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Leon helps Red Sox rally past Tigers, 7-5


Leon helps Red Sox rally past Tigers, 7-5

Sandy Leon continued his early season heroics with a tie-breaking two-run single in the eighth inning as the Red Sox -- who trailed at three different points in the game -- rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Tigers Sunday in Detroit, snapping their two-game losing streak.

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Leon -- who had won Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh with a three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning -- came to the plate in the eighth inning Sunday with the bases loaded and no out. The Sox had just tied the game, 4-4, on a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Brock Holt, which came after a leadoff walk to Mookie Betts, a single by Chris Young and an error by left fielder Justin Upton that put runners at second and third, and an intentional walk to Mitch Moreland.

Leon smacked the first pitch he saw from Kyle Ryan into center field, scoring Betts and Young and putting the Sox in front for the first time all game, 6-4. Holt came in on a double-play grounder by Pablo Sandoval to make it 7-4.

That's where it stood when Craig Kimbrel came on to close in the bottom of the ninth. He made it interesting, walking the first two batters he faced and allowing a run-scoring single to Victor Martinez, but nailed it down by striking out Upton and Tyler Collins to end the game.

Prior to the eighth, the Sox had been fighting uphill all afternoon. Detroit had taken a quick 1-0 lead off Rick Porcello in the first on singles by Nicholas Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and Upton. The Sox tied it in the second on a two-out RBI single by Marco Hernandez -- the only run Boston got out of a second-and-third, no-out situation -- but the Tigers went right back on top in the bottom of the second on a two-out, RBI single by Ian Kinsler.

The Red Sox tied it again in the top of the third when, with two outs, Young walked and Moreland doubled, but Detroit regained the lead in the fourth on another run-scoring single by Kinsler. Andrew Benintendi tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the seventh, and then in the bottom of the inning Castellanos, the leadoff hitter, untied it with a homer off Porcello.

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.