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First impressions of Red Sox' 16-2 win over the D'Backs: Best Betts

First impressions of Red Sox' 16-2 win over the D'Backs: Best Betts

BOSTON - First impressions from the Red Sox' 16-2 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park:

*Rick Porcello’s recovery after the leadoff hit and error was huge.

Yes, he got out of a jam where the leadoff runner reached second.

But more importantly, he bailed out Andrew Benintendi, who made his second error of the season, overthrowing third.

Things could’ve gone south in a hurry for Boston, but Porcello maintained his composure and got out unscathed.

Then after the Sox backed him in the first with a Mookie Betts two-run dinger, Porcello (16-3, 3.30 ERA), who extended his Fenway winning streak to 12, came out and posted another zero.

Setting the tone early and often -- much like an ace would.
*Opposing pitchers can only hope to contain Mookie Betts -- because it’s near impossible to stop him right now.

Boston’s newest No. 3 hitter is fitting in nicely.

As brutal as Zach Greinke was, the former Cy Young Award winner is still a top-flight pitcher -- and Mookie Betts made it seem like he was taking batting practice.

Betts, who had his second three-homer game of the season and drove in eight runs, is Boston’s best hitter. Whether it’s based on age (23), power (26 homers, 84 RBI) or average (.313) -- or anything you can think of -- he is the right man to hit third in the Red Sox order -- not only now, but for years to come, too.
*Dustin Pedroia looks comfortable leading off.

It’s something he hasn’t been a fan of in the past, but now it seems like Boston’s second baseman has taken to the role.

After going 2-for-4 (with an RBI) Saturday, Pedroia destroyed Arizona pitching with a five-hit, two-RBI day.
*It’s a good thing the Red Sox didn’t sign Zach Greinke this off-season.

Obviously Boston’s lineup if tough, but Greinke is capable of much more than what he put out in Sunday’s start.

Imagine what would’ve happened if he pitched like that in a Red Sox uniform. Things might be uglier than David Price’s situation.
*Brock Holt continues to be best served as a utility man.

Although he’s not the ideal outfielder, Holt looked great at shortstop Sunday, filling in for the slumping Xander Bogaerts.

He made a tough play in the hole, showing off both his range and arm.

Then he made a 6-3 double play after Porcello’s error in the in the fourth inning, getting both runners out by a hair.

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.