Sox-Yanks rivalry, battle for 1st shift to Fenway

Sox-Yanks rivalry, battle for 1st shift to Fenway

For the second consecutive weekend, baseball's most storied rivalry will be on display. This time, the venue is Fenway Park, where the second-place Yankees will try to chip into the Red Sox's four-game lead in the American League East.

"You just need to win, that's the bottom line," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. "All the games are important right now, especially against teams in your division. It's important we continue to play good baseball. We have for most of this week against the Mets and hopefully that carries over this weekend into Fenway."

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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.

'What is that?' Abad's changeup baffles hitters

Red Sox reliever thriving with baseball's slowest pitch

'What is that?' Abad's changeup baffles hitters

It was a sweltering July night in Arlington and Red Sox pitcher Fernando Abad was eating innings. His team was leading the Rangers, 8-2, in the sixth, and everyone around him was dreaming of the air-conditioned clubhouse.

Adrian Beltre, Abad's former Dominican Republic teammate at this year's World Baseball Classic, stood with his bat gripped high and his closed stance hulking over the plate. Abad threw an 83-mph changeup for a called strike one, then loaded and fired again, whipping his left arm forward at the same speed as the pitch before.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro recreates young Pedro for charity

Hall of Famer hurls two scoreless innings in Old Time Baseball Game

Pedro recreates young Pedro for charity

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The 45-year-old legend took the mound with No. 45 on the back of a flannel Red Sox jersey for a one-night engagement that thrilled everyone in attendance on Thursday at St. Peter's Field.

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez suited up again and couldn't contain his smile or his laughter as he pitched two shutout innings in the Old Time Baseball Game, which included a plethora of talented local college players.

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Leon to honor son on Players Weekend

Red Sox catcher's first child, Noah, due in late October

Leon to honor son on Players Weekend

BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon and his wife Liliana are expecting their first child in late October or early November and are hopeful they will have a World Series baby.

But Leon will get to honor his son in a unique way well before the birth.

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Red Sox to unveil Tony C. display at Fenway

Ceremony Friday marks 50 years to the day of outfielder's tragic beaning

Red Sox to unveil Tony C. display at Fenway

The Red Sox will unveil a display Friday at Fenway Park honoring former outfielder Tony Conigliaro. The display, which will be revealed 50 years after the tragic facial injury that cut short Conigliaro's prodigious career, will feature photos and memorabilia from his playing career in Boston.

Conigliaro enjoyed a charmed rookie season in 1964, in which he batted .290 with 24 home runs and 52 RBIs in only 111 games. That included a towering blast in Conigliaro's first game at Fenway on April 17, 1964. Conigliaro hit 32 round-trippers the following season to become the youngest home run champ in American League history. He holds the Major League record for most home runs hit as a teenager with 24, and remains the youngest player in AL history to hit 100 home runs, reaching the century mark at 22 years and 197 days old.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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How Sale found a new gear for historic season

Lefty's 37 percent strikeout rate is third best from starter ever

How Sale found a new gear for historic season

Chris Sale has been absolutely dominant in his first season with Boston, putting himself in position not only to claim the American League Cy Young Award, but to garner real support in the AL Most Valuable Player Award conversation as well. It's not exactly news he's been great, of course; you don't surrender Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and more for a pitcher who hasn't already proven his brilliance.

But there's a difference between being "very good," as Sale was with Chicago in 2016, and "historically good," as he's been with Boston this year. How, exactly, does a pitcher who was already elite get that much better?

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox want to change Yawkey Way name

Owner Henry uncomfortable with history regarding race relations

Red Sox want to change Yawkey Way name

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Red Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy and chairman Tom Werner expressed confidence on Thursday night that the club will soon be successful in changing the name of Yawkey Way -- the street that serves as the main entrance to Fenway Park.

The two executives spoke shortly after Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that he would like to have the street renamed because he is haunted by the club's checkered history with race relations.

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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.

Pedro returns to mound in full uniform

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Pedro returns to mound in full uniform

It's been a while since Red Sox fans saw Pedro Martinez on a mound making hitters look absolutely silly --13 years, to be exact. Those were some pretty fun times.

Well, guess who was back in Boston on Thursday night throwing in full uniform off a mound? 

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Loud 9th: Sox hit Cards with their Betts shot

Loud 9th: Sox hit Cards with their Betts shot

BOSTON -- In what is shaping up as an August to remember for the red-hot Red Sox, Mookie Betts belted a two-out, two-strike, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to cap a wild 5-4 win that stunned the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The low liner off the Green Monster was the capper of a three-run surge, giving the Red Sox their ninth walk-off win of the season, and fourth in their last nine home victories.

