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Quotes, notes, and stars: Hembree gives Sox some relief after Kelly injury

Quotes, notes, and stars: Hembree gives Sox some relief after Kelly injury

BOSTON - QUOTES, NOTES and STARS from the Red Sox' 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay:



"He felt a little bit of a grabbing or pinching sensation. Right shoulder impingement is what he's been diagnosed with. Likely that he's going to miss some time.'' - John Farrell on Joe Kelly.

"I thought I was going to be good to go and went out there and tried to step on the gas and nothing came out." - Kelly, who acknowledged he felt some tightness in the shoulder during his pre-game bullpen, but thought he could pitch through it.

"Like my arm completely shut down.'' - Travis Shaw, asked what it felt like when he dealt with a shoulder impingement during winter ball in Puerto Rico in December.

"This is probably the best I've felt as a whole with all my stuff. I just have to figure out how to use it a little better and make better pitches.'' - Matt Barnes, who elevated a curve ball that Kevin Kiermaier hit out in the 10th inning.





* The game marked the first time the Red Sox were shut out by Tampa Bay since Aug. 30, 2014 Tropicana Field.

* The home shutout was the first suffered by the Red Sox since June 4, 2015.

* The Red Sox bullpen registered 12 strikeouts, just the fourth time since 2000 that Red Sox relievers struck out that many in a game.

* Dustin Pedroia (0-for-4) saw his hitting streak end at 10 games and saw his streak of reaching base against A.L. East opponents stopped at 48 games.

* Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth, but after 27 straight appearances in which he recorded at least one strikeout, didn't record one.



1) Drew Smyly

The Rays lefty limited the Red Sox to a single hit over eight scoreless innings and retired the final 17 hitters he faced.

2) Kevin Kiermaier

His solo homer in the 10th inning off Matt Barnes snapped a scoreless tie.

3) Heath Hembree

Called up earlier in the day, Hembree made an unscheduled appearance in the first inning when Joe Kelly left with an injury and gave the Sox 3 1/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief.


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.