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First impressions of Red Sox' 10-5 loss to the Tigers


First impressions of Red Sox' 10-5 loss to the Tigers

First impressions of the Red Sox' 10-5 loss to Tigers in Detroit:

Henry Owens continues to tease Boston.

The lefty looked good through his first two innings, despite the two walks. He struck out five and didn't allow a ball in play.

But Owens once again relied too heavily on his change-up. He tends to use his change-up more like his fastball and his fastball more like an off-speed pitch.

That’s in large part because Owens can’t control his fastball, despite seldom breaking 90 mph with it.

Owens’ change-up is effective, which is why he tore through the lineup the first time through. But it’s called an off-speed pitch for a reason.

Intentionally walking Miguel Cabrera in the third inning wasn’t a bad decision.

As much as J.D. Martinez might be the hottest hitter in baseball, Cabrera is still the best pure hitter in baseball.

Owens had Martinez on the ropes, too, down 1-and-2. As much as Martinez’s hit was partially thanks to luck, it was equally due to Owens’ predictability with his change-up. Making it easier for Martinez to flick his bat at the ball and still do some damage.

Andrew Benintendi gets two milestone hits in the same game.

Benintendi struggled on the trip, batting .182 (4-for-22), but turned it around in Detroit, where he finished 5-for-17 in the four-game set.

He even scurried to get his first MLB triple, which happened to be his first career hit off former Cy Young Winner and MVP, Justin Verlander.

He also launched his first career home run. It came on a 3-2 cutter from Shane Greene on the seventh pitch of the at-bat.

It was a no-doubter, too. The first, but definitely not the last, of what looks to be a promising career.

Owens was exactly what the doctor ordered -- for Justin Upton.

The two had never faced-off prior to Sunday’s game.

While Owens got the better of him in the first at-bat by striking Upton out, he was on the losing end of the matchup by the end of the game.

Two home runs in the next two at bats -- one off the change-up, one off a fastball, both right down Broadway and both with their own area code.

The Tigers’ outfielder was hitting .130 (7-for-54) in August before Saturday night’s game, without one extra-base hit.

Upton nearly had a home run off Craig Kimbrel Saturday -- which wound up being a double -- then he left the yard twice against Owens Sunday, his first long balls since July 31.

A nice way to bust out of a slump.

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.