Porcello, Farrell see progress in righty's outing

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner fans nine Yankees in defeat

Porcello, Farrell see progress in righty's outing

BOSTON -- For Rick Porcello, the reason he had a tough-luck loss instead of a standout outing was a middle-in fastball that Aaron Judge clobbered for a two-run homer in the second inning Wednesday.

That hit was easily the most damaging of the game on a night the Yankees downed the Red Sox, 3-1, in the first of 19 rivalry games this season.

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Porcello hangs tough, but Red Sox fall to NY

Porcello hangs tough, but Red Sox fall to NY

BOSTON -- Aaron Judge and Luis Severino emerged from the thick fog at Fenway Park to lift the Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night in the first of 19 rivalry matchups this season.

Celebrating his 25th birthday, Judge hammered a two-run homer in the top of the second inning in his first career at-bat at Fenway Park. An inning later, the big right fielder went into the stands to catch a foul ball hit by Xander Bogaerts.

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Soreness, weather lead to more rest for Pedroia

Soreness, weather lead to more rest for Pedroia

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had planned on starting Dustin Pedroia for Wednesday's opener of a rain-shortened two-game set against the Yankees, but reversed course when the second baseman woke up with some lingering soreness in his left knee and ankle.

The fact that Fenway Park withstood several more hours of rain following Tuesday's postponement didn't help matters.

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Aces high when Sale, Tanaka meet at Fenway

Aces high when Sale, Tanaka meet at Fenway

One word comes to mind when describing Chris Sale's first four starts as a member of the Red Sox: Dominant. Sale is 1-1 with a 0.91 ERA and has struck out 42 batters.

Sale will get his first taste of the Sox-Yankees rivalry on Thursday at Fenway Park against fellow ace Masahiro Tanaka, who's coming off his best start of the season.

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

Appeal dropped, Barnes' suspension begins

Appeal dropped, Barnes' suspension begins

BOSTON -- The Red Sox will be without the services of key setup man Matt Barnes for the next four games, as the right-hander elected to drop the appeal of his suspension prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

Red Sox manager John Farrell made the announcement at his pregame news briefing.

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Pedroia, Sox unified after Machado incident

Pedroia, Sox unified after Machado incident

BOSTON -- The Red Sox portrayed a unified front on Tuesday, a couple of days after some controversy in Baltimore when Matt Barnes threw one high and tight to Manny Machado and subsequently received a four-game suspension.

Machado injured Dustin Pedroia with a hard slide on Friday night at Camden Yards. Right after Sunday's pitch by Barnes, which was near Machado's head area, Pedroia was seen on camera telling Baltimore's star third baseman that it was not his idea.

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Price on track to face hitters Saturday

Price on track to face hitters Saturday

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell had an encouraging update on David Price, reporting that the lefty should throw to hitters on Saturday at Fenway Park, marking the first time he has done so since suffering a left elbow strain on Feb. 28.

The news came a day after Price threw 45 pitches in 15-pitch spurts, taking breaks in between to simulate innings.

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Yankees-Red Sox series opener washed out

Game to be made up July 16 as part of split doubleheader

Yankees-Red Sox series opener washed out

BOSTON -- After hours of steady rain during the day at Fenway Park and no letup in the forecast for the remainder of the night, Tuesday's Red Sox-Yankees game was postponed more than four hours before the scheduled first pitch.

The game has been rescheduled for the July series against the Yankees at Fenway Park as the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, July 16, beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. Tickets for Tuesday's game will be good for admission to the rescheduled contest in July. The regularly scheduled game on July 16 remains at 8:05 p.m.

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Lester eager for first visit to Fenway since '14

Veteran lefty won't pitch in Interleague series, but is excited see old friends

Lester eager for first visit to Fenway since '14

PITTSBURGH -- Jon Lester will return to Fenway Park on Friday for the first time since he was traded in 2014 by the Red Sox to the Athletics, however, the lefty won't pitch in the Cubs' Interleague series. He's starting on Wednesday against the Pirates, which may be just as well.

"Obviously, it'd be a unique situation to go back there and pitch," Lester said Tuesday. "It wouldn't be like pitching against David [Ortiz], or if [Dustin] Pedroia is healthy enough to play."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Panda lands on DL with right knee sprain

Panda lands on DL with right knee sprain

BOSTON -- The Red Sox placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list with a right knee sprain on Tuesday. The move is retroactive to Monday.

Infielder Josh Rutledge, who opened the season on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, has been activated to take Sandoval's spot on the roster, and he will get some at-bats at third base.

