Red Sox's staff overmatched in loss to Orioles

Red Sox's staff overmatched in loss to Orioles

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense scored early and often, chasing Boston starter Wade Miley in the third inning and going on to plate a season high in runs in Sunday's 18-7 series finale blowout at Camden Yards.

Baltimore, which stopped a five-game losing streak with Saturday's walk-off win, was led by a five-RBI performance from Delmon Young, who went 3-for-6 out of the cleanup spot. Chris Davis, who homered in the sixth, and Steve Pearce each drove in three runs. Red-hot Jimmy Paredes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to raise his season average to .429.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miley's ERA rises after getting chased early by O's

Lefty allows seven runs, can't make it through three innings for second time in 2015

Miley's ERA rises after getting chased early by O's

BALTIMORE -- Wade Miley can't pinpoint one reason why he has struggled with the Red Sox this season. The left-hander, however, did admit that he has been embarrassed by his recent performance.

Miley struggled against Baltimore's powerful lineup on Sunday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits with two walks over just 2 1/3 innings. It was the second time in four starts this season he didn't last past the third inning. Miley is 1-2 with an 8.62 ERA, marking one of the worst stretches of his five-year Major League career.

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Hembree called up as Red Sox option Barnes to Triple-A

Hembree called up as Red Sox option Barnes to Triple-A

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox optioned right-hander Matt Barnes on Sunday, one day after he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, and they promoted another right-hander, Heath Hembree, from the PawSox.

Hembree made his debut in the sixth inning of Boston's 18-7 loss to the Orioles and allowed six runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings, including a towering home run to Chris Davis.

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Red Sox send Kelly to take on fourth AL East team

Red Sox send Kelly to take on fourth AL East team

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will renew their division rivalry when Joe Kelly and Aaron Sanchez take the mound on Monday night at Fenway Park.

This marks the first meeting between the two teams this season. Both organizations have aspirations of the postseason, but they have yet to break out in an American League East Division that has seen a bunch of teams grouped together for most of the year.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox fall in 10 despite Bogaerts' heroics

Red Sox fall in 10 despite Bogaerts' heroics

BALTIMORE -- Rarely used Oriole David Lough hit his first career walkoff homer to give Baltimore a 5-4 win in 10 innings over Boston, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak in the process.

Lough, who was mobbed by his teammates when he arrived back at home plate, was a late-game addition and deposited a ball over the right-field scoreboard off Koji Uehara. It was the O's second run of the inning, as Adam Jones tripled and scored on Chris Davis' sacrifice fly to negate Xander Bogaerts' solo shot off reliever Brad Brach in the top of the 10th.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wild finish spoils Barnes' chance at first MLB win

Rookie tosses two scoreless innings of relief before O's rally to beat Red Sox

Wild finish spoils Barnes' chance at first MLB win

BALTIMORE -- Matt Barnes found out at about 1 p.m. Saturday that the Red Sox had called him up, and his presence was required in Baltimore immediately. The Pawtucket pitcher made the drive from Scranton, Pa., and arrived about two hours before the game.

Barnes contributed immediately, giving the Red Sox two shutout innings of relief and was in line for his first Major League win before a crazy 10th inning took it away from him. Xander Bogaerts gave the Red Sox the lead with a solo homer in the top of the inning before the Orioles rallied with two in the bottom half off closer Koji Uehara in a 5-4 loss for Boston at Camden Yards.

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Victorino placed on DL with hamstring strain

Red Sox recall RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A

Victorino placed on DL with hamstring strain

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled and recalled right-hander Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Saturday's game with the Orioles.

Victorino suffered a hamstring strain earlier this week, and the Red Sox decided to make this move to help a bullpen that manager John Farrell wants to keep fresh. Farrell said Victorino is doing well, but the pitching should get some help.

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Tiant, three others elected to Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Tiant, three others elected to Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Fenway hosts Open House featuring black colleges

Fenway hosts Open House featuring black colleges

BOSTON -- As Major League Baseball aims to improve its relationship with African-American communities across the country, the Red Sox are among teams taking steps to see those goals fulfilled in tangible ways.

