Sale joins Pedro, Randy, Ryan in elite K crowd

Red Sox ace reaches 200 K's in 20th start of season

Sale joins Pedro, Randy, Ryan in elite K crowd

ANAHEIM -- Red Sox ace Chris Sale joined an elite club on Friday night that is inhabited by legends only -- all of them first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Sale's 112th and final pitch in Friday night's 6-2 victory over the Angels was a 95.8-mph heater that Kole Calhoun didn't even come close to catching up to.

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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.

Jackie soars in SoCal with wall-crashing grab

Jackie soars in SoCal with wall-crashing grab

ANAHEIM -- The electric Jackie Bradley Jr. has taken his highlight-reel glove to the West Coast for the next six games, and it took him all of one batter to make his presence felt in Friday night's 6-2 win over the Angels.

Angels leadoff man Yunel Escobar smoked Red Sox ace Chris Sale's fourth pitch of the bottom of the first inning deep to right-center. Bradley was off with the crack of the bat and raced back, threw his body toward the wall, timed his jump perfectly and came down with the ball.

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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.

Sale (9 K's) handles Halos; Sox score 5 in 1st

Sale (9 K's) handles Halos; Sox score 5 in 1st

ANAHEIM -- The night boded well for the Red Sox after they built a five-run lead before ace left-hander Chris Sale even took the mound.

Behind a first-inning offensive eruption and another dominant performance from Sale, the Red Sox cruised to a 6-2 win over the Angels in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

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Fister to 'pen as Sox shift to 5-man rotation

Fister to 'pen as Sox shift to 5-man rotation

BOSTON -- After going with a six-man rotation for the first week coming out of the All-Star break, the Red Sox are going back to a traditional alignment that will lead to veteran starter Doug Fister moving to the bullpen.

After starting Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, the righty won't be ready to pitch in relief until at least Sunday, and Monday is probably more realistic.

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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.

Young Red Sox fan Schultz passes away

5-year-old who celebrated heart transplant with Bogaerts, Vazquez, was placed on life support Thursday after seizure

Young Red Sox fan Schultz passes away

A young Red Sox fan who successfully survived a heart transplant and received the thrill of a lifetime by meeting two of his favorite players has passed away.

The family of 5-year-old Ari Schultz announced his passing Friday via a post on Facebook. Schultz was taken to a Boston-area hospital and placed on life support early Thursday morning after suffering a seizure.

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Price aims to keep dealing vs. Ramirez, Halos

Price aims to keep dealing vs. Ramirez, Halos

The Red Sox will send veteran left-hander David Price to the mound to face the Angels opposite right-hander JC Ramirez on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

The matchup will mark the second time Price and Ramirez have opposed each other this season after both started a June 24 tilt at Fenway Park.

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Kaelen Jonesis a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedroia's bat sizzling since before break

Riding 9-game hit streak, Red Sox star batting .412 in 2nd half

Pedroia's bat sizzling since before break

BOSTON -- As a 12-year Major League veteran, Dustin Pedroia understands that you only get about 650 at-bats a season, so you better make them count.

The Red Sox playmaker did so Thursday afternoon, crushing a three-run homer over the Green Monster in the Red Sox's 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

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

Sox's late comeback bid thwarted by Jays

Sox's late comeback bid thwarted by Jays

BOSTON -- A stout Blue Jays bullpen was up to the task for seven-plus innings Thursday afternoon, helping Toronto escape Fenway Park with an 8-6 win over the Red Sox and a split of the four-game series.

Following a rough 1 2/3-inning performance from starter Francisco Liriano, the 'pen inherited a 3-1 deficit in the second. Right-hander Dominic Leone calmed the storm, striking out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Red Sox on Thursday.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Sox eye 'pen session for Kelly in Anaheim

Filling eighth-inning role, Workman impressing Farrell

Sox eye 'pen session for Kelly in Anaheim

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are hopeful that setup man Joe Kelly will throw a bullpen session while the team is in Anaheim for a weekend series with the Angels.

