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Red Sox' offense has made baseball in Boston fun again

Red Sox' offense has made baseball in Boston fun again

BOSTON - Anybody who says baseball is boring hasn't watched this season's Red Sox offense.

The Sox came into Thursday's game against the Houston Astros with hottest bats in baseball, and unfortunately for reigning AL Cy Young Award Dallas Keuchel, he was nothing more than fuel to their fire.

The Sox lit up Keuchel for eight runs as they swung their way to an 11-1 victory at Fenway Park, their fifth straight win and 14th in their last 18 games.

If you've been following this team over the last couple seasons, you know that it's been a while since the team had an exciting lineup from top to bottom.

This season they do.

And we were quickly reminded of it when in the first inning, Xander Bogaerts golfed a breaking ball over the Green Monster for a two-run home run that kicked off yet another Sox scoring binge.

One more run in the second. Two more in the third. And then the stick that broke Keuchel's back in the sixth, a three-run homer into the Monster seats courtesy of Mookie Betts. Keuchel finished the inning, but Houston was then forced to use its bullpen earlier than it had hoped, a far too common theme amongst Red Sox opponents.

It was the fourth straight game in which Boston scored at least 11 runs after they massacred the Oakland Athletics for three games.

"We're in a good stretch," John Farrell said. "That goes without saying. But it's just the relentlessness up and down the lineup and that's the one word we try to take pride in. That means you've prepared, that means you're not giving at-bats away or innings away or innings away from the mound. The more we can make that customary we're probably in pretty good shape."

Since April 25, a span of 17 games, the Sox have 43 doubles, five triples, and 29 home runs. They've had at least one home run in each of their last 13 games.

Fans who have come out to support the team early in the season have been rewarded. Thursday's game was the sixth straight home game that the Sox have scored at least eight runs and recorded at least 12 hits, marking the first time that's happened at Fenway Park.

That's a lot of history.

"It's unbelievable. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this to be honest," Bogaerts said.

"This is kind of like a PlayStation, you know? I don't think even on a PlayStation you score as much runs. But it's reality and we're doing it in our hometown and our home park and our fans are definitely loving it."

Bogaerts couldn't help but laugh and shake his head in disbelief at how he managed to hit that first-inning home run. Jackie Bradley, Jr., after extending his hitting streak to 18 games, smiled while recalling his luck on the infield single that eventually led to Betts' three-run home run. And Betts, after grounding out in his first three at-bats, was relieved to have taken advantage of a pitch out over the plate.

After two full seasons of bad breaks and disappointment, everything seems to be coming up Red Sox.

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."