Rodriguez's debut one of best in Red Sox history

Only Boston's Rohr in 1967 tossed more scoreless innings in first career start

Rodriguez's debut one of best in Red Sox history

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez had done his best to stay calm, but when the crowd and the lights and the atmosphere he spent Wednesday night dreaming about became reality, his efforts turned futile.

"We had a long talk in the dugout," designated hitter David Ortiz said. "He was telling me that before the first pitch, his heart was about to pump out of his chest."

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Hanley ends homer drought with a bang

After 10 blasts in April, Red Sox slugger belts first long ball in May

Hanley ends homer drought with a bang

ARLINGTON -- In April, Hanley Ramirez looked every bit like the player the Red Sox want him to be. He homered 10 times in the month, tying David Ortiz for a franchise record for most home runs before May 1.

In May, it's been a different story.

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Rodriguez baffles Rangers in sparkling MLB debut

Rodriguez baffles Rangers in sparkling MLB debut

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez made a terrific Major League debut, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez beat Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who suffered his first loss of the season. Martinez, who entered the game third in the league with a 1.96 ERA, allowed two runs in seven innings and is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts.

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Red Sox hoping Papi can regroup with some rest

Red Sox hoping Papi can regroup with some rest

ARLINGTON -- David Ortiz wasn't in the Red Sox's lineup Thursday against the Rangers, and it might be more than a one-day rest.

Manager John Farrell said he spoke with Ortiz after Wednesday's game and decided it was best to give Ortiz the chance to step back and reconfigure his game. Ortiz is hitting only .216 this season and is 1-for-20 in his past five games. He has six home runs and only a .377 slugging percentage.

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Bogaerts exits with bruised left forearm after HBP

Bogaerts exits with bruised left forearm after HBP

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Thursday's game against the Rangers two innings after he was hit on the left wrist by an 0-2 pitch from Nick Martinez in the second. The Red Sox announced that Bogaerts has a bruised left forearm.

Bogaerts was in visible pain after getting hit, but trainers tended to him and he ended up staying in the game until the fourth inning. New acquisition Carlos Peguero hit for Bogaerts and moved into left field, with Brock Holt taking Bogaerts' place at short.

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Nava to DL in bevy of roster moves for Red Sox

Rodriguez, Ross, Peguero added to roster; Hembree optioned, Bianchi DFA'd

Nava to DL in bevy of roster moves for Red Sox

ARLINGTON -- It wasn't exactly a surprise, but the Red Sox announced a total of six roster moves before Thursday's series opener against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Boston called up left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, its No. 4 prospect who made his Major League debut against the Rangers on Thursday. The Red Sox recalled lefty reliever Robbie Ross Jr. and added newly acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero to the 25-man roster.

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Pedroia's jacks not enough in series finale

Pedroia's jacks not enough in series finale

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins completed a three-game sweep over the Red Sox with a 6-4 win powered by homers from Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. It marked the first sweep of Boston in Minnesota since 2006, and helped the Twins move into a tie for first place in the American League Central with the Royals at 28-18.

Right-hander Phil Hughes picked up the win for the Twins, allowing four runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He's now 4-0 in May after going 0-4 in April. Hughes was hurt by a pair of two-run homers from Dustin Pedroia, but was solid otherwise. After Minnesota used four relievers to record four outs, closer Glen Perkins shut the door in the ninth to improve to 18-for-18 in save opportunities.

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Pedroia takes no solace in two-homer day

Pedroia takes no solace in two-homer day

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dustin Pedroia took zero satisfaction in the fact that his two homers on Wednesday gave him seven for the season, equaling his total from 2014.

If it had come in a winning effort, maybe Pedroia would have taken some measure of pride in his power returning along with his health. But Pedroia is consumed by team results, and the Red Sox, who lost, 6-4 to the Twins, aren't playing well.

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Porcello unable to minimize damage vs. Twins

Porcello unable to minimize damage vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Far too often, the Red Sox have played from behind lately. But when they had a chance to play from in front on Wednesday, Rick Porcello couldn't get the job done.

The result was a 6-4 loss that swept the Red Sox right out of Minneapolis and en route to Texas for a four-game series.

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Diving grabs leave Castillo with sore shoulder

Diving grabs leave Castillo with sore shoulder

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rusney Castillo injured his right shoulder on the second of two diving catches he made on Tuesday night and was not available to play defense on Wednesday.

Brock Holt made the start in right field.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Sox add outfield depth by acquiring Peguero

Sox add outfield depth by acquiring Peguero

The Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Peguero is expected to join the Red Sox for their upcoming series, a four-game set against Peguero's former club in Arlington, beginning on Thursday. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Boston transferred right-hander Anthony Varvaro to the 60-day disabled list.

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Bats can't back solid Buchholz in tough loss

Bats can't back solid Buchholz in tough loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Strong starting pitching and early offensive bursts have defined the Twins in May as they've shot up in the standings. Tuesday was no different for Minnesota, which used that formula to secure a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox at Target Field.

Following an 81-minute rain delay before the first pitch, three first-inning doubles provided enough offense for Twins starter Mike Pelfrey, who pitched seven innings and gave up just one run for his second consecutive quality start. Closer Glen Perkins came on in the eighth, worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam and nailed down a four-out save to secure the series victory.

