The Red Sox walk off in extras against the Twins

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It was 0-0 through nine innings in Boston this afternoon, as neither Kyle Gibson nor John Lackey were giving an inch to opposing hitters. Then the 10th inning happened.

In the top of the 10th Chris Parmelee launched a solo shot off Koji Uehara to make it 1-0. In the bottom, however, the Sox struck back: David Ortiz homered to right field off Casey Fien. Then, three pitches later, Mike Napoli went deep to win the game.

It was just the latest abuse the Twins have taken at Ortiz’s hands. Ortiz is now hitting .336/.424/.677 with 20 homers in 264 plate appearances against his former team.

The Sox have now won three in a row. All low-scoring affairs against Minnesota. Blip or turning point? We’ll let hindsight determine that in a few weeks while trying to pass it off as analysis.

Red Sox place Sandy León on waivers

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The Red Sox have placed catcher Sandy León on waivers, WEEI’s Evan Drellich reports. León hit .233 in 30 at-bats this spring, but he did draw seven walks.

León, 30, was quite productive in 2016, racking up an .845 OPS, but followed that up with back-to-back disappointing campaigns the last two seasons. He mustered a meager .511 OPS in 288 plate appearances last season. León, however, is under team control through the 2020 season and is well-regarded for his defense, so it seems probable that the Red Sox find a trade partner and send him to be a back-up elsewhere.

Christian Vázquez will handle the bulk of the catching duties this season with Blake Swihart backing him up now that León will be out of the picture. Swihart had been used more as a utilityman in recent seasons.