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Highlights from Red Sox's 12-2 win over Blue Jays

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Highlights from Red Sox's 12-2 win over Blue Jays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 2

IN BRIEF: David Price holds Toronto to zero earned runs over five innings, and the Red Sox offense bangs out 12 runs on 16 hits, including four home runs, as Boston opens the four-game series with a 12-2 win at Rogers Centre.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 25-22

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st Inning

Rafael Devers gives Red Sox early lead with RBI single to right (1-0 BOS)

Xander Bogaerts scores on throwing error (2-0 BOS)

2nd Inning

Luke Maile ties game with two-run HR to left (2-2)

3rd Inning

Xander Bogaerts puts Sox back on top with two-run single to left (4-2 BOS)

Michael Chavis blasts 9th home run of the season to left (6-2 BOS)

5th Inning

Rafael Devers makes slick defensive play at third base 

David Price retires the final 10 batters he faces in a 67-pitch outing (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)

6th Inning

Jackie Bradley Jr. homers for the first time since Game 3 of the World Series (8-2 BOS)

Brandon Workman strikes out two in a 1-2-3 inning

7th Inning

Rafael Devers drives in Mitch Moreland with RBI single to right (9-2 BOS)

Steve Pearce tacks on another run with SAC fly to center (10-2 BOS)

9th Inning

Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers go back-to-back off Ryan Tepera (12-2 BOS)

Hector Velazquez finishes up four no-hit innings from the Red Sox bullpen

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Red Sox' Alex Verdugo bristles at notion of 'replacing' Mookie Betts

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo bristles at notion of 'replacing' Mookie Betts

Alex Verdugo has some big shoes to fill after trading places with Mookie Betts. Just don't tell that to Alex Verdugo.

The Red Sox right fielder was the only major-league-level player the Los Angeles Dodgers sent to Boston in their offseason trade for Betts and David Price.

Considering he and Betts play the same position, it's natural to wonder how Verdugo feels about taking over for one of the best right fielders in Red Sox history. 

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But after hitting two home runs and robbing a Blue Jays long ball in Boston's 5-3 win over Toronto on Friday, the 24-year-old didn't want to hear his name alongside Betts'.

"I’m not replacing him," Verdugo told reporters, via WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. "Yeah, he played here but this is a game. This is a business. He decided to go elsewhere. I’m not replacing him. That’s what you guys say; that’s what everybody else says.

"I’m going out there and playing right field. I’m playing my game. I don’t think about Mookie."

Verdugo views Betts as a "great player" who's "going to do a lot" for the Dodgers. But the fourth-year outfielder already seems tired of the comparisons to his predecessor. 

"It’s not a comparable thing. I don’t like comparing it," Verdugo said. "I don’t like when people bring it up, but obviously the nature of the trade, it’s going to happen. People are going to say it.

"I’m going to play my game, I’m going to go out there and compete and bring the energy that I bring. That’s how I’ve always been and I don’t care about shoes to fill, anything like that. I’m playing my game."

Verdugo indeed plays with an energy that's rare to find in Major League Baseball, and his stats to date are matching that energy: He's hitting .294 with three home runs, four RBIs and a .297 OPS through 11 games with the Red Sox.

Of course, Betts is enjoying a stronger start for the Dodgers: .307 with three homers, seven RBIs and a .983 OPS. But don't mention those numbers to Verdugo, who's out to define his own legacy rather than to try to soften the blow of Boston trading its franchise cornerstone.

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Alex Verdugo made best play of his young Boston Red Sox career Friday night, and he was well aware of it.

With the Red Sox leading the Blue Jays by two runs in the ninth inning, Verdugo leaped in front of the right field bullpen at Fenway Park to rob Toronto's Travis Shaw of a home run.

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The play was impressive in its own right, but the 24-year-old outfielder punctuated it with a great reaction.

Verdugo's scream of celebration was audible on the game broadcast (even above the fake crowd noise), a sign of just how fired up he was about the catch.

"I would say I’ve never screamed like that before,” Verdugo said after Boston's 5-3 win, via the Associated Press. “I used to be a pitcher back in the day. I was pretty hyped up."

Verdugo had two other reasons to be hyped up: He also blasted a pair of solo home runs, giving him three on the young season and earning a spot alongside legendary left-handed slugger Mo Vaughn.

The Red Sox aren't expected to make much noise this season, but it appears the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will do his best to raise the decibel level.