Dustin Pedroia's grand slam powered a 10th straight Red Sox win to clinch a playoff berth and reduce their magic number to win the AL East to three.
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Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam to help Rick Porcello to his major league-leading 22nd win and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday for their 10th straight win.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
From Tommy Rancel at Red Sox-Rays: The hot corner has been a cold spot for the Red Sox, but a familiar face could be back to help in time for the team's postseason run. Pablo Sandoval took part in pre-game workouts on Saturday, including batting practice and fielding ground balls at third base. The 30-year-old has been a disappointment in his time with Boston, but with the club's third basemen hitting just .244/.310/.389 on the year with a .676 OPS in September, the Red Sox are likely to keep their options open as they look toward October.
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
To be clear, there is no chance that Pablo Sandoval is on the Red Sox post-season's rosters despite reports of the contrary. Just not enough time to get competitive at bats to contribute at a level better than the players on their present roster.
Pablo Sandoval could return for the Red Sox this season, likely as an injury replacement if Boston makes the playoffs.
Lineup: Red Sox (90-64) at Rays (65-88)
- 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (R)
- 2. Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
- 3. David Ortiz, DH (L)
- 4. Mookie Betts, RF (R)
- 5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B (R)
- 6. Brock Holt, 3B (L)
- 7. Chris Young, LF (R)
- 8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (L)
- 9. Sandy Leon, C (S)
- SP: Rick Porcello, RHP
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Price ran his winning streak to eight games in Boston's win on Thursday. He's the first player since Schilling in 2004 to have a winning streak of eight or more games in his first season with the Red Sox, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Boston breaks out the brooms twice
The Red Sox's four-game sweeps of the Yankees and Orioles mark the first time that the team has swept back-to-back series, each at least four games in length, since July 1968 (against the Athletics and Twins at Fenway Park), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
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David Price won his eighth straight decision, Hanley Ramirez homered and the Boston Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the sinking Baltimore Orioles with a 5-3 victory on Thursday night.
Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer
The Orioles couldn't protect their house. Or their wild card lead. With a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox, the O's have been swept at home for the first time in 2016 (not including a two-game series loss in August). Coupled with a Detroit win earlier today, the L drops Baltimore into a tie for the second wild card spot. If the Tigers beat Minnesota in the second game of their doubleheader (currently leading), the Birds will be on the outside looking in - no division lead, no wild card lead, no wild card tie - for the first time all year.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Make it eight consecutive wins -- and a second straight four-game sweep over an AL East rival -- for the Red Sox, who defeat the Orioles, 5-3. Hanley Ramirez homers again, and David Price wins his eighth straight decision. Magic number to clinch the division: 5.
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