Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston Friday

Alex Cobb knew that the Boston Red Sox would present a hard opening-act challenge, but the Orioles right-hander was confident he had done everything he could to be ready for the American League's most productive lineup over the season's first few weeks. Bettors can also wager on the game's runline with the odds standing at -145 for the Orioles +1.5 runs and +125 for the Red Sox -1.5.

He allowed eight runs and failed to get through the fourth inning just once last season in 29 starts pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays, so the performance was a rarity for a starting pitcher with a resume of success in the American League East, which was the prevailing reason the Orioles signed Cobb to a club-record four-year, $57-million deal on March 21.

Although Betts wasn't able to match his monster 2016 season, which featured a career-best.897 OPS, he still hit 24 home runs and stole 26 bases past year. But he yielded two home runs Saturday, including a two-run blast by Hanley Ramirez over the Green Monster in left field that capped a three-run first inning.

He's 34 years old and coming off one of his worst seasons. By then, the Red Sox offense had already put up eight runs. Betts got hurt in a home plate collision and later had to leave the game with a foot bruise.

One year after shoulder ailments sapped him of his power - "I hit basically hit 23 homers one-handed", he noted in spring training - Ramirez appears locked, loaded, and ready to do major damage as the No. 3 hitter on what is rapidly becoming one of baseball's best offenses. He's hitting.362 with three homers and 15 RBIs, all tops on the team.

"You know when you visit someone and they're confident and tell you the things that you want to hear?" "He was doing his rehab and the first thing he said, 'You don't have to worry about me".

A two-time All-Star, Betts is off to a strong start this season, batting.353 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

By then, manager Alex Cora had already decided that Ramirez was going to be the team's No.?3 hitter. Boston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. "Hopefully, I'm going to try and stay away from him and see where he's at (Saturday)". Cobb left a hanging breaking ball up and Martinez flicked it into the Sox bullpen.

In the third inning, Martinez belted his third homer of the season and his first to right field at Fenway. When he's locked in and healthy, he's very unsafe. He's only going to get better. "This is the best team in the world hitting right now, and you're never going to get ready for that".

If the latest ailment forces him back out of the lineup, Blake Swihart figures to receive any extra starts that come from Betts' absence.

Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each added two hits from the bottom two spots in the order.



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