As we keep tabs on the best and worst teams this season, a tough test could challenge Boston's pace. Plus, which last-place team made history over the weekend?
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The Red Sox are still No. 1 atop a pile of quality clubs in the AL, but hot hitters are powering rising challengers from the NL.
Boston owns MLB's best record and Cleveland has a clear path to the AL Central crown as the teams start a four-game showdown. Who would have the edge if they meet in October?
Jalen Beeks pitched four strong innings against the team that traded him last month and the Tampa Bay Rays limited Boston to two singles, beating the Red Sox 2-0 on Sunday.
David Price pitched seven solid innings, J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 38th homer after Boston jumped to a quick lead and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 20 games.
Chris Sale, who is 12-4 with an American League-best 1.97 ERA and 219 strikeouts, has again been placed on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.
Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple and added a pair of doubles, and the Boston Red Sox scored seven straight runs after allowing three in the first to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Friday night.
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With Fri.'s announcement that the Red Sox' Triple-A team in Pawtucket, RI plans to move to Worcester, MA, it's notable that Rhode Island used to have a top team in a league with Boston (the Braves' forerunner). The Providence Grays won the National League title in 1879 & ‘84. And in three 2nd place seasons, 1880-2, they finished well ahead of Boston & the short-lived Worcester Ruby Legs (aka Worcesters).
Ian Kinsler, who played just three games with the Red Sox after being acquired at the trade deadline before landing on the DL, has been activated.
Buster Olney breaks down Wednesday's action, including a dazzling debut and controversy in Atlanta.
From favorite memories to what they learned, we asked Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts and others to talk about growing up playing baseball. The one common piece of advice to younger players: Enjoy playing the game.
Wilson Ramos had three extra-base hits and three RBI, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night in his first game with his new team.
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"We'll take 7-2 on the road any day of the season. I'm very proud of them." –Alex Cora
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Wilson Ramos: "I can't wait to go out there and make my Phillies debut. I know and understand why they brought me here and I'm really looking forward to working with this major league staff."
Buster & Jerry Crasnick discuss Ben Zobrist's ump critique, Derek Jeter's first season on the job & much more (1:28). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (25:02), the Power 10 (31:52) and Paul Hoynes with some "Inside Heat" on the Indians (35:04).
After one splashy offseason move, the Sox have gone from good to an all-time-great team. We break down how much of the rise can be credited to Boston's new slugger.
As the Boston Red Sox aim for a franchise-record number of victories, Rick Porcello got a taste of two-way play while stifling the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pinch-hitter Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking solo homer, Rick Porcello threw seven impressive innings and the major league-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Tuesday night.
There's more to winning baseball games than meets the eye, so we took a deeper look for hidden reasons the best teams are so good.
Before hearing from Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (32:14), Karl Ravech & Tim Kurkjian discuss the five biggest developments from the weekend, weigh in on Willie Mays' plea and more (:35). Plus, Todd Radom unveils the most notable uniform in Cardinals' history and moderates the latest uniform & logo trivia question (34:49).
Aaron Judge says the goal is to beat Boston. It's not impossible, but resting up for the wild-card game and (hopefully) beyond could be wiser.
John Brickley breaks down a busy Sunday that featured Chris Sale's return and David Bote's big moment.