8/10/2014 8:58 P.M. ET
Butler realizes life-long dream of playing in Majors
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- In his long road to the Majors that began as an undrafted free agent, Dan Butler made his Major League debut behind the plate for Sunday's series finale against the Angels.
"I just wanted to make sure I caught the first pitch thrown to me," Butler joked after Boston's 3-1 victory. "After that, it was more of, 'What are we going to do to get this guy out and win the game?'"
Butler said around 15 extended family members were in the crowd Sunday afternoon to cheer him on.
"You can't put into words how much fun it was out there," said Butler.
A backup catcher out of the University of Arizona, Butler played in the Cap Cod Baseball League in 2009, before being signed by the Red Sox as an undrafted free agent and working his way through the team's farm system.
"Any time you look at a guy who gets to the big league's without ever being drafted, it has a different significance and more meaning to it," manager John Farrell said. "It points toward the individual having to go above and beyond with his work ethic and skills, along with his heart and desire."
Butler played an important role in Sunday's win by helping starter Rubby De La Rosa toss seven-plus innings and allow just one run. On the offensive end, Butler went 0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.
"You throw seven shutout innings and you are doing something right," manager John Farrell said. "He's caught him before. They had some familiarity with each other coming into the game."
Butler did get a little overanxious in the fourth inning when he airmailed a throw to second that allowed Howie Kendrick to advance to third base.
Butler was called up Aug. 3 after the Red Sox placed veteran catcher David Ross on the 15-day disabled list.
"We felt coming out of Spring Training if a need were to arise, he'd be a guy we call upon," Farrell said. "He's always shown either in those settings in Spring Training or reports out of Triple-A the last two years that he's more than capable of handling a big league staff and running a big league game with his game calling."
After striking out for third time, Napoli ejected
ANAHEIM -- Serving as the Red Sox's designated hitter in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Angels, Mike Napoli was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire CB Bucknor.
After Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run break a scoreless game, Napoli took a called third strike.
Napoli didn't agree with the call and began barking at Bucknor. As the two went back and forth, Napoli began to get more and more livid and was eventually thrown out.
Manager John Farrell came out to argue after Napoli's ejection in what became another heated argument.
"I disagreed with the call, that's about it," said Napoli after the game.
Escobar promoted, Hembree optioned to PawSox
ANAHEIM -- The Red Sox added a fresh arm to their bullpen for Sunday's series finale against the Angels, recalling No. 11 prospect Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioning Heath Hembree to the PawSox.
Hembree pitched incredibly well in Saturday's 19-inning game, tossing four innings and allowing just two hits in his Red Sox debut.
"He had the poise and the mound presence," manager John Farrell said. "We didn't know a lot about him other than the scouting reports and watching him throw a bullpen in St. Louis. He couldn't have pitched any better given the situation."
After the team used its entire bullpen and even starter Brandon Workman, Farrell felt the move was necessary.
"He has a four-pitch mix for strikes. He is coming off a solid outing in which he was able to command the strike zone," Farrell said of Escobar. "He will pitch with average velocity but has the ability to use multiple pitches."
Hembree and Escobar were both acquired when the Red Sox traded Jake Peavy to the Giants on July 26.
Between Triple-A Fresno and Pawtucket, Escobar is 3-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 22 games, all starts.
The left-hander will be a long relief option for the Red Sox on Sunday, while the rest of the bullpen will be available, with the exception of Junichi Tazawa.
Johnson makes debut playing first base
ANAHEIM -- Kelly Johnson made his Red Sox debut in Sunday's series finale against the Angels, batting fifth and playing first base.
The Red Sox acquired Johnson from the Yankees right before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31 in exchange for shortstop Stephen Drew. Johnson hit .219 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 77 games for New York.
"It is about using your bench. It is a day game after a night game and the number of innings played," manager John Farrell said. "He played first base a number of times. We're looking forward to seeing him in our uniform."
It marked Johnson's first start since July 22. He was activated on Thursday from the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.