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J.D. Martinez's power, Eduardo Rodriguez' pitching get crucial Red Sox trip off to good start

J.D. Martinez's power, Eduardo Rodriguez' pitching get crucial Red Sox trip off to good start

J.D. Martinez has had a four-homer game, but seven RBI? That was unchartered territory.

Until Friday night in San Diego.

Martinez hit a pair of three-run homers and had a sacrifice fly in the Red Sox' 11-0 romp over the Padres at Petco Park. The seven runs driven in were a career-high for Martinez, who became the first Boston player to do it since Mookie Betts had eight in 2017, the same season Martinez had a four-homer game for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

"I'm always just grinding and trying to figure out what adjustment I have to make, how to tweak my swing to get it where I want it to be for that game and that pitcher," Martinez told reporters after the game.

He also wanted to talk about the hitting exploits of his teammate, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who reached on an error, scored his first major league run and laid down a sacrifice bunt in addition to his seven innings of shutout pitching.

Martinez wasn't complimentary.

"I mean, he's bad," he said of E-Rod at the plate. "I think the catcher was laughing at him at home plate today. That's what he was saying: `You can't hit, man, not with that swing.' "

Rodriguez won his career-high 15th game as the Red Sox, fighting for the playoff lives as they open an eight-game Western swing, closed to 6 1/2 games back of the second AL-wild card spot. 

And they did it wearing the all-black road uniforms (home teams wear all white) for MLB's Players Weekend, in which nicknames can be substituted for last names on the backs of jerseys - Rodriguez went with his childhood moniker of "El Gualo" and Martinez with "Flaco" - and specially designed cleats can be worn.

The Red Sox had been swept in their previous two Players Weekend series in 2017 and '18, so Friday marked their first victory in seven tries wearing the funky unis. Martinez had a slightly better review of the new threads than former Sox manager Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians.

“I like them, I guess,” Martinez told The Boston Globe. “I had a good game in them. If I do that tomorrow I might not take them off.”

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Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright's Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it'll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," Wright told Bradford. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright made only six appearances for the Red Sox in 2019 as he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in January and served an 80-game suspension. The 35-year-old also served a 15-game suspension in 2018 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Wright posted a 24-16 record with a 3.86 ERA in 81 total appearances during his tenure in Boston.

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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