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Dustin Pedroia: Dustin Pedroia homers, scores winning run


Rays 4, Red Sox 6: We were winning until we weren't

Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth Saturday night by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 for their 10th consecutive win. Back on September 6, when this stretch began, the Sox were tied with Toronto atop the East, and the Orioles were just one game back of both teams.

Ortiz also didn’t like all the trips to the mound by Sanchez. “I’ll trick them tomorrow”.

“A very emotional day”, Ortiz said.

Papi admitted that he would sometimes catch himself being a “fan” of Jeter while watching from the Red Sox bench or first base.

Somehow, baseball was played on Sunday. But you get the idea. “You could be a dad”.

Philadelphia’s Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf each hit homers for the second consecutive night as Philadelphia built its lead. When you walked around Santo Domingo in the ’90s, you would see so many Yankees caps. “I’m so focused. My adrenaline goes through the roof”. I’m so focused. My adrenaline goes through the roof.

This year he is batting.315 (17-for-54) with six home runs and 13 RBIs against the Yankees. We have a lot of, what, 3 million Dominicans living here in NY. His 1.065 OPS is second only to George Brett (1.180) among players with at least 50 postseason plate appearances as a Yankees opponent. “The dimensions are ideal for a left-handed power hitter”.

Ortiz explained that he channels his intensity for games in Yankee Stadium because of his experiences in his native Dominican Republic, where he says the Yankees are extremely popular and New York City is viewed as “the American dream”.

The Red Sox are simply playing stellar baseball right now, and I’m certainly not going to pick against them. “I was thinking about Jose the whole game”. Dumb play. I mean, it’s great to see that the guy is finally hitting, and I love the hustle.

Ortiz has been booed at Yankee Stadium since he joined the Red Sox for the 2003 season.

Trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, the Yankees scored five runs to take the lead and when Dellen Betances struggled in the bottom of the ninth, former Red Sox reliever Tommy Layne finished the game. But if you’re looking at a proven zero and an unknown, it probably won’t hurt too much to take the chance on the unknown. The Blue Jays have won a team-record eight straight at home against the Yankees. If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, how can Ortiz’s supposed use prevent you from acknowledging him during his final at-bats in the Bronx?

“Yankee fans, I got one final thing to tell you”, Ortiz wrote.

Taijuan Walker pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Mariners, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven.

We couldn’t have said it better. “And those were pitches that they were able to capitalize on”.

HOUSTON – Joe Musgrove worked seven strong innings and Houston belted three solo home runs to offer support in a win over Los Angeles at Minute Maid Park.

“It’s not acceptable”, he said. Tampa Bay jumped ahead 3-1 in the third as Casali and Kiermaier singled, then with two outs, scored on a two-run double by Miller.