Red Sox’ Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit on a solution

Thanks to a more compact swing, Jackie Bradley Jr. is 29 of 68 since Aug. 9, with 19 extra-base hits.

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After a dismal 2014, Bradley worked with Red Sox coaches to change his swing, and the results this year are impressive.

DOWN ON THE FARM

Red Sox minor leaguer Anderson Espinoza a fast learner

In 10 Gulf Coast League starts, he posted a 0.68 ERA with 40 strikeouts and nine walks in 40 innings.

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Washington moved within six games of the first-place New York Mets, who were off Thursday, in the NL East.

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The recent Red Sox struggles have created player development and evaluation opportunities that almost never existed.

Anderson Espinoza promoted to Single A Greenville

Espinoza posted a combined 0.90 ERA in the DSL and Rookie Level Gulf Coast League.

Pablo Sandoval was in open-mouthed disbelief after being called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the eighth.

Yankees 13, Red Sox 8

Henry Owens, Red Sox ripped by Yankees in series finale

New York won the rubber game of a three-game set at Fenway Park.

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That was even before he allowed seven runs over 1 innings to the Yankees Wednesday.

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Injuries and a lack of depth at Triple A have left the team without many viable candidates.

Rick Porcello struck out 13 on Tuesday vs. the Yankees.

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Pitching coach knew not to give up on Rick Porcello

The righthander’s overall season has been poor, but the last two games have showed the talent is still there.

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Called up from Pawtucket, the veteran will get a chance to show he’s left his struggles caused by a foot injury behind.

Mookie Betts smacked a two-run homer to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead Monday night.

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Mookie Betts proves to be a fast learner

His numbers seem more solid than spectacular until one accounts for the fact that he won’t turn 23 until the season has concluded.

Hanley Ramirez has not played since Saturday because of a sore shoulder.

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Hanley Ramirez’s days in left field are over

The Red Sox are now hoping the big-ticket free agent can play at first base at some point this season.

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The outfielder was dealt for Single A lefthanded pitcher Luis Ysla.

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The ex-Giant has made some adjustments in the field and still is getting used to AL pitching.

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Team doctors checked out his sore right shoulder before the Red Sox played the Yankees.

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In 13 of the 14 years under Dombrowski, the Detroit bullpen ranked in the bottom half of the American League.

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The fan, sitting four rows from the field, was hit on the left elbow but stayed in her seat.