Price set for much-anticipated season debut

Price set for much-anticipated season debut

The past few months have been a long and tedious process for Red Sox left-hander David Price as he recovered from a left elbow strain. While he did his best to cheer on teammates from the bench, nothing, in Price's mind, beats the thrill of being on the mound.

Price will finally get that chance in his much-anticipated season debut on Monday for a Memorial Day series opener against the White Sox in Chicago.

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Boston to ride momentum of strong homestand

Despite loss to Mariners on Sunday, Red Sox satisfied with 5-1 showing at Fenway

Boston to ride momentum of strong homestand

BOSTON -- While the Red Sox's offense produced a dud in Boston's 5-0 loss to Seattle on Sunday, manager John Farrell won't let the result put a sour note on the team's successful homestand.

The Red Sox started the week just one game over .500, having dropped three out of four games to Oakland over the weekend. The team righted the ship this week by going 5-1 at Fenway Park -- sweeping the Rangers and winning two against the Mariners -- and they now sit at 27-22 with only three games separating them and the Yankees atop the American League East.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Bats quiet behind Porcello as streak stops at 6

Bats quiet behind Porcello as streak stops at 6

BOSTON -- Christian Bergman supplied a big boost to the Mariners' injury-riddled rotation with seven scoreless innings on Sunday as Seattle snapped the Red Sox's six-game win streak and avoided a series sweep with a 5-0 victory at Fenway Park.

Bergman, making his fourth start of the season for a pitching staff with four starters on the disabled list, allowed four hits with two walks and two strikeouts to even his record at 2-2 with a 4.67 ERA. The 29-year-old gave up 10 runs in four innings in his previous start against the Nationals.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Fenway Park security guard makes great catch

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Fenway Park security guard makes great catch

The job of a ballpark security guard is to keep fans both safe and happy. Usually that involves confronting issues within the crowd or making sure fans don't have obstructed views mid-inning. Sometimes, as this Fenway Park security guard showed during Sunday's 5-0 Red Sox loss to the Mariners, that involves making great catches:

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Sandoval to stay with Triple-A for now

Farrell wants third baseman to continue getting innings under his belt

Sandoval to stay with Triple-A for now

BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will not join his team for its series against the White Sox starting Monday, and he will instead stay with Triple-A Pawtucket through the beginning of next week.

Sandoval is recovering from a sprained right knee that landed him on the disabled list on April 25.

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Red Sox call up Boyer, add righty to bullpen

Boston options Johnson to Triple-A Pawtucket after his shutout

Red Sox call up Boyer, add righty to bullpen

The Red Sox called up right-hander Blaine Boyer from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday and optioned left-hander Brian Johnson.

Boyer has posted a 3.14 ERA with two saves and 12 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances for Pawtucket. The 35-year-old brought a 14-25 career record and a 4.17 ERA over 394 Major League appearances into Sunday, when he recorded the final two outs in the top of the ninth in Boston's 5-0 loss to Seattle.

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Johnson blanks M's; Red Sox win 6th straight

Johnson blanks M's; Red Sox win 6th straight

BOSTON -- As far as spot starts go, Brian Johnson was spot on for the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon.

The lefty was marvelous in his Fenway Park debut, firing a five-hit shutout in Boston's 6-0 victory over the Mariners, extending the Red Sox's win streak to six games.

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

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Johnson has new indelible Fenway memory

Nearly 5 years after being hit in face in Minors game, lefty throws shutout

Johnson has new indelible Fenway memory

BOSTON -- Brian Johnson had to wait nearly five years to step back on the mound and pitch a game at Fenway Park. But in one sweet Saturday afternoon, the lefty replaced the worst memory of his professional career with his best.

Johnson fired a five-hit shutout to help the Red Sox down the Mariners, 6-0, in just the third start of his career. It was his first at Fenway, at least as a Major Leaguer.

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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.

After Betts robs HR, JBJ shows off OF skills

Red Sox stars make great catches to help preserve Johnson's shutout

After Betts robs HR, JBJ shows off OF skills

BOSTON -- Without the help of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts, Brian Johnson wouldn't have earned his shutout over the Mariners on Saturday.

