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Scooter Gennett blasts 4th grand slam of season

Scooter Gennett blasts 4th grand slam of season”

The Yankees lost 8-1 at Toronto on Friday night, reducing Boston's magic number to six to clinch the division.

The Boston Red Sox have won 12 of their last 15 games but have struggled to distance themselves from the equally hot New York Yankees in the American League East standings. Boston has never played a wild card game, and doesn't want to settle for one now.

"I mean, it seemed like the whole town was there", Benintendi said. "We win, we're fine". "We don't care what the Yankees do. Hopefully it's just a side story to a successful series for us".

Right-hander Rick Porcello, the reigning AL Cy Young Award victor, started for Boston and had a rare rough outing on the road, after posting a 1.35 ERA in his previous three starts away from Fenway Park.

Gennett's blast off of Rick Porcello was his fourth grand slam of the season, which is a franchise record. He lasted a season-low four innings, turning a 5-4 lead over to the bullpen. "So I'm looking forward to going out there and seeing it in BP".

"I don't know anyone who's not coming", Benintendi said.

Cincinnati, however, cashed in on its bases-loaded chance in the bottom half of the frame when Gennett crushed Porcello's first pitch deep into the right-field seats for his 27th home run this season and fifth career grand slam. Some of Luke's most influential baseball memories are from when John served as Boston's pitching coach from 2007-10. But, he didn't have his best outing, allowing five earned runs with four walks and Devers' three-run shot through four innings. "On a lesser scale with his older brother Jeremy in Spring Training when he was with the Pirates, it happened, but that was Spring Training". He has provided some of the Reds' best moments in an 88-loss season, including a four-homer game on June 6. His homer off Porcello ended the Red Sox' streak of 26 straight scoreless innings. Gennett joined Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig as the second player with a four-homer game and four grand slams in any season. The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games for the 1975 World Series championship.

"Honestly, I don't think I was ready out of high school to play such a long season", he said. The Reds are 5-13.

Farrell had lunch with his son Luke, a Reds reliever. Luke wears the same No. 52 as his father. Farrell didn't get into the game Friday.

"It's definitely unique", John Farrell said. This is an important series for us.

"It was awesome", said Benintendi, a graduate of Madeira Middle School and Madeira High. His favorite player was Ken Griffey Jr.

"I just remember watching the guys play and picturing myself out there", Benintendi said. "It's insane that I'm here now".

"Scooter's been a really good topic to talk about all season", Reds manager Bryan Price said. He receives a $1.75 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million next year, $2.5 million in 2019, $3.5 million in 2020 and $3.75 million in 2021.

The Tigers announced Friday that Brad Ausmus will not return in 2018.

As for Eduardo Nunez, he had another positive day of workouts including running, but not yet running the bases.

"We have an ongoing conversation nearly daily through text or phone call, but to be able to just sit in person and catch up, it would be like any other parent who's hasn't been around their son or daughter for a lot of time", said John Farrell.



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