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Steve Pearce (back) set to play three games in Pawtucket, Mitch Moreland (quad) not participating in baseball activites

Steve Pearce (back) set to play three games in Pawtucket, Mitch Moreland (quad) not participating in baseball activites

The Red Sox have been thin at first base throughout the month June thanks to Steve Pearce and Mitch Moreland hitting the injured list with nagging injuries.

Michael Chavis has assumed most of the responsibilities at first while they recover, but getting each of their power strokes back in the lineup should help the Red Sox build on the momentum of a five-game winning streak. 

Pearce, who hit the IL over two weeks ago with a lower back strain, plans to play three games in Pawtucket as the next step in his return, Alex Cora said to MassLive's Christopher Smith.

Moreland returned from the injured list for just one game before suffering from right quad tightness. Cora was not optimistic at the time Moreland had to be sent back to the IL, and he said Monday that Moreland is progressing but not participating in baseball activities. 

Moreland was hitting .225 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI when he went down, while Pearce was really struggling, hitting .180/.245/.258. Maybe once they get back fully healthy they can both start to drive in some runs like they did last season. 

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

As the July 31 trade deadline quickly approaches, the Red Sox will need to bolster their bullpen and starting rotation if they want to make another run at back-to-back World Series championships. 

They already have reported interest in starters like Madison Bumgarner and Marcus Stroman, and now they seem to have eyes on some much-needed bullpen help. 

According to Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are among teams evaluated Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson as several clubs have shown interest in trading for the 32-year-old right-hander. 

Hudson has appeared in 40 games this season for Toronto, posting a 2.72 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 43 innings. Morosi notes that over his last 16 outings, Hudson has been excellent, sporting a 0.93 ERA. 

The Red Sox are expected to be buyers at the trade deadline, with their biggest needs on the mound. If they expect to make any sort of run in the postseason or get into the playoffs for that matter, they will need to acquire pitchers. Hudson could go a long way in stabilizing what has been a disastrous group of relievers this season. 

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Highlights of Red Sox' 5-0 loss to Orioles

Highlights of Red Sox' 5-0 loss to Orioles

FINAL SCORE: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0

IN BRIEF: Journeyman right-hander Asher Wojciechowski no-hit the Red Sox for six innings for his first win since 2017 as the lowly Orioles held the Sox to one hit in a 5-0 victory in 100-degree heat in Baltimore to take two out of three from Boston. BOX SCORE
 

RED SOX RECORD: 54-46

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning:
Mancini homers to center on a 0-0 pitch from Cashner (1-0, BAL).

2nd inning:
Smith Jr. walked, moved to second on Severino's groundout, Davis doubled to left, scoring Smith Jr. (4-0, BAL).

3rd inning:
Villar hits an infield single to second, Mancini hits a two-run homer to left on a 3-1 pitch from Cashner (4-0, BAL).

5th inning:
WOJCIECHOWSKI 9TH STRIKEOUT, KEEPS NO-HITTER ALIVE:

9th inning:
(Hembree replaces Walden on the mound) Villar homers to center on a 1-0 pitch (5-0, BAL).

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