Offense continues to struggle behind Buchholz

Offense continues to struggle behind Buchholz

BOSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez kept the Red Sox in their offensive funk while leading the Rangers to a 3-1 victory Thursday night in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Over 6 2/3 innings, Rodriguez gave up four hits and a run, walking two and striking out five. The Rangers, getting 2 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen and another save from Shawn Tolleson, took two of three from the Red Sox.

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Rotation a bright spot during rough patch

Red Sox starter Buchholz logs sixth quality start in loss to Texas

Rotation a bright spot during rough patch

BOSTON -- Once thought to be the weak link on an otherwise talented team, the Red Sox's rotation continued its resurgence at Fenway Park on Thursday. And for Clay Buchholz, the de facto steward of the retooled pitching staff, thrust into a leadership role this season, the rebound could not have come soon enough.

"It was a work in progress the first couple times through. We knew what we had to do," Buchholz said following a 3-1 loss to the Rangers. "We're more focused to pitch with intent. Instead of being afraid to throw a pitch, just throw it. It's hard to [have conviction] in a pitch whenever you're getting hit around, though, so that's the difference."

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Sputtering offense falls victim to hard-luck play

Boston's hit-and-run play thwarted when Bogaerts is hit by batted ball

Sputtering offense falls victim to hard-luck play

BOSTON -- The home clubhouse at Fenway Park was eerily quiet following Thursday's game, kind of like the offense was again during a 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

As hitters try to find that elusive groove -- be it individually or collectively -- bad luck becomes more of an annoyance than usual.

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Porcello takes on Angels ace at Fenway

Porcello takes on Angels ace at Fenway

The Red Sox welcome the Angels to Fenway Park on Friday night in an MLB Network Showcase game, which features the revolutionary tracking technology of Statcast™. The opener of the three-game series begins at 7:10 p.m. ET and marks the first meeting of the season between these teams.

The Angels went 5-2 against the Sox in 2014, including a four-game sweep in Boston, and have won 16 of their last 21 games against the club.

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Sox's offense remains stuck in neutral

Sox's offense remains stuck in neutral

BOSTON -- Phil Klein earned his first Major League win as a starter and Robinson Chirinos crushed a solo home run that provided the scoring difference as the Rangers edged out a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Klein pitched effectively as a rotation fill-in for the Rangers, firing 5 1/3 innings of one-run baseball and throwing strikes on 56 of his 81 pitches. Shawn Tolleson, taking over as the Rangers' closer, pitched around a one-out double in a scoreless ninth en route to his first Major League save.

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Bats unable to deliver in clutch situations

Bats unable to deliver in clutch situations

BOSTON -- At several points during Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers at Fenway Park, the Red Sox stood one hit away from reversing their offensive fortunes. Each turn, however, featured another thwarted attempt by the underachieving Boston lineup to produce runs.

The Red Sox connected on several well-hit balls, but that contact merely resulted in an equal number of loud outs. They finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, lowering their team average in those spots to an American League-worst .203, and left 12 runners on base for the second night in a row.

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Kelly's quality start goes for naught in loss

Kelly's quality start goes for naught in loss

BOSTON -- The Red Sox were unable to capitalize on another solid pitching performance from Joe Kelly on Wednesday night, taking a 2-1 loss to the Rangers at Fenway Park.

Kelly tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits in the loss. He's now pitched at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in his past two starts.

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Panda day to day with bruised left knee

Panda day to day with bruised left knee

BOSTON -- As expected, third baseman Pablo Sandoval was absent from the Red Sox's starting lineup Wednesday with a bone bruise after getting drilled on his left knee during Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

The team did not make him available for Wednesday's game, citing lingering soreness, but manager John Farrell said Sandoval could return to the hot corner in the next couple of days.

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Sox acquire Cornely from Braves for cash

Sox acquire Cornely from Braves for cash

BOSTON -- The Red Sox acquired right-hander John Cornely from the Braves in exchange for cash considerations, the club announced on Wednesday afternoon. Cornely was subsequently optioned Triple-A Pawtucket, where he will continue to pitch out of the bullpen as a reliever.

The move gives Boston 38 players on its 40-man roster, including 13 relief pitchers. The 26-year-old Cornely throws a slider as well as a fastball that typically sits in the low 90-mph range.

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Papi, Napoli power Sox past Rangers

Papi, Napoli power Sox past Rangers

BOSTON -- The Red Sox had some life back in the bats in Tuesday night's opener of a six-game homestand, as David Ortiz and Mike Napoli both belted home runs to pace a 13-hit attack in an 4-3 victory over the Rangers. The hit total was the highest by Boson in May, and matched a season best, last accomplished on April 28.

