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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay:

QUOTES

* "Pretty stunned. That was an unbelievable play. He ran a long way, was at full speed and then to go over (the wall) and hold onto the ball was pretty impressive." - Steven Souza Jr., who was robbed of a two-run homer in the eighth by Andrew Benintendi.

* "He asked me how I was and I told him, 'I'm good; I got this.'" David Price recounting his mound conversation in the eighth with John Farrell.

* "Yeah, I think that's the best catch I've ever made. I've never really had an opportunity to take one back and I was fortunate enough I could." Benintendi on his catch.

NOTES

* David Price's ERA is now 4.00, it's lowest since after his Opening Day start.

* David Ortiz's first inning double was his 624th, tying him with Hank Aaron for 10th place all-time.

* Ortiz extended his own record for most doubles in a season by a player 40 or older (40) and most extra-base hits (70).

* Ortiz has reached base in 15 straight games.

* Ortiz tied Bobby Doerr for 6th on the Red Sox' all-time hit list with 2,042.

* The Red Sox grabbed a share of first place for the first time since July 21.

* The Sox drew eight walks, tying a season high.

* Xander Bogaerts' 15 homers are the most for anyone at the position for the Red Sox (minimum 50 percent of games there) since Nomar Garciaparra hit 28 in 2003.

* When the Rays scored twice in the ninth, it snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak against the Red Sox.

STARS

1) David Price

Price turned in what was arguably his best start all season, allowing just four baserunners over eight innings while striking out eight. There were three hard-hit balls off Price all night -- and two were caught by his left fielders.

2) Andrew Benintendi

At the plate, Benintendi was 0-for-3, though he did knock in a run with a sacrifice fly. But he made his real impact in the field, stealing a two-run homer from Steve Souza Jr. in the eighth inning with what might be the best catch you see all season.

3) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts had been slumping of late, with no RBIs since Aug. 10 and only two all month. But he had a single and a two-run homer to break out of his batting funk.

Boston Sports Breakast Pod: Was Cora snubbed in Manager of Year vote?

Boston Sports Breakast Pod: Was Cora snubbed in Manager of Year vote?

Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss Alex Cora finishing second to the Oakland A's Bob Melvin. Tom E. Curran and Jerod Mayo talk Patriots struggles and Chris Forsberg on Marcus Smart trying to fire up the Celtics.

1:31 - He led the Red Sox to a World Series victory and a franchise-record 108 wins. All in his first season as manager. Apparently, it wasn’t enough, as Alex Cora finished second in American League Manager of the Year voting behind the Athletics Bob Melvin. Did he get snubbed? Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss.

6:37 - Jerod Mayo and Tom Curran join Early Edition to discuss how the Patriots need to address the problem Tom Brady and the offense faced Sunday in Tennessee as well as where New England currently ranks in the AFC.

12:06 - The Celtics return to the Garden tonight vs. the Bulls after a rough road trip and it was Marcus Smart who tried to light a fire under his team. Chris Forsberg and Luke Bonner join BST to talk about Smart’s comments.

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Red Sox sign their first free agent - a minor-league catcher

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Red Sox sign their first free agent - a minor-league catcher

The Red Sox have signed catcher Juan Centeno, 29, to a minor league contract, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com.

Centeno has played in 111 major-league games with the Mets (2013-14), Brewers (2015), Twins (2016), Astros (2017) and Rangers (2018). He has a career major league batting average of .227. He hit .234 in 59 games for Texas' Triple-A affiliate in 2018. 

Centeno, from Puerto Rico, played winter ball for Red Sox manager Alex Cora in Caguas, Puerto Rico, in the winter of 2016 and was with Houston when Cora was the bench coach in 2017. He'll likely be a depth option at Triple-A Pawtucket with Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart and Sandy Leon on the major league roster.

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