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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Orioles

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Orioles

Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles:


* “I was just determined to do something well today.” Mookie Betts said in an interview with NESN on why he had his big two home run game.

* “It feels tight a little bit, but it’s good . . . Felt something get tight in [my leg] and [when it] came to the fifth inning it was feeling like ‘it’s getting worse’. So I didn’t want to do something to [bother my leg]. I felt like I made the right decision to get out of the game before it got worse.” Rodriguez on his left hamstring injury.

* “I think the one thing you can state is he feels comfortable in this ballpark.” John Farrell on Betts at Camden Yards in 2016.

* “He has not changed his approach in the four-hole – doesn’t take on any added significance to the role.” Farrell on Betts changing his spot in the order.

* “I think we got this early. He felt a little bit of hamstring tightness come on towards the last hitter of the fourth inning. We checked him in between innings. There was no reduction of strength, range of motion -- but it was clear that the two pitches he threw to start the fifth, he was not right. He was definitely favoring it, so we got him out of the game at that time. He feels a little bit more loose -- I guess that’s the right word to use right now -- postgame. We’ll have a better read on this tomorrow.” Farrell on Rodriguez’s injury.


* Mookie Betts is hitting .426 with eight home runs, 17 RBI and 16 runs in 11 games against the Orioles.

* Betts owns Camden yards, posting a .476 average with seven home runs and 13 RBI in five games.

* Of his five games at Camden Yards, Betts has two two-home run games and one three-home run game.

* Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to eight games with his infield single in the third. Pedroia is 16-for-36 (.444) in that span.

* The Red Sox have won three cities in three cities in three days (vs. Arizona in Fenway, at Cleveland, at Baltimore).

* The Red Sox extend their winning streak to five games, their second-longest streak of the season to their 6-game tear from 7/6-7/16. It also marks their second five-game winning streak of the season.


1) Mookie Betts

Betts had his third multi-home run game at Camden Yards this year. The right fielder supplied all of the offense for Boston, knocking in all 5 runs with his two home runs.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez was dominant in his 4+ innings of work, striking out seven Orioles hitters and only allowing two runners to reach base via the walk. Had he not injured his hamstring, he easily could’ve made a legitimate run at a no-hitter.

3) Matt Barnes

Although he had two runs to his name, Barnes deserved a better fate. He held up the no hitter into the seventh, but got zero help from Fernando Abad -- who continues to fail with inherited runners.

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.