Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza about the Red Sox solid road trip and offensive outpouring in a win against Toronto.

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David Ortiz celebrates his homer in the first. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

David Ortiz celebrates his homer in the first. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Don’t look now, but the Red Sox just finished a successful swing through the American League East with one of their most impressive bounce-back wins of the season.

It hasn’t made much of a difference yet in the standings, but the Red Sox are in no position to be worrying about first place. They just have to focus on making up ground on whomever’s in front of them, and on Thursday night in Toronto, they continued an encouraging trend with a 12-6 victory.

The win erases the sting of Wednesday’s 11-2 stinker that saw Rick Porcello author one of his worst starts of the season. More importantly, it allowed the Red Sox to take three of four from the Jays after winning two of three in Tampa.

They remain camped firmly in last place in the American League East, but the last week has at least offered the tiniest hint that they’re not ready to give up on the season just yet. With losses by Tampa and Baltimore (the Yankees were off), the Red Sox gained ground on the entire division, and now sit six games out of first.

On Thursday, they jumped all over Jays rookie left-hander Matt Boyd, who didn’t even record an out. He faced seven hitters, and all of them scored. Mookie Betts, Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts strung together singles to make it 1-0 before many fans had even found their seats.

David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez then gave them a couple of reasons to turn around and head home, with Ortiz blasting a three-run homer and Ramirez following with a solo shot that made it 5-0.

A Pablo Sandoval single and Mike Napoli walk chased Boyd, and Alejandro De Aza greeted reliever Liam Hendriks with a two-run triple to left that closed the book on Boyd. Betts’ second single of the inning made it 8-0.

The Blue Jays do not go quietly, however. Baseball’s best team against left-handed pitching tried to make a game out of it in the second by batting around against Red Sox starter Wade Miley and scoring four runs.

Miley managed to limit the damage by retiring Colabello with the bases loaded, a feat he repeated to end the fourth.
Miley was not sharp, walking a season-high seven, but he gutted out five innings to earn the victory.

Offensively, the top of the order carried the day, with Betts, Holt and Bogaerts combining for 11 hits. Every regular had at least one hit and scored at least one run as the Red Sox pounded out a season-high 19 hits.

The Red Sox return home on Friday for three games against the surprising Houston Astros, who own the American League’s best record, as well as the most home runs (115) in the big leagues.

As winners of nine of their last 15, the Red Sox aren’t exactly rolling, but after going 16-30 from May 1-June 15, they’ll take it.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Someone hose down Alejandro De Aza, because he’s on fire. The outfielder continued his rampage by going 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs. He singled, doubled, and tripled.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Mookie Betts set the tone with a leadoff single and didn’t stop hitting, going 3-for-6 with a run and two RBIs.

— A day off on Wednesday did Brock Holt some good. He went 4-for-6 with a run.

— Can Xander Bogaerts book his flight to Cincinnati yet? The steady shortstop continues to get better and better at the plate. He went 4-for-6 with a run and two RBIs and is now hitting .297.

— Ortiz and Ramirez had only one hit apiece, but each made it count by knocking it out of the park in the first inning.

— The Red Sox went 9-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Left-hander Wade Miley nearly didn’t last long enough to win a game that saw him spotted an 8-0 lead. The Red Sox had relievers up twice through four innings, and Miley tied a career high with the seven walks.

— Reliever Craig Breslow allowed back-to-back homers leading off the ninth.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
We discuss the state of the Sox, specifically Rick Porcello, with Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

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TORONTO — As we head into the final few weeks until the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox approach seems to be taking shape heading the end of the month. And, at this moment, it doesn’t appear to include a pursuit of Cole Hamels, or even Johnny Cueto.

Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

TORONTO — As we head into the final few weeks until the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox approach seems to be taking shape heading the end of the month. And, at this moment, it doesn’t appear to include a pursuit of Cole Hamels, or even Johnny Cueto.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox priority leading up to the July 31 deadline is to find younger pitchers who are under team control beyond just this season. Also per the source, it isn’t likely the Red Sox would be chasing pitchers already owed a substantial chunk of money.

This would suggest that Hamels wouldn’t be in the Red Sox’ cross-hairs, with the lefty under team control for the next four seasons but turning 32 years old later this year. The Philadelphia starter is owed $67.5 million from 2016-18, with a $20 million club option for ’19.

Cueto, who may be the most coveted pitcher on the trade market, is due to become a free agent after this season. The 29 year old has totaled a 2.84 ERA in 15 starts this season, including an eight-inning, one-run gem against Minnesota Wednesday.

Both starters and relievers are being looked at by the Red Sox.

Of the starters currently in the Red Sox’ rotation, Rick Porcello ($20 million), Clay Buchholz ($13 million club option) and Wade Miley ($6 million) are seemingly locked in for next season’s rotation.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

TORONTO — Ryan Hanigan returns to the Red Sox lineup for the first time since fracturing his right little finger May 1. The catcher will serve as the battery-mate for Sox starter Wade Miley in their team’s series finale against the Blue Jays Thursday night.

Ryan Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan

TORONTO — Ryan Hanigan returns to the Red Sox lineup for the first time since fracturing his right little finger May 1. The catcher will serve as the battery-mate for Sox starter Wade Miley in their team’s series finale against the Blue Jays Thursday night.

To make room for Hanigan on the 25-man roster, the Red Sox sent down reliever Jonathan Aro to Triple-A Pawtucket having thrown 44 pitches in his three-inning stint Wednesday. It leaves the Sox with three catchers, with both Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon remaining with the club.

Hanley Ramirez makes his second straight start in left field after sitting out with a left hand injury, teaming with Mookie Betts and Alejandro De Aza in the Red Sox‘ outfield.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup against Toronto starter Matt Boyd:

Mookie Betts CF
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Alejandro De Aza RF
Ryan Hanigan C

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

While Pawtucket has seen a number of talented players play for them this season, only one has been named to the International League All-Star Team — Brian Johnson.

Johnson is 8-5 with a 2.68 ERA in 15 starts for the PawSox this season. The left-hander is tied for the International League in wins (8), fifth in ERA (2.68) and tied for third in the league in strikeouts (76).

PawSox manager Kevin Boles, who guided Pawtucket to the 2014 Governors’ Cup Championship, will be a coach on the IL All-Star team that will be managed by Syracuse manager Billy Gardner Jr.

The 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 pm EST at Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about Rick Porcello,