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First impressions: Uehara controls eighth as Red Sox beat Orioles, 5-2


First impressions: Uehara controls eighth as Red Sox beat Orioles, 5-2

BALTIMORE -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the Orioles:

* Mookie Betts isn't the only Red Sox hitter who likes to hit at Camden Yards.

Betts hit eight homers in his first seven games here this season, including three multi-homer games.

But David Ortiz is pretty accomplished here, too. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh to break the game open, turning a 2-1 Red Sox lead to a 5-1 edge.

The homer -- which didn't seem to be a no-doubter upon impact -- carried and carried its way into the first few rows of center field bleachers.

That represented Ortiz's sixth homer in his last nine games here and his 11th in his last 17.

Since 2015, Ortiz has hit 16 homers in 35 games at Camden Yards.

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* Koji Uehara has the eighth inning on lockdown again.

Pitching against his former team, Uehara was given the responsibility of pitching the eighth inning, charged with facing the Orioles' three most dangerous hitters - Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo.

Per usual, Uehara attacked the strike zone with a vengeance, getting weak contact from Davisd (flyout to left) and Machado (popup to short) before getting Trumbo to swing at strike three.

Uehara worked Trumbo expertly, mixing in diving split-fingers with elevated four-seamers.

He also needed just 12 pitches to record the three outs, making him a model of efficiency.

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* Marco Hernandez didn't have the best seventh inning.

Hernandez was filling in for Dustin Pedroia at second and had a rough time at the position.

Pedro Schoop led off by hitting a ball into the left field corner, with the ball caroming directly to outfielder Chris Young, who fired to second. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts moved out to the outfield for the cutoff and the Sox would have had Schoop out at second had Hernandez been at second to take the throw. But he wasn't there -- he had drifted out to shallow outfield grass, out of position.

Next came a hard line drive to third from Matt Wieters, which was caught by third baseman Travis Shaw. Shaw had a play at second on Schoop, who had wandered off the bag. But again, Hernandez wasn't in position to cover and take the throw.

Finally, pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim hit a slow roller just to the right of second base, but Hernandez, who was shifted toward first a bit, couldn't get to the ball as it roller into center for a base hit.

Granted, Hernandez doesn't have a lot of experience at second. But this was hardly his finest hour.

Red Sox owner John Henry wants Yawkey Way to be renamed


Red Sox owner John Henry wants Yawkey Way to be renamed

John Henry told the Boston Herald Thursday that he hopes Yawkey Way can be renamed to remove a name with a racist legacy.

“I discussed this a number of times with the previous mayoral administration and they did not want to open what they saw as a can of worms,” Henry told Michael Silverman. “There are a number of buildings and institutions that bear the same name. The sale of the Red Sox by John Harrington helped to fund a number of very good works in the city done by the Yawkey Foundation (we had no control over where any monies were spent). The Yawkey Foundation has done a lot of great things over the years that have nothing to do with our history.”


Added Henry: “The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets. But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can -- particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully. The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.”

According to Silverman, Henry would like the street to be called “David Ortiz Way” or “Big Papi Way.”

The street was named after Tom Yawkey in 1977. Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976. Under his ownership, the Red Sox were the last major league team to play a black player, 12 years after Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers. 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Do Red Sox have 'magical element?'


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Do Red Sox have 'magical element?'

0:41 - The Red Sox get the win in walk-off fashion for the 9th time this season. Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss this Red Sox team having a 'magical element'.

6:00 - Tom Curran and Kayce Smith talk about Tom Brady's comments about not getting sore after practice and Bill Belichick's comments on Dont'a Hightower's injury.

10:06 - Michael Holley, Kyle Draper, and Tom Curran discuss the report that said LeBron James will 100% be leaving Cleveland at the end of next season.

15:42 - Now that Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers, should the Red Sox try to trade for the Marlins superstar? What would you be willing to give up?