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Reversed call feels strangely familiar to Cora

Red Sox manager recalls similar play involving his brother
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OAKLAND -- For the record, Alex Cora agrees with the ruling that Andrew Benintendi was out of the baseline.

That's despite the fact that Cora remembers his brother, Joey, being ruled safe on a similar slide on a bunt single in a similarly momentous contest: Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series between the Mariners and Yankees.

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OAKLAND -- For the record, Alex Cora agrees with the ruling that Andrew Benintendi was out of the baseline.

That's despite the fact that Cora remembers his brother, Joey, being ruled safe on a similar slide on a bunt single in a similarly momentous contest: Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series between the Mariners and Yankees.

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You might remember that 11th-inning bunt single for setting up Edgar Martinez's legendary walk-off double that sent the Mariners to their first ALCS berth.

"I remember Joey sliding in 1995 against the Yankees," Alex Cora said. "He was out of the baseline and he was called safe. So it is what it is."

The circumstances were quite different, but the plays were nearly identical.

With the Red Sox down 3-0 in the sixth inning of Sean Manaea's no-hit bid on Saturday, Benintendi hit a soft ground ball down the first-base line. Manaea stumbled a bit getting off the mound, leaving first baseman Matt Olson to scoop up the ball and attempt a diving tag.

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea escapes the 6th to continue no-hitter

Benintendi stepped around the tag and reached out with his left arm to touch first base.

Joey Cora's play happened on a drag bunt down the first-base line leading off the bottom of the 11th, with the Mariners down, 5-4, to the Yankees and their season down to its last three outs. Pitcher Jack McDowell was slow to get off the mound, and first baseman Don Mattingly had to field the ball in front of first and attempt a diving tag on Cora.

Cora also stepped around the tag and reached out with his left arm to touch first base.

Cora was ruled safe. Benintendi was ruled safe. But the umpires overturned the ruling on Benintendi, saying that he had stepped out of the baseline.

Both plays will be part of history. Cora went on to score the tying run, with Ken Griffey Jr.'s ALDS-winning run not far behind. Benintendi and the Red Sox were on the losing end of the 12th no-hitter in A's history.

While Benintendi remains frustrated about the ruling on his play, both Alex and Joey Cora seem to be at peace with the call.

"[A difference] is we were in the biggest game of the year," Joey Cora said. "[Benintendi's] is game 20. In [mine], the game was on the line in Game 5. It's a do-or-die situation. I think the rules have changed a bit from then to now. They didn't get the call, but I got the call."

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Red Sox deal Elias to Seattle for PTBN or cash

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The Mariners acquired left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias from the Red Sox on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Elias, 29, will report to Triple-A Tacoma.

The Mariners acquired left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias from the Red Sox on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Elias, 29, will report to Triple-A Tacoma.

Seattle originally signed Elias as a free agent out of Cuba in 2011. He pitched in 51 games (49 starts) and posted a 3.97 ERA with the Mariners from 2014-15 before he was dealt to the Red Sox with right-hander Carson Smith for right-hander Jonathan Aro and left-hander Wade Miley in December 2015.

Elias played sparingly in the big leagues with Boston, appearing in just four games over the past two seasons. He spent the majority of 2017 on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Elias was 1-0 with one save and a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He is 15-21 with a 4.20 ERA (134 earned runs in 287 innings) with 244 strikeouts and 114 walks in 287 innings over 55 career Major League games, 50 of them starts.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Hall of Fame opens new ALS exhibit

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NEW YORK -- There is a special connection between the national pastime and the fatal illness commonly referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," making it an appropriate subject for a new exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

It has been nearly eight decades since Dr. Harold Habein of the Mayo Clinic diagnosed Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), effectively ending the career of the Yankees great, who delivered his famed "Luckiest Man" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.

NEW YORK -- There is a special connection between the national pastime and the fatal illness commonly referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," making it an appropriate subject for a new exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

It has been nearly eight decades since Dr. Harold Habein of the Mayo Clinic diagnosed Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), effectively ending the career of the Yankees great, who delivered his famed "Luckiest Man" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.

Video: Lou Gehrig's 'Luckiest Man' speech

Through the courage, dignity and efforts of those who have suffered from ALS, including a trio of well-known baseball players, the public is more aware of the rare illness and has donated hundreds of millions of dollars in hopes of finding a cure.

Video: Manfred on MLB's help for ALS research

The case includes artifacts related to the lasting legacies of Gehrig and fellow Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter, as well as former Boston College baseball star Pete Frates, who helped create the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which has raised more than $220 million worldwide for ALS research.

Video: Mayor of Boston declares Pete Frates Day

"Baseball owns this disease," said John Frates, Pete's father. "ALS and baseball are forever intertwined."

Artifacts related to Frates being displayed by the Hall include a description of his campaign of awareness, a ball signed by each of the three player sufferers of ALS (Frates, Gehrig and Hunter), Frates' fielding glove and the bucket he used for the iconic Ice Bucket Challenge at Fenway Park.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Travis makes Pipeline Team of the Week

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous week. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

It's just our second edition of Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week and we already have a pair of repeat performers.

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous week. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

It's just our second edition of Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week and we already have a pair of repeat performers.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Orioles lefty Zac Lowther have earned back-to-back honors, with both showing that the South Atlantic League is not so challenging for them thus far. Soto is joined by two other members of our Top 100 and Lowther is accompanied by a fellow member of the 2017 Draft class.  

Here is the latest addition of Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of April 16-22.

