Victorino scratched vs. Orioles with sore ribs

Victorino scratched vs. Orioles with sore ribs

BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was scratched from the lineup about an hour before Saturday's game against the Orioles due to sore ribs.

Though the cause of the injury was not announced, it probably stemmed from Victorino leaping against the wall in right field trying to take a homer away from Caleb Joseph in Friday's 3-2 win at Fenway Park.

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Red Sox reportedly sign Bautista to Minors deal

Red Sox reportedly sign Bautista to Minors deal

BOSTON -- The Red Sox signed right-hander Denny Bautista to a Minor League contract on Saturday, according to a report Baseball America. The club has not confirmed the signing.

The 32-year-old Bautista last pitched in the Majors in 2010 with the Giants. During his seven year career, Bautista is 11-15 with a 5.88 ERA.

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Boston walks off on Bogaerts' blooper vs. Baltimore

Boston walks off on Bogaerts' blooper vs. Baltimore

BOSTON -- It came down to a little flair from Xander Bogaerts just over the second baseman's head and into short right field, allowing the Red Sox to pull out a 3-2, walk-off win over the Orioles on Friday night at Fenway Park. It was the first career game-ending hit for Bogaerts, and it came against right-hander Tommy Hunter.

Mike Napoli started the winning rally with a walk. Daniel Nava moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Orioles then went to Hunter. Bogaerts got just enough of an 0-1 curveball to find a patch of grass, and Napoli scored easily from second.

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Slumping with bat, Napoli helps with legs

Red Sox slugger scores game-winning run after great read on blooper to outfield

Slumping with bat, Napoli helps with legs

BOSTON -- At some point soon, Mike Napoli (.118 average, no homers) will rediscover his stroke. But in the meantime, the first baseman will find other ways to help his team win. In Friday's 3-2 victory over the Orioles, Napoli used the most underrated aspect of his game to score the game-winning run.

Though Napoli is known for his power, his on-base skills and defense, he doesn't get enough credit for being one of the smartest baserunners on the Red Sox.

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Hanigan 'happy to contribute' with first Fenway homer

Hanigan 'happy to contribute' with first Fenway homer

BOSTON -- As Ryan Hanigan faced a barrage of fastballs from Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, fouling off a pair of them to stay alive in the at-bat, the Red Sox catcher was still sitting on the righty's high-90s heater as the fifth inning reached its boiling point Friday night.

With a mighty stroke, Hanigan launched the next pitch onto an awning behind the seats atop the Green Monster and watched it bounce back onto the field as he trotted the bases.

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Farrell plays matchup, pinch-hits for Victorino

While lefty-hitting Nava flies out in sixth, his sacrifice bunt helps set up winning run

Farrell plays matchup, pinch-hits for Victorino

BOSTON -- Though pinch-hitting for Shane Victorino doesn't figure to become commonplace, Red Sox manager John Farrell did just that in Friday's 3-2 win over the Orioles.

Farrell simply felt that the left-handed-hitting Daniel Nava gave him a better matchup against tough Orioles side-winder Darren O'Day than the right-handed Victorino, so he made the move in the sixth inning.

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Ubaldo ejected after hitting Sandoval with pitch

Despite no prior warnings, umpire felt fastball near head was retaliation for hard slide in 2nd

Ubaldo ejected after hitting Sandoval with pitch

BOSTON -- Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from Friday night's 3-2 Orioles loss to Red Sox in the fourth inning after hitting Pablo Sandoval in the right shoulder with a pitch.

Jimenez and catcher Caleb Joseph both appeared mystified by the immediate ejection from home-plate umpire Jordan Baker, particularly because there was no warning issued to either team. Manager Buck Showalter sprinted out to speak with Baker, but Jimenez walked off several minutes later to end his night.

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Craig continues to adjust to limited playing time

Craig continues to adjust to limited playing time

BOSTON -- As baseball increases emphasis on specialized relief pitchers while offensive production shrinks around the league, the duties of a bench player -- especially in the American League -- have become some of the toughest in the game. Just ask Allen Craig.

Before Boston acquired him in a trade at last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, Craig had been an everyday player with the Cardinals. He hit .300 three seasons in a row, amassing 46 home runs and 229 RBIs during that span. Then, after playing through a foot injury for most of 2014, his production dipped, and he soon found himself as a part-time player with the Red Sox.

