Red Sox rock Blue Jays pitching, 16-4


Red Sox rock Blue Jays pitching, 16-4

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
TORONTO -- Before Saturday's game, manager Terry Francona and his coaching staff were worried about the team's energy level, fearing that the real impact of the team's early morning travel would come a day later.

By the end of the afternoon, the only thing tiring for the Red Sox was circling the bases.

The Sox busted out with 18 hits and every member of the starting lineup collected at least one RBI in a 16-4 thumping of the Toronto Blue Jays, good for Boston's eighth consecutive win, a season best.

Three times, the Sox scored multiple runs in an inning, plating four in the third, seven in the fifth as both David Ortiz and Jason Varitek cranked three-run homers in that inning, and three more in the eighth.

The 16 runs marked a season high for the Red Sox. Six different players had multi-hit games, led by Marco Scutaro who had four.

The game marked the fifth time in the last 21 games -- and fourth time in the last 10 road games -- that the Sox reached double figures in a game.

John Lackey, pitching at Rogers Centre for the first time since his famous post-game meltdown exactly a month ago, picked up his second straight win, allowing four runs
over six innings.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jason Varitek
After a brutal start at the plate in the first month, Varitek has come around. Saturday, he was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, two runs scored and a total of four RBI.

The Red Sox catcher went almost a full calendar year without a homer, but has hit three since May 24.

The Red Sox predicted that Pedroia would return from the exam and scope of his ailing right knee with peace of mind -- and he has.

In the two games since, he's 6-for-10 with two walks and helping to spark the offense by getting on base at the top of the lineup.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Brandon Morrow
Morrow has great stuff, but he didn't show much of it Saturday, getting rocked for nine runs on 10 hits in just 4 13 innings.

Morrow's poor outing forced John Farrell to empty his bullpen, using five relievers and infielder Mike McCoy to close out the rout.

TURNING POINT: Varitek's three-run homer in the fifth turned a comfortable 5-2 lead into an 8-2 laugher -- and the rout was on.

BY THE NUMBERS: In their five wins against the Blue Jays this season, the Red Sox have outscored Toronto 42-7.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "That's the whole idea -- you don't want to give anybody any easy innings.'' Terry Francona on the entire lineup coming together of late.

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Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

© 2017 by The Associated Press.

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."