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Statement pitch costs Barnes 4 games

Statement pitch costs Barnes 4 games

BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes has received a four-game suspension for throwing a pitch in the head area of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, but the right-hander has elected to appeal and will be eligible for Tuesday's opener of a three-game series against the Yankees.

The discipline, which also included an undisclosed fine, was announced on Monday -- an off-day for the Red Sox.

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Inbox: How does Sale compare to Pedro?

Reporter Ian Browne fields questions from Red Sox fans

Inbox: How does Sale compare to Pedro?

Why and how is Chris Sale closer to Pedro Martinez than Jon Lester or Josh Beckett were?
-- @BrianFleming430

Lester and Beckett could both be very special on a given night or in a postseason series. They also had some solid, All-Star seasons in Boston and contributed to World Series championships. But Sale is more overpowering, much like Martinez was. The way Sale can combine a mid-90s fastball with that lethal slider makes him an extremely uncomfortable at-bat for hitters. It reminds me of the way Martinez used to baffle opponents with that fastball/changeup combination.

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Benintendi gets 5 hits; scary pitch irks Machado

Benintendi gets 5 hits; scary pitch irks Machado

BALTIMORE -- Struggling Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was a perfect elixir to a sluggish Boston lineup. The Sox homered three times, including Hanley Ramirez's first of the year, in Sunday afternoon's sweep-avoiding, 6-2 win over Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Boston, which had just two homers total in the previous first five games of its road trip, jumped on Gausman for four runs before he could record an out. Mookie Betts delivered the big three-run blow, with Ramirez following. Mitch Moreland also went deep in the fifth off Gausman, who lasted 5 1/3 innings and saw his season ERA rise to 7.50.

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Benintendi's 5 hits lead trip down rabbit hole

Benintendi's 5 hits lead trip down rabbit hole

Let's begin the week going down a quirky little baseball rabbit hole. One beautiful part of baseball is that one year leads to another, one accomplishment reminds of another, and so on. And the deeper you look, the more stories you find.

On Sunday, Boston's remarkable rookie Andrew Benintendi cracked five hits. It was just his 51st game in the Majors, and it makes you wonder: Has anyone else had a five-hit game just 51 games into his big league career?

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Joe Posnanski is an executive columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chavis makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Chavis makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 17-23) is led by an all Milwaukee Brewers outfield, with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye all earning a spot. This marks the first time one team has accounted for all three outfield spots on the Team of the Week.

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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.

Benintendi singles self out in record books

Young outfielder has history-making performance amid Boston homer display

Benintendi singles self out in record books

BALTIMORE -- On the day power returned to the Red Sox lineup, Andrew Benintendi's singles stood out. On the day veteran Hanley Ramirez smacked his first home run of the season, the rookie outfielder had historians dusting off the team record book. On the day the Red Sox avoided a sweep with a 6-2 win over the Orioles, Benintendi was both lucky and good.

Benintendi went 5-for-5 as the Red Sox claimed the series finale Sunday. The 22-year-old became the youngest Red Sox player with at least five hits in a game since Tony Conigliaro on April 16, 1967, at the New York Yankees and the youngest to go 5-for-5 since Joe Cronin in 1929. No player younger than Benintendi has gone 5-for-5 for any team since Eric Hosmer pulled off the feat in 2011.

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Machado in middle of 8th-inning tiff

Machado in middle of 8th-inning tiff

BALTIMORE -- Tensions from Friday night between the Orioles and Red Sox spilled over again in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-2 Boston win as Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was nearly beaned by reliever Matt Barnes.

"I wasn't expecting anything, no," Machado said of the pitch. "I thought I did a good slide [on Friday]. Everyone knows. Everyone saw the replay on that side. That's on them. Whatever happened today, I'm going to keep doing me."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig contributed to this story.

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JBJ homers, but 4-run 4th costs Wright, Sox

JBJ homers, but 4-run 4th costs Wright, Sox

BALTIMORE -- The first-place Orioles continued to feast on Steven Wright's knuckleball on Saturday, with Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop hitting back-to-back homers for the second time this month off the Red Sox righty in a 4-2 series-clinching win.

Baltimore, the team with the best record in baseball, improved to 12-4, while Boston lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Saturday.

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Farrell follows up with Torre about slide rule

Farrell follows up with Torre about slide rule

BALTIMORE -- After injuring his left knee on Manny Machado's slide on Friday night, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in the starting lineup on Saturday. Pedroia said he is fine with the whole situation, but manager John Farrell was not quite as happy.

