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Boston Red Sox Player Notes
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Hanley Ramirez, SS5/31/2015 6:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a RBI and run in the loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Ramirez gave Boston the early lead with an RBI-single in the first. Ramirez scored the go-ahead run in the sixth as the Red Sox led, 3-2, but a Pablo Sandoval error in the ninth cost Boston the game. Ramirez is batting .261 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/31/2015 12:15:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could be in line for a strong game Sunday versus Texas.
Insight: Ramirez will be up against Wandy Rodriguez, who he is 1-for-27 against, with two homers and four RBI during their careers.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/31/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (arm) is back int he lineup on Sunday.
Insight: He sat out Saturday's game, but is ready to roll on Sunday.
Wade Miley, SP5/30/2015 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox Wade Miley was not very sharp Saturday versus Texas.
Insight: He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks. Miley struck out two over four innings and now owns a 4.97 ERA.
David Ortiz, DH5/30/2015 4:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is indeed back in the lineup.
Insight: We reported earlier that Ortiz was expected back after getting a couple of days off ot clear his head. He is back in the No . 3 spot, as per usual.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/30/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has a bruised left forearm from taking a pitch in the wrist during the second inning of Thursday's game and will miss his second consecutive game.
Insight: Bogaerts was expected to miss a couple of days so this shouldn't be a shocker. He's haveing a decent season batting .263 with two homers, 16 RBI and 19 runs scored. Multi-positional Brock Holt will start at shortstop.
David Ortiz, DH5/30/2015 9:43:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is expected back in the starting lineup, according to a Providence Journal report.
Insight: Ortiz had taken a couple of days to work with hitting coach Chili Davis. He's batting just .216 this spring with siux homers and 18 RBI, so the work was probably warranted.
David Ortiz, DH5/29/2015 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the lineup against the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: This was expected. Ortiz is getting some rest to work on his swing. He didn't play on Thursday either. Ortiz is batting .216 this season and has just one hit in his last 20 at-bats.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot5/29/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit two home runs Wednesday and had another three hits on Thursday night to raise hit hitting streak to eight games.
Insight: Add in a favorable matchup versus Yovani Gallaro (4-for-9 with a home run) and Pedroia is a must start. He's obviously over the injuries of a season ago and hitting like the guy we remember. He's batting .298 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 19 runs scored.
Mookie Betts, CF5/28/2015 11:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts had three hits and a RBI in the, 5-1, against the Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: Betts singled in the game's first run in the fifth inning. He is batting .250 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 192 at-bats this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/28/2015 11:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez hit his 11th home run of the season on Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ramirez wetn 2-for-4 with the solo bomb and a walk. He is hitting .257 with 24 RBI in addition to the 11 homers this season.
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP5/28/2015 11:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut as Boston beat Texas, 5-1, on Thursday.
Insight: Rodriguez allowed just three hits, struck out seven and walked two. He threw 105 pitches in the outing, and 68 of them were strikes. Fantasy owners should definitely have their eyes on this prospect.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/28/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has a bruised left forearm from taking a pitch in the wrist during the second inning of Thursday's game against the Rangers according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: Bogaerts stayed in the game for a couple more innings, but he did eventually leave. Expect him to miss the next day or two, but it doesn't appear he has a serious injury.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/28/2015 9:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Thursday's game against the Rangers due to a left wrist injury.
Insight: Bogaerts took a pitch in the wrist during the second inning. He remained in the game a few more innings before exiting. He will likely receive X-rays. Stay tuned for updates.
Daniel Nava, OF/1B5/28/2015 6:21:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava is heading to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, due to a sprained left thumb according to Roto World.
Insight: Nava is really struggling this season, slashing .159/.250/.190 in 27 games, so he really has no fantasy value. Perhaps he will be better once he recovers from this thumb injury.
Rusney Castillo, CF5/28/2015 5:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will return to the lineup on Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: Castillo has a sore right shoulder from diving to make a catch on Tuesday. He will bat ninth on Thursday.
David Ortiz, DH5/28/2015 5:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the lineup against the Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: Manager John Farrell said on WEEI on Thursday that Ortiz will be held out of the lineup a few days in order to work on his swing according to Roto World. Ortiz has just one hit in his last 20 at-bats and is hitting .216 this season.
Rusney Castillo, CF5/28/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is questionable for Thursday's game against Texas
Insight: Castillo is dealing with a sore right shoulder after making a diving catch Tuesday night. he hit safely in each of his first three games this season before going 0-for-3 Tuesday against Minnesota.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/27/2015 3:48:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit two home runs Wednesday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Both homers were two-run shots, and Pedroia is now hitting .290 with seven home runs and 21 RBI on the season.
Rick Porcello, SP5/27/2015 3:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello gave up six runs Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Porcello allowed the six runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out two and now has a 5.37 ERA.
Rusney Castillo, CF5/27/2015 11:28:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is out on Wednesday.
Insight: Castillo is just 3-for-15 to start his season and is dealing with a sore right shoulder. Brock Holt will man right field.
David Ortiz, DH5/27/2015 11:17:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has a career .345 BA (10-for-29) against Phil Hughes.
Insight: Ortiz has two homers and seven RBI off Hughes. The matchup is a strong one for Wednesday's contest versus Minnesota.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/27/2015 9:42:00 AM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz took the loss Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: He pitched well though, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings of work. Buchholz is now 2-6 with a 4.33 ERA.
Joe Kelly, SP5/25/2015 4:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly had an ugly outing Monday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Kelly lasted just 1 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits and one walked. He did not strike out a batter and now owns a 6.24 ERA this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/25/2015 11:39:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners are hoping Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval comes back on Monday versus Ricky Nolasco. Update: Sandoval is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Sandoval is 10-for-21 with three homers in his matchups with the Twins right-hander. He's been a solid fantasy option batting .273 with five homers and 17 RBI in 39 games and replaced injured Brock Holt Sunday night so we knew he was close to returning.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/25/2015 9:46:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners are hoping Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval comes back on Monday versus Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Sandoval is 10-for-21 with three homers in his matchups with the Twins right-hander. He's been a solid fantasy option batting .273 with five homers and 17 RBI in 39 games and replaced injured Brock Holt Sunday night so we know he is close to returning.
David Ortiz, DH5/25/2015 9:45:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is 4-for-10 with three homers against Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Ortiz has struggled early this season, hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBI, so may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup. He went 1-for-13 in the recent three-game set with the Angels.
Shane Victorino, RF5/25/2015 8:57:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, back on the disabled list, can not be counted on by fantasy owners this season.
Insight: Consider continues to suffer from numerous injuries and the Red Sox have enough talent that they can go on without him. Fantasy owners should do the same.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/25/2015 8:54:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but did replace injured Brock Holt at third base later in the game.
Insight: Sandoval is obviously very close to returning to the starting lineup. He's been a solid fantasy option batting .273 with five homers and 17 RBI in 39 games.
Brock Holt, IF/OF5/25/2015 8:52:00 AM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt left Sunday's game after being hit by a line drive and should be considered day-to-day.
Insight: The Red Sox have a lot of flexibility when Holt who has played second base, third base, shortstop and outfield this season. He's a nice fantasy fill-in option because of his multi-position eligibility and .297 batting average.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/24/2015 5:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the, 6-1, victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Bogaerts had three singles and a double. He scored on Mike Napoli's home run in the second and Napoli's double in the eighth. Bogaerts is hitting .290 with two home runs, 15 RBI and 19 runs in 145 at-bats this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/24/2015 5:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli appears to be finally finding his stroke as he hit another home run and doubled versus the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Napoli hit a pair of bombs on Saturday and one on Friday, so he has four in three games. Napoli's home run was a two-run blast, and he drove in two more on a double in the eighth. Boston won, 6-1. Napoli is 9-for-21 with five home runs in the last six games.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/24/2015 11:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Sandoval hasn't started since he took a pitch off the left knee on Tuesday. He has pinched hit since then, though, so he could do that again on Sunday.
Mookie Betts, CF5/23/2015 11:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts had two hits and two RBI in the, 8-3, victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Betts has a five-game hitting streak in which he has gone 8-for-23. He is hitting .238 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 172 at-bats this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/23/2015 11:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a pair of bombs in the, 8-3, victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: His second home run gave Boston the lead for good. Napoli went 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI and two runs. He also walked. Perhaps this will get Napoli going. He is hitting just .193 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 135 at-bats this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/23/2015 3:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Sandoval left Tuesday's game after he took a pitch in the left knee and has just one pinch-hit appearance since. Brock Holt (.294, 1 HR, 11 RBI) will start at third base.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/23/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Pedroia has five homers, 16 RBI, 16 runs and is hitting .280 this season. he went 3-for-5 in the series opener on Friday night. It doesn't hurt that the wind will be blowing out to right at 13 mph this evening.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/23/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch in Friday night's game, but fortunately results were negative.
Insight: Ramirez should be considered day-to-day, but it appears this one won't be too serious.
Rick Porcello, SP5/22/2015 10:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello allowed seven runs Friday against the Angels.
Insight: He went 4 1/3 innings and gave up the seven runs on seven hits and three walks. Porcello struck out four and now has a 5.07 ERA.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/21/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz took the loss Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four over 7 1/3 innings of work. Buchoolz is now 2-5 with a 4.58 ERA.
Shane Victorino, RF5/21/2015 6:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was scratched from Thursday's lineup with general soreness.
Insight: Consider him day-to-day. Daniel Nava will get another start in right field.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/21/2015 3:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the lineup again on Thursday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Sandoval left Tuesday's game after he took a pitch in the left knee. Tests came back negative, so consider him day-to-day.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/21/2015 11:11:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is a lifetime .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Texas starter Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: Ramirez left Tuesday's game for precautionary reasons after a slide appeared to injury his leg, but returned to play on Wednesday so should be good to go.
Joe Kelly, SP5/20/2015 10:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly picked up his first victory of the season.
Insight: Kelly went seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out seven. He is now 1-3 with a 5.13 ERA.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/20/2015 3:15:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup on Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Ramirez left Tuesday's game for precautionary reasons after a slide. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 134 at-bats this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/20/2015 3:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the lineup on Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Sandoval left Tuesday's game after he took a pitch in the left knee. Tests came back negative, so consider him day-to-day.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/19/2015 11:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez exited Tuesday's game against the Rangers with a left leg injury according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: Ramirez was likely removed for precautionary reasons. Consider him day-to-day.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/19/2015 11:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Tuesday's game with a knee injury, but tests on his knee came back negative according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: Sandoval should be considered day-to-day. He is hitting .269 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 134 at-bats this season.
David Ortiz, DH5/19/2015 10:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smacked a home run on Tuesday night.
Insight: Ortiz finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. He is now hitting .244 with six homers and 16 RBI so far this season.
Shane Victorino, RF5/19/2015 5:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Victorino is getting the day off. Daniel Nava is in right field.
Shane Victorino, RF5/19/2015 5:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was scratched from Thursday's lineup with general soreness.
Insight: Consider him day-to-day. Daniel Nava will get another start in right field.
David Ortiz, DH5/17/2015 2:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Hanley Ramirez will be the designated hitter and Brock Holt will play left field.
David Ortiz, DH5/17/2015 8:58:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit a homer during Saturday's win versus Seattle.
Insight: Ortiz went 2-for-4 with the solo shot. He is now hitting .236 with five homers and 14 RBI. Look for him to pick it up.
Mike Napoli, 1B5/16/2015 6:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli getting the day off Saturday.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for Napoli, who will likely be back in the lineup on Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH5/16/2015 12:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has done just fine in his career against Mariners ace Felix Hernadez.
Insight: Ortiz is 13-for-36 with two doubles and a home run against Hernandez. He also has six RBI, seven walks and seven strikeouts. Don't be afraid to role with Ortiz on Saturday.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/16/2015 10:01:00 AM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz pitched eight innings and allowed one run on three hits in a no-decision on Friday.
Insight: The Red Sox finally received a stellar start from Buchholz, and they wasted it by scoring just one run. Buchholz struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come.
Koji Uehara, RP5/15/2015 1:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara nailed down his eighth save of the season in one, two, three fashion in Seattle on Thursday.
Insight: Uehara induced a fly out, pop out and swinging bunt groundout to retire the side. He is 2-1 with eight saves, 1.64 ERA and 0.64 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 11 innings this season.
Joe Kelly, SP5/15/2015 1:04:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly pitched 6 1/3 solid innings as he allowed just one run on five hits in the, 2-1, victory over the Mariners on Thursday.
Insight: Kelly received the no-decision because Boston scored the winning run in the ninth, but it was encouraging to see him pitch well. He is 1-2 with a 5.58 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/14/2015 7:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the lineup on Thursday versus the Mariners.
Insight: Sandoval is hitting .285/.353/.423 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 123 at-bats this season.
Justin Masterson, SP5/14/2015 2:46:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Justin Masterson has been placed the disabled list with arm fatigue.
Insight: Masterson is struggling this season with an ERA over 6.00. Steven Wright is expected to get the first crack in replacing him.
Kelly Johnson, 3B5/14/2015 10:48:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Kelly Johson is expected to be placed on the disabled list due to a right oblique strain.
Insight: Johnson suffered the injury in his first at-bat on Wednesday night. He's batting .259 with six homers and 18 RBI and was a low-end fantasy option.
Koji Uehara, RP5/13/2015 6:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his seventh save of the season on Wednesday as Boston beat Oakland, 2-0.
Insight: Uehara only allowed one base runner on a walk and struck out a batter. He is 7-for-8 in save chances with a 1.80 ERA and 0.70 WHIP in 10 inning this season.
Justin Masterson, SP5/13/2015 2:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Justin Masterson is headed to the disabled list with arm fatigue.
Insight: Masterson is struggling this season with an ERA over 6.00. Steven Wright is expected to get the first crack in replacing him.
Blake Swihart, C5/13/2015 1:16:00 PM
Description: Young and talented Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart will sit on Wednesday.
Insight: Sandy Leon will get the nod for the day game. Swihart will likely be back behind the playe next time out.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/13/2015 1:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is out of Wednesday's lineup.
Insight: Brock Holt is starting for Bogaerts, who is getting a routine day off.
Justin Masterson, SP5/13/2015 9:29:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Justin Masterson allowed six runs during Tuesday's loss versus Oakland.
Insight: He lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and one walk, while striking out just one. Masterson is now 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA this season.
Shane Victorino, RF5/11/2015 1:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is expected to return Monday night.
Insight: Victorino spent much of last season on the DL and has started out 2015 the same way. Even when he's played, it hasn't been very well - .143, 0 HR, 2 RBI. I'd rather have Brock Holt out there.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/11/2015 11:34:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .500 hitter (19-for-38) with a pair of home runs versus Oakland starter Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Pedroia has five homers, 14 RBI, 13 runs and is hitting .277 this season. More important, he seems healthy.
Koji Uehara, RP5/10/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara recorded his sixth save of the season on Sunday in the, 6-3, victory over the Blue Jays.
