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The Red Sox are 8-1 and have seen their own World Series odds improve from 1100 to 950.

Xander Bogaerts was placed on the disabled list yesterday, having suffered a fracture in his left ankle on Sunday afternoon. The fracture is non-displaced and will not require surgery, but the shortstop will miss at least 10-14 days. No surgery is required.

To have those teams represent your first nine games was a gift, and the Red Sox did what a good club should - unwrapped the present to expose all of its deficiencies.

Baltimore closer Brad Brach and catcher Caleb Joseph celebrate after the Orioles prevailed for their third win in the four-game series.

"He's just a mess", is how one scout put it. Kahnle was pulled after giving up five runs - three earned - while walking three and giving up two hits. Kay, I happen to know, can recite the entire screenplay from "The Pride of the Yankees", this from watching the classic Lou Gehrig biopic hundreds of times growing up the Bronx. "I heard about it on the ride into the ballpark from our Uber driver, he had a story involved". Simply because there's nothing better as a fan then knowing the players care as much if not more than you do. It's a special thing to be a part of. This despite Gary Sanchez getting off to a 2-for-32 start and the early injuries to Greg Bird and Aaron Hicks, who is slated to play his first minor-league rehab game for Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday, and could be back by the weekend in Detroit.

As far as how people in Boston have treated him since he joined Bucky Dent as light-hitting infielders to KO the Red Sox, Boone said, "I've been treated really well there". It grinds you down mentally, I'm sure, when you don't perform to your best.

Check out Katie's Yankeemetrics post for more information on the series.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton strikes out in his last at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2018. The over-under, or total runs Vegas thinks will be scored, is at seven, down a half-run from the opening line.

The Red Sox exploded for nine runs in a sixth inning that included a Mookie Betts grand slam off reliever Chasen Shreve and an ugly error by third baseman Miguel Andujar.

Instead of worrying about Stanton, Judge or Sanchez, fans should focus their attention on thanking Didi Gregorius for single-handedly keeping NY at.500 as he leads the team in every offensive category imaginable, provides a sure hand at shortstop and has helped them lead the AL East in scoring thus far. The Red Sox rank fourth in the league in both team ERA at 2.69 and batting average against at.209.

Boston is 4-1 in its last five games at home. There was starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery, who was staked to a five-run, first-inning lead but gradually gave back four and left the game after surrendering a two-run home run to Danny Valencia after 4 1/3 innings. Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two walks. The Yankees are now 5-5, sitting at third place in the AL East and Stanton and Judge have combined for four home runs. Aaron Judge can strike out six times, but if Stanton strikes out even once, he'll hear it.