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Bogaerts' grand slam, 6 RBI power Red Sox

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Bogaerts' grand slam, 6 RBI power Red Sox

BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts kept up his powerful start that's helped the Boston Red Sox get off on a fast run.

On Saturday, a few more bats in the lineup joined in, too.

Bogaerts hit the first grand slam by a Boston player since the end of the 2016 season and drove in a career-best six runs to carry the Red Sox to a 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays for their seventh straight victory.

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"He's been an unbelievable hitter every year," winning pitcher Rick Porcello said. "Now he's doing it with power. He's a big threat at the plate. He always had that ability."

In addition to his slam, Bogaerts drove in two runs with his seventh double in eight games.

J.D. Martinez hit his first home run since signing a $110 million, five-year contract during spring training as a free agent. Rafael Devers also connected.

This is just the second time in franchise history that the Red Sox have lost their season opener and won the next seven. The other came in 1904 when Boston captured the AL pennant.

"We've been on and off. We know we're a good offensive team," new manager Alex Cora said.

"We can do that often. We feel we have a good offensive team. It's just a matter of time," he said.

The Rays have lost seven straight and are off to their worst start ever after rallying for a win at home over the Red Sox on opening day.

"Nobody's happy we're 1-7," manager Kevin Cash said.

Tampa Bay infielder Daniel Robertson pitched a perfect eighth with a two flyouts and a popup, throwing seven strikes in 11 pitches.

Porcello (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits, striking out seven without allowing a walk over 7 1/3 innings. He retired 20 of 21 batters - and 17 in a row - after giving up two runs in the first.

Bogaerts' two-run double helped erase a 2-0 deficit during a four-run first. In the second, his second career slam completely left Fenway Park over the Green Monster and came after Jake Faria (0-1) walked the bases full to make it 8-2.

"I really don't think he wanted to throw me an offspeed (pitch) right there," Bogaerts said. "I think the cold may have bothered him a little. I think he was a little bit erratic."

Faria gave up a career-high eight runs while getting just five outs. He only threw 34 strikes in 73 pitches.

"It's frustrating, it's embarrassing," he said. "I'm in the big leagues and I can't throw strikes to anybody."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier was out of the lineup because he was sick.

Red Sox: Cora said LHP Drew Pomeranz (strained left forearm flexor) was going to make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday and is planned to go five or six innings. Cora also said that it's "most likely" that he'd return to the rotation if things went well.

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The Red Sox have won 22 straight games when they give Porcello three or more runs. In his last 33 starts when they've scored three-plus, he's 28-0 with a 3.26 ERA.

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The last slam by a Red Sox player was by Dustin Pedroia on Sept. 24, 2016, on the road against the Rays when Porcello picked up his last victory of his AL Cy Young Award-winning 22-4 season.

Also, Boston's starters had held opponents to one or no runs in the first seven games before the Rays scored twice on Brad Miller's double in the first.

CHILLIN'

With morning temperatures in the upper 30s, most of Boston's players that took BP on the field wore winter hats or had hooded sweatshirts over their heads.

Pitchers that got their throwing in were bundled up in right field. OF Andrew Benintendi and a few other starters decided to hit inside instead.

The Rays didn't hit on the field.

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Rays: With another bullpen game scheduled Sunday, Cash said they should be fine after using three relievers on Saturday, but he didn't name a starter.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez is set to make his 2018 debut. He's been on the disabled list since March 26th recovering from offseason right knee surgery.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, Erasmo Ramirez nearing free agent contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, Erasmo Ramirez nearing free agent contract

The Boston Red Sox reportedly are on the verge of adding another pitcher to their organization: Erasmo Ramirez.

Here's the latest on the developements between the Sox and Ramirez.

Ramirez is 28 years old and has spent six seasons in Major League Baseball. He made 10 appearances (all starts) for the Seattle Mariners in 2018, posting a 2-4 record, a 1.40 WHIP and a 6.50 ERA over 45 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox have several options for the fifth starter role, and Ramirez could be one of them if he has a productive spring training. 

Boston re-signed starter Nathan Eovaldi to a four-year contract earlier month, but was not able to keep reliever Joe Kelly, who signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Sox also have yet to bring back closer Craig Kimbrel. They also have been linked to free agent relievers David Robertson and Adam Ottavino, among others.

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Yankees new special advisor Carlos Beltran shares a connection with Manny Machado

Yankees new special advisor Carlos Beltran shares a connection with Manny Machado

The Yankees have made a big name pickup - Carlos Beltran.

What is this, 2007?!

No, this is 2018. And Beltran is now a special advisor to Yanks GM Brian Cashman. Beltran joins the front office after being passed over for the managerial job last winter in favor of Aaron Boone. 

Other than being an interesting baseball tidbit, why exactly is this relevant?

Beltran has an interesting connection with one of the real marquee names of this winter - free agent Manny Machado.

The Yankees traded for ace James Paxton and signed pitcher J.A. Happ, but have yet to make a move in their lineup.

With current shortstop Didi Gregorius set to miss the season with Tommy John surgery, the Yanks are in the market for a shortstop and a middle-of-the-order bat. Machado is scheduled to meet with the Yankees tomorrow.

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