Red Sox drop Fenway slugfest to White Sox

Red Sox drop Fenway slugfest to White Sox

BOSTON -- The White Sox came out swinging on Monday night at Fenway Park and never really stopped, notching a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

After Joe Kelly gave up four runs in the top of the first, Boston came storming back with two in the first and two more in the second and actually led, 7-6, after five.

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Napoli tossed after throwing helmet

Ejected in first inning when umpire hit in leg

Napoli tossed after throwing helmet

BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was ejected after throwing his helmet to the ground following a called strike three in the first inning of Monday night's game against the White Sox at Fenway Park.

After taking an 0-2 fastball from left-hander John Danks, Napoli tossed his helmet in the batter's box in apparent frustration at the call, and when the helmet grazed home-plate umpire Toby Basner's leg, Basner tossed Napoli from the game. Boston manager John Farrell marched onto the field to briefly argue the decision with Basner before returning to the dugout.

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Red Sox trade Victorino to Angels

Boston receives infielder Rutledge, recalls outfield phenom Castillo

Red Sox trade Victorino to Angels

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino, a postseason hero for the Red Sox in 2013, was traded to the Angels on Monday along with cash considerations in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge.

Per a source, the Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of Victorino's remaining balance of $4.9 million on his contract.

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Holt expected to return to lineup Tuesday

Weeks starts in place of injured second baseman

Holt expected to return to lineup Tuesday

BOSTON -- Brock Holt's left knee improved overnight, but not quite enough to be in the lineup on Monday night against the White Sox.

Holt stumbled going around first base on a first-inning single on Sunday but remained in the game following a visit from the trainer. He grounded out, added another single and played four more innings in the field before being replaced by Jemile Weeks in the top of the sixth.

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Jubilant Pedro shares induction with Dominican fans

After bilingual speech, ace joined by Marichal for symbolic finale

Jubilant Pedro shares induction with Dominican fans

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Pedro Martinez was trying to get a few last winks of sleep on Sunday morning when he came up with what turned out to be the final, brilliant pitch for his Hall of Fame induction speech. Just as the roaring crowd thought Martinez had hit all the high points, he reached back for the perfect ending to the day and the weekend.

"I would like to do something that will probably break the protocol, but I would like to give my people an opportunity that we don't get very often, and we had to wait for 32 years for us to do. So I would like to invite Mr. Juan Marichal to come forward and give the Dominican Republic a gift they waited 32 years to get," Martinez told the audience, which was estimated at 45,000.

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With 7 RBIs, Papi passes 3 Hall of Famers

Red Sox slugger hops Kaline, Killebrew and Hornsby for 38th place all-time

With 7 RBIs, Papi passes 3 Hall of Famers

BOSTON -- On the day Pedro Martinez became the second Dominican player inducted into the Hall of Fame, countryman David Ortiz offered a reminder that he, too, could someday find his place in Cooperstown.

Ortiz clobbered a pair of three-run homers against the Tigers at Fenway Park on Sunday, one to right field and one to left, and drove in a career-high seven runs to climb to 38th on the all-time RBI list in an 11-1 Red Sox win.

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Sox follow Papi in rout of Tigers

Sox follow Papi in rout of Tigers

BOSTON -- David Ortiz smacked two three-run homers and finished with a career-high seven RBIs to carry the Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tigers in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

Boston scored more than four runs for the first time since July 12, a span of 10 games, and banged out a season-high 20 hits. Meanwhile, rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez held Detroit to one run on three hits over seven innings.

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Rodriguez finds form against Tigers

Rodriguez finds form against Tigers

BOSTON -- Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez has taken his lumps in his rookie season, most recently giving up seven runs against the Angels in Anaheim last Monday without making it out of the second inning.

In most of his starts, though, the 22-year-old fireballer has been nothing shy of fantastic. He bounced back in a big way on Sunday night at Fenway Park, holding the Tigers to one run on three hits over seven innings in an 11-1 Red Sox win.

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Holt day to day with sore left knee

Holt day to day with sore left knee

BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt exited Sunday night's 11-1 win over the Tigers after five innings with left knee tightness.

Holt stumbled going around first base on a first-inning single but remained in the game following a visit from the trainer. He grounded out, added another single and played four more innings in the field before being replaced by Jemile Weeks in the top of the sixth.

