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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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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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