Bogaerts' arrival unknown, but highly anticipated
Red Sox's top position prospect honing his craft at Triple-A Pawtucket
BOSTON -- One intriguing thing to follow down the stretch for the Red Sox is the timetable for the arrival of Xander Bogaerts. Will the man most regard as the top position prospect in the organization be called up when rosters expand in September, or even sooner?
The 20-year-old Bogaerts started the season at Double-A Portland and played 56 games before his promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.
In 40 games with the PawSox, Bogaerts is hitting .273 with eight homers, 24 RBIs and an .853 OPS.
"I think Xander's doing everything that he can to tell us when he's ready to come to the big leagues. Whether that's this week or next month, that's still in the debate or in the conversation," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "But he's an exciting young player, I think we're all looking forward to the day that he begins his career, not knowing when that's going to be."
Interestingly, Bogaerts got the start at third base for Pawtucket on Monday. Shortstop is his main position, but third is the area he might be able to help the Red Sox at this season.
"There's still some things that are a work in progress for him defensively," Farrell said. "And any time you go up against more veteran and accomplished pitching, that's going to be another adjustment on his part. But he's a pretty exciting player."
After 34 straight starts, Iglesias gets breather
BOSTON -- For the first time since June 18, the Red Sox had a starting lineup that did not include Jose Iglesias.
The infielder had started 34 straight games. However, Iglesias has been slumping of late. He has just five hits in his last 44 at-bats.
Brandon Snyder got the start at third base Monday against Rays lefty David Price, while Stephen Drew started at short.
"Day off [for Iglesias]," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Chance to get Snyder in against a left-hander. Stephen's been swinging the bat better of late and we're looking to get a little more production out of the bottom third of the order."
What has stood out during the slump Iglesias is in?
"He's been attacked early and often in the strike zone," said Farrell. "Whether he's fallen behind in the count or expanded the zone on occasion, I can't say that he's chased wildly by any means, some of the balls that he had the benefit of falling in before haven't been of late. I don't think he's striking out at an abnormal rate. He's putting the ball in play and some of those aren't finding holes."
Sox to honor former manager Morgan on Tuesday
BOSTON -- The Red Sox will pay tribute to former manager Joe Morgan, who pioneered one of the most memorable runs in team history, before Tuesday night's game against the Rays.
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of "Morgan Magic," when the Sox rolled off 12 wins in a row following the All-Star break and 19 out of 20 at Fenway Park.
Morgan was named the team's interim manager on July 14, 1988, replacing John McNamara.
That interim label was shed in short order, as Morgan, a native of Walpole, Mass., would manage the club through the 1991 season, guiding his hometown team to a pair of American League East titles.
Morgan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Several members of the '88 team are expected to attend, including Roger Clemens, Dwight Evans, Lee Smith, Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, Mike Smithson, Tom Bolton and Spike Owen.
Ceremonies are expected to start at about 6:45 p.m. ET. The first pitch of Tuesday night's game is 7:10.