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First impressions: Moncada makes debut as Red Sox pummel Athletics, 16-2


First impressions: Moncada makes debut as Red Sox pummel Athletics, 16-2

OAKLAND -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 16-2 win over the Oakland Athletics:


* The Red Sox must miss the old balanced schedule.

In order to emphasize divisional rivalries, teams now play far more games within their division, while playing every every team in the league in just two series.

That means the Red Sox and A's play just six times this season, which, if you're a Red Sox fan, is a pity.

In the four games played so far, the Red Sox have scored at least 13 runs. The total for the four games? Fifty-six runs, an average of 14 per contest.

It helps that the A's have the second-worst pitching staff in the league, better than only Minnesota.


* Perhaps a fire has been lit under Travis Shaw.

Call it a coincidence, but on the night in which Yoan Moncada was in uniform for the first time in the big leagues, Shaw took off at the plate.

Shaw was hitting just .189 since the All-Star break, and his struggles -- along with those of Aaron Hill -- helped contribute to the decision to call up Moncada.

The switch-hitting Moncada is stronger from the left side and John Farrell announced Friday afternoon that the rookie would get the majority of the playing time against righties, with Hill starting against lefties.

That would seem to leave Shaw as the odd man out, but if Friday night was his last start for a while, he went out with a bang, with two doubles and a three-run homer for five RBI.

Coming just a few days after a four-strikeout game, it was impressive, though it's unlikely to change Farrell's plans.


* David Price has quietly won his last five starts

It's helped that Price has gotten incredible run support of late, with 39 runs scored in those five games while he was in the game.

But Price has also pitched well, regardless of the support. In those five games, he's only allowed more than two earned runs once and in that start, he gave up just three.

Each of the last five have been quality outings.

Price endured one rough inning in which he allowed three hits and two runs, but only one of the hits -- a double into the right field corner by Stephen Vogt -- was particularly hard-hit.

It seems it's safe to stop worrying about Price.


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.