Looking at which teams have delivered and what you can project for them, there's a huge difference between MLB's elite and the pack in pursuit.
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L.A. has been on top for much of the season, but the Braves, Cubs and Brewers are in hot pursuit.
Rafael Devers led off the 10th inning with a home run after Marco Hernandez tied it with a solo shot in ninth, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 Sunday to move a season-high five games over .500.
Chris Sale struck out 10 over six sharp innings, J.D. Martinez homered in a third straight game and the surging Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on Saturday.
J.D. Martinez hit two of Boston's season-high six home runs, and the Red Sox staged another impressive power display at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles' beleaguered pitching staff in a 13-2 rout Friday night.
How aggressive should clubs be in chasing a spot in a one-game playoff? We take a team-by-team look.
Will Lucas Giolito and Hyun-Jin Ryu keep their amazing runs going? Are the Rangers for real? And what else are we looking forward to this weekend?
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he doesn't expect to be without Heath Hembree for long. Boston recalled rookie left-hander Josh Taylor to fill the void in the meantime.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
A spokesperson for the Dominican Police said to local media on Friday that any details they may have about the alleged motive and mastermind of the attack against David Ortiz will not be publicly released until they conclude the investigation. He added the police is working the case tirelessly "day and night," and their focus is giving the most precise information to the public as they advance in the investigation.
The comfort of a new contract and the confidence to become a leader have helped the Red Sox shortstop blossom into one of the best at his position.
Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer in the seventh inning, Boston's fifth long ball of the game, and the Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Thursday night.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
New statement from Tiffany Ortiz, David Ortiz's wife:
Noah Song tells ESPN he plans to sign with Boston in the next week. He'll report to Class A but will head shortly to flight school and, like NBA legend David Robinson before him, serve out his commitment to the armed forces.
Mookie Betts drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Police Maj. Gen. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said the coordinator of the attack was offered about $7,800 to carry out the shooting of David Ortiz.
Eduardo Nunez, who is friends with fellow Dominican native David Ortiz, has talked to the former Red Sox star, who was shot in what Nunez calls an "international shame."
Before talking to Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos (24:16), Buster and Boog Sciambi discuss Boston's struggles, Corey Seager's injury and more (10:49). Plus, "Hembo Knows" (34:52) and the latest Power 10 (41:16).
Boston is back down to .500, and the Rangers could be this year's surprise team in the AL. What's wrong with last year's champs?
Both managers and Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi were ejected from Texas' 9-5 win over Boston on Tuesday night.
Hunter Pence hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 Tuesday night after both managers were ejected.