peavy, SP3/7/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Jake Peavy hopes to make his spring training debut March 13th against Minnesota. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Peavy (12-5, 4.17 ERA) cut his finger last weekend but it wasn't on his pitching hand. It doesn't sound like Peavy is in any danger of missing the start of the regular season.
Jake Peavy, SP3/4/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy (finger) may not be ready in time for the start of the regular season, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Peavy suffered a deep laceration on his left index finger with a fishing knife. He was able to throw on Tuesday but hasn't been cleared to put his glove on. "We've got an opportunity to keep his arm moving, keep him in shape," said manager John Farrell. "He'll stretch a little bit with long toss today and the plan is for him to throw a bullpen tomorrow, without a glove. The precaution we have to take right now is making sure he doesn't perspire too much that may cause bacteria or whatever to get into the incision that's still closing up."
Jake Peavy, SP3/2/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jake Peavy won't throw for at least three days after suffering a lacerated left index finger on Saturday. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Peavy was scratched from a Grapefruit League start after cutting his finger with a fishing knife. According to Boston manager John Farrell, Peavy "almost cut through his finger," so he may have to miss more than one start. The good news is that the injury was to his non-throwing hand. "The fact is, we can pad that index finger to his glove hand," Farrell said. "It's nowhere near the impact had it been the other hand."
Daniel Nava, LF2/28/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava (neck) will play Saturday.
Insight: Nava will be making his Grapefruit League debut after sitting out this week with a pinched nerve in his neck. The 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he batted .303 with 12 homers, 66 RBI, 77 runs and an .830 OPS in 134 games. He played primarily against lefties and will do so again this season.
Shane Victorino, RF2/27/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino has been working through issues involving his "core strength," manager John Farrell said. However, he's expected to be ready well before Opening Day. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Farrell said Victorino reported to camp in good shape even though he underwent right thumb surgery in November. The 33-year-old outfielder dealt with several nagging injuries last season and only played 122 games, so the Red Sox are trying to avoid that happening again. Victorino hit .294 with 15 homers, 82 runs, 21 steals and an .802 OPS in his first year in Boston.
Grady Sizemore, CF2/27/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore played left field and went 0-for-2 in his first action since 2011.
Insight: The 31-year-old once posted a 30-30 season, but that was a lieftime ago - in 2008. It remains to be seen if he can help the Red Sox or fantasy owners this season.
Stephen Drew, SS2/26/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Stephen Drew's agent Scott Boras says that Drew would be willing to move to second base full-time for the right price. SOURCE: Max Wildstein, MLBlogs
Insight: Toronto and the Mets are considered the favorites to land Drew at this point, though an official signing may not come until the regular season is already underway. We've heard dozens of rumors about Drew (.253, 13 HR, 67 RBI) this offseason so take everything you hear with a grain of salt.
Mike Carp, 1B2/23/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox 1B/OF Mike Carp has been taking reps at third base during spring training. Carp played 29 games at first base last season and 43 at the two corner outfield positions. SOURCE: Providence Journal
Insight: Versatility is always nice and it could give Carp (.296, 9 HR, 43 RBI in 2013) more at bats, especially if the team winds up trading Will Middlebrooks. With that said, the Red Sox contemplated a similar conversion with Mike Napoli last year and never went through with it. Until we actually see Carp play third base in a game, his fantasy value shouldn't change.
Chris Capuano, SP2/20/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Chris Capuano's new one-year deal with the Red Sox is worth $2.25 million. SOURCE: Ron Chimelis, Springfield Republican
Insight: With Ryan Dempster taking the year off, Capuano (4-7, 4.26 ERA) will function as the team's primary long reliever. He'll be worth an add if one of Boston's starters gets hurt.
Ryan Dempster, SP2/16/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster told reporters Sunday that he will not pitch in 2014, citing "physical reasons and his desire to spend more time with his kids." SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, foxsports.com.
Insight: Dempster had a 4.57 ERA in 171 1/3 innings last season after signing a two-year, $26.5 million contract with Boston. He'll be placed on the restricted list and won't receive the $13.25 million he was slated to earn in 2014. The Sox will go with Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront in the rotation unless they sign a replacement with the money Dempster vacated.
Jake Peavy, SP2/14/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Jake Peavy left spring training on Friday with both his wrist and ring finger wrapped in a bandage, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Peavy hasn't been a fantasy stud since 2007, though he did pitch well last season, going 12-5 with 121 Ks in 144 2/3 IP. This injury shouldn't sideline him for more than a day or two.
Stephen Drew, SS2/5/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Despite their interest, the Mets aren't likely to sign shortstop Stephen Drew. SOURCE: Ken Davidoff, New York Post
Insight: Drew supposedly has two offers in place but is holding out for a three-year deal. With so few viable options at shortstop, the soft-hitting Drew (.264 career average) remains a fantasy consideration.
David Ortiz, DH2/2/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Veteran designated hitter David Ortiz has softened his demands after calling the Red Sox out during a television appearance last week. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: Who is Papi kidding? He's not going anywhere. The reigning World Series MVP says all he's looking for is a one-year extension. The Red Sox don't want Ortiz (.309, 30 HR, 103 RBI in 2013) to leave either so we'd expect the two sides to come to an agreement sooner rather than later.
David Ortiz, DH1/27/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: For the first time, Boston DH David Ortiz acknowledged that he could play elsewhere if the Red Sox don't honor his request for a multi-year contract. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: It may sound like Ortiz is being pushy but after winning the World Series MVP, he deserves to be compensated. We can't imagine Ortiz playing for another team and it's likely the two sides will work out a deal before Papi reaches free agency.
Stephen Drew, SS1/23/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees haven't ruled out the possibility of signing shortstop Stephen Drew.
Insight: With Derek Jeter at shortstop, Drew would probably spend most of his time at second base if he went to New York. Drew put together a solid regular season (.253, 13 HR, 67 RBI) for the Red Sox in 2013 but was awful in the playoffs, collecting just six hits in 54 at bats (.111 AVG). For all his struggles at the plate, the 30-year-old has always been an excellent defensive player.
Jon Lester, SP1/23/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester acknowledged that he'd be willing to take a paycut to stay with the Red Sox. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: His contract expires after the 2014 season. We expect the two sides will have a new deal in place by the time spring training rolls around. Lester is coming off a resurgent 2013 campaign that included 15 wins and a 3.75 ERA in 213 1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason appearances.
Grady Sizemore, CF1/22/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: In a surprise move, the Red Sox and outfielder Grady Sizemore have agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: It's a major league deal, which means Sizemore could compete with Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting center field job out of spring training. The 31-year-old used to steal tons of bases (38 in 2008) but he hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011. It will be interesting to see what he has left in the tank. We wouldn't rule Sizemore out as a fantasy option just yet.
Shane Victorino, RF12/16/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino had thumb surgery on Monday. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: It won't affect Victorino's fantasy value as he's expected to be back in plenty of time for spring training. Victorino was excellent for the Red Sox last year, contributing a .294 average with 15 HR, 61 RBI and 21 SB. He also had a number of clutch hits in the postseason including a game-winning grand slam against the Tigers.
David Ortiz, DH12/13/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox and DH David Ortiz are working on a contract extension that will allow him to retire in Boston. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: Ortiz is entering the final year of a two-year contract. Even in his late 30s, Papi remains one of the game's most productive hitters. Last season he led the majors in intentional walks (27).
Shane Victorino, RF12/10/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: Boston manager John Farrell said Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino will both be candidates to lead off next season. SOURCE: Mike Silverman, Boston Herald
Insight: Jacoby Ellsbury had been the team's leadoff hitter for the previous six seasons but he signed with New York last week. Victorino hit .194 out of the leadoff spot last season (7-for-36) while Nava hit .289 (11-for-38). Dustin Pedroia will stay in the three hole for Boston with David Ortiz occupying the cleanup spot.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B12/10/2013 9:05:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia (torn UCL) had the pin removed from his thumb surgery and should be ready for spring training, according to a Boston Globe report.
Insight: Pedroia is a key player in the Red Sox lineup. He batted .301 with 91 runs, 84 RBI and 17 steals. With Ellsbury gone it will be even more important to have him ready for opening day.
Edward Mujica, RP12/7/2013 9:20:00 PM
Description: Righthanded reliever Edward Mujica has agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract with Boston. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Mujica got off to a nice start last season (2.20 ERA, 26 saves before the All-Star break) but fell apart in the second half (11.05 ERA in September). If he returns to his pre-All-Star break form, he'll be a solid addition to what is already one of the stronger bullpens in the major leagues. Mujica won't be a candidate to close unless Koji Uehara gets injured.
Mike Napoli, 1B12/6/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: According to Sean McAdam of csnne.com, the Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mike Napoli to a two-year deal worth $32 million.
Insight: We never expected Napoli to leave the Red Sox after he changed the clubhouse culture, ushered in the bearded brotherhood and brought a World Series title to Boston in his first season. Just remember he'll have significantly less fantasy value in 2014 because he won't be eligible at catcher after playing zero innings there in 2013.
A.J. Pierzynski, C12/3/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million deal with Boston. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: It's a nice haul for the soon-to-be 37-year-old. Pierzynski could be a liability defensively but he rarely gets injured and his .283 lifetime batting average is extremely impressive for a player at his position. The Pierzynski signing marks the end of the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Era in Boston.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF11/27/2013 2:07:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Jim Bowden suspects free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will re-sign with Boston.
Insight: If Ellsbury can get a seven-year deal from Washington or Texas, he'll take it. However, it's unlikely that any team would offer him that many years and Bowden seems to believe Ellsbury would be willing to give Boston at least a little bit of a hometown discount. If Boston decides the price to keep Ellsbury is too high, they'll probably opt to use Jackie Bradley in center field next season.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, CCold11/27/2013 1:00:00 PM
Description: If the Red Sox want to keep Jarrod Saltalamacchia, they may have to wait in line. The free agent catcher is also being pursued by the Blue Jays, Rockies and Twins according to NESN's Jen Slothower.
Insight: Boston struck out with Carlos Ruiz (re-signed with Philadelphia) and Brian McCann (Yankees), which leaves Salty and veteran A.J. Pierzynski as the top catchers left on the market. The Twins are in the running because they've decided to make Joe Mauer a full-time first baseman. Saltalamacchia (.273, 14 HR, 65 RBI) had his moments in 2013 but inconsistency caused him to lose his starting job to David Ross in the postseason.
Alfredo Aceves, SP11/16/2013 11:07:00 AM
Description: The Mets could make a play for free agent righthander Alfredo Aceves. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Aceves wore out his welcome in Boston but at age 31, he still has a few years left to prove himself. If the Mets do end up signing Aceves, it will be interesting to see if they employ him as a starter or out of the bullpen. Though Aceves' preference is to start, his best season came in 2011 when he was used almost exclusively as a middle reliever (10-2, 2.61 ERA in 114 innings).
Mike Napoli, 1B11/16/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: The Rockies and Rangers are among the teams lining up to sign Mike Napoli. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Napoli was a health risk heading into the 2013 season but he improved his stock dramatically by having a sparkling year both at the plate and in the field. He's also a clubhouse leader, which should play well as he looks for a multi-year deal. Despite the interest Napoli is getting from other teams, we still expect him to be back with the Red Sox next season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF11/13/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: Agent Scott Boras is using Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million deal as the benchmark for Jacoby Ellsbury's next contract. SOURCE: NESN
Insight: Somebody is bound to overpay for Ellsbury after his monster 2013 campaign (.298 AVG, 52 steals). According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, that price tag is a little too high for the Mariners, who claim they have "no interest" in Ellsbury. Feinsand mentioned the Cubs as a possible dark horse candidate in the Ellsbury sweepstakes.
Mike Napoli, 1B11/6/2013 3:04:00 PM
Description: The Mariners could be in the running for free agent first baseman Mike Napoli this offseason. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Napoli would be an upgrade over Seattle's current first baseman Justin Smoak (.238, 20 HR, 50 RBI). Still, after the season he just had with the Red Sox, it's hard to envision Napoli (.259, 23 HR, 92 RBI) playing anywhere else besides Boston.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B11/6/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia (torn UCL) expects to have thumb surgery next Tuesday. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: The procedure could sideline him for up to eight weeks. The possibility of missing spring training games isn't a concern for Pedroia at this point.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B11/1/2013 9:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will have surgery on his left thumb sometime in the next few weeks. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Somehow, Pedroia managed to play 176 games between the playoffs and regular season with a torn thumb ligament. And he still won a Gold Glove and made the All-Star team. Who knows what kind of season Pedroia could have if he actually stayed healthy for once.
Clay Buchholz, SP10/30/2013 4:11:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Clay Buchholz will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday in Game 6 against the Cardinals. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: He'll also be available for Game 7 if necessary. Buchholz tossed four innings of one-run ball Sunday night in Game 4. The one run he allowed was unearned.
David Ross, C10/30/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: David Ross will get another start at catcher Wednesday in Game 6 of the World Series.
Insight: It appears he's overtaken Jarrod Saltalamacchia and will start the rest of the series. Ross delivered a huge hit in Game 5 to put Boston ahead 2-1 in the seventh inning. Overall, he's hitting .286 in the postseason with a .429 slugging percentage.
Mike Napoli, 1B10/30/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will hit cleanup Wednesday in Game 6 against the Cardinals.
Insight: It's his first start since Game 2 last Thursday. Napoli went 0-for-2 against Michael Wacha when he faced him earlier in the series.
Shane Victorino, RF10/30/2013 3:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is back in the lineup for Game 6 against St. Louis.
Insight: He missed the previous two games with back tightness. Victorino is hitting sixth behind Jonny Gomes and ahead of Xander Bogaerts instead of second where he usually hits. Victorino was named the AL's Gold Glove recipient in right field earlier this week.
Shane Victorino, RFCold10/29/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is expected to play Wednesday in Game 6 against St. Louis.
Insight: Victorino missed Games 4 and 5 with a back issue. Aside from a series-clinching grand slam against Detroit, the veteran has had a quiet postseason (.188 AVG in 48 at bats).
Shane Victorino, RF10/28/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (back) is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the World Series Monday at St. Louis but is available off the bench, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Daniel Nava will start in right field with Jonny Gomes in left for the second straight game.
David Ortiz, DHHot10/28/2013 12:48:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will start at first base in Game 5 of the World Series Saturday in St. Louis.
Insight: Considering how he's pounding the ball, there was no decision to be made. When you are batting a stunning .727 with a 2.114 OPS you play - period. Mike Napoli, who has been taking a few ground balls at third base, will come off the bench.
Shane Victorino, RF10/27/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has been scratched from Sunday night's starting lineup. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: Victorino is out with lower back tightness. Daniel Nava will move over to right field with Jonny Gomes getting the start in left. It's unknown if the ailing Victorino will be available to pinch-hit later in the game.
Daniel Nava, LF10/27/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: Daniel Nava will again get the start in left field Sunday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Nava went 1-for-4 in Game 3 with a couple of RBI. The 30-year-old finished eighth in the American League with a .303 average during the regular season.
David Ross, C10/27/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: David Ross will be back behind the plate Sunday versus the Cardinals.
Insight: Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been useless at the plate this postseason (.188 AVG in 32 at bats) and he's also made a number of critical mistakes in the field. Look for Ross to also start Game 5 when Jon Lester returns to the mound.
Stephen Drew, SSCold10/27/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: It appears John Farrell has finally seen enough. The Red Sox skipper benched slumping shortstop Stephen Drew for Will Middlebrooks late in Saturday's loss to St. Louis.
Insight: Drew has given the Red Sox nothing at the plate (4-for-44 in the playoffs) and has only been playing because of his strong glove work at shortstop. With Boston's season on the line, the Red Sox don't have time to wait for Drew to turn things around offensively. Middlebrooks is likely to start at third for Game 4 with rookie Xander Bogaerts filling in for Drew at shortstop.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, CCold10/27/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia sealed Boston's fate by delivering a poor throw to third base late in Saturday's loss to St. Louis.
Insight: Will Middlebrooks was charged with the error but the throw was one that never should have been made. Saltalamacchia's poor defense also contributed to a loss two nights earlier back at Fenway Park (he mishandled a throw from left fielder Jonny Gomes, which led to a pair of runs). Salty's poor play in the field could be overlooked if he was hitting but he's not doing that either (.188 AVG in 32 postseason at bats). Look for David Ross to sub in for the struggling Saltalamacchia Sunday in Game 4.
Jake Peavy, SPCold10/27/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Boston starter Jake Peavy struggled in a no-decision Saturday versus St. Louis.
Insight: Peavy allowed six hits and two earned runs in just four innings of work. He seemed to have no trust at all in his fastball, opting mostly for breaking pitches after barely surviving a two-run, four-hit first inning. As shaky as Peavy looked in the outing, it could have been much worse. Somehow the righthander was able to navigate his way out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth inning. He's scheduled to start Game 7 if the series goes that far though his last two performances have done little to inspire confidence.
Craig Breslow, RPCold10/27/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Boston reliever Craig Breslow imploded for the second straight game Saturday night against the Cardinals.
Insight: Breslow failed to record an out in the seventh inning and was later charged with two runs after Junichi Tazawa allowed a double to Matt Holliday later in the frame. Breslow's latest nightmare performance comes just two days after blowing a save in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what John Farrell decides to do with his bullpen in Game 4 Sunday night in St. Louis.
Mike Napoli, 1B10/26/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Mike Napoli, who has never played third base in a major league game, was seen taking grounders at that position Saturday during batting practice.
Insight: When asked about it, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "Not tonight, but it's an option." It's a risky maneuver given Napoli's lack of experience at that position but having his bat in the lineup would give the Red Sox a huge leg up offensively. Napoli has been benched in favor of David Ortiz for Saturday's Game 3 in St. Louis. Ortiz, usually a DH, will be making his seventh start of the year at first base.
Clay Buchholz, SP10/26/2013 5:39:00 PM
Description: Clay Buchholz won't be at 100 percent when he makes his scheduled start Sunday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Jayson Stark, ESPN
Insight: Buchholz, a Cy Young contender early in the season, saw his velocity decline rapidly in his last start Saturday against Detroit. If his outing gets cut short, Felix Doubront may have to eat up a few innings before Boston can turn it over to the bullpen trio of Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara in the later innings.
Mike Napoli, 1B10/26/2013 5:34:00 PM
Description: As expected, Mike Napoli won't start Saturday's Game 3 against St. Louis.
Insight: Napoli has had a decent postseason offensively (2 HR, 6 RBI) but David Ortiz is far too valuable a hitter to not be in the lineup. There's a strong chance Napoli will get a chance to pinch-hit later in the contest.
Clay Buchholz, SP10/25/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Boston manager John Farrell confirmed that Clay Buchholz will start Game 4 of the World Series Sunday at St. Louis, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Buchholz admitted that he's dealing with general arm fatigue and looked "uncomfortable" while throwing off flat ground Thursday, but he'll try to get through one more start this season. He'll oppose Lance Lynn after Jake Peavy and Joe Kelly square off in Game 3 Saturday.
David Ortiz, DHHot10/25/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that David Ortiz will start at first base in Game 3 of the World Series Saturday in St. Louis, according to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Ortiz went 4-for-7 (.571) with a pair of home runs and five RBI in the first two games of the series (he also had a grand slam robbed by Carlos Beltran in Game 1). Mike Napoli will move to the bench in Game 3.
Daniel Nava, LF10/25/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Daniel Nava will start in left field for the Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series against the Cardinals, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.
Insight: Jonny Gomes started the first two games of the series but Busch Stadium's left field is much more demanding than Fenway Park's. With right-hander Joe Kelly on the mound for the Cardinals, it's a no-brainer to start the lefty-swinging Nava and have Gomes available to pinch-hit against a lefty reliever.
David Ortiz, DHHot10/25/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz figures to be the starting 1B when the World Series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3.
Insight: Ortiz is 4-for-7 (.571) with a pair of home runs and five RBI in the first two games of the series and no manager in his right mind would leave his best hitter on the bench. He started at first base six times during the season. Mike Napoli will likely move to the bench.
Mike Napoli, 1B10/25/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will likely be the odd man out when the series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3.
Insight: There is no way the Red Sox starting lineup doesn't include the hot-hitting David Ortiz (4-for-7, 2 HR in the first two games). Napoli is a former catcher, but didn't start a single game at that position in 2013 so it would be unfair to put him behind the plate in a World Series game.
Jake Peavy, SP10/24/2013 7:13:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox will turn to Jake Peavy Saturday when the series shifts to St. Louis.
Insight: Clay Buchholz is being pushed back a day due to arm fatigue. Peavy is winless in four career postseasons starts (0-3, 10.31 ERA).
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C10/24/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup after sitting out Game 1 Wednesday night.
Insight: David Ross has been catching all of Jon Lester's starts, so it wasn't a surprise to see Salty on the sidelines yesterday. He's never faced tonight's starting pitcher Michael Wacha.
David Ortiz, DH10/24/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH/1B David Ortiz produced big numbers in Game 1 of the World Series after struggling against Detroit in the ALCS.
Insight: Ortiz rebounded from a .091 ALCS (2-for-22) by matching that hit total in the opener. It will be interesting to see what happens when the series moves to St. Louis and there is no DH as the team's everyday first baseman, Mike Napoli, knocked in three runs in the opener and was clutch in the ALCS.
Clay Buchholz, SP10/23/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Boston manager John Farrell said Clay Buchholz is "ready to go" for the World Series. The right-hander will start Game 3 or 4. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI.com
Insight: WEEI.com reported Wednesday morning that Buchholz may be dealing with a physical issue, but it appears the team expects him to start one of the first two games in St. Louis. Jake Peavy will start the other game.
Jonny Gomes, LF10/23/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: As expected, Jonny Gomes is getting the start in left field Wednesday in Game 1 against St. Louis.
Insight: Gomes has outperformed Daniel Nava this postseason and should be the team's starter in left field for the forseeable future. The 32-year-old is 2-for-10 in his career against tonight's starter Adam Wainwright.
Xander Bogaerts, SS10/23/2013 4:23:00 PM
Description: Rookie Xander Bogaerts will make another start at third base for the Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: Bogaerts (3-for-6, seven runs in six playoff games) appears to be locked in as Boston's third baseman for the rest of the postseason. Will Middlebrooks will probably be limited to pinch-hitting duty.
David Ross, C10/23/2013 4:19:00 PM
Description: David Ross will get the start at catcher for Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Insight: This was to be expected as Ross has now caught three of Jon Lester's four postseason starts. If the Red Sox find themselves in a hole and need offense later in the game, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be available to replace Ross off the bench.
Stephen Drew, SSCold10/23/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew has had a terrible postseason (3-for-35) and Wednesday's matchup with Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright probably won't help matters.
Insight: Drew, a former Diamondback, has faced Wainwright on numerous occasions with very little success (2-for-19). Despite his woes at the plate, the Red Sox are likely to keep Drew in the lineup because of his stellar glovework at shortstop.
Clay Buchholz, SP10/23/2013 9:47:00 AM
Description: The feeling around Boston is that star righthander Clay Buchholz may not be healthy. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: Buchholz has looked rather ordinary since coming back from a shoulder injury (3-1, 3.32 ERA in seven starts compared to 9-0, 1.71 before the injury) and it's fair to wonder if the Red Sox brought him back too soon. The two-time All-Star is slated to start one of the games in St. Louis though Felix Doubront will be on call if the Red Sox need to scratch Buchholz at the last minute.
Jon Lester, SP10/21/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have named Jon Lester their Game 1 starter for Wednesday's World Series opener. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, CBS Sports
Insight: Lester, the winner of Thursday's Game 5 in Detroit, will be pitching on six days rest. He's 2-1 this postseason with a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.
David Ortiz, DH10/21/2013 8:11:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox will go with David Ortiz at first base when the World Series shifts to St. Louis for Games 3-5. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Boston's usual first baseman, Mike Napoli, should make a few late inning cameos. Ortiz played first base just six times during the regular season.
Jonny Gomes, LF10/21/2013 8:02:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are likely to start Jonny Gomes in left field Wednesday in Game 1 of the World Series. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Gomes appeared in five of the team's six games against Detroit in the ALCS. Daniel Nava, who platooned with Gomes in left field during the regular season, could draw a start or two later in the series.
Koji Uehara, RPHot10/20/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara won the ALCS MVP after throwing six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and zero walks over five appearances during the series.
