Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Help is on the way for struggling Rick Porcello

Catcher Ryan Hanigan has been out since May 1 with a broken finger.


The return of veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan could be just what the righthander needs to find his groove.

Rick Porcello gave up seven earned runs in two innings against the Blue Jays.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Rick Porcello can’t keep the good feelings going

The first-year Red Sox starter has been abysmal over his last eight starts — 0-7 with an 8.18 ERA.

Justin Smoak rounds the bases with the second of three home runs the Blue Jays hit off Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 2

Blue Jays rout Rick Porcello and Red Sox

Porcello lasted only two innings, allowing three homers and seven runs to drop his seventh straight decision.

Red Sox Notebook

// No excuse for Red Sox forgetting how many outs, Farrell says

For the second time in four games an outfielder didn’t realize he had caught the final out of the inning.

// MLB roundup: Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco just misses on no-hitter

Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians’ first no-hitter since 1981.

Red Sox notebook

// Hanley Ramirez batting practice session draws a big crowd

Manager John Farrell expects Ramirez in the lineup Wednesday, but Ramirez didn’t sound so sure.

Shane Victorino played four games with Pawtucket before joining Double-A Portland.


Rehabbing Shane Victorino knocks an RBI double for Portland

Victorino was 1 for 3 in the Sea Dogs’ 7-4 loss Tuesday.

Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez held the Blue Jays, who had been batting .311 against lefties, to just one run.

Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press/AP


Education of Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez continues

Rodriguez bounced back from a horrid start and pitched six solid innings Tuesday against the potent Blue Jays.


// Ask Nick: Why don’t the Red Sox trade Hanley Ramirez?

Ramirez has not endeared himself to Red Sox fans, who don’t think he can play left field.

Red Sox notebook

// Tests on Hanley Ramirez’s bruised hand are negative

With no structural damage, he could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.

Alex Speier

// Red Sox likely were long shot to land Josh Donaldson

Any trade package for the MVP candidate would have likely started with Xander Bogaerts.


// Brian Johnson leaves after five pitches with illness

The lefty had to be removed from the nightcap of a doubleheader Monday, and Pawtucket was shut out in both games.

// Justin Masterson has strong outing in return to Red Sox rotation

Masterson held the Rays to five hits and an unearned run over five innings in his first major-league start in six weeks.

Alex Speier

// Should the Red Sox keep or trade Clay Buchholz?

The team may be tempted as the deadline approaches, but it also sees the righthander as part of the solution.