Willis’ 4 TD throws carry Hokies past Marshall, 41-20
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ryan Willis threw touchdown passes to four different receivers in the first half and Virginia Tech extended its nation's-best bowl streak to 26 years with a 41-20 victory against Marshall on Saturday.
Overtime FG gives Hokies wild 34-31 win over Virginia
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — It was a crazy finish that only started with a Hail Mary.
Brian Johnson kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime and Virginia Tech pulled out the wildest victory in its 100 meetings with Virginia, 34-31 on Friday night. The Hokies won their 15th in a row in the series and kept alive their hopes for a 26th consecutive bowl appearance.
Japan beats MLB All-Stars 4-1, win series 5-1
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Sosuke Genda hit a three-run triple that chased starter Brian Johnson in a four-run second inning, and Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-1 Thursday for their fifth win in the six-game series.
Genda scored on Ryosuke Kikuchi's sacrifice fly off Erasmo Ramirez at the Nagoya Dome.
LEADING OFF: Scherzer vs Nola, take 2; Red Sox reeling
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NL Cy Young Award candidates Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola share the mound for the second time in five days, this time at Nola's home park in Philadelphia. Nola (15-3, 2.13) got the better of Scherzer (16-6, 2.13) and the Nationals last Thursday in Washington, pitching eight innings with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 victory. Scherzer held the Phillies to two runs over seven innings, taking his first loss since July 2.
Bogaerts rallies Red Sox to 7-3 win over Rays
BOSTON (AP) — An early stumble did little to slow down the Boston Red Sox.
Boston scored seven straight runs after falling behind 3-0 in the first and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Friday night.
"We had a good night. Guys put in quality at-bats from the first hitter on," said Xander Bogaerts, who led the latest rally for the Red Sox with a two-run triple in the first.
Bogaerts added a pair of doubles and the Red Sox improved to 51 games above .500 at 87-36.
Red Sox move struggling LHP Pomeranz to bullpen
TORONTO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox moved struggling left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen and will keep left-hander Brian Johnson as a starter after ace lefty Chris Sale returns from the disabled list.
Pomeranz, 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA, is winless in eight starts since a May 2 victory over Kansas City. Pomeranz matched a season-worst with five walks in Tuesday's start at Toronto, leaving after 4 2-3 innings. He has completed more than five innings twice in 11 starts.
Devers hits 2-run HR in return as Red Sox beat Jays 10-5
TORONTO (AP) — The streaking Red Sox have had plenty to be pleased about in recent weeks.
The return of Rafael Devers gave Boston one more reason to smile.
Devers came off the disabled list and hit a two-run home run, Brian Johnson pitched a season-high seven innings to win his second straight start and the Red Sox extended their winning streak to six games with a 10-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
The Yankees and Red Sox open a four-game series at Fenway Park with the two best records in the majors, but minus key players.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox put ace Chris Sale on the disabled list Tuesday with left shoulder inflammation, meaning he will miss his scheduled start this week against the New York Yankees.
Sale said the soreness is in the same spot as usual after a start, but he wasn't recovering as quickly. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said there were no plans for an MRI.
Red Sox win 11-4 to drop Nationals to .500
WASHINGTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer during a six-run fifth inning, J.D. Martinez and Eduardo Nunez also went deep, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 11-4 on Tuesday.
Martinez drove in four and leads the majors with 26 homers and 71 RBIs. Boston has won 17 of its last 19 interleague games.
Washington has lost four straight and 16 of 21 to fall to 42-42, its first time at .500 since it was 17-17.
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith dislocated his pitching shoulder during a tantrum and went on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, an injury Boston said could be major.
The 28-year-old right-hander was hurt when he threw his glove in the dugout after leaving Monday night's 6-5 loss to Oakland. He entered with the Red Sox trailing 5-4 in the eighth, allowed Khris Davis' leadoff home run, then retired three straight batters. Brian Johnson relieved to start the ninth.
TORONTO (AP) — Luke Maile made up for "the dumbest play" of his career with the biggest home run he's ever hit.
Maile hit two homers, including a two-run shot in the 12th inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Maile's drive off Boston's Brian Johnson (1-2) improved the Blue Jays to 5-0 in extra innings after they overcame a superb outing by Red Sox starter Chris Sale.
