Each week, we will be picking the F.W. Webb “Coolest Play of the Week.” This week’s play comes from Sunday afternoon, when first-inning back-to-back home runs from Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez helped the Red Sox open up a 4-0 lead. The Sox would go on to win that game 6-2. Watch the homers below.

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WEEI

Prior to the Red Sox-Cubs series this weekend at Fenway Park, the Red Sox made a few roster moves.

The team added infielder/outfielder Chase d’Arnaud to the active 25-man roster and recalled right-handed pitcher Ben Taylor from Triple-A Pawtucket. In the corresponding moves, it optioned left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. and outfielder/infielder Steve Selsky to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Ben Taylor has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Ben Taylor has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Prior to the Red Sox-Cubs series this weekend at Fenway Park, the Red Sox made a few roster moves.

The team added infielder/outfielder Chase d’Arnaud to the active 25-man roster and recalled right-handed pitcher Ben Taylor from Triple-A Pawtucket. In the corresponding moves, it optioned left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. and outfielder/infielder Steve Selsky to Triple-A Pawtucket.

d’Arnaud was claimed off waivers Thursday after he was released by the Braves. He gives them more versatility than Selksy, as he can play all over the field. He made the Braves’ 2017 Opening Day roster and appeared in 11 games (one start) for the club, going 3-for-8 (.375) with a pair of walks.

With Ross optioned, the team now has just two lefties in the bullpen in Robbie Scott and Fernando Abad. Ross has appeared in four games with Boston this season, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Theo Epstein and the Cubs were honored by President Obama in the White House in January.</p>
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Count Pedro Martinez among those who wants David Ortiz to come back.

In an interview Friday on OM&F, the first ballot Hall of Famer said he thinks Ortiz should’ve kept playing for one more season.

Pedro Martinez says he thinks David Ortiz should've played for one more season. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Pedro Martinez says he thinks David Ortiz should’ve played for one more season. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Count Pedro Martinez among those who wants David Ortiz to come back.

In an interview Friday on OM&F, the first ballot Hall of Famer said he thinks Ortiz should’ve kept playing for one more season.

“I’ve been trying so hard to get David back and help out these kids,” he said. “I thought they needed one more year to kind of realize what they have to do. But you can’t blame David, either. You go through the struggles of baseball, the day-to-day–– the stuff that you have to do –– it gets to a point where you just get tired. You just get tired of the same routine, and all of that.”

Following the Red Sox’s 3-0 loss to the Yankees Thursday, shortstop Xander Bogaerts acknowledged Ortiz’s presence is missed. The Red Sox are 13th in the American League in runs scored.

Martinez explained how Ortiz’s leadership would’ve been valuable to the young players on the club this season.

“Those guys are at a level where they’re good, they’re going to perform, but they need to realize why they perform,” he said. “That’s what David was probably going to be able to relay in one more year. One more year of experience around those kids would be exactly leaving those kids graduated from college. They needed one more year to graduate.”

Perhaps the biggest positive for the Red Sox in the first month of the season has been the electric performance of Chris Sale, who’s doing his best Martinez impression every time he takes the mound. It’s quite a difference from David Price’s first month in Boston last season, in which he posted a 5.76 ERA.

Martinez said the biggest difference between the two hurlers is attitude.

“Chris Sale is somewhat a throwback kind of player, someone that’s not going to be watching what the papers say,” Martinez explained. “He’s not going to pay attention to what the fans might say if he doesn’t perform. I mean, this is a guy who’s very unusual. He’s not intimidated by anything, this is a guy that’s out there to show you and say to you, ‘This is how I am. This is who I am. This is what I’m here to get.” And it’s all around the pitcher’s mound. That’s what his business is.”

The other big story surrounding the Red Sox this week was Dustin Pedroia’s criticism of teammate Matt Barnes for throwing at Manny Machado’s head Sunday. When asked his feelings on the matter, Martinez said he doesn’t fault Barnes for the way he handled the retaliation.

“As much as I love Machado, who’s one of my boys –– I love him dearly –– I would’ve [gone] and hit him square in the ribs or maybe in the butt cheek. I honestly think I have to protect my players,” Martinez said.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (8-10): L, 5-3 and W, 4-2  vs. Indianapolis 

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Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (8-10): L, 5-3 and W, 4-2  vs. Indianapolis 

— Brian Johnson pitched four-plus innings and gave up three runs, eight hits and four walks in the first game of a doubleheader. Blaine Boyer got the loss when he came into the game in relief and gave up two runs on three hits.

— Indianapolis got an early 2-0 lead, but the PawSox tied it up in the fourth. Rusney Castillo got on base on an error and reached third after a pair of wild pitches. He ultimately scored on a Bryce Brentz groundout. Brentz also hit a solo homer in the sixth to tie the game at three, but Indianapolis regained the lead for good in the eighth.

— Henry Owens got the start in the second game and threw six innings with five strikeouts and gave up five hits and two runs. Brandon Workman followed up with a scoreless seventh inning and got the save.

— Deven Marrero hit a double in the third to put two men on base before Ryan Court hit a three-run homer to take a 3-2 lead. Brentz also hit a solo home run in the fourth for the 4-2 win.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (9-6): Scheduled day off 

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (12-8): Postponed due to rain 

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (14-7): W, 8-5 at Augusta 

— With Greenville down 4-0 in the fourth, Nick Lovullo smacked a three-run home run to put the team on the board and start a rally. The Drive scored four more runs in the sixth and another run in the seventh to extend their win streak to five games.

— Daniel Gonzalez got the win after giving up just one run in three relief innings.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

The Red Sox miss celebrating with David Ortiz (34), but he's not coming back.</p>
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One day, the Red Sox will score a run for Chris Sale. And when they do, that day will be glorious.

But until that day comes, we’re left with nights like Thursday, when Sale was nearly perfect until the ninth and it didn’t matter, because the Red Sox offense turned Masahiro Tanaka into . . . Chris Sale.