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Facing O's, Pomeranz eyes AL-best 17th win

The first-place Red Sox, who play their final seven games at home, continue their final road trip against Baltimore in which the Sox will try to put more distance between them and the second-place Yankees. Boston enters Tuesday with a three-game lead in the American League East, while Baltimore is 5 1/2 back of the second AL Wild Card spot. The Red Sox will send lefty Drew Pomeranz opposite O’s righty Kevin Gausman. …read more

Sale on rare slump: 'Don't worry about me'

It turns out Chris Sale isn’t slump-proof in what has mostly been a magnificent first season for the Red Sox. The lefty ace had a chance to pin the Yankees in a 5 1/2-game deficit in the American League East on Sunday night, but he instead suffered his third defeat in his last four starts as Boston took a 9-2 loss in the last of 19 rivalry meetings this season. …read more

Sale aims to continue dominance vs. Yanks

True to form, Chris Sale has dominated the Yankees each of the three times that he has faced them this season, yet those efforts have yet to be rewarded with a victory. He will try again on Saturday at Fenway Park as the Red Sox host their closest American League East challengers in the second game of a three-game series. CC Sabathia will be activated from the disabled list to start for the Yanks. …read more

Sox-Yanks rivalry, battle for 1st shift to Fenway

For the second consecutive weekend, baseball’s most storied rivalry will be on display. This time, the venue is Fenway Park, where the second-place Yankees will try to chip into the Red Sox’s four-game lead in the American League East. Boston took back sole possession of first from New York on Aug. 1, and will try to stave off its rivals for the rest of the stretch run. …read more

Leader Watch: Red Sox walk-offs proving key

The Red Sox and Yankees, who haven’t finished 1-2 in the American League East since 2009, are back at the top of the division standings — Boston first, New York second and in the first AL Wild Card spot. With every game important as the two longstanding rivals jockey for playoff position in the season’s final two months, the Red Sox got a big win on Wednesday. …read more

Price, Red Sox welcome hot Royals to town

The first-place Boston Red Sox will host the red-hot Kansas City Royals for the start of what should be an entertaining three-game series on Friday night at Fenway Park. Off Thursday, both teams have a chance to gear up for a showdown that will be important in the American League East, AL Central and AL Wild Card standings. …read more

Red Sox Sale away with trip-ending shutout

Chris Sale proved to be the perfect solution to a four-game Red Sox losing streak Wednesday, as the lefty ace fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners to claim the three-game series finale. The Red Sox completed a 2-4 road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, during which Sale won the first and last games, with Wednesday’s victory preserving Boston’s one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East at 56-47. …read more

Sox look to tweak East title team for '17 run

For Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, there are two major areas of focus in his quest to put together a team that can defend the American League East title and make a deep run next October. The first is to try to replace David Ortiz’s elite production. The second is to rebuild a bullpen that could lose free agents Koji Uehara, Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa. …read more

Red Sox locked in to facing Indians in ALDS

Boston’s 37th come-from-behind win, a 5-3 triumph over American League East rival Toronto on Friday night at Fenway Park, allowed the Red Sox to envision a foe in the AL Division Series. The Red Sox will square off against the Indians in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, though home-field advantage for that series is yet to be determined. …read more