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Rays' Odorizzi injured, makes early exit vs. Red Sox

21 April 2017

With Blake Snell set to take on Steven Wright in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 10 runs. In his previous start, he gave up four home runs in less than two innings.

Sale: 21 2/3 innings, 11 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, 29 strikeouts.

"He's put together a number of quality at-bats of late", Boston manager John Farrell said. "Today was certainly a positive step for him".

Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays are striking out on the road.

After a recent absence because of the flu, Ramirez doubled during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday that sent the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3.

Young has scored eight runs this season, the most on the Red Sox and tied for twelfth in the American League. Betts last struck out on September 12, 2016. Craig Kimbrel, pitching for the third straight day, notched his third straight save, and 25th straight dating back to last season. Porcello has gone at least six innings in 20 consecutive starts, the majors' longest active streak.

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It's been a nagging problem for the Rays, who lead the major leagues in strikeouts with 139.

Manager Kevin Cash inserted Peterson in the eight hole as the designated hitter. Mookie Betts, the second of two close runners heading home, was out at the plate.

"Wake was happy to be here this week (end), so I definitely was talking to him constantly over the last four or five days", Wright told reporters after the game, as aired on NESN. Andrew Benintendi's RBI single in the fifth was the one run Archer Allowed. Logan Morrison (2-for-4) has also taken Wright deep on a solo homer, but Evan Longoria is 0-for-2.

Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland leading the Red Sox offense - just the way they drew it up this offseason.

Just like his previous two starts, Sale received nearly no run support.

After winning 89 games last season and finishing the year one step shy of the World Series, Toronto lost nine of its first 10 games - the worst start in franchise history.

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Vazquez added an RBI double in the eighth against Austin Pruitt.

But Cobb gave up two in his first, the victim of some not particularly hard-hit but well-placed - especially against the Rays' shift - balls by the Red Sox.

Benintendi followed with a two-run single and Betts tacked on a run with a hard-hit grounder to left, making it 4-2. "They were asked to do some things that we normally wouldn't ask of them".

Said Cash: "The next 1,000 chances he gets on a play just like that, he's going to convert".

But they got just enough on Saturday.

Farrell thought the injury that led to Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi leaving the game in the second inning and the subsequent delay may have hurt Sale. Welcome to Patriot's Day in Boston. Tampa Bay is 3-2 in Patriots Day games in Boston.

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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. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was placed on paternity leave after his wife, Catherine, gave birth to a boy Sunday.

Rays' Odorizzi injured, makes early exit vs. Red Sox