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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 13, Athletics 5

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 13, Athletics 5

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 13-5 victory over the Oakland A's:


* "What's been most encouraging over the last 10 days or so is, he's taking his walks, the on-base (percentage) and average are climbing and so is the hard contact. He's seeing the ball and is in a good spot.'' - John Farrell on Hanley Ramirez.

* "I think it speaks to their preparedness. Guys are coming to play every night. The pre-game routine that each guy goes through gets them to that point.'' - Farrell on the Red Sox' habit of scoring early in games.

* "We haven't seen many lefty starters. Once we start running into more, I think this team will get into a groove more than we have.'' - Travis Shaw on the team breaking out against lefthanded pitching.

* "There's something very, very special going on right now. It's not only one guy. It's from the top to the bottom. We just have to keep it rolling.'' - Hanley Ramirez on the Red Sox' offensive outburst.

* "When I went out to warm up, I looked down and saw "Red Sox' across my chest. I thought, 'This is pretty cool man. How many people get to say they get to start a game for the Red Sox in Fenway?' That was pretty surreal.'' - Sean O'Sullivan on making his first career Fenway start.


* The Red Sox have homered in 12 straight games, with nine homers in the last three.

* Jackie Bradley's single in the fifth extended his hitting streak to 16 games.

* Junichi Tazawa was charged with a throwing error in the eighth, just the second Red Sox error in the last nine games.

* Travis Shaw had two hits in 25 at-bats against lefties before Tuesday, but two more hits (double, homer) in his first three at-bats -- both against lefties.

* Boston has a five-game winning streak at home, its longest since 2014.

* Mookie Betts' first two hits off lefthanded pitching this season were homers.

* Each of Travis Shaw's last six homers have come with at least one baserunner on base.


1) Travis Shaw

Forget about Shaw's troubles with lefties. He snapped out with a two-run double and a three-run homer off southpaws, then later added a single off a righty for a three-hit night, topped by five RBI.

2) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez hit a moon shot in the first, a homer into the Monster Seats in left-center that was measured at nearly 470 feet. Ramirez reached base two more times with two singles and a walk.

3) Sean O'Sullivan

The journeyman made his first start for the Red Sox a good one – at least for the first five innings, blanking the A's. He seemed to run out of gas in the sixth when they roughed him up for four runs, but by then, the game was well in hand.

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.