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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Guardians

Christian Arroyo, Nick Pivetta lead Red Sox past Guardians

June 25, 2022, 2:56 AM

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Christian Arroyo homered and drove in three runs to power the Boston Red Sox to their fifth consecutive victory, 6-3, over the host Cleveland Guardians on Friday.

Arroyo's fourth home run of the season, a towering 405-foot blast to right center, broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh off reliever Bryan Shaw (3-1). Arroyo, who went 3-for-4, was also hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second by starting pitcher Cal Quantrill.

Boston starter Nick Pivetta (8-5) pitched seven solid innings and stymied the Guardians' offense despite allowing a season-high eight hits. He surrendered two runs with no walks and four strikeouts.

The Red Sox, who improved to 17-4 in June, added a third run in the seventh when J.D. Martinez singled and scored on a double by Alex Verdugo for a 5-2 lead.

Andres Gimenez had a hand in Cleveland's first two runs. He blasted his eighth home run, a 398-foot solo shot to right center, to knot the score at 2-2 in the fourth.

In the second, he singled and stole second. Slump-ridden Myles Straw drove him home with a single to even the score at 1-1.

The Red Sox regained the lead 2-1 in the top of the third when Rafael Devers drove an 0-2 pitch 411 feet for this 17th home run.

Quantrill went five innings and surrendered five hits, two runs, two walks and struck out four.

The right-hander allowed a single by Arroyo and double to Devers in the fifth. However, he was saved from further damage when right fielder Oscar Gonzalez made a shoestring catch of Martinez's blooper and then threw a one-hop strike to catcher Austin Hedges, who tagged out Arroyo trying to score.

Boston added an insurance run in the ninth when Rob Refsnyder doubled in Trevor Story.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the ninth against closer Tanner Houck, but pushed across just one run on Steven Kwan's RBI single.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

Rising Red Sox square off with resurgent Guardians

June 24, 2022, 10:56 AM

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Catching the New York Yankees in the American League East might be unlikely, but the Boston Red Sox are back in the thick of playoff contention thanks to their recent hot streak.

Boston has won four in a row and 16 of the past 20 heading into a three-game series against the host Cleveland Guardians that begins Friday night.

"I've been saying this all along: We got ourselves in a deep hole (earlier in the season)," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "Now we're in a better position."

The same can be said of the Guardians, who went 7-2 on their just-completed trip against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins. Cleveland is on a 17-5 run.

Not only do the Red Sox have their customary prowess in the batter's box, but their starting pitching has been superb, too.

Boston heads into the weekend series with three of the top five AL players in terms of batting average: Xander Bogaerts (.335), Rafael Devers (.328) and J.D. Martinez (.326).

That's not to mention second baseman Trevor Story, who has 11 home runs and a team-high 48 RBIs.

"We want him controlling the (hitting) zone, staying on pitches to right-center," Cora said.

Boston leads the AL in batting average at .258.

The Red Sox have 15 home runs in their past 12 games. They finished 7-2 on their just-completed homestand, including a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, capped by a 6-2 victory on Wednesday.

Boston right-hander Nick Pivetta (7-5, 3.31 ERA) will start in the opener against Cleveland, his first career appearance against the Guardians. He is coming off back-to-back wins over the Oakland A's on June 14 and the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, having allowed a total of two runs in 15 innings during those outings.

Right-hander Cal Quantrill (4-4, 3.77) will pitch for Cleveland on Friday. He is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two previous starts against Boston, both last year.

Quantrill won three consecutive starts before enduring his worst outing of the season on Saturday against the host Los Angeles Dodgers, when he gave up five runs on 10 hits in five innings during a 7-1 defeat.

On Thursday, Cleveland was attempting to sweep the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis for the first time since June 2017, but the Guardians lost 1-0.

"We've been playing close games with everybody," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "(Minnesota) plays us as tough as anybody. They're a good team."

And so are the Red Sox.