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Papi thrilled to watch Pedro enter Hall

Papi thrilled to watch Pedro enter Hall

BOSTON -- While Pedro Martinez delivered his Hall of Fame speech in Cooperstown on Sunday, David Ortiz was watching on TV in the Red Sox's clubhouse at Fenway Park, hanging on every word.

The speech was a doozy -- funny, engaging, emotional and full of pride -- and that came as no surprise to Ortiz, Martinez's former teammate and Dominican countryman.

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Pedro Martinez stole the show at Hall of Fame

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Pedro Martinez stole the show at Hall of Fame

With all due respect to the other Hall of Fame inductees on Sunday afternoon, all of whom had amazing careers and more than earned their trip to Cooperstown, they simply do not rank next to Pedro Martinez. For Martinez is not just a pitcher and not just a Hall of Famer, but a man whose life is performance art. Whose every action seems more like something from a tall tale than something a flesh and blood human being would do.

Just take a look at this fond memory of Pedro's career

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Pedro among quartet inducted into Hall

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio take their places in Cooperstown

Pedro among quartet inducted into Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For anyone who has been there to make the comparison, Sunday's induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame was much like a World Baseball Classic contest with the defending-champion Dominican Republic participating.

Dominican flags were waving in clusters as the rhythmic sound of cymbals clanging and congas beating resounded throughout the grounds behind the Clark Sports Center.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

All things Hall of Fame: Pedro's suit, Smoltz's wig,

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All things Hall of Fame: Pedro's suit, Smoltz's wig,

They say that every little kid dreams of being a big league ballplayer when he grows up. Of those kids, few get the opportunity to earn a living playing America's pastime and fewer still achieve the dream of hitting a walk-off home run or winning the World Series.

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They said it: Quotes from HOF quartet

A selection of memorable remarks made by Biggio, Smoltz, Johnson and Martinez during the induction ceremony

They said it: Quotes from HOF quartet

On Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y., Major League Baseball welcomed four new members into its National Baseball Hall of Fame ranks. The 2015 class -- featuring greats Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez-- was enshrined before thousands of fans at the Clark Sports Center.

Here's some of what they had to say at their induction ceremony.

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Red Sox call up versatile Weeks

Red Sox call up versatile Weeks

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added infielder Jemile Weeks to their active roster on Sunday and optioned right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Weeks has played in 240 Major League games during his five-year career, including 14 for the Red Sox last September. He is primarily a middle infielder and has some outfield experience.

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Wright, Red Sox unable to contain Tigers

Wright, Red Sox unable to contain Tigers

BOSTON -- Alfredo Simon tossed his first quality start in over a month, Nick Castellanos drove in three runs and Yoenis Cespedes homered, as the Tigers evened their three-game weekend series against the Red Sox with a 5-1 victory on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Simon, who powered his way through six innings of one-run ball, had to be removed from the game in the seventh inning due to a groin strain. But the Tigers believe he can avoid a trip to the disabled list. The veteran righty scattered five hits, struck out four and walked two, as Detroit brought itself to within one game of the .500 mark.

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Swihart has trouble corraling Wright's knuckler

Swihart has trouble corraling Wright's knuckler

BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart may be a rookie, but between the Majors and Triple-A Pawtucket, the 23-year-old has plenty of experience catching knuckleballer Steven Wright. That's precisely what made his four passed balls on Saturday so puzzling.

Entering the game, Swihart had allowed just six passed balls -- three with Wright pitching -- in 339 2/3 innings. In Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park, he saw two balls scoot past him in the second inning, another in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

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Pedroia lands on DL with aggravated hammy

Red Sox decide to shut down second baseman after he feels symptoms of strain

Pedroia lands on DL with aggravated hammy

BOSTON -- The Red Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday's 5-1 loss to Detroit, with a right hamstring injury.

Manager John Farrell said Pedroia aggravated the injury that also caused him to go on the DL from June 25 until the All-Star break.

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With Red Sox needing spark, Bogaerts delivers

With Red Sox needing spark, Bogaerts delivers

BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox had little patience for a replay review of the play that snapped their eight-game losing streak on Friday.

By the time the umpiring crew determined that Mookie Betts was safe at home on Bogaerts' walk-off single to give Boston a 2-1 win over Detroit in 11 innings at Fenway Park, Bogaerts' jersey had already been ripped apart by his giddy teammates.

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Porcello takes step forward vs. former club

Porcello takes step forward vs. former club

BOSTON -- When the Red Sox signed Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension in early April, they probably expected him to pitch like he did against his former team on Friday.

Porcello's first season in Boston has been disappointing, to say the least. But the 26-year-old right-hander was rock solid in a 2-1, 11-inning win over the Tigers at Fenway Park, allowing one run and five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.

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Sox snap slide with walk-off in 11th vs. Tigers

Sox snap slide with walk-off in 11th vs. Tigers

BOSTON -- Fueled by a walk-off single from Xander Bogaerts in the 11th inning, the Red Sox snapped an eight-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Fenway Park.

After tallying lone runs in the third, the Sox and Tigers traded zeros for seven innings until Bogaerts ended the deadlock with his well-timed single, which scored Mookie Betts from second on a close play at the plate. Both teams had to wait a little over four minutes before the safe call at home was ruled to stand after a challenge by Detroit.

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Return to Boston brings Wilson full circle

Return to Boston brings Wilson full circle

BOSTON -- When the Tigers acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Red Sox last offseason, some might have viewed the inclusion of righty reliever Alex Wilson as an afterthought. Of late, however, Wilson's value to a largely shaky Detroit bullpen has never been more clear.

Through 51 innings entering Friday, Wilson had pitched to a 1.94 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, including just 1.41 walks per nine innings. Even more impressively, the 28-year-old has done so in multiple roles, ranging from long man to setup situations and even spot starter.

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Skid hits 8 as Red Sox fall on walk-off homer

Skid hits 8 as Red Sox fall on walk-off homer

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve hammered a 3-1 pitch from Craig Breslow over the wall in left for a walk-off homer with one out in the ninth, giving the Astros a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. The home run was confirmed after replay review.

The homer gave the Astros, who acquired lefty Scott Kazmir from the A's earlier in the day, a three-game sweep, and sent the Red Sox home with an 0-7 road trip. Overall, Boston has lost eight in a row. The Astros are now one game behind the Angels in the American League West.

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Napoli finds stroke in second 3-hit game of '15

Red Sox first baseman homers, hits two doubles in loss to Astros

Napoli finds stroke in second 3-hit game of '15

HOUSTON -- Positive developments have been hard to find for the Red Sox of late, but the lasers that came off Mike Napoli's bat on Thursday night during a 5-4 loss to the Astros certainly qualify.

A stunningly tough season for Napoli took a better turn in the finale of a seven-game road trip, as the first baseman belted a home run and two doubles.

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Buchholz likely won't return until September

Red Sox righty sidelined due to strained right flexor

Buchholz likely won't return until September

HOUSTON -- Clay Buchholz probably won't pitch for the Red Sox again until September, according to the timetable the righty received from Dr. James Andrews after a visit on Wednesday.

"I think the total amount of time is probably going to be five to six weeks," said Buchholz. "I'm going to be back whenever I can. This is sort of frustrating. Yeah, whenever I'm able to go. He gave me the steps to follow, and that's what I'm going to do, and that's why I went to him."

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Ortiz, Pedroia among most popular jerseys

MadBum, Bryant debut in Nos. 1-2 spots on Most Popular rankings

Ortiz, Pedroia among most popular jerseys

The Most Popular Jerseys rankings, traditionally dominated by Derek Jeter before No. 2's exit last year, have a new and younger look with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant making their debuts on the list at Nos. 1-2, respectively.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association released the top 20 rankings on Thursday, based on sales of Majestic Athletic jerseys at the MLB.com Shop from Opening Day through last week's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile.

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0-7 road trip puts Red Sox in a tough spot

Boston falls to 12 back in the AL East after going winless in Anaheim and Houston

0-7 road trip puts Red Sox in a tough spot

HOUSTON -- It was a road trip that left the Red Sox with a feeling of utter disbelief, and not in a good way.

When Jose Altuve's walk-off homer just cleared the left-field wall at Minute Maid Park to cap a 5-4 victory for the Astros on Thursday night, the only consolation for manager John Farrell's team was that the journey was mercifully over.

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Vazquez throws for first time since surgery

Red Sox hope to have catcher back for start of 2016 season

Vazquez throws for first time since surgery

HOUSTON -- The simple act of playing catch never felt so joyful to Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. Thursday marked the first time Vazquez had thrown a ball since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow in April.

"Yeah, first time he's picked up a ball," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "While it may be 20 throws at 30 feet and another 20 throws at 45 feet, it's a significant day in his rehab and recovery from Tommy John, so I know he was ecstatic to be able to put a ball back in his hand for the first time. So he'll be on the same program of every other day for two weeks, same distance and number of throws."

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