The Red Sox plan to activate second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list Friday, and he'll make his season debut either that night against the Braves or on Saturday, said manager Alex Cora.
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The Red Sox returned right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez from his injury rehabilitation assignment and activated him from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday. To make room for Velazquez on the 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Wednesday's game against the Rays.
The Red Sox capitalized on a few ninth-inning miscues by the Rays to clinch the three-game series. Xander Bogaerts' go-ahead RBI double snapped an 0-for-13 hitless stretch during the three-run frame. Former teammates and good friends David Price and Chris Archer both tossed six innings of one-run ball.
For all the numbers we have now in baseball, for all who now worship at the Church of Analytics, there is still no number or set of numbers that can measure with any certainty what a player can become. So it was with J.D. Martinez, who right now, this minute, is one of the best hitters in the game, but was released by the Astros in Spring Training in 2014.
Chris Sale had his lethal fastball and putaway slider working in concert on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, flustering the Rays and leading the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory in the opener of a three-game series.
Mookie Betts continues to play the role of slugger from the leadoff spot for the Red Sox. The star right fielder smashed a three-run homer over the wall in left in the top of the third to give the Red Sox a lead they wouldn't relinquish in an eventual 4-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who has had a tough start to the season, will be pushed back a couple of days in the rotation and will take his next turn on Saturday -- at which time he will have seven days of rest.
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.
Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez as the American League Player of the Week and Giants veteran Brandon Belt as the National League Player of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason.
Should J.D. Martinez move up to the three-hole in the Red Sox's lineup? Sox fans are curious in the latest Inbox.
J.D. Martinez hit two homers to give him 15 on the season and tie him with Mookie Betts for the Major League lead in dingers, while Andrew Benintendi added a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Orioles on Sunday.
J.D. Martinez continues to be red-hot, as he belted a pair of homers in Sunday afternoon's 5-0 win against the Orioles at Fenway Park.
Hanley continues to be every kid's BFF
Boston's 1-2 punch of leadoff man Mookie Betts and No. 2 hitter Andrew Benintendi supported a strong pitching performance by Rick Porcello in leading the Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night at Fenway Park. Betts and Benintendi smashed back-to-back homers in the bottom of the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie. For Betts, it was his MLB-leading 15th homer of the season.
Red Sox leadoff man Mookie Betts had been plenty busy roaring around the bases on this homestand, belting a succession of hits. In his second at-bat on Friday, he finally gave himself the luxury of trotting around the bases.
Another spotty performance by Drew Pomeranz in Friday night's 7-4 loss to the Orioles Friday night at Fenway Park created an opening for knuckleballer Steven Wright to eat up some innings in the bullpen.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
David Price was an efficient, strike-throwing machine on Thursday night at Fenway Park, turning in his best performance of the season and one of his best as a member of the Red Sox. The lefty came one pitch away from throwing his fourth career shutout but settled for a complete game as the Red Sox rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Orioles to increase their Major League-leading total in wins to 30.
J.D. Martinez wasted no time continuing his recent power surge when he belted a two-run homer into the bleachers in center field to give the Red Sox a quick lead over the Orioles in the bottom of the first inning on Thursday night in a 6-2 win at Fenway Park.
Just over a quarter of the way into the season, Xander Bogaerts already has more than half as many home runs as he hit in 2017.
The Red Sox are bringing back the Old-Timers Game for the first time in a quarter-century, giving fans a chance to see some of the greatest performers and characters in team history perform on May 27 in a three-inning game scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Betts gets huge jumps, runs wild on steals
At the quarter-season mark, the American League East has basically been a clash between traditional heavyweights, New York and Boston. However, there's a lot of baseball to be played in the summer of 2018. Will the Yankees or Red Sox run away with it? Or will the Blue Jays, Orioles or Rays find a way to fight their way back into contention? Here's a look at where each of the teams in the AL East stacks up with three-quarters of the season remaining.
With the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth, Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer over the Green Monster to break the game open on Wednesday night. J.D. Martinez got the scoring started for Boston with a two-run shot while ace Chris Sale fanned nine over five innings.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora doesn't agree with the assertion from Carson Smith that the righty's shoulder subluxation that occurred when he threw his glove Monday in the dugout could have been caused by fatigue.
Seldom-used Blake Swihart is keeping a positive attitude amid a report that his agent asked the Red Sox to trade him.
Inconsistency continues to be Eduardo Rodriguez's biggest nemesis. Five days after his best start of the season, the lefty was sluggish early and the Red Sox never recovered, falling, 5-3, to the Athletics.
Though Blake Swihart continues to play infrequently, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski stood by the decision on Tuesday to keep him on the roster.
The Red Sox showed hints of a comeback on Monday night at Fenway Park but could never close the gap all the way, taking a 6-5 loss to the Athletics in the opener of a seven-game homestand.
After being no-hit by Sean Manaea in Oakland on April 20, the Red Sox fared better in their rematch against the talented left-hander on Monday night. J.D. Martinez smacked a single up the middle to open the second inning, ensuring that the Red Sox wouldn't be on the wrong side of history again.