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First impressions: Red Sox had their chances in 3-2 loss to Yanks


First impressions: Red Sox had their chances in 3-2 loss to Yanks

NEW YORK -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Yankees.


Rick Porcello wasn't at his best, but he still pitched pretty well.

Porcello allowed a run in each of the first two innings, then, after allowing a leadoff double to start the third, retired 12 of the next 13 hitters he faced.

He was at 97 pitches after six innings when he left a changeup over the middle of the plate to Aaron Hicks, who hit it out to right for his first homer of the season.

Gopher balls continue to be an issue for Porcello. He's allowed six in six starts.


The sacrifice attempt by Mookie Betts was ill-advised.

After a leadoff double by Christian Vazquez to open the seventh, Betts tried to get a bunt down, and instead, popped it up and fouled out.

But why was Betts bunting in the first place. The go-ahead run was already in scoring position and the Red Sox had the top of the order coming up.

Moreover, Betts was facing a lefty, Chasen Shreve, and a base-hit would have put the Red Sox ahead.

The Sox have wisely eschewed the bunt this season -- they had attempted to sacrifice just once before last night.


Joe Girardi was feeling desperate. Reliever Dellin Betances had pitched the previous two games and had never before pitched three days in a row.

But the Yankees are reeling, with the second-worst record in the American League and fresh off a 2-9 road trip. This is the start of a key 10-game homestand for the Yankees and Girardi was intent on getting this one in the late innings.


It wasn't as though the Red Sox didn't have their chances

In the sixth, the Sox used three straight singles to load the bases with one out. But Jackie Bradley Jr. hit into an inning-ending double play.

An inning later, the Sox had Vazquez in scoring position with no out and couldn't advance him to third, much less home plate. Finally, in the ninth, the Sox loaded the bases with one out and couldn't push the tying run across.

Even in the first, the Sox seemed to have Michael Pineda on the ropes with two runs in, two on base and two out. But Pineda fanned Brock Holt.

In all, the Sox stranded 13, including eight in scoring position.


Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.