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Boston Red Sox Defeat White Sox With Rookie Third Basemen Rafael Devers Continuing To Hit

The Boston Red Sox took on the Chicago White Sox on Thursday to start a four-game set at Fenway Park. Boston’s offense came out firing with 7 runs scored in the first inning, but a poor start from Rick Porcello kept this one close with a final score of 9-5.

Another Poor Outing From Porcello

Rick Porcello got the start to open up the series with his start delayed one game after the rain out of the series finale with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Porcello went 5.1 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 7 base hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. The struggling reigning CY Young winners ERA now sits at 4.71.

Fernando Abad was the first pitcher out of the bullpen. Abad pitched to one batter, Omar Navarez, who he struck out swinging to make it two outs in the top of the 6th inning. Behind Abad, John Farrell brought in Heath Hembree.

Hembree recorded the last out of the 6th inning and ended up throwing .1 innings striking out the only batter he faced just like Abad. In a four run game, Farrell used Addison Reed in the 7th inning for his second appearance with the Boston Red Sox.

Reed was flawless setting the White Sox down 1-2-3 in one inning of relief for the Boston newcomer. Matt Barnes had the 8th inning, in which he pitched without giving up a hit. The 9th inning on Thursday was delegated to Brandon Workman who pitched a perfect 9th striking out the first two batters he faced before getting Alen Hanson to ground out to Eduardo Nunez at second base.

Boston’s Offense On Point With Devers Leading The Charge

Boston Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers has impressed everyone the last couple of weeks far exceeding all expectations set forth upon him. Thursday’s game was no different. In his first at-bat, Devers smacked his third home run of the season with a two-run home run.

This was Devers’s 2nd home run at Fenway, both of which have been opposite field into the Green Monster. Devers is only the 4th Red Sox player in the last 100 years to homer in at least 3 of his first 8 MLB games (last: Mo Vaughn, 1991).

Devers’s didn’t stop there though. The 20-year-old third basemen later worked a walk in a 9 pitch at-bat against a left-handed pitcher. Devers ended up going 1-for-4 with the walk and the home run. Another home run hitter on Thursday was Mookie Betts.

Betts’s only hit was that home run which was a two run shot in the 2nd inning for his 18th home run of the season. The most successful Boston hitter of the night though was left-fielder Andrew Benintendi.

Benintendi went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk.

As a unit the Boston Red Sox offense collected 15 hits en route to a 9 run affair for an offense that has been on the rebound.

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What is next?

With the win, Rick Porcello picks up his 5th win of the year to move to a 5-14 record on the season. As a team, the win brings Boston’s record to 60-49 and propels them one game farther ahead of the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.

New York suffered a 1-5 defeat to Cleveland to drop to 2 games back of Boston for first.

At Fenway park this season the Red Sox have a 33-20 record. Which gives them the best home winning percentage in the entire American League with a .623.

The Red Sox are back in action for game 2 of the series on Friday with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound taking on Carlos Rodon at 7:10 pm.

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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