Porcello's 13-K outing not enough for Sox

Porcello's 13-K outing not enough for Sox

BOSTON -- Stephen Drew drove in two runs and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees spoiled Rick Porcello's 13-strikeout performance with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Porcello established a new career high in punchouts, but he was ticketed for the loss by the two big hits; Drew's two-run double in the fifth inning and Gardner's two-out solo shot in the eighth. Only one of the runs was earned.

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

Hanley will go to first when he returns

Hanley will go to first when he returns

BOSTON -- When Hanley Ramirez returns from his most recent injury (sore right shoulder), he will report directly to first base, interim manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday.

The experiment of moving Ramirez to left field appears to be officially over, as Lovullo said he won't play out there again in 2015.

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Craig resurfaces as September callup

Craig resurfaces as September callup

BOSTON -- More than three months after Allen Craig was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, he finally returned to the Red Sox on Tuesday as a September callup.

A top run producer for the Cardinals from 2011-13, Craig struggled mightily last season as he got over a left foot injury and had trouble adapting to a utility role earlier this season with Boston.

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Travis among prospects heading to AFL

Travis among prospects heading to AFL

BOSTON -- Six Red Sox prospects will represent the organization in the 2015 Arizona Fall League as members of the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Boston's squad of Minor Leaguers includes three players from Double-A Portland (first baseman Sam Travis, second baseman Carlos Asuaje and right-hander Kyle Martin) and three more from Class A Advanced Salem (infielder Tzu-Wei Lin and righties Chandler Shepherd and Aaron Wilkerson).

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Spieth: Fenway 'greatest ballpark' in world

Spieth: Fenway 'greatest ballpark' in world

BOSTON -- The Red Sox rang in their first game of September with a star golfer recalling his pitching days and a soulful take on the national anthem before their game against the Yankees at Fenway Park.

The Tuesday night pregame ceremony featured 2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth tossing out the ceremonial first pitch, as well as a duet performance by former Tower Of Power lead singer Ellis Hall and Berklee College of Music graduate Shea Rose.

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Bradley's cannon nails Bird at home

Outfielder's play carries over to plate with three-hit night

Bradley's cannon nails Bird at home

BOSTON -- Jackie Bradley Jr. not only makes standout plays on a near daily basis for the Red Sox, but his offense has turned into a significant plus.

Last year, Bradley made plenty of tremendous plays like the one he turned in Monday night's 4-3 win over the Yankees to nail a runner at the plate and get the Red Sox out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam. But too often, said great play would be accompanied by an 0-for-4 performance at the plate.

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Papi goes deep, five homers from 500

Papi goes deep, five homers from 500

BOSTON -- David Ortiz's race to 500 homers keeps churning forward, and the Red Sox slugger is so close that Fenway Park already sports a banner above the Green Monster tracking his career home runs.

In the fourth inning of Monday night's 4-3 win over the Yankees, Ortiz changed his display from 494 to 495 when he smacked an outside 1-1 changeup from Ivan Nova off the padded wall atop the Monster. The blast gave Ortiz 29 on the season and nine in the month of August.

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Machi thwarts rally as Sox upend Yanks

Machi thwarts rally as Sox upend Yanks

BOSTON -- David Ortiz hit his 495th career home run, Jackie Bradley Jr. showed off his bat and his arm, and the Red Sox withstood a ninth-inning threat to celebrate a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Monday at Fenway Park.

The Yankees remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase despite piecing together a frantic rally against Red Sox closer Jean Machi, who allowed a leadoff single and walked three batters in the ninth to force home a run.

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

De Aza sent to Giants for Minor Leaguer

De Aza sent to Giants for Minor Leaguer

BOSTON -- After a few weeks of speculation, the Red Sox were able to find Alejandro De Aza a new home after all.

Following a 4-3 win over the Yankees, the Red Sox sent De Aza and cash considerations to the Giants just ahead of the August waiver Trade Deadline. In exchange, the team received lefty reliever Luis Ysla, who was San Francisco's No. 27-ranked prospect and will be assigned to Class A Advanced Salem.

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Right shoulder latest malady to plague Hanley

Right shoulder latest malady to plague Hanley

BOSTON -- Though Hanley Ramirez's right shoulder ailment -- the one that had him out of the lineup again on Monday night -- didn't become public knowledge until a few days ago, it has bothered him for several weeks.

And it perhaps explains why Ramirez has had such limited production since the All-Star break, a span in which he's hit .183 with no homers, seven RBIs and a .449 OPS.

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Fans take part in Ice Bucket Challenge

Fans take part in Ice Bucket Challenge

BOSTON -- As he sat on an overturned bucket, Rob Daigle knew what was coming. Hanley Ramirez had a bucket of icy water in his hands, and it was about to end up all over him.