Insight: Uehara allowed one base runner, a walk to Toronto catcher Josh Thole, but he struck out and induced two ground outs versus the other three batters he faced. Uehara has a 2.16 ERA and 0.72 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/10/2015 3:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was 2-for-4 with a double and home run in the, 6-3, victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Insight: Sandoval came into the game as a .188 career hitter versus R.A. Dickey, but he broke that trend with two hits against the knuckleballer. Sandoval is hitting .306 with three home runs and 14 RBI this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/10/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval only had three hits in 16 at-bats versus Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey.
Insight: That makes Sandoval a .188 career hitter against the knuckleballer. Two of Sandoval's three hits are doubles and he also has one RBI. If fantasy owners have a better option, it would be wise to sit Sandoval on Sunday.
Xander Bogaerts, SS5/10/2015 10:41:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is a .500 career hitter against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Bogaerts is 7-for-14 in his career versus the righty. He has two doubles and two RBI too. Start him.
Mookie Betts, CF5/9/2015 5:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts was 2-for-5 with a run in the, 7-1, loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Insight: Betts scored the Red Sox only run. He had a single and a double. Betts is hitting .242 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 120 at-bats this season.
Brock Holt, IF/OF5/9/2015 12:35:00 PM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt is not with the team on Saturday, he's attending a family funeral.
Insight: The Red Sox have a lot of flexibility when Holt is around because he can play almost every position.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/9/2015 12:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez (.283, 10 HR, 22 RBI) is back in the lineup for Saturday's tilt with Toronto.
Insight: Ramirez ran into the side wall at Fenway Park last Monday and strained his shoulder. He's a huge part of the Red Sox offense and its good to have him back in the lineup. Make sure to put him back in your lineup too.
David Ortiz, DH5/9/2015 12:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz sat out Friday after losing his apeeal to a one-game suspension for making contact with an umpire, but is back in Saturday's lineup.
Insight: As expected. Ortiz will be back for the second game of the series against Toronto. He's batting .242 with four homers and 12 RBI this season.
David Ortiz, DH5/8/2015 3:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will sit out Friday after losing his apeeal to a one-game suspension for making contact with an umpire.
Insight: Ortiz will be back for the second game of the series against Toronto.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/8/2015 10:13:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez (.283, 10 HR, 22 RBI) took a few swings on Thursday, but is probably still a few days away from returning to the lineup.
Insight: Ramirez ran into the side wall at Fenway Park last Monday and strained his shoulder, but he has been feeling better. There is always a change that he could end up on the disabled list, in fact, given his history that's probable, but it can be made retroactive to keep his being sidelined to a minimum.
Justin Masterson, SP5/6/2015 9:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Justin Masterson did not make it out of the fifth inning Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: He allowed four runs on seven hits and six walks. Masterson struck out just one and now has a 5.18 ERA.
Kelly Johnson, 3B5/6/2015 12:22:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Kelly Johson is a lifetime .391 hitter versus Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.
Insight: Johnson is 9-for-23 agaisnt Williams although only one of those hits went for extra bases. Johnson, however, does have three home runs in the last five games. He went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer versus the Phillies on Tuesday. Start him.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/6/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: It appears that the Red Sox are prepared to wait as long as a week to see if left fielder Hanley Ramirez improves before placing him on the 15-day disabled list according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: Ramirez ran into the side wall at Fenway Park on Monday and strained his shoulder, but he has been feeling better since the incident. If Ramirez is still not ready to play after six or seven days, the Red Sox can retroactively place him on the DL to open up a roster spot. Stay tuned.
Mookie Betts, CF5/5/2015 9:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts had two homers on Tuesday night.
Insight: He did so in four at-bats, as both singers were solo shots. Betts is hitting .234 with four homers and 17 RBI overall.
Rick Porcello, SP5/5/2015 9:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello did not allow a run during Tueday's victory over the Rays.
Insight: He went seven innings, allowing eight hits and no walks while striking out six. Porcello is now 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA.
Brock Holt, IF/OF5/5/2015 5:04:00 PM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt will start in right field on Tuesday versus the Rays.
Insight: With Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino both out with injures, Holt and Allen Craig will man the corner outfield positions. Holt is hitting .358 with one home run and eight RBI in 53 at-bats this year.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/5/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez's MRI revealed there was no structural damage to his shoulder according to CSN New England.
Insight: Ramirez crashed into the side wall at Fenway Park on Monday and left the game with a shoulder sprain. The good news is Ramirez felt better on Tuesday and the MRI found nothing major wrong. He should be able to avoid the disabled list, but he will miss at least a few games this week. Owners would like him back as soon as possible because Ramirez is hitting .283 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 92 at-bats this season.
Shane Victorino, RF5/5/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is targeting a May 11 return.
Insight: Victorino spent much of last season on the DL and has started out 2015 the same way. Allen Craig and Brock Holt are likely to see a lot of time until then, particularly with Hanley Ramirez's health in question.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/5/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could avoid the disabled list according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: Manager John Farrell said after the game Monday night that Ramirez's should injury is not a "clear-cut DL" situation. Ramirez ran into the side wall and has a left shoulder sprain. Consider him likely to miss the next few games.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/4/2015 11:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could avoid the disabled list according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: Manager John Farrell said after the game Monday night that Ramirez's should injury is not a "clear-cut DL" situation. Ramirez ran into the side wall and has a left shoulder sprain. Consider him likely to miss the next few games.
Clay Buchholz, SP5/4/2015 10:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had another rough start on Monday as Boston continues to have problems with its starting pitching.
Insight: Boston has the second-highest starters ERA in the entire league, and Buchholz is a big part of the reason why. He is 1-4 with a 6.03 ERA this season. He pitched 6 1/3 innings on Monday versus the Rays and allowed five runs on nine hits. Simply put, he needs to get better, but for the Red Sox to be a serious contender, they may have to pull the trigger on the Cole Hamels trade.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/4/2015 8:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with a shoulder sprain according to CSN New England.
Insight: It is not yet known how serious the injury is, but fantasy owners are holding their breathe for the time being. Ramirez is second in the league with 10 home runs and would be a huge loss for any owner. Ramirez hurt his shoulder crashing into the side wall on Monday versus the Rays.
Hanley Ramirez, SS5/4/2015 7:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game versus the Rays after running into the side wall at Fenway Park.
Insight: The Boston Globe speculates that Ramirez has a left arm or shoulder injury. This is a huge concern for fantasy owners as Ramirez is off to a great start. He is hitting .283/.340/.609 with 10 home runs. Check back for updates on Ramirez's status.
Blake Swihart, C5/4/2015 4:06:00 PM
Description: Young and talented Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart will sit on Monday.
Insight: The switch-hitting 23-year-old went 1-for-7 with four strikeouts over the weekend. Sandy Leon will get the start.
David Ortiz, DH5/4/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is just 1-for-13 (.077) versus Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Ortiz is a career .293 hitter versus right-handers versus .266 against left-handers, so this is out of character for Big Papi. Ortiz is on a six-game hitting streak, but faces an unfavorable matchup which should be avoided.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5/2/2015 4:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia smacked a homer Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: It was his only hit in four at-bats. He now has five homers, 11 RBI, and is hitting .290 this season.
Wade Miley, SP5/2/2015 3:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox Wade Miley went seven innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Miley allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out three. He still owns an ugly 7.15 ERA this season.
Blake Swihart, C5/2/2015 10:54:00 AM
Description: The young talented Red Sox catcher has been called up to replace injured Ryan Hanigan.
Insight: The switch-hitting 23-year-old should get a chance to play because the team has multiple injuries at the position. He was batting .338 at Pawtucket and will start on Saturday. He'll bat ninth in the Red Sox order.
Blake Swihart, C5/2/2015 10:48:00 AM
Description: The young talented Red Sox catcher has been called up to replace injured Ryan Hanigan.
Insight: The switch-hitting 23-year-old should get a chance to play because the team has multiple injuries at the position. He was batting .338 at Pawtucket.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5/2/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a stunning 10-for-14 (.714) with a home run and 10 RBI against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Sandoval has been hot, with eight hits in his last four games, and should jump all over this favorable matchup.
Kelly Johnson, 3B5/1/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Kelly Johson was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the, 4-3, victory over the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Johnson's two-run homer gave the Braves a, 4-3, lead in the fifth and no one scored after that. Johnson is hitting .250 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Rick Porcello, SP4/29/2015 9:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello had his first real solid start of the season, pitching seven innings and allowing just one run on two hits in the, 4-1, victory over the Blue Jays.
Insight: Porcello also had six strikeouts and two walks. Despite the great start, Porcello still has a 5.34 ERA and 2-2 record.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/29/2015 9:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the, 4-1, victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Insight: Ramirez hit the two-run bomb in the third to give Boston its first lead of the game. He also had three strikeouts but is now hitting .292 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 82 at-bats this season. The power from Ramirez has been a huge surprise considering he only had 13 homers last season.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/29/2015 2:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game.
Insight: He missed the past two games with an illness, but is ready to roll for Wedesday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/29/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a rough .185 career hitter against R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Pedroia apparently cannot figure out the kuckleball. He has just on extra base hit against Dickey, and could be in for a rough game on Wednesday night.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/28/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez continued his solid start to the season.
Insight: Ramirez went 2-for-5 with his ninth home run of the season. He is now hitting .295 with 20 RBI so far.
David Ortiz, DH4/28/2015 3:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz may not be the best option Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Ortiz is 0-for-10 against opposing starter Drew Hutchison with three strikeouts. Ortiz is always a threat, but will have his work cut out for him on Tuesday.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4/28/2015 3:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (neck) will play Tuesday versus Toronto.
Insight: Great news for owners, as Sandoval left Monday's game after going 2-for-2 with a homer. Get him back into lineups ASAP.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4/27/2015 8:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Monday's game with a neck injury.
Insight: This is unfortunate for owners, as Sandoval was 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI before departing. Allen Craig took over.
Joe Kelly, SP4/27/2015 8:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly pitched six innings Monday versus Toronto.
Insight: He gave up five runs on five hits and three walks, but did strike out 10. Kelly now owns a 4.94 ERA.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/27/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will get the night off on Monday.
Insight: Napoli is dealing with an illness, so Boston is giving him some rest. Daniel Nava will start at first base, with Brock Nelson manning right field.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4/26/2015 4:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had a nice afternoon Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: He hit his first homer with the team, scored two runs, and walked three time. The home run was a three-run shot, and Sandoval is now hitting .273 with eight RBI overall.
Kelly Johnson, 3BCold4/26/2015 11:28:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Kelly Johson is 8-for-21 in his career against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: All eight of those hits are singles, but owners are in a pinch, Johnson is servicable on Sunday. He is batting fourth in the Braves lineup against Williams.
Allen Craig, OF/1B4/26/2015 11:26:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is a .400 hitter and has two home runs with seven RBI in his career versus Orioles starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Craig is starting in right field and batting seventh due to the injury to Shane Victorino. He is worth a look in deeper leagues as long as Victorino is out.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold4/25/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the, 5-4, loss to the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Napoli hit the homer in the second inning off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen. Napoli also had two singles. He is still just hitting .183 with one home run and four RBI this season.
Shane Victorino, RF4/25/2015 6:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain according to Roto World.
Insight: Here we go again. Victorino spent much of last season on the DL and is going there just three weeks into the 2015 season. With Rusney Castillo also injured, Allen Craig and Daniel Nava will share time in right field.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/25/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .517 hitter (15-for-29) versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: The most important thing for fantsy owners is that Pedroia looks healthy so far this season. He's batting .250, but with power - four homers and seven extra-base hits in 68 at-bats. He's a must start on Saturday.
David Ortiz, DH4/24/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz blasted his fourth homer of the season.
Insight: The homer was a three-run shot, and Ortiz now has eight RBIs overall this season.
Rick Porcello, SP4/24/2015 9:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello allowed four runs Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: Porcello went six innings and allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven. He now owns a 6.48 ERA.
Xander Bogaerts, SS4/24/2015 3:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's not a complete surprise considering he's just 1-for-10 with four strikeouts versus Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Clay Buchholz, SP4/23/2015 9:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz struck out 10 Rays on Thursday night.
Insight: He went six innings and allowed just one run one two hits and three walks. Buchholz now has a 4.84 ERA.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/23/2015 3:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is getting Thursday off.
Insight: Ramirez is off to a strong start with five homers, 12 RBI and an .869 OPS through the first 14 games. The Red Sox outfield will be a bit weak without both Ramirez and Shane Victorino.
David Ortiz, DH4/23/2015 3:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will appeal his one-game suspension for bumping an umpire and is in the red Sox Thursday lineup.
Insight: That doesn't mean you need to start him. Ortiz is batting just .208 this season and is 1-for-10 lifetime against Jake Odorizzi.
Shane Victorino, RF4/23/2015 3:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness and should be considered doubtful for Thursday's game.
Insight: It's also doubtful he was still in your starting lineup considering he was batting just .143. Hamstrings are never easy to deal with, so a DL stint could be possible. Allen Craig took over for Victorino. Update: Victorino is not in the starting lineup.
Shane Victorino, RF4/23/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness and should be considered doubtful for Thursday's game.
Insight: It's also doubtful he was still in your starting lineup considering he was batting just .143. Hamstrings are never easy to deal with, so a DL stint could be possible. Allen Craig took over for Victorino.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/22/2015 10:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a homer Wednesday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: It was a two-run shot in the third inning. The most important thing for fantsy owners is that Pedroia looks healthy so far this season.
Joe Kelly, SP4/22/2015 9:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly went five innings Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: He allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Kelly has a 4.08 ERA overall.
Shane Victorino, RF4/22/2015 8:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino left Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness.
Insight: Hamstrings are never easy to deal with, so a DL stint could be possible. Allen Craig took over for Victorino.
Koji Uehara, RP4/21/2015 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara allowed one hit but still recorded his second save of the season as Boston beat Tampa Bay, 1-0.
Insight: Uehara quickly retired Evan Longoria on a ground out, which erased the hit as the Red Sox turned a double play. Then Uehara retired Desmond Jennings on a ground out to end the game.
Wade Miley, SP4/21/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox Wade Miley pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in the, 1-0, victory over the Rays on Tuesday.
Insight: Miley only gave up three hits, but he did walk four batters. He also struck out three in the victory. Miley is 1-1 this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/21/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday morning's game due to illness, but is back in Tuesday's starting lineup batting cleanup.
Insight: Ramirez is off to a strong start with five homers, 12 RBI and an .895 OPS through the first 11 games.
Xander Bogaerts, SS4/21/2015 3:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will get Tuesday off.
Insight: Bogaerts is hitting .319 through 12 games with eight RBI and eight runs scored. Utility man Brock Holt will start at shortstop and bat eighth.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold4/21/2015 3:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts against Rays starter Chris Archer.
