Signs of life: Bradley hitting hard during slump

Biggest gap between hard-hit and productive batted balls

Signs of life: Bradley hitting hard during slump

There's no way to describe the start to Jackie Bradley Jr.'s season other than "disappointing," so we won't.

Headed into Wednesday's game, Bradley is hitting a mere .200/.277/.360, an overall performance that's among the 20 worst of the 228 hitters with as many plate appearances as he has. Two years ago, his line was 21 percentage points better than the Major League average. Last year, it was 18 points better. This year, it's 35 points worse. Of the dozen Red Sox hitters with 50 plate appearances, Bradley has been the least effective.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale eyes MLB-record 9th straight 10-K game

Sale eyes MLB-record 9th straight 10-K game

Less than two months into his tenure in Boston, Chris Sale will have the chance to make history against the Rangers on Wednesday night. The lefty tied his own record of eight straight games with double-digit strikeouts last week in a 3-2 loss to Oakland.

Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez holds a share of the record, having recorded eight straight 10-strikeout games in 1999.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox swing hot bats, cool off Rangers

Sox swing hot bats, cool off Rangers

BOSTON -- In their quest to start building some momentum, the Red Sox cooled off the hottest team in the Majors with a collection of timely hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

It was an auspicious start to a six-game homestand for the 23-21 Red Sox. Texas had won 11 of 12 while outscoring its opponents, 72-38, over that span.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Bogaerts' all-around effort #ASGWorthy

Hitting .329, shortstop in middle of every Red Sox rally

Bogaerts' all-around effort #ASGWorthy

BOSTON -- It's hard for a guy with a .329 batting average to scoff too much at his performance. But Xander Bogaerts knows what the missing ingredient has been, and that's why his performance while fueling the Red Sox to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday represented his most satisfying night of the season.

For the first time this season, Bogaerts had three RBIs in a game. It is only the third time he's driven in more than one run in a game.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dombrowski: Slow start not Farrell's fault

Red Sox president says it's tough to evaluate club at quarter pole

Dombrowski: Slow start not Farrell's fault

BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox have performed below expectations through the first quarter of the season, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn't think manager John Farrell is the reason.

"Well we won a divisional crown last year. He managed very well for us at the time," Dombrowski told Tom Caron on the NESN pregame show shortly before the Red Sox beat the Rangers, 11-6. "I think that John as well as everybody else is frustrated by our performance and that we haven't taken off, but we're not buried, either. I mean, we're [3 1/2] games out of first place and we really haven't been in a flow."

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Betts accidentally elbows Marrero in celebration

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Betts accidentally elbows Marrero in celebration

Mookie Betts is as big a team player as anyone in baseball, and few are more important to their franchise. After all, he is fresh off a season that saw him finish runner-up for AL MVP. That doesn't mean that Betts is perfect, though.

In the sixth inning of Boston's 11-6 victory over the Rangers, Betts and third baseman Deven Marrero were on first and second for Dustin Pedroia, who laced a double to right field. Both runners came around to score, putting the Red Sox in front, 7-3.

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Prospect Travis called up, will start vs. lefties

Highly touted 1B excited for first taste of The Show; Velazquez optioned

Prospect Travis called up, will start vs. lefties

BOSTON -- The Red Sox called up No. 3 prospect Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday with the intention of him starting at first base against left-handers.

With a rested bullpen, Red Sox manager John Farrell said it was the right time to have the bench at full strength. To make room for Travis, the team optioned right-hander Hector Velazquez to Triple-A.

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Contract sending Babe to Yanks up for auction

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Contract sending Babe to Yanks up for auction

In the winter of 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee did the unthinkable: In need of funding for a musical he was trying to produce, he sold Babe Ruth -- deemed "more spectacular than useful" -- to the rival Yankees for $100,000. Four World Series titles, the all-time home run record and an 86-year curse later, it's one of the most significant moments in baseball history.

And soon it could be yours, provided you've got a whole bunch of money lying around.

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Inbox: Timetable for Price's 2017 debut?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers questions from Red Sox fans

Inbox: Timetable for Price's 2017 debut?

What day exactly do you see David Price coming back, and when should we expect to see Carson Smith?
-- Luke A., Salem, N.H.