After the three-game series against Boston, the Guardians will remain home for a five-game series against Minnesota and then a three-game set against the Yankees. It's their longest homestand of the season -- and one of the toughest.

The Guardians are thrilled with the way they've played in June. They are 15-5 this month while averaging 4.6 runs. They have a 3.28 staff ERA, and they have won four one-run games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Guardians

Streaking Guardians activate OF Franmil Reyes, RHP Aaron Civale

June 21, 2022, 10:26 PM

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The Cleveland Guardians, 13-4 in June, activated slugger Franmil Reyes and right-handed starter Aaron Civale from the IL Tuesday in advance of the team's series opener at the Minnesota Twins.

The Guardians (34-28) trailed the Twins by a game in the American League Central standings entering Tuesday.

Reyes had an MRI on May 26 that revealed a mild hamstring strain. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on June 14. In five games with Columbus, Reyes went 9-for-21 (.429) with two home runs and six RBIs.

He started slowly this season, compiling a .196/.255/.278 slash line with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 35 games for the Guardians.

Reyes, 26, hit 30 home runs and drove in 85 in 2021 for Cleveland while slashing .254/.324/.522 across 115 games.

Civale, placed on the IL May 25 due to left glute cramping, was activated and slated to start Tuesday's game. He struggled during the first couple of months of the season and owns a 2-3 mark with a 7.84 ERA over seven starts.

He has 30 strikeouts in his 31 innings of work.

Civale, 27, made his second rehab start June 15 for Columbus, striking out seven hitters in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed one unearned run on two hits, a walk and two hit batsmen.

In related moves, Cleveland optioned right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin to Triple-A Columbus and designated outfielder Oscar Mercado for assignment.

The Guardians also welcomed Jose Ramirez back to the lineup for Tuesday's game after he missed two games with a sore right thumb. Ramirez leads the AL with 62 RBIs and is leading the majors (tied with Mike Trout) with a 1.039 OPS.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Worcester Telegram

Red Sox call up INF Jeter Downs from Triple-A

June 20, 2022, 5:49 PM

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The Boston Red Sox recalled infielder Jeter Downs from Triple-A Worcester and designated right-hander James Norwood for assignment on Monday.

Downs, 23, could make his major league debut Monday night when the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.

Downs is Boston's No. 5-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. He joined the Red Sox as part of the February 2020 trade that sent outfielder Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Downs has batted .180 with 11 homers, 21 RBIs and 11 stolen bases while playing 53 games at shortstop this season at Worcester.

Norwood, 28, was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations on Saturday. He did not make an appearance with the Red Sox and was 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Phillies.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies trade RHP James Norwood to Red Sox for cash

June 18, 2022, 6:56 PM

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The Boston Red Sox acquired right-hander James Norwood from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.

Norwood was designated for assignment Monday after going 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA in 20 relief appearances. He struck out 22 and walked nine in 17 1/3 innings.

The Phillies acquired Norwood in a March 30 trade that sent minor league infielder Kervin Pichardo and cash to the San Diego Padres.

Norwood, 28, is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in 48 games (no starts) for the Chicago Cubs (2018-20), Padres (2021) and Phillies.

--Field Level Media

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Barkley Statue

Reports: David Blitzer of 76ers’ group purchases share of Guardians

June 16, 2022, 8:49 PM

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David Blitzer is purchasing a share of the Cleveland Guardians with an eventual path to majority ownership, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Through his company, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, Blitzer is part owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL's New Jersey Devils. Recently he was part of a group that purchased Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, and his other properties include the English soccer club Crystal Palace.

Major League Baseball approved Blitzer's purchase Thursday, per the report. He will own between 25-30 percent of the Guardians at first, while having the right to increase that to a controlling stake several years from now.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed to ESPN that a transaction involving Guardians ownership was approved.

Paul Dolan remains the club's majority owner for now. He is also their chairman and CEO.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

Tigers-Guardians rained out, will play July 4 doubleheader

May 27, 2022, 11:25 PM

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The Detroit Tigers' home game against the Cleveland Guardians Friday night was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.

