Smith contender to land 'pen role in playoffs

September 20, 2017

The Red Sox hold a three-game lead in the American League East with 11 games remaining. Smith earned his first save of the season in Monday’s wild 10-8 victory in 11 innings over the Orioles. “I think it’s very possible,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Smith being part of the postseason plans. “The more outings like he had last night — that was a very powerful inning. That…

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Pedroia could return to lineup tonight

September 20, 2017

“I would think in an emergency only would we even consider putting him in a game, but [I] felt like after talking with him here and after he got checked out, felt like it was best to just hold him out a day,” said Farrell. “I would expect him to be back in the lineup tomorrow, but there was no further imaging here today. Didn’t feel like the follow-up with…

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Wild times: Sox again edge O's in 11 innings

September 20, 2017

It was the second night in a row the clubs went 11 innings, and Boston prevailed both times. With the win, the Red Sox have a 3 1/2-game lead in the American League East, pending the outcome of the Yankees-Twins game. The Red Sox reduced their magic number to clinch a postseason berth to three games. Brock Holt opened the winning rally with a high chopper for an infield single….

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Bradley robs Davis of HR with leaping grab

September 20, 2017

It was the third time Bradley has prevented an opponent from hitting a home run this season. Bradley took a walk-off homer away from Ryon Healy on May 19 at Oakland. Must C: Bradley robs walk-off HR Must C Catch: Bradley takes back Healy’s walk-off HR Jackie Bradley Jr. times his leap in center perfectly to snag Ryon Healy’s potential walk-off home run, robbing him to send it to extras…

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Half whiffs: Kimbrel posting historic K rate

A well-placed landmark sign might inform gawkers that Kimbrel also posted the first such season in 2012. Lowering the minimum, only Aroldis Chapman‘s late-starting, 54-inning 2014 season has crossed the threshold. Outside of that, no one else has touched 50 percent in a season of even 30 innings (Carter Capps came closest, in 31 innings in ’15). Before Kimbrel came along, the most dominant strikeout rate season on record belonged…

September 19, 2017
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Key hits, clutch relief behind 'extra' success

September 19, 2017

In extras, the Sox are an impressive 14-3. In franchise history, only the 1943 Red Sox have won more games in extra innings, with 15. Benintendi’s go-ahead single BOS@BAL: Benintendi plates two with a single in 11th Andrew Benintendi sneaks a bases-loaded single through the right side to give the Red Sox a 10-8 lead in the top of the 11th inning The success in extras hasn’t just become a…

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Sox give extra effort vs. O's, stay 3 games up

The Red Sox are 14-3 in extra innings, while the Orioles slipped to 12-3. “I think that’s the kind of team we have,” said Benintendi. “We’re never really out of it. We can put rallies together like that and score six runs like we did pretty quickly. Then our bullpen did a great job tonight. We’re kind of used to these extra games now, so we know what it takes.”…

September 19, 2017
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