Still, the Red Sox can very well be the ones to win the division.
While all the talk heading into the season was about Sanchez, Judge, and Stanton, it was a Red Sox trio that stole the show Tuesday. Mookie Betts helped out, going four for four with a grand slam. The trio reached base in 12 of their 13 plate appearances.
Boston's J.D. Martinez went 1 for 5, but had a two-run double in the sixth.
Betts battled a sore wrist through most of previous year, but he's completely healthy and locked in to start the season.
Stanton added to his alarming strikeout total (he's now whiffed in 22 of his first 46 at-bats this season) with two against Sale, but also recorded a base hit off the hard-throwing lefty.
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Through the first 10 games Harper leads the league in home runs and is comfortably ahead of the field in drawing walks; incredibly he has hit a home run more often than he has been struck out, highlighting himself as the biggest threat to pitchers in the majors.
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry headlines Wednesday's slate of matches and Ben Steele offers up his best bets for tonight's action. Severino previously worked with Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez to avoid tipping pitches and attempted to make his delivery more deceptive.
But on this night when an adrenalized Fenway crowd was itching to become a factor, especially after the second and nastier altercation in the seventh, Chad Green and David Robertson authored three innings of shutout relief. "We've got two more here, so pick up where I left off here today and get it going". Tanaka is 1-1 through two starts with a 2.92 ERA, losing his last start to the Orioles. The bullpen was torched for nine runs in the sixth, though only three were earned, to put the game away.
It was a miscue that didn't end up costing the Red Sox anything - the Rays couldn't get the ball out of the infield against Kimbrel - but it's nevertheless a mistake that Cora owned up to on Tuesday afternoon.
Last year's New York Yankees squad surprised the baseball world as they won 91 games and made it to within one win of the 2017 World Series.
Four different Red Sox now lead the American League in five different offensive categories, and left-hander David Price is tied for the Major League Baseball lead in ERA.
Betts went 4 for 4, scoring five runs and driving in four.