C: Austin Allen, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
(Padres' No. 28 prospect)
6 G, .500/.577/.909, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K

Allen was a two-time PTOW honoree last year in a season that saw him hit 22 homers and slug .497. Those wanting to see if that was a California League mirage should be pleased with his start, as his 11-for-22 week (with five extra-base hits) now has him hitting .373 with a .780 slugging percentage and six homers in the Texas League. He tops the circuit in slugging and OPS (1.202).

Watch: Allen crushes a double

1B: Sam Travis, Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A)
(Red Sox's No. 5 prospect)
6 G, .417/.500/.625, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Travis had four straight multi-hit games Monday through Thursday, starting with a two-hit performance that included his first home run of the International League season. Even with an 0-for-5 to end the week, he was still able to raise his season slash line to .346/.414/.462.

Watch: Travis ties score with two-run single

2B: David Fletcher, Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A)
(Angels' No. 24 prospect)
6 G, .467/.484/.767, 9 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

Fletcher nearly made the big league team out of Spring Training and is now hitting like he wants to force his way there. He has a seven-game hitting streak going and has raised his average from .172 on April 11 to .366. Four three-hit games this past week certainly helped and he picked up his first homer of the year while not striking out all week.

Watch: Fletcher doubles as part of four-hit game

3B: Austin Riley, Mississippi Braves (Double-A)
(Braves' No. 8 prospect/MLB No. 97)
6 G, .522/.560/1.043, 5 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

Riley has historically been a slow starter, but he's trying to reverse that trend in the Southern League in the early going. He led all prospects who can qualify for PTOW with 24 total bases last week and is now tied for second in the league with 14 RBIs and is fourth in OPS (1.190). His .386 average puts him eighth in the circuit.

Watch: Riley crushes third homer of 2018

SS: Brendan Rodgers, Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A)
(Rockies' No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 14)
6 G, .520/.538/.800, 3 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 4 K

When the week began, Rodgers was hitting just .143. Now he's up to .300 after a week that saw him hit in all six games he played in. He kicked things off with a three-hit performance and finished by going 5-for-5 on Sunday, including crushing his third home run of the season. Thanks to the week, Rodgers is now eighth in the Eastern League with his .533 slugging percentage.

Watch: Rodgers homers as part of five-hit day

OF: Calvin Mitchell, West Virginia Power (Class A)
(Pirates' No. 16 prospect)
7 G, .467/.500/.733, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 6 K

Heading to full-season ball as a high school draftee can be tough, but Mitchell, the Pirates' second-round pick last June, seems to be adjusting just fine. He now has an eight-game hitting streak going and had four multi-hit games this past week. He homered and drove in three runs on Wednesday before going 4-for-4 with four RBIs on Saturday. He's currently fourth in the South Atlantic League in batting average (.364) and OPS (1.070) and fifth in slugging (.652).

OF: Myles Straw, Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A)
(Astros' No. 21 prospect)
6 G, .520/.581/.680, 5 R, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SB, 4 K

Straw has a six-game hitting streak going, starting last week with a four-hit game and adding a 5-for-5 showing on Saturday. That's pushed his average up over .400 (he's second in the Texas League at .407). He also swiped three bases, giving him a league-leading 11 steals on the season (tied for third in the Minors).

Watch: Straw's four-hit night

OF: Juan Soto, Hagerstown Suns (Class A)
(Nationals' No. 2 prospect/MLB No. 29)
6 G, .391/.481/.739, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K

Soto showed an innate knack for hitting last year, but also missed most of the season with injuries. He's showing it was no fluke with how he's begun his 2018 campaign back in the South Atlantic League, with four two-hit games this last week. His advanced approach is clearly working, as he leads the SAL with his .486 on-base percentage. Soto's raw power is showing up in games: He tops the circuit in OPS (1.300) and slugging (.814) while his five homers put him in a tie for third. His strong start to the year earned him a promotion to Class A Advanced Potomac of the Carolina League.

Watch: Soto crushes three-run homer

LHP: Zac Lowther, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 17 prospect)
1-1, 0.90 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 18 K, 0.60 WHIP

Lowther is back again, even if he did give up some hits and a run. After beginning his year with six no-hit innings, the southpaw followed it up with two five-inning starts. Combined, he now has a ridiculous 31/2 K/BB ratio over his first 16 innings of work in the South Atlantic League to go along with a .094 batting average against and 0.44 WHIP.

RHP: Tony Santillan, Daytona Tortugas (Class A Advanced)
(Reds' No. 5 prospect)
2-0, 0.71 ERA, 2 GS, 12 2/3 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 0.79 WHIP

Santillan has always had dynamic stuff and he's coming off of a strong full season in the Midwest League. The one thing that has been a bit of a question mark has been his command, but if the start to his Florida State League season is any indication, he's headed in the right direction. After a week that saw him win both decisions, he's now gone at least six innings in three of his four starts this year with a 2.0 BB/9 rate.

RP: Seranthony Dominguez, Reading Fightin Phils (Double-A)
(Phillies' No. 12 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0.00 WHIP

Dominguez moved to the bullpen for the first time this season and the new role seems to suit him. His past as a starter still lets him go multiple innings, as he had a three-inning, no-hit, six-strikeout game on Wednesday and now has 17 K's (vs. just two walks) in 11 total innings.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Price tagged for HR in 8th in Boston's loss to A's

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OAKLAND -- Well, the Red Sox weren't going to win 90 percent of their games forever.

