Sale's pitch: Sox ace stifles Twins for 10th win

Sale's pitch: Sox ace stifles Twins for 10th win

BOSTON -- Chris Sale's latest pitching clinic helped deliver the Red Sox a 4-1 victory over the Twins in Monday night's opener of a four-game series between two teams that started the day in first place in their respective divisions.

The lanky lefty allowed four hits and a run over 6 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out nine. It was Sale's 14th quality start in his 16 outings with the Red Sox. Picking up steam in his quest to be an All-Star for the sixth time, Sale improved to 10-3 while lowering his ERA to 2.77.

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

Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Twins on Monday.

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Betts needs ballot boost in final days of vote

Betts needs ballot boost in final days of vote

BOSTON -- On sinking line drives hit to his direction in right field, Mookie Betts is known for his closing speed. Now, he needs his fans to react in a similarly swift fashion so he can start his second consecutive All-Star Game for the American League.

In the final balloting update for the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard released Monday, Betts currently ranks sixth in the outfield in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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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.

Sandoval set to begin rehab assignment

Red Sox third baseman to switch 3B, DH duties with Peralta at Triple-A

Sandoval set to begin rehab assignment

BOSTON -- Pablo Sandoval's latest attempt to build some momentum this season starts Tuesday when he opens a Minor League rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket.

The third baseman's latest setback was an inner ear infection that happened at a time the Red Sox were so short-handed due to a rash of injuries in the infield that they had no choice but to put him on the 10-day disabled list.

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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.

Pomeranz seeks 3rd straight quality start

Pomeranz seeks 3rd straight quality start

After missing three weeks with a left shoulder strain, veteran left-hander Hector Santiago is set to rejoin the rotation and start for the Twins on Tuesday against the Red Sox in the second game of the four-game set at Fenway Park. Fellow lefty Drew Pomeranz (6-4, 4.07 ERA) starts for Boston.

It's the first start since June 6 for Santiago (4-6, 5.26 ERA), who made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Rochester, throwing three scoreless innings on Wednesday. Santiago didn't allow a hit and threw 57 pitches, so he's expected to be stretched out to throw roughly 75-80 pitches vs. the Red Sox.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Millar still raking, homers with indy team

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Millar still raking, homers with indy team

Before Kevin Millar was showing off his unique and outgoing personality on MLB Network, he was a 12-year MLB veteran. Across four teams, he finished with a .274/.358/.452 line and 170 career home runs.

But he just added an additional home run to his name on Saturday night.

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Red Sox thrilled by Fister's strong '17 debut

Veteran right-hander delivers 6 innings to cap whirlwind weekend

Red Sox thrilled by Fister's strong '17 debut

BOSTON -- At 5 a.m. ET on Saturday, Doug Fister was arriving in Boston from his red-eye flight. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, he was walking off of the mound to a standing ovation at Fenway Park.

No, he didn't earn the win, as the Red Sox fell to the Angels, 4-2, but the start was about more than the score at the end of nine innings.

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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.

JBJ, Moreland HRs not enough in finale

JBJ, Moreland HRs not enough in finale

BOSTON -- It wasn't the offensive barrage that many were expecting, but the Angels escaped Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon with a series win, propelling themselves back over .500.

A three-run rally in the second inning was all Anaheim needed to secure a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, pushing its record to 40-39. The Halos received a boost from outfielder Ben Revere, who contributed a season-high three hits, and from newly promoted infielder Kaleb Cowart, who crushed an RBI double off the Green Monster in his first Major League at-bat of the year and later drove in a key insurance run with a broken-bat single off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Price dealing with cracked fingernail

Injury to left middle finger not expected to affect next start Thursday vs. Twins

Price dealing with cracked fingernail

BOSTON -- The mystery injury that David Price acquired during his start against the Angels on Saturday was revealed to be a cracked fingernail on the middle finger of his left hand.

The left-hander was removed from the outing after six innings, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) on 103 pitches, but Price hinted after the game that he normally would have gone out for the seventh inning.

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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.

Chavis stays hot for Portland

Chavis stays hot for Portland

Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.

