June 17, 2019

G74: Red Sox at Twins, 8 PM

Red Sox - 
Twins   -
Rick Porcello / José Berríos
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 2B
Chavis, 1B
Bradley, CF
León, C
Back with the team: Hector Velázquez and Ryan Brasier. Optioned to Pawtucket: Travis Lakins and Josh Smith.

Since April 28, the Red Sox have the best record in the AL East (28-17, .622), 0.5 GA of the Yankees (26-16). In that time, both Boston and New York have allowed 189 runs, but the Red Sox have scored 50 more runs (274-224). Based on runs scored/allowed, you would expect the Red Sox to be 30-15 and Yankees 24-18, but reality has not compiled (which is a common complaint about reality). (The Twins have been even better since April 28 - 31-14, .689.)

During their current five-game winning streak, the Red Sox are averaging 7.8 runs per game, batting .323 with a 1.022 OPS.

The Red Sox and Rays are the only teams with as many as five qualifying players with an OBP of .350 or higher: Xander Bogaerts (.391), Mookie Betts (.387), J.D. Martinez (.376), Rafael Devers (.362), and Andrew Benintendi (.352). ... Boston also has three of the AL's top four leaders in runs scored: Bogaerts (1st, 56), Betts (3rd, 54), and Devers (4th, 52).

Jackie Bradley has a seven-game hitting streak and has reached base in 12 straight games. Since May 20 (26 games), Bradley has the second-highest OPS in the American League: 1.055, with a .307/.396/.659 slash line. ... Mike Trout is #1: 1.112 and Xander Bogaerts is #3: 1.051.

AL East: MFY –, TBR 0.5, BOS 5.5. ... Rays/MFY, 7 PM.


On April 5, I posted that we had adopted a dog named Kai.

Well, on May 9, we adopted another dog. Her name is Cookie. ... And she deserves her own post, too, even if it is a bit late. So here it is.

Laura met Cookie outside the library a few months ago. Her then-people were clearly in over their heads with this wild, young dog. Cookie lived in the basement and may have spent some days loose on a nearby beach. Laura dropped a hint or two that if Cookie did not work out with them, she was interested in adopting her.

On May 7, the Cookie people came to the library and told Laura that if she was serious about adopting her, she was at our town's Animal Shelter. (In the meantime, we adopted Kai.) I called and was told Cookie had been there for five days; after one week, she would be driven down to Campbell River (the closest big town, almost three hours south). We went over the next morning and signed the papers, ignoring our "No Third Dog" rule that had been firmly in place for 30 years, because ... fuck it!

May 9 (Cookie comes home)

May 22

June (at Storey's Beach)

Hanging out at home with her sister Kai and big brother Diego

Also: On her initial Cookie post, Laura wrote this on May 10: "There is zero chance of us getting a larger property -- considering we rent, and this was literally the only place we found that allowed dogs."

Well, it turns out that chance was not exactly zero. In fact, by May 26, we had decided to buy a house (something we were adamantly against for decades), looked at four or five available homes in the Port Hardy area, found one I loved, found one Laura loved, wrestled with various pros and cons before coming to a decision, made an offer, had the offer accepted, applied for a mortgage, and were approved for said mortgage! If all goes according to plan, we'll take possession of the house on July 5. (insert eye-popping, jaw-dropping emoji here)

June 16, 2019

G73: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6 (10)

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Orioles - 001 000 020 3 - 6 12  2
Rafael Devers led off the top of the tenth inning with a home run off Mychal Givens (who also surrendered a game-tying homer from Marco Hernández in the ninth). The Red Sox batted around in the extra inning, with Mookie Betts and Christian Vázquez adding two-run singles off David Hess.

OTM's Matt Collins called Sunday's contest "weird and dumb ... but also a win", so it's all good. The Red Sox, with a three-game sweep, have won five straight games.

After the Orioles had taken a 1-0 lead, the Red Sox quickly countered with two runs, coming on run-scoring doubles by Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley.

Baltimore re-took the lead with two runs in the eighth off Marcus Walden (the tying run scored on a wild pitch), but Hernández picked a perfect time to hit his first homer of the year. It came with one out and Betts followed it with a triple, but Vázquez and J.D. Martinez both struck out.

In the tenth, Devers's 11th homer gave Boston a 4-3 lead. Bogaerts reached on a fielding error by third baseman Rio Ruiz and Michael Chavis singled. Hess relieved Givens. Bradley flied to center (first pitch), Brock Holt walked on four pitches to load the bases, and Hernández popped to second (first pitch). Betts's single scored two runs and, after Mookie stole second, Vázquez's hit (capping a nine-pitch at-bat) scored two more.

With Josh Smith on the mound in the bottom of the tenth, Chavis's error at first allowed Chris Davis to reach first. A Red Sox double play off Ruiz's bat was challenged and reviewed and eventually changed to only a force at second. Steve Wilkerson homered and it was 8-5. Hanser Alberto lined to center for the second out, but Trey Mancini homered. 8-6. But, saving his own ass, as well as the game, Smith (on his 36th pitch of the inning) retired Pedro Severino on a first-to-pitcher groundout. The time of game was 4:45.

The Red Sox will be in Minnesota tomorrow night, playing the first of three games against the Twins, owners of MLB's best record (47-22). The Twins have a 10-game lead in the AL Central and lead the AL in runs, doubles, home runs, total bases batting average, slugging percentage, and OPS.

AL East: The Yankees beat the White Sox 10-3 and the Rays held on to beat the Angels 6-5. ... MFY –, TBR 0.5, BOS 5.5.
Brian Johnson / John Means
Betts, RF
Benintendi, DH Vázquez, C
Martinez, LF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Vázquez, C Chavis, 1B
Chavis, 1B Bradley, CF
Bradley, CF Núñez, DH
Núñez, 2B Hernández, 2B
Andrew Benintendi was pulled from the original lineup with a sore left quad muscle.

AL East: MFY –, TBR 0.5, BOS 5.5. ... Angels/Rays, 1 PM. MFY/White Sox, 2 PM.

June 15, 2019

G72: Red Sox 7, Orioles 2

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Orioles - 000 002 000 - 2  8  2
Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts each drove in two runs and J.D. Martinez hit his 16th home run of the year, as the Red Sox cruised to a 7-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon behind Chris Sale (6-6-2-1-10, 103).

Sale and Dylan Bundy (5-8-3-2-8, 98) battled for five shutout innings before the better team prevailed. The victory was the Red Sox's fourth consecutive win.

AL East: The MFY - who traded for Edwin Encarnacion - beat the White Sox 8-4 and the Rays lost to the Angels 5-3. ... MFY –, TBR 0.5, BOS 5.5.

