Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays


Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez left Sunday's game with a cramp in his left hamstring but said following the team's 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays that he'll "be fine" to play Monday against Tampa Bay.

Ramirez got his first RBIs of the season, hitting a two-run double with the bases loaded off Juan Nicasio (0-2) that made it 3-all.

"He's probably in the best spot he's been from a delivery standpoint in the year and a half he's been here", said manager John Farrell, who had planned to give Kimbrel the day off until the closer came to him and said he could pitch. (If you're still using literally yesterday's stats, like saves, Kimbrel hasn't blown one since last June 4.) Benintendi went 3-4, Betts 2-4, and Heath Hembree pitched a scoreless eighth inning with 2 strikeouts. Castillo is batting.300 with six runs batted in and is coming off a streak in which he picked up two hits four games in a row.

Odorizzi left his start Saturday after throwing the first pitch of the second inning during Boston's 2-1 win over the Rays.

The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with "Boston" across the front instead of "Red Sox". Mookie Betts is hitless in five career at-bats opposite Snell.

"It is such a big deal for the Red Sox in more ways than one", Wright told

The Rays put a runner on second with nobody out for Longoria, who struck out chasing a Matt Barnes pitch in the dirt.

"I think it comes back to not getting any strikeouts", he said of his outing. The Rays would have runners in scoring position in the 3rd, 6th and 7th inning, but only were able to bring across 1 run off a Souza single to score Beckham.

"I'll be fine. I'll be in (the lineup today)", Ramirez said.

The inexpicable error cost the Rays extensively, as the Red Sox went on to score three runs that inning, and take a 4-2 lead.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright pitches for the Red Sox against Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell.

"It was a little bit of a frustrating loss", Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Sale got 11 outs retiring his last 10 batters, including a run of five straight strikeouts. "So you go in and kind of bounce some things off of him", he said.

Wright (1-1) allowed only one earned run and nine hits before being pulled after a leadoff single in the seventh. Yes, eight. Had he had just an ounce more of control the Cardinals likely win a game they lost.

Tampa Bay Rays' Corey Dickerson (10) is welcomed to the dugout after hitting a home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. Before that, their worst start was 2-8 to open the 1978 season, which was their second year of Major League existence. In his two starts this year, Snell holds an 0-1 record, a 3.18 ERA and six Ks in 11.1 innings.