Chris Sale showing flashes of Pedro Martinez in Boston start

Never mind that Taylor didn't find out until about 9 a.m. that he was being called up, just enough time to make the drive from the Red Sox's Triple-A home in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. "Had we been in the hotel, it would have been probably a lot different story than if we were at the field".

"I think he's carried what he did a year ago into this season despite missing the four games in Detroit", Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Guy punches out 10 or more just to stay in shape like Pedro". The Red Sox will then hit the road for a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Just after Sale finished his outing with his 11th and 12th strikeouts, Sandy Leon's bases-loaded RBI groundout snapped a 1-1 tie.

Snell (0-1, 3.18 ERA) held the New York Yankees to two runs on two hits with three walks and a strikeout in a 4 2/3-inning no-decision last Wednesday, an eventual 8-4 loss at Yankee Stadium.

Cobb battled to get the Rays through five innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits - though several the victim of what former manager Joe Maddon used to refer to as "bad geometry" in beating the shift - and not striking out any. (Then again, who wouldn't?) Monday's win improved them to 70-52 on the MA holiday and 12-5 in their last 17 Marathon Monday matinees. He was good to the last drop, too, dialing up a 96 miles per hour fastball on his 111th pitch, fanning Kevin Kiermaier to end the seventh inning.

"I'm sure it'll sink in more later tonight", Peterson said.

Ramirez suffered the injury rounding second base on Mitch Moreland's go-ahead single in the seventh inning. Getting the proverbial monkey off your back, I guess, is nice. "When you have that, you get pretty comfortable, pretty quick".

None of this is a surprise, of course.

We also got our first Chase Whitley sighting, who went 2 innings only giving up 1 hit and 1 BB.

Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi left his start after throwing one pitch in the second inning with left hamstring tightness.

You may not see a start like Carlos Martinez had again this season. The "K" cards are back in center field for Sale.

Boston (8-5) took three of the four games against Tampa Bay (6-8). But it was also Chris Sale Day at Fenway, an occasion that doesn't go unnoticed.

Farrell still hasn't given out direct roles and has been frequently changing how he uses everybody but closer Craig Kimbrel on a day-to-day basis.

Betts extended his streak of plate appearances without a strikeout to 123, the longest active streak in the majors and the longest by a Red Sox hitter since Denny Doyle (159) in 1975. And although details were sketchy, it's fair to assume they are still finding their way as a lineup in the wake of David Ortiz's retirement.

On Monday, that trend continued. But if it does? Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez was placed on paternity leave after the birth of his son on Easter Sunday. He gave up a leadoff single in the first and then retired three straight batters.

"That's how you like it, man", he said. "I'm going to come out here and try to do everything to help the team win".

"It's one of those things that I don't ever get too high or too low on starts".

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