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First impressions: Second straight strong start for Price


First impressions: Second straight strong start for Price

First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals:


David Price turned in his second straight strong start

That may not sound like much of an achievement, given his salary and stature, but this marks the first time this season that Price has been dominant in back-to-back starts. Prior to these two, Price had been decidedly inconsistent.

He wasn't as overpowering Wednesday night as he was against Houston last weekend, but then, Kansas City is a tougher team and puts the ball in play more. Price may have only fanned four, but he methodically carved up the Royals' lineup, allowing only four hits while retiring eight of the last nine hitters he faced.


Christian Vazquez is beginning to contribute at the plate, too

Vazquez's calling card is his defense and work with the pitchers, but he's capable of chipping in with some offense, too.

On Wednesday night, Vazquez was 2-for-4 and in his last five starts Vazquez is 7-for-14, lifting his average from .208 to the current .254, a more respectable figure.

Vazquez isn't ever going to be known as an offense-first catcher, but he needn't be the automatic out in the bottom of the order that he appeared to be in the first few weeks.


While Jackie Bradley Jr. adds to his hitting streak, Xander Bogaerts has a modest one of his own

Bogaerts was 1-for-3 with two walks and has not hit safely in 13 straight games himself.

During that time, he leads the American League in hits with 57. And he's hit safely in 25 of the last 27 games. He's hitting .339 for the season, a point ahead of Bradley's .338.


Beyond the avalanche of hits, Bradley's power is showing

Bradley reached base three times, but it was his first at-bat that was memorable, as he took a pitch from starter Edinson Volquez and drove it out of Kauffman Stadium to left-center.

That was Bradley's seventh homer of the season in just 141 at-bats; only David Ortiz has hit more.

By contrast, last season, Bradley hit 10 homers in 221 at-bats.


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."