Bats back Pomeranz's scoreless start in win

Bats back Pomeranz's scoreless start in win

CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox knew that taking down Corey Kluber would be a tall task on Wednesday night. Boston was up for the challenge, as it did just enough offensively to back another strong effort from lefty Drew Pomeranz en route to a 6-1 victory at Progressive Field.

Cleveland's American League Cy Young Award candidate and Pomeranz matched zeros until Kluber finally flinched in the fifth, when Mitch Moreland sent an elevated cutter into the right-field seats for the game's first breakthrough. Boston added on from there, and the American League East-leading Red Sox maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees.

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JBJ out until September with thumb injury

Red Sox CF hurt on slide into plate; Benintendi shifts over from LF

JBJ out until September with thumb injury

CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox will be without Jackie Bradley Jr. for the rest of August, and at least some of September, as the center fielder was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Wednesday's game against the Indians with a sprained left thumb.

Bradley suffered the injury making an awkward slide in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 9-1 victory over the Indians. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled infielder Deven Marrero from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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With JBJ on DL, Sox land R. Davis from A's

Veteran speedster gives club OF depth, options

With JBJ on DL, Sox land R. Davis from A's

CLEVELAND -- The Red Sox struck quickly following an injury to Jackie Bradley Jr. by acquiring veteran center fielder Rajai Davis from the Athletics for Minor League outfielder Rafael Rincones.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski had already been eyeing Davis as a speed option off the bench come September. Dombrowski intensified his efforts Wednesday and make the acquisition just hours after Bradley went on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

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Leon to honor son on Players Weekend

Red Sox catcher's first child, Noah, due in late October

Leon to honor son on Players Weekend

BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon and his wife Liliana are expecting their first child in late October or early November and are hopeful they will have a World Series baby.

But Leon will get to honor his son in a unique way well before the birth.

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Sox turn to Sale in MLB Network Showcase

Sox turn to Sale in MLB Network Showcase

The schedule indicates that Thursday's MLB Network Showcase game at Jacobs Field will be the final time the Red Sox and Indians meet this season.

But that doesn't account for the postseason. And right now, the two teams are on a collision course to meet in an American League Division Series for the second straight October.

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Sox will soon determine if Price returns in '17

Lefty (elbow) improving, but yet to throw off mound; Pedroia (knee) steadily progressing

Sox will soon determine if Price returns in '17

CLEVELAND -- Red Sox lefty David Price was able to throw for a third straight day back at Fenway Park on Wednesday, extending out to 105 feet.

Price could start to spin some breaking balls this weekend, which would be a sign that he's making significant progress from the left elbow inflammation that has kept him out since July 28.

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What you need to know for Players Weekend

What you need to know for Players Weekend

As the pennant races heat up near the end of the dog days of summer, the inaugural Players Weekend commences on Friday, connecting fans with players for a celebration of creativity and individuality.

Here's everything you need to know about the festivities in a handy FAQ format.

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Fister spins one-hit gem against Tribe

Fister spins one-hit gem against Tribe

CLEVELAND -- The Indians looked like they had finally solved Red Sox pitcher Doug Fister last week in Boston. On Tuesday night, the right-hander returned to his typical role as tormentor, handcuffing Cleveland's lineup to one hit for a complete-game, 9-1 victory at Progressive Field.

It was hard to believe a performance like this was in store for Fister after his third pitch of the night was belted out of the park by Indians leadoff man Francisco Lindor. From there, the righty cruised, facing just 28 batter for the rest of the game.

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Bold bats will fit in nicely on Players Weekend

MLB stars having fun customizing their Louisville Sluggers

Bold bats will fit in nicely on Players Weekend

It has been 133 years since a phenom named Pete Browning broke his bat in a game and received a custom-made replacement from John Hillerich's woodworking shop in Louisville, Ky. Legend has it that Browning, the "Louisville Slugger," had three hits the next day.

This weekend, the art of customizing Louisville Slugger bats will be taken to its most vivid extreme. Major League Baseball's inaugural Players Weekend will allow players to show off their personality and passion in exceptional ways in all games from this Friday through Sunday, and that will include loud lumber in rainbow hues and emblazoned with names of their choosing.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Adam Berry, Joe Frisaro and Mark Sheldon also contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Barnes on DL with lower back strain

Barnes on DL with lower back strain

CLEVELAND -- A day after the slumping Matt Barnes endured more struggles in the Red Sox's 5-4 loss to the Indians, the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a lower back strain.

