BoSox slam way to club-best 9-1 mark

Posted April 12, 2018

As his New York Yankees faced a dominant Chris Sale on Tuesday night, Aaron Judge strode to the plate with one primary objective: attack the pitcher early. The Sox even mounted a late rally trailing by four, putting two on with no outs against Aroldis Chapman, but could only push across one run.

It was the shortest start of Price's career. After going down with two swing-and-miss strikeouts in his first two at-bats against Red Sox lefty Chris Sale, he rapped a hard single through the right side of the infield and later doubled.

Strasburg (2-1) gave up three hits and struck out eight while walking two.

Boston's starting pitchers improved to 6-0 on a night in which the temperature dipped below freezing. Benintendi had two more walks, sandwiched around a two-run triple and a double.

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Luis Severino may have tipped his pitches vs. Gary Sanchez cracked a pair of two-run homers and Giancarlo Stanton showed signs of life at the plate as the Yankees battled past the Red Sox, 10-7, in almost four hours of fantastic theater. J.D. Martinez is in left field while Mitch Moreland at first base. Twice in the Yankees' season-opening homestand Stanton went hitless and struck out five times.

Brock Holt walked and Betts cleared the bases to put the Red Sox up 14-1.

The New York Yankees are baseball's most valuable team for the 21st straight year, according to Forbes. He also had two doubles and a grand slam, though, to account for four RBIs, more precisely what you'd expect from your cleanup hitter. He went through several tests Monday.

Boone said there was "nothing remotely dirty", about Austin's slide, according to Marc Carig of The Athletic. He said pregame he hoped to avoid using Hector Velazquez - the natural long-relief option - in the hopes of saving him for a scheduled start Saturday.

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The Red Sox with the win are now 9-1 and off to their best ever start as a franchise.

"We've been talking about this since November", Cora said of Betts.

Pirates 8, Cubs 5: Felipe Vazquez entered with the bases loaded and a five-run lead in the eighth inning, and he notched his fourth save, helping Pittsburgh spoil Chicago's home opener.

"I want to be on that level", he said in March. "He's still in his progression". It could be a coaching decision, a team, a player movement or something else.

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For the other team in NY, it was an 8-6 win over the lowly Miami Marlins, but with the victory the Mets moved to 9-1 for the season - the best start in franchise history. He is 15-11 with a 4.53 ERA in 38 career appearances (37 starts) against NY.