In debut, Owens provides plenty of positives

No. 5 Red Sox prospect settles in, leaves with lead

In debut, Owens provides plenty of positives

NEW YORK -- Despite what transpired after Henry Owens walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, the lefty's debut was solid.

Though the Red Sox endured a 13-3 walloping at the hands of the Yankees, Owens had a 2-1 lead when he departed with two on and nobody out in the sixth.

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Beleaguered Boston bullpen battered

Machi, Breslow and Ogando combine to give up nine runs

Beleaguered Boston bullpen battered

NEW YORK -- The inconsistency of the Red Sox' bullpen hit a low point Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, when a one-run lead entering the sixth inning devolved into a 13-3 loss.

Quite simply, none of the relievers that manager John Farrell used got the job done.

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Sox fall to Yanks in Owens' solid debut

Sox fall to Yanks in Owens' solid debut

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann homered as part of a nine-run seventh inning and drove in four runs to support Masahiro Tanaka's solid effort as the Yankees rallied for a 13-3 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, spoiling Henry Owens' big league debut.

Owens held the Yanks to a run over the first five frames before surrendering two hits opening the sixth. Mark Teixeira greeted reliever Robbie Ross Jr. with a game-tying single and McCann's two-base hit restored New York's lead.

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Johnson sidelined with elbow irritation

Red Sox don't believe lefty prospect's injury is serious

Johnson sidelined with elbow irritation

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox had hoped to get a more extensive look at prospect Brian Johnson down the stretch, but those plans are on hold after the lefty exited his last start for Triple-A Pawtucket with some irritation in his left elbow.

"It's in the ulnar nerve area," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "I don't know how long of a shutdown he'll go through. Obviously the elbow situation flared up on him and he's on the DL with Pawtucket."

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Pedroia, Betts ramping up, progressing

Pedroia, Betts ramping up, progressing

NEW YORK -- Dustin Pedroia should resume baseball activities by the time the Red Sox get to Detroit this weekend, as he continues to make progress with the ailing left hamstring that has forced him to the disabled list twice this season.

Center fielder Mookie Betts, who sustained a concussion on July 29, is also taking steps forward.

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Big Papi and Gronk go country with '4 Things we Love'

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Big Papi and Gronk go country with '4 Things we Love'

Here are four things David Ortiz and Rob Gronkowski love, according to their latest Summer Chill single for Dunkin' Donuts called "4 Things we Love."

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Wright, Red Sox continue series with Yanks in Bronx

Wright, Red Sox continue series with Yanks in Bronx

For months, the Yankees have bided their time, knowing rotation help was on the way. The club opted to use back-end placeholders rather than venture into the pitching-rich trade market when injuries and disappointing performances hit their starters.

They were waiting for Luis Severino, who's finally arrived. Severino will make his Major League debut Wednesday against the Red Sox, immediately bolstering a rotation that hasn't kept pace with the Yankees' explosive offense.

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Five cap patches we want following Randy Johnson one

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Five cap patches we want following Randy Johnson one

Following Randy Johnson's election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be retiring his No. 51 during a special ceremony at Saturday's game against the Reds. And to ring in the day, the team will also be wearing an amazing Randy Johnson patch on their caps. 

That also got us thinking: What are some other baseball moments that we wish were commemorated as beautiful patches? Here are five we'd like to see: 

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Kennedy to replace Lucchino as Red Sox president

Kennedy to replace Lucchino as Red Sox president

BOSTON -- Larry Lucchino's impactful run as president/CEO of the Red Sox will come to an end following the 2015 season.

In a statement released on Sunday morning, Lucchino said that he would stay with the club in a new role, and that Sam Kennedy, who grew up just a couple of miles from Fenway Park in Brookline, Mass., will be the team's next president.

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Papi's adjustments have him hitting like old

Papi's adjustments have him hitting like old

BOSTON -- Despite stardom that spans well over a decade, the early-season struggles of Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz still elicited the same question that likely lingered on the tip of every baseball fan's tongue:

Are Big Papi's days as Boston's offensive centerpiece dwindling?

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Longtime Red Sox scout Bowers dies at 86

'Buzz' won scouting honors in 1994, 2012; was inaugural inductee into scouts' HOF

Charles "Buzz" Bowers, the longtime Red Sox scout who was one of the inaugural inductees into the Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in 2008, died peacefully in his home in East Orleans, Mass., on Friday. He was 86.

