Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles


The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 7-3 on Friday night.

A two-time All-Star, Betts is off to a strong start this season, batting.353 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. Baltimore has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Sale dominated the Yankees during his last start and allowed just a single run on eight hits over six innings to go with eight strikeouts.

Braves 4, Cubs 0: Anibal Sanchez pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Preston Tucker backed him with a three-run homer and Atlanta spoiled Yu Darvish's first home start for Chicago. Mookie Betts is 6 for 22 with four RBI's against Bundy, while Hanley Ramirez is 4 for 18, and Jackie Bradley 6 for 17. Red Sox 3, Orioles 1.

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 past year a slashing just.242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI over 133 games.

Baltimore is off to its worst start since opening 2-13 in 2010, and Saturday the Orioles had to place Jonathan Schoop on the disabled list with an oblique strain suffered during an at-bat Friday. They own a 4.60 team ERA, positioning them 22nd in the Majors. He's now given up just three earned runs over his first 20 innings of 2018.

Hector Velazquez navigated through the first five innings to win it for the Red Sox, allowing only a two-run homer to Pedro Alvarez in the fifth. He held the Orioles to five runs in 22 innings accompanied with a 3-0 record last season, and he stands at 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 56.1 career innings. In his career, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA and 72 strikeouts against Baltimore. Ben Zobrist had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs.

The 30-year-old Cobb missed almost the entire two previous seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Red Sox hit zero grand slams previous year; they've hit three through 12 games this season. Over just nine games, the Red Sox shortstop is hitting.368 at the plate with seven runs, seven doubles, two homers and nine RBI.

BC-BBA-Orioles-Red Sox, 589Red Sox extend best start in 118-year history, beat O's 3-1AP Photo MASR106, MASR103, MASR102Eds: APNewsNow. His ERA is 1.06 while his WHIP is 1.00.

Along with the two losses this weekend, Baltimore has dropped four of its last five games.

0-4 in their last 4 games against the Red Sox.

Dating back to last season, the Orioles are now 9-29 over their last 38 games.

The Orioles offense has slashed.222/.294/.351 on its way to 3.3 runs scored per game this year, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over the team's last five outings (1-4 SU). His first real game didn't go as planned.

Astros 2, Rangers 1: Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Derek Fisher scored the go-ahead run on Drew Robinson's error in the eighth, sending host Houston to the victory.

Two bombs went off near the finish line under an hour after the Red Sox completed their annual Patriots' Day game on April 15, 2013. A significant portion of the chilled Saturday afternoon crowd headed for shelter early in this one, with Boston's latest victory secured long before Marcus Walden delivered the game's final pitch in the top of the ninth.