Red Sox coast to second straight blowout win

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Red Sox coast to second straight blowout win

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

DETROIT Another day, another Red Sox slugfest.

The Red Sox picked up in Detroit where they left off in Cleveland, jumping out to an early lead on their way to a 14-1 pounding of the Tigers Thursday in the rain-shortened first game of their four-game set.

The Sox sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning, with five scoring. They opened the inning tying their season high in consecutive hits which they also did twice on Wednesday.

David Ortiz and Carl Crawford opened the inning with singles. Drew Suttons double scored Ortiz and Josh Reddicks single scored Crawford. After Jason Varitek struck out, Jacoby Ellsburys fifth home run of the season scored Sutton and Reddick.

Alfredo Aceves gave the Sox another strong start, going six innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. In his two fill-in starts he has gone a combined 11 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and five walks with six strikeouts. He earned the win, improving to 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA.

Max Scherzer took the loss, giving up seven runs, lasting just two innings, plus three batters in the third. In three career starts against the Sox, he has allowed 14 earned runs over 13 13 innings, on 22 hits and five walks, with five strikeouts, for a 9.45 ERA.

Crawford went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI, raising his average to .244. He went 4-for-4 Wednesday, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Ironically, two of his hits Thursday were triples. It was the eighth time hes hit two triples in a game.

Reddick, called up before the game to take the roster spot of Darnell McDonald, who went on the DL with a left quadriceps strain, went 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI.

The Sox scored another five runs in the eighth, batting around.

The game was called in the bottom of the eighth after a rain delay of 55 minutes.

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season's final week - meaning only one of them can win match Boston's 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.