Red Sox send Jered Weaver to first loss, now 5-0 against Angels

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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.

Braves are targeting Dallas Keuchel

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LAS VEGAS — Let’s start our first weekday of the Winter Meetings with some rumors and speculation. We’ll have a good bit of that until, you know, something actually happens.

First up: Dallas Keuchel, the top free agent pitcher remaining on the market. Jon Heyman says the Braves, who are in the market for a starter, are targeting him. In this they are not alone, as the Phillies, who missed out on Patrick Corbin, and the Reds, who would like a pitcher who doesn’t allow a lot of fly balls are each reported to be focused on Keuchel as well. There was a random report that the Blue Jays were interested in him too, but that seems off to me given where they are on their rebuild.

Keuchel, who will turn 31 on New Year’s Day, was 12-11 in 34 starts last year, posting an ERA of 3.74 in 204.2 innings. His peripherals have declined fairly consistently since his Cy Young season in 2015, so the question is whether the team that signs him is paying for his past or for what he might reasonably be expected to provide in the future.