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Quotes, notes, & stars: Kimbrel is a 'unique animal'


Quotes, notes, & stars: Kimbrel is a 'unique animal'

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays:


"Not in April, that's for sure. I just try to put the ball in play. I have big guys behind me that can drive me in." - Xander Bogaerts on if he feels he has more power this season

"It's almost like he gave you the feeling that there was a closer mentality in that final inning of work where he finished his game today with a strong exclamation point to a solid outing for him." - John Farrell on David Price's 7th and final inning, where he struck out the side

"You've got a curve ball that's nearly 90 miles an hour along with a fastball that's approaching 100. He's a unique animal and I'm glad he's in our uniform." - John Farrell on Craig Kimbrel, who struck out Jose Bautista, Juan Encarnacion, and Troy Tulowitzki to end the game

"I hadn't thrown the ball the way that I know that I can in my first two starts and to throw the baseball the way that I did today which is an extremely good hitting team, it feels good." - David Price on getting back out there after Monday' Opening Day start


* The Red Sox struck out 12 Blue Jays hitters on Saturday, becoming the first Red Sox team since 1913 to reach 10 strikeouts seven times in the first 10 games of the season. Their 104 strikeouts are the most by any Red Sox club though the first 10 games.

* David Price became the 2nd Red Sox pitcher (and only LHP) in the last 100 years to strike out 8+ in each of his first 3 games with the Red Sox (also Pedro Martinez).

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in each of his last 47 games against AL East opponents since Apr. 24, 2015 - almost an entire year. According to Elias, it is the 2nd-longest on-base streak against AL East clubs by a Red Sox player behind only Wade Boggs (61 times) Pedroia's streak is also the longest current streak for any active player against a single division.

* Craig Kimbrel tied a career high with his 26th straight appearance with at least 1 strikeout dating back to 7/30/15. It's the longest active streak among relievers.


1. David Price
The Red Sox got seven strong innings out of David Price and watched as he struck out nine Jays including three in his final inning. That's why they paid him the big bucks this offseason - for these performances.

2. Xander Bogaerts
The Red Sox don't rely on Xander Bogaerts power, but they do rely on his bat to drive in runs. It just so happened he did that in the form of a theee-run home run today. The homer changed the game, giving David Price all the runs he'd need.

3. Craig Kimbrel
Kimbrel made his sixth appearance of the season and it was a dominating one. He mowed down Jose Bautista, Juan Encarnacion, and Troy Tulowitzki to end the game. Not many pitchers can do that.

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."