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Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Ryan Weber struggles as Sox fall, 5-1

Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Ryan Weber struggles as Sox fall, 5-1

FINAL SCORE: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1

IN BRIEF: Red Sox starter Ryan Weber struggled for his second straight start, allowing four hits and walking four while allowing three runs in 3.1 innings of work. Michael Chavis was the lone bright spot for Boston as he hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the third inning. Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner got the job done for New York with homers of their own.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 3-5

HIGHLIGHTS

Chavis hits a moonshot

Judge takes Weber deep

Gardner gives Yanks insurance

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Andrew Benintendi injury: Red Sox OF could be out 'a while' with rib strain

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Andrew Benintendi injury: Red Sox OF could be out 'a while' with rib strain

Andrew Benintendi's nightmare 2020 season is hitting pause.

The Boston Red Sox placed the 26-year-old outfielder on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right rib cage strain.

X-rays on Benintendi's rib came back negative, but Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke suggested the outfielder could be sidelined for some time.

"He’s going to be a while," Roenicke told reporters in a video conference. "It’s going to be more than that 10 days."

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Benintendi injured his rib while stumbling on the basepath between second and third base during Tuesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The injury overshadowed Benintendi's rare night of success at the plate: He went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, doubling his hit total for the 2020 season.

Yes, you read that right: The slumping outfielder has four hits in 52 plate appearances, sporting an abysmal .103 batting average with 17 strikeouts.

With Kevin Pillar and Alex Verdugo handling corner outfielder duties, the Red Sox likely will take their time bringing Benintendi back in what already feels like a lost season.

Boston lost its third straight game to Tampa Bay on Wednesday and sits last in the American League East at 6-12.

How Red Sox coaches pranked Kyle Hart before summoning him to big leagues

How Red Sox coaches pranked Kyle Hart before summoning him to big leagues

Kyle Hart got called into the manager's office at Pawtucket on Tuesday, and the news wasn't good -- Major League Baseball planned to fine him for not wearing a mask.

Manager Billy McMillon and pitching coaches Shawn Haviland and Paul Abbott waited a beat alongside farm director Ben Crockett. Then they broke the real news.

"I was a little worried at first," Hart said, "but then they told me, you can go pay your fine at Fenway Park tomorrow."

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And so it is that Hart, a 19th-round selection in the 2016 draft, will make his debut on Thursday when he starts the finale of a four-game set with the Rays.

It's the culmination of a journey that began in college at Indiana, where Hart spent five years, his career interrupted by Tommy John surgery. The 6-foot-5 lefty has never lit up radar guns or blown away scouts with his pure stuff, but he has gotten results at every stop along the way, posting a 3.13 ERA in 77 minor league appearances.

"My mindset going into tomorrow is the same as it has been my entire career," Hart said. "Every year, I started a level lower than what I thought I should be at. I thought I should be in Greenville, they started me in extended. I thought I should be in Salem, they started me in Greenville, and so on and so forth. This year I thought maybe I had a chance of starting with the big league team and they put me at the alternate site.

"Honestly, I appreciated it, because that's how every year has gone. And every year I've kind of sought out success. I'm comfortable in the position I'm in right now, of being a midseason callup, and kind of fulfilling that need. My mindset is they're giving me an opportunity tomorrow, I need to go pitch to earn another one. That's going to be my mindset as long as I play this game. Hopefully you look back and you've got six, eight, 10 years in this league. Right now I need to go out and earn every single start, opportunity to pitch, whatever it is, every single night."

And guess what? He doesn't owe any fines.

"They told me that I was actually getting fined by Major League Baseball for not wearing my mask. That's kind of a real scenario that's going to happen and probably has happened," Hart said. "Luckily it was just a prank and they were pulling my leg."