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Postby elaine95 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:00 am

BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi’s hit bounced a handful of times before finding its way into center field for the winning run and a big four-game sweep over the rival Yankees.The Red Sox now find themselves in firm control of the AL East.Benintendi’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th capped Boston’s rally from three runs down in the ninth against New York closer Aroldis Chapman [url=http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-juan-samuel-jersey]Juan Samuel Jersey[/url] , and the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep with a 5-4 victory Sunday night.“Any 10 hopper that goes through for a hit feels pretty good,” the usually quiet Benintendi said, breaking into a grin. “Everybody knew how big the series was. We came in and did what we wanted to do. We kind of stole this one.”Boston opened a 9 1/2-game lead atop the division over the Yankees, who lost their season-high fifth straight.“It feels like another great win, obviously it was against our rivals,” Boston’s J.D. Martinez said.Mookie Betts hit his 26th homer for Boston (79-34), which has won eight of nine games and owns the majors’ best record.The Yankees hadn’t been swept in a four-game series by the Red Sox when they entered a series 30 or more games over .500 since Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ rookie season in 1939, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.“A tough way to obviously end a tough weekend, but we can’t let this define what’s been a great season,” manager Aaron Boone said.Sandy Leon looped a two-out single off Jonathan Holder (1-3) in the 10th and advanced on a wild pitch. Tony Renda pinch-ran before Benintendi’s single up the middle to the right of the second-base bag into center field.Matt Barnes (4-3) worked a perfect inning in the top of the 10th.For the Yankees, it was a stunning reversal of the Boston Massacre in 1978 when the Yankees came to town and swept the Red Sox en route to erasing a large lead and capturing the AL East.“We lost these four games here, but what I can tell you is that we’re gonna keep battling. We’re gonna keep playing ball,” Chapman said through a translator. “There’s no looking back.”It snapped his streak of converting 22 straight opportunities since his last blown save on May 4.With New York leading 4-1 in the ninth [url=http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-larry-andersen-jersey]Larry Andersen Jersey[/url] , Chapman loaded the bases on walks before Martinez’s two-out, two-run single pulled Boston within one. Third baseman Miguel Andujar then bounced a throw to first on Xander Bogaerts‘ grounder, with pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. racing home with the tying run.Red Sox starter David Price took a shutout into the seventh, giving up two runs and four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.Playing on a beautiful mid-summer night with a sellout crowd amped from the opening pitch, Price and Masahiro Tanaka were locked in a scoreless duel before Betts hit a hanging cutter completely out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster in the fifth.Price, tagged for 12 runs over 4 1/3 innings in his other two starts against the Yankees this season, left to a rousing ovation with two on and nobody out in the seventh.Heath Hembree walked Shane Robinson before Bogaerts booted what looked like a sure double-play grounder, allowing two runs. Stanton followed with an RBI single and Gleyber Torres had a sacrifice fly.Tanaka gave up one run and six hits, striking out nine and walking one in 4 2/3 innings.NOT FOR SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale, on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, will miss his second straight start.Manager Alex Cora had been saying the hope was for him to start Wednesday in Toronto. However, when the team listed its probable starters for the next series, it was RHP Rick Porcello.A-ROD SPEAKSWorking the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast for his first time in Fenway [url=http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-robin-roberts-jersey]http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-robin-roberts-jersey[/url] , color analyst and former Yankee Alex Rodriguez discussed his fight with former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek in 2004 during the broadcast, saying the current Yankees need a spark.“The fans here, they took that as a pivotal moment on winning a championship,” he said. “And I’m not saying the Yankees need to start a fight by any means, but I’d love to see more fight, more action, more Paul O’Neill attitude and sometimes you want a guy in the room to stand up and not necessarily throw a chair, but get in somebody’s face and show some emotion, some passion.”Boston rallied from a 0-3 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS en route to winning its first World Series since 1918.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: OF Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist) played catch, but still hasn’t swung a bat. Boone said: “They hope it’s a pain-free situation. There is a chip in there, a broken wrist, you’ve got to get it right.” … Boone also said he hopes C Gary Sanchez (strained right groin) will be running at full speed by the end of the week and LHP J.A. Happ (hand, foot and mouth disease) could start Thursday.Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (sprained right ankle) threw a bullpen that Cora called “impressive.” … 3B Rafael Devers (strained left hamstring) is slated to play for Single-A Lowell in a rehab assignment Monday.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Lance Lynn (7-8 [url=http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-tug-mcgraw-jersey]Tug McGraw Jersey[/url] , 4.89 ERA) is in line to make his first start for the Yankees on Monday against the White Sox. He was acquired from Minnesota on July 30.Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-5, 6.56) is slated to start the opener of a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Toronto. He also never won a Cy Young Award, was named in the infamous Mitchell Report and admitted to using human growth hormone.Speaking of which...The HoldoversOh, here we go.Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens both belong in the Hall of Fame.Bonds is the all-time leader for career and single-season home runs next to a raft of other accolades and accomplishments. Clemens is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and ranks third on the list of all-time strikeout leaders.Counterargument: Both players were implicated in baseball's steroid era and should be kept out of the Hall of Fame for moral reasons.You already know where you come down in that particular debate, so we're not going to try to convince you one way or the other.Last year, Bonds got 56.4 percent of the vote and Clemens got 57.3 percent. As an aside, if you're a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America who cast a "yes" for Clemens and a "no" for Bonds, you need to turn in your credentials now. Like, seriously.At any rate, Bonds and Clemens figure to hang around, short of induction but well above elimination, while MLB wrestles with its history of performance-enhancing drugs.Uncredited/Associated Press"Things are definitely turning around for the better," Bonds said in January [url=http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-drew-hutchison-jersey]Drew Hutchison Jersey[/url] , per MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom. "I only have so many years left. So, 2021? That's going to be fun. And they're going to put us in together? That'd be great."Beyond the PED conundrum, voters will consider Edgar Martinez, the greatest designated hitter of all time, along with Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling.All three surpassed 50 percent of the vote in 2018, but none is a shoo-in for enshrinement. Schilling appears to have been dinged for his controversial political leanings and borderline statistical case. Mussina might be stuck in good-not-great purgatory, though his vote total rose to 63.5 percent in 2018.Martinez, meanwhile, is the test case for whether a DH can gain HOF entry, and his 70.4 percent vote total in 2018 put him on the doorstep. The InducteesSo, who's getting a plaque in Cooperstown in 2019?Rivera, the all-time saves leader with 652, has all the trappings of a first-ballot lock. He's a lifetime New York Yankee [url=http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-larry-bowa-jersey]Larry Bowa Jersey[/url] , a postseason legend and the platonic ideal of a closer. In a world where it took Trevor Hoffman only three years, Rivera should do it in one.Martinez got close enough in 2018 to suggest he might vault over the 75 percent threshold. It's also his final year of eligibility, though there are other avenues for future induction.Instead, we'll pick a different player to join Rivera in the '19 class.That would be Halladay, whose 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts, two Cy Young Awards, perfect game and postseason no-hitter compose a strong if not unimpeachable HOF resume.Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty ImagesWith Halladay'stragic deathin November still fresh in the minds of voters, his induction may come sooner than previously expected.Martinez could make it a trio, but it says here it'll be Rivera and Halladay in 2019, while the Bonds/Clemens PED can gets kicked down the road.All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.
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