Insight: Napoli is off to an ectremely slow start and doesn't figure to get "healthy" in this unfavroable matchup. Expect Allen Craig to be out there and Napoli with a day off. Update: Napoli is getting the day off, but it's Daniel Nava at first.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold4/21/2015 10:53:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts against Rays starter Chris Archer.
Insight: Napoli is off to an ectremely slow start and doesn't figure to get "healthy" in this unfavroable matchup. Expect Allen Craig to be out there and Napoli with a day off.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/21/2015 10:06:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday morning's game due to illness.
Insight: At least the oft-injured star isn't hurt - it's the flu bug. Ramirez is off to a strong start with five homers, 12 RBI and an .895 OPS through the first 11 games. beat writer Gordon Edes expects him to play on Tuesday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/20/2015 12:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday morning's game due to illness.
Insight: At least the oft-injured star isn't hurt - it's the flu bug. Ramirez is off to a strong start with five homers, 12 RBI and an .895 OPS through the first 11 games.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4/20/2015 9:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in Monday morning's starting lineup.
Insight: Sandoval has played through a left foot bruise, but will not start in the Patriots' Day game. He's batting .289 through the first 11 games, but with a low .696 OPS and zero homers. Utility man Brock Holt, who has already played at 2B, SS, 3B and OF this season, will start at the hot corner.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/19/2015 6:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez hit his fifth home run of the season in the loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
Insight: Ramirez answered Adam Jones' home run in the first with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning. Those three runs, however, were the only ones Boston would score as they lost to Baltimore, 8-3. Ramirez is hitting .255 but has show surprising power with five home runs and 12 RBI.
Clay Buchholz, SP4/18/2015 6:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed two runs Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: He pitched six innings and allowed 11 hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Duchholz has a 6.06 ERA this season.
Mookie Betts, CF4/18/2015 1:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Routine day off for Betts. Betts is only batting .209, but does have a pair of homers, eight RBI and four runs scored. Multipositional Brock Holt will start in center field.
David Ortiz, DH4/18/2015 10:27:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is just 3-for-27 (.111) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz is batting just .171 with a .618 OPS through the first nine games and isn't likely to turn it around in Saturday's matchup.
David Ortiz, DH4/18/2015 10:27:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is just 1-for-10 (.100) against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Ortiz blasted a long home run on Wednesday night, but is an unfavorable matchup Thursday and should probably be avoided.
Koji Uehara, RP4/17/2015 10:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning versus the Orioles and picked up the victory as Boston won in the bottom of the ninth, 3-2.
Insight: Uehara struck out two batters and didn't allow a hit on Friday. He has two appearances in the 2015. One of them was a save and the other is this win. Uehara has struck out four batters in his two innings of work.
Xander Bogaerts, SSHot4/17/2015 10:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth on Friday as Boston defeated Baltimore, 3-2.
Insight: Bogaerts was the only Red Sox with two hits in the game. His first single broke up a no-hit bid in the fifth. He also scored on catcher Ryan Hanigan's home run. Bogaerts is hitting .395 through 10 games.
Mike Napoli, 1B4/17/2015 11:09:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 4-for-10 with a pair of home runs versus Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Napoli has a hit in each of his last four games after starting the season hitless in his first four. Perhaps this game will help him break loose.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/15/2015 4:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez hit another homer Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Ramirez already has four homers and nine RBIs with his new team, and will have the opportunity to have a monster campaign.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/14/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4 with solo home run in the, 8-7, victory over the Nationals on Tuesday.
Insight: Pedroia hit the home run off Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning. He also had a walk. Pedroia is hitting .278 with three home runs and six RBI in eight games this season.
Xander Bogaerts, SSHot4/14/2015 2:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Brock Holt will get the start. Since a hitless opening day, Boaerts has batted safely in six stright games and has a .433 batting average. He should be back for the next game.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/14/2015 2:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is probable for Tuesday's game against Washington due to a sore right foot.
Insight: Ramirez fouled a ball off his foot in Monday's game and the team did a scan which came back negative. Given his injury history, there is always the possibility that the team will play it safe, but at this time we expect him to play. Update: Ramirez is in Tuesday's lineup.
Rusney Castillo, CF4/14/2015 11:11:00 AM
Description: Red Sox minor league outfielder Rusney Castillo injured his shoulder at Triple-A on Saturday and has been placed on the diabled list.
Insight: Fantasy owners who were expecting him to come up quickly will be disappointed. He signed a huge contract last August and should be up at some point this season, but the injury will delay things.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/14/2015 10:34:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is probable for Tuesday's game against Washington due to a sore right foot.
Insight: Ramirez fouled a ball off his foot in Monday's game and the team did a scan which came back negative. Given his injury history, there is always the possibility that the team will play it safe, but at this time we expect him to play.
Rick Porcello, SP4/13/2015 6:12:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello had his second straight quality start.
Insight: He pitched eight innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk, while striking out six. Porcello threw 112 pitches and left with a 9-4 lead.
Koji Uehara, RP4/13/2015 1:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) has been activated on Monday and is available for the game against the Nationals, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal
Insight: He should return to his closing role, so fantasy owners must get him back in the lineup. Edward Mujica will go back to being the setup guy with significantly less fantasy value.
Koji Uehara, RP4/13/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) is expected to be activated on Monday and be available for the game against the Nationals, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal
Insight: He should return to his closing role, so fantasy owners must get him back in the lineup. Edward Mujica will go back to being the setup guy with significantly less fantasy value.
Mookie Betts, CF4/12/2015 6:13:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts put on a shot Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: Not only did he go 2-for-4 with a homer, four RBIs, and two runs scored, but Betts also flat out robbed Bryce Harper of a home run to center field. Betts is the very early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year.
Joe Kelly, SP4/11/2015 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly pitched seven innings, allowing just one run versus the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: Kelly allowed only one hit as well with eight strikeouts and two walks. Kelly wasn't drafted in many leagues, but that's a great way to start the season.
Mookie Betts, CF4/11/2015 11:50:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts will get Saturday off after playing all 19 innings last night.
Insight: He'll join Hanley Ramirez on the bench. No need to push guys in April. Betts is just 4-for-21 (.190) so far this season. Brock Holt will start in center field.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/11/2015 11:46:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: No surprise here. The Red Sox know Ramirez's injury history and after playing 19 innings last night aren't going to push him in an April game.
Joe Kelly, SP4/11/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly (biceps tightness) is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list and start on Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Kelly had two very good seasons in St. Louis, but disappointed fantasy owners and Red Sox fans in 2014 with a 6-4 record, but a high 4.20 ERA and 1.346 WHIP.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4/10/2015 10:46:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a stunning .727 hitter (8-of-11) with a home run and nine RBI versus Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Sandoval didn't do much in the opening series against the Phillies (2-for-12), but this matchup is too juicy to pass up.
Xander Bogaerts, SS4/9/2015 10:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts had the big blow Thursday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with a three-RBI triple in the six-run third. Bogaerts also walked and is now hitting .364 through three games this season.
Justin Masterson, SP4/9/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Justin Masterson went six innings in his season debut.
Insight: He looked good, as he struck out seven and allowed just two runs on three hits and two walks. Masterson threw 94 pitches, while 64 of them were for strikes. He left with a 6-2 lead.
Rick Porcello, SP4/8/2015 9:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello wishes he could have one pitch back during his team debut on Wednesday.
Insight: He was sailing along through five innings, but eventually gave up a three-run homer to Jeff Francoeur in the sixth. Porcello ended up going six innings, while allowing six hits, three runs, two walks, and struck out four.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4/8/2015 11:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a lifetime .192 hitter versus Phillies starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Sandoval was 0-for-5 on Opening Day, so fantasy owners might want to consider sitting the Panda on Wednesday. He has four strikeouts in 26 at-bats versus Harang.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/8/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has five home runs and seven RBI in his career versus Phillies starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Ramirez had two home runs on Monday versus Cole Hamels, so perhaps he keeps it going in this favorable matchup. Ramirez is also 10-for-29 with a double and two walks in his career against Harang.
Hanley Ramirez, SS4/6/2015 6:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez hit a pair of home runs and had five RBI in his Boston debut in Philadelphia on Monday.
Insight: Ramirez went 2-for-4, hitting the first homer off Phillies starter Cole Hamels. Then, Ramirez hit a grand slam in the ninth off relief pitcher Jake Diekman. As hoped, Ramirez is already making an impact on this Boston team.
Clay Buchholz, SP4/6/2015 6:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings versus the Phillies on Opening Day as Boston won, 8-0.
Insight: Buchholz allowed only three hits, struck out nine and walked one. It would be great for fantasy owners and Red Sox fans if Buchholz can return to his 2013 form where he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA. Last season, Buchholz was 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4/6/2015 6:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a pair of solo bombs off Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels on Opening Day.
Insight: Pedroia has seen a big reduction in power the last few seasons since his thumb surgeries, so it's a great thing to see him pull two balls over the fence to left field. He was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs as Boston beat Philadelphia, 8-0.
Mookie Betts, CF4/6/2015 12:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts will leadoff on Monday.
Insight: His fantasy value could be very good, particularly in the runs scored category with Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez batting behind him in the order.
Joe Kelly, SP4/3/2015 4:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly (biceps tightness) has been placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Kelly had two very good seasons in St. Louis, but disappointed fantasy owners and Red Sox fans in 2014 with a 6-4 record, but a high 4.20 ERA and 1.346 WHIP. This isn't the best way to start a bounce-back season.
Koji Uehara, RP3/30/2015 4:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, according to manager John Farrell.
Insight: He is expected to be ready by some point in April, but it is looking like Edward Mujica will open up the year as Boston's closer.
Ryan Hanigan, C3/30/2015 11:42:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan will inherit the starting role now that Christian Vazquez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: The 34-year-old Hanigan has little fantasy value after batting .218 last season in 225 at-bats. It shouldn't be long before top prospect, Blake Swihart, gets a chance behind the plate.
Christian Vazquez, C3/30/2015 11:39:00 AM
Description: Expected Red Sox starting catcher Christian Vazquez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: That makes Ryan Hanigan the starter for now and the team just acquired Sandy Leon to be his backup. On the horizon is top minor leaguer Blake Swihart who could get the call sooner rather than later.
Koji Uehara, RP3/26/2015 3:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will throw on Thursday and should take part in a bullpen session at some point this weekend.
Insight: This will be a big test to determine Uehara's availability for Opening Day. If he is unable to get healthy by the start of the season, Edward Mujica would likely start 2015 as Boston's closer.
Rusney Castillo, CF3/21/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo (oblique) homered in his first spring training at-bat on Friday.
Insight: Castillo should be ready for Opening Day, but there is a question as to where he would play. Mookie Betts should be starter in center field and Shane Victorino in right which means Castillo might start the season riding the bench or in Pawtucket.
David Ortiz, DH3/21/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hasn't played since Monday and will miss the entire weekend as well, according to a Boston Globe report.
Insight: He first dealt with "general soreness" and now is sick. Neither should keep him from Opening Day. Despite his age, now 39, Ortiz continues to pump out productive season after productive season. He cracked both the 30 HR and 100 RBI marks the past two seasons.
Koji Uehara, RP3/21/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) played long toss, according to a Boston Globe report.
Insight: It's the first step in his return to the mound. Even if he is not ready for the start of the season, Uehara should be ready to roll soon after and fantasy owners should not reduce his value because of this injury.
Koji Uehara, RP3/18/2015 12:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) said he expects to be ready for Opening Day, but it is not a gaurantee.
Insight: Even if he is not ready for the start of the season, Uehara should be ready to roll shorty after. Draft him as you normally would.
David Ortiz, DH3/18/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hasn't played since Monday and will miss the entire weekend as well, according to a Boston Globe report.
Insight: He first dealt with "general soreness" and now is sick. Neither should keep him from Opening Day. Despite his age, now 39, Ortiz continues to pump out productive season after productive season. He cracked both the 30 HR and 100 RBI marks the past two seasons.
Koji Uehara, RP3/17/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara suffered a strained hamstring on Tuesday.
Insight: The injury does not appear to be serious, so we expect Uehara to be ready to roll by Opening Day.
Joe Kelly, SP3/16/2015 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly was forced to leave Monday's game with biceps tightness.
Insight: It is being called mild, and Boston is likely just being cautious. Kelly should be ready for Opening Day.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3/12/2015 4:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit his first homer of the spring Thursday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: Sandoval went 2-for-3, while David Ortiz also smashed a dinger. Sandoval will man third base for Boston, and will likely be hitting in the middle of the lineup.
Rusney Castillo, CF3/12/2015 4:31:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo (oblique) continued to take swings off a tee on Thursday.
Insight: He has done so for the last few days, but it is still unclear if Castillo will be ready for Opening Day. Mookie Betts would be the starter in center field, if he is unable to start the season.
Clay Buchholz, SP3/7/2015 5:12:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz pitched well on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: He pitched three innings, and faced the minimum. Buchholz did walk one, but that was erased on a double-play. He has also had the ability, and if Buccholz can put it together, he will be a worthy fantasy option.
Rusney Castillo, CF3/5/2015 6:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox manager John Farrell told the Boston Globe that Rusney Castillo's oblique is feeling "much better".
Insight: Castillo suffered a strained left oblique muscle after Tuesday's game. It's a minor strain, so it will not affect his status for Opening Day. Castillo and Mookie Betts are fighting for the starting center field spot.
Rusney Castillo, CF3/3/2015 7:33:00 PM
Description: 27-year-old rookie Rusney Castillo had pain in the left side of his body during Tuesday's spring training game according to the Boston Globe.
Insight: Team doctors will evaluate Castillo Wednesday morning. Castillo is battling Mookie Betts for the starting center field job, but if the Red Sox are able to deal Shane Victorino, both Castillo and Betts could have starting roles.
Alexi Ogando, SP1/31/2015 4:45:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox signed right-handed relief pitcher Alexi Ogando to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Insight: Ogando had a rough 2014, posting a 6.85 ERA while battling injuries all season, but he is still a quality signing for the Red Sox to bolster the bullpen.
Mike Napoli, 1B1/26/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had offseason surgery to deal with his sleep apnea and he hopes to be healthy for spring training.
Insight: Napoli had a good first season in Boston but his numbers fell off in 2014 to .248 with 17 HR and 55 RBI. The 33-year-old might not have many more chances, so we hope this works.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B1/15/2015 11:52:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (September season-ending wrist surgery) has been cleared for all baseball activities, according to manager John Farrell.
Insight: Pedroia hit.278 with seven home runs, 72 runs scored and 53 RBI last season. Those numbers were a significant drop from previous years, but if he's healthy he's still a top-10 fantasy second baseman.
Rick Porcello, SP12/11/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello has been traded to the Boston Red Sox in amulti-player deal involving Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: After losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Red Sox made a big move to bring Porcello in. he was solid last season going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He's a career 2-1 in Fenway, but with an ugly 6.41 ERA and 1.475 WHIP, so be careful in expecting too much from him.
