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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Sandoval exits game after being hit by pitch

Removed a night earlier because of dehydration

Sandoval exits game after being hit by pitch

BOSTON -- For the second night in a row, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had to exit during the middle of a game. This time, Sandoval was belted on the left forearm by a pitch from Chris Sale that he actually swung at for strike three.

Sandoval crouched down in obvious pain after making the third out of the fourth inning in Thursday's 8-2 victory over the White Sox, and Josh Rutledge replaced him at third base. Sandoval went for X-rays after leaving the game and sustained only a contusion.

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Nava designated to clear room for arms

Inconsistency leads to Red Sox making move

Nava designated to clear room for arms

BOSTON -- Daniel Nava started his career with the Red Sox by belting a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the Major Leagues. His time with the club will likely end in a much more unceremonious way, as the outfielder was designated for assignment on Thursday.

The roster move was necessitated by Boston's need to add some bullpen depth in light of the recent struggles of the rotation. Nava's role had decreased of late. After being activated from the disabled list on July 21, Nava didn't make any starts before Thursday's move.

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Machi given chance to help Red Sox bullpen

Reliever's success tied to effective use of slider

Machi given chance to help Red Sox bullpen

BOSTON -- Needing another arm for a taxed bullpen, the Red Sox promoted right-hander Jean Machi on Thursday after claiming him off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday.

Machi last pitched on July 17, but he has continued a throwing program and threw a light bullpen before the start of Thursday's game against the White Sox. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Machi would be available during the game.

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Rodriguez set to face Rays for first time

Rodriguez set to face Rays for first time

Eduardo Rodriguez and Erasmo Ramirez will do battle on the mound Friday as the Red Sox and Rays open up a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Rodriguez (6-3, 4.26 ERA) has been up and down this season as he has surrendered six or more runs in each of his losses, but he has given up two runs or fewer in all of his wins. He will be making his first career start against the Rays.

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Farrell: Sox pitchers 'capable of more'

Farrell: Sox pitchers 'capable of more'

BOSTON -- In his near three seasons as manager of the Red Sox, there haven't been many occasions when John Farrell seemed as perturbed in a postgame news conference as he was following Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the White Sox.

It wasn't because of one game, but because of the last three -- and the recurring theme. Quite simply, Boston's starting pitchers haven't even been competitive in this series, compiling just 11 innings while giving up 27 hits and 16 earned runs.

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Porcello struggles vs. streaking White Sox

Porcello struggles vs. streaking White Sox

BOSTON -- For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack as they pushed their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) was the Boston starter who got rocked early this time, giving up six runs in the first three innings. Chicago starter Jose Quintana meanwhile gave up just two runs over 6 1/3 frames to notch his sixth win.

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Betts placed on DL, Bradley called up

Betts placed on DL, Bradley called up

BOSTON -- The Red Sox won't have Mookie Betts for at least a week, as the center fielder was placed on the seven-day disabled list specifically reserved for players who have concussions.

The loss of Betts will give the Red Sox a chance to get a more involved look at Jackie Bradley Jr., who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Sandoval exits due to dehydration

Sandoval exits due to dehydration

BOSTON -- Wednesday night proved tough all-around for the Red Sox following a 9-2 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park, but it was especially bumpy for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who had to leave the game after five innings due to dehydration.

Sandoval was thrown out while trying to score from first base during the third inning. With Boston trailing by six runs, catcher Ryan Hanigan smacked a double that right fielder Avisail Garcia was slow to retrieve, but a lightning-quick relay throw from second baseman Carlos Sanchez caught Sandoval sliding headfirst into home plate.

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Johnson, Owens could get opportunities soon

Johnson, Owens could get opportunities soon

BOSTON -- The struggling Joe Kelly will take his next turn in the Red Sox's rotation on Saturday against the Rays, but manager John Farrell hinted there could be some opportunities in the near future for prospects Brian Johnson and Henry Owens.

Farrell said there could be some reshuffling following Monday's off-day, which leads into a three-game series against the Yankees.

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Rutledge brings versatility to Red Sox

Rutledge brings versatility to Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Red Sox may already have All-Star utility man Brock Holt on their roster, but on Wednesday night, the club welcomed another player well-accustomed to moving around the diamond.

Josh Rutledge, a 26-year-old infielder acquired from the Angels in Monday's Shane Victorino trade, made his Red Sox debut in a 9-2 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park. He entered the game in the sixth inning as a replacement for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was removed due to dehydration, and went 0-for-2 at the plate.

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Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

BOSTON -- To the right of the other seven Red Sox players who have had their numbers retired on the right-field facade at Fenway Park, there is finally the number of a pitcher -- arguably the best in the history of a baseball-crazed city.

