Ramirez homers in victorious return to Red Sox lineup

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop

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Hanley Ramirez rounds third base in front of Oriole Danny Valencia after the Red Sox DH hit a two-run home run in the first inning Saturday.

The Orioles have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games.

Cobb, who was 12-10 with a 3.50 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, was optioned to Double-A Bowie to start the season but pitched four simulated games in Sarasota, Fla. At this rate, the Red Sox may pick that one up on their own, because Good Hanley is worth every penny.

"After the surgery I felt like a release - my shoulder was free and I knew right away I was going to be able to do whatever I want", Ramirez said.

J.D. Martinez deposited a solo home run into the Boston bullpen in the third, making it 4-0, and the Red Sox doubled the cushion with four more runs in the fourth. Betts got hurt in a home plate collision and later had to leave the game with a foot bruise. The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 7-3 on Friday night. On the other hand, the Red Sox have netted 6.3 units and are 5-6 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher.

By then, the potent Red Sox' offense had already put up eight runs.

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Betts' leg bent awkwardly as the All-Star outfielder slid into Orioles catcher Chance Sisco while attempting to avoid a tag in the bottom of the first inning. But Dombrowski signed only Mitch Moreland until spring training, then added J.D. Martinez in February.

Ultimately, manager Alex Cora will need to juggle the batting order since none of those reserves brings the same type of production as Betts.

"You know when you visit someone and they're like confident and they tell you things you want to hear?" "He was doing his rehab and the first thing he said, 'You don't have to worry about me. It was exciting to see him out there today". When he's locked in and healthy, he's very unsafe. Sale was stellar in his latest effort, limiting the tough Yankees lineup to only one run in six strong innings, leading to his first win of the season. Cobb left a hanging breaking ball up and Martinez flicked it into the Sox' bullpen.

"I'm not saying that (Fenway Park) is an advantage for us, but we've got some guys that can drive the ball all over the place", Cora said. "You can make all the excuses in the world, but at the end of the day, you've got to figure out a way to get sharp, get sharp quickly, and get on a good roll, and I plan to do that this work week".

The Orioles offense has slashed.220/.294/.345 on its way to 3.4 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the team's last five outings (2-3 SU). "This is the best team in the world, hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that". We're playing clean and fast and pitching.

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