This was no more apparent than on Saturday, when the Red Sox hosted a game between Florida A&M and North Carolina Central -- the first showcase featuring two historically black colleges at Fenway Park. In doing so, one man's vision of making history in Boston has come to fruition.

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Papi, Holt help Red Sox snap out of offensive funk

Papi, Holt help Red Sox snap out of offensive funk

BALTIMORE -- Even though Brock Holt hit a decisive three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Boston a 7-5 victory over the Orioles on Friday, the utility man credited David Ortiz with helping the Red Sox's offense break out of its recent doldrums.

Ortiz crushed a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez in the fifth that gave Boston a 3-2 lead. Prior to that, the Red Sox had scored just one run over the past 16 innings and were 1-for-24 with runners in scoring position.

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Red Sox power past O's on Holt's go-ahead shot

Red Sox power past O's on Holt's go-ahead shot

BALTIMORE -- Boston used a trio of homers, including an eighth-inning go-ahead three-run blast from Brock Holt, to hand Baltimore its fifth consecutive loss in Friday's 7-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.

The Red Sox, who also got back-to-back homers from David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez in the fifth, capitalized on O's third baseman Manny Machado's error as Holt went deep off O's righty Darren O'Day.

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Farrell happy with emphasis on defense

Farrell happy with emphasis on defense

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox entered Friday's opener vs. the Orioles having not committed an error in six consecutive games. That marked a vast improvement from the start of last season, when they committed nine errors in the first 10 contests.

While the streak came to an end on Pablo Sandoval's throwing error in the sixth inning, the Red Sox nonetheless flashed some leather in a 7-5 win at Camden Yards.

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Buchholz, Farrell pleased with 10-K outing

Righty delivers first Red Sox six-inning start since last turn

Buchholz, Farrell pleased with 10-K outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- It was easy for the Red Sox to find something positive in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Rays.

Clay Buchholz came through with a strong pitching performance at a time the Red Sox needed it.

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Hal Bodley

Big Papi, big influence: Sox new and old look up to Ortiz

Veteran's leadership clear as Panda, Hanley settle in with Boston

Big Papi, big influence: Sox new and old look up to Ortiz

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mike Schmidt was already one of the best players in the National League when Pete Rose joined the Phillies in 1979, but Rose kept lecturing Schmidt that he could be even better.

The All-Star third baseman responded by winning three National League MVP Awards, blasting 548 homers and being elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Schmidt is arguably the best third baseman in baseball history.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Buchholz sharp, but Red Sox fall in ninth

Buchholz sharp, but Red Sox fall in ninth

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tampa Bay pushed across a run in the ninth on Rene Rivera's walk-off single to claim a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.

With the win, the Rays claimed the three-game series.

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Davis confident Boston hitters will heat up soon

After some offense-starved games vs. Rays, hitting coach sees no need for worry

Davis confident Boston hitters will heat up soon

ST. PETERSBURG -- For all the scrutiny the Red Sox have faced for their starting pitching, the vaunted offense has been surprisingly quiet of late.

After a 2-1 loss to the Rays left them at 9-7 for the season, Boston's team batting average is at .230 heading into this weekend's three-game series against the Orioles.

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Farrell looking for more length from starters

Red Sox skipper does not believe the club currently needs a long reliever

Farrell looking for more length from starters

ST. PETERSBURG -- Through the second and third turns through their pitching rotation, Boston starting pitchers completed six innings just twice in 10 games.

Not only are those results undesirable, but if they continue, they could become damaging to the health of the bullpen.

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Red Sox not rushing Victorino back into lineup

Red Sox not rushing Victorino back into lineup

ST. PETERSBURG -- Though Shane Victorino's right hamstring felt better on Thursday, the Red Sox will be careful not to rush the right fielder back into game action.