Insight: Uehara was expected to be the team's seventh-inning man this season with Andrew Bailey throwing in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan closing. When Bailey and Hanrahan went down with injuries, Uehara stepped into the closer role and ended the season with 21 saves, a 1.09 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP, 101 strikeouts and just nine walks in 74 1/3 innings. In eight postseason appearances, he has a 1.00 ERA, a 0.56 WHIP, a 13/0 K/BB and five saves in nine innings.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C10/19/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a good track record against Max Scherzer.
Insight: He's hitting .417 against him in 12 at bats. Saltalamacchia (.273 AVG this postseason) sat out Game 5 but he should be back in there on Saturday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF10/19/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury faces off against Max Scherzer in Game 6, a pitcher he's had good success against in the past.
Insight: Ellsbury is 5-for-9 against him in the regular season though he went 0-for-2 against Scherzer in Game 2 last Saturday. Ellsbury has had a decent series with six hits in 19 at bats (.316 AVG).
David Ortiz, DHCold10/19/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz only has two hits in the ALCS but he could be in for a big night Saturday against Max Scherzer.
Insight: Somehow, Papi is hitting .467 against the soon-to-be AL Cy Young winner. He hasn't driven in a run since Game 2 when he knocked Joaquin Benoit's first-pitch offfering out of the park for a game-tying grand slam.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C10/19/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox haven't released their lineup for Game 6 yet but all indications are that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be in it. SOURCE: Erik Boland, Newsday
Insight: David Ross got the start in Game 5 and actually did a great job with two hits and a bone-crushing takeout of Alex Avila at home plate. Still, Saltalamacchia is the better offensive player and deserves to be behind the plate for Saturday's potential series-clincher.
Xander Bogaerts, SS10/19/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox are expected to start Xander Bogaerts at third base again in Game 6. SOURCE: Erik Boland, Newsday
Insight: The rookie went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk Thursday in Game 5. He's been filling in for Will Middlebrooks, who has struggled offensively during the playoffs (.174 AVG in 23 at bats). Since shortstop is Bogaerts' natural position, Middlebrooks will probably come in as a defensive replacement if the Red Sox have a lead in the ninth inning.
Daniel Nava, LF10/17/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Boston left fielder Daniel Nava isn't starting Game 5 against the Tigers.
Insight: Nava went 1-for-3 in last night's 7-3 loss. There's a good chance he'll see action as a pinch-hitter later in the game.
Jonny Gomes, LF10/17/2013 6:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes is back in the lineup for Game 5.
Insight: Gomes and Daniel Nava have been alternating starts in left field. Gomes' biggest contribution of the series came in Game 2 when he scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C10/17/2013 6:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia won't be in the lineup for Thursday's Game 5 against the Tigers.
Insight: David Ross will start in his place. Salty is hitting .273 this postseason. That's the same batting average he carried during the regular season (.273 in 425 at bats).
David Ross, C10/17/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: David Ross is in at catcher for Thursday's Game 5 against Detroit.
Insight: It's Ross' second start of the series. Ross has now started two of Jon Lester's three starts this postseason.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold10/17/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Boston will be without third baseman Will Middlebrooks on Thursday.
Insight: Manager John Farrell has benched him in favor of rookie Xander Bogaerts. It seems like the right move as Middlebrooks is hitting a mere .174 this postseason. Middlebrooks could be available as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement if the Red Sox get desperate in the late innings.
Xander Bogaerts, SS10/17/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Boston's Xander Bogaerts will make his first start of the postseason Thursday against Detroit.
Insight: Bogaerts is in for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who is just 1-for-10 in the series. The 21-year-old Bogaerts went 1-for-2 in last night's loss and has hit .261 since joining the Red Sox in mid-August.
Daniel Nava, LF10/16/2013 3:49:00 PM
Description: Daniel Nava is hitting sixth and starting in left field Wednesday against Detroit.
Insight: It's a no-brainer given Nava's history against Doug Fister (.417 career average). Jonny Gomes, Boston's starter in left field for Games 2 and 3, will take a seat in Game 4.
Daniel Nava, LF10/16/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Boston left fielder Daniel Nava hasn't played since Game 1 but if he does get the start in Game 4, he could post big numbers versus Tigers starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Nava is 5-for-12 in his career against Fister. He's had a quiet postseason, delivering just two hits in 11 trips to the plate (three walks).
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C10/16/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Jarrod Saltalamacchia rejuvenated the Red Sox with a game-winning hit in Game 2. Now he faces another favorable matchup Wednesday in Game 4.
Insight: Salty owns a .455 career average versus Tigers starter Doug Fister. A win today would put Boston in the driver's seat. The Red Sox currently lead the series two games to one.
Mike Napoli, 1B10/16/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the only run of the night Tuesday in a Game 3 win over the Tigers.
Insight: The round-tripper came on a 96-mph fastball from Justin Verlander in the seventh, the same pitch Napoli struck out on two innings earlier. Napoli now has six home runs in 39 career postseason games.
John Lackey, SP10/16/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 8 K's, 0 BB) was outstanding Tuesday in a Game 3 win against the Tigers.
Insight: He outdueled Justin Verlander, which isn't an easy thing to do. Lackey got knocked around a bit in the first inning (two hits) but Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said the 20-minute delay after a brief power outage in the second gave him a chance to settle down and find his rhythm. Tuesday was Lackey's first career road playoff win. If the series goes seven, we'll see him against Sunday night at Fenway Park.
Shane Victorino, RF10/15/2013 10:49:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is hitless in six at-bats against Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: Victorino went 6-for-14 (.429) with three RBI in the ALDS against Oakland, but is just 1-for-8 in the first two games of the ALCS.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B10/15/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just 1-for-18 (.056) against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Pedroia finished the season batting .301 and is 6-for-23 in the postseason with three runs scored and six RBI. This matchup, however, is extremely unfavorable.
David Ortiz, DHHot10/15/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .370 hitter (10-for-27) with two home runs and a 1.174 OPS against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Big Papi put together a solid September and has continued to swing a big bat in the postseason going 6-for-20 with three long balls and seven RBI. He's one of the few players who apparently doesn't mind facing the Tigers' ace.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold10/14/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday against Detroit after coming off the bench in Game 2. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Napoli entered the game in the eighth inning last night and struck out in his only at bat. The power-hitting first baseman is hitting .222 in his career against Tigers righthander Justin Verlander.
Jonny Gomes, LF10/13/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Jonny Gomes is expected to start in left field Sunday in Game 2 against the Tigers. SOURCE: Drew Silva, NBC Sports
Insight: Gomes started the first two games of the Division Series against Tampa Bay but has been limited to pinch-hitting duty since then. He'll get the nod over Daniel Nava, who went 1-for-3 in last night's 1-0 loss.
Mike Carp, 1B10/13/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Carp is expected to make his first start of the postseason Sunday in Game 2 against Detroit. SOURCE: Drew Silva, NBC Sports
Insight: Carp has played sparingly during the playoffs but with Mike Napoli in the midst of a wicked slump (two for his last 16), the Red Sox are running out of options at first base. Carp is 2-for-8 in his career against tonight's starter Max Scherzer.
Daniel Nava, LF10/13/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava isn't expected to start Sunday against the Tigers. SOURCE: WEEI
Insight: Nava was actually the only player to have a hit against Detroit in Game 1. He'll take a seat in favor of Johnny Gomes, who holds a .333 lifetime average versus Max Scherzer.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold10/13/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Struggling Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli won't start Sunday in Game 2 against the Tigers. SOURCE: WEEI
Insight: Napoli had an awful game Saturday (0-for-3, 3 K's) and is now hitting just .125 in his first five postseason games. Napoli's .111 career average against tonight's starter Max Scherzer makes John Farrell's decision to sit him that much easier. Mike Carp is expected to start at first base.
Jon Lester, SP10/13/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Jon Lester was terrific Saturday in a loss to Detroit.
Insight: Lester did everything he could to keep the Red Sox in the game, allowing just one run in 6 1/3 innings. Boston's bats never woke up, however, and now the Sox head into Game 2 Sunday night with ground to make up. The lefthander is tentatively scheduled to start Game 5 on Thursday, assuming there is one.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold10/13/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: First baseman Mike Napoli is just 1-for-9 against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer with three strikeouts.
Insight: It's been feast or famine for Napoli, who bashed 23 homers this season, but also struck out 187 times. Against Scherzer its more likely famine. Napoli is just 2-for-16 in this postseason. Avoid.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF10/13/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is 5-for-9 (.556) with a home run and five RBI against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ellsbury was a force in the Tampa Bay series (9-for-18 with seven runs scored), but couldn't do much against Detroit in the ALCS opener going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Perhaps this favorable matchup will help.
David Ortiz, DH10/13/2013 9:24:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .467 hitter (7-for-15) with three home run and a 1.689 OPS against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: Big Papi put together a solid September and has continued to swing a big bat in the postseason going 5-for-17 with a double and two homers. This is a favorable matchup.
Jake Peavy, SP10/12/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Jake Peavy will be available out of the bullpen Saturday in Game 1 of the ALCS. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: Peavy pitched Game 4 of the Division Series versus Tampa Bay and is slated to start Game 4 of this series as well. Peavy has only made one relief appearance in 12 major league seasons.
Shane Victorino, RFHot10/12/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino has faced Anibal Sanchez, Detroit's Game 1 ALCS starter, 43 times and come away with just 10 hits (.233).
Insight: Victorino went 6-for-14 (.429) with three RBI in the ALDS against Oakland, but he hasn't had success against Sanchez. The two squared off frequently when Sanchez pitched for the Marlins and Victorino played for the Phillies.
Jon Lester, SP10/10/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: Jon Lester will get the call Saturday in Game 1 of the ALCS. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: He'll be facing the winner of tonight's Tigers/A's game. Including the playoffs, Lester is 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA since August 1st.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold10/8/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Don't be surprised if he gets the night off, but if he doesn't then you should avoid this unfavorable matchup.
Mike Napoli, 1B10/8/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: First baseman Mike Napoli is just 1-for-12 against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson with five strikeouts.
Insight: It's been feast or famine for Napoli, who bashed 23 homers this season, but also struck out 187 times. Against Hellickson its more likely famine.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, CHot10/8/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is a career .320 hitter with three long balls and a 1.233 OPS against Tampa Bay Game 4 starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Saltalamacchia (.273, 14 HR, 65 RBI) is 3-for-8 with three RBI in the two games he's played against Tampa Bay this postseason.
David Ortiz, DHHot10/8/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .375 hitter (6-for-13) with three home run and a 1.391 OPS versus Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Big Papi put together a solid September (.293, 6 HR, 21 RBI, .992 OPS) and became the second Red Sox player in history to record seven 30 HR/100 RBI seasons. He's continued to swing a big bat in the postseason going 4-for-9 with a double and two homers in the first three games of the series. He's a must start.
Shane Victorino, RFHot10/7/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is 4-for-11 with three doubles versus Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.
Insight: Victorino, who has struggled with nagging injuries for most of this season, hasn't let them spoil hie postseason as he's 4-for-8 in the first two games of the series.
Daniel Nava, LF10/6/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Boston left fielder Daniel Nava is expected to start Monday in Game 3 of the ALDS versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Jonny Gomes (.247, 13 HR, 52 RBI) has started the first two games with lefties Matt Moore and David Price on the mound. Nava hit .303 with 12 homers, 66 RBI, 77 runs and an .831 OPS in 134 games this season.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C10/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn't starting Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Backup David Ross is a much better hitter against David Price (.400 lifetime AVG) so he got the nod instead. Saltalamacchia (.273, 14 HR, 65 RBI) should be a go for Game 3 on Monday.
Daniel Nava, LF10/5/2013 3:58:00 PM
Description: Boston left fielder Daniel Nava won't start Saturday against the Rays.
Insight: Jonny Gomes (.247, 13 HR, 52 RBI) will start in left field for the second game in a row. Gomes usually starts against lefties so this was to be expected. Nava should see more playing time when the series returns to Tampa Bay.
David Ross, C10/5/2013 11:41:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher David Ross is expected to start behind the plate Saturday against the Rays.
Insight: It makes sense as Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitting just .071 in his career against David Price. Ross has three hits in seven career postseason at bats.
Daniel Nava, LF10/5/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava has been dismal against Rays ace David Price in 20 lifetime at bats (just two hits).
Insight: Nava, a natural lefthander who switch-hits, isn't nearly as strong from the right side of the plate (.252 in 119 at bats compared to .322 batting lefty). Jonny Gomes is likely to get the start in left field for Game 2.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C10/5/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia probably won't have much success Saturday against David Price. He's only an .071 lifetime hitter versus the Rays lefthander.
Insight: Salty had a huge game on Friday (2-for-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI) but he's unlikely to repeat the effort Saturday with Price pitching for Tampa Bay. Price is 10-6 against the Red Sox in his career including 2-2 this season (2.48 ERA in 32 2/3 innings).
Stephen Drew, SS10/5/2013 10:56:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is hitless in ten career at bats against Tampa Bay starter David Price.
Insight: It shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Drew traditionally struggles against lefthanded pitching (.196 AVG in 153 at bats versus lefthanders this season). Drew had one hit in Friday's playoff opener.
Mike Napoli, 1B10/5/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Fifteen of Mike Napoli's 27 career at bats against Rays lefthander David Price have resulted in strikeouts.
Insight: It's been feast or famine for Napoli, a .259 lifeftime hitter against Price. Either he gets all of it or none of it. Yesterday, he went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Boston's Game 1 victory. Napoli is a .271 career hitter in the postseason (5 HR, 20 RBI in 96 at bats).
Jon Lester, SP10/5/2013 9:01:00 AM
Description: Jon Lester was outstanding Friday in a lopsided win over the Rays.
Insight: The Red Sox lefty went 7 2/3 innings for the victory, walking three with seven strikeouts. Two of the three hits he allowed were homers (one by Sean Rodriguez and one by Ben Zobrist) but both were solo shots. Friday was Lester's first postseason win in over five years (October 1, 2008 against the Angels).
Shane Victorino, RF10/4/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is hitless in seven at-bats versus Rays starter Matt Moore.
Insight: Victorino struggled with nagging injuries this season, but was solid after the All-Star break with 11 homers, 37 RBI, 10 SB and an .864 OPS in the second half. This matchup, however, doesn't appear to be of his liking.
David Ortiz, DHHot10/4/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) with a home run and a 1.346 OPS versus Rays left-hander Matt Moore.
Insight: Big Papi put together a solid September (.293, 6 HR, 21 RBI, .992 OPS) and became the second Red Sox player in history to record seven 30 HR/100 RBI seasons. Start him.
Jon Lester, SP9/30/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: According to a WEEI report, the Red Sox are likely to go with Jon Lester in Game 1 of the Division Series.
Insight: It's an easy choice as Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA) was far and away Boston's best pitcher in the second half. John Lackey is likely to start Game 2 with either Jake Peavy or Clay Buchholz starting Game 3. The Red Sox will face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game in Cleveland.
David Ortiz, DH9/29/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is back in the lineup Sunday for the team's regular season finale. SOURCE: Jenny Dell, NESN
Insight: He took a breather on Saturday. Earlier this week, Papi became the second Red Sox player in history to record seven 30 HR/100 RBI seasons. Ortiz's RBI total this season (103) is his highest since 2007.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/29/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia won't suit up Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: It's only the second game Pedroia has missed this season. He'll finish 2013 with a .301 average in 641 at bats. Veteran John McDonald is getting the start at second base.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, CHot9/29/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a tough matchup in the regular season finale.
Insight: He'll face Orioles starter Chris Tillman, a pitcher he has gone 2-for-19 against with seven strikeouts. However, Saltalamacchia is also 15-for-37 (.405) with five doubles, three homers and 11 RBI over his last 10 games, so you'll probably want to leave him in the lineup Sunday. The catcher has hit .272 with 40 two-baggers, 14 homers, 65 RBI and an .803 OPS this season.
John Lackey, SP9/29/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Boston righthander John Lackey has been scratched from his start Sunday against the Orioles. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Rookie Allen Webster will start instead. Now that the Red Sox have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, there's no use in wasting Lackey (10-13, 3.52 ERA) in a meaningless game. He's sure to be a part of Boston's playoff rotation.
Shane Victorino, RF9/29/2013 10:19:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is getting the day off Sunday versus the Orioles. SOURCE: Jenny Dell, NESN
Insight: Most of Boston's regulars are sitting on Sunday. Quinton Berry will occupy right field in Victorino's absence.
Daniel Nava, LF9/28/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Boston left fielder Daniel Nava went 4-for-4 Saturday in a loss to Baltimore.
Insight: It's Nava's second four-hit game in the last two weeks. Nava's .303 average this season is eighth-best in the American League.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot9/28/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 9-for-16 (.563) with four doubles against Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Pedroia has hit just nine home runs this season but otherwise has had a typical year for him, batting .299 with 83 RBI, 90 runs and 17 steals. He's a must-start Saturday against Chen.
David Ortiz, DH9/27/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: With a home run Friday against the Orioles, Red Sox DH David Ortiz reached 30 for the first time since 2010.
Insight: He hit the 100-RBI mark for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday and added three more Friday night while going 2-for-5. The veteran slugger has hit .308 with a .960 OPS this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B9/27/2013 9:47:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 11-for-27 (.407) with a pair of homers and a 1.096 OPS against Baltimore starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: He's been sitting out with plantar fasciitis, but is expected back Friday. Napoli has produced a career-high 90 RBI in 136 games this season.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, CHot9/26/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has hit .424 (14-for-33) with three homers and 10 RBI over his last nine games.
Insight: This stretch has followed a 0-for-20 slump. Boston is expected to face two right-handers at Baltimore in its final series of the season, and Salty is hitting .292 with 12 homers and an .872 OPS against righties this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B9/25/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox expect to have Mike Napoli back Friday for the start of their series against Baltimore on Friday night. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: He's been sitting out with plantar fasciitis. Napoli has produced a career-high 90 RBI in 136 games this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/25/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Jacoby Ellsbury is going to play five innings in center field tonight against the Rockies.
Insight: Wednesday will be Ellsbury's first game in three weeks after missing time with a fractured foot. Jackie Bradley Jr. is the most likely candidate to replace Ellsbury in center field when he comes out of the game.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/25/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has returned to the starting lineup.
Insight: He'll bat leadoff Wednesday against the Rockies. Ellsbury (.299, 8 HR, 52 RBI) had missed the last 16 games with a compression fracture in his right foot. It will be interesting to see if the injury affects Ellsbury on the base paths (52 steals on 56 attempts this season).
Mike Napoli, 1B9/25/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will miss another game Wednesday versus Colorado.
Insight: With Boston playing in a National League park, the DH spot will be unavailable. Napoli probably wouldn't have played anyway as he's been battling a foot injury. David Ortiz (.307, 29 HR, 98 RBI) will make his sixth start of the season at first base.
Mike Napoli, 1B9/24/2013 5:29:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Napoli has been battling plantar fasciitis all season. For the most part, he's been able to play through it but now that the Red Sox have officially clinched the division, they can afford to give their power-hitting first baseman a couple of days off.
Felix Doubront, SP9/22/2013 7:12:00 PM
Description: Making his first start in over two weeks, Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront allowed two runs in seven innings Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: Doubront improved to 11-6 with the victory. He's 6-4 at home this season with a 3.84 ERA in 91 1/3 innings pitched.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/22/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox are hoping center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be able to play Wednesday against Colorado. SOURCE: Michael Silverman, Boston Herald
Insight: He's missed the last 14 games with a fractured foot. The Red Sox have been using Shane Victorino and Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field in Ellsbury's absence.
Mike Napoli, 1B9/22/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is getting another day off to rest his injured left foot. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Napoli (.257, 23 HR, 90 RBI) has been battling plantar fasciitis all season. For the most part, he's been able to play through it but now that the Red Sox have officially clinched the division, they can afford to give their power-hitting first baseman a couple of days off. Mike Carp (.302, 9 HR, 42 RBI) will hold down the fort at first Sunday against Toronto.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/22/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K's, 2 BB) finally lost Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: Saturday was Buchholz's first loss since October 1st of last year. The two-time All-Star will make his final start before the playoffs next Saturday against Baltimore.
Jon Lester, SPHot9/20/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester's seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Blue Jays helped Boston clinch the AL East.
Insight: Lester struck out eight, walked two and gave up five hits in his 15th win of the season. The lefty has been phenomenal down the stretch, going 5-2 with a 1.80 ERA over his last nine starts. He has won at least 15 games in five of his last six seasons, with 2012 being the exception.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/20/2013 6:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) hit off a tee and threw Friday, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Insight: He's missed most of September with a compression fracture in his right foot, but he might be back for the final series of the regular season.
Shane Victorino, RF9/20/2013 4:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (thumb) is a late scratch from Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He has been useful for fantasy purposes with a .295 average, 14 homers, 58 RBI, 80 runs, 21 steals and an .806 OPS, but has been limited to 116 games with various injuries.
Danny Valencia, 3BHot9/20/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Orioles utility man Danny Valencia is likely to get the start on Friday as he's 9-for-12 with a 1.717 OPS against left-hander David Price.
Insight: Valencia has gotten a chance to play in September and made the most of it, batting .378 over 13 games. Make him your surprise starter in Friday's game against the Rays.
Shane Victorino, RF9/20/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (thumb) was not in the lineup Thursday, but is probable for Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: He has been useful for fantasy purposes with a .295 average, 14 homers, 58 RBI, 80 runs, 21 steals and an .806 OPS, but has been limited to 116 games with various injuries.
John Lackey, SP9/19/2013 9:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey went the distance Thursday against Baltimore.
Insight: Thursday was the righthander's second complete game of the season. He's had a very good year against the Orioles, going 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA in four starts.
Shane Victorino, RF9/19/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (thumb) is not in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: He jammed his thumb Wednesday and left the game. He has dealt with minor ailments all season and has been limited to 116 games. However, he has been useful for fantasy purposes with a .295 average, 14 homers, 58 RBI, 80 runs, 21 steals and an .806 OPS.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/18/2013 7:26:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said he's "very confident" that he'll be back before the end of the season. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: He's missed most of September with a compression fracture in his right foot. If Ellsbury (.299, 8 HR, 52 RBI, 52 SB) does come back it will only be for the last couple games. Fantasy owners can cut him loose at this point.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold9/18/2013 5:15:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is back in the lineup after missing Tuesday's game with the flu.
Insight: He'll hit seventh Wednesday against Orioles lefthander Wei-Yin Chen. The 25-year-old is hitless in his last 17 at bats.
Koji Uehara, RP9/18/2013 5:12:00 PM
Description: Koji Uehara's streak of consecutive batters retired ended Tuesday in a loss to the Orioles.
Insight: Prior to Danny Valencia's triple in the ninth inning, the Red Sox closer had retired 37 hitters in a row, four shy of Bobby Jenks' major league record for a relief pitcher. Even with the loss, Uehara's ERA is still barely over one (1.18). He's having a season for the ages and should be started in all formats.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot9/18/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a .538 hitter (7-for-13) with a 1.523 OPS versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Pedroia's home run total is down (9), but he's still scoring (86) , knocking in runs (81) and stealing bases (17). He should add to his totals in this favorable matchup.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/18/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks did not play Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: He last played on Saturday. Rookie Xander Bogaerts is batting .286 with a .779 OPS over 14 games and will likely man the position while Middlebrooks is sidelined.
Felix Doubront, SP9/17/2013 7:08:00 PM
Description: According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Felix Doubront will rejoin the Red Sox rotation Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Doubront was removed from the rotation once Clay Buchholz returned from the DL. He allowed 10 hits and 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last two starts. However, he could be a decent streaming option against a Toronto team that will be without Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
Mike Napoli, 1B9/17/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .423 hitter (11-for-26) versus Baltimore right-hander Scott Feldman.
Insight: Mike Carp is getting the start in Napoli's place. The first baseman has a problem with strikeouts (178), but when he hits it he's banged out 22 Hr and 89 RBI. This is a favorable matchup for fantasy owners to take advantage.
Felix Doubront, SP9/16/2013 8:36:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Joe McDonald, lefthander Felix Doubront will rejoin Boston's starting rotation during their weekend series against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Doubront lost his rotation spot last week when Clay Buchholz came back from his shoulder injury. The 25-year-old had a nice stretch earlier this season but he's looked pretty ordinary since the All-Star break (4.58 ERA in 10 appearances).
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/16/2013 11:48:00 AM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is questionable for Tuesday's game against Baltimore with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: He missed Sunday's game. Rookie Xander Bogaerts started in Middlebrooks' place and went 2-for-3 with a couple of runs scored and a stolen base.
