The Red Sox had a chance for some momentum this past weekend but, instead, lost 2-of-3 to the first-place Orioles. Meanwhile, the Rays are getting hot, passing Boston, leaving the Red Sox (39-49) in last place in the American League East.
No wonder Jon Lester was the only Red Sox named to the All-Star team (although it appears Koji Uehara will also make it).
Jake Peavy pitched six innings: 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K ... Any team need a veteran right-hander at the trade deadline?
Pawtucket's Rubby De La Rosa was pulled after the first inning of his Sunday night start, meaning he is probably the starter for Boston on Wednesday (a vacancy that opened when the Red Sox were rained out last Friday) ... Chris Hernandez came in for De La Rosa and gave up five runs (four earned) over four innings ... the rehabbing Mike Carp was 2-for-4 ... new shortstop Deven Marrero (.389) was 3-for-4.
Henry Owens (12-3, 2,21) will go to Pawtucket as soon as the Red Sox can make room for him. He threw a 3-hitter over 8 innings, while striking out 11 (1 R, 1 BB) ... Owens' pal Noe Ramirez (1.67) finished the game for him ... Sean Coyle (.355) was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Salem left-hander Corey Littrell (5-4, 3.99) may be the next starter to reach Portland. He pitched seven innings Sunday: 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
Greenville lefty Trey Ball (6.08) struck out eight in five innings: 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB.
The blog is taking Tuesday off. I'll check back Wednesday