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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz sets record for most homers in a final season


Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz sets record for most homers in a final season

BALTIMORE -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the Orioles


* "I'll try to hit a couple more so nobody can reach me." David Ortiz, when told that he had set a record for most homers in a final season.

* "Overall, he had much better consistency. He threw three pitches for strikes." John Farrell on Eduardo Rodriguez.

* "It means I put in a lot of work. It's been a long season and I give myself a little credit for just working and grinding through the whole thing." Mookie Betts on achieving his first 200-hit season.

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* Mookie Betts collected three hits -- all singles -- to give him 200 for the season.

* David Ortiz's home run was No. 36 of the season, the most ever by a player in his final year.

* The Red Sox improved to 21-9 against A.L. East opponents since the start of July.

* Hanley Ramirez knocked in the first run; the Red Sox are 12-0 in the last dozen games in which he has at least one RBI.

* The Orioles run in the seventh was the first inherited run the Red Sox bullpen had allowed in September.

* The win was Boston's sixth straight overall and sixth in their last seven road games.

* When Craig Kimbrel fanned Jonathan Schoop to open the ninth, it marked the reliever's seventh straight strikeout.

* Betts has now hit safely in all eight games at Camden Yards this season.

* Ramirez established a career high with his 107th RBI of the season.

* More than half of Chris Young's hits (27-of-53) have been for extra bases.

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1) David Ortiz

Ortiz's three-run homer in the seventh was the difference in this one. It was his sixth homer in his last nine games in this ballpark.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

There's something about facing his former team that gets Rodriguez to pitch at his best. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth and allowed just two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

3) Jackie Bradley Jr.

After an August slump, Bradley is mashing again, with a solo homer and a single last night, giving him a .328/.395/.594 slash line since Aug. 31.

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.