Toronto Blue Jays (28-49, fourth in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (42-36, third in the AL East)
Boston; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (4-9, 3.23...
Texas Rangers to visit the Boston Red Sox
Texas Rangers (36-31, second in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (35-34, third in the AL East)
Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Adrian Sampson (5-3, 3.72 ERA,...
NEW YORK (AP) — David Price picked an excellent time to erase his Boston zero in the Bronx.
The left-hander finally won at Yankee Stadium for the first time with the Red Sox, backed by early...
Boston Red Sox (27-25, third in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (35-18, first in the AL West)
Houston; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 5.43 ERA,...
HOUSTON (AP) — With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Carlos Correa had a straight-forward approach.
"I'm thinking, 'I've got to finish this game,'" Correa said.
Struggling Rays look to break 3-game slide
Boston Red Sox (8-13, fourth in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (14-7, first in the AL East)
Red Sox head to home opener with win after 3-8 trip
PHOENIX (AP) — Mitch Moreland homered off Merrill Kelly on the first pitch of the seventh inning, and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox ended an awful opening trip with a 1-0 win over the...
Red Sox expect Kimbrel closer to emerge from within roster
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston expects its new closer to emerge from the current Red Sox roster.
All-Star Craig Kimbrel turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the World Series champions, and the seven-time All-Star remains a free agent.
BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning capped Boston's rally from three runs down in the ninth against New York closer Aroldis Chapman, and the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep over the rival Yankees with a 5-4 victory on Sunday night.
Boston opened a 9 1/2-game lead atop the AL East over the Yankees, who lost their season-high fifth straight.
Boston (79-34) has won eight of nine games and owns the majors' best record.
BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi is ready to be back in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. He knows he'll have the fans on his side in Fenway Park, too, especially after his debut with Boston.
Eovaldi pitched seven impressive innings, J.D. Martinez drove in all three runs to increase his major league-leading RBI total to 89 and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Sunday for their 18th victory in 22 games.
Price, Red Sox win again by blanking Tigers 1-0
DETROIT (AP) — One run was enough for David Price and the Red Sox — but only after Boston escaped a couple of dicey jams.
Price pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Red Sox kept right on rolling in their first game after the All-Star break, beating the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Friday night. Price worked out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out situation in the fourth, and reliever Matt Barnes maneuvered through a tough spot of his own in the eighth.
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale wasn't about to slow down the way he was pitching.
Sale struck out 13 over seven dazzling innings, Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and the Boston Red Sox won the weekend and season series over the Seattle Mariners with a 5-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.
"You try to find a good rhythm and tempo, find a groove and keep it going," the 6-foot-6 lefty said after posting his first scoreless outing since going six shutout innings in his first start of the season.
SEATTLE (AP) — Denard Span came to the plate in the eighth inning, knowing the situation was why the Seattle Mariners traded for him three weeks ago.
The veteran outfielder kept his cool and stroked a pinch-hit double that scored two runs, leading the Mariners to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Span, batting for Guillermo Heredia with one out, hit a liner to the right-field corner off Matt Barnes (0-2) after Ryon Healy walked and Ben Gamel singled to left.
BOSTON (AP) — Fans using their cell phone lights caused a brief delay when the Detroit Tigers were batting in the seventh inning at Fenway Park Wednesday night.
It started to grow with one out in the seventh of Boston's 7-1 win and circled the stands when Detroit's Niko Goodrum took a called third strike from pitcher Matt Barnes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner capped a slump-busting performance with a go-ahead, two-run triple off Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning, Aaron Judge followed with a homer and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Wednesday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of Stephon Clark joined hundreds of people at a rally urging California's capital city not to let his memory or calls for police reform fade nearly two weeks after the 22-year-old unarmed black man was killed by Sacramento officers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr found himself on the defensive for not attending a rally in California's capital city after he pledged his organization's support to the family of an unarmed black man killed by police.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of Stephon Clark joined hundreds at a rally Saturday, urging California's capital city not to let his memory or calls for police reform fade nearly two weeks after the 22-year-old unarmed black man was killed by Sacramento officers.
Matt Barnes retires from NBA at 37, saying he did it his way
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Barnes is retiring from the NBA after playing for nine teams over 14 years and winning a championship with Golden State last season.
The 37-year-old small forward hasn't played this season. He posted his retirement announcement on Instagram on Monday.
Red Sox activate star 2B Dustin Pedroia from disabled list
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have activated All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia after another stint on the 10-day disabled list because of left knee trouble.
Pedroia was in the starting lineup at his regular position and batting fifth Friday night at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox lead the AL East by 4 1/2 games over New York.
BOSTON — First pitch was still more than an hour away Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, but for Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes, the work day was already done.
