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Notes, quotes and stars: A's can't slow Bradley Jr. down


Notes, quotes and stars: A's can't slow Bradley Jr. down

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 13-3 win over the Oakland Athletics:



“It’s fun getting to see, a lot of people doubted him . . . This is what I’ve always seen. He’s getting a lot of hits, but I think what I’ve seen is more good, consistent, hard contact.” - Mookie Betts on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s abilities and performance throughout his 17-game hitting streak.

“I feel confident right now. I’m kind of just taking what the pitcher’s giving me and just trying to hit it hard.” - Bradley on hitting with runners in scoring position during his 17-game hitting streak.

“I wouldn’t say it’s similar to what was going on last year. This is two starts in a row I’ve come out and been just a little to quick and things in my delivery have been a little out of sync.” - Rick Porcello on his struggles through his first three innings in Wednesday night’s start.

“I though the quality to his location got better as he got deeper into the game . . . He might’ve thrown through his sink a little bit [when] he was going to put the ball on the ground and some of those two-seamer stayed up and didn’t have the depth . . . The way he finished the six inning, [I] didn’t want to get him too deep into a pitch count, but still thought he was fresh to go back out for the seventh . . . He started to get a better feel [for his pitches] as he got deeper into the ball game.” - John Farrell on Porcello’s ability to adjust throughout his start.



* Jackie Bradley Jr. logged his second six-RBI game of the series in Wednesday’s win and his third three-hit game during his 17-game hitting streak. During the 17-game tear, Bradley’s hitting .406, going 26-64. He’s also knocked in 24 runs, hit 6 homers, three triples and five doubles.

* The Red Sox have scored 13 or more runs in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. The streak of 13 or more runs and 15 or more hits ties the longest streak in the majors in the last 100 years (with the other being done by the Colorado Rockies in 1996).

* With Wednesday’s win, the Red Sox swept back-to-back three game home series for the first time since July of 2011.

* Rick Porcello extended his quality-start streak to six in the win over Oakland. Wednesday’s start marks his 15th straight in which he threw for at least six innings, the longest active streak in the majors.



1) Jackie Bradley Jr.

The center fielder extending his hitting streak and got the offense rolling with his three-run home run in the second frame, finishing 3-5 with 6 RBIs of two homers and a double.

2) Rick Porcello

Despite being off, Boston’s starter squeaked his way through 6.2 innings of work, only allowing three runs.

3) Christian Vazquez

While JBJ had the big game behind him, Boston’s catcher had three hits himself, one being a double. He also scored three times.

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."


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.