End 2nd, Red Sox 2-0: Kyle Seager picked up his team-leading 101st hit of the season, but it was Seattle’s only hit of the inning.
Felix Doubront, who struck out two batters in the first inning, struck out Kendrys Morales to begin the third. The left-hander came with five straight fastballs before freezing Morales with a curveball on the inside corner.
Seager then singled into center field, and Doubront nearly benefited from an inning-ending double play. Jason Bay hit a slow bouncer to short that the Red Sox tried to turn into two, but Bay beat out Dustin Pedroia’s throw to first.
Justin Smoak ended the inning by grounding to third base. Brock Holt made the play and fired to second base to complete the forceout.
Mid 2nd, Red Sox 2-0: David Ortiz made history and the Red Sox scored two runs.
Ortiz drilled a double into the left-center field gap to lead off the second inning. It marked his 1,689th career hit as a designated hitter, making him the all-time leader in hits as a DH. Ortiz passed Harold Baines to break the record.
Ortiz’s double was just the beginning of a successful inning for the Red Sox.
Mike Napoli walked and Daniel Nava got hit on the elbow to load the bases with no outs for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Saltalamacchia gave one a ride to the power alley in left-center field. Raul Ibanez ranged back and over to make the play, but Ortiz tagged up and scored Boston’s first run of the game. Napoli advanced to third base and Nava moved up to second base.
Jose Iglesias, who initially fell behind in the count, 0-2, fouled off a slider before hammering the next pitch to right field. Jason Bay backtracked to make the play, but Napoli tagged up and scored Boston’s second run.
The Red Sox had a chance to do some more damage, but Brock Holt was retired on a little flair to left field. Shortstop Brad Miller ran back to make the catch in shallow left.
End 1st, 0-0: The first out required a nice defensive play. Felix Doubront took care of the rest.
Brad Miller led off with a ground ball to short. Jose Iglesias, who has the quickest release I’ve ever seen, charged in and threw to first on the run. His throw was in the dirt, but Mike Napoli scooped it out to complete the out.
Doubront finished the inning by striking out Nick Franklin and Raul Ibanez.
Franklin chased a 1-2 changeup located low and away. Ibanez tried to check his swing on an inside fastball, but home plate umpire Cory Blaser ruled that he went around.
Mid 1st, 0-0: Jacoby Ellsbury’s hit streak is up to 18 games.
Ellsbury yanked a 2-1 fastball into right field to extend his streak and get the Red Sox’ offense rolling.
Aaron Harang put a quick stop to Boston’s first-inning efforts, though.
Shane Victorino hit a perfect double play ball right at shortstop Brad Miller. Miller fielded it and flipped to Nick Franklin, who tossed to first to complete the double play. (John Farrell said before Wednesday’s game that Victorino, who has been battling hamstring tightness, will likely sit out Thursday’s day game.)
Dustin Pedroia bounced down to first base to end the inning.
10:11 p.m.: Aaron Harang’s first pitch is a strike. The baseball game has officially begun.
10:01 p.m.: Clay Buchholz threw a 25-pitch bullpen session in Seattle on Tuesday. John Farrell said the ball came out of Buchholz’s hand well.
According to Farrell, Buchholz will have a light day Thursday before throwing another bullpen Friday. The right-hander may then make a rehab start Sunday for either Portland or Pawtucket.
9:47 p.m.: The Red Sox’ roster has been somewhat in flux recently, and that trend continued Wednesday.
Allen Webster and Alfredo Aceves were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and Steven Wright and Pedro Beato were recalled.
It’s still unclear who will start Sunday’s game against the A’s, but Wright is certainly a candidate. The Red Sox may also consider using Brandon Workman, who was called up before Tuesday’s game.
9:22 p.m.: David Ortiz could make some history Wednesday.
Ortiz, who went 4-for-5 Tuesday, tied Harold Baines for the most hits as designated hitter in major league history with 1,688, meaning his next hit will break the record.
Ortiz is already baseball’s all-time leader in runs (1,016), doubles (431), home runs (369), extra-base hits (817) and RBIs (1,206) as a DH.
8:16 p.m.: If you’re interested in getting caught up to speed on the Red Sox’ minor league happenings, I suggest you check out the gallery at the link below. You’ll find out which players down on the farm had breakout performances this past week.
7:12 p.m.: Remember, folks. Time is running out to vote Koji Uehara into the All-Star Game. You have until 4 p.m. ET Thursday to cast your vote as part of MLB.com’s Final Vote.
7 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino have both been banged up, but both will be in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
Wednesday’s complete lineups are below.
Red Sox (55-37)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Jose Iglesias, SS
Brock Holt, 3B
Felix Doubront, LHP (5-3, 4.11 ERA)
Brad Miller, SS
Nick Franklin, 3B
Raul Ibanez, LF
Kendrys Morales, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Jason Bay, RF
Justin Smoak, 1B
Michael Saunders, CF
Henry Blanco, C
Aaron Harang, RHP, 4-7 (4.92 ERA)
8 a.m. ET: Safeco Field is generally a pitcher’s park, but the Red Sox and Mariners threw that notion out the window on Tuesday.
The two teams combined for 19 runs and 29 hits, with Boston ultimately prevailing, 11-8. The two teams were tied at eight apiece until Shane Victorino kicked off a three-run eighth inning with a home run. It was one of five long balls for the Red Sox, who ended a three-game skid with the victory.
Felix Doubront will get the start on Wednesday, and he’ll be looking to continue a very impressive stretch. Doubront owns a 2.87 ERA over his last 10 starts after starting the season off in shaky fashion.
Wednesday will be another late one on the East Coast. The game’s first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com’s live blog.