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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: David Price vs. Luis Cessa 09.27.16 at 8:24 am ET
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With their magic number to clinch the AL East at one, the Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium to open a three-game series. David Price will take the ball for Boston, while the Yankees will counter with rookie Luis Cessa.

Price is 17-8 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP in 33 starts. In his last start on Thursday, the southpaw threw seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a 5-3 win over the Orioles.

“This is the time of year you want your team to get on a roll in the way we have,” Price said (via MLB.com). “That’s what we’ve done and just continued to bring the same attitude to the field every day.”

Price is 14-9 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.344 WHIP in 35 career games (34 starts) against the Yankees. In four starts this year against New York he is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.714 WHIP. Price last saw the Yankees on Sept. 17. He went six innings, allowing five runs, nine hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a 6-5 Sox win.

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Stunned Red Sox players react to death of Jose Fernandez 09.25.16 at 12:39 pm ET
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The shocking death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident on Sunday morning swept across baseball, with Red Sox players among the hundreds of players, coaches, and media offering their condolences.

Here’s a sampling of Red Sox reaction, gathered from social media.

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Thursday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: David Price vs. Chris Tillman 09.22.16 at 8:27 am ET
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David Price

Looking to complete a four-game sweep of the Orioles, the Red Sox will send out David Price opposite right-hander Chris Tillman in Thursday night’s series finale.

Price is 16-8 with 3.91 ERA and a 1.176 WHIP in 32 starts. In six innings of work on Saturday, Price surrendered five runs, nine hits and no walks while recording nine strikeouts in a 6-5 win over the Yankees. The southpaw didn’t factor in the decision, which ended his streak of wins in seven straight outings.

In his career against the Orioles, Price is 10-5 with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.112 WHIP in 23 starts. This season against the O’s, he is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA and a 0.667 WHIP in four starts. His last outing vs. Baltimore was on Aug. 17. In a rain-shortened game, he pitched six innings, giving up one run, four hits and no walks with four strikeouts in an 8-1 Sox win.

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: David Price vs. Bryan Mitchell 09.17.16 at 8:12 am ET
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Saturday afternoon’s Red Sox-Yankees matchup will feature the streaking David Price opposite right-hander Bryan Mitchell.

Price is 16-8 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.167 WHIP in 31 starts. Over his last seven starts Price has been dominant, going 7-0 with a 2.16 ERA.

“He’s thrown much more consistent quality starts,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said (via MLB.com). “He’s on a run right now that might be the best run of his career inside not only these seven consecutive wins he’s recorded, but the second half of the season. He continues to increase his power, he’s maintained his direction through the lane in which he’s intending to execute pitches.”

On Monday, Price went eight solid innings, giving up just two runs, two hits (both home runs) and no walks with nine strikeouts in a 12-2 win over the Orioles.

“A guy like David is pitching as well as anybody in baseball is right now,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That’s why he can command those type of commitments they made to him. That’s a great example of how important those guys are.”

Against the Yankees, the southpaw is 14-9 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.340 WHIP in 34 games (33 starts). This season against New York, Price is 1-2 with a 7.79 ERA and a 1.788 WHIP in three starts. His last outing against the Yankees came in July when he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, 11 hits and one walk with one strikeout in a 3-1 Yankees win.

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David Price’s run (7 straight wins) coming at perfect time for Red Sox 09.12.16 at 11:13 pm ET
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David Price won his seventh straight game Monday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

David Price won his seventh straight game Monday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

David Price is proving why the Red Sox signed him to a $217 million contract last December.

September and October are when the most important games of the season are played and the Red Sox’ ace is pitching the best he has all season.

His latest effort game Monday night when he allowed two runs on two hits (both home runs), while not walking a batter and striking out nine in a 12-2 Red Sox rout of the Orioles at Fenway Park.

It was the left-hander’s seventh straight win — the first time he’s accomplished the feat in his career.

“Execution. Sticking with it. That’s what it is,” Price said to what the key has been.

Over those seven starts dating back to Aug. 12 he has an ERA of 2.16, but Price’s run goes back to the middle of May following a poor start to the season. Since May 12, Price has an ERA of 2.99 and currently his ERA sits at 3.81, the lowest it has been since after the first game of the season.

It’s hard to imagine that on May 7 his ERA was 6.75.

Price’s recent success has come at the same time as the success of the overall team as they have finally put everything together at once (hitting, starting pitching bullpen) to open a two-game lead in the American League East.

“We’re playing well, for sure,” Price said. “We all have that feeling in the clubhouse, out in the dugout. This is a very close-knit group of guys. That is what you want to be part of. That is what makes 162 games plus spring training that much fun. That’s why I am here. I knew the veterans that we had and the young guys that we had and how tight they were in that clubhouse. That’s not work. This is all fun.”

Specific to Monday’s game, the Red Sox got on the board early as they put up a five-spot in the first inning, giving Price plenty of room to work with against one of the best lineups in the game, but the left-hander still pitched like it was a 0-0 game.

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Closing Time: Hanley Ramirez, Chris Young lead offense while David Price dominates in Red Sox’ rout of Orioles at 9:50 pm ET
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The Red Sox opened their homestand in style with a rout of the Orioles. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox opened their homestand in style with a rout of the Orioles. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

You know the Red Sox offense had a good night when David Price allowed two runs over eight innings and he wasn’t the biggest story.

The Red Sox scored early and often against Orioles starter Wade Miley and never looked back in a 12-2 rout where they scored in every inning but the eighth.

With the win, they remain two games up over the Blue Jays and increase their lead to three games over the O’s in the AL East.

Hanley Ramirez and Chris Young led the offense as the two combined to go 6-for-7 in the middle of the Red Sox order. As a team, the Red Sox finished with 16 hits.