Hanley Ramirez, SS11/24/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.
Insight: What a day for Boston, as they also have reportedly locked up Pablo Sandoval to play third base. Ramirez actually may play left field for the Red Sox, if the team hangs on to youngster Xander Bogaerts. Nevertheless the deal will be four years worth $88 million. Boston will now focus on their starting pitching.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B11/24/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have reached an agreement on a five-year contract.
Insight: The deal is still pending a physical, but the contract is expected to be close to $100 million. Sandoval should fit into Boston's lineup very nicely.
Koji Uehara, RP10/30/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year deal.
Insight: The contract is worth $18 million, and Uehara will be an option at closer for Boston in 2015.
Jake Peavy, SP10/8/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.
Insight: Madison Bumgarner gets the ball for Game 1. Tim Hudson is ready for Game 3. The series begins on Saturday.
Ryan Dempster, SP10/8/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster is retiring from baseball according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.
Insight: Dempster did not pitch at all in 2014 due to a neck injury and decided he would like to spend more time with his family. Dempster played 16 seasons with five different teams. He finishes 132-133 with a 4.35 ERA in 2,387 innings.
Jake Peavy, SP10/3/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy helps San Francisco take Game 1 of the NLDS.
Insight: He did his job, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out three. Peavy was at 104 pitches when manager Bruce Bochy decided to take him out. The bullpen did their job, with Santiago Casilla earning the save.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/30/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee according to MassLive.com.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. The Red Sox pitcher will hope to bounce back in 2015 after finishing this season with a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings. Buchholz was much better in 2013 with a 1.74 ERA in 108 1/3 innings.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/29/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the team is interested in signing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a long-term contract.
Insight: Cespedes will make $10.5 million in 2015, the final season of his current deal before he hits free agency. The outfielder said he has not yet decided if he wants to resign with Boston. Cespedes hit .269 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 51 games with Boston. With the Athletics and the Red Sox, Cespedes had a career-high 100 RBI in 2014.
Koji Uehara, RP9/29/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent closer Koji Uehara according to Brian MacPherson.
Insight: The problem is the one-year qualifying offer on this year's market is expected to be around $15.1 million. That is quite a hefty price for a 40-year-old closer that blew three saves after Aug. 21. We expect the Red Sox to try and bring Uehara back but will try and negotiate with him on the open market.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold9/29/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. He wasn't very good this season, going 8-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP to the disappointment of fantasy owners who remember he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 1.025 WHIP in 2013.
Clay Buchholz, SP9/28/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Yankees in the season finale.
Insight: All four runs came in the third inning, which included four hits. One of the hits was Derek Jeter's last of his career. Buchholz improved as the season went, but still struggled at times and finished with a 5.34 ERA.
David Ortiz, DH9/28/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury. He will likely finished 2014 batting .263 with 35 home runs and 104 RBI.
Jake Peavy, SP9/27/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy goes five innings in final start of 2014.
Insight: San Francisco did not want to tire him out oo much, as Peavy only threw 92 pitches. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks, to go along with three strikeouts. Peavy finishes 2013 with a 7-13 record, 3.73 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
David Ortiz, DH9/27/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Saturday.
Insight: Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury and probably won't play in the final two games.
Mike Napoli, 1B9/27/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is not expected to play in the final series, according to beat reporter Sean Adams.
Insight: Too bad, because Napoli has hit Mashahiro Tanaka well with two home runs in six at-bats. He'll finish the season batting .248 with 17 HR and 55 RBI, well below preseason expectations.
David Ortiz, DH9/26/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup Friday.
Insight: Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury and probably won't play in the final three games.
Allen Craig, OF/1B9/26/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) with a pair of home runs versus Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano.
Insight: Craig's season has been a disaster, batting .217 with eight homers and 46 RBI in 448 at-bats. So much more was expected after last season's .315 with 13 HR, 97 RBI and .830 OPS. He does have a favorable matchup Friday night.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/25/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo blasts first homerun of career.
Insight: He took Steven Geltz deep in the third. Castillo had three RBI and a double as well. He has a ton of upside heading into 2015.
Allen Webster, SP9/25/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Allen Webster pitches well against Rays.
Insight: He earned the win, going seven innings of one-run ball, with five strikeouts. Webster is now 5-3 with a 5.03 ERA, to finish up 2014.
David Ortiz, DH9/25/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the lineup against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: It is ashame for fantasy owners because Ortiz has great numbers against Jeremy Hellickson in his career. But the Red Sox feel content in not giving it their all the last week. Yoenis Cespedes will be the designated hitter on Thursday.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/25/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is out again on Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Napoli hasn't played since last Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in one of his fingers. At this point, do not count on Napoli returning this weekend. Allen Craig is starting at first base on Thursday.
David Ortiz, DH9/25/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting .385 with three home runs and four RBI against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson in his career.
Insight: Ortiz had the day off on Wednesday, but with this matchup, we expect him to be back in there on Thursday. He should be in your lineup too.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/24/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has nice night at the plate Wednesday.
Insight: He was 2-for-4 with three RBI, and a run scored. It's a nice outing for Bogaerts, as he has struggleed with a .239/.298/.363 line this season. He will look to bounce back in 2015.
David Ortiz, DH9/24/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Wednesday is not the day to start Red Sox DH David Ortiz in your fantasy lineup.
Insight: He's just 1-for-10, a single, against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Big Papi has hit 35 homers and knocked in 104 runs this year, the eighth time he's put together a 30-100 season.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/23/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox scratched shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the starting lineup on Tuesday due to a neck injury.
Insight: Bogaerts left Sunday's game against the Orioles with a stiff neck and is still not feeling well enough to play. Jemile Weeks will play shortstop on Tuesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/23/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is an ugly 2-for-16 (.125) without an extra-base hit and four strikeouts versus Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.
Insight: The trade of Cespedes to Boston hasn't helped either team or the hitter. This season between Oakland and Boston, Cespedes is hitting .228 with 22 home runs and 97 RBI, but his OPS is down 39 points since coming east.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/23/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is questionable for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Bogaerts left Sunday's game, but is expected to be available for Tuesday's contest. The shortstop is hitting .237 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI.
Joe Kelly, SP9/21/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly goes seven innings to earn his third victory for Boston.
Insight: He pitched well, going seven innings and allowing only two runs, while striking out five. Kelly is now 3-2 with the Sox, and has lowered his ERA to 4.00. At 26-years-old, Kelly could prove to be a steal moving forward.
David Ortiz, DH9/21/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: It is just a routine day of rest for Big Papi. He continues to rake the ball, as he is third in the AL with 35 homeruns and tied for third with 104 RBI. Ortiz has shown no signs of a decline, just yet.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP9/20/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa was ineffective Saturday against Baltimore.
Insight: He suffered the loss, and is now 4-8 on the year. De La Rosa went only four innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He is not a relevant fantasy starter.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/20/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is hitless in 18 at-bats against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Middlebrooks has done nothing this season in limited at-bats this season (.188, 2 HR, 19 RBI) . He likely won't be in the starting lineup anyway.
David Ortiz, DH9/20/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 3-for-5 with the game-winning home run on Friday against the Orioles, but should not be in fantasy lineups for Saturday.
Insight: That's because he's an ugly 2-for-24 (.083) without an extra base hit against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. Ortiz has once again put up solid power numbers with 34 homers and 102 RBI, this just isn't a good matchup.
David Ortiz, DH9/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit 3-for-5 with the game-winning home run on Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: Ortiz actually opened up the Red Sox scoring with a solo home run in the fourth. He drove in a run on a single in the fifth as Boston took a 3-1 lead. Then in the 10th, he hit a two-run bomb to give the Red Sox a 5-3 victory. It was Ortiz's fifth multi-home run game of the year and second of September.
David Ortiz, DH9/18/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup on Thursday.
Insight: Ortiz was away from the Red Sox for a week tending to a private family emergency. He is starting at first base on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/18/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is not in the starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.
Insight: Castillo made his major league debut on Wednesday and recorded his first major league hit on an infield single in four at-bats. The 27-year-old will be slowly moved along over the last week and a half of the season. Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in center field on Thursday.
David Ortiz, DH9/17/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Not unexpected as they are in an NL city and there is no DH available. Ortiz is batting just .263, but with 32 home runs and 99 RBI. He might get one start out of the three-game series.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/17/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have called up outfielder Rusney Castillo.
Insight: He hit .282 with one homerun and two stolen bases in 39 at-bats, during his tenure in the minors. Castillo should see plenty of time for the remainder of the season, making him very worthy for owners to take a flier on.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot9/17/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: After a dreadful start to the season, Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz has been on fire of late.
Insight: He is 3-0 with 1.66 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over his past three starts. Even with a tough matchup in Pittsburgh, Buchholz could be worth a flier for a daily fantasy play.
Jake Peavy, SPHot9/17/2014 12:24:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy pitched seven and 2/3 innings of one run ball, struck out four and walked one to beat the Diamondbacks, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Peavy allowed five hits. Since the trade to San Francisco, Peavy is 6-4 with a 2.16 ERA. He has also allowed just six runs in his last 48 innings.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/16/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 on Tuesday against the Pirates.
Insight: Bogaerts was the only notable Red Sox player on the night as the Pirates shut them out. The shortstop is hitting .243 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
David Ortiz, DH9/16/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Tuesday staring lineup.
Insight: Ortiz left for a family emergency Sunday but should be back in time for the game. They are playing in Pittsburgh which means no DH, however, so he likely would only start one of the three games anyway.
Allen Craig, OF/1B9/16/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig may have potential to break out of his season-long slump Tuesday night.
Insight: It is a bold statement, as Craig is just 7-for-59 since joining the Red Sox, and has simply not been the same player since his Lisfranc injury a season ago. However, he has fantastic numbers (.458 BA in 24 AB) against Pirates' starter Charlie Morton, and could be a great play in daily leagues tonight.
Xander Bogaerts, SSHot9/14/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to lead the Red Sox over the Royals, 8-4, on Sunday.
Insight: Bogaerts hit a three-run homer in the third inning and added an RBI in the seventh with a sacrifice fly. Bogaerts is hitting .368 in September and has a eight-game hitting streak. During that stretch, Bogaerts has three home runs.
David Ortiz, DH9/14/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game against the Royals due to a family emergency.
Insight: Ortiz has already left to return home to the Dominican Republic. Fantasy owners should not count on him to play in Pittsburgh at the beginning of next week.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/14/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 12-for-32 (.375) against Royals starter Jason Vargas in his career.
Insight: Napoli has also hit for power in this matchup, batting two doubles and going deep four times. It is a bit risky starting Napoli because he is 0-for-11 in his last three games, but historically, he hits very well against Vargas.
Rusney Castillo, CF9/13/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are expected to call up Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Castillo has played well at three different minor league levels with the Red Sox farm system since signing a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract on Aug. 22. He likely won't get regular starts these last two weeks, but he will certainly be on the fantasy radar next season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/10/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will undergo season-ending surgury Thursday, according to Red Sox beat writer Tim Britton.
Insight: Pedroia has been playing with wrist pain for most of the season. He's hitting .278 with seven home runs, 72 runs scored and 53 RBI this season. Hopefully he'll be ready to go next spring.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/10/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is questionable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore having caught the bug that's been going around the Red Sox clubhouse.
Insight: It's a shame as Middlebrooks has an excellent matchup Wednesday against Wei-Yin Chen. He's a career .421 hitter against the Orioles left-hander. Update: Middlebrooks is not in the lineup.
Daniel Nava, OF/1B9/10/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava is a career .538 hitter (7-for-13) versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Nava was 2-for-2 on Tuesday getting on base three times. The outfielder has put up decent numbers in limited action. He is hitting .265/.342/.348 with 20 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and 36 runs in 313 at-bats.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B9/10/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is questionable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore having caught the bug that's been going around the Red Sox clubhouse.
Insight: It's a shame as Middlebrooks has an excellent matchup Wednesday against Wei-Yin Chen. He's a career .421 hitter against the Orioles left-hander.
Brock Holt, IF/OF9/10/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt is still dealing with an illness as well as a sore neck and is questionable for Wednesday's game against Baltimore. The realistic hope is he can be ready for the weekend.
Insight: He's batted .281 with four homers, 29 RBI, 68 runs, 12 steals and an .711 OPS in 449 at-bats. His position flexibility (1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF) makes him a valuable fantasy option.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/9/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Insight: Bogaerts accounted for all the runs Boston scored on his solo home run as the Red Sox lost, 4-1. Bogaerts is hitting .235 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI this year.
Jemile Weeks, 2B9/9/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Boston backup second baseman Jemile Weeks will get a rare start Tuesday night.
Insight: Weeks has just three plate appearances in four games, so this isn't likely to be a regular thing. He's a career .259 hitter with a mediocre .679 OPS so his fantasy value is minimal.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/9/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He has played four games since returning from a concussion and is likely just getting a routine day off. Pedroia is hitting .278 with seven home runs, 72 runs scored and 53 RBI this season.
David Ortiz, DH9/9/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is just 2-for-21 (.095) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz isn['t hitting for a high average this season, but he's still knocking them out of the park (32 HR) and knocking in runs (98). I just wouldn't expect him to add to the list Tuesday.
Brock Holt, IF/OF9/9/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt is dealing with an illness that's going around the Boston clubhouse and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Holt has been a jack of all trades this season playing at first, second, short, third and the outfield. He's batted .281 with four homers, 29 RBI, 68 runs, 12 steals and an .711 OPS in 449 at-bats. His position flexibility makes him a valuable fantasy option.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/8/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (illness) is back in the lineup on Monday night against the Orioles.
Insight: Napoli did not play Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with an illness that made him dizzy. He is batting fifth and playing first base on Monday.
Xander Bogaerts, SS9/7/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 with a RBI on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Bogaerts has been feast or famine lately. In his last 10 games, he has hits in five of them but in four of those five games, he has two hits or more. He is batting .333 with four doubles, a home run and five RBI in that stretch.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/7/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is 4-for-24 (.167) lifetime against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Boston is sitting typical fantasy starters David Ortiz and Mike Napoli on Sunday, and it would be the best idea for fantasy owners to also sit Pedroia. He has played just two games since returning from a concussion and has gone 2-for-8 with a double in those two games. Pedroia is hitting .280 with seven home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/7/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli (illness) is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Napoli left Saturday's game after an illness made him dizzy. He will likely return in a day or two. Allen Craig will start at first base on Sunday.
David Ortiz, DH9/7/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: It looks to be just a day of rest for the 38-year-old. Yoenis Cespedes will DH Sunday.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot9/7/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitched six and 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on four hits, struck out five and walked two in a victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Insight: Buchholz has come on strong to end the season, which is nice to see because he had much stronger first halves to the season the last two years. Buchholz is 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his last three starts. For the season, however, Buchholz has been pretty disappointing, going 7-8 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 146 1/3 innings.
