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

Boston Red Sox second baseman Eduardo Nunez during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday

Three New York relievers held the Red Sox mostly at bay over the final four innings, with Jackie Bradley Jr. notching his third hit and scoring on a wild pitch in the ninth.

How locked in have the Sox been? He played for the Yankees in 1982, managed their Class A Tampa farm team from 1997-98, then was their major league first coach from 2000-03 and bench coach in 2006.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager now list the Red Sox as a -108 favorite.

The Braves pitched around Harper nearly completely in the first game of this series on Monday night and still came up short.

Jump-start? Against Chris Sale on a 38-degree night? The grand slam was Boston's third of the home stand, the sixth of his career for Martinez, and made it an 8-6 game.

"I don't know if I was tipping or if they saw something, but the game is not the time to be working on it", Severino said.

As Xander Bogaerts sees it, this Boston Red Sox team is on cruise control.




Aaron Judge had three hits for the Yankees, a drive off Sale over the center field wall in the fifth for his third home run of the season. Odubel Herrera also went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and run for the Phillies.

The Red Sox were paced offensively by Mookie Betts, one of the leading characters of that fairly new breed, the leadoff batter who could lead the league in home runs. Fellow Yankee Giancarlo Stanton appeared to take a similar mentality into the batter's box, albeit with different results.

"Honestly, we score six runs and we were so excited, the manager missed that one", Cora said.

In his first two at-bats, Sale threw seven pitches, all fastballs, all for strikes. "That's a good sign", Cora said.

Red Sox: Cora said the command was off for Drew Pomeranz (left forearm flexor strain) during his rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.

Six teams lost money per Forbes' operating income estimates: the Marlins ($53 million), Detroit Tigers ($46 million), Baltimore Orioles ($26 million), Royals ($17 million), Seattle Mariners ($2.4 million) and Toronto Blue Jays ($1.3 million).

Nimmo, a 2011 first-round draft pick, was 3 for 9 to start the season but was likely to get less playing time following the activation of outfielder Michael Conforto from the disabled list. The inning ended 10 batters later with Andrew Benintendi grounding out to second.

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