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Seeking sixth straight win, Sox send Peavy vs. Jays
Monday marked the first of 13 consecutive games Boston will play against divisional opponents. On Tuesday, the Blue Jays and Sox -- who have won five in a row -- play the second of a four-game set at Rogers Centre, with Jake Peavy and J.A. Happ sharing the rubber.

Red Sox stay hot, pound four homers in rout of Jays
The Red Sox won their fifth straight game with a 14-1 trouncing of the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday night. David Ortiz crushed two homers and Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew also went deep as Boston climbed out of the basement in the American League East, passing Tampa Bay in the opener of a four-game set.

Papi ties, passes Yaz on all-time homer list
With his two-run shot in the top of the fourth inning Monday night, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz tied Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for No. 36 on the all-time home run list with 452. Ortiz then hit No. 453 in the fifth to take sole possession of 36th place.

Red Sox sign first 21 picks from '14 Draft
For the first time in at least 20 years, the Red Sox signed their first 21 picks from the First-Year Player Draft.

Victorino gets a break from Rogers Centre turf
Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was not in the lineup for the series opener against the Blue Jays on Monday after playing a pair of games over the weekend for the first time since late May.

Lester aces Royals as Sox complete sweep
Jon Lester logged eight scoreless frames and Daniel Nava added three RBIs for the Red Sox in a 6-0 win over the Royals on Sunday to complete a series sweep.

Farrell plots break plan for Red Sox players
With the next seven games -- in seven days -- on turf, Red Sox manager John Farrell is trying to manage his roster by not overextending anyone, especially Shane Victorino, who returned from a strained right hamstring on Saturday.

Carp accepting of his role as platoon player
Without a left-handed-hitting counterpart, it's difficult for a club to find a spot for someone like Jonny Gomes. Fortunately for the platooning Gomes, Mike Carp has been a good foil.

Middlebrooks working his way back at Triple-A
Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks -- in his latest rehab stint -- played third base and went 2-for-4 in Pawtucket's 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisons on Saturday night at McCoy Stadium.

Betts slated to get more seasoning in Minors
Now that Shane Victorino is back for the Red Sox, Mookie Betts can get back to Triple-A to round out his development. As it was, it was a bit of a quick ascent to the Majors for Betts, who rocketed through the farm system after being drafted out of high school in 2014.

Napoli's Monster jack powers Sox past Royals
Mike Napoli belted a go-ahead homer over the Green Monster in the sixth to back a solid outing from Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa in a 2-1 win over the Royals on Saturday night.

Victorino comes off DL looking to spark Sox
The Red Sox activated outfielder Shane Victorino from the disabled list on Saturday and optioned outfielder Mookie Betts to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Gomes delivers in pinch with blast to best KC
Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes followed suit after Xander Bogaerts' two-run blast in a decisive sixth inning as the Red Sox rallied for a 5-4 win over the Royals on Friday night at Fenway Park.

Middlebrooks to resume rehab at 3B, not OF
Will Middlebrooks will move his focus back to playing third base after the club had intended to get him some work in the outfield while he rehabbed with Triple-A Pawtucket.

'Nervous' Koji fans one in All-Star Game debut
Even for a man who closed out last year's World Series with a strikeout, the spectacle of the All-Star Game seemed daunting. So Koji Uehara made it easy for manager John Farrell. The righty told Farrell he didn't want the ball in the ninth inning.

Butterfield thrilled to be reunited with Jeter
Long before Derek Jeter became a legendary figure, he toiled on the backfields with Red Sox third-base coach Brian Butterfield, who hit him one fungo after another and peppered him on the fundamentals of the game.

AL-Americans: Jeter, Trout spark victory
Mike Trout delivered the go-ahead hit and the game's first run, winning the All-Star MVP Award, but it was Derek Jeter who stole the show in his final Midsummer Classic. Jeter went 2-for-2 with a run scored to set the tone for the AL, which won home-field advantage in the World Series.

Sox All-Stars have faith in second-half turnaround
Though the Red Sox are in last place in the American League East at the symbolic midpoint of the season, their two All-Stars haven't given up hope that the team can turn it around.


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