One day after their hot start was brought to a screeching halt by Sean Manaea's no-hitter, Boston's potent bats were again held in check by A's pitching. And after seven strong innings, David Price was tagged for a three-run homer by Khris Davis in the eighth as the A's claimed the series with a 4-1 victory Sunday at the Coliseum.

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OAKLAND -- Well, the Red Sox weren't going to win 90 percent of their games forever.

One day after their hot start was brought to a screeching halt by Sean Manaea's no-hitter, Boston's potent bats were again held in check by A's pitching. And after seven strong innings, David Price was tagged for a three-run homer by Khris Davis in the eighth as the A's claimed the series with a 4-1 victory Sunday at the Coliseum.

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The Red Sox lost consecutive games for the first time in 2018 and dropped their first series of the year after winning six straight to begin the season. They had started the season as the seventh team of the modern era (since 1900) to win 17 of its first 19 games.

But Boston is still 17-4 and holds a four-game lead in the AL East, with an off-day to regroup on Monday before a chance to extend its divisional lead in Toronto.

"It's still a good road trip," manager Alex Cora said. "We're, what, 4-2 [on this road trip]? So we go to Toronto, a division rival, win the series, and move on."

Price was stellar through the first seven innings, effectively attacking both sides of the plate, and was on track for his third quality start in five appearances in 2018. Although he yielded a first-inning run on Davis' RBI single, he only allowed one baserunner to reach second base from the second to the seventh innings.

"He threw the ball great," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "He battled for us the whole time and kept us within distance. We just didn't get him any runs. It's tough to see him work like that and not be able to give him a little support."

It all unraveled on one pitch in the eighth.

After allowing one-out singles to Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty, Price used his cutter to strike out the red-hot Jed Lowrie for the second out. Despite Price having thrown a season-high 95 pitches and a righty ready in the bullpen, Cora elected to leave Price in to face Davis.

Price wanted to throw a first-pitch cutter inside, but it caught too much of the plate, and Davis sent it into the left-field bleachers. It was only the second homer of the season allowed by Price and snapped a streak of nine consecutive games in which Sox pitching had allowed three or fewer runs.

Video: BOS@OAK: Davis belts a go-ahead three-run homer

"It was good until the last hitter I faced," Price said. "I made pitches all day long, and one pitch cost me, and it cost our team. So that [stinks]."

Meanwhile, Boston's lineup had no answers for Oakland starter Daniel Mengden, who allowed a pair of singles in the first, but settled down, retiring 16 of the next 17 Red Sox hitters.

Mengden followed a similar game plan to that of Manaea on Saturday, getting ahead in the count before expanding the zone with offspeed pitches. Regardless, Cora felt that his offense, even with Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Eduardo Nunez getting days off, put together good at-bats and hit the ball hard. The timely hits just didn't come.

And that will happen over the course of a 162-game season.

"Offensively, we feel very capable of scoring runs every night," Cora said. "We think we're a great offensive club. But this is going to happen. They're not going to score seven, eight runs a night. But with the pitching staff that we have, they always will give us a chance to win a game."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Sox strand two:
The Red Sox finally got to Mengden in the seventh, when back-to-back singles from Moreland and Rafael Devers gave Boston two baserunners with nobody out. After Blake Swihart's swinging bunt led to a forceout at third, Brock Holt came through with an RBI double down the right-field line to tie the game at 1, ending Mengden's outing.

Video: BOS@OAK: Holt scorches an RBI double to right

But reliever Yusmeiro Petit induced a foul popup by Christian Vazquez and struck out Tzu-Wei Lin with three straight fastballs to strand Sox runners on second and third, preserving the tie for Davis' late heroics.

"No outs, runner on first and second, and I hit a swinging bunt," Swihart said. "We had a couple of opportunities. Brock came through and got us a run, and the more and more we play, the more and more opportunities we're going to come through on."

HE SAID IT
"[Price] gets Jed out, we had [Carson Smith] ready, but I felt with the conviction with which he pitched and the way he dominated Jed -- right now, Jed is probably the best hitter in the league -- so I decided to leave him there. A cutter over the plate, and Davis put a good swing on it." -- Cora, on his decision to let Price face Davis in the eighth

UP NEXT
The Sox are off on Monday before they head to Toronto for three games to wrap up a nine-game road trip. Resurgent right-hander Rick Porcello will seek his MLB-leading fifth win against a powerful Blue Jays lineup that is second in the American League in scoring. Toronto lefty J.A. Happ will oppose Porcello at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Lefty Poyner activated, optioned to Triple-A

Pedroia to remain in Fort Myers; Maddox progressing
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OAKLAND -- The Red Sox activated left-handed reliever Bobby Poyner from the 10-day disabled list before Sunday's game and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager Alex Cora also offered updates on the status of pitcher Austin Maddox and second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Sunday.

Poyner completed his second rehab outing on Saturday with Pawtucket, twirling a 10-pitch scoreless seventh inning against the Gwinnett Stripers. He retired the side in order, striking out Chris Stewart to end the frame.

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OAKLAND -- The Red Sox activated left-handed reliever Bobby Poyner from the 10-day disabled list before Sunday's game and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager Alex Cora also offered updates on the status of pitcher Austin Maddox and second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Sunday.

Poyner completed his second rehab outing on Saturday with Pawtucket, twirling a 10-pitch scoreless seventh inning against the Gwinnett Stripers. He retired the side in order, striking out Chris Stewart to end the frame.

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The 25-year-old lefty had been on the disabled list since April 12 with a left hamstring strain.

The Red Sox had been talking about having Pedroia meet the team in Boston, but the veteran second baseman wished to remain at the team's extended spring training complex in Fort Myers at this stage in his recovery.