Ice, the Indians' No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Farrell incensed, ejected after balk call

Farrell incensed, ejected after balk call

BOSTON -- Which happened first?

Red Sox lefty Fernando Abad committing a balk, or Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun being granted time by home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney?

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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.

Price turns in quality start in loss to Angels

Price turns in quality start in loss to Angels

BOSTON -- The Angels pieced together enough offense against David Price and rode a strong pitching performance by JC Ramirez to a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Ramirez, who produced the shortest start of his career (three innings) last time out, had a nice bounceback in this one, holding Boston to four hits and a run while walking none and striking out five.

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

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Rutledge lands on 7-day concussion list

Infielder could have sustained the injury as far back as late May

Rutledge lands on 7-day concussion list

BOSTON -- The rash of injuries in the infield continued for the Red Sox, as Josh Rutledge was placed on the seven-day concussion list prior to Saturday's game against the Angels.

In a subsequent roster move, infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was called up from Double-A Portland to fill Rutledge's spot, and Brock Holt was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Lin on the 40-man roster. Holt played just five games with the Red Sox before landing on the DL with vertigo April 21.

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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.

Pedro Jr. visits Fenway, takes BP

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Pedro Jr. visits Fenway, takes BP

Taking batting practice at the same field where his father reigned supreme as arguably the most dominant pitcher of his era, Pedro Martinez Jr. had the type of experience any 16-year-old would envy on Saturday afternoon.

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Rodriguez could rejoin rotation vs Texas

Left-hander threw 68-pitch sim game Saturday, slated for Double-A rehab start Thursday

Rodriguez could rejoin rotation vs Texas

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are targeting a Minor League rehab start for lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on Thursday at Double-A Portland, and he could only need the one outing before rejoining Boston's rotation.

Rodriguez suffered a right knee subluxation on June 1 and has made steady progress in his recovery, advancing to a 68-pitch simulated game at Fenway Park on Saturday.

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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.

Kids play through rain at Pitch, Hit & Run event

Kids play through rain at Pitch, Hit & Run event

BOSTON -- The chance to step onto the playing field at Fenway Park with a ball and bat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, rain or shine.

That was the mindset of the 23 kids who were a part of the Red Sox Championship round of Major League Baseball's Pitch Hit & Run event on Saturday morning.

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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.

Miracle League gives all a chance to play ball

Non-profit organization puts kids with disabilities on the field

Miracle League gives all a chance to play ball

ACTON, Mass. -- When Ryan Murdock rolled into the batter's box at Joseph Lalli Miracle Field on Saturday, it was impossible to miss the radiating smile as he readied his bright red bat.

The 13-year-old roped a pitch to right and swiftly navigated his way around the bases, crossing home plate with a grin somehow brighter than it was when he approached the at-bat.

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Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fitting tribute: Big Papi's No. 34 retired

Slugger humbled to join other legends on right-field facade

Fitting tribute: Big Papi's No. 34 retired

BOSTON -- To the delight of the roaring Fenway faithful, David Ortiz's No. 34 was placed on the right-field facade prior to the Red Sox's 9-4 win against the Angels on Friday night alongside the team's other legendary numbers.

The honor was an enormous one to Ortiz, who often would take mighty cuts during batting practice trying to reach those retired numbers. He remembers being successful only once, clocking one off Bobby Doerr's No. 1.

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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.

On Papi's night, Leon's 4 RBIs power Sox

On Papi's night, Leon's 4 RBIs power Sox

BOSTON -- David Ortiz returned to Fenway Park on Friday night for the first time since his retirement to watch the Red Sox affix his No. 34 atop the right-field facade during a special pregame ceremony. The Red Sox gave him even more reason to celebrate afterward, as Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon homered to fuel a 9-4 series-opening victory over the Angels.

Boston scored three runs in a wild first inning for Angels right-hander Alex Meyer and later seized a 5-1 lead behind Ramirez's two-run homer in the fourth. Leon, who matched his career high with four RBIs, launched a two-run shot of his own in the sixth and added a two-run double in the eighth to cap the festive night at Fenway Park.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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

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Ortiz: Working for Sox is 'going to happen'

Former slugger, club have ongoing dialogue to find role

Ortiz: Working for Sox is 'going to happen'

BOSTON -- Now that David Ortiz's No. 34 is officially retired, the attention can shift to when he will come back to work for the Red Sox.