Hanley Ramirez paced the offense with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Mookie Betts, Ortiz, Napoli and Dustin Pedroia had two each.

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Napoli takes flight thanks to Pedroia's help

Napoli takes flight thanks to Pedroia's help

BOSTON -- The breakthrough that a slumping Mike Napoli has been looking for might have come on a late-night flight somewhere between Seattle and Boston.

Napoli was poring through video with Dustin Pedroia, his closest friend on the team, and together they spotted a mechanical glitch.

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Miley stops worrying, back to having fun on hill

Miley stops worrying, back to having fun on hill

BOSTON -- After enduring more than a month of shaky starts interspersed with a few helpings of criticism and a change of pitching coaches, the Red Sox's rotation is finally starting to have a little fun. Perhaps no pitcher is more emblematic of the apparent turnaround than left-hander Wade Miley.

"We're just trying to go out there and have fun again rather than worry so much," Miley said. "Eliminate some of the pressure and just play the game."

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Richard Justice

Not all is lost for contenders after early woes

Pirates, A's and Red Sox have talent, leadership to bounce back

Not all is lost for contenders after early woes

Sure, it's OK to fret about the Pirates and A's if those are your teams. Likewise, the Red Sox. You think the people in charge aren't fretting? Sure, they are. As Giants manager Bruce Bochy puts it, "You can't win your division in April, but you can sure lose it."

Besides that, it's not early anymore. In some cases, six weeks is plenty of time to understand what a team is or isn't.

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Farrell hints Castillo's arrival could be imminent

Farrell hints Castillo's arrival could be imminent

BOSTON -- Coming off a West Coast trip in which the offense struggled mightily, manager John Farrell didn't shake up his lineup for Tuesday's opener of the homestand against the Rangers. However, it certainly sounds as if Rusney Castillo will be making his way to Fenway Park in the coming days.

The outfielder, who is hitting .304 for Triple-A Pawtucket with two homers and nine RBIs, is currently in Miami for the birth of his child.

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Moncada scores twice in Minor League debut

Red Sox prospect goes 0-for-3 with a walk for Class A Greenville

Moncada scores twice in Minor League debut

Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada made his Red Sox organizational debut Monday night, going 0-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an error for Class A Greenville.

Moncada, who will turn 20 on May 27, agreed to a $31.5 million signing bonus with Boston in February -- meaning the Red Sox must also pay a $31.5 million tax to Major League Baseball for going over their allotment of international bonus money.

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Willis getting early results as pitching coach

Willis getting early results as pitching coach

SEATTLE -- Carl Willis had names to learn. He had repertoires to study. There were habits he had to help pitchers try to break. And for a one-week crash course, the Red Sox could not have asked for much more from their new pitching coach.

The day Willis arrived to greet his new team -- on May 9 in Toronto -- the Red Sox had a staff ERA of 5.04.

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Craig taken off roster; outrighted to Pawtucket

Craig taken off roster; outrighted to Pawtucket

BOSTON -- The Red Sox announced Monday that Allen Craig has cleared waivers and was outrighted from the 40-man roster and placed on Triple-A Pawtucket's roster.

The 30-year-old Craig had been optioned to Pawtucket on May 9, but the latest move signifies that it's unlikely he'll return to the Red Sox in the near future.

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PawSox president Skeffington passes away

PawSox president Skeffington passes away

Pawtucket Red Sox president James Skeffington died on Sunday night. He was 73.

Team spokeswoman Patti Doyle said Skeffington died Sunday while jogging in Barrington, R.I., The Associated Press reported.

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Bats come up empty against Mariners

Bats come up empty against Mariners

SEATTLE -- Mariners shortstop Brad Miller hit his third home run in the past two games and left-hander James Paxton extended his scoreless streak to 20 innings with eight shutout frames on Sunday as Seattle beat Boston, 5-0, at Safeco Field.

Paxton evened his record to 2-2 with a 3.59 ERA as he limited Boston to five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The 26-year-old became the first Mariners southpaw starter to throw 20 straight scoreless frames since Erik Bedard in 2011.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Consistent Swihart still has plenty of upside

Consistent Swihart still has plenty of upside

Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart has shown his hitting ability since his days at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. The switch-hitter batted a sizzling .602 with 17 doubles, five triples and five home runs in his 28-game senior season. Swihart's long list of accolades and honors earned a baseball scholarship commitment to the University of Texas at Austin.

