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Andruzzi still making his mark off the field (1:40)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's manager John Farrell on using Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel in final three innings of Red Sox's 13-7 loss to Rays: "Koji and obviously Craig had not pitched since Friday. It was a chance to get them to the mound. Yeah, you don't like to see them throw 20-plus pitches." Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree were unavailable after being taxed over weekend in Texas.

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Kruk: Pedroia's speech shows again he's 'the ultimate gamer' (1:01)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Rodriguez has been optioned to Triple-A, according to Red Sox prez Dave Dombrowski.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell held a brief team meeting in the Red Sox's clubhouse after tonight's 13-7 loss to the Rays. His central message: "We're capable of more."

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Franklin caps career night with homer (0:27)
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Forsythe's homer sends Rodriguez to the dugout (0:29)

Four Red Sox clinging to All-Star starts

In the AL's final ballot update, SS Xander Bogaerts and DH David Ortiz lead the pack at their positions by a long shot. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts are second and third among outfielders, respectively, but the Royals' Lorenzo Cain isn't far behind. Voting ends June 30:

  • Hanley Ramirez - No. 5 first baseman
  • Dustin Pedroia - No. 3 second baseman
  • Xander Bogaerts - No. 1 shortstop
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. - No. 2 outfielder
  • Mookie Betts - No. 3 outfielder
  • David Ortiz - No. 1 designated hitter

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Over the last 15 games, the Red Sox have been outscored 22-0 in the first inning. In the 61 previous games, they outscored opponents 60-32 in the first inning. (h/t: ESPN Stats & Information)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Including the five runs tonight against Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox have allowed 54 first-inning runs in 76 games, tied with the Padres for second-most in the majors and trailing only the Twins (56), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Boston drops in rankings after bad week

The Red Sox lost five games last week, dropping to four games behind the Orioles in the AL East and two spots down to No. 7 in the Power Rankings. Next up for Boston is a visit to Tropicana Field to face Tampa Bay. Power Rankings

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With three days left to vote, Red Sox's Mookie Betts holds almost a 94,000-vote lead over KC's Lorenzo Cain for final spot in AL outfield. SS Xander Bogaerts and DH David Ortiz have big leads at their positions, while Jackie Bradley Jr. is running second among outfielders. "You can't say you never dreamed about it," Betts said. "It's definitely something I'd love to be a part of."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Brock Holt is still experiencing mild concussion symptoms, but is playing through it at the recommendation of specialist Dr. Micky Collins, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. For now, the plan calls for Holt to continue his minor-league rehab assignment this week, then rejoin the Sox on Friday for the start of the Angels series.

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Hockey HOF snubbed Recchi, Andreychuk, Kariya

There's no need to begrudge Eric Lindros or the three others named to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2016 induction class, but this talented trio also deserved to be voted in, Scott Burnside writes.

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Boston among six to meet with Durant

The Celtics, Heat and Clippers have joined the Warriors, Spurs and the incumbent Thunder on Kevin Durant's list of teams to meet with in advance of Friday's beginning of free agency. Pitching to KD

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Pedroia pushed out in ballot crunch?

When the last All-Star ballot update was released, Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Ortiz all appeared to be runaway selections to start. Which might mean that other Red Sox, like Dustin Pedroia, will get less consideration. Olney: Potential All-Star snubs (Insider)

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