Offense can't overcome Wright's shaky start

Knuckleballer allows 8 runs; Ross also struggles vs. Tigers

Offense can't overcome Wright's shaky start

BOSTON -- The relentless Red Sox offense erased two substantial deficits on a hot and steamy Tuesday night at Fenway Park, and it still wasn't enough to prevent a 9-8 loss to the Tigers.

As impressive as manager John Farrell's lineup has been this season, the club might be asking it to do too much, too often.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Papi, JBJ go deep before Tigers claw back

Papi, JBJ go deep before Tigers claw back

BOSTON -- With four ex-Red Sox in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the visitors looked so comfortable coming up on the winning end of a 9-8 slugfest at Fenway Park.

Jose Iglesias (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Victor Martinez (hit, RBI), Mike Aviles (2-for-5, run) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3-for-4, two RBIs) all contributed to the win, the second in as many nights for Detroit. It was Saltalamacchia's first game played in Boston since Game 2 of the 2013 World Series.

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Pedro confident Price will get right in Boston

Hall of Famer: Red Sox lefty needs to make adjustments

Pedro confident Price will get right in Boston

BOSTON -- Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez knows what it takes to be an ace in Boston, and he is confident that David Price will eventually start pitching like one.

"I would just say, as a human being, I totally understand that we have to make adjustments," Martinez said. "This is the first year and a team that holds a lot of expectations.

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Rodriguez looks to tame Tigers on getaway day

Rodriguez looks to tame Tigers on getaway day

The Tigers will look to complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon, with two young, talented starters set to square off. Rookie Michael Fulmer gets the nod for Detroit, while fellow 23-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez takes the hill for Boston.

Fulmer has been a steady presence in the Tigers' rotation this season. He posted an impressive 10-start stretch from May 21-July 21, going 7-1 with a 0.83 ERA. Since the Majors began tracking earned runs more than 100 years ago, no other pitcher has compiled an ERA that low over a span of 10 starts in his rookie season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Kelly adjusting to 'pen, throwing triple-digit heat

Right-hander reaches 100 mph on 7 of 21 pitches in relief

Kelly adjusting to 'pen, throwing triple-digit heat

BOSTON -- A day after Joe Kelly's first relief outing in a Red Sox uniform, the fireballer admitted he was a little amped up during his one inning in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Tigers.

While Kelly consistently hit triple digits on the radar gun, his fastball lacked location and he had trouble getting his secondary pitches over for strikes.

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Kimbrel could return during West Coast trip

Red Sox closer throws first side session since July 9 knee surgery

Kimbrel could return during West Coast trip

BOSTON -- Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel threw from the main mound at Fenway Park on Monday, marking his first side session since undergoing left knee surgery July 9.

The righty has made such encouraging progress that there's a chance he could be activated during the upcoming West Coast trip that starts in Anaheim on Thursday and ends at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 7.

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Second Sox start a lot smoother for Pomeranz

Knocked around in Boston debut, lefty sharp other than HR to Iglesias

Second Sox start a lot smoother for Pomeranz

BOSTON -- Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz is the first person to admit that it has been a whirlwind two weeks since being traded from the Padres.

After getting lit up by the Giants for five runs in three-plus innings in his Red Sox debut Wednesday, Pomeranz settled in nicely during Monday's start against the Tigers. However, the left-hander made one mistake -- a two-run home run to Jose Iglesias in the sixth -- that proved to be the difference in a 4-2 Red Sox loss at Fenway Park.

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Ted Williams: Last to .400, among first to face shifts?

Red Sox great thrived despite defensive strategy used frequently in today's game

Ted Williams: Last to .400, among first to face shifts?

In 1941, Ted Williams batted a remarkable .406. Seventy-five years later, that performance sticks out for two reasons.

Most obviously, no Major Leaguer has reached the .400 plateau since. But Williams' prowess at the plate that season, combined with an opposing manager's desperate creativity, also helped establish a strategy that today is increasingly popular and hotly debated.

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Timely hit missing as Red Sox fall to Tigers

Timely hit missing as Red Sox fall to Tigers

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander continued his recent run of dominance, silencing the dangerous Red Sox and leading his Tigers to a 4-2 victory in Monday night's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Pitching in front of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski -- who signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract three years ago -- the righty allowed five hits and a run over six innings. In five July starts, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA.

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Dombrowski feeling no pressure to make deal

Well ahead of deadline, Red Sox exec acquired Pomeranz, Hill and Ziegler

Dombrowski feeling no pressure to make deal

BOSTON -- As Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski held court with reporters Monday, the phone in his pocket buzzed.

"That could be a trade right there, I don't know," Dombrowski said with a smile before the Red Sox's 4-2 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park. "It's that time of year. That's what makes it interesting and fun."

