Boston Red Sox defeat Detroit Tigers, 5-4

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein acknowledged he took the standings into consideration when he decided against using the organization’s best prospects to make a significant deal before yesterday’s trade deadline.

The Red Sox are currently buried behind the Yankees and Rays in the American League East with two months remaining, and closer to fourth place than second.

But Epstein stressed he would pursue trades via waivers this month if upgrades were merited.


With no outside movement to aid their bullpen at yesterday’s trading deadline, the Red Sox instead turned toward a pair of internal options. The team is hoping the conversion of starters Felix Doubront and Michael Bowden to relievers in Pawtucket could pay dividends in Boston.

Doubront was told Friday of the move, beginning a process that could add a significant lefthanded arm to a Boston bullpen in desperate need of one.

“I think everybody involved thinks that this ...

Ryan Kalish promised he drove within the speed limit on his way to Fenway Park yesterday. Although Kalish said that with a smile, he had to hurry his way to Boston from Triple A Pawtucket as he was thrown into the Red Sox lineup when Jeremy Hermida was designated for assignment. Kalish received the call at 2:30 p.m.

With less than two hours before game time, Kalish, 22, managed to arrive on time to make his major league debut. And as quickly as Kalish put on a Red Sox u...