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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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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Napoli puts exclamation point on homestand

Red Sox slugger adds two-run homer, two-run double to end strong week

Napoli puts exclamation point on homestand

BOSTON -- It goes down as the homestand that Mike Napoli not only got his groove back, but turned into a one-man wrecking crew at the plate.

So it was only fitting that the slugger took a couple of more big swings to cap the week before hopping on a flight to Minneapolis.

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Pedroia, Holt make eye-popping plays

Pedroia, Holt make eye-popping plays

BOSTON -- Earlier this week, the Red Sox were turning routine plays into spectacular mistakes as they committed seven errors in the span of four games. On Sunday, their defense made the spectacular look routine in a 6-1 win over the Angels at Fenway Park.

Chief among Boston's defensive highlights came during the seventh inning, when Dustin Pedroia made a beautiful stop to rob David Freese of a leadoff hit. Freese had clubbed a 2-1 pitch up the middle, but the second baseman dove to trap it in his glove, spun around and launched a throw to first for the out.

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Twins, Red Sox set for first meeting of 2015

Twins, Red Sox set for first meeting of 2015

The Red Sox and Twins square off for the first time this season on Monday in a matinee matchup at Target Field. The series opener will feature a pair of right-handers on the mound, as Boston turns to Joe Kelly and Minnesota hands the ball to Ricky Nolasco.

Kelly makes his first career start against the Twins. He took his third loss in a row on Wednesday despite holding Texas to two runs over seven innings -- his third quality start in eight outings this season.

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Masterful Miley in command for Red Sox

Lefty continues strong May with eight innings of one-run ball vs. Angels

Masterful Miley in command for Red Sox

BOSTON -- For 4 2/3 innings on Sunday, Wade Miley was flawless. And though he lost bids at perfection and a no-hitter in the fifth inning, the left-hander's dominance on the mound never wavered as the Red Sox cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Angels at Fenway Park.

Miley allowed only one run on four hits and a walk over eight exceptional innings. The southpaw retired the first 14 batters he faced -- all on groundouts or flyouts -- before Chris Iannetta drew a five-pitch walk in the fifth. Miley then allowed his first hit in the next at-bat when C.J. Cron knocked a single to left field.

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Panda abandons switch-hitting for one at-bat

Red Sox third baseman hits RBI single batting left-handed vs. southpaw

Panda abandons switch-hitting for one at-bat

BOSTON -- Pablo Sandoval's left knee has been hurting. And his right-handed bat has been slumping. So what better time for the Red Sox third baseman to give up switch-hitting for an at-bat than in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels?

Thrust into action after Brock Holt had to leave with soreness in his left forearm, Sandoval surprised everyone by stepping to the plate left-handed against Angels lefty reliever Cesar Ramos.

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Masterson (shoulder) making steady progress

Red Sox righty has upped intensity in bullpen, although he's not ready for rehab start

Masterson (shoulder) making steady progress

BOSTON -- Red Sox starter Justin Masterson continues making progress while recovering from the right shoulder tendinitis that sent him to the 15-day disabled list on May 13.

On Sunday, manager John Farrell said the Red Sox have not determined when Masterson could begin his rehab assignment. Farrell hinted that the decision could come soon, but it would appear likely that the right-hander will remain on the DL past May 28, his earliest possible activation date.

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Varvaro returned to Red Sox from Cubs

Reliever placed on disabled list with right flexor strain

Varvaro returned to Red Sox from Cubs

BOSTON -- Reliever Anthony Varvaro, designated for assignment by the Red Sox on April 29, was returned to the club on Sunday and placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain.

Varvaro will undergo surgery to repair the flexor tendon this week.

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Napoli blasts 2 HRs as Red Sox top Angels

Napoli blasts 2 HRs as Red Sox top Angels

BOSTON -- Coming off perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, the Red Sox responded with their most well-rounded game in weeks en route to an 8-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday at Fenway Park.

A two-homer effort by Mike Napoli led the offense, while knuckleballer Steven Wright notched his first career win as a starter. This was the best scoring output for the Red Sox since April 28, when they scored eight times in a loss to the Blue Jays.

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Coming off bench, Betts wows again for Sox

Center fielder collects two RBI singles, makes leaping catch at the wall

Coming off bench, Betts wows again for Sox

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell preached the importance of preparation to Mookie Betts before Saturday's 8-3 win over the Angels. And when Shane Victorino left the game with an injury in the third inning, forcing Betts to play on his scheduled day off, that advice seemed more prescient than ever.

"When I have days off, he never says it's just a full day off," Betts said. "You're not starting, but be ready to go at any given time."

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Holt dashes around bases on hit-and-run

Red Sox utility man scores from first on single by Swihart

Holt dashes around bases on hit-and-run

BOSTON -- Stuck in a scoring rut that has lasted for most of May, the Red Sox tallied their highest run total since April 28 in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Angels at Fenway Park. A brilliant bit of baserunning by utility man Brock Holt played a major part in the outburst.

With Holt on first in the eighth inning, Blake Swihart executed a hit-and-run by pushing a low 0-1 changeup through the hole at second. The dribbler slowed in the grass, leaving Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun with a wide swath of ground to cover and causing third-base coach Brian Butterfield to wave Holt home.

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Cherington believes effort is there for Red Sox

General manager says 'I don't see any lack of accountability'

Cherington believes effort is there for Red Sox

BOSTON -- Through the first 42 games this season, there are few denying the Red Sox's pervasive and persistent woes on offense. Whether the club can recover from the slow start, however, is another matter -- one general manager Ben Cherington discussed at length on Saturday.

Cherington's overarching theme was simple: The struggles of 2015 do not reflect how the Red Sox have approached their issues from an effort standpoint. To point fingers at the character of the clubhouse, he explained, would be issuing false blame.