"He feels that going to Boston is going to work against him mentally because he's going to be around the players and then he's going to have to go back to Fort Myers," Cora said. "So he'll stay down there and keep working."

According to Cora, Pedroia is essentially at a stage similar to the first few weeks of Spring Training, doing defensive drills and building up his strength. They do not yet have a concrete timetable for his recovery program.

Cora also feels that keeping Pedroia in Fort Myers is important due to the leadership he offers to the younger players in extended spring training.

"Regardless of where he's at, he's going to do everything right and 100 percent," Cora said. "He's one more instructor down there."

Maddox threw an "aggressive" 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday with encouraging results. Cora said that Maddox is slated to throw one more bullpen session before progressing to live batting practice.

"We do feel that he's going to contribute sooner rather than later," Cora said. "He's different than the other guys. He pitches inside, he elevates. He's one of those guys, that when healthy, we feel comfortable with him with matchups."

Maddox has not pitched this season as he recovers from a right shoulder strain. The 26-year-old righty recorded a 0.52 ERA in 17 1/3 innings of relief for the Red Sox last season, with 14 strikeouts and two walks.

Red Sox to celebrate Earth Day on April 27

As part of Major League Baseball's league-wide sustainability initiatives to recognize Earth Day, the Red Sox will celebrate Earth Day on April 27 at Fenway Park in collaboration with their partners at Waste Management and Aramark.

The Sox will have a fan engagement table that will include recycling games, trivia and giveaways and a postgame waste sort similar to their effort last year.

They will also announce that they will collaborate Engie, their energy supplier, to offset 100 percent of their electricity consumption with green e-certified renewable energy certificates through November 2019.

The Red Sox are one of nine clubs that utilize solar power at their ballpark, and one of 11 teams that operates its own garden or farm. Boston uses its garden to source some food for concession stands and restaurants at Fenway Park.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Dalbec among top prospect performers

Rockies' No. 1 racks up five hits, goes deep
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

It was a perfect end to the week for Brendan Rodgers, as the Rockies' No. 1 prospect hit a two-run homer and a double while going 5-for-5 in Double-A Hartford's 11-9 win over Harrisburg.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

It was a perfect end to the week for Brendan Rodgers, as the Rockies' No. 1 prospect hit a two-run homer and a double while going 5-for-5 in Double-A Hartford's 11-9 win over Harrisburg.

Rodgers, MLB Pipeline's No. 14 overall prospect, singled in his first two at-bats before connecting on a home run to left field, his third homer this season, in the bottom of the fourth inning. He added his third single of the contest in his next at-bat and then capped his big game with an RBI double as part of Hartford's four-run eighth inning.

The five-hit game was the third in Rodgers' career. The 21-year-old shortstop previously accomplished the feat with Class A Advanced Lancaster (June 9, 2017) and Rookie-level Grand Junction (July 12, 2015). It also extended Rodgers' hitting streak to six games, during which he's lifted his batting average from .143 to .300.

Rodgers homers on five-hit day

Fellow Rockies prospects Garrett Hampson (No. 7) and Yonathan Daza (No. 20) also collected multiple hits and plated a run in the Yard Goats' victory, while Brain Mundell (No. 18) connected on his first home run in a 2-for-5 performance.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves' No. 1) extended his hitting streak to five games with a 3-for-6 effort for Triple-A Gwinnett. The three hits were a season high for the 20-year-old phenom, who has lifted his average from .139 to .217, while also scoring five runs, during his current streak.

Video: Top Prospects: Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves

No. 22 overall prospect Willy Adames' (Rays' No. 2) first home run of the season was a big one, as the 22-year-old shortstop connected on a second-inning grand slam in Triple-A Durham's rout of Lehigh Valley. It was the fourth straight game in which Adames tallied at least one hit and one RBI.

Adames' grand slam

No. 26 overall prospect Sixto Sanchez (Phillies' No. 1) was a tough-luck loser for Class A Advanced Clearwater despite tossing six innings of two-run ball. The 19-year-old right-hander, making his second start this season, scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five in the performance, throwing 63 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

No. 36 overall prospect Luis Urias (Padres' No. 3) filled out the stat sheet, tallying two hits, three runs, two RBIs and two walks in Triple-A El Paso's win over Las Vegas. The 20-year-old second baseman began his day with a two-run home run, his second this season, and went on to reach base three more times to finish 2-for-3. It was the second straight two-hit game for Urias.

Video: Top Prospects: Luis Urias, 2B, Padres

No. 68 overall prospect Fernando Romero (Twins' No. 2) was dominant for Triple-A Rochester, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball with 10 strikeouts in a loss against Columbus. A 23-year-old right-hander, Romero is still in search of his first 2018 win but owns a 1.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings across his three starts.

Romero fans his 10th batter

Dodgers No. 15 prospect Connor Wong capped his week just as he did the last one -- by hitting a pair of home runs for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The 2017 third-rounder connected on a two-run shot in the first inning and added a solo shot in the sixth, giving Wong eight home runs (as well as eight multi-hit performances) in his first 12 games. He also had an RBI single in the ninth for a total of four RBIs on the day.

Mets No. 14 prospect Anthony Kay -- a first-round Draft pick in 2016 who missed all of '17 while recovering from Tommy John surgery -- picked up his first professional win behind six scoreless innings for Class A Columbia. The 23-year-old lefty threw 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes, as he allowed three hits, walked one and struck out five to lead the Fireflies past Hickory, 5-0. Kay has pitched well to begin the season, logging a 1.69 ERA across his first 16 innings (three starts) as a pro.

