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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Both pitches were bad'

Quotes, notes and stars: 'Both pitches were bad'

NEW YORK -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Yankees.



"I think anyone that was watching (the ninth inning) closely understands what the story of this one was.'' - John Farrell on the umpiring.

"He's in a little bit of a spell where he might not be feeling as confident at the plate, so he's trying anyway he can to get on and at a minimum, move (Christian Vazquez) to third base.'' - Farrell on the sacrifice bunt try by Mookie Betts in the seventh.

"He'd need a hockey stick for the 3-2 pitch.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's at-bat and called third strike.

"Have you seen (Andrew) Miller's numbers? He don't need no help. That's all I can tell you. I was facing one of top pitchers in the game. You've got to keep it fair, or you're going to look really bad. '' - David Ortiz on the umpiring of Ron Kulpa.

"I probably can understand (missing a pitch) one time, but not two. Both pitches were bad.'' - Ortiz on Kulpa.

"The 3-1 pitch, I had it come through the zone. That's why I called it a strike. (Brian) McCann didn't' help me out. He took the ball down a little bit, but the pitch still came through the zone. And the 3-2 pitch, I had it in the zone, right down the middle.'' - Ron Kulpa on the Ortiz at-bat.



* Rick Porcello saw his five-game winning streak ended.

* Porcello has pitched at least six innings in his last 14 starts dating back to last season

* David Ortiz hit his 452nd homer in a Red Sox uniform, tying Carl Yastrzesmki on the franchise's all-time list. He also passed Gary Sheffield with career homer No. 510, moving into 25th place all-time.

* Ortiz has now hit 50 career homers against the Yankees, becoming the sixth player to do so.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

* Travis Shaw had a season-high three hits.

* Five of the seven hits Christian Vazquez has had this season have been for extra-bases.



1) Aaron Hicks

Hicks didn't have a home run before Friday night. Heck, he didn't have an extra-base hit all season. But he hit the first pitch he saw from Rick Porcello in the seventh out for a go-ahead homer

2) Andrew Miller

He may have gotten a helping hand from Ron Kulpa, but pitching for the second straight night, Miller struck out Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez to leave the bases loaded and preserve the win.

3) David Ortiz

The ninth-inning at-bat sure didn't end the way he wanted, but his two-run homer in the first got the Red Sox off to a quick 2-0 start in the first, and in the process, tied Carl Yastrzemski for second place on the Red Sox all-time home run list.


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.