Boston Red Sox: Bats Come Alive with Solid Day at Plate

Boston Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval, right, watches the flight of his two-run home run as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre, left, looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. "And I think on those days on which he is pitching the third day, it's when he's been efficient, much like we saw (Monday): good command, good location, his curveballs for strikes".

Boston acquired the 6-foot-6 left-hander from the White Sox for four prospects during the offseason.

In case you haven't heard, the Red Sox are quite popular in Boston, especially on gameday in the neighborhood that surrounds historic Fenway Park.

The Rays are 5-1 in their last six game fours of a series, and 1-5 in Snell's last six starts on grass.

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Boston Red Sox's Steven Wright pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston.

They made the move official a day later, but an arrival that normally would have been trumpeted was somber.

"Just, I guess, more games, more pitches", Benintendi said.

The move paid off as Peterson hit a 2-run homer in his first plate appearance to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.

- Steven Wright finally got back on track, settling down after a tumultuous first inning to notch his first win of the season. They loaded the bases on two singles and a walk against Tommy Hunter (0-1). "You've got to have times in the game where you can rely on that swing and miss pitch".

The Rays scored three runs in the first off of Drew Pomeranz, but the Red Sox took the lead with a two-run seventh on Mitch Moreland's two-run single.

But know this: Given what they were up against Saturday, they put up a heck of a fight in losing to the Red Sox 2-1.

Said Cash: "The next 1,000 chances he gets on a play just like that, he's going to convert". "He's fine. We anticipate this will be a short stay".

For the second time in three games, the Boston Red Sox collected double digits in hits.

Red Sox: Lefty ace David Price, out since early spring training with a strained left elbow, threw a bullpen session. "I'll be in there tomorrow". CF Jackie Bradley Jr., on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right knee, took BP on the field.

Before the game, the Red Sox's hitters held an unusual players-only meeting. Plenty of time to make the play.

"Today also has a great significance in Boston of what happened four years ago today", Farrell said.

Pirates 8, Cubs 7: Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a five-run seventh.

Bennie lined a single to center, scoring two, and Mookie Betts followed up with a solid single to left, giving the Sox three runs in the inning and four overall.

Archer, a 19-game loser past year, beat the Red Sox to start his career way back in 2012 but was 0-11 since, the longest string of futility against Boston since Floyd Bannister's 12-game streak from 1982-86.

  • Julie Sanders