With Red Sox teammates Brock Holt (left) and Jackie Bradley (center) looking on, Mookie Betts breaks out The Carlton on Friday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

With Red Sox teammates Brock Holt (left) and Jackie Bradley (center) looking on, Mookie Betts breaks out The Carlton on Friday. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Mookie Betts let Twitter inspire him, and Friday night’s outfield dance might’ve been the group’s most zeitgeisty yet — The Carlton.

For those unfortunate enough not to have been born/paying attention in the early ’90s, The Carlton was the eponymous manic dance performed by actor Alfonso Ribeiro, whose character loved lusty 60s lounge singer Tom Jones. In real life, Ribeiro went on to win Dancing With the Stars in 2014.

After Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Rays, in which Betts went 3-for-4, the MVP candidate busted out the dance’s signature right-to-left “white man” grooves, as Eddie Murphy called them in Delirious.
Speaking to reporters in Tampa, Betts explained his process.

“I saw a couple of Twitter requests for The Carlton,” he said. “I want to switch it up each time. I may ask Twitter what the next dance should be.”

That said, Betts didn’t make the call until late in the game.

“No, that was on the spot,” he said. “In the eighth inning, I said. ‘Imma do the Carlton.’ That was on the spot.”

This obviously opens a world of possibilities.

“There are so many out there,” Betts said. “I need to know the night before so I can YouTube how to do it, and then go from there.”

After watching fellow outfielder Andrew Benintendi earn plaudits for his Michael Jackson homage on consecutive nights, and Jackie Bradley get rave reviews for his ski jumper, Betts wants to keep viewers on their toes.

“I feel like we’ve been escalating,” he said. “I want to do something different each time. They can do the same thing. It’s just your personal preference.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays

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The David Ortiz Show keeps getting better and better.

On a night when the Red Sox offense didn’t do much with Rays starter Chris Archer or the Tampa bullpen, Ortiz gave the Red Sox all the runs they would need with a mammoth two-run homer in the first that proved decisive in a 2-1 victory.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (right) hugs Hanley Ramirez after slamming a two-run homer on Friday in Tampa. (Kim Klement-USA Today Sports)

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (right) hugs Hanley Ramirez after slamming a two-run homer on Friday in Tampa. (Kim Klement-USA Today Sports)

The David Ortiz Show keeps getting better and better.

On a night when the Red Sox offense didn’t do much with Rays starter Chris Archer or the Tampa bullpen, Ortiz gave the Red Sox all the runs they would need with a mammoth two-run homer in the first that proved decisive in a 2-1 victory.

The Red Sox won their season-high ninth straight game and lowered their magic number to clinch the division title to four. They maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over the Blue Jays, who beat the Yankees.

Ortiz, who will retire at the end of the season, is going out with a bang. He added a single that was originally a double before replay changed it, and finished the game hitting .319 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs, numbers that will be sure to earn him MVP consideration.

All in a night’s work for the ageless slugger, who remains the most feared bat in the Red Sox lineup.

Ortiz’s homer made a winner of left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who allowed four hits and a solo homer in five innings. Pomeranz, who hadn’t won in five starts since beating the Tigers on Aug. 20, was lifted after 78 pitches.

The bullpen took over from there. Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross, Matt Barnes, and Robby Scott combined to get the Red Sox to the ninth inning. With Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable, right-hander Brad Ziegler nailed down his fourth save with the Red Sox, stranding the tying run at second after a leadoff double

Offensively, the other star of the game was MVP candidate Mookie Betts, who went 3-for-4 with a walk.

Closing Time note

Scott continues to impress. The rookie left-hander retired the only man he faced to end the eighth with the tying run on base, and has now started his career with five straight scoreless outings.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Drew Pomeranz

Drew Pomeranz

The Red Sox open a three-game series with the Rays on Friday night by sending Drew Pomeranz to the hill to face right-hander Chris Archer.

Pomeranz is 10-12 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.205 WHIP in 29 starts. Since being traded to the Sox in July from the Padres, he is 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.444 WHIP in 12 starts. The lefty’s last two starts have been disappointing. Over just 5 2/3 innings he gave up a whopping nine runs, 11 hits and four walks with six strikeouts. In his last start against the Yankees on Sunday, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs, seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts. However, the Red Sox rallied for a 5-4 Sox win.

“This team’s amazing,” Pomeranz said. “It seems like we’re never out of reach. It’s fun to watch.”

Against the Rays, Pomeranz is 1-1 with an 2.45 ERA with a 1.145 WHIP in four games (three starts). In August, Pomeranz had back-to-back starts against the Rays. On Aug. 25 he threw six innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 Rays win. Then on Aug. 30 he threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, five hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts in a 4-3 Sox loss.

Chris Archer

Chris Archer

Archer is 8-18 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.235 WHIP in 31 starts. On Friday, Archer pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, seven hits (two home runs) and one walk with four strikeouts in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles.

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In 15 career starts against the Red Sox, Archer is 1-10 with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.674 WHIP. The 27-year-old right-hander has seen the Sox four times this year, going 0-4 with a 6.65 ERA and a 1.754. On Aug. 23, Archer went five innings, allowing two runs (one earned), five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to the Sox.

Red Sox vs. Archer (RHP)

David Ortiz (41 plate appearances): .378 AVG./.439 OBP/.730 SLG, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 17 RBIS, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (39): .250/.359/.281, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts

Mookie Betts (27): .250/.444/.600, 1 double, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 7 walks, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (23): .333/.391/.381, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts

Jackie Bradley Jr. (23): .200/.261/.300, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

Brock Holt (23): .217/.217/.261, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts

Hanley Ramirez (14): .364/.500/.364, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

Travis Shaw (11): .333/.455/.778, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Christian Vazquez (10): .100/.100/.100, 5 strikeouts

Ryan Hanigan is 2-for-6 with 2 strikeouts.

Chris Young is 1-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 1 strikeout.

Aaron Hill is 1-for-4 with 1 RBI.

Sandy Leon is 0-for-3 with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

Marco Hernandez is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeouts.

Andrew Benintendi is 2-for-2.

Deven Marrero is 0-for-2.

Rays vs. Pomeranz (LHP)

Logan Forsythe (15 plate appearances): .143 AVG/.200 OBP/.143 SLG, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Brad Miller (11): .455/.455/.727, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Evan Longoria is 1-for-7 with 1 double, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Kevin Kiermaier is 1-for-7 with 1 double and 3 strikeouts.

Corey Dickerson is 0-for-6 with 4 strikeouts.

Luke Maile is 2-for-5 with 1 home run, 2 RBIs and 3 strikeouts.

Mikie Mahtook is 1-for-3 with 1 double. 1 RBI and 1 strikeout.

Alexei Ramirez is 0-for-2 with 1 walk.

Bobby Wilson is 0-for-0 with 1 walk.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

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