Papi starts at 1B vs. Astros rookie

David Ortiz's first start at 1B at Fenway Park in nearly 10 years comes against dynamic Houston SP Lance McCullers. The rookie has a 2.19 ERA in 9 MLB starts. Follow live

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Big Papi gets to play 1B today

The Red Sox DH will get a rare start at first -- and it's not even an interleague game as Boston takes on the Astros (1:35 p.m. ET). The last time Ortiz played 1B vs. an AL team was 2006.

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D-Backs, Astros full of surprises (2:39)
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Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, Astros 1

Clay Buchholz went the distance while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts carried the offense in a 6-1 Red Sox win against the Astros.

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Buchholz stifles Astros with complete game (0:43)
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Boston, Buchholz beat Astros

Clay Buchholz went the full nine innings (6 hits, 1 run, 8 strikeouts) and that was good enough for the Red Sox.

Out of their league

Almost exactly halfway through the season. the National League has pretty much gone to script, as all three preseason favorites lead their divisions. In the AL, no current division leader was projected to finish better than 3rd before the season started.

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Astros surge in 10th, capture fifth straight win (0:52)
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Final: Astros 12, Red Sox 8 (10)

Carlos Correa went 3-for-6 with a home run and 2 RBIs as the Astros beat the Red Sox in extra innings, extending their win streak to five games. Box score

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Astros jump in front

Houston put up four runs in the top of the 10th inning in Boston, taking a 12-8 lead over the Red Sox. The Astros are looking for their fifth consecutive win. Follow live

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Bonus baseball in Boston

The Astros couldn't make Carlos Correa's go-ahead homer in the 8th hold up, and Houston and Boston will head to extra innings tied 8-8. The Red Sox are 2-6 in their last 8 games at Fenway. Follow live

Big Papi with big RBI

David Ortiz's 8th-inning double brought home Xander Bogaerts and pulled the Red Sox even with the Astros at 8-8. Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez both have 2 RBIs tonight, and both now have 41 on the season. Follow live

Correa unties game

After the Red Sox scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 7-7, Astros phenom Carlos Correa smashed his 6th HR of the season over the Green Monster, giving Houston a 1-run lead in the 8th. Follow live

Long, long gone for Hanley Ramirez

This one almost went right over the Green Monster, instead landing in the very last row to put the Red Sox up 1-0 over the Astros in the 2nd. Follow live

Today's MLB betting lines

AL West leader Houston, currently riding a 4-game winning streak, is listed as a slight underdog (+114) to Justin Masterson and AL East cellar-dweller Boston. Complete list

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Cardinals fire scouting director (1:36)
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Cards fire scouting director amid hacking scandal

The Cardinals said Thursday that they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the federal investigation into whether the team hacked an Astros database.

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George Springer headed to the DL

The Astros OF has been placed on the 15-day DL with a broken right wrist after being hit with a 95 mph fastball Wednesday. He's hitting .264 with 13 HRs and 29 RBIs on the season.

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ESPN's American League All-Stars

Who deserves a spot on the American League's All-Star Game roster this year? Our experts make their picks for the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati.

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Keith Law: Keuchel should be an All-Star

Dallas Keuchel is a top-10 pitcher in the AL by any metric, writes Keith Law. The left-hander is 10-3 with an ERA of 2.03 Some belong, some don't (Insider)

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs3753rd
Batting Average.24225th
On Base Percentage.30921st
Slugging Percentage.4254th
Earned Run Average3.589th
Quality Starts4314th
WHIP1.182nd
BAA.2362nd

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