BOSTON (AP) — Not the way the Tampa Bay Rays wanted to go into the postseason.
Not that it really matters now.
The Rays finished the regular season with a five-game losing streak, giving up a pair of home runs to J.D.
Tampa Bay Rays (86-75, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (77-84, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Josh Fleming (0-0); Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (10-12, 4.51 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 170 strikeouts)
BOSTON (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles arrived in Boston to face the last-place Red Sox with a chance to make a run at the postseason.
They leave after losing three out of four and watching their AL wild-card hopes fall apart.
BOSTON (AP) — Cedric Mullins homered on the second pitch of the game, Anthony Santander went deep twice and the Baltimore Orioles outslugged the Boston Red Sox 14-8 on Monday night to gain a little ground in the playoff race.
CINCINNATI (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Rob Refsnyder hit solo homers, and Rafael Devers had a two-run shot as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Red Sox rookie right-hander Brayan Bello (2-6) ended a streak of 44 1/3 innings without allowing a homer as TJ Friedl had a solo shot in the third inning.
BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez had an RBI single in the eighth inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied late to beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Friday night.
Martinez's single to left was just the third hit for Boston, which had just tied it up when reliever Scott Barlow walked Jason Verdugo with the bases loaded after Dylan Coleman (4-2) issued two walks to start the inning.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are putting first baseman-outfielder Franchy Cordero on the injured list after he sprained both sides of his ankle in a game this week.
The Red Sox also said right-hander Tanner Houck had back surgery Tuesday and is expected to be ready for spring training next season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, J.D. Martinez also homered to back Michael Wacha’s strong start for Boston and the Red Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) — Isaac Paredes homered over the Green Monster in each of his first two at-bats and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 12-4 on Sunday.
Randy Arozarena hit three doubles off the left-field wall at Fenway Park and drove in two runs.
BOSTON (AP) — Rich Hill struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Saturday for a rare series win against another AL East team.
Kiké Hernández hit a solo homer for Boston, which also beat Tampa Bay 9-8 on Friday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees placed All-Star closer Clay Holmes on the injured list Wednesday because of back soreness, part of a flurry of moves for the struggling AL East leaders.
BOSTON (AP) — The New York Yankees still have a double-digit lead in the AL East and a chance to coast into the postseason.
What they do once they get there could depend on whether closer Clay Holmes can straighten things out in time.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rookie Nick Pratto hit a game-ending home run in the ninth inning, giving the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.
Pratto blasted a two-out, 3-2 changeup from Garrett Whitlock (2-2) an estimated 424 feet to center field for his second career homer and first at Kauffman Stadium.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had four hits, Alex Verdugo doubled twice and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Friday night.
Verdugo had three hits as Boston evened the four-game series at a win apiece.
NEW YORK (AP) — Determined to keep their top minor league prospects, the New York Mets made incremental upgrades to the lineup and bullpen at the trade deadline.
Without a big splash, they hope that's enough to sink Atlanta in the NL East.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora broke into a smile before Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros: Baseball’s trade deadline had just passed, and he still had Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and J.D.
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BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez thought about the possibility Sunday could be his final game for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
“I’m not, like blind," “he said. ”I know what’s going on.”
Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vázquez had RBI doubles that helped slumping Boston to a 7-2 win on Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cleveland Guardians (50-47, second in the AL Central) vs. Boston Red Sox (49-50, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Triston McKenzie (7-6, 3.11 ERA, .98 WHIP, 100 strikeouts); Red Sox: Kutter Crawford (2-3, 4.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 48 strikeouts)
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball made what was termed a “final offer” for an international draft, increasing proposed money for the first year in 2024 by $10 million on Sunday to $191 million.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox
Boston; Saturday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Alek Manoah (10-4, 2.28 ERA, .96 WHIP, 103 strikeouts); Red Sox: Kutter Crawford (2-2, 4.50 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 44 strikeouts)
NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco left-hander Carlos Rodón, Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez and Miami first baseman Garrett Cooper were added Tuesday for next week’s All-Star Game.
They replaced Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper and Houston’s Yordan Álvarez, who are hurt, and Milwaukee closer Josh Hader, who is skipping the July 19 game at Dodger Stadium because of family responsibilities.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yandy Díaz had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-5 on Monday night.
Díaz's 10th multihit game since June 26 raised his batting average to .500 (27 for 54) over his last 15 games.
