|2019 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||John W. Henry (Fenway Sports Group)|
|General manager(s)||Dave Dombrowski (de facto)|
|President of Baseball Operations||Dave Dombrowski|
(Dave O'Brien (play-by-play); Jerry Remy, Dennis Eckersley, Carlos Peña, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (color); Tom Caron (studio))
Boston Red Sox Radio Network
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During the offseason, the team retained or re-signed most players from the 2018 team. Not retained were closer Craig Kimbrel, reliever Joe Kelly, starter Drew Pomeranz, and second baseman Ian Kinsler. Prior to Opening Day, the team sent catcher Sandy León to the minor leagues, opting to carry two catchers on the roster, Christian Vázquez and Blake Swihart. Manager Alex Cora stated he would use Andrew Benintendi as the team's leadoff hitter, with Mookie Betts batting second, swapping their positions from the team's usual 2018 batting order. Cora did not name a specific relief pitcher as closer.
The 2019 regular season began on March 28 against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park (formerly known as Safeco Field). Manager Alex Cora named Chris Sale as Boston's Opening Day starting pitcher, and advised the starting lineup to the media on March 27. Seattle scored seven runs off of Sale, who only pitched three innings and took the loss. Mariners' shortstop Tim Beckham had two home runs en route to a 12–4 final score. Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 at the plate.
|4||28||J. D. Martinez||DH|
|8||19||Jackie Bradley Jr.||CF|
|American League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Yankees||83||43||0.659||—||49–20||34–23|
|Tampa Bay Rays||73||52||0.584||9½||33–29||40–23|
|Boston Red Sox||67||59||0.532||16||33–32||34–27|
|Toronto Blue Jays||52||75||0.409||31½||25–39||27–36|
|New York Yankees||83||43||0.659|
|Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Tampa Bay Rays||73||52||0.584||—|
|Boston Red Sox||67||59||0.532||6½|
|Los Angeles Angels||62||64||0.492||11½|
|Chicago White Sox||55||68||0.447||17|
|Toronto Blue Jays||52||75||0.409||22|
|Kansas City Royals||44||80||0.355||28½|
2019 American League Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Updated with the results of all games through August 18, 2019.
Boston Red Sox roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
60-day injured list
Red Sox players who made their MLB debuts during the 2019 regular season:
Notable transactions of/for players on the 40-man roster during the 2019 regular season:
Boston's top ten selections in the 2019 MLB draft, which started on June 3, are listed below. The team did not have a first-round pick, due to being more than $40 million over the MLB luxury tax threshold.
|2||43||Cameron Cannon||Shortstop||R/R||4YR JR||Arizona||June 12, 2019|
|2||69||Matthew Lugo||Shortstop||R/R||HS SR||Carlos Beltrán Baseball Academy (PR)||June 19, 2019|
|3||107||Ryan Zeferjahn||Pitcher||R/R||4YR JR||Kansas||June 12, 2019|
|4||137||Noah Song||Pitcher||R/R||4YR SR||Navy||July 6, 2019|
|5||167||Jaxx Groshans||Catcher||R/R||4YR JR||Kansas||June 12, 2019|
|6||197||Chris Murphy||Pitcher||L/L||4YR SR||University of San Diego||June 12, 2019|
|7||227||Brock Bell||Pitcher||R/R||JC J3||State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota||June 12, 2019|
|8||257||Wil Dalton||Center fielder||R/R||4YR JR||Florida||June 12, 2019|
|9||287||Cody Scroggins||Pitcher||R/R||4YR SR||Arkansas||June 28, 2019|
|10||317||Stephen Scott||Outfielder||L/R||4YR SR||Vanderbilt||July 4, 2019|
|No.||Date||Red Sox batter||H/A||Pitcher||Opposing team|
|1||April 20||Andrew Benintendi||Away||Charlie Morton||Tampa Bay Rays|
|2||May 5||Xander Bogaerts||Away||Juan Minaya||Chicago White Sox|
|3||July 15||Michael Chavis||Home||Trent Thornton||Toronto Blue Jays|
|No.||Date||Red Sox personnel||H/A||Opposing team|
|1||June 11||Andrew Benintendi||Home||Baltimore Orioles|
|3||July 25||Brock Holt||Home||New York Yankees|
|4||August 3||Alex Cora||Away||New York Yankees|
|Rafael Devers||AL Player of the Month (May)||June 3, 2019|||
|Michael Chavis||AL Rookie of the Month (May)||June 3, 2019|||
