Inbox: Will Red Sox fortify 1B, 'pen at Deadline?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Red Sox fortify 1B, 'pen at Deadline?

I don't understand why the Sox aren't trying for a first baseman. Mitch Moreland is struggling right now and really hurting the team. How about Alonso from the A's?
-- @CMatchuk70

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is looking to improve the lineup every way he can, and if a potential acquisition happens to play first base, I don't think that would preclude a deal from happening. I agree that Yonder Alonso would look good in a Red Sox uniform, and A's executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane is always looking to make deals this time of year. As for Moreland, he played on a broken big left toe for more than a month, and it likely led to his offensive dropoff as well as some bad mechanics that are still causing him to slump. He could still heat up again.

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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, Red Sox welcome hot Royals to town

Price, Red Sox welcome hot Royals to town

The first-place Boston Red Sox will host the red-hot Kansas City Royals for the start of what should be an entertaining three-game series on Friday night at Fenway Park.

Both teams have a day off on Thursday, giving them a chance to gear up for a showdown that will be important in the American League East, AL Central and AL Wild Card standings. The Royals are entering the series on an eight-game winning streak following a 16-2 rout of the Tigers on Wednesday.

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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.

Red Sox Sale away with trip-ending shutout

Red Sox Sale away with trip-ending shutout

SEATTLE -- Chris Sale proved to be the perfect solution to a four-game Red Sox losing streak Wednesday, firing seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field to claim the three-game series finale.

The Red Sox completed a 2-4 road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, during which Sale won the first and last games, with Wednesday's victory preserving Boston's one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East at 56-47.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Devers delivers dinger for first career hit

Prospect, 20, youngest Sox player to homer since 1965

Devers delivers dinger for first career hit

SEATTLE -- The first hit in the career of top Red Sox prospect Rafael Devers was a laser-beam homer to center field at Safeco Field in the third inning of Wednesday afternoon's 4-0 win over the Mariners.

It was quite a moment for the 20-year-old third baseman from the Dominican Republic, who became the youngest player to go deep for the Red Sox in 52 years.

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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.

Farrell not ready to unveil plan for Nunez

Red Sox manager to chat with newly acquired infielder first; will Devers return to Triple-A?

Farrell not ready to unveil plan for Nunez

SEATTLE -- The morning after the Red Sox acquired Eduardo Nunez from the Giants, manager John Farrell was still formulating a precise plan for how he will be used. But the bottom line is that the right-handed hitter will be a frequent presence in the starting lineup.

"Oh, he's going to get a high number of at-bats -- that's why we acquired him. This is someone who's swinging the bat very well right now," said Farrell. "He'll mix in on the left side [of the infield]. Certainly the defensive versatility opens up a number of places that we can go with for him, but I think before stating the actual uses, I think it's important for us to meet face to face."

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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.

Red Sox lose lead in 13th, fall to Mariners

Red Sox lose lead in 13th, fall to Mariners

SEATTLE -- It took five hours and a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the 13th inning, but the Mariners pulled out a 6-5 win over the Red Sox on a walk-off single by Jean Segura to hand Boston its season-high fourth straight loss on Tuesday night at Safeco FIeld.

Sandy Leon singled in Hanley Ramirez for the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th, but the Mariners rallied in the bottom of the frame off Doug Fister. A wild pitch by Fister allowed Ben Gamel to score the tying run from third with two outs before Segura pushed a ground ball up the middle to score Guillermo Heredia for the game winner.

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

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Sox prez apologizes to Eck for Price incident

Sox prez apologizes to Eck for Price incident

BOSTON -- Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Thursday that he apologized to Dennis Eckersley soon after the Hall of Famer was the recipient of harsh words from lefty David Price on a team charter in late June.

With several teammates by his side, Price reportedly unloaded on NESN analyst Eckersley on the team flight for some critical marks he made on the air during Boston's 6-3 victory over the Twins on June 29.

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Red Sox add Nunez in deal with Giants

Boston to send 2 Minor League pitchers to San Francisco

Red Sox add Nunez in deal with Giants

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox added a right-handed bat with defensive versatility on Tuesday night, acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants for two Minor League pitchers.

The Red Sox are sending Minor League right-handers Shaun Anderson (their 18th-ranked prospect) and Gregory Santos to the Giants for Nunez, who could fill a few roles for Boston given his ability to play third, short and the corner outfield.

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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.

Devers moves to No. 4 in MLB Top 100 list

Newly promoted prospect was ranked 17th in preseason

Devers moves to No. 4 in MLB Top 100 list

SEATTLE -- Just hours before highly touted third baseman Rafael Devers made his Major League debut for the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Safeco Field, he vaulted to the No. 4 spot in MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 midseason rankings.

