Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi after his 3-run home run capped off a 5 run rally in the 6th inning as the Red sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1

[0:00:00] ... Edgar congratulations. Red Sox took advantage of the two missed plays there at the six to take it to one lead in the jump on that ...
[0:02:16] ... been around these. These pennant races is stretch drive like. You know Dustin Pedroia of course David Ortiz what are you learning from the older players about how they go about their business day in and day out and and ...
[0:03:26] ... All right congratulations keep returning elbows high fastball holes how appreciated. Pretty Red Sox went five to one match number six. ...





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— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) September 22, 2016

BALTIMORE — Andrew Benintendi wanted to be prepared.

So while waiting for his opportunity to be the focal point of the Red Sox’ outfielders’ celebratory dance, Benintendi did his due diligence.

“Oh, yeah. All the time,” said Benintendi when asked if he practiced his moves for when the time was right. “I’m always practicing.”

It paid off.

After hitting Wednesday night’s decisive three-run homer in the Red Sox’ 5-1 win over the Orioles, all eyes — and fake movie cameras — turned to Benintendi when the final out was recorded. With Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. pretending to film, the rookie broke out his version of Michael Jackson dancing during the video for “Billy Jean.”

“I grew up watching him on YouTube, his dances,” Benintendi said. “I thought it would b quick enough to do out there. Just wanted to add a little fun to that.”

Even though the maneuver had to follow up what has become Bradley Jr.’s popular ski jump, Benintendi’s execution seemed to be on point.

How would he grade himself?

“I’ll have to watch the video,” he said with a laugh.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Suddenly, the Magic Number is six. Can anyone stop the Red Sox?

Saving their best baseball for the absolute right time of the year, the Red Sox capitalized on a huge error by Orioles first baseman Chris Davis to score five runs in the sixth, erase a 1-0 deficit, and cruise to a 5-1 victory.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) soars over Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop (on Wednesday. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) soars over Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop (on Wednesday. (Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports)

Suddenly, the Magic Number is six. Can anyone stop the Red Sox?

Saving their best baseball for the absolute right time of the year, the Red Sox capitalized on a huge error by Orioles first baseman Chris Davis to score five runs in the sixth, erase a 1-0 deficit, and cruise to a 5-1 victory.

The team’s seventh straight win left it on the cusp of completing its second straight four-game sweep, coming on the heels of four wins over the Yankees at Fenway Park. The seven-game winning streak is a season-high.

This one was in the balance until the sixth, when Sandy Leon grounded to Davis with the bases loaded and two outs. Instead of under-handing to pitcher Brad Brach covering, Davis threw a seed that eluded the pitcher, allowing two runs to score.

One pitch later, rookie Andrew Benintendi drilled a three-run homer over the right field fence to give the Red Sox a comfortable lead they would not relinquish.

Right-hander Clay Buchholz, making a bid for the final spot in the postseason rotation, stymied the O’s for seven innings, allowing three hits and one run, striking out four. The only Orioles run came on an Adam Jones sacrifice fly in the third. Otherwise, Buchholz cruised while improving to 8-10 and lowering his ERA to 5.00.

Coupled with Toronto’s loss in Seattle, the Red Sox opened a five-game lead over the Blue Jays and six games over the Orioles in the AL East. Their magic number now stands at six with 10 games to play, which should allow manager John Farrell to rest regulars down the stretch.

The Red Sox will try to complete the sweep on Thursday.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox have won Clay Buchholz’s last five starts. He’s 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in his last six.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

BALTIMORE — Remember Yoan Moncada?

The last time we saw the rookie was during a Sept. 12, blowout victory over the Orioles which saw him get one at-bat to extend his streaking of striking out to nine straight plate appearances.

Yoan Moncada has had to watch and learn this month. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Yoan Moncada has had to watch and learn this month. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

BALTIMORE — Remember Yoan Moncada?

The last time we saw the rookie was during a Sept. 12, blowout victory over the Orioles which saw him get one at-bat to extend his streaking of striking out to nine straight plate appearances.

And it has now been three weeks since John Farrell proclaimed Moncada would be getting all the starts at third base against right-handed pitching. It was a strategy that lasted four games.

Now Moncada is left simply watching, a reality that doesn’t figure to be changing any time soon.

“I’m learning a lot. I haven’t been playing, but I’m just watching and learning as much as I can,” Moncada said through translator Daveson Perez. “It’s been a little hard just because I’ve been so used to playing. It’s not my call. It’s not my decision.”

Without a regular spot at third base, there simply doesn’t appear to be much opportunities for Moncada to find playing time in the middle of this pennant race. Even the pinch-running role seems to be a non-starter for the rookie, who has had multiple lapses on the basepaths. (He was picked off in Oakland, and forget the number of outs in Toronto.)

“I know it’s a tough situation for him to be in,” Farrell said. “You know you sit for six seven eight days and then all of a sudden you’re finding yourself in a major league game. All those experiences are going to be beneficial to him.

“If the opportunities present itself, we will. Nothing’s taken for granted here. And you know, seven days or so ago, winning is the precedent right now. Development is secondary.”

There does seem to be some payoff for Moncada during his time with the Red Sox. According to the infielder, the live the life of a major leaguer, even on the bench, has served a valuable purpose.

“The thing I’ve learned the most is the mental part of the game since being up here,” said Moncada, who is still slated to play in the Arizona Fall League next month. “I’ve learned you have to be mentally sharp and on top of that just continue the same routine every day, getting your early work in and maintaining your routine, being consistent.

“This has been a blessing just being here in the big leagues. It’s something I’ve always dreamed up. I’m just trying to pick up as much as I can for next year.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

BALTIMORE — The Red Sox aren’t ruling out a Steven Wright return.

The knuckleballer continued his road back from his right shoulder injury Wednesday, throwing out to 120 feet while working out at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Steven Wright

Steven Wright

BALTIMORE — The Red Sox aren’t ruling out a Steven Wright return.

The knuckleballer continued his road back from his right shoulder injury Wednesday, throwing out to 120 feet while working out at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

The next step will be to get to the point where a bullpen session is a reality when joining the Red Sox in St. Petersburg, Fla. over the weekend. And even though that would leave just one week in the regular season, Red Sox manager John Farrell said having Wright ready just in case wouldn’t be out of the question.

“As long as he can get into his normal arm slot, and pitch without restriction, we feel like he’ll be able to execute his knuckleball as he did,” said Farrell of Wright, who hasn’t pitched since Aug. 31. “That’s what he’s continued to work at, to get to this point.”

According to Farrell, one of things helping keep the window open for Wright is the pitch that the 32-year-old relies on.

“If he was a traditional or conventional pitcher, I don’t know there’d be enough time to buildup arm strength,” the manager said. “I think the fact that he is a knuckleball pitcher gives us the ability to entertain this. Nothing is a given at this point and we don’t want to take anything for granted with Steven and his health but the fact that it’s the pitch that he throws it gives you more of a possibility.”

– Wondering which pitcher offers the most relaxation for Farrell when they’re on the mound? The manager offered some insight.

“Take away the age or take away the stuff, or the raw stuff as one might look at a radar gun, you look at the most comfortable inning on the field when Koji’s on the mound,” he said. “That’s the way he’s pitched for the vast majority of his time in Boston.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

BALTIMORE — Dustin Pedroia said he would be back in the Red Sox lineup for Wednesday night’s game, and he was true to his word.

After missing Tuesday night’s Red Sox win with a sore left knee, Pedroia returns to leadoff against the Orioles and their righty starter, Ubaldo Jimenez.