Chris Sale / Dylan Bundy
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 2B
Chavis, 1B
Bradley, CF
León, C
Heath Hembree - who had allowed only one earned run in his last 20 games (17.1 innings) - is on the injured list with a right elbow extensor strain. Josh Taylor will take his place in the bullpen.

The Red Sox also activated Brian Johnson and optioned Sam Travis. Johnson will be part of the starting rotation until Nathan Eovaldi returns.

AL East: TBR –, MFY 0.5, BOS 6.0. ... Angels/Rays, 1 PM. MFY/White Sox, 7 PM.

Schadenfreude 254 (A Continuing Series)

June 13

George A. King III, Post:
The long parade of Yankees on the shelf added another one Thursday, when DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales landed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left calf. ...

Acquired from Oakland on May 14, Morales struggled at the plate. In 19 games with the Yankees the 35-year-old is hitting .177 (11-for-62) with ... a .562 OPS. Those subpar numbers followed a .204 (22-for-108) average for the Athletics in 34 games.

George A. King III, Post:
There was no shortage of shoulders to absorb the blame for the Yankees' latest loss Thursday night. Blindfolded, it was easy to hit a target.

J.A. Happ, the Yankees' most consistent starter lately, flushed a four-run lead in the fifth inning. Adam Ottavino, a main cog in a very good bullpen, allowed a go-ahead homer to Leury Garcia in the sixth. None of the top four hitters in the Yankees' lineup got a hit. ...

[N]ot only did the Yankees fail to score in the final five frames, they failed to hit with a runner in scoring position.

And DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez went a combined 0-for-16.
Ken Davidoff, Post:
[R]ight now, the Yankees' rotation looks less reliable than a sweater vest in a blizzard. And their entire roster is paying the price for it. ...

"Just a stretch," a tranquil-looking Aaron Boone said afterward. ... "I look forward to CC going out there [Friday] and getting us going in the right direction." ...

When J.A. Happ gave up four runs in a four-batter, fifth-inning sequence to cough up a 4-0 advantage rather efficiently ... he ensured the Yankees would go an entire turn through the rotation without recording a quality start ...

In the six contests that have since transpired [since June 6], including the usage of opener Chad Green on June 9 at Cleveland ... the Yankees' starting pitchers permitted a total of 22 earned runs over 27.1 innings in that six-game stretch, a ghastly 7.24 ERA.
June 14

George A. King III, Post:
Spring training was loaded with questions about the Yankees' rotation. Now, two-plus months into [the] season ... the canopy of doubt continues to smother the starters. ...

[Facing the White Sox in Chicago, CC] Sabathia gave up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and walked three in 4.2 innings. ...

It was the 10th loss in 17 games for the Yankees (41-27) and Sabathia's third in three starts since coming off the injured list (right knee inflammation) on June 2. ... In those three losses, Sabathia has posted a 6.90 ERA, given up 24 hits and 12 earned runs in 15.2 innings.

In the Yankees' past six starts, not including reliever Chad Green's two-inning stint Sunday in Cleveland, the starters are 1-4 with a 7.84 ERA and have given up 42 hits (10 homers) in 31 innings. The Yankees are 1-5 in those starts. ...

After not scoring or batting with a runner in scoring position in the final five frames of Thursday night's 5-4 loss, the Yankees didn't have a batter hit with a runner on second base through five innings when they were limited to two hits and two walks.
Kristie Ackert, Daily News:
The Yankees need something — anything — to get them out of their current funk. ...

It was the third straight loss for the Yankees (41-27) and the eighth loss in the last 11 games for the Bombers. ...

Friday night, the Yankees hitters managed just four hits off [Lucas] Giolito ...

[Eloy] Jimenez just destroyed the Yankees. It was the 22-year-old's third multi-home run game — two have come against the Bombers. ... Friday night, Jiménez set a career-high for RBI with six off his two three-run homers. ...

It was the shortest start of the season for Sabathia, who allowed a season-high six runs, five earned on 10 hits over just 4.2 innings pitched.

The veteran lefty had nothing, the White Sox were pounding him ... Sabathia needed 77 pitches just to get 14 outs. ...

The Yankees set the single-season record for home runs last season and were bragging they could crush that this season. With Voit's homer, the Yankees are sixth in the majors with 108 homers on the season.
June 15

Ken Davidoff, Post:
The Yankees looked old and tired Friday night. ... [T]he upstart White Sox made the Yankees look like groggy old men ...

CC Sabathia ... fell woefully short to rising White Sox stud Lucas Giolito, who surrendered Luke Voit's solo homer in the first inning and then shut down the Yankees into the seventh. Sabathia, meanwhile, took that 1-0 lead from Voit and handed it back in a four-run, nine-batter bottom of the first. ...

Sabathia wasn't the only problem, however, just as he doesn't rank as the only headache in a starting rotation that has suddenly gone missing in action. Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres each committed an error, each leading to a run. ...

It's time for these Yankees to get off the mat. To stop looking so old and rickety and fight once more. To stop making these White Sox, impressive yet raw, look like the 1927 Yankees.

June 14, 2019

G71: Red Sox 13, Orioles 2

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Orioles - 100 000 001 -  2  9  0
One night after hitting a season-high five home runs, the Red Sox set a new season-high by belting six home runs and crushing the Orioles on Friday night. Five of the six dongs were launched in a two-inning span in which Boston knocked out 10 hits and scored nine runs.

Eduardo Rodriguez (7-6-1-0-4, 114) gave up a home run to his second batter, but was mostly stingy after that, at one point retiring 12 batters in a row. His 114 pitches were the most in a game since he threw 117 on August 26, 2017, also against Baltimore.

The Red Sox's 11 home runs in the last two nights marks only the fourth time in team history the club has hit five or more homers in consecutive games. The 1977 team had a three-game streak, hitting 16 home runs in a magnificent June 17-19 sweep of the Yankees at Fenway Park (9-4, 10-4, 11-1). They set the tone with four solo dongs off Catfish Hunter in the first inning of the first game! The two-game streaks came on June 7-8, 1950 (12 home runs) and July 21-23, 2002 (12 home runs).

Brock Holt wiped out the Orioles' 1-0 lead with his first long ball of the year, a two-run shot in the second. Holt batted with the bases loaded in the third, but took a called third strike to end the inning.

Christian Vázquez hit a long dong to left to kick off the fourth. Jackie Bradley doubled and Michael Chavis, facing reliever Dan Straily, knocked him in with a one-out single to left. With two down, J.D. Martinez connected for his 14th home run and Boston led 6-1.

The Red Sox went deep three more times of Straily in the fifth. After Holt was hit by a pitch, Bradley hit a one-out, two-run blast to right-center. Eduardo Núñez singled and Chavis boomed his 12th of the year to center. After the second out, Martinez cranked another one, also to center. 11-1.

In the sixth, singles by Holt and Vázquez and a walk by Chavis loaded the sacks for Andrew Benintendi, who knocked in two with a single to left.

