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Quotes, notes and stars: Some Red Sox 'flying under the radar'


Quotes, notes and stars: Some Red Sox 'flying under the radar'

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-2 win over the Indians:



“I was overthrowing and kind of out of my game a little bit. So really the third inning I was trying to get the ball down and get some quick outs.” - Rick Porcello said about adjusting after Cleveland’s two-run fifth inning.

“The way everybody’s hitting on this ball club is just . . . I will say takes a little bit of focus off the pitchers . . . It’s fun. You look at this lineup and when was the last time we had a lineup hitting like the way we are right now.” - David Ortiz on how he’s enjoyed being a part of Boston’s potent lineup.

“I think a lot of guys are flying under the radar . . . Up and down this lineup, it’s pretty special.” - Jackie Bradley Jr. said on Boston’s offense.

“We were all pretty disappointed.” - Mookie Betts said about Ortiz’s second ground-rule double bouncing out of play.

“I was hoping the fan could slap it back in play or something. I think I heard him mutter, ‘Man it was going to be hard to go three with a flat tire.’ So we kind of got a laugh out of that.” - Bradley said about Ortiz’s second ground rule double and the team’s reaction after the eighth inning ended.



* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a one-out single lined to right in the fifth off Danny Salazar.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 16 games in the first with a single through the right side off of Salazar. He has 12 RBIs during the stretch. He’s also hit safely in 28 of his last 30 games.

* Craig Kimbrel has now held hitters 1-29 (.034) in his last 10 games, striking out 15 over 10 innings.

* With his three RBIs, David Ortiz passed Gary Sheffield for 27th on the all-time RBI list with 1,678. Ortiz’s four hits tie a career high, a mark he’s reach 26 times in his career.

* The Red Sox home run streak stretched to 22 games after Ortiz launched his 11th home run of the season, the 514th of his career.



1) David Ortiz

Finishing just a triple shy of the cycle -- thanks to a bad bounce -- Ortiz drove in three of Boston’s five runs in a 4-4 day with two ground rule doubles and a homerun.

2) Xander Bogaerts

In addition to extending his own hitting streak, Bogaerts scored once and knocked in a run in his 3-5 performance.

3) Jackie Bradley Jr.

The streak is still alive and well, despite pitchers continuously making life harder for Boston’s center fielder.

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.