Anthony Santander hit a three-run homer, and Keon Broxton added a two-run shot later as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 11-2 in the opener of a weekend series Friday night.

The luxury tax, negotiated into the Basic Agreement by the owners to suppress salaries, er, I mean to promote competitive balance, discourages the most successful baseball franchises from buying the stairway to baseball heaven.

BOSTON — The continued Red Sox roster shakeup that sent Eduardo Nunez to waivers Monday and Ryan Brasier to Pawtucket Tuesday landed Darwinzon Hernandez back in the Boston bullpen with a chance to be a contributor for the stretch run in a playoff race.

Justin Turner and Max Muncy each homered and had three hits, while Cody Bellinger added a solo shot and two RBIs on his 24th birthday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers pummeled the host Boston Red Sox 11-2 on Saturday night.

The Red Sox are “pushing” to acquire a starting pitcher and could do so in short order, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It’s unknown who the team is targeting specifically.

DETROIT — Depending who you asked as the Red Sox entered their All-Star break late Sunday afternoon, the Red Sox are either far from playing at their peak or they’re just about there.

Brandon Drury had three hits, including a two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, Jacob Waguespack earned his first career major league win, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 6-3 Wednesday night.

BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts crushed a tiebreaking two-run home run in the fifth inning, and Rafael Devers had three doubles among his four hits as the Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 6-3, on Tuesday.