Hanley's go-ahead HR lifts Sox over Astros

Hanley's go-ahead HR lifts Sox over Astros

BOSTON -- Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer to left that just cleared the Green Monster with one out in the seventh that led the Red Sox to a comeback 5-4 victory over the Astros in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz, who has struggled mightily against lefties this season, worked a key walk against Tony Sipp to set up Ramirez's homer. It was Ortiz's second walk against a lefty this season. Ramirez's homer erased the bitter taste that occurred in the top of the seventh, when Alexi Ogando surrendered a game-tying two-run homer to Carlos Correa and then a go-ahead solo shot by Evan Gattis.

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Bogaerts could rep Red Sox as All-Star reserve

Shortstop would be youngest Boston player to make ASG since Conigliaro

Bogaerts could rep Red Sox as All-Star reserve

BOSTON -- At 22 years old, shortstop Xander Bogaerts could become the youngest Red Sox player to be an All-Star since Tony Conigliaro (who was also 22) in 1967. The emergence of Bogaerts has certainly been impressive, particularly when you consider the bouts of inconsistency he had last season.

Bogaerts had the thrill of winning a World Series championship in 2013, and this would be the latest milestone moment for him. Bogaerts didn't get elected as a starter. Reserves will be announced on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Hanigan provides boost with three-hit effort

Hanigan provides boost with three-hit effort

BOSTON -- Ryan Hanigan may have only played three games since coming back from injury, but the veteran catcher is quickly reminding Red Sox fans how much his presence can mean for their team.

On Sunday, Hanigan provided Boston with a nice offensive boost in a 5-4 win over the Astros at Fenway Park, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. The three-hit performance was his first since April 19, 2014, when he went 3-for-4 against the Yankees with Tampa Bay.

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Farrell sticking with Porcello to end first half

Red Sox's manager opts to use Masterson out of bullpen until All-Star break

Farrell sticking with Porcello to end first half

BOSTON -- With off-days on Monday and Thursday, the Red Sox had the option of bypassing the struggling Rick Porcello until after the All-Star break, but manager John Farrell will give the righty the ball on Wednesday against the Marlins.

Justin Masterson, who was hit hard in his second start back from the disabled list, will be used exclusively out of the bullpen for the rest of the week.

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Ortiz makes rare start at first to spell Napoli

Ortiz makes rare start at first to spell Napoli

BOSTON -- For nearly a decade, it was a certainty that David Ortiz would only need his first baseman's mitt for a road Interleague or World Series game, in which the Red Sox did not have the designated hitter. But things changed on Sunday, as the slugger got the nod at first and the heavily-slumping Mike Napoli was on the bench.

Hanley Ramirez served as the designated hitter for the finale vs. the Astros. This was Ortiz's first start at first base in a game being played under American League rules since June 22, 2006, at Seattle. It was his first Fenway start at first since July 16, 2005.

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Red Sox welcome Marlins for brief Interleague set

Red Sox welcome Marlins for brief Interleague set

The Marlins make the trek to Fenway Park for the first time since 2012 on Tuesday, when they face the Red Sox in the opener of a brief two-game Interleague series, with Dan Haren and Wade Miley squaring off. Boston comes in holding a 20-10 advantage in the overall series, including a three-game sweep in Miami's most recent trip to Beantown.

Miley (8-7, 4.53 ERA) starts for the Red Sox, and he'll have the benefit of avoiding superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who remains on the disabled list with a broken left hand. The left-hander will aim for better efficiency after needing 103 pitches to work five innings in his last start.

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Buchholz continues to deal like an ace

Righty falls one strike away from complete-game shutout

Buchholz continues to deal like an ace

BOSTON -- For Clay Buchholz, things couldn't be any better right now. He is firing gem after gem and doing it with a catcher in Sandy Leon that he works in perfect harmony with. His body, which has betrayed him in years past, has never felt stronger.

The righty was one strike away from a shutout against the Astros on Saturday, the one run he allowed in a 6-1 victory didn't diminish the performance.

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Panda raises the bar in defensive clinic

Falls into Astros' dugout on catch; starts 5-6-3 DP in shift

Panda raises the bar in defensive clinic

BOSTON -- Although he's not quite known for his fleetness of foot, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval still has a penchant for flashing moments of highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. On Saturday, he reminded fans that the dugout railing is no match for a fast-moving Panda during Boston's 6-1 win over the Astros at Fenway Park.

In the fourth inning, outfielder Preston Tucker led off by hitting a popup into foul territory along the edge of the Houston dugout. Sandoval tracked the ball, reached over the railing and tumbled into the dugout, but he held on to make an impressive catch for the out.