The left-handed-hitting slugger was ranked 17th in the preseason before a breakout half-season in the Minors (.311/.377/,578) led to his callup on Monday.

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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.

Kelly, Smith progressing toward return to 'pen

Kelly, Smith progressing toward return to 'pen

SEATTLE -- Key setup man Joe Kelly took another important step toward his return to action by firing a 25-pitch bullpen session at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

"That was an encouraging bullpen by Joe today," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He threw 80 to 85 percent [intensity]. His next bullpen will be on Friday when we get back home. So he's making pretty good progress for sure."

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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.

Chavis has big game for Portland

Chavis has big game for Portland

Shane Bieber has passed every test the Indians have thrown his way this season, a trend that continued Tuesday with his scoreless debut for Double-A Akron.

Starting for Akron in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, Bieber, the Indians' No. 13 prospect, limited opposing hitters to five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He found the zone with 65 of his 94 pitches, striking out five and walking one, and generated another nine outs on the ground.

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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.

Red Sox seek spark as shutouts add up

Boston last in AL with 99 home runs

Red Sox seek spark as shutouts add up

SEATTLE -- The goose-eggs have become too familiar for the Red Sox not just this month, but this season.

Stifled by James Paxton and the Mariners, 4-0, on Monday night at Safeco Field, Boston was shut out for a Major League-leading ninth time this season.

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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.

Red Sox can't solve Paxton, drop 3rd straight

Red Sox can't solve Paxton, drop 3rd straight

SEATTLE -- Any questions about whether James Paxton has regained his early-season form appear to have been long-since answered as the big lefty fired seven scoreless innings and Seattle handed the Red Sox their third straight loss, 4-0, in Monday's series opener at Safeco Field.

Paxton allowed just four hits with no walks and a season-high 10 strikeouts as he improved to 10-3 with a 2.84 ERA overall and 5-0 with a 1.48 ERA in July. The five wins are the most by any Major League pitcher this month and the most in a month by a Mariners pitcher since Jason Vargas went 5-0 in July 2012.

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

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Porcello goes distance, but Sox edged in finale

Porcello goes distance, but Sox edged in finale

ANAHEIM -- The Angels launched three home runs, including a go-ahead shot by Luis Valbuena, to topple the Red Sox, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon, securing their second straight win and a series victory at Angel Stadium.

Andrelton Simmons, Mike Trout and Valbuena all homered off Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello, though Valbuena delivered the biggest blow with a shot that snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning. With the win, the Angels improved to 49-51 and pulled within 2 1/2 games of the second American League Wild Card spot with eight days to go until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Price sees stellar streak end, but health intact

Red Sox starter can't protect early lead in loss to Angels

Price sees stellar streak end, but health intact

ANAHEIM -- Though David Price's streak of allowing three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts came to an end in Saturday night's 7-3 loss to the Angels, the left-hander continues to be an encouraging storyline for the Red Sox coming down the stretch.

After the scare of Spring Training, when Price suffered a left elbow injury that initially looked like it might require Tommy John surgery, the fact that he's going out there every fifth day with powerful stuff is a big deal for the Red Sox.

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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, Sox can't hold early lead, fall to Angels

Price, Sox can't hold early lead, fall to Angels

ANAHEIM -- Andrelton Simmons crushed a go-ahead home run and drove in three runs and Albert Pujols added a pair of RBIs to fuel the Angels' 7-3 comeback win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, evening their three-game series at Angel Stadium.

The Red Sox tagged Angels right-hander JC Ramirez for three runs in the first two innings, but the Halos rallied to score seven unanswered runs, clinching their 27th come-from-behind win of the season.

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Hanley taking on heavier workload at 1B

Boston slugger continues to manage shoulder issues

Hanley taking on heavier workload at 1B

ANAHEIM -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has had more flexibility with his roster over the last week as Hanley Ramirez has shown an increased willingness to play first base.

From Opening Day until July 17, Ramirez was Boston's primary designated hitter and played just two games in the field, mainly because he's been getting treatment on both shoulders.

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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.

Sale joins Pedro, Randy, Ryan in elite K crowd

Red Sox ace reaches 200 K's in 20th start of season

Sale joins Pedro, Randy, Ryan in elite K crowd

ANAHEIM -- Red Sox ace Chris Sale joined an elite club on Friday night that is inhabited by legends only -- all of them first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Sale's 112th and final pitch in Friday night's 6-2 victory over the Angels was a 95.8-mph heater that Kole Calhoun didn't even come close to catching up to.

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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.

Jackie soars in SoCal with wall-crashing grab

Jackie soars in SoCal with wall-crashing grab

ANAHEIM -- The electric Jackie Bradley Jr. has taken his highlight-reel glove to the West Coast for the next six games, and it took him all of one batter to make his presence felt in Friday night's 6-2 win over the Angels.