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

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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JBJ's mad dash home all part of the plan

Bradley thought ahead of time about scoring game-winner from first on ball to the wall

JBJ's mad dash home all part of the plan

BOSTON -- Moments before Jackie Bradley Jr. was off to the races to complete Wednesday's wild 5-4 victory over the Cardinals, his mind started racing with anticipation.

And he wanted third-base coach Brian Butterfield to know exactly what he was thinking.

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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.

Yaz, 'Impossible Dream' team feted at Fenway

Members of 1967 Red Sox honored on 50th anniversary of AL pennant season

Yaz, 'Impossible Dream' team feted at Fenway

BOSTON -- It has been 50 years since the Red Sox captivated their city with the "Impossible Dream" season. But the memories haven't faded away. In fact, they seem to get richer through time.

Seventeen members of the 1967 Sox -- led by Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski and American League Cy Young Award winner Jim Lonborg -- were celebrated in an on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. Reggie Smith, Rico Petrocelli, Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Mike Andrews were among the other players who came back for a sweet stroll down memory lane.

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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.

Leader Watch: Red Sox walk-offs proving key

Team leads AL with 9 as it tries to hold off Yankees in East

Leader Watch: Red Sox walk-offs proving key

The Red Sox and Yankees, who haven't finished 1-2 in the American League East since 2009, are back at the top of the division standings -- Boston first, New York second and in the first AL Wild Card spot. With every game important as the two longstanding rivals jockey for playoff position in the season's final two months, the Red Sox got a big, 5-4 win on Wednesday.

The Red Sox were down, 4-2, to the Cardinals entering the ninth inning at Fenway Park, three outs from seeing their lead in the East trimmed to 3 1/2 games. The Yanks had just beaten the Mets, 5-3, in a Subway Series contest at Citi Field.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Swihart back with Sox? Sept. callup possible

Swihart back with Sox? Sept. callup possible

BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was once the catcher of the future for the Red Sox. Now he is just trying to get back on the radar.

Swihart, who has spent all of this season in the Minor Leagues, could get that chance in a couple of weeks as a September callup.

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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.

Red Sox turn triple play, rough up Redbirds

Red Sox turn triple play, rough up Redbirds

BOSTON -- A triple play, an eight-run rally and a strong pitching performance by Rick Porcello made for a satisfying Tuesday night for the Fenway faithful, as the Red Sox rolled to a 10-4 victory over the the Cardinals in the opener of a two-game series between two of the game's most historic franchises.

It was the 11th win in the last 13 games for the Red Sox, who maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East. The Cardinals have lost two straight on the heels of an eight-game winning streak that briefly thrust them to the top of the National League Central but still trail the Cubs by only 1 1/2 games.

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

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Thrice as nice: Sox go around for triple play

Thrice as nice: Sox go around for triple play

BOSTON -- As soon as the ground ball left the bat of Yadier Molina and bounded toward third base in the top of the fourth, there was anticipatory excitement in the Red Sox's dugout.

Moments later, the deafening roar from the Fenway Park crowd was in salute of the Red Sox turning their first triple play in five years in an eventual 10-4 victory over the Cardinals.

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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.

Pedroia better, but no timetable for return

Pedroia better, but no timetable for return

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia, who was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 8 but played just one game before going back on the DL with recurring inflammation in his problematic left knee, is feeling "better by the day," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

At this point, however, the second baseman will focus exclusively on strengthening exercises without a current timetable to resume baseball activities.

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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.

Devers' 2nd HR leaves Farrell, Tito in awe

Rookie just 3rd Red Sox player with multihomer game before turning 21

Devers' 2nd HR leaves Farrell, Tito in awe

BOSTON -- Rafael Devers again turned heads Monday night not just by clearing the fence, but with the way he did it.

The Red Sox's rookie third baseman clubbed two more homers in a 7-3 loss to the Indians at Fenway and left both managers in awe by what he did on the second blast.

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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.

Benny, Devers go deep, but Fister off in loss

Benny, Devers go deep, but Fister off in loss

BOSTON -- Coming back to Fenway Park on Monday night for a one-game makeup in the midst of a long road trip became a little less inconvenient for the Indians, who rode a pair of two-run homers by slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.

In a matchup between the leaders of the American League East and Central, Encarnacion proved to be the difference in this one.

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

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Indians on Monday.

