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Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a grand slam to help the Red Sox defeat the Rays 6-4 on Saturday.

The Sox were trailing in the seventh inning when Pedroia stepped to the plate with two outs and the sacks jacked. He unloaded them with his 14th home run of the season, helping them clinch a playoff berth in the process. The homer also gave him his 100th run scored this year, and the 33-year-old is batting .318/.377/.447 with 71 RBI and seven steals through 148 games.
Sep 24 - 10:45 PM

Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rays.

Holt plated the first run of the game with a double in the second inning. The all-purpose 28-year-old is hitting .264/.326/.397 with seven homers, 34 RBI, 44 runs scored and four steals in 88 games this year.
Sep 24 - 10:34 PM

Rick Porcello allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings in a win over the Rays on Saturday.

Porcello gave up three runs in the third inning but settled down to hold them scoreless the rest of his time. He gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out nine in the outing. The right-hander improved to a ridiculous 22-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with the win. He'll get one final stab at the 2016 regular season Friday against the Blue Jays.
Sep 24 - 10:06 PM

Steven Wright (shoulder) isn't ready to throw a bullpen session.

Wright was scheduled to throw a pen session on Sunday but the team realized he wasn't ready. He'll continue with his throwing program but the odds of Wright making it back by the end of the regular season are incredibly slim. Boston could stash him on the postseason roster but even that seems overly optimistic. Frankly, the Red Sox don't need him. Wright was Boston's best pitcher in the first half but David Price and Clay Buchholz have been lights out since the All-Star break while Rick Porcello has emerged as a leading contender for the AL Cy Young Award.
Sep 24 - 4:39 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) could return this season "if the need arises."

Sandoval is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's made two appearances in the fall instructional league at DH and took batting practice with the Red Sox on Saturday. It's still a long shot but there's an outside chance Panda could make the postseason roster, particularly if something happens to Aaron Hill, Travis Shaw or Brock Holt over the next week.
Sep 24 - 4:34 PM

David Ortiz continued his historic final season Friday against the Rays by going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.

His first-inning blast against Chris Archer was all the Red Sox would need on this night. Ortiz is now sitting on 37 homers and 124 RBI to go along with a .319/.406/.634 batting line. He’s already passed Dave Kingman for the most homers ever by a player in his final season and Friday’s two-run blast pushed him ahead of Shoeless Joe Jackson for the most RBI.
Sep 23 - 10:13 PM

Drew Pomeranz limited the Rays to one run over five innings in a 2-1 victory on Friday.

The only run scored on a Mikie Mahtook homer in the second inning. Pomeranz has now allowed 14 homers in just 67 1/3 innings with the Red Sox. Still, Friday was a step forward for him. He gave up four hits without walking a batter and struck out four. There’s some concern over his career-high workload this season, so it’s unclear when he’ll start next.
Sep 23 - 10:13 PM

Brad Ziegler held on Friday against the Rays for his 22nd save of the season.

Craig Kimbrel was unavailable after pitching the previous three days. Ziegler gave up a leadoff double to Evan Longoria, but he retired the next two batters before intentionally walking Corey Dickerson to pitch to Juniel Querecuto. The decision paid off, as Ziegler struck out Querecuto swinging to finish off Boston’s ninth straight victory.
Sep 23 - 10:12 PM

Mookie Betts went 3-for-4 with a walk in Friday’s win over the Rays.

All three hits were singles. Betts has now hit safely in 10 straight games. The American League MVP candidate is batting .321/.365/.543 on the year.
Sep 23 - 10:11 PM

Andrew Benintendi is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

The club isn't ready to play the rookie outfielder in three straight games yet following his return last week from a left knee injury. Brock Holt is in left field.
Sep 23 - 5:34 PM

Steven Wright (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

Wright first injured his shoulder back on August 7 during a pinch-running appearance. Red Sox manager John Farrell conceded that if the knuckleballer made it back this season, it would likely be in a relief role. "Just off the top of your head, you’d say yeah, just because of the number of pitches he might be capable of," Farrell said. "But the biggest thing we’ve got to determine is if he’s ready for that next step of intensity."
Sep 23 - 8:49 AM

Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Ramirez got the Sox on the board in the first inning with an RBI single, and he capped the scoring with a solo homer in the seventh. The dinger was his 29th of the year, and he's got a whopping 109 RBI and 80 runs scored as well. His next jack, if he gets there, will give him just his second 30-homer season of his career.
Sep 23 - 12:17 AM

Craig Kimbrel struck out two Orioles in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning his 29th save of the year.

Kimbrel drew the bottom third of the Orioles order and made quick work of it, fanning J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim before getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end it. Kimbrel has now rattled off seven scoreless outings and hasn't allowed an earned run since August 9. The 28-year-old has a 2.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 50 innings to go along with those 29 saves.
Sep 23 - 12:08 AM

David Price allowed three runs over seven innings in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Price gave up six hits, including a three-run homer to Trey Mancini that accounted for all three of the Orioles' runs, while striking out five and walking two on the night. Despite a 3.91 ERA, the win was the eighth in a row for Price to improve him to 17-8 through 33 starts overall. Price will look to make it nine in a row when he takes on the Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Sep 23 - 12:01 AM

Andrew Benintendi is still batting ninth on Thursday versus the Orioles.

Red Sox manager John Farrell spoke late Wednesday about moving the young outfielder up in the order, but that won't happen Thursday night at Baltimore. Benintendi has continued to rake since returning on September 13 from a left knee sprain and avulsion fracture. He boasts a .317/.360/.524 batting line over his first 25 major league games.
Sep 22 - 3:27 PM


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