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Kimbrel embracing role in 'awesome' Red Sox-Yankees rivalry


Kimbrel embracing role in 'awesome' Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

BOSTON -- Craig Kimbrel had one of his greater outings of the season - maybe his career - striking out four batters in his four-out save, putting a punctuation mark on the Red Sox 6-5 comeback victory.

It wasn’t Kimbrel’s first appearance against the Bronx Bombers with the rivalry at its height, but it may have been his most notable due to a multitude of variables. He was fully aware of what was on the line, too -- not just the postseason but a win against the team’s greatest rival.

“It separates families and things like that up here,” Kimbrel told CSN.

Having played in two smaller markets prior to Boston, Kimbrel made claim that he’d dealt with a rivalry back in Atlanta with Washington. But he admitted that the rivalry he’s dealing with now carries a different weight.

“Well [Red Sox-Yankees] goes a lot deeper, a lot further back,” Kimbrel stated. “[Atlanta-Washington was] not as intense as the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.”

Kimbrel’s a big fan of the atmosphere it creates, too. In fact, he’s itching to deal with the fans and Yankee Stadium when Boston travels there next week, given he’s only thrown there once in his career -- but never as a member of the Red Sox.

“It’s awesome, it’s great,” Kimbrel said on playing a part in the rivalry. “Great to play games in those environments. It gives it that much more -- you can feel the fans giving it to each other in the stands. There’s always something.”

Kimbrel’s been a little spoiled by the rivalry, having thrown well (1 ER in 4.2 IP vs. New York) and the Red Sox already winning the season series. Given he’s embraced the atmosphere brings to light that he looks forward to the high-pressure situations -- meaning he won’t be fazed by the postseason.

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Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.