Price out to hit the nail on the head vs. Twins

Price out to hit the nail on the head vs. Twins

Red Sox left-hander David Price will test out his cracked left middle fingernail when he takes the mound against the Twins and right-hander Kyle Gibson in the series finale on Thursday night at Fenway Park.

Price (2-2, 4.76 ERA) sustained the cracked fingernail while pitching against the Angels on Saturday, and he was removed after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over six innings on 103 pitches. But manager John Farrell said he doesn't expect it to be an issue.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox strand shot to pick up Porcello vs. Twins

Sox strand shot to pick up Porcello vs. Twins

BOSTON -- Rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia didn't look fazed while pitching with the Green Monster at his back for the time in his career.

In fact, Mejia stifled the Red Sox while leading the Twins to a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night at Fenway. Over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Mejia scattered five hits while walking one and striking out three. Mejia pitched five shutout innings for a win against the Indians in his previous start.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Twins on Wednesday.

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Red Sox eye offensive spark; is Hanley it?

DH struggling, especially vs. lefties, but is intent on going on a hot streak

Red Sox eye offensive spark; is Hanley it?

BOSTON -- When the Red Sox get Hanley Ramirez back from a three-game absence on Thursday night, the hope is that the slugger can start laying the groundwork for another mid- to late-season surge.

This is about more than Ramirez doing what is expected of him. It is also about an offense, which was held to an RBI groundout in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Twins, that hasn't reached its potential yet.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Devers, Chavis power Portland to victory

Devers, Chavis power Portland to victory

As the Red Sox continue to explore how best to fill their glaring hole at third base, Rafael Devers is doing everything in his power at Double-A Portland to convince the organization he's ready for the big leagues.

The Red Sox's top prospect went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs on Wednesday as he led the Sea Dogs past New Hampshire, 5-1. It was the fifth career multi-homer game and second of the season for the 20-year-old third baseman, who snapped out of a 3-for-19 skid with the three-hit effort.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sharp Pomeranz stays loose during long delay

Red Sox lefty allows just one unearned run while fanning 7 over 5 innings

Sharp Pomeranz stays loose during long delay

BOSTON -- As the time ticked away during Tuesday's 76-minute rain delay, Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz hardly ever stopped moving.

If he was going to have any chance to keep pitching, Pomeranz knew he would have to stay loose.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fenway sparks: Sox, Mother Nature amaze

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Fenway sparks: Sox, Mother Nature amaze

Tuesday night was a bit of a mess in Boston, as the Red Sox had to start and stop their game against the Twins multiple times due to the weather. At roughly three hours past the scheduled first pitch, they had not even completed three innings.

The happy byproduct of the rain was a plethora of beautiful pictures from Fenway Park that would look great on a postcard.

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Farrell gets 1-game suspension for ejection

Farrell gets 1-game suspension for ejection

BOSTON -- The Red Sox were without manager John Farrell for Tuesday night's game vs. the Twins after Major League Baseball issued him a one-game suspension for his actions arguing a balk call with umpire Bill Miller during Saturday's contest against the Angels.

Farrell was also fined an undisclosed amount for his suspension, which cannot be appealed, according to league rules.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox wait out rain to beat Twins, take 1st

Red Sox wait out rain to beat Twins, take 1st

BOSTON -- Two lengthy rain delays did nothing to dampen the Boston bats, as the Red Sox rode a steady stream of hits and a strong pitching performance by Drew Pomeranz en route to a 9-2 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Christian Vazquez and Chris Young both smashed towering homers over the Green Monster. Dustin Pedroia scored twice and smacked three hits. Xander Bogaerts added two hits and two runs.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Twins on Tuesday.

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Sale's pitch: Sox ace stifles Twins for 10th win

Sale's pitch: Sox ace stifles Twins for 10th win

BOSTON -- Chris Sale's latest pitching clinic helped deliver the Red Sox a 4-1 victory over the Twins in Monday night's opener of a four-game series between two teams that started the day in first place in their respective divisions.

