Bullpen squanders two late leads

Bullpen squanders two late leads

TORONTO -- Devon Travis hit a walk-off infield single in the ninth inning as the Blue Jays rallied twice for a 10-9 victory over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Toronto trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the eighth, but it went to the ninth with the game tied after an extended rally. All of that seemed for naught after David Ortiz hit a solo shot in the ninth to reclaim the lead with his 13th home run of the year. It was Ortiz's 40th career homer at Rogers Centre, the most by any active visiting player at any ballpark.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Bogaerts homers as hitting streak reaches 21

Bogaerts homers as hitting streak reaches 21

TORONTO -- Xander Bogaerts has added power to his mix this season while maintaining the same pure stroke he had throughout last season. The Red Sox's shortstop ran his hitting streak to 21 games on Saturday afternoon by launching a homer to lead off the fourth inning.

In a 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays, Bogaerts was 3-for-5 and scored three times as he raised his American League-leading batting average to .351.

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This is 40: Papi rakes at Rogers Centre

Sox slugger has most homers as visitor at four ballparks

This is 40: Papi rakes at Rogers Centre

TORONTO -- At 40 years old, David Ortiz hammered his 40th career homer at Rogers Centre in the ninth inning on Saturday. For a few minutes, it looked like his dramatic, go-ahead shot would lead the Red Sox to victory over the Blue Jays.

However, Toronto turned the tables with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to hand Boston a 10-9 loss.

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Buchholz frustrated, eager to get started in 'pen

Buchholz frustrated, eager to get started in 'pen

TORONTO -- Without question, Clay Buchholz is frustrated by his move to the bullpen. That said, the right-hander would like to officially start his stint as a reliever as soon as possible.

"When I spoke to him today, he said he feels good enough to be ready today," said Red Sox manager John Farrell before Saturday's game. "Our plan was to get him a light bullpen [session] today in advance of making his first appearance out of the 'pen, whenever that would be. He's bounced back good. He feels like he's ready to go."

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Workman could join bullpen down the stretch

Workman could join bullpen down the stretch

TORONTO -- Count Brandon Workman as someone who might be able to provide some reinforcement to the Red Sox's bullpen later in the season.

The right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery on June 15, 2015, has been pitching in extended spring camp games.

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Price out to deny Jays clean sweep of Sox

Price out to deny Jays clean sweep of Sox

David Price will make his much anticipated return to the Rogers Centre mound and deny the Blue Jays a sweep of the Red Sox in the finale of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

Acquired by the Blue Jays at the non-waiver Trade Deadline last season, Price went 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch with Toronto and helped the team win the American League East and make its first playoff appearance since 1993.

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

Home-plate umpire injured by foul ball

Home-plate umpire injured by foul ball

TORONTO -- Home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro had to leave Saturday afternoon's game between the Blue Jays and Red Sox in the bottom of the second inning after he was struck by a foul ball.

Toronto second baseman Devon Travis was at the plate vs. right-hander Rick Porcello when he hit a foul ball off DiMuro's mask. DiMuro fell down to one knee and was then looked at by Blue Jays head trainer George Poulis.

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After rally, Uehara gives up homer in eighth

After rally, Uehara gives up homer in eighth

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson put the Blue Jays on his back and single-handedly took over Friday night's game against the Red Sox with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate which included a pair of home runs in a 7-5 victory.

Donaldson drove in five of Toronto's seven runs in the seventh multihomer game of his career and first of the season. He finished a triple shy of the cycle and his four hits tied his season high while it also marked the third five-RBI game of his career.

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Buchholz to 'pen; E-Rod to start Tuesday

Buchholz to 'pen; E-Rod to start Tuesday

TORONTO -- Long-time Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz will pitch out the bullpen until further notice, manager John Farrell announced before Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez will be activated on Tuesday in Baltimore and take over for Buchholz in the rotation.

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Donaldson a one-man wrecking crew vs. Sox

Donaldson a one-man wrecking crew vs. Sox

TORONTO -- As Joe Kelly spoke to the media after Friday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, a false fire alarm rang throughout the clubhouse. But the most damaging amount of noise the Red Sox dealt with in this one came from the dangerous bat of the American League's reigning Most Valuable Player.

It isn't much of an exaggeration to say that Josh Donaldson almost single-handedly destroyed Kelly and the Red Sox in the opener of this three-game series.

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Bogaerts extends hitting streak to 20 games

Bogaerts extends hitting streak to 20 games

TORONTO -- There is another hitting streak to follow when it comes to the Red Sox. Sizzling shortstop Xander Bogaerts has now hit in 20 straight games after drilling a single in Friday night's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays.

The career-long streak by Bogaerts is the second best in the Major Leagues this season.

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Benintendi's fast track leads to Double-A

Benintendi's fast track leads to Double-A

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- When Andrew Benintendi debuted for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on May 16, the center fielder did so with his fifth team in less than a year.

Consistent success has propelled Benintendi on this rapid journey, from the University of Arkansas, through three Class A Red Sox affiliates and now to Portland. With the latest promotion comes perhaps the most daunting challenge yet for the 21-year-old, who is No. 21 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Bradley's hitting streak ends at 29 games

Red Sox center fielder goes 0-for-4 in loss to Rockies

Bradley's hitting streak ends at 29 games

BOSTON -- Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak -- which created a buzz around Fenway Park for several days -- ended at 29 games on Thursday, when the Red Sox took an 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

"It was a fun ride," said Bradley. "I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed it. Most of all, the team played really well during it. I'm blessed to be in this situation."

