Red Sox claim infielder Jimenez off waivers

Catcher Hanigan transferred to 60-day DL; reliever Varvaro claimed by Cubs

Red Sox claim infielder Jimenez off waivers

BOSTON -- The Red Sox claimed infielder Luis Jimenez off waivers from the Brewers on Sunday, and mangager John Farrell said the team will add him to its active roster on Monday.

The club transferred injured catcher Ryan Hanigan to the 60-day disabled list in order to make space for Jimenez on the 40-man roster.

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Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox targeting May 11 return for Victorino

Red Sox targeting May 11 return for Victorino

BOSTON -- Injured right fielder Shane Victorino could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Friday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, with Victorino's eventual return projected for the following Monday.

Victorino, on the 15-day disabled after straining his right hamstring, is eligible to be activated in time for a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Friday. However, the team has opted to keep the 34-year-old veteran sidelined until it travels to Oakland on May 11, citing concerns over the artificial turf installed at Rogers Centre this year.

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Music icon Taylor debuts 'Angels of Fenway'

Music icon Taylor debuts 'Angels of Fenway'

BOSTON -- The song may have been over 10 years in the making, but its meaning still holds as much relevance today as it did then for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician James Taylor.

On Sunday, Taylor paid a visit to Fenway Park and introduced gathered fans to "Angels of Fenway," a song he first conceived in 2004 after the Red Sox ended their 86-year title drought with a World Series championship. The lyrics, which feature references to that historic season as well as the team's rivalry with the New York Yankees, were inspired by his personal connections to Boston baseball.

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Red Sox win challenge of inning-ending DP

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell successfully challenged a call at first base in the bottom of the fourth inning of Sunday night's game against the Yankees.

With runners on first and second, Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to shortstop in what was originally ruled a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. 

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Miley topped by Yanks in Swihart's debut

Miley topped by Yanks in Swihart's debut

BOSTON -- Brett Gardner smacked a go-ahead two-run single to left in the top of the fifth and the Yankees preserved the lead from there, taking a 4-2 victory over Wade Miley and the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. Boston will try to avoid a sweep in Sunday's finale of the three-game rivalry series.

"Now that you've won the first two, you want to win that third one. You want to get the sweep," said Gardner, whose Yankees have won nine of 11. "It's hard to do, especially on the road. They've got a really, really good team. These games matter just as much as the games at the end of September. Hopefully we can keep playing well."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Swihart gets first hit in big league debut

Swihart gets first hit in big league debut

BOSTON -- Ever since Blake Swihart was selected by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, he tried to envision what it would be like to throw on the gear and catch a game at Fenway Park.

Saturday, a day after Ryan Hanigan suffered a broken bone in his right hand, Swihart got to find out.

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Miley gives Red Sox quality effort in defeat

Miley gives Red Sox quality effort in defeat

BOSTON -- In the wake of an April that was nothing but showers for Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley, his first start of May showed signs that this month could be a little sunnier for him.

Miley pitched much like his old self in Saturday's 4-2 Red Sox loss at Fenway Park, spinning seven innings of three-run baseball against the Yankees for his first quality start in a Boston uniform. The game also marked the third quality start in as many games for the Red Sox.

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Hanigan out until at least All-Star break

Red Sox catcher has surgery on right hand after getting hit by foul ball Friday

Hanigan out until at least All-Star break

BOSTON -- Ryan Hanigan had his fractured right hand surgically repaired on Saturday, and Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn't expect his starting catcher back before the All-Star break.

"There were some pins inserted," said Farrell. "It's going to be a lengthy recovery time."

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Napoli frustrated by lack of results at plate

Napoli frustrated by lack of results at plate

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli's body language after his final at-bat in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees said it all.

Slamming his bat down in disgust after striking out in the bottom of eighth inning, the Red Sox first baseman finished the day 0-for-4 and stranded a total of five runners.

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Sox fall to Yankees on late homer by A-Rod

Sox fall to Yankees on late homer by A-Rod

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez stayed on the bench for seven innings, and then silenced the boos at Fenway by belting a pinch-hit solo homer over the Green Monster with one out in the eighth to snap a tie and lead the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night.

