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Drew Pomeranz may get extra rest with velocity still down

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Drew Pomeranz may get extra rest with velocity still down

BOSTON — There doesn’t seem to be concern in Red Sox camp that Drew Pomeranz’s velocity is down because he’s hurting. 

Manager John Farrell and Pomeranz appear to be approaching the situation like a fact of life: this is the stuff Pomeranz has at this point in the year. He has 167 2/3 innings under his belt, putting him just three away from matching his career-high a year ago. That takes a toll, but diminished stuff is alarming considering how important Pomeranz is to the Sox’ playoff hopes.

The Sox’ projected Game 2 starter in the American League Division Series was pulled Monday night after just two innings in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out none.

Pomeranz’s fastball was around 89-91 mph, after he averaged 92.74 mph on it in August, per BrooksBaseball.net. Pomeranz's regular heat wasn't quite there in his previous outing in Baltimore, either, sitting at 89.29. But the dip goes beyond the last two times, to the last four. On Sept. 8, he sat at 90.11 mph, and on Sept. 14 was 91.19 mph.

Farrell left open the possibility that Pomeranz could get extra rest. The lefty's next and last scheduled regular season start is Saturday against the Astros.

“If the opportunity presents itself, I certainly wouldn’t rule that out,” Farrell said of rest. “We recognize the innings total, how he’s climbed over the last couple years in particular. But we notice the velocity has dropped somewhat, so it’s got to come down to being able to locate more consistently which he did in Baltimore. He was pinpoint control that night. Tonight, not so much.”

On Monday, Pomeranz noted what he did after the Baltimore start: that when he needs to hump up for the extra heat, he’s got it.

“I don’t know, I’ve been fine,” Pomeranz said when asked if extra rest may benefit him. “My velocity dipped a few times in the last few outings, but then I get right back up when I need it. So I really didn’t have a chance to get settled in and work some of those higher velocities in there.”

The Sox trailed 5-2 when Pomeranz left.

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Game times announced for Red Sox-Yankees series in London

Game times announced for Red Sox-Yankees series in London

On Friday, MLB announced game times for the 2019 London Series featuring the Red Sox and Yankees.

Per MLB.com:

"FOX Sports and ESPN will each air games from the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 in the U.S., with FOX Sports presenting the exclusive broadcast on Saturday, June 29 and ESPN producing the exclusive telecast on Sunday, June 30. The historic regular-season series between the New York Yankees and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox marks baseball's first games ever played in Europe and originates from London's Olympic Stadium.

FOX's Saturday Game of the Week lead broadcast team comprised of Joe Buck, analyst John Smoltz and reporter Ken Rosenthal will call Saturday's matchup while ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball team of Matt Vasgersian, analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary Sunday with each broadcast team on-site at London's Olympic Stadium. First pitch for Saturday's game is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET, and Sunday's start time is 10:10 a.m. ET."

The two-game set will be Major League Baseball's first series in Britain.

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Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on state of Red Sox farm system, and his movie 'Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel'

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Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on state of Red Sox farm system, and his movie 'Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel'

Jonathan Mayo who covers the Draft and the Minors for MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com joins Evan Drellich to discuss the state of the Red Sox farm system, and being a producer of ‘Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel’ a film about a team of nice Jewish baseball players taking on the world.

(1:30) Jonathan Mayo discusses the state of the Red Sox farm system, and what players he sees helping Boston win in the future.

(4:30) What expectations can we have for Jay Groome following Tommy John surgery?

(6:00) Jonathan Mayo discusses being a producer of ‘Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel’ a film about a team of nice Jewish baseball players taking on the world. He discusses his role in the project and what viewers can expect.

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