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Team Report - BOSTON RED SOX

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With a 48-57 record, the Boston Red Sox could receive plenty of phone calls as the trade deadline approaches. Saturday's trade of Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for minor leaguer pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree might not be the only change to the roster.

David Ortiz said he heard Jon Lester's name mentioned, but he hopes the All-Star lefty remains in Boston.

"I think he's one of the best pitchers in the game," Ortiz said. "And making a move like that could mean a lot of things."

At 38 years old, Ortiz wouldn't be thrilled about being part of a rebuilding project, and while the Red Sox haven't mentioned conceding the season yet, the idea of trading Lester concerns him.

"I try not to think about any of it," Ortiz said before Boston's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, a victory that snapped the Red Sox's five-game losing streak. "I just hope it doesn't happen."

Although Lester will be a free agent at the end of the season, the Red Sox could demand a solid package of prospects from a playoff-hopeful team looking to add a major piece to the rotation even if it were for just 10-12 starts.

Through 21 starts this year, Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA.


RECORD: 48-57

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Blue Jays (RHP R.A. Dickey, 8-10, 4.04 ERA) at Red Sox (RHP Clay Buchholz, 5-6, 5.50 ERA)


--DH David Ortiz hit his fifth home run of the Red Sox's seven-game road swing Sunday; 19 of his 25 home runs this season came on the road. "I'm starting to get a good feeling back after sitting around for the All-Star break," he said. Ortiz traditionally tortures the Rays. He has 151 RBIs against the Rays and 29 home runs at Tropicana Field -- the most of any visiting player.

--RHP Allen Webster recorded the second victory of his career in his season debut, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up three hits and two runs to Tampa Bay. "He did as well as we could have expected, and as a bullpen we wanted to close out the game for him," said Red Sox LHP Andrew Miller, who pitched the seventh inning.

--RHP Koji Uehara recorded his 21st save in 23 chances, tying his career high from 2013. The 39-year-old reliever will be a free agent after this season, and he told that his agent and the Red Sox have not had talks about an extension.

--CF Jackie Bradley Jr. robbed Rays 3B Evan Longoria of extra bases in the bottom of the sixth inning with an amazing leaping catch as he tumbled into the outfield wall. It was the last batter RHP Allen Webster faced on the day. "That was an amazing play," Webster said. "I knew he had it once he was running after it."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I thought (RHP Allen Webster) battled and kept things under control. He got a key double play in the fifth inning and overall he showed a willingness to attack the strike zone." -- Manager John Farrell, after Webster helped Boston earn a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.



--3B Will Middlebrooks (broken right index finger) went on the 15-day disabled list May 17. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on June 14. The Red Sox shut him down from all baseball activities June 27 due to persistent swelling that negatively impacted his throwing. He resumed his rehab with Pawtucket on July 1. He was shut down again July 12-17 due to a left wrist strain, then started a new rehab assignment with Pawtucket on July 18.

--C Ryan Lavarnway (left hamate wrist fracture) went on the 15-day disabled list May 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 5. He underwent surgery June 3. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on July 18. He moved his rehab to Double-A Portland on July 21, then to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 25.


LHP Jon Lester

RHP John Lackey

RHP Rubby De La Rosa

RHP Clay Buchholz

RHP Allen Webster


RHP Koji Uehara (closer)

RHP Junichi Tazawa

RHP Edward Mujica

LHP Craig Breslow

LHP Andrew Miller

RHP Burke Badenhop

LHP Felix Doubront


Christian Vazquez

David Ross


1B Mike Napoli

2B Dustin Pedroia

SS Stephen Drew

3B Brock Holt

DH David Ortiz

INF/OF Mike Carp

INF Xander Bogaerts


LF Jonny Gomes

CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

RF Shane Victorino

OF Daniel Nava

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