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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Shades of Tim Wakefield seen in knuckleballer Steven Wright

John Farrell praised Wright’s effort Saturday and also made mention of his calmness on the mound.

Red Sox 8, Angels 3

Mike Napoli’s two homers power Red Sox

The long-slumping first baseman went deep to left field twice as the Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Trying times for Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis

Davis, a three-time world champion, said the team’s offensive struggles are tough because “we all want to win.’’

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello loses control in fifth inning

Two walks at the start of the frame helped spark the Angels’ nine-run binge and doomed the Sox righty.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Is switch-hitting a lost art?

A lot of lefthanded pitchers have reverse splits. They’re better against righthanded hitters than they are against lefthanders.

ANGELS 12, RED SOX 5

Angels clobber Red Sox in series opener

Los Angeles scored nine times in the fifth inning and Sox starter Rick Porcello was charged with seven runs.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Pablo Sandoval (knee) remains out of Red Sox lineup

Sandoval has a large bruise on the inner part of his left knee after he was hit by a fastball Tuesday.

Red Sox seek a spark from newly promoted Rusney Castillo

Friday’s promotion from Triple A capped a whirlwind week for Castillo, who also experienced the birth of his daughter.

Alex Speier

What’s behind Hanley Ramirez’s recent slump?

Since he returned from his shoulder injury, Ramirez been a distorted shadow of his early-season self.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Garin Cecchini has one of best games of year at Pawtucket

However, if Cecchini doesn’t maintain a high level of play, scouts may be rethinking his status.

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

Red Sox picking up pace, but still among baseball’s slowest teams

MLB’s pace of play initiatives have been working, with only two teams averaging longer game times in 2015.

Despite loss, Clay Buchholz remains confident

The Red Sox righthander posted his third straight quality start, but received little help from his offense.

Rangers 3, Red Sox 1

Red Sox have few answers after another loss to Rangers

“I wish I knew what to tell you,” shortstop Xander Bogaerts said after the Boston bats once again were silent on Thursday.

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Shane Victorino’s late scratch from lineup puzzling

The Red Sox right fielder is suffering from soreness in his left calf, putting Daniel Nava in the lineup.

Alex Speier

Red Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville

Several players at the Single A affiliate show great promise, including Yoan Moncada and Javier Guerra.

Game 41: Rangers at Red Sox

Clay Buchholz is on the mound as the Red Sox look for a series win over Texas.

Alex Speier

Are Red Sox close to turning around offensive woes?

Boston has an MLB-worst batting average on balls in play, but is also one of the most difficult teams to strike out.

Joe Kelly solid again for Red Sox

For the better part of Wednesday night’s start, Kelly tucked his secondary pitches away and leaned on his most trusty weapon.

Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Red Sox come up short in ninth against Rangers

Joe Kelly was again strong on the mound, but the Red Sox bats couldn’t come up with the needed offense.

RANGERS 2, RED SOX 1

Red Sox lose tight one to Rangers

Joe Kelly continued a run of strong starts, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings.

ALEX SPEIER | MINOR DETAILS

Pawtucket’s Brian Johnson battles his way to a win

The lefthander had control issues but got through six innings allowing just one run.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Daniel Nava gets another shot in right field

Nava entered Wednesday’s game batting .151, but manager John Farrell wanted another lefthanded bat in the lineup.

Alex Speier

Allen Craig’s decline with Red Sox unprecedented

It’s telling that there are few drop-offs that have come anywhere close to the one endured by Craig.

Game 40: Red Sox vs. Rangers

Joe Kelly is on the mound tonight as the Sox look to win two in a row.

Red Sox purchase John Cornely from Atlanta Braves

The righthanded reliever has a 2.94 earned run average in 158 minor league appearances.

Mike Napoli happy to contribute to win with home run, 2 RBIs

Napoli had been scuffling at the plate, but hit a leadoff homer in the fourth against the Rangers.

Red Sox 4, Rangers 3

Wade Miley, Red Sox defeat Rangers at Fenway

Miley gave up only two runs in seven innings in Boston’s win.

Red Sox notebook

Pablo Sandoval looks OK after being knocked out of game

The Red Sox third baseman was day to day after getting hit in the knee by a pitch in the seventh inning on Tuesday.

Red Sox-Rangers pitching matchups

A look at the matchups for the Sox’ three-game series at home against the Rangers.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Rafael Devers upstages Yoan Moncada’s debut

The lefthanded hitting Devers is hammering righties at a .357/.386/.560 clip with 12 extra-base hits in 88 plate appearances.

Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada’s pro debut quite an event

The 19-year-old played his first official minor league game for Greenville and his arrival was treated as an event.

ALEX SPEIER | MINOR DETAILS

Rusney Castillo getting into a groove at Pawtucket

The 27-year-old outfielder had a big weekend, and looks as though he might be able to help at the major league level soon.

Q and A with Yoan Moncada about making his pro debut

The Red Sox prospect was in the lineup for the Single A Greenville Drive Monday night, playing second base.