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Leon, umpire team up to run option play on popup

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Leon, umpire team up to run option play on popup

For the briefest of moments on Monday, a football game threatened to break out during a baseball game. See, the only reason that a baseball game can be played is if all 18 participants involved agree that, yes, this is what we're going to do. If everyone just started dribbling basketballs or, heck, even busted out the checkers board, there's nothing that could be done to stop it. 

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Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

Tigers catcher still keeps in touch with Pedroia, Papi

Back in Boston, Salty reminisces on '13 title

BOSTON -- Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia feels like he never left Fenway Park as he returned to Boston on Monday for the first time since winning the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013.

Better known as "Salty," the catcher earned his championship ring and moved on to the Marlins and then the D-backs before landing with the Tigers. But he played the waiting game in the Rangers' clubhouse before his four-year run with the Red Sox.

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

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

Former Detroit executive happy in Boston front office

Dombrowski: 'Mixed emotions' facing Tigers

BOSTON -- Though Dave Dombrowski has been the president of baseball operations with the Red Sox for almost a year, Monday marked the first time he was in the same ballpark as the Tigers since his 14-year association with that club ended Aug. 5, 2015.

Sure, there were some emotions for the veteran executive leading up to the start of a three-game series between the Red Sox and Tigers, and how could there not be?

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Buchholz insurance for Red Sox's rotation

Pitching out of 'pen, veteran righty an option if starter suffers injury

Buchholz insurance for Red Sox's rotation

BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz is working in an undefined role out of the bullpen, but that doesn't mean the Red Sox will trade him.

"Well, right now he's in our 'pen and protecting us as we go forward with the five starters," said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "He's real good protection for us. I thought he threw the ball the other day as well as I've seen him throw it all year. I thought his stuff was outstanding. So, he's got a place now."

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Hanley named AL Player of the Week

Red Sox first baseman hits five homers in seven-day stretch

Hanley named AL Player of the Week

Hanley Ramirez's three-homer game has earned the Red Sox first baseman American League Player of the Week honors.

Ramirez hit .333 (7-for-21) last week, with five of his seven hits leaving the yard. He also drove in 12 runs and drew four walks (one intentional) to lead the Red Sox to a 4-2 record in series against the Giants and Twins.

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Ziegler 'godsend' to ailing Red Sox bullpen

With Kimbrel and Uehara out, veteran reliever notches first save with Boston

Ziegler 'godsend' to ailing Red Sox bullpen

BOSTON -- Down two closers already, the Red Sox at least have the luxury of yet another save specialist lurking in their bullpen.

And Brad Ziegler pounced on his first save opportunity with his new team Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, closing out an 8-7 win over the Twins with a 12-pitch ninth inning that included two strikeouts and no baserunners.

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Three HRs boost Porcello to 10-0 at Fenway

Three HRs boost Porcello to 10-0 at Fenway

BOSTON -- Two of the biggest constants of the season for the Red Sox -- Rick Porcello winning at home and the Boston bats hitting at home -- intersected nicely in Sunday's 8-7 victory over the Twins that salvaged a split of a four-game series at Fenway Park.

Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw both smashed three-run homers while Dustin Pedroia added a tiebreaking solo shot. The long balls by Pedroia and Shaw came during a five-run fifth.

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Kelly 'trying to strike everyone out' as reliever

Red Sox righty replaces scuffling Hembree; Betts expected back Monday

Kelly 'trying to strike everyone out' as reliever

BOSTON -- Joe Kelly returned to Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon, enthusiastic about the simplified and aggressive approach he plans on using out of the bullpen.

The hard-throwing righty was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot of Heath Hembree, who was optioned following Saturday's game.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

As issues continue, Price's frustration mounts

Ace says first season with Red Sox has been 'terrible,' 'no fun,' 'awful'

As issues continue, Price's frustration mounts

BOSTON -- If ever there was a night David Price needed to keep the ball on the ground, it was Saturday, when gusty conditions at Fenway Park made every ball that went in the air an adventure. But the lefty ace couldn't execute his game plan, and his frustration mounted in an 11-9 loss to the Twins.

Price got a no decision and actually left the game with a 7-5 lead. But that didn't make him feel any better.

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Price, 'pen squander Sox's big offensive night

Price, 'pen squander Sox's big offensive night

BOSTON -- Undeterred by squandering an early lead, the Twins came storming back for an impressive 11-9 victory over the Red Sox on a gusty Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Down 8-5 after six innings, the Twins came up with a five-spot in the seventh. Eduardo Nunez's two-out, two-run single up the middle snapped an 8-8 tie.

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Betts, Sox optimistic about speedy recovery

Right fielder receiving treatment on right knee, remains day to day; MRI shows no structural damage

Betts, Sox optimistic about speedy recovery

BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts was out of the starting lineup against the Twins in Saturday's 11-9 loss for precautionary reasons involving soreness in his right knee. Betts is getting treatment and is day to day, but the club is optimistic about a speedy recovery.