It was career homer No. 660 for A-Rod, tying him with Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Rodriguez smashed a 94-mph fastball on a 3-0 pitch by Junichi Tazawa for the first pinch-hit homer of his career.

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Hanigan breaks right hand; Swihart called up

With starter out several weeks, MLB's top catching prospect to share duties with Leon

Hanigan breaks right hand; Swihart called up

BOSTON -- Already without Christian Vazquez for the season, the Red Sox suffered another substantial blow to their catching depth on Friday night when Ryan Hanigan suffered a fracture to the fifth metacarpal in his right hand.

Blake Swihart, ranked as baseball's No. 1 catching prospect and the Red Sox's No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and is in the starting lineup at backstop Saturday, batting ninth vs. the Yankees. Hanigan was placed on the DL to make room for Swihart on the roster.

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Craig gets start in right, hits first HR of '15

Red Sox backup outfielder capitalizes on opportunity, takes Yanks' Sabathia deep

Craig gets start in right, hits first HR of '15

BOSTON -- Just a few days after Red Sox manager John Farrell expressed hesitation about playing seldom-used Allen Craig in the expansive right field of Fenway Park, the former Cardinal got his first home start of the season there in Friday night's 3-2 loss to the Yankees.

The move, fueled by a favorable pitching matchup, paid off when the right-handed Craig took Yankees southpaw starter CC Sabathia deep in the fourth inning for his first home run of 2015. Craig's blast, a drive over the Green Monster, ended a streak of 106 homerless at-bats and marked just his fifth hit of the season.

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Hanley Ramirez's helmet has its own Twitter account

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Hanley Ramirez's helmet has its own Twitter account

If you've been paying attention to Hanley Ramirez lately, you may have noticed something curious -- the guy can't seem to keep his batting helmet on his head, ever, even when he's mashing. It's a mystery that's confounded the best and brightest thinkers baseball has to offer, but there finally may just be a breakthrough in the case: It appears that HanRam's helmet has become sentient. Look, it's got a Twitter account and everything:

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Tazawa bemoans missing with 3-0 pitch to A-Rod

Tazawa bemoans missing with 3-0 pitch to A-Rod

BOSTON -- Once Junichi Tazawa fell behind 3-0 to Alex Rodriguez in the eighth inning on Friday night, he wanted to avoid walking him. But in hindsight, he would have been better off doing so.

Boston's righty reliever left a fastball in the middle of the plate and A-Rod hammered it for a go-ahead homer, the 660th blast of his career, which tied him with Willie Mays. It wound up being a crushing blow for the Red Sox in a 3-2 loss.

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Fan interference takes away potential Sox run

Fan interference takes away potential Sox run

BOSTON -- For baseball fans, the setting at Fenway Park might have been perfect. For the Red Sox, however, one particularly enthusiastic patron might have spoiled their night.

On Friday, as Boston held a tenuous one-run lead over the rival Yankees in the fourth inning, catcher Ryan Hanigan belted a double down the left-field line that should have scored Xander Bogaerts and put the Red Sox up, 3-1. But as it bounced off the dirt and up toward the seats beneath the Green Monster, an overzealous fan reached out, glove extended, touching the live ball.

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Sox to honor pennant-winning 1975 club

Rice, Fisk and Lynn among players lined up for Tuesday's pregame ceremony

Sox to honor pennant-winning 1975 club

BOSTON -- Almost four decades have passed since the Red Sox and Reds squared off in the 1975 World Series, a dramatic Fall Classic matchup still widely considered one of the game's most compelling championship clashes.

On Tuesday night, alumni of that American League pennant-winning squad will be on hand at Fenway Park to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of that season before the Red Sox take on the Rays. Fred Lynn and Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice are just a few of several former players expected to attend the pregame ceremony.

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Analyzing April: What went right for Sox?

A look at the good and the bad, as well as some questions after season's first month

Analyzing April: What went right for Sox?

BOSTON -- The Red Sox never truly hit their stride in the first month of the season, but they came out of it with a respectable record (12-10) and just a one-game deficit behind the Yankees in the American League East.

"You've just got to keep winning series," said Hanley Ramirez. "It's six months, then you go to the playoffs. First thing you do is go to the playoffs. That's the first thing we're trying to do right now, is just get to October. It doesn't matter how you get there. We've just got to go there."

