Hanley launches Monster grand slam

Hanley launches Monster grand slam

BOSTON -- After a quiet three innings against the Rays, the Red Sox's offense needed a momentum boost, and Hanley Ramirez was happy to deliver it in an 8-6 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

In the fifth inning with the bases loaded, two outs and Boston trailing, 4-1, Ramirez hit a first-pitch grand slam into the Monster Seats. According to Statcast™, the ball landed 426 away from home plate and had an exit velocity of 105 mph.

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Sox use two rallies to knock off Rays

Sox use two rallies to knock off Rays

BOSTON -- An electrifying grand slam by Hanley Ramirez wasn't enough for the Red Sox to secure a victory in the series finale over the Rays on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Instead, a deja vu of the Boston bullpen imploding caused the Red Sox to muster up some extra offense to seal an 8-6 win on the final day of a six-game homestand.

Aaron Hill snapped an 0-for-20 skid with a one-out, go-ahead single in the eighth, scoring Ramirez from third to put Boston ahead, 7-6. Moments later, Jackie Bradley Jr. drove a sharp liner down the right-field line for an insurance run. Craig Kimbrel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth on just 10 pitches to earn his 24th save of the season.

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

Moncada likely to join Sox for stretch run

Top prospect would provide offensive boost at third base

Moncada likely to join Sox for stretch run

BOSTON -- The Red Sox's solution to the lack of production from their third basemen this season may be just around the corner.

Less than 24 hours before Major League rosters expand, Red Sox manager John Farrell made it clear that the addition of top prospect Yoan Moncada will reap nothing but positive benefits, and soon.

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Rolling Price leads Sox into series at Oakland

Rolling Price leads Sox into series at Oakland

Coming off a stretch with 12 of their last 15 on the road, the A's return home to take on the postseason-contending Red Sox in a three-game series starting Friday.

Five-time American League All-Star David Price will take the mound for Boston, seeking to continue his dominant stretch over the past four games. In Price's past four outings -- all quality starts and Red Sox wins -- the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner has combined to allow only six runs over 28 innings, while striking out 27.

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Moncada highlights Sox headed to Fall League

Red Sox's Moncada, Bucs' Meadows among 21 from Top 100 list headed to Arizona

Moncada highlights Sox headed to Fall League

The Arizona Fall League annually provides a place to see the best prospects in baseball all playing in the same place. This season, the league's 25th, which begins on Oct. 11 and runs through the championship game on Nov. 19, is once again pulling out all the stops.

The preliminary rosters, announced on Wednesday, are packed with future stars, sent by all 30 organizations to fill the AFL's six teams. There are a total of 21 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list scheduled to compete in Arizona this fall, though the rosters will change and be amended as organizations finalize who they are sending.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ziegler still unavailable due to flu

Ziegler still unavailable due to flu

BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Brad Ziegler is still unavailable to pitch due to the flu.

Ziegler last pitched a scoreless frame against Kansas City on Saturday and has been under the weather ever since. Red Sox manager John Farrell is hoping Ziegler will join the team during its three-game set in Oakland on Friday.

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Red Sox lose late lead against Rays

Red Sox lose late lead against Rays

BOSTON -- With a chance to gain a game on the Blue Jays for first place in the American League East, the Red Sox instead lost a lead in the late innings in a 4-3 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Evan Longoria crushed a solo shot to left-center against Clay Buchholz to snap a 3-3 tie with one out in the top of the eighth. The 31st homer of the season for Longoria had a projected distance of 434 feet, according to Statcast™.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Ortiz's latest gift: a massive New England corn maze

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Ortiz's latest gift: a massive New England corn maze

They usually chant his name from the stands at Fenway Park and other ballparks around the Major Leagues. But a more picturesque scene took place late Tuesday morning, as fans of David Ortiz lined up on a haystack and throughout a cornfield while chanting "Papi, Papi, Papi" until their throats were sore.

The occasion? The unveiling of a David Ortiz corn maze called, of course, The Big Papi maze.

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Buchholz latest to have misstep in 8th inning

Right-hander allows tiebreaking HR to Longoria in loss to Rays

Buchholz latest to have misstep in 8th inning

BOSTON -- The eighth inning has caused distress for the Red Sox's bullpen too often since the All-Star break and on Tuesday night, Clay Buchholz emerged as a new candidate to help stabilize the setup crew.

Instead, he was the latest to make a mistake that led to a loss.

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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.

Defensive 'backbone' Pedroia returns to lineup

Second baseman solidifies middle of Boston defense with Bogaerts

Defensive 'backbone' Pedroia returns to lineup

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia returned to the Red Sox's lineup on Tuesday against the Rays after missing two games due to a death in the family. The Red Sox will look to re-establish structure in both the lineup and infield, with the second baseman serving as the backbone on the dirt.

