Red Sox bats break out in Baltimore

Red Sox bats break out in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Struggling Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was a perfect elixir to a sluggish Boston lineup. The Sox homered three times, including Hanley Ramirez's first of the year, in Sunday afternoon's sweep-avoiding, 6-2 win over Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Boston, which had just two homers total in the previous first five games of its road trip, jumped on Gausman for four runs before he could record an out. Mookie Betts delivered the big three-run blow, with Ramirez following. Mitch Moreland also went deep in the fifth off Gausman, who lasted 5 1/3 innings and saw his season ERA rise to 7.50.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Machado in middle of 8th-inning tiff

Machado in middle of 8th-inning tiff

BALTIMORE -- Tensions from Friday night between the Orioles and Red Sox spilled over again in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-2 Boston win as Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was nearly beaned by reliever Matt Barnes.

"I wasn't expecting anything, no," Machado said of the pitch. "I thought I did a good slide [on Friday]. Everyone knows. Everyone saw the replay on that side. That's on them. Whatever happened today, I'm going to keep doing me."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig contributed to this story.

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Benintendi singles self out in record books

Young outfielder has history-making performance amid Boston homer display

Benintendi singles self out in record books

BALTIMORE -- On the day power returned to the Red Sox lineup, Andrew Benintendi's singles stood out. On the day veteran Hanley Ramirez smacked his first home run of the season, the rookie outfielder had historians dusting off the team record book. On the day the Red Sox avoided a sweep with a 6-2 win over the Orioles, Benintendi was both lucky and good.

Benintendi went 5-for-5 as the Red Sox claimed the series finale Sunday. The 22-year-old became the youngest Red Sox player with at least five hits in a game since Tony Conigliaro on April 16, 1967 at the New York Yankees and the youngest to go 5-for-5 since Joe Cronin in 1929. No player younger than Benintendi has gone 5-for-5 for any team since Eric Hosmer pulled off the feat in 2011.

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Porcello, Red Sox open set vs. Yanks

Porcello, Red Sox open set vs. Yanks

The Yankees started off better than most expected, while the Red Sox -- predicted by many to win the American League East -- have struggled a bit. Injuries and the flu have taken a toll, but that won't affect the intensity of the rivalry when the clubs meet for for the first time this season Tuesday at Fenway Park.

"We know they're extremely talented," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They've been through all kinds of things in the first month of the season, whether it's been injuries or the flu bug or whatever. They've been through a lot. Our club went through a cold, a lot of guys had colds, but our guys weren't getting dehydrated. But they're very talented, we understand that."

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Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh, who covered the Yankees on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price to throw next bullpen Monday

Price to throw next bullpen Monday

BALTIMORE -- For those on David Price watch, breathe easier.

The left-hander resumed a throwing program after a recent bout of soreness in his injured left elbow slowed his rehabilitation progress. Price threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Friday in Baltimore, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

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Sandoval day to day with right knee sprain

BALTIMORE -- Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Sunday's 6-2 win over the Orioles with a right knee sprain and is considered day to day.

The announcement came after Sandoval exited in the middle of the seventh inning, replaced by outfielder Steve Selsky.

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Pedroia to undergo MRI on sore knee, ankle

Pedroia to undergo MRI on sore knee, ankle

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox won't test Dustin Pedroia's injured left knee and ankle in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles, and the second baseman will undergo an MRI on Monday in Boston, manager John Farrell announced.

"The fact that he still has the symptoms he does, we're going to rule everything out," Farrell said of the four-time All-Star. "His importance to us speaks for itself. As with any of our players, when you get into a situation like this, you give it a 24- to 48-hour period to see how it responds. At this point, it warrants a further look."

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JBJ homers, but 4-run 4th costs Wright, Sox

JBJ homers, but 4-run 4th costs Wright, Sox

BALTIMORE -- The first-place Orioles continued to feast on Steven Wright's knuckleball on Saturday, with Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop hitting back-to-back homers for the second time this month off the Red Sox righty in a 4-2 series-clinching win.

Baltimore, the team with the best record in baseball, improved to 12-4, while Boston lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Saturday.

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Farrell follows up with Torre about slide rule

Farrell follows up with Torre about slide rule

BALTIMORE -- After injuring his left knee on Manny Machado's slide on Friday night, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in the starting lineup on Saturday. Pedroia said he is fine with the whole situation, but manager John Farrell was not quite as happy.