So when Ramirez decided to douse both himself and Daigle, laughing as the water dripped off his dreads, the 50-year-old Newburyport, Mass., resident was caught off guard.

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Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

Red Sox slugger moves into sole possession of 27th place on all-time list

Papi passes Gehrig, McGriff with HR No. 494

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz is hardly just padding his numbers as he closes in on home run No. 500. At the age of 39, he continues to take tremendous cuts at the offerings of the best young pitchers in the game.

Take, for example, the top of the sixth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, where the slugger clocked home run No. 494 to move past the legendary Lou Gehrig, as well as Fred McGriff, for sole possession of 27th place on the all-time list.

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Miley goes behind the back to snare grounder

Miley goes behind the back to snare grounder

NEW YORK -- Red Sox lefty Wade Miley helped his cause in the fifth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Mets when he made a nifty behind-the-back snag on a ground ball by David Wright.

With a runner at first and two outs, Wright spun one back up the middle and Miley deftly wrapped his glove around to his left side and snared it, firing to first for the out.

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Red Sox fall short in back-and-forth tilt with Mets

Red Sox fall short in back-and-forth tilt with Mets

NEW YORK -- Their brief stumble earlier this weekend squarely in the past, the Mets resumed their march toward a playoff bid with a 5-4 win Sunday over the Red Sox at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh for a Mets team that took the final game of the three-game series after dropping the first two.

"This was a big game for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've been flat the last couple nights. To come out today and get tremendous crowd support again, fan support, it was a good win for us."

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Machi replaces Tazawa as Red Sox's closer

Japanese righty will return to being primary setup man

Machi replaces Tazawa as Red Sox's closer

NEW YORK -- Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo informed Junichi Tazawa on Sunday morning that he will no longer pitch the ninth inning and will instead resume being the primary setup man, a job he has excelled at for the last three seasons.

Tazawa was thrust into the closer's role after Koji Uehara fractured his right wrist on Aug. 7, converting three of six save opportunities while posting an 8.31 ERA.

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Lovullo expects Hanley to play 1B this season

Lovullo expects Hanley to play 1B this season

NEW YORK -- Though a right shoulder injury has kept Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup the last three days, interim manager Torey Lovullo expects the slugger will have enough time to appear in a game at first base before the season is out.

Ramirez had two workouts at first base earlier this week, and then came down with the sore shoulder on Friday.

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Kelly authoring quite the in-season turnaround

After struggling early, Red Sox righty has won six straight starts with a 2.68 ERA

Kelly authoring quite the in-season turnaround

NEW YORK -- Here is how drastically things have changed for Joe Kelly in the last month.

At one point on Saturday, David Ortiz, the most prominent player on the Red Sox, sidled up to Kelly and said, "You've got me super excited for next year."

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Panda lays out to make pivotal run-saving play

Red Sox third baseman working hard to be consistent on defense

Panda lays out to make pivotal run-saving play

NEW YORK -- A bullet from Wilmer Flores threatened to veer too far to Pablo Sandoval's left in the seventh inning on Saturday afternoon, and if it did, the Mets were going to have all kinds of momentum while cutting the Red Sox's lead to a single run.

But Sandoval sprawled to the dirt of the infield at Citi Field, quickly rose up and fired across the diamond for one of the most crucial outs of a 3-1 victory over the Mets, stranding a runner at third.

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Kelly outduels deGrom as Red Sox clip Mets

Kelly outduels deGrom as Red Sox clip Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets had all the ingredients in place for a picture-perfect Saturday at Citi Field: a sellout crowd, a sun-splashed afternoon and a dominant Jacob deGrom on the mound. But it was Joe Kelly and the Red Sox who scored an opportunistic 3-1 victory, sending the Mets to their fifth consecutive home loss. With the Nationals beating the Marlins, the Mets' lead in the National League East was cut to 5 1/2 games.

Pablo Sandoval cracked a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth, Mookie Betts homered and Kelly reeled off his sixth consecutive victory, dropping his ERA below 5.00 for the first time since April. He pitched into the eighth, finishing August a perfect 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA.

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Papi doubles off bench, intends to play Sunday

Hanley out with sore right shoulder; Hanigan scratched with sore right calf

Papi doubles off bench, intends to play Sunday

NEW YORK -- Mark it down as one of the shortest work days in David Ortiz's career. The slugger stepped up as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth inning in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Mets and smoked a double off the fence in center on the first pitch he saw from Bartolo Colon. He was then removed for pinch-runner Rusney Castillo.

Ortiz didn't start on Saturday after leaving Friday's game with some left heel tightness. He felt the heel a little on the double.

