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Highlights of the Red Sox' 7-6, 15-inning loss to the Giants

Highlights of the Red Sox' 7-6, 15-inning loss to the Giants

FINAL SCORE:  Giants 7, Red Sox 6 

IN BRIEF: Pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson's sacrifice fly in the 15th inning provided the winning run in the San Francisco Giants' 7-6 victory over the Red Sox in a nearly six-hour marathon where a major-league record 24 pitchers were used. Hours earlier, Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski's grandson, Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski, hit a home run in his Fenway Park debut. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 79-71

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning:
Belt homers off Eovaldi on a 0-0 pitch (1-0, SF).

2nd inning:
Holt walks, moves to second on Webb's wild pitch, Moreland walks, Vazquez walks to load the bases, Bradley Jr. singles to left (tied, 1-1).

3rd inning:
Yastrzemski walks, moves to second on Eovaldi's wild pitch, Longoria walks, Vogt doubles to right, Yastrzemski scores (2-1, SF).

Pillar grounds out to shortstop Bogaerts, Longoria scored. (3-1, SF).

Crawford singles to center, Vogt scores (4-1, SF). 

4th inning:
Yastrzemski homers to center off Eovaldi on a 3-1 pitch (5-1, SF).

5th inning:
Bradley Jr. homers to right off Webb on a 3-1 pitch (5-2, SF).

6th inning:
Travis, pinch-hitting for Martinez, triples to right (G.Hernández pinch-runs for Travis), (A. Suarez replaces Webb on the mound), Moreland doubles, scoring G. Hernandez (5-3, SF).

Vázquez hits a ground-rule double to right, scoring Moreland (5-4, SF).

Vázquez steals third, then scores on Vogt's passed ball (tied, 5-5).

8th inning:
BOGAERTS ROBS CRAWFORD:

10th inning:
MARCO HERNANDEZ WITH A RUN-SAVING PLAY:

12th inning
BRADLEY JR. CLIMBS THE WALL FOR ONE

13th inning:
(Cashner on the mound) Pillar singles to right, Crawford doubled to left, scoring Pillar, Crawford out at third (6-5, SF).

(Selman on the mound) M.Hernández singles to left, moves to second when Benintendi walks (B. Smith replaces Selman), Bogaerts singles to right, loading the bases (Barraclough replaces B. Smith),  Centeno, pinch-hitting for G.Hernández, walks, scoring M.Hernández (tied, 6-6).

15th inning:
(Trevor Kelley on the mound) Solano hits a ground-rule double to right, moves to third on Kelley's wild pitch,  Dickerson, pinch-hitting for Slater, hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Solano (SF, 7-6). 

UP NEXT:
Vs. Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
Vs. Giants, Thursday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
@Rays, Friday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
@Rays, Saturday, 6:10 p.m., NESN
@Rays, Sunday, 1:10 p.m., NESN

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MLB rumors: This NL West team has discussed David Price trade with Red Sox

MLB rumors: This NL West team has discussed David Price trade with Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox need to clear salary, and trading starting pitcher David Price is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal.

Price is signed through the 2022 season with an annual salary of $32 million. It was the fifth-highest base salary in all of Major League Baseball before top free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole reportedly agreed to sign a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night

The Red Sox have other high-priced players to consider trading, including star outfielder Mookie Betts, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.

If Betts is traded before next season or before the 2020 trade deadline, he could leave his new team in free agency. Price's situation is a bit different because he's under contract for three more years. Starting pitching also is more valuable than outfielders, even though Betts is an MVP-caliber player.

The Red Sox reportedly have talked to multiple teams about a Price trade. One of those clubs is the San Diego Padres, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

The Padres are not afraid of making bold offseason moves. This is the team that signed Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract last winter. The Padres still finished at the bottom of the National League West in 2019 -- 36 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers -- so plenty more improvements are required for this franchise to return to the MLB postseason.

Price certainly would be a genuine upgrade to the Padres rotation. San Diego ranked 12th out of 15 NL teams in starting pitcher ERA last season. Price, who went 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 22 starts for the Red Sox in 2019, also would bring much-needed experience (including 23 postseason appearances) to the Padres rotation.

Tomase: Price trade would put 2020 in jeopardy>>>

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2020 World Series odds: Gerrit Cole-to-Yankees a wake up call for Red Sox

2020 World Series odds: Gerrit Cole-to-Yankees a wake up call for Red Sox

The New York Yankees are all in on 2020.

The Yankees landed the prize of the free-agent class Tuesday night, reportedly agreeing to a nine-year, $324 million contract with right-hander Gerrit Cole.

Adding one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball gives the Yankees a ridiculously loaded starting rotation led by three hurlers with multiple All-Star appearances:

1. Gerrit Cole
2. Luis Severino
3. Masahiro Tanaka
4. James Paxton
5. Domingo German/Jordan Montgomery

Add that star-studded pitching staff to a fearsome lineup that led MLB in runs scored last season, and you could argue the Yankees, on paper, have the best team in baseball.

The sportsbooks apparently agree: Hours after New York reportedly landed Cole, New Jersey sportsbook PointsBet made the Yankees the co-favorites to win the 2020 World Series along with the Los Angeles Dodgers at +450 odds.

The Boston Red Sox aren't too far behind, as PointsBet has them at +1200 odds, tied with the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves for fourth-best in MLB.

But the Yankees acquiring Cole certainly puts the Red Sox on notice.

Boston finished 19 games back of the Yankees in the American League East last season while missing the playoffs, and its longtime rival appears to have widened the talent gap.

That puts the pressure on Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and his staff, who must decide whether to keep Mookie Betts entering the final year of his contract or trade the superstar outfielder while his value is still high.

Another item on Bloom's agenda is what to do with pitcher David Price, who reportedly is garnering interest at MLB's Winter Meetings as a potential trade piece to help Boston get under the luxury tax.

It's worth wondering, however, if New York acquiring Cole changes the calculus for Boston: Could the Sox really offload Betts and/or Price knowing that their AL East rival is gearing up for a World Series run?

We'll find out soon enough.

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