JDM was on base five times, with two walks, two home runs, and a single. Rafael Devers was 3-for-4 and was also hit by a pitch before being pulled after six innings. Holt scored three runs and four others - Chavis, Martinez, Vázquez, and Bradley - scored twice.

The Orioles' third pitcher faced the most batters and threw the most pitches. Luis Ortiz (3.1-4-4-5-3, 80) started and faced 18 batters and Straily pitched to 12 hitters (1.1-7-7-0-2, 41). Josh Rogers went the final 4.1 innings (4.1-5-2-2-1, 82), facing 20 batters and throwing 82 pitches.

AL East: The Yankees were pummeled by the White Sox 10-2, while the Rays trailed the Angels 4-0 in the sixth before rallying for a 9-4 win. ... TBR –, MFY 0.5, BOS 6.0.
Eduardo Rodriguez / Luis Ortiz
Chavis, 1B
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, RF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 2B
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Núñez, DH
The Red Sox activated Brian Johnson from the injured list and optioned Sam Travis to Pawtucket. ... Heath Hembree (forearm tightness) is unavailable today. ... Mookie Betts has the day off.

Alex Cora, last night:
Honestly, today was a different vibe in the dugout, which was good. ... We went to some [bullpen] guys that did different roles today ... They did an outstanding job, kept the game in check. ...[I]t was fun today hitting the ball out of the ballpark ... We found a way to win today instead of finding a way to lose.
AL East: MFY –, TBR 0.5, BOS 6.5. ... Angels/Rays, 7 PM. MFY/White Sox, 8 PM.

Anti-NESN Limericks

During the third inning last night , Red Sox radio announcers Sean McDonough and Joe Castiglione were having fun with limericks. It turns out that Rangers' radio announcer Eric Nadel has published a book of 175 limericks (with the unfortunate title of Lim-Eric). McDonough was trying hard not to make fun of the book (or maybe just its title) before both men started reciting limericks which could not be finished on the air.

Right after Xander Dongaerts gave the Red Sox a 7-6 lead in a game that did not start out as particularly winnable, NESN's Dave O'Brien said: "Kinda felt that comin' all night, didn't you?"

Jere commented about O'Brien's remark in the game thread:
OB is just an idiot. He certainly hadn't been hinting at this, and to add "all night" implies they'd been tied or at least in striking distance all night, which they hadn't been until recently. Remy, as baffled as the rest of us, answered his question by saying "I don't know WHAT's coming tonight."
I responded:
Yes, when the Red Sox were down 4-0 before they even batted - or when they were down 6-1 and their starter had been shelled after getting only 4 outs - I MOST CERTAINLY felt that they would have the lead in the 7th inning. ... Perfectly natural, considering the way this team has played all season!!!!
I also had absolutely no doubt O'Brien said a few gloomy things about the game and the state of the team in the early innings, comments he was now pretending never existed. (And it pains me to do this but ... OB might have had a point. The bullpen was putting up zeroes and the Red Sox were cutting into the lead, so maybe you could have thought that Boston might come back.)

Then I posted a bit of verse "from my upcoming collection of anti-NESN limericks":
OB don't know shit about shit
He'll call an out when it's really a hit
He makes up dumb crap
At the drop of a hat
When oh when will he just fucking quit?
That led to a few more.

"Ode to the NESN Camera Man"

With fly balls decisions do loom
What the fuck to I do with my zoom?
The fielder goes back
Makes the catch on the track
But my dumb ass is shooting the moon!
"Intro, 2019"

The Red Sox are playing N-Y
NESN shows a live shot from the sky
Wait! That doesn't look right
It's afternoon, but the picture shows night
And the World Trade Center towers shine bright
Good thing they don't give me a grade
Or I probably wouldn't get paid
Cuz on all pickoff throws
My call simply goes:
"The 2-1..will not be made."
We could have 175 of these in no time!

Jailed Gunman Says Ortiz Was Not Assassination Target (But Does Not Reveal Who Was)

Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, the man accused of shooting David Ortiz, claims in a jail-cell video that Ortiz was not the intended victim. Ortiz was simply wearing similarly-colored clothes to the man Cruz was apparently intending to murder (whose name he unhelpfully failed to provide).

"I was confused," Cruz said. "I got confused by his clothing. They only told me the color of his clothes." As a writer for the Daily News notes, Ortiz is "instantly-recognizable" in the DR and "would likely stand out in any crowd regardless of his outfit".

Erick Montilla, spokesman for the Dominican prosecutor handling the case, said Cruz's claim was made in the interest of self-preservation, to avoid getting "lynched" in prison. "If you observe the video, he goes directly to where the victim is and shoots without hesitation."

Nine suspects have been arrested.

June 13, 2019

G70: Red Sox 7, Rangers 6

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Red Sox - 130 110 10x - 7  9  1
The Red Sox hit a season-high five home runs and defeated the Rangers on Thursday night, after David Price (1.1-5-6-1-2, 49) turned in his worst game of the year, allowing eight of his 12 batters to reach base. Seven relievers from the Boston bullpen combined for 7.2 shutout innings.

Jackie Bradley cracked a three-run dong in the second inning, his sixth homer of the season igniting a spark of hope in what had looked like a lot like a Texas rout. The other four homers were solo shots from J.D. Martinez (#13 in the first inning), Michael Chavis (#11 in the fourth), Rafael Devers (#10 in the fifth), and Xander Bogaerts (#14 in the seventh).

It took Price 27 pitches to record his first out. He hit Shin-Soo Choo, walked Delino DeShields, and gave up a run-scoring single to Elvis Andrus. After a mound visit, Hunter Pence drove a ball to deep right, where it hit on top of the short wall to the right of the bullpens and caromed straight into the air. Mookie Betts caught it and Pence (after a review of the play) had a double and the Rangers led 2-0. Price got two outs and, with a 1-2 count on Logan Forsythe (thanks to a gift call from plate umpire Jordan Baker), was one strike away from escaping any additional damage. But Forsythe lined a single to left for two more runs.

Price got one out in the second before hitting Choo again. (Choo did not hit a fair ball all day, but was on base five times, and went 0-for-1: HBP, HBP, BB, K, BB, BBI.) DeShields doubled high off the wall in left and Andrus brought both runners in with a hard groundball single into left. Andrus's two hits in two innings raised his career average against Price to .490 (24-for-49) (a NESN graphic gave his average as .500, but that was (surprise!) wrong).

The Red Sox relievers allowed only four hits in 7.2 innings, but it wasn't always pretty because they also walked eight batters. Colten Brewer took the mound in the fourth and franked his first batter to load the bases, but then he got a popup from Asdrubal Cabrera to get out of the jam. Cabrera also helped out Marcus Walden in the sixth by flying to left, after the Rangers had hit two two-out singles.

