Rookie Shane Bieber took a shutout into the seventh inning as the Indians beat the Red Sox 6-3 Tuesday night in a matchup of AL division leaders. The Sox have lost three in a row for just the second time this season.
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Pedro Martinez: ‘The Yankees don’t seem to have the energy of a winning team’
Pedro Martinez surveyed the MLB landscape on Tuesday night, sharing his thoughts on everything from the NL Wild Card race to the Nationals’ fire-sale to former Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech. Kopech’s major-league debut caught the Hall of Famer’s eye for the right reasons. The Yankees weren’t so lucky.
On Twitter, Martinez allowed that some of New York’s key players — including Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, and Gary Sanchez — are injured, but maintained the remaining players “don’t seem to be hustling out there.”
“The Yankees don’t seem to have the energy of a winning team,” the three-time Cy Young award winner wrote.
The Yankees don’t seem to have the energy of a winning team. I understand some key players are injured, but they don’t seem to be hustling out there.
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) August 22, 2018
Although the Yankees topped the Marlins 2-1 in extra innings on Tuesday night, they still trail the Sox by eight games in the AL East and occasionally have dealt with a lack of hustle this season. Martinez seemed to contrast New York’s lethargy with a truly energetic team, one he said would carry momentum and look happy to be out there competing.
Kopech certainly had energy to spare during his first appearance in the majors. The 22-year-old, shipped to the White Sox by the Red Sox as part of the deal that brought Chris Sale to Boston, struck out four Minnesota batters in two scoreless innings before a rain delay cut his outing short.
Martinez praised Kopech the day before the righthander’s debut, saying that he believes Kopech owns the “biggest up-and-coming arm in baseball.” After the prospect lived up to those lofty expectations in an admittedly tiny sample size, Martinez tweeted, “Way to go kid!”
“I can tell Kopech started the game with some butterflies in his stomach, but in the second inning he attacked the hitters, got comfortable, and hit the triple digit!” he wrote.
Martinez added that he was surprised by Kopech’s ability to add more than 8 miles per hour to his pitches since last season.
Kopech wasn’t the only player to draw high praise on Tuesday. Martinez shared that every time he looks at Khris Davis, the Oakland A’s slugger tied with J.D. Martinez for the AL home run lead, he feels “like I’m looking at Manny Ramirez.”
Here’s the latest on Dustin Pedroia’s status with the Red Sox: The second baseman has spent the past month rehabbing in Arizona after he was placed on the disabled list in June with inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee. Pedroia hasn’t given up on a possible comeback this season, noting he’s “getting better every day” and hopes to return to Boston soon. (Boston.com)
What we know about Sony Michel’s injury status: Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, one of the Patriots’ first-round picks, is out for the season with an Achilles’ injury. The other, running back Sony Michel, is not expected to play in the preseason due to a procedure on his knee, but he is believed to be on track for a return early this year. (Boston.com)
What undrafted rookie Ralph Webb had to say about life on the Patriots bubble: The 23-year-old running back is fighting for a roster spot on one of New England’s most competitive position depth charts. No matter how many times his number is called in the team’s final two preseason games, Webb plans to seize every moment.
“Make the most of the opportunities,” he said. “When you get ’em, just make the most of them. I’m not counting how many I get, I’m just making the ones I get count.” (Boston.com)
Anthony Rizzo fell to his knees and STILL hit the home run ? pic.twitter.com/HzmZ37at21
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 22, 2018