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Red Sox having difficulty attracting additional pitching depth

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Red Sox having difficulty attracting additional pitching depth

The Red Sox have had an eye on adding pitching depth in the form of minor-league free agents, according to a baseball source. But, in a situation similar to last year, they’re not the most appealing destination for veteran free agents because opportunity in the big leagues appears scarce.

Perhaps that may change. For one, spring training is more than halfway gone. Two, the Red Sox may be able to provide more opportunity than originally thought, at least at the outset of the season. 

Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright could all start the year on the disabled list. That leaves opportunity for some combination of Brian Johnson, Hector Velazquez and Roenis Elias. They're not proven commodities, and if two or even three are in the big leagues, new opportunities are created at Triple-A Pawtucket. And any further health situation could create more opportunity at either level.

The free-agent market’s frozen state had a trickle-down effect to the minor leagues, stalling many players beyond the biggest names. The Sox last year had Kyle Kendrick in camp as something of a reclamation project. The righty did make it to the big leagues with the Sox, although he didn't pitch well.
 

Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz has received many prayers, well-wishes and messages of support from athletes in all different sports since he was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9, and one Major League Baseball player took the time to honor Big Papi with special cleats.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco, who like Ortiz was born in the Dominican Republic, recently paid tribute to Ortiz with custom cleats.

Ortiz was shot in the back in Santo Domingo on June 9 and has undergone two surgeries, one in the Dominican Republic and one at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was still recovering at MGH as of late last week, and his wife, Tiffany, has given multiple statements on his condition since he returned to Boston. 

Police are still investigating the shooting and any potential motives of the suspects involved.

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

After a four-game sweep of the 50-loss Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox will be tested with a series in Minnesota against the 47-win Twins. 

Boston is just 16-23 against teams above .500, and the Twins currently lead the AL Central by 10 games. As a team, Minnesota leads the major leagues in batting average and home runs and has won seven of their last 10. 

On Monday night, Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69 ERA) gets the nod for Boston, while Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the hill for the Twins. The Red Sox trail both the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees by five games for the division lead, and the Yankees and Rays begin their own three-game series tonight. 

Below are the complete starting lineups for Boston and Minnesota: 

Boston Red Sox: 
Mookie Betts, RF
Andre Benintendi, LF
J.D. Martinez, DH
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brock Holt, 2B
Michael Chavis, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, P

Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
C.J. Cron, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, RF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Jose Berrios, P

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