Even if he only gets off his ass to swing a bat four times a game, David Ortiz deserved a day off after his earth-shattering heroics Saturday afternoon.
And it turns out the Red Sox were just fine without him, barely. Boston beat Houston in another slugfest, 10-9, Sunday at Fenway to close out a 6-1 homestand which they scored 73 runs. Ryan Hanigan, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts did the honors on for the relentless offense.
And who had Josh Rutledge (.407 in 16 at-bats) as the team’s leading hitter for the season so far?
Best part of the weekend at Fenway? The raw display of emotion shown by Ortiz (Saturday) and Betts (Sunday) when they popped up at third base after their clutch triples.
JBJ isn’t the only one who’s movin’ on up, the smoking-hot Andrew Benintendi is getting promoted to Double-A Portland. The future Hall of Famer owned High-A Salem, batting .341/.563/.976 with 32 RBIs in 34 games.
— Salem Red Sox (@salemredsox) May 16, 2016
Sadly, Sean O’Sullivan is moving on down after giving up six runs in 4.1 innings Sunday. The big righthanded bouncer was designated after the game.
Let’s see if Rick Porcello can continue to keep the pressure off tonight when he takes the rubber for the first of three in Kansas City.
Strong Odor: Watch Rougned Odor knock the snot out of Jose Bautista in the Rangers-Blue Jays melee Sunday.
ICYMI: Old friend Jon Lester took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning at Wrigley Field Sunday, but ended up picking up a loss when the Pirates prevailed over the Cubs, 2-1. Old friend Anthony Rizzo‘s sac fly pulled the Cubs within one run in the ninth inning, but old friend Mark Melancon closed the door to pick up save No. 11 for Pittsburgh. Lester falls to 4-2 but is sporting a 1.88 ERA for Joe Maddon & Co.
And now for something completely different. Royals infielder Christian Colon revealed his the gender of his unborn child via a pitch from his wife Kayla.
Mia Rose, I can't wait to hold you in my arms! Daddy's little princess!!! pic.twitter.com/AEoagvh3yW
— Christian Colón (@C24Colon) May 15, 2016
If you’re getting your softball league roster in order, have we got a ringer for you:
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) May 15, 2016
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Former Colts great Dwight Freeney wants to replace Chandler Jones in Foxborough. Peter King has the details in TheMMQB:
Last point for Freeney, who grew up in Bloomfield, Conn., 80 miles due west of Foxboro: What would he say if Bill Belichick called, and he could ride into the sunset a Patriot after so many great years with the Colts?
“Well,” Freeney said, “that’s hard to fathom. But I’m not against Bill. I understand the dynamic involved, but at the end of the day, this is a business. My first allegiance right now is to Arizona, if they’re interested. But if it happened that I ended up in New England, I can tell you, both sides would win.”
Forget President Obama, Peter King, and everyone else who gave commencement speeches over the weekend. Former University of Wisconsin Badgers and current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had the best advice for graduates over the weekend:
Of course, I’m also here to share some things I’ve learned. Things like: If you’re dating a woman that’s way out of your league, ask her to marry you. If you can throw a football 80 yards, for some reason people think that’s pretty cool. And if you’re playing New England in the Super Bowl and you’ve got 26 seconds left and you’re down by four and it’s second and goal on their one-yard line, try not to throw an interception.
That last one is purely hypothetical, though, of course.
Move over Brady, the Boston Cannons have Brodie:
— Rachel M. (@REMBostonsports) May 15, 2016
A lacrosse player scored from 80 YARDS AWAY to tie the game as time expired. WHAT: https://t.co/k4wj6cm3M0
— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 15, 2016