Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

Masterson leads Sox over O's at rainy Fenway

BOSTON -- Fueled by a four-run inning and solid pitching from Justin Masterson, the Red Sox ousted the Orioles in a 7-1 Patriots' Day victory in a rain-shortened game at Fenway Park.

Masterson gave his bullpen some much-needed rest, spinning five innings of one-run baseball in a contest that was called due to inclement weather in the seventh inning. The lanky sinkerballer recorded six strikeouts and benefited from a particularly effective slider as Boston earned a split in the four-game series.

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Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

Red Sox mark special Marathon Monday at Fenway

BOSTON -- Even with cloudy skies and rain overhead, the Red Sox were still able to produce a fitting tribute on Monday for Patriots' Day.

Before the Red Sox took the field against the Orioles for their traditional 11:05 a.m. ET start time, Boston police officer Stephen McNulty belted a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers then threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Effective slider helps Masterson slow Orioles

Effective slider helps Masterson slow Orioles

BOSTON -- As an icy rain began to fall on Fenway Park on Monday, Justin Masterson worked quickly through the fifth inning, firing fastballs and spinning sliders while the weather around him worsened.

"I was just thinking, 'Lets get out of the top half [of the fifth],' because I wanted to get to the bottom half so we can keep going," Masterson said. "We had scored so many runs that my take was, rain aside, I was just out there trying to pitch -- 'OK, lets make this quick because we're up 5-1 at the time. Lets make this quick so we can get some guys out, but also compete.'"

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Hanley OK after exiting finale due to illness

Hanley OK after exiting finale due to illness

BOSTON -- The Red Sox removed Hanley Ramirez from the game in the third inning of Monday's series finale with the Orioles due to illness. However, the team considers the issue to be nothing serious and expects the outfielder will play in Tuesday's series opener against the Rays.

"There was just the onset of some illness," manager John Farrell said. "Some lightheadedness. He was examined by the doctors here when he came out of the game. [He] stayed off his feet. I don't anticipate him missing tomorrow, but he was unable to go for the remainder of today."

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Red Sox, Rays set to renew acquaintances

Red Sox, Rays set to renew acquaintances

The Rays will begin a three-game series with the Red Sox on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Chris Archer (2-1, 1.37 ERA), who has been brilliant in his past two starts, will take the ball for the Rays against Boston lefty Wade Miley (0-1, 10.57 ERA), who is coming off his first rocky outing in a Red Sox uniform.

Three things to know about this game:

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Ortiz responds to Palmer's critical tweet

Ortiz responds to Palmer's critical tweet

BOSTON -- On the same day he tied Joe DiMaggio on baseball's all-time RBI list, David Ortiz did something else he is well known for: speaking candidly when given a platform.

Ortiz was ejected from Sunday's loss to the Orioles after disputing a check-swing call by third-base umpire Jerry Meals. He then threw his bat to the ground and tossed his helmet as he trudged back into the clubhouse.

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Boston bullpen logging heavy early workload

Boston bullpen logging heavy early workload

BOSTON -- For the fifth time in the past seven games, the Red Sox pulled their starter before the end of the sixth inning on Sunday. Righty Rick Porcello, who allowed all eight runs in his five-plus innings, came out of the game at 102 pitches after throwing only 58 of them for strikes in an 8-3 loss to the Orioles.

This combination of short starts and extended appearances from the bullpen has developed into an early trend for the Red Sox. Entering Monday, the club's relievers had combined to pitch 49 2/3 innings -- 13 2/3 of which came during a 19-inning marathon at Yankee Stadium -- which was tied with the Yankees for second most in the Majors.

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Porcello vows to make 'necessary adjustments'

Porcello vows to make 'necessary adjustments'

BOSTON -- Rick Porcello's body language said it all. The Red Sox right-hander sat in the corner of the clubhouse after Sunday's 8-3 loss at the hands of the Orioles, staring off into space with a dejected look on his face.

He'd just given up eight runs on 12 hits over five-plus innings of work for his second loss of the season, as his ERA ballooned to 6.63.

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Boston's healing continues on Patriots' Day

Boston's healing continues on Patriots' Day

BOSTON -- When the Red Sox face the Orioles today, the already significant Patriots' Day matchup will take on added meaning in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing's two-year anniversary.

The Red Sox have traditionally played at home on Patriots' Day, dating back to 1959. Taking place alongside one of the most prestigious long-distance races in the world, the game falls on one of the most important dates on Boston's cultural calendar. As in the past, the game is scheduled for a morning start, with first pitch set for 11:05 a.m. ET.

