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Sox and Yanks in rubber game of their series tonight at Fenway

Sox and Yanks in rubber game of their series tonight at Fenway

GRAND OLD TIME: The Red Sox have hit 3 grand slams this season—all in the last 4 games—after hitting none in 2017: Xander Bogaerts on 4/7 vs. TB, Mookie Betts on 4/10 vs. NYY, and J.D. Martinez on 4/11 vs. NYY…The only other teams with multiple grand slams are PHI (3), NYM (2), and TOR (2).
>>> This is the 1st time since at least 1925 that the Sox have hit 3+ grand slams in a span of 4 games…The only other year since 1925 in which BOS hit 3+ grand slams before May was 2005 (3).

ON THE OFFENSIVE: In their last 4 games, the Red Sox have scored 39 runs with a .299/.381/.547 batting line (41-for-137, 14 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR)…With runners in scoring position in those games, they went 18-for-42 (.429) with 10 XBH.
>>> The Sox lead MLB in doubles (33)…They also rank among AL leaders in runs per game (2nd, 5.73), OBP (3rd, .339), AVG (3rd, .261), and XBH (2nd, 45).
>>> 32 of the Sox’ 63 runs this season have been scored with 2 outs, including 13 of their last 14.

WELCOME TO THE RIVALRY: J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam in the 5th inning last night, the 6th of his career…He has hit 4 grand slams since the start of 2017, tied for most in the majors in that time (also Scooter Gennett).
>>> Martinez began the season 0-for-8, but he is since 10-for-32 (.313) with 10 RBI and 5 XBH (2 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B).

SUPPORT SYSTEM: Dating back to 2016, the Red Sox have won 22 consecutive games when they provide Rick Porcello with 3+ runs of support…In the last 33 starts in which Porcello received 3+ runs of support, he is 28-0 with a 3.26 ERA (79 ER/218.1 IP); the Sox are 32-1 in those games.

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