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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Sometimes, Hanley's not Hanley'


Quotes, notes and stars: 'Sometimes, Hanley's not Hanley'

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 11-7 win over the San Francisco Giants:



"The plan was for him to pitch the eighth; I didn't know he was going to pitch the sixth and seventh innings (too).'' - John Farrell on Matt Barnes.

"Everytime I get hit, that fires me up. That makes me a better player because I get angry. Sometimes, Hanley's not Hanley. It's somebody else.'' - Hanley Ramirez, on gaining revenge against reliever Albert Suarez by hitting his third homer.

"Don't ask me that. That's a secret. But I'll tell you later what I said.'' - Ramirez, when asked if he said "I'll get you back'' to Suarez after being hit.

"In a situation like that, you have to take it one pitch at a time. You can't try to do too much or make the second one before you make the first one. You have to stay relaxed and execute pitch-to-pitch and hopefully the results in your favor.'' - Matt Barnes, on coming into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth.



* The Red Sox are now a season-high 14 games over .500

* The Sox won their fifth straight series.

* Boston hit five homers, tying a season high.

* Hanley Ramirez became the first Red Sox player since Nomar Garciaparra (July 23, 2002) to hit three homers and knocked in six runs in a game at Fenway.

* Ramirez became the first Sox player to hit three homers in a game at Fenway since Kevin Millar (July 23, 2004).

* Mookie Betts posted his fourth three-hit game this month.

* Sandy Leon boosted his batting average to .435 and his slugging percentage to .725.

* Travis Shaw has 62 extra-base hits in his first 155 games with the Red Sox. The only other lefthanded hitters to with more are Ted Williams (88) and Fred Lynn (79).



1) Hanley Ramirez

It's hard to think of a player having a better night. Ramirez hit three homers -- one to left, one to center, one to right -- and knocked in a career-best six runs. But he also contributed several nice plays at first, including a 3-2 double-play that cut down a runner at the plate and preserved what was then a one-run lead.

2) Matt Barnes

Barnes turned in three scoreless innings on a night when it seemed the Red Sox were incapable of sending a pitcher to the mound who could get anyone out.

3) Sandy Leon

After a mini-slump (1-for-8), Leon returned with a hot bat, swatting a homer and a triple and knocking in two runs.


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."