Farrell won't use defensive replacement for Hanley

Farrell won't use defensive replacement for Hanley

ANAHEIM -- Hanley Ramirez has been involved in two miscues that ended walk-off losses for the Red Sox, including Thursday's overthrow of home. But manager John Farrell, pointing to Ramirez's overall body of work at first base, doesn't plan on subbing him on defense in the late innings.

"At this point, no," Farrell said. "Early on, it was a thought. But I think as he's got games under his belt, that looked like it was less needed, or less likely to be needed. That hasn't changed. We just want him to go out and play with confidence."

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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.

Rice, Boggs inducted into PawSox Hall of Fame

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Jim Rice is the only player in the last 44 years to win the International League Triple Crown which he did in 1974 (when he was voted the league's MVP) with the Triple-A Pawtucket prior to his promotion to Boston in mid-August.

Wade Boggs is the last PawSox player to win the International League batting title when he hit .335 in 1981.

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Pomeranz-Santiago matchup has Deadline theme

Pomeranz-Santiago matchup has Deadline theme

Saturday night's pitching matchup at Angel Stadium between the Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz and the Angels' Hector Santiago features one lefty who has already been traded this month and another who might be moved in the coming days.

With just two games left before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, quality pitchers are the hottest commodity out there.

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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.

Hanley's error costs Sox, Price in Anaheim

Hanley's error costs Sox, Price in Anaheim

ANAHEIM -- Daniel Nava was called upon in a key spot against his former team, and in the end, the Angels walked off winners.

Facing a bases-loaded situation in the ninth and one out, Nava's chopper to first base resulted in Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez making a wild throw home, allowing the tying and winning run to score as the Angels rallied for a 2-1 victory.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.

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

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Red Sox have depth of talent in farm system

Red Sox have depth of talent in farm system

ANAHEIM -- With the most thrilling part of the season upcoming for the Red Sox, it is important to keep a close eye on the team's impressive farm system, which is led by Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi.

Some of the team's top prospects could find their way to Boston at some point during the pennant race. Others could be used as chips to help president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski make another high-impact trade.

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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.

Hanley on 9th-inning error: 'That can't happen'

Hanley on 9th-inning error: 'That can't happen'

ANAHEIM -- The first thought that came to Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez's mind when Daniel Nava provided the gift of a ground ball with one out in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday night at Angel Stadium?

Start a double play and end the game.

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Young Red Sox fan makes a fantastic foul-ball snag, takes a bow

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Young Red Sox fan makes a fantastic foul-ball snag, takes a bow

Imagine you're a kid at a Major League game. You watch, and watch, and watch ... when suddenly a foul ball comes your way -- and you make an outstanding catch! Given that, you know, you just caught a big league souvenir, you would probably lose your mind: Maybe you'd start dancing uncontrollably, or laughing and crying in equal measure, or temporarily lose control of your limbs. 

Unless you were one Red Sox fan during Boston's 2-1 loss to the Angels on Thursday night. After lunging to snag a Dustin Pedroia foul ball, he responded like a man who had been there, done that -- he took a bow.

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Red Sox unable to cap rally in finale vs. Tigers

Red Sox unable to cap rally in finale vs. Tigers

BOSTON -- Before the Tigers took Wednesday's series finale, 4-3, at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were the only team in the Major Leagues that had gone all of 2016 without being swept. Miguel Cabrera mauled the go-ahead home run in the ninth to make sure the Red Sox joined the ranks of the swept. It was his 21st homer of the year and his 12th go-ahead shot in the ninth inning or later over the last 10 seasons, most in the Major Leagues.

"It became electric in the dugout instantaneously," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was tough to get the ball out to right today. The wind was kind of blowing in from left field, Miggy hit it low enough and hard that he was able to cut it through the wind. But most stuff hit that way was getting knocked down."

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Wednesday.

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Red Sox share news of Griffin's passing

Former infielder played for Boston for 7 seasons, including 1975 World Series team

Red Sox share news of Griffin's passing

The Red Sox announced former Boston infielder Doug Griffin passed away Wednesday in Clovis, Calif., after battling a lengthy illness. He was 69 years old.

A Gold Glove Award winner in 1972, Griffin played 603 games over seven seasons for the Red Sox at second base -- the sixth most in team history. He hit .248 with seven home runs, 161 RBIs and 207 runs scored throughout his Red Sox career.

