Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Red Sox are 12-2 for the first time in franchise history

Red Sox are 12-2 for the first time in franchise history

Ramirez is hitting third against right-hander Alex Cobb. "My shoulder was free and I knew right away I was going to be able to do whatever I wanted".

Showalter lowered his expectations for this first start, but he's confident the Orioles made a wise investment in Cobb. Many wondered why the Red Sox were going to rely on an aging designated hitter coming off a down year. Hector Velazquez got the win, improving to 2-0 after giving up just two runs on six hits while striking out five over five innings of work, while Marcus Walden recorded his first save of the year with three innings of relief from the 7th to the 9th to close out the win. Bundy posted a solid 3.94 ERA against the Red Sox last season, and he has been outstanding in his three starts this season, plus the under is 5-1-1 in Bundy's last seven starts against the Red Sox.

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Largely limited to DH duties due to lingering shoulder issues, Ramirez failed to establish himself as Boston's premier bat in the heart of the order a year ago a slashing just.242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI over 133 games.

Betts' leg bent awkwardly as the All-Star outfielder slid into Orioles catcher Chance Sisco while attempting to avoid a tag in the bottom of the first inning. He's hitting.362 with three homers and 15 RBIs, all tops on the team. "I still remember, I saw him in that clinic in Miami and he was doing his rehab and the first thing he said was, 'You don't have to worry about me".

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"He gave it a go and then he took batting practice outside and it was impressive", said manager Alex Cora. I'll be fine.' I'll go back to past year. "It was exciting to see him out there today". Out of all the guys, for whatever reason he was locked in and he was the guy we were really paying attention to, because he was hitting line drives all over the place. "When he's locked in and when he's healthy a he's very risky".

But Cobb didn't look ready to face major league hitters, struggling to locate his two-seam fastball as it sailed up in the zone while hanging his splitter and curveball too often. That was followed by an RBI double to left field by Ramirez, which put the Red Sox up 7-0. Martinez hit a solo homer and drove in two runs total for Boston. "This is the best team in the world hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that". With all the traffic that (Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi) are gonna create, he's gonna have good at-bats - he's gonna get pitches to hit. Chris Davis and Trey Mancini each went 2 for 4 with a double while Anthony Santander added a two-bagger of his own and Manny Machado and Adam Jones each contributed a base knock to finish the offense for Baltimore in the loss.

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