The Red Sox scored five times in the first inning, four coming before they even recorded an out. The inning started with three straight singles, but could have been even more as Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce misplayed a David Ortiz fly ball and the runners needed to hold.

With the bases loaded and no outs Mookie Betts crushed a two-run double to left field and then Ramirez singled to left field, scoring Ortiz, but that wouldn’t be the only run to score on the play as Betts alertly raced home after Pearce lobbed the ball back into the infield. Aaron Hill would later score on a sacrifice fly for the fifth run of the frame.

They then loaded the bases again in the second inning with one out, but only managed one run coming on a Ramirez walk to set the tone for the game.

On any other night Price would have been the story as the left-hander went eight innings, allowing two runs on just two hits, while not walking a batter and striking out nine to pick up his seventh straight win. Price allowed three base runners all night, two of which came on home runs and the other on an error.

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John Farrell confirms David Price in line to start game No. 162 of Red Sox season at 7:56 pm ET
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David Price

Should the Red Sox need to win the final game of the season to make the playoffs or clinch the division title, manager John Farrell has lined up his rotation so he can turn to left-hander David Price.

“He falls on 162, yes,” Farrell said before the Red Sox faced the Orioles on Monday night with Price on the mound.

Price carried a 15-8 record and 3.87 ERA with him into Monday’s start. While much has been made of his postseason struggles (2-7, 5.12), it’s worth noting that when the Rays needed to win a one-game playoff with the Rangers to reach the 2013 postseason, Price delivered a complete game in a 5-2 victory.

Depending on where the Red Sox are in the standings, Price could skip that final start to prepare for the playoffs. It’s also possible he could pitch that game and then be pushed back in the postseason rotation.

He entered Monday’s start with six straight wins, and that was before the Red Sox staked him to a 6-1 lead in the second against the Orioles.

 

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Monday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: David Price vs. Wade Miley at 12:58 pm ET
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The Red Sox open a three-game series with the Orioles on Monday night at Fenway Park by sending David Price to the hill to face former Sox lefty Wade Miley.

Price is 15-8 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.204 WHIP in 30 starts. Over his last six starts, Price has yet to lose and has posted a 2.14 ERA. In his last appearance on Wednesday, he pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, six hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in a 7-2 win over the Padres.

“I knew it was going to happen,” Price said (via MLB.com). “I knew good things were going to happen to me. I just want to keep it going.”

Against the Orioles, Price is 9-5 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.160 WHIP in 22 starts. In three starts against the Orioles this year, he is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA and a 0.842 WHIP. The southpaw’s last start against the O’s came on Aug. 17. He went six innings, giving up no runs, two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in a 8-1 Sox win.

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Closing Time: Resurgent Travis Shaw, solid David Price lift Red Sox past Padres and into 1st place 09.08.16 at 12:15 am ET
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Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw watches his two-run homer against the Padres on Wednesday. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw watches his two-run homer against the Padres on Wednesday. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Travis Shaw didn’t lose his job for long, and good thing for the Red Sox, because now they’re back in first place.

Shaw, seemingly buried by the arrival top prospect Yoan Moncada last week, returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday night and made an impact, homering and driving in three runs to key a 7-2 victory over the Padres that vaulted the Red Sox back into sole possession of first place in the American League East.

The Red Sox passed the Blue Jays, who lost to the Yankees. The Red Sox and Jays open a three-game series in Toronto on Friday, kicking off the final 23 games of the season, which will all be played against division rivals.

The Red Sox needed to take care of business against the Padres first, and they did so in large part on the back of Shaw, who ripped a mammoth two-run homer to right in the second and added an RBI single as part of a three-run fourth.

“I think I’ve played my whole career that way, trying to prove something, kind of a back against the wall type of thing,” Shaw said. “It seems like it brings out the best in me. You just try and keep that edge as long as I can. There’s always that little bit of an edge there, trying to get back to where I was earlier in the year.”

Those hits made a winner of Red Sox left-hander David Price, who improved to 15-8 by winning his sixth straight start. Price went seven innings, allowing six hits and two runs and striking out eight.

“I knew it was going to happen. I knew good things were going to happen to me,” Price said. “I’ve had a lot of good things over the course of how many starts it has been. Whether it’s hard-hit balls going at guys or soft-hit balls not finding the holes, whenever I make a really good pitch, having good things happen, that’s what’s going on for me my past couple of starts. I just want to keep it going.”

The Red Sox tacked on runs with late home runs from Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt before Koji Uehara returned with a scoreless eighth and Brad Ziegler and Craig Kimbrel combined to close out the ninth.

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Wednesday’s Red Sox-Padres matchups: David Price vs. Jarred Cosart 09.07.16 at 8:24 am ET
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The Red Sox wrap-up their three-game series with the Padres on Wednesday night by sending David Price to the mound to face right-hander Jarred Cosart.

Price is 14-8 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.217 WHIP in 29 starts. After being inconsistent for most of the season, Price has gotten hot lately. He is undefeated in his last five starts, during which time he has posted a 2.06 ERA. In each of his last four starts he has allowed two runs or fewer. In the southpaw’s last outing on Friday, he pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in Boston’s 16-2 rout of the A’s.

“He was outstanding,” manager John Farrell said of Price (via MLB.com). “He set the tone for us here tonight. He was strong; he had some good swing-and-miss with some fastballs. By setting the tone, he put up three zeros and allowed us to get on track offensively.”

Price has never faced the Padres. In interleague play this year, he is 3-2 with 3.25 ERA and a 1.139 WHIP in five starts. The 31-year-old’s last start against the National League was Aug. 12 against the Diamondbacks. Price pitched eight innings, allowing three runs, 10 hits (two home runs) and one walk with eight strikeouts.

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