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Having the AL’s worst record could benefit Red Sox

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The Sox have an opportunity to position themselves to hit the ground running on a number of this winter’s key trade candidates.

Dan Shaughnessy

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Larry Lucchino’s upcoming departure means John Henry and Tom Werner will have final say over everything Red Sox-related.

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The 22-year-old lefthander had a 2.16 ERA in his last four starts with Pawtucket.

Larry Lucchino said he has been thinking about his transition out of the Red Sox front office since the team won the World Series in 2004.

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Larry Lucchino said he’s been preparing for transition

Lucchino, who will turn 70 in September, said he’s been eyeing a lessening of his duties for years.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3

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Reliever Junichi Tazawa was hit hard in the eighth inning as the Red Sox squandered a 3-2 edge.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_soxrays11_spts.jpg Strong rebound start by Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley

Miley threw a career-high 120 pitches and gave up just two runs over 6 innings.

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Cook was acquired by the Red Sox from the Athletics at last week’s trade deadline.

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Hit batsmen and hurt feelings sparked Toronto’s win, its third in four games over AL-leading Kansas City.

Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy is poised to ascend to team president once Larry Lucchino leaves. “This is Sam’s time,” one team source said. “Everybody in the building knows that.”

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Sam Kennedy ready for promotion to Red Sox president

Kennedy, one of Larry Lucchino’s closest advisors, will replace his mentor as team president by October.

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Larry Lucchino said his role as club president will be filled by Sam Kennedy, the team’s executive vice president and COO.

RED SOX 11, RAYS 7

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Rookie Travis Shaw hit his first two home runs, going 4 for 4 to lead a resurgent attack.

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The rookie third baseman scored five runs — one for each time he’s been called up this season.

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Well, this is something one fan might never live down.

BOB RYAN

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bob_ryan_20131006.jpg In Cooperstown, Pedro Martinez was his most sincere self

The one thing Pedro cannot be properly accused of is being a phony.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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The NESN broadcaster had a mass removed from his chest in late March and learned that it tested positive for lymphoma.