Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

No. 2 prospect sustained sprain while running bases; Hernandez recalled

Knee injury sends Benintendi to disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG -- Andrew Benintendi was placed on the disabled list on Thursday with a sprained left knee. Marco Hernandez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his spot on the roster.

Benintendi was injured in Boston's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night while running the bases. He was on second base with no outs and broke for third on a chopper to short. The runner at third didn't run, and Benintendi had to turn back. That's when the injury occurred, and he was tagged out before being assisted off the field by trainers.

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Red Sox slip up in 11th, but stay in 1st place

Red Sox slip up in 11th, but stay in 1st place

ST. PETERSBURG -- Luke Maile saw reliever Heath Hembree drop the ball at first base in the 11th inning and started his sprint home. And the Rays' backup catcher slid in safely as Sandy Leon couldn't handle the throw at the plate to give Tampa Bay a 4-3, walk-off win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox remain in a tie for first place in the American League East since the Blue Jays lost to the Angels on Wednesday.

"I was just busting my butt trying to get to the bag," Hembree said. "Was just running a little bit too fast. Knew the ball was coming and trying to find the bag, it was just, I just dropped it. ... It's a play I should make 10 out of 10 times."

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Papi oldest to reach 30 homers in a season

Red Sox DH also records 100 RBIs for 10th time with Red Sox, passing Williams

Papi oldest to reach 30 homers in a season

ST. PETERSBURG -- In the final season of one of the great careers in the history of the Red Sox, David Ortiz has shown that age is but a number. He continued to do so on Wednesday night.

Ortiz rocked the first pitch he saw from Matt Andriese in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Rays for a home run to right-center field, his 30th of the season. And with Dustin Pedroia on second base, he also recorded his 100th RBI of the year to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Ortiz became the oldest player to reach 30 home runs in a season at 40 years, nine months and six days old.

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Sandoval visits Sox, vows to 'do a better job'

Third baseman appeared in three games this year before undergoing shoulder surgery

Sandoval visits Sox, vows to 'do a better job'

ST. PETERSBURG -- Pablo Sandoval took a break from his season-long rehabilitation from shoulder surgery to check in with the Red Sox at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. The third baseman has been training in Fort Myers, Fla., about 90 minutes from where Boston is playing the Rays.

He would have liked to be with his team for all four games of the series, but he couldn't disrupt his rehab for too long. Sandoval has been working six days a week, trying to regain his mental and physical form ahead of the 2017 season.

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Richard Justice

Justice: Pujols, Papi HRs signify greatness

Albert moves into 10th on all-time list; Ortiz oldest player to reach 30 blasts

Justice: Pujols, Papi HRs signify greatness

First Albert Pujols, then David Ortiz. Two majestic home runs, two moments to savor and celebrate, eight minutes apart Wednesday night. Two opportunities to be reminded how lucky we've been to watch these guys play baseball. Sometimes, the baseball gods deliver more than we deserve.

We see them now, Ortiz, 40, and Pujols, 36, and are awash in memories of postseason heroics and times when they held their cities -- and their sport -- in the palm of their hands.

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Kopech, Ockimey among top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Kopech, Ockimey among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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Buchholz fans 9 as Sox stay in first place

Buchholz fans 9 as Sox stay in first place

ST. PETERSBURG -- In what may be his final start with Steven Wright set to rejoin the Red Sox's starting rotation, Clay Buchholz turned in a stellar outing against the Rays on Tuesday night.

The right-hander fanned nine, scattered five hits and allowed just one run as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 2-1, at Tropicana Field to stay tied with the Blue Jays atop the American League East.

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Mookie's missile nabs speedy Kiermaier

Mookie's missile nabs speedy Kiermaier

ST. PETERSBURG -- It wasn't the accuracy that surprised Mookie Betts. He'd been an infielder and knew how to make pinpoint throws. What surprised him, and what even he didn't know he could do, was throw the ball as far as he did.

When Kevin Kiermaier laced a ball down the right-field line and into the Rays' bullpen, Betts fished it out and fired a strike to third base to throw the speedy runner out for the second out of the inning. It preserved the slim lead in Boston's 2-1 win at Tropicana Field.

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Richard Justice

Red Sox making pitch for playoff run

In winning 10 of 12, Boston has put itself in position to win AL East

Red Sox making pitch for playoff run

Maybe the Boston Red Sox really are going to send David Ortiz out in style. Trophies, tears, parades, etc. That scenario doesn't even feel like all that much of a stretch given how well they are playing these days.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox will be trying to win for the 11th time in 13 games when they hand the ball to right-hander Rick Porcello at Tropicana Field against the Rays. Porcello has been the No. 1 guy in a rotation that suddenly looks like one of baseball's deepest.