Angels leadoff man Yunel Escobar smoked Red Sox ace Chris Sale's fourth pitch of the bottom of the first inning deep to right-center. Bradley was off with the crack of the bat and raced back, threw his body toward the wall, timed his jump perfectly and came down with the ball.

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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.

Fister to 'pen as Sox shift to 5-man rotation

Fister to 'pen as Sox shift to 5-man rotation

BOSTON -- After going with a six-man rotation for the first week coming out of the All-Star break, the Red Sox are going back to a traditional alignment that will lead to veteran starter Doug Fister moving to the bullpen.

After starting Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, the righty won't be ready to pitch in relief until at least Sunday, and Monday is probably more realistic.

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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.

Sale (9 K's) handles Halos; Sox score 5 in 1st

Sale (9 K's) handles Halos; Sox score 5 in 1st

ANAHEIM -- The night boded well for the Red Sox after they built a five-run lead before ace left-hander Chris Sale even took the mound.

Behind a first-inning offensive eruption and another dominant performance from Sale, the Red Sox cruised to a 6-2 win over the Angels in Friday night's series opener at Angel Stadium.

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

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Young Red Sox fan Schultz passes away

5-year-old who celebrated heart transplant with Bogaerts, Vazquez, was placed on life support Thursday after seizure

Young Red Sox fan Schultz passes away

A young Red Sox fan who successfully survived a heart transplant and received the thrill of a lifetime by meeting two of his favorite players has passed away.

The family of 5-year-old Ari Schultz announced his passing Friday via a post on Facebook. Schultz was taken to a Boston-area hospital and placed on life support early Thursday morning after suffering a seizure.

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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.

Pedroia's bat sizzling since before break

Riding 9-game hit streak, Red Sox star batting .412 in 2nd half

Pedroia's bat sizzling since before break

BOSTON -- As a 12-year Major League veteran, Dustin Pedroia understands that you only get about 650 at-bats a season, so you better make them count.

The Red Sox playmaker did so Thursday afternoon, crushing a three-run homer over the Green Monster in the Red Sox's 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

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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.

Sox's late comeback bid thwarted by Jays

Sox's late comeback bid thwarted by Jays

BOSTON -- A stout Blue Jays bullpen was up to the task for seven-plus innings Thursday afternoon, helping Toronto escape Fenway Park with an 8-6 win over the Red Sox and a split of the four-game series.

Following a rough 1 2/3-inning performance from starter Francisco Liriano, the 'pen inherited a 3-1 deficit in the second. Right-hander Dominic Leone calmed the storm, striking out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

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

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Fan misses two foul balls and is NOT happy

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Fan misses two foul balls and is NOT happy

Among the tens of thousands of seats at a baseball stadium, it's rare that a foul ball or home run would be hit in your direction. Some will never see one in their lifetime, while some will have multiple chances at different games. This Red Sox fan, during an 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday, saw not one, but TWO foul balls hit right at him.

Unfortunately, he missed both. And he was not very happy about it.

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Pedroia, Pomeranz propel Sox past Jays

Pedroia, Pomeranz propel Sox past Jays

BOSTON -- Finally, the Red Sox could relax a little.

After a string of tension-filled games coming out of the All-Star break, the bats strung together some early offense and Drew Pomeranz made it stand up, lifting Boston to a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night 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.

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Pomeranz bolstering Boston's strong rotation

Notching 10th win, lefty emerging as one of AL's top starters

Pomeranz bolstering Boston's strong rotation

BOSTON -- The biggest question mark the Red Sox had in their rotation when the season started is fourth in the American League in wins (10), 10th in ERA (3.51) and 12th in strikeouts (108).

Drew Pomeranz turned in his latest in a string of strong outings in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, allowing three hits and no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings.

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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.

Benintendi may have fooled Tulo with deke

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Benintendi may have fooled Tulo with deke

In the top of the 13th inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a high-arcing shot that bounced off the top of the Monster during the Red Sox's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. Most times, barring the loss of a leg or an attack by a swarm of bees mid-play, the batter would be standing on second base. But, despite having possession of all his limbs and no swarm of pests, Tulowitzki would not wind up on second base. 

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Pedro to pitch in Boston charity game Aug. 17

Hall of Famer will take mound at St. Peter's Field in Cambridge

Pedro to pitch in Boston charity game Aug. 17

BOSTON -- Red Sox fans who have thirsted to see Pedro Martinez pitch one more time will get that chance when the Hall of Famer makes a one-day comeback in a charity game Aug. 17 in Cambridge, Mass.

This will be the first time Martinez has pitched in an organized game since Game 6 of the 2009 World Series for the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

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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.