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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Toronto

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Toronto

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to Toronto:


"He pitched a quality game, kept us in it.'' - John Farrell on David Price.

"The split has been inconsistent. Tonight, it didn't have the typical finish...There's been times when he's had quality, consistent finish to it. Tonight was not one of them.'' - Farrell on Koji Uehara.

"It's tough to put us in a hole 2-0 before we get a chance to hit.'' - Price on allowing a first inning two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion.

"I am pretty disappointed. But obviously, it was going to end some day. I definitely wasn't going to go the whole season with (a streak). It's unfortunate that it ended tonight, but it's part of the game.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his hitting streak ending.

"Oh, for sure. I'm going to be honest. Man, every third or fourth at-bat, I've been like, you don't really have to get a hit, but you need one.'' - Bogaerts, asked if a burden has been lifted now that the streak is over.


* Xander Bogaerts (0-for-3 with two walks) saw his 26-game hitting streak come to an end.

* David Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* Ortiz leads the American League in doubles (24) and extra-base hits (41).

* The sixth-inning double was his 500th with the Red Sox.

* Mookie Betts scored his 53rd run of the season, the highest total for a Red Sox player at this point in the season since 1950.

* The Red Sox are 13-14 within their own division and 19-9 against all other opponents.

* Betts has scored at least one run in his each of his last seven games.


1) R.A. Dickey

For the second time in the last week, Dickey no-hit the Red Sox through the first five innings. He allowed just one run (unearned) on only two hits while improving to 3-6.

2) Edwin Encarnacion

The DH was 2-for-4 with a big two-run homer in the first inning off David Price staking the Jays to an early lead.

3) Devon Travis

Like Encarnacion, Travis had a two-run homer -- off Koji Uehara in the eighth. He also reached on an error and came around to score.

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


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."