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Hanley Ramirez' resurgence big reason for Red Sox' best-ever start

15 April 2018, 05:56 | Sandy Nunez

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But with their efforts in the Red Sox's 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, J.D. Martinez and Hanley Ramirez are proving to be a worthy counter to the Bronx-bombing power duo. Cobb will start the game in his debut with the Orioles.

Martinez's recent surge - eight hits (including two homers) and 10 RBIs over his last five games - has raised his season batting average to.283 to go along with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

One year after finishing last in the American League in home runs, the Red Sox are finding the range.

Cobb was among the top 10 starters in the AL last season in fewest homers allowed per nine innings (1.1, 10), but on Saturday he yielded two home runs, including a two-run blast by Hanley Ramirez over the Green Monster in left field that capped a three-run first inning. The 30-year old slugger has developed into an elite hitter, and he is now hitting.250 with two homers and 11 RBI's on the season.

The Red Sox star limped off the field and went to the clubhouse for further evaluation.

The addition of J.D. Martinez might have helped alleviate some of Boston's offensive woes, but Cora wasn't dwelling too much on Ramirez's expected production a or lack thereof a at the plate.

"You know when you visit someone and they're confident and they tell you things you want to hear?" "I still remember, I saw him at that clinic in Miami", Cora said.

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"How on Earth will the Boston Red Sox match the New York Yankees' one-two punch of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton?"

" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very risky".

It's the 12th victory in 14 tries for the Red Sox, with only the 1918 team previously in position to do the same. Hector Velazquez got the win, improving to 2-0 after giving up just two runs on six hits while striking out five over five innings of work, while Marcus Walden recorded his first save of the year with three innings of relief from the 7th to the 9th to close out the win. That was followed by an RBI double to left field by Ramirez, which put the Red Sox up 7-0.

"I'm not saying that (Fenway Park) is an advantage for us, but we've got some guys that can drive the ball all over the place", Cora said. "But. we like the program he's on, and he's only going to get better".

If the latest ailment forces him back out of the lineup, Blake Swihart figures to receive any extra starts that come from Betts' absence. "This is the best team in the world, hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that".

Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each added two hits from the bottom two spots in the order. It seems like early in the season we were playing clean and pitching, and not so fast around the bases.

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