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Quotes, notes and stars: Good start for Porcello, but 'no satisfaction' in loss


Quotes, notes and stars: Good start for Porcello, but 'no satisfaction' in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 1-0 loss to the Orioles:


“I can’t believe I didn’t catch it.” - Rick Porcello joked after he was told that the J.J. Hardy’s comebacker was 104 mph.

“I mean we lost and it’s a big game. There’s no satisfaction in that. I’m not playing for personal numbers, I’m playing to win.” - Porcello said when asked if he gets satisfaction with his performance, even in a losing effort.

 “It’s a one pitch swing of the bat from (Mark) Trumbo that’s the difference in it . . . In the second inning, you don’t think there’s only going to be one run on the board from both clubs combined, but tip your hat to both (starters).” - John Farrell on the Wednesday night pitchers duel.

“I mean, no, just because of the time in the game. You try and be aggressive on the base paths. I think that was the right baserunning play, you know, obviously just made a pretty good play.” - Mookie Betts on Manny Machado trying to advance to second on Chris Davis’ fly to right in the ninth.



* Rick Porcello snapped his 13-game home winning streak with the loss, tying Boo Ferriss (1946) for longest winning streak at Fenway to begin a season.

* With Wednesday’s loss, the Red Sox snapped a 4-series winning streak.

* Wednesday’s shutout marks the first time the Orioles shutout the Red Sox last year, on the very same day in September (9/14)

* After Wednesday’s start, Porcello has a 2.44 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break.

* With Wednesday’s start, Porcello reach 200 innings for the second time in his career (2014).

* Porcello logged his AL-best 23rd quality start, tying his old teammate Justin Verlander.

* Zach Britton logged his American League-leading 43rd save of the season. He has yet to blow a save.

* Mookie Betts recorded his 13th outfield assist of the season when he gunned down Manny Machado at second in the ninth.



 1) Kevin Gausman

 Gausman logged his 17th quality start of the year against a team that he’d given up 11 runs to over eight innings prior to Wednesday’s contest.

 2) Rick Porcello

 Although he took his first loss at Fenway in 2016, Porcello did all he could to avoid that. He struck out six batters in eight innings, giving up just four hits and one run, without walking anyone.

 3) Mark Trumbo

All it took was one swing of the bat from Baltimore’s DH to seal the win, launching his 42nd home run of the year.

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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.


Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Blake Swihart’s strong spring seems to have the Red Sox more inclined to deal one of their natural utility infielders, such as Brock Holt or Deven Marrero, rather than Swihart, a converted catcher with high upside who's getting a look in other roles.
"Sounds like they’re holding Swihart to open," a rival executive said. "More likely to move a utility guy."
A true utility guy, that is.


The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday that Marrero has been drawing interest from other teams.

"We do have depth with our middle infielders," Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday. "However, [I] would not get into potential trade discussions."
Swihart, who turns 26 on April 3, is most valuable as a catcher. But he could still be useful in a bench role for the 2018 Red Sox, and a win-now mentality may be the driving force here. (It is possible, as well, that there is nothing available via trade for Swihart that has piqued the Sox’ interest. Marrero or Holt wouldn’t require as much in return.)
The potential drawback is that Swihart won’t grow much if he’s not playing every day -- and in particular, if he's not catching every day. But the Sox may be be at a juncture where they feel his bat is a worthwhile experiment off the bench, at least for this season. They can figure out his future -- and their future at backstop -- later.
"He’s a great athlete," Cora told reporters on Sunday. "We’ve seen it in the batter’s box. It’s not only the results, but the way he’s driving the ball to left field as a left-hander, the quality of at-bats as a right-hander. [On Saturday], as a pinch-hitter, that kid was throwing 99 and he throws a breaking ball and squares a ball up."
Swihart entered Monday with a .283 average in Grapefruit League play, with a .905 OPS and a pair of home runs. But he does not have the infield experience that Marrero or Holt has, and the Red Sox essentially have to carry one of those two to start the year. 
Eduardo Nunez, the temporary replacement for Dustin Pedroia, is coming off a knee injury, and a sure-handed infielder -- Marrero’s glove is particularly good -- is a must. Rafael Devers is still coming into his own at third base. 
Tzu-Wei Lin is available in the minors too, and the Sox could see some redundancy with him, Holt and Marrero. Lin, unlike Marrero, has minor league options remaining. Lin also has some limited outfield experience.
The way the Sox roster looks now, they have two spots available for the three guys: Marrero, Holt and Swihart. Health can change that. Holt, despite being the most veteran of the group, has minor league options remaining, so he theoretically could go to Triple-A to start the season. But if the Sox don't see a role for him on this year's team any way, they'd be wiser trading him, considering he's due to make $2.225 million. It also would be the kindest choice for Holt, to let him have an opportunity elsewhere, if one exists.


Swihart has played first base, third base and left field in addition to catching this spring. Perhaps, in time, there will be a way to work Swihart in behind the plate for the Sox. At the least, retaining him would be insurance if Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon do not perform well offensively.
There was a clear personal-catcher system for the Red Sox in 2017. Leon was Chris Sale’s guy, for example. Manager Alex Cora said he is not taking that approach. As an auxiliary effect, moving away from a personal-catcher system might make it easier for Swihart to receive more time behind the plate, if called on.
"Whoever I feel comfortable with that day behind the plate, he'll catch," Cora told reporters in Florida. "Christian already caught him. Sandy's going to catch him today. And then the next turn, Christian's going to catch him. Everybody's going to work with everybody."