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Boston Red Sox Walk-off Again, This Time Behind Benintendi

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Boston Red Sox Walk-off Again, This Time Behind The Bat Of Rookie Left Fielder Andrew Benintendi

Another game, another 4 hour plus baseball game. For back-to-back games the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies went into extra innings. The first game it was a Dustin Pedroia base hit that won the game, the second time game on Tuesday when in the bottom of the 12th inning rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi smoked a ball to the outfield to end the game at 4-3 in favor of Boston.

David Price got the start in his first home game of the year and his outing can be described as acceptable. Price went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, but Prices inability to locate the strike zone was reminiscent of his rehab starts for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Price walked 4 Phillies batters while striking out 6. Price threw 103 pitches, 63 of them for strikes. Price gets a no-decision.

Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell once again had to call on the bullpen for a good portion of the game. Boston’s bullpen was called upon to pitch 6 innings in relief and in those innings they allowed 0 runs on eight hits. Robby Scott, Blaine Boyer, Craig Kimbrel, Heath Hembree, and Fernando Abad where the relievers John Farrell called upon. Abad got the call to pitch two innings in the 11th and 12th and threw 37 pitches and earned the win.

Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly were the only relievers left in the bullpen and their lack of use in Tuesdays game was due to Barnes throwing 38 pitches on Monday and Joe Kelly throwing 16 pitches as well.

On offense Boston slow and it didn’t help that Mookie Betts went 0-6 and Hanley Ramirez went 0-4. The Red Sox had 6 batters record two or more hits with Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi both snagging 3 hits in the win including Benintendi’s walk off smoker.

Mitch Moreland had the lone Red Sox home run by hitting his 9th home run of the year in the 3rd inning off of Phillies starter Blake Lively.

Tuesday night was supposed to be a getaway day but the game ending just shy of midnight does not help in the fact that Boston and Philly are both heading to Citizens Bank Park for the second half of the series which starts on Wednesday night. Game time is at 7:05 p.m with Brian Johnson getting the start against Jeremy Hellickson.

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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