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Rusney makes pair of dazzling diving grabs

Red Sox right fielder races to gap in right-center, later robs Suzuki a second time

Rusney makes pair of dazzling diving grabs

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rusney Castillo's re-entry to the Red Sox had been pretty uneventful until the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night, when the right fielder made a highlight-reel grab.

Playing fairly shallow against Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki, Castillo raced to the gap in right-center to make a sensational diving catch. The ball looked almost as if it was behind Castillo when he reached back and hauled it in. It was the play of the night for Boston in a 2-1 loss to the Twins.

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Without best stuff, Buchholz keeps Sox in it

Pitching well of late, Red Sox righty saddled with tough loss as offense sputters

Without best stuff, Buchholz keeps Sox in it

MINNEAPOLIS -- This should have been a night Clay Buchholz could take pride in. Despite having far from his best stuff, the righty limited the Twins to seven hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings.

Instead, Buchholz shared the frustration of his teammates, who once again lacked firepower in a 2-1 loss to the Twins.

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Panda among Sox seeking fans' All-Star votes

Sandoval third at hot corner in balloting; Papi fourth at DH, Pedroia fifth at 2B

Panda among Sox seeking fans' All-Star votes

MINNEAPOLIS -- In his first season with the Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval is trying to become a three-time All-Star.

The first round of balloting for the starters was announced Tuesday, and Sandoval ranked third among American League third basemen. Fans cast their votes using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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Slumping Papi hits fifth as Sox juggle lineup

Veteran slugger confident he'll break out soon

Slumping Papi hits fifth as Sox juggle lineup

MINNEAPOLIS -- In an effort to get more consistent production from his lineup, Red Sox manager John Farrell continues to try different combinations. The latest was Tuesday's move of David Ortiz to the fifth spot in the batting order, marking the first time the slugger batted anywhere but third or fourth since 2012.

Ortiz, who went 1-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to the Twins, is hitting .222 with six homers and 18 RBIs.

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Napoli honored for breakout week

Red Sox slugger had been mired in long slump

Napoli honored for breakout week

MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli emerged from one of the most epic slumps of his career to be named the American League's Player of the Week on Tuesday.

"That's what kept me going. I knew I was one swing away, one at-bat away, one pitch away that I can turn things around and feel good in the box," said Napoli. "I've been through a slump before. I kept working, I kept grinding, and I stayed positive through the whole thing. I'm going to do my best to maintain this feeling every day and hopefully be able to contribute and do my part for a while."

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Kelly roughed up early as Sox fall to Twins

Kelly roughed up early as Sox fall to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco picked up career win No. 100 with a season-high 7 2/3 innings, and was backed by a six-run second inning from the Twins in a 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday afternoon at Target Field.

Nolasco retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, and gave up two runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking none. The right-hander improved to 5-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts since missing nearly a month with right elbow inflammation. It helped the Twins improve to a season-high eight games above .500 at 26-18.

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After two solid starts, Kelly hits speed bump

Farrell says Red Sox righty will remain in rotation

After two solid starts, Kelly hits speed bump

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two steps forward and one step back? That old adage perfectly describes Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly's past three starts.

Monday was the step back, and it came in a 7-2 loss to the Twins that erased the good feeling that came from the Red Sox winning their previous two games with two of their best efforts in a while.

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Solid in long relief, Barnes saves rest of 'pen

Red Sox righty delivers 3 1/3 scoreless innings after Kelly's rough start

Solid in long relief, Barnes saves rest of 'pen

MINNEAPOLIS -- The idea of moving Matt Barnes to the bullpen had nothing to do with making him a long reliever. But that was the role the hard-throwing righty was thrust into Monday, and he helped preserve the rest of manager John Farrell's relief crew by doing a fine job.

With Joe Kelly knocked out with two outs in the second inning of an eventual 7-2 loss to the Twins, on came Barnes.

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Farrell in favor of substance to improve grip

Red Sox manager says Major League ball is slippery, prefers 'tackiness' of ball in Japan

Farrell in favor of substance to improve grip

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Orioles lefty Brian Matusz getting an eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm, Red Sox manager John Farrell thinks that Major League Baseball should consider authorizing a substance pitchers can use to get a better grip on the ball.

"I would like to see an approved substance that pitchers can use. Because, when we take a manufactured baseball, and rub it with dirt, it's going to create a slippery feeling to it," said Farrell. "The mud residue leaves a film on it that you don't necessarily feel a good, consistent grip -- unless you go to a ball like the one used in Japan where it's got a tacky feel to it.

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Napoli supports strong Miley to down Angels

Napoli supports strong Miley to down Angels

BOSTON -- The Red Sox finished a disjointed homestand in sound fashion, riding a strong performance by Wade Miley and yet another big game by Mike Napoli to a 6-1 victory over the Angels in Sunday afternoon's rubber match of a three-game series.

Miley pitched 4 2/3 no-hit innings until a single by C.J. Cron.

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Asuaje on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Asuaje on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Red Sox place Victorino on 15-day DL

Boston adds Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill roster spot

Red Sox place Victorino on 15-day DL

BOSTON -- When Shane Victorino is healthy, he's a spark plug for the Red Sox on offense and is capable of handling Fenway Park's sprawling right field on defense. However, the 34-year-old has rarely been at full strength this season.

Victorino's injury woes continued on Sunday, when Boston placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain. He had exited the previous night's game with left calf tightness after aggravating the muscle on a catch at the warning track during the third inning.

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