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Highlights from the Red Sox 5-4 win over the Blue Jays

Highlights from the Red Sox 5-4 win over the Blue Jays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4

IN BRIEF: Rafael Devers drove in four of the Red Sox' five runs in a needed win against the Blue Jays Wednesday night at Fenway. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 52-44

HIGHLIGHTS

2nd inning

Brock Holt singled to center, Benintendi scored (1-0 BOS)

JBJ HOSES SMOAK TRYING FOR A DOUBLE

3rd inning

Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo home run to left (1-1)

Rafael Devers hit a solo homer to left (2-1 BOS)

4th inning

Devers doubled to right, Betts and Vazquez scored (4-1 BOS)

5th inning

Hernandez  homered for the second time on the night (4-2 BOS)

8th inning

Lourdes Gurriel hit a solo shot to left (4-3 BOS)

Devers singled to center, Holt scored (5-3 BOS)

9th inning

Gurriel singled to center, Hernandez scored (5-4 BOS)

UP NEXT:

Vs. Blue Jays, Thursday, 1:10 p.m., NESN
@Orioles, Friday, 7:05 p.m., NESN
@Orioles, Saturday, 7:05 p.m., NESN
@Orioles, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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Jason Varitek's strikeout call as umpire in Red Sox scrimmage is fantastic

Jason Varitek's strikeout call as umpire in Red Sox scrimmage is fantastic

Jason Varitek may have found a new calling in calling batters out.

The former Red Sox catcher, whose official title with Boston is "Special Assistant/Catching Coach," moonlighted as the home-plate umpire in the team's intrasquad scrimmage Thursday at Fenway Park.

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But Varitek didn't just half-heartedly call balls and strikeouts. Nope, he was committed to the bit, dressing up in full umpire attire to stand behind the plate.

Oh, and his strikeout call was a thing of beauty:

Leslie Nielsen would be proud.

Varitek didn't go all-out for all of his strikeout calls, but he didn't hesitate to punch out Red Sox stars like J.D. Martinez.

Varitek got to know major league umpires very well during his 15-year playing career in Boston, so if anyone on the Red Sox' staff is qualified for this job, it's him.

Thursday marked the Sox' first simulated game action since they opened Training Camp at the beginning of the month. They're set to begin the shortened 2020 season July 24 with a home series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Red Sox schedule 2021: Dates, opponents for 162-game season revealed

Red Sox schedule 2021: Dates, opponents for 162-game season revealed

Major League Baseball is looking ahead to (hopefully) brighter days.

The Red Sox don't begin their coronavirus-shortened 2020 season until July 24, but that didn't stop Boston and the rest of the league from unveiling their full schedules for the 2021 MLB season Thursday.

Here's the Red Sox' full 2021 schedule, which at the moment includes 162 games.

Boston will open the 2021 season against the Baltimore Orioles on April 1, 2021, at Fenway Park and play its first nine games against American League East opponents.

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The Red Sox' 2021 schedule also includes interleague matchups with the National League East, who they'll see plenty of this summer during their 60-game campaign.

The Sox don't face the New York Yankees until June 4 at Yankee Stadium but will play a total of 14 games against their archrival between June and July.

With COVID-19 still hitting the United States hard, it's much too early to tell if the 2021 season will start on time or if fans will be allowed at games. But at the very least, the league has a schedule in place should things drastically improve over the next seven months.