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Papi ejected amid frustration over check-swing call

Papi ejected amid frustration over check-swing call

BOSTON -- David Ortiz started to swing at an offering from Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez in the middle of his fifth-inning at-bat, with the count sitting at 1-2, then checked his swing above the center of the plate. Third-base umpire Jerry Meals called it a swing. The Red Sox's designated hitter disagreed and soon tempers flared.

That wound up being Ortiz's last at-bat in the Red Sox's 8-3 loss to the Orioles on Sunday. As the slugger angrily questioned the call, he was ejected by home-plate umpire John Tumpane in short order. Boston manager John Farrell came out of the dugout to argue with Tumpane in defense of his star player, whom he felt had been the victim of two borderline check-swing rulings.

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Hanley's heroics not enough as Sox fall to O's

Hanley's heroics not enough as Sox fall to O's

BOSTON -- Led by another magnificent offensive effort from Adam Jones, the Orioles tallied 15 hits to pull away from the Red Sox for an 8-3 win at Fenway Park on Sunday.

All eight of Baltimore's runs came off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, with Jones going 4-for-5 with five RBIs -- including a two-run homer and a bases-clearing double. New England native Ryan Flaherty also homered for the O's, and Jimmy Paredes -- promoted on Saturday -- had three hits and three runs scored.

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Victorino returns after resting sore left side

Victorino returns after resting sore left side

BOSTON -- Though he wound up a late scratch from Saturday's Red Sox starting lineup, Shane Victorino had little doubt about his availability against the Orioles on Sunday.

"I don't know, I haven't seen the lineup," the veteran said. "I'm assuming I'm going [to play]. I feel fine."

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Workman may begin throwing in 'two to three weeks'

Workman may begin throwing in 'two to three weeks'

BOSTON -- Injured pitcher Brandon Workman, who was present in the Red Sox's clubhouse before Sunday's game with the Orioles, could begin a throwing program within "two to three weeks" according to manager John Farrell.

After his option to Triple-A Pawtucket was reversed this week, the team placed Workman on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. He consulted Dr. James Andrews, and the right-hander learned soon afterward that he would be able to avoid surgery.

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Red-hot Holt allows Pedroia to get some rest

Red-hot Holt allows Pedroia to get some rest

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell is doing everything he can to keep the hot-hitting Brock Holt in the lineup.

He inserted Holt at second base for Sunday's game against the Orioles, giving Dustin Pedroia his first day off of the season.

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Papi's three-hit day isn't enough to slow O's

Papi's three-hit day isn't enough to slow O's

BOSTON -- Backed by a dominant performance from their bullpen and a solid start by Chris Tillman, the Orioles downed the Red Sox, 4-1, on Saturday at Fenway Park.

A tight game for most of the contest, Chris Davis gave the O's some breathing room when he hammered a two-run homer to left against Robbie Ross Jr. in the ninth. The O's bullpen -- which has struggled early on -- tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Tillman gave up six hits and a run over 5 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out five.

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Buchholz on right track with 2nd quality start?

Buchholz on right track with 2nd quality start?

BOSTON -- The question, "Which Clay Buchholz will Red Sox fans see tonight?" seems to loom before his starts. Not lacking for talent, the club's Opening Day starter has welcomed strong seasons (2013) and endured unsuccessful ones (2014).

On Saturday, Buchholz treated the Fenway Park faithful to the better version of himself in a 4-1 loss to the Orioles. Though he scattered 11 hits and found himself in numerous jams, the veteran right-hander bounced back from a sub-par outing in his previous start to eke out six innings of two-run baseball.

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Hanley still learning Monster ropes in left field

Hanley still learning Monster ropes in left field

BOSTON -- In the fifth inning on Saturday, Hanley Ramirez drifted back to the Green Monster, trying to get a bearing on exactly where he was, and had the drive by Jimmy Paredes tick off his glove for a single.

It's the type of play that Ramirez will probably make in due time, once he becomes fully comfortable as a left fielder.

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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 4-1 loss to the Orioles due to sore ribs.

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed the injury 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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Bogaerts' patience paying dividends at plate

Bogaerts' patience paying dividends at plate

BOSTON -- Under normal circumstances, 22-year-old Xander Bogaerts might have been in college this spring, studying for exams as his final semester drew to a close. As it so happens, the Aruba native's extraordinary baseball talents have him playing everyday shortstop for the Red Sox, and he's thriving.

Bogaerts' latest highlight came during Friday night's 3-2 walk-off win over the Orioles, when he floated the winning single into the gap between second base and right field. The clutch hit was part of a 2-for-4 performance -- his fifth multi-hit game in nine contests -- and made him the youngest Red Sox player to register a walk-off RBI since Jim Rice in 1975.

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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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