Pedroia and Farrell both said the second baseman is dealing with a sore left knee and ankle and is day-to-day. The Boston skipper said he talked with Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre on Saturday about the situation, and Farrell expressed his frustration with the sliding rule.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Red Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

AL's top hitting team not taking advantage

Held to JBJ HR, Sox have stranded 17 in 2 games

AL's top hitting team not taking advantage

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox certainly have had their chances in the first two games of this series at Camden Yards, but they just have not been taking advantage of them.

That caused them problems in the series-opening loss Friday, and it hurt them once again in Saturday's 4-2 loss.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ortiz, young fan Maverick reunited at gala

Children and Athletes Regenerative Medicine Foundation honors duo with Courage Award

Ortiz, young fan Maverick reunited at gala

BOSTON -- As the Red Sox took the field Saturday night against the Orioles in Baltimore, recently retired slugger David Ortiz was being honored at the Children and Athletes Regenerative Medicine Foundation gala.

A noticeably slimmer Ortiz surprised his 7-year-old friend Maverick Schutte, who inspired the country last year with his courageous battle against a congenital heart defect that's led to more than 30 surgeries. Both were recipients of the foundation's first Courage Award.

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Hernandez throws five hitless frames

Hernandez throws five hitless frames

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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Big hit elusive as Red Sox drop opener to O's

Big hit elusive as Red Sox drop opener to O's

BALTIMORE -- Coming off one of their best road trips in recent years, the Orioles kept right on rolling Friday night at Camden Yards. Backed by a terrific seven-plus innings from Dylan Bundy, who is looking more and more like the frontline starter Baltimore badly needs, the O's bested Boston, 2-0, to keep a firm hold atop the American League East.

Baltimore, at 11-4, owns baseball's best record and handed Boston just its second loss in seven games. The third-place Red Sox, who also trail the Yankees, had numerous missed opportunities and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, including stranding a pair of runners in the eighth.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Friday.

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Pedroia not irked by Machado's hard slide

Pedroia injured in collision with Baltimore 3B, prompting discussion about double-play rule

Pedroia not irked by Machado's hard slide

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox missed on a number of good scoring chances on Friday, a big reason the Orioles handed them a 2-0 loss in the opener of a three-game series. After the game, though, the bigger subject of conversation in the Boston clubhouse was that the team nearly lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The play in question was, in fact, a primary topic in both clubhouses.

Pedroia hurt his left leg when Manny Machado slid into him as the second baseman was catching a throw at the bag in the eighth inning. The Red Sox needed to help Pedroia off the field after the play, but he said if he feels OK Saturday, he will try to play.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Bet on Betts to get there

Statcast of the Day: Bet on Betts to get there

Mookie Betts' eighth-inning catch Friday night at Camden Yards won't register as anything more than a putout in the postgame box score, but it deserves closer examination based on the degree of difficulty and the importance of the moment for the Red Sox.

Boston trailed Baltimore, 2-0, in the bottom of the eighth when a hard slide by Manny Machado knocked Dustin Pedroia -- seen by many as an emotional leader for the Red Sox -- out of the game. With a runner aboard for the Orioles, Chris Davis sent a line drive with an exit velocity of 90.8 mph toward the right-field line. According to Statcast™, Betts needed to cover 63 feet within an opportunity time of 3.9 seconds in order to get to the projected landing spot of Davis' liner -- all while the ball appeared to tail away from him.

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Ockimey plates 6, homers twice in big game

Ockimey plates 6, homers twice in big game

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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JBJ activated as Sox send Holt to DL

JBJ activated as Sox send Holt to DL

The Red Sox got Jackie Bradley Jr. back from the disabled list on Friday, but Brock Holt is headed to the 10-day DL due to vertigo, the team announced.

Boston placed Holt on the DL before its series opener against the Orioles as the corresponding move for Bradley's official activation from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Xander Bogaerts was out of Friday's starting lineup due to a sore left thumb, though he entered the Red Sox's 2-0 loss to the Orioles in the bottom of the eighth to play shortstop. Manager John Farrell said before the game that Bogaerts could return to the starting lineup as early as Saturday.

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Red Sox prevail after 'tough decision' in 9th

Farrell opts to pull Sale for Kimbrel, who yields game-tying homer

Red Sox prevail after 'tough decision' in 9th

TORONTO -- On the way to what would become a thrilling 4-1 win in 10 innings, Red Sox manager John Farrell had to make a decision that was agonizing for good reasons.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth of a game in which his team had just taken a 1-0 lead, Farrell had two options:

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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.

