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Red Sox take Henry Owens off 40-man roster, setting up potential acquisition

Red Sox take Henry Owens off 40-man roster, setting up potential acquisition

The Red Sox have put former top prospect Henry Owens on outright waivers, taking him off the 40-man roster, a baseball source said Wednesday.

The 40-man roster was full after the Red Sox protected players ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Putting Owens on waivers exposes him to other teams and also allows the Red Sox to add a player to the 40-man roster. Any major leaguer acquired via trade or as a free-agent signing would need a 40-man space.

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It wasn't immediately known if the Sox were making space preemptively, because they will eventually need likely multiple spaces, or if a player acquisition was imminent. Two baseball sources speculated a move was likely sooner rather than later, and one noted it was probably just a matter of time before Owens' spot in particular was needed.

Owens, a tall 25-year-old lefty, has always had a high ceiling but has had severe control problems. He was a 36th overall draft pick in 2011 and has 85 big league innings with a 5.19 ERA. He walked 24 in 63 innings in 2015, and walked 20 in 22 innings in 2016. In 2017, between Double-A and Triple-A, he walked 115 in 126 innings.

Owens was Baseball America's No. 2 prospect in the Sox system for two straight years, heading into 2014 and 2015. 

Red Sox bullpen runs into trouble with Twins in 6-2 loss

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Red Sox bullpen runs into trouble with Twins in 6-2 loss

MINNEAPOLIS - Eduardo Escobar had two go-ahead hits, including an RBI single that launched a four-run eighth inning for the Minnesota Twins in a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Robby Scott (0-1), just recalled from Triple-A to make his season debut, relieved Chris Sale to start the eighth and walked the first two batters. Joe Kelly entered, and Escobar's one-out line drive bounced in front of Jackie Bradley Jr. and skipped past the center fielder for an error as two runs scored. Robbie Grossman broke the game open with a two-run triple.

The late surge masked a classic pitching duel between Sale and Jose Berrios, the six-time All-Star against the budding ace. Sale retired the first 14 batters he faced before Ehire Adrianza's soft roller to Rafael Devers at third base went for an infield single.

The Twins were mostly out of sorts against Sale, with bewildered players complaining to home plate umpire Jeff Nelson about the size of his strike zone. They fell behind on a two-out home run by Devers in the sixth off Berrios.

All it took was a single by Ryan LaMarre and a hit-by-pitch for Joe Mauer to start a rally in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Escobar drove a 1-1 slider from Sale down the left-field line for his major league-leading 31st double and a 2-1 lead. Escobar pumped his arms back and forth several times before clapping and pointing at his teammates in the dugout.

Sale finished seven innings, the 12th time in 16 starts this season he has logged at least six. This was the 11th turn in which he's yielded two runs or fewer and his fifth double-digit strikeout performance. In his last three starts, he has allowed only 11 hits in 21 innings. Yet the Red Sox are only 8-8 with him on the mound.

Berrios had to work harder, but he was largely responsible for the Red Sox finishing 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10 men. He left with one out and one on in the seventh, and Trevor Hildenberger struck out American League RBI leader J.D. Martinez with runners at second and third to end that threat.

REED RELIEF
Struggling Twins right-hander Addison Reed, who finished last season with the Red Sox and has appeared in only one of the previous six games, has been at least temporarily removed from his setup role.

"I'm going to use him when I think it's the right time. I'm not sure exactly when that's going to be right now," manager Paul Molitor said before the game.

Zach Duke (3-2) took the eighth inning instead and, with two outs, surrendered Sandy Leon's tying single that drove in Devers.

CORA CONNECTIONS
Red Sox manager Alex Cora was the general manager of Puerto Rico's national team that reached the championship game of the World Baseball Classic last year, and Berrios and Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario were two of his favorites on the squad. He greeted them warmly during batting practice.

"What they did for our country was amazing," Cora said. "They're like my little brothers. I really care about them."

TRAINER'S ROOM
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia, who has played in only three games this season because of inflammation in his left knee, has still not been cleared for baseball activities since returning to the DL three weeks ago. The lack of progress has been concerning, Cora acknowledged, but the team is trying to keep focused on the bigger picture. "It was major surgery. We didn't know what to expect. So we are where we are now, hoping that, yeah, he'll be back. When? We don't know," Cora said. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz threw in the outfield before the game, his stint on the DL with biceps tendonitis almost at three weeks. The session went well, Cora said.


UP NEXT
Red Sox: LHP David Price (8-4, 3.76 ERA) pitches Wednesday night. He is 6-0 in his last seven starts, with two runs or fewer allowed in all but one of those, when he gave up three runs. Price is 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA in his career against the Twins.

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn (4-5, 4.98 ERA) takes the mound in the middle game of the series. He's 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA over his last five turns, with a .195 batting average against him and 30 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings.

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Padres' asking price from Red Sox for reliever is reportedly Devers

Padres' asking price from Red Sox for reliever is reportedly Devers

The Red Sox are interested in upgrading their bullpen by the July 31 trade deadline, but in seeking Padres lefty closer Brad Hand, Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that Rafael Devers would be San Diego's asking price.

Hand, 28, leads the National League with 28 saves, has a 2.25 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Devers (.240, 12 HR, 36 RBI), the 21-year-old third baseman mentioned in trade rumors for the Orioles' Manny Machado, has heated up lately - he hit his third homer on the road trip Tuesday.

On Monday, Morosi reported that with Dustin Pedroia still out as he recovers from offseason knee surgery, Colorado Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu "could be a trade match" for the Red Sox. 

With Pedroia still experiencing pain and swelling in his knee and shut down from baseball activity, the Sox could be in the market for infield help. LeMahieu, 28, has seven homers, 23 RBI and a slash line of .281/.327/.453. The right-handed hitter is batting .351 against lefties. 

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