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Quotes, notes and stars from Sox' 11-8 win over Jays


Quotes, notes and stars from Sox' 11-8 win over Jays

TORONTO -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 11-8 win over the Blue Jays:


* "Probably not." John Farrell, when asked if the Red Sox had enjoyed a bigger win this season than the one they posted Sunday.

* "I did? Thanks. I think I won by default." Robbie Ross Jr., told that he was credited with the win.

* "David's having a heck of a going-away party. Hopefully, we can extend it a little bit." Clay Buchholz on teammate David Ortiz.



* Clay Buchholz's three-inning start was his shortest of this season.

* Dustin Pedroia's third-inning double extended his personal hitting streak against Toronto to 29 straight games.

* The Sox' streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer in road game ended at nine.

* Hanley Ramirez has homered in three of his last four games and in seven of his last 14.

* David Ortiz's three-run homer in the sixth was No. 535 of his career, moving him ahead of Jimmie Foxx and into 17th place all-time.

* Ortiz extended his own record for most career homers hit at Rogers Centre for a visiting player with his 41st.

* The Red Sox used nine pitchers, a season-high.

* The win evened the season series between the two teams at 8-8 with three games remaining between the clubs.

* Craig Kimbrel earned his 250th career save, becoming just the second in history to do so before the age of 29.


1) David Ortiz

Ortiz's homer off Joaquin Benoit wasn't as memorable as his last -- a grand slam in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS -- but it will do for now. The three-run homer by Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead for good.

2) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley helped lead the bottom third of the order to a big day, belting a three-run homer in the second and later adding a single and a run scored in the two-run fourth.

3) Edwin Encarnacion

Was this one more audition for the Red Sox DH spot next year? Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the first and added a two-run shot in the fourth.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.