In a perfect scenario, Price would have thrown five to six innings and 85 to 90 pitches in his rehab start last Friday. Things were much less than perfect, however, as Price labored through two innings and 65 pitches. The lefty goes again on Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket. If Price can deliver the five to six innings and 85 to 90 pitches this time, perhaps he can debut next Monday or Tuesday in Chicago. If not, I'd look for him to come back on June 3 or 4 at Baltimore.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox offense roars back to life in 12-run outburst

Sox offense roars back to life in 12-run outburst

OAKLAND -- The sleepy bats of Boston finally woke up on Sunday, pacing the Red Sox to a 12-3 win over the A's that saved them from getting swept out of town.

After seeing his team limited to just eight runs through the first three losses of the series, Red Sox manager John Farrell was encouraged by his offense on getaway day.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Red Sox on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

E-Rod's stellar outing, bats lift Red Sox over A's

E-Rod's stellar outing, bats lift Red Sox over A's

OAKLAND -- Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez helped the Red Sox avoid a four-game series sweep at the hands of the A's, matching his career high with eight innings pitched as the offense went to work in a 12-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Rodriguez allowed three runs on six hits, including Chad Pinder's second homer in as many days, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Pinder also doubled in the second, scoring on Josh Phegley's base hit. After Pinder's homer, though, Rodriguez retired 10 straight batters and 14 of his final 15. He fanned eight, issuing only one walk.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

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Big Papi gets honorary degree from BU

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Big Papi gets honorary degree from BU

Do you remember your own college graduation? It was probably pretty fun, but there's no way it was as fun as Boston University's class of 2017. Why, you ask? Well, just look who got an honorary degree. Yes, that's David Ortiz.

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Red Sox bring back reliever Workman

Ramirez sent to Triple-A in corresponding move

Red Sox bring back reliever Workman

OAKLAND -- The Red Sox shuffled their pitching staff once again Sunday, recalling right-handed reliever Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioning Noe Ramirez to the PawSox. It marks the third roster move involving pitchers since the Red Sox arrived in Oakland on Thursday.

Workman, 28, returns to Boston for his second stint with the club this season. He made one relief appearance for the Red Sox on May 4, throwing three scoreless innings. In eight outings for the PawSox, Workman posted a 1.98 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings of work.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Benintendi makes cool swim move to avoid tag

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Benintendi makes cool swim move to avoid tag

Red Sox rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi entered Sunday afternoon's 12-3 win against the Athletics with just 30 stolen bases in his professional career. At just 22 years old, he certainly isn't the most experienced baserunner in the game.

But in the fourth inning, Benintendi evaded a tag with the sort of instinctual reactions of someone who has seen it all.

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Sox can't contain A's, drop 3rd straight

Sox can't contain A's, drop 3rd straight

OAKLAND -- The A's powered their way to a third straight win over the Red Sox, launching a trio of moonshots against Boston's bullpen in a five-run fifth inning that carried them to a commanding 8-3 victory at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Canha, responsible for Friday night's walk-off blast, ignited the power parade with a leadoff homer against right-hander Ben Taylor. The Statcast-estimated 453-foot blast, which tied the game, was the longest by an A's player this season -- until Chad Pinder sent a two-run shot 460 feet into the plaza reserve section off righty Noe Ramirez later in the inning. In between, Khris Davis belted his 13th homer of the season, a two-run, 429-foot shot off Taylor.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Saturday.

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Pomeranz laments latest shortened outing

Red Sox lefty, Farrell downplay heated discussion in dugout

Pomeranz laments latest shortened outing

OAKLAND -- Drew Pomeranz didn't last long against the A's on Saturday afternoon, and it didn't get much better from there. The Red Sox's southpaw completed just four innings before he received the hook from manager John Farrell, in what appeared to be a heated discussion caught by TV cameras.

Once Pomeranz left the game, Boston's bullpen surrendered four home runs in an 8-3 loss, the third straight for the Red Sox.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price to make at least one more rehab start

Feeling good, Red Sox lefty to pitch Wednesday at Triple-A

Price to make at least one more rehab start

OAKLAND -- Rehabbing Red Sox left-hander David Price will make at least one more start with Triple-A Pawtucket before rejoining his teammates in Boston, manager John Farrell announced before Saturday's 8-3 loss against the A's.

Price threw 65 pitches in a rehab start for the PawSox on Friday, but labored to get through two innings. Farrell said Price is scheduled to throw a light bullpen session Sunday before making another start for Pawtucket on Wednesday with a pitch-count target of 85-90.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chavis belts a pair of homers for Salem

Chavis belts a pair of homers for Salem

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale gets 10 K's in record-tying 8th straight

Sox ace matches mark he already co-owned with Pedro

Sale gets 10 K's in record-tying 8th straight

OAKLAND -- Chris Sale's evening started with a strikeout and ended with another addition to the MLB record book.

