Russell Martin’s go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning Saturday in Boston gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. It was the 10th victory in a row for Toronto, and the club is now just one game back of the Yankees and Rays in the American League East standings.
Martin also had a tie-breaking, bases-loaded triple Friday in the Jays’ 13-10 defeat of the Red Sox. The 32-year-old catcher boasts an .873 OPS, 10 home runs, and 32 RBI in 54 games this season. Not a terrible way to spend $82 million.
Your box scores AP recaps from Saturday …
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4 (11 innings)
Twins 7, Rangers 11
Phillies 3, Pirates 4
Indians 5, Tigers 4
Nationals 7, Brewers 2
Mariners 8, Astros 1
Braves 5, Mets 3 (11 innings)
Royals 2, Cardinals 3
Rockies 1, Marlins 4
White Sox 4, Rays 5
Yankees 4, Orioles 9
Reds 3, Cubs 4
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2
Athletics 0, Angels 1
Dodgers 1, Padres 2
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.