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Pablo Sandoval Flashes Glove And Works Count In Rehab Start

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Boston Red Sox Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval Flashes Glove And Works Count In Rehab Start With The Pawtucket Red Sox

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been playing in AAA-Pawtucket as he rehabs his knee which he injured in late April.

Sandoval was starting in his fifth rehab game on Friday night and his fourth rehab game playing third base. While the night wasn’t a run-away success for Sandoval, he still showed promise and looks closer to being ready for Boston.

Fielding Wasn’t A Picnic, But Sandoval Flashed The Leather When Needed

A ground ball by Casey Gillaspie lead to an Pablo Sandoval bobble in 2nd inning leads to erratic throw over the head of first basemen Matt Dominguez for an error. In the next fielding opportunity for Sandoval, DH Mike Marjama grounded out to the rehabbing Red Sox third baseman who tossed it over to first base for the out. The play however scored a run with the grounder driving in a runner from third and made it a 2-0 ball-game at the time.

Pablo Sandoval did not see another fielding opportunity until the top of the fifth inning when a scorcher from Marjama got hit right past Panda on the ground. After a failed diving stab at it by Sandoval, Pawtucket short-stop Mike Miller was able to snag the ball and hum it to Dominguez for the out, thus bailing out Sandoval.

Sandoval was not deterred by his early fielding woes though, in the top of the seventh inning Sandoval caught a hot liner from Bulls catcher Curt Casali, and then he immediately followed that up two-batters later by grabbing a hopping grounder from Jake Hager and threw it to Dominguez to get Kyle Kendrick out of the inning.

Another opportunity to flash the glove game in the top of the ninth with Sandoval ranging to his left to field a ground-ball which he threw hard and on target to Dominguez at first to end the inning.

On Paper, Panda’s Day At The Plate Wasn’t Ideal, But He Was Able To Work The Count On A Number Of Occasions

In first plate appearance Pablo Sandoval struck out swinging on a 96-mph from Blake Snell high up in the strike zone. Sandoval faced seven pitches in that at-bat and was able to work a full count before getting overpowered by the fastball.

Sandoval got his second plate appearance in the third inning where he face two pitches from Snell, after taking the first pitch that was a ball, Sandoval flew out to right fielder Shane Peterson in shallow right field.

Panda’s third plate appearance came in the bottom of the fifth inning, very much like his first at-bat, Sandoval was able to work the count full. Sandoval put the ball in play, but it turned out to be another routine fly-out, this time around to the left-fielder Jake Bauers.

Two innings later in the bottom of the seventh Sandoval got his fourth plate appearance, this time against Bulls reliever Jeff Ames. Ames being a right-handed-pitcher, forced Sandoval to switch to the left side of the plate after taking the first three at-bats as a right-handed batter. After fouling off the first two pitches, Sandoval struck out swinging for the second time in the game.

With Blake Swihart standing on first-base in the bottom of the ninth with two-outs Pablo had the chance to become a hero and save Pawtucket from entering extra innings. But very much like the first four at-bats, Sandoval failed to reach base and grounded out to the second base-man.

Pablo Sandoval’s Struggles Have Silver Linings

After going 0-5 Sandoval was pulled from the game after playing the first nine innings of the game. Sandoval failing to reach base isn’t a deciding factor into weather or not he is ready for Boston. He showed a good eye at the plate and hit the ball fairly well, unfortunately though the balls he hit were right at Bulls players.

Sandoval struggled at-times defensively, but overall he looked solid and made a number of good plays for Pawtucket. Sandoval is expected to be back in Boston soon, but he will likely finish out the weekend with Pawtucket before joining the Boston Red Sox on their trip to Chicago which is slated to start on Monday.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence With PawSox

Carson Smith made his 6th rehab appearance at AAA Pawtucket on Wednesday nights as the Paw Sox went on to win 5-3 over the Buffalo Bisons. During his appearance tonight, he looked like he had a little extra on his fastball as it topped out at 92 mph.

This is Smiths’ first appearance with only one day of rest since he underwent tommy john surgery last year. During his rehab stint, the Boston Red Sox were having him make a rehab appearance every third day.

In his last appearance on Monday night, he went 1 inning, while striking out 2 on 14 pitches (8 strikes). His fastball topped out at 91 mph.

Smith Tonight

Carson Smith seemed to have something a little extra on his fastball tonight as it topped out at 92 mph. In 2015 when Smith a dominate reliever for the Seattle Mariners, his fastball averaged 93.5 mph according to fangraphs.