The American League Central rivals will meet up for a split doubleheader on Independence Day. After their originally scheduled game at 1:10 p.m. ET, they will make up Friday's game starting at 6:40 p.m.

Cleveland's Shane Bieber (1-3, 3.55 ERA) was set to oppose Detroit rookie Alex Faedo (1-1, 3.00 ERA) on Friday. Updated pitching plans for Saturday's and Sunday's games were not yet known.

The Tigers won the first game of what was supposed to be a four-game set on Thursday, 4-3, on a walk-off base hit by Miguel Cabrera.

It's already the second time the two teams had a game rained out this season. Their meeting in Cleveland last Saturday was postponed more than three hours before first pitch and rescheduled for July 14.

The Colorado Rockies and host Washington Nationals also saw their originally scheduled game Friday postponed by weather.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Guardians

Guardians put OF Franmil Reyes (hamstring) on IL

May 26, 2022, 8:51 PM

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The Cleveland Guardians placed outfielder Franmil Reyes on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to right hamstring tightness.

The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

Reyes, 26, didn't play in Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros. He is batting just .195 with three homers, 12 RBIs and 57 strikeouts in 35 games this season.

Reyes belted 30 homers and a career-high 85 RBIs last season in 115 games.

Cleveland also promoted outfielders Oscar Gonzalez and Richie Palacios and left-hander Konnor Pilkington from Triple-A Columbus and designated infielder Yu Chang for assignment.

Gonzalez, 24, is batting .282 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 41 games for Columbus, while the 25-year-old Palacios is batting .259 in 20 games at Columbus as well as hitting .270 in 12 games with Cleveland this season.

Pilkington, 24, will start Thursday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. He is replacing right-hander Aaron Civale (glute), who was placed on the injured list on Wednesday.

Pilkington has a 5.02 ERA in four starts at Columbus. He has made four appearances (one start) for the Guardians this season and has a 2.08 ERA.

Chang, 26, was hitless in 10 at-bats for Cleveland this season and batted .174 in 23 minor league at-bats between Columbus and Double-A Akron.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Guardians

Tigers at Guardians postponed, to be made up July 14

May 21, 2022, 7:05 PM

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Saturday's game between the Guardians and Detroit Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather in Cleveland.

The game will be made up on July 14 at 7:10 p.m.

Fans with tickets to Saturday's contest can use them for the July 14 game or exchange them before that date.

The Guardians were 6-1 winners in Friday night's series opener at Progressive Field. The series concludes Sunday at 1:40 p.m. ET.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Guardians

Jose Ramirez to get X-rays, Terry Francona out Friday

May 20, 2022, 12:06 AM

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Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez will have X-rays on his shin and manager Terry Francona will undergo minor surgery and miss Friday night's game.

The three-time All-Star Ramirez fouled a ball off his right shin in the eighth inning of Thursday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Ramirez was pulled for a pinch-hitter after delivering an RBI single.

"He's pretty sore," Francona said. "Hit above his pad, just below his knee. For him to react like that, he's a pretty tough kid. He's going to get some X-rays, but he's sore."

Ramirez entered Thursday batting .281 with eight home runs and 33 RBIs.

Francona will miss Friday's lid lifter against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Francona is having a minor surgical procedure but is expected to return to the dugout Saturday. Thursday was Francona's first game back following a positive test for COVID-19.

Guardians bench coach DeMarlo Hale will serve as acting manager Friday night.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at New York Yankees

Guardians' Terry Francona to return after bout with COVID

May 18, 2022, 6:58 PM

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Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has cleared Major League Baseball's health and safety protocol and is expected to be in the dugout for Wednesday's game against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Francona, who missed four games, will be joined by bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Both tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Sandy Alomar Jr. and Mike Sarbaugh, the Guardians' first- and third-base coaches, respectively, as well as assistant pitching coach Joe Torres remain in the protocol. Hitting coach Chris Valaika returned to the team before Tuesday's 5-4 setback in 10 innings against the Reds.