Edward Mujica, RP9/7/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox relief pitcher Edward Mujica earned his fourth save of the season on Saturday as the Red Sox held off the Blue Jays, 4-3.
Insight: Mujica came into the ninth inning with one out. He worked around a two-out walk to Jose Bautista to record the save. Koji Uehara has apparently hit a wall, so the closing duties seem to be falling to Mujica for the rest of the season. Pick up Mujica if you can.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/6/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays due to illness.
Insight: Napoli was 1-for-1 and scored a run prior to leaving. Outfielder Daniel Nava replaced Napoli, who more than likely will not return on Sunday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/5/2014 11:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-6 and drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Boston defeated Toronto, 9-8.
Insight: Cespedes started the Red Sox scoring in the first inning with a single that scored Brock Holt. The left fielder finished with two RBI and a run. This season with Oakland and Boston, Cespedes is hitting .266 with 21 home runs and 93 RBI.
Edward Mujica, RP9/5/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Edward Mujica will fill in at closer until Koji Uehara rests over the next few days.
Insight: Mujica hasn't exactly lit it up, going 2-4 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.357 WHIP. He's earned three saves this season and blown one. He has experience in the closer's role having notched 37 saves in 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Koji Uehara, RP9/5/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will take a couple of days off after his blown save Thursday against the Yankees.
Insight: Uehara has allowed 10 earned runs in his last six appearances. Edward Mujica is expected to act as closer while Uehara rests.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/5/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) is in his customary No. 2 hole in the Boston lineup for Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Pedroia passed all other concussion tests. The second baseman suffered a concussion last Saturday when a forearm hit his head on a collision at second base. It hasn't been a great season for the Laser Show, batting .280 with seven homers, 51 RBI and a .720 OPS. The OPS is at its lowest point since 2006.
David Ortiz, DH9/5/2014 12:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz cracked a pair of home runs Thursday night against Yankees pitching.
Insight: Ortiz isn't the best DH this season, that award will go to Victor Martinez, but Ortiz has done his job of knocking in runs. He's hit 32 homers and is just two short of his eighth 100-RBI season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/4/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) expects to play Friday according to Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net.
Insight: Doctors still need to examine and clear Pedroia, but he has passed all other concussion tests so far. The second baseman suffered a concussion last Saturday when a forearm hit his head on a collision at second base.
Allen Craig, RF9/4/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is 8-for-14 with two home runs and six RBI in his career against Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano.
Insight: Even with the solid numbers against Capuano, Craig has been in such a slump that it is hard to put him in your lineup at this point. He is 0-for-9 in his last three games and has just three hits in 28 at-bats since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 21.
David Ortiz, DH9/3/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a lifetime .550 hitter (11-for-20) versus Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late including a routine day off Monday. He's just 2-for-15 over his last four games, but this favorable matchup should get him going again. He's batting .263 on the season, but producing solid numbers with 30 HR and 95 RBI. Start him.
Daniel Nava, OF/1B9/2/2014 11:25:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava hit a three run home run to propel the Red Sox past the Yankees, 9-4.
Insight: Nava was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs. The outfielder has put up decent numbers in limited action. He is hitting .263/.340/.345 with 18 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and 35 runs in 293 at-bats.
Kelly Johnson, 3BCold9/2/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Orioles utility man Kelly Johson should not be in any fantasy lineups Tuesday as he's 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Reds right-hander Mat Latos.
Insight: The 32-year-old has been a non-factor in fantasy leagues this season, batting .212 with six homers, 23 RBI and a .644 OPS. He doesn't have a starting role with his new team and should be a spot starter ... at best.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/1/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Napoli hit .175 in August. He has 17 home runs in 386 at-bats but just 51 RBI. The 32-year-old drove in 92 runs in 498 at-bats last year.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B9/1/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (concussion) will miss his second consecutive game Monday.
Insight: Pedroia has been picking up his game over the past two months and was batting .300 in 25 August games. This couldn't have come at worse time with the fantasy championship coming down the home stretch. His return is unclear as it always is with concussion issues and protocols.
David Ortiz, DH9/1/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup for Monday against Drew Smyly and the Rays.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late with various nicks and scrapes, but had a nice 4-for-7 history against Smyly so this is a bit of a surprise. Napoli will be the DH, despite an 0-for-7 mark against the left-hander.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold9/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is hitless is seven at-bats versus Rays left-hander Drew Smyly.
Insight: Napoli is just 3-for-37 (.081) over the past seven games and combined with a poor matchup should be on the fantasy bench for the day.
Xander Bogaerts, SS8/31/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a double and run.
Insight: Bogaerts is 2-for-7 since returning from the seven-day disabled list.
Mookie Betts, CF8/31/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts was 2-for-4 with a double, run, and RBI against the Rays on Sunday.
Insight: His fantasy value is still very limited. Betts is hitting .259 in 85 at-bats with three home runs and eight RBI this season.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot8/31/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz pitched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking none as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 3-0, on Sunday.
Insight: Buchholz may be coming off the best two starts of his season. He threw eight and 1/3 innings against Toronto last week and allowed three runs on four hits in a no-decision. Buchholz out did himself, completing the shutout for his sixth victory on Sunday. He is 6-8 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP this year.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/31/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is just 1-for-13 against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.
Insight: Cespedes has been consistent this season whether with Oakland or Boston, but his missing bat in the A's lineup has been noticed as his former team is scoring a run a game less without him. Cespedes is not a good play Sunday.
Jake Peavy, SP8/31/2014 8:55:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy out-dueled young Mike Fiers going 7 2/3 IP and yielding just one hit and no runs as San Francisco edged Milwaukee 3-1.
Insight: Peavy does not have good season-long number, posting a 4-13 record with a 4.15 ERA even after this masterful outing, but he is 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA for the Giants.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/30/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was forced from Saturday night's game after taking an elbow to the face during a slide into second base.
Insight: Pedroia has been picking up his game over the past two months and was batting .300 in 25 August games. This couldn't have come at worse time with the fantasy championship coming down the home stretch. Hopefully it won't effect his hot bat when he returns.
Xander Bogaerts, SS8/30/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have activated shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Bogaerts began experiencing concussion-like symptoms after Felix Hernandez hit him in the helmet with a pitch last Friday. He is expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday.
Rusney Castillo, CF8/30/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Sunday according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: He will play in the Gulf Coast League finals on Sunday and make his way to the postseason series at either Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. Eventually, he is expected to join the Red Sox in September.
Mookie Betts, CF8/30/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts hit a grand slam to lead Boston over Tampa Bay, 8-4, on Friday.
Insight: Betts' first career grand slam pretty much put the game out of reach as the home run increased the Boston lead to 8-0 in the second inning. The Red Sox prospect finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .253 with three home runs and seven RBI in 79 at-bats this year.
Mike Napoli, 1BCold8/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli should not be in fantasy lineups Friday versus the Rays and Chris Archer.
Insight: Napoli is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts in their matchups. The 1B has been swinging a cold bat, hitting just .152 over the past two weeks (eight games). Keep looking.
David Ortiz, DH8/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 5-for-12 with a home run and eight RBI against Rays young right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Ortiz has been in and out of the lineup of late with various nicks and scrapes, but Big Papi is batting .267 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI this season.
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/28/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Friday against the Rays.
Insight: Ranaudo allowed four earned runs over six innings in a spot start on August 13. He is a risky play on Friday, but if you are in a pinch, there are worse options. The 24-year-old has a 2.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 111 strikeouts and 54 walks in 138 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/27/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the lineup Saturday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Aug. 22. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
David Ortiz, DH8/27/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will return to the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Ortiz fouled a ball off his right foot on Sunday and sat out both games on Monday and Tuesday. Big Papi is batting .265 with 30 home runs and 93 RBI this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/27/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with a mammoth three-run homer Tuesday against the Blue Jays after going 1-for-20 in his previous five.
Insight: Despite hitting .206 with 25 strikeouts in 68 at-bats this month, Napoli has also blasted four homers, driven in 14 runs and recorded a .779 OPS. He's been dealing with back spasms lately but has been in the lineup for five straight games, including Wednesday's.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/27/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the extra innings victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Insight: The second baseman surprised everyone with a home run off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the first inning. Pedroia came into the matchup hitting .143 against Dickey's knuckleball. Pedroia has had a down season to his standards (.281/.341/.382) but is 3-for-10 with two home runs and six RBI in his last two games.
Koji Uehara, RPCold8/26/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he has no plans to shut down Koji Uehara despite his recent struggles.
Insight: Uehara has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings and he blew two saves and lost two games in that span. Farrell said Uehara has not reported any symptoms of fatigue.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/26/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) is expected to rejoin the team this weekend against the Rays, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Aug. 22. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
David Ortiz, DH8/26/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game with an apparent injury and will miss his second consecutive game.
Insight: Ortiz limped down the first base line after a single in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch ran for him. He also left Saturday's game early, but that was due to a bruised elbow caused by a hit by pitch and is unrelated. Mike Napoli will DH and Allen Craig will get the start at 1B.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/26/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .143 hitter (3-for-21) against R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: We expect more from Pedroia than the .280 batting average with six homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs scored and five steals. He will probably never again reach the level we remember from 2011 (.307, 21 HR, 91 RBI, 102 runs, 26 SB). Avoid this matchup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/25/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Pedroia's home run total has decreased in two straight seasons and likely will again in 2014 unless he hits three over his last 31 games. He has six in 127 games this season.
Koji Uehara, RPCold8/25/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara blew his second straight save Monday at Toronto, but he picked up his sixth win of the year.
Insight: Uehara didn't exactly enter into the best situation, as Clay Buchholz had loaded the bases with one out in a 3-0 game. But those types of leads are usually safe with Uehara when he's on point. The 39-year-old has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in his last 3 1/3 innings.
Clay Buchholz, SP 8/25/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Clay Buchholz took a shutout and a 3-0 lead into the ninth inning Monday at Toronto, but he loaded the bases with one out and closer Koji Uehara allowed the Blue Jays to tie the score.
Insight: Buchholz continues to be incredibly inconsistent. He's given up at least six runs three times in his last six starts but allowed three or less and lasted seven or more innings in the other three during that span.
Mookie Betts, CF8/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a steal Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Betts, Boston's top prospect, has gone 4-for-9 with four walks and three steals in his last three games. He's started eight straight games in center field since he was recalled and he also has shortstop eligibility in Yahoo leagues.
David Ortiz, DH8/25/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game with an apparent injury and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ortiz limped down the first base line after a single in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch ran for him. He also left Saturday's game early, but that was due to a bruised elbow caused by a hit by pitch and is unrelated. Mike Napoli will DH and Allen Craig will get the start at 1B.
Allen Craig, RF8/25/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Craig wasn't hitting when he left St, Louis (.237) and hasn't hit in his first four games with Boston (.214), although he did knock out a couple of base hits Sunday in the series finale with Seattle. prehaps with this favorable matchup, it's the start of a turnaround.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/24/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI and two runs Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: Cespedes has driven in 18 runs in his last 16 games and he now ranks ninth in baseball with 85 RBI.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/24/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been placed on the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Friday and hasn't passed a concussion test yet. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/24/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz left Sunday's game with an apparent injury, according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Ortiz limped down the first base line after a single in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch ran for him. He also left Saturday's game early, but that was due to a bruised elbow caused by a hit by pitch and is unrelated.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/24/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Mariners with a bruised left elbow, but is expected to return Sunday, according to manager John Farrell.
Insight: Fantasy owners should watch carefully as Ortiz has an excellent record against Sunday's starter Hisashi Iwakuma. He's 4-for-7 with a double and a pair of home runs versus the Mariners ace right-hander. Update: Ortiz is in Sunday's starting lineup
David Ortiz, DHHot8/23/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Mariners with a bruised left elbow, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Ortiz was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and Kelly Johnson pinch hit for him in his next at-bat.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/23/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch and he isn't in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: The Red Sox are waiting for his concussion test results. Bogaerts is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then. Brock Holt is starting at shortstop Saturday.
Koji Uehara, RPCold8/22/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara imploded Friday against the Mariners, allowing five runs after entering with a 3-0 lead.
Insight: Uehara gave up five hits and walked one while recording two outs. The right-hander has allowed seven runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings his last three games after going 13 straight innings without giving up a run.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/22/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez Friday night.
Insight: Cespedes has four home runs since joining Boston, and all either gave the team the lead or tied the game. He's also driven in 16 runs in his 19 games with the team even though he's batted .230 in that span.
Joe Kelly, SP8/22/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly threw five scoreless one-hit innings Friday against the Mariners, but he was removed after 88 pitches for precautionary reasons, according to Ian Browne of mlb.com.
Insight: No word yet on what Kelly is dealing with. The right-hander has a 4.09 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 14/16 K/BB in 22 innings with Boston. He's always put a lot of men on base (career 1.39 WHIP), but he's not going to be able to work out of jams as often in the American League.
Xander Bogaerts, SSCold8/22/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch, according to Ian Browne of mlb.com.
Insight: Bogaerts is being evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
Rusney Castillo, CF8/22/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, according to WEEI.com.
Insight: Castillo's deal is the largest ever given to a Cuban defector, besting Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million contract. There's a chance the 27-year-old Castillo will get a shot in the majors this season.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/22/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting 11-for-34 (.324) in his career against Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Ortiz was not in the starting lineup on Thursday, so double check to make sure he is playing, but don't be afraid to start him against the potential AL CY Young Award winner. Ortiz is eight for his last 10 with two home runs. Update: Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/22/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting 11-for-34 (.324) in his career against Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Ortiz was not in the starting lineup on Thursday, so double check to make sure he is playing, but don't be afraid to start him against the potential AL CY Young Award winner. Ortiz is eight for his last 10 with two home runs.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/21/2014 11:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after one at-bat due to a family medical emergency.
Insight: He could return as soon as Friday, but we have no accurate information as of yet. The outfielder was 2-for-11 in the four-game set with the Angels and hasn't done much since being traded to the Red Sox.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/21/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels.
Insight: Middlebrooks is still being bothered by tightness in his right hamstring. He left Tuesday's game looking uncomfortable after beating out a single. He's considered day-to-day.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/21/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and will take another day off Thursday.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
Allen Craig, RF8/21/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox activated outfielder Allen Craig from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Craig will serve as the designated hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Angels. David Ortiz will take the day off. Boston will likely work Craig back into the lineup slowly due to his injury setbacks over the last year.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/21/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Thursday's starting lineup. Just activated Allen Craig will be the DH Thursday versus Matt Shoemaker and the Angels.
Insight: Ortiz seemed to hurt himself on one of his swings Wednesday night, so this isn't a big surprise. He is locked in, however, having gone 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, nine RBI and six walks over his last seven games. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/21/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Triple-A pitcher Anthony Ranaudo pitched six shutout innings on Tuesday, allowing seven hits, striking out four and walking one.
