With starter Drew Pomeranz delivering a bipolar performance that included 10 strikeouts but only 13 outs, the Red Sox found themselves in need of a rally.
The Boston Red Sox met the Tampa Bay Rays for game two of their four-game series with lefty Chris Sale on the mound to face the righty Jake Odorizzi on Jackie Robinson Day. The knuckleballer gave up four homers over 1 1/3 innings in his previous start. He's a now Sox special assistant, and win or lose, Wakefield serves as Wright's sounding board.
"I think anything can be better than the last start. I'll never forget that day", he said. "Just trying to bounce some things off him, just trying to get back into that rhythm and timing that I had past year".
With his first three starts in 1998, Martinez set the bar ridiculously high for every new Red Sox ace who has followed.
Next Red Sox at bat, Andrew Benintendi hit a go-ahead, two-run single to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Craig Kimbrel, pitching for the third straight day, notched his third straight save, and 25th straight dating back to last season.
"He's worth the price of admission just to see him", manager John Farrell said after his team improved to 6-5. Moreland drove an 0-1 cutter for an opposite-field single to left, plating two.
Steven Wright's First Annual Home Run Derby with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night was fun and all, but it's concerning, even if Porcello liked the act (he did his best to duplicate the debacle two days later against the Tampa Bay Rays).
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"Knowing they have some trust in me, that's a huge thing", said Taylor, who was called up from the minors just for the game. He has only driven in one run, but the key to Young's value has come from being on base at the right times.
"It was a little bit of a frustrating loss", manager Kevin Cash said. No matter which team you hold your allegiance to, all fans can mutually enjoy the simple fact that baseball is indeed, back.
Some of the Rays were playful in their clubhouse early in the morning, with Morrison joking to teammates about the starting time: "11 o'clock". The rookie allowed a single, scoring a run (credited to Wright) but then got a flyout get out of the inning. Hanley Ramirez also is in the lineup despite exiting Sunday's contest with a hamstring cramp. Tampa Bay begins a three-game home series with Detroit and Boston opens a three-game trip to Toronto on Tuesday.
Mitch Moreland feels like he's fit right in with the Boston Red Sox.
It is a huge sporting day in Boston, with the Boston Marathon also run on Patriot's Day for more than a century. Erasmo Ramirez was who they chose, and his very first pitch was a mistake.
Betts hasn't struck out in 119 plate appearances, the majors' longest stretch since Juan Pierre - then with Florida - went 147 in a row in 2004. RHP Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.25) is scheduled for the Tigers. Wright has allowed nine of the Red Sox's American League-worst 15 runs in the first inning this season.