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Quotes, notes, and stars: Price says it's 'best I've felt'

Quotes, notes, and stars: Price says it's 'best I've felt'

BOSTON – Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox’ 12-8 loss to Tampa Bay:


* "Guys swung the bats good. We had quality at-bats. Sometimes, you hit it right at them, or they make a tough pitch in a seven- or eight-pitch at-bat. It's part of the game.'' - Dustin Pedroia on the Red Sox offense.

* "That's the best I've felt in my four starts here. To me, that's the most disappointing thing. When you feel as good I felt, I want to go out and get the results that I expect. I just didn't do that today.'' - David Price on his outing.

* "That's the fourth time I've faced those guys, so that weirdness is gone by now. I definitely enjoyed my time there and I enjoy those guys. But in between those lines, I want to get after them.'' - Price on facing his original team.

* "My whole career, I've been a starter. But the bullpen? I've got to get used to it.'' - William Cuevas, who pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief as a reliever.


* Travis Shaw became the first lefthanded Red Sox hitter to collect 30 extra-base hits in his first 80 games since Fred Lynn in 1975.

* The eight runs allowed by David Price tied a career high, done three previous times.

* David Ortiz's third double in the last two games gave him 592 for his career, tying him with Todd Helton for 16th all-time.

* Dustin Pedroia's sixth-inning double was career hit No. 1,500. He became the 10th player to reach that number as a member of the Red Sox.

* In 25 career games against Tampa Bay, Mookie Betts is hitting .340 with 17 RBI.


1) Logan Forsythe

The Rays leadoff man got on base five times with three hits and two walks, while scoring three runs and knocking in another.

2) Steven Souza Jr.

In addition to a walk, a run-scoring single and an RBI double, Souza made a spectacular leaping grab in right to take extra bases away from David Ortiz in the first inning.

3) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the first, singled in the second and doubled in the fifth, the latter of which gave him his 1,500th career hit.

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.