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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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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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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Young to honor mother on Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Young to honor mother on Players Weekend

ST. PETERSBURG -- Inside of every Major League ballplayer is a young boy who once dreamed of becoming that ballplayer, and every one of those young boys had someone special to help them get there.

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Red Sox on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

E-Rod tasked with cooling off hot Cards

E-Rod tasked with cooling off hot Cards

The Cardinals and Red Sox finish a quick two-game series at Fenway Park on Wednesday with a rematch between St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn and Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.

The pitchers faced off on May 16 in St. Louis, with Rodriguez getting the win after allowing three runs on five hits in six innings. Lynn allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits in six innings for the loss.

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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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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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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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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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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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Rare mishap haunts Reed, Sox in Bronx

Rare mishap haunts Reed, Sox in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Three runs ahead and six outs away from another win that would've extended their August surge, the Red Sox had their bullpen lined up just the way they wanted on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Addison Reed would get through the eighth and hand it off to All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel for the ninth. This was the blueprint everyone envisioned when Reed was acquired from the Mets on July 31 at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Barry M. Bloom

Ross was heartbeat of 2 World Series champs

Ross was heartbeat of 2 World Series champs

PHOENIX -- Every season is different, but when one analyzes the struggles of the defending World Series champion Cubs in 2017, venture no further than two significant roster changes: the retirement of veteran catcher David Ross, and to a lesser extent, center fielder Dexter Fowler moving to the Cardinals as a free agent.

Both players had a huge impact, especially in the World Series. Both players homered in last year's epic Game 7 victory over the Indians that won the Cubs their first World Series since 1908.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hernandez spins a gem for Greenville

Hernandez spins a gem for Greenville

Duane Underwood Jr. had been making strides in recent starts for Double-A Tennessee, though it wasn't until Friday night that the right-hander managed to put it all together.

The Cubs' No. 17 prospect took a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to completing seven scoreless frames of and pacing the Smokies in a 6-0 shutout of Biloxi. He gave up one hit, hit one batter and struck out six, throwing 66 of his 86 pitches for strikes in the performance.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Winning tune: Fenway organist grateful for gig

Winning tune: Fenway organist grateful for gig

BOSTON -- As Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda began to walk off the field on April 23, 2014, after being ejected when pine tar was found on his neck, a song played by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor reverberated throughout Fenway Park.

Trying to find the perfect song for the moment, Kantor began to play "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox's winning streak reaches eight

Red Sox's winning streak reaches eight

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Red Sox stormed to their eighth consecutive win Wednesday night, riding a quality start from Rick Porcello, timely hitting and sloppy play by the Rays for an 8-2 win at Tropicana Field.

"We seem to be firing on all cylinders," said Porcello, who turned in the Majors' eighth immaculate inning this season. "Chris [Sale] pitched a [heck] of a game [Tuesday] and got us the win there. Tonight, we came out and scored some runs. The bullpen came in and did a heck of a job, so that's kind of the recipe for us. We have to continue to do that."

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

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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Porcello turns in immaculate inning vs. Rays

Righty needs just nine pitches to fan three Rays batters

Porcello turns in immaculate inning vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Rick Porcello tore through the fifth inning so quickly in the Red Sox's 8-2 win vs. the Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field that he didn't realize he had authored an immaculate inning and a piece of Major League Baseball history.

Porcello required only the minimum nine pitches to strike out three Rays in the fifth. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner fanned Trevor Plouffe on a slider and Wilson Ramos on a four-seam fastball, with Mallex Smith taking a called strike three on a two-seamer over the inside edge.

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Leading men: Top of order powering Sox

Leading men: Top of order powering Sox

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Red Sox have excelled in a number of facets of the game during their eight-game winning streak, but the top of the order stood out as a force to be reckoned with in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Rays.

Boston had rolled through its lineup exactly twice at the end of four innings, meaning leadoff hitter Eduardo Nunez would be first up in the fifth. Given the hot streaks of Nunez and the batter due up behind him, Boston was set up for an offensive eruption.

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Dalbec hits walk-off homer for Greenville

Dalbec hits walk-off homer for Greenville

Free from the pitcher-friendly ballparks of the Florida State League, Nick Senzel's home-run power is starting to show in earnest.

Senzel, the Reds' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall), turned in his first career multi-homer performance while he stuffed the box score on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Double-A Pensacola's 10-9 loss against Mobile.

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Portland's Chavis connects on 29th homer

Portland's Chavis connects on 29th homer

Austin Hays and Anthony Santander combined for three homers and nine RBIs as they led Double-A Bowie to a 14-2 win over Harrisburg on Wednesday.

Hays, the Orioles' No. 2 prospect (No. 100 overall), went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs, while Santander (Orioles No. 9) went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs.

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Remy to undergo chemotherapy treatments

Remy to undergo chemotherapy treatments

ST. PETERSBURG -- NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy will begin chemotherapy treatments later this month for his lung cancer, Remy said in a statement released Wednesday.

"I have some difficult challenges in front of me, but I plan to keep fighting this thing," Remy said. "I'd like to thank everybody for their many thoughts and prayers and continued support."

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Ace setting Sale into historic waters

Lefty looking to eclipse record (23) set by Ryan, Big Unit

Ace setting Sale into historic waters

ST. PETERSBURG -- With friends and family looking on, Red Sox ace Chris Sale turned in one of his best performances of an already-stellar season.

The left-hander tossed eight innings of two-hit ball in a 2-0 win against the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. Sale tied his season high with 13 strikeouts and walked just one as the Red Sox (64-49) extended their American League East lead over to four games over the Yankees and 6 1/2 games over the Rays.

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Red Sox on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale fans 13 as Sox's winning streak hits 7

Sale fans 13 as Sox's winning streak hits 7

ST. PETERSBURG -- Coming off his worst start of the season, Red Sox ace Chris Sale returned to form in a dominating performance against the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

Over eight scoreless innings, Sale fanned 13 batters and scattered two hits as the Red Sox extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games in a 2-0 win.

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

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Red Sox on Tuesday.

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