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Red Sox have variety of options for '16 outfield

Betts, Bradley, Castillo athletic enough to play all three spots

Red Sox have variety of options for '16 outfield

NEW YORK -- When it comes to aligning their young outfield for 2016, the Red Sox are considering a variety of factors. Before Saturday's game against the Mets, interim manager Torey Lovullo provided a glimpse into some of the inner-workings that are being discussed with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and the rest of the staff.

Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are all athletic enough to play all three outfield spots. The question is this: How do they best fit together, particularly with the complex outfield dimensions at Fenway Park?

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Inside-the-parker in 10th helps Sox halt Mets

Inside-the-parker in 10th helps Sox halt Mets

NEW YORK -- Jog or sprint, it really didn't matter. Blake Swihart's go-ahead inside-the-park homer off Carlos Torres in the 10th inning appeared to clear the orange marker along the center-field wall at Citi Field. But nobody saw that in real time except Juan Lagares, who watched the ball carom past him while Swihart chugged around the bases as the Red Sox cooled off the red-hot Mets with a 6-4 win on Friday at Citi Field.

"I was close to first at least, going to second, and I thought it had gotten over because of the way it bounced back," said Swihart. "I just kept my head down, running. I kind of watched the center fielder kind of jogging. I didn't hear anything, so I just kept running."

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Ortiz jump-starts offense with homer No. 493

Ortiz jump-starts offense with homer No. 493

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz continued his push toward home run No. 500 on Friday night at Citi Field, rejuvenating his team's offense in the process.

The Red Sox had been shut out by Matt Harvey for six innings and were down 2-0 when Ortiz dug in to lead off the seventh. On the first pitch he saw from Mets reliever Logan Verrett, Ortiz pummeled a solo shot over the wall in center. It was the first strike back for the Red Sox in a 6-4, 10-inning victory over the Mets.

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Despite discrepancy, Swihart happy with HR

Catcher's go-ahead inside-the-park shot in 10th cleared line at top of fence

Despite discrepancy, Swihart happy with HR

NEW YORK -- Blake Swihart absolutely crushed the ball that turned Friday night's game in favor of the Red Sox. But when you haven't hit a home run in 134 at-bats, you don't assume anything.

With a mad dash around the bases in the top of the 10th inning, Swihart collected his second career homer -- and first inside-the-parker. At least it goes into the books as an inside-the-park home run in a game the Red Sox won over the Mets, 6-4, at Citi Field.

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Dombrowski: Buchholz part of '16 plan if healthy

Dombrowski: Buchholz part of '16 plan if healthy

NEW YORK -- Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made it official that Clay Buchholz won't pitch again in 2015. However, Dombrowski sounded very inclined to pick up the righty's option for next season provided the medical staff deems him healthy.

"I think it's really a simple equation in the sense that if you think he's healthy -- and I'm not the one that's capable of making that decision -- that's the doctor's decision," said Dombrowski. "But picking up his option is a very simple thing because he's a good big league pitcher that's really … the option's a good option."

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Tazawa experiences uncharacteristic wildness

Tazawa experiences uncharacteristic wildness

NEW YORK -- Even though the Red Sox hung on for a 6-4 victory over the Mets in 10 innings on Friday night, it was fair to wonder what happened to Junichi Tazawa, who completely lost the strike zone while trying to close out the game.

The righty, who has been entrusted with closing since Koji Uehara (right wrist fracture) went down for the season, walked four straight with two outs in the bottom of the 10th.

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Talented outfield a good problem for Sox to have

Betts, Bradley, Castillo all in '16 mix; president of baseball ops Dombrowski continuing to take staff inventory

Talented outfield a good problem for Sox to have

NEW YORK -- One key point of evaluation for the Red Sox in the coming days will be to decide how their highly-athletic outfield trio best fits together.

The Red Sox are a rare team that has three outfielders who can play center at an above-average level in Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo. The emergence of those three players has led the team to try transitioning Hanley Ramirez to first base.

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Craig in better spot to rediscover Major League form

Much less pressure for former All-Star at Pawtucket after stats fell off in St. Louis, Boston

Craig in better spot to rediscover Major League form

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The air is humid and sticky on a Friday afternoon as the PawSox take batting practice at McCoy Stadium, the sweltering sun a reminder that the dog days of August are at their zenith. Nestled among the Major League hopefuls and the Minor League lifers gathered on the field, Allen Craig diligently takes his pregame cuts before walking toward the clubhouse, sweat still rolling off his face.

At 31 years old, Craig does not carry himself with the demeanor of someone who served as a middle-of-the-order bat for the Cardinals, compiling a .315 batting average, 97 RBIs, 29 doubles and 13 home runs on a team that won the National League pennant two years ago. The first baseman/corner outfielder is soft-spoken, unassuming and focused on reclaiming his old self -- the one that hit .300 three years in a row.

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