Pedroia and Farrell both said the second baseman is dealing with a sore left knee and ankle and is day-to-day. The Boston skipper said he talked with Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre on Saturday about the situation, and Farrell expressed his frustration with the sliding rule.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Red Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

AL's top hitting team not taking advantage

Held to JBJ HR, Sox have stranded 17 in 2 games

AL's top hitting team not taking advantage

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox certainly have had their chances in the first two games of this series at Camden Yards, but they just have not been taking advantage of them.

That caused them problems in the series-opening loss Friday, and it hurt them once again in Saturday's 4-2 loss.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ortiz, young fan Maverick reunited at gala

Children and Athletes Regenerative Medicine Foundation honors duo with Courage Award

Ortiz, young fan Maverick reunited at gala

BOSTON -- As the Red Sox took the field Saturday night against the Orioles in Baltimore, recently retired slugger David Ortiz was being honored at the Children and Athletes Regenerative Medicine Foundation gala.

A noticeably slimmer Ortiz surprised his 7-year-old friend Maverick Schutte, who inspired the country last year with his courageous battle against a congenital heart defect that's led to more than 30 surgeries. Both were recipients of the foundation's first Courage Award.

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Hernandez throws five hitless frames

Hernandez throws five hitless frames

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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Big hit elusive as Red Sox drop opener to O's

Big hit elusive as Red Sox drop opener to O's

BALTIMORE -- Coming off one of their best road trips in recent years, the Orioles kept right on rolling Friday night at Camden Yards. Backed by a terrific seven-plus innings from Dylan Bundy, who is looking more and more like the frontline starter Baltimore badly needs, the O's bested Boston, 2-0, to keep a firm hold atop the American League East.

Baltimore, at 11-4, owns baseball's best record and handed Boston just its second loss in seven games. The third-place Red Sox, who also trail the Yankees, had numerous missed opportunities and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, including stranding a pair of runners in the eighth.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Friday.

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Pedroia not irked by Machado's hard slide

Pedroia injured in collision with Baltimore 3B, prompting discussion about double-play rule

Pedroia not irked by Machado's hard slide

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox missed on a number of good scoring chances on Friday, a big reason the Orioles handed them a 2-0 loss in the opener of a three-game series. After the game, though, the bigger subject of conversation in the Boston clubhouse was that the team nearly lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The play in question was, in fact, a primary topic in both clubhouses.

Pedroia hurt his left leg when Manny Machado slid into him as the second baseman was catching a throw at the bag in the eighth inning. The Red Sox needed to help Pedroia off the field after the play, but he said if he feels OK Saturday, he will try to play.

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Statcast of the Day: Bet on Betts to get there

Statcast of the Day: Bet on Betts to get there

Mookie Betts' eighth-inning catch Friday night at Camden Yards won't register as anything more than a putout in the postgame box score, but it deserves closer examination based on the degree of difficulty and the importance of the moment for the Red Sox.

Boston trailed Baltimore, 2-0, in the bottom of the eighth when a hard slide by Manny Machado knocked Dustin Pedroia -- seen by many as an emotional leader for the Red Sox -- out of the game. With a runner aboard for the Orioles, Chris Davis sent a line drive with an exit velocity of 90.8 mph toward the right-field line. According to Statcast™, Betts needed to cover 63 feet within an opportunity time of 3.9 seconds in order to get to the projected landing spot of Davis' liner -- all while the ball appeared to tail away from him.

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

Ockimey plates 6, homers twice in big game

Ockimey plates 6, homers twice in big game

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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JBJ activated as Sox send Holt to DL

JBJ activated as Sox send Holt to DL

The Red Sox got Jackie Bradley Jr. back from the disabled list on Friday, but Brock Holt is headed to the 10-day DL due to vertigo, the team announced.

Boston placed Holt on the DL before its series opener against the Orioles as the corresponding move for Bradley's official activation from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Xander Bogaerts was out of Friday's starting lineup due to a sore left thumb, though he entered the Red Sox's 2-0 loss to the Orioles in the bottom of the eighth to play shortstop. Manager John Farrell said before the game that Bogaerts could return to the starting lineup as early as Saturday.

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Red Sox prevail after 'tough decision' in 9th

Farrell opts to pull Sale for Kimbrel, who yields game-tying homer

Red Sox prevail after 'tough decision' in 9th

TORONTO -- On the way to what would become a thrilling 4-1 win in 10 innings, Red Sox manager John Farrell had to make a decision that was agonizing for good reasons.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth of a game in which his team had just taken a 1-0 lead, Farrell had two options:

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