Kelly was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to July 12, with a left hamstring strain.

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

Fan misses two foul balls and is NOT happy

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Fan misses two foul balls and is NOT happy

Among the tens of thousands of seats at a baseball stadium, it's rare that a foul ball or home run would be hit in your direction. Some will never see one in their lifetime, while some will have multiple chances at different games. This Red Sox fan, during an 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday, saw not one, but TWO foul balls hit right at him.

Unfortunately, he missed both. And he was not very happy about it.

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Pedroia, Pomeranz propel Sox past Jays

Pedroia, Pomeranz propel Sox past Jays

BOSTON -- Finally, the Red Sox could relax a little.

After a string of tension-filled games coming out of the All-Star break, the bats strung together some early offense and Drew Pomeranz made it stand up, lifting Boston to a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Pomeranz bolstering Boston's strong rotation

Notching 10th win, lefty emerging as one of AL's top starters

Pomeranz bolstering Boston's strong rotation

BOSTON -- The biggest question mark the Red Sox had in their rotation when the season started is fourth in the American League in wins (10), 10th in ERA (3.51) and 12th in strikeouts (108).

Drew Pomeranz turned in his latest in a string of strong outings in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, allowing three hits and no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings.

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Benintendi may have fooled Tulo with deke

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Benintendi may have fooled Tulo with deke

In the top of the 13th inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a high-arcing shot that bounced off the top of the Monster during the Red Sox's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. Most times, barring the loss of a leg or an attack by a swarm of bees mid-play, the batter would be standing on second base. But, despite having possession of all his limbs and no swarm of pests, Tulowitzki would not wind up on second base. 

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Pedro to pitch in Boston charity game Aug. 17

Hall of Famer will take mound at St. Peter's Field in Cambridge

Pedro to pitch in Boston charity game Aug. 17

BOSTON -- Red Sox fans who have thirsted to see Pedro Martinez pitch one more time will get that chance when the Hall of Famer makes a one-day comeback in a charity game Aug. 17 in Cambridge, Mass.

This will be the first time Martinez has pitched in an organized game since Game 6 of the 2009 World Series for the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

Martin 'very excited' about first trip to Majors

Red Sox's No. 18 prospect joined by Taylor; club hopes Bogaerts can return Thursday

Martin 'very excited' about first trip to Majors

BOSTON -- The toll of playing 58 innings in a four-day stretch between Saturday and Tuesday led the Red Sox to make a couple of roster additions Wednesday, as right-handers Kyle Martin and Ben Taylor were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket as bullpen reinforcements.

For Martin, ranked No. 18 among Red Sox prospects by MLBPipeline.com, this is his first trip to the Majors.

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Sandoval's tenure with Sox ends with release

Sandoval's tenure with Sox ends with release

The Red Sox announced via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon the release of third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, was designated for assignment Friday and hit .212/.269/.354 in 32 games with Boston in 2017.

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Megan Zahneis is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Han the Man! HR lifts Sox over Jays in 15

Han the Man! HR lifts Sox over Jays in 15

BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez sent everyone home early Wednesday morning with a walk-off homer that soared over the Green Monster, giving the Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays in 15 innings at Fenway Park.

The blast was struck with one out against Mike Bolsinger and went a projected distance of 439 feet, per Statcast™.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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With Frazier a Yank, what will Red Sox do?

Boston sees rival acquire slugging 3B, but plenty of alternatives available

With Frazier a Yank, what will Red Sox do?

BOSTON -- For days, the rumor mill swirled and Todd Frazier seemed like an increasingly inevitable acquisition for the Red Sox given their glaring need at third base.

So when the news came out of Chicago on Tuesday night that Frazier was a healthy scratch and on the verge of being traded, all signs pointed toward Boston.

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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.

Bogaerts scratched, has MRI on right hand

Red Sox hoping shortstop, hit by pitch July 6, is day to day

Bogaerts scratched, has MRI on right hand

BOSTON -- Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox's lineup before Tuesday night's 15-inning, 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays due to a right hand injury.

