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Highlights from the Red Sox' 4-0 win over the Orioles

Highlights from the Red Sox' 4-0 win over the Orioles

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0

IN BRIEF: Eduardo Rodriguez was lights out against the Orioles Saturday, leading the Sox to their fourth straight victory. Rafael Devers gave the Sox some needed insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh as well. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 66-59

HIGHLIGHTS

BOGAERTS MAKES A SWEET PLAY UP THE MIDDLE

5th inning

Brock Holt hit a solo homer to right (1-0 BOS)

Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a wild pitch (2-0 BOS)

7th inning

Rafael Devers put a two-run homer over the Monster, Betts scored (4-0 BOS)

UP NEXT:
Vs. Orioles, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
Vs. Phillies, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
Vs. Phillies, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

IN BRIEF: Neither the Red Sox or Phillies could produce with runners in scoring position Saturday night, but a pinch-hitting Andrew Benintendi was able to drive in the winning run for Boston in this one. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 77-70

HIGHLIGHTS

7th inning

Christian Vazquez doubled to left, Devers scored (1-0 BOS)

Maikel Franco walked, Harper scored (1-1)

9th inning

Andrew Benintendi hit a SAC fly to left, Owings scored (2-1 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Phillies, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox are on track to pay over $13 million in luxury tax

MLB Rumors: Red Sox are on track to pay over $13 million in luxury tax

The Red Sox will once again finish the year above the MLB's luxury tax threshold, which will likely result in them paying $13 million in penalties at the end of the season according to the Associated Press

This isn't a surprise given the number of large contracts on the team's payroll (Chris Sale, J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, David Price, etc.) but last season this wasn't an issue because Boston was by far the best team in baseball. This year? It's a near certainty they'll miss the playoffs. 

The Red Sox will finish 2019 with a $242.8 million payroll, with the luxury tax threshold at $206 million. Because it's their second straight year over the tax, they have to pay at a 30 percent rate on the first $20 million over the $206 million threshold, and a 42 percent rate on the next $20 million. In 2018, Boston was $40 million over the threshold, causing their draft pick to drop 10 places. 

The next two highest payroll totals go to the Yankees ($233.9 million) and Cubs ($233.8 million). The Yankees have a stronghold on the AL East and have hopes of making it to the ALCS at the least, while the Cubs are fighting for a wild card spot if they aren't able to catch the Cardinals in the NL Central. 

With the league's highest payroll and a general manager opening vacated by Dave Dombrowski, there's a decent chance the Red Sox look a lot different over the next few years. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts' contract extensions loom as the club's biggest impending decisions. 

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