With the game tied 6-6, Brandon Workman loaded the bases in the seventh on a single and two walks and, with two outs, fell behind DeShields 3-0 before getting two called strikes and a swinging strike three. Bogaerts's home run gave Boston a 7-6 lead, which Matt Barnes preserved by fanning Danny Santana with a runner on third to end the eighth.

Josh Smith, charged with saving the game in the ninth, had the potential tying run on second with one out. Pinch-hitter Nomar Mazara struck out looking and Smith nearly picked Rougned Odor off second (a review of the play upheld the initial safe call). Smith walked Choo intentionally to face DeShields - who swung at a 1-1 pitch and flied harmlessly to left. (One of the Rangers' TV announcers boldly (and stupidly) predicted (based on absolutely nothing, as far as I could surmise) DeShields would hit a two-run triple down the right field line.)

AL East: The Yankees blew a 4-0 lead and lost to the White Sox 5-4. The Rays lost to the Angels 5-3 as Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle (3-run HR in the first, double in the third, triple (and a run scored) in the fifth, single in the seventh). Boston is now 6.5 GB.
Adrian Sampson / David Price
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Chavis, 1B
Hernández, 2B
David Price has a 1.88 ERA in his last nine starts (since April 14). Price's season ERA of 2.70 would be 6th-lowest in the American League, but he does not have enough innings to qualify; he needs 69 (one inning pitched per team game), but has only 60.

AL East: MFY –, TBR 0.5, BOS 7.5. ... Angels/Rays, 7 PM. MFY/White Sox, 8 PM.

Coordinator Of Botched Ortiz Assassination Attempt Was Paid Less Than $8,000

UPDATE: Photographs of six suspects have been released. Police are searching for four additional people.
Rolfy Ferreyra, aka Sandy, the alleged shooter
Joel Rodriguez de la Cruz, aka Squiddy
Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta
Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, aka The Package
Polfirio Allende Dechamps Vazquez, aka The Kid
Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela, aka The Chinaman
Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase (not in custody), aka The Surgeon

Deadspin, June 12:
[I]n Santo Domingo, the investigation into the shooting continues, and the details from that investigation are getting a little strange.

Three things were widely reported in the immediate aftermath of the incident Sunday night that turned out to be incorrect ... Turns out Ortiz was shot in the back by a man police have since identified as Rolfy Ferreyra, and police now depict the shooting as a botched assassination attempt coordinated by somewhere between six and ten co-conspirators. ...

Police in the Dominican Republic say they've arrested Ferreyra, [Eddy Vladimir Feliz] Garcia, and four other suspects [including Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta], whose efforts were allegedly coordinated by an individual who was paid about the equivalent of US$7,800 [400,000 Dominican pesos] to mastermind the job, and who is among those in police custody. ...

The hunt is reportedly still on for a group of people Ferreyra and Garcia were apparently seen on surveillance footage talking to immediately before the shooting [including Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, aka The Surgeon, as well as a woman known as The Venezuelan, or Red]. ...

The police are reportedly continuing to interrogate the suspects in custody, but have not yet described their theory of motive for the surprisingly vast alleged conspiracy to murder [Ortiz].

June 12, 2019

G69: Red Sox 4, Rangers 3

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Red Sox - 101 010 001 - 4 10  1
A ground-rule double, a single, and two walks - the second free pass coming to Mookie Betts with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth of a 3-3 game - gave the Red Sox a true walk-off victory on Wednesday evening.

Christian Vázquez doubled off Jesse Chavez, who had entered the game in the previous inning, coming out of the bullpen and throwing one pitch to pinch-hitter Eduardo Núñez, stranding Boston runners at second and third. Marco Hernandez ran for Vázquez. Jackie Bradley singled to right and the Red Sox had runners at the corners.

Michael Chavis got a gift call of ball 1, JBJ went to second on indifference, and Chavis walked on four pitches, loading the bases. Betts fouled the first pitch off, then watched four wide ones, none of which were all that close to the zone. (Of Chavez's 14 pitches that were not put into play, 11 were called balls.)

Texas struck early against Rick Porcello (6.2-5-2-0-6, 101). With two out in the first, Elvis Andrus singled and Nomar Mazara hit a ground-rule double to right-center. Both runners scored on Hunter Pence's double to center. The Red Sox got one run back in the bottom half, as Rafael Devers knocked in Andrew Benintendi (who had doubled and advanced on a wild pitch).

Bradley walked to lead off the third. Lance Lynn (6-6-3-1-8, 100) struck out Chavis and Betts, but JBJ stole second on the second out and Benintendi tied the game with his third triple of the season, a high fly off the wall in dead center. Benintendi also gave Boston a lead in the fifth, doubling home Chavis.

The Rangers tied the game in the eighth against Brandon Workman. Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch with one out. Delino DeShields bunted and Vazquez's throwing error put enemy runners at second and third. Andrus's sac fly scored Choo. Workman intentionally walked Mazara, who then stole second. But Workman struck Pence out to end the inning.

Benintendi went 3-for-4, lacking only a home run in his bid for a cycle. ... On the other side of the ledger, J.D. Martinez went 0-for-4, with four strikeouts (his first four-K game in roughly four years).

Also: The Rangers' TV broadcast on Tuesday night opened with a supposedly live aerial shot of downtown Boston, but the footage was at least five years old. ... It turns out NESN isn't the only network that does this!
Lance Lynn / Rick Porcello
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 2B
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Chavis, 1B
The Red Sox recalled pitchers Travis Lakins and Josh Smith and sent Bobby Poyner to Pawtucket and Darwinzon Hernandez to Portland.

Today's game will start three hours earlier than originally scheduled so Bruins fans can watch Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (8 PM, in Boston).

ESPN's David Schoenfield writes that the Red Sox are
teetering again like a luxury cruise liner with a bad case of norovirus. Check out their past eight series ... They're 6-1 against the woeful Royals and Blue Jays, and 5-13 against the good teams [Rangers, Rays, Yankees, Cleveland, Astros]. They're now 10-20 on the season against teams currently .500 or better.
AL East: MFY off. Athletics/Rays, 12 PM.

Five People Arrested In Ortiz Shooting, Including Suspected Gunman

CBS Boston:
Five people are now under arrest – including the suspected gunman – in the Dominican Republic in connection with the shooting of David Ortiz, sources told WBZ-TV's Anaridis Rodriguez Wednesday.

Four of the people were arrested Tuesday about 100 miles northwest of Santo Domingo ...

The fifth person in custody, 25-year-old Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was captured shortly after the shooting. Police say he drove the gunman to the bar on a motorcycle. Enraged fans grabbed Feliz Garcia and brutally beat him before handing him over to police, but the gunman escaped.

Feliz Garcia is charged as an accomplice to an attempted murder.

