3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?


3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?

Jessica Moran tries to find the silver lining among a disappointing Red Sox team, identifying the three hottest Red Sox right now.

Adrian Gonzalez gets top honors. After a rough first half of the season, in which many questioned whether he was able to produce in Boston, Gonzalez has been on a roll. He's currently riding a 9-game hitting streak, and is hitting .471 in the month of August.

Pedro Ciriaco deserves some recognition as well, hitting .341 this season with 4 hits in last 9 at-bats.

Will Middlebrooks has re-discovered his power stroke this week with two homers and six RBI.

As you can imagine, there wasn't much trouble finding three disappointments.

Bobby Valentine drew the ire of management after making a sarcastic remark to Middlebrooks after the rookie had a tough inning in the field.

Everyone's favorite whipping boy is on the "Down" list as well. Josh Beckett was nothing short of terrible in his last outing, allowing 8 earned runs against the Rangers, including three home runs. It's just another in a series of poor performances from a pitcher who seems to have checked out.

And finally. The Red Sox. Yes, the entire team. The final spot on the "Down" list goes to the whole team. The Sox have a 55-58 record and have lost 7-of-9. But hey, the Patriots are back in action...

Red Sox calling up top prospect Rafael Devers


Red Sox calling up top prospect Rafael Devers

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.

More to come...

Reports: Stanton off trade block; Dodgers, Yankees in on Darvish


Reports: Stanton off trade block; Dodgers, Yankees in on Darvish

With eight days to go before the MLB trade deadline, the Miami Marlins say Giancarlo Stanton won't be on the move, while the Texans Rangers are reportedly fielding offers for ace Yu Darvish.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters Sunday that with new ownership on the way in Miami, he has no intention of dealing Giancarlo Stanton - the slugger who carries with him a 13-year, $325 contract he signed in 2015. He also said Christian Yelich, Justin Bour, J.T. Realmuto, Marcell Ozuna or Dan Straily won't be dealt. 

More here from NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk. 

As for Darvish, Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOXSports reports the Dodgers are showing "strong interest" in the Rangers ace. The Yankees are in on him as well, according to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com.