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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays:


* “Today was a hard one to get it over the plate. The five walks definitely hurt me. I’ve got to give credit to [Toronto], they made me throw a lot of pitches . . . Five innings to me is a little bit of a let-down . . . So it’s nice that [the bullpen] came in and picked it up.” - Steven Wright said on his start, and the bullpen’s four-inning performance.

* “It was an aggressive send by [third base coach Brian Butterfield], a very good decision on his part. Blake [Swihart] not giving up and one heck of a slide to avoid the tag at the plate -- that run looms large.” - John Farrell said about Blake Swihart scoring in the sixth on a close play at the plate.

* “I’m not happy it’s over -- obviously you want to have more games with a hit .  . . You have no idea how relieving it is to wake up in the morning and start over again and try to do it from scratch again. No pressure. I have the whole island back at home rooting for me when I had that streak going on, so it was a bit nerve-wracking. But it was fun. But it’s over now.” - Xander Bogaerts said about his 26-game hit streak ending and bouncing back with a 3-4 performance the next day.

* “He’s done it for so long, so he knows how everything goes. It’s just fun being a part of more than amazing. I think he’s got more left, too.” - Mookie Betts said on David Ortiz after Boston’s DH went 1-3 with a walk and two RBI in the win over Toronto.


* Dustin Pedroia extending his hitting streak to 12 games with his first inning double off of Marcus Stroman. Pedroia’s now 7-15 in his career against Stroman and batting .392 (20-51) with six doubles during his streak. Pedroia has not hit safely in his last 25 games against Toronto, tying Vladimir Guerrero for the second longest streak against Toronto in MLB history.

* Xander Bogaerts has now had a hit in 39 of his last 42 games, batting .394 in that stretch. He leads the AL with 25 multi-hit games, second in all of baseball. Mookie Betts and David Oritz are tied for second in the AL with 23 multi-hit games.

* With his two RBI in the game, David Ortiz leads the majors with 53 RBI and 17 multi-RBI performances.


1) Xander Bogaerts

After seeing his hitting streak snapped Friday night, Boston’s shortstop went 3-4 with a double and two runs. He also made a heads up base running decision in the third.

2) Blake Swihart

Although he left in the seventh with an ankle injury, Swihart reached base safely in all of his three plate appearances, scoring once and knocking in a run with his second inning double. He also was able to avoid Russell Martin’s tag on a play at the plate, which proved to be a pivotal run in the two-run win.

3) Steven Wright

With the starting rotation teetering, Boston’s knuckleballer went five innings, allowing three unearned runs, plenty enough for Boston’s lineup.

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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.