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Quotes, notes and stars: Pat Light makes major league debut


Quotes, notes and stars: Pat Light makes major league debut

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 11-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.



"It felt pretty good, I'm not going to lie. I got every bit of it and it was flush. I was looking at one spot, he threw it there and I put a good swing on it.'' - Travis Shaw on his first-inning homer, measured at 418 feet.

"After the first inning, he settled into a really good groove and for him to go eight innings, that's pretty impressive.'' - Shaw on starter David Price.

"When he came back out for the second, he was much more assertive. There was much more crispness, power and execution. From the fifth through the eighth, that's as good as we've seen in a quite a while.'' - John Farrell on Price.

"I made better pitches and executed when I was ahead and (was able) to put guys away when I had the opportunity. That was the difference today.'' - Price on what was different Tuesday.

"I was able to keep the ball in to both righties and lefties. It wasn't leaking back over the middle. That's what I needed.'' - Price.

"I don't care about strikeouts, man. That doesn't mean anything to me. I want to be able to go out there and pitch as deep as I can in baseball games.'' - Price, on tying a career-high in strikeouts with 14.

"I sped up a little bit there on the third batter, but I settled down and ended up getting through it.'' - Pat Light, who made his major league debut in the ninth, allowing the first three hitters to reach.



* The Red Sox lead the league in stolen base percentage, with 19 steals in 21 tries, good for a success rate of 90.7 percent.

* The 14 strikeouts by David Price tied a career high and were the most for a Red Sox starter since Jon Lester had 14 in May of 2014.

* Reliever Pat Light made his major league debut in the ninth, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.

* Brock Holt (1-for-4) has reached base in all 16 of the games he's played.

* The Sox have scored 56 runs in 10 road games this season, an average of 5.6 per contest, tops in the American League.

* In six of their last seven games, the Red Sox have scored in the first inning.



1) Travis Shaw

Shaw crushed a pitch 418 feet in the first inning, giving the Sox a quick 3-0 lead four batters in, then added a two-run double in the ninth for a five RBI night.

2) David Price

Price was a bit shaky in the first inning, but settled down and went eight strong innings while tying his career high with 14 strikeouts.

3) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts had a big night with three hits, two runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases.


John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."