The lanky lefty allowed four hits and a run over 6 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out nine. It was Sale's 14th quality start in his 16 outings with the Red Sox. Picking up steam in his quest to be an All-Star for the sixth time, Sale improved to 10-3 while lowering his ERA to 2.77.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Twins on Monday.

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Farrell's decision to go to 'pen in 7th pays off

Red Sox manager takes out Sale at 108 pitches; Hembree gets inning-ending DP

Farrell's decision to go to 'pen in 7th pays off

BOSTON -- With a significant jam in progress in the top of the seventh inning and the Red Sox clinging to a one-run lead over the Twins, manager John Farrell took ace Chris Sale out of Monday night's game at 108 pitches.

It is the type of decision that gets second-guessed in any market if it doesn't work.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betts needs ballot boost in final days of vote

Betts needs ballot boost in final days of vote

BOSTON -- On sinking line drives hit to his direction in right field, Mookie Betts is known for his closing speed. Now, he needs his fans to react in a similarly swift fashion so he can start his second consecutive All-Star Game for the American League.

In the final balloting update for the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard released Monday, Betts currently ranks sixth in the outfield in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Millar still raking, homers with indy team

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Millar still raking, homers with indy team

Before Kevin Millar was showing off his unique and outgoing personality on MLB Network, he was a 12-year MLB veteran. Across four teams, he finished with a .274/.358/.452 line and 170 career home runs.

But he just added an additional home run to his name on Saturday night.

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Red Sox thrilled by Fister's strong '17 debut

Veteran right-hander delivers 6 innings to cap whirlwind weekend

Red Sox thrilled by Fister's strong '17 debut

BOSTON -- At 5 a.m. ET on Saturday, Doug Fister was arriving in Boston from his red-eye flight. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, he was walking off of the mound to a standing ovation at Fenway Park.

No, he didn't earn the win, as the Red Sox fell to the Angels, 4-2, but the start was about more than the score at the end of nine innings.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

JBJ, Moreland HRs not enough in finale

JBJ, Moreland HRs not enough in finale

BOSTON -- It wasn't the offensive barrage that many were expecting, but the Angels escaped Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon with a series win, propelling themselves back over .500.

A three-run rally in the second inning was all Anaheim needed to secure a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, pushing its record to 40-39. The Halos received a boost from outfielder Ben Revere, who contributed a season-high three hits, and from newly promoted infielder Kaleb Cowart, who crushed an RBI double off the Green Monster in his first Major League at-bat of the year and later drove in a key insurance run with a broken-bat single off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Price dealing with cracked fingernail

Injury to left middle finger not expected to affect next start Thursday vs. Twins

Price dealing with cracked fingernail

BOSTON -- The mystery injury that David Price acquired during his start against the Angels on Saturday was revealed to be a cracked fingernail on the middle finger of his left hand.

The left-hander was removed from the outing after six innings, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) on 103 pitches, but Price hinted after the game that he normally would have gone out for the seventh inning.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chavis stays hot for Portland

Chavis stays hot for Portland

Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.

Ice, the Indians' No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Farrell incensed, ejected after balk call

Farrell incensed, ejected after balk call

BOSTON -- Which happened first?

Red Sox lefty Fernando Abad committing a balk, or Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun being granted time by home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney?

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Price turns in quality start in loss to Angels

Price turns in quality start in loss to Angels

BOSTON -- The Angels pieced together enough offense against David Price and rode a strong pitching performance by JC Ramirez to a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Ramirez, who produced the shortest start of his career (three innings) last time out, had a nice bounceback in this one, holding Boston to four hits and a run while walking none and striking out five.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Rutledge lands on 7-day concussion list

Infielder could have sustained the injury as far back as late May

Rutledge lands on 7-day concussion list

BOSTON -- The rash of injuries in the infield continued for the Red Sox, as Josh Rutledge was placed on the seven-day concussion list prior to Saturday's game against the Angels.