The Red Sox selected Swihart with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Instead of going to college, he signed a professional baseball contract and headed for Boston's Gulf Coast Rookie League team. Swihart went hitless in six plate appearances in two games.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wright steps up with solid outing in spot start

Knuckleballer allows three runs (two earned) in five innings

Wright steps up with solid outing in spot start

SEATTLE -- At the age of 30, Steven Wright might just be getting started. And as a knuckleballer, that's just fine.

Wright made his third Major League start on Sunday afternoon, and looked capable of being able to handle other opportunities as they come his way, even though he took a 5-0 loss to the Mariners.

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Red Sox looking for way to jump-start offense

Boston heads home hoping for offensive turnaround after series finale

Red Sox looking for way to jump-start offense

SEATTLE -- When the Red Sox left for the road, they were in a pitching crisis. As they come home, they wonder when the hits will start coming.

Over 10 games -- five of which were wins -- Boston produced an aggregate 23 runs. That's a touch over two per game.

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Porcello, Swihart help Sox top Felix in Seattle

Porcello, Swihart help Sox top Felix in Seattle

SEATTLE -- Rick Porcello pitched into the seventh inning and Blake Swihart's RBI double in the sixth plated the go-ahead run off Felix Hernandez as the Red Sox topped the Mariners, 4-2, on Saturday, handing Hernandez his first loss of the season in front of a crowd of 45,055 at Safeco Field.

"Given the way things have been going, four runs is a little bit of an outburst for us," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "We had a very good overall approach tonight. We've got a big arm going against us tomorrow, and hopefully this continues."

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Porcello giving Red Sox ace-like outings

Porcello giving Red Sox ace-like outings

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox might not have an ace, in name, yet. But sometimes pitchers push their performance to that level over time. Rick Porcello might be the Boston pitcher most capable of doing just that.

The righty was terrific on Saturday night at Safeco Field, outdueling one of the best pitchers in baseball in Felix Hernandez in a 4-2 Red Sox win.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Ortiz enjoys challenge of facing King Felix

Ortiz enjoys challenge of facing King Felix

SEATTLE -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz isn't bragging. He is, however, smiling.

As one of the game's premier hitters, Ortiz enjoys the challenge of facing the better pitchers. Few are as good, much less better, than Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez.

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Mariners, Sox pay tribute to Negro Leaguers

Mariners, Sox pay tribute to Negro Leaguers

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox and Mariners paid tribute to Negro League players on Saturday night at Safeco Field, donning throwback uniforms for the Boston Royal Giants and Seattle Steelheads of 1946.

The Red Sox wore road gray uniforms with navy trim and "BOSTON" in block letters across the front, and dark blue caps with red trim and absent a "B" on the front.

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Farrell calling for bunt more than expected

Farrell calling for bunt more than expected

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox aren't a team you usually associate with "small ball", but during a stretch in which the offense has struggled, manager John Farrell has been more liberal with asking his players to bunt.

Xander Bogaerts helped set up the go-ahead run with a sacrifice bunt on Thursday night. In that same game, Blake Swihart got down a bunt with two strikes. Sandy Leon was successful with his sacrifice attempt on Friday.

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Buchholz brilliant, but Red Sox lose in walk-off

Buchholz brilliant, but Red Sox lose in walk-off

SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz continued his terrific start in Seattle with a walk-off single with two out in the bottom of the ninth Friday to lift the Mariners to a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox.

Cruz, who leads the American League with 15 home runs and a .358 batting average, had struck out three times in his first three at-bats before driving in Brad Miller from second base with a line drive to the left-center gap off Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa.

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Boston skipper regrets pitching to Cruz

Mariners slugger delivers walk-off single against Tazawa

Boston skipper regrets pitching to Cruz

SEATTLE -- Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't sound like he was going to get much sleep once he got back to his hotel room late Friday night. Before a question could even be asked following a 2-1 loss to the Mariners, Farrell essentially blamed himself for the defeat.

With two outs in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, Farrell opted to have reliever Junichi Tazawa pitch to the dangerous Nelson Cruz even with first base open.

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Dazzling outing by Buchholz encouraging

Red Sox starter strikes out 11, allows one run over eight innings

Dazzling outing by Buchholz encouraging

SEATTLE -- Clay Buchholz didn't merely pitch well Friday night against the Mariners. Instead, he was filthy. The only thing that was missing was a win next to his name.

Boston's righty went eight dominant innings at Safeco Field, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out 11 in a no-decision. The Red Sox couldn't get their offense in gear and wound up taking a 2-1 loss on a walk-off gapper by Nelson Cruz with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

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