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Red Sox Defeat Astros Despite Farrell’s Blunder

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Boston Red Sox Defeat The Houston Astros Despite Manager John Farrell’s Blunder In Leaving Starter Drew Pomeranz In For Too Long

The Boston Red Sox took on the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park to open up the three game set.

Despite Red Sox Manager John Farrell leaving starter Drew Pomeranz in too long the Red Sox were able to win 2-1 behind a Mookie Betts home run.

Pomeranz pitched 5 solid innings before he started to miss with his fastball in the sixth inning. Pomeranz walked two in a row in the sixth inning with two outs. Fortunately for Pomeranz a Jose Altuve single to try and drive in George Springer was spoiled by Betts who rocketed the hard hit ball to Christian Vasquez to get Pomeranz out of the sixth.

It was puzzling to see the Astros send Springer with the velocity of the ball and the fielding abilities of Betts. But the more puzzling move came an inning later when Red Sox manager John Farrell sent Pomeranz out to attempt the seventh inning.

Pomeranz clearly looked to have lost control in the sixth and was saved by Betts, sending him out for the seventh didn’t appear to be a good idea. After striking out Evan Gattis, Pomeranz gave up a solo-home run to former New York Yankee Brian McCann thus ending Pomeranz’s night two batters too late.

Farrell used Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and Craig Kimbrel in relief with all three holding the Astro’s offense scoreless to close out the game.

Boston’s offense only recorded 7 hits in the affair with second-basemen Dustin Pedroia being the only member of the Red Sox to have a multi-hit game. One Red Sox run came in the third inning with Mitch Moreland scoring Mookie Betts on a single.

The second Boston run came in the top of the eighth inning with Betts leading off and sending a solo blast to deep left to give the Red Sox a 2-1 advantage and win the game.

With the win Boston moves to 38-29. Game two of the series takes place Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. with Rick Porcello toeing off against David Paulino. The game will be broadcasted on FOX with former NESN play-by-play Don Orsillo calling his first Red Sox game since leaving Boston two seasons ago.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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