1B/3B Travis Shaw has been called up to AA Portland according to his Facebook page.

In 99 games and 354 at bats for the Salem Red Sox, Shaw hit .305/.411/.545 with 16 home runs, 31 doubles, and 3 triples. He drove in 73 runs and stole 11 bases in 13 tries.

I interviewed him after he was drafted by the Red Sox in the 32nd round of the 2011 MLB draft. Since then he’s done nothing but impress. In time split between Lowell, Greenville, and Salem, Shaw has hit .292/.398/.511 with 24 home runs, 45 doubles, and 3 triples in 157 games and 562 at bats.

It’ll be interesting to see how he does in Portland. Some scouts have concerns that he’ll struggle to adjust to AA pitching, but with the way he’s hammered the ball so far in professional ball, signs point to Shaw hitting well in AA. He has an advanced approach at the plate which bodes well for him.

Former top Red Sox prospect Lars Anderson has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for 27 year old minor league knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Anderson had hitt .259/.359/.415 in 340 AAA at bats so far this year with 9 home runs, 22 doubles, and 2 triples. He will be assigned to AAA Columbus.

Steven Wright was 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 115.2 innings for the AA Akron Aeros. He is known as a knuckleball pitcher and is seen as organizational filler. He has battled control issues in the past and has a propensity to walk batters.

Time: 7:10 PM ET

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox (52-51)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia DH
Middlebrooks 3B
Shoppach C
Ciriaco SS
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.57)

Tigers (54-49)
Jackson CF
Berry LF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Young DH
Boesch RF
Avila C
Peralta SS
Infante 2B
Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.60)

The Red Sox have acquired left handed relief pitcher Craig Breslow. The Red Sox are sending Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return.

Breslow was previously a member of the Red Sox organization in 2006 and 2007. He pitched 12 innings for the big league club in 2006 but did not pitch in Boston in 2007. He was called up in September when rosters were expanded. He did not pitch once in the majors that year, but he still won a ring as a member of the Sox that year!

Breslow has a career 3.02 ERA. He is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA through 43.1 innings in 2012. It certainly doesn’t hurt to add another left handed specialist to the bullpen.

According to multiple sources, Ryan Sweeney has been placed on the DL and Ryan Kalish has been added to the major league roster. This move was made because Sweeney broke his hand punching a door. You can’t make this stuff up.

He is likely to miss two months thanks to this random act of rage. Apparently he punched a door after grounding out to second base in last nights game. Obviously he likes Boston as now he has no chance of being traded.

So far this season, Sweeney is hitting .260/.303/.373 with no home runs, 19 doubles, and 2 triples in 63 games.

Kalish hit .217/.238/.250 in his limited stint with the big league club this season. He hit .307/.388/.533 with 4 home runs and 5 doubles in 17 games for the PawSox.

For comedic relief, here’s a video that fits this situation perfectly.

By SBRForum.com

It’s been painful to watch the disjointed Boston Red Sox play in 2012 and one of the team’s leaders and best players Dustin Pedroia said as much in his frustration – and profanity – laced rant after Friday’s 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees. Sure, the team responded well with a pair of back-to-back wins to take the series, but as the trade deadline approaches this week, what are the Red Sox planning to do with this enigma of a team?

On one hand, the talent is clearly there. The talent is there, so is the experience and the team is relatively healthy. They’re only four games out of a Wild Card spot and everyone knows that if you just get into the playoffs, from there’s a coin toss.

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Time: 7:10 PM ET

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox (51-51)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia DH
Sweeney RF
Shoppach C
Ciriaco SS
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (8-3, 4.93)

Tigers (54-48)
Jackson CF
Berry LF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Young DH
Boesch RF
Peralta SS
Avila C
Infante 2B
Pitching: RHP Max Scherzer (10-5, 4.49)

Time: 4:05 PM ET

TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI

Red Sox (49-51)
Ellsbury CF
Ciriaco DH
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Middlebrooks 3B
Shoppach C
Aviles SS
Nava LF
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 5.46)

Yankees (60-39)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Jones LF
Nix 3B
Martin DH
Suzuki RF
Stewart C
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.30)

Time: 7:05 PM ET

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox (49-50)
Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Nava DH
Aviles SS
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (2-3, 3.50)

Yankees (59-39)
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Cano 2B
Teixeira 1B
Ibanez LF
Jones DH
Chavez 1B
Ichiro RF
Martin C
Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (9-8, 4.09)

The Red Sox, fresh off losing a series in Texas, now head to New York for three games with the @#$%-Yankees. How might the Sox recent play and the absence of David Ortiz from the lineup play out among the free MLB picks for this series?

Do the Red Sox miss their Big Papi? Let us count the ways. After dropping two of three games to the Rangers in Arlington Boston has now lost six of nine games since Ortiz suffered that Achilles “strain,” or whatever they’re calling it. The Sox scored a total of six runs in the three games in Texas, at one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball. Actually, they might consider themselves lucky they didn’t get swept.

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