Moreland's 2-run single leads Red Sox over Rays 7-5

We've already surpassed the 10-game mark to begin the 2017 Major League Baseball season. There was a far more pressing story at hand. The teams finish the series with the traditional 11:05 a.m. start Monday morning as part of the Patriots' Day celebrations in Boston. They now have seven wins and five losses, in an always competitive American League East division.

Mitch Moreland's hot start for Boston. The Red Sox had lost five of eight games before Saturday.

Mookie Betts would tack on another run with a base hit to left to drive in Pedroia, giving the Red Sox a 4-2 lead.

Rays: Odorizzi bent down in apparent pain after the pitch and threw two warmup pitches in front of manager Cash and a trainer before walking off slowly. As a team, they hold the second-highest batting average in the entire league, trailing only the Washington Nationals.

Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who won their second straight after losing five of eight. With Blake Snell set to take on Steven Wright in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 10 runs. It also included a patch that read "Boston Strong".

Meanwhile, Boston is 8-1 in their last nine home games versus a left-handed starter, and 16-6 in their last 22 games overall against a left-handed starter. He recorded 12 strikeouts on the day. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (left hamstring tightness), who left Saturday's start in the second inning, was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

His continued effectiveness would be huge for a rotation still awaiting the return of injured David Price and hoping for reigning Cy Young Award victor Rick Porcello to display his 2016 form.

Boston acquired the six-foot-six left-hander from the White Sox for four prospects during the off-season.

These were rollicking good times, see, and they ended as such after Craig Kimbrel struck out all three men he faced on his way to a well-deserved Goose Egg, on the first day of its existence.

Fourteen-year-old Kerry Russell from Lynn had a special on-field moment while the Red Sox were taking BP.

He has made two starts this season and has walked a total of 8 batters over just 11 innings pitched.

He spent 7 1/2 seasons with St. Louis. And with another All-Star pitcher returning to the rotation in David Price, the win column will gradually start to increase with the duration of the season.

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1: Kendrys Morales homered off Tyler Wilson leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, and Toronto stopped a seven-game skid. But fans in Boston should remain patient.

Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s.

  • Salvatore Jensen