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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Good team win' for Red Sox in Houston


Quotes, notes and stars: 'Good team win' for Red Sox in Houston

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 7-5 win over the Astros


"I hated to watch the team go out there and play such a good game and me come in and not get my job done" -- Craig Kimbrel after blowing his first save for Boston.

"You get down, but we still had some game left. Good team win, the way we fought back. It's going to be a lot easier flight." -- Jackie Bradley, Jr. on the team's win, after knocking in the game-winning run in the 12th.

“I think the way the neighborhood play is reviewable we’ve got all hands on deck when it comes to seeing plays around second base.” -- John Farrell said in the ESPN broadcast on the overturned double play in the top of the first, helping lead to two more runs for Boston.

“I’m just having fun. I have to make adjustments through the season, though . . . I’m just trying to stick to my plan right now and stick to that.” -- David Ortiz on his approach in a pregame interview for ESPN.


* Henry Owens threw 54 fastballs in his 86-pitch outing. Among those he threw 23 for strikes, 29 for balls. A clear-cut sign he needs to make an adjustment.

* Hanley Ramirez stole his second base of the season, a mark he didn’t reach until his 47th game in 2015.

* David Ortiz was intentionally walked for the 196th time in his career, bringing him five intentional walks from tying Mike Schmidt for 14th all-time.

* Mookie Betts is now 11 of his last 24. In his first 24 at-bats of the season, he only had 4 hits. The right fielder is also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts, swiping one in Sunday’s win.

* Sunday night’s game took 5 hours and 3 minutes.

* The Astros still haven’t won back-to-back games in 2016.


1) Heath Hembree

The righty was lights out in his three innings of relief, striking out four and surrendering two hits.

2) Dustin Pedroia

The second baseman came out hot after a 2-for-4 Saturday, finishing a home run shy of the cycle in his 3-for-7 day.

3) Jackie Bradley Jr.

After knocking in a run in the third, JBJ knocked in the game-winner with a single in the 12th, finishing 2-for-6.

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.