Kay picks up his fifth strikeout

Nationals No. 9 prospect Daniel Johnson enjoyed his best offensive performance of the season, going 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs as Double-A Harrisburg fell to Hartford, 11-9. The home run, a solo shot in the second inning, was the first this season for the Senators' leadoff man. In 2017, Johnson, 22, was one of 10 Minor Leaguers to finish with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases, tallying 22 in each category.

Video: Top Prospects: Daniel Johnson, OF, Nationals

Orioles No. 17 prospect Zac Lowther recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second time in three starts for Class A Delmarva. After striking out 13 and seven batters in his first two starts, respectively, the 21-year-old lefty fanned 11 batters in five innings Sunday while allowing one earned run on two hits and one walk. All together, Lowther has punched out 31 batters and allowed just five hits in 16 innings this season.

Reds No. 6 prospect Tony Santillan allowed his first earned run of the season in his fourth start for Class A Advanced Daytona, a 5-1 win against Dunedin. Working 6 2/3 frames, the 21-year-old right-hander yielded six hits and a walk while striking out six. He also induced eight ground-ball outs in the outing while throwing 57 of 87 pitches for strikes. He's 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA and a 24-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 22 2/3 innings on the season.

Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning that powered Class A Advanced Salem to a 6-4 win over Winston-Salem. The home run, Dalbec's fifth this season, capped a two-hit, four-RBI game for the 22-year-old third baseman, who had doubled earlier in the contest. He's produced a .923 OPS with 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs in 17 games.

Dalbec's extra-inning homer

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Red Sox's 8-game win streak ends in no-no

Sale strikes out 10; Sox can't solve Manaea in loss
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OAKLAND -- It only seems fitting that it would take a historic performance to slow Boston's historic start to the season.

The Red Sox were looking to become the sixth team in the modern era to win 18 of its first 20 games, but instead, history took the form of A's left-hander Sean Manaea in a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Manaea tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed only four baserunners as he tossed the 12th no-hitter in A's history.

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OAKLAND -- It only seems fitting that it would take a historic performance to slow Boston's historic start to the season.

The Red Sox were looking to become the sixth team in the modern era to win 18 of its first 20 games, but instead, history took the form of A's left-hander Sean Manaea in a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Manaea tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed only four baserunners as he tossed the 12th no-hitter in A's history.

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It was the first no-hitter pitched against the Red Sox since Seattle's Chris Bosio blanked Boston on April 22, 1993. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Red Sox, at 17-2 (.895), had the best record in MLB history by a team that was no-hit (minimum: five games into a season). The previous record was held by the Giants, who were 18-5 (.783) when they were no-hit by the Phillies' Kevin Millwood on April 27, 2003.

Video: BOS@OAK: Olson keeps no-no intact with play at first

"We're human. We haven't been acting like that for very long, but hey, when it's someone's night, it's their night," Red Sox starter Chris Sale said. "Manaea had really good stuff and was spot-on the whole night. I mean, you've got to tip your cap to him. When it's your night, it's your night."

Every no-hitter is a tremendous accomplishment, but for Manaea to achieve this feat against this seemingly unstoppable Boston lineup was particularly special.

The Red Sox had entered the game leading the Majors in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They had recorded at least 10 hits in each of their last seven games. Their plus-70 run differential through 19 games had been the second-best for any team during the live-ball era.

But Boston had no answers against Manaea, particularly in the face of an unexpected wrinkle: a much-improved changeup that the Red Sox hadn't expected the A's pitcher to throw so often, particularly against lefties.

Video: BOS@OAK: Statcast™ measures final out of Manaea no-no

"He's usually fastball in, slider away," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Manaea. "He started throwing changeups a lot better than last year that I remember. Better location, less velocity. He actually pitched today. Last year, he was throwing the ball. He was just throwing."

Manaea threw changeups on 32 of his 108 pitches and recorded 10 outs with the pitch, including a pair of strikeouts of the left-handed Jackie Bradley Jr.

Manaea had all three of his pitches working effectively, and according to Cora, the Boston lineup lost its discipline and expanded the strike zone more than the Red Sox manager had seen in the past.

"He was ahead with every pitch," Cora said. "It didn't matter: fastball, changeup and slider. But with two strikes, instead of going to his slider, he used his changeup more. That's why he threw a no-no."

The only blemishes on Manaea's pitching line were two walks: one to Mookie Betts to start the game, and one to Andrew Benintendi with two outs in the ninth. But the Red Sox also came close to breaking up the no-hit bid twice.

In the fifth inning, Sandy Leon hit a high popup into shallow left-center, and A's shortstop Marcus Semien tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch. The ball hit off his glove and then his bare hand and fell to the ground. It wasn't the easiest play for Semien to make, but it was ruled an error.

Video: BOS@OAK: Leon reaches first on Semien's error

"The only thing I can control is what I do on the field," Leon said. "Whatever decision is made after … I can do nothing about that. Whatever decision they make, I respect that."

One inning later, Benintendi hit a soft grounder up the first-base line, and it was initially ruled that he had avoided the tag of first baseman Matt Olson for an infield hit. But after a lengthy conference between the umpires, home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt reversed his call, ruling that Benintendi was out of the baseline, preserving the no-hit bid.

"I don't know. I've never seen that call before," Benintendi said. "It's kind of suspect in that situation. It [stinks]. It's a big league hit, and they don't grow on trees."