Insight: Ranaudo lowered his ERA at Pawtucket to 2.46. He has appeared in two games for the Red Sox this season and could be a September call up in a couple weeks.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/21/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Angels, but also seemed to be moving slower than normal.
Insight: Ortiz seemed to hurt himself on one of his swings. He is locked in, however, having gone 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, nine RBI and six walks over his last seven games. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and is questionable for Thursday's game against the LA Angels.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/20/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Ortiz is locked in. He's gone 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, nine RBI and six walks over his last seven games.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/20/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Napoli has never had 500 at-bats in a season and he won't get there this year. He's hitting .266 with 15 homers, 45 RBI and an .831 OPS, numbers that would be much more useful if he was still eligible at catcher.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/19/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has gone 15-for-50 (.300) with three doubles, four homers and 15 RBI in August.
Insight: Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two walks Tuesday against the Angels. He's fourth in the AL with 29 homers and leads the majors with 92 RBI.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/19/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game with an apparent injury, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. UPDATE: Middlebrooks has right hamstring tightness.
Insight: Middlebrooks looked uncomfortable after beating out a single and exited the game after being checked by the trainer. He's gone 8-for-46 (.174) with two RBI since he returned from the disabled list.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/19/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes is presumably getting the day off in order to rest. The outfielder has not played well since being traded to the Red Sox. Cespedes has three hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/19/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a .226 career hitter against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Two of his seven career hits against Weaver, however, came when Pedroia went 2-for-3 against the Angels pitcher on August 8. Pedroia has four hits in his last 10 at-bats.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/18/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness but is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: His matchup with C.J. Wilson is a favorable one as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Mookie Betts, 2B8/18/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Boston has recalled Mookie Betts to replace Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. He'll bat eighth Monday night against C.J. Wilson and the Angels.
Insight: Betts hasn't lit the world on fire, but he's certainly been a better hitter than Bradley Jr. He's batted .244 in 41 big league at bats, but hit .335 at Triple-A Pawtuucket and .355 at Double-A Portland.
Jackie Bradley Jr., CFCold8/18/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been sent to the minors
Insight: Bradley has the glove to play in the majors, but we have yet to see a major-league or fantasy worthy performance at the plate. He's batting .216 this season with one home run, 22 extra-base hits, eight steals and a .578 OPS. Boston and fantasy owners need more from the outfield position.
Allen Craig, RF8/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Allen Craig will start his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket. The outfielder will likely spend two or three days with the minor league club.
Insight: Craig has been suffering from foot problems since late 2013 and until he proves he is healthy on the field, Craig does not hold much fantasy value. The outfielder is a career .291 hitter but is batting just .237 this season with St. Louis and Boston.
David Ortiz, DH8/18/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz has struggled versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson going 2-for-16 (.125) with no homers and five strikeouts.
Insight: Ortiz had a solid weekend series against Houston with two homers and seven RBI. His batting average is a bit below expectations, but he's still supplying power (28 HR) and RBIs (91). This matchup, however, isn't a good one for Big Papi.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/18/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness and is questionable for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: Fantasy owners hope he makes it back for the matchup with C.J. Wilson as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/17/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Houston and right-hander Collin McHugh.
Insight: It appears to be a regularly scheduled day off. Napoli has a modest four-game hitting streak to raise his average to .270 with 15 HR and 44 RBI in 99 games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B8/17/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pedroia did foul a ball off his foot Friday night, but this appears to be a routine day off. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot8/16/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his right foot in the third inning, but he's in the lineup Saturday, according to the Boston Globe.
Insight: Pedroia stayed in the game until the eighth inning, but manager John Farrell took him out after he showed some discomfort while running to first base. His Fluoroscan came back negative.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/15/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after fouling a ball of his shin, but he's back in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's batting .254 with 19 HR and 75 RBI this season and should have a good series against Houston. He's got a career .310 batting average versus the Astros and has gone deep against them three times in 2014.
Allen Craig, RF8/14/2014 11:22:00 PM
Description: Boston 1B/OF Allen Craig is expected to head out on a rehab assignment by the end of the week.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him break out of the slump when he finally returns to the lineup.
David Ortiz, DH8/14/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Finally, Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in the lineup.
Insight: It's tough to be a DH in a National League city. Ortiz and his fantasy owners will be happy to know Boston's next 31 games will have the DH.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/14/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a lifetime .414 hitter (12-for-29) versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Napoli came through with a big home run Wednesday night, but has gone 7-for-34 (.206) with 12 Ks over his last 11 games. Hopefully the home run will get him started in the other direction.
Jake Peavy, SP8/13/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy won his first game since April 25 Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Peavy went 0-12 with a 5.25 ERA in his previous 18 starts, including 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in his first three starts with San Francisco. He held the White Sox to four hits and one run in seven innings Wednesday. Despite his track record, he isn't a fantasy option.
Mike Napoli, 1B8/13/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Napoli has gone 11-for-57 (.193) with 18 Ks over his last 18 games, but he's hit three doubles and three homers while walking nine times in that span.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/13/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Wednesday's game with a bruised right hand.
Insight: It's unclear when he sustained the injury or how long he'll be out. We should know more later tonight.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/13/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz isn't in the lineup Wednesday afternoon at Cincinnati.
Insight: Boston can't use the DH in an NL park, so Ortiz will take a seat while Mike Napoli mans first base.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot8/13/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is getting a rare day off Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Pedroia has batted .364 with four doubles, a homer, six RBI, three steals and 11 runs in his last 16 games. He'll get his first day off since July 24 while Brock Holt plays second base.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/12/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight game Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: And for the second straight game, Cespedes' blast came in the eighth inning and gave the Red Sox the lead. We're excited to see how Cespedes takes to Fenway Park in Boston's 11-game homestand that starts Thursday. He played his first two games with the team there but Boston has been on the road since Aug. 5.
Joe Kelly, SP8/12/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Joe Kelly has posted a 2.08 ERA in two starts with the Red Sox.
Insight: However, he's walked seven batters while fanning six over 13 innings in those starts. Kelly has managed to post a career ERA in the low threes even though his career WHIP is close to 1.40. This year hasn't been much different (3.75 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/12/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have recalled pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo.
Insight: The 6-foot-7 right-hander will start Wednesday against the Reds. In his MLB debut on Aug. 1, he allowed two runs on four hits over six innings to beat the Yankees. Ranaudo has recorded a 2.65 ERA and 125 Ks over 156 innings in Triple-A the past two years.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BHot8/10/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has picked up multiple hits in 10 of his last 15 games.
Insight: Pedroia has gone 23-for-63 (.365) in that span, though just five of his hits went for extra bases. The second baseman is hitting .282 with five homers, 43 RBI, 61 runs, five steals and a .723 OPS this season.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/10/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' first home run with Boston was a big one -- his three-run shot broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth inning Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Cespedes has gone 9-for-34 (.265) with five RBI in eight games with his new team, though he has only had a chance to play twice at Fenway Park. The Red Sox play two games at Cincinnati before coming home for an 11-game homestand. We're guessing Cespedes will enjoy his new digs.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP8/10/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa was terrific Sunday against the Angels, striking out eight batters and allowed five hits over seven innings of one-run ball.
Insight: The 25-year-old De La Rosa has gone 4-4 with a 3.21 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 48 Ks in 67 1/3 innings this season. He'll be part of Boston's rotation the rest of the season.
David Ortiz, DHHot8/6/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup Wednesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Boston can't use the DH in an NL park, so Ortiz will sit after playing first base Tuesday. Mike Napoli is back in the lineup.
Allen Craig, RF8/5/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to his ongoing ankle issues.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him break out of the slump when he finally returns to the lineup.
Kelly Johnson, 3B8/4/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Red Sox utility man Kelly Johson is expected to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday and could return to Boston by Thursday.
Insight: The 32-year-old has been dealing with a groin injury. He's been a mostly a non-factor in fantasy leagues this season, batting .219 with six homers, 22 RBI and a .677 OPS. He doesn't have a starting role with his new team and should be a spot starter at best.
Allen Craig, RF8/4/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig was not in Saturday or Sunday's starting lineup after turning an ankle in Friday's final at-bat.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him break out of the slump.
Allen Craig, RF8/2/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig was not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off, though he did turn an ankle in his last at-bat Friday night. Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year.
Shane Victorino, RF8/2/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, will have season-ending back surgery, according to Boston beat writer Alex Speier.
Insight: Victorino played in just 30 games this season. The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig to compensate, but Craig is also injured. Expect to see a lot of Brock Holt in the outfield.
Shane Victorino, RF8/2/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, will see another doctor next week and season-ending surgery on his back is certainly possible.
Insight: The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades Thursday, so Victorino injury won't hurt too much. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. will get most of the starts left by the Flyin' Hawaiian's absence.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/2/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will bat cleanup and play left field Saturday.
Insight: Cespedes had been one of Oakland's top hitters since he signed in 2012 and has hit .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .767 OPS this season. Boston fans hope he can be even better in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.
Anthony Ranaudo, P8/1/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Anthony Ranaudo won his MLB debut Friday and he did it against the hated Yankees.
Insight: Ranaudo, a New Jersey native, held the Yankees to two runs on four hits, walked four and struck out two in six innings. He went 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 99/49 K/BB over 119 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket this year. He should have a shot to remain in the rotation the rest of the season after Boston dealt four starters in the past week.
Shane Victorino, RF8/1/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is once again dealing with back issues and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades on Thursday, so Victorino was expected to become the starting center fielder, but Mookie Betts will be playing there Friday night.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/1/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes had been one of Oakland's top hitters since he signed in 2012 and has hit .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .767 OPS this season. Boston fans will have to wait one more day before seeing what he can do in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B8/1/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats. He should get his 3B spot back with Xander Bogaerts moving back to shortstop.
Allen Craig, RF8/1/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig is 7-for-11 (.636) versus Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .637 OPS this year. Maybe this good matchup will help him get back to his normal level.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B7/31/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be back Friday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats and he's batted .231 with four homers, eight RBI and a 30/6 K/BB in 104 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. There's no reason to add him in fantasy.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B7/31/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be back Friday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Boston traded Stephen Drew to the Yankees Thursday, allowing Xander Bogaerts to move from third base to shortstop and opening up a spot for Middlebrooks.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats and he's batted .231 with four homers, eight RBI and a 30/6 K/BB in 104 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. There's no reason to add him in fantasy.
Shane Victorino, RF7/31/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is once again dealing with back issues.
Insight: Victorino is expected to miss "some time," according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades on Thursday, so Victorino was expected to become the starting center fielder. Now, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava will split time, with Cespedes moving over to center field when Nava starts.
Anthony Ranaudo, P7/31/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Anthony Ranaudo will start Friday against the Yankees. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: The Red Sox traded each of the pitchers who started their first four games this season -- Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront -- in the past week, so it's time to give some youngsters a shot. Ranaudo, a New Jersey native, is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 99/49 K/BB over 119 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket this year. He's worth a shot in AL-only and deep mixed leagues.
Joe Kelly, SP7/31/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have traded Joe Kelly to the Red Sox along with Allen Craig in a deal for John Lackey.
Insight: Kelly has a 4.37 ERA this season and a 3.25 ERA in 266 career innings, but his WHIP is 1.38. He won't have fantasy value in the AL.
Allen Craig, RF7/31/2014 12:51:00 PM
Description: Allen Craig is going to Boston along with Joe Kelly in St. Louis' trade for John Lackey.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .637 OPS this year. Joining the Red Sox won't help his immediate fantasy value. The trade will open up a spot in the Cardinals' everyday lineup for Oscar Taveras.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/31/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: The A's have traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes.
Insight: Cespedes has been one of Oakland's top hitters since he signed in 2012 and has hit .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .767 OPS this season. Now he'll get to take aim at the Green Monster instead of playing in cavernous O.co Coliseum.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B7/30/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts had two doubles Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: Bogaerts has rediscovered his swing since the All-Star break, going 13-for-41 (.317) with three doubles and two home runs. In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/30/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is getting the night off on Wednesday.
Insight: Ortiz is getting a routine day off against left-hander Mark Buehrle even though he has good career numbers against the veteran. Ortiz has swatted five home runs and driven in 13 in his last nine games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 7/30/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has batted .375 with four doubles in 40 at-bats against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Pedroia has had a down season, hitting .274 with four homers, 38 RBI, 52 runs, three steals and a .709 OPS, but he's a solid option Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/30/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 25-for-79 (.316) with nine doubles and four home runs in his career against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Ortiz has swatted five home runs and driven in 13 in his last nine games. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday against Buehrle, who has struggled lately.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/29/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has officially been scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Brandon Workman will start in his place.
Insight: Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Lester could be traded as soon as Tuesday night. Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B7/29/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs, but he's managed to go 11-for-37 (.297) with two home runs since the break.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/29/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is expected to be scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/29/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: It will be his second absence in three games and it appears to be a swollen finger. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
Shane Victorino, RF7/29/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Tuesday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino is batting .273 in 29 games this season, he just can't seem to stay on the field.
Mike Napoli, 1B7/29/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: No injury that we know of, but it will be his second absence in three games. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold7/28/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Since he struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout on July 13, Boston starter Clay Buchholz has given up 23 hits, eight walks and 15 earned runs in his last 17 innings. The Blue Jays had seven hits, four walks and seven runs against him in five innings Monday night.
Insight: Buchholz posted a 23/1 K/BB, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in his first 29 2/3 innings after returning from the disabled list, but his struggles from earlier this season have returned. He's 5-7 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 96 2/3 innings.
Allen Webster, SP7/28/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Allen Webster will make another start for the Red Sox Saturday against the Yankees, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Webster allowed two runs on three hits, struck out four and walked five over 5 1/3 innings Sunday at Tampa Bay to win in his first start of the season. He had a 3.10 ERA and 100 Ks in 122 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket before his call-up and is one of Boston's top pitching prospects.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/28/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 5-for-15 with two doubles and two home runs versus Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Ortiz has been on fire with five home runs and seven extra-base hits in his last seven games. The only one hotter is Cleveland's Carlos Santana (six homers in six games).
David Ortiz, DHHot7/27/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Ortiz was one of the top performers for the fantasy week from July 21-27. He hit .285 with five home runs and 12 RBI in seven games.
Shane Victorino, RF7/26/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Saturday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino has a six-game hitting streak, but has played the last four games and the Red Sox don't want to overwork him.
Jake Peavy, SP7/26/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy has reportedly been traded to San Francisco.
Insight: Peavy is just 1-9 this season with a 4.72 ERA and 1.427 WHIP. Perhaps the Giants hope his return to the NL will spark a revival. He has a career record of 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.962 WHIP versus the division rival Dodgers.
David Ortiz, DH7/26/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .375 hitter (9-for-24) with three home runs against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Ortiz left Wednesday's game with back spasms, sat out Thursday, but returned Friday night. His favorable matchup along with four homers in the past six games makes him a must start.
Shane Victorino, RF7/25/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has hit safely in all six games since he came off the disabled list.
