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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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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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