With the president directly criticizing players, they should no longer be silent
BALTIMORE -- Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East. They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, Mookie Betts had four RBIs and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games. Xander Bogaerts homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who remained three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East and reduced to four their magic number for clinching a playoff berth. Boston erased a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning and needed 10
OAKLAND — Matt Olson is not picky. He blasts home runs on the road, at home, against American or National League pitching, and regardless of how many men are on base. The A’s returned to the Coliseum on Friday after a nine-game trip, and their rookie first baseman picked up where he left off on the road. He launched a two-run homer in his first at-bat to propel Oakland to a fifth win in a row, 4-1, over the Texas Rangers. That’s six homers in his past seven games, eight in his past 11 and 16 over his past 23. Olson’s 24 homers are tied for second most in major league history over a player’s first 68 games. The White Sox’s Jose Abreu had 25 over the same career-opening stretch. Olson also has
Good morning, folks... The Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-2, yesterday, completing a sweep in Seattle, getting Texas back to .500, and keeping the team on the fringes of the playoff hunt. Levi Weaver has a game story from yesterday’s remarkable victory. Evan Grant has his “Instant Replay” from yesterday’s win. Carlos Gomez was back in the lineup yesterday, but still may not play every day going forward because of his bad ankle. Jeff Wilson has his “Rangers Reaction” from yesterday’s victory. Cole Hamels going deep was important because neither Jake Diekman nor Alex Claudio were available yesterday. Texas is hoping for a strong finish from a pen that has been up and down all season.