Shane Victorino, RF9/15/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino isn't starting Sunday night's game against the Yankees.
Insight: It's just a routine day off. Daniel Nava (.300, 11 HR, 62 RBI) is getting the start in right.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold9/15/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup Sunday against New York. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: He's battling the flu. Rookie Xander Bogaerts will get the start in Middlebrooks' place.
Jon Lester, SPHot9/14/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Boston lefty Jon Lester was spectacular Saturday in a win against New York.
Insight: Lester (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K's) has now pitched at least eight innings in each of his last two starts. The 29-year-old has been dominant since the All-Star break with six wins and a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts.
David Ortiz, DH9/14/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz struggles against C.C. Sabathis with a career .228 batting average and 15 strikeouts in 57 at-bats.
Insight: The DH broke out of a mini-slump with a couple of hits in the first game of the series against New York and is hitting .310 with a .961 OPS and 27 homers.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9/14/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Yankees, according to beat writer Pete Abraham.
Insight: Saltalamacchia's grand slam won Friday night's game, but it's a day game after a night game, so he'll be watching from the bench. He's batting .263 with 13 HR and 59 RBI with a .788 OPS.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9/13/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the hero Friday in a win against the Yankees.
Insight: Salty's grand slam broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning. He's gone 3-for-5 with a pair of homers since breaking out of an 0-for-21 slump.
David Ortiz, DH9/13/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 9-for-15 (.600) against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda with a 1.611 OPS.
Insight: The DH is hitting .308 with a .953 OPS and 27 homers even after a sub par 1-for-10 in the most recent three-game series with Tampa Bay.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BHot9/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are sitting third baseman Will Middlebrooks Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: He's just 1-for-12 against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson and 0-for-8 over his last two games. However, he's batting .337 with six homers and a .970 OPS in 28 games since returning from his minor league exile.
Shane Victorino, RFHot9/12/2013 3:57:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is getting the night off Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Victorino is hitting .352 with seven homers, 20 RBI, 23 runs and a 1.100 OPS over his last 22 games. He should be back in the lineup Friday.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, CCold9/12/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has hit .304 with three doubles and two home runs in 23 at-bats against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Salty is 0-for-20 over his last six games so he needs this matchup. The catcher has increased his average 37 points from last season but most of his home runs have turned into doubles. He had 17 doubles and 25 homers in 2012 but has 35 doubles and 11 homers in 2013.
David Ortiz, DH9/12/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 8-for-22 (.364) with two home runs against Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Ortiz seems to have great numbers against most pitchers. The DH is hitting .308 with a .947 OPS and 26 homers in 123 games this season.
Felix Doubront, SPCold9/11/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: Felix Doubront will rejoin the rotation at some point but the team hasn't determined when that is yet, according to MLB.com.
Insight: "He'll get another start," said manager John Farrell. "We've just skipped him in this turn in the rotation. He'll get some side work with (pitching coach) Juan (Nieves). We have yet to determine when he's going to actually be inserted back into the rotation." Doubront went 7-5 with a 2.99 ERA from May 16 to Aug. 27 but allowed 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last two starts.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/10/2013 11:03:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Clay Buchholz (strained neck) returned from an absence of more than three months to defeat the Rays Tuesday night.
Insight: Buchholz threw five scoreless innings and struck out six in his first start since June 8. He had multiple setbacks in his recovery from a neck strain. The right-hander is 10-0 with a 1.61 ERA this season.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9/10/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn't likely to start against David Price with a .083 career average and even if he does, you shouldn't.
Insight: The Red Sox have a better option in David Ross who is 2-for-5 against Price and both hits were home runs.
Daniel Nava, LF9/10/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is just 1-for-18 (.056) against Tampa Bay ace David Price with eight strikeouts.
Insight: Nava has posted solid numbers as part of a left field platoon this season. He's hitting .296 with 11 homers, 58 RBI, 67 runs and an .833 OPS, but those numbers aren't likely to improve if he's in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/10/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Boston righthander Clay Buchholz (strained neck) is expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Tampa Bay
Insight: He's undefeated in 12 starts this season (9-0. 1.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP). Ryan Dempster, who has struggled lately, will likely move to the bullpen.
Jon Lester, SP9/9/2013 9:14:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox will pick up Jon Lester's option for next season. SOURCE: Anthony Witrado, Sporting News
Insight: He'll earn $13 million in 2014. Lester had a tough first half (8-6, 4.58 ERA) but he's been much better since the All-Star break (5-2, 2.53 in ten starts).
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/8/2013 5:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has officially been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his right foot. SOURCE: Ian Browne, MLB.com
Insight: The Red Sox are saying they still expect Ellsbury (.299, 8 HR, 52 RBI, 52 SB) to be back before the end of the season. That seems a little optimistic given the nature of his injury. Any fracture is serious and Ellsbury's value is largely contingent on speed, which will obviously be hindered by a foot injury. He's probably not worthy of a roster spot at this point.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BHot9/8/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Will Middlebrooks continued his torrid September with another big game Sunday against New York.
Insight: The Red Sox third baseman homered off Mariano Rivera in the ninth to extend the game another half inning. He's hit .464 during his seven-game hitting streak.
Ryan Dempster, SP9/8/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, either Ryan Dempster or Felix Doubront will be bumped from the rotation by Clay Buchholz, who will return Tuesday.
Insight: Dempster was a big free agent acquisition this past offseason, but he has struggled with the Red Sox. Doubront is 7-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 121 2/3 innings since May 16, but he has allowed 10 hits, seven walks and 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings this month. Both pitchers can be cut in fantasy leagues.
Allen Webster, SP9/8/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox called up Allen Webster from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.
Insight: Webster (1-2, 9.57 ERA) made a few starts earlier in the year but the rotation is full now that Clay Buchholz is back in the mix. He'll be used as a long reliever and probably won't be on the team's postseason roster.
David Ortiz, DH9/8/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has picked up seven hits in 12 at-bats against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: That's a .583 batting average. Ortiz is only hitting .196 over his last 15 games but he has gone 6-for-18 (.333) over his last four and has a fantastic matchup Sunday.
Shane Victorino, RF9/8/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is getting the afternoon off Sunday against New York.
Insight: Daniel Nava will be filling in at right field. Victorino, who should be available off the bench, could be asked to play some center field down the stretch while Jacoby Ellsbury recovers from a foot injury.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot9/8/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Scorching hot Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will take a seat Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: Mike Carp is getting the start in Napoli's place. The bearded first baseman has been on a power surge recently. During the team's five-game winning streak, Napoli has gone 10-for-18 with four jacks and nine RBI.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9/8/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will bat sixth in his return to the lineup Sunday against New York. SOURCE: Jenny Dell, NESN
Insight: Salty missed about a week because of back trouble. He's hitting .256 in 39 at bats against the Yankees this season.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/7/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit his first career home run Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI in the game and is 8-for-24 (.333) in part-time duty since making his major league debut. The top prospect has limited fantasy value while he's serving as a backup infielder.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BHot9/7/2013 8:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is 11-for-25 (.440) with three homers and eight RBI in September.
Insight: Middlebrooks was demoted after hitting .192 over the first 53 games this season, but the Red Sox kept their faith in him and brought him back up to be the starting third baseman in August. In 25 games since returning to the majors, Middlebrooks has hit .357 with five homers and 15 RBI.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot9/7/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli connected for two home runs and drove in three Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Napoli has two doubles, four homers, nine RBI and a .529 average over his last four games. He has raised his OPS 61 points over his last 12.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/7/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's MRI showed inflammation in the navicular bone in his right foot. He has been placed in a walking boot and has returned to Boston for an examination to determine whether it is a bone bruise or fracture. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Red Sox manager John Farrell described the injury as potentially long term. "I don't think we're looking at something that's just day to day here," said Farrell. Dustin Pedroia had a navicular bone injury in 2010 and missed about three months and Cody Ross missed a month with the injury. However, GM Ben Cherington said Ellsbury's injury is "different" from the others."My understanding is there’s not a long-term concern here. It’s really about how do we best manage it over the course of the next several weeks, and hopefully he can play a lot in those several weeks," Cherington said. "I know he wants to play. We obviously want him to play. It's our hope that he'll be playing before too long." The Red Sox won't have a definitive timetable until Ellsbury is examined by team orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis and foot specialist Dr. George Theodore.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF9/7/2013 11:31:00 AM
Description: Jackie Bradley has been recalled from Pawtucket which may be an indication that Jacoby Ellsbury may be sidelined for a while.
Insight: He's got long-term fantasy value, but hasn't shown much this season. The 23-year-old outfielder has been bouncing back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket all season, but has struggled at the big league level batting .155 in his 58 at-bats. Latest update; Bradley will start in center field and bat seventh.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/7/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has apparently flown to Boston to get his foot checked out, according to reporter Jessica Moran, so it may be more serious than first thought.
Insight: Ellsbury aggravated a previous foot injury when he stole second base last night against New York and will likely miss Saturday and possibly Sunday as well.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9/6/2013 7:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is still out with a lower back issue. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: He's been out since Monday. Manager John Farrell says that Salty's condition is improving and he could play as soon as Saturday.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/6/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Clay Buchholz will return to the starting rotation Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Ryan Dempster, who had been scheduled to pitch that day, will likely move to the bullpen. Buchholz wound up missing three months with shoulder inflammation. He's undefeated in 12 starts this season (9-0. 1.71 ERA).
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/6/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in Friday's starting lineup due to a foot injury.
Insight: Ellsbury (.297, 8 HR, 52 RBI, 51 SB) has had another solid season, but questions of his durability continue to follow him as he looks for a new contract.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/6/2013 1:15:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just a .229 hitter versus Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte with a .573 OPS.
Insight: Pedroia's home run total is down, but he's still scoring, knocking in runs and stealing bases. This matchup, however, is not a favorable one.
David Ortiz, DH9/6/2013 1:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .371 hitter (23-for-62) against Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Ortiz is just a lifetime .267 hitter against southpaws, so this level of success is rare for Ortiz in left-onl-eft matchups. Ignore the lefty-lefty split and start him as always.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9/5/2013 7:10:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia remains out of the lineup with a lower back injury.
Insight: Salty hasn't played since Monday. According to NESN, he should be back later this weekend.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9/5/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitless in eight at-bats against Yankees starter Ivan Nova with five of the matchups ending in a strikeout.
Insight: Saltalamacchia hasn't had a hit since August 28th and shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups at this point in time.
Daniel Nava, LF9/4/2013 10:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run since June 18 Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Nava has posted solid numbers as part of a left field platoon this season. He's hitting .300 with 11 homers, 58 RBI, 66 runs and an .838 OPS.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/4/2013 10:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks slugged a grand slam off Al Alburquerque of the Detroit Tigers Wednesday night.
Insight: Middlebrooks went 3-for-5 in the game and is 24-for-70 (.343) with three homers in 22 games since returning from the minors.
David Ortiz, DH9/4/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz had two of Boston's eight home runs and drove in four Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Ortiz also doubled for his 2,000th career hit and Boston walloped Detroit 20-4. The DH came into play Wednesday hitting .132 (5-for-38) with zero longballs over his last 11 games.
Koji Uehara, RPHot9/4/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara continued his dominance Tuesday with a nine-pitch save against the Tigers.
Insight: Uehara (3-0, 1.16 ERA, 17 saves) has been unhittable in the second half. Since the break, he's held his opponents to an .078 average in 18 appearances. Uehara's scoreless streak is now at 25 innings. He's retired each of the last 21 hitters he's faced.
Jon Lester, SP9/3/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester prevented Max Scherzer from earning win No. 20 Tuesday by throwing seven innings of one-run ball.
Insight: Lester struck out nine and didn't walk a batter. The left-hander has had an up-and-down season and is 13-8 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 185 1/3 innings.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/3/2013 4:16:00 PM
Description: Jacoby Ellsbury is 5-for-9 (.556) with three walks and a .667 OBP against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ellbury has been dealing with a thumb injury, but was in the lineup on Monday and should play on Tuesday. He's had a solid season (.297, 7 HR, 50 RBI, 87 runs, 51 SB) and fantasy owners should be happy as long as they didn't expect a big home run total. Latest update: Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup.
David Ortiz, DH9/3/2013 12:46:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 7-for-13 (.538) with three homers and a 1.908 OPS against the favorite for the 2013 AL Cy Young Award - Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ortiz struggled in August, to the tune of .269 with a .782 OPS, but this favorable matchup could kick start September.
Shane Victorino, RF9/2/2013 10:17:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino injured his hip on Sunday but it won't keep him out of the starting lineup Monday against Detroit.
Insight: He's hitting in his usual spot in the lineup between leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury and three-hitter Dustin Pedroia. A switch-hitter throughout most of his career, Victorino (.295, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 18 SB) has had tremendous success batting righthanded over the last month. He leads all Sox regulars in wins above replacement (5.6).
David Ortiz, DHHot9/2/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went from cold to hot in the blink of an eye.
Insight: Since busting out of his 0-for-23 slump on Friday night, Ortiz has gone 5-for-8 with six RBI. The 17-year veteran is on the cusp of his first 100 RBI season since 2010.
Felix Doubront, SP9/1/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Felix Doubront has had a surprising year for the Red Sox but he couldn't make it out of the fourth inning Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: It was Doubront's shortest outing since September 1st of last year. All four of the runs Doubront (10-6, 3.89 ERA) surrendered came in the fourth inning. Despite his struggles, the Red Sox were able to hold on for the win, stretching their lead to five and a half games in the AL East.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF9/1/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: Jacoby Ellsbury was replaced by Quinton Berry in center field after jamming his thumb in the eighth inning Sunday against Chicago. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Ellbury's removal from the game was precautionary. The Boston center fielder should be back in action Monday against the AL Central-leading Tigers.
Koji Uehara, RPHot9/1/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara recorded his 21st consecutive scoreless outing Sunday in a win against Chicago.
Insight: That ties Jonathan Papelbon for the second-longest streak in team history. Uehara (3-0, 1.17 ERA, 16 saves) hasn't allowed an earned run since June 30th.
Shane Victorino, RF9/1/2013 5:43:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino has been diagnosed with a bruised hip. SOURCE: Evan Drellich, Springfield Republican
Insight: It's not related to the hamstring injury he struggled with earlier in the year. Manager John Farrell said in his postgame press conference that he expects Victorino (.295, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 18 SB) to play in Monday's series opener against Detroit.
Shane Victorino, RF9/1/2013 4:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino didn't come out for the seventh inning after limping to first base on a groundout Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: It looks like Victorino may have aggravated a hamstring injury he dealt with earlier this season. He was campaigning to stay in the game but manager John Farrell wouldn't let him. Daniel Nava is now occupying right field with Jonny Gomes moving to left.
Daniel Bard, RP9/1/2013 3:22:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Daniel Bard has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Bard was a stud reliever for the Sox a few seasons ago but lately he's turned into a walk machine (29 BB in 16 1/3 innings between the majors and minors this season). He still brings mid-90s heat so it's possible Bard could catch on somewhere else. Just don't expect much fantasy production when he does.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/31/2013 10:57:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with one RBI Saturday but hit just .208 in the month of August.
Insight: Napoli has provided 32 doubles, 17 homers, 76 RBI and a .786 OPS, so his .249 average isn't that harmful.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/31/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .167 hitter with 13 strikeouts in just 24 at-bats against Chicago left-hander John Danks.
Insight: Napoli is batting .247 with 17 HR and 75 RBI, but his 166 strikeouts are a career high and his .781 OPS is the lowest of his career.
Ryan Dempster, SP8/30/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster (suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez) is expected to make the start on Friday.
Insight: Long-term, Dempster could be the odd-man out when Clay Buchholz returns to the mound as he has pitched poorly over the past two months (6.25 ERA, 1.656 WHIP).
Mike Carp, 1B8/30/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp (left shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Carp has solid numbers (.307, 8 HR, 31 RBI) given his limited playing time (176 at-bats).
David Ortiz, DHCold8/29/2013 7:27:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz entered Thursday's game against Baltimore hitless in his last 18 at bats.
Insight: Fortunately, the Red Sox lineup is deep enough to withstand such a slump and Boston still leads the American League with 79 wins. Despite his poor performance of late, Ortiz is still fifth in the AL in batting average (.313).
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF8/29/2013 3:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) is in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Ellsbury left Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot, but he's good to go.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C8/29/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is just 1-for-13 (.077) with five strikeouts against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Saltalamacchia has had a decline in home runs from last year but his batting average is up from .222 to .273 and with 35 doubles he actually has more extra-base hits than last season. However, he isn't likely to do much against Tillman Thursday.
Stephen Drew, SS8/28/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is 6-for-12 with three extra base hits and a 1.433 OPS against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Drew has never lived up to his hype and fantasy owners have learned to ignore him for much of his career. This is a rare favorable matchup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot8/27/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is on fire over his last 13 games.
Insight: He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI Tuesday against the Orioles and is 23-for-58 (.397) since Aug. 13. He started off the second half 17-for-92 (.185).
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF8/27/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with three runs Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Ellsbury had been in a bit of a slump, going 12-for-60 with 17 K over his previous 13 games and 1-for-14 over his previous three.
Shane Victorino, RFHot8/27/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino had a monster night at the plate Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with a double, two home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored against the Orioles.
Insight: Victorino is smoking hot right now. Over his last nine games, the outfielder is batting .444 with five doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs. He reached 100 career home runs Tuesday night.
Clay Buchholz, SP8/25/2013 8:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz struggled during his first rehab start Sunday for Single-A Lowell. SOURCE: William Montgomery, Boston Herald
Insight: Buchholz was only able to get out two of the seven batters he threw to. His fastball didn't even make it to 90 mph. The Red Sox were hoping to have Buchholz back in the rotation sometime next week but it looks like he may need a little more time. We'll see how he does in his next start Friday for Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket.
Stephen Drew, SS8/25/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew won't be in the lineup Sunday versus the Dodgers.
Insight: Drew is hitting under .200 against lefties this season so it makes sense to sit him with Chris Capuano on the mound for Los Angeles. Rookie Xander Bogaerts will get the start at shortstop.
David Ortiz, DH8/25/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup for the second straight day.
Insight: It's also the second straight day the Dodgers have featured a lefthanded starting pitcher, which could be the reason behind Ortiz's absence. Mike Napoli will hit cleanup and play first base Sunday in the series finale.
Jon Lester, SPHot8/24/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester (7 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K's) turned in a vintage performance Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Lester has looked excellent on this road trip (2-0, 0.57 ERA) and really for most of August (2-1, 2.70). The ten days of rest he got between the All-Star break and the start of the second half have helped tremendously as Lester is throwing harder and commanding his fastball better than he has in a long time. The rest hasn't helped him at the plate, however, as Lester remains hitless in his big league career (0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Saturday).
Clay Buchholz, SP8/24/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Boston ace Clay Buchholz is hoping to return to the rotation September 4th against the Tigers. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Buchholz will make a rehab start for Single-A Lowell on Sunday. He's missed the last two and a half months while dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. Buchholz is undefeated in 12 starts this season (9-0, 1.71 ERA).
David Ortiz, DH8/24/2013 1:34:00 PM
Description: Boston DH/1B David Ortiz will sit for Saturday's contest against the Dodgers and lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Ortiz left Wednesday's game early because of lower back tightness and while he played on Friday all this time at first base (they are on a road trip to NL cities) isn't helping it heal. Mike Napoli will get the start.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/24/2013 1:30:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli (foot) will play first base against the Dodgers and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Insight: Napoli is batting .244 with 15 HR and 69 RBI, but with 159 strikeouts in 414 at-bats. David Ortiz will sit instead of facing the tough left-hander.
David Ortiz, DH8/23/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: David Ortiz will start at first base Friday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Ortiz left Wednesday's game early because of lower back tightness. The Red Sox DH went hitless (0-for-8) with four strikeouts versus the Giants earlier this week.
Shane Victorino, RF8/23/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is 6-for-37 (.162) with more strikeouts than hits against Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Victorino has 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats and is hitting .290 with eight homers, 40 RBI, 59 runs and 17 steals in 95 games this season. He just doesn't hit Nolasco well.
Stephen Drew, SS8/23/2013 1:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is a stunning 11-for-21 (.524) with three homers and a 1.736 OPS versus Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Drew went 1-for-5 with a home run on Wednesday and is hitting .246. He'll need to produce to hold off prospect Xander Bogaerts, who was called up this week to serve as a backup at third base and shortstop and his matchup is a nice place to start.
David Ortiz, DH8/23/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Wednesday's game against the Giants with lower back tightness and is questionable for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Insight: Ortiz went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before exiting prior to the bottom of the fifth inning. Ortiz has been forced to start at first base in two of the last three games because the team was playing in a National League city. They start a series with the Dodgers and Ortiz may be reduced to a pinch hitting role.
Felix Doubront, SP8/21/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: After throwing four innings in two straight starts, Boston lefty Felix Doubront doubled up on that Wednesday with eight innings of one-run ball against the Giants.
Insight: Doubront allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three to improve to 9-6. He has a solid 3.79 ERA despite holding a subpar 1.40 WHIP.
Stephen Drew, SS8/21/2013 8:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew's lone hit Wednesday at San Francisco was a three-run homer.
Insight: Drew went 1-for-5 and is hitting .246. He'll need to produce to hold off prospect Xander Bogaerts, who was called up this week to serve as a backup at third base and shortstop.
Shane Victorino, RF8/21/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is 11-for-22 (.500) over his last five games.
Insight: Victorino went 3-for-5 with a double, one RBI and one run Wednesday against San Francisco and is hitting .290 with eight homers, 40 RBI, 59 runs and 17 steals in 95 games this season. He has dealt with nagging injuries all season, but if he can stay healthy the rest of the season he'll be a solid fourth outfielder in fantasy leagues.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/21/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is hitting .441 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, six runs and a 7/7 K/BB in 11 games since returning from the minors.
Insight: Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Giants and seems to have rediscovered his swing after hitting .192 with a .617 OPS and 60 K in 53 games prior to his demotion.
David Ortiz, DH8/21/2013 6:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Wednesday's game against the Giants with lower back tightness, according to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.
Insight: Ortiz went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before exiting prior to the bottom of the fifth inning. With no DH available, Ortiz has had to start at first base in two of the last three games, which could have something to do with his back tightening up.
David Ortiz, DH8/21/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .400 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.204 OPS versus Giants lefty Barry Zito.
Insight: With no DH available, Ortiz started at first base Monday, but sat out Tuesday. We expect him back in the lineup for this favorable matchup.
Clay Buchholz, SP8/20/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (shoulder) will start a minor league rehab assignment next week if he gets through a bullpen session on Friday. He threw a three-inning simulated game Tuesday. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Buchholz hasn't pitched since June 8 due to inflammation in his shoulder. He's had multiple setbacks along the way but finally appears close to making a return.
David Ortiz, DH8/20/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is getting the night off Tuesday at San Francisco.
Insight: With no DH available, Ortiz started at first base Monday, but he'll sit out Tuesday. Mike Carp is starting at first base.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/20/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli (foot) is still out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He has missed four straight games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Mike Carp will start at first base Tuesday.
Ryan Dempster, SP8/20/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster has been suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Sunday.
Insight: Dempster threw three pitches at or near Rodriguez before finally drilling him with a fourth, but he wasn't ejected from the game and won't even have to miss a start due to the suspension.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/20/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has missed three games in a row and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Giants in San Francisco.
Insight: He's been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot. David Ortiz will likely make another start at first base.
Jose Contreras, RP8/19/2013 8:28:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox released righthander Jose Contreras on Monday.
Insight: He didn't appear in any games for the Sox. The 41-year-old could opt for retirement if he doesn't find any good offers.
Xander Bogaerts, SS8/19/2013 8:12:00 PM
Description: Boston infielder Xander Bogaerts is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Giants.
Insight: Bogaerts was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day. Manager John Farrell said it's unlikely that Bogaerts will be an everyday player for the Sox. Instead, he'll play shortstop against lefties while getting the occasional start at third base. With Stephen Drew about to become a free agent, Bogaerts should be Boston's starting shortstop in 2014.
David Ross, C8/19/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have activated catcher David Ross from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Ryan Lavarnway was sent down to Triple-A to make room for Ross on the active roster. Concussions have limited Ross to just 23 games this season. He's not in Monday's starting lineup but he should be available off the bench.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/19/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli will miss his third game in a row Monday against the Giants.
Insight: He's been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot. David Ortiz will make his second start of the year at first base.
Xander Bogaerts, SS8/19/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have promoted infielder Xander Bogaerts to the major leagues.
