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Quotes, notes and stars: Sanchez 'not going to be the guy' to beat Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Sanchez 'not going to be the guy' to beat Red Sox

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday at Fenway Park:

QUOTES

“[Gary] Sanchez wasn’t going to be the guy to beat me. It was kill pitches or it was soft stuff. Locating everything -- it was going to be on the black on to a spot where he wasn’t going to do damage. He was not going to be the guy to beat us. I would have pitched to Ronald Torreyes before I let him beat me.” - Matt Barnes on entering the game to face Yankees rookie slugger Gary Sanchez in a high-leverage situation.

“We won the game, that’s all that matters . . . Just going out there and trust was you see.” - Hanley Ramiez said when asked about his decision to try and score on a wild pitch in the seventh.

“[It was] way too much inside. I had no right to be swinging at it, but sometimes you see it as a good pitch, but it’s definitely a bad pitch and you swing at it.” - Xander Bogaerts on the inside fastball he hit over the Monster in the fifth.

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NOTES

* Xander Bogaerts tied a career-high with three extra-base-hits for the second time in his career.

* Bogaerts launched his 20th home run of the season, becoming the fifth Red Sox hitter to do so this season. The 20 home runs doubles his career total in long balls. This is the fifth Red Sox team to have five players with at least 20 home runs -- 2003 being most recent with six.

* Hanley Ramirez had three hits (season-high) for the 12th time this year.

* Craig Kimbrel tied his career-high with four strikeouts for the fourth time in his career.

* Kimbrel is 10-for-10 in save opportunities since returning from the disabled list at the start of August.

* Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez’s third-inning home run was the 15th of the season. He’s the fifth player in MLB history to his as many as 15 homers through his first 42 games.

 

STARS

1) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts knocked in three runs with a home run and two doubles. He also scored three runs, including the tying run in the seventh.

2) Mookie Betts

In the seventh, Betts tied the score at 5 with an RBI single and scored what would be the winning run on a wild pitch.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel earned his second four-out save of the season, striking out all four batters he faced.

Highlights from Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Indians in 11 innings

Highlights from Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Indians in 11 innings

FINAL SCORE: Indians 5, Red Sox 4

IN BRIEF: Michael Brantley singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 5-4 on Saturday night to delay Boston's bid for a club-record 106th victory and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Box score 

RED SOX RECORD: 105-50

WHERE THEY STAND: The Red Sox will have to wait another day to break the franchise record for most wins in a season. But with seven games to go, and leading the Astros by 7 1/2 games for the best record in the AL, the Red Sox are still in good shape to clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

HOW IT ENDED

WHAT'S NEXT: 

SUNDAY: Red Sox (Hector Velazquez, 7-2, 3.18) at Indians (Adam Plutko, 4-5, 1.27), 7:05 p.m.
MONDAY: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

(Pitchers for Boston-Baltimore series TBA)

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Rodriguez reportedly out, Eovaldi in Red Sox playoff rotation

Rodriguez reportedly out, Eovaldi in Red Sox playoff rotation

Eduardo Rodriguez shaky outing against the Yankees in the Red Sox' American League East-clinching victory over the Yankees - and Nathan Eovaldi's success against New York - has led to Alex Cora going with Eovaldi over E-Rod as a playoff starter, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Eovaldi (2-3, with a 3.64 ERA since joining the Red Sox) allowed two hits in six innings at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, his second strong start against Boston's rivals. Rodriguez (12-4, 3.79 ERA) couldn’t get through four innings Thursday against the Yankees. He walked seven, gave up five runs and has a 5.79 ERA and 1.554 WHIP in four starts since coming off the DL Sept. 1. 

Rosenthal mentioned that E-Rod's pace and body language were concerns. He said Eovaldi will open the best-of-five A.L. Division Series in the bullpen, then be available to start Game 4, if necessary, in Oakland or New York. 

The Yankees and A's will play in the wild-card game Oct. 2, with the winner playing the Red Sox in the best-of-five Division Series.

In talking to reporters Friday night in Cleveland, it sounded as if Cora had his rotation and bullpen figured out. Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello are likely the top three starters. 

“We saw what happened this week. We have a pretty good idea who matches well with the Yankees," Cora said, adding that the Red Sox staff and scouts have to also concentrate on preparing for the A's, a team Boston hasn't played since May 16 after going 2-4 in the season series.

“It’s wide open for you guys," Cora said of his bullpen choices. "I have a pretty good idea of where we’re going.” 

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