Brock Holt replaced Pedroia at second base, and in his absence, Holt proved again why he's a super-utility player. But the Sox are happy to have Pedroia back, who's quietly having one of his best seasons, slashing .320/.384/.456 with 12 homers 58 RBIs after going 1-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's return to the lineup, a 4-3 loss to the Rays. He also robbed Kevin Kiermaier with a diving stop in the eighth inning.

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

Red Sox tab Wright for rubber game against Rays

Red Sox tab Wright for rubber game against Rays

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright is the first to admit that the adrenaline was flowing a little too much during his last start against the Royals. That's because it marked the right-hander's first start in three weeks after dealing with a right shoulder strain.

Wright will be on normal rest when he takes the hill in Wednesday's series finale at Fenway Park against the Rays and left-hander Drew Smyly.

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Mookie joins elite company with 30th HR

Mookie joins elite company with 30th HR

BOSTON -- The emerging power of Mookie Betts allowed the recently-installed cleanup man to reach a special place in Red Sox history on Monday night.

When Betts clubbed his 30th homer run, a towering shot off a sign behind the Monster Seats in the second inning of the Red Sox's 9-4 win vs. the Rays, he became just the third Boston player to reach that number in a season before turning 24 years old.

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Porcello's 18th, Mookie's 30th lift Sox

Porcello's 18th, Mookie's 30th lift Sox

BOSTON -- There were roars of "MVP" for Mookie Betts at various points in the Red Sox's 9-4 victory over the Rays on Monday, in which the 23-year-old right fielder clubbed his 30th home run. In the coming weeks, Rick Porcello could start to hear some "Cy Young" chants.

The sinkerballer improved to 18-3 and passed J.A. Happ (who pitches Tuesday for Toronto) as the winningest pitcher in the Major Leagues this season. Over seven innings, Porcello allowed six hits and three runs, walking none and striking out seven. Porcello's home dominance continued, as he became the first Boston pitcher since Dave "Boo" Ferriss in 1946 to start a season 13-0 at Fenway.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Porcello first in Majors to 18 victories

Righty credits teammates for his accomplishments

Porcello first in Majors to 18 victories

BOSTON -- After another dazzling performance during the Red Sox's 9-4 win over the Rays on Monday night at Fenway Park, Rick Porcello stands alone as the only Major League pitcher to have 18 wins this season.

Recently, the righty's starts have been stoppers. Six out of Porcello's last seven wins have come after a Red Sox loss. Boston is 20-7 in Porcello's starts, including 12-2 in his last 14.

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

Koji could return to 'pen on Labor Day

Koji could return to 'pen on Labor Day

BOSTON -- The Red Sox could have Koji Uehara back in the bullpen by Labor Day, as the reliever responded well to throwing 25 pitches to teammates from the main mound at Fenway Park on Monday.

"He came out of today's work session in good fashion," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "It was 25 pitches to hitters with good intensity, both his fastball and his split. He may have mixed in an occasional cutter, but it's been impressive to see how he's handled the volume, and now three times on the mound the intensity to his bullpen [sessions] and the BP."

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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.

Papi ties Foxx on all-time list with 534 HRs

Ortiz takes Royals' Ventura deep for 31st homer of season

Papi ties Foxx on all-time list with 534 HRs

BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz continues to pound the baseball in his final Major League season, joining legends as he does it. The slugger roped career homer No. 534 in Sunday night's 10-4 loss to the Royals to tie Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time list.

Big Papi is now two home runs away from tying Mickey Mantle.

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Sox sunk by Royals' big inning at Fenway

Sox sunk by Royals' big inning at Fenway

BOSTON -- The surging Royals, who have thrived on the big stage in recent years, stunned the Red Sox with an eight-run sixth inning that fueled a 10-4 victory on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

The impressive barrage, led by rookie Raul Mondesi's three-run triple that put Kansas City on top for good, gave the defending World Series champions a series victory and their 17th win in the last 21 games.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Bullpen woes return as Royals burn Barnes

Red Sox see game slip away during KC's 8-run sixth inning

Bullpen woes return as Royals burn Barnes

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have a few elements that are clicking at an important point of the season, but in a dismal 10-4 loss to the Royals on Sunday night, Boston showed why the bullpen is undoubtedly its Achilles' heel.

The Red Sox were riding a 4-2 lead when Eduardo Rodriguez loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth. Alex Gordon's flyout to left field was Rodriguez's last pitch of the night after 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander was forced to witness the madness that ensued from the dugout.