Insight: Victorino went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday at Tampa Bay and is 10-for-23 since he returned from the DL. He's been limited to 114 at-bats this season by injuries.
David Ortiz, DH7/25/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz (back) is in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Ortiz left Wednesday's game with back spasms and sat out Thursday. One day off apparently was all he needed.
Daniel Nava, OF/1B7/25/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Tampa Bay starter David Price.
Insight: Nava has been playing every day in July and is batting .383 in 15 games, but this matchup should be avoided.
Stephen Drew, SSCold7/25/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is 0-for-10 against Rays ace David Price.
Insight: Drew has done little to excite fantasy owners batting .170 in 34 games and has had no success versus Friday's starter. Stay away.
David Ortiz, DH7/24/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz appeared to injury his back on a swing in the ninth inning.
Insight: It's been called back spasms, according to Alex Speier at WEEI.com. Ortiz had driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but went 0-for-3 in the finale. Ortiz has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .250 with 40 runs.
David Ortiz, DH7/24/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz appeared to injury his back on a swing in the ninth inning.
Insight: Ortiz had driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but went 0-for-3 in the finale. Ortiz has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .250 with 40 runs.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/24/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Pedroia has just one hit over the past five games (20 AB) so we like him getting a day off. Being a .269 hitter with four homers, 37 RBI and 50 runs is well below expectations for the former AL MVP.
David Ortiz, DHHot7/23/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit one out of the park for the fourth time in his last three games Wednesday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz has driven in eight runs during the first three games of Boston's four-game set against the Blue Jays, but the Red Sox lost two of them. Ortiz now has 24 homers and 72 RBI this year, though he's batting only .253 with 40 runs.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/23/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia doesn't have good numbers against Toronto's R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Pedroia is 2-for-15 (.133) against Dickey. He's also batting .150 (6-for-40) with one extra-base hit over his last 10 games and has collected just three extra-base hits and zero home runs in his last 27 contests.
Stephen Drew, SS7/22/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went deep for the second straight game Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Drew has gone 8-for-21 (.381) over his last six games after starting out the season 11-for-86 (.128).
David Ortiz, DH7/22/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz homered for the third time in his last two games Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz has belted 23 homers and driven in 69 runs to make up for a disappointing .253 average and 39 runs this season.
Shane Victorino, RF7/22/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will return to the lineup Tuesday night with Brock Holt manning center field.
Insight: Victorino (.255, 1 HR, 10 RBI) played a couple of games over the weekend in his return from the disabled list, but sat out Monday's game.
Dustin Pedroia, 2BCold7/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just 6-for-36 with a lone double over his last nine games and hitless in the past three contests.
Insight: The "Laser Show" hasn't done much over the first half of the season and fantasy owners are likely growing concerned. Contrary to his career numbers, Pedroia has been better on the road than in Fenway this season.
Stephen Drew, SS7/21/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Monday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Drew has picked up seven hits in his last 17 at-bats to lift his batting average to .175 on the season.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot7/21/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has gone 7-for-12 with two homers in his last three games.
Insight: He's raised his average from. 266 to .280 in that span. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Monday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz, DH7/21/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went deep twice and drove in four runs Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Ortiz' .251 average and .839 OPS are below expectations, but he's on pace for 36 homers and 111 RBI.
John Lackey, SP7/21/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (11-6) permitted just two hits and one run over seven innings Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Lackey's ERA climbed from 2.96 to 3.84 after he allowed 16 earned runs in 14 innings from June 23 to July 5, but he's lowered it back to 3.66 after two straight quality starts.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/20/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester dominated the Royals Sunday for his 10th win of the year.
Insight: Lester struck out eight and gave up four hits over eight scoreless frames. The left-hander has a career-low 2.50 ERA and his 9.33 K/9 is his best since 2010. He's allowed one earned run on 21 hits while recording a 33/4 K/BB in his last 31 innings.
Shane Victorino, RF7/19/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will make his return from the disabled list Saturday.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) has played just 21 games this season. He'll bat sixth and play right field.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B 7/18/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Royals.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs. Before that stretch he had a .299 average, five home runs and an .840 OPS on the season.
David Ortiz, DH7/18/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .316 hitter with three homers and 16 RBI (18-for-57) versus Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Ortiz has been a .300 hitter for the past three seasons, but is batting just .255 this season. The good news is the low average hasn't effected his power numbers.
Shane Victorino, RF7/17/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: According to Alex Speier of WEEI, Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will resume his rehab assignment Thursday night.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury and he's had to stop his rehab assignment twice. He's played just 21 games this season.
Brock Holt, IF/OFHot7/13/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Boston utilityman Brock Holt went 5-for-6 with a homer and two runs Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Holt played second base for the first time this season on Sunday and now has played every position except pitcher and catcher in 2014. He's batted .327 with 25 extra-base hits (3 HR), 21 RBI, 37 runs, six steals and an .834 OPS in 257 at-bats.
Clay Buchholz, SPHot7/13/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz threw his seventh career complete game and fifth career shutout Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Buchholz (4-5, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) struck out 12, walked none and allowed just three hits. He appears to have figured out what was wrong with him earlier this season while he was on the disabled list. The right-hander has posted a 23/1 K/BB, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in 29 2/3 innings since he returned.
David Ortiz, DH7/12/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit his 20th home run of the season Saturday afternoon off Brett Oberholtzer.
Insight: Ortiz's struggles at the plate continue with a batting average (.258) significantly down from past seasons, but he is still hitting for power (20 HR, 62 RBI).
Mike Napoli, 1B7/11/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .414 hitter (12-for-29) with two home runs versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Like most of the Red Sox lineup, Napoli isn't hitting at the moment batting .220 over the past 12 games. He's hitting .265 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and an .822 OPS this season.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitched like an ace again Thursday, but didn't get the win because his bullpen let him down.
Insight: Lester went seven innings and gave up one run on seven hits while striking out 12. His ERA as down to 2.65 which should normally amount to a better record than 9-7. I blame the offense more than the bullpen as three of his losses have come when he's yielded two runs or less.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/9/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment.
Insight: Pierzynski has hit .254 with just four homers, 31 RBI and a .634 OPS after hitting .272 with 17 homers, 70 RBI and a .722 OPS a season ago with the Rangers. The Red Sox have called up prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A. Vazquez has hit .279 with three homers, 20 RBI and a .721 OPS in 66 games this season and isn't likely to offer much fantasy value.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP 7/8/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have recalled Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Insight: De La Rosa had a 2.51 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a 30/8 K/BB in 32 1/3 innings earlier this season, but the team sent him down when Clay Buchholz returned from the disabled list. The Red Sox had a rainout and doubleheader over the weekend, so they need a spot start from De La Rosa. With Jake Peavy on the trade block and John Lackey also a potential trade chip, De La Rosa should have a permanent spot in Boston's rotation later this season.
Shane Victorino, RF7/8/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team has had to pull Shane Victorino away from his rehab assignment again due to "increased symptoms" in his back.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury and he's had to stop his rehab assignment twice. Farrell said the earliest Victorino will resume his assignment is Thursday. He's played just 21 games this season.
A.J. Pierzynski, C7/6/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Sunday's starting lineup against Baltimore.
Insight: Pierzynski has been struggling mightily at the plate batting .253 on the season and lost a modest five-game hitting streak going 0-for-4 on Saturday.
David Ortiz, DH7/5/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is back in Saturday's starting lineup for Game 2.
Insight: Ortiz's struggles at the plate continue with a batting average (.252) is significantly down from past seasons. He is still hitting for power (19 HR).
Jon Lester, SP7/5/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been hot recently and takes the mound against his favorite opponent -- the Orioles -- Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Insight: Over his previous three starts, Lester is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 0.82 WHIP to go along with 16 strikeouts and five walks. Overall, his career winning percentage against Baltimore is tops among all his American League foes. In 26 starts against the O's, he owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and has struck out 139 batters in 163.1 innings.
David Ortiz, DH7/5/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ortiz's struggles at the plate continue with a batting average (.252) is significantly down from past seasons. He is still hitting for power (19 HR).
Jon Lester, SPHot7/5/2014 5:14:00 AM
Description: He didn't get the win, but Boston left-hander Jon Lester pitched well against Baltimore Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Over his previous five starts, Lester has a 0.95 ERA and 0.849 WHIP. He didn't get the win today, but he's helped your ERA, WHIP and strikeout totals.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BCold7/3/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox are not considering a demotion for third baseman Xander Bogaerts, according to the Boston Herald. "Oh, we haven’t even considered that," manager John Farrell said Wednesday.
Insight: Bogaerts has zero hits in his last 21 at-bats, two in his last 46 (.043) and six in his last 77 (.078). He was hitting .299 with an .840 OPS on June 7, but he's down to .242 with a .688 OPS after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday night.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B7/1/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected three hits in three of his last four games.
Insight: All nine hits were singles, however. Pedroia (.277) does have 23 doubles this year, but he's hit just four homers and hasn't had an extra-base hit in his last 11 games. He's also swiped just two bases on seven attempts. If someone wants to pay for his name rather than his production in a trade, go for it.
Clay Buchholz, SP7/1/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz gave up one run on five hits and didn't walk a batter in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: In his first start back from the knee injury that kept him out for a month, Buchholz went 7 1/3 innings and allowed four runs at Seattle, but he also gave up three home runs. Tuesday's start was much more encouraging, but we still don't recommend owning the 29-year-old outside of deep AL-only leagues.
Shane Victorino, RF7/1/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring, back) could resume his rehab assignment next week.
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) began experiencing back soreness in June while rehabbing from a hamstring injury. He's played just 21 games this season.
David Ortiz, DH7/1/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 9-for-20 (.450) with two homers and eight RBI versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Ortiz's batting average (.250) is significantly down from past seasons, though he is still hitter for power (19 HR). This matchup may help on both fronts.
A.J. Pierzynski, C6/30/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Monday's starting lineup against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs.
Insight: Pierzynski has been struggling mightily at the plate batting .249 on the season, but just .118 over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, he did have a very good history against Arrieta, going 4-for-5 with two home runs in their matchups.
Mookie Betts, 2B6/30/2014 3:14:00 PM
Description: Boston's Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 in his major league debut on Sunday night and will get another start Monday.
Insight: Betts hit .345 with eight homers, 29 steals and a 33/51 K/BB over 77 games in the minors this season (23 with Triple-A Pawtucket). Betts is really an infielder, but the Red Sox have been working him out in outfield due to the lack of production they've gotten from the outfield this season.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BCold6/29/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts is not in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: Brock Holt is starting at third base and prospect Mookie Betts will make his major league debut as the right fielder. Bogaerts has hit .091 (6-for-66) over his last 18 games.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot6/28/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead opposite field solo homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night.
Insight: Napoli has homered four times in his past nine games and walked five times in his last six. He's hitting .275 with 10 homers, 31 RBI and an .850 OPS this season.
Jon Lester, SPHot6/28/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester outdueled Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka Saturday night.
Insight: Lester allowed one run (zero earned) on five hits and struck out six in eight innings to improve to 9-7. He threw his last pitch with the score tied at one, but Mike Napoli went yard in the top of the ninth to make a winner out of the left-hander. Lester has a 2.92 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 2.29 BB/9, all career lows, and his 9.08 K/9 is his best since 2010.
Mookie Betts, 2B6/28/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Mookie Betts did not start Saturday against the Yankees after being called up, but he could see regular playing time.
Insight: Betts has hit .345 with eight homers, 29 steals and a 33/51 K/BB over 77 games in the minors this season (23 with Triple-A Pawtucket). Boston has had some of the worst production in the majors from its center and right fielders this season and Shane Victorino's back injury hasn't improved. Betts is an infielder, but the Red Sox have been working him out in right field.
Shane Victorino, RF6/25/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Shane Victorino's rehab assignment has been shut down indefinitely. This time he's dealing with a back issue. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) just can't seem to catch a break. There's no timetable for his return and at this point we wouldn't expect to see him back until after the All-Star break.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/25/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is getting the night off Wednesday against the Mariners. SOURCE: Jamie Erdahl, NESN
Insight: The Red Sox are off Thursday so Napoli (.278, 9 HR, 30 RBI) will have two days to rest up before the team heads to New York on Friday. Brock Holt (.320, 2 HR, 17 RBI) will fill in at first base.
Chris Capuano, SPCold6/25/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated left-hander Chris Capuano for assignment. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: The team needed to clear a roster spot for Clay Buchholz, who was just activated from the disabled list. Capuano pitched well early in the year but was done in by an awful June (22.50 ERA in five appearances). The 35-year-old has no fantasy value.
Felix Doubront, SPCold6/24/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront has officially lost his spot in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He'll move to the bullpen when Brandon Workman's suspension ends later this week. Doubront (2-4, 5.19 ERA) can safely be dropped from all fantasy teams, though we doubt he was on many to begin with.
Clay Buchholz, SP6/24/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz will take the hill Wednesday against Seattle. SOURCE: MLB Network
Insight: He missed about a month with a hyperextended knee. Though Buchholz (2-4, 7.02 ERA) has struggled most of the season, he pitched very well in his last rehab outing for Triple-A Pawtucket (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K's, 2 BB).
Shane Victorino, RF6/24/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday against New York. SOURCE: Providence Journal
Insight: Victorino (.242, 1 HR, 10 RBI) resumed his rehab assignment Monday after missing a few days with a sore hamstring. When he comes back, the Red Sox will likely go with a starting outfield of Victorino, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt.
Mike Napoli, 1BHot6/24/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer Monday at Seattle.
Insight: Napoli had terrible career numbers against Felix Hernandez prior to the game, but he had both of his hits off the right-hander and has homered in three of the past six games.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/23/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks was scratched from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket due to swelling in the same finger he fractured back in May. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPNBoston.com
Insight: There's no reason for fantasy owners to wait on Middlebrooks to get healthy. The team has Stephen Drew at shortstop, Xander Bogaerts at third, so Middlebrooks won't have regular at-bats when he returns.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/22/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit his eighth homer of the season Sunday at Oakland.
Insight: Napoli is on pace for 17 home runs and 62 RBI after hitting 23 homers and driving in 92 runs last year. He no longer has catcher eligibility so his fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues.
Koji Uehara, RP6/22/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Boston closer Koji Uehara blew his first save of the season Sunday, allowing two solo homers to blow a 6-4 lead, but the Red Sox scored in the top of the 10th to get Uehara his third win of the year.
Insight: Uehara allowed seven hits and walked three during a streak of 21 straight scoreless innings, but he's given up four hits (3 HR) and three runs in his last three innings. However, he won two games in that stretch and still has a 1.30 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP this season.
Brock Holt, IF/OFHot6/21/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Brock Holt smashed three hits in Saturday's loss to Oakland.
Insight: Holt (.329, 1 HR, 15 RBI) broke up Jesse Chavez's no-hit bid in the sixth inning. He also made an unbelievable diving catch in right field to rob Alberto Callaspo of a base hit. Holt is now hitting .353 this month with six RBI.
