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BALTIMORE -- Quotes, notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles.
"He was able to neutralize their top half (of the lineup) and that was the biggest thing.'' - John Farrell on Steven Wright.
"He never broke stride, continued in a full-out gait around third base. It was a good heads-up play on his part.'' - Farrell on Mookie Betts scoring all the way from second on a swinging bunt.
"It kind of throws them off because then if I leave one up, I'm hoping the difference in the speed will get them out front.'' - Steven Wright on changing speeds on the knuckleball.
"Yeah, I do. Off the field. Not when I'm at the park, but off the field, I do.'' - Xander Bogaerts, acknowledging that he does think about his ongoing hitting streak.
"It was amazing. Hitting my first home run and putting us ahead three (more) runs, it's awesome.'' - Marco Hernandez on his first major league home run.
* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two doubles.
* Marco Hernandez's three-run homer in the eighth inning was his first major league homer.
* Mookie Betts has now reached in 13 straight games against the Orioles.
* Betts has scored 14 runs in his last 11 games.
* In his last seven games, David Ortiz is 14-for-28 in his last seven games.
* Ortiz has seven homers in his last 12 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 16 games here.
* Ortiz has homered in each of his last three games, the 18th time in his career that he's done that.
* Steven Wright tossed a career-high 122 pitches.
* Wright became the third Red Sox starter to toss three consecutive complete games on the road since Roger Clemens in 1991-92.
1) Steven Wright
Wright's third complete game of the season was a gem, with just four hits allowed - just three them into the outfield. He's got a 1.79 ERA on the road this season.
2) Xander Bogaerts
In addition to extending his hitting streak to 23 games, Bogaerts had two doubles and knocked in two runs.
3) Marco Hernandez
Hernandez's first big league homer was a big one, extending what had been a two-run lead to a five-run cushion with a three-run blast in the eighth
BALTIMORE -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 7-2 win over the Orioles:
* Steven Wright had six 1-2-3 innings among the nine he pitched.
For a brief time in the second, after two were out, Wright battled command. Then, in the fifth, he yielded three straight hits and a sacrifice fly, accounting for the only two runs he allowed.
Otherwise? Wright carved through the Baltimore lineup, facing the minimum number of hitters in six of the nine other innings and one over the minimum in another.
He got a number of weak squibbers - including a couple he fielded himself and of the four hits he allowed, only three left the infield.
* Mookie Betts stole the first Red Sox run with some alert baserunning.
Betts was on second when Xander Bogaerts hit a tapped in front of the mound.
Catcher Caleb Joseph pounced on the ball about 15 feet from home plate, but then stood there after throwing out Bogaerts at first. With home plate unguarded, Betts got to third and alertly kept going, beating the throw home from first baseman Chris Davis.
Betts is the probably the Red Sox' fastest baserunner, but in instances like that one, he showed he's also one of their smartest.
* David Ortiz is a menace at Camden Yards.
There's a reason John Farrell waited to make out the lineup card, hoping that David Ortiz was available after missing Sunday's game with a sore foot. Ortiz usually makes his presence felt here and Monday was no different.
He homered to right to lead off the eighth, giving him seven homers in his last 10 games at Camden Yards and 12 homers in his last 28 games.
If Ortiz played for the Orioles, it's frightening to think what sort of power numbers he could put up playing half the time in a ballpark with an inviting right field porch.
* The Sox have gotten plenty of contributions from bench players.
Josh Rutledge (.830 OPS) has helped out in the infield, with Brock Holt relegated to LF, and more recently, the DL. On Monday, it was Marco Hernandez's turn. Hernandez supplied a three-run homer from the ninth spot in the eighth inning, turning a two-run lead into a five-run advantage.
Their contributions have allowed Farrell to make some moves around the infield, such as Monday's decision to give Hanley Ramirez a day off while shifting Travis Shaw to first.
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Teams are still fighting for the 2016 Larry O’Brien Trophy, but the 2017 NBA title opening odds have already been released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Warriors unsurprisingly come in as heavy 3/2 favorites. The Cavaliers already punched their ticket for this year’s finals and are second, with 5/2 odds. Then there’s the Spurs, Thunder, and Clippers, as you’d expect rounding off the top five.
But then there’s the Celtics with 20/1 odds -- sixth-best in the NBA -- to raise Banner 18.
With eight draft picks and a chunk of cap space, the Celtics are in a position to capitalize on any opportunities that may come their way. There is a lot of uncertainty at this point in the NBA calendar, so Vegas must be hedging their bets on the Celtics making a leap towards contender status.
Celtics fans will also be happy to know the Nets have 500/1 odds to hoist the trophy next season, which ranks last of all teams. The Celtics have the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets in the 2017 draft, which could give them another swing at a superstar prospect.
For full draft profiles of players the Celtics could draft this year, click here.
|Golden State Warriors||3/2|
|San Antonio Spurs||6/1|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||8/1|
|Los Angeles Clippers||16/1|
|New Orleans Pelicans||60/1|
|Portland Trail Blazers||60/1|
|Los Angeles Lakers||100/1|
|New York Knicks||100/1|