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Buchholz stifles AL-leading Astros

Buchholz stifles AL-leading Astros

BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz continued his mastery of the Houston Astros -- and his recent dominance against everyone -- by firing a gem on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, leading the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory.

The righty went the distance for his ninth career complete game and was one strike away from a shutout.

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Victorino gets 2 hits in return to lineup

Victorino gets 2 hits in return to lineup

BOSTON -- As Shane Victorino trotted out to right field before the start of Saturday's game against the Astros, he felt a rush of adrenaline. It marked the first time he was in the Red Sox's starting lineup since May 23.

Victorino went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, helping the Red Sox to a 6-1 win. It also marked his fifth multihit performance of the season.

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Sox keeping options open on Pedroia's return

Takes batting practice, could return for Yankees series

Sox keeping options open on Pedroia's return

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia took batting practice for the second straight day, and the Red Sox haven't ruled him out for a return against the Yankees next weekend.

However, the club could also take a more conservative course of action and have the invaluable second baseman come back after the All-Star break.

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Bullpen taxed, Red Sox recall Wright

Ramirez sent to PawSox one day after big league debut

Bullpen taxed, Red Sox recall Wright

BOSTON -- With three straight starting pitchers unable to pitch into the sixth inning, the Red Sox were forced into another roster move before Saturday's game vs. the Astros, with knuckleballer Steven Wright getting recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

To make room for Wright, right-hander Noe Ramirez was sent back to Pawtucket one day after taking the loss in his Major League debut.

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Red Sox drop slugfest to Astros in extras

Red Sox drop slugfest to Astros in extras

BOSTON -- Carlos Correa had a memorable Fenway Park debut, belting three hits, including an RBI single that put the Astros ahead for good in a 12-8 victory over the Red Sox in 10 innings on Friday night.

It was Correa's solo shot over the Green Monster against Craig Breslow in the eighth that gave Houston an 8-7 lead. But David Ortiz answered with a double that took a funny bounce off the Monster in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Xander Bogaerts from first.

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Righty Ramirez thrust into bumpy Sox debut

With late-inning reliever Tazawa unavailable, Farrell summons rookie in extras

Righty Ramirez thrust into bumpy Sox debut

BOSTON -- As their Friday night deadlock with the Astros rolled on into the 10th inning at Fenway Park, and with closer Koji Uehara no longer available after a scoreless ninth, the Red Sox needed another late-inning stopper to suppress the potent top of Houston's lineup.

In other words, the setup was perfect for Sox setup man Junichi Tazawa. But with the coaching staff advised to give the heavily-used righty another day off, Boston instead sent rookie Noe Ramirez out for his big league debut to face the likes of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.

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Heady play: Ortiz breaks up DP with helmet

Heady play: Ortiz breaks up DP with helmet

BOSTON -- There are plenty of reasons batters wear helmets on the basepaths, and Friday night's game between the Astros and Red Sox at Fenway Park provided another prime example -- one that also kept a key inning alive for Boston.

In the fifth inning of the Red Sox's 12-8 loss in 10 innings, slugger David Ortiz found himself advancing to second base after Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to third, which was fielded cleanly by Luis Valbuena and thrown to second for the forceout. As Jose Altuve tried to turn the a double play, however, Houston's talented but diminutive second baseman failed to account for one important factor: The prodigious size that earned Ortiz the nickname "Big Papi."

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'Overaggressive' Betts gets caught for key out

'Overaggressive' Betts gets caught for key out

BOSTON -- Mookie Betts tried to make a play for the Red Sox on Friday night, but it didn't take long for him to realize it was the wrong one.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth in an eventual 12-8 loss to the Astros, Betts took off from second and tried to steal third. He was tagged out, which only became more painful moments later when David Ortiz delivered a game-tying double to left.

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Nursing foot injury, Swihart placed on DL

Red Sox select reliever Ramirez from Triple-A; Pedroia progressing in rehab

Nursing foot injury, Swihart placed on DL

BOSTON -- With Ryan Hanigan back in the catching mix, the Red Sox were able to get Blake Swihart off his feet and put him on the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Astros.

Swihart has been dealing with a left foot injury since June 20, when he jarred it in a game against the Royals.

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Red Sox activate Victorino, option Bradley

Red Sox activate Victorino, option Bradley

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino has made his share of returns to the Red Sox the last couple of seasons, and the hope is that this time, he can stay healthy for a prolonged period. The right fielder was activated prior to Friday's game against the Astros, and Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Victorino, who returns from a left calf strain that had sidelined him since May 24, was not in Friday's lineup, but manager John Farrell expects he will start on Saturday.

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Top of the order sets the tone for Red Sox

Betts, Holt and Bogaerts tally 11 of Boston's season-high 19 hits

Top of the order sets the tone for Red Sox

TORONTO -- The Red Sox swung their way to a series victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Thursday night, registering a season-high 19 hits while scoring eight runs in the first inning en route to a 12-6 win.

