9/23/2016 | Teammates in awe of Ortiz's moonshot
It was a line that was on repeat in the Red Sox clubhouse even without rehearsal. David Ortiz had hit the longest home run that they'd ever seen. A 97-mph fastball turned into a moonshot that hit the D-Ring catwalk at Tropicana Field.
9/23/2016 | Surging Sox ride Papi's HR to cusp of berth
Time and again over the past decade-plus, the Red Sox have leaned on David Ortiz in the biggest moments. On Friday at Tropicana Field, one of those moments ended up being the first inning, with Ortiz's two-run moonshot proving sufficient as the Red Sox edged the Rays, 2-1. With the Orioles' win over the D-backs, the Red Sox's magic number to clinch a playoff berth stands at two.
9/23/2016 | Kimbrel lights-out since returning from injury
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel entered Friday's opener vs. the Rays having closed three games in three days. Since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of July, he has posted a 0.53 ERA while locking down all 12 of his save opportunities. He was on the mound at the end of five of Boston's first eight wins during the club's current nine-game win streak.
9/23/2016 | Porcello eyeing 22nd win as Sox home in on berth
Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello will make his 32nd start of the season hoping to move the Red Sox closer to clinching the American League East on Saturday night against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Boston's magic number to secure a playoff spot is two.
9/23/2016 | Ice Bucket Challenge leads to ALS breakthrough
Pete Frates and the Ice Bucket Challenge are helping researchers move closer to finding a cure for ALS.
9/23/2016 | Improvements vs. lefties push Porcello into AL Cy race
Rick Porcello has positioned himself squarely in the American League Cy Young Award race, in large part because he's using his four-seam fastball more effectively to neutralize left-handed hitters.
9/23/2016 | What a difference a week makes in AL East
When the Red Sox departed Oriole Park at Camden Yards late Thursday evening and boarded the buses that would take them to the airport for their charter flight to St. Petersburg, there was no denying that these four games had completely rewritten the scripts for both clubs. Now everything is going Boston's way.
9/23/2016 | Pitching propelling Majors' top hitting team
Remember those days in May and June when Boston seemed to routinely win by football scores, but there was concern that the pitching wouldn't be deep enough or successful enough when it mattered most? That has all changed here in the season's final month, and it was never more evident than in the four-game sweep of the Orioles that was completed with Thursday's 5-3 victory.
9/22/2016 | Red Sox win 8th straight, knock O's from WC spot
The Red Sox's playoff push is looking more and more like a steamroll. Backed by seven strong innings by ace David Price, Boston picked up its second consecutive road four-game sweep, beating Baltimore, 5-3, on Thursday night to complete an absolutely dominant series.
9/22/2016 | Papi's O's parting gifts: Dugout phone, donation
Just prior to playing his final regular-season game at one of his favorite road haunts, David Ortiz was honored in a ceremony at Camden Yards that contained humor and sincerity. O's announcer Jim Hunter served as master of ceremonies and announced to Ortiz and the crowd to watch some video highlights that everyone could enjoy.
9/22/2016 | Red Sox hot-corner battle heats up down the stretch
Though the Red Sox have just 10 games left in the regular season, third base is a position still up for grabs as the postseason nears. Travis Shaw, the starter for Thursday night's series finale with the Orioles, leads the team with 97 starts at the hot corner. The position has turned into more of a rotation of late, with manager John Farrell waiting for someone to get hot.
9/22/2016 | Archer takes aim at Papi for last time as Sox hit Trop
As the surging Red Sox head to Tropicana Field trying to inch closer to the American League East title, David Ortiz makes his latest final stop to a familiar road haunt. Ortiz has bashed 34 career homers at the Trop, including No. 500 last season. The only visiting venue he's gone deep more times at is Rogers Centre. On Friday night, Rays right-hander Chris Archer will throw his final pitches to Big Papi.
9/22/2016 | Benintendi continues to thrill in big leagues
Andrew Benintendi's left knee will be in a brace for as long as the Red Sox are playing this season, but that won't restrict him from big hits or even -- yes, Michael Jackson dance moves.
9/22/2016 | Stretch run: Buchholz rounding into form
Clay Buchholz was searching for something that could turn his miserable summer into something better, so he was open to suggestions. One day in late July, hitting coach Chili Davis casually suggested to the right-hander that he might want to try working exclusively out of the stretch.
9/21/2016 | Price aims to sweep O's, give Sox 8th straight win
In need of a win to avoid being swept at their home park by the Red Sox, the Orioles will hand the ball to Chris Tillman, who was their Opening Day starter, on Thursday night. It won't be easy, though, as he's matched up with Red Sox ace David Price in what figures to be a classic pitchers' duel.
9/21/2016 | Wild 6th puts Red Sox's magic number at 6
The Red Sox are running away with the American League East.
9/21/2016 | Vote: 5 stars up for Best Hitter
Babe Ruth once said of hitting, "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it."
9/21/2016 | Wright could pitch off mound this weekend
The Red Sox hope that knuckleballer Steven Wright can throw off a mound by this weekend at Tropicana Field, which would set him up for a possible return in the postseason.
9/21/2016 | Stats of the Day: Fernandez nearing historic K rate
Jose Fernandez went eight innings and allowed three hits with 12 K's and no walks as the Marlins defeated the Nationals, 1-0.
9/21/2016 | Buchholz can inch Sox closer to AL East title
In the middle of July, Clay Buchholz and Ubaldo Jimenez went 18 and 19 days, respectively, without stepping onto the mound during a game for their team. At that time, it seemed the veteran hurlers simply didn't have a role.
9/21/2016 | Fond farewell: Ortiz sets homer record
After another milestone moment on Tuesday night, David Ortiz made a statement.
9/20/2016 | Ortiz: Being enshrined in Hall is 'important'
With each day that passes, the end comes more sharply into focus. The Red Sox have 11 regular-season games remaining, which means that's how many David Ortiz has left in his exemplary career.
9/20/2016 | Papi's blast lowers Sox's magic number
David Ortiz homered for the second time in as many games to propel the first-place Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Orioles.
9/20/2016 | Betts joins elite company with 200th hit
One night, Mookie Betts is batting cleanup and hitting yet another home run at Camden Yards. The next night, he is back in the leadoff spot that used to be customary while reaching a most impressive milestone for any player -- let alone one who is 23 years old.
9/20/2016 | Farrell participating in NYC charity event
In a unique opportunity in the middle of a pennant race, fans will be able to spend an evening with Red Sox manager John Farrell on Monday in New York.
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