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Quotes, notes and stars: "It was exciting to get my first hit"


Quotes, notes and stars: "It was exciting to get my first hit"

OAKLAND -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 11-2 win over the A's:


* "I've always tried to limit free passes and I'm on a pretty good run with that and want to continue to do that.'' Rick Porcello, who has allowed just one walk in his last five starts.

* "You're looking at someone who's pitching with an awful of confidence. He knows he can go to certain areas of the strike zone to get a strike and he's got an assortment of pitches he can go to when he needs to.'' John Farrell on Porcello.

* "Yesterday, I felt a little nervous. But today, I felt more confident. It was exciting to get my first hit in the big leagues. It's a big step.'' Yoan Moncada.


* Dustin Pedroia (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

* David Ortiz posted his seventh multi-double game of the season.

* Mookie Betts has reached base safely in 21 straight games.

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox pitcher to win 19 of his first 22 decisions.

* The Red Sox have scored double figures in runs in all five games against the A's this year.

* Hanley Ramirez became the fourth Red Sox hitter to reach 20 homers this season.

* Boston extended its winning streak to nine in a row against Oakland

* The Sox announced that pitchers Heath Hembree and Noe Ramirez along with catcher Christian Vazquez will join the team Monday in San Diego.

* The Red Sox are 15-7 in their last 22 games.


1) Rick Porcello

Porcello retired the first 16 hitters he faced before allowing a hit and gave up just four hits over seven innings to become baseball's first 19-game winner.

2) David Ortiz

Ortiz collected three more hits -- including two more doubles -- and knocked in three runs -- all by the fifth inning.

3) Yoan Moncada

Making his first start, Moncada got his first hit in his second at-bat of the night, then, just for good measure, added a second in his final at-bat -- this one from the right side of the plate.

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.