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Quotes, notes and stars: Hanley Ramirez 'a major force right now'


Quotes, notes and stars: Hanley Ramirez 'a major force right now'

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the New York Yankees:



“The run that Hanley’s on, you could probably attach any word you want to it [that’s] how impressive he is right now . . . He’s a major force right now.” - John Farrell on Hanley Ramirez’s play at the plate of late.

“My gosh, what they’ve been doing in the last three weeks has been remarkable.” - Farrell on the bullpen of late, following their joint 5 1/3 inning outing.

“I think we all are [hot] -- the whole team.” - Ramirez said when asked if he considers himself “hot” after hitting four homers in the series, two Sunday night.

“Got in a few jams I didn’t get myself out of. It’s kind of frustrating, a few balls that don’t leave the infield, but that’s baseball. They put ‘em in the right spot and did a good job.” - Drew Pomeranz on his 3 2/3 outing.



* Hanley Ramirez knocked in nine of Boston’s 25 runs (36 percent) in the series.

* Ramirez recorded his 21st multi-home run game, his third of 2016.

* Ramirez has six two-out home runs with multiple runners on base at home this season. Since 1974, no MLB player has had that many in one season.

* The Red Sox bullpen has a 0.94 ERA in September -- the best in the league.

* Robby Scott earned his first Major League win. He’s yet to give up a run in 4.2 innings with the Red Sox

* Bryan Holaday’s fifth inning double was his first extra-base hit since joining Boston.



1) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez was the star of the series, never mind the game. He launched four home runs -- two Sunday -- and finished the series 9-for-16 (.563) -- 3-for-4 Sunday.

2) Mookie Betts

Although he only went 1-for-4 at the plate, Betts made to diving catches, saving at least two runs from scoring in the game.

3) Robby Scott

The rookie earned his first Major League win in a crucial game. The entire bullpen is truly the third star of the game, but he was the banner man Sunday night.

Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

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Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.

“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”

Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.

“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”

The Baseball Show Podcast: Should we be confident in the Red Sox rotation?

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Should we be confident in the Red Sox rotation?

0:21 - With less than two week before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Red Sox don’t have all of the answers for their rotation. Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich project their Opening Day rotation and discuss the lack of depth in it.

4:39 - Will Boston’s version of the ‘Killer B’s’ return in full force this season? Lou and Evan analyze the performances of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi.

10:07 - Buy or sell? John Farrell will find another managerial position this season; J.D. Martinez will have a better season than Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton; Dave Dombrowski has put the best possible team out there for 2018.