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E-Rod, Wright nearing return to rotation

Koji throws bullpen session, but not ready to join 'pen

E-Rod, Wright nearing return to rotation

ST. PETERSBURG -- Three injured Red Sox pitchers -- all in different stages of the recovery process -- took one step closer to returning in their rehabilitation on Tuesday afternoon.

Eduardo Rodriguez threw three innings and 59 pitches in a simulated game prior to the Sox's game against the Rays. Knuckleballer Steven Wright threw a bullpen session and is still on track to start on Friday against the Royals. Koji Uehara threw a 32-pitch bullpen session, one that manager John Farrell said was more "intense" than expected.

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Moncada among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Moncada among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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Rutledge undergoes left knee surgery

Rutledge undergoes left knee surgery

Red Sox infielder Josh Rutledge underwent a successful left knee patella tendon debridement and repair on Monday, and he is expected to be ready for next Spring Training.

The surgery was performed by Red Sox head team orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Beninten-D! Boston LF robs Ray of HR

After nearly flipping over short wall, rookie says 'that's the best catch I've ever made'

Beninten-D! Boston LF robs Ray of HR

ST. PETERSBURG -- David Price was the lone man waiting just inside the clubhouse for Andrew Benintendi to return from the field. The Red Sox rookie outfielder was doing a postgame interview by the dugout, and everyone in the clubhouse was getting showered and dressed.

But Price waited for the man that preserved his scoreless start with a home-run robbing catch in the eighth inning. And when Benintendi came in, he gave him a hug -- his highlight-reel play a crucial moment in Boston's 6-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night, which moved the Sox into a tie for first in the AL East with the Blue Jays.

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Jonathan Mayo

Red Sox's top 2016 Draft pick Groome sharp in pro debut

Red Sox's top 2016 Draft pick Groome sharp in pro debut

Away from the spotlight, in the virtual anonymity that the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League provides, the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball took his first steps forward in his pro career on Monday afternoon.

Jason Groome, the Red Sox's first-round pick who was ranked No. 1 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 200 Draft Prospects list at the time of the Draft in June, threw his first two professional innings at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., and he certainly didn't show any signs of competitive rust.

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Price stifles Rays as Sox join Jays atop East

Price stifles Rays as Sox join Jays atop East

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays entered Monday's series opener against the Red Sox having scored 55 runs in the previous seven games. Apparently the only thing that could cool them off was facing Red Sox lefty ace David Price.

The former Rays star pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in a 6-2 Red Sox win at Tropicana Field. From the outset, it looked like Price and rookie lefty Blake Snell would have a pitchers' duel. But Snell allowed two runs before getting pulled amid a 40-pitch fourth inning. And the Red Sox's offense was more than enough.

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Young rejoins Red Sox, has key hit, nice grab

Veteran outfielder to face lefties, pinch-hit and fill in

Young rejoins Red Sox, has key hit, nice grab

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Young went 1-for-2 with two walks and a nice catch in left field in his first game after being activated from the disabled list. Young, who'd been out since June 24 with a hamstring strain, started in left field and played a pivotal role in the Red Sox's 6-2 win over the Rays on Monday night.

In the fourth inning at Tropicana Field, he doubled home the first Sox run. He also moved Sandy Leon to third base with less than two outs, and Leon would score on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly.

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Dalbec among top prospect performers Monday

Dodgers No. 2 prospect flirts with no-hitter; Giants' No. 22 stays hot with multi-homer game

Dalbec among top prospect performers Monday

Since beginning his season in early May, Jose De Leon has been making a strong case for a late-season promotion to the Major Leagues.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect took another step towards achieving that goal on Monday, when he struck out 10 hitters over seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of New Orleans. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before surrendering a leadoff single to Marlins No. 11 prospect J.T. Riddle. It was the only hit the right-hander allowed in the contest. De Leon also induced eight ground-ball outs while throwing 66 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

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Family witnesses Benintendi's first triple, HR

Red Sox left fielder's bat had cooled off before big day

Family witnesses Benintendi's first triple, HR

DETROIT -- With his family in the stands at Comerica Park, Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi picked up his first career triple in the sixth inning of Sunday's 10-5 loss against the Tigers, and one inning later, he delivered his first career home run.

Benintendi got a 3-2 slider from Shane Greene and pulled it to right field for a two-run shot that cut the Red Sox's deficit to 10-5, but that was as close as they would get, losing to split the four-game series at Detroit.

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Sox can't keep up with Tigers, split set

Sox can't keep up with Tigers, split set

DETROIT -- Justin Upton, denied a potential game-tying home run by Comerica Park's deep center field Saturday night, put a pair of three-run homers into the left-field seats Sunday afternoon, powering the Tigers to a four-game series split against the Red Sox with a 10-5 win.