Insight: Brock Holt will head down to Triple-A. Bogaerts, rated by ESPN's Jim Callis as the No. 1 prospect in baseball, hit .284 with nine homers during his 60-game stint with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/19/2013 12:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is doubtful for Monday's game against San Francisco due to plantar fasciitis in left foot. He hasn't played since Friday.
Insight: Napoli is 2-for-20 (.100) with nine strikeouts over his last five games. He built most of his statistics in April and has struggled since.
Danny Valencia, 3B8/19/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Orioles just-called-up utilty man Danny Valencia is likely to get the start on Monday as he's 7-for-10 with a 1.550 OPS against David Price.
Insight: Valencia is batting just .216 in 74 at-bats this season, but could be worth a one-day flier in this favorable matchup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/17/2013 8:36:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Saturday's game against the Yankees after fouling a ball off his foot in the eighth inning. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Manager John Farrell says he doesn't expect Pedroia to miss any time. Pedroia went 0-for-5 before Brock Holt replaced him in the ninth inning.
John Lackey, SP8/17/2013 8:31:00 PM
Description: Boston starter John Lackey was finally able to get back on track Saturday against the Yankees (6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER).
Insight: The win was Lackey's first since July 12th. Fantasy owners were expecting more from Lackey after his excellent first half (7-6, 2.78 ERA) but at least he delivered a solid outing on Saturday. His next start will come Friday against the Dodgers.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold8/17/2013 2:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Apparently he's dealing with a foot injury. Napoli is 2-for-20 (.100) with nine strikeouts over his last five games. He built most of his statistics in April and has struggled since.
Shane Victorino, RF8/17/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino left Friday night's game early and is not in saturday's starting lineup, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Victorino has been battling a bad hamstring for a long time and aggravated it in Friday's game. He's also hitless in his last three starts, so the day off might be good for him.
David Ortiz, DH8/17/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has a .667 lifetime average in nine at-bats against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ortiz has been a huge factor this season, batting .323 with 23 HR, 76 RBI and a .981 OPS in 103 games. Saturday afternoon should be no different.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold8/16/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just a .222 hitter (10-for-45) agains Yankees veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Pedroia (.293, 8 HR, 69 RBI) is still on pace to score and knock in around 90 runs, though his second half has been a struggle batting just .213 over his last 26 games.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold8/15/2013 4:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Napoli hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday but is 4-for-39 (.103) with 17 strikeouts over his last 11 games and 4-for-19 (.211) with six K in his career against Thursday's starter Mark Buehrle.
David Ortiz, DH8/15/2013 10:27:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has a .358 lifetime average in 67 at-bats against veteran Mark Buehrle of the Blue Jays.
Insight: Ortiz is 24-for-67 with nine doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and four walks against Buehrle. Thursday's could be another huge day for the Red Sox DH.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold8/14/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli busted out of an 0-for-16 drought by slamming a game-tying homer in the ninth inning Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: Napoli (.245, 15 HR, 69 RBI) had a chance to be the hero again in the tenth inning but he grounded out with a couple of men on base. The free-swinging first baseman is on pace for 210 strikeouts this season, which would easily be a career-high.
Shane Victorino, RF8/14/2013 9:39:00 PM
Description: If you're wondering why Boston right fielder Shane Victorino has mostly been hitting righthanded this month it's because he's having trouble pushing off his left leg.
Insight: Victorino acknowledged this fact on Wednesday, telling MLB.com's Ian Browne, "It's something we're working on every day to try and get back, because trust me, I want to be back on that side." Victorino batted lefty a couple of times on Wednesday so maybe his leg is feeling a bit better.
Clay Buchholz, SP8/14/2013 6:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (shoulder) threw roughly 50 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday and said it was his "best day so far." SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Buchholz hasn't pitched since June 8 due to inflammation in his shoulder. The right-hander threw all of his pitches Wednesday in what was his first bullpen session at 100 percent intensity since mid-July.
Ryan Dempster, SP8/13/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster tossed seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Dempster hadn't allowed fewer than two runs in any start since May 2 and had a 7.27 ERA over his previous five starts.
Clay Buchholz, SP8/13/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (shoulder) will throw a full bullpen session Wednesday, according to MassLive.com.
Insight: Buchholz hasn't pitched since June 8 due to inflammation in his shoulder. He has thrown a few light bullpen sessions at less than 100 percent intensity, but he'll ramp it up to 100 percent Wednesday. Manager John Farrell said a clearer timetable should be available after the session.
John Lackey, SPCold8/11/2013 5:55:00 PM
Description: John Lackey's nightmare second half continued Sunday against the Royals.
Insight: Lackey surrendered four runs in seven innings, walking two with five strikeouts. He's 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA since the All-Star break. In the first half, Lackey was 7-6 with a 2.78 ERA in 16 appearances.
David Ortiz, DH8/11/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has another favorable matchup Sunday against Royals starter James Shields. Ortiz is 18-for-54 (.333) with nine doubles, three homers, 16 RBI and eight walks against the former Rays righty.
Insight: Ortiz also had strong numbers against Saturday's starter Jeremy Guthrie, but he went 0-for-4. We're betting he won't have a second straight poor game with Shields on the mound.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C8/11/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has never had a hit against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Saltalamacchia is 0-for-14 with five K against Shields. You know what that means -- sit him Sunday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF8/11/2013 9:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a stolen base Saturday night at Kansas City.
Insight: Ellsbury is hitting .305 with an .806 OPS, seven homers, 71 runs and 42 steals. He has batted .349 with a .921 OPS over his last 65 games after struggling for much of the first two months.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/10/2013 5:13:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox recalled third baseman Will Middlebrooks from Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday.
Insight: After trading Jose Iglesias in a deal for Jake Peavy, the Red Sox have had a hole at third base. Instead of calling up top prospect Xander Bogaerts, a shortstop who has been playing some third base at Triple-A, the team has gone back to Middlebrooks, who hit .268 with 10 homers and a .790 OPS in 45 games with Pawtucket. He'll return to a pitiful .192/.228/.389 line with the Red Sox.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/10/2013 12:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .342 hitter with three homers and a 1.133 OPS against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Ortiz is hitting .392 since the All-Star break on top of an excellent first half. It appears that he's going to post a 1.000 OPS for the second consecutive year and fifth time of his 17-year career. He's a must start on Saturday.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/9/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .333 hitter with three home runs and a 1.344 OPS in 18 at-bats versus Royals starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Napoli has only recorded one hit in 19 at bats so even this favorable matchup might not be enough to get him out of the doldrums.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/8/2013 5:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in the lineup Thursday night against the Royals, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. He has started 28 games in a row going back to July 6.
Insight: Mike Napoli is starting as the DH, with Daniel Nava playing first base. Ortiz has recorded two straight four-hit games and is hitting .392 since the All-Star break. He should be back in the lineup Friday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/8/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has had a tough go of it since the All-Star break (.192 AVG) but he should be able to turn things around Thursday versus Bruce Chen.
Insight: Pedroia has owned Chen in 11 previous matchups (.455 AVG). Despite a slow start to the second half, Pedroia (.295, 8 HR, 68 RBI) is still on pace to set a new career-high in RBI.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold8/8/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: With Bruce Chen throwing for Kansas City on Thursday, fantasy owners might want to leave Mike Napoli on the bench.
Insight: Napoli has only recorded one hit in 11 at bats against Chen (the one hit was a homer). He's just 3-for-31 in his last nine contests (.097 AVG).
David Ross, C8/8/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher David Ross is hoping to begin a rehab assignment this weekend. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Concussion symptoms have sidelined Ross for the last two months. With Ross out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.264, 10 HR, 43 RBI) has had to catch 48 of the team's last 60 contests.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/8/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: David Ortiz's renaissance continued Wednesday in a four-hit effort versus Houston.
Insight: The Red Sox DH has absolutely throttled the Astros this season, collecting a .630 AVG in 27 at bats. He went 8-for-9 in the final two games of the series to raise his average to .332, fourth-best in the major leagues behind Miguel Cabrera (.359), Chris Johnson (.339) and Mike Trout (.333). The nine-time All-Star is hitting .392 since the All-Star break.
Stephen Drew, SSHot8/8/2013 9:23:00 AM
Description: Call him Mr. Clutch. Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew produced another game-winning hit Wednesday against the Astros.
Insight: Boston trailed 5-4 heading into the ninth inning but Drew changed that with one swing, crushing a three-run homer to make it 7-5. A disappointment in the first half (.233 AVG in 232 at bats), Drew has been much better since the All-Star break (.316 in 57 at bats). He's batting .448 (13-for-29) during his eight-game hitting streak.
Shane Victorino, RF8/7/2013 11:00:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino was ejected in the seventh inning Wednesday versus Houston.
Insight: Victorino was tossed for arguing with third base umpire Brian Knight. He went 1-for-4 with a single before exiting. With Victorino gone, the Red Sox will probably move Mike Carp to the outfield with Mike Napoli taking over at first base.
Clay Buchholz, SP8/6/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (shoulder) threw off a mound at 60-65 percent intensity Tuesday and came away optimistic, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
Insight: Buchholz is trying to return from inflammation in his shoulder. The right-hander hasn't pitched since June 8 and has experienced multiple setbacks from trying to push himself too hard to come back.
Daniel Nava, LF8/5/2013 7:12:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have placed left fielder Daniel Nava on paternity leave.
Insight: Nava should be back by the time the Red Sox begin their series against Kansas City on Thursday. Jonny Gomes will get the start in left field Monday at Houston.
Felix Doubront, SP8/5/2013 12:03:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Felix Doubront, who posted another good outing Sunday against the Diamondbacks, is probable for Friday's scheduled start against Kansas City due to tightness in right oblique.
Insight: Doubront (7 IP, 5 H, 5 K's) has allowed three runs or fewer in 15 straight starts. That's the longest streak by a Boston starting pitcher since Pedro Martinez did that 16 times in a row between 2002 and 2003.
Felix Doubront, SP8/4/2013 5:49:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Felix Doubront threw all zeros Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Doubront (7 IP, 5 H, 5 K's) has allowed three runs or fewer in 15 straight starts. That's the longest streak by a Boston starting pitcher since Pedro Martinez did that 16 times in a row between 2002 and 2003.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/4/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli doesn't have a good history against Arizona right-hander Brandon McCarthy and should not be in fantasy lineups.
Insight: Napoli is just 3-for-16 (.188) without an extra base hit and seven strikeouts in their matchups. He's struggled with the strikeout all season - 141 in 370 at-bats. Avoid this matchup.
Jake Peavy, SP8/2/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: We got it right the first time. Jake Peavy will be making his Red Sox debut Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Patrick Corbin will make the start for Arizona. Saturday's game at Fenway should be a low-scoring affair.
Shane Victorino, RFHot8/1/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino went 7-for-15 with two doubles, a homer, three RBI and six runs during Boston's three-game set with Seattle this week.
Insight: Victorino was 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Thursday to help Boston turn a 7-1 eighth inning deficit into an 8-7 win.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/1/2013 3:39:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli won't be available for Thursday's series finale against the Mariners. SOURCE: Jenny Dell, NESN
Insight: Napoli continues to be a strikeout machine for the Red Sox. He's now whiffed 13 times in his last 27 at bats. Mike Carp will get the start at first base.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C8/1/2013 3:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia won't be on the field Thursday against Seattle.
Insight: Saltalamacchia caught all 15 innings of Boston's win last night, going 2-for-7 with a couple of singles. According to ESPN's player rater, he's been the 16th-best fantasy catcher this season.
Jake Peavy, SP8/1/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Righthander Jake Peavy will start Sunday versus Arizona.
Insight: Peavy's Boston debut will be a nationally televised game on TBS. By pitching on Sunday, Peavy will be going on normal rest. He's sandwiched between Felix Doubront and John Lackey in the Red Sox starting rotation.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/1/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups on Thursday.
Insight: That's because "King" Felix Hernandez will be on the hill for Seattle, a pitcher Napoli has always struggled against (6-for-36, 14 strikeouts). Napoli went 0-for-5 Wednesday in Boston's 15-inning win.
Stephen Drew, SS8/1/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew plated the game-winning run Wednesday night against Seattle.
Insight: Drew capped off a two-hit night with a bases loaded single in the 15th inning. Despite his recent heroics (he had a two-homer game against Baltimore last week), Drew is still hitting just .228 for the season. It's unlikely the Red Sox will retain Stephen Drew in free agency next winter with top prospect Xander Bogaerts waiting in the wings.
Jake Peavy, SP7/31/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Buster Olney suggested that Jake Peavy could make his Red Sox debut Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Peavy was scratched from his start Tuesday because the White Sox were planning to trade him. The righthander is 13-12 with a 4.66 ERA in 29 career starts against Arizona.
Brock Holt, 3B7/31/2013 7:48:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have called up Triple-A infielder Brock Holt to play third base.
Insight: Jose Iglesias was shipped to the Tigers Tuesday night as part of the Jake Peavy trade, leaving the Red Sox with a hole at third base. Holt was hitting .264 with Triple-A Pawtucket at the time of his call-up. Despite his struggles earlier in the season, the Sox are still hoping Will Middlebrooks can be the team's third baseman of the future. Holt is a stop gap and not someone fantasy owners can rely on.
Jake Peavy, SP7/30/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Heyman and Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, White Sox starter Jake Peavy is on his way to the Red Sox.
Insight: The trade, which is still breaking, is a three-team deal also involving the Tigers. Jose Iglesias is expected to be shipped to Detroit. Peavy has made just one appearance at Fenway Park in his career and went seven innings while giving up three runs.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C7/30/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his ninth homer of the season Tuesday against Seattle.
Insight: Saltalamacchia is hitting 41 points higher than last year, but his power numbers are down after blasting 25 longballs in 2012.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/30/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Tuesday against Seattle.
Insight: Pedroia started off the second half with three hits in his first 39 at-bats (.077) and watched his average drop from .316 to .294 in that span.
Brandon Workman, SP7/30/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman threw his third straight start of at least six innings Tuesday against the Mariners.
Insight: Workman struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed one run on six hits. The right-hander has a 2.45 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in his first three major league starts.
David Ortiz, DH7/30/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is just 3-for-20 (.150) against Seattle left-hander Joe Saunder without an extra base hit and a .377 OPS.
Insight: Ortiz, who is hitting .329 with 20 home runs, 67 RBI and a 1.020 OPS, has been a huge part of the Red Sox offense as well as a bright spot for every fantasy owner, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/30/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is just 3-for-17 (.176) with no extra base hits against Seattle starter Joe Saunders.
Insight: He's batting .302 with four homers, 34 RBI, 62 runs and a league-leading 39 steals. His 32 HR season of 2011 was obviously a fluke, but his batting average and speed are consistent year-to-year. This is a poor matchup, however.
Xander Bogaerts, SS7/29/2013 4:37:00 PM
Description: Boston's top prospect Xander Bogaerts will make his fifth start of the season at third base Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Pawtucket Red Sox broadcaster Jeff Levering.
Insight: It is unclear if the Red Sox have any plans to promote the 20-year-old shortstop to play third base down the stretch, but it appears they are keeping their options open. Bogaerts, who is ranked No. 6 on the latest list of MLB.com's top-100 prospects, is hitting .296 with 14 home runs, an .887 OPS and an 80/58 K/BB in 96 games in the minors this season.
David Ortiz, DH7/29/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will avoid a suspension for his actions Saturday night, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Ortiz, who is hitting .329 with 20 home runs, 67 RBI and a 1.018 OPS, was ejected Saturday for arguing balls and strikes and took a bat to the dugout phone. MLB reviewed the situation and has decided not to suspend him.
Daniel Nava, LF7/29/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava should not be in Monday's starting lineup as he's an ugly 1-for-18 (.056) with eight strikeouts in his matchups versus Tampa Bay starter David Price.
Insight: Nava posted a fantasy-worthy .885 OPS in April, but his production has dropped in each month since, from .820 to .758 to .697. He should be firmly entrenched on your bench after going hitless in the Baltimore series.
David Ortiz, DH7/28/2013 8:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz came in with a .429 career average against Sunday's starter Jason Hammel, and he added to his success with a four-hit game.
Insight: Ortiz homered off Hammel in the third inning, drove in two runs and scored two. He's hitting .329 with 20 blasts and 67 RBI in just 320 at-bats this season.
Jon Lester, SP7/28/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester shut out the Orioles in his seven innings of work Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Lester gave up four hits, walked two and struck out eight. The lefty has thrown three straight quality starts, and Sunday was his best start since early May.
David Ortiz, DH7/28/2013 12:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a .429 lifetime hitter versus Orioles starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Hopefully he doesn't break any dugout phone boxes today. Papi is hitting .357 since the All-Star break.
Shane Victorino, RF7/28/2013 12:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has owned Orioles starter Jason Hammel in 11 previous matchups.
Insight: Victorino is hitting .455 against the Baltimore righthander. He went 1-for-5 on Saturday with a home run and two RBI. Victorino's .281 average this season is his highest since 2009 (.292).
Stephen Drew, SS7/28/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew cranked two homers Saturday in a win over Baltimore.
Insight: It was Drew's first multi-homer game of the season. Before Saturday, Drew hadn't homered since June 4th. His second home run of the night was originally ruled an inside-the-parker as Drew beat the throw to home plate. Upon replay, the umpires determined that the ball had actually gone over the fence. He finished the night with a season-high five RBI.
David Ortiz, DH7/27/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Tim Timmons in the seventh inning Saturday against Baltimore.
Insight: Ortiz was already out of the batter's box when Timmons called a strike on what Papi thought should have been ball four. After Ortiz (.321, 19 HR, 65 RBI) struck out, he went back to the dugout and started bashing the bullpen phone with his bat. Ortiz shouted out to Timmons, who immediately tossed him from the game. Ortiz threw his elbow pad onto the field and had to be restrained by manager John Farrell before eventually heading back to the clubhouse. A fine is likely but we're not expecting Ortiz to be suspended.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/27/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has hit two home runs off Baltimore's Scott Feldman, who will start Saturday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Napoli is 11-for-23 (.478) overall against Feldman, his former teammate with the Texas Rangers. Make sure he's in your lineup Saturday.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/25/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is 1-for-9 versus Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: The first baseman was an RBI machine earlier in the season with 27 in April, but he has produced just 33 in the next three months combined. He's is starting to heat up again, with seven hits in his last 15 at-bats, over four games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/24/2013 6:16:00 PM
Description: Dustin Pedroia's new deal with the Red Sox is worth $110 million over eight seasons.
Insight: He'll be under contract until 2022. It's the largest deal ever for a second baseman, though Robinson Cano will probably surpass that when he hits free agency this winter. Pedroia has appeared in all 102 games for Boston this season.
Daniel Nava, LF7/24/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: You should not expect Boston outfielder Daniel Nava to be in Wednesday's starting lineup as he's an ugly 1-for-18 (.056) in his matchups versus Tampa Bay starter David Price.
Insight: Nava posted a fantasy-worthy .885 OPS in April, but his production has dropped in each month since, from .820 to .758 to .721. He should be firmly entrenched on your bench at this point in time.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/24/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is 4-for-18 (.222) versus Cy Young award winner David Price with a stunning 11 strikeouts.
Insight: The first baseman was an RBI machine earlier in the season with 27 in April, but he has produced just 35 in the next three months combined. Although he's 3-for-6 in the first two games of the series, you should give him the night off.
David Ortiz, DH7/24/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 6-for-27 (.222) with a .640 OPS versus Tampa Bay left-hander David Price.
Insight: Ortiz continues to amaze at age 37 with bad wheels. He's batting .324 with 19 HR, 65 RBI and 51 runs scored in just 82 games, but he's never done much damage against Price and you should probably look elsewhere for production on Wednesday.
Jon Lester, SP7/23/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester ran his record to 9-6 with a victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday.
Insight: Lester threw 6 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits and two runs, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season. Prior to Tuesday, he had only allowed less than three runs once his in previous 11 starts and walked 4.09 batters per nine during that span.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/23/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (shoulder) said Tuesday that he might not be ready until close to September, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Dr. James Andrews confirmed this week that Buchholz only has inflammation in his shoulder and no structural damage. The right-hander hasn't pitched since June 8 and has experienced multiple setbacks from trying to push himself too hard to come back.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/23/2013 1:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to get Tuesday off, according to beat writer Evan Drellich.
Insight: No injury, just a planned day off for the oft-injured outfielder. He's batting .304 with four homers, 34 RBI, 61 runs and a league-leading 37 steals. His 32 HR season of 2011 was obviously a fluke, but his batting average and speed are consistent year-to-year.
Danny Valencia, 3B7/23/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Don't be surprised in Orioles utilty man Danny Valencia gets a start on Tuesday against Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.
Insight: Valencia is batting just .206 this season, but is a 11-for-20 (.550) over his caareer with five extra-base hits versus Chen.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B7/23/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has a rare bad matchup on Tuesday versus Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: The Laser Show is just 1-for-14 (.071) against Hernandez. He is hitting .308 this season with six homers, 57 RBI, 58 runs and 13 stolen bases.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/23/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 9-for-23 (.409) with a 1.140 OPS versus Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Ortiz continues to amaze at age 37 with bad wheels. He's batting .321 with 19 HR, 65 RBI and 51 runs scored in just 81 games.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/22/2013 6:51:00 PM
Description: Clay Buchholz got some good news from Dr. James Andrews on Monday. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: Andrews confirmed that Buchholz doesn't have any structural damage in his shoulder and that he's simply dealing with inflammation. Buchholz will resume throwing though there's no guarantee that he'll be back with the Red Sox anytime soon.
Brandon Workman, SP7/22/2013 6:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman is starting in place of Jon Lester tonight against the Rays.
Insight: It's Workman's second major league start. He turned in a dazzling effort in his debut last week versus Oakland (6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 K's). Lester's start has been pushed back to Tuesday.
David Ortiz, DH7/22/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 5-for-10 with a 1.545 OPS versus Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore.
Insight: Ortiz, who over his career has hit lefties at just a .268 clip, is batting .305 in 109 at-bats this season against southpaws, although his OPS is a mediocre .764. He's a stunning .353 hitter with a 1.148 OPS against right-handers this season.
Shane Victorino, RF7/21/2013 4:56:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: Victorino aggravated a left hamstring injury Friday night and missed Saturday's game. He has dealt with the injury throughout the season.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/21/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, Boston starter Clay Buchholz will visit Dr. James Andrews next week for a second opinion on his injured shoulder.
Insight: Well, it looks like Buchholz can say goodbye to the 2013 season. Originally expected to miss just one or two starts, the Red Sox ace has been out for nearly two months with no return date in sight. Fantasy owners had to know that this was a possibility heading into the season. The fragile righthander has only thrown over 100 innings twice in his seven-year career.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B7/20/2013 3:55:00 PM
Description: According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia are discussing a six-year contract extension that would make him the highest paid second baseman in the major leagues.
Insight: The deal could be worth upwards of $100 million. The Laser Show is hitting .316 this season with six homers, 56 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Jon Lester, SP7/20/2013 3:45:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester will have his next start pushed back to Monday.
Insight: Lester was supposed to pitch Sunday against the Yankees but now Ryan Dempster will get the start instead. Lester is just 4-6 with a 5.24 ERA since May 1st (4-0, 3.11 in April).
Brandon Lyon, RP7/20/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: In an effort to revamp its bullpen, Boston brought in Brandon Lyon on Friday.
Insight: Boston's pen has been hit hard by injuries over the last week with Andrew Bailey going down with a shoulder injury and Andrew Miller out for the year with a foot issue. Lyon will start out with the Paw Sox but it shouldn't be long before he's promoted to the major leagues. He's just an extra arm and we wouldn't expect him to be of much use to fantasy owners.
Jose Contreras, RP7/20/2013 3:27:00 PM
Description: Jose Contreras was scooped up by the Red Sox on Friday.
Insight: Pittsburgh dropped Contreras earlier this week. With Andrew Bailey headed for surgery, Boston is looking for as much bullpen depth as possible. Koji Uehara will remain the closer so Contreras won't be worth picking up in fantasy leagues.
Stephen Drew, SS7/20/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew has been activated and is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.
Insight: Hamstring tightness has sidelined Drew since June 28th. Jose Iglesias will move back to third base.
Shane Victorino, RF7/20/2013 1:49:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino, who left Friday's game against the Yankees with left hamstring tightness, is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Victorino has dealt with left hamstring issues several times this season, and he aggravated it while running to first on a GIDP Friday.
