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Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello earns sixth home win

Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello earns sixth home win

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Mariners:


* “I felt like I had a better feel for everything as the game went along . . . As the game progressed I felt like I was able to settle in, get a feel and keep some guys off balance.” - Rick Porcello on how he felt as his outing progressed.

* “Well he’s a contact pitcher and he does have the ability to get a strikeout. When he’s not creating more traffic on the base paths by himself, he’s going to force them to bunch some hits together. They were doing that early, but absent of any walks. That’s probably the difference in just the single runs allowed” - John Farrell said on the importance of Porcello not walking any Seattle hitters in his outing.

* “Yeah, I saw that he was really [far] back and we have a scouting report on everybody’s arm. You’ve got to keep all of that in your mind.” - Hanley Ramirez said on why he knew he was going to score from second once the ball got by Ketel Marte.

* “Every at-bat, every pitch, every inning. This is Boston, Sox Nation, they bring a lot of energy to every game.” - Ramirez said about the energy he feels from the crowd at Fenway Park.

* “Of course, it helps get me back on track and get my confidence up.” - Christian Vazquez on how the hit and run call in the fifth helped lead to his double in the sixth.


* Rick Porcello earned his sixth win in his sixth start at home. He’s the first to do so since Tim Wakefield did it in 2009 and just the second Red Sox starter to do so since Roger Clemens did in 1986.

* David Ortiz has reached base safely in his last 22 homes games, logging a hit in 20 of them -- including his last 13.

* Boston is 31-2 when leading after the sixth inning. The bullpen has a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings over since June 5th.

* The Red Sox won their first game in June where the opposing team scored first, improving to 1-7 in those circumstances.


1) Rick Porcello

Porcello overcame two runs in the first two innings, allowing only giving up three hits in the ensuing four frames. He also didn’t walk a single batter in his quality start.

2) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez was the only Red Sox player to score twice. He also had two hits, one being a double.

3) Christian Vazquez

Vazquez showed signs of emerging from his dry-spell, finishing 2-3 with an RBI and a run.

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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.


Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

Blake Swihart’s strong spring seems to have the Red Sox more inclined to deal one of their natural utility infielders, such as Brock Holt or Deven Marrero, rather than Swihart, a converted catcher with high upside who's getting a look in other roles.
"Sounds like they’re holding Swihart to open," a rival executive said. "More likely to move a utility guy."
A true utility guy, that is.


The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday that Marrero has been drawing interest from other teams.

"We do have depth with our middle infielders," Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday. "However, [I] would not get into potential trade discussions."
Swihart, who turns 26 on April 3, is most valuable as a catcher. But he could still be useful in a bench role for the 2018 Red Sox, and a win-now mentality may be the driving force here. (It is possible, as well, that there is nothing available via trade for Swihart that has piqued the Sox’ interest. Marrero or Holt wouldn’t require as much in return.)
The potential drawback is that Swihart won’t grow much if he’s not playing every day -- and in particular, if he's not catching every day. But the Sox may be be at a juncture where they feel his bat is a worthwhile experiment off the bench, at least for this season. They can figure out his future -- and their future at backstop -- later.
"He’s a great athlete," Cora told reporters on Sunday. "We’ve seen it in the batter’s box. It’s not only the results, but the way he’s driving the ball to left field as a left-hander, the quality of at-bats as a right-hander. [On Saturday], as a pinch-hitter, that kid was throwing 99 and he throws a breaking ball and squares a ball up."
Swihart entered Monday with a .283 average in Grapefruit League play, with a .905 OPS and a pair of home runs. But he does not have the infield experience that Marrero or Holt has, and the Red Sox essentially have to carry one of those two to start the year. 
Eduardo Nunez, the temporary replacement for Dustin Pedroia, is coming off a knee injury, and a sure-handed infielder -- Marrero’s glove is particularly good -- is a must. Rafael Devers is still coming into his own at third base. 
Tzu-Wei Lin is available in the minors too, and the Sox could see some redundancy with him, Holt and Marrero. Lin, unlike Marrero, has minor league options remaining. Lin also has some limited outfield experience.
The way the Sox roster looks now, they have two spots available for the three guys: Marrero, Holt and Swihart. Health can change that. Holt, despite being the most veteran of the group, has minor league options remaining, so he theoretically could go to Triple-A to start the season. But if the Sox don't see a role for him on this year's team any way, they'd be wiser trading him, considering he's due to make $2.225 million. It also would be kindest choice for Holt, to let him have an opportunity elsewhere, if one exists.


Swihart has played first base, third base and left field in addition to catching this spring. Perhaps, in time, there will be a way to work Swihart in behind the plate for the Sox. At the least, retaining him would be insurance if Christian Vazquez or Sandy Leon do not perform well offensively.
There was a clear personal-catcher system for the Red Sox in 2017. Leon was Chris Sale’s guy, for example. Manager Alex Cora said he is not taking that approach. As an auxiliary effect, moving away from a personal-catcher system might make it easier for Swihart to receive more time behind the plate, if called on.
"Whoever I feel comfortable with that day behind the plate, he'll catch," Cora told reporters in Florida. "Christian already caught him. Sandy's going to catch him today. And then the next turn, Christian's going to catch him. Everybody's going to work with everybody."