The Red Sox are struggling against everyone else, but they beat Jered Weaver and moved to 5-0 against the Angels with a victory on Monday.
Since the beginning of 2010, the Red Sox are an incredible 14-1 versus the Angels.
Weaver, who had been 6-0 this season, was undone by a outstanding at-bat from Dustin Pedroia with two outs in the fifth. Pedroia fouled off eight pitches before delivering a two-run single on the 13th pitch of the confrontation, giving Boston a 3-2 lead.
Weaver came back out for the sixth even though he was at 103 pitches, and he ended up turning in a quality start. However, the Red Sox broke it open in the seventh, scoring six times off Hisanori Takahashi and Francisco Rodriguez before ultimately winning 9-5.
The victory went to Clay Buchholz, who allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings despite struggling with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
Both Buchholz and Weaver were originally scheduled to pitch over the weekend, only to have their starts pushed back because of illnesses.
With the win, the Red Sox are now 13-15. They’re 8-15 against everyone except the Angels, while the Halos are 16-8 versus everyone but Boston.
The Braves reportedly have a deal in place with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that the contract is for one year, $1.5 million with up to $2.5 million in additional incentives.
Suzuki, 33, completed a three-year track with the Twins in 2016, slashing .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 373 PA. The veteran backstop likely won’t provide an offensive or defensive upgrade over current starter Tyler Flowers, but should give the Braves some depth at a position they’ve been looking to strengthen since the start of the offseason.
The team has yet to confirm the deal.
With the 2017 World Baseball Classic around the corner, Team Israel has reportedly reached out to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Tournament rules stipulate that a player’s roster eligibility can be achieved in one of several ways: they were born in the country in question or hold citizenship/permanent legal residence there (or are simply capable of qualifying for citizenship), or one of their parents was born in the country or holds citizenship/permanent legal residence there.
For Kipnis, it’s the latter. Kipnis’ father, Mark Kipnis, is Jewish. That gives Kipnis the status he needs to suit up for Team Israel, despite the fact that he is a practicing Roman Catholic. He has yet to confirm or deny his participation in the competition.
Fifteen players have confirmed for Team Israel so far, including Mets’ infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly and free agents Sam Fuld, Nate Freiman, Jason Marquis and Jeremy Bleich. Per MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg, eight minor leaguers will also appear for the team. Like Kipnis, at least three other major leaguers are eligible for Team Israel’s roster but have yet to accept or decline involvement in the WBC: Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson, Mariners infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia and free agent left-hander Craig Breslow.