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Pomeranz excited to get started with Red Sox on Wednesday

Pomeranz excited to get started with Red Sox on Wednesday

NEW YORK -- This week has been a whirlwind for Drew Pomeranz. On Tuesday, he pitched in his first All-Star Game, representing the host city, San Diego, for the National League team. Two days later, he was informed he had been traded -- again.

He traveled from San Diego Saturday, landed in New York Saturday night, and introduced himself to his new teammates on Sunday, finding time to work in a 35-pitch bullpen session under the watchful eyes of John Farrell and Carl Willis.

"It's nice to be here and finally get settled in a little bit,'' he said. "I'm pretty excited to go to Boston. It's a great city, great team. They've been doing well all year, obviously right there in the race. It's real exciting to go to a team like that. They want to win here and I do, too, so that's exciting.''

Pomeranz isn't a stranger to the American League, having pitched for Oakland for two seasons. He doesn’t' envision there being much of an adjustment in coming back to the A.L.

"I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing,'' he said. "I'll adjust on the fly if I have to. I've done literally everything there is to do on the baseball field as a pitcher, so I'm pretty prepared for anything. You could shove me out there in any situation and I've done it. I've got a routine and I'll stick to that.''

If there's a concern with Pomeranz, it's that he's already thrown more innings (110) at the big league level this season than any other in his career.

But the lefty isn't worried about how he'll hold up physically over the next few months.

"I feel great,'' he said. "My goal was to make every start. That doesn't change much over here.''

For a change, Pomeranz will be pitching for a contender the rest of the way. In Colorado, Oakland, and San Diego, he was on second-division clubs.

"That's pretty exciting, to be on a team where all they want to do is win,'' he said. "I'm excited to get out there on the mound, get that first start under my belt and keep it going.''

That first start will come Wednesday at Fenway, against San Francisco, a team with whom he's quite familiar. In fact, Pomeranz was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Padres against the Giants, so he joked that he couldn't get away from them. This will mark his fourth start of this season against the Giants.

Pomeranz has enjoyed a breakthrough season, in part because he's increased the use of a curveball -- which he throws with a semi-knuckleball grip -- and incorporating a cutter more. But there's always a chance to refine and improve his repertoire.

"There's still a lot to work on,'' he said.

Starting Wednesday.


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.