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Ziegler's first hiccup since trade stings Sox

Ziegler's first hiccup since trade stings Sox

BOSTON -- Brad Ziegler threw a fastball over the plate to one of the best hitters in baseball and got burned.

Ziegler, who had yet to allow a run in six appearances for the Red Sox entering Wednesday, surrendered a go-ahead homer to Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera in the top of the ninth inning at Fenway Park that gave Detroit a 4-3 win and a three-game series sweep.

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Kimbrel slated for rehab appearance Saturday

Kimbrel slated for rehab appearance Saturday

BOSTON -- Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is expected to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, and he could rejoin the big league club soon after that.

Kimbrel threw his second bullpen session at Fenway Park on Wednesday since undergoing left knee surgery July 11.

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Offense can't overcome Wright's shaky start

Knuckleballer allows 8 runs; Ross also struggles vs. Tigers

Offense can't overcome Wright's shaky start

BOSTON -- The relentless Red Sox offense erased two substantial deficits on a hot and steamy Tuesday night at Fenway Park, and it still wasn't enough to prevent a 9-8 loss to the Tigers.

As impressive as manager John Farrell's lineup has been this season, the club might be asking it to do too much, too often.

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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.

Papi, JBJ go deep before Tigers claw back

Papi, JBJ go deep before Tigers claw back

BOSTON -- With four ex-Red Sox in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the visitors looked so comfortable coming up on the winning end of a 9-8 slugfest at Fenway Park.

Jose Iglesias (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Victor Martinez (hit, RBI), Mike Aviles (2-for-5, run) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3-for-4, two RBIs) all contributed to the win, the second in as many nights for Detroit. It was Saltalamacchia's first game played in Boston since Game 2 of the 2013 World Series.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Pedro confident Price will get right in Boston

Hall of Famer: Red Sox lefty needs to make adjustments

Pedro confident Price will get right in Boston

BOSTON -- Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez knows what it takes to be an ace in Boston, and he is confident that David Price will eventually start pitching like one.

"I would just say, as a human being, I totally understand that we have to make adjustments," Martinez said. "This is the first year and a team that holds a lot of expectations.

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Kelly adjusting to 'pen, throwing triple-digit heat

Right-hander reaches 100 mph on 7 of 21 pitches in relief

Kelly adjusting to 'pen, throwing triple-digit heat

BOSTON -- A day after Joe Kelly's first relief outing in a Red Sox uniform, the fireballer admitted he was a little amped up during his one inning in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Tigers.

While Kelly consistently hit triple digits on the radar gun, his fastball lacked location and he had trouble getting his secondary pitches over for strikes.

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

Second Sox start a lot smoother for Pomeranz

Knocked around in Boston debut, lefty sharp other than HR to Iglesias

Second Sox start a lot smoother for Pomeranz

BOSTON -- Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz is the first person to admit that it has been a whirlwind two weeks since being traded from the Padres.

After getting lit up by the Giants for five runs in three-plus innings in his Red Sox debut Wednesday, Pomeranz settled in nicely during Monday's start against the Tigers. However, the left-hander made one mistake -- a two-run home run to Jose Iglesias in the sixth -- that proved to be the difference in a 4-2 Red Sox loss at Fenway Park.

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Ted Williams: Last to .400, among first to face shifts?

Red Sox great thrived despite defensive strategy used frequently in today's game

Ted Williams: Last to .400, among first to face shifts?

In 1941, Ted Williams batted a remarkable .406. Seventy-five years later, that performance sticks out for two reasons.

Most obviously, no Major Leaguer has reached the .400 plateau since. But Williams' prowess at the plate that season, combined with an opposing manager's desperate creativity, also helped establish a strategy that today is increasingly popular and hotly debated.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Timely hit missing as Red Sox fall to Tigers

Timely hit missing as Red Sox fall to Tigers

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander continued his recent run of dominance, silencing the dangerous Red Sox and leading his Tigers to a 4-2 victory in Monday night's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Pitching in front of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski -- who signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract three years ago -- the righty allowed five hits and a run over six innings. In five July starts, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA.

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Dombrowski feeling no pressure to make deal

Well ahead of deadline, Red Sox exec acquired Pomeranz, Hill and Ziegler

Dombrowski feeling no pressure to make deal

BOSTON -- As Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski held court with reporters Monday, the phone in his pocket buzzed.