Mookie Betts, Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts -- the top three batters in the order -- accounted for 11 hits to pace the Boston offense. Alejandro De Aza also delivered a three-hit night as the Red Sox scored double-digit runs for the third time this season.

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Red Sox ride 8-run first to series win vs. Jays

Red Sox ride 8-run first to series win vs. Jays

TORONTO -- The Red Sox rode a big first inning all the way to a 12-6 victory over the Blue Jays in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Thursday night. Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt each went 4-for-6 at the plate, Mookie Betts and Alejandro De Aza had three hits apiece and Wade Miley posted a five-inning start to help Boston clinch the series.

The first eight Red Sox batters scored as the visitors tallied nine hits in the first inning, driving Toronto starter Matt Boyd from the game before he was able to record an out. David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez cracked back-to-back homers, De Aza tripled and six other Red Sox singled to provide Boston all the offense needed to stave off a four-run second inning and a two-run ninth from the Blue Jays.

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Miley grinds through 5 frames to pick up win

Lefty allows seven walks, but offense provides plenty of support

Miley grinds through 5 frames to pick up win

TORONTO -- It wasn't easy, but Wade Miley fought through five innings to earn the victory as the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays, 12-6, in the series finale on Thursday night at Rogers Centre. The left-hander tied a career high with seven walks and allowed a season-high 14 baserunners.

"Wade turned in what I would consider a blue-collar night," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He didn't have much command, anywhere consistent to where he's been, but found a way to make some big pitches."

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Red Sox activate Hanigan from 60-day DL

Catcher fractured right hand in May; Aro optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket

Red Sox activate Hanigan from 60-day DL

TORONTO -- The Red Sox activated catcher Ryan Hanigan ahead of Thursday's 12-6 win against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. In a corresponding move, the club optioned reliever Jonathan Aro to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hanigan had been on the 60-day disabled list since May 3 after he broke his throwing hand on a foul tip.

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Red Sox sign pair of top int'l free agents

Sources say club agrees with Guaimaro, Muzziotti on bonuses of $300K each

Red Sox sign pair of top int'l free agents

The Red Sox cannot spend more than $300,000 on one player during the current international signing period or the next, yet they still managed to come to terms with two top prospects from Venezuela.

According to industry sources, the Red Sox have agreed to sign teenage outfielder Albert Guaimaro, who is ranked No. 14 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, and outfielder Simon Muzziotti for $300,000 each.

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'Tough run' continues for Porcello

Red Sox righty laments inability to execute pitches

'Tough run' continues for Porcello

TORONTO -- Rick Porcello saw his winless streak reach eight starts as he lasted only two innings while giving up a season-high three homers in the Red Sox's 11-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Rogers Centre.

The right-hander has lost his past seven decisions and hasn't pitched more than 6 1/3 innings in any of his previous five outings. With Wednesday's loss, he fell to 4-9 with a 6.08 ERA.

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Porcello roughed up in blowout loss

Porcello roughed up in blowout loss

TORONTO -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of home runs while Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson also went deep as the Blue Jays offense rolled all over Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello during an 11-2 victory on a special Canada Day matinee affair Wednesday at Rogers Centre.

Toronto didn't waste any time putting this game away as the club scored five in the first inning and two in the second off Porcello. Encarnacion opened the scoring with a three-run shot, Smoak made it 5-0 with a two-run homer later in the first and Bautista added a two-run shot of his own in the second. Jose Reyes, who scored on the Encarnacion, Bautista and Donaldson homers, went 4-for-5 and scored four runs overall.

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Hanley triples in return from hand injury

Hanigan rejoins Red Sox, but not activated yet

Hanley triples in return from hand injury

TORONTO -- Hanley Ramirez was back in the Red Sox's lineup in Wednesday's 11-2 loss to the Blue Jays for the first time since he took a line drive off the left hand while running the bases last Wednesday. He had been coping with swelling associated with the hand bruise, which delayed his return, but he was good to go for the Canada Day matinee at Rogers Centre.

"Good batting practice [Tuesday]," Boston manager John Farrell said before Wednesday's game. "He still feels it a bit in that hand when he does swing, but he's good enough to go."

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Papi extends HR mark at Rogers Centre

Hits No. 38 at ballpark, No. 57 against Blue Jays

Papi extends HR mark at Rogers Centre

TORONTO -- David Oritz has always been able to knock the ball out of the park at Rogers Centre. He was at it again Tuesday night as he swatted a solo shot in a 4-3 Red Sox victory over the Blue Jays.

"Just gotta keep on swinging," Ortiz said.

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