The win kept Detroit seven games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. Boston remained a half-game behind Toronto for the AL East lead.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

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In for E-Rod, Owens hit hard; Buchholz starts Tuesday

Red Sox lefty to throw sim game, while Wright will toss another 'pen session

In for E-Rod, Owens hit hard; Buchholz starts Tuesday

DETROIT -- Henry Owens was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start Sunday against the Tigers in place of Eduardo Rodriguez, who is experiencing lingering tightness in his left hamstring. Deven Marrero was optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Owens on the roster.

In Boston's 10-5 loss, Owens allowed eight runs on six hits over five innings, striking out six while walking five (one intentional).

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Papi's HR the difference as Sox edge Tigers

Papi's HR the difference as Sox edge Tigers

DETROIT -- David Ortiz received a retirement gift from the Tigers, then reminded them he's still working. His three-hit game included a two-run home run to put the Red Sox up for good -- though by inches at the end -- in a 3-2 win Saturday at Comerica Park.

Before the first pitch, which was delayed one hour and 20 minutes due to rain, the Tigers gave Ortiz a framed picture from the 2005 All-Star Game, then Ortiz created more memories with his 11th three-hit performance of the season. After a first-inning infield single against the shift and a third-inning line drive up the middle, he feasted on a hanging breaking ball from Detroit starter Daniel Norris (1-2) and sent it into the right-field seats for a 3-1 lead.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Decker, Team Israel dream of shaping country's baseball destiny

Minor Leaguer eyes opportunity at next month's World Baseball Classic qualifier

Decker, Team Israel dream of shaping country's baseball destiny

Cody Decker started in left field for the Israeli team that lost the final of a 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in heartbreaking fashion in September 2012. Four years later, he's expected to make Israel's 28-man roster for next month's WBC qualifier in Brooklyn.

And Decker knows there is far more at stake than a trip to Seoul, South Korea, for WBC pool play in March.

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Instabam: Big Papi poses for selfie, tags HR

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Instabam: Big Papi poses for selfie, tags HR

At this point, David Ortiz might as well be canonized as the patron saint of selfies. He's taken one with President Obama, the President of the Dominican Republic, and when Pedro Martinez made it to the Hall of Fame, what was he doing? Taking selfies

He was back at it again during the Red Sox-Tigers game on Saturday night. Before stepping to the plate in the top of the fifth inning, Ortiz made sure to bring some gum to a group of young Red Sox fans sitting near the on-deck circle, even dropping in to take a selfie. 

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Papi joins Ted, Yaz as only Sox with 1,500 RBIs

Slugger take selfie with fan just before swatting tiebreaking 2-run HR

Papi joins Ted, Yaz as only Sox with 1,500 RBIs

DETROIT -- The Tigers honored David Ortiz with a ceremony on the field ahead of the Red Sox's 3-2 win at Comerica Park on Saturday night. He thanked them by going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning that came before a one-hour, 11-minute rain delay -- the second of the night.

Ortiz got a hold of an 0-1 slider over the plate and sent it to the right-field seats for his 29th homer, tying him with Ted Williams (1960) and Raul Ibanez (2013) for the most home runs hit in a season after turning 40. But Ortiz did not bat an eye at the stat.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Mookie's a good Betts to win AL MVP Award

Red Sox's superstar outfielder already turning heads around baseball

Mookie's a good Betts to win AL MVP Award

DETROIT -- David Price is a Vanderbilt-educated Cy Young Award winner. He's made five All-Star teams. He surrendered Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit. Among the past eight American League MVP Award winners, five of them were Price's current or former teammates -- including Josh Donaldson in Toronto last year.

Price knows talent. So let's pay close attention to what he said Saturday, when asked about resplendent Red Sox teammate Mookie Betts.

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Red Sox roll in Porcello's return to Detroit

Red Sox roll in Porcello's return to Detroit

DETROIT -- Rick Porcello returned to Comerica Park and quieted his old team, holding down the Tigers for seven innings as the Red Sox roughed up rookie Michael Fulmer for a 10-2 win Friday night.

Boston's seventh win in its last eight games closed its gap to a half-game behind Toronto in the American League East. Detroit, meanwhile, fell seven games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, though the Tigers remain 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL Wild Card spot.

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'Back to business,' Porcello wins 17th vs. ex-mates

Righty tied for MLB lead after putting emotions aside, playing stopper for Sox in Detroit

'Back to business,' Porcello wins 17th vs. ex-mates

DETROIT -- The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes before the 2015 season, then went on to trade Cespedes in a deal that brought starting pitcher Michael Fulmer to Detroit. Porcello and Fulmer squared off at Comerica Park on Friday night.

It was Porcello's first trip back to his original home ballpark, and he got the best of the Tigers' rookie, allowing two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in Boston's 10-2 win.

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