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Red Sox place Sandy Leon on paternity leave, promote Oscar Hernandez

Red Sox place Sandy Leon on paternity leave, promote Oscar Hernandez

The Boston Red Sox will enter their weekend series with the Houston Astros without one of their everyday catchers.

The Red Sox placed catcher Sandy Leon on paternity leave Friday, selecting catcher Oscar Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Leon's spot on the depth chart.

Boston designated right-hander Chandler Shepherd for assignment to make room for Hernandez, who will wear No. 77 for the Sox.

Leon and his wife, Liliana, already have one son together and announced back in October that Liliana was pregnant with a second child.

The 30-year-old catcher was placed on waivers before the season but rejoined the Red Sox in mid-April after they parted ways with Blake Swihart. Leon has helped spark Boston's turnaround, as the Sox are 9-3 in games he catches this season.

Hernandez, a fellow Venezuela native, began the 2019 season in Double-A Portland and was batting .143 for Pawtucket entering Friday. He'll likely serve as an emergency backup for starter Christian Vazquez.

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David Price: Feud with Eckersley 'didn't affect me' in loss to woeful Orioles

David Price: Feud with Eckersley 'didn't affect me' in loss to woeful Orioles

David Price said it wasn't the distraction of his feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfacing this week that led to his first loss at Camden Yards and worst start ever against the Baltimore Orioles.

"That doesn’t affect me at all," Price told reporters after he allowed six runs, including two homers, in four innings in the Red Sox' 11-2 loss in Baltimore on Friday night "I’m sure it’ll be used in Boston, but it doesn’t affect me.

"If you think I’m thinking about that out there on the mound tonight, you’re 100 percent wrong," Price said. "Or even last night or the night before or whatever the case may be. That’s not the case. No, it didn’t affect me.”

Instead, Price pointed to his struggles to go deep in games lately. He's been the Sox' most consistent pitcher all season (he's now 7-3 with a 3.61 ERA) but Friday's loss to the lowly O's (30-66) marked the third consecutive outing of five innings or less. 

“A loss is a loss, it doesn’t matter if you’re successful in a certain ballpark [he came in 8-0, 2.72 in his career at Camden Yards and 16-5 overall vs. the O's] or whatever the conditions may be,” Price told reporters. “Losing sucks and I look forward to getting back out there in five days.”

Price said his past few starts have been a grind. He went five in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday in his previous start [a 7-4, 12-inning Sox loss].

“Didn’t have very good fastball command. Didn’t have command of anything really,” Price said. “Made some mistakes early on in that first inning, made me pay for it. Just wasn’t good enough. I went five in Detroit [a 6-3 win July 7], it was a grind. Probably went five before that [actually six innings in a 10-6 win in Toronto] and it was a grind. It’s been tough to get early outs… I feel like even 1-2-3 innings are 20-pitch innings right now. So, it’s just been a grind the past couple of starts.”

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Breakfast Pod: Tyreek Hill not suspended by the NFL, David Price struggles in loss to Orioles

Breakfast Pod: Tyreek Hill not suspended by the NFL, David Price struggles in loss to Orioles

Tyreek Hill avoids an NFL suspension. Albert Breer weighs in on why the NFL didn't come down hard on him. David Price is pounded by the Orioles. Did his feud with Dennis Eckersley play a role?

1:00 - Tyreek Hill will not be suspended by the NFL. Albert Breer joins Early Edition to discuss why the NFL made that decision.

6:30 - David Price struggled giving up six runs against the Orioles last night. Did his feud with Dennis Eckersley impact his game? Our BST crew debates

14:00 - Will Tacko Fall make the team? Did the 76ers tamper with Al Horford? Chris Forsberg and Adam Himmelsbach give us their answers.

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