To take his spot, the Red Sox recalled righty Hector Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Homers don't stand up as Sox falter vs. Tribe

Homers don't stand up as Sox falter vs. Tribe

CLEVELAND -- In what could be a preview of an American League postseason series, the Indians took the first round against the Red Sox. Cleveland mounted a late rally on Monday night, culminating in a bunt and a throwing error that delivered a 5-4 win in walk-off fashion at Progressive Field.

"We relied on everybody," Indians catcher Roberto Perez said. "Boston, they have a great team over there. Tonight's game was kind of like a playoff game and I think everybody knows [this is] a big series."

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Farrell selective in bullpen use in loss to Tribe

Barnes used in place of Reed in effort to rest certain relievers

Farrell selective in bullpen use in loss to Tribe

CLEVELAND -- If this had been the postseason game the Red Sox envision playing at Progressive Field in six weeks, manager John Farrell would have managed his bullpen differently in what wound up a 5-4, walk-off loss to the Indians in Monday's opener of a four-game series.

But there are still 38 regular-season games left, and Farrell wants his bullpen sharp for the games that matter the most.

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Wendelstedt being monitored for concussion

Wendelstedt being monitored for concussion

CLEVELAND -- In Monday night's series opener at Progressive Field, home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt exited the Indians' 5-4 win following the sixth inning after earlier taking a warmup pitch from Boston reliever Joe Kelly off the mask.

The Indians announced Tuesday that Wendelstedt is being monitored for "concussion symptoms" and will not return for the remainder of the series between the two clubs, which lasts until Thursday. Pat Hoberg filled in for Wendelstedt on Tuesday.

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Porcello's 2nd-half resurgence good sign for Sox

Porcello's 2nd-half resurgence good sign for Sox

BOSTON -- Though Rick Porcello won't need to clear space for another Cy Young Award trophy for his body of work in 2017, his recovery after a slow start has been a key element for the red-hot Red Sox.

Porcello (six innings, three hits, one earned run, four strikeouts) pitched Boston to a 5-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, giving him a 4-0 record in his last four starts to coincide with the 14-3 roll his team is on.

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Remy feted by Red Sox for 30 years in booth

Broadcaster, battling cancer, vows to be back on TV next year

Remy feted by Red Sox for 30 years in booth

BOSTON -- An emotional Jerry Remy addressed his legions of fans at Fenway Park during a Sunday ceremony in celebration of his 30 years of broadcasting games for NESN, and he gave them a message they were thrilled to hear.

"I'm fully confident that I'll be back in that booth next year for Opening Day when the Red Sox lift a pennant for another year," said Remy.

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JBJ, Porcello push Sox's lead over Yanks to 5

JBJ, Porcello push Sox's lead over Yanks to 5

BOSTON -- For the second straight weekend, the Red Sox were successful in their quest of preventing the Yankees from making a dent in the American League East standings.

Backed by a pair of two-out RBI hits by Jackie Bradley Jr. and a strong pitching performance from the resurgent Rick Porcello, Boston once again took two out of three from New York, opening up a five-game lead in the division with a 5-1 victory on Sunday at Fenway Park.

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Latest HR puts Devers in company with Babe

Rookie first player under 21 since Ruth in 1915 to homer in 3 straight vs. Yankees

Latest HR puts Devers in company with Babe

BOSTON -- Rafael Devers didn't call his own shot on Saturday with his latest missile of a home run. But he did join a club in which the only other member is Babe Ruth.

With his solo shot in the Red Sox's 4-3 loss to the Yankees, Devers joined the Bambino as the only players younger than 21 to hit homers in three straight games against the Bronx Bombers.

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Sale K's 9, but Yankees' homers sink Sox

Sale K's 9, but Yankees' homers sink Sox

BOSTON -- The Yankees sensed the urgency to avoid losing any more ground in the American League East race, which meant they had to defeat heavy AL Cy Young Award favorite Chris Sale. With a couple of home run swings, they pulled off that daunting task en route to an important 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Tyler Austin mashed a three-run shot in the second inning and Todd Frazier provided crucial insurance with a solo shot in the sixth, as New York cut Boston's division lead back down to four games while setting up a rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

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Price dealing with stiffness in left arm

Price dealing with stiffness in left arm

BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher David Price didn't throw for the third straight day Friday due to general stiffness in his left arm.