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Sox hope Porcello's outing is turning point for rotation

Sox hope Porcello's outing is turning point for rotation

BOSTON -- With each strikeout or groundout Rick Porcello produced in Wednesday's fine effort, you could almost hear the Fenway faithful in a collective state of exhale.

It's hard to call any situation desperate in April, but the Red Sox truly needed the solid (two hits, one run, six strikeouts) and lengthy performance (seven innings) Porcello provided in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays.

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Hanley finishes monster April by joining select company

Hanley finishes monster April by joining select company

BOSTON -- The baseball soared off Hanley Ramirez's bat at 106 mph, and the helmet came right off his head after a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the bottom of the third inning against Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey on Wednesday.

It was the latest laser shot by Ramirez, and one that came with some history. The homer was the 10th in April by Ramirez, tying David Ortiz for the most in club history before May 1. Ramirez's homer was the biggest hit of the game in a 4-1 victory by the Red Sox.

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Betts yet? Mookie makes yet another highlight-reel grab

Betts yet? Mookie makes yet another highlight-reel grab

BOSTON -- Mookie Betts may be in his first season as a full-time center fielder, but he looked more than comfortable patrolling the outfield grass at Fenway Park in Wednesday's 4-1 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays.

The highlight of Betts' night came in the third inning, when he robbed hot-hitting rookie Devon Travis of a leadoff hit with an impressive leaping catch. Travis had sent the ball screaming toward the warning track at an exit speed of 101.4 mph, according to Statcast, but the talented 22-year-old Betts sprinted to secure it in his outstretched glove for an out before tumbling into the outfield wall.

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Quality matters: Porcello lifts Sox past Blue Jays

Quality matters: Porcello lifts Sox past Blue Jays

BOSTON -- For at least one night, the Red Sox quelled some of the panic about their pitching staff. Rick Porcello turned in his best performance of the season en route to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series.

"He was a controlling both sides of the plate," said Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. "That's what we talked about before the game, and it worked out."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. 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.

Tazawa gets aggressive, overcomes history with Jays

Tazawa gets aggressive, overcomes history with Jays

BOSTON -- Junichi Tazawa's unsightly track record against the Blue Jays alone might have given some pause when the Red Sox called upon their setup man with a three-run lead in the eighth inning. Sending him out to face the top of Toronto's talented lineup -- Devon Travis, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista -- looked to be an even tougher task.

"I knew my history against Toronto, but I wanted to stay aggressive, and I appreciated that they kept putting me in these situations," Tazawa said through a translator.

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Red Sox, Blue Jays disagree on call at plate

Red Sox, Blue Jays disagree on call at plate

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged a call in the bottom of the seventh inning in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays, believing Toronto catcher Josh Thole violated a rule about blocking home plate.

The call was confirmed, meaning the replay official in New York determined that there was no violation of the home-plate collision rule.

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Hanley, Mookie, Panda eye All-Star selection

Hanley, Mookie, Panda eye All-Star selection

BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez is a three-time All-Star as a shortstop, but this marks his first time on the ballot as an outfielder. It is also his first time on the American League ballot, which was released on Wednesday.

In his return to Boston, Ramirez has been the slugger the Red Sox were hoping for.

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Hinojosa's 18-month journey to Majors realized

Hinojosa's 18-month journey to Majors realized

BOSTON -- Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa signed with the Red Sox on Oct. 10, 2013, after defecting from his homeland. In doing so, he had to confront a number of major changes to his everyday life -- a new baseball league in a different country full of people that speak another language altogether.

On Wednesday, Hinojosa got the call all Minor Leaguers hope to receive: Boston, in dire need of a fresh arm in its bullpen, had selected his contract from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Sox bolster taxed 'pen by bringing up Layne, Hinojosa

Varvaro designated for assignment, Bradley optioned to make room for relievers

Sox bolster taxed 'pen by bringing up Layne, Hinojosa

BOSTON -- In an effort to replenish their taxed bullpen, the Red Sox added two relievers to the roster for Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays.

Lefty Tommy Layne was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and righty Dalier Hinojosa's contract was selected from Pawtucket.

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