But in the end, it's also a testament to Manaea's performance that his two closest calls came on a swinging bunt and a pop fly. Boston simply couldn't make solid contact against the left-hander all night. At the end of the day, all Cora could do was offer a tip of the cap.

"I think we barreled three balls," Cora said. "[Eduardo] Nunez hit the ball hard twice, and then Mookie [Betts] on the last one. It was his night. He was amazing."

SOUND SMART
Manaea's performance snapped a streak of 3,987 games in which Boston had not been no-hit. That was the second-longest active streak in the Majors, second to, coincidentally, the A's. Oakland's streak now stands at 4,242 games.

HE SAID IT
"He threw a no-hitter, so he must have been doing something right out there. I know I keep saying it over and over, but when it's your night, it's your night. It's going to be hard to stop guys like that. It's like when Hanley gets locked in. You can throw him anything. Any pitcher on the mound can throw him any pitch at any given time. He's just going to rake it. It's just how it goes. When it's your night, it's your night. And like I said, the baseball gods just carry you through." -- Sale, on Manaea's performance

UP NEXT
In his last outing against the Angels on Tuesday, David Price showed no lingering effects of the numbness in his throwing hand that cut short his previous start in New York. Price pitched five strong innings against two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani in that start on Tuesday, and will make his fifth start of the season against Daniel Mengden and the A's in Sunday's 4:05 p.m ET series finale.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Injury updates: Bogaerts, Wright, Thornburg

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OAKLAND -- Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is expected to begin a two-game rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Saturday. Cora expects Bogaerts to return in time for next weekend's homestand against Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

The 25-year-old is expected to play against Toledo on Tuesday and Wednesday before taking a day off Thursday.

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OAKLAND -- Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is expected to begin a two-game rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Saturday. Cora expects Bogaerts to return in time for next weekend's homestand against Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

The 25-year-old is expected to play against Toledo on Tuesday and Wednesday before taking a day off Thursday.

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Although Bogaerts had been one of Boston's hottest hitters before his injury, he is more worried about getting comfortable on defense during his rehab assignment, according to Cora.

"He needs the repetitions, more defensively than offensively," Cora said. "For me, it was music to my ears, for him to care about his defense. That's awesome. Good for him."

Bogaerts has been hitting, taking grounders and running the bases during Boston's road trip. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 9 after sustaining a small crack in the talus bone in his left ankle while sliding into a dugout chasing an errant throw.

Although Cora had previously suggested that the turf playing surface at the Rogers Centre could be a factor in holding Bogaerts out of the upcoming Toronto series, it ultimately didn't factor into the rehab timeline.

"I think at the end, he was going to play somewhere," Cora said. "It's not the turf. It's more of how he feels."

Bogaerts had been slashing .368/.400/.711 with two homers, seven doubles, nine RBIs and five multi-hit games in the nine games before his injury.

Wright exits first rehab start with back stiffness

Veteran knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is recovering from left knee surgery that he underwent in May, was removed from his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket Friday night after experiencing stiffness in his back.

Wright had thrown 61 pitches in 2 2/3 innings against the Gwinnett Stripers. He was slated to throw six innings, with an 80-pitch limit.

"He didn't feel right the whole outing," Cora said. "Most likely, we'll keep him there, for now, in Pawtucket, but hopefully he gets better and he can make his next one."

Cora said that the timetable for Wright's return to the team is "up in the air," and the team will meet him Friday in Boston. The 33-year-old right-hander started the season on the 10-day disabled list following a platelet-rich plasma injection at the site of his surgery.

Wright notched three strikeouts and two walks while allowing three runs (two earned) against Gwinnett on five hits. He exited after allowing a walk and three singles in the third, including a single and a run scored by Ronald Acuna, MLB Pipeline's No. 2 prospect in baseball.

Upon his return, Wright will need to serve a 15-game suspension for a violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

Thornburg likely to throw live BP next weekend

Right-hander Tyler Thornburg will leave extended spring training and fly to Boston in time to meet the team for next weekend's homestand. Cora said that there is a "good chance" that Thornburg will throw live batting practice in Boston.

"Let's get him out of Fort Myers," Cora said. "There's a few people in Fort Myers that are going nuts right now. He'll go up there, be around us, and we'll go from there."

Thornburg has not pitched since 2016, when he was with the Brewers. He is recovering from a June 2017 surgery on his right shoulder to treat thoracic outlet syndrome.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Beeks among top prospect performers

Braves right-hander fires six dominant frames
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Kyle Wright had shown flashes of excellence early in his first Double-A campaign before putting it all together Saturday night in his finest performance as a pro.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Kyle Wright had shown flashes of excellence early in his first Double-A campaign before putting it all together Saturday night in his finest performance as a pro.

Wright, Atlanta's No. 2 prospect (No. 30 overall), turned in a career-long outing, tossing six-plus scoreless innings of one-hit ball to lead Double-A Mississippi past Mobile, 3-1. He issued two walks and struck out four, throwing 52 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

The two-out hit Wright allowed in the first inning was the only real blemish in his performance. He proceeded to retire 15 of the next 16 batters before departing the game in the seventh inning, after he had issued a leadoff walk to Matt Thaiss (Angels' No. 9). A pair of M-Braves relievers handled the final three innings to help secure Wright's first win at the Double-A level.

Wright retires 15 of 16 batters

The 2017 first-rounder (No. 5 overall pick) scuffled in his previous turn, allowing four earned runs in just one inning after posting 7 2/3 scoreless frames across his first two M-Braves starts. Overall, Wright, 22, owns a 2.45 ERA on the season, with 14 strikeouts and nine walks in 14 2/3 innings.