"That could be a trade right there, I don't know," Dombrowski said with a smile before the Red Sox's 4-2 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park. "It's that time of year. That's what makes it interesting and fun."

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Leon, umpire team up to run option play on popup

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Leon, umpire team up to run option play on popup

For the briefest of moments on Monday, a football game threatened to break out during a baseball game. See, the only reason that a baseball game can be played is if all 18 participants involved agree that, yes, this is what we're going to do. If everyone just started dribbling basketballs or, heck, even busted out the checkers board, there's nothing that could be done to stop it. 

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Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

Tigers catcher still keeps in touch with Pedroia, Papi

Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

BOSTON -- Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia feels like he never left Fenway Park as he returned to Boston on Monday for the first time since winning the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013.

Better known as "Salty," the catcher earned his championship ring and moved on to the Marlins and then the D-backs before landing with the Tigers. But he played the waiting game in the Rangers' clubhouse before his four-year run with the Red Sox.

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

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

Former Detroit executive happy in Boston front office

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

BOSTON -- Though Dave Dombrowski has been the president of baseball operations with the Red Sox for almost a year, Monday marked the first time he was in the same ballpark as the Tigers since his 14-year association with that club ended Aug. 5, 2015.

Sure, there were some emotions for the veteran executive leading up to the start of a three-game series between the Red Sox and Tigers, and how could there not be?

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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.

Buchholz insurance for Red Sox's rotation

Pitching out of 'pen, veteran righty an option if starter suffers injury

Buchholz insurance for Red Sox's rotation

BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz is working in an undefined role out of the bullpen, but that doesn't mean the Red Sox will trade him.

"Well, right now he's in our 'pen and protecting us as we go forward with the five starters," said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "He's real good protection for us. I thought he threw the ball the other day as well as I've seen him throw it all year. I thought his stuff was outstanding. So, he's got a place now."

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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.

Hanley named AL Player of the Week

Red Sox first baseman hits five homers in seven-day stretch

Hanley named AL Player of the Week

Hanley Ramirez's three-homer game has earned the Red Sox first baseman American League Player of the Week honors.

Ramirez hit .333 (7-for-21) last week, with five of his seven hits leaving the yard. He also drove in 12 runs and drew four walks (one intentional) to lead the Red Sox to a 4-2 record in series against the Giants and Twins.

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Ziegler 'godsend' to ailing Red Sox bullpen

With Kimbrel and Uehara out, veteran reliever notches first save with Boston

Ziegler 'godsend' to ailing Red Sox bullpen

BOSTON -- Down two closers already, the Red Sox at least have the luxury of yet another save specialist lurking in their bullpen.

And Brad Ziegler pounced on his first save opportunity with his new team Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, closing out an 8-7 win over the Twins with a 12-pitch ninth inning that included two strikeouts and no baserunners.

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Three HRs boost Porcello to 10-0 at Fenway

Three HRs boost Porcello to 10-0 at Fenway

BOSTON -- Two of the biggest constants of the season for the Red Sox -- Rick Porcello winning at home and the Boston bats hitting at home -- intersected nicely in Sunday's 8-7 victory over the Twins that salvaged a split of a four-game series at Fenway Park.

Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw both smashed three-run homers while Dustin Pedroia added a tiebreaking solo shot. The long balls by Pedroia and Shaw came during a five-run fifth.

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Kelly 'trying to strike everyone out' as reliever

Red Sox righty replaces scuffling Hembree; Betts expected back Monday

Kelly 'trying to strike everyone out' as reliever

BOSTON -- Joe Kelly returned to Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon, enthusiastic about the simplified and aggressive approach he plans on using out of the bullpen.

The hard-throwing righty was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot of Heath Hembree, who was optioned following Saturday's 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.

As issues continue, Price's frustration mounts

Ace says first season with Red Sox has been 'terrible,' 'no fun,' 'awful'

As issues continue, Price's frustration mounts

BOSTON -- If ever there was a night David Price needed to keep the ball on the ground, it was Saturday, when gusty conditions at Fenway Park made every ball that went in the air an adventure. But the lefty ace couldn't execute his game plan, and his frustration mounted in an 11-9 loss to the Twins.

Price got a no decision and actually left the game with a 7-5 lead. But that didn't make him feel any better.

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