Best Start Ever!: Red Sox crush Orioles to reach record 12-2

Red Sox Starting Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez

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The Boston Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles as the AL East rivals continue a four game series Sunday afternoon from Fenway Park.

The Orioles announced the move before Saturday's game against the Red Sox and activated pitcher Alex Cobb in a corresponding move.

Betts, 25, is off to an outstanding start this season for the Red Sox, batting.353 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 14 games. Playing time has been hard to come by for Swihart, but Cora was happy to get him into the game.

In fact, they are off to the best start in franchise history. "I called (Ramirez Friday) morning". Betts got hurt in a home plate collision and later had to leave the game with a foot bruise.

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Andrew Benintendi drove in Mookie Betts with a double off the Wall to start it in the first inning. Many wondered why the Red Sox were going to rely on an aging designated hitter coming off a down year.

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He already had one injury scare this month, missing Friday's game against the Orioles after taking a fastball to his wrist against NY. Furthermore, the Red Sox bats are red hot, scoring at least six runs in six consecutive games heading into Saturday's action. But Dombrowski signed only Mitch Moreland until spring training, then added J.D. Martinez in February.

Cora and Ramirez may not be surprised, but few expected this production from the Sox slugger through the first three weeks of the regular season.

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"You know when you visit someone and they're like confident and they tell you things you want to hear?" "It was exciting to see him out there today". "He was doing his rehab and the first thing he said, 'You don't have to worry about me".

" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very risky". Sale was stellar in his latest effort, limiting the tough Yankees lineup to only one run in six strong innings, leading to his first win of the season. Cobb left a hanging breaking ball up and Martinez flicked it into the Sox bullpen.

"We got some guys that can drive the ball all over the place", Cora said after the game. "You saw J.D. going to right, that was impressive". Chris Davis and Trey Mancini each went 2 for 4 with a double while Anthony Santander added a two-bagger of his own and Manny Machado and Adam Jones each contributed a base knock to finish the offense for Baltimore in the loss. "This is the best team in the world, hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that". Boston pounded out a season-high 15 hits, with Martinez collecting three and Benintendi, Ramirez, Blake Swihart, Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each chipping in two.

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