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Farrell meets with Reed over pitching change

Red Sox manager tries to pull reliever during Ellsbury at-bat

Farrell meets with Reed over pitching change

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had a meeting with Addison Reed following Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Yankees to explain to the reliever why he tried to pull him from the game in mid at-bat against Jacoby Ellsbury.

With the game tied, Reed opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk to Chase Headley and then allowed a sacrifice bunt. Pitching coach Carl Willis came to the mound just before Ellsbury stepped to the plate.

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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.

Statcast of the Day: Devers' historic homer

Sox rookie belts fastest pitch to leave yard in velocity era

Statcast of the Day: Devers' historic homer

NEW YORK -- The three hardest pitches that Rafael Devers had ever seen quickly made him aware of the challenge he was up against while facing Aroldis Chapman with the Red Sox down by a run in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

When the fourth came in, the 20-year-old Devers was ready, and he smashed the 102.8-mph offering for a stunning, game-tying solo shot to left-center that sparked the Red Sox to a thrilling, 3-2 victory over the Yankees in 10 innings.

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Raudes goes seven strong for Salem

Raudes goes seven strong for Salem

Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect (No. 28 overall) got off to a fast start as he doubled home a pair of runs in the second and then hit a solo blast in the fourth before finishing 2-for-3.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookies send Sox to series win in Bronx

Rookies send Sox to series win in Bronx

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox enjoyed a glimpse of their bright future on Sunday evening as Rafael Devers cracked a dramatic, game-tying home run and Andrew Benintendi delivered the go-ahead hit, lifting Boston to a thrilling 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Yankees that swelled their American League East lead to a season-high 5 1/2 games.

Devers tied the game in the ninth inning with the fourth homer of his young career, catching up with a 102.8-mph Aroldis Chapman fastball and driving it over into the visiting bullpen in left-center field. It marked New York's 20th blown save of the season, and just the second homer that Chapman has ever allowed to a left-handed hitter.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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5 facts about Devers' homer vs. Chapman

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5 facts about Devers' homer vs. Chapman

It was the top of the ninth inning when Rafael Devers stepped up to the plate to face Aroldis Chapman in Boston's eventual 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Boston was down by one run, but Devers connected with one of Chapman's fastballs, sending it over the fence to tie the ballgame.

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Smith continues to trend upward in rehab

Smith continues to trend upward in rehab

NEW YORK -- The Red Sox continue to get encouraging reports on righty reliever Carson Smith, who pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, marking the third appearance of his rehab stint.

"Positive, both from [Pawtucket manager] Kevin Boles and from talking to Carson today," said Red Sox manager John Farrell prior to Sunday's game at Yankee Stadium. "The command was better last night. There was an uptick a little bit in velocity from maybe five days prior and in talking with Carson he just feels now he's gotten three appearances, the recovery time both in terms of his arm and his body is getting [shorter]. So these are encouraging things as we go through the early phase here. He'll be in a game again on Tuesday."

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Benintendi's 3-run jacks lead Sox rout in Bronx

Benintendi's 3-run jacks lead Sox rout in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Andrew Benintendi's sweet stroke produced a pair of three-run homers as the Red Sox pounded Luis Severino and the Yankees, 10-5, on Saturday afternoon to claim their ninth victory in 10 games.

One day after the Red Sox's bullpen coughed up a three-run advantage just six outs from victory, Benintendi ensured there would be no repeat of that performance as Boston reclaimed a 4 1/2-game advantage over the Yankees in the American League East chase. It matches the Yankees' largest deficit of the season.

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Benintendi breaking out during August tear

Red Sox outfielder slugs two three-run homers in win over Yankees

Benintendi breaking out during August tear

NEW YORK -- A month that started with a slumping Andrew Benintendi getting a rare two-day break from the starting lineup has swiftly transformed into a torrid stretch of hitting for the rookie left fielder.

The peak of Benintendi's impressive August run came on Saturday, when he put an absolute hurting on the Yankees, belting a pair of three-run homers to lift the Red Sox to a 10-5 victory.

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Red Sox's winning streak ends at 8 games

Red Sox's winning streak ends at 8 games

NEW YORK -- In what could have been viewed as his club's most important game of the season, Aaron Hicks homered to spark a five-run rally and uncorked a terrific throw to help the Yankees stun the Red Sox and snap their eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Blanked on two hits going to the eighth, the Yankees' slumbering bats awoke along with the sellout crowd of 46,509, which was quickly whipped into a playoff-level frenzy. Hicks launched an Addison Reed slider over the right-field wall, Didi Gregorius greeted Joe Kelly with a game-tying single and Todd Frazier blooped an RBI hit that gave New York its first lead of the evening.

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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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