Bombs away for Dustin Pedroia, Mark Teixeira

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Things are looking up for the Red Sox.  Dustin Pedroia hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to put Boston back on top in Baltimore, while Mark Teixeira added a solo shot to go along with his grand slam as the Yankees upped their lead to 6-0 over the Rays.

Pedroia’s homer made it a 3-2 game.  David Ortiz followed with a single that knocked Orioles starter Alfredo Simon out of the game.  Troy Patton has taken over.

Jon Lester, working on three days’ rest, has thrown 57 pitches through four innings.  Outside of J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer, he’s been strong, striking out four and walking one.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.