The Red Sox Black stars provide inspiration for young players of color

The Red Sox Black stars provide inspiration for young players of color”

Aug 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Teoscar Hernandez (37) hits a home run during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. He's the first player in the Major League Baseball to do it this season and the 21st Red Sox player to do it in franchise history.

Betts led off the game with a single, before adding a triple in the second inning and a double in the fourth inning all off Jays starter Ryan Borucki.

But one thing he hadn't done all season - or in his career for that matter - was hit for the cycle.

"I've had some opportunities before and to finally succeed is a good feeling", said Betts, who has reached base in 25 of his past 42 plate appearances against Toronto.

Borucki would go on to earn the win as Toronto (52-62) pulled off a topsy-turvy 8-5 victory to avoid a three-game sweep at the capable hands of the Red Sox (81-35), who were gunning for a seventh straight win.

"But he's got that knack and I think there's something special about the kid". Paxton wound up surrendering four runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Gonzalez (7-8) gave up one run on six hits and ended a six-game losing streak as the teams split a four-game series. Lindor had two hits - his American League-leading 47th multi-hit game - and drove in three runs, and Yonder Alonso homered for Cleveland.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday Aug. 9 2018
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ryan Borucki throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday Aug. 9 2018

Stanton's 28th homer was measured at 196 kph, the fastest long ball tracked by Statcast since the system was introduced in 2015.

YANKEES 7, RANGERS 3 Giancarlo Stanton hit the hardest home run ever measured by Major League Baseball's Statcast system, Neil Walker hit two more home runs and NY beat Texas.

Orioles reliever Miguel Castro (2-7) walked three of the five batters he faced. He doubled off the left-field wall in the fourth.

In Denver, Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered off closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning and Los Angeles exploited Colorado's shaky bullpen to beat the Rockies. The trio totaled seven extra-base hits, with Span and Segura each recording their ninth homers. Eovaldi has not allowed an earned run in either of his first two starts for Boston.

Eduardo Nunez helped the Red Sox open the scoring in the first inning.

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