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit an early three-run double and broke a tie with an RBI grounder during a four-run sixth inning that sent the Tampa Bay Rays past the Boston Red Sox 8-4 on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Leiter Jr. threw 5 1/3 solid innings of emergency relief, Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom each had two hits and the Chicago Cubs capitalized on a pair of Boston errors and beat the Red Sox 3-1 Saturday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills left Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox due to lower back pain after throwing just seven pitches.
The Cubs said the right-hander is undergoing further evaluation.
TORONTO (AP) — J.D. Martinez drove in the tiebreaking run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Wednesday night, avoiding a three-game sweep.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Story drove in two runs to reach 500 career RBIs, Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez each had three hits and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Guardians 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep that extended their winning streak to seven.
Detroit Tigers (26-40, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Boston Red Sox (36-31, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Alex Faedo (1-3, 4.28 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 33 strikeouts); Red Sox: Josh Winckowski (1-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, seven strikeouts)
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Blackburn continued his road success by pitching sharply into the sixth inning, Christian Bethancourt hit a two-run single and the Oakland Athletics held off the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Thursday for just their second win in 15 games.
Oakland Athletics (21-42, fifth in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (33-29, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: James Kaprielian (0-3, 5.73 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 25 strikeouts); Red Sox: Josh Winckowski (0-0)
Oakland Athletics (21-41, fifth in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (32-29, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Jared Koenig (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, three strikeouts); Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (5-5, 3.78 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 69 strikeouts)
SEATTLE (AP) — J.D. Martinez was apparently tired of the good-natured joking he was receiving about his long home run drought.
One swing reminded everyone of the power Martinez possesses.
Martinez homered for the first time in nearly a month, Bobby Dalbec snapped a tie with a solo shot and the Boston Red Sox won for the eighth time in nine games, beating the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Friday night.
BOSTON (AP) — Garrett Whitlock pitched six strong innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in four runs to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Wednesday night.
Baltimore Orioles (20-28, fifth in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (22-25, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Sunday, 1:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: Bruce Zimmermann (2-2, 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 39 strikeouts); Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (3-4, 4.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 46 strikeouts)
Baltimore Orioles (19-27, fifth in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (21-24, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Saturday, 12:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: TBD; Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.10 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 53 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Trevor Story kept up his hot hitting with a three-run homer and four RBIs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the White Sox 16-7 Thursday night to take two of three from Chicago.
Story has seven homers and 21 RBIs in his last seven games, raising his season totals to nine homers and 32 RBIs.
Boston Red Sox (20-22, fourth in the AL East) vs. Chicago White Sox (21-21, second in the AL Central)
Chicago; Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Rich Hill (1-1, 3.90 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 23 strikeouts); White Sox: Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 44 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Trevor Story and Christian Vazquez each hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox set season highs in runs and hits in a 16-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
The Boston Red Sox needed a winning streak like this.
Their slow start was exacerbated by the fact that the first-place Yankees were threatening to pull away in the AL East, but the Red Sox have now won five in a row after sweeping Seattle.
Seattle Mariners (17-21, fourth in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (15-22, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: George Kirby (0-0, .90 ERA, .80 WHIP, eight strikeouts); Red Sox: Rich Hill (1-1, 2.89 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 21 strikeouts)
Houston Astros (24-13, first in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (14-22, fourth in the AL East)
Boston; Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Luis Garcia (3-1, 2.94 ERA, .95 WHIP, 37 strikeouts); Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (1-4, 5.08 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 33 strikeouts)
BOSTON (AP) — Five Houston players homered off Boston's Nathan Eovaldi in the second inning, tying a major league record as the Astros beat the Red Sox 13-4 on Tuesday night.
Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Peña, Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel all went deep for the Astros, who set a franchise mark for home runs in an inning.
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Nathan Eolvaldi needed just five pitches to get the Astros out in order in the first inning Tuesday night.
Houston responded by hitting five home runs off him as part of a nine-run second to tie the MLB record for most homers in an inning, ending his night on its way to routing Boston 13-4.
BOSTON (AP) — With J.D. Martinez on second after his tiebreaking double and the crowd thinned by a 98-minute rain delay, there were still enough fans in Fenway Park on Monday for a healthy chant of “Re-sign Xander!”
Houston Astros (23-12, first in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (13-21, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.37 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 17 strikeouts); Red Sox: Garrett Whitlock (1-1, 2.19 ERA, .93 WHIP, 34 strikeouts)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alex Cora has never wavered on knowing that the Boston Red Sox are a good team, despite their early struggles and being at the bottom of the AL East standings.