To Grape Juice!

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To Grape Juice!

Well, it appears that plans for Fenway's 100th Anniversary are moving along as horrifically as we all imagined.

In the latest development, as writes CSNNE.com editorgrape juice beat reporter Art Martone, the Sox announced plans to use Fenway's April 20 centennial celebration as an opportunity to set a new Guinness World Record.

For what you say? Oh, just for the most people raising a glass of Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice Cocktail in a single venue at one time.

I'll let you read that paragraph again. But before you do, please know that this is not a joke.

This is actually happening

At some point during the Sox game on April 20 which just happens to be the first Yankees game of the season the team expects that 37,000 people will stop what they're doing and join in this cheesy publicity stunt. They really think this will work.

And if that's the case, who knows what's next: Maybe we can all film an Old Navy commercial during the seventh inning stretch?

Honestly, I go back and forth on whether or not the Sox are going to make a total debacle of this 100th Anniversary. On one hand, there's so much history, and they have so many resources, that it seems impossible that there wouldn't be at least a few really cool things to come out of the centennial. Then again, the resources are always there, and at almost every turn the Sox make their real fans want crawl into a hole. They almost never do the right thing.

And in this case, it's probably not a good sign that they already think it's a good idea to MAKE FANS PARTICIPATE IN A MASS SPARKLING GRAPE JUICE TOAST in the middle of a game.

But for now, it looks like we'll just have to wait and see. And after 100 years, another month or so doesn't seem that bad.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches. 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.