Austin Riley (Braves' No. 8, No. 97 overall) did his part to support Wright's cause by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The 21-year-old third baseman is already up to eight doubles this season in 16 games, during which he's hitting .386/.435/.754 with 11 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 15 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates' No. 1) completed a season-high seven innings to pick up his second win for Double-A Altoona. The 22-year-old right-hander wasn't at his sharpest, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks, though he still struck out seven and generated another eight outs on the ground. Jason Martin (No. 22) delivered his first home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and later added a double to finish the game 3-for-4 with three runs.

No. 20 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) lifted his average from .222 to .323 for Class A Cedar Rapids behind a perfect 4-for-4 performance. The four hits, all singles, matched the 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick's career-high mark. He also scored two runs and swiped his second base as the Kernels fell to Kane County, 9-2.

Lewis notches fourth hit

No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) fired four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a no-decision for Class A Bowling Green. He threw 84.4 percent of his pitches (38 of 45) for strikes in the dominant performance and now owns a 2.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts and four hits allowed in nine innings (three starts) this season. At the plate, meanwhile, the two-way star is hitting .346/.546/.385 with 10 RBIs and an absurd 13-to-3 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

• There's no stopping No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto. The Nationals' No. 2 prospect belted his fifth home run, a three-run shot, as well as his third triple as he recorded multiple hits for the fourth time in five games for Class A Hagerstown. Through 15 games, the 19-year-old outfielder is slashing .389/.507/.870 with 13 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs and more walks (15) than strikeouts (11).

Soto crushes three-run homer

No. 74 overall prospect Jon Duplantier (D-backs' No. 1) worked five strong innings as he picked up the win for Jackson in his season debut. It also marked the Double-A debut for the 23-year-old righty, who allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six. The 2017 MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year had opened the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Duplantier fans six in AA debut

No. 96 overall prospect Brandon Woodruff (Brewers' No. 3) allowed just one earned run while completing at least five innings for a third straight start for Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 25-year-old righty tallied a season-high seven strikeouts while scattering three hits with one walk in five innings. He's pitched to a 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings since being demoted to Triple-A on April 7.

• After giving up a combined 19 hits in his previous two starts, Marlins No. 13 prospect Zac Gallen allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings Saturday as Triple-A New Orleans defeated Oklahoma City, 2-0. The 22-year-old righty compiled five strikeouts against three walks in the outing while finding the strike zone with 58 of his 91 pitches. Gallen has completed at least six innings in three of his four starts this season.

Gallen strikes out five

Padres No. 11 prospect Esteury Ruiz and Tirso Ornelas (No. 14) both connected on their second home run of 2018 and collected three hits as Class A Fort Wayne defeated Dayton, 8-2. Ruiz, 19, hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning before finishing 3-for-5, while the 18-year-old Ornelas finished 3-for-4 after hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat. Leadoff man Jeisson Rosario (No. 18) paced the TinCaps with three runs as he improved his average to .310 with his second multi-hit game in as many days.

Pirates No. 16 prospect Calvin Mitchell boosted his average to .371 with his fourth straight multi-hit game for Class A West Virginia. The 2017 second-rounder tallied his third triple this season before finishing with four hits and four RBIs, both matching his career bests. Braeden Ogle (No. 28) paced the Power on the mound, tossing six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts in the 13-8 victory. He allowed six hits and walked three, throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the outing.

Red Sox No. 15 prospect Jalen Beeks piled up 10 strikeouts in six scoreless innings as Triple-A Pawtucket blanked Gwinnett, 6-0. The 24-year-old left-hander allowed two hits, two walks and hit one batter while throwing 59 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Beeks has dominated early this season, posting a 0.64 ERA with 26 strikeouts and five walks in 14 innings (three starts).

Beeks strikes out 10

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Red Sox now 17-2, thanks to Moreland's slam

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OAKLAND -- With the eyes of the nation turned to the Red Sox and their historic start, manager Alex Cora reminded his team on Friday to "stay humble, stay hungry."

Unfazed by the spotlight, Boston continued its march into the record books with a 7-3 win in Oakland in Friday night's series opener behind a three-run homer from Jackie Bradley Jr. and a Mitch Moreland grand slam. The Red Sox improved to 17-2, becoming the fifth team in the live-ball era to win 17 of its first 19 games, and the first to do so since the 1987 Brewers.

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OAKLAND -- With the eyes of the nation turned to the Red Sox and their historic start, manager Alex Cora reminded his team on Friday to "stay humble, stay hungry."

Unfazed by the spotlight, Boston continued its march into the record books with a 7-3 win in Oakland in Friday night's series opener behind a three-run homer from Jackie Bradley Jr. and a Mitch Moreland grand slam. The Red Sox improved to 17-2, becoming the fifth team in the live-ball era to win 17 of its first 19 games, and the first to do so since the 1987 Brewers.

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Two of the other four teams to start 17-2, the 1984 Tigers and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, went on to win the World Series.

Grand slams mean 40% off pizza

"There's a lot of people watching the team now, and there's a lot of people talking about the team," Cora said. "You can't help it. You flip the channels, and they're talking about what's going on. But they're humble and hungry, and they're still doing it, and that makes me prouder."

After Oakland jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who was making his 2018 debut, the Red Sox bats picked up their power surge right where they left off in Anaheim.

Bradley's long ball in the second tied the game before Moreland's slam in the sixth put Boston ahead for good.

