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Johnson receives award for perseverance

Four months and three days after firing a complete-game shutout at Fenway Park in one of the feel-good moments of the season, Brian Johnson was back on Saturday to receive the club’s Lou Gorman Award, handed out annually to the prospect who demonstrates dedication and perseverance while working his way to the Major Leagues. …read more

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

Sox fall to Astros, but magic number down to 1

The offensively surging Astros rolled into Fenway Park and knocked around their potential ALDS opponent, riding an early burst of offense en route to a 12-2 thumping over the Red Sox in Thursday’s opener of a four-game series. But even in defeat, there was a positive development for the Red Sox. The Yankees suffered a 9-6 loss to the Rays, putting Boston’s magic number at one for winning the AL East with three games left. …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