Price is dealing with his second elbow injury this season and last pitched for Boston on July 22.

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Red Sox prevail after trading rallies with Yanks

Red Sox prevail after trading rallies with Yanks

BOSTON -- The rivalry has been back to its riveting best the last two weekends, and no lead ever feels safe.

The Yankees and Red Sox traded impressive comebacks in Friday night's series opener, but Boston prevailed with a 9-6 victory that had Fenway Park rocking in the late innings -- and with good reason.

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Offense key to relentless Red Sox's surge

Club averaging 6.27 runs per game while winning 13 of past 15 contests

Offense key to relentless Red Sox's surge

BOSTON -- To get an idea of what has happened to the Red Sox during their impressive August surge, you can examine the game-turning bottom of the seventh inning in Friday night's thrilling 9-6 victory over the Yankees.

In the span of less than three weeks, Boston has gone from a team that lacked consistency as an offense to one that has turned into a relentless unit that is never out of a game.

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Red Sox unveil Tony C. display at Fenway

Red Sox unveil Tony C. display at Fenway

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added another piece of history to Fenway Park on Friday, unveiling a glass display in honor of Red Sox legend Tony Conigliaro.

As fans step through Gate C, they'll see a display that includes Conigliaro's helmet, Red Sox jersey and American League championship ring from the 1967 "Impossible Dream" season.

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'What is that?' Abad's changeup baffles hitters

Red Sox reliever thriving with baseball's slowest pitch

'What is that?' Abad's changeup baffles hitters

It was a sweltering July night in Arlington and Red Sox pitcher Fernando Abad was eating innings. His team was leading the Rangers, 8-2, in the sixth, and everyone around him was dreaming of the air-conditioned clubhouse.

Adrian Beltre, Abad's former Dominican Republic teammate at this year's World Baseball Classic, stood with his bat gripped high and his closed stance hulking over the plate. Abad threw an 83-mph changeup for a called strike one, then loaded and fired again, whipping his left arm forward at the same speed as the pitch before.

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Pedro recreates young Pedro for charity

Hall of Famer hurls two scoreless innings in Old Time Baseball Game

Pedro recreates young Pedro for charity

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The 45-year-old legend took the mound with No. 45 on the back of a flannel Red Sox jersey for a one-night engagement that thrilled everyone in attendance on Thursday at St. Peter's Field.

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez suited up again and couldn't contain his smile or his laughter as he pitched two shutout innings in the Old Time Baseball Game, which included a plethora of talented local college players.

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How Sale found a new gear for historic season

Lefty's 37 percent strikeout rate is third best from starter ever

How Sale found a new gear for historic season

Chris Sale has been absolutely dominant in his first season with Boston, putting himself in position not only to claim the American League Cy Young Award, but to garner real support in the AL Most Valuable Player Award conversation as well. It's not exactly news he's been great, of course; you don't surrender Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and more for a pitcher who hasn't already proven his brilliance.

But there's a difference between being "very good," as Sale was with Chicago in 2016, and "historically good," as he's been with Boston this year. How, exactly, does a pitcher who was already elite get that much better?

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox want to change Yawkey Way name

Owner Henry uncomfortable with history regarding race relations

Red Sox want to change Yawkey Way name

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Red Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy and chairman Tom Werner expressed confidence on Thursday night that the club will soon be successful in changing the name of Yawkey Way -- the street that serves as the main entrance to Fenway Park.

The two executives spoke shortly after Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that he would like to have the street renamed because he is haunted by the club's checkered history with race relations.

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Pedro returns to mound in full uniform

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Pedro returns to mound in full uniform

It's been a while since Red Sox fans saw Pedro Martinez on a mound making hitters look absolutely silly --13 years, to be exact. Those were some pretty fun times.

Well, guess who was back in Boston on Thursday night throwing in full uniform off a mound? 

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Loud 9th: Sox hit Cards with their Betts shot

Loud 9th: Sox hit Cards with their Betts shot

BOSTON -- In what is shaping up as an August to remember for the red-hot Red Sox, Mookie Betts belted a two-out, two-strike, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to cap a wild 5-4 win that stunned the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The low liner off the Green Monster was the capper of a three-run surge, giving the Red Sox their ninth walk-off win of the season, and fourth in their last nine home victories.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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