Carlos Beltran doubled and belted a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.
Beltran just missed a second homer in another at-bat. Just as he did last season, Beltran is having a monster first half, sporting a .310 batting average with 17 homers and 45 RBI.
Rays optioned RHP Jake Odorizzi to Triple-A Durham.
Odorizzi pitched well against the Red Sox Tuesday as the 26th man during a doubleheader, but he'll return to Durham's rotation. He could be back up when the Rays need a fifth starter again.
Charlie Morton threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings to beat the Reds on Tuesday.
After a subpar first outing on June 13, Morton came back to limit the Reds to just three hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work. The win was his first of the season. He'll try for his second in Anaheim in an interleague tilt with the Angels on Sunday.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Andrew Bailey remains the team's closer for now, "but there's work to do."
Bailey blew his third save of the season Tuesday and has allowed five runs over his last four appearances. He has a little more leash, but his owners would be wise to pick up Junichi Tazawa as insurance.
Scott Atchison (groin) is likely to be placed on the disabled list.
Atchison suffered the injury on Tuesday while warming up before an appearance. It was his first day back from the DL for an elbow injury. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be out.
Felix Doubront fired eight scoreless innings, guiding the Red Sox to a 3-1 defeat of the Rays in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox won the first game on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 5-1 and are now 2 1/2 games up in the American League East standings. Doubront was brilliant, needing only 93 pitches to work through his eight frames. He struck out six, issued no walks and gave up just three hits. The left-hander will take a 4.38 ERA into his next start in Detroit. We wouldn't expect a similar set of results there.
J.J. Hardy went 3-for-4 with a home run as the Orioles beat the Tigers 5-2 on Tuesday.
Hardy had two singles to go with the two-run homer, giving him 14 home runs and 42 RBI on the season. The Orioles lineup is not lacking in hitters having great years, and Hardy is no exception.
Jonny Gomes hit a walkoff two-run homer as the Red Sox rallied to beat the Rays on Tuesday night.
Boston also won the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader with Tampa Bay. Gomes did not play in that earlier game and had not managed a hit through his first three at-bats when he came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. The rest, as they say, is history.