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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts, Ortiz continue success at Camden Yards

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts, Ortiz continue success at Camden Yards

BALTIMORE - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles:



"You're never going to fault a guy for being a competitor.'' - John Farrell on starter Rick Porcello, who jawed with Manny Machado after the latter was hit by a pitch.

"I have no idea; I have no earthly idea. I try to do it everywhere, but it seems like it only works here.'' - Mookie Betts on his eight homers in seven games at Camden Yards this season.

"We knew they were going to be aggressive, so we just tried to use the aggression to our advantage.'' - Porcello on his approach to the Orioles lineup.



* Rick Porcello won his MLB-leading 21st game and tossed his third complete game of the season.

* Porcello has issued just one walk in his last six starts combined.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his 16th multi-hit game in his last 22 games.

* Porcello has recorded 24 quality starts in 31 starts this season.

* David Ortiz now has 2,459 career hits, tying him with Lloyd Waner for 110th all-time.

* In seven games at Camden Yards this season, Mookie Betts is 13-for-26 with eight homers and 15 RBI.

* Betts was thrown out trying to steal for just the fourth time this season.

* Xander Bogaerts has hit safely in his last 12 games at Camden Yards.



1) Rick Porcello

Complete games are a rarity these days, but a complete-game with just 89 pitches? That's almost as rare as the dodo bird.

2) Mookie Betts

If this is Baltimore, there must be a Betts homer in store. Sure enough, a two-run shot in the third gave him eight at Camden Yards in seven games this season.

3) David Ortiz

Ortiz loves to hit here, and he seemed intent on taking full advantage of his last regular season trip here with a line shot out to right for his 35th homer this season.


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.