Luckily for the lefty, the outfielders were up to the task in the 6-0 Red Sox win. The matchup saw a game of one-upmanship take place, as the young stars took turns creating highlight grabs to aid their pitcher.

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Season shaping up as E-Rod's breakout

Red Sox lefty stifles M's in 7th straight quality start, wins 4th in a row

Season shaping up as E-Rod's breakout

BOSTON -- Now 50 starts into his career, Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to take off.

The 24-year-old lefty continued what is shaping up to be a breakout season Friday night at Fenway Park, as he stifled the Mariners for six innings to lead the Red Sox to a 3-0 victory.

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E-Rod, Sox blank M's, win 5th straight

E-Rod, Sox blank M's, win 5th straight

BOSTON -- Unlike the New England weather, Boston's baseball team is heating up. Amid more cool and rainy conditions on Friday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox downed the Mariners, 3-0, to run their winning streak to a season-high five games.

At 26-21, Boston is five games above .500 for the first time this season. Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1, 2.77 ERA) led the way by firing six sharp innings en route to his seventh straight quality start.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Sox holding Holt out of rehab games for now

Utility man still dealing with vertigo symptoms, went to concussion specialist

Sox holding Holt out of rehab games for now

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have reversed course with Brock Holt and will keep him out of Minor League rehab games for a while as he continues to deal with symptoms related to his bout with vertigo.

The utility infielder/outfielder was called off his rehab assignment earlier this week when the 20-day clock was about to expire and he went to see Mickey Collins, a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh.

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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.

Swing and mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

Swing and mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

BOSTON -- The Rangers arrived in Boston as the hottest team in the Major Leagues. They left after being swept by the Red Sox, culminating with a 6-2 defeat that included 20 strikeouts in Thursday's soggy finale of a three-game series.

Five Red Sox pitchers combined for the 20 K's, tying a Major League record for a 9-inning game. Of the six times it has happened, the Red Sox have accounted for half of them. Roger Clemens set an MLB record with 20 K's in 1986, and he tied his own record in '96, accounting for the other two times. The Rangers also tied a franchise record by striking out 20 times.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Kimbrel's odd 4-K frame gives Sox 20-K mark

Boston ties MLB 9-inning strikeout record after replay official says 1st K of 9th not reviewable

Kimbrel's odd 4-K frame gives Sox 20-K mark

BOSTON -- The 20-strikeout performance by the Red Sox to tie a Major League record for a nine-inning game was aided by a confusing sequence in the late stages of Thursday's 6-2 win over the Rangers.

It's the sixth time since at least 1913 that a team has struck out 20 in a nine-inning game. That fateful final frame opened with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel striking out Nomar Mazara swinging. That was the one thing everyone could agree on.

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Red Sox set Price's season debut for Monday

After latest rehab outing, lefty cleared to start vs. White Sox in Chicago

Red Sox set Price's season debut for Monday

BOSTON -- David Price's 2017 season will start with a Memorial Day matinee on Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, the Red Sox announced on Thursday.

The lefty suffered a left elbow strain while pitching a simulated game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 28, and he will pitch one day after the three-month anniversary of that injury.

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X marks the spot for 1st Bogaerts homer

X marks the spot for 1st Bogaerts homer

BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts had gone 173 at-bats without a home run before his liner through the windy rain just cleared the Green Monster to help the Red Sox to a 6-2 win over the Rangers on Thursday night at Fenway Park.

Homer No. 1 was a sweet one for Bogaerts, given how long it took.

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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.

Did you know? A look at Boston's 20-K effort

Did you know? A look at Boston's 20-K effort

The Boston pitching staff racked up 20 strikeouts as the Red Sox notched their fourth consecutive victory Thursday night with a 6-2 win over the Rangers at Fenway Park. The performance tied a franchise and Major League record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, which has happened six times since at least 1913.

Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz led the way with 11 strikeouts in six innings, while closer Craig Kimbrel fanned four batters in a single frame for the second time in his career. Relievers Heath Hembree and Robby Scott combined to strike out the side in a perfect seventh, and righty Matt Barnes added two more punchouts in a clean eighth.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cancer survivor Farrell brings patients to Fens

Red Sox manager starts ticket program for people dealing with lymphoma

Cancer survivor Farrell brings patients to Fens

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has launched a new ticket program called "Farrell's Fighters" that will invite patients battling lymphoma to attend a game at Fenway Park with their families each month throughout the season.

