Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mookie Betts Leads Way As Red Sox Slam Yankees, 14-1

Mookie Betts Leads Way As Red Sox Slam Yankees, 14-1

A pair of bitter AL East rivals finish up a midweek set up in Beantown.

Mookie Betts hit a grand slam on a monster night, leading Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox over the NY 14-1 Tuesday for their ninth straight victory.

It's not necessarily a monumental revelation, but it's nevertheless an indication that Cora does not intend to hide from any mistakes he may be making a first-time manager.

The Red Sox slammed Luis Severino for five runs over five innings. Betts is 14-for-26 (.538) with two homers and six RBIs in seven games since the calendar turned to April.

As it turned out, the Sox scored nine runs in the sixth to drain the energy out of the highly anticipated showdown while on their way to a 14-1 smackdown of the Yanks.

The New York Yankees are the most valuable franchise in baseball at an estimated value of $4 billion, according to Forbes' annual list, released Wednesday.

It is power lefty against power lefty as Mariners pitcher James Paxton (0-1, 7.45 ERA) faces off with Royals ace Danny Duffy (0-2, 7.45) in a matchup of pitchers trying to return to 2017 form.

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The Red Sox are 8-2 in Price's last 10 home starts and have won five of his last seven starts overall. After striking out on three pitches in his first at-bat, he lasted only four pitches before Sale retired him swinging on a 95-mph fastball around his neck. And then he was able to shoot a ball with authority the other way and then the last ball was hit well. Things only got worse when they were tagged for nine runs (three earned) against the Red Sox, all in the sixth inning. Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts will not be the massive sluggers like Stanton or Judge, but they are hitters that will get on base and contribute to run scoring.

On the hill, Chris Sale went the first six innings, allowing one run, eight hits and eight strikeouts.

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1: Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning after Toronto teammate Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid in the eighth, and the visiting Blue Jays edged Baltimore. In 37 career starts against the Bombers, Price is 15-11 with a 4.36 ERA. Judge and Stanton both had solid games at the plate in the blowout loss in the opener.

In his first two at-bats, Sale made Stanton look silly. Look for Boston to prevail here to take the series and stay hot in the early part of the season.

Betts has been Boston's all-around best player the last three seasons, including in 2016 when he finished second in the American League MVP voting. Perhaps the weather has been a factor, or the fact that he faced Tampa Bay twice.

With the addition of Stanton, the Yankees lineup on paper seems unfair. The Yankees fall below.500 at 5-6. Given the way he's pitched in the early going, this one likely stays just under the total.

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