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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay:


* "Pretty stunned. That was an unbelievable play. He ran a long way, was at full speed and then to go over (the wall) and hold onto the ball was pretty impressive." - Steven Souza Jr., who was robbed of a two-run homer in the eighth by Andrew Benintendi.

* "He asked me how I was and I told him, 'I'm good; I got this.'" David Price recounting his mound conversation in the eighth with John Farrell.

* "Yeah, I think that's the best catch I've ever made. I've never really had an opportunity to take one back and I was fortunate enough I could." Benintendi on his catch.


* David Price's ERA is now 4.00, it's lowest since after his Opening Day start.

* David Ortiz's first inning double was his 624th, tying him with Hank Aaron for 10th place all-time.

* Ortiz extended his own record for most doubles in a season by a player 40 or older (40) and most extra-base hits (70).

* Ortiz has reached base in 15 straight games.

* Ortiz tied Bobby Doerr for 6th on the Red Sox' all-time hit list with 2,042.

* The Red Sox grabbed a share of first place for the first time since July 21.

* The Sox drew eight walks, tying a season high.

* Xander Bogaerts' 15 homers are the most for anyone at the position for the Red Sox (minimum 50 percent of games there) since Nomar Garciaparra hit 28 in 2003.

* When the Rays scored twice in the ninth, it snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak against the Red Sox.


1) David Price

Price turned in what was arguably his best start all season, allowing just four baserunners over eight innings while striking out eight. There were three hard-hit balls off Price all night -- and two were caught by his left fielders.

2) Andrew Benintendi

At the plate, Benintendi was 0-for-3, though he did knock in a run with a sacrifice fly. But he made his real impact in the field, stealing a two-run homer from Steve Souza Jr. in the eighth inning with what might be the best catch you see all season.

3) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts had been slumping of late, with no RBIs since Aug. 10 and only two all month. But he had a single and a two-run homer to break out of his batting funk.

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.