To Grape Juice!

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To Grape Juice!

Well, it appears that plans for Fenway's 100th Anniversary are moving along as horrifically as we all imagined.

In the latest development, as writes CSNNE.com editorgrape juice beat reporter Art Martone, the Sox announced plans to use Fenway's April 20 centennial celebration as an opportunity to set a new Guinness World Record.

For what you say? Oh, just for the most people raising a glass of Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice Cocktail in a single venue at one time.

I'll let you read that paragraph again. But before you do, please know that this is not a joke.

This is actually happening

At some point during the Sox game on April 20 which just happens to be the first Yankees game of the season the team expects that 37,000 people will stop what they're doing and join in this cheesy publicity stunt. They really think this will work.

And if that's the case, who knows what's next: Maybe we can all film an Old Navy commercial during the seventh inning stretch?

Honestly, I go back and forth on whether or not the Sox are going to make a total debacle of this 100th Anniversary. On one hand, there's so much history, and they have so many resources, that it seems impossible that there wouldn't be at least a few really cool things to come out of the centennial. Then again, the resources are always there, and at almost every turn the Sox make their real fans want crawl into a hole. They almost never do the right thing.

And in this case, it's probably not a good sign that they already think it's a good idea to MAKE FANS PARTICIPATE IN A MASS SPARKLING GRAPE JUICE TOAST in the middle of a game.

But for now, it looks like we'll just have to wait and see. And after 100 years, another month or so doesn't seem that bad.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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