Ramirez homers in victorious return to Red Sox lineup

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop

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Not even a fastball to the hands could interrupt his momentum.

Betts got off to a quick start in the 2018 campaign, entering Saturday's game with a.360 average with two home runs and 10 RBI.

Baltimore is 1-5 in Bundy's last 6 starts and 9-29 in their last 38 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games.

"We're doing everything right and having fun", Ramirez said.

This could be a good pitching matchup as Sale should have a good start against a poor lineup and Bundy has looked strong in his three starts. "We're proud of what they're doing". The menacing 6-foot-6 left-hander has been almost flawless through three starts, allowing two runs in 17 innings, giving him a stifling 1.06 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Sale recorded 308 strikeouts over 214 innings a year ago (32 starts), while finishing the season 17-8 overall with a 2.90 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

Velazquez kept the O's scoreless until the fifth inning.

Cobb had history on his side - a track record of success against the Red Sox and at Fenway Park - but his preparation for the season after signing with the Orioles in the final week of spring training marked uncharted territory. Bundy posted a solid 3.94 ERA against the Red Sox last season, and he has been outstanding in his three starts this season, plus the under is 5-1-1 in Bundy's last seven starts against the Red Sox.

Showalter lowered his expectations for this first start, but he's confident the Orioles made a wise investment in Cobb.

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After walking to lead off the bottom of the first, Betts rounded the bases following a double from Andrew Benintendi. Betts got hurt in a home plate collision and later had to leave the game with a foot bruise.

Mookie Betts opened with a walk and raced around to score on Benintendi's double off the Green Monster, sliding ahead of a relay throw.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski fielded questions about Ramirez as early as the general managers' meetings last November. Currently, 65% of the wagers are going on the Red Sox at home today.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora understandably is pleased with the production he's getting from the middle of the order.

"I just heard it for the first time".

The Orioles offense has slashed.222/.294/.351 on its way to 3.3 runs scored per game this year, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over the team's last five outings (1-4 SU). "Hopefully, I'm going to try and stay away from him and see where he's at (Saturday)". Out of all the guys, for whatever reason he was locked in and he was the guy we were really paying attention to, because he was hitting line drives all over the place.

" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very unsafe". Cobb left a hanging breaking ball up and Martinez flicked it into the Sox bullpen. "This is the best team in the world hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that". Ben Zobrist had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs.

"I think you can always play better, you can find those little things you need to work on, but yeah we're hot right now", Benintendi said.

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