Pedro Martinez, fresh off being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, was back at Fenway Park on Tuesday for a ceremony that brought back the unique energy that always existed on days he pitched.

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Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

Red Sox center fielder injured on wild pursuit of White Sox Abreu's drive

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

BOSTON -- Few are the times a player goes over the outfield wall to make a catch, but Tuesday night provided baseball fans with an even rarer highlight: A home run that took a player out of the park with it.

What was nearly an amazing catch by Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became a wild two-run blast for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in a 9-4 Chicago win at Fenway Park. And had it not been for the replay review system Major League Baseball instituted last season, the near-catch might have gone down as Betts' best yet, even though it took him out of the game with a potential concussion.

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Miley's rocky start is costly against White Sox

Miley's rocky start is costly against White Sox

BOSTON -- Melky Cabrera tallied four hits, Jose Abreu went deep and a solid Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning on Tuesday night as the surging White Sox cruised to a 9-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

"It's outstanding," said Samardzija of the White Sox sixth straight victory. "The way these guys have been playing behind us pitchers is impressive, not only the runs, but the defense has been outstanding. [Tyler] Saladino had some great plays for me out there. Even our video staff was getting in on the action having a great day, [Mike] Kashirsky showed up today finally. Only took him about 85 games."

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Betts' injury indicative of Sox's post-break luck

Betts' injury indicative of Sox's post-break luck

BOSTON -- Not only did Mookie Betts drop the baseball for a home run after he fell over the wall on a nearly spectacular catch, but he also was left with symptoms "consistent to a concussion."

Red Sox manager John Farrell relayed that diagnosis to the media following Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the White Sox. It was the continuation of a trend in which hardly anything has gone well for the Red Sox since the All-Star break.

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Napoli taking trade buzz in stride

Napoli taking trade buzz in stride

BOSTON -- With Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, outfielder Shane Victorino may not be the only veteran shipped off by the Red Sox this week. First baseman Mike Napoli, who is set to become a free agent this winter, has also been mentioned in trade rumors.

But the 33-year-old slugger has already experienced Deadline week plenty of times, and he's doing his best to ignore the possibility that he could be wearing another uniform in the coming days.

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White Sox rave about Pedro

White Sox rave about Pedro

BOSTON -- Among White Sox pitchers, Jeff Samardzija stands as the best hitter of that group. That level of talent still didn't prepare him for a lone career at-bat against Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox prior to Tuesday night's game.

Samardzija struck out, but should take solace in the fact that he was not alone in those Martinez-based struggles. Adam LaRoche was 4-for-23 in his career against Martinez, while Melky Cabrera was 1-for-5.

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Pedro takes selfie with Papi as number is retired

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Pedro takes selfie with Papi as number is retired

Sure, America has been upping its selfie game lately -- most notably that Oscars celebrity-'splosion and, our personal favorite, a meeting of some stellar scientific minds -- but did those shots include 486 home runs, over 3,000 strikeouts and four World Series rings? We didn't think so. 

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Sox claim Machi, transfer Buchholz to 60-day DL

Sox claim Machi, transfer Buchholz to 60-day DL

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in need of some bullpen depth, claimed right-hander Jean Machi off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday. To make room for Machi on the 40-man roster, the club transferred right-hander Clay Buchholz to the 60-day disabled list.

Buchholz has been out with a strained right flexor muscle since July 11, and the earliest he can pitch for Boston again is Sept. 9.

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Pedroia named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Pedroia named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

Boston receives infielder Rutledge, recalls outfield phenom Castillo

Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino went from last place to first place in an instant on Monday. At some point soon, that will put a smile on his face.

But the emotional right fielder broke down in tears several times during a press conference that happened nearly five hours after he was traded from the Red Sox to the Angels. The Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of Victorino's remaining $4.9 million salary, and will get infielder Josh Rutledge from the Angels.

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Red Sox drop Fenway slugfest to White Sox

Red Sox drop Fenway slugfest to White Sox

BOSTON -- The White Sox came out swinging on Monday night at Fenway Park and never really stopped, notching a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

"Hopefully, this run is a thing, a sign of things to come, if you will," said White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, who did not factor in the decision. "It's going to be how we play the rest of the season and hopefully get back in it."

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Kelly fighting to find consistency on mound

Allows five runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings

Kelly fighting to find consistency on mound

BOSTON -- When the Red Sox acquired Joe Kelly just prior to last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the move marked a new chapter for the hard-throwing righty, who flashed high potential in parts of three seasons with the Cardinals but had not shown it across a full season.

Since then, Kelly's time in a Boston uniform has been dominated by his own inconsistency and the team's flustered attempts to harness his exceptional athleticism. That trend continued on Monday night during a 10-8 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park.

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Betts, Bogaerts among top 25-and-unders

Betts, Bogaerts among top 25-and-unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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