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First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Toronto

First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Toronto

First Impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Toronto:

* Starting pitching wasn't the problem Friday night.

After a road trip that saw the Red Sox' pitching staff consistently cuffed around, the Sox got a decent start from David Price, but mustered just two runs on three hits.

Having averaged better than 11 hits a game on their just-completed road trip, the Sox didn't have a lot of good at-bats early against R.A. Dickey. They didn't collect a hit until David Ortiz doubled to lead off the sixth.

There were some occasional hard-hit balls -- like Xander Bogaerts' liner that shortstop Darwin Barney snared with a leaping grab -- but for the most part, Dickey kept the Sox off balance -- and off the bases.

* David Price wasn't the reason the Red Sox lost, but he wasn't as his sharpest, either.

For one thing, Price's control wasn't what it usually is. He walked a season-high four batters, making it seven walks in his last two starts. That's as many walks as Price issued in his five previous starts combined.

The Jays made solid contact a few times -- including, but not limited to Edwin Encarnacion's two-run bomb to deep center. There were also hard-hit lineouts by Justin Smoak, Kevin Pillar and Devin Travis.

Price at least gave the Sox some length, completing seven innings and leaving just three outs for the over-taxed bullpen to record.

* There are warning signs with Koji Uehara.

Uehara is 41. That's a concern right there.

But there seems to be less margin for error with him, and he's been hanging splitters with an alarming frequency.

He's already given up three homers in 22 innings of work -- the two-run shot by Devon Travis in the eighth effectively put the game away -- and has a 4.64 ERA.

Tell me again how the Red Sox are going to be fine without Carson Smith the rest of the way?

* Another streak bites the dust.

Xander Bogaerts saw his streak halted at 26 games with an 0-for-2 night with two walks.

Bogaerts led off the bottom of the eighth and drew a walk on four pitches, as the crowd booed Toronto reliever Joe Biagini for not throwing Bogaerts a strike at which to swing.

He got another shot at it in the ninth, when, representing the potential tying run, he swung at ball four for the final out.

The next streak to track: David Ortiz at a modest 11 games.

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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.