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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Playoff atmosphere' for Red Sox down the stretch


Quotes, notes and stars: 'Playoff atmosphere' for Red Sox down the stretch

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 12-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles:


"He's on a run right now that might be the best of his career.'' - John Farrell on David Price.

"It's going to be a playoff atmosphere the majority of the places we go, so hopefully that prepares us for what's coming next.'' - Chris Young on the Red Sox playing only A.L. East opponents the rest of the way.

"You always expect to win at home, but to play well on the road, like we have, and to win on the road, is always fun.'' - David Price on the last few weeks.



* The Red Sox improved to 20-10 in their last 30 games.

* Boston scored runs in every one of the first seven innings and missed becoming the 20th team in MLB history to score in every inning when they failed to score in the eighth.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his 13th multi-hit game in his last 16 games.

* Pedroia is batting .718 in his last 28 at-bats at Fenway.

* Hanley Ramirez became the first Red Sox players to homer in three straight home games since Mike Napoli in 2015.

* Mookie Betts has reached base safely in 29 games straight.

* Betts became the second MLB player this season to hit 30 homers, 40 doubles and 100 RBI. Teammate David Ortiz was the first.

* David Price has pitched at least eight innings 10 times this season, the most for a Red Sox starter since Pedro Martinez in 2002.

* Since the start of July, the Red Sox are 15-7 against teams in their own division.



1) Chris Young

Young banged out a season-high four hits -- a single, two doubles and a homer -- as he continues to provide some punch to the lower half of the Red Sox lineup.

2) David Price

The two hits he allowed weren't cheap - both were tape measure jobs over the Monster -- but those were the only hits allowed over eight innings as he won his seventh straight start.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez is in the middle of his hottest stretch this season, with four homers in his last five games and eight in his last 15. He drove in multiple runs for the third straight home game.


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.