Pitching coach Carl Willis served as acting manager in Francona's absence.

The Guardians have lost four of their last five games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers

Scott Boras: No talks for Boston's Xander Bogaerts during season

May 18, 2022, 6:17 PM

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Scott Boras says he won't negotiate an extension for Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts during the season.

"That's our stance. I look forward to talking to John (Henry) and Tom (Werner) about Xander after the season," the agent told the Boston Globe on Tuesday, referencing the team's owners.

Bogaerts, 29, entered Wednesday batting .338 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 35 games this season.

The Red Sox reportedly offered the three-time All-Star a four-year, $90 million extension during spring training. His asking price is said to be in the $30-$35 million per year range, however.

Appearing on NESN on Tuesday, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom reiterated that the team wants to sign Bogaerts to a long-term deal.

"Obviously, we didn't come to any sort of extension agreement before the season," Bloom said. "I think the important thing is that we know Xander wants to be here, we want him to be here. We don't have an agreement yet. But we're trying to stay focused on the task at hand and that's what we're all doing. We know where everybody wants this to end up and we've got time to see what happens here."

Bogaerts is in the third year of a six-year, $120 million extension signed in April 2019.

The two-time World Series winner is a career .291/.355/.459 hitter with 144 homers and 625 RBIs in 1,149 games with the Red Sox since 2013.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

Guardians acquire RHP Yohan Ramirez from Mariners

May 16, 2022, 11:56 PM

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The Cleveland Guardians dealt for right-handed relief pitcher Yohan Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.

The Mariners designated Ramirez for assignment on Friday after he appeared in seven games to begin 2022, his third season with the club. He had a 1-0 record and a 7.56 ERA, with 10 strikeouts and six walks in 8 1/3 innings.

In 48 career games out of the bullpen, Ramirez, 27, owns a 2-3 record and a 3.97 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.

Earlier Monday, the Mariners purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias after he missed more than a year of action following Tommy John surgery.

The Guardians were off Monday and scheduled to open a two-game home series with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at New York Yankees

Seven Guardians coaches in COVID protocol before weekend series

May 12, 2022, 8:50 PM

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Seven members of the Cleveland Guardians' coaching staff, including manager Terry Francona, were in Major League Baseball's COVID-19 health and safety protocol as of Thursday.

Wednesday's series finale between the Guardians and host Chicago White Sox was postponed due to Cleveland reporting "multiple positive tests," including Francona. It was the first game of the MLB season to be postponed for COVID-related reasons.

Along with Francona, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, hitting coach Chris Valaika, assistant pitching coach Joe Torres, first base coach Sandy Alomar, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh and hitting analyst Justin Toole entered the protocol.

Pitching coach Carl Willis will serve as interim manager when the Guardians are scheduled to play a three-game series at the Minnesota Twins starting Friday in Minneapolis. Thursday was a scheduled day off for the club.

The Guardians also announced Thursday that Wednesday's White Sox game will be made up on July 23 at Chicago as part of a split doubleheader.

"As a result of recent events, numerous members of our Major League coaching staff are currently in MLB Health and Safety protocols," Cleveland president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "We continue to test team personnel and conduct contract tracing for the affected individuals. Carl Willis will serve as acting manager this weekend in Minneapolis and will be supported by other individuals throughout the organization until the members of our coaching staff are able to rejoin the team."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Angels

Guardians manager Terry Francona tests positive for COVID

May 11, 2022, 4:32 PM

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Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona is away from the team Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will replace Francona for the afternoon game in Chicago against the White Sox.

The positive test is the first for the Guardians since three players went on the COVID-related injured list on April 20 (pitcher Cal Quantrill, infielder Owen Miller and pitcher Anthony Castro).

Hale, a Chicago native, rejoined Francona last season after stints with the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles since assisting Francona with the Boston Red Sox. Hale subbed for Francona in 2021 when the manager took a long leave of absence for health-related reasons.

--Field Level Media