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First impressions: Red Sox beat Giants in extras, 5-3


First impressions: Red Sox beat Giants in extras, 5-3

First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants

Xander Bogaerts is asking for trouble.

Bogaerts has had a habit of sliding head-first into first base, which is not only dangerous but inefficient. Simple laws of physics suggest that a baserunner's path to first is actually slowed by sliding into the bag.

Beyond that, there's an inherent risk of injury to such a practice. It's all too easy to jam a finger or hand during the slide.

Manager John Farrell and his coaching staff have made this point to Bogaerts, who is otherwise pretty coachable. Instincts, apparently, take over for Bogaerts, but it's a habit he should break.

It's difficult to execute a better bunt than Mookie Betts produced in the top of the 10th.

Betts may have been content to move the runners along -- they were at first and second with no out -- but the bunt was so well-placed that Betts was able to reach first with a single, loading the bases.

That's part of what makes Betts such a complete player: he's not only second on the team in homers and RBI, but he's also capable of doing some of the "little things'' otherwise required of a leadoff hitter.

Rick Porcello reversed a trend with a solid start.

Porcello had been slumping of late, but he gave the Sox six solid innings, allowing three runs.

He had just one bad stretch, in which he allowed three consecutive singles, followed by a bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring double play. Other than that, Porcello threw strikes and retired eight of the final nine hitters he faced.

After beginning the season with six quality starts in his first seven outings, Porcello had recently gone three consecutive starts without one. That ended Tuesday night.

Bogaerts showed great discpline in his 10th inning at-bat.

Remember when Bogaerts was a 21-year-old rookie in the ALCS, and he didn't bite on a borderline pitch from Max Scherzer? Everyone praised his selectivity.

That was on display again Tuesday night when, behind 1-and-2 to Giants closer Santiago Casilla, he wouldn't swing on a pitch that just missed. Two pitches later, Bogaerts delivered the go-ahead two-run single to center.

John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."