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'I'm just glad it's not me': Yaz talks facing Chris Sale

'I'm just glad it's not me': Yaz talks facing Chris Sale

Carl Yastrzemski is one of the greatest hitters in Red Sox history. But even he is afraid of the idea of facing Chris Sale.

Yaz was asked how he would fare against Sale in a recent interview with Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe. In response, he said:

“I don’t know. I know he’s tough on left-handers. He wheels and deals. I feel sorry when I see a left-hander go up against him. I’m just glad it’s not me.’’

Over the course of his career, Yaz hit .244 against left-handed pitchers. Sale has only allowed a career batting average of .200 to left-handed hitters. He may have been tough on Yaz, but watching them square off in their primes would surely have been a treat.

In addition to his comments about Sale, Yaz expressed some optimism about the upcoming season for the Red Sox, and he was fairly confident in their chances of repeating as World Series champions.

It all comes down to pitching over 162 games. If the pitching is what it was last year, they are going to be in great shape. They are going to score runs. No doubt about that.

The Red Sox are continuing spring training but are less than three weeks away from beginning defense of their World Series title. Their season begins on March 28, when they take on the Seattle Mariners in the Mariners' home opener.

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Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

After another superb outing against the Phillies Saturday night, Eduardo Rodriguez earned high praise from his manager Alex Cora. 

"He’s throwing like an ace," Cora said on NESN postgame. "We’re very happy with the progress. The fact that it’s Sept. 14, 15, and he’s as strong as early in the season. That’s good to see.”

Rodriguez didn't secure his 18th win of the year thanks to a seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded, but that doesn't take away from a 12-strikeout performance.

Rodriguez now has a 3.64 ERA in over 185 innings pitched. The Sox need Rodriguez to come into his own if they hope to stay in contention long term, and he continues to show progress toward reaching his potential. 

Rodriguez still has a chance to get to 20 wins, but he'll have to win each of the three starts he has left in 2019. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

IN BRIEF: Neither the Red Sox or Phillies could produce with runners in scoring position Saturday night, but a pinch-hitting Andrew Benintendi was able to drive in the winning run for Boston in this one. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 77-70

HIGHLIGHTS

7th inning

Christian Vazquez doubled to left, Devers scored (1-0 BOS)

Maikel Franco walked, Harper scored (1-1)

9th inning

Andrew Benintendi hit a SAC fly to left, Owings scored (2-1 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Phillies, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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