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Red Sox Stun Rays With Huge Two-Out Rally, Off To Best Start In Franchise History

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With their 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox improved their record to 8-1, making it the first time in franchise history (since 1901) that they’ve won eight of the first nine games to begin a season.

Needless to say, it was the team’s most dramatic win thus far in 2018.

The Red Sox trailed the Rays 7-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. It finally looked like Boston’s seven-game win streak was going to end, as well as Tampa Bay’s seven-game losing streak.

Not so fast.

Leading off the bottom half of the inning facing reliever Matt Andriese, Hanley Ramirez singled. J.D. Martinez and Brock Holt promptly followed by recording back-to-back outs, before a furious two-out rally lifted the Red Sox to an improbable win.

Let’s recap the rally that was, following the first three hitters of the inning:

Mitch Moreland: double to left, Ramirez scores (7-3 TB)
Eduardo Nunez: single to left, Moreland to third (7-3 TB)
Rafael Devers: double to left, Moreland and Nunez score (7-5 TB)
PITCHING CHANGE: Alex Colome replaces Andriese
Christian Vazquez: single to left, Devers scores (7-6 TB)
Mookie Betts: single to left, Vazquez scores (tied, 7-7)
Andrew Benintendi: double to left, Betts scores (8-7 BOS)
Hanley Ramirez: strikeout swinging (8-7 BOS after 8 innings)

Craig Kimbrel came on to seal the deal in the ninth, retiring the side in order for his third save in as many chances this year.

Ramirez was hyped up on Twitter following Boston’s furious game-winning rally:

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left the game in the seventh inning after injuring his ankle sliding into the Rays dugout while attempting to keep the ball in play; he was placed on the 10-day disabled list the next day, though the team is hopeful he can return soon.

It’s quite amazing how the Red Sox and Rays have gone in complete opposite directions since Opening Day, as both teams have reverse records through nine games.

As fans hoped and expected, the Red Sox beat up on the weak Florida teams to begin the year. Boston starts a three-game home set with the New York Yankees tonight, so now the true test begins.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Red Sox in game one looking for his first win of 2018, opposed by Luis Severino who’s looking for his third win in as many starts.

Can Boston keep up this torrid pace as they begin to face greater competition? Stay tuned!

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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