And with Allen Craig, Daniel Nava and Brock Holt all available off the bench, there's no reason to.

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Staked to early lead, Sox fall to Rays

Staked to early lead, Sox fall to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- A home run from an unlikely source and a four-run rally led the Rays to a 7-5 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

With the score tied at 5 in the seventh, Asdrubal Cabrera scored the go-ahead run when Desmond Jennings grounded into a double play. Jake Elmore, who had two home runs in 120 career at-bats, then gave Tampa Bay an insurance run with a solo shot off Edward Mujica.

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Ortiz reaches two milestones with 469th homer

Ortiz reaches two milestones with 469th homer

ST. PETERSBURG -- With one powerful swing in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Rays, David Ortiz passed Chipper Jones and moved into 32nd place on the all-time homer list and vaulted ahead of Joe DiMaggio into 46th on the RBI list.

But after a 7-5 loss to the Rays, Ortiz was not in a reflective mood.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo uses Owens' changeup to create uber pitching prospect

Taking one tool from five Minor Leaguers, MLB Pipeline creates the ultimate hurler

Mayo uses Owens' changeup to create uber pitching prospect

Last week, the world was introduced to Carlex O'Galldor, the uber prospect created at MLBPipeline.com by taking the best individual tools from five prospects on Prospect Watch.

Now it's time to head back to the prospecting lab and create the ultimate pitching prospect. The concept is similar to last week's, but with pitches: Taking the best pitch, plus control, from five up-and-coming arms.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cruising early, Kelly comes unglued in sixth

Cruising early, Kelly comes unglued in sixth

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joe Kelly was cruising. So were the Red Sox. So what exactly happened to turn a four-run lead for the visitors into a 7-5 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night?

"I didn't get ahead of the hitters," said Kelly. "I fell behind with my fastball, which was pretty good for me tonight, and that sixth inning, I tried to get too fine with it and fell behind hitters and had to throw it down the middle from then [on]. They put good swings on balls and got some good hits."

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Williams, Yaz, Ortiz, Pedro leading Sox Franchise Four voting

Williams, Yaz, Ortiz, Pedro leading Sox Franchise Four voting

ST. PETERSBURG -- Voting is underway to determine the four most impactful players in the history of all 30 MLB franchises, and the current leaders for the Red Sox are three Hall of Famers and a present-day icon.

Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, David Ortiz and Pedro Martinez lead the voting for Boston.

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Unearned run enough to give Miley first win

Unearned run enough to give Miley first win

ST. PETERSBURG -- An unearned run proved to be the difference Tuesday night as the Red Sox took a 1-0 win at Tropicana Field, handing the Rays their fourth consecutive loss.

"Tough one, obviously, tonight," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "You don't like to lose one 1-0 on a ball that gets away."

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Ogando proving to be bullpen bargain

Right-hander escapes jam in sixth to help preserve Miley's first win

Ogando proving to be bullpen bargain

ST. PETERSBURG -- Bases loaded. Two outs. A one-run lead. That was the situation Alexi Ogando inherited on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, and the hard-throwing righty never blinked, helping the Red Sox preserve a 1-0 win over the Rays.

Instead, he demonstrated why Boston acquired him as a free agent as a classic buy-low ($1.5 million) transaction.

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Holt plays key role with sparkling defense

Utility man makes two fielding gems at shortstop to key win over Rays

Holt plays key role with sparkling defense

ST. PETERSBURG -- Starting for the fourth straight day, and at a fourth position over that span, Brock Holt again made a big contribution in Boston's 1-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

This time, Holt was at shortstop, and it was his defense that stood out.

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Mookie's aggressiveness valuable in narrow victory

Takeout slide on potential DP leads to only run on Tuesday

Mookie's aggressiveness valuable in narrow victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mookie Betts has been known to make a highlight-reel play or two. But he's not afraid to get down and dirty either.

In Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Rays, Betts helped create the only run of the night when he barreled into second baseman Ryan Brett on a takeout slide.

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