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As starters struggle, catchers gaining more comfort

As starters struggle, catchers gaining more comfort

BOSTON -- At the tail end of a week that saw Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson and Wade Miley struggle mightily on the mound, the Red Sox have shown fans a team of contrast in the season's early going.

On one end, the deep Boston lineup has produced 56 runs in the first nine games, which is good for second best in the Majors. On the other, the club's starting pitchers have posted a collective 6.16 ERA over that same span -- the second-worst mark in baseball.

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Papi helps Maine Lottery add prize with Red Sox feel

Papi helps Maine Lottery add prize with Red Sox feel

BOSTON -- Lucky lottery players always stand a chance of winning money. Those who play a new instant game offered by the Maine Lottery, however, can also win the experience of watching a Red Sox game in a suite as guests of David Ortiz.

In addition to the $100,000 top prize, 10 second-chance drawing winners are offered the Boston Red Sox Suite Package, which includes food, drinks, a pair of Ortiz game jerseys and two tickets to the Aug. 2 Maine Day game vs. the Rays. A later second-chance drawing presents 10 more winners with the same package for a series-opening tilt with the Orioles on Sept. 25.

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Anthony Castrovince

Red Sox need starting rotation to step up

While offense has dazzled, Boston's pitching leaves a lot to be desired

Red Sox need starting rotation to step up

The Red Sox are averaging more than six runs per game at this very early stage of the 2015 season. And if these early showings are what we can expect from a reinvigorated Dustin Pedroia, a maturing Xander Bogaerts and a healthy Hanley Ramirez, then Boston's offense is going to be the elite force so many of us expected it to be.

That offense is the primary reason the Red Sox weren't adamant about adding an ace over the winter. As we've seen so far, with the Red Sox compiling a 6-3 record, bats like these can be a separator in this sport, even if the starting five isn't stocked up on Cy Young candidates.

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Inbox: Will Boston trade Craig for lefty reliever?

Beat reporter Ian Browne fields fans' questions

Inbox: Will Boston trade Craig for lefty reliever?

Do you see a trade for a left-handed bullpen arm soon involving Allen Craig? He obviously won't bring back much, but he continues to struggle in a platoon role. When Rusney Castillo comes up, Craig figures to be the odd man out.
-- Daniel C., Apopka, Fla.

I tend to agree with you that Craig isn't best suited for the platoon role he's in, and I think he would hit far better if he got regular at-bats. Performing in a part-time role as well as Brock Holt or Daniel Nava is not as easy as it seems. Most players -- particularly established ones -- are creatures of habit. But Craig is also one injury to another player away from being thrust into an important role on the team. At this point, I think the Red Sox are smart to hang on to him as injury protection. I'm convinced that if Craig did get regular at-bats, he would produce like he has in the past.

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Breslow's third annual fundraising event set for April 30

Sip Happens is an evening of food and wine tasting in Boston with several Red Sox players

Breslow's third annual fundraising event set for April 30

BOSTON -- For a long time, the Red Sox have maintained a close charitable connection to their city. Reliever Craig Breslow, who has now spent five seasons with the club, is no exception.

On April 30, Breslow will host the third annual Sip Happens fundraising event, an evening of food and wine tasting set to feature several Red Sox teammates as well as other members of the organization. All proceeds will go toward Breslow's nonprofit organization, the Strike 3 Foundation, which works to support childhood cancer research and awareness.

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Red Sox hosting Fenway open house April 25

Day will feature matchup between Florida A&M University, North Carolina Central University

Red Sox hosting Fenway open house April 25

BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox play in Baltimore on April 25, Fenway Park will be the backdrop for a baseball game that afternoon.

The organization will host a free open house to give fans the chance to experience Fenway during April school vacation week. The day-long event is highlighted by a showcase game between Florida A&M University and North Carolina Central University at 2 p.m. ET.

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Miley roughed up as Red Sox drop finale to Nats

Miley roughed up as Red Sox drop finale to Nats

BOSTON -- After a tough first eight games to their season, capped by two ugly losses in Boston, the Nationals regrouped nicely on Wednesday with a 10-5 victory over the Red Sox in the finale of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

"It's big," manager Matt Williams said. "Considering the way it's gone on the road trip, it's good for us. Now we get a chance to go home."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fenway observes moment of silence for Marathon victims

Fenway observes moment of silence for Marathon victims

BOSTON -- Two years ago, the Red Sox played a pivotal role in unifying their city following the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombings. Designated hitter David Ortiz memorably galvanized fans with an emotional pregame address in the days following the incident, while the organization recognized victims on numerous occasions as the team wound up accomplishing an improbable worst-to-first run to win the 2013 World Series.