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5 notable facts about Splendid Splinter's life and career

5 notable facts about Splendid Splinter's life and career

Ted Williams had a season for the ages in 1941. But the Hall of Famer also enjoyed a remarkable career -- and life. Here are five highlights from his iconic life you should know about.

1. Military career
Like many ballplayers of his era, Williams was called to service -- first during World War II and again during the Korean War. Yet, unlike many of his MLB comrades, the Splendid Splinter was a casualty of active combat -- losing part of his hearing and surviving many dangerous encounters while flying 39 missions as a captain in the Korean War, according to the Marine Corps Association.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox yet to decide on Moncada callup

No. 2 prospect in baseball a potential September addition

Red Sox yet to decide on Moncada callup

BOSTON -- There's a possibility the Red Sox will call up top prospect Yoan Moncada when rosters expand in September, but no decision has been made.

The 21-year-old switch-hitter continues to thrive at Double-A Portland, where he is slashing .288/.393/.546 with 10 homers and 26 RBIs in the 42 games since his promotion. He has also transitioned to third base, a position the Red Sox have lacked consistent production at of late.

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Swihart looks ahead to winter rehab, spring ball

Red Sox catcher/outfielder recovering from ankle surgery

Swihart looks ahead to winter rehab, spring ball

BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was in high spirits as he rolled into the Red Sox clubhouse on a knee scooter before taking a seat at his locker on Sunday. The catcher/left fielder had a successful left ankle surgery on Aug. 15 and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Sporting a cast on his left leg, Swihart said it's his last day rolling around before switching to a walking boot.

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Moncada among top prospect performers Sunday

Yankees No. 2 prospect collects first four-hit game for Tampa; No. 7 allows 1 hit in 5 scoreless

Moncada among top prospect performers Sunday

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and left-hander Justus Sheffield, two of the New York Yankees' key prospect acquisitions from the non-waiver Trade Deadline, have made strong impressions as teammates on Class A Advanced Tampa. On Sunday, the duo paced their new club to an 8-2 victory over Brevard County, with Torres leading the offense with four hits and Sheffield tossing five scoreless innings.

Making his fifth start for Tampa after coming over from the Indians along with Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 1) as part of the Andrew Miller trade, Sheffield, the Yankees' No. 7 prospect, tossed three hitless frames before yielding a knock to begin the fourth. It was the only hit allowed in five innings by the No. 87 overall prospect, who walked three and struck out five while throwing 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

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Big Boston bats burst out, overpower KC

Big Boston bats burst out, overpower KC

BOSTON -- The Red Sox, led by the torrid Dustin Pedroia, responded emphatically from a recent hitting funk and snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 8-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Pedroia went 4-for-5 and is 8-for-9 in the first two games of this homestand. When he grounded into a 4-6-3 double play in his final at-bat, Pedroia's streak of hits in 11 straight at-bats came to an end, putting him just one shy of tying a Major League record.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Price turning it on for crunch time

Southpaw wins 4th straight while bringing ERA below 4.00 for 1st time since April

Price turning it on for crunch time

BOSTON -- For just a moment, David Price interrupted Kansas City's hot streak. The left-hander plowed through the Royals' lineup for his fourth straight win and an 8-3 Red Sox victory on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Price limited the Royals to five hits and two walks while fanning seven, inducing a rubber match Sunday night's finale. After Saturday's win, the southpaw lowered his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since April 5 -- his debut for the Red Sox.

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Pedroia's AB hit streak ends 1 shy of MLB record

Red Sox second baseman goes 11-for-11 before grounding into double play

Pedroia's AB hit streak ends 1 shy of MLB record

BOSTON -- The streak of excellence by Dustin Pedroia over the last three days was nearly historic, and the Red Sox couldn't help but get a little caught up in the excitement.

When Pedroia stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Royals, he had belted hits in 11 straight at-bats and reached base in 12 straight plate appearances.

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Ortiz hit a ball that disappeared in the sky

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Ortiz hit a ball that disappeared in the sky

David Ortiz very well may be magic. Between his penchant for clutch homers, his ability to hit homers powered by selfies or the fact that he's leading the league in OPS at the age of 40, the DH likely has a diploma from the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

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Groome among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Groome among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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Mookie's 5-hit night a footnote as Sox miss chances

Pedroia adds four hits, but lineup leaves dozen runners on base in defeat

Mookie's 5-hit night a footnote as Sox miss chances

BOSTON -- What should have been an occasion for Mookie Betts to celebrate the first five-hit game of his career was instead another night for the Red Sox to wonder why they are having such difficulty cashing in on scoring opportunities.

A 6-3 loss to the Royals in Friday night's opener of a six-game homestand was maddening in the sense that manager John Farrell's team pounded out 15 hits.

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