Bowers joined the Red Sox in 1992 and signed players such as Lou Merloni, Carl Pavano, Brian Rose and Steve Lomasney during his tenure. He became regarded as one of the most dedicated scouts in baseball.

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Porcello to DL; Owens to debut vs. Yankees

As righty deals with triceps strain, Red Sox No. 5 prospect to make first MLB appearance Tuesday

Porcello to DL; Owens to debut vs. Yankees

BOSTON -- Rick Porcello's first season with the Red Sox has not gone smoothly. Before the Red Sox's 4-3 loss to the Rays on Sunday, the struggling right-hander suffered another setback as the team placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a right triceps strain.

Porcello's issues, however, are not without a silver lining. Replacing him for Tuesday's scheduled start is left-hander Henry Owens, who will make his Major League debut in the Bronx against the Yankees' lefty-heavy lineup.

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Red Sox let sweep get away vs. rival Rays

Red Sox let sweep get away vs. rival Rays

BOSTON -- The Rays staged a late-game comeback to avoid a weekend sweep -- and their fourth consecutive loss -- by defeating the Red Sox, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

As Tampa Bay trailed, 3-2, with one out in the eighth, Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI ground-rule double off Junichi Tazawa tied the score. James Loney, who had an RBI double earlier, followed with a single to center to give the Rays the lead.

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Tazawa's typical reliability taking a hit

Red Sox reliever tagged with fourth loss of season, blows second save in three days

Tazawa's typical reliability taking a hit

BOSTON -- While their bullpen has produced its share of shaky performances this season, the Red Sox have been able to use Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning of tight games with impressive consistency. Lately, however, the right-hander has hit a rough stretch in which even his reliability has come into question.

Such was the case in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rays at Fenway Park. Tazawa, working with a one-run advantage in the eighth, gave up a leadoff double to Evan Longoria, an Asdrubal Cabrera ground-rule double and a bloop single by James Loney that lifted Tampa Bay.

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Betts' concussion symptoms much improved

Red Sox outfielder could begin baseball activities Friday; return depends on MLB protocol

Betts' concussion symptoms much improved

BOSTON -- Mookie Betts' tumble into the bullpen on Jose Abreu's wild catch-turned-homer may have wowed fans on the highlight reels last week, but the Boston center fielder's fall on that play also sent him to the seven-day concussion disabled list on Wednesday.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, Betts has shown significant improvement in recent days -- enough that they expect him to travel with them to Detroit next weekend and possibly begin baseball activities as early as Friday.

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Richard Justice

Lucchino amassed Hall-worthy list of deeds

Lucchino amassed Hall-worthy list of deeds

If the Baseball Hall of Fame is for the men and women who had a lasting, dramatic and positive impact on the sport, Larry Lucchino is a no-brainer.

Take a look around baseball today. Pretty sweet, huh? Whatever happened to those cookie-cutter ballparks anyway? Remember when a trip to one baseball stadium felt a lot like a trip to every other baseball stadium?

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Shaw has huge day following latest callup

Red Sox prospect homers twice, scores five times and finishes a triple shy of a cycle

Shaw has huge day following latest callup

BOSTON -- Travis Shaw knows the drill by now because he's lived it a few times this season. When the Red Sox have a nagging injury to a corner infielder, he usually gets the call from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Shaw typically doesn't know how long his stay will be, or how he'll be used during it. But if Shaw keeps contributing like he did during a monster Saturday afternoon at Fenway while leading the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays, he will soon graduate from the I-95 shuttle between Boston and Pawtucket.

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Shaw belts two HRs as Red Sox topple Rays

Shaw belts two HRs as Red Sox topple Rays

BOSTON -- Travis Shaw celebrated his fifth callup this season from Triple-A Pawtucket with a monster day, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and five runs scored to lead the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts notched four hits in a game for the fifth time this season and drove in three. Rusney Castillo added three hits and three RBIs on a day the Red Sox had 16 hits.

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Aggressive approach works for Bogaerts

Red Sox shortstop tallies his fifth four-hit game of the season

Aggressive approach works for Bogaerts

BOSTON -- All season long, the hits have kept coming for Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and they're coming in situations usually reserved for proven veterans.

The lineup came alive again in Saturday's 11-7 win over the Rays at Fenway Park, and Bogaerts supplied a heaping portion of that production by tallying four hits and three RBIs. Two of those runs scored when he clubbed a double off the bullpen wall in right, which capped a four-run outburst in the second inning.