The other four suspects have not been named yet.
Alex Reimer, WEEI:
Good news stories put news events in context, which is why every article about the Ortiz shooting should contain the Dominican Republic's rate of gun deaths. The island's rate of gun deaths is the same as it is here, per data from 2016. So save all of those crude jokes about the Dominican being this violence-ravaged wasteland –– unless you also want to make the same quips about the situation in this country.

In addition to starving off blatant xenophobia, this statistic also lends greater credence to the notion Ortiz was targeted. You are not putting your life into your hands if you go to an upscale bar in Santo Domingo.

June 11, 2019

G68: Rangers 9, Red Sox 5

Rangers - 012 123 000 - 9  9  0
Red Sox - 012 000 101 - 5  9  2
Hunter Pence was credited with a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning when right fielder Brock Holt could not catch his high fly down the right field line. Holt ran over to the short wall and leapt into the stands for the ball, but it eluded his glove. Holt, perhaps assuming the ball fell into the stands, lay on the top of the wall on his stomach, not moving.

The ball had not landed in the crowd. It caromed back towards right-center, coming to a stop near the 380 sign at the right field end of the visiting team's bullpen. No one ran over to retrieve the ball - at one point, a man in a blue shirt stood up and peered down at the lonely baseball - and Pence jogged across the plate with perhaps the most boring ITPHR you will ever see. The Rangers led 9-3.

Before that slice of weirdness happened, though, Andrew Benintendi and manager Alex Cora were ejected in the bottom of the fifth (the first Red Sox ejections of the season). Benintendi grounded an 0-1 pitch to shortstop and cursed as he turned and headed to the dugout after he was thrown out. First base umpire Vic Carapazza threw him out of the game with a slight, off-handed, flipping motion (far from the grand gesture umpires usually employ) and Benintendi had no clue he had been tossed until he was in the dugout. [Angel Hernandez: "He violated the rules of the game. I'm not at liberty to discuss anything until I submit the report tomorrow."]

Benintendi came out squawking, as did Cora, who berated both Carapazza and plate umpire Angel Hernandez before he, too, was ejected. (For good measure, Hernandez (perhaps worried that he had not made enough of an ass of himself with his ball-strike calls) threw Rangers manager Chris Woodward out of the game in the next inning.)

Darwinzon Hernandez (3-3-4-5-7, 86) had a pretty strange line. He struck out the side in the first, all swinging, but his two walks in the second both scored on Rougned Odor's ground-rule double to right. Hernandez walked the bases loaded in the third before giving up a two-out single to center. He was pulled after the first two hitters reached base in the fourth (infield error, single).

The Red Sox matched the Rangers inning for inning initially. Xander Bogaerts's 13th home run tied the game at 1-1 and Rafael Devers's two-run triple re-tied the game at 3-3. Then Texas took over. Michael Chavis doubled to begin the seventh and J.D. Martinez knocked him in with a two-out two-bagger. Mookie Betts homered in the ninth.

I'll say here what I posted in the game thread: It ain't happening this year. With 42% of the regular season behind them, it's hard to see the Red Sox, now 34-34, as even a wild card team. (They are three games out of the WC race at the moment.) The chances of both the MFY and Rays tanking is remote and Boston is one of seven* non-first place teams within 4.5 games of the top wild card spot. If I'm being honest with myself, this dismal situation does not make me inclined to devote many of my evenings (or late afternoons) to them.

*: Tampa Bay and New York are tied for first (41-25), but I included one of them in the seven non-division-leading teams, since the season will not end with them tied.

AL East: The Yankees and Mets split a day-night doubleheader. The MFY won the afternoon game 12-5 and the Mets took the nightcap 10-4, chasing James Paxton after only 2.2 innings. The Rays lost to the Athletics 4-3. Boston is 8 GB of both Tampa Bay and New York.
Ariel Jurado / Darwinzon Hernandez
Betts, RF
Benintendi, CF
Martinez, DH
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, LF
Vázquez, C
Hernández, 2B
Chavis, 1B
Darwinzon Hernandez made his debut in the second game of an April 23 doubleheader, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. This is the 22-year-old left-hander's first major league start. Hernandez was called up because Ryan Brasier was placed on bereavement/family medical emergency leave.

AL East: Mets/MFY (G1: MFY 12, Mets 5; G2: 7 PM); Athletics/Rays, 7 PM.

David Ortiz Takes First Steps Since Being Shot

David Ortiz has taken his first steps at Massachusetts General Hospital, after multiple surgeries after being shot on Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Tiffany Ortiz said her husband was "stable, awake, and resting comfortably" in the intensive care unit, "where he is expected to remain for the next several days".

Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police, said Ortiz was shot in the back and "the bullet went through his stomach". He suffered bleeding in his liver. Portions of his intestines and gallbladder had to be removed.

One suspect (Eddy Vladimir Féliz García) is in custody and investigators are looking for at least one other man. García's lawyer claims that his client is a motorcycle taxi driver and may have unwittingly driven the shooter, but did not shoot Ortiz.

David Ortiz, Now In Boston, Undergoes Second Surgery

Before last night's game, there was a public announcement at Fenway Park:
Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and remove your caps. All of us were shocked by last night's news about David Ortiz, and our community has felt a palpable concern ever since. As befits his out-sized personality, wishes for a speedy recovery have poured in from all over baseball, from the world of sports, and even from respected world leaders. He is loved throughout our nation and beyond, yet to us, he is our own adopted son. Won't you please join us as we offer a moment of reflection, thought, and prayer for a complete healing and a full recovery for our beloved, Big Papi.
Ortiz arrived in Boston and underwent a second surgery last night at Massachusetts General Hospital. He will remain in intensive care for several days.

Pedro speaks:
(As an aside, when people cry during an interview, I wish they did not feel a need to apologize. I know it's more of a reflex statement and they don't truly feel sorry for how they are acting, but for Pedro, feeling sadness and concern and love for one of his dearest friends (who was nearly murdered) should be (and is) the most natural thing in the world. When talking about the randomness and the helplessness and the incomprehensibility of the event, which is still raw in his mind and heart — it would seem strange for Pedro not to cry some tears.)

