Napoli on a tear during homestand

Red Sox first baseman finds his stroke at Fenway Park

Napoli on a tear during homestand

BOSTON -- Why were the Red Sox so patient when Mike Napoli spent the first seven weeks of the season in one of the most epic slumps imaginable? Because they know full well what the payoff is when Napoli gets hot.

The slugger hit two home runs on Saturday night, leading the Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Angels.

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Napoli blasts 2 HRs as Red Sox top Angels

Napoli blasts 2 HRs as Red Sox top Angels

BOSTON -- Coming off perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, the Red Sox responded with their most well-rounded game in weeks en route to an 8-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday at Fenway Park.

A two-homer effort by Mike Napoli led the offense, while knuckleballer Steven Wright notched his first career win as a starter. This was the best scoring output for the Red Sox since April 28, when they scored eight times in a loss to the Blue Jays.

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Coming off bench, Betts wows again for Sox

Center fielder collects two RBI singles, makes leaping catch at the wall

Coming off bench, Betts wows again for Sox

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell preached the importance of preparation to Mookie Betts before Saturday's 8-3 win over the Angels. And when Shane Victorino left the game with an injury in the third inning, forcing Betts to play on his scheduled day off, that advice seemed more prescient than ever.

"When I have days off, he never says it's just a full day off," Betts said. "You're not starting, but be ready to go at any given time."

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Victorino exits game due to calf tightness

Red Sox right fielder considered day to day

Victorino exits game due to calf tightness

BOSTON -- The Red Sox were expecting to rely on Shane Victorino as their No. 2 hitter against the Angels on Saturday, but the oft-injured outfielder had to be removed from the game after tweaking his left calf during the third inning.

Erick Aybar flied out to deep right field to lead off the third as Victorino made a jumping catch at the warning track. He appeared shaken up, but stayed in the game before Mookie Betts replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the third and collected an RBI single. The Red Sox won, 8-3.

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Holt dashes around bases on hit-and-run

Red Sox utility man scores from first on single by Swihart

Holt dashes around bases on hit-and-run

BOSTON -- Stuck in a scoring rut that has lasted for most of May, the Red Sox tallied their highest run total since April 28 in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Angels at Fenway Park. A brilliant bit of baserunning by utility man Brock Holt played a major part in the outburst.

With Holt on first in the eighth inning, Blake Swihart executed a hit-and-run by pushing a low 0-1 changeup through the hole at second. The dribbler slowed in the grass, leaving Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun with a wide swath of ground to cover and causing third-base coach Brian Butterfield to wave Holt home.

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Santiago, Miley face off at Fenway Park

Santiago, Miley face off at Fenway Park

Angels left-hander Hector Santiago will look to keep his impressive season going on Sunday as he squares off against fellow southpaw Wade Miley and the Red Sox in the series finale at Fenway Park.

Santiago has limited opponents to one or fewer earned runs in six of eight starts this season, including Tuesday's seven-inning quality start against the Blue Jays. He took a no-decision when facing the Red Sox on Aug. 10, 2014, his last start against the club, despite holding them scoreless over six innings.

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Cherington believes effort is there for Red Sox

General manager says 'I don't see any lack of accountability'

Cherington believes effort is there for Red Sox

BOSTON -- Through the first 42 games this season, there are few denying the Red Sox's pervasive and persistent woes on offense. Whether the club can recover from the slow start, however, is another matter -- one general manager Ben Cherington discussed at length on Saturday.

Cherington's overarching theme was simple: The struggles of 2015 do not reflect how the Red Sox have approached their issues from an effort standpoint. To point fingers at the character of the clubhouse, he explained, would be issuing false blame.

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Red Sox add Hembree to 'pen, option Ross

Red Sox add Hembree to 'pen, option Ross

BOSTON -- The Red Sox shuffled their bullpen again on Saturday, recalling right-handed reliever Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioning lefty Robbie Ross Jr. to the same affiliate. Hembree returns to the big league club after allowing six runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Orioles on April 26, his lone appearance of the season thus far.

The move leaves Boston with five right-handers and two lefties in its bullpen.

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Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

Outfielder goes 1-for-4, misplays fly ball during 2015 debut

Red Sox add Rusney, option Bradley

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in desperate need of a spark to their struggling offense, summoned Rusney Castillo to Fenway Park for Friday's game against the Angels. The right-handed hitter was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and immediately placed in Boston's lineup in the eighth spot and in right field for the opener of a three-game series.

Though Castillo's impact was minimal in a 12-5 loss to the Angels, the Red Sox think he can play an important role in the coming weeks and years.

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Red Sox allow 9 runs in 5th, fall to Angels

Red Sox allow 9 runs in 5th, fall to Angels

BOSTON -- The Angels, who have struggled to score runs as much as the team they faced on Friday night, put a 12-5 thumping on the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Most of the damage was done during a nine-run top of the fifth that lasted 39 minutes and included two errors by Boston.

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Hanley hit by pitch, but X-rays negative

Hanley hit by pitch, but X-rays negative

BOSTON -- Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez exited Friday's 12-5 loss to the Angels in the top of the sixth inning with left hand soreness.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ramirez was plunked on the left hand by a pitch from Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.

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Statcast adds new depth to FOX broadcasts

Data tracks Royals' key inning-ending double play, second of Napoli's two homers

Statcast adds new depth to FOX broadcasts

FOX's primetime games on Saturday took on an entirely new look as the network incorporated Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology was available during the Royals' rain-shortened 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 5 1/2 innings, as well as the Red Sox's 8-3 win over the Angels.

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Porcello takes blame for loss to Angels

Red Sox righty allows seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings

Porcello takes blame for loss to Angels

BOSTON -- After nearly two weeks of pleasant pitching performances, the Red Sox and Rick Porcello suffered from a serious case of deja vu on Friday night -- the kind neither wanted to experience.

Porcello allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and contributed to a nine-run meltdown in the fifth inning as Boston fell, 12-5, to the Angels at Fenway Park. The defeat marked the Halos' first time plating that many runs in one inning since April 20, 2013, when they tagged Porcello for nine runs in only two-thirds of an inning while he was with the Tigers.

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Red Sox frustrated, but expect success

Red Sox frustrated, but expect success

BOSTON -- For a few weeks, the pitching sputtered. Then, the offense went into complete hibernation. Friday night, as the bats showed more life, the pitching and defense fell apart.

These are tough times for the Red Sox, who are 19-23 overall and 1-3 on the current homestand after a 12-5 loss to the Angels.

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Rusney arrival doesn't limit Victorino to bench

Farrell to use both players as part of outfield rotation

Rusney arrival doesn't limit Victorino to bench

BOSTON -- Though Rusney Castillo has arrived at Fenway Park, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell both said that the move does not signal that the club has lost faith in Shane Victorino.

Once Victorino returns from a minor left calf injury, he will likely still start against most left-handers.

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Sore knee keeps Sandoval out of lineup

Red Sox third baseman was hit by a pitch earlier in the week

Sore knee keeps Sandoval out of lineup

BOSTON -- The original plan was for Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval to be back in the lineup on Friday night, three days after he got hit on the left knee by a pitch. However, Sandoval was too sore and remained out of action for the opener of a three-game series against the Angels.

"Well, it doesn't feel like he's ready to go," said manager John Farrell. "There's limitations to the range; there's limitations to him being able to plant that left leg to execute a strong throw. Baserunning was going to be limited. All that adds up to him needing more time."

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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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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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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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