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Red Sox add Hembree to 'pen, option Ross

Red Sox add Hembree to 'pen, option Ross

BOSTON -- The Red Sox shuffled their bullpen again on Saturday, recalling right-handed reliever Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioning lefty Robbie Ross Jr. to the same affiliate. Hembree returns to the big league club after allowing six runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Orioles on April 26, his lone appearance of the season thus far.

The move leaves Boston with five right-handers and two lefties in its bullpen.

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Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

Outfielder goes 1-for-4, misplays fly ball during 2015 debut

Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in desperate need of a spark to their struggling offense, summoned Rusney Castillo to Fenway Park for Friday's game against the Angels. The right-handed hitter was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and immediately placed in Boston's lineup in the eighth spot and in right field for the opener of a three-game series.

Though Castillo's impact was minimal in a 12-5 loss to the Angels, the Red Sox think he can play an important role in the coming weeks and years.

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Red Sox allow 9 runs in 5th, fall to Angels

Red Sox allow 9 runs in 5th, fall to Angels

BOSTON -- The Angels, who have struggled to score runs as much as the team they faced on Friday night, put a 12-5 thumping on the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Most of the damage was done during a nine-run top of the fifth that lasted 39 minutes and included two errors by Boston.

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Hanley hit by pitch, but X-rays negative

Hanley hit by pitch, but X-rays negative

BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez exited Friday's 12-5 loss to the Angels in the top of the sixth inning with left hand soreness.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ramirez was plunked on the left hand by a pitch from Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.

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The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

Data tracks Royals' key inning-ending double play, second of Napoli's two homers

The best of Statcast from Saturday's FOX games

FOX's primetime games on Saturday took on an entirely new look as the network incorporated Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology was available during the Royals' rain-shortened 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 5 1/2 innings, as well as the Red Sox's 8-3 win over the Angels.

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Porcello takes blame for loss to Angels

Red Sox righty allows seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings

Porcello takes blame for loss to Angels

BOSTON -- After nearly two weeks of pleasant pitching performances, the Red Sox and Rick Porcello suffered from a serious case of deja vu on Friday night -- the kind neither wanted to experience.

Porcello allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and contributed to a nine-run meltdown in the fifth inning as Boston fell, 12-5, to the Angels at Fenway Park. The defeat marked the Halos' first time plating that many runs in one inning since April 20, 2013, when they tagged Porcello for nine runs in only two-thirds of an inning while he was with the Tigers.

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Red Sox frustrated, but expect success

Red Sox frustrated, but expect success

BOSTON -- For a few weeks, the pitching sputtered. Then, the offense went into complete hibernation. Friday night, as the bats showed more life, the pitching and defense fell apart.

These are tough times for the Red Sox, who are 19-23 overall and 1-3 on the current homestand after a 12-5 loss to the Angels.

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Offense continues to struggle behind Buchholz

Offense continues to struggle behind Buchholz

BOSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez kept the Red Sox in their offensive funk while leading the Rangers to a 3-1 victory Thursday night in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Over 6 2/3 innings, Rodriguez gave up four hits and a run, walking two and striking out five. The Rangers, getting 2 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen and another save from Shawn Tolleson, took two of three from the Red Sox.

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Rotation a bright spot during rough patch

Red Sox starter Buchholz logs sixth quality start in loss to Texas

Rotation a bright spot during rough patch

BOSTON -- Once thought to be the weak link on an otherwise talented team, the Red Sox's rotation continued its resurgence at Fenway Park on Thursday. And for Clay Buchholz, the de facto steward of the retooled pitching staff, thrust into a leadership role this season, the rebound could not have come soon enough.

"It was a work in progress the first couple times through. We knew what we had to do," Buchholz said following a 3-1 loss to the Rangers. "We're more focused to pitch with intent. Instead of being afraid to throw a pitch, just throw it. It's hard to [have conviction] in a pitch whenever you're getting hit around, though, so that's the difference."

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Sputtering offense falls victim to hard-luck play

Boston's hit-and-run play thwarted when Bogaerts is hit by batted ball

Sputtering offense falls victim to hard-luck play

BOSTON -- The home clubhouse at Fenway Park was eerily quiet following Thursday's game, kind of like the offense was again during a 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

As hitters try to find that elusive groove -- be it individually or collectively -- bad luck becomes more of an annoyance than usual.

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Sox's offense remains stuck in neutral

Sox's offense remains stuck in neutral

BOSTON -- Phil Klein earned his first Major League win as a starter and Robinson Chirinos crushed a solo home run that provided the scoring difference as the Rangers edged out a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Klein pitched effectively as a rotation fill-in for the Rangers, firing 5 1/3 innings of one-run baseball and throwing strikes on 56 of his 81 pitches. Shawn Tolleson, taking over as the Rangers' closer, pitched around a one-out double in a scoreless ninth en route to his first Major League save.

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Bats unable to deliver in clutch situations

Bats unable to deliver in clutch situations

BOSTON -- At several points during Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers at Fenway Park, the Red Sox stood one hit away from reversing their offensive fortunes. Each turn, however, featured another thwarted attempt by the underachieving Boston lineup to produce runs.

The Red Sox connected on several well-hit balls, but that contact merely resulted in an equal number of loud outs. They finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, lowering their team average in those spots to an American League-worst .203, and left 12 runners on base for the second night in a row.

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Kelly's quality start goes for naught in loss

Kelly's quality start goes for naught in loss

BOSTON -- The Red Sox were unable to capitalize on another solid pitching performance from Joe Kelly on Wednesday night, taking a 2-1 loss to the Rangers at Fenway Park.

Kelly tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits in the loss. He's now pitched at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in his past two starts.

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