Carl Willis having a positive effect on Red Sox so far

The new pitching coach’s philosophy of keeping things simple seems to have struck a chord with the staff.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

No takers after Red Sox put Allen Craig on waivers

The outfielder/first baseman was cleared waivers and was outrighted off the 40-man roster.

No takers after Red Sox put Allen Craig on waivers

The outfielder and first baseman has $25.2 million left on his contract, but is hitting .130 this season.

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Yoan Moncada ready for game action

The Red Sox are ready to unveil their $63 million investment.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Still waiting for Red Sox offense to break out after 38 games

The Red Sox can’t break out of the .500 malaise they’ve been in most of the season.

Mariners 5, Red Sox 0

Red Sox fall to Mariners, finish road trip 5-5

With Boston’s 5-0 loss Sunday, the teams split a four-game series at Safeco Field.

Game 38: Red Sox at Mariners

The final game of the Red Sox’ road trip begins at 4:10 in Seattle.

RED SOX 4, MARINERS 2

Rick Porcello proves to be king of the hill in Seattle

Porcello sparkled into the seventh as the Red Sox handed Felix Hernandez his first loss of the year.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Heart of the Red Sox’ order is missing the beat

The Red Sox went into Saturday with a .205 with runners in scoring position — .056 lower than the American League average.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

As David Ortiz slumps, heat is on Red Sox lineup

The 39-year-old designated hitter seems to be shaking off a slump. He homered and reached base three times in Saturday’s win.

Game 37: Red Sox at Mariners

Game 3 of the series in Seattle begins at 9:10 p.m. on Saturday.

Mariners 2, Red Sox 1

Clay Buchholz superb; John Farrell takes blame for Red Sox’ loss in 9th

The manager elected to pitch to Mariners star Nelson Cruz with first base open in the ninth.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

Bobby Valentine looking forward to working at Fenway again

The former Red Sox manager will visit this week to serve as an analyst during a television broadcast.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Expecting the royal treatment from Felix Hernandez

Seattle’s ace is 8-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 16 career starts against the Red Sox. Hernandez beat the Sox twice last season.

Mariners’ Mike Zunino has handle on Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson

Zunino and Johnson, former teammates at the University of Florida, were roommates and remain good friends.

Alex Speier

Red Sox first basemen struggling mightily at the plate

The simultaneous offensive outage by the five players who have played first base this season borders on shocking.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Impressive outing for Pawtucket’s Brian Johnson

Johnson allowed one run in 6 as the PawSox beat Columbus, 4-1.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

Mookie Betts’s sacrifice in ninth lifts Red Sox

Shane Victorino added a home run and a fine defensive play as Boston opened its series in Seattle with a win.

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Steven Wright gets the nod for Sunday start

The knuckleballer is 2-0 in two career appearances against Seattle.

ALEX SPEIER | RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Deven Marrero is breathing easier at Pawtucket

The Red Sox have been working with the Triple A shortstop on remaining calm.

Faces of the Hall of Fame rest in this sculptor’s hands

Pittsburgh sculptor Mindy Ellis crafts from clay the images that adorn the plaques in Cooperstown.

Step by step at the foundry with Pedro Martinez’s plaque

At the Matthews International foundry, a careful process ushers Hall of Famers along the road to immortality.

Pedro Martinez’s road to Hall of Fame detours through Pittsburgh

The process of creating Pedro Martinez’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaque is handled by a sculptor and a foundry in the Steel City.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Shouldn’t Jackie Bradley Jr. be playing center field while he’s up?

Would it really be that disruptive for Mookie Betts to move to right, making way for the best defensive player in center?

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Red Sox prospect Rusney Castillo fine after injury scare

Castillo left Wednesday’s game early with an ankle injury, but was back in Pawtucket’s lineup Thursday.

Allen Craig stays positive despite demotion to Pawtucket

Getting sent down to Triple A was a bit of a shock for the struggling outfielder, but he’s determined to make the most of it.

Red Sox put Justin Masterson on disabled list

Lefthander Robbie Ross Jr. was recalled from Pawtucket and will be available for Thursday’s opener in Seattle.

ALEX SPEIER

Rusney Castillo is not the answer in right field right now

Red Sox right fielders are hitting .119 combined, but Castillo needs more seasoning and must show he can stay healthy.

Red Sox-Mariners pitching matchups

A look at the projected starters in Boston’s four-game series at Seattle.

Red sox notebook

Justin Masterson about to go on DL, and he’s not happy about it

The righthander has been hammered in his past two starts; Steven Wright likely to join rotation.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Wade Miley was good, but a little lucky, too, for Red Sox

Miley’s performance was solid, but the Athletics did go 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

RED SOX 2, ATHLETICS 0

Red Sox shut out Athletics behind Wade Miley

Miley went 6 innings before turning it over to the bullpen, which preserved the win.