The shortstop went for an MRI on the hand before Tuesday's game. Bogaerts left a July 6 game against the Rays after being drilled by an inside pitch from starter Jacob Faria. He returned to the lineup two days later, but his production has been down since.

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

Porcello named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Porcello named Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox recall Johnson, option prospect Travis

Boston also adds righty Velazquez from Triple-A, sends down lefty Scott

Sox recall Johnson, option prospect Travis

BOSTON -- The Red Sox announced a series of roster moves on Tuesday, recalling left-hander Brian Johnson and right-hander Hector Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket. Johnson will start Tuesday's game vs. the Blue Jays.

In a corresponding move, the team optioned first baseman Sam Travis and left-hander Robby Scott to Pawtucket.

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Farrell pleased with E-Rod's return from DL

Lefty allows 3 early runs, then settles in to keep Red Sox in game

Farrell pleased with E-Rod's return from DL

BOSTON -- It didn't take long for Eduardo Rodriguez's rust to show Monday night. But once he shook it off, he resembled the E-Rod of old, which bodes well for the Red Sox.

The lefty, making his first Major League start since June 1 due to a right knee subluxation, had his return spoiled by giving up three runs in the first two innings of the Red Sox's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

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Sox's late rally for naught as Jays prevail

Sox's late rally for naught as Jays prevail

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays bent, but they did not break in a pivotal series opener against the division-rival Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Toronto is trying to keep its postseason hopes alive in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Monday night's 4-3 victory over the first-place Red Sox was a small step in that direction. Steve Pearce homered and hit the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth while Kendrys Morales chipped in with a two-run double.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Red Sox on Monday.

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Sox's protest denied after odd play vs. Yanks

Sox's protest denied after odd play vs. Yanks

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Monday that the club's formal protest of Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees has been denied by the league office.

The protest was the result of an odd baserunning play in which Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday was called out on a force at second, but slid back into first base to break up a double-play attempt.

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Chatham hits three-run blast in GCL

Chatham hits three-run blast in GCL

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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Jackie stalks giant drive, robs Judge homer

Jackie stalks giant drive, robs Judge homer

BOSTON -- The most powerful man in baseball scorched one to deep right-center field on Sunday night at Fenway Park. When Aaron Judge squares a ball up in the fashion he did in the top of the eighth inning, there is usually nothing that an opponent can do about it.

This time, though, it was Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in pursuit, and the stud defender raced back to make a jaw-dropping catch that punctuated a 3-0 win for the Red Sox, who secured a split of a day-night doubleheader and the four-game set against the rival Yankees. New York won the matinee by the same score.

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Price leads shutout behind JBJ's Judge heist

Price leads shutout behind JBJ's Judge heist

BOSTON -- David Price bought the Red Sox another day to figure out their recent offensive woes. And Jackie Bradley Jr. made the tremendous performance hold up with a jaw-dropping catch to take a homer away from Aaron Judge.

Price's eight scoreless innings on Sunday Night Baseball lifted the Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees that earned them a split of this four-game rivalry matchup as well as the day-night doubleheader. The Yankees won the first game by the same score.

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Lin, Maddox return to Minors

Lin, Maddox return to Minors

BOSTON -- The Red Sox optioned infielder Tzu-Wei Lin and reliever Austin Maddox after Sunday night's 3-0 win over the Yankees in preparation to activate starter Eduardo Rodriguez for his start Monday against the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since suffering a right knee subluxation on June 1. The left-hander went 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA in two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Sox can't crack CC, drop Game 1 to Yankees

Sox can't crack CC, drop Game 1 to Yankees

BOSTON -- Making his 18th career start on the road against the Red Sox, CC Sabathia came away with his first scoreless line at Fenway Park, helping the Yankees win consecutive games for the first time in more than a month.

The veteran lefty held the Red Sox to two hits and worked around five walks over a solid six-inning performance that led the Yankees to a 3-0 victory in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. Sabathia is 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA this season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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