New-look Red Sox fall in extras, 10-9

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New-look Red Sox fall in extras, 10-9

BOSTON -- It looked as if Mauro Gomez' night was going to be the shining moment on Saturday.

Then the Red Sox' bullpen took over for Aaron Cook in the seventh inning, where Andrew Miller and Mark Melancon allowed six runs to blow a 9-3 lead.

The result was a 10-9 Kansas City win in 12 innings, thanks to a Tony Abreu two-out RBI single off Junichi Tazawa in the top of the 12th.

Before all of that, Gomez -- taking over for the now officially-traded Adrian Gonzalez -- was 4-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, which included a solo home run in his first at-bat in the bottom of the second inning.

Mike Aviles followed up Gomez' solo shot with a three-run jack of his own, putting the Red Sox up 4-3.

In the bottom of the third, Gomez stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and no outs, and hit a slow dribbler down the third-base line. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie charged it and his throw home was wild, scoring two runs and giving Boston a 6-3 lead.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia made it 7-3 in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly to deep center field that scored Cody Ross.

Ross and Gomez put the Red Sox up 9-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning, after both ripping 2-out RBI singles to left field.

After the Royals tied the game at 9-9 with a six-run seventh, the Red Sox had several chances with runners in scoring position in both the eighth and the 10th inning. But the Royals were the next team to drive in a run, as Tony Abreu made Junichi Tazawa pay for a two-out walk in the 12th inning, by poking a two-out RBI single the other way to left field.

Jeff Francoeur was the player who walked with two outs, and after advancing to third on an Eric Hosmer single, he scored on Abreu's hit, which ended up being the game-winner.

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