There would be no late-inning call to the bullpen summoning Barnes to come in, put out a fire and help lock down a win. Barnes, the 2008 Bethel High School graduate who has established himself as a vital component at the back end of the Boston bullpen, went on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a lower back strain.
It’s that time of the year.
John Farrell might have been saving closer Craig Kimbrel like he was the last gallon of water in the desert last weekend in the Bronx, but the skipper is once again managing with urgency as the New York Yankees return to Fenway Park for a three-game series this weekend.
On Wednesday night, the Red Sox were losing by two when Farrell used his bullpen as if he had a two-run lead.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit his first career grand slam, connecting in the eighth inning to rally the Kansas City Royals over the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Wednesday.
The Royals have won nine of 11 and moved within a game of .500.
Perez homered over the Kansas City bullpen in left field on the ninth pitch from Robby Scott (0-1). With Boston leading 4-2, reliever Matt Barnes started the inning by walking Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain on 12 pitches.
Four months ago, when the college season was getting started, Tanner Houck sat in a burger joint just off the University of Missouri campus and explained his approach on the mound.
“I’m going to be who I am,” Houck told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “No matter what the scouting report says, if it says they’re a good fastball hitter, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m not going to shy away.”
Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes entered last night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th inning with a growing sense of confidence.
The lanky right-hander dismissed some earlier misgivings in the bullpen and dispatched the Phillies over two scoreless innings to pick up the victory in a 6-5 interleague win at Fenway Park.
Barnes earned a career-high fifth relief win along with a season-tying five strikeouts in two innings.
Red Sox win 4th straight, 6-2 over Rangers
BOSTON (AP) — There's something about Boston Red Sox pitchers and 20-strikeout games.
There have been six major league games with that many strikeouts and the Red Sox made the list for the third time, fanning that many Texas Rangers for a 6-2 victory Thursday night and a sweep of the three-game series.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala sat out Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs with left knee soreness.
Then Golden State lost starting center Zaza Pachulia to a bruised right heel and he was scheduled for an X-ray. Pachulia played nearly 7 minutes but not the entire second quarter and he didn't return after halftime as Matt Barnes took his place.
Xander Bogaerts could be the nicest guy in Boston.
It just so happens that he’s also one of the best pure hitters in baseball.
“He’s just genuinely a good dude,” said Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes.
MINNEAPOLIS — The only difference was the height of the two pitches, both of which were thrown well behind Manny Machado.
At least Chris Sale didn’t come close to Machado’s head.
Sale will not be suspended by MLB for his 98-mph fastball thrown behind Machado’s ankles during his last start, according to ESPN.com. There was some thought that Sale could be suspended, especially after right-hander Matt Barnes was suspended for four games, about the equivalent of 10 games for a starter.
MINNEAPOLIS — At least the Red Sox are showing some fight.
They could have faded away quietly last night, as they had for most of the game, the first of three against the Minnesota Twins. But they put two on in the ninth and pinch-hitter Chris Young came through with a two-run, game-tying single, supplying some energy for a possible uplifting victory.
MINNEAPOLIS — At least the Red Sox are showing some fight.
Chris Young pinch hit for Christian Vazquez in the ninth inning Friday night and hit a two-run, game-tying single, erasing an otherwise quiet and disappointing night from the Red Sox offense.
The Orioles and Red Sox play each other again in early June, as do the Astros and Rangers.
Perhaps by then, cooler heads can prevail. If not, the umpires in those series will have their work cut out for them.
Tempers flared in Boston and Houston this week, with divisional rivalries descending into open hostility. Manny Machado of the Orioles lashed out at the entire Boston organization after he was again nearly hit by a pitch, and the benches cleared in the series opener between Houston and Texas.
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Manny Machado will see whether Red Sox are going to throw at him again. Still simmering from Machado's slide that injured Dustin Pedroia less than two weeks, Boston took another shot at the Baltimore star when Chris Sale's fastball sailed behind his legs Monday night at Fenway Park.
BOSTON (AP) — Manny Machado put on quite a show.
The Orioles third baseman slugged a long homer out of Fenway Park, drove in two runs and made three solid plays in his first game against Boston since a dustup with the Red Sox just over a week ago, carrying the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-2 victory Monday night.
Caleb Joseph added an RBI double for the Orioles, who beat Boston for the fourth time in six games this season.
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BIRDS IN BEANTOWN
The Orioles face Boston at Fenway Park in their first meeting since tempers flared a week ago at Camden Yards. Manny Machado rankled the Red Sox with a late slide into second baseman Dustin Pedroia, then two days later, Matt Barnes buzzed the Baltimore star with a fastball behind the head. The dustup drew a lot of heat, and Barnes was suspended four games.