Betts' MRI came back negative and there is no structural damage to his knee.

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Kimbrel nearing return, slated for 'pen session

Farrell says Red Sox closer 'doing very good right now'; Uehara receives plasma injection

Kimbrel nearing return, slated for 'pen session

BOSTON -- Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel is nearing the finish line of his recovery on the 15-day disabled list for a left knee medial meniscus tear. The right-hander is set to throw a 20-pitch bullpen session Sunday or Monday.

The 28-year-old underwent surgery July 11 and has been working to get back on the mound as quickly as possible.

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Griffey: Ortiz 'absolutely' Hall of Fame worthy

Fellow electee Piazza: 'You just have to respect the process'

Griffey: Ortiz 'absolutely' Hall of Fame worthy

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- David Ortiz's complicated Hall of Fame case moved into the spotlight for a moment on Saturday, when Hall of Famer electee Ken Griffey Jr. endorsed the retiring Red Sox legend for a spot in Cooperstown.

"Do I think he's a Hall of Famer? Absolutely," Griffey said Saturday on the eve of his own induction. "The numbers that he's put up, three titles, the list goes on of the accomplishments that he's done on the field. You can't take that away from him."

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Switch to left may hasten Benintendi's ascent

Red Sox's No. 3 prospect could play in front of Green Monster this season

Switch to left may hasten Benintendi's ascent

BOSTON -- Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi excelled during his professional debut in left field for Double-A Portland in Friday's 11-3 win over Binghamton, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs with six putouts.

Since being drafted No. 7 overall by the Red Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft, Benintendi had only played center field.

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Broadcaster Remy OK after monitor hits head

Gusty winds at Fenway cause injury, but he's expected back Sunday

Broadcaster Remy OK after monitor hits head

BOSTON -- The gustiest night at Fenway Park in recent memory created an injury in the broadcast booth. NESN color commentator Jerry Remy was hit in the head by a monitor early in Saturday's 11-9 Red Sox loss to the Twins and was replaced by Steve Lyons in the second inning.

As Sandy Leon stepped to the plate to start the bottom of the second, NESN play-by-play man Dave O'Brien updated the situation for his viewers.

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Devers among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Devers among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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Shaughnessy accepts Spink Award at HOF

Coining 'Curse of the Bambino' among longtime Boston Globe writer's accomplishments

Shaughnessy accepts Spink Award at HOF

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- It is of course apt that the man who popularized the phrase "Curse of the Bambino" would have a career colorized by the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. That career became the focus of the Hall of Fame's Awards Presentation on Saturday, when longtime Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy accepted the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers.

The Hall also honored late radio voice Graham McNamee with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters, with former winner Dick Enberg calling McNamee a "pioneer" of his field. And New York City Fire Department Battalion Chief Vin Mavaro shared his memories of baseball's role in helping the nation recover from the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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9th-inning rally fizzles vs. Twins at Fenway

9th-inning rally fizzles vs. Twins at Fenway

BOSTON -- After Mookie Betts smacked his second straight leadoff homer for the Red Sox, it seemed it could be another long night for the Twins. Instead, right-hander Kyle Gibson settled in, tossing eight strong innings of two-hit ball, and was backed by a solo homer from Brian Dozier and an RBI double from Miguel Sano in a 2-1 win on Friday night at Fenway Park.

It wasn't easy for Minnesota after Gibson departed, however, as closer Brandon Kintzler loaded the bases with nobody out with David Ortiz at the plate for Boston. But Kintzler got Ortiz to ground into a double play, with the Twins getting the outs at home and first. Hanley Ramirez lined out to right to end the game, and it handed Kintzler his seventh save.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Ortiz adds chapter to legendary career

Hits BP homer into Pesky's Pole, then torments Twins

Ortiz adds chapter to legendary career

BOSTON -- The legendary final season of David Ortiz added a new twist on Thursday night at Fenway Park when the slugger made more news with a home run he hit during batting practice than the one he smashed to ice a 13-2 victory over the Twins.

With all due respect to the two-run shot Ortiz mauled over the Boston bullpen and into the bleachers in right-center in the eighth, it had nothing over the bullet that dented part of the metal screen attached to Pesky's Pole.

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Gimme five: Pedroia sprays ball around

Gimme five: Pedroia sprays ball around

BOSTON -- During Thursday night's 13-2 victory against the Twins in which the Red Sox recorded 17 hits, Dustin Pedroia stood out with a feat of his own. The second baseman notched his fourth career five-hit game, going 5-for-5 for the first time since he did so in 2010.

No Red Sox player had gone 5-for-5 at Fenway Park since Victor Martinez, also in 2010. Pedroia is now tied for the second-most five-hit games in the Major Leagues since 2006.

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