Manager Alex Cora:
This is why sometimes I'm brutally honest. There's life. There's more important things than the Red Sox, winning or losing, pitching changes, this and that. It's life. We went through it with Nick (Cafardo), we went through it with Blake (Swihart's brother), I went through it with Ari (Arteaga) last year. This is just a part of what we do. The big man, I know he will be fine. I do trust that he'll be fine. ... But it has been very tough. Very tough.
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy:
David Ortiz is one of the most celebrated and beloved members of the Red Sox family. I think we all remember in 2013 when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us in late April. And so, it's appropriate and expected that this community would rally around David when he needs us the most.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler:
David is as good a person, a teammate, as you'd ever want to be around. I've known him forever, since our days in the Florida State League in '97. And it's tragic when gun violence hurts a friend. It's tragic when gun violence impacts anybody. Any time something like this happens it's an opportunity for us to raise awareness. I have no doubt that David will use that platform the right way.
José Abreu, White Sox:
That's something that scares you. We know how the violence is in Latin America. In Latin American countries, violence is real. And just to see something like happen to David Ortiz is sad and is a shock.
Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero:
Just think of how big an impact he's had in the city of Boston. He's obviously an icon on the Mount Rushmore of Boston athletes, but he is the guy in the Dominican Republic. He is more famous than any president. People think of the Dominican Republic, they think David Ortiz, they think Pedro Martinez. And that's coming from someone who has been exposed to the Dominican over the years. I've been awed by the impact he has. Any restaurant he goes to or anywhere, they love him, and it comes from the way he treats people.

June 10, 2019

Guess The Count #7 - With Hunter Wendelstedt

Hello again, everybody, and welcome to Guess The Count!, the umpiring game where we give you the pitches and you make the calls. Test your skills as an arbiter against those of a real Major League Baseball umpire.

Today's man behind the plate is Hunter Wendelstedt and we will be looking at the Rangers/Red Sox game of Monday, June 10, 2019. So make your guesses and then see how you matched up against our big-time ump. One explanation before we start: There are no tricks. All of the pitches were taken by the batter; he did not swing at any of them*.

Ready? Let's begin! Red Sox starter Chris Sale is facing Danny Santana in the top of the sixth ... and it's time for you to ... guess the count!

*: One exception: Santana swung and missed the fourth pitch above.

Brandon Workman pitching to Logan Forsythe in the eighth inning:

Brandon Workman pitching to Rougned Odor in the eighth inning:

Check the comments for how Wendelstedt called the pitches. ... How did you do? Do you have what it takes to be a major league umpire? If not, better luck next time!

Finally, we'd like to thank today's sponsor: Acme Robotics!

And that's all for today from ... Guess The Count!

G67: Rangers 4, Red Sox 3 (11)

Rangers - 000 001 002 01 - 4  8  0
Red Sox - 200 000 001 00 - 3  9  2
The Rangers, down to their final two outs, rallied to grab the lead in the ninth against Matt Barnes and then scored a quick run off Ryan Brasier in the eleventh. The Red Sox wasted another great start from Chris Sale (7-3-1-1-10, 99), who allowed zero earned runs.

Andrew Benintendi gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead with his seventh home run of the year, but for seven innings after that, Boston did next to nothing against Mike Minor (8-4-2-2-6, 109), though they did have a runner at third base with one out in both the third and fifth innings. Three singles and a double in the bottom of the ninth produced only one run (an important run, though, as it tied the game) and the Red Sox then left the bases loaded in the tenth before going down meekly in order in the eleventh.

The Rays beat the Athletics 6-2, to move one-half game ahead of the Yankees (who were rained out) and eight games ahead of the Red Sox.

NL: Arizona and Philadelphia combined to hit 13 home runs and set a new major league record. The visiting Diamondbacks won 13-8.
Mike Minor / Chris Sale
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Devers, 3B
Travis, LF
Núñez, 3B
Bradley, CF
León, C
For the last four weekends, the Red Sox have played a top AL team (Astros, Astros, Yankees, Rays) and they have lost each series, winning only four of 13 games.

Sean McAdam, Boston Sports Journal:
There's no getting around it or ignoring the obvious: as the Red Sox creep closer and closer to the halfway point in the regular schedule, they might be wild-card contenders, but they're no match for the teams ahead of them — in their own division, or elsewhere in the league. ...

[The Red Sox scored 23 runs in a three-game sweep of the Royals. But] Matched against the likes of the Astros, Yankees or Rays, however, and it's a different story. The margin for error is slighter. Make a mistake against the Royals and they're likely to make two or three of their own. Make one against division leaders, however, and it's very likely to cost you the game.
Alex Cora:
We've gotta keep working. We've been saying all along, we've gotta be better with men in scoring position, executing out of the bullpen. Everything.
Note: The starting time of Wednesday's game has been moved up three hours, to 4:05 PM, so fans can watch Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (Bruins/Blues) at 8 PM.

AL East: Mets/MFY & Athletics/Rays, 7 PM.

Daily Mail UK: Ortiz Shot By 'Two Cops Hired By A Drug Lord Who Believed The Baseball Hero Was Having An Affair With His Wife'

@detodounpocord (Instagram)

[Well, here is the first story to address the question: "Why the hell did this happen?" A note of caution: The Daily Mail has not always been a shining example of responsible journalism. There have been eight successful libel suits against the tabloid since 2001.]

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Boston Red Sox Star David 'Big Papi' Ortiz Was Shot In A Dominican Republic Bar By 'Two Cops Hired By A Drug Lord Who Believed The Baseball Hero Was Having An Affair With His Wife'

Michaela Freda and Jennifer Smith and Adry Torres, Daily Mail UK, June 10, 2019:
Police in the Dominican Republic believe former Boston Red Sox star David 'Big Papi' Ortiz was shot by two cops hired by a Dominican Republic drug lord who believed the baseball player was having an affair with his wife, DailyMail.com has learned.

Three law enforcement sources confirmed the motive on Monday as Ortiz, 43, recovered in the hospital.

The drug lord has not been named.

On Monday, Ortiz's representative Leo Lopez denied that the shooting had anything to do with a woman but said it was the act of "hired" killers.

"There is no doubt that it was an act of hired killers. If we had known that there was a dangerous situation, he would not have been there at that moment," Leo Lopez told Diario Libre.

Ortiz is expected to make a full recovery but suffered liver damage during the six-hour operation, his spokesman said. ...

The former slugger for the Red Sox was shot in the back at near point-blank range while having drinks with friends including local TV host Jhoel Lopez.

Police have arrested Eddy Feliz Garcia so far but their investigation is ongoing. Garcia was chased down at the bar by a crowd of Ortiz's supporters and was beaten relentlessly until police arrived.

He was driving the motorcycle but is not the man who pulled the trigger. The shooter, who has not yet been named, is also in custody. ...

Initial reports suggested that it was an attempted robbery but police have since dismissed that. ...

Ortiz previously told of his fears of being hurt in his home country.

Before a 2015 ballgame at Fenway Park, he told a Dominican journalist that he violence in his native country was out of control and that he didn't feel comfortable carrying a firearm to protect himself in public.

"This is getting out of hand. I think they need to deal strongly because I like going to my country and I know the people love you and take care of you. But you know that when those dudes are out to get theirs, they are not thinking right and they could care less who is who. And I don't want to carry an AK-47 inside my car over there. I don't want to walk around everywhere with a bunch of guns. I am not a gun carrier. I am not a guy looking for trouble. But that's what the (present) moment is demanding you to do," he said.
The Daily Mail article has been picked up by the New York Post.

