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First impressions from Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays


First impressions from Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays

TORONTO -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

*Eduardo Rodriguez wasn't as good as his last outing, but he was still pretty good.

Rodriguez, who no-hit the A's through 7 2/3 innings last Sunday and held them scoreless through eight innings, allowed three runs -- two earned -- in  six innings.
A leadoff walk to Russell Martin came back to burn him in the second when Melvin Upton homered two batters later. He was then the victim of some bad luck in the third when an error by Aaron Hill and a bloop single by Jose Bautista produced the third Jays run.
In 10 starts since the All-Star break, Rodriguez sports a 2.76 ERA and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but one of those.

*Unlike many of their recent losses, this one featured limited scoring chances.

John Farrell is fond of saying that the Red Sox usually "create scoring oportuinties,'' even if the team doesn't always produce the necessary hits with runners in scoring position. Anyone who has watched the innumerable times the Sox load the bases and come away empty-handed knows this is true.
But on Saturday, there wasn't much there there. The Sox left two runners on in the second, and one runner each in four  subsequent innings.
This wasn't, however, one of those games in which one hit might have blown the game open. The Sox didn't have their first hit off starter J.A. Happ until one out in the fifth. They managed just four for the afternoon.

*The bullpen continues to be sharp.

Matt Barnes pitched into, then out of trouble in the seventh. Joe Kelly worked around a walk in the eighth.
The Red Sox bullpen has not allowed an earned run in the month of September, contributing 14 1/3 scoreless innings with 11 hits allowed and 20 strikeouts to go with just two walks.
Granted, many of those appearances have come in games well out of hand, with the Sox winning four games on this trip by a margin of five runs or greater.
But Saturday, the Sox were within a run when Barnes and Kelly pitched and the game was kept close.

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.