TORONTO -- Quotes and notes from the Red Sox' 8-7 win in Toronto.
1) "He's got more juice than people think. He's on a pace for like, 60 homers. Ir, I guess more than that.'' - Travis Shaw on Brock Holt.
2) "Easily, a game like that last year...we would have lost.'' - Starting pitcher Joe Kelly.
3) "I appreciate being given another opportunity to go out there. I was pretty gratified.'' - Junichi Tazawa, who pitched a perfect seventh inning after allowing the game-winning homer to Mike Napoli Wednesday night.
4) "Obviously, I didn't perform the way I wanted to perform. But that was actually a really fun win.'' - Joe Kelly.
5) "Innings pitched (from starters)...obviously, that's what we need more of.'' - John Farrell on his starting pitchers.
* The seven runs allowed by Joe Kelly matched a career high
* Brock Holt's grand slam was his first -- not just in the big leagues, but as a professional.
* David Ortiz has as many extra-base hits (four) in his first three games as he did in his first 15 games last year.
* The Sox have scored at least six runs in each of their first three games for the first time since 1995, when they did so in the the first four games.
* Hanley Ramirez has multi-hit games in each of the first three Red Sox games this season.
* The Boston bullpen has allowed just two runs in 13 innings of work.
* After a homer and single in his first three plate appearances in the season opener, Mookie Betts is now hitless in his last 12 at-bats.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.