Jonny Gomes, LF7/20/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Jonny Gomes hit his seventh homer of the season Friday night, but is not a good play on Saturday.
Insight: Gomes is hitless in eight at-bats versus Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda with three strikeouts. Daniel Nava should get the start in his place as he's 4-for-12 against Kuroda.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B7/20/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .444 hitter against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda in 18 official at-bats.
Insight: Pedroia is having another All-Star worthy season, batting .316 with six homers, 56 RBI, 57 runs scored and 13 steals. This matchup should add to those totals.
Felix Doubront, SP7/19/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Over his last 11 starts, Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront has gone 4-2 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Insight: Doubront allowed three hits and one earned run over 6 1/3 innings Friday against the Yankees to improve to 7-3 this season. His WHIP is still unsightly at 1.39, but only because he gave up 46 hits and walked 22 batters over his first 37 1/3 innings this season.
Shane Victorino, RF7/19/2013 9:00:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino left Friday's game against the Yankees with left hamstring tightness, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Victorino has dealt with left hamstring issues several times this season, and he aggravated it while running to first on a GIDP Friday.
Shane Victorino, RF7/19/2013 8:31:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino left Friday's game against the Yankees.
Insight: Victorino did not look right while running to first base on a GIDP in the third inning. He has dealt with left hamstring issues several times this season, and this could be a recurrence.
Andrew Bailey, RP7/19/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Andrew Bailey has labrum damage according to Red Sox beat writer Evan Drellich.
Insight: He's been placed on the DL and now season-ending surgery is a possibility. We await further word, but in the meantime, the price for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon just rose a bit.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/18/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: WEEI reports that the Red Sox haven't made much progress on a long-term deal with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Insight: That's because the Red Sox aren't planning on re-signing Ellsbury (.305, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 36 SB). With Jackie Bradley waiting in the wings, there's no need for the team to overspend on a singles hitter with a history of injuries. Don't expect the speedy outfielder to be in Boston for much longer.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will be reexamined Friday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal. The righty didn't pick up a ball during the All-Star break.
Insight: The team will determine the next step based on Buchholz' examination Friday. Buchholz went 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in his first 12 starts, but he hasn't pitched since June 8 due to a neck strain and shoulder bursitis.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is hoping to throw a bullpen session Thursday. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Buchholz went 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in his first 12 starts, but he hasn't pitched since June 8 due to a neck strain and shoulder bursitis. He still felt soreness in his bullpen session Sunday and won't start a rehab assignment until that is gone.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/15/2013 4:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz threw in the bullpen on Sunday, but still felt soreness and his rehab schedule is now up in the air. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: He hasn't pitched since June 8th due to a neck strain and right shoulder bursitis. He went 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in his first 12 starts. Fantasy owners who hoped Buchholz would return right after the All-Star break will have to wait a little while longer.
Stephen Drew, SS7/14/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is aiming to return Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: He'll head to Double-A Portland for a quick rehab assignment first. Hamstring tightness has sidelined Drew since June 28th. When Drew returns, Jose Iglesias will move back to third base. Brock Holt, who has been filling it at third, will probably head back to the minors.
Brandon Workman, SP7/14/2013 8:21:00 PM
Description: In his first major league start, Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning.
Insight: Coco Crisp finally broke up the no-no with an infield single to lead off the seventh. Josh Donaldson smacked a two-run homer later in the inning to force Workman out of the game. Regardless of the end result (the A's won 3-2 in extra innings), it was a very impressive debut for the 24-year-old. Look for him to stay in the rotation for another couple of turns while Clay Buchholz rehabs in the minor leagues.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF7/14/2013 5:05:00 PM
Description: Jackie Bradley is headed back to Triple-A.
Insight: The 23-year-old outfielder has been bouncing around between Boston and Pawtucket all season. With Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino healthy again (relatively) and Daniel Nava having his best season, he's unlikely to play a meaningful role in the majors this season. Ellsbury is set to become a free agent next winter so Bradley's chance could come in 2014.
David Ortiz, DH7/14/2013 11:56:00 AM
Description: Oakland starter Bartolo Colon has neutralized Red Sox DH David Ortiz in their career meetings.
Insight: Ortiz is a pitiful 6-for-46 (.130) with 15 strikeouts against the former Cy Young Award winner. Don't expect a big game Sunday.
Matt Thornton, RP7/12/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: The White Sox have traded reliever Matt Thornton to the Red Sox. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: And all Boston had to give up was Double-A outfielder Brandon Jacobs. With Andrew Miller out for the season, the Red Sox needed a lefthander out of the pen and they couldn't have done much better than Thornton. Though his ERA is probably a little higher than it should be (3.86 in 28 innings this year), the 36-year-old has been lights out against lefties (.173 AVG in 52 at bats).
Brandon Workman, SP7/12/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox will send Brandon Workman to the hill Sunday in their last game before the All-Star break. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, Comcast Sports New England
Insight: It's Workman's first major league start. He made his big league debut earlier this week, allowing three runs in a relief appearance against the Mariners. Prior to getting called up, Workman was 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/11/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's sore wrist hasn't given him any trouble at the plate over the last two games.
Insight: Ellsbury sat two games this week with left wrist soreness, but he has gone 5-for-8 with a double, a homer, three RBI and two walks since returning to the lineup Wednesday. Ellsbury has picked up at least one hit in 19 straight games.
Ryan Dempster, SP7/11/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings Thursday at Seattle.
Insight: Not good. Dempster has a miserable 15.9 percent HR/FB (1.63 HR/9) and a 4.08 BB/9 this season, his first in Boston. He's 5-8 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
David Ortiz, DH7/11/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Boston's David Ortiz set the all-time hits record by a DH Wednesday against Seattle.
Insight: Ortiz has now recorded 1,690 hits as a designated hitter, two more than former White Sox great Harold Baines. He's had a monster series, going 8-for-10 with two homers, four RBI and a stolen base (yes, Papi actually has three steals this year) in his last three games. The nine-time All Star ranks second in the AL in hitting (.331), second in on base percentage (.412), third in slugging (.636), third in OPS (1.048) and sixth in RBI (65).
Alfredo Aceves, SP7/10/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox sent righthander Alfredo Aceves down to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.
Insight: Aceves was called up last weekend after Andrew Miller went down with a foot injury. He should continue to hop between Pawtucket and Boston for the rest of the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/10/2013 6:27:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (wrist) will return to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Ellsbury sat out the last two games with left wrist soreness. Hopefully it doesn't limit him at the plate.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/10/2013 3:39:00 PM
Description: Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is expected to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Insight: He hasn't pitched since June 8 due to a neck strain and right shoulder bursitis. He went 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in his first 12 starts and fantasy owners hope he returns right after the All-Star break.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/9/2013 7:50:00 PM
Description: According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's sore left wrist will keep him out of the lineup again Tuesday.
Insight: With both Ellsbury and Shane Victorino (hamstring) dealing with injuries, the Red Sox recalled Jackie Bradley Tuesday. Victorino is in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since Saturday, while Bradley is starting in center and Daniel Nava in left.
Shane Victorino, RF7/9/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Victorino has not played since exiting Saturday's game with a left hamstring strain. He has been in and out of the lineup with nagging injuries all season and has produced mediocre fantasy numbers, including a .285 average, three homers, 21 RBI, 35 runs and nine steals.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF7/9/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: With Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino both hurting, the Red Sox are expected call up outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A, according to Joon Lee of SBNation.
Insight: Bradley has been playing solid ball at Pawtucket, hitting .297 with seven home runs, 21 RBI and a .923 OPS. He's struggled in two earlier stints with the big club and has a .154 batting average in 52 at-bats.
Andrew Miller, RP7/8/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox lefthander Andrew Miller is out for the season.
Insight: Miller was diagnosed with ligament damage in his left foot and is headed for season-ending surgery. Alfredo Aceves will absorb the team's vacant roster spot.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF7/8/2013 7:50:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will get the night off Monday against Seattle.
Insight: He's dealing with a sore left wrist. It doesn't sound like a serious injury and he could be back Tuesday. Daniel Nava (.294, 10 HR, 50 RBI) is filling in for Ellsbury in center field tonight against the Mariners.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/7/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz is expected to throw a bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.
Insight: Buchholz will need to throw two bullpen sessions in order to be cleared for a minor league rehab start next Sunday. He hasn't started since June 8 due to a neck strain and right shoulder bursitis.
Shane Victorino, RF7/7/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino exited Saturday's game with a tight left hamstring. SOURCE: WEEI
Insight: He's been dealing with this injury off and on all season. Manager John Farrell will probably sit Victorino (.285, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 9 SB) as a precaution Sunday in the series finale.
Andrew Miller, RP7/7/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Boston reliever Andrew Miller was taken to the hospital for X-rays after suffering a left foot injury in Saturday's game against the Angels. SOURCE: WEEI
Insight: Miller (2.64 ERA, six holds) has been a valuable lefthanded specialist out of the Sox bullpen this season. If he has to miss a significant amount of time, Boston could look to make a deal for a relief pitcher before the July 31st trade deadline.
Daniel Nava, LF7/7/2013 9:21:00 AM
Description: Boston corner outfielder Daniel Nava produced four hits Saturday in a loss at Anaheim.
Insight: He's had a big series so far (6-for-10 with three doubles). The 30-year-old is ninth in the AL in on base percentage this season (.379).
Mike Napoli, 1B7/6/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is 6-for-14 (.429 with four extra base hits and a 1.571 OPS versus Angels starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: The first baseman was an RBI machine earlier in the season with 27 in April, but he has produced just 28 in the next two plus months combined. perhaps this matchup will get him going again.
Stephen Drew, SS7/5/2013 7:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (hamstring) has been placed on the disabled list.
Insight: He just can just never stay healthy. Drew is hitting .233 with five home runs, 31 RBI, 27 runs and two steals this season. He has been out since June 28 due to a hamstring injury.
David Ortiz, DH7/5/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is just 2-for-16 (.125) with five strikeouts against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Ortiz hasn't hit a home run since June 22 and his splits against left-handers are mediocre at best this season (.263, 5 HR, 19 RBI, .773 OPS). A good day to sit the slugger. Latest update - Ortiz is not in the starting lineup as we predicted.
David Ortiz, DH7/5/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is just 2-for-16 (.125) with five strikeouts against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Ortiz hasn't hit a home run since June 22 and his splits against left-handers are mediocre at best this season (.263, 5 HR, 19 RBI, .773 OPS). A good day to sit the slugger.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot7/5/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .471 hitter against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Pedroia is having another All-Star worthy season, batting .325 with five homers, 49 RBI and 53 runs scored. This matchup should only add to those totals.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot7/4/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has gone 53-for-135 (.392) over his last 31 games, including 3-for-4 with a homer Thursday against the Padres.
Insight: His homer Thursday was his first during that hot streak and second of the season. He has scored 28 runs and stolen 19 bases during that span.
Stephen Drew, SS7/4/2013 11:44:00 AM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell is hopeful shortstop Stephen Drew (hamstring) will return to the lineup Saturday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Drew is hitting .233 with five home runs, 31 RBI, 27 runs and two steals this season. He has been out since June 28 due to a hamstring injury.
Jon Lester, SP7/3/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester threw his best start since May 15 Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: Lester improved to 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA on that day, but he went 2-4 with a 6.99 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings over his next eight starts. He gave up six hits and one run, walked one and struck out five over seven innings in a no decision against the Padres Wednesday.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/3/2013 7:27:00 PM
Description: Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz said Wednesday that he felt like he had "finally turned a corner" in his recovery from bursitis in his right shoulder, according to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.
Insight: Red Sox manager John Farrell has said that Buchholz would need at least two rehab starts because he hasn't pitched in a game since June 8. If that happens, he won't be back until after the All-Star break. However, Buchholz said if he felt good after one rehab start, he would ask the team to activate him.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/3/2013 3:49:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli will sit out Wednesday against San Diego.
Insight: He's just getting another day off. The first baseman, who has played in 77 games this season, had 27 RBI in April, but just 27 in all of May and June combined.
John Lackey, SPHot7/2/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Righthander John Lackey limited the Padres to one run in eight innings Tuesday in a 4-1 Red Sox victory.
Insight: Is Lackey, dare we say it, an All-Star? He's sure pitching like one. He's 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last four outings and is now 6-5 for the year with an ERA under three. Lackey's dominance over the past month has made up for the loss of Clay Buchholz, who is still recovering from shoulder bursitis.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/2/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: It's safe to say we won't see Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz again until after the All-Star break.
Insight: Tuesday marked Buchholz's first real progress in several weeks as he was able to throw from 75 to 90 feet on flat ground today before the team's game against San Diego. Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA) was diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder about a week ago. There is no timetable for his return.
Stephen Drew, SS7/2/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: According to a Providence Journal report, Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is expected to miss the team's upcoming series with San Diego because of a tight hamstring.
Insight: Drew is a notoriously slow healer so this might turn into a DL situation at some point. With Drew sidelined, Jose Iglesias will get to play his natural position while newcomer Brandon Snyder fills in at third base.
David Ortiz, DHHot6/30/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has had 64 career at-bats against Sunday's starter Mark Buehrle and he has picked up 24 hits, including nine doubles and three homers, against the lefty.
Insight: Ortiz is hitting .258 with a .769 OPS in 93 at-bats against lefties this season, compared to .354 with a 1.154 OPS against righties, but Toronto's Buehrle is one lefty he dominates. UPDATE: Ortiz is getting Sunday off, so he'll miss this matchup.
Felix Doubront, SP6/29/2013 8:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Felix Doubront struck out six, walked three and allowed five hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Doubront has a 2.89 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over his last nine starts. He had a 6.40 ERA over his first six outings (five starts, one relief appearance) this season. The lefty has good strikeout potential, but he still walks far too many batters.
Shane Victorino, RFHot6/29/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino went 2-for-4 with two RBI Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Victorino has gone 15-for-38 (.395) with five doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and two steals over his last nine games.
Stephen Drew, SS6/29/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a right leg injury and is doubtful for Saturday's game against Toronto.
Insight: It's a hamstring issue. Drew went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple before leaving. Jose Iglesias moved over to shortstop in Drew's absence.
Stephen Drew, SS6/28/2013 9:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a right leg injury. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: It could be a hamstring issue. Drew went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple before leaving. Jose Iglesias is playing shortstop now with Brandon Snyder occupying third base.
Jon Lester, SP6/28/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester will make his next start according to NESN's Jenny Dell.
Insight: He suffered a minor hip injury late in his start Thursday against Toronto. Lester has dominated the Jays this season (3-0, 2.79 ERA) but he hasn't been nearly as impressive against the rest of the league (5-4, 5.29).
Jon Lester, SP6/27/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Boston lefthander Jon Lester left Thursday's start in the eighth inning because of a jammed hip. SOURCE: Rob Bradford, WEEI
Insight: It sounds like it was just precautionary. Lester (8-4, 4.61 ERA) was already at 94 pitches when they took him out. He gave up four runs on five hits before his departure.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/27/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz's MRI revealed inflammation in the bursa sac in his right shoulder, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Buchholz doesn't have any structural damage and said he's not concerned. He'll take some time off to let the inflammation subside before resuming a throwing program. The right-hander hasn't pitched since June 8 due to discomfort in his neck and shoulder area.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/27/2013 3:01:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli will sit out Wednesday against San Diego.
Insight: He's just getting another day off. The first baseman, who has played in 77 games this season, had 27 RBI in April, but just 27 in all of May and June combined.
David Ortiz, DHHot6/27/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has owned Toronto pitcher Chien-Ming Wang in their previous meetings. Ortiz is 16-for-37 (.432) with two homers, 11 RBI and a 5/7 K/BB against Wang.
Insight: Wang, of course, used to pitch for the rival New York Yankees, so Ortiz had plenty of chances to hit against the righty. Ortiz is hitting .319 with 16 homers, 57 RBI and a 1.025 OPS in 61 games this season.
John Lackey, SPHot6/26/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander John Lackey continued his resurgence with another strong outing Wednesday versus Colorado.
Insight: Lackey racked up 12 strikeouts in seven innings, his highest K total in three seasons for the Red Sox. Most left him for dead after his miserable 2011 campaign (6.41 ERA in 28 starts) and the Tommy John surgery that followed but Lackey has actually been excellent this season, compiling a 2.99 ERA in 78 1/3 innings. With Jon Lester struggling to find consistency, you could argue that Lackey has been the team's second-best starter this year behind Clay Buchholz.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/26/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz (neck) threw again on Wednesday and felt discomfort after 15-18 pitches. He'll go for an MRI, according to Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson.
Insight: Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) is the anchor for many fantasy starting rotations and this a huge blow.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/25/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has picked up eight hits in his last 18 at-bats.
Insight: Pedroia went 3-for-5 with four RBI, two runs and a steal Tuesday against the Rockies. The second baseman didn't have a multi-hit game and batted just .146 in 41 at-bats from June 9-20, but he's heating up again.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/25/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Boston starter Clay Buchholz (neck) threw from 120 feet on flat ground Tuesday and is hoping to throw two bullpen sessions over the next three days.
Insight: Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) is looking to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and Friday before making a rehab start. He hasn't pitched since June 8 due to neck and shoulder discomfort.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold6/25/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have optioned third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to WEEI.com.
Insight: Middlebrooks lost his job to the hot-hitting Jose Iglesias earlier this week, so he'll work on his swing in the minors instead of sitting on the bench with the Red Sox. The 24-year-old has been a massive disappointment this season, batting .192 with a 60/9 K/BB and nine homers in 53 games.
David Ross, C6/25/2013 4:37:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have moved catcher David Ross (concussion) from the 7-day DL to the 60-day DL.
Insight: Boston needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Snyder. Ross has been dealing with recurring concussion symptoms since May.
Shane Victorino, RF6/25/2013 4:22:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino, who exited Sunday's game in the eighth inning because of lower back tightness, is in Tuesday's starting lineup against Colorado.
Insight: Victorino dealt with back tightness earlier this season as well. He's batting .285 with 28 runs and 17 RBI in 48 games.
Shane Victorino, RF6/23/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino exited Sunday's game in the eighth inning because of lower back tightness and will get a full examination from team doctors Monday, according to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.
Insight: Victorino dealt with back tightness earlier this season, so this could be a recurrence of that injury. We should know more Monday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot6/23/2013 7:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury picked up steal No. 32 and went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Ellsbury has been caught just three times on the basepaths this year. He's hitting .412 over his last eight games.
David Ortiz, DHHot6/23/2013 7:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 12-for-28 (.429) with two doubles, three homers and six RBI over his last seven games.
Insight: Ortiz (.316, 16 HR, 55 RBI) is not slowing down. The DH hit .257 from 2008-10, but he has been a .313 hitter with a 167/163 K/BB since 2011.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/23/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a walk and two runs Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: Pedroia came in 6-for-41 (.146) over his previous 11 games and with poor career numbers against Justin Verlander, but he had a big day Sunday and should heat up again soon.
Shane Victorino, RF6/23/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino exited Sunday's game in the eighth inning because of lower back tightness.
Insight: Daniel Nava came on to take his place in right field. Victorino went 0-for-4 in the game with an RBI groundout.
Daniel Nava, LF6/23/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava will sit out Sunday's series finale against Detroit.
Insight: Nava went 1-for-4 in a loss Saturday. Jonny Gomes (.212, 5 HR, 17 RBI) will draw the start in left field Sunday against Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
Allen Webster, SPCold6/23/2013 12:41:00 PM
Description: Despite getting rocked Saturday versus Detroit, rookie Allen Webster will make at least one more start for the Red Sox. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He'll take the mound again Saturday versus Toronto. Webster hasn't looked too confident in his first three big league appearances (0-2, 11.25 ERA). He'll be a good player someday but he's not quite there yet.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C6/23/2013 12:03:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the day off Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: We're sure Saltalamacchia's poor numbers against Justin Verlander (.133 AVG in 15 at bats) had something to do with this decision. Ryan Lavarnway will draw the start behind the plate.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold6/23/2013 12:00:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been cold as ice recently. It won't get any easier Sunday with Justin Verlander getting the ball for Detroit.
Insight: Pedroia is hitless in 16 lifetime at bats versus Verlander. Don't be surprised if The Laser Show has another 0-for on Sunday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold6/22/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: According to Boston manager John Farrell, Jose Iglesias has surpassed Will Middlebrooks and is now the team's starting third baseman. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Farrell said the team has no plans to send Middlebrooks down to Triple-A, though he didn't rule that out either. Iglesias is hitting .431 in 32 games compared to just .192 in 53 games for Middlebrooks.
Allen Webster, SP6/22/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox rookie Allen Webster has been called up from Triple-A to make the start Saturday against Detroit.
Insight: It's a nationally televised game so the 23-year-old will be on a pretty big stage. Hopefully Webster does better than he did the last time he was in the major leagues (1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 3 BB against the Twins on May 8th).
Daniel Nava, LFCold6/22/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: According to Providence Journal reporter Brian MacPherson, Boston left fielder Daniel Nava is battling a thumb injury.
Insight: That would explain Nava's recent 1-for-20 slump at the plate. Despite the thumb issue, he's starting in left field and batting sixth Saturday against Detroit.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/22/2013 5:44:00 PM
Description: Sean McAdam from Comcast Sports New England reports that Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was unable to throw his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.
Insight: He was hoping to return from the DL Tuesday against the Rockies but that's out of the question now. McAdam believes Buchholz will have to endure a rehab stint in the minor leagues before the Red Sox allow him to return to the rotation. Buchholz strained his neck two weeks ago in a game against the Angels.
David Ortiz, DH6/22/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs against Detroit starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: In just 57 games, Ortiz has compiled 15 doubles, 15 home runs and 54 RBI while hitting .306. But Scherzer has become one of the league's best pitchers this season, starting off 10-0 with a 3.08 ERA, 0.913 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings pitched, so this might be a tougher matchup than history would expect.
Franklin Morales, RP6/22/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: It looks like Red Sox lefty Franklin Morales could be headed to the disabled list. SOURCE: RedSox.com
Insight: Morales (2-0, 7.30 ERA) injured his shoulder during a relief appearance Saturday against Detroit. Morales has been filling in as an occasional starter as well so a trip to the DL would certainly give Boston's rotation less depth. Allen Webster could be a candidate to fill that long relief role, though he's struggled in his past couple appearances (13 ER in his last six innings).
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold6/21/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 with one RBI Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Pedroia went 4-for-32 (.125) over his previous nine games and hadn't had a multi-hit game since June 8.
Jon Lester, SPCold6/21/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester won his seventh game of the season Friday against Detroit, but he didn't exactly do anything to ease fantasy owners' concerns.
Insight: Lester allowed nine hits and five earned runs while walking three over 5 2/3 innings. The lefty has given up 56 hits and 33 earned runs and walked 21 batters over his last 40 2/3 innings.
Stephen Drew, SS6/21/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew had three hits and scored three runs Friday against Detroit.
Insight: Drew came in 8-for-50 (.160) with 19 K over his last 14 games. His average is still just .224 this season.
Jose Iglesias, SSHot6/21/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Boston infielder Jose Iglesias went 3-for-5 with a triple and two run Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Iglesias is hitting .431 in 102 at-bats this season despite batting .257 in his minor league career. The infielder has been incredibly lucky with a .494 BABIP despite hitting line drives less than 19 percent of the time.
Shane Victorino, RF6/21/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino had a monster night at the plate Friday against the Tigers, going 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBI.
Insight: The homer was only a solo shot; he drove in his other four runs with two singles and a fielder's choice. The outfielder only had two homers and 11 RBI total coming into the game.
Koji Uehara, RP6/21/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday that Koji Uehara will be the team's new closer, according to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.
Insight: Andrew Bailey has blown three saves and allowed seven runs in his last five appearances, and Boston removed him from the closer role following Thursday's game. Bailey said he's looking at the change as a temporary one, but fantasy owners can go ahead and add Uehara, who has a 2.10 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 30 innings this season.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/21/2013 4:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is sitting Friday for the third time in four games, according to WEEI.com.
Insight: The Red Sox continue to get Jose Iglesias in the lineup at the expense of Middlebrooks, who is 4-for-29 (.138) since returning from the disabled list.
Andrew Bailey, RPCold6/20/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't take long to remove Andrew Bailey as the team's closer. Farrell confirmed after Thursday's blown save that Bailey is being removed, according to Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.
Insight: Bailey allowed a two-run walk-off homer to Jhonny Peralta Thursday and has given up seven earned runs on eight hits, walked five and allowed four home runs over his last five appearances (4 IP, 3 BS). The team will look at internal options, Farrell said, which means that either Junichi Tazawa or Koji Uehara will get a look.
