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Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: Quotes, notes and stars

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: Quotes, notes and stars

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-3 win over the Blue Jays:


* "I can't say enough about the job Christian did back there – blocking balls, calling the game…he was tremendous.'' - Rick Porcello on Christian Vazquez.

* "It wasn't good.'' - Pablo Sandoval on the results from his first MRI done on his left shoulder.

* "I didn't say that. When did I say that? Like I said, I'm here for my teammates. I'm not here to distract.'' - Sandoval on Yahoo Sports report that he has asked the Red Sox for a trade if he's not going to play every day.

* "There might have been a number of times tonight where that borderline pitch, he's able to give that presentation to get a called strike.'' - John Farrell on Vazquez's ability to frame pitches.

* "I feel like I was called up for the first time. It was an exciting moment for me. Last year was a long year, not playing.'' - Vazquez on his performance.


* Mookie Betts (1-for-5) has eight hits in his first four home games of the season.

* Craig Kimbrel has struck out at least one hitter in each of last 25 appearances, dating back to last July 30.

* David Ortiz stole second base in the seventh inning for his first steal since July 21, 2013.

* Every run scored off Rick Porcello this season has come via a home run.

* Since the start of last year, R.A. Dickey has made eight starts against the Red Sox and is 0-5, 5.24.

* Ortiz became the fourth player in Red Sox history to steal a base after turning 40. The others: Cy Young, Ted Williams and Rickey Henderson.


1) Christian Vazquez

In his first big league game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, Vazquez was 2-for-4 with a pickoff and guided Rick Porcello through 6 1/3 innings.

2) Edwin Encarnacion

The Jays DH hammered two homers off Porcello -- the only hits allowed by Porcello -- good for all three Toronto runs.

3) Rick Porcello

He beat a tough Jays lineup for the second time in seven days, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing only Encarnacion to do any damage against him.

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.