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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 14, Athletics 7

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 14, Athletics 7

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 14-7 win over the Oakland A's:


* "It's similar in the aspect that I'm hitting the ball hard, I'm comfortable going the other way and pulling the ball if need be.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. comparing his current hot stretch with his month-long streak last August.

* "Nobody likes to give up runs in the first inning, especially at home when they're hitting first. But the guys have done a good job my last two times out coming back and putting some runs on the board.'' - Clay Buchholz, who gave up two runs in the first last start and two runs Monday night.

* "I didn't really know what was going on. I thought I got traded or something.'' - Clay Buchholz, after being lifted after five innings and just 87 pitches.

* "He's taking fastballs over the middle the opposite way and pulling breaking balls and that's a good place for a hitter.'' - John Farrell on Bradley. 


* In the first five weeks of the season, Brock Holt already has more homers this year than he did in all of last year.

* Travis Shaw compiled his 10th three-hit game of his career in 97 games. That's the best mark for a Red Sox player since Nomar Garciaparra had 12 three-hit games in his first 100 games.

* David Ortiz passed Luis Gonzalez to move into 15th place on the all-time doubles list with 598.

* Jackie Bradley Jr.'s homer -- a grand slam -- was his third homer in the last five games.

* Since the start of 2015, Bradley is 6-for-8 with the bases loaded with 15 RBI.

* The Sox have now homered in 10 straight games, their longest stretch since 2012.


1) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley belted his first grand slam in pro ball and added two more singles, good for six RBI.

2) David Ortiz

Ortiz had two the same inning, as the Red Sox batted around for six runs in the fourth. Ortiz is now 15th on the all-time doubles list.

3) Travis Shaw

Shaw had a three-hit game, including two doubles for the second time this season. He has 10 extra-base hits in 16 games at Fenway this season.

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.