In a subsequent roster move, infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was called up from Double-A Portland to fill Rutledge's spot, and Brock Holt was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Lin on the 40-man roster. Holt played just five games with the Red Sox before landing on the DL with vertigo April 21.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro Jr. visits Fenway, takes BP

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Pedro Jr. visits Fenway, takes BP

Taking batting practice at the same field where his father reigned supreme as arguably the most dominant pitcher of his era, Pedro Martinez Jr. had the type of experience any 16-year-old would envy on Saturday afternoon.

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Rodriguez could rejoin rotation vs Texas

Left-hander threw 68-pitch sim game Saturday, slated for Double-A rehab start Thursday

Rodriguez could rejoin rotation vs Texas

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are targeting a Minor League rehab start for lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on Thursday at Double-A Portland, and he could only need the one outing before rejoining Boston's rotation.

Rodriguez suffered a right knee subluxation on June 1 and has made steady progress in his recovery, advancing to a 68-pitch simulated game at Fenway Park on Saturday.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kids play through rain at Pitch, Hit & Run event

Kids play through rain at Pitch, Hit & Run event

BOSTON -- The chance to step onto the playing field at Fenway Park with a ball and bat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, rain or shine.

That was the mindset of the 23 kids who were a part of the Red Sox Championship round of Major League Baseball's Pitch Hit & Run event on Saturday morning.

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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miracle League gives all a chance to play ball

Non-profit organization puts kids with disabilities on the field

Miracle League gives all a chance to play ball

ACTON, Mass. -- When Ryan Murdock rolled into the batter's box at Joseph Lalli Miracle Field on Saturday, it was impossible to miss the radiating smile as he readied his bright red bat.

The 13-year-old roped a pitch to right and swiftly navigated his way around the bases, crossing home plate with a grin somehow brighter than it was when he approached the at-bat.

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Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fitting tribute: Big Papi's No. 34 retired

Slugger humbled to join other legends on right-field facade

Fitting tribute: Big Papi's No. 34 retired

BOSTON -- To the delight of the roaring Fenway faithful, David Ortiz's No. 34 was placed on the right-field facade prior to the Red Sox's 9-4 win against the Angels on Friday night alongside the team's other legendary numbers.

The honor was an enormous one to Ortiz, who often would take mighty cuts during batting practice trying to reach those retired numbers. He remembers being successful only once, clocking one off Bobby Doerr's No. 1.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On Papi's night, Leon's 4 RBIs power Sox

On Papi's night, Leon's 4 RBIs power Sox

BOSTON -- David Ortiz returned to Fenway Park on Friday night for the first time since his retirement to watch the Red Sox affix his No. 34 atop the right-field facade during a special pregame ceremony. The Red Sox gave him even more reason to celebrate afterward, as Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon homered to fuel a 9-4 series-opening victory over the Angels.

Boston scored three runs in a wild first inning for Angels right-hander Alex Meyer and later seized a 5-1 lead behind Ramirez's two-run homer in the fourth. Leon, who matched his career high with four RBIs, launched a two-run shot of his own in the sixth and added a two-run double in the eighth to cap the festive night at Fenway Park.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Ortiz: Working for Sox is 'going to happen'

Former slugger, club have ongoing dialogue to find role

Ortiz: Working for Sox is 'going to happen'

BOSTON -- Now that David Ortiz's No. 34 is officially retired, the attention can shift to when he will come back to work for the Red Sox.

For months, there has been dialogue between the club and Ortiz on finding a role that will be a good fit for the former left-handed-hitting slugger.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Social media overflowing with Ortiz tributes

Social media overflowing with Ortiz tributes

BOSTON -- Hours before the Red Sox were set to retire David Ortiz's No. 34 on Friday night at Fenway Park, Angels manager Mike Scioscia sat in the visitors' dugout reminiscing about the first time he saw Ortiz play.

"I saw him back in 1999 in the Pacific Coast League when I was managing in Albuquerque and he was in Salt Lake City while with the Twins," Scioscia said. "You knew then that he had potential, but he's put it together almost like a fairy tale. The clutch hits, the championships, that's something that he had a major part of."

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.