Liriano pitched 5.1 innings, walked one and struck out six Red Sox, including Betts in the fourth inning, the first strike out by the Boston outfielder in 129 regular-season at-bats - the longest by a Red Sox hitter since Denny Doyle in 1975.
Turns out he had nothing to worry about.
Yesterday, Sale was the best he's been since arriving in Boston, throwing eight scoreless innings, allowing nothing but four singles and a walk, striking out 13 and getting pulled after just 102 pitches.
"Any time Sale is pitching he's such a high strikeout guy", manager John Gibbons said of the outing.
Swinging at 38.5% of overall pitches.
Last October, after the American League Championship Series loss to Cleveland, Atkins met with a group of reporters in a conference room behind the Toronto clubhouse and gave his impressions of the Blue Jays' roster at that point in time. Sandy Leon drew a walk from Jason Grilli (0-2) in the 10th, and Brock Holt singled to stop an 0-for-12 slide.
When Betts reaches base two times or more this season, the Red Sox are 7-1. "He probably hasn't experienced one like this before I would think".
Grilli, who helped Toronto reach the AL Championship Series last season, found it hard to describe his team's early struggles. Beat the A's and you're a win away from.500.
Sale may have taken a no-decision against the Blue Jays, but the new Red Sox ace was still strong. "He's just attacking the zone, overpowering guys with all of his pitches". He was charged with two runs, one of them a homer, the only one he's allowed this season. Thursday starter Marco Estrada and relievers Joe Biagini and Joe Smith combined for eight scoreless innings, matching Sale.
Yet, he is 1-1 because he has received just four runs of support over four starts. He got Jose Bautista four times.
The 40-year-old Arroyo (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings, including Adam Jones' two-run homer in the fifth. With Barney at third and Kevin Pillar at first, Ezequiel Carrera hit a single to right to score Barney, putting Toronto ahead 3-0.
Maikel Franco was in a career-worst 0-for-22 slump before hitting an RBI double and a solo homer to lead the Phillies past the Mets, 6-4 in NY. Kimbrel struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to end the game and earn the victory.
CINCINNATI - J.J. Hardy singled home the tiebreaking run off Blake Wood (0-2) in the 10th inning, and the Orioles took two of three in the series, leaving them 8-4 in interleague play against the Reds. Bogaerts was thrown out trying to go to second, but the damage seemed to be done, and permanent.
ESPN's coverage suggests that Ben Taylor will take the Venezuelan's place in the Red Sox' Roster as they prepare to face the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, with Patriot's day just around the corner. He doubled, and got a home run, scoring two RBI's. He was charged with five runs on seven hits in five innings and issued three homers. After that awful first, it could've been very easy for Johnson to allow that second inning to get away from him. No team that started 3-12 has made the playoffs in the wild-card era.
Sale gave up a total of three runs in his first three starts.
Padres 4, D'backs 1 • Clayton Richard pitched into the seventh inning and Wil Myers and Austin Hedges homered to lead host San Diego to a win over Arizona.
Richard (2-2) gave up a run and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Though he was staked to a 2-0 lead after a successful first in which he retired three Boston batters on 10 pitches, Stroman didn't have an easy half the rest of the way.
Brian Johnson didn't pitch as he would have hoped, but with the win his performance was far from being added to the list of bad luck he's had during his career.