Epstein gives thoughts on Pesky's passing

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Epstein gives thoughts on Pesky's passing

BALTIMORE Though Theo Epstein is far away in Chicago running the Cubs and wants nothing to do with the current controversies swirling at Fenway, the former Red Sox GM knows whats going on. Epstein was also aware of the unfortunate passing of Sox icon Johnny Pesky on Monday afternoon, and had plenty to say about the 92-year-olds six decade association with the Sox franchise at every conceivable level.

Pesky was a regular presence around the clubhouse, dugout and field during Epsteins tenure running the Sox, and the Brookline native always knew exactly what kind of importants he held within Sox lore.

Heres what Epstein had to say when asked about the passing of Pesky and what hell miss about him:

Just his generosity of spirit. He was always happy to be at the ballpark, so that really rubbed off on everyone around him. He always believed in players, always had players backs and saw the best in everybody, including players and just baseball. The Red Sox organization meant so much to him that he was just always happy to be at Fenway. That helped on those tough days seeing how much he genuinely enjoyed it, how long hed been there and helped you with your own mood sometimes when you needed it. He had that effect on a lot of people so hell be sorely missed. He was a great baseball guy with a tremendous amount of knowledge and was always telling great Ted Williams stories and a real living link to the past. Hell be sorely missed.

The Red Sox will wear black bands on the sleeve of their uniforms for the rest of the season when theyre on the road, and theyll wear white patches with Peskys No. 6 on the left shoulders of their home uniforms for the rest of the season to honor Peskys memory.

Bobby Valentine said that Felix Doubront was on schedule to jump back into the rotation after his skipped start in the series against the Orioles. That means Doubront should get a start against the Angels in the series following the weekend three-game set against New York at Yankee Stadium.

Hes going to throw his bullpen soon. I think once we get home hell be right back into the saddle, said Valentine, who made a decision to skip the young lefty when he was showing signs of fatigue giving his high innings pitched total.

Jacoby Ellsburys 38-game hitting streak vs. Orioles is the second longest since 1900 for any player versus any team. Vladimir Guerreros 44-game streak vs. Texas is the only longer streak since 1900. Ellsbury went 2-for-4 in Wednesdays loss to the Orioles to extend that streak.

Mark Reynolds has been a killer against the Red Sox this season while hitting .423 (11-for-26) with four doubles, four home runs, seven walks, seven runs scored and 13 RBIs against Boston. To put that into proper perspective the all-or-nothing Reynolds is hitting .216 for the season.

Sandoval raps out two hits, lifts average to .333, in Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Yankees

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Sandoval raps out two hits, lifts average to .333, in Red Sox' 5-4 loss to Yankees

With each passing day, Pablo Sandoval's winning over more and more skeptics.

The slimmed-down third baseman rapped out two hits, including a double, and drove in a run as he lifted his spring average to .333 in the Red Sox' 5-4 loss to a split squad of Yankees Tuesday at JetBlue Park. Sandoval went 2-for-3 overall -- his one out was a fly to the warning track -- and looked almost speedy as he raced home from second on an RBI single by Deven Marrero.

BOX SCORE: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

It was a day for comeback players on both teams. Sam Travis, whose 2016 was cut short by a knee injury suffered at Triple-A Pawtucket, hit a solo home run for the Sox, who fell to 1-4 with the loss.  Greg Bird, who missed all of last year because of a shoulder injury, hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs for the Yankees.

Marrero, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo, Matt Dominguez and Dan Butler each had one hit for the Red Sox. Starter Kyle Kendrick allowed three hits and two runs over three innings, retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced. Only one of the subsequent six relievers -- Robbie Ross Jr. -- figures to be in Boston in the regular season, and he pitched a hitless, scoreless fourth with one walk.

Vegas projects Red Sox, Indians for most wins in AL

Vegas projects Red Sox, Indians for most wins in AL

Wanna bet the Red Sox will have the most wins in the American League this season? 

Per Bovada, the Sox are projected for 92.5 wins in 2017, which is tied with the Indians for the highest total in the AL. Boston and Cleveland both sit behind the defending World Series champion Cubs (95.5) and Dodgers (93.5) in Bovada’s win projections. 

Here is the full list: 

Chicago Cubs: 95.5
Los Angeles Dodgers: 93.5
Boston Red Sox: 92.5
Cleveland Indians: 92.5
Washington Nationals: 90.5
Houston Astros: 89.5
New York Mets: 88.5
San Francisco Giants: 87.5
Seattle Mariners: 85.5
St. Louis Cardinals: 84.5
Texas Rangers: 84.5
Toronto Blue Jays: 84.5
Detroit Tigers: 82.5
New York Yankees: 82.5
Pittsburgh Pirates: 82.5
Baltimore Orioles: 80.5
Colorado Rockies: 80.5
Los Angeles Angels: 79.5
Arizona Diamondbacks: 77.5
Tampa Bay Rays: 77.5
Kansas City Royals: 76.5
Miami Marlins: 765
Minnesota Twins: 74.5
Atlanta Braves: 73.5
Oakland Athletics: 73.5
Philadelphia Phillies: 73.5
Cincinnati Reds: 70.5
Chicago White Sox: 69.5
Milwaukee Brewers: 69.5
San Diego Padres: 66.5