Andrew Bailey, RPCold6/20/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Andrew Bailey blew his second straight save chance Thursday against Detroit.
Insight: Bailey allowed a two-run walk-off homer to Jhonny Peralta. He has given up seven earned runs on eight hits, walked five and allowed four home runs over his last five appearances (4 IP, 3 BS). Joel Hanrahan is out, so Bailey doesn't have much competition, but the team might consider turning to Junichi Tazawa.
David Ortiz, DH6/20/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: In just 56 games, Ortiz has compiled 15 doubles, 15 home runs and 54 RBI while hitting .310. He's fourth in the AL in RBI despite playing 15 or so fewer games than the other players in the top five.
Mike Carp, 1B6/20/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp (hamstring) has been cleared to play, according to WEEI.com.
Insight: Carp was supposed to be in the team's lineup for Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday, but did not end up playing. He has been out since suffering a hamstring injury Sunday. Carp has impressive numbers -- .324, 8 HR, 25 RBI -- in limited playing time (105 at-bats).
Stephen Drew, SSCold6/20/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is getting a night off Thursday against Detroit.
Insight: Drew is hitting .215 this season and has gone 8-for-50 (.160) with 19 K over his last 14 games.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/20/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Boston Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz is hoping to throw a bullpen session Saturday.
Insight: Buchholz was placed on the disabled list Tuesday night because of a strained neck. He hasn't pitched since June 8 against the Angels, so he is eligible to return Tuesday against the Rockies.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/19/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Manager John Farrell told WEEI that the Red Sox are hoping righthander Clay Buchholz can return June 25th against Colorado.
Insight: Buchholz was placed on the disabled list Tuesday night because of a strained neck. He hasn't pitched since June 8th against the Angels.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/19/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been held to a .200 average in 20 at-bats by Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Ellsbury has swiped 31 bases on 34 attempts and scored 42 runs this season, but he hasn't provided fantasy owners with much else. He has a tough matchup ahead of him Wednesday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold6/19/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 5-for-25 (.200) in his career against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Pedroia has hit a bit of a skid, going 4-for-24 (.167) with a .408 OPS over his last seven games, and he's not likely to get it going Wednesday with Hellickson on the mound.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/19/2013 10:47:00 AM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks has gone 4-for-25 (.160) since returning from the disabled list and he has a poor matchup Wednesday.
Insight: Middlebrooks is 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts in his career against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson. Get him out of the lineup Wednesday.
David Ortiz, DH6/19/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson has not been able to keep Red Sox DH David Ortiz in check.
Insight: Ortiz is 7-for-19 (.368) with two homers, six walks and zero strikeouts against Wednesday's scheduled starter. He should be in for a big day Wednesday.
Andrew Bailey, RPCold6/18/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Andrew Bailey blew another save Tuesday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: It was Bailey's third blown save in 11 attempts this season. He has an 11.25 ERA in his last four outings.
Felix Doubront, SP6/18/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Felix Doubront was incredible Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: He allowed just three hits in eight shutout innings. Tuesday was the longest outing of Doubront's career. Unfortunately, Doubront (4-3, 4.38 ERA) had to settle for the no-decision after Andrew Bailey gave up a game-tying homer to Kelly Johnson in the ninth inning.
David Ross, C6/18/2013 8:40:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox placed catcher David Ross on the 7-day DL on Tuesday.
Insight: Ross is still struggling with concussion symptoms a month after his injury. Ryan Lavarnway has been called up from Pawtucket to take his place.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/18/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz has been placed on the DL with a strained neck.
Insight: He threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and obviously, it did not go well. Alfredo Aceves (4-1, 5.05 ERA) will remain in the rotation until Buchholz (9-0, 1.71) is ready to return.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/18/2013 7:56:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is getting a breather Tuesday night against the Rays.
Insight: Napoli went 1-for-3 with a walk and two punchouts in the first game of the doubleheader. He missed two games this past weekend because of an illness.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/18/2013 7:53:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks will sit out the night portion of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Insight: Middlebrooks went 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1. Jose Iglesias (.438, 1 HR, 7 RBI) is filling in for the second game.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot6/18/2013 7:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury finished a homer shy of the cycle Tuesday in Game 1 of a day/night doubleheader.
Insight: The 29-year-old leads the American League in triples (seven) and stolen bases (31). He's 6-for-13 (.462) over his last three games.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/18/2013 12:36:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz (neck) will throw soon to determine whether or not he'll be placed on the DL, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.
Insight: The Boston ace hasn't pitched in a game since June 8 due to stiffness in his neck and upper back near his shoulder. If he doesn't have an issue during his throwing session Tuesday, he'll advance to throwing off a mound in a side session.
Mike Carp, 1B6/18/2013 12:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp is expected to start Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.
Insight: Carp (.324, 8 HR, 25 RBI) left Sunday's game with tightness in his right hamstring.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/18/2013 12:32:00 PM
Description: According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays.
Insight: Napoli left Friday's game with an illness and hasn't played since. Don't be surprised if Napoli sits out Game 2.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/17/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli felt much better on Monday and is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Napoli left Friday's game with an illness and hasn't played since. He's tied with teammate David Ortiz for fifth in the league in RBI (49).
Alfredo Aceves, RP6/17/2013 2:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox righthander Alfredo Aceves is expected to get a start in one of the Tuesday doubleheader games.
Insight: Aceves' career numbers are better as a reliever than as a starter. He's made 14 career starts and is 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.569 WHIP while having a 3.54 ERA and 1.110 WHIP in 177 relief appearances.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/17/2013 9:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell said first baseman Mike Napoli, who has been experiencing dizziness and nausea, could return to the lineup for Tuesday's doubleheader with Tampa Bay.
Insight: Napoli is batting .262 with nine homers and 49 RBI. The Red Sox need him back because his replacement, Mike Carp, is also dealing with an injury.
Mike Carp, 1B6/17/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp left Sunday's game because of a tight hamstring and is questionable for Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Carp (.324, 8 HR, 25 RBI) suffered the injury while advancing to third on a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the seventh inning. Manager John Farrell said he should be ready for Tuesday's series opener.
Mike Carp, 1B6/16/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Evan Drellich from the Springfield Republican is reporting that Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp left Sunday's game because of a tight hamstring.
Insight: Carp (.324, 8 HR, 25 RBI) suffered the injury while advancing to third on a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the seventh inning. He should be ready for Tuesday's series opener against the Rays.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/16/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: There's growing speculation that the Red Sox are getting ready to place righthander Clay Buchholz on the disabled list. He's been struggling with neck tightness for over a week.
Insight: The Boston ace hasn't pitched in a game since June 8th against Los Angeles. According to Comcast Sports New England, the Red Sox will make their decision on Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA) Tuesday after he throws a bullpen session. If Buchholz does land on the DL, Alfredo Aceves would likely be called up from Triple-A to take his place in the rotation.
Jose Iglesias, SSHot6/16/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Boston infielder Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 17 games Sunday versus Baltimore.
Insight: That's the fifth-longest streak in the majors this season. Iglesias (.438 AVG in 27 games) can play anywhere in the infield, which has allowed manager John Farrell to give him regular at bats even while Will Middlebrooks, Dustin Pedroia and Stephen Drew are all healthy. He hasn't displayed much power (one homer in 89 at bats) but fantasy owners looking to gain an edge in batting average should look no further.
Mike Carp, 1B6/16/2013 4:07:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Carp came up limping in the seventh inning Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: Shane Victorino came off the bench to pinch run for Carp with Daniel Nava taking over at first base. With Carp hurt and Mike Napoli still dealing with an illness, the Red Sox are extremely shorthanded at first base. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks could see some action at first if Carp's injury lingers.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/16/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is getting a rare day off Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Pedroia hasn't had a multi-hit game since June 8 and his average has fallen from .335 to .319 in that span, but he's still one of the best fantasy second basemen around.
John Lackey, SP6/15/2013 8:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey bounced back from a poor start his last time out to win his fourth game of the season Saturday at Baltimore.
Insight: Lackey allowed seven hits (six singles) and two earned runs over seven innings. He gave up 10 hits and four earned runs to Tampa Bay in his last start and caused the benches to clear when he hit Matt Joyce. The right-hander has experienced a resurgence after missing all of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery. He has a 3.08 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
Jonny Gomes, LFCold6/15/2013 8:26:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Jonny Gomes hit his fourth homer of the season Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Gomes was supposed to be Boston's starting left fielder this season, but he is fourth on the corner outfield depth chart behind Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp.
Mike Carp, 1B6/15/2013 8:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox 1B/OF Mike Carp is hitting .320 with eight homers this season after going 1-for-3 with a two-run slam Saturday versus Baltimore.
Insight: Carp has homered five times in his last 10 games and should continue to start at first base while Mike Napoli is out. However, he'll have limited playing time otherwise.
Jose Iglesias, SS6/15/2013 2:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias has posted back-to-back two-hit games and will get the start at third base on Saturday over Will Middlebrooks.
Insight: Iglesias is batting .451 with a 1.080 OPS over his first 82 at-bats. With Middlebrooks struggling (.198), Iglesias should continue to see playing time.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/15/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is headed back to Boston for tests. He's experiencing dizziness and nausea, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com
Insight: Mike Carp (.320, 7 HR, 23 RBI) gets the starts for Napoli and has played well when given a chance.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/15/2013 2:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (back, neck) has been scratched from Sunday's bullpen session and ruled out of Tuesday's start, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com.
Insight: Buchholz has been dealing with soreness in his upper back and neck. He also missed a start in May due to soreness around the AC joint in his collarbone and this injury might be related. The right-hander said he wants to make sure he's 100 percent before returning this time. Buchholz has been a great starter this season going 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/15/2013 12:56:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who exited Thursday's game in the second inning because of an illness, did not play Friday and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Mike Carp (.320, 7 HR, 23 RBI) gets the starts for Napoli and has played well when given a chance.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/15/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who exited Thursday's game in the second inning because of an illness, did not play Friday either.
Insight: Mike Carp (.320, 7 HR, 23 RBI) usuall gets the starts for Napoli and has played well when given a chance.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/14/2013 3:57:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who exited Thursday's game in the second inning because of an illness, is not in Friday's starting lineup
Insight: Mike Carp (.330, 7 HR, 23 RBI) gets the start and has played well when given a chance. He homered in a substitute role on Thursday.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/13/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli exited Thursday's game in the second inning because of an illness. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, Comcast New England
Insight: Mike Carp has come on to take his place. Napoli (.262, 9 HR, 49 RBI) doubled in his only at bat of the night.
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B6/12/2013 8:36:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe, at least three teams are interested in acquiring Red Sox third baseman Pedro Ciriaco.
Insight: The emergence of Jose Iglesias (.449 AVG this season) made Ciriaco expendable and the team eventually designated him for assignment on Monday. Cafardo wasn't specific about who was interested but Ciriaco (.216, 1 HR, 4 RBI in 28 games) should have a new team soon.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/12/2013 5:51:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (back, neck) felt stiffness when he threw Wednesday and is likely to have his next start pushed back.
Insight: Buchholz has been dealing with soreness in his upper back and neck. He also missed a start in May due to soreness around the AC joint in his collarbone and this injury might be related. The right-hander said he wants to make sure he's 100 percent before returning this time. Lauber predicts the team will push Buchholz back to Tuesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/11/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits, scored two runs and stole a base Tuesday versus the Rays.
Insight: Ellsbury still has just one home run this season after hitting 32 in 2011, but he's hitting .282 with 37 runs and an AL-leading 27 steals.
Jon Lester, SP6/11/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester had a miserable night Tuesday against the Rays, walking seven and allowing three home runs.
Insight: Lester gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander was 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA after nine starts; he is 0-3 with a 6.90 ERA over his last five starts and his ERA has dropped to 4.12.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/11/2013 6:13:00 PM
Description: According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (back, neck) has not been ruled out of Sunday's start against the Orioles. Buchholz left his last start with soreness in his trapezius muscle.
Insight: Buchholz also missed a start in May due to soreness around the AC joint in his collarbone and this injury might be related. The right-hander said he wants to make sure he's 100 percent before returning this time. Buchholz will throw a bullpen session Friday to test out his injury.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C6/11/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: Saltalamacchia caught all 14 innings Monday, so he's just getting a rest. The backstop should be back behind the dish Wednesday.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/11/2013 3:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who was activated from the disabled list on Monday night, will get Tuesday off after going 1-for-7 in his return.
Insight: Jose Iglesias will get the start. Middlebrooks is batting just .199 with eight homers and 22 RBI. Much more is expected of the 24-year-old who batted .288 with 15 HR and 54 RBI in 75 games last season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/11/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a lifetime .083 hitter (1-for-12) against Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Pedroia (.331, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 45 runs) is currently on a 13-game hitting streak and should be started despite the poor matchup.
Franklin Morales, RP6/10/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Boston will turn to Franklin Morales for the start Wednesday versus Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Evan Drellich, Springfield Republican
Insight: It's just a spot start so fantasy owners don't need to rush to the waiver wire to go pick him up. Morales made one start earlier in the year, allowing two runs in five innings against the Phillies.
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B6/10/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox designated third baseman Pedro Ciriaco for assignment on Monday.
Insight: Ciriaco finds himself as the odd man out in Boston's crowded infield. He's a .287 lifetime hitter with good speed (16 steals last year) so he shouldn't have trouble catching on with another team.
Shane Victorino, RF6/10/2013 3:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, who is still dealing with a sore hamstring, is in Monday's starting lineup
Insight: With Ellsbury back from his groin injury, Daniel Nava playing well and Victorino having another good season, the Red Sox are getting solid production out of their outfield.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/10/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game with Tampa Bay, according to Red Sox beat writer Nick Cafardo.
Insight: Napoli struggled over the weekend going 1-for-9 with seven strikeouts. He hitting .263 with nine homers and 47 RBI this season. The night off should do him some good.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/10/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (back) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Middlebrooks hit just .201 with eight homers and 21 RBI prior to his injury. Much more is expected of the 24-year-old who batted .288 with 15 HR and 54 RBI in 75 games last season.
Shane Victorino, RF6/10/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, who just returned from a hamstring injury to play on Saturday, felt something in the hamstring during the game and is questionable for Monday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: With Ellsbury back from his groin injury and Daniel Nava playing well, the Red Sox can survive a game or two without Victorino if necessary.
Daniel Nava, LF6/10/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava is just 1-for-9 against Tampa Bay youngster Alex Cobb.
Insight: The outfielder continues to perform above expectations this season, batting .299 with 10 homers, 40 RBI and 36 runs. This matchup, however, isn't a good one.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/9/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: According to WEEI.com, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (upper back, neck) won't return until he is "completely better," leaving him questionable to make his next start Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: Buchholz left Saturday's start with soreness in his trapezius muscle. He missed a start in May due to soreness around the AC joint in his collarbone and this injury might be related. "We’ll see how I feel the next couple of days in Tampa and then go from there. It’s going to be completely better whenever I come back,said Buchholz. "That’s my sole purpose right now, to come back without this happening again."
Jose Iglesias, SS6/9/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 Sunday and is batting .446 in 74 at-bats this season.
Insight: Iglesias has hit .244 in 829 at-bats at Triple-A, so this is quite the surprise. Before you go penciling in Iglesias as your starting fantasy shortstop, keep in mind two things: His playing time will be cut when Will Middlebrooks returns from the DL this week, and he has been extremely fortunate to post a .508 BABIP despite hitting line-drives at a subpar rate of 17.7 percent.
David Ortiz, DH6/9/2013 6:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Ortiz is driving in runs at a prolific pace. He has 13 home runs and 48 RBI in just 45 games.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C6/9/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia slugged two homers and drove in four Sunday versus the Angels.
Insight: Saltalamacchia's strikeout rate is up, but so is his line-drive rate and dramatically so. He had a 22.8 percent line-drive rate last season and hit .222 with a .265 BABIP. This year, he has a 28.8 percent line-drive rate and is batting .273 with a .385 BABIP.
Shane Victorino, RF6/9/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will take the afternoon off Sunday against the Angels. SOURCE: Jenny Dell, NESN
Insight: Victorino felt his hamstring begin to cramp up on Saturday so John Farrell decided to play it safe by keeping him out on Sunday. Daniel Nava will take over for Victorino in right field with Mike Carp getting another start in left.
Shane Victorino, RF6/9/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Shane Victorino may have tweaked his hamstring Saturday against the Angels. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Victorino didn't come out of the game so whatever injury he's suffering from seems to be pretty minor. It's possible manager John Farrell could give Victorino the day off Sunday just as a precaution. Jonny Gomes or Mike Carp would likely take his place in the outfield.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/8/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier item, Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz left Saturday's game against the Angels due to tightness in his neck. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: It shouldn't be a major concern. We're guessing he'll be fine to make his next start Friday against Baltimore.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/8/2013 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston ace Clay Buchholz exited in the seventh inning after suffering an injury Saturday against the Angels. SOURCE: Will Carroll, Bleacher Report
Insight: This could be a new injury or it could be related to the shoulder issue that caused Buchholz to miss a start at the end of last month. He gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings before his departure and is in line for his ninth win of the season.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF6/8/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are expected to send outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. down to Triple-A on Saturday. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Bradley had been filling in for Jacoby Ellsbury in center field but he returned from a groin injury on Thursday night. Optioning Bradley to Pawtucket will allow the Red Sox to activate outfielder Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) from the disabled list.
Shane Victorino, RF6/8/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) will be activated for Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: Victorino hasn't played since May 20 due to a left hamstring strain. He's batting .283 with 20 runs scored in 34 games. His return to the lineup should send Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Pawtucket.
David Ortiz, DH6/8/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a prime candidate for rest on Saturday in the game Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson pitches as he's just a career .077 hitter (1-for-13) against him.
Insight: Ortiz has 11 homers and 42 RBI in just 42 games this season, and he is hitting .325 with a 21/20 K/BB, so it would be hard to take him out of the lineup, but don't expect much.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot6/8/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a lifetime .467 hitter (7-for-15) against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Pedroia (.329, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 41 runs) is currently on a 10-game hitting streak and is a must start.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/7/2013 9:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (back) is eligible to come off the DL Saturday, but he'll remain with Triple-A Pawtucket through the weekend before returning next week, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Middlebrooks hit just .201 with eight homers and 21 RBI prior to his injury. More was expected of the 24-year-old.
Shane Victorino, RF6/7/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) could be activated from the DL Saturday, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Victorino hasn't played since May 20 due to a left hamstring strain. He returned to Boston Friday and could play in Game 2 of Boston's doubleheader Saturday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot6/6/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 Wednesday against the Rangers in his first game since May 30.
Insight: Ellsbury has been sidelined with a groin injury, but the layoff didn't cool his bat. The outfielder is 15-for-28 (.536) over his last six games.
David Ortiz, DH6/6/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit a three-run walk-off homer Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ortiz has 11 homers and 42 RBI in just 42 games this season, and he is hitting .325 with a 21/20 K/BB.
Jon Lester, SP6/6/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester threw his first quality start since May 15 Thursday night against the Rangers.
Insight: However, he did the minimum required, throwing six innings and allowing three runs. The left-hander's ERA has increased from 2.72 to 3.60 over his last four starts.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C6/6/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is out of the lineup Thursday against Texas.
Insight: Salty is hitting .311 with five homers and a .919 OPS against right-handers this season, but is just 5-for-38 (.132) against lefties. With Derek Holland on the mound for the Rangers, Saltalamacchia will take a seat.
Stephen Drew, SS6/6/2013 5:22:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is getting a night off Thursday against Texas.
Insight: Drew has gone 7-for-16 (.438) with two homers over his last four games after hitting .136 (6-for-44) in his last 13 games of May. He should be back in action Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/6/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup after missing five games with an injured groin.
Insight: Ellsbury will hit leadoff for the Sox Thursday against Texas. He's a .333 lifetime hitter against tonight's starter Derek Holland (5-2, 2.81 ERA).
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/6/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's nine-game hitting streak could be in jeopardy Thursday against Texas.
Insight: That's because Pedroia is only a .118 career hitter versus Rangers lefty Derek Holland. Pedroia (.330, 4 HR, 31 RBI) went 1-for-3 with a homer Wednesday in the middle game of the series.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/5/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: According to RedSox.com, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is confident he can return Thursday against Texas.
Insight: Ellsbury has been battling a sore groin for almost a week. If Ellsbury can't return Thursday, manager John Farrell may have to think about putting him on the DL.
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B6/5/2013 7:53:00 PM
Description: With Will Middlebrooks set to come off the disabled list this Saturday, the Red Sox will soon have to make an important roster decision.
Insight: Jose Iglesias (.431, 1 HR, 7 RBI) has been spectacular while filling in for Middlebrooks and deserves to stay in the major leagues. Meanwhile, Pedro Ciriaco (.234, 1 HR, 4 RBI) has struggled at the plate and he's been a major liability defensively (seven errors in 25 games). The Red Sox haven't made an official announcement yet but we're guessing Ciriaco will be the odd man out when Middlebrooks is activated. He could be sent down to Triple-A.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/5/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will miss his fifth straight game Wednesday against Texas.
Insight: He's dealing with a groin injury. Rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the start in Ellsbury's place.
Stephen Drew, SS6/4/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew picked up four hits, including a homer, drove in two runs and scored three Tuesday against Texas.
Insight: Drew came into Tuesday with just eight hits in his last 52 at-bats (.154). He has homered in two of the last three games, however.
Mike Carp, 1B6/4/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp belted a homer and finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Carp has four homers and 17 RBI in 73 at-bats this season and is hitting .301. He'll be sent back to the bench when Shane Victorino returns from the DL.
Daniel Nava, LFHot6/4/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and four runs scored Tuesday.
Insight: Boston hung 17 runs on the Rangers, and Nava was heavily involved. The outfielder has been a pleasant surprise this season, batting .307 with eight homers, 38 RBI and 35 runs.
Ryan Dempster, SP6/4/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster limited the Texas Rangers to three earned runs on five hits over seven innings Tuesday night to pick up his first win since May 2.
Insight: Dempster (3-6, 4.39 ERA) has thrown seven innings in two straight starts after getting hit hard in the three starts before that. The right-hander had walked 32 batters in 62 2/3 innings coming into Tuesday's start, but he walked just one batter against Texas, the team he made 12 starts for last season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/4/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: Ellsbury tweaked his groin Thursday during his five-steal game against the Phillies. This will be his fourth straight absence.
Anthony Ranaudo, P6/4/2013 2:29:00 PM
Description: Boston minor league prospect Anthony Ranaudo has been pitching lights out at Double-A Portland with a 6-1 record, 1.48 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 58/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54 2/3 IP.
Insight: The Red Sox 2010 first-round selection (No. 39 overall) won't likely see any time in the majors this season, but keep your eye on him for next season.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/4/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (back) will begin his rehab assignment at Pawtuket on Tuesday and if there are no setbacks could be ready to return when he is first eligible on June 8, according to manager John Farrell.
Insight: Middlebrooks' will have to improve on his first 46-game production (.201, 8 HR, 21 RBI, .642 OPS) if fantasy owners are going to get fair market value.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/3/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is questionable for Tuesday's game against Texas with tightness in his left groin.
Insight: He's missed three straight days with the injury. The team has a day off Monday, so if he's not in Tuesday's lineup the oft-injured outfielder could be headed to the disabled list.
Shane Victorino, RF6/3/2013 9:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino's rehab assignment schedule has been scratched as he's still not running at 100 percent after the hamstring injury.
Insight: Victorino hasn't played since May 20 due to a left hamstring strain. Push his return date back to mid-June.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/2/2013 3:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Yankees, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: This will be his third straight absence due to a groin injury. The team has a day off Monday, so it will be worrisome if he isn't in the lineup Tuesday.
Stephen Drew, SSCold6/2/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is just 8-for-49 (.163) over his last 14 games.
Insight: Drew did homer Saturday night and he has an 8-for-24 (.333) history against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, so he's not a bad play Sunday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/2/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 7-for-15 (.467) with one homer against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Kuroda has been excellent this season, going 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, but Pedroia has handled him well. Pedroia is batting .333 with three homers, 30 RBI, 38 runs and eight steals this season despite playing through a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6/1/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Yankees, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Ellsbury was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a groin injury. The outfielder set a team record with five steals in his last game.
David Ortiz, DH6/1/2013 9:52:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .450 hitter versus Yankees starter Phil Hughes with a pair of homers.
Insight: The slugger (.333, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 1.009 OPS) has hit very well this season after missing the first two weeks due to injury.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF5/31/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will get a start in center field with Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined.