Betts delivers in 10th after Sale's 13 K's

Betts delivers in 10th after Sale's 13 K's

TORONTO -- Mookie Betts came through with a three-run double in the top of the 10th inning, and along the way, he helped provide some protection to Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel and manager John Farrell.

Betts' go-ahead double came off Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli and helped secure a 4-1 victory on Thursday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

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

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Betts' long streak without a strikeout ends

Betts' long streak without a strikeout ends

TORONTO -- It was simply striking how long Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts went between strikeouts.

In the top of the fourth inning of Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays, Francisco Liriano got Betts to whiff at a 2-2 slider that was on the outside black of the strike zone, about knee-high.

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Defense lets Porcello down in loss

Defense lets Porcello down in loss

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are finally back in the win column.

Francisco Liriano tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings while Toronto took advantage of two errors made by Boston's infield to secure a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. That snapped the Blue Jays' mini two-game losing streak but more importantly came following a stretch in which the club went 2-11 for the worst start in franchise history.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Red Sox prospect Chavis hits trio of homers

Second career multi-homer game for club's No. 10 prospect

Red Sox prospect Chavis hits trio of homers

Michael Chavis set a career high with three home runs on Wednesday, the biggest being a two-run shot that gave Class A Advanced Salem a walk-off victory over Wilmington for a second straight night.

Salem began the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run and put the tying run on base ahead of Chavis. The Red Sox's No. 10 prospect took the count full before connecting on his third homer of the night, a line-drive shot that cleared the wall in left-center field. He finished the game 3-for-4 with five RBIs, as Salem defeated the Blue Rocks, 7-6.

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Chavis puts on power display with Salem

Chavis puts on power display with Salem

Class A Advanced Palm Beach right-hander Junior Fernandez put his tough start to the season behind him in a truly dominant manner on Wednesday night, retiring the first 19 batters he faced en route to tossing eight scoreless innings to pace the Cardinals in a 7-0 shutout of Tampa.

The win was the first of the season for the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect, who allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out six and generating nine ground-ball outs.

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E-Rod's early return reinforces Sox bullpen

Boston lefty returned one day early from paternity leave

E-Rod's early return reinforces Sox bullpen

TORONTO -- Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez returned a day early from his paternity leave, mainly because the Red Sox aren't getting enough innings in their starting rotation of late.

Entering Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays, Boston's rotation ranked ninth in the American League in innings pitched with 78. Conversely, the bullpen had logged 48 innings, the third-highest in the AL.

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Red Sox use 15-hit attack to edge Jays

Red Sox use 15-hit attack to edge Jays

TORONTO -- A trip to Rogers Centre might have been just the cure for what was ailing the Red Sox's lineup.

Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland all had three hits as Boston's lineup enjoyed arguably its best game of the season in an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Left-hander Brian Johnson picked up the first victory of his big league career and the Red Sox extended their winning streak to four games with the impressive showing.

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Mookie appears ready for takeoff

Right fielder goes 3-for-5, launches first homer of season

Mookie appears ready for takeoff

TORONTO -- Mookie Betts is the ignition for the Red Sox's offense, and the fact that the electrifying right fielder is in the early stages of a hot streak could spell a lot of trouble for opposing pitchers over these next few days.

When Betts gets hot, he tends to stay hot for a while. And when he does, the Red Sox tend to win.

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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.

Johnson savors first big league victory

Johnson savors first big league victory

TORONTO -- Unlike his Major League debut 21 months ago, which was, in many respects, a night he would like to forget, Brian Johnson savored the aftermath of his long-awaited encore performance on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Afforded an opportunity to be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket for one night only due to Eduardo Rodriguez going on the paternity list, Johnson's second career appearance for the Red Sox resulted in his first win -- 8-7 over the Blue Jays.

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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.

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Betts' no-whiff streak truly striking

Sox outfielder nearing 21st-century record for PA's without a K

Betts' no-whiff streak truly striking

The count had run full, the game was out of hand, and the pitch from Orioles reliever Oliver Drake was an 82.1-mph splitter that was up and in. The batter froze and let it pass, home-plate umpire Paul Emmel called strike three, and the Fenway Park crowd, still buzzing from the David Ortiz home run that had just put the Red Sox up,10-2, didn't even realize it had just witnessed something historically significant last Sept. 12:

That was the last time Mookie Betts struck out in a regular-season game.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.