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Quotes, notes and stars: Sanchez 'not going to be the guy' to beat Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Sanchez 'not going to be the guy' to beat Red Sox

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday at Fenway Park:


“[Gary] Sanchez wasn’t going to be the guy to beat me. It was kill pitches or it was soft stuff. Locating everything -- it was going to be on the black on to a spot where he wasn’t going to do damage. He was not going to be the guy to beat us. I would have pitched to Ronald Torreyes before I let him beat me.” - Matt Barnes on entering the game to face Yankees rookie slugger Gary Sanchez in a high-leverage situation.

“We won the game, that’s all that matters . . . Just going out there and trust was you see.” - Hanley Ramiez said when asked about his decision to try and score on a wild pitch in the seventh.

“[It was] way too much inside. I had no right to be swinging at it, but sometimes you see it as a good pitch, but it’s definitely a bad pitch and you swing at it.” - Xander Bogaerts on the inside fastball he hit over the Monster in the fifth.

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* Xander Bogaerts tied a career-high with three extra-base-hits for the second time in his career.

* Bogaerts launched his 20th home run of the season, becoming the fifth Red Sox hitter to do so this season. The 20 home runs doubles his career total in long balls. This is the fifth Red Sox team to have five players with at least 20 home runs -- 2003 being most recent with six.

* Hanley Ramirez had three hits (season-high) for the 12th time this year.

* Craig Kimbrel tied his career-high with four strikeouts for the fourth time in his career.

* Kimbrel is 10-for-10 in save opportunities since returning from the disabled list at the start of August.

* Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez’s third-inning home run was the 15th of the season. He’s the fifth player in MLB history to his as many as 15 homers through his first 42 games.



1) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts knocked in three runs with a home run and two doubles. He also scored three runs, including the tying run in the seventh.

2) Mookie Betts

In the seventh, Betts tied the score at 5 with an RBI single and scored what would be the winning run on a wild pitch.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel earned his second four-out save of the season, striking out all four batters he faced.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.