Red Sox SS activated from DL

Oscar Cross
April 28, 2018

Before the injury, Bogaerts was steaming-hot with a.368 average, 1.111 OPS and seven doubles to go with two homers in his first nine games of the season.

The Rays had their streak of five straight games with at least eight runs snapped Friday, but improved to 11-13 and have scored 51 runs during their longest winning streak since a nine-gamer for Joe Maddon in July, 2014.

Prior to this year's Red Sox, no Major League Baseball team started 19-5 or better since the 2003 New York Yankees went 20-4. More extra-base hits in Boston would be a continuation of a blistering start, with Bogaerts hitting seven doubles in just eight games.

The 25-year-old - a two-time Silver Slugger award victor and 2016 All-Star - has not played since April 8. Five of the 1-run losses are against the Boston Red Sox.

Bogaerts had the Red Sox' first hit off Blake Snell, who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Bogaerts broke it up with an infield single.

We'll update if the start time for Friday's game changes.

"The good thing about him is we feel there will be enough traffic in front of him that he'll put the ball in play and produce runs for us", Cora said.

Ramos belted a two-run shot, his third of the season, an estimated 395 feet over the Green Monster in left field in the Rays' first. Christian Vazquez led off the frame with a double, and two batters later he was driven in on a Mookie Betts double. Martinez drove in Betts with a two-out double down the line in right. He suffered a small crack in his talus bone when he slid down the steps in the visiting dugout attempting to corral an errant throw from the outfield.

The homer for Refsnyder was his first since October 1, 2015, when he slugged a solo shot versus Boston as a member of the New York Yankees.

Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 in his return to the Red Sox lineup, but despite the shortstop's best efforts, Boston fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night.

"It's been a while since a home run, so I'll take any one I can get", Refsnyder said.

To make room for Bogaerts, Brock Holt was placed on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain, while the Rays cleared Duffy's return by sending right-hander Austin Pruitt to Triple-A.

Snell is just 1-3 with a 4.62 ERA against the Red Sox in his young career - 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts at Fenway. In 17 games against AL East opponents, Red Sox starters have an ERA of 2.79 and the bullpen's ERA is 4.14.

Drew Pomeranz had a tough night on the hill, surrendering four runs - all via a trio of home runs - over five innings. Snell, on the other hand, has won his last 3 games and has a 3-1 record.

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