Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

Pedro in vintage form as Sox retire No. 45

BOSTON -- To the right of the other seven Red Sox players who have had their numbers retired on the right-field facade at Fenway Park, there is finally the number of a pitcher -- arguably the best in the history of a baseball-crazed city.

Pedro Martinez, fresh off being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, was back at Fenway Park on Tuesday for a ceremony that brought back the unique energy that always existed on days he pitched.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

Red Sox center fielder injured on wild pursuit of White Sox Abreu's drive

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

BOSTON -- Few are the times a player goes over the outfield wall to make a catch, but Tuesday night provided baseball fans with an even rarer highlight: A home run that took a player out of the park with it.

What was nearly an amazing catch by Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became a wild two-run blast for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in a 9-4 Chicago win at Fenway Park. And had it not been for the replay review system Major League Baseball instituted last season, the near-catch might have gone down as Betts' best yet, even though it took him out of the game with a potential concussion.

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Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miley's rocky start is costly against White Sox

Miley's rocky start is costly against White Sox

BOSTON -- Melky Cabrera tallied four hits, Jose Abreu went deep and a solid Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning on Tuesday night as the surging White Sox cruised to a 9-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

"It's outstanding," said Samardzija of the White Sox sixth straight victory. "The way these guys have been playing behind us pitchers is impressive, not only the runs, but the defense has been outstanding. [Tyler] Saladino had some great plays for me out there. Even our video staff was getting in on the action having a great day, [Mike] Kashirsky showed up today finally. Only took him about 85 games."

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betts' injury indicative of Sox's post-break luck

Betts' injury indicative of Sox's post-break luck

BOSTON -- Not only did Mookie Betts drop the baseball for a home run after he fell over the wall on a nearly spectacular catch, but he also was left with symptoms "consistent to a concussion."

Red Sox manager John Farrell relayed that diagnosis to the media following Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the White Sox. It was the continuation of a trend in which hardly anything has gone well for the Red Sox since the All-Star break.

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Porcello looks to derail White Sox's winning streak

Porcello looks to derail White Sox's winning streak

Each looking to build off his previous start, White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana and Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello will take the hill on Wednesday night at Fenway Park as Chicago seeks its seventh straight victory.

Quintana picked up his first complete game and first shutout of the season in his last start, holding the Indians to seven hits while striking out eight and walking none. The left-hander has walked just one batter in his last six starts.

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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.

Napoli taking trade buzz in stride

Napoli taking trade buzz in stride

BOSTON -- With Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, outfielder Shane Victorino may not be the only veteran shipped off by the Red Sox this week. First baseman Mike Napoli, who is set to become a free agent this winter, has also been mentioned in trade rumors.

But the 33-year-old slugger has already experienced Deadline week plenty of times, and he's doing his best to ignore the possibility that he could be wearing another uniform in the coming days.

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Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox rave about Pedro

White Sox rave about Pedro

BOSTON -- Among White Sox pitchers, Jeff Samardzija stands as the best hitter of that group. That level of talent still didn't prepare him for a lone career at-bat against Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox prior to Tuesday night's game.

Samardzija struck out, but should take solace in the fact that he was not alone in those Martinez-based struggles. Adam LaRoche was 4-for-23 in his career against Martinez, while Melky Cabrera was 1-for-5.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro takes selfie with Papi as number is retired

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Pedro takes selfie with Papi as number is retired

Sure, America has been upping its selfie game lately -- most notably that Oscars celebrity-'splosion and, our personal favorite, a meeting of some stellar scientific minds -- but did those shots include 486 home runs, over 3,000 strikeouts and four World Series rings? We didn't think so. 

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Sox claim Machi, transfer Buchholz to 60-day DL

Sox claim Machi, transfer Buchholz to 60-day DL

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, in need of some bullpen depth, claimed right-hander Jean Machi off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday. To make room for Machi on the 40-man roster, the club transferred right-hander Clay Buchholz to the 60-day disabled list.

Buchholz has been out with a strained right flexor muscle since July 11, and the earliest he can pitch for Boston again is Sept. 9.

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

Pedroia named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Pedroia named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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

Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

Boston receives infielder Rutledge, recalls outfield phenom Castillo

Emotional Victorino dealt to Angels

BOSTON -- Shane Victorino went from last place to first place in an instant on Monday. At some point soon, that will put a smile on his face.

But the emotional right fielder broke down in tears several times during a press conference that happened nearly five hours after he was traded from the Red Sox to the Angels. The Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of Victorino's remaining $4.9 million salary, and will get infielder Josh Rutledge from the Angels.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

"Hopefully, this run is a thing, a sign of things to come, if you will," said White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, who did not factor in the decision. "It's going to be how we play the rest of the season and hopefully get back in it."

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Kelly fighting to find consistency on mound

Allows five runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings

Kelly fighting to find consistency on mound

BOSTON -- When the Red Sox acquired Joe Kelly just prior to last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the move marked a new chapter for the hard-throwing righty, who flashed high potential in parts of three seasons with the Cardinals but had not shown it across a full season.

Since then, Kelly's time in a Boston uniform has been dominated by his own inconsistency and the team's flustered attempts to harness his exceptional athleticism. That trend continued on Monday night during a 10-8 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park.

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Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Betts, Bogaerts among top 25-and-unders

Betts, Bogaerts among top 25-and-unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Holt expected to return to lineup tonight

Weeks starts in place of injured second baseman

Holt expected to return to lineup tonight

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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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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 10-8 loss to 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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Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Aaron Leibowitz is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com and Aaron Leibowitz is an MLB.com contributor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Aaron Leibowitz is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Aaron Leibowitz is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Aaron Leibowitz is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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

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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