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Sox look to lock up AL East behind Pomeranz

The Red Sox’s magic number to clinch the American League East title is one, meaning they can lock up the division if they beat the Astros on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park or the Yankees lose to the Blue Jays. There will be plenty on the line when left-hander Drew Pomeranz faces Lance McCullers Jr. in the penultimate game of the regular season for two teams getting to know each other well. …read more

E-Rod faces Jays aiming for first post-DL win

Nothing has been easy for Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez since he came off the disabled list on July 17 after dealing with an injured left knee — in nine starts he’s 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA. He’ll try to get that elusive win on Tuesday at Fenway Park against the Blue Jays and right-hander Marco Estrada. …read more

Benchwarmer: Moreland stays hot in pinch

Mitch Moreland is closing August as one of the hottest hitters on the Red Sox, and even six innings on the bench couldn’t stop his momentum on Wednesday night. When manager John Farrell called on Moreland to pinch-hit in the seventh, the left-handed hitter was clearly ready, turning on a 2-1 fastball by righty Tom Koehler and hammering a go-ahead two-run moonshot to right to spark the Sox to a 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays. …read more

Vazquez (4-for-4), Sox rally, pad East lead

In danger of losing five in a row for the first time this season, the Red Sox instead combined a gritty starting pitching performance by Drew Pomeranz with several strong defensive plays and a 4-for-4 night from Christian Vazquez en route to an important 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Monday’s opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre. …read more

Pomeranz bolstering Boston's strong rotation

The biggest question mark the Red Sox had in their rotation when the season started is fourth in the American League in wins (10), 10th in ERA (3.51) and 12th in strikeouts (108). Drew Pomeranz turned in his latest in a string of strong outings in Wednesday’s 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, allowing three hits and no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. …read more