Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.

TORONTO — Mookie Betts came up biggest when it counted the most Thursday afternoon.

The Red Sox right fielder’s double into the left field corner with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning allowed for John Farrell’s team to claim a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Chris Sale (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Chris Sale (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

TORONTO — Mookie Betts came up biggest when it counted the most Thursday afternoon.

The Red Sox right fielder’s double into the left field corner with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning allowed for John Farrell’s team to claim a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

But, even after the game-winner, it was Chris Sale who everybody was buzzing about.

The Red Sox starter continued to offer a Pedro-esque appearance, this time needing just 102 pitches to go eight innings and not allow a single run. The lefty struck out 13, walked one and threw 80 of his pitches for strikes.

It wasn’t just a good performance. It was historic. Sale joined Nolan Ryan and Frank Tana as the only pitchers to go eight or more innings and allow no runs while striking out 13 or more and not get a win.

Through four starts, Sale’s ERA now stands at 0.91.

The only reason Sale didn’t come away with a win this time around was because of a lack of run support.

Back-to-back doubles in the ninth inning by Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts gave the Sox a short-lived 1-0 lead, as Kendrys Morales’ solo homer to lead off the home half of the ninth off Craig Kimbrel tied the game at one.

The Morales shot came on Kimbrel’s second pitch of the game, a 96 mph fastball. The Red Sox closer did come back and earn the win by completing his two innings, striking out the side in the 10th.

For a complete game recap, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

TORONTO — Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez’s sore shoulder. Those two things have made the Red Sox adjust their initial plan when it comes to managing the first base position.

It’s looking more and more like Ramirez isn’t going to be using his first basemen’s glove as much as the Red Sox initially thought.

Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Monday. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Monday. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

TORONTO — Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez’s sore shoulder. Those two things have made the Red Sox adjust their initial plan when it comes to managing the first base position.

It’s looking more and more like Ramirez isn’t going to be using his first basemen’s glove as much as the Red Sox initially thought.

“He and I have had many conversations about this,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “We know we have inter-league coming up relatively soon in National League ballparks. He’s aware of that. I’m not throwing the towel in on him playing first base. At the same time we’ve been able to be pretty darn productive with Mitch going every day.”

So, what about the plan to have Ramirez play first base, giving Chris Young an opportunity to serve as a designated hitter?

“That still is an alignment I would like us to achieve,” Farrell said.

With Ramirez’s shoulders not allowing him to play first throughout spring training, it delayed the process of implementing the original strategy. And when Ramirez was stricken with an illness, eliminating the plan to play him in the field in Detroit, it paved the way for Moreland to show he could handle the first against lefties and righties.

Moreland came into Thursday afternoon’s game hitting .351 with an 1.010 OPS. Against left-handers the lefty hitter was managing a .273 batting average and .839 OPS.

“After the missed the series in Detroit, we kind of backed away from that, giving him a chance to regroup physically,” said Farrell of Ramirez working out at first base. “But that’s not something we’re turning the page away from.”

Farrell also pointed out that, after his conversations with the righty hitter, Ramirez is still open to playing in the field.

“[He’s] not resistant,” Farrell noted. “We’re getting to the point with Jackie [Bradley] coming back, getting to full strength that this is going to be more of the intent than it’s been because quite honestly we haven’t had the pressing need with the injuries we’ve dealt and guys being sick.”

If Ramirez isn’t going to play in the field until the Red Sox’ first inter-league road game, coming May 9 in Milwaukee, one of the challenges for Farrell will be finding playing time for Young. Bradley is returning to the lineup Friday, and Andrew Benintendi has been hitting lefties at a .357 clip.

“Where he’s going to filter through and be in a similar role that he was when he signed here,” said Farrell of Young. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to take at-bats away from him. obviously Jackie coming back and having that alignment against right-handed pitching is likely going to be a better matchup for us. But Chris has done an outstanding job in the role that he has here and he’ll continue to be a valuable guy on this team.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-6): W, 4-0 at Charlotte 

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Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-6): W, 4-0 at Charlotte 

— The PawSox hit two home runs in their 4-0 win over Charlotte and one came courtesy of Jackie Bradley Jr. on his 27th birthday. Bradley went 1-for-3 in the second game of his rehab assignment with the PawSox for a right knee sprain. Josh Rutledge, also with the team for his rehab assignment after a left hamstring strain, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Bradley Jr. is expected to rejoin the Red Sox in Baltimore on Friday.

— Brandon Workman and Noe Ramirez pitched a combined three innings in relief. Workman recorded five strikeouts in his two innings of work.

— Yoan Moncada started at second base for Charlotte and struck out three times.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: Postponed due to inclement weather

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (9-5): W, 7-6 vs. Wilmington

— The Red Sox pulled off a comeback win over Wilmington on a three-run, walk-off home run from Michael Chavis in the ninth inning. It was his third homer of the game.

— Salem was up 3-0 after the third inning, but lost the lead in the fourth and was down 6-4 going into the ninth.

— This was the second walk-off Wilmington gave up to Salem in as many nights and the Red Sox extended their winning streak to six games.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (9-5): W, 4-2 at Lexington

— Greenville starter Logan Boyd had a stellar outing, holding Lexington to three hits and one run with two strikeouts over five and a third innings.

–The Drive got off to an early lead with one run in the second and two in the third. Nick Lovullo hit an RBI double in the second to score one run. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play the rubber match of a three-game series Thursday afternoon in Toronto.

Brock Holt will get the start in left field as the Red Sox will take on Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Andrew Benintendi will be in center and Mookie Betts in right. Chris Young gets the day off.

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play the rubber match of a three-game series Thursday afternoon in Toronto.

Brock Holt will get the start in left field as the Red Sox will take on Jays right-hander Marco Estrada. Andrew Benintendi will be in center and Mookie Betts in right. Chris Young gets the day off.

Other than that, it is a standard lineup with Sandy Leon catching lefty Chris Sale.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Chris Sale, LHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable