Farrell sticking with Porcello to end first half
With off-days on Monday and Thursday, the Red Sox had the option of bypassing the struggling Rick Porcello until after the All-Star break, but manager John Farrell will give the righty the ball on Wednesday against the Marlins.

Ortiz makes rare start at first to spell Napoli
For nearly a decade, it was a certainty that David Ortiz would only need his first baseman's mitt for a road Interleague or World Series game, in which the Red Sox did not have the designated hitter. But things changed on Sunday, as the slugger got the nod at first and the heavily-slumping Mike Napoli was on the bench.

Victorino gets 2 hits in return to lineup
As Shane Victorino trotted out to right field before the start of Saturday's game against the Astros, he felt a rush of adrenaline. It marked the first time he was in the Red Sox's starting lineup since May 23.

Buchholz continues to deal like an ace
For Clay Buchholz, things couldn't be any better right now. He is firing gem after gem and doing it with a catcher in Sandy Leon that he works in perfect harmony with. His body, which has betrayed him in years past, has never felt stronger.

Buchholz stifles AL-leading Astros
Clay Buchholz continued his mastery of the Houston Astros -- and his recent dominance against everyone -- by firing a gem on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, leading the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory.

Panda raises the bar in defensive clinic
Although he's not quite known for his fleetness of foot, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval still has a penchant for flashing moments of highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. In Saturday's 6-1 win vs. the Astros, he added another quality play to the list at Fenway Park.

Sox keeping options open on Pedroia's return
Dustin Pedroia took batting practice for the second straight day, and the Red Sox haven't ruled him out for a return against the Yankees next weekend.

Bullpen taxed, Red Sox recall Wright
With three straight starting pitchers unable to pitch into the sixth inning, the Red Sox were forced into another roster move before Saturday's game vs. the Astros, with knuckleballer Steven Wright getting recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Righty Ramirez thrust into bumpy Sox debut
As their Friday night deadlock with the Astros rolled on into the 10th inning at Fenway Park, and with closer Koji Uehara no longer available after a scoreless ninth, the Red Sox needed another late-inning stopper to suppress the potent top of Houston's lineup.

'Overaggressive' Betts gets caught for key out
Mookie Betts tried to make a play for the Red Sox on Friday night, but it didn't take long for him to realize it was the wrong one.

Red Sox drop slugfest to Astros in extras
Carlos Correa had a memorable Fenway Park debut, belting three hits, including an RBI single that put the Astros ahead for good in a 12-8 victory over the Red Sox in 10 innings on Friday night.

Heady play: Ortiz breaks up DP with helmet
There are plenty of reasons batters wear helmets on the basepaths, and Friday night's game between the Astros and Red Sox at Fenway Park provided another prime example -- one that also kept a key inning alive for Boston. In the fifth, Sox slugger David Ortiz found himself advancing to second base after Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to third.

Nursing foot injury, Swihart placed on DL
With Ryan Hanigan back in the catching mix, the Red Sox were able to get Blake Swihart off his feet and put him on the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Astros.

Red Sox activate Victorino, option Bradley
Shane Victorino has made his share of returns to the Red Sox the last couple of seasons, and the hope is that this time, he can stay healthy for a prolonged period. The right fielder was activated prior to Friday's game against the Astros, and Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Miley grinds through 5 frames to pick up win
It wasn't easy, but Wade Miley fought through five innings to earn the victory as the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays, 12-6, in the series finale on Thursday night at Rogers Centre. The left-hander tied a career high with seven walks and allowed a season-high 14 baserunners.

Top of the order sets the tone for Red Sox
The Red Sox swung their way to a series victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Thursday night, registering a season-high 19 hits while scoring eight runs in the first inning en route to a 12-6 win.

Red Sox ride 8-run first to series win vs. Jays
The Red Sox rode a big first inning all the way to a 12-6 victory over the Blue Jays in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Thursday night. Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt were 4-for-6 at the plate, Mookie Betts and Alejandro De Aza had three hits apiece and Wade Miley posted a five-inning start to help Boston clinch the series.

Red Sox activate Hanigan from 60-day DL
The Red Sox activated catcher Ryan Hanigan ahead of Thursday's 12-6 win against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. In a corresponding move, the club optioned reliever Jonathan Aro to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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