Red Sox - Indians pre-game notes

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Red Sox - Indians pre-game notes

The Red Sox All-Time vs Cleveland: 954-1015-8

In Cleveland: 438-544-3

The Red Sox are still looking for their first win after dropping the first three in Texas to start the season. It's the first time the Sox have started the season 0-3 since 1996, when they began 0-5.

In 2004 and 2007, the Red Sox lost three of their first five games. Both seasons ended with them as World Series Champions.

The Red Sox and Indians split the 2010 season, 4-4. Boston hasn't lost a season's series to the Tribe since losing four of seven games in 2006.

With three RBI on Saturday night, Red Sox DH David Ortiz moved into first place all-time in career RBI's (1,004) passing Edgar Martinez (1,003) for most ever at the position.

Red Sox pitchers allowed 11 home runs over their three-game Opening Series in Texas, the most in the Majors so far. It also tied an MLB record for the most runs in the first three games of a team's season with the 1955 Milwaukee Braves.

Red Sox relief pitcher Dennys Reyes is the first Red Sox left-hander since 1919 to pitch in each of the first three games on consecutive days while giving up no runs.

Beckett on the mound
Josh Beckett has been the Red Sox' Opening Day starter for the last two seasons, but will start in Boston's fourth game this season.

Beckett had a rather forgettable spring, posting a 1-4 record and a 5.33 ERA (215 ER25.1 IP) but struck out 19 batters, a team high.

Josh Beckett vs. CLE last season: 1-0, 1.13 ERA (1 ER8.0 IP) in 1 GS.

Josh Beckett vs. CLE career: 3-4 5.56 ERA (27 ER43.2 IP) in 7 GS.

Beckett has at least one strikeout in each of his 249 career MLB games since 9401, the longest active streak in the Majors and 9th longest overall since 1919.

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

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Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

MIAMI  — Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.

Authorities said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach.

Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a "severe impact" with a jetty, said FWC's Lorenzo Veloz.

"We are stunned and devastated," Major League Baseball said in a statement.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.

He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times — landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries — before eventually getting to the U.S. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

"I'm still in shock," former Marlins player Gaby Sanchez said on Twitter. "The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family."

© 2016 Associated Press.

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.