Morales, balanced offense beat Braves, 8-4

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Morales, balanced offense beat Braves, 8-4

BOSTON The Red Sox offense had more hits in the first inning Saturday night, four, than it had in the entire game Friday night. The Sox knocked Braves starter Randall Delgado from the game after just 1 13 innings, on their way to an 8-4 win.

The Sox scored two runs in each of the first two innings.

With one out in the first Dustin Pedroia singled, taking third on Jarrod Saltalamacchias two-out single and scoring on Adrian Gonzalezs single.

In the second Mike Aviles singled with one out, and Delgado hit Daniel Nava with a pitch. Both runners scored on Dustin Pedroias double to center field.

After Fridays loss to the Braves, in which Pedroia went 0-for-4, manager Bobby Valentine predicted that Pedroia would soon get hotter than a firecracker. Pedroia had been 9-for-62 (.145) in his last 15 games after sitting out six games with a thumb injury.

He went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in Saturdays win.

Will Middlebrooks continues to stay hot at the plate. He went 3-for-4, falling a triple shy of the cycle, with a run scored and two RBI. He led off the third with his ninth home run of the season, giving the Sox a 5-1 lead.

Early in the game it looked like Franklin Morales might be in for a struggle. He allowed the first three Braves batters to reach base, scoring one run. But he settled down, retiring the next three to get out of the inning with no further damage.

Morales went six innings giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. He improved his record to 1-1, with a 3.12 ERA.

Delgado took the loss for the Braves, falling to 4-3 with a 4.52 ERA.

Scott Atchison snapped a string of six scoreless appearances, spanning 6 23 innings, allowing a run on two hits in the seventh.

Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.