Rubby De La Rosa, SPHot6/21/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Rubby De La Rosa delivered a strong outing Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51 ERA) surrendered just one run in seven innings, fanning seven to go with one walk. The 25-year-old has been brilliant, holding opponents to a .216 average in 32 1/3 innings. With De La Rosa pitching so well, the Red Sox will have a difficult decision to make when Brandon Workman (suspension) and Clay Buchholz (knee injury) are activated later this week.
Shane Victorino, RF6/20/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Shane Victorino's rehab assignment has been halted due to "general stiffness." SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Victorino's return timetable will obviously have to be pushed back. That means more starts in right field for Brock Holt (.329, 1 HR, 15 RBI).
Felix Doubront, SP6/19/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront (shoulder) will start Friday against the Athletics, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Brandon Workman is serving a suspension, so Doubront will come off the DL to take his turn in the rotation. However, he may be moved to the bullpen when Workman returns.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold6/19/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz's next start will be in the majors, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. The date is yet to be determined.
Insight: While Buchholz is officially listed as out with a hyperextended knee, his struggles likely have more to do with him being on the disabled list. In 10 starts, Buchholz posted a 7.02 ERA, allowed 75 hits in 50 innings and struck out 39 while walking 24. Buchholz will replace either Brandon Workman or Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation.
David Ortiz, DH6/19/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is out of the lineup Thursday against the Athletics.
Insight: Ortiz has terrible numbers against Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir (10-for-48, 12 Ks) and is hitting .190 in June. A.J. Pierzynski is DHing and David Ross will catch Jake Peavy Thursday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/19/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia owns Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir to the tune of a .514 batting average (18-for-35).
Insight: Pedroia is a career .300 hitter, who has been floundering around the .260-.275 mark for most of the season. Perhaps this favorable matchup will get him started.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/18/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli won the game with a walkoff homer Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: This may have been Boston's most thrilling victory of the season as David Ortiz and Napoli homered in consecutive at bats to win in the tenth. The Red Sox had managed just one hit in the previous nine innings. Napoli (.268, 7 HR, 27 RBI) doesn't have as much fantasy value now that he only plays first base.
John Lackey, SP6/18/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey threw nine scoreless frames Wednesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Boston didn't score until the tenth so Lackey (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 9 K's, 1 BB) had to settle for a no-decision. Lackey (7-4, 2.96 ERA) has allowed fewer than four runs in each of his last six starts.
Grady Sizemore, OF6/18/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have released outfielder Grady Sizemore, officially making him a free agent.
Insight: He'll bypass the ten-day waiting period and begin looking for a new team right away. If Sizemore (.216, 2 HR, 15 RBI) couldn't cut it in Boston's mediocre outfield it's doubtful he'll have an impact anywhere else.
Brandon Workman, SP6/18/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Brandon Workman lost his appeal and will begin serving his six-game suspension immediately. SOURCE: Mike Silverman, Boston Herald
Insight: Workman (1-0, 2.88 ERA) was given the ban for throwing at Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Felix Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA) will start in his place Friday against Oakland.
Felix Doubront, SP6/18/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront may be relegated to the bullpen when he returns from a shoulder injury later this week. SOURCE: RedSox.com
Insight: The emergence of Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman at the back end of the rotation has complicated things. Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA) has only been average this season and John Farrell may be better off going with the hot hand. Clay Buchholz (hyperextended knee) is also close to making his return.
Jon Lester, SPHot6/17/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox lefty Jon Lester won for the eighth time Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Since getting roughed up by the Tigers two starts ago, Lester has gone 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He's now fourth on Boston's all-time strikeout list with 1,342 K's. Lester's next start is set for Sunday against Oakland.
Jon Lester, SP6/17/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Jon Lester said he would have "no hard feelings" if the team traded him this season. SOURCE: Ricky Doyle, NESN
Insight: Lester, who is pitching against the Twins on Tuesday, is in the final year of his contract. He's played his entire career in Boston and has already said he would be open to an extension if it came at the right price. Still, if the struggling Red Sox fall out of playoff contention, they could always press the reset button and trade Lester (7-7, 3.29 ERA) for prospects.
Grady Sizemore, CF6/17/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated Grady Sizemore for assignment.
Insight: Sizemore hit .343 with two homers in his first 10 games this season after missing all of 2012 and 2013 due to injuries, but he went 28-for-150 (.187) with zero home runs in his last 42 games. Brock Holt is starting in center field for the first time Tuesday night.
A.J. Pierzynski, C6/17/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Tuesday's starting lineup against Phil Hughes and the Twins.
Insight: Pierzynski is just a .167 hiiter (3-for-18 - all singles) against Hughes, so he'll sit in favor of David Ross, who is 3-for-5 with a home run in his matchups with Hughes.
David Ortiz, DH6/17/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a lifetime .360 hitter against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes, but he's lost his swing and may not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Insight: Ortiz (.246, 15 HR, 42 RBI) is struggling at the plate, batting .167 over the past four weeks with an ugly .612 OPS.
Rubby De La Rosa, SP6/16/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa gave up just one hit in seven shutout innings Monday against the Twins.
Insight: De La Rosa has pitched well since his promotion in late May, going 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 25 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit just .231 against him during that span. It's unknown if De La Rosa will remain with the club or get sent down when Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront return from the disabled list later this month.
Shane Victorino, RF6/16/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) is expected to return during the team's upcoming road trip. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Victorino is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. His return will likely bump Grady Sizemore (.216, 2 HR, 15 RBI) out of the starting lineup.
Stephen Drew, SS6/15/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (oblique) is in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Drew has one hit in 14 at bats so far and missed the last six games due to an oblique injury.
Jake Peavy, SP6/14/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy has one win in 14 starts this season, but this isn't exactly a Jeff Samardzija situation. Peavy has a 4.53 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in 87 1/3 innings.
Insight: Peavy had his best start since April 25 Saturday against Cleveland, throwing six innings and allowing one run. He had a 3.09 ERA in his first 43 2/3 innings, but he also walked 25 batters and allowed seven homers in that span. That caught up to him in the six starts prior to Saturday as he had a 6.69 ERA in 37 2/3 innings.
Stephen Drew, SS6/14/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew (oblique) remained out of the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Drew has been a waste of a signing so far, collecting just one hit in 14 at bats. He's missed the last six games.
Stephen Drew, SS6/13/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Friday's game against Cleveland will mark Boston shortstop Stephen Drew's fifth consecutive absence. He's been sitting out with an oblique injury. SOURCE: Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: Drew has been a waste of a signing so far, collecting just one hit in 14 at bats. Jonathan Herrera (.246, 0 HR, 7 RBI) is getting another start at shortstop.
Daniel Nava, OF/1BHot6/12/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava chipped in with three hits Thursday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: Eight of Nava's 19 hits this season have come in the last five games. His batting average is still under .200 but it looks like the 31-year-old has finally found his stroke again.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BCold6/12/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts has cooled off recently and will get a day off Thursday against Cleveland.
Insight: Bogaerts (.278, 5 HR, 17 RBI) is hitless in his last 16 at bats. Leadoff hitter Brock Holt (.331, 1 HR, 13 RBI) will grab the start at third base.
A.J. Pierzynski, C6/12/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski won't start Thursday against Cleveland.
Insight: Pierzynski has hit well at Fenway Park this season (.337 AVG in 92 at bats) so it's a shame he isn't starting. Maybe Pierzynski is sitting because he's just 1-for-5 against tonight's starter Josh Tomlin.
David Ortiz, DH6/12/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is hitless in eight at-bats against Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin.
Insight: Ortiz (.254, 14 HR, 38 RBI) is usually an everyday fantasy option, but we're waiting for him to start hitting like David Ortiz. It may not happen Thursday.
Shane Victorino, RF6/11/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will begin a rehab assignment later this weekend. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: Boston could certainly use Victorino back in the lineup. He's missed the last three weeks with a strained hamstring.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B6/11/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Brian MacPherson, Providence Journal
Insight: What happens after that remains to be seen. While Middlebrooks was recovering from a broken finger, the Red Sox went ahead and signed Stephen Drew to play shortstop. That facilitated Xander Bogaerts' move to third base, the same position Middlebrooks plays. With this logjam taking place on the left side of the infield, it's unlikely Middlebrooks (.268, 3 HR, 21 RBI) will see regular at bats when he returns.
Brandon Workman, SP6/11/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Boston starter Brandon Workman will have his appeal heard on Friday. Workman was given a six-game suspension for throwing a pitch behind Evan Longoria two weeks ago. SOURCE: Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Insight: It's unlikely the suspension will be wiped away completely so we'd still anticipate Workman (1-0, 2.86 ERA) missing at least one start. His next appearance is scheduled for Sunday against Cleveland.
Andres Torres, CF6/11/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have signed former Giants outfielder Andres Torres to a minor league deal.
Insight: The 36-year-old will start out in Single-A Lowell but should be up with the big club soon. Torres would be an upgrade over Grady Sizemore, who has been brutal in his first season with Boston (.220, 2 HR, 14 RBI).
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 6/11/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has smacked Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen around in his career.
Insight: Pedroia went hitless in his last three games and has a .717 OPS this season, but his history against Chen is too enticing to ignore. He's gone 12-for-24 (.500) with five doubles and a triple against the left-hander.
Jackie Bradley Jr., CFCold6/10/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. remains out of the lineup.
Insight: Bradley was benched Monday as well. Now that Boston is using Brock Holt in the outfield it may only be a matter of time before Bradley is sent back to the minors. Though he's provided excellent defense in center field, Bradley isn't much of a hitter, batting just .199 through his first 282 major league at bats.
Stephen Drew, SSCold6/10/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew will sit out again with tightness in his right oblique. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: Drew has just one hit in his first 14 at bats this season. He said he first felt the tightness during his final at bat Sunday against Detroit.
David Ortiz, DH6/10/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz should find a seat on your bench in this unfavorable against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz (.254, 14 HR, 38 RBI) is usually an everyday fantasy option, but he's just 2-for-19 (both singles) without an RBI versus Tillman.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold6/9/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will throw a rehab start Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: While Buchholz is officially listed as out with a hyperextended knee, his struggles likely have more to do with him being on the disabled list. In 10 starts, Buchholz posted a 7.02 ERA, allowed 75 hits in 50 innings and struck out 39 while walking 24. His return will bump either Brandon Workman or Rubby De La Rosa from the rotation.
Stephen Drew, SS6/9/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is 6-for-13 (.462) in his career against Baltimore starter Bud Norris, but he'll sit out with tightness in his right oblique. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, csnne.com
Insight: Drew has just one hit in his first 14 at-bats this season and will have to miss this favorable matchup against Norris. Drew said he first felt the tightness during his final at-bat Sunday night.
Stephen Drew, SS6/9/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is 6-for-13 (.462) in his career against Baltimore starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Drew has just one hit in his first 14 at-bats this season. He only got 21 at-bats in the minors before the club brought him back up and that obviously wasn't enough to get him ready. Stay away from what would normally be a favorable matchup.
Mike Napoli, 1B6/8/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been activated from the disabled list and is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against Detroit. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: Napoli (.260, 5 HR, 22 RBI) missed the minimum 15 days with a sprained ring finger. Outfielder Alex Hassan (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI) was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket in the corresponding roster move.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B6/8/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit his third homer of the season and went 3-for-4 Saturday at Detroit.
Insight: Pedroia averaged 16 homers per season from 2008-12, but he's hit just 12 dingers in his last 219 games.
David Ortiz, DH6/7/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is a career .471 hitter (8-for-17) with three long balls against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ortiz (.262, 13 HR, 33 RBI) hasn't done much over the past two weeks, but has a favorable matchup on Saturday.
Stephen Drew, SS6/6/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is not in Friday's starting lineup against left-hander Drew Smyly and the Tigers.
Insight: Drew is hitless in his first two games. Jonathan Herrera (.231, 0 HR, 7 RBI) is making the start at shortstop.
Felix Doubront, SP6/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Boston left-hander Felix Doubront (shoulder strain) threw 43 pitches in a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Thursday. Source: Steve Silva, Boston.com.
Insight: Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) threw 31 of his 43 pitches for strikes, punched out two and didn't walk a batter while allowing two runs on three hits over four innings. He's expected to make a few more rehab starts before the Red Sox hope he's ready to rejoin the club in late June.
Clay Buchholz, SPCold6/6/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: The Red Sox decided against having Clay Buchholz pitch a simulated game Monday, instead opting to help the struggling right-hander work on his mechanics in a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. Source: Ian Browne, MLB.com.
Insight: While Buchholz is officially listed on the DL with a hyperextended knee, the club has now made it clear they're attempting to work out the kinks that have led to the righty's miserable season. In 10 starts, Buchholz posted a 7.02 ERA, allowed 75 hits in 50 innings and struck out 39 while walking 24. The Red Sox likely will send Buchholz on a rehab assingment once he pitches the rescheduled sim game Saturday.
Xander Bogaerts, 3BHot6/3/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts belted his fifth home run of the year Tuesday in a loss to Cleveland.
Insight: He's hitting .467 over his last seven games. Bogaerts (.304, 5 HR, 16 RBI, .395 OBP) has turned himself into a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate while giving fantasy owners solid production at two positions.
Mookie Betts, 2B6/3/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Red Sox top prospect Mookie Betts has advanced to Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Betts was tearing up the Eastern League, batting .355 in 214 at bats for Double-A Portland. The Red Sox are hoping he can play outfield for them at some point though his primary position is second base.
Brandon Workman, SP6/3/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman has been suspended six games by Major League Baseball for "intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Evan Longoria," last Friday. SOURCE: Providence Journal
Insight: Workman threw the pitch behind Longoria in the sixth inning and was ejected. Both benches were warned in the first inning when David Price plunked David Ortiz in the hip. Workman is appealing the suspension so will likely make his scheduled start on Wednesday.
Stephen Drew, SS6/3/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Boston shortstop Stephen Drew is not in Tuesday's starting lineup against Cleveland.
Insight: Drew was 0-for-2 with a walk in his season debut. The Red Sox signed him only two weeks ago so it may take Drew a little while to get back into playing shape. Jonathan Herrera (.208, 0 HR, 6 RBI) is making his fourth start of the year at shortstop.
Shane Victorino, RF6/2/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino won't be ready to come off the DL when his 15 days are up. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: His strained hamstring is still bothering him. That means more playing time in right for Grady Sizemore (.229, 2 HR, 14 RBI).
Stephen Drew, SS6/2/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is likely to be in Monday's starting lineup, but he's just 1-for-10 against Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson and isn't a good fantasy play.
Insight: Drew hit .238 during his minor league rehab assignment. He'll serve as Boston's everyday shortstop with Xander Bogaerts (.296, 3 HR, 13 RBI) moving over to third base. Update: Drew is in Monday's starting lineup and batting eighth.