Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Slumping Chris Davis hits first home run of 2019

Slumping Chris Davis hits first home run of 2019

As the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon cuts into the city, the Red Sox will be taking on the Baltimore Orioles in an early game to finish up their four-game series.

Davis stepped up to the plate for a fourth time in the eighth inning, settling in against Red Sox righty Heath Hembree.

Marcus Walden came on to give three runs in two innings for work. Up next for the 26-year-old left-hander is a start at home against the Twins.

I gained 15 cents on the Marlins F5 line, 9 cents combined on the Dodgers game and F5 lines, 10 cents on the total, and two cents on the Pirates moneyline. Before getting a hit Saturday - a two-run single off Boston's Rick Porcello - Davis' batting average was 0.00, as he opened the 2019 season going 0-for-33 with 16 strikeouts and a handful of walks.

The Red Sox finished 52-24 against AL East Division opponents in 2018.

Boston's four runs came exclusively from Xander Bogaerts. Vélez went 0-for-46 between his 2010 and 2011 stints with the Giants and Dodgers and has not appeared in a major-league game since.

The Red Sox were quick to blame their poor start on an 11-game road trip to begin the year, but they did little to turn things around this last week at Fenway Park. That makes sense to some degree, as the Orioles have a horrendous bullpen but Boston should have done more damage against the likes of Means.

"I thought Dan mixed three pitches really well", Manager Brandon Hyde said. While the Orioles are capable of putting runs on the board (as they showed yesterday), they also proved yesterday that they can also be incapable of doing anything offensively. Straily owns a 4.68 ERA, which isn't good, but his SIERA of 5.05 is worse, indicating that he's due for even worse regression.

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