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 to track Angels-Red Sox at Fenway

Statcast to track Angels-Red Sox at Fenway

Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson heads to the mound on Saturday at Fenway Park to take on a Red Sox team that has struggled mightily against left-handed pitching this season. He owns a 3.69 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in 11 career appearances (five starts) at Fenway.

The FOX broadcast of the game will include the revolutionary tracking technology of Statcast™ providing further insight on the action.

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Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

Technology precisely monitors location and movements of ball, players

Statcast data part of FOX broadcasts

FOX's primetime games on Saturday night will take on an entirely new look this weekend as the network plans to incorporate Statcast™ into its broadcast for the first time.

The Statcast™ technology will be available during the games between the Cardinals and Royals, as well as the Angels and Red Sox, each set to begin at 7:15 p.m ET. Check your local listings for the game available in your area.

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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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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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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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

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.