Sox lose 43 to Royals, drop series

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Sox lose 43 to Royals, drop series

KANSAS CITY The Red Sox have lost games in virtually every conceivable manner this season. Wednesday night, they discovered yet another.

Poor outfield defense led to three unearned runs in the first inning, and the Red Sox never recovered, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Kansas City Royals, a team that had won all of two games at home this season before the Red Sox arrived in town.

With two out and two on in the first, Johnny Giavotella lined a ball to center which Marlon Byrd misjudged. He misplayed the ball, allowing the two baserunners to score. Giovatella later came around to score, too, on a double by catcher Brayan Pena which Cody Ross ran down on the warning track, then juggled and dropped.

A bases-clearing double by Adrian Gonzalez in the third inning accounted for all three of the Red Sox runs.

A single by Cody Ross and a walk by Jarrod Saltalamacchia to open the ninth gave the Sox hope, and a sacrifice bunt by Marlon Byrd put both runners in scoring position.

But closer Jonathan Broxton got Ryan Sweeney to line out to left, then got Mike Aviles on a groundout to short for the final out.

Jon Lester allowed just one earned run, but once more, a high pitch count limited his night to just five innings. He needed 108 pitches to record just 15 outs.

Clayton Mortensten contributed three scoreless innings of relief, but Boston's hitters were also shut out through those frames.

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