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McAdam: Sox keeping winning -- no matter the circumstance

McAdam: Sox keeping winning -- no matter the circumstance

BALTIMORE -- Over the last few weeks, the Red Sox have won games in virtually every way imaginable.

They've pounded other teams with their offensive might. They've come back from multiple runs down to show their mettle. They've even won some low-scoring, close games as a warmup for the post-season.

But Wednesday night was different.

The Baltimore Orioles cracked the door open for them, and the Red Sox kicked it in.


In the sixth inning, having already squandered two bases-loaded opportunities -- sound familiar? -- the Red Sox loaded them again. But when Sandy Leon -- who had two innings earlier ended a similar threat by grounding into an inning-ending double play -- hit a topper to the right side, it looked like the Sox were going to come up empty-handed again.

But fortune then shone on the Red Sox. Davis's throw to reliever Brad Brach, covering the first base bag, was low and wide. The error allowed two runs to score and Leon to reach second.

For the first time, the Red Sox led, 2-1.


But they weren't done. Brach's first pitch to rookie Andrew Benintendi was rocketed over the scoreboard in right for a three-run homer, pushing the Red Sox' lead to 5-1.

Give 'em an inch, and they'll take five runs. Unearned as they might have been, the Sox weren't about to give them back.

"Once you give an extra out," said John Farrell, "you see it so many times over, we did take every advantage of that extra out."

It's what good teams do, and make no mistake, the Red Sox, winners of seven straight, are good right now.

"That's how baseball goes," said Benintendi. "Something happens and then it all starts to pile on. Five runs on two pitches. That was a fortunate break for us."

The Orioles made the mistake, with the poor throw by Davis. If it had been on target, the Red Sox would have had nine stranded nine over the first six innings.

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Instead, the throw presented the Red Sox with another chance, to which they fully availed themselves fully.

One minute, the Orioles were in possession of a 1-0 lead; the next, they were trudging off the field, trailing 5-1 and wondering what it was that hit them.

What it was was a team on a roll, demonstrating the many number of ways they can beat you.

Slugfest? Check.

Comeback? Check.

Pitcher's duel? Check.

Taking up the opponent on an offer to get back into the game? The Red Sox can do that, too.

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."