Sox's first pinch HR of year lifts strong Porcello
Rick Porcello allowed just one run on two hits and fanned a season-high 10 batters over seven stellar innings, but playing in a National League park and his spot in the order coming up in the eighth, manager Alex Cora did the conventional thing by turning to a pinch-hitter. Brock Holt then did something that is not conventional for him, absolutely unloading for a solo homer against Phillies righty Tommy Hunter that snapped a tied ballgame and sent Boston to its MLB-leading 86th win.

Swihart off DL; Kinsler close to returning
Backup catcher/utility man Blake Swihart (right hamstring strain) was activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game. And starting second baseman Ian Kinsler, who had the same injury but to the left hamstring, could return as early as Wednesday.

Eovaldi looks to get back on track
Righty Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.74 ERA) will try to rediscover the form he had in his first two starts for the Red Sox after getting shelled (2 2/3 innings, 10 hits, eight runs) last time out at Camden Yards. In Eovaldi's first two starts for Boston, he was unscored on over 15 innings. Eovaldi is 3-4 with a 3.51 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies, who counter with righty Vince Velasquez (8-9, 3.98 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Squirrel runs around field in Pawtucket
Squirrel runs around field in Pawtucket

Sox's best August trade came in 2012
While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made.

Houck spins a gem for Salem
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

See the Red Sox Players' Weekend nicknames
For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Red Sox's Top 30 Prospects list
Who do the Red Sox have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Boston's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.

Inbox: Can Red Sox add another reliever?
Can the Red Sox acquire any relief help before the waivers Deadline? Beat reporter Ian Browne answers fans' questions.

J.D. slugs way to Player of the Week honors
Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers Monday, naming the Red Sox's J.D. Martinez and the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman as the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.

Sale K's 12, leads Sox to swift sweep of O's
Chris Sale returned off the disabled list to strike out 12 in five innings to secure the sweep over the Orioles. Steve Pearce homered in the first, and Boston added one run on an error in the fourth and a pair in the ninth on a Jackie Bradley Jr. single and a Mookie Betts double. Baltimore starter Alex Cobb struck out seven in seven frames, and Trey Mancini knocked a sac fly in the eighth.

Sox activate Sale; Bogaerts, Benintendi rest
Brandon Workman, who pitched twice in the series against the Orioles, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Chris Sale, who returned from the disabled list on Sunday to strike out 12 across five innings in the Red Sox's 4-1 series-sweeping win over Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Chavis makes Pipeline Team of the Week
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Each team's jersey number likely to be retired next
Which active players might end up with their jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? We take a look at the most likely active player to someday have his number retired for every team.

Chavis, Dalbec drive in all 6 Sea Dogs runs
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

J.D. slugs Sox to DH sweep with HRs 36, 37
Two homers in Saturday night's 6-4 win over the Orioles -- including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth -- continued the legend that is J.D. Martinez's 2018 campaign. Martinez's third multi-homer game of the season extended his MLB lead in long balls to 37 and RBIs to 104, propelling him in the batting-title race behind teammate Mookie Betts. Whereas David Price and his six scoreless innings played hero in Game 1 by saving the bullpen, Martinez took on the role in Game 2.

Price fans season-high 10 in Game 1 DH victory
David Price went six innings as the Red Sox blanked the Orioles. Price struck out a season-high 10 batters and scattered five hits. Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in the fifth off Jimmy Yacabonis, who got the spot start. Bradley added another solo shot in the ninth.

Rodriguez progressing, throws batting practice
When Eduardo Rodriguez sprained his right ankle July 14 against the Blue Jays, Red Sox manager Alex Cora had one word for it -- ugly. Friday, after Rodriguez threw live on-field batting practice before a four-game series against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Cora had a new word for his starter: electric.

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