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First impressions: Costly 10th inning for Kimbrel in 3-1 loss

First impressions: Costly 10th inning for Kimbrel in 3-1 loss

First impressions from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox:


Craig Kimbrel isn't the same guy in non-save situations.

Kimbrel is 16-for-18 in save situations, like the one he had Sunday in the ninth inning when he simply overpowered the Seattle Mariners with a one-run lead.

But in tie games or games in which the Sox are behind or leading by more than three runs, he's not nearly as effective, especially when it comes to his command.

In save situations, he has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 27-2. In non- save situations, the ratio is 15-7.

Sure enough, he issued a leadoff walk to start the top of the 10th and it ended up costing him, as Jose Abreu smoked a two-run double to right-center.


Steven Wright limited the damage expertly.

For the first few innings, it seemed Wright was constantly living on the edge.

In the first, an error by Travis Shaw and one by Wright himself (on a failed pickoff effort at second) gave the White Sox runners at the corners and just one out. But he got the next two outs to strand two runners in scoring position.

A leadoff double, a long flyout and a passed ball by Christian Vazquez resulted in the first run. In the fourth, Wright allowed a leadoff infield single to Todd Frazier, but then quickly picked Frazier off first and recorded two more outs.

He was efficient thanks to a run of five straight innings in which he faced the minimum number of hitters. Through eight innings, he had thrown just 86 pitches.


Christian Vazquez validated the confidence John Farrell had in him.

In the bottom of the sixth, with runners on first and second and two out, some called for Dustin Pedroia -- given the night off -- to pinch-hit in big spot.

Perhaps Farrell didn't want to mess with the chemistry established between Vazquez and Steven Wright. Wright had allowed just one run on four hits through the first six innings and the two were working well. It's not easy to introduce a new catcher for a starting pitcher, especially when that pitcher is a knuckleballer.

Further, Farrell may have liked what he's seen from Vazquez. Earlier, he had the first Red Sox hit off White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez -- a sharp single to center -- and later hit a ball nearly to the warning track in center.

Whatever the rationale, it worked: Vazquez singled to center and scored Chris Young with the tying run.


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.