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Highlights of Red Sox' 9-5 loss to Rangers

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Highlights of Red Sox' 9-5 loss to Rangers

FINAL SCORE: Rangers 9, Red Sox 5

IN BRIEF: Red Sox pitchers walked eight, including five in three innings by rookie Darwinzon Hernandez in his first major league start, and Hunter Pence hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run to lead the Texas Rangers to a 9-5 victory at Fenway Park that dropped Boston back to .500 (34-34). BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 34-34

HIGHLIGHTS:

2nd inning:
Pence walks, Cabrera walks, Odor hits a ground-rule double to right, scoring Pence (1-0, TEX)

Bogaerts homers to left off Jurado on a 2-1 pitch (tied, 1-1)

Santana walks, Andrus walks, Pence walks, Cabrera singles to center, scoring Santana and Andrus (3-1, TEX).

3rd inning:
Benintendi walks, Martinez walks, Devers triples to center, scoring Benintendi and Martinez (tied, 3-3).

4th inning:
Guzman reaches on third baseman Devers' error on a popup, Federowicz singles to center (Brewer replaces Hernandez on the mound), Choo walks, Santana hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Guzman (4-3, TEX).

5th inning:
(Poyner replaces Brewer on the mound) Pence walks, Odor walks, Guzmán doubles to center, scoring Pence and Odor (6-3, TEX).

Benintendi is ejected by first base umpire Vic Carapazza, Red Sox manager Alex Cora is ejected by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez

6th inning:
Andrus doubles to center, Mazara singles to center (7-3, TEX).

Pence hits a two-run, inside-the-park-home run to right off Poyner on a 0-0 pitch (9-3, TEX).

Rangers manager Chris Woodward is ejected by Angel Hernandez

7th inning:
(LeClerc replaces Jurado on the mound) Chavis doubles to left, Martinez doubles to center, scoring Chavis (9-4, TEX)

9th inning:
Mookie Betts homers to left off Martin on a 0-0 pitch (9-5, TEX)
 

UP NEXT:

Vs. Rangers, Wednesday, 4:05 p.m., NESN
Vs. Rangers, Thursday, 4:05 p.m., NESN
@Orioles, Friday, 7:05 p.m., NESN

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 7-4 win over the Rays

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 7-4 win over the Rays

FINAL SCORE:  Red Sox 7, Rays 4

IN BRIEF: Christian Vazquez's three-run home run in the first inning proved to be the big knock of the game for the Red Sox as they avoided a 3-0 hole in their series with the Rays Sunday. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 81-74

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

J.D. Martinez singled to right, Devers scored (1-0 BOS)
Christian Vazquez smacked a three-run home run to left, Martinez and Bogaerts scored (4-0 BOS)

Tommy Pham grounded into a double play, Wendle came around to score (4-1 BOS)

2nd inning

Kevin Kiermaier singled to center, Lowe scored (4-2 BOS)

THE BEST KIND OF DOUBLE PLAY

3rd inning

Joey Wendle hit a solo home run to left (4-3 BOS)

4th inning

Martinez walked, Bradley Jr. scored (5-3 BOS)
Rafael Devers scored on a wild pitch from Andrew Kittredge (6-3 BOS)

7th inning

Martinez scored on throwing error by Wendle (7-3 BOS)

9th inning

McKay blasted a solo home run (7-4 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Rangers, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Wednesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Thursday, 2:05 p.m., NESN

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Report: Red Sox front office perceived as 'miserable place to work'

Report: Red Sox front office perceived as 'miserable place to work'

With Dave Dombrowski out as Red Sox president of baseball operations, who will be the team's next general manager? 

It seems like a desirable job: the team consistently has one of the top payrolls in the league, and the franchise has won four World Series titles in the last 16 seasons. But it's not that simple. Not even close.

The last two men in charge of baseball operations — Ben Cherington and Dombrowski — were shown the door quickly after winning championships, and those moves are painting the Red Sox in a very bad light, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

These decisions loosely frame the industry perception of the Red Sox as a chaotic company, a miserable place to work. Boston owner John Henry needs to understand this, because it is why some of the people he'd probably love to consider as possible replacements for Dombrowski privately dismiss the idea out of hand.

Olney writes that some potential candidates have no interest in working for Henry, because they "doubt he'd have the patience to back his next general manager through the difficult crossroads ahead." That includes the impending free agency of Mookie Betts, a potential opt-out from J.D. Martinez, and an expensive rotation fraught with injuries, among other issues.

The key to a successful leadership transition in the front office might be Sam Kennedy, who has been the team's president for four years following the departure of Larry Lucchino. As Olney explains:  

A wide-held view in other front offices is that the highly respected and well-liked Red Sox president Sam Kennedy stands as a thin buffer between the team devolving to the level of the Mets, the team generally regarded by rival executives as baseball's model for dysfunction. "If Sam ever walked away," said one official, "the whole thing would be a complete mess."

From a 108-win season and a World Series to the possibility of becoming a complete mess, it's amazing how quickly the tide has turned for the Red Sox.

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