Chris Sale strikes out 12 in first win for Red Sox

Ross Houston
April 17, 2017

"It makes you feel more comfortable".

Moreland, signed as a free agent to a $5.5 million, one-year deal, has gone 16 for 33 after opening hitless in 12 at-bats.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "The maintenance for a knuckleballer is to try and deaden spin, and that's where the focus and emphasis has been". Castillo is batting.300 with six runs batted in and is coming off a streak in which he picked up two hits four games in a row.

"I know that our organization purchased some machines that are supposed purify the air", Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria said. "I'll be in there tomorrow".

After Monday, the Red Sox will take to the road for a series with the Toronto Blue Jays.


Not so minor but Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 to raise his average to.667 on the year and made this web gem in the bottom of the ninth.

Vasquez, who is hitting.667 and has eight hits in four games, added an insurance run with an RBI double in the eighth.

Sale (1-1, 1.25 ERA) allowed one run and three hits and struck out 12, and he has been strong in all three outings.

Craig Kimbrel worked a ideal ninth for his fourth save, adding Boston's 14th and 15th strikeouts of the game.

This would be the end of the Easter fun for Tampa Bay. Brad Miller is 6-for-13 with a home run against the 28-year-old Pomeranz, who has a 2.31 ERA in his career against Tampa Bay after three encounters late last season. Kelly pitched 2.2 innings while only allowing one hit. Panda jumped a couple of times to celebrate with teammates on his way back to the dugout.


The Rays went back ahead when Beckham led off the fifth by launching a Pomeranz pitch to center for his first homer of the season.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi went on the 10-day DL, a day after he strained his left hamstring.

Peterson, called up from Triple-A before the game, hooked a drive around the Pesky Pole in right, making it 2-0 in the second.

For a team that already has Jackie Bradley Jr., David Price and Tyler Thornburg on the disabled list - not to mention a long list of players who missed time with the flu - news of Ramirez's relatively minor injury felt like a stroke of luck. Dustin Pedroia fouled a ball off his left ankle, limped around but stayed in the game. They loaded the bases on two singles and a walk against Tommy Hunter (0-1).

I wrote about Mitch in the post-game article yesterday and talked about how he can't stop hitting for extra bases.


Cobb failed to strike out any batters for the first time in 89 career major league starts. Getting the proverbial monkey off your back, I guess, is nice.

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