For months, there has been dialogue between the club and Ortiz on finding a role that will be a good fit for the former left-handed-hitting slugger.

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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.

Social media overflowing with Ortiz tributes

Social media overflowing with Ortiz tributes

BOSTON -- Hours before the Red Sox were set to retire David Ortiz's No. 34 on Friday night at Fenway Park, Angels manager Mike Scioscia sat in the visitors' dugout reminiscing about the first time he saw Ortiz play.

"I saw him back in 1999 in the Pacific Coast League when I was managing in Albuquerque and he was in Salt Lake City while with the Twins," Scioscia said. "You knew then that he had potential, but he's put it together almost like a fairy tale. The clutch hits, the championships, that's something that he had a major part of."

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

Sox pluck Fister off waivers, sign Peralta

Right-hander will start series finale vs. Angels on Sunday

Sox pluck Fister off waivers, sign Peralta

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added depth at two positions on Friday, acquiring right-hander Doug Fister off waivers from the Angels and signing veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta to a Minor League deal.

Fister will jump right into the rotation and start Sunday's game against the Angels.

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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.

Ortiz tosses amusing first pitch at ceremony

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Ortiz tosses amusing first pitch at ceremony

On Friday night, Big Papi had his shining moment in Boston as his iconic No. 34 jersey was retired by the Red Sox before their game with the Angels. It was an occasion well-suited and deserved for the slugger, who was a larger-than-life icon for the club on and off the field throughout his 14 seasons in Beantown. 

It also set the stage for yet another classic Ortiz scene filled with laughter and smiling, something with which we're all very familiar when it comes to the man. Taking the Fenway Park mound for a ceremonial first pitch, Ortiz wound up and, well, let's just say that it wasn't a strike.

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Hanley's 250th homer lands near Pesky's Pole

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Hanley's 250th homer lands near Pesky's Pole

Red Sox legend David Ortiz was the focus of attention prior to Friday night's game against the Angels at Fenway Park, but one of his proteges made it a memorable day for himself, as well. Hanley Ramirez has been the man receiving most of the plate appearances in Ortiz's old DH position this year, and in the fourth inning, he made his predecessor proud by smashing a home run.

It was a milestone mash for Ramirez, who hit the 250th homer of his career. It was a little unusual, though.

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Chavis goes deep in Portland debut

Chavis goes deep in Portland debut

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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

Papi 10 List, No. 1: Call it a comeback

Walk-off homer vs. Yankees sparks rally from 3-0 series deficit

Papi 10 List, No. 1: Call it a comeback

In honor of David Ortiz having his No. 34 retired by the Red Sox, MLB.com and John Hancock are celebrating Big Papi's greatest career moments with the "Papi 10 List," counting down one legendary moment each day leading up to the pregame ceremony tonight at Fenway Park.

By the time David Ortiz retired, the Red Sox had raised three World Series banners at Fenway Park.

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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.

Ortiz roasted on eve of number retirement

Pedroia, Patriots' Gronkowski among those taking playful jabs at Red Sox legend

Ortiz roasted on eve of number retirement

BOSTON -- The celebrating of David Ortiz will be there for all to see tonight, when his No. 34 takes a permanent place on the right-field façade of Fenway Park.

But the celebration started on Thursday. First, in the afternoon, the city of Boston renamed Yawkey Way Extension David Ortiz Drive. And then Thursday evening brought a night of laughs at the expense of the retired slugger. Make that howling laughs at The Roast of David Ortiz, which took place at a nightclub on Lansdowne Street, not far from many of the towering home runs Big Papi smacked during his legendary career.

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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.

Boston renames street in Papi's honor

Red Sox legend will have his No. 34 retired Friday at Fenway Park

Boston renames street in Papi's honor

Yawkey Way Extension is now officially David Ortiz Drive.

The City of Boston renamed the street near Fenway Park in honor of the Red Sox legend on Thursday, the first in a series of events leading up to the retirement of his No. 34 before Friday night's game against the Angels at Fenway.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.