With a 10-strikeout performance in Friday night's 3-2 walk-off loss to the A's in 10 innings, the Red Sox's ace reached double-digit strikeouts for an eighth straight appearance, matching a Major League record he already co-owned with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. Sale also accomplished the feat pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2015. Martinez rattled off eight straight 10-strikeout games for Boston in 1999.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale's record, JBJ's grab not enough vs. A's

Sale's record, JBJ's grab not enough vs. A's

OAKLAND -- After Ryon Healy's would-be game-winning homer was robbed by Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning, Mark Canha belted a no-doubt walk-off shot to lead off the 10th, sending Oakland to a 3-2 victory at the Coliseum on Friday.

"I couldn't even tell you what pitch it was unless I saw the replay," said Canha, who launched a 2-0 slider to left field. "It just kind of popped out of his hand, and I saw it really well and put a good swing on it."

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Friday.

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JBJ makes amazing walk-off-robbing catch

JBJ makes amazing walk-off-robbing catch

OAKLAND -- If it weren't for the late heroics of Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., Friday night's contest against the A's never would have reached extra innings. Even though Boston took a 3-2 walk-off loss in the 10th, Bradley's showstopping grab above the wall might go down as the Red Sox's top defensive play this season.

With the contest tied at 2 in the bottom of the ninth, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel retired the first two batters he faced. Up next came A's slugger Ryon Healy, who belted a 2-2 pitch deep to dead center, but Bradley timed his jump at the wall perfectly to rob Healy of a would-be walk-off homer.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price welcomes his son into the world

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Price welcomes his son into the world

Dealing with and rehabbing from injury can often be a long and frustrating process. So, as Red sox pitcher David Price awaits his 2017 debut, he likely could use a little bundle of joy.

That bundle of joy came in the form of the birth of his son, Xavier Price.

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Velazquez roughed up by A's in MLB debut

Velazquez roughed up by A's in MLB debut

OAKLAND -- Just three months after being signed from the Mexican League, Hector Velazquez made his MLB debut on Thursday night for the Red Sox.

Once Velazquez got on the mound at the Coliseum, the A's were rude hosts. The right-hander gave up a trio of homers, including back-to-back blasts in the first inning, as Boston suffered a 8-3 loss to open the four-game set.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox cool off after fast start in Oakland

Red Sox cool off after fast start in Oakland

OAKLAND -- Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Chad Pinder homered as the A's spoiled the Major League debut of Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez and claimed an 8-3 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Thursday evening.

Sonny Gray was awarded his first win of 2017 with six strong innings, rebounding from a two-run, 31-pitch opening frame to allow one run the rest of the way. The A's right-hander yielded four hits, including a home run to Mitch Moreland, and struck out eight in his fourth start of the season.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Thursday.

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Travis notches five hits for Pawtucket

Travis notches five hits for Pawtucket

Cody Reed crossed a pair of accomplishments off his career bucket list on Thursday night with a historic performance for Class A Kane County.

The D-backs' No. 19 prospect fired a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. The nine-inning shutout was the first of Reed's career and the first by a Cougars pitcher since Aug. 31, 2004. It also marked the 20-year-old lefty's second straight scoreless outing after he completed a then-season-high eight frames in his previous turn.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox DFA d'Arnaud, call up Velazquez

Red Sox DFA d'Arnaud, call up Velazquez

OAKLAND -- Hector Velazquez received a warm welcome to the visitors' clubhouse at the Coliseum on Thursday afternoon before making his Major League debut in the Red Sox's series opener against the A's. Boston selected Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday while utility man Chase d'Arnaud was designated for assignment and right-hander Steven Wright was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Despite having an eight-man bullpen, the Red Sox elected to pare d'Arnaud from the roster.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No doubt about it: JBJ hits 441-foot homer

No doubt about it: JBJ hits 441-foot homer

ST. LOUIS -- This time, there was no doubt. Jackie Bradley Jr. smoked Wednesday night's two-run homer to center with such authority that Dexter Fowler took one or two steps and stopped moving.

It was perhaps the pivotal hit for the Red Sox in a 5-4, 13-inning victory over the Cardinals.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.