"Near Point-Blank" Shooting Of David Ortiz Described As "A Calculated Attack"

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have a suspect in custody in last night's shooting of David Ortiz. They are classifying the incident as a calculated attack and not a burglary (as was first reported). Video of the incident depicts a man shooting a gun at almost point blank range. (Ortiz would clearly not be alive today if that guy had a steadier hand or was a decent shot.) Police are still looking for a second suspect.

After six hours of surgery last night, Ortiz is in intensive care, but has been cleared to travel to Boston for additional treatment at Mass General Hospital. The team hopes Ortiz will arrive in Boston later tonight.

Suspect Eddy Vladimir Féliz García of nearby Santo Domingo West, its own city, and another man approached the Dial Discotheque on a motorcycle before at least one opened fire, hitting Ortiz and his friend, police said in a statement. They tried to drive away, but the motorcycle fell to the pavement.

The crowd attacked Féliz García and handed him over to police, while the second suspect fled on foot, police said. ...

Surveillance footage from the club shows an area of packed tables. Clubgoers are drinking, mingling and fiddling with their phones when a shooter approaches from the top of the screen, the short video clip shows.

Only a shooter's legs are visible when a shot is fired, appearing to hit Ortiz in the back. Ortiz slumps to his left and falls out of his chair. Frightened bystanders knock over chairs as they flee.

Ortiz's agent, Fernando Cuza, who has seen the video, confirmed to CNN that the man who falls from his chair is Ortiz.
CBS News:
National police spokesperson Frank Felix Duran told CBS News Ortiz or urban singer Secreto, who was with him, may have been the target of a hit job. "We're not ruling out any scenario. What we can rule out is that this wasn't a robbery," he said.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said. Duran said the gunman fired without saying a word.

Bautista said Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was also with Ortiz, was also hit, apparently by the same bullet. López was shot in the leg and his wounds were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.
Peter Abraham, Globe:
Sam Kennedy says David Ortiz could arrive in Boston sometime tonight via an air ambulance. He would then be taken to Mass General. ...

Kennedy says Ortiz is in serious condition but stable enough to be flown to Boston. Kennedy calls it a "horrific" incident. He's very emotional. ...

Known Sam Kennedy a long time. This is as emotional as I've seen him. Said he loves Ortiz and it was tough telling his kids what happened. This is a surreal day at Fenway.
Manager Alex Cora:
One thing about David: He's strong. He has no fear. He shows no weaknesses. ... Just pray for him, keep your positive vibes. He's bigger than life. ... It's been a tough one. I just hope when he gets here everything is fine. ... It's something you don't expect. ...

He'll be back in the clubhouse with that big smile and that huge heart ... He's a superhero without a cape.

June 9, 2019

David Ortiz Shot In Santo Domingo; Full Recovery Is Expected

Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital, around 8:50 p.m. when a gunman who had gotten off a motorcycle approached from behind and shot him at close range, according to the Associated Press. Ortiz was taken to a medical facility where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.

Ortiz's father, Leo Ortiz, told reporters early Monday that ... he spoke to the doctor who operated on his son, and that no damage was done to his major arteries or organs. He said his son was expected to make a complete recovery. ...

Doctors who treated retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz after he was shot Sunday night in Santo Domingo had to remove part of his intestines, colon, gall bladder and liver, according to published reports. ...

In a video interview posted by CDN 37, a man at the scene of the shooting said the bullet entered Ortiz's back and exited his stomach. Surveillance video that was posted on social media by El Nuevo Diario, a Dominican newspaper, appeared to show a man approach Ortiz from behind and fire a gun at his back. In the video, Ortiz collapses from the chair he is sitting on as those around him scatter.
Peter Abraham, Globe:
Leo Lopez, a man in the DR I know is close to David Ortiz, told @Enrique_Rojas1 that David’s surgery was more complicated than initial reports suggested. He had damage to some internal organs but is recovering.

Dominican Republic television station CDN reported that David Ortiz was shot in the lower back Sunday night in Santo Domingo and was taken to a nearby hospital. The incident was classified by police as a calculated attack. Ortiz is in stable condition and his father states that a full recovery is expected.

Two tweets reported:
The emergency doctor says that David Ortiz said "Please. Don't let me die, I'm a good man." Shot between the left side of the lower back and came out through the abdomen

Police in the Dominican Republic are saying the gunshot wound suffered by David Ortiz was not from an attempted robbery, as initially speculated. Alleged video of the incident shows a man walking up to a bar, aiming almost point blank and firing a gun.
Pedro Martinez:
I'm at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can't wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.
SoSH thread.

John Tomase:
Updated story says Ortiz was shot in back and bullet exited through his stomach, which obviously sounds a lot more serious than being shot in the leg.
Marly Rivera:
I just spoke to @dSoldevila who is at the clinic where David Ortiz is currently being treated. Dionisio said me that the attending doctor told him that David was shot in the lower back and the bullet went through and through; he’s currently in surgery.
SoSHer sxmbnt:
Shot once through the back (bullet exited through belly) and bullet then hit a second person who was with him. Scene was chaotic and he was taken to hospital in a nearby SUV. This all occurred in a crowded outdoor bar, with David facing inward with back turned away from street where shooter was standing. I don't think it was a robbery

The guy who drove Papi is my friend's Dad, met him once - really genuine guy (also has the nicest car collection I've ever seen) He was sitting at the table next David when the shooting happened and I believe his SUV was valeted right out outside which is why that was chosen instead of being taken by ambulance.

G66: Rays 6, Red Sox 1

Rays    - 210 001 200 - 6 14  1
Red Sox - 010 000 000 - 1  8  0
Brandon Lowe hit two home runs and Yandy Díaz and Guillermo Heredia also went deep as the Rays won easily on Sunday afternoon. Lowe's homers were measured at 455 and 435 feet, with Heredia's travelling 433 feet. Díaz ended the day with four hits.

The tone for the day was set in the opening inning when the first four Rays singled off Eduardo Rodriguez (5.2-7-4-2-7, 101); two of them scored. In the bottom half, Boston put runners on second and third against Blake Snell (6-5-1-1-7, 105) with no outs, but failed to score as Xander Bogaerts, Michael Chavis, and Eduardo Núñez all struck out.

The bottom three hitters in the Red Sox's lineup - Jackie Bradley, Sandy León, and Marco Hernández - each had two hits. ... The Red Sox went 1-for-13 with RATS and left nine men on base.

