Rays vs Red Sox Preview: Rays hope to split series with Boston


Now he joins Martinez in 1998 as the only Red Sox pitchers since 1913 to pitch at least seven innings, give up no more than two runs and strike out at least seven batters in his first three games of a season.

With all the hype surrounding the young outfielder, Benintendi has remained poised, hitting a home run on opening day and having two three-hit performances thus far.

Betts hasn't struck out in 119 plate appearances, the majors' longest stretch since Juan Pierre - then with Florida - went 147 in a row in 2004.

Some of the Rays were playful in their clubhouse early in the morning, with Morrison joking to teammates about the starting time: "11 o'clock".

We've already surpassed the 10-game mark to begin the 2017 Major League Baseball season. He notched his 23rd straight save, the longest current streak in baseball.

First pitch of the game was at 11 a.m., coinciding with the Boston Marathon.

"At first I thought it wasn't going to get to the wall, so I thought I had a bead on it", Benintendi said.

Reds 7, Brewers 5: Jesse Winker doubled in the go-ahead runs with his first big league hit, and Cincy overcame two more homers by Eric Thames.

The 32-year-old right-hander summed up the worst start of his career succinctly: "It was awful", Wright said.

"Chris Sale dominant, strong, any adjective you want to attach to it", Farrell said.

Said Cash: "The next 1,000 chances he gets on a play just like that, he's going to convert". "Pitches were up. I think that's kind of been the common denominator from the first inning to last outing - everything was up". Rickie Weeks then drew a walk to load the bases, but Sale notched his fifth strikeout of the day to end the threat.

Ramirez reached on a walk and ran hard to second, taking the turn before he came up limping.

Longoria's RBI single tied it in the third before Sale escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Derek Norris with a sharp slider in the dirt.

Braves 4, Padres 2: Winless at Turner Field, R.A. Dickey got a victory in his first appearance at SunTrust Park behind home runs from Brandon Phillips and Adonis Garcia.

Boston won 3-2 that day and went on to win the World Series that year.

The Sox have enjoyed considerable success on Patriots' Day, boasting a 69-52 all-time record on the MA holiday and wins in 11 of their last 16 such contests. RHP Ben Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. He'd set the Red Sox down in order in the third, and while he allowed a double to Moreland in the fourth there was no other damage done. LHP Brian Johnson is the "likely candidate" to replace Rodriguez as the starter Tuesday against Toronto, manager John Farrell said. Mookie Betts missed multiple games with the illness, as did Hanley Ramirez, while Bradley sprained his knee rounding first base on a fly ball. It's probably a 1-2-3 inning if this game was played after nightfall.

Everyone in the AL East can at least take solace in the historically awful start for Toronto Blue Jays.