His final pitching line tonight over his one inning was 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 1 strikeout on 10 pitches (7 strikes). Six of his pitches were fastball, four were sliders. The one hit he gave up was a lead off double to Rowdy Tellez on an 88 mph fastball. It was the 2nd pitch of the AB. Tellez was then picked off 2nd base by Paw Sox catcher Jake Romanski.

The first out he recorded himself of the inning was a strikeout of Danny Jansen. It came on an 84 mph slider. The final out of the inning came on a ground out to shortstop by Jason Lebleijian.

Smith Going Forward

For Carson Smith to realistically be an option out of the Red Sox bullpen come September, he is going to need to be able to pitch on consecutive nights. Having Smith pitch tonight on only 1 day of rest shows that the team is trying to get him ready to pitch at the major league level.

With the struggles of Matt Barnes, who is now on the disabled list, having Smith as an option out of the Boston Red Sox bullpen is huge. The Red Sox need another option out of the bullpen on any given night going into September and October. Having Smith pitch on one day of rest compared to two, is a start for him on his way to being a part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen.

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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis

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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis From Oakland

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis.

Evan Drellich of CSNNE was the first with the news with Drellich crediting the A’s extra inning affair with Baltimore Orioles being the reason for the hold-up.

Minor League Outfielder In Exchange For Davis

In exchange for Davis, the Boston Red Sox will send minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones back to Oakland according to the official release by the team.

Rincones is a 19-year-old prospect that has been playing for the Red Sox affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He has a .264 career batting average with 2 home runs and 39 RBIs. Rincones was undrafted and signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in August of 2015.

Rumblings Started Early In The Afternoon With A Pawtucket Red Sox Infielder Being DFA’d

In the afternoon on Wednesday, the first rumblings of a waiver trade were made after a report by Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe. In order to acquire Davis, Boston first had to clear a roster spot.

To add Rajai Davis to the 40 man roster, the Red Sox designated Steve Selsky for assignment. Selsky played in 8 games for the Red Sox this season, where he had 1 hit in 9 at-bats. Since being sent to AAA Pawtucket on April 28th, Selsky has struggled. In 79 games, Selsky hit .215 with 11 home runs, and 39 RBI’s.

Seslky left McCoy Stadium shortly after it was announced he was the DFA. He did not leave the park with any of his belongings and is expected to rejoin the PawSox tomorrow.

What Davis Brings To The Table For The Boston Red Sox

In terms of Davis, he provides outfield depth with the injury to Jackie Bradley Jr., and he provides some much-needed speed to the Boston Red Sox.

Davis is 36-years-old and the Norwich, Connecticut native should sound very familiar to Boston Red Sox fans. Davis has 10 years of American League experience including three seasons with AL East rival Toronto. What he brings to Boston is speed.

Davis has stolen 30+ bases in a season a total of 7 times in his career and he is on pace to do it once more this year. For the Oakland Athletics this season he has stolen 26 bases. As a whole, he is .233 on the season in 300 at-bats. Production at the plate isn’t why the Red Sox acquired him though.

Davis instantly becomes the best base stealer on the team. His 26 stolen bads are 8 higher than the highest on the Red Sox. Mookie Betts has 18, Andrew Benintendi 15, and Xander Bogaerts 11. Every other player on the team is sub-10. Come October, the need for speed on the bases and the ability to insert a legit pinch runner is immense.

Think Quienten Berry (2013) and Dave Roberts (2004). That is what Davis is expected to bring to the table.

In terms of placement, he can play center field till the return of Jackie Bradley Jr. Davis in 2017 has played 79 games in center for Oakland with a .987 fielding percentage in 572 innings logged.

What To Expect Going Forward

One would assume that Boston will use Davis in the field with Bradley being placed on the 10-day-dl with a sprained left thumb. Davis can also play left or right field until Bradley returns, Davis will likely serve as the fourth outfielder.

Once Bradley returns, Davis will likely be used almost exclusively as a pinch runner late in games. A role that will be crucial to October baseball success.

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night At McCoy Stadium

The biggest headline in sports today is the trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. For the Pawtucket Red Sox, they saw this move as an opportunity.

On Thursday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Rhode Island, the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be hosting a Kyrie Irving night.

Here are some the highlights of the night at McCoy.

  • Any fan wearing the color green or Celtics apparel will receive free general admission to the 7:05 game.
  • There will be a grand price revolving around Irving’s new number 11
  • PawSox store to have Celtics themed apparel.
  • Pregame dunk tank with Cleveland Cavaliers fan in tank wearing LeBron James jersey
  • Double the admission price for any fans by the name of LeBron, Draymond, Steph, Lonzo, or Kevin Love/Durant.

For the full info from the team check out the tweet by Mike Monaco below.

Kudos to the PawSox for capitalizing on a golden opportunity.

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