But long before the first pitch, Francona will accompany Boston manager John Farrell to his first round of chemotherapy for stage one lymphoma.
Farrell announced last Friday that he has a “highly curable” form of cancer and is taking a medical leave for the rest of the season. Mills and Farrell were on Francona’s coaching staff in Boston from 2007 through 2009. Manager Terry Francona said INF Jason Kipnis, working through right shoulder inflammation, could be activated from the DL Tuesday.
Chisenhall’s fly ball to the left-field wall was played into a two-run double by Hanley Ramirez to highlight a five-run fourth inning for the Indians, who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Red Sox have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games.
“He mentioned that he was going to start Tuesday”.
And that’s why Cruz didn’t get a call from the Red Sox, not last offseason or the offseason before that.
He’ll be opposed by Trevor Bauer (9-9, 4.35), who is 1-4 with a 6.11 ERA and has yielded 11 of his 23 home runs in six starts since the All-Star break.
Seattle attacked Henry Owens early in the first inning, as Robinson Cano and Franklin Gutierrez blasted home runs to put the Mariners up 3-0.
Brian McCann homered, drove in five runs and sliced a double off left fielder Eddie Rosario’s glove in the 10th that set up the winning misplay.
“That’s really the theme for me today, is that we chipped away at a 7-0 lead and had a chance to win that ballgame”, Lovullo said.
Matt Barnes (3-2, 5.64) has been recalled from the minors to make his first major league start for Boston in place of Steven Wright, who is on the seven-day concussion list after being struck with a ball during batting practice last week. I said, ‘I’m right there. Salazar entered the game with a 1.31 ERA against the AL East and saw that number dwindle after giving up just that one run on four hitts in seven innings.
When asked about Farrell’s spirits, Francona said it wouldn’t be fair to him to answer the question, though he said he felt being there was ‘probably good for all of us.’. The Mariners had watched closer Carson Smith give up a two-run lead in the ninth inning to send it into extras. The first reaction was: I knew people would want to get at him.
With a plethora of young outfield talent on the Major League roster and in the minors, it may be time for the Red Sox to seriously consider moving on from Ramirez in the offseason – even if it means eating a sizeable chunk of the $68.2 million he will have remaining on his contract.
Asdrubal Cabrera added three RBIs for the Rays, who got back on track after being swept by the Rangers in a three-game series this weekend. All of a sudden, you get the unexpected news of something more serious. Cruz is also the seventh player in Mariners history to hit at least 35 homers in a season, joining Ken Griffey Jr.
Farrell said bench coach Torey Lovullo will be the Red Sox’s interim manager.