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Happy to still be in Boston, Napoli delivers

Happy to still be in Boston, Napoli delivers

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli knows perfectly well what the standings look like these days. And he still has no interest in leaving the Red Sox.

The first baseman made it through Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline with the same team he's been with since 2013, and celebrated by clubbing a go-ahead two-run homer to spur Boston to a 7-5 victory over the Rays.

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Cherington: Despite talks, nothing compelling

Red Sox GM holds off on big move at Deadline, but process just beginning

Cherington: Despite talks, nothing compelling

BOSTON -- With every phone call Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington fielded with teams in recent days, his motive was to improve his club for 2016 and beyond. That quest will largely be tabled until the offseason, as the Red Sox didn't find anything appealing enough to make a splash prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The only transaction Boston made on Friday was a complementary one -- the acquisition of righty reliever Ryan Cook from the Athletics for a player to be named or cash.

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Napoli's go-ahead HR lifts Red Sox over Rays

Napoli's go-ahead HR lifts Red Sox over Rays

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli clocked a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that just cleared the Green Monster to lift the Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Rays on Friday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox were down, 5-4, when Napoli belted Jake McGee's 96-mph fastball on a 2-2 count.

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Frates, Sox begin Ice Bucket Challenge anew

Frates, Sox begin Ice Bucket Challenge anew

BOSTON -- Since Pete Frates and Pat Quinn were thrust into the international spotlight as the originators of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral on social media last year and raised millions for ALS research, their inspiring stories have been well-chronicled. And as Frates and Quinn officially kick off a relaunch of the wildly successful fundraising campaign this August, the Red Sox took another step with them.

On Friday, the entire Boston clubhouse was on hand at Fenway Park to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge with Frates and Quinn, who were joined by their families and friends also working to help the cause. When prompted, the players and coaches dumped large buckets of ice water on each other, laughing and yelling in the sweltering afternoon heat.

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Red Sox land reliever Cook in deal with A's

Hanley, Sandoval out of lineup after sustaining minor injuries Thursday

Red Sox land reliever Cook in deal with A's

BOSTON -- By acquiring Ryan Cook at a low cost (a player to be named or cash) from the Oakland Athletics before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Red Sox hope they can help the reliever rediscover the form that made him an All-Star in 2012.

The right-hander struggled in a short stint with the A's earlier this season, and has spent most of the year at Triple-A.

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Rodriguez shakes off wildness in gutsy effort

Rodriguez shakes off wildness in gutsy effort

BOSTON -- Exactly one year before Friday night, the Red Sox acquired a left-handed pitching prospect from the Orioles named Eduardo Rodriguez -- a move that, at the time, was somewhat lost in the shuffle of 2014's frenzied roster purge.

In contrast, this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline held little change for the Sox by way of addition or subtraction, with the team instead opting to build off its current foundation of young talent. And that certainly includes Rodriguez, who pitched solidly in a 7-5 win over the Rays at Fenway Park.

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Wright's slow pace keeps Chicago off balance

Combination of knuckleball, fastball leaves White Sox guessing

Wright's slow pace keeps Chicago off balance

BOSTON -- Entering Thursday night's game at Fenway Park, it was easy to see the disparity in pitching styles between White Sox ace Chris Sale and Red Sox starter Steven Wright. Sale fires 95-mph missiles, while Wright lobs knuckleballs in the mid-70s.

However, it was the steadiness of Wright that came out on top and helped Boston to an 8-2 win over Chicago to avoid a four-game series sweep. The knuckleballer tossed a career-high seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits for the win. He also struck out a career-high eight, one more than Sale.

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Wright, offense shut down White Sox

Wright, offense shut down White Sox

BOSTON -- Tired of getting belted around by the White Sox in their own ballpark, the Red Sox responded by delivering a sixth-inning knockout of ace Chris Sale en route to an 8-2 victory on Thursday night.

The White Sox had won the first three games of the series by an aggregate of 28-14, and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in the finale.

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Castillo getting results from hard work

Cuban hits long home run, seeing signs of progress

Castillo getting results from hard work

BOSTON -- Perhaps the price-tag has preceded the player too much. Yes, the Red Sox spent $72.5 million on Rusney Castillo, and he hasn't made a major impact just yet. But it's simply too early to label him a disappointment.

Castillo belted a titanic home run to left-center -- estimated to travel 429 feet by Statcast™ -- in Thursday night's 8-2 victory over the White Sox. The blast served as a reminder of what he is capable.

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