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Saturday, September 23, 2017

 

Rafael Devers

Rafael Devers belted a three-run home run in the fourth inning and the Boston Red Sox edged the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Friday night.

The Red Sox improve to 89-64 on the season. With the Yankees loss to Toronto, Boston now has a four-game lead in the AL East.

Red Sox Rally in 4th

Trailing 4-1 in the fourth inning, Mookie Betts hit a leadoff double to right field and then Mitch Moreland drew a walk.

Catcher Christian Vazquez hit a double to center to score Betts to make the score 4-2 Reds.

Divers then came up and hit a three-run home run to right field to put the Red Sox ahead 5-4.

Pitcher David Price picked up the win after replacing Rick Porcello to start the fifth inning.

Porcello gave up a first-inning grand slam to Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett to give the Reds a 4-1 lead at the time.

Porcello was pulled after just 57 pitches and four innings.

Craig Kimbrel came on in the ninth and picked up his 34th save of the season.

He has not allowed a run in his last 10 appearances.

Series Continues

The Red Sox and Reds continue their series on Saturday, September 23 at 4:10 p.m.

The pitching matchup is Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez against Cincinnati’s Robert Stephenson.

 

Related Slideshow: The History of Baseball in Central Massachusetts

Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. The local historical landmarks range from  Mudville to Hotel Vernon to Fitton Field. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

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Casey At The Bat

Casey at the Bat was written on August 14, 1863 on Chatham Street in Worcester by Ernest Thayer under the penname “Phineas.” The 150th anniversary of the poem is being celebrated in 2013.

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First Perfect Game

The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.

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Industrial League

In Greater Worcester, there was a deep history of participation in Industrial League Baseball. Locally, teams included Norton Co., Town Talk Baking Co. and Whitin Machine Works (shown here).

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Honorary NL Membership

Worcester’s National League team was suspended in 1882 and replaced by the Philadelphia Quakers, who later became the Philadelphia Phillies. Worcester maintains an honorary lifetime NL membership.

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NE Collegiate Baseball

A New England Collegiate Baseball League team played in Leominster from 1995 to 1999. Called the Central Mass. Collegians, they won the NECBL Championship in both 1995 and 1996, and During the 1995 season, they played a game against the Cuban National Youth Team in Worcester.

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Worcester Tornadoes

The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012. Former Tornadoes emcee Dave Peterson is general manager of Worcester’s new team in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

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Wachusett Dirt Dawgs

The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who play at historic, and newly renovated, Doyle Field in Leominster, are a 2012 expansion franchise in the now-three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.The Dirt Dawgs’ 2013 season swung into action on June 5 with big expectations, but ended on August 8 with those hopes being dashed. They finished in the basement, with a record of 20-31 - 14 games behind first-place the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (38-18). The team is owned by prominent Leominster businessman John Morrison, who also founded, owns and operates Fosta-Tek Optics in Leominster.

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Worcester Baseball

Last month, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the formation of the Worcester Baseball franchise, which will play its first season next summer. The team is owned by the family that owns and operates Creedon and Co. The prominent Worcester catering service will be the food-and-beverage vendor at home games at Fitton Field, at the College of the Holy Cross. Through Octobert 25, Worcester Baseball is conducting a name-the-team competition.

 
 

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