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First impressions: Red Sox bats bail out David Price in 6-5 win over Yankees

First impressions: Red Sox bats bail out David Price in 6-5 win over Yankees

BOSTON -- First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park: 
*David Price was competitive, despite not being at his best.

He ate up six innings and kept the game manageable for the Red Sox hitters.

Ideally, he would’ve maintained the run he’d been on of late and he tried to win his eighth start in a row, but there’s almost more value in Price’s subpar outing.

Earlier in the season, Price was electric when he was on and really bad when he wasn’t. It was often hard for him to find a middle ground. While having a lights-out starter is great, it’s hard to rely on him when you know he can be equally as bad.

Based on Saturday’s start, it seems Price had moved past that phase and be trusted to be competitive even when things aren’t clicking.

*Red Sox-Yankee games really are feeling like the “good ol' days” again.

Saturday’s game had it all.

Big flies, players losing their tempers, and random wild plays that proved costly for one side.

Ever since Rick Porcello and Chase Headley exchanged words early August, there’s been a different, yet familiar, feel to the Boston-New York matchups.

The only thing that would complete things is the Yankees being in serious contention for the divisional title.

*Xander Bogaerts’ power was at its best Saturday.

The afternoon game marked the fourth time this season the Red Sox shortstop had a home run (his 20th) and double in a game. It was also the third time he’d hit two doubles. But it was his first three-extra-base game of 2016 and second of his career.

It didn’t hurt facing two upper-90s relievers, but Bogaerts still has to barrel up the ball.

*Gary Sanchez would be a great fit to play everyday at Fenway.

Seems like that would apply to most ballparks, given how much of a charge he puts into a ball. But Fenway is obviously one of the best places to hit as a home-run hitting catcher.

He could probably get an extra five or six a year from fly balls that would be outs anywhere else.

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.