Red Sox, Orioles will play twin bill Saturday

Red Sox manager John Farrell has many decisions looming, with his team and with the All-Star roster.
Red Sox manager John Farrell has many decisions looming, with his team and with the All-Star roster.

The Red Sox will play a day/night doubleheader Saturday after Friday afternoon’s game against the Orioles was postponed by rain.

The team called the game at 10 a.m., 3½ hours before the scheduled first pitch.

The first game Saturday, at 1:05 p.m., is the makeup of Friday’s game. The second game will be at 7:15 p.m. The first game will be on NESN and the second game on Fox.


The Red Sox will start Jon Lester in Game 1 of the doubleheader with John Lackey scheduled for the nightcap.

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Baltimore will start righthanders Miguel Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez in the doubleheader.

The teams can add an extra player for the second game of the doubleheader. Manager John Farrell said that player has not yet been determined.

The doubleheader means the Red Sox will need a starter for Wednesday’s game against the White Sox.

“I haven’t even looked at who the candidates would be,” Farrell said. “We haven’t taken a look at everything.”


Lefthander Felix Doubront, a former starter now working in the bullpen, is one possibility. Triple A starters Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo, and Steven Wright have been sharp of late and all three are on the 40-man roster.

On the run

Shane Victorino, who has not played since May 23 because of hamstring and back ailments, briefly ran some sprints in the outfield after the game was called. It is uncertain when he will start another rehabilitation assignment.

Will Middlebrooks remains with Pawtucket on his rehabilitation assignment. Back at third base after DHing because of swelling in his fractured right index finger, he played five innings and went 1 for 2 with a walk in the PawSox’ 3-2, 10-inning win at Syracuse Friday. Middlebrooks is 3 for 8 with two walks and a home run in four games since resuming his rehab.

Mike Carp’s rehab assignment was transferred to Double A Portland. He is recovering from a broken right foot.

All-Star talk

Farrell has spent time the last few days putting the finishing touches on the American League roster for the All-Star Game, although it’s not quite done yet. The teams will be announced on Sunday night.


One tricky aspect is rewarding some Red Sox players for winning the World Series but at the same time recognizing players from other teams who deserve to make the team based on this season.

“Guys in our uniform did an awful lot for us to be in this position to go to Minnesota and you keep that in mind,” Farrell said. “But I think that guys recognize it, too, that they’re voting members so they see the years other players are having and they’re realistic in their own right.”

Lester, Koji Uehara, and David Ortiz are the leading candidates for the Red Sox. Ortiz could get squeezed out with Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz amassing a wide lead in the fan voting and Detroit’s Victor Martinez having a big season.

“Given all the information that we’ve received over the last three days, you kind of keep guys appraised of who would be in consideration, what scenarios may or may not play out like and you deal with them as straight-up as possible,” Farrell said.

Machado returns

The Orioles will get third baseman Manny Machado back for the second game on Saturday. He is serving a five-game suspension for, among other things, intentionally throwing his bat during his swing against the Athletics June 8 . . . The Orioles weren’t too upset by the postponement. Baltimore’s home game against Texas Thursday night was delayed by rain and did not end until 11:13 p.m. The team did not arrive at its hotel in Boston until 4 a.m. Only a few of the players were at Fenway before the game was called . . . The Orioles will call up 23-year-old righthander Kevin Gausman to start Sunday. Gausman is 3-2 with a 3.86 earned run average in five starts in the majors. Gausman last started in the majors on June 27 and has since pitched two innings for Single A Aberdeen Wednesday.

Gausman faced the Red Sox four times last season and allowed two runs over 9 innings while striking out 12 without a walk.

Capuano to Colorado

Lefthander Chris Capuano, whom the Red Sox released on Tuesday, signed a minor league deal with the Rockies and will report to Triple A Colorado Springs . . . First baseman Mike Napoli has at least one walk and one strikeout in seven consecutive games . . . A.J. Pierzynski has gone 112 at-bats since his last home run May 24 and has one RBI in his last 42 at-bats. Pierzynski’s struggles have led to speculation that the Red Sox could turn to Triple A catcher Christian Vazquez, especially if the season continues to slip away . . . Dustin Pedroia is 12 of his last 20, the hot streak raising the second baseman’s batting average from .262 to .282.

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