Insight: Bradley struggled in his first stint in the majors going 3-for-31 in a dozen games. He went 1-for-1 in a pinch hit role on Thursday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5/31/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was in the original lineup, but is scratched for Friday night's series opener with the Yankees, according to Sean McAdam.
Insight: Ellsbury had his leg wrapped after Thursday night's game and it appears that he's dealing with a groin issue. Ellsbury has 21steals and 29 runs in 53 games.
David Ortiz, DH5/31/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is just a career .224 hitter versus Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia with 15 strikeouts.
Insight: Ortiz only got three official at-bats in the two games in Philadelphia as the team had to play without a DH. The slugger (.333, 8 HR, 34 RBI, .993 OPS) does have two home runs in 49 at-bats versus Sabathia, but his .650 OPS is well below his career numbers.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CFHot5/30/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury collected three hits and a season-high five stolen bases Thursday in a win over Philadelphia.
Insight: That gives Ellsbury an MLB-leading 21 steals for the season. He's gone 11-for-24 (.458) at the plate over his last five games.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/30/2013 2:41:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup Thursday at Philadelphia.
Insight: With no DH available in the National League park, the Red Sox will start David Ortiz at first base Thursday. Napoli is hitting .259 with eight homers and 39 RBI this season, but he is second in the majors with 75 strikeouts.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/30/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: Even though he has been scratched twice from starts this week due to soreness in his AC joint, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz said he isn't worried about the injury. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Buchholz, who is 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 73/27 K/BB in 72 2/3 innings this season, was scratched from Monday's start and has been pushed back from Friday. He possibly could start Sunday against the Yankees. Buchholz said he wanted to start Friday, but the team is being cautious.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF5/29/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was recalled from the minors Wednesday, but he isn't likely to stick around. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Bradley will fill in as a backup outfielder until Shane Victorino returns from the DL next week. The outfielder owns a .097 batting average (3-for-31) at the major league level but is one of the team's top prospects.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5/29/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (back) is expected to return June 8, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Middlebrooks took dry swings Wednesday and did some running. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Middlebrooks' lower back is feeling better.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/29/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Browne of MLB.com, Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz (collarbone) will make his next start no sooner than Sunday.
Insight: Buchholz was scratched from Monday's start due to mild irritation around his collarbone, and more discomfort Wednesday has forced Boston to push him back from Friday's start. The right-hander is 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 73/27 K/BB in 72 2/3 innings this season.
Shane Victorino, RF5/29/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) could start a rehab assignment this weekend and return from the DL on June 5 against the Rangers. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Victorino hasn't played since May 20 due to a left hamstring strain. He also missed time with a nagging back injury before the hamstring injury, so hopefully he has healed up.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/29/2013 5:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz (collarbone) was cleared yesterday to make his next start, but he is still experiencing discomfort under his collarbone and might have to be skipped after all, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Buchholz was scratched from Monday's start due to mild irritation around his collarbone, and he isn't certain for Friday against the Yankees. The right-hander is 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 73/27 K/BB in 72 2/3 innings.
David Ortiz, DH5/29/2013 3:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game at Philadelphia.
Insight: The Red Sox have to play without the DH over the next two days and Ortiz will sit out the first game. The slugger (.336, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 1.000 OPS) is expected to play first base on Thursday with Mike Napoli taking a seat.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/29/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia revealed he's been playing with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.
Insight: It hasn't kept Pedroia from getting off to a great start, batting .332 with 37 runs scored, 28 RBI and an .866 OPS. He's struggled against Wednesday's starter Kyle Kendrick, going 1-for-7 in their matchups.
Ryan Dempster, SPCold5/28/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster lost his fourth straight decision Tuesday, but he pitched better than he had in his previous three starts.
Insight: Dempster allowed 20 hits and 15 earned runs and walked 11 over his previous 12 2/3 innings, but he threw seven innings and gave up two runs and six hits Tuesday against the Phillies. The right-hander is 2-6 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/28/2013 5:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz (collarbone) has been cleared to make his next start Friday against the Yankees, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Buchholz was scratched from Monday's start due to mild irritation around his collarbone, but he'll be good to go Friday. The right-hander is 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 73/27 K/BB in 72 2/3 innings.
Franklin Morales, RP5/28/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales, who has been out since spring training with neck and pectoral issues, has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Morales will join the bullpen, so he'll have no fantasy value initially. The left-hander went 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings in nine starts last season, so he'll have some mixed league intrigue if he earns a spot in the rotation at some point.
Jonny Gomes, LFCold5/28/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Jonny Gomes should not be started on Tuesday under any conditions if Cliff Lee is on the mound as he's an inept 2-for-29 (.069) against the Phillies left-hander.
Insight: Gomes hasn't done much this season against anyone (.176, 2 HR, 10 RBI), so if he's still on your roster keep him firmly seated on your bench.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5/28/2013 9:43:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is just an .083 hitter (1-for-12) against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee.
Insight: Ellsbury's 32 home run season of 2011 is just a memory from the past as he's returned to be the speed player he has been for most of his career. He's leading the AL with 15 steals. It's hard to steal if you can't get on first base and Ellsbury has not been very good at that against Lee.
David Ortiz, DH5/28/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has struggled against Phillies lefty Cliff Lee in their matchups, going 6-for-29 (.207) with no home runs and seven strikeouts.
Insight: Ortiz continues to rake, batting .375 over the past 13 games. He has eight homers and 34 RBI in just 127 at-bats with a 1.030 OPS, but Tuesday's matchup is not a particularly favorable one.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/26/2013 5:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz will not make his next start (Monday vs. Philadelphia) due to a collarbone issue, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Insight: He limited the White Sox to just one run and five hits over seven dominant innings on May 22. Buchholz is a stunning 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Fantasy owners are hoping he'll return by the end of the week.
Jose Iglesias, SS5/25/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Jose Iglesias contributed three hits Saturday against Cleveland.
Insight: This just doesn't make sense. Iglesias has been excellent in the majors (.481 in eight games) despite a .202 average in 119 at bats in the minors this season. Either way, it looks like he's going to be playing a lot of third base while Will Middlebrooks is sidelined with a back injury.
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B5/25/2013 7:34:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Pedro Ciriaco belted three hits Saturday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: That raises his season average from .175 to .227. Ciriaco should see regular at bats while Will Middlebrooks is on the disabled list.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot5/25/2013 7:30:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia drove in the game-winning run Saturday in a 7-4 victory over the Indians.
Insight: Pedroia doubled off the Green Monster as part of a four-run eighth inning. He's hitting .417 for the series (5-for-12) with three RBI.
Jose Iglesias, SS5/25/2013 3:59:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox recalled infielder Jose Iglesias on Friday.
Insight: The Sox placed Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino on the DL, which opened up a roster spot for Iglesias. He started at third base on Friday and is playing shortstop today against the Indians.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5/25/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is is an ugly 0-for-7 with six strikeouts against Indians' starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: This would be a good day for him to watch David Ross from the bench, but if he plays you must make sure he's not in your fantasy lineup. His 46 strikeouts in 124 at-bats is a little concerning, but catchers with an .806 OPS are hard to come by.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot5/25/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia "owns" Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir, batting a stunning .515 with a .610 OBP in 41 plate appearances.
Insight: Pedroia is having another excellent season, batting .333 with 34 runs scored, two homers, 24 RBI and eight steals. Despite the low home run total, fantasy owners are still getting their money's worth. He's a must start on Saturday.
John Lackey, SPHot5/24/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey allowed just two hits and one unearned run in a win over Cleveland Friday night. He has allowed three hits and two unearned runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.
Insight: Lackey walked three and struck out eight in seven innings. The right-hander has been very good in his return from Tommy John surgery, posting a 2.72 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP and striking out 40 batters in 39 2/3 innings.
David Ross, C5/24/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox backup catcher David Ross has been activated from the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Ross was out with a concussion. The veteran is hitting .209 with four homers in 43 at-bats as the backup to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Shane Victorino, RF5/24/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Insight: The move has been made retroactive to May 21. Victorino also has been dealing with a nagging back injury this month.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5/24/2013 3:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back spasms.
Insight: Middlebrooks has not lived up to expectations this season after hitting .288 with 15 homers in 75 games last year. He's hitting .203 with eight homers and an ugly strikeout-to-walk ratio (52/7) through 45 games.
Shane Victorino, RF5/24/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is doubtful for Friday's game against Cleveland
Insight: Victorino (.283, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 20 runs) hasn't played since Monday becaue of a bad hamstring. He's already missed game this year due to back anbd rib injuries. Hopefully, he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5/24/2013 11:07:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Thursday's game with lower back spasms and is doubtful for Friday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Middlebrooks has not lived up to expectations this season after hitting .288 with 15 homers in 75 games last year. He's hitting .203 with eight homers and an ugly strikeout-to-walk ratio (52/7) through 45 games.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/23/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Thursday against the Indians.
Insight: Ortiz has smashed four homers and driven in 17 runs over his last 10 games. He has eight homers and 34 RBI in just 114 at-bats.
Ryan Dempster, SPCold5/23/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster had his third straight poor start Thursday against the Indians, giving up four runs in three innings. He gave up five hits and walked four.
Insight: Dempster has allowed 20 hits and 15 earned runs and walked 11 over his last 12 2/3 innings. He'll try to right the ship against Philadelphia next week.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5/23/2013 9:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Thursday's game with lower back spasms, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Middlebrooks has not lived up to expectations this season after hitting .288 with 15 homers in 75 games last year. He came into Thursday hitting .203 with eight homers and a 52/7 K/BB.
Shane Victorino, RF5/23/2013 3:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino won't be in the lineup Thursday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Jenny Dell, NESN
Insight: Victorino has been struggling with a bad hamstring since Monday. Daniel Nava will be in right field with Mike Carp getting the start in left.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5/23/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Boston GM Ben Cherington says that the team still hasn't discussed a long-term contract with impending free agent Jacoby Ellsbury.
Insight: It's clear that the Red Sox would rather hand over the reigns to up-and-comer Jackie Bradley than overspend on Ellsbury. Look for the Sox to try and deal the veteran outfielder before the trade deadline.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/23/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz shut down the White Sox Wednesday for his seventh win of the season.
Insight: He limited the Chi Sox to just one run and five hits over seven dominant innings. Buchholz (7-0, 1.73 ERA) is undefeated in his last ten starts.
Shane Victorino, RF5/22/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino won't be available for Wednesday night's series finale versus the White Sox. He's still battling a hamstring injury.
Insight: Daniel Nava will continue to start in right field while Victorino is out. Victorino's injury also opens up a spot for Jonny Gomes, who is taking over in left for Nava.
Shane Victorino, RF5/21/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is out of the lineup Tuesday due to a strained hamstring, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
Insight: Victorino has been dealing with ongoing back issues, but he left Monday's game with the hamstring injury. He's day-to-day.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF5/21/2013 11:48:00 AM
Description: Boston minor league outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who just recently returned from a trip to the Triple-A disabled list, is playing well after his mid-April demotion from the Red Sox, batting .315 with 12 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 14 games.
Insight: Despite his struggles at the major league level at the start of the season (.097 in 31 at-bats), he's still got a bright future and fantasy owners should continue to monitor his progress.
Shane Victorino, RF5/20/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: NESN is reporting that Boston right fielder Shane Victorino left Monday's game because of left hamstring tightness.
Insight: We figured his early exit had something to do with his recurring back issues but instead it looks like Victorino has a new injury. For now, consider Victorino day-to-day.
Shane Victorino, RF5/20/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Monday's game against the White Sox with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: He may have re-injured his back. Jonny Gomes has come on to play left field with Daniel Nava moving over to right.
Stephen Drew, SS5/20/2013 6:40:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew has returned to the lineup after missing two games this weekend because of a sore lower back.
Insight: He'll bat in the No. 8 hole between Will Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Drew is tied with Jhonny Peralta for fourth among AL shortstops in RBI (18 in 32 appearances).
Andrew Bailey, RP5/20/2013 4:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey (biceps) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and should take back the closer role.
Insight: Fill-in Junichi Tazawa didn't picked up a save while replacing Bailey and Joel Hanrahan. Get Bailey back in all lineups.
John Lackey, SP5/19/2013 8:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox righthander John Lackey (6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 K's, 0 BB) registered his second win of the season Sunday against Minnesota.
Insight: Lackey is 2-3 with a 3.18 ERA since coming off the disabled list. He'll be on the mound again Friday versus Cleveland.
Shane Victorino, RF5/19/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (back) will return to the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Victorino missed the last two games due to his ongoing back problems, but he's starting in center field Sunday, allowing Jacoby Ellsbury to get his first day off of the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5/19/2013 2:12:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is getting his first day off of the season Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Ellsbury is only hitting .246 with one homer this season.
Stephen Drew, SS5/19/2013 11:57:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (back) is not in the starting lineup Sunday for the second straight day, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Drew has been dealing with a back injury. He's hitting .321 with three homers and a .969 OPS in May.
Ryan Dempster, SPCold5/19/2013 11:11:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster has allowed 15 hits and 11 runs and walked seven batters over his last two starts (9 2/3 IP).
Insight: Dempster dominated earlier this season and still has a 16.3 percent line-drive rate and 12.2 percent swing-and-miss rate, which is fourth best in the majors. His K/9 is 10.77. The only causes for concern are his 4.27 BB/9 and 1.54 HR/9.
Daniel Nava, LF5/19/2013 11:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava has gone 4-for-8 with one homer and three RBI over the last two games.
Insight: He has started both in right field with Shane Victorino (back) out of the lineup. Nava has been the starting left fielder against right-handers this year and is hitting .319 with two homers in 91 at-bats against them. He has a .293 average, six homers, 27 RBI, 24 runs and a 24/18 K/BB in 36 games.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/19/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz socked two homers and drove in six runs Saturday night against the Twins.
Insight: Ortiz' walk rate is way down (14.6 percent to 7.8 percent), but that's probably because the DH is crushing most of the pitches he sees. He's hitting .393 (11-for-28) with 11 extra-base hits on flyballs this season and .875 (14-for-16) with five doubles on line drives. Overall, he's hitting .362 with seven homers and 29 RBI in just 24 games.
Shane Victorino, RF5/18/2013 4:22:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is not in the lineup Saturday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Victorino also missed Friday's game due to his ongoing back problems.
Stephen Drew, SS5/18/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (back) is not in the starting lineup Saturday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Drew suffered the injury Friday. He's hitting .321 with three homers and a .969 OPS in May.
Shane Victorino, RF5/17/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino won't play Friday night in Minnesota.
Insight: He's getting the night off to rest his injured back. Daniel Nava (.278, 5 HR, 24 RBI) will get the start in right.
Shane Victorino, RF5/17/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is 3-for-3 with a home run against Minnesota starter Vance Worley.
Insight: Victorino was Worley's center fielder when they were teammates in Philadelphia so Shane knows exactly what his pitches do and what he likes to throw. Therefore we are discounting the small sample size and recommending you start the Flyin' Hawaiian.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/16/2013 8:36:00 PM
Description: According to Mike Dillon from Reynolds Sports, Boston righthander Joel Hanrahan had successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
Insight: Obviously, he won't be returning in 2013. Andrew Bailey is on the DL as well, which means that Junichi Tazawa will be handling the ninth inning for the Red Sox until further notice.
Stephen Drew, SS5/15/2013 10:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew blasted a grand slam off Jamey Wright of the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
Insight: Drew went 8-for-52 (.154) with zero round-trippers in April, but he has three homers and a .348 batting average in May.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/15/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell told WEEI that reliever Andrew Bailey (biceps) will come off the DL by Monday at the latest, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Bailey will likely throw a simulated game Thursday and a rehab game Saturday before being activated Monday. Fill-in Junichi Tazawa hasn't picked up a save yet since taking over the closer role.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold5/15/2013 12:03:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is 4-for-17 versus Tampa Bay lefty David Price with 11 strikeouts and a .513 OPS.
Insight: Napoli (.261, 7 HR, 33 RBI) has just one RBI over his last seven games and this matchup won't likely add to the total.
David Ortiz, DHCold5/15/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .200 hitter (5-for-250 against 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price without a home run and seven strikeouts.
Insight: After a 27-game hitting streak, Ortiz has gone cold, batting just .175 over the past two weeks. Add in an unfavorable matchup and fantasy owners should give Ortiz the night off.
Shane Victorino, RF5/14/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (ribs) is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Victorino suffered bruised ribs after slamming into the right field wall at Fenway Park Sunday and went to the hospital, but X-rays came back negative. He's prepared to tough out any soreness he might be feeling.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/14/2013 4:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he expects to get reliever Andrew Bailey (biceps) back in 5-7 days, according to MLB Network Radio.
Insight: Bailey is eligible to be activated from the DL today, but he needs more time. The right-hander did throw a 20-pitch bullpen session this afternoon and felt good, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. He'll face hitters in a simulated game Thursday. Fill-in Junichi Tazawa hasn't picked up a save yet since taking over the closer role.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5/14/2013 3:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not starting Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: No injury, just a day of rest for the catcher, who has played 29 games this season, batting .263 with four homers and 11 RBI. His 36 strikeouts in 95 at-bats is a little concerning, but catchers with an .828 OPS are hard to come by.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/14/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia 1-for-9 with three strikeouts against Rays left-hander Matt Moore.
Insight: Pedroia is having another solid season, batting .331 with 23 runs scored, one homer and 15 RBI, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Shane Victorino, RF5/13/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay with bruised ribs and back and slamming into the outfield wall on Sunday.
Insight: Victorino had been on a tear since returning from a previous injury (back), batting .343 with a pair of home runs and a .936 OPS in the last 10 games.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/12/2013 6:35:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli exploded for three hits Sunday in a loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Napoli (.268, 7 HR, 33 RBI) had been hitless in the series prior to Sunday. Five of his seven home runs this season have come against Toronto.
David Ross, C5/12/2013 3:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox backup catcher David Ross has been moved to the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: He's out with a concussion. Ryan Lavarnway has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Ross' spot on the active roster.
Junichi Tazawa, RP5/11/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Junichi Tazawa was charged with his second loss of the season Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: Adam Lind took him deep to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning. With Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan still on the sidelines, Tazawa (2-2, 3.31 ERA) will continue to be Boston's last line of defense in the late innings.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/11/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz started off slow but he still managed to make it through eight innings Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: It's the first time that Boston has lost with Buchholz (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) on the mound this season. Buch's 1.69 ERA in eight starts is the second-best in the American League.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/11/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Boston reliever Joel Hanrahan has opted for season-ending surgery on his right elbow.
Insight: This has Tommy John written all over it. It's likely that Hanrahan has played his last game with the Red Sox. Here is what he tweeted to his followers: "Definitely not the way I wanted my time here with the Red Sox to go, hopefully I'll get a chance to show #RSN the real pitcher I am someday."
David Ortiz, DHHot5/11/2013 9:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .359 hitter with three home runs and 13 RBI against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (23-for-64).
Insight: After a 27-game hitting streak, Ortiz has gone three straight games without a hit, but this is a favorable matchup.
Shane Victorino, RFHot5/10/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run Friday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Victorino (.310, 2 HR, 3 SB) is 9-for-21 with two homers and six runs over his last five games. He has an impressive 13/10 K/BB this season.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5/10/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has doubled three times over the last two games.
Insight: Middlebrooks missed Wednesday's game with bruised ribs but he has shown no ill effects of the injury since returning to the lineup.
Jon Lester, SP5/10/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester faced one batter over the minimum in a complete-game one-hit shutout Friday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Lester allowed a double to Maicer Izturis in the sixth, but otherwise was perfect. After posting the worst ERA of his career last season, Lester has bounced back by going 5-0 with a 2.73 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/10/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Joel Hanrahan (forearm) has damage to his flexor tendon, which protects the UCL in his elbow. He has to decide between rest and rehab or season-ending surgery, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Hanrahan was moved to the 60-day DL yesterday and can be dropped in all leagues. Junichi Tazawa will serve as the closer since Andrew Bailey (biceps) is also on the DL.
Felix Doubront, SP5/10/2013 5:37:00 PM
Description: Boston lefty Felix Doubront will start next Thursday against the Rays, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Doubront was briefly demoted to the bullpen, but he will return to it after Allen Webster allowed eight runs in 1 2/3 innings.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/10/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who saw his 27-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday, should be able to start a new one against Blue Jays starter Ramon Ortiz.
Insight: The Red Sox slugger is 5-for-15 lifetime in their matchups with four home runs and a 1.545 OPS.
John Lackey, SP5/9/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Boston starter John Lackey allowed five runs in seven innings Thursday against the Twins, but only one was earned.
Insight: It was a strong start otherwise, as Lackey allowed six hits, walked one and fanned eight. The Red Sox made two errors behind him. Lackey has been effective so far, posting a 2.82 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and a 24/7 K/BB in 22 1/3 innings.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold5/9/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (ribs) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Twins, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Middlebrooks collided with catcher David Ross while making a sliding catch in foul territory Tuesday night and has been dealing with bruised ribs. Ross suffered a quad contusion, but he is also back in the lineup Thursday.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/9/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey (biceps) said he played catch on Thursday, but has no timetable for a return, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: He definitely won't be back when he is eligible on May 14, that much is clear. Joel Hanrahan was transferred to the 60-day DL Thursday, meaning Junichi Tazawa could have a longer run than expected as Boston's closer.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/9/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Joel Hanrahan (forearm) has been moved to the 60-day DL.
Insight: Hanrahan was placed on the 15-day DL just two days ago, so this move should tell fantasy owners that his injury is serious. Forearm strains sometimes can be indicative of an elbow problem, which is why Hanrahan will see Dr. James Andrews. Junichi Tazawa will serve as the closer since Andrew Bailey (biceps) is also on the DL.
Shane Victorino, RFHot5/9/2013 12:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has had great success against Twins righthander Kevin Correia in 14 previous at bats.
Insight: He's already 5-for-13 in the series with two homers and a couple of RBI. Victorino (.293) is only a few ticks under .300 and this could be the day he finally reaches that number.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/9/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz has denied using sunscreen to doctor his pitches this season. SOURCE: WEEI
Insight: Buchholz said he has used sunscreen in the past but not this season. Buchholz probably won't draw any disciplinary action from the league (it would be pretty hard to ban sunscreen) but umpires are definitely going to keep a closer eye on him going forward. Buchholz (6-0, 1.60 ERA) is off to a terrific start and should be started in all fantasy leagues.
David Ortiz, DH5/8/2013 11:03:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz saw his 27-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday versus the Twins.
Insight: He went 0-for-5 as Boston lost for the fifth time in six games. Ortiz's streak was the third-longest by a DH in major league history.
Pedro Ciriaco, 3BCold5/8/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: With Will Middlebrooks battling sore ribs, Pedro Ciriaco will get the start at third base Wednesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Ciriaco had a nice year at the plate last season (.293 in 259 at bats) but is off to a slow start in 2013 (.240, 0 HR in 13 games). He's also had a tough time in the field (four errors).
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold5/8/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks' MRI showed no structural damage in his sore rib cage, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Middlebrooks collided with catcher David Ross while making a sliding catch in foul territory Tuesday night. Lauber reports that Middlebrooks is trying to talk his way into Wednesday's lineup but he'll likely miss at least one game.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5/7/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia didn't start Tuesday's game, but he entered and hit a solo homer after David Ross suffered a quad contusion.
Insight: It was Salty's fourth homer of the season. He's hitting .241 and has 34 strikeouts in 83 at-bats.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold5/7/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks collided with David Ross in foul territory in the fifth inning Tuesday and later left the game. UPDATE: He has been diagnosed with a right side injury, according to beat writer Evan Drellich.
Insight: Middlebrooks made a sliding catch but slid into Ross's leg. The young third baseman lasted until the seventh inning, so this might just be a precautionary move related to side soreness. Ross also exited one batter after the collision with a left quad contusion.
Felix Doubront, SP5/7/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: Boston lefty Felix Doubront has been demoted to the bullpen, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Doubront took a 3-0 record and a 4.24 ERA into his last start, but he gave up 12 hits and six earned in 3 2/3 at Texas on May 3. Allen Webster will make at least one start in place of Doubront.
Junichi Tazawa, RP5/7/2013 6:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he will use Junichi Tazawa in the ninth inning with both Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey on the disabled list, according to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio.
