By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
TORONTO -- A day after being shutout, the Red Sox offense flipped the switch and exploded for 20 hits in a one-sided 14-0 throttling of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Sox scored runs in each of the first five innings as they reached double figures in runs scored for the third time in their last four games at Rogers Centre.
The 20 hits for the Sox matched a season high, established first on May 25 at Cleveland.
In their nine wins over Toronto this season, the Red Sox have outscored the Jays by a collective score of 78-25.
Jon Lester allowed just three hits and fanned 11 in seven innings, improving to 15-6. The shutout was the 13th by Red Sox pitching this season. Kyle Weiland finished up.
Every member of the Red Sox starting lineup collected at least one hit except for Dustin Pedroia who was 0-for-4 before being lifted after the top of the sixth inning. Six different Red Sox hitters had multiple hits.
Marco Scutaro and David Ortiz each had four-hit games, with Scutaro knocking in four runs.
Despite the 14-run outburst, the Sox hit just two homers -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a two-run shot in the third, his 15th; Josh Reddick, a late-inning replacement, added a solo shut in the eighth.
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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.
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.