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Sox fall to Rockies; JBJ's streak ends at 29

Sox fall to Rockies; JBJ's streak ends at 29

BOSTON -- The Rockies hit three two-run homers Thursday night off of the slumping Clay Buchholz, fueling an 8-2 victory over the Red Sox to win the finale of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Jackie Bradley Jr. went 0-for-4 for Boston and his 29-game hitting streak came to an end. The center fielder was trying to become the first Red Sox player since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997 to hit in 30 straight games. He was on deck when pinch-hitter Mookie Betts grounded out to end the game.

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Boggs emotional as No. 26 retired at Fenway

Hall of Famer honored to have his number alongside Williams, other Red Sox greats

Boggs emotional as No. 26 retired at Fenway

BOSTON -- During his Hall of Fame career, Wade Boggs belted 1,173 of his 3,010 hits at Fenway Park. But when the red covering was removed from the right-field façade on Thursday evening and No. 26 became visible with the other retired numbers, Boggs felt like he witnessed the final hit of his baseball life.

The five-time batting champion -- also known as the Chicken Man -- joined Ted Williams, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Pesky, Jim Rice and Pedro Martinez as the only Red Sox players to have their numbers retired at Fenway.

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Red Sox honor 1986 AL champions

Nearly 30 players attend ceremony for 30th anniversary

Red Sox honor 1986 AL champions

BOSTON -- Thirty years later, the memories come flooding back for the men who created a magical baseball summer in Boston.

The fact that the 1986 Red Sox came one out shy of winning a World Series did little to take away from the warm reunion that took place at Fenway Park prior to Wednesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.

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Bradley extends streak as Boston routs Rox

Bradley extends streak as Boston routs Rox

BOSTON -- Steven Wright continued his strong start and Jackie Bradley Jr. ran his hitting streak to 29 games, leading the Red Sox to a 10-3 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Bradley went 2-for-4 with a double to raise his batting average to .350. He is one game away from becoming the first Major Leaguer since the Dodgers' Andre Ethier in 2011 to have a hitting streak of 30 games.

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Bradley extends hitting streak to 29 games

Boston outfielder utilizing all-fields approach during run

Bradley extends hitting streak to 29 games

BOSTON -- In the rich history of the Red Sox, there are only three players who have put together a longer hitting streak than Jackie Bradley Jr., who extended his impressive run to 29 games in Wednesday night's 10-3 win over the Rockies.

Not only is Bradley getting hits, but he's doing it with an impressive all-fields approach that now has him one game from becoming the first Major Leaguer to hit in 30 straight games since the Dodgers' Andre Ether in 2011.

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Espinoza among top prospect performers Wednesday

Espinoza among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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Pedroia, Bogaerts, Hanigan exit game early

Red Sox double-play combo expected back for finale; catcher is ill

Pedroia, Bogaerts, Hanigan exit game early

BOSTON -- The Red Sox lost both members of their double-play combination during Wednesday night's 10-3 win over the Rockies. But manager John Farrell is confident second baseman Dustin Pedroia (right hamstring tightness) and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (sore right thumb) will both be back for Thursday's series finale.

Pedroia left as a precaution after belting a double off the Green Monster in the fifth. He first felt something in the hamstring after grounding out in the third, and the trainers helped him stretch it out.

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Holt not yet ready to return from DL

Red Sox infielder undergoes battery of concussion tests

Holt not yet ready to return from DL

BOSTON -- Brock Holt, who underwent a full battery of tests with concussion specialist Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh over the last couple of days, won't be activated when he is first eligible Thursday.

In fact, manager John Farrell added that the Red Sox will be without Holt for "a little bit."

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Papi gives fan souvenir, fan immediately drops it

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Papi gives fan souvenir, fan immediately drops it

It's David Ortiz's final season, which means that we should treasure every chance we have to see him play. And maybe, if things go well, he'll be kind enough to toss us a ball to remember him by. One lucky fan at Tuesday's Rockies-Red Sox game got such a souvenir, and he -- wait, dude, you gotta hold onto that. 

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Ortiz shines bright as ever in farewell season

Slugger's sustained success might lead to landmark Hall of Fame vote

Ortiz shines bright as ever in farewell season

On his 40th birthday last Nov. 18, David Ortiz announced his plans to retire following the 2016 season, which included the admission, "I wish I could play another 40 years."

Maybe he can. Hope he doesn't.

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Bogaerts is tearing it up below the radar

Bogaerts is tearing it up below the radar

BOSTON -- You think Jackie Bradley Jr., with his 28-game hitting streak, is hot? Believe it or not, Xander Bogaerts might be even hotter.

Boston's shortstop went 2-for-4 in Tuesday night's 8-3 win over the Rockies and leads the American League with a .349 average.

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E-Rod may rejoin Sox after dominant rehab outing

E-Rod may rejoin Sox after dominant rehab outing

BOSTON -- Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez could be on the verge of rejoining the Red Sox after turning in a strong outing for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday night.

Rodriguez allowed four hits and a run over seven innings, walking none and striking out seven.

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Papi's 4 RBIs back Price as Sox handle Rox

Papi's 4 RBIs back Price as Sox handle Rox

BOSTON -- The Red Sox continue to pound the baseball at Fenway Park, making the Colorado Rockies their latest victims en route to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday night.

David Ortiz had four RBIs, Jackie Bradley Jr. ran his hitting streak to 28 games and David Price (7-1, 5.34 ERA) produced his third straight strong performance to earn the win. Boston is 12-2 in its last 14 home games and has recorded 10-plus hits in 16 of 18 games at Fenway since April 20.

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

Hanley exits after taking pitch to toe

Hanley exits after taking pitch to toe

BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez had to exit Tuesday night's 8-3 win over the Rockies with a contusion on his right big toe. The injury occurred when Ramirez was plunked in the fourth inning on a pitch by lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

X-rays were negative and manager John Farrell said he expects Ramirez to be back in the lineup on Wednesday.

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