|Mookie Betts||All-Star Reserve OF||June 30, 2019|||
|J. D. Martinez||All-Star Reserve DH|
|Xander Bogaerts||All-Star Reserve SS||July 3, 2019|||
|Rafael Devers||AL Player of the Week (Aug. 12–18)||August 19, 2019|||
|AAA||Pawtucket Red Sox||International League||Billy McMillon|
|AA||Portland Sea Dogs||Eastern League||Joe Oliver|
|A-Advanced||Salem Red Sox||Carolina League||Corey Wimberly|
|A||Greenville Drive||South Atlantic League||Iggy Suarez|
|A-Short Season||Lowell Spinners||New York–Penn League||Luke Montz|
|Rookie||GCL Red Sox||Gulf Coast League||Tom Kotchman|
|Rookie||DSL Red Sox 1||Dominican Summer League||Fernando Tatís|
|Rookie||DSL Red Sox 2||Dominican Summer League||Ozzie Chavez|
The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.
Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, dubbed the "Curse of the Bambino" after its alleged inception due to the Red Sox' sale of Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees two years after their world championship in 1918, an 86-year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in 2004. The team's history during that period was punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" in 1946, the "Impossible Dream" of 1967, Carlton Fisk's home run in 1975, and Bill Buckner's error in 1986. Following their victory in the 2018 World Series, they became the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century, with championships in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018. Red Sox history has also been marked by the team's intense rivalry with the Yankees, arguably the fiercest and most historic in North American professional sports.The Boston Red Sox are owned by Fenway Sports Group, which also owns Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League in England. The Red Sox are consistently one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance, while the small capacity of Fenway Park prevents them from leading in overall attendance. From May 15, 2003 to April 10, 2013, the Red Sox sold out every home game—a total of 820 games (794 regular season) for a major professional sports record. Both Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", and The Standells's "Dirty Water" have become anthems for the Red Sox.Dominican Summer League Red Sox
The Dominican Summer League Red Sox, often called the DSL Red Sox, are a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball, playing in the foreign Dominican Summer League. The team, classed as a Rookie League franchise, plays at the El Toro Complex in the Dominican Republic.
For the 2019 Boston Red Sox season, the field coordinator is José Zapata, and the Red Sox are fielding two teams; one managed by Fernando Tatís and the other managed by Ozzie Chavez.
August 1, vs. Tampa Bay Rays (cont'd)
Tampa Bay completed their sweep of the three-game series with a 9–4 win. Xander Bogaerts had two home runs, and Mookie Betts also homered. Andrew Benintendi was 3-for-4 at the plate with three doubles. With four losses in a row, Boston fell to 59–51 on the season.
Red Sox lost the series 0–3 (14–23 runs)
August 2–4, at New York Yankees
The opening game of this series—with four games to be played in three days, due to a rainout earlier in the season—was won by New York, 4–2. All scoring occurred in the first inning, with Boston's runs coming on a J. D. Martinez home run with Xander Bogaerts on base. The Red Sox' losing streak reached five games, for the first time since their 2015 season. New York won the second game of the series, 9–2, in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. Boston's two runs came on solo homers by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi. Red Sox manager Alex Cora and starting pitcher Chris Sale were both ejected in the fourth inning. A 6–4 loss to the Yankees in the second game of the doubleheader gave the Red Sox their seventh loss in a row. Rafael Devers hit his 22nd home run of the season. The Yankees completed the sweep on Sunday evening with a 7–4 win. Christian Vázquez and Michael Chavis both homered, as the Red Sox' losing streak reached eight games.
