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First impressions of the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Angels


First impressions of the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Boston Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels:

Just when it seemed like the Red Sox had no magic left, they woke up.

And with two outs in the ninth no less.

That inning is proof that Boston pitching doesn’t need to be lights out to get a win. They just need to stay competitive so the offense is within striking distance.

Also, if John Farrell doesn’t stop Dustin Pedroia’s argument after his third strikeout, the second baseman doesn’t get his shot to give Boston the lead.

The first inning was about as weird as it gets.

It’s not everyday you see a team get three hits in an inning and not score a run -- especially when one of the hits was a double and the other two hits were out of the infield.

Or that you see two plays at the plate go in the defenses favor in the same inning.

The game would have had a much different if not for a little bit of luck.

Clay Buchholz was shockingly impressive.

It only took him 35 pitches to get him through three innings of work.

Only allowing one runner to reach base -- a seventh inning Mike Trout walk -- Buchholz took on 10 batters and retired nine.

More importantly, he held the Angels lead to three runs, giving Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox their chance at late heroics.

And, if another organization was genuinely interested in the righty, that’s about as good of showcase he’s had all year.

Aaron Hill has really looked like a failed acquisition.

Another rough day at the plate for the Red Sox third baseman. It seems as if he’s trying to do too much at the plate in order to compensate for his sloth-like start. What the Red Sox really need is for him to find some holes.

A single every once in a while might make a difference -- like the one in the ninth, just a little more frequently.

As much as hitters have to protect with two strikes, Dustin Pedroia was right to take that strike in his third at-bat.

Because it wasn’t even close to being a strike. And you can debate strike zones all you want, but if you watched the next at-bat, the second called strike on Xander Bogaerts was a curveball at his knees.

You can’t call a breaking ball that lands at the top of the zone and one that finishes on the opposite end. He should call the one at the bottom -- but he has to pick one either way.

You can’t always expect umpires to have a good strike zone, but you can expect them to be consistent to their own.

That’s why Pedroia was frustrated by more than anything -- having seen multiple ones called at the knees, including one in his first at-bat.

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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.