Chris Sale credits Alex Cora's demeanor for Boston's hot start

Tanya Simon
April 12, 2018

After two dominant outings to start the season, Yankees starter Luis Severino didn't look like himself against the Red Sox. The Red Sox have not lost since a season-opening 6-4 setback at Tampa Bay, a game that Boston dropped after leading 4-0 in the eighth inning. This performance was his worst since the Red Sox rocked him for eight runs in a 9-5 loss last August 12, one of only just two losses he suffered in the second half of the regular season. Things only got worse when they were tagged for nine runs (three earned) against the Red Sox, all in the sixth inning.

It's been a while since the team last committed an error.

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A monster night by Mookie Betts kept the Red Sox rolling.

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Manager Alex Cora said it looks like his team is "taking pride" in playing defense, noting he was a bit anxious midway through spring training about how the team would fare in the field.

"Are we flawless?" he said. "No". "I think just all of us putting together good at-bats kind wears guys down". "But we're making the routine plays".

Betts has been Boston's all-around best player the last three seasons, including in 2016 when he finished second in the American League MVP voting. But frankly, it might be easier to list which Sox hitters didn't have a big day.

Severino needed 27 pitches to get through that first inning and it ended up looking brilliant when compared with his pitching in the second. Wearing adidas slides in the Red Sox clubhouse, Bogaerts said he was moving with minimal discomfort, which in his words, is "obviously a huge plus".

"It depends on how my body recovers from it or responds to it".

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"We have what it takes to come back from any deficit". However, he's fanned 15 in those two starts, and he's been off to a strong start.

"I don't know if I was tipping or they saw something, but the game is not the time to work on that", Severino said postgame, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. New addition J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double.

Fortunately for Sale, it hasn't taken long into the 2018 season for him to get that victory.

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Severino posted a 3.33 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in four starts against the Red Sox last season. His third career slam cleared the Green Monster in left field and capped a nine-run burst in the sixth inning that turned the first matchup of the season between longtime rivals into a rout. Betts walked ahead of Benintendi's double to left-center and Ramirez drove him in with a single to left.

While Cora didn't volunteer his mistake, he was quick to own up to it.

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