"Really, in that situation, I'm just trying to go up there and get a pitch up in the zone," Moreland said. "It just happened to be a slider that kind of popped up out of his hand, and I was able to put a good swing on it."

Moreland's shot was Boston's MLB-leading fifth grand slam in its last 12 games. The Red Sox did not hit one in 2017. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the first time Boston has ever hit five grand slams before May 1.

Bradley and Moreland's homers were Boston's 12th and 13th on this road trip. The 11 long balls the Red Sox hit in Anaheim before coming to Oakland were their third-most ever in a three-game series. The Sox entered the game with 24 dingers, sixth in the Majors.

Amazing facts from Red Sox's historic start

Under Cora, Boston's lineup entered the season looking to be more aggressive at swinging at pitches in the zone. Moreland's first-pitch grand slam was Boston's sixth homer of the year on the first pitch of the at-bat.

"Regardless of who's on the mound, you look for pitches in the middle of the zone," Cora said. "And if they get it, they're going to drive it."

Despite Pomeranz's short outing, the Boston bullpen combined for 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief, headlined by three scoreless innings from Hector Velazquez. Red Sox relievers have not allowed a run in their last 19 2/3 innings.

Video: Red Sox clicking on all cylinders early in the season

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Barnes escapes a jam:
Oakland had its best chance to cut into Boston's lead in the seventh, when the A's loaded the bases with a Lowrie double, a Khris Davis hit-by-pitch and Matt Olson's two-out single. The A's sent up pinch-hitter Matt Joyce to face Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes, and the right-hander silenced a crowd of 23,473 by getting Joyce to swing through a 3-2 fastball.

"[Pitching coach] Dana [LeVangie] had told us earlier in the day that Joyce is a pinch-hitter in a situation like that, so I kind of had a good game plan," Barnes said. "I'd faced him a few times before. It's being competitive in the zone, throwing pitches and not giving in at the same time, and it ultimately comes down to executing."

Video: BOS@OAK: Barnes escapes a bases-loaded jam in the 8th

JBJ goes yard again: Bradley's blast traveled an estimated 436 feet to right and left his bat at 106 mph, according to Statcast™. It is the fourth-longest homer of his career as measured by Statcast™, just five feet shy of his career-long of 441 feet. It was Bradley's second in four games.

"Just a good pitch to hit in the zone," Bradley said. "I couldn't be too picky. I had two strikes on me. He was doing a really good job keeping the ball down, and on that particular pitch, he left it up. I was able to put a good swing on it."

Video: BOS@OAK: Bradley Jr. clobbers a three-run homer 

POMERANZ CAN'T FIND RHYTHM
Pomeranz had struggled in the spring with finding his mechanics while dealing with a mild flexor strain in his throwing arm, and in his return from injury, he had trouble shaking off the rust in a 45-pitch first inning in which he allowed three runs.

"I think it's a result of the first [start]," Pomeranz said. "Mechanically, I didn't really feel like I had much rhythm out there tonight, and after a certain point, I just stopped trying to. I just started trying to locate and started pitching better."

Pomeranz found his groove after focusing less on his velocity and starting to emphasize location and mixing up his pitches. Seven of the 11 outs he recorded came on strikeouts, including four straight spanning the second and third innings.

Video: BOS@OAK: Pomeranz strikes out the side in the 3rd

VELAZQUEZ'S REDEMPTION
Last season, Velazquez allowed six earned runs in five innings in a MLB debut to forget at the Oakland Coliseum. But as he bounced around between starting and relief roles, he found a niche as an effective long reliever.

"I honestly really wanted to get back here," Velazquez said through a translator. "I had it in my mind, I called it into existence, and I knew that I had what it took to pitch well here. Like we say in Mexico, I was ready to get my revenge. Thankfully, God gave me the opportunity to get that tonight."

Velazquez earned the win after pitching three shutout innings in relief of Pomeranz, scattering four hits while striking out one batter.

"It's funny, because I look up at one point at the scoreboard, and they show the ERA of him here, and I remember [LeVangie] talking about his outing here last year, and he struggled. I was like, 'Oh my God, what am I doing?'" Cora joked. "But he was outstanding."

Video: BOS@OAK: Velazquez strikes out Chapman on a foul tip 

SOUND SMART
Boston's +70 run differential is the second-best in the modern era (since 1900) for a team that won at least 17 of its first 19 games. Only the 1918 New York Giants had a better mark, with a +75 run differential during an 18-1 start. The 2018 Sox lead the way among 17-2 teams, though, with the 1981 Oakland A's next at +64.

HE SAID IT
"This team right now, it's fun to play on. I don't think any score is really out of our reach at this point -- we have so much confidence going up to the plate." -- Pomeranz

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Bradley's homer would not have tied the game if a long foul down the right-field line by Oakland's Chad Pinder in the bottom of the first had drifted a foot or so to the left. The foul traveled a Statcast-estimated 400 feet and was judged to be foul by first-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

A crew-chief review was initiated after A's manager Bob Melvin conferred with the umpires. The call was upheld. Pinder was eventually called out on strikes, leaving Oakland's lead at 3-0.

Video: BOS@OAK: Umpires review Pinder's deep foul to right

UP NEXT
Chris Sale has allowed one or fewer runs in each of his four starts to begin the 2018 campaign, and he has some good company: Roger Clemens was the last Red Sox starter to accomplish that feat, in 1991. Sale will look to extend that stellar start Saturday at 9:05 p.m. ET against Sean Manaea and the A's.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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