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05/02/2016 - 1:23am
Chili's advice helps lead to Vazquez home run

As Jackie Bradley Jr. said after witnessing the event from a few feet away, while waiting in the on-deck circle, “One pitch in, one pitch out.”

It seemed simple. And maybe that’s why Christian Vazquez was able to hit Dellin Betances’ 97 mph fastball onto Landsowne Street to propel the Red Sox to an 8-7 win over the Yankees, Sunday night. It was a ball the catcher proclaimed was the longest home run of his young life.

For Red Sox Chili Davis it certainly didn’t seem complicated. And that’s why he offered Vazquez some important advice before going up to face Betances with two outs in the seventh inning and the game tied.

“Just trying to get him aggressive,” Davis said. “Just basically said, ‘Hey, I don’t think this guy is going to respect you. He’s going to come right at you early. Let it go. Let it fire.’ Just trying to get him aggressive early in the at-bat, which...

05/02/2016 - 12:53am
Price, Farrell relive decision to face A-Rod

It was the moment David Price would want to remember on a night he would probably prefer to forget.

With the game tied at 6-6, and two outs in the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez strode the plate for the Yankees. This was the batter who had already torched the Red Sox starter for a two-run homer and two RBI double (both coming on fastballs) earlier in the Sunday night tilt between the Red Sox and New York.

So, with Price sitting at 94 pitches, Red Sox manager John Farrell went to the mound to check on his starter. When the conversation was over, Farrell had left in the righty.

It was a maneuver usually not executed by Farrell, who makes a point to only go to the mound if he is taking out the pitcher. The exceptions during the manager’s tenure are limited to Ryan Dempster and John Lackey, both coming in 2013.

“He asked me if I was going make three good pitches in that situation and I told him ‘Absolutely,'”...

05/01/2016 - 11:26pm
Vazquez homer helps put Red Sox in 1st place

Christian Vazquez decided to go all David Ortiz Sunday night.

Two games after Ortiz jumped on a first-pitch slider from Dellin Betances for a game-winning home run, Vazquez executed a similar feat. On Betances very first pitch of the game — a 97 mph fastball — the Sox catcher launched his second career home run over the left field wall for a two-run, seventh-inning, game-changer.

The Vazquez broke open a tie ballgame, helping hand the Red Sox an 8-7 win, and series sweep, over the Yankees. It was the first time the Sox swept the Yanks since Sept. 13-15, 2013.

With the Orioles losing to the White Sox, the Red Sox find themselves with sole possession of first-place in the American League East this season, improving to 15-10. It also marks the first time the Red Sox have found themselves five games over .500 for the first time since 2013.

The Vazquez wallop helped ease the anxiety left behind by another subpar Fenway Park...

05/01/2016 - 6:47pm
Farrell: 'We've got to get Clay [Buchholz] going'

The question was in regards to how Red Sox manager John Farrell viewed his team’s first month of the season, one which it finished up at 14-10.

But within the answer, the Red Sox’ biggest uncertainty to date was surfaced: Clay Buchholz?

“Finished better than we started,” said Farrell of his club’s first month. “I think the biggest thing is the guys in our lineup have developed that trust in one another. I the fact that we’ve added to the depth of power arms in our bullpen. We still have room for improvement, we know that. We’ve got to get Clay going, particularly. He’s an important part of our rotation, an important part of this team. We’ve got to get him on track. But this last turn to two turns through the rotation has been more consistent, we’ve been able to give our guys in the bullpen a little bit more regular rest. But there’s some elements to our offense that have been very, very encouraging. The all-...

05/01/2016 - 5:27pm
Kraft attends Gisele's book party with Brady

Devin McCourty’s wedding wasn’t the only Patriots-related event Saturday night.

Gisele Bundchen celebrated her book launch with a party at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. Besides her husband Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attended the event, courtesy of Gisele’s publicist Amber Clapp on Instagram.

Many have wondered about Brady and Kraft’s relationship with the Deflategate saga, but Kraft offered his support for Brady Friday night at a draft party at Gillette and with him attending this event, it shows the two are just fine.

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