Farrell battled Burkitt Lymphoma in 2015.

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Chavis continues breakout with Salem

Chavis continues breakout with Salem

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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No 10 K's, but to Sale, win more important

No 10 K's, but to Sale, win more important

BOSTON -- When Chris Sale struck out Delino DeShields to open up Wednesday's game between the Rangers and Red Sox, it felt like it was going to be his night. The lefty needed 10 strikeouts to break the record for consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts (9), and he was off to a perfect start.

However, when John Farrell relieved Sale after 7 1/3 innings, his strikeout tally was at six. The streak was over.

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Hot Red Sox offense rallies to beat Rangers

Hot Red Sox offense rallies to beat Rangers

BOSTON -- Just when it seemed Chris Sale could be in for a tough-luck loss, the Red Sox dramatically surged back with seven runs in the bottom of the seventh and stunned the Rangers, 9-4, on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox's offense, uncharacteristically inconsistent through the early weeks of the season, has regained its groove in dramatic fashion, scoring 32 runs in the last three games.

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Travis has two hits, one smile in MLB debut

Travis has two hits, one smile in MLB debut

BOSTON -- The moment was so precious that even Sam Travis cracked a smile.

Taking just his second Major League at-bat, Travis produced his first career hit, a hard grounder that went off the glove of Rangers left-hander Martin Perez in the bottom of the fifth inning of an eventual 9-4 victory by the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

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E-Rod, Red Sox play soccer at Fenway

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E-Rod, Red Sox play soccer at Fenway

Eduardo Rodriguez is a professional starting pitcher, and a good one at that: a former Top 100 prospect, he's posted a 3.10 ERA with 55 strikeouts in just 49 1/3 innings so far this season. But, should the whole baseball thing not work out for whatever reason, he could also probably be a world-class soccer player.

Exhibit A: Before Wednesday night's game against the Rangers, Rodriguez and some Red Sox teammates played a quick game of soccer -- and the lefty tucked one into the top corner of the Green Monster.

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Signs of life: Bradley hitting hard during slump

Biggest gap between hard-hit and productive batted balls

Signs of life: Bradley hitting hard during slump

There's no way to describe the start to Jackie Bradley Jr.'s season other than "disappointing," so we won't.

Headed into Wednesday's game, Bradley is hitting a mere .200/.277/.360, an overall performance that's among the 20 worst of the 228 hitters with as many plate appearances as he has. Two years ago, his line was 21 percentage points better than the Major League average. Last year, it was 18 points better. This year, it's 35 points worse. Of the dozen Red Sox hitters with 50 plate appearances, Bradley has been the least effective.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox swing hot bats, cool off Rangers

Sox swing hot bats, cool off Rangers

BOSTON -- In their quest to start building some momentum, the Red Sox cooled off the hottest team in the Majors with a collection of timely hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

It was an auspicious start to a six-game homestand for the 23-21 Red Sox. Texas had won 11 of 12 while outscoring its opponents, 72-38, over that span.

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

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Bogaerts' all-around effort #ASGWorthy

Hitting .329, shortstop in middle of every Red Sox rally

Bogaerts' all-around effort #ASGWorthy

BOSTON -- It's hard for a guy with a .329 batting average to scoff too much at his performance. But Xander Bogaerts knows what the missing ingredient has been, and that's why his performance while fueling the Red Sox to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday represented his most satisfying night of the season.

For the first time this season, Bogaerts had three RBIs in a game. It is only the third time he's driven in more than one run in a game.

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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.

Dombrowski: Slow start not Farrell's fault

Red Sox president says it's tough to evaluate club at quarter pole

Dombrowski: Slow start not Farrell's fault

BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox have performed below expectations through the first quarter of the season, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn't think manager John Farrell is the reason.

"Well we won a divisional crown last year. He managed very well for us at the time," Dombrowski told Tom Caron on the NESN pregame show shortly before the Red Sox beat the Rangers, 11-6. "I think that John as well as everybody else is frustrated by our performance and that we haven't taken off, but we're not buried, either. I mean, we're [3 1/2] games out of first place and we really haven't been in a flow."

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