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox to place Justin Masterson on DL, and he’s not happy about it

Manager John Farrell believes Masterson’s arm is fatigued, resulting in reduced velocity.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Manuel Margot to DL, Allen Craig in Pawtucket

Margot sat out his third straight game due to shoulder soreness, while Craig went 2-for-4 in his first game in Triple A.

Alex Speier

Will pitching coach change help the Red Sox?

Since 1994, teams that bring in a new pitching coach after the season has started have generally seen good results.

Peter Abraham

Red Sox have decision to make with struggling Justin Masterson

A stint on the DL or a move to the bullpen are among the possibilities following another poor outing by the righthander.

Athletics 9, Red Sox 2

Justin Masterson struggles as Red Sox fall

Masterson allowed six runs on six hits in 2 innings, putting his next start in question.

Red Sox noteboook

Clutch performance proves Matt Barnes can help Red Sox

The fireballer pitched two scoreless innings Monday night and got the win vs. Oakland.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart doing his best to handle rush job

The youngster’s bat came alive in Monday night’s win with two hits, one from each side of the plate.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Pawtucket’s Deven Marrero turns in best effort of year

The shortstop has been on the rebound after watching his average fall to .217.

Game 33: Red Sox at Athletics

The second game of the series in Oakland begins at 10:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

ALEX SPEIER

Don’t expect Red Sox to trade for a starter now

Historically, trades for impact starters almost never happen this early, for a combination of reasons.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 4

Pablo Sandoval HR in 11th wins it for Red Sox

The big third baseman provided the offense and Matt Barnes finished it for his first big league win.

Red Sox ‘not where we want to be,’ Ben Cherington says

The Sox GM is confident his team’s pitching woes will turn around. “I believe we have a lot of the solutions here already,” he said.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Pablo Sandoval gets his World Series ring

The Giants’ brass wanted to personally present Sandoval with his ring, a testament to his 12 years in their organization.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Scott Kazmir could emerge as Red Sox trade target

If the Sox don’t want to pay up for Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto, Kazmir could be an alternative.

Game 32: Red Sox at Athletics

The first game of a West Coast swing begins at 10:05 p.m. in Oakland.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Red Sox hope prospects can deliver

What was once an overflowing pipeline of starting pitching prospects has not produced much success recently.

Alex Speier

Will we see different Jackie Bradley Jr. in majors this time?

The 25-year-old outfielder has looked more relaxed and simple with his swing.

Red Sox notebook

John Farrell plans no changes to rotation — for now

The struggles of Red Sox pitchers Joe Kelly, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson leave him little choice but to consider it.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Solid Clay Buchholz effort gives Red Sox a boost

We’re not calling this an All-Star outing, but it was better than we’ve seen in a while.

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 3

Hustle pays off as Red Sox top Blue Jays

Clay Buchholz got his first win since Opening Day as the Red Sox wrapped up a series in Toronto.

Red Sox call up Jackie Bradley Jr., Steven Wright

Allen Craig and Robbie Ross Jr. were sent to the minors as the Red Sox looked for answers to their slump.

Red Sox-Athletics pitching matchups

A look at the projected starters in Boston’s first series of s West Coast swing.

Game 31: Red Sox at Blue Jays

The final game of the series in Toronto begins at 1:07 p.m. on Sunday.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

New Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis faces tough task

Willis takes over a scuffling team that has the second-worst ERA in the major leagues.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Red Sox’ trade of John Lackey looks worse daily

The acquisition of Allen Craig and Joe Kelly last season has produced dismal results.

Alex Speier

Red Sox have struggled to develop starting pitchers

The Sox haven’t gotten a full season in the rotation from a graduate of their farm system since Felix Doubront.

BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 1

Latest Red Sox loss produces moves, speculation

Allen Craig may be Triple A-bound, and Joe Kelly may be headed for the bullpen. “I can’t say that we’re status quo,” John Farrell said.

Game 30: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Game 2 of the series begins at 1:07 p.m. on Saturday in Toronto.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Scuffling Red Sox are running low on answers

There’s no excuse for what’s happening with this team right now. It’s a freefall.

BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 0

Red Sox offense fails to come to life in shutout

The shorthanded Sox totaled just two hits while losing for the sixth time in seven games.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Carl Willis signs on as Red Sox pitching coach

Willis, formerly of the Indians and Mariners, worked closely with Sox manager John Farrell while both were in Cleveland.

Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Ben Cherington, John Farrell face biggest challenges yet

The general manager has to improve the roster and the manager has to improve the pitchers to get the team in contention.

Red Sox Minor League Notebook

In Red Sox system, getting ‘dirty’ is encouraged

The organization has rewarded aggressive base running by giving “Dirty Sox’’ T-shirts to minor leaguers.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Heat now falls squarely on Red Sox pitching staff

Juan Nieves was the fall guy, but we all know blame belongs to the individual performers.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Matt Barnes switched from Pawtucket rotation to bullpen

The move could signal the Red Sox’ interest in bringing the righthander to the majors as a reliever.