On Wednesday, at exactly 2:49 p.m. ET during the fourth inning of their series finale versus the Nationals, the Red Sox recognized the city-wide moment of silence held in remembrance of those killed or wounded in the attack. A brief announcement preceding it provided details about the victims and was punctuated by the declaration, "We are one Boston."

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Poor outing for Miley continues recent rotation trend

Poor outing for Miley continues recent rotation trend

BOSTON -- The last thing the Red Sox want to do is create fodder for the peanut gallery that frets about the club's lack of an ace. But over the last four games, only Rick Porcello has produced a quality outing.

Three of the starts -- capped by Wade Miley's clunker in a 10-5 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday -- were far less than what manager John Farrell is looking for.

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Workman avoids surgery, but no timetable for return

Workman avoids surgery, but no timetable for return

BOSTON -- Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman was able to avoid right elbow surgery after a visit with Dr. James Andrews.

"He received a PRP [platelet-rich plasma] injection today," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "So that's going to take some time to recover from that. There's no estimated time of a return to a throwing program. He's en route back from seeing Dr. Andrews today."

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Red Sox reflect on Jackie's seismic impact on game

Red Sox reflect on Jackie's seismic impact on game

BOSTON -- On this day 68 years ago, Jackie Robinson redefined the tapestry of American sports in an indelible way. In becoming the first African-American player to cross baseball's color line when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson's show of courage would catalyze the country's civil-rights movement and help to end racial segregation in the baseball.

The Red Sox joined in with the rest of Major League Baseball in remembering Robinson on Wednesday, with each player wearing his No. 42 jersey that has been retired by all clubs.

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Knee issue no longer hindering Bogaerts

Knee issue no longer hindering Bogaerts

BOSTON -- The left side of the Red Sox's infield got healthy in short order.

Less than 24 hours after Xander Bogaerts underwent an MRI on his right knee, the shortstop was back in the lineup and batting seventh against Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday.

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Without benefit of hit in seventh, Sox beat Nats

Without benefit of hit in seventh, Sox beat Nats

BOSTON -- After their four-run lead turned into a two-run deficit, the Red Sox -- with a lot of help from the Nationals -- rallied back for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning en route to an 8-7 victory on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

In that game-turning bottom of the seventh, the Nationals hit two batters and made three errors. Two of the errors came on one game-tying play. Ryan Hanigan hit a tapper back to the mound. In his haste to make a play at the plate, reliever Blake Treinen bobbled the ball. He then made a poor throw that sailed by catcher Wilson Ramos, allowing two runs to score. That put Brock Holt in position to drive home the go-ahead run with a fielder's-choice grounder.

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Koji's return features nasty splitters, one minor scare

Koji's return features nasty splitters, one minor scare

BOSTON -- Koji Uehara's return to the mound included several nasty splitters and one minor scare. When it was all said and done, Uehara did what the Red Sox pay him to do, nailing down the save in an 8-7 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The only thing standing between Uehara and his first save since Aug. 12, 2014, was one big swing by Ryan Zimmerman with one out in the ninth.

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Holt's bat shows no rust after sitting few days on bench

Holt's bat shows no rust after sitting few days on bench

BOSTON -- When Brock Holt plays, he hits.

The super-utilityman once again heated right back up after sitting for a couple of days, belting out two hits and driving in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice in Tuesday night's 8-7 win over the Nationals.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Hanley used video games to practice playing 3B

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Hanley used video games to practice playing 3B

Hanley Ramirez may be redefining the term super utility man. The shortstop-turned-third-baseman-turned-shortstop-again-turned-left-fielder had to make one more appearance in the infield on Tuesday night.

With Xander Bogaerts out with a sore knee and Pablo Sandoval exiting in the sixth inning with a bruised foot, the Red Sox were forced to move their new left fielder to third base.

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Masterson stayed optimistic despite subpar outing

Masterson stayed optimistic despite subpar outing

BOSTON -- While it may not have been the return to Fenway Park that Justin Masterson imagined, the right-hander remained optimistic after a frustrating start in the Red Sox's 8-7 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Masterson hadn't worn the home uniforms since July 29, 2009. This time out, he allowed seven runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

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