AL East: The Yankees blew an early 5-0 lead and lost a 6-5 edge in the ninth inning, but rallied to beat Cleveland 7-6 in 10 innings. New York and Tampa Bay are tied (at 40-24) atop the division, with the Red Sox (34-32) in third, seven games out. Boston hosts the Rangers for four games this week.
Blake Snell / Eduardo Rodriguez
Betts, RF
Vázquez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Chavis, 1B
Núñez, 3B
Travis, LF
Bradley, CF
León, C
Hernández, 2B

June 8, 2019

G65: Red Sox 5, Rays 1

Rays    - 000 010 000 - 1  6  0
Red Sox - 002 012 00x - 5  6  2
Michael Chavis and Marco Hernández each drove in two runs and David Price (6-5-1-2-10, 103) struck out 10 in six innings.

Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi began the third inning with singles. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers struck out, but Chavis greeted reliever Austin Pruitt with a double to center, giving Boston a 2-0 lead.

The Rays scored in the top of the fifth and the Red Sox answered with Bogaerts's sac fly, which scored Betts, who had doubled and taken third on Benintendi's groundout.

In the sixth, Chavis walked and Brock Holt singled. Vázquez bunted the runners to second and third. Pruitt walked Jackie Bradley intentionally and Hernández made him pay, with a double to left.

Workman pitched a clean seventh, striking out two. Marcus Walden gave up a one-out double in the eighth and retired the next two batters. Matt Barnes committed a one-out throwing error, putting Kevin Kiermaier on second. He preserved the win by striking out Christian Arroyo and getting Guillermo Heredia on a grounder to shortstop.
Ryan Stanek / David Price
Betts, DH
Benintendi, LF
Bogaerts, SS
Devers, 3B
Chavis, 1B
Holt, RF
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Hernández, 2B
Despite pitching only 34.1 innings this year, Ryan Stanek will make his MLB-leading 18th start this evening. In 28 innings as a starter/"opener", Stanek has allowed 20 hits and five walks, while striking out 31. He has a 1.93 ERA and 0.893 WHIP.

G64: Rays 9, Red Sox 2

Rays    - 040 010 004 - 9 13  2
Red Sox - 010 000 010 - 2  6  1
Travis d'Arnaud's three-run homer off Josh Smith (4-7-4-1-3, 83) got Tampa Bay going in the second inning of the first game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader. d'Arnaud was one of five Rays with two hits.

Ryan Yarbrough (7.2-4-2-0-7, 110) allowed only one earned run (Jackie Bradley's eighth inning home run). ... Michael Chavis had two singles. ... The Red Sox left only four runners on base, two in the second and two in the ninth.

Boston also had three outfield assists, with Bradley throwing a runner out at second and Mookie Betts getting a runner at both second and third.
Ryan Yarbrough / Josh Smith
Betts, RF
Chavis, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Devers, 3B
Vázquez, DH
Núñez, 2B
Travis, LF
Bradley, CF
León, C
Mitch Moreland is back on the 10-day injured list (after lasting only two at-bats and six innings in his return last night). Marco Hernandez was recalled from Pawtucket. Josh Smith was called up as the 26th man for today's doubleheader and will start Game 1.

AL East: MFY/Cleveland, 4 PM.

June 7, 2019

G63: Rays 5, Red Sox 1

Rays    - 010 201 001 - 5 10  0
Red Sox - 000 000 001 - 1  4  0
On a warm Friday night at Fenway, the second-place Rays had four runs and eight hits before the Red Sox were blessed with their first baserunner. Yonny Chirinos (8-2-0-2-6, 101) retired the first fifteen Boston batters (in only his 14th career start), including 10 by groundout, and allowed only one ball out of the infield.

The Red Sox ended up loading the bases with one out in the sixth, but squandered what turned out to be their only chance to get back in the game when Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers both struck out.

Kevin Kiermaier (3-for-4) drove in four of Tampa Bay's five runs. Ji-Man Choi led off the second with a home run. After that, Kiermaier did the heavy lifting. In the fourth, the first two batters singled and then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Rick Porcello (6-8-4-1-4, 100) got two outs before Kiermaier's hard grounder went under Mitch Moreland's glove at first and into right field to make it 3-0. In the sixth, Porcello again gave up hits to the first two Rays. One out later, Kiermaier's single to left gave Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead.

Chirinos walked Brock Holt to begin the home sixth. Jackie Bradley ruined the 25-year-old right-hander's no-hit bid with a single to left. Christian Vázquez hit for Sandy León and flied to right. Mookie Betts walked and, surprisingly, Boston had the potential tying run at the plate. But Benintendi took a 2-2 pitch on the inside black for strike three and Devers failed to connect with a 1-2 splitter.

That was it for Boston's chances. Xander Bogaerts led off the seventh with a single, but he never advanced as Michael Chavis (pinch-hitting for Moreland, who left with tightness in his right quad) lined out (softly) to second, Eduardo Núñez struck out, and Holt grounded back to Chirinos. The Red Sox went in order in the eighth (K, 4-3, F9).

Kiermaier popped a solo home run off Mike Shawaryn in the top of the ninth and Emilio Pagan took the mound for the Rays in the home half. Benintendi doubled to center and scored on Bogaerts's one-out double high off the Wall. Chavis flied to the edge of the track in left and Núñez grounded to third.

The Red Sox and Rays will play two games tomorrow. The first game is scheduled for 1:00 PM and the second game (a makeup of April 26's postponement) will be at 6:00 PM.

AL East: The Yankees blew a 2-0 lead and lost for the fourth time in five games, bowing to Cleveland 5-2. The Red Sox stayed 6.5 GB, but the Rays moved to 0.5 GB.
Yonny Chirinos / Rick Porcello
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Moreland, 1B
Núñez, DH
Holt, 2B
Bradley, CF
León, C
J.D. Martinez left yesterday's game with back spasms and is out of the lineup today. Mitch Moreland returns from the injured list, with Ryan Weber heading back to Pawtucket.

Most Runs Scored (AL)
1. Xander Bogaerts    50
2. Mookie Betts       48
3. Rafael Devers      47
4. Mike Trout         46
4. Mitch Haniger      46
6. Alex Bregman       43
6. Edwin Encarnacion  43
After knocking in only three runs in his first 24 games, Rafael Devers has 37 RBI in his last 37 games.

Michael Chavis has struck out in:
40 of his last 111 plate appearances since May  5 (36.0%) (.216/.279/.353)
29 of his last  70 plate appearances since May 20 (41.4%) (.188/.257/.313)
20 of his last  42 plate appearances since May 26 (47.6%) (.158/.238/.211)
15 of his last  29 plate appearances since May 29 (51.7%) (.107/.138/.179)
Chavis has a strikeout in 33 of his 39 starts and has at least two strikeouts in 18 of the 40 games in which he has come to the plate at least twice. The AL's pitchers have figured him out and he has not yet adjusted.
April 20-May 20 (26 games): .296/.389/.592  .981
May 21-June 6 (15 games):   .169/.246/.254  .500

AL East: MFY/Cleveland, 7 PM.