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As Red Sox starters set another dubious mark, Pedro Martinez chimes in

As Red Sox starters set another dubious mark, Pedro Martinez chimes in

Wasn't this supposed to be the bullpen's problem?

The Red Sox's relievers actually have been fine to start the 2019 season, posting a 3.15 ERA over Boston's first five games.

The starting rotation? An area of perceived strength for the defending World Series champions? It's been awful. Like, historically awful.

After David Price got shellacked for four runs over six innings Monday night in Boston's 7-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox's starting rotation has now allowed 26 earned runs over 21 innings.

Boston's starters also have allowed 11 home runs to date, which ties two clubs for the most ever by a starting staff through five games.

To put that number into perspective, four MLB teams have allowed 11 total runs or fewer so far this season.

Incredibly, Price's rough outing was the best by a Sox starter to date: Chris Sale and Rick Porcello both didn't make it past the third inning, while Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi coughed up five runs and six runs, respectively.

But that's enough doom and gloom for one post. Shortly after Boston's loss in Oakland, Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez offered some much-needed perspective on Twitter.

We'd be wise to take Pedro at his word. The former ace imploded on Opening Day in 2002, then promptly pitched a shutout in his next outing and went on to finish second in the American League Cy Young award voting.

Martinez's message echoes what manager Alex Cora recently told reporters amid Boston's slow start: "Whoever is doubting us, check what happened last year."

Sale will be the first starter to get a shot at redemption Tuesday night in Oakland, and we'd imagine he's made a few adjustments.

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Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Gregory Polanco honors Red Sox legend David Ortiz with awesome custom cleats

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz has received many prayers, well-wishes and messages of support from athletes in all different sports since he was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9, and one Major League Baseball player took the time to honor Big Papi with special cleats.

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco, who like Ortiz was born in the Dominican Republic, recently paid tribute to Ortiz with custom cleats.

Ortiz was shot in the back in Santo Domingo on June 9 and has undergone two surgeries, one in the Dominican Republic and one at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was still recovering at MGH as of late last week, and his wife, Tiffany, has given multiple statements on his condition since he returned to Boston. 

Police are still investigating the shooting and any potential motives of the suspects involved.

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

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Tonight's lineups: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

After a four-game sweep of the 50-loss Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox will be tested with a series in Minnesota against the 47-win Twins. 

Boston is just 16-23 against teams above .500, and the Twins currently lead the AL Central by 10 games. As a team, Minnesota leads the major leagues in batting average and home runs and has won seven of their last 10. 

On Monday night, Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69 ERA) gets the nod for Boston, while Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the hill for the Twins. The Red Sox trail both the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees by five games for the division lead, and the Yankees and Rays begin their own three-game series tonight. 

Below are the complete starting lineups for Boston and Minnesota: 

Boston Red Sox: 
Mookie Betts, RF
Andre Benintendi, LF
J.D. Martinez, DH
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brock Holt, 2B
Michael Chavis, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, C
Rick Porcello, P

Minnesota Twins
Max Kepler, CF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
C.J. Cron, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, RF
Miguel Sano, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Jose Berrios, P

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