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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 16-2 win over Arizona

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 16-2 win over Arizona

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 16-2 win over the Diamondbacks:


* “Yeah I may make a bet with him now.” Mookie Betts on tying David Ortiz with 26 home runs.

* “The whole team,” Betts said when asked who told him to swing for the fences after his third home run.

* “My mindset was, regardless of what happens with that runner [on second] to not let anybody else get into scoring position. When you get a runner on second base with nobody out that early in the game, chances are they’re going to put the run across.” Rick Porcello on getting out of the first inning jam.

* “When we look up towards the end of September, he’ll be in the conversation” John Farrell on Porcello being in Cy Young talks towards the end of the season.

* “It’s just one of those games I found the barrel. That’s it. I got pitches to hit and I didn’t miss ‘em.” Dustin Pedroia on his five-hit performance.


* Mookie Betts’ three-home run performance is the second of his career, with the earlier instance coming on March 31 at Baltimore. He’s the only Red Sox player to have two three-run home run games in a season besides Ted Williams in 1957.

* Betts’ eight RBI performance Sunday is a new single-game career-high. That total is also the most by a Red Sox’ hitter since Bill Mueller had nine on July 29, 2003, when he hit two grand slams on the road against Texas.

* Betts also set a new career-high with four runs scored.

* Dustin Pedroia logged his fifth career five-hit game. That’s the most by any player in Red Sox history.

* Rick Porcello earned his career-high 16th win of the season, tying J.A. Happ for the MLB lead.

*Porcello improved to 12-0 at Fenway Park this season, becoming the first Red Sox pitcher to begin a season 12-0 at home since Dave Ferriss in 1946.

*Andrew Benintendi now has five multi-hit performances in 11 games played after his two-hit effort Sunday.

* Despite one side scoring 16 runs, the Sunday afternoon game only took two hours and 49 minutes to play.


1) Mookie Betts

Not enough can be said about Betts’ big day. Three home runs and eight RBI, finishing 4-for-6.

2) Rick Porcello

As much as his outing went unnoticed because of the offense, Porcello dominated the Diamondbacks offense, holding them to one run and three hits over seven innings.

3) Dustin Pedroia

Taking over for Betts as the leadoff hitter has been a smooth transition for Pedroia. After a two-hit performance Saturday, with an RBI, Pedroia went 5-for-6 with two RBI and scored three runs.

Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."


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.