Insight: Farrell wants to keep Koji Uehara in the eighth inning. Neither Hanrahan or Bailey has a timetable for a return, so Tazawa could hold onto the role for a while if he succeeds.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/7/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Joel Hanrahan (forearm) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Both Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey (biceps) are on the DL, leaving Junichi Tazawa to handle save chances. Neither player has a timetable for a return.
Daniel Nava, LF5/7/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: With left-hander Scott Diamond on the hill, the Red Sox will start Jonny Gomes in left field over Daniel Nava.
Insight: Nava is hitting .284 with five homers and 19 RBI in 95 at-bats and will continue to start against righties.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5/7/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not starting Tuesday's game.
Insight: Saltalamacchia has failed to cut down on the strikeouts this season and is hitting just .235 with three homers. David Ross will catch Tuesday night.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/7/2013 12:12:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Joel Hanrahan had to leave Monday night's game against Minnesota because of tightness in his right forearm.
Insight: Hanrahan had surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Brian Dozier just a couple batters earlier. The injury could mean another trip to the disabled list. The Red Sox other closer option, Andrew Bailey, is already sidelined. Boston could use Koji Uehara in the role or bring up Alfredo Aceves from Pawtucket.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/6/2013 10:57:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Joel Hanrahan had to leave Monday night's game against Minnesota because of an injury.
Insight: It looked like he tweaked his hamstring. Hanrahan had surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Brian Dozier just a couple batters earlier. Clayton Mortensen has come on to take Hanrahan's place.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/6/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: Boston reliever Andrew Bailey has been moved to the disabled list.
Insight: A biceps injury has had Bailey out of commission since April 28th. Joel Hanrahan will be used in the ninth inning until Bailey returns to action.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/5/2013 9:23:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 25 games Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.
Insight: Papi went yard for his fourth home run of the season in the first inning. The 17-year veteran has produced 15 RBI in his last ten games.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/5/2013 1:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey (biceps) will undergo an MRI Monday to figure out what's wrong with his biceps, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Bailey has been dealing with biceps soreness and hasn't pitched since April 28. This injury could open the door for Joel Hanrahan to regain the closer role after he lost it while on the DL.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/4/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier report, Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey (biceps) will not pitch Saturday after feeling soreness while playing catch before the game, according to Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Bailey has been dealing with biceps soreness and hasn't pitched since April 28. This injury could open the door for Joel Hanrahan to regain the closer role after he lost it while on the DL.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/4/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey will be available for Saturday's game.
Insight: Bailey has been dealing with biceps soreness, opening the door for Joel Hanrahan to pick up a save. However, Bailey is still the closer as long as he can stay healthy.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/4/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is dealing with biceps soreness and has been downgraded to doubtful for Saturday's game against Texas.
Insight: That explains why Bailey, who hasn't pitched since April 28, wasn't called upon for a save chance Thursday night. The injury is ill-timed for fantasy owners, as it gives Joel Hanrahan a chance to prove himself in the closer role after losing it while he was on the disabled list.
Shane Victorino, RF5/3/2013 4:06:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Browne of MLB.com, Shane Victorino will return to Boston's lineup Friday.
Insight: Victorino hasn't played since April 24 due to a lower back injury. He's hitting .292 with 12 runs and three steals this season.
Andrew Bailey, RP5/3/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is dealing with biceps soreness, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: That explains why Bailey, who hasn't pitched since April 28, wasn't called upon for a save chance Thursday night. The injury is ill-timed, as it gives Joel Hanrahan a chance to prove himself in the closer role after losing it while on the disabled list.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/3/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is hitting .315 this season, but he has never had success against Friday's opposing starter Derek Holland. Pedroia is 2-for-14 (.143) against the Rangers hurler.
Insight: Pedroia does have one homer against Holland, which is one more than he has this season. The second baseman has been performing well lately -- after striking out 15 times in his first 15 games, he has one strikeout, nine walks and a .320 average over his last 13 games, but Friday's game does not present a favorable matchup for him.
Joel Hanrahan, RP5/2/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan was called upon for a save chance Thursday against Toronto and he locked down the win.
Insight: Andrew Bailey hasn't pitched since April 28, so it's unusual that Hanrahan got this chance. Bailey was supposed to remain the closer following Hanrahan's activation from the DL on April 30.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/2/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Thursday's starting lineup, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Ortiz is batting .487 with three homers and 15 RBI in 10 games since returning from the DL. We understand the team wants to get him a day off every once and awhile to keep him healthy, but it's tough not having his production even for one game.
Shane Victorino, RF5/2/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes hears that Red Sox rightfielder Shane Victorino is hoping to return to the lineup Friday night against Texas.
Insight: He's already been ruled out for Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays because of a back injury. Daniel Nava has been getting most of the starts in Victorino's place with Jonny Gomes seeing increased playing time in left field.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/1/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had a monster night Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: One night after striking out four times, Napoli homered twice and drove in four runs to lead Boston to a 10-1 victory. He leads the major leagues with 31 RBI.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot5/1/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Sox ace Clay Buchholz cruised to his sixth win of the season Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: He notched eight strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Opposing hitters are batting a measly .178 against Buchholz (6-0, 1.01 ERA) this season.
David Ortiz, DHHot5/1/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David is a career .361 hitter with three homers and 13 RBI against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Ortiz slammed his third homer of the season and went 2-for-5 with four RBI Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Big Papi has started off with a nine-game hitting streak since returning from his injury. He's hitting an even .500 with 15 RBI and a 1.429 OPS.
David Ortiz, DHHot4/30/2013 10:55:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz slammed his third homer of the season and went 2-for-5 with four RBI Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Big Papi has started off with a nine-game hitting streak since returning from his injury. He's hitting an even .500 with 15 RBI.
Jon Lester, SP4/30/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester had his worst start of the season Tuesday against the Blue Jays, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits in six innings.
Insight: Lester (3.11 ERA) has actually had two poor starts in a row, as he walked six and gave up six hits in his last start, but he won the last one to improve to 4-0. A 5-0 record was not in the cards this April, but Lester still has had an infinitely better month than April 2012, when he went 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA.
Joel Hanrahan, RP4/30/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan has been activated from the disabled list. That's the good news. The bad news is that it appears Andrew Bailey will keep the closer's role for now.
Insight: Hanrahan (hamstring) is 1-0 with a 11.57 ERA and 2.357 WHIP in six appearances. Bailey has been nearly perfect of late and Red Sox manager John Farrell has indicated he's going with the hot hand.
Andrew Bailey, RP4/30/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: It appears that Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey will keep the closer's role even when Joel Hanrahan returns from the disabled list.
Insight: Bailey is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA, .811 WHIP and five saves in six chances. There is no guarantee that he will remain the closer for the rest of the season, but for now Bailey is the guy to have in the Red Sox bullpen.
Shane Victorino, RF4/30/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is expected to miss Tuesday's game against Toronto with his continuing back problem.
Insight: Victorino won't be rushed back as the Red Sox are getting excellent play from Daniel Nava, who is batting .310 with 4 HR and 16 RBI.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/30/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is 2-for-14 with seven strikeouts against Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow.
Insight: Napoli is producing as fantasy owners and Red Sox fans had hoped when he came to Boston. He's batting .280 with four home runs and 27 RBI in 25 games. This matchup, however, is an unfavorable one.
David Ortiz, DHHot4/30/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz has 6 hits in 14 at-bats (.429) against Toronto right-hander Brandon Morrow with a pair of home runs.
Insight: Big Papi has hits in all eight games since returning from the disabled list and is batting .516 with a stunning 1.400 OPS. He's a must start in this favorable matchup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot4/30/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 10-for-20 (.500) against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow with a pair of home runs and a 1.542 OPS.
Insight: The second baseman is hitting .330 with 18 walks and an .831 OPS despite still being homerless. This is a excellent matchup for Pedroia which could end that streak.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4/30/2013 10:49:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury "owns" Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow with a .444 career batting average and three home runs in 18 at-bats.
Insight: Ellsbury has been showing off his speed early in the season with a league-leading 11 stolen bases. We await a power surge that will show us he's back to 2011 fantasy MVP-type numbers.
John Lackey, SP4/28/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Boston starter John Lackey returned from a biceps strain with a win against the Astros on Sunday. He walked two, struck out four and allowed five hits and one run in six innings.
Insight: Lackey suffered the injury in his first start of the season, which also happened to be his first start since 2011. He had a 4.40 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 2010 and a 6.41 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 2011 so he won't be a reliable fantasy option.
David Ortiz, DHHot4/28/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz has 16 hits in 31 at-bats (.516) with five doubles, two homers, 11 RBIs and seven runs in eight games since returning from the DL.
Insight: Big Papi went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs Sunday against Houston, his sixth multi-hit game since returning to the lineup.
Daniel Nava, LF4/28/2013 5:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored Sunday against the Astros.
Insight: Nava has been playing more often due to Shane Victorino's back injury. He is hitting .310 with four doubles, four homers, 16 RBIs and 15 runs this year.
Shane Victorino, RF4/28/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is not in Sunday's lineup. It will be the fourth consecutive game he'll miss due to a bad back.
Insight: Victorino won't be rushed back as the Red Sox are getting excellent play from Daniel Nava, who is batting .299 with 4 HR and 16 RBI.
John Lackey, SP4/28/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Boston righthander John Lackey will return to the Red Sox rotation on Sunday after making just one rehab start.
Insight: Lackey has been sidelined for the last couple of weeks because of a biceps strain but he'll be on the mound Sunday for the series finale against Houston. It's tough to recommend Lackey in fantasy leagues when he's only made one major league start in the last two seasons.
Stephen Drew, SS4/28/2013 9:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew continues to struggle, batting .136 in 14 games, but the matchup with Houston right-hander Bud Norris could help him break out of the early-season slump. Drew has yet to produce a multi-hit game.
Insight: Drew is 5-for-9 (.556) with a 1.444 OPS in his matchups against Norris.
Joel Hanrahan, RP4/27/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: It looks like Joel Hanrahan could be back with the Red Sox by Tuesday. The righthanded reliever is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Masslive.com
Insight: Hanrahan (hamstring) got blasted in his lone inning of work Friday night against Columbus (2 H, 2 ER). He'll probably have to settle for a setup role upon his return though Hanrahan could have a chance to close again should Andrew Bailey falter.
David Ross, C4/26/2013 11:02:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher David Ross recorded his first career four-hit game Friday in a 7-3 win over Houston.
Insight: Ross launched two home runs over the Green Monster and also contributed two singles. He's only a part-time player and has no relevance in fantasy leagues.
John Lackey, SP4/26/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: As expected, Boston righthander John Lackey will return to the Red Sox rotation after making just one rehab start. SOURCE: Brian McTaggart, MLB.com
Insight: Lackey has been sidelined for the last couple of weeks because of a biceps strain but he'll be on the mound Sunday for the series finale against Houston. It's tough to recommend Lackey in fantasy leagues when he's only made one major league start in the last two seasons.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/26/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-14 (.071) against Houston starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: The second baseman is hitting .301 with 15 walks, but he has struck out 15 times in 83 at-bats and has yet to hit his first homer. Friday is an unfavorable matchup which should probably be avoided.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot4/25/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz improved to 5-0 Thursday with a win over Houston.
Insight: Buchholz (7 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER) registered 10 punchouts in the victory. His 1.19 ERA through five starts is the third-lowest in major league baseball.
David Ortiz, DHHot4/25/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz slammed his first home run of the season Thursday in a win over Houston.
Insight: Papi is off to an absurd start. Since coming off the DL on Saturday, he's 11-for-20 with four extra base hits and five RBI. It's hard to believe this guy is 37.
Shane Victorino, RF4/25/2013 8:29:00 PM
Description: According to WEEI in Boston, the Red Sox are planning on sitting outfielder Shane Victorino again Friday night versus Houston.
Insight: It will be the fourth game this week Victorino has missed because of back problems. Fantasy owners shouldn't panic though. Sox GM Ben Cherington said the idea of placing Victorino on the DL "hasn't even been discussed."
John Lackey, SP4/25/2013 4:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (biceps) threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday and "felt good," according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
Insight: Lackey suffered a biceps strain in his first start of the season after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery, but his recovery has gone smoothly and he is on track to start Sunday against the Astros.
Shane Victorino, RF4/25/2013 3:03:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (back) is not in the starting lineup Thursday against Houston.
Insight: Victorino aggravated his back injury Wednesday and is day-to-day. Daniel Nava will start in right field.
Ryan Lavarnway, C4/24/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: Ryan Lavarnway is expected to be called up to Boston now that there's an open spot on the roster. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He might only be in the majors for a couple days as John Lackey is expected to reclaim his spot in the rotation Sunday against Houston. The backup catcher hit .157 in 46 games at the big league level in 2012.
Alfredo Aceves, RP4/24/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: Sean McAdams from Comcast Sports New England is reporting that the Red Sox have demoted righthander Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: Aceves (1-1, 8.66 ERA) had a bizarre outing Tuesday against Oakland (he had two balks in one inning) and apparently that was the last straw for manager John Farrell, who was never high on Aceves to begin with. John Lackey is set to rejoin the rotation this weekend so Aceves had to know his days as a starter were coming to an end.
Daniel Bard, RP4/24/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have promoted relief pitcher Daniel Bard to the major leagues.
Insight: This move comes as a bit of a surprise. Bard has basically been in a downward spiral ever since Bobby Valentine decided to move him into the team's starting rotation a little over a year ago. Bard (0-1, 4.00 ERA in eight relief appearances for Double-A Portland) will join Boston's bullpen as another middle relief option alongside Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller and Clayton Mortensen. He won't be of use to fantasy owners.
Shane Victorino, RF4/24/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino re-injured his back and had to leave Wednesday afternoon's game versus Oakland.
Insight: Daniel Nava took his place in right field at the start of the seventh inning. Victorino had been 1-for-4 with an RBI double prior to his departure.
Joel Hanrahan, RP4/24/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Hanrahan is eligible to return on April 29th. He's not guaranteed to regain the closer role, as Andrew Bailey has saved four games and struck out 17 in 10 1/3 innings this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4/24/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is hitless in 11 career at-bats against Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson.
Insight: Ellsbury had an 11-game hitting streak broken up on Tuesday night and could probably use the day off anyway. He's been the ideal leadoff man this season batting .287 with 15 runs scored and nine stolen bases.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/24/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is 4-for-10 with a homer and three extra base hits (1.471 OPS) against Oakland starter Brett Anderson.
Insight: The major league leader in RBI with 25 has knocked in at least one run in eight of the last 10 games. He only knocked in 56 runs all last season. He's a must start in the favorable matchup.
John Lackey, SP4/23/2013 5:12:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (biceps) could be activated from the DL to start Sunday against the Houston Astros. SOURCE: Ian Browne, MLB.com
Insight: Lackey suffered a biceps strain in his first start of the season after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery. The Astros would present an extremely favorable matchup Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH4/23/2013 5:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Athletics. Jonny Gomes is starting at DH. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPNBoston.com
Insight: Ortiz sat out the second game of Boston's doubleheader Sunday but he has played three straight days since coming off the DL. Plus, he is a career .130 hitter (6-for-46) against Oakland hurler Bartolo Colon, and Gomes has a .385 average versus the veteran starter.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/23/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-10 against Oakland right-hander Bartolo Colon.
Insight: The second baseman is hitting .292 with 14 walks, but he has struck out 15 times in 72 at-bats and has yet to hit his first homer. Odds are he won't break his homerless streak on Tuesday.
David Ortiz, DH4/23/2013 11:35:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is just a career .130 hitter (6-for-46) against Oakland hurler Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Ortiz just returned to the Red Sox after missing the first few weeks with a heel injury and is off to a flying start batting .500 in his first three games. This matchup, however, isn't a favorable one and could be an opportunity to get Jonny Gomes into the lineup who is a career .385 hitter versus Colon.
Jonny Gomes, LF4/23/2013 11:31:00 AM
Description: If Boston outfielder Jonny Gomes returns to the team in time (birth of his third child) he has a favorable matchup against Oakland right-hander Bartolo Colon. He's 5-for-13 against the veteran starter with a pair of homers and a 1.429 OPS.
Insight: Gomes hasn't done much this season (.172, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and isn't likely to see regular at bats until Daniel Nava (.326, 4 HR, 14 RBI) cools off, but this matchup might be worth John Farrell finding a spot start for him.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/22/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli whacked a grand slam Monday in a win against Oakland.
Insight: The major league leader in RBI has driven in 17 runs over his last nine games. Napoli's batting average has increased by 64 points over that stretch (.214 to .278).
Jonny Gomes, LF4/22/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Jonny Gomes left the team to witness the birth of his third child this afternoon. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He's not in the starting lineup but there's a chance he could be available to pinch hit if he makes it back to Fenway Park in time. Gomes (.172, 0 HR, 0 RBI) isn't likely to see regular at bats until Daniel Nava (.326, 4 HR, 14 RBI) cools off.
Shane Victorino, RF4/22/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is back in the lineup for Monday's series opener versus Oakland.
Insight: He sat out both portions of Sunday's day/night doubleheader because of a back injury. Victorino is making good contact this season (.311 AVG) and he's always been a threat to steal. Make sure the Flyin' Hawaiian is in your lineup on Monday night.
Koji Uehara, RP4/21/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Boston reliever Koji Uehara finally gave up his first run of the season Sunday in a 5-4 loss to Kansas City.
Insight: He blew the save by giving up a solo shot to Billy Butler with two outs in the eighth. Prior to Sunday, Uehara's longest outing of the season had lasted just 14 pitches. He needed 21 pitches to get through the eighth inning on Sunday.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/21/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli ripped three hits in Sunday night's loss to Kansas City.
Insight: He was a triple shy of the cycle. Napoli had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth but Lorenzo Cain caught his fly ball on the warning track. He leads the Red Sox with 20 RBI this season.
Allen Webster, SP4/21/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox righthander Allen Webster looked sharp Sunday in his major league debut against the Royals.
Insight: The 23-year-old allowed just two earned runs over six innings and had been in line to get the win before Koji Uehara let up a game-tying home run to Billy Butler in the eighth. Webster walked two and struck out five.
David Ortiz, DHHot4/21/2013 6:40:00 PM
Description: As expected, Red Sox DH David Ortiz will sit out the second game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Royals.
Insight: Given his recent string of injuries, playing 18 innings in one day would be asking a lot of Ortiz right now. Instead, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will DH with David Ross getting the start behind the plate. Ortiz should be available to pinch hit if the Red Sox need him to.
Shane Victorino, RF4/21/2013 6:39:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino won't be participating in Game 2 of Sunday's day/night doubleheader versus Kansas City.
Insight: He missed the opener because of a back injury and now he's sitting out the nightcap as well. Daniel Nava (.357, 4 HR, 14 RBI) will move over to right field with Mike Carp (.571, 0 HR, 2 RBI) drawing the start in left.
Stephen Drew, SSCold4/21/2013 5:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew whiffed three times Sunday in a 4-2 loss against the Royals.
Insight: The loss snapped Boston's seven-game winning streak. By going hitless for the third time in his last four outings, Drew saw his average fall to .100 for the season. He has just three hits since coming off the DL on April 10th and has struck out 12 times in his 30 at bats this season. Unless your goal is to sabotage your own team, Drew shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters right now.
Will Middlebrooks, 3BCold4/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (1-for-4 with two strikeouts Sunday versus Kansas City) is hitting just .105 with 15 strikeouts in 38 at bats since homering three times against the Blue Jays on April 7th.
Insight: He's driven in just one run over that span with no extra base hits. The slumping infielder should be benched in all formats until further notice.
Ryan Dempster, SP4/21/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Despite compiling a 3.38 ERA over his first four starts, Red Sox righty Ryan Dempster is still winless.
Insight: Dempster had an up and down outing Sunday against the Royals (7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K's). It's worth noting that the Red Sox are averaging just three runs per game in Dempster's starts compared to 5.31 runs per game on days when he doesn't pitch.
David Ortiz, DHHot4/21/2013 4:38:00 PM
Description: Boston DH David Ortiz is off to a blazing start. In his first two games back from a heel injury, Papi has already generated five hits.
Insight: Three of those hits came Sunday in the first game of a day/night double-header against Kansas City. He still isn't moving around the bases too well so owners can expect manager John Farrell to use pinch runners for Ortiz (.625, 0 HR, 2 RBI) in most late game situations.
John Lackey, SP4/21/2013 3:22:00 PM
Description: NESN's Jenny Dell reports that Red Sox righthander John Lackey will throw four innings or 65 pitches Monday in his rehab start for Double-A Portland.
Insight: Lackey, who was DL'd because of a biceps strain earlier in the month, is expected to rejoin the Boston rotation after just one start, assuming he doesn't suffer a setback in Portland on Monday. Alfredo Aceves will head back to the bullpen upon Lackey's return.
Shane Victorino, RF4/21/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Saturday's game due to lower back tightness, and he'll sit out of the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Royals. SOURCE: WEEI
Insight: Victorino is batting .311 with seven RBIs, 10 runs and three steals this season. Fantasy owners will be taking a chance starting Victorino, since he's not guaranteed to play in Game 2. Daniel Nava is starting in right field in Game 1.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4/21/2013 10:49:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a .385 career average (15-for-39) with one homers, five RBIs and three walks against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Ellsbury will get Guthrie in Game 2 of a doubleheader Sunday. He is 5-for-18 (.278) with one homer against Game 1 starter Ervin Santana.
David Ortiz, DH4/21/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will likely get one game off Sunday as Boston plays a doubleheader against the Royals, but he has strong numbers against both starters the Red Sox will face.
Insight: Ortiz returned from the DL Saturday and had two hits. He is 7-for-24 (.292) with two homers against Ervin Santana and 13-for-38 (.342) with five doubles, three homers and five walks against Jeremy Guthrie. It's doubtful Boston will trot him out there for both games after he just returned from inflammation in both heels that dogged him all spring.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/21/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been underwhelming against Royals starter Ervin Santana, who faces Boston Sunday. Pedroia is 3-for-20 against Santana.
Insight: The second baseman is hitting .300 with 12 walks, but he has struck out an uncharacteristic 15 times in 60 at-bats and has yet to hit his first homer. Santana gives up a lot of home runs, but he always has been able to get Pedroia out.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot4/21/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Boston 1B/DH Mike Napoli is 6-for-15 with three homers and two double against former Angels teammate Ervin Santana, who now pitches for the Kansas City Royals.
Insight: Napoli played for Texas for two seasons, so he got plenty of looks at Santana. The slugger had a seven-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, but he did walk twice (just his second and third walks of the season). Napoli has seven doubles, two homers and 17 RBIs in 16 games, but he has struck out 23 times.
Daniel Nava, LF4/20/2013 8:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday to help Boston knock off Kansas City.
Insight: Nava has been playing every day in left field and is batting .342 with four homers and a 7/7 K/BB in 38 at-bats.
Shane Victorino, RF4/20/2013 4:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Saturday's game due to lower back tightness, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Victorino is batting .311 with seven RBIs, 10 runs and three steals this season. There's no word on his availability for Sunday's game.
David Ortiz, DH4/20/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz (heels) was activated Friday and has a nice matchup to return to as he's a career .314 hitter (16-for-51) with three homers, 15 RBI and a 1.073 OPS against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Ortiz said he feels fine in terms of timing and the condition of his Achilles and heels. He is a strong fantasy option as long as he's healthy.
Joel Hanrahan, RP4/19/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Boston righthander Joel Hanrahan felt pain in his hamstring Thursday after throwing on flat ground. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Hanrahan was placed on the DL last Sunday so he'll be eligible to return on April 29th. For now, Andrew Bailey will handle the closing duties for the Red Sox.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF4/19/2013 7:00:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley has been sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: This isn't a particularly nice birthday gift (he turned 23 today) but Bradley should be back in the majors soon. Veteran DH David Ortiz will absorb Bradley's spot on the active roster.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot4/19/2013 3:22:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz (3-0) will not get a chance to win a fourth straight on Friday night as the Kansas City-Red Sox game has been postponed due to police activity.
Insight: Buchholz was great in his last outing giving up two hits and striking out 11 in eight scoreless innings. He owns a 0.41 ERA and 0.95 WHIP through three starts. That's a complete reversal from last year, when Buchholz had a 9.09 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP through his first six starts.
David Ortiz, DH4/19/2013 1:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz (heels) was activated for Friday and has a nice matchup to return to as he's a career .314 hitter (16-for-51) with three homers, 15 RBI and a 1.073 OPS against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Ortiz said he feels fine in terms of timing and the condition of his Achilles and heels. He is a strong fantasy option as long as he's healthy.


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