9/27/2016 | Buchholz looks to deliver AL East title to Sox
The Red Sox's magic number to clinch the American League East remains at one, and they can clinch the division for the first time since 2013 on Wednesday night with a win or Blue Jays loss.
9/27/2016 | Yanks bash 3 HRs, delay Sox's clinch party
Tyler Austin's late home run delayed a potential Red Sox celebration while keeping his club alive in the playoff chase for at least one more evening, as the rookie's two-run shot lifted the Yankees to a 6-4 victory on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
9/27/2016 | Papi loyal to DR, but Classic swan song unlikely
David Ortiz said that although he'd love to play again for his native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in March, such a scenario is unlikely.
9/27/2016 | Pomeranz scratched from Thursday start
Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz was scratched from Thursday night's start at Yankee Stadium due to soreness in his left forearm and likely won't be used as a starter for the remainder of 2016.
9/26/2016 | Red Sox magic number for AL East title now 1
The Red Sox got one step closer to an American League East title Monday as the Blue Jays lost, 7-5, to the Yankees at Rogers Centre. Toronto's defeat lowered Boston's magic number to one, meaning the Red Sox can finish no worse than a tie for first place in the division.
9/26/2016 | Sox poised for another fairy tale in Papi's last year
The Red Sox, fired up by the momentum of a late-season 11-game winning streak, will invade the Evil Empire's Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, poised to clinch their first American League East title since 2013.
9/26/2016 | Inbox: Will Sox rest players if they clinch East?
If the Red Sox clinch the AL East, will they rest players or try to surpass the Rangers for the No. 1 seed? Beat reporter Ian Browne answers this and more in the Inbox.
9/25/2016 | Red Sox hurlers enjoy history-making K-day
A combination of five Red Sox pitchers made history Sunday, striking out 23 batters in Boston's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays while breaking a couple of records along the way.
9/25/2016 | Red Sox K record 11 straight, win 11th in row
Rays catcher Luke Maile had three chances to tag Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia out at plate in the 10th inning, but he avoided the tag twice -- despite being beaten by more than 15 feet on a relay throw from the outfield. On the third try, Maile tagged Pedroia, but the ball came loose. And David Ortiz's last hit at Tropicana Field will go down as a game-winning double as Boston beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon.
9/25/2016 | Ortiz cancels ceremony; honors friend Fernandez
David Ortiz will play his final game at Tropicana Field on Sunday. Throughout his farewell tour, a final game at a stadium has been met with a ceremony and a gift. Out of respect to his friend Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sunday morning, Ortiz asked that the pregame ceremony be cancelled.
9/25/2016 | Sox eyeing AL East title behind Price in Bronx
Rick Porcello might be the Red Sox's primary Cy Young candidate, but David Price has enjoyed a resurgent second half to help spur the club's dominant run. He'll look to pick up his 18th win of the season when the Red Sox travel to the Bronx for a three-game series against the Yankees beginning Tuesday. Boston, which has already clinched a playoff spot, is looking to wrap up the American League East title and make strides toward gaining home-field advantage in the postseason.
9/24/2016 | Red Sox guaranteed at least Wild Card berth
Boston has clinched its first playoff berth since 2013 thanks to its 6-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday evening. The victory gives the Red Sox 91 wins for the season and secures them at least a spot in the American League Wild Card Game, to be played on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
9/24/2016 | Sox's push continues in Papi's Trop finale
Playoff fever continues to permeate Tropicana Field as the contending Red Sox meet the Rays for their final meeting of the 2016 season, Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) will make his 19th start for Boston while Jake Odorizzi will become the last Rays starter to face David Ortiz.
9/24/2016 | Red Sox win 10th straight, clinch playoff spot
Danny Farquhar was one strike away from getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Dustin Pedroia was one walk, bloop, or blast away from bringing in a run to tie it, and maybe getting the Red Sox the lead. On a 2-2 count, he crushed one over the wall -- a blast that turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead and clinched a postseason berth for the Red Sox. It was the blow Boston would need in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.
9/24/2016 | Farrell 'not ruling out' 2016 return for Panda
It's been an accepted reality that Pablo Sandoval, injured after six at-bats this season, would not be returning at all this year. His return was always spoken about in the context of 2017 -- the rehab for surgery on his left shoulder required it. That was until manager John Farrell harmlessly and almost deceptively hinted that an October return could be in the cards, if the right situation presented itself.
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.
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