- Cora said lefty Drew Pomeranz, who recently made a rehab start for Double-A Portland, will make his next start with the Red Sox.
Cobb was trailing 3-0 after Boston's third batter, first baseman Hanley Ramirez, hit a two-run home run in the first, and he gave up another in the third on designated hitter J.D. Martinez's homer and four more in the fourth. He knew he wasn't going to play, so keeping him off his feet. "I was happy he was in the lineup and he contributed".
Hanley Ramirez rounds third base in front of Oriole Danny Valencia after the Red Sox DH hit a two-run home run in the first inning Saturday. He's hitting.362 with three homers and 15 RBIs, all tops on the team. That moment concluded with Ramirez racing into right field to avoid the talcum/water/Gatorade shower typically reserved for such moments. In short, he looks like someone having the time of his life. The over has hit in two of those games, compared to seven that've gone under in such games. Cora had named Ramirez his No. 3 hitter early in spring training, which raised eyebrows, but in short order, Ramirez has proven indispensable.
"You know when you visit someone and they're confident and tell you the things that you want to hear? It was exciting to see him out there today". "Once he gets comfortable and settled in, he's a good pitcher", Beckham said. When he's locked in and healthy, he's very risky.
"He's doing OK, day-to-day", Cora said before the game. He's not going to lie to me, he understands that we need him healthy. He's only going to get better. Sometimes we get caught up in the protection part of it, but obviously when J.D.'s swinging the bat, that's a good spot. I want you to be a good hitter and when he's a good hitter, he's very unsafe.
"Right now, it's been good baseball for a while". So he's locked in.
Compared to his overall season slash line of.260/.311/.473, Machado did not do as well hitting against righties on the road last season, maintaining a slash line of.227/.264/.387 across 254 such plate appearances. That's the number Ramirez must reach to guarantee his $22 million option for 2019. They began the year scoring just 21 runs in their first seven games, but came back home to Fenway Park and have since been on fire, putting up 62 runs in their last seven games.
In fact, they are off to the best start in franchise history. 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.