MIAMI (AP) — The way the Boston Red Sox are pitching, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and David Ortiz might not be able to hit them.
The All-Star trio sat together in the Miami Marlins owners box Monday night as Brian Johnson gave the Red Sox their fifth solid start in five games, allowing one run in six innings in a 7-3 victory.
All five Boston starters have allowed less than two runs, a franchise first to begin a season.
Pop top: Yankees’ Judge could get time batting leadoff
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge could be used at times as a leadoff hitter this season.
The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was at the top of the lineup and went 1 for 4 in a 5-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
"It's a potential. That's why we're deploying it and assessing it," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "We're going to take a peak here. We'll see how it feels.(backslash), Simple as that."
How about a seven-man rotation?
Yesterday, the Red Sox revealed their pitching plans for the week, and the club will use seven different starters for seven games.
After missing six weeks with a knee injury, Eduardo Rodriguez was activated from the disabled list to start last night’s 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. But because of Saturday’s 16-inning game and Sunday’s doubleheader with the New York Yankees, plans have changed.
In between shots – when Payton Fehringer’s domination of a golf course is paused – her favorite song sometimes plays in her head to put her at ease.
“Don’t look at me now. I’m just makin’ my play. Don’t try to push your luck. Just get out of my way,” AC/DC’s Brian Johnson belts out in “Back in Black.”
Boston activates 2B Pedroia from DL
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has returned to the lineup after being activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Pedroia, on the DL since May 30 with a sprained left wrist, was back at second base Friday night when the Red Sox opened a three-game series against Detroit.
Pedroia is hitting .292 (50 for 171) in 45 games with two homers and 21 RBIs.
NEW YORK — Eduardo Rodriguez’ latest knee injury could have the young Red Sox starter out of the mix until after the All-Star break.
According to a report from CSN New England, Rodriguez’ exam with Dr.?James Andrews ended with a recommendation that Rodriguez rest for 3-4 weeks in an attempt to avoid surgery.
Even if he doesn’t require surgery this season, Rodriguez would remain a candidate for surgery at some point due to the repeated subluxations in his right knee.
The Red Sox starting pitching is so hot even their spot starters are tossing gems.
Triple-A call-up Brian Johnson threw a five-hit shutout in his third major league start and the Sox extended their winning streak to six games with a 6-0 win at Fenway Park on Saturday.
Johnson earns first win as Red Sox edge Blue Jays 8-7
TORONTO (AP) — Twenty-one months removed from his first and only start, Brian Johnson was back on a major league mound Tuesday night.
He certainly made the most of it, helping the Boston Red Sox to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, picking up his first win in the process.
"It's everything I thought it would be," he said after helping the Red Sox run their season-high win streak to four.
Red Sox notebook: Brian Johnson to take Eduardo Rodriguez’ turn in rotation tonight in Toronto
He’s been hit in the head with a line drive twice in five years, held up at gunpoint in his home state and endured time away from baseball to deal with overwhelming anxiety.
Today, Brian Johnson is coming back to the Red Sox.
“He’s been through quite a bit and we’re looking forward to the opportunity for him tomorrow,” manager John Farrell said.
Red Sox LHP Rodriguez goes on paternity leave
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against Toronto after Boston placed him on paternity leave.
Rodriguez's wife, Catherine, gave birth to a boy on Sunday.
Manager John Farrell said left-hander Brian Johnson is likely to start in place of Rodriguez. Johnson has gotten no decisions in two starts at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he has a 1.69 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings.
Tim Tebow made his first rookie mistake even before stepping into the batter's box.
The New York Mets newcomer walked behind home plate and took his practice swings near Boston's on-deck circle.
"I didn't know who that was back there. I thought it was the ball boy," AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello said.
The former NFL quarterback's debut as a big leaguer didn't go much better Wednesday.
AC/DC’s Cliff Williams quits; group’s 4th exit since 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — AC/DC is losing another member.
Bassist Cliff Williams has announced his departure from the group in a video posted on the band's YouTube channel Tuesday, the same day the group wrapped up its "Rock or Bust" tour in Philadelphia.
Williams says he's "just ready to get off the road" and needs more time for family and to "chill out."