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Highlights of the Red Sox' 9-3 spring training victory over the Mets

Highlights of the Red Sox' 9-3 spring training victory over the Mets

FINAL SCORE: RED SOX 9, METS 3

IN BRIEF:  Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-3, including a three-run homer, and Rafael Devers had two hits to improve his spring average to .571 to lead the Red Sox to a 9-3 spring training victory over the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Hernandez, the former San Francisco Giant, was signed to a minor league deal before spring training to add to Boston's outfield depth.  Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez pitched two scoreless innings but drew criticism from manager Alex Cora for his lack of efficiency.

HIGHLIGHTS:

2nd inning

Chad De La Guerra RBI single (1-0 BOS)

Gorkys Hernandez three-run homer (4-0 BOS)

3rd inning

Wilson Ramos RBI single (4-1 BOS)

5th inning

Sam Travis RBI single (5-1 BOS)

Tony Renda RBI groundout (6-1 BOS)

A leaping catch by Sox prospect Tate Matheny (son of the former Cardinals manager):

6th inning

Michael Chavis RBI groundout (7-1 BOS)

Jarren Duran RBI single (8-1 BOS)

7th inning

J.D. Davis RBI double (8-2 BOS)

Dominic Smith RBI double (8-3 BOS)

9th inning

Danny Mars RBI single (9-3 BOS)

UP NEXT:

@ Nationals, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m.

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Xander Bogaerts joins even more elite company with his latest home run

Xander Bogaerts joins even more elite company with his latest home run

Xander Bogaerts is hotter than the weather right now and with each home run, the Hall of Fame company he joins gets smaller, but better.

His first-inning shot over everything at Fenway gave him at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in eight consecutive games.

Only one other player has done that for the Red Sox.

Ted Williams. 

Of course, the greatest hitter of all time did it twice - an eight-game streak in 1942 and 11 in a row in 1950 (h/t to Twitter's @SoxNotes for the numbers).

The record for consecutive games with an RBI is 17, set by the Chicago Cubs' Ray Grimes in 1922. 

After his fifth homer and 13th RBI since July 4, the All-Star shortstop's batting average for July is up to .385 and .309 overall. 

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Emotional Alex Cora blasts corruption that has led to massive protests in Puerto Rico: 'It's embarrassing'

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Emotional Alex Cora blasts corruption that has led to massive protests in Puerto Rico: 'It's embarrassing'

BOSTON -- It's no coincidence that Red Sox manager Alex Cora wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag to the podium on Tuesday. He aches for his homeland.

The island commonwealth found itself engulfed in scandal this weekend, with protesters marching to denounce Gov. Ricardo Rossello and demand his resignation in the wake of leaked messages that showed him deriding both political foes and allies, and giving another black eye to a bankrupt island that has spent the last 12 years in a recession and still faces criticism for its cleanup efforts after Hurricane Maria.

"It's not easy to watch what is going on," Cora said. "I am disappointed, mad. Sometimes I wonder like, 'Where are we going?' I got my kids who I am not planning on moving from there, but you see what is going on and you're like, 'What is going to happen?' At the same time, we've been through this before as a country. The only thing I can tell the people back home and the people who live in the states is to stay together."

The leaked messages came on the heels of a corruption scandal that led to indictments last week against two former Puerto Rican officials for steering more than $15 million of hurricane aid to unqualified cronies.

Anger boiled over this weekend, with thousands of protesters marching on the governor's mansion to demand Rossello's resignation before police in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

"It's kind of sad that I feel more worried now than when Maria went by because when Maria went by the only one that had control over it was God," Cora said. "Now, it's tough to understand that we're in this situation when the people that put us in the situation was the people who were elected by our country. It's embarrassing, too. I am a proud Puerto Rican. We're going to be fine. It just sucks to watch and see what is going on."

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