Blake Snell picks up the loss as Tampa Bay loses on Monday

Lynette Rowe
April 21, 2017

When the Red Sox signed Moreland this winter in the same 24-hour span that netted ace Chris Sale and reliever Tyler Thornburg, the defending Gold Glover looked like the lowest impact of the acquisitions. The Rays had to lean heavily on their bullpen, but they were up to the task for the vast majority of the game.

But they got just enough on Saturday.

He has made two starts this season and has walked a total of 8 batters over just 11 innings pitched. It started with a single from Dustin Pedroia, but he'd be stranded there.

Sale (1-1, 1.25 ERA) allowed one run and three hits and struck out 12, and he has been strong in all three outings. RHP Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.25) is scheduled for the Tigers.

Odorizzi came out to start the second, but he wouldn't be there long.

"The group of guys in here just make it easy", Moreland said.

"It wasn't an issue from when it happened until that pitch", Odorizzi said.

Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez advanced from first to second on Moreland's hit and limped off with what Boston called a left hamstring cramp.

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We've already surpassed the 10-game mark to begin the 2017 Major League Baseball season. The righty surrendered back-to-back singles by Moreland and Xander Bogaerts before getting Pablo Sandoval to ground into a forceout at second base, erasing Bogaerts.

NOTES: Boston manager John Farrell earned his 500th career victory (346 with Red Sox) and moved passed Eddie Kasko for sole possession of eighth place on the team's all-time managerial wins list. He started off the inning with a walk to Kevin Kiermaier, which is already shocking to see from Sale.

Miller brought a pair home with his triple that Red Sox center fielder Andrew Benintendi lost in the sun. He has only driven in one run, but the key to Young's value has come from being on base at the right times. It wasn't over yet, though. Lynn (1-1) allowed 3 hits and struck out 5 while walking 1. "When you have that, you get pretty comfortable pretty quick I guess".

The Sox have enjoyed considerable success on Patriots' Day, boasting a 69-52 all-time record on the MA holiday and wins in 11 of their last 16 such contests.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia and firefighter Mike Materia throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Boston.

The 2017 Boston Red Sox have 99 problems and pitching is now No. 1. The good news is there was no shot at a double play. Rickie Weeks then drew a walk to load the bases, but Sale notched his fifth strikeout of the day to end the threat. Tommy Hunter, Xavier Cedeno and Jumbo Diaz followed. Most importantly, though, they're coming out and executing.

The Rays scratched back for a run in the third, knocked in by Evan Longoria, for whom the struggle against Sale is real, having had one hit in his first 22 at-bats. After two quick balls to Longoria to start the next at bat, everyone was naturally anxious about what was coming next. Tampa Bay is 3-2 in Patriots Day games in Boston.

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