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First impressions of Red Sox' season-ending 4-3 loss to Indians

First impressions of Red Sox' season-ending 4-3 loss to Indians

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' season-ending 4-3 loss to Cleveland Monday night, which finished off a 3-0 Indians sweep in the ALDS:

Clay Buchholz wasn't the main culprit

Buchholz only lasted four innings in Game 3, but that was due to the urgency of the game. On another night, he would have been allowed to continue after allowing two runs over the first four innings. But given the stakes, the Red Sox couldn't want much longer and had to utilize a quick hook.

Buchholz wasn't dominant -- he had baserunners in each of his innings. But he successfully limited the damage through the first three, stranding four baserunners along the way.

In the fourth, however, a one-out, two-run single to Tyler Naquin gave the Indians a 2-0 lead.

But Buchholz kept the Sox in the game far better than either Rick Porcello or David Price did before him.

The Red Sox allowed the bottom third of the order to beat them

At the start of the series, the Sox were probably most concerned with shutting down Francisco Lindor or Carlos Santana or Mike Napoli.

Instead, they were defeated by the likes of Roberto Perez, Coco Crisp and Lonnie Chisenhall.

The final three spots in the Cleveland lineup did plenty of damage in the sweep. On Monday night, Naquin, the No. 8 hitter, delivered a two-run single and Crisp added a two-run homer.

In all, the final three spots in the Cleveland lineup produced three homers and nine RBI in the three-game sweep.

It's one thing to be beaten by the best the opponent has to offer. It's quite another to allow the lesser hitters to do as much damage as the Indians' bottom third did.

Boston played from behind almost the entire series

Over the course of three games and 27 innings, the Red Sox led at the end of a full inning exactly once: The end of the first inning of Game 1,, when they were ahead 1-0.

From there on out, the Sox were tied or behind.

That's not a winning approach in the postseason. The Sox offense couldn't put and pressure on the Indians. They couldn't force the issue on the bases, because they were always playing catch-up.

They couldn't set up their bullpen for advantageous matchups or be aggressive or dictate anything in the series. They were too busy scrambling from behind.

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

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. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

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.