Red Sox lost the series 0–4 (12–26 runs)
August 5–7, vs. Kansas City Royals
The Red Sox ended their losing streak with a 7–5 win in the first of three games against the Royals. Sam Travis and Rafael Devers each homered, with Brandon Workman recording his sixth save of the year. Kansas City won the second game of the series, 6–2, scoring all their runs off of Boston starter Andrew Cashner in 5 1⁄3 innings. The final game of the series saw Boston take a 4–2 lead through five innings, with Kansas City coming back to tie the game, 4–4, after seven innings. With no further scoring in regulation, the game went to extra innings, and entered a rain delay in the top of the 10th inning. At approximately 12:30 a.m., the game was officially suspended—Kansas City will return to Fenway on August 22 at 1:05 p.m. to complete the game.
Series currently tied 1–1, pending completion of suspended game
August 8–11, vs. Los Angeles Angels
The first game of the four-game series was won by Boston, 3–0. Chris Sale held Los Angeles to two hits in eight innings, improving his record on the year to 6–11. Red Sox scoring came on a two-run homer by Sam Travis and a solo homer by Sandy León. Boston won the second game, 16–4, while also outhitting the Angels, 14–3. J. D. Martinez was 4-for-5 at the plate, with two home runs and two doubles. Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, and Mitch Moreland also homered. The Angels responded to their 12-run loss on Friday with an 8-run win on Saturday, 12–4. Sam Travis hit his fifth home run of the season. Los Angeles took an early 3–0 lead in the final game of the series, with Boston going ahead, 4–3, after five innings. An eighth-inning run by the Angels tied the game, which went to extra innings; a tenth-inning run gave Los Angeles the win, 5–4. Christian Vázquez hit his 18th home run of the season.
Red Sox tied the series 2–2 (27–21 runs)
August 12–14, at Cleveland Indians
In the series' opening game, Boston trailed, 5–1, after three innings. Two runs by the Red Sox in the fourth, one in the seventh, and one in the ninth resulted in a 5–5 tie. In the bottom of the ninth, Cleveland's Carlos Santana hit a walk-off home run, giving Boston their third loss in a row. Boston built a 6–1 lead midway through the sixth inning of the second game of the series, only to have Cleveland tie the game and force extra innings. A home run by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the difference in a 7–6 Red Sox win. Andrew Cashner was used in relief and got the save, the first of his MLB career. Chris Sale recorded the 2,000th strikeout of his MLB career. Rafael Devers became the latest MLB player to record six hits in a game; he was 5-for-5 in the first nine innings, and had his sixth hit in the 10th inning. The Red Sox won the third and final game of the series, 5–1. Devers homered, and Xander Bogaerts hit two home runs.
Red Sox won the series 2–1 (17–13 runs)
August 16–18, vs. Baltimore Orioles
The opening game of the series was a 9–1 Boston win, as the Red Sox outhit the Orioles, 12–5. Mookie Betts hit his 21st home run of the season. Boston extended their winning streak to four games with a 4–0 win in the middle game of the series. Eduardo Rodríguez improved his record on the season to 14–5, while Brock Holt and Rafael Devers each homered. Boston completed the sweep on Sunday, coming back from a 6–0 deficit to record a 13–7 win. Devers and Sam Travis each homered, as Boston used seven pitchers, with Marcus Walden getting the win. Devers became the first MLB players to reach 100 RBIs on the season.
Red Sox won the series 3–0 (26–8 runs)
August 20–21, vs. Philadelphia Phillies
August 22, vs. Kansas City Royals
Resumption of suspended game from August 7. The game was halted due to rain with no outs in the top of the 10th with no runners on base and the score tied, 4–4. At the time the game was suspended, Josh Taylor was pitching to Meibrys Viloria; the count was 2 balls and 1 strike. Play-by-play summary here. The Red Sox are allowing anyone under 18 years old to enter Fenway Park for free; all other tickets are only $5 each.
at the time the game was suspended
2019 MLB season by team
|Division championships (10)|
|Wild card berths (7)|