Best Start Ever!: Red Sox crush Orioles to reach record 12-2

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts reacts after hitting a double during the first inning against the New York Yankees in Boston Tuesday

The Red Sox held a pregame ceremony featuring survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.

One potential issue? The play of Hanley Ramirez at the plate.

The bad one can't stay healthy, only hits mistakes, and might as well lock his glove in a hope chest.

Martinez's recent surge - eight hits (including two homers) and 10 RBIs over his last five games - has raised his season batting average to.283 to go along with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland is not in the lineup Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Cobb felt he was ready and gave credit to Boston's hitters. Boston is 8-3 in Sale's last 11 home starts and 7-1 in their last 8 home games while the over is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games overall.

Safe to say the engine is clicking on all cylinders for new manager Alex Cora. "He was driving the ball all over the place". That's nothing I'm going to worry about. But he's going to be a real contributor for us. "I was happy he was in the lineup and he contributed".

Boston clinched its best-ever start thanks to another dominant performance on Saturday, overwhelming the Orioles from the first inning on.

Yankees 8, Tigers 6: Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run in the second inning, then added a solo shot over the fence in the sixth to send visiting NY to the win over skidding Detroit. That moment concluded with Ramirez racing into right field to avoid the talcum/water/Gatorade shower typically reserved for such moments.

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Cora liked the way his team looked in spring training but even he has to be surprised at 12-2.

"He's OK", Cora said.

"I just heard it for the first time".

Largely limited to DH duties due to lingering shoulder issues, Ramirez failed to establish himself as Boston's premier bat in the heart of the order previous year a slashing just.242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI over 133 games. "I still remember, I saw him at that clinic in Miami", Cora said. He was magnificent outside of this and finished his outing having allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings while recording 10 strikeouts.

" ... When (Ramirez) is locked in, when he's healthy, he's very unsafe".

"With all the traffic that Mookie and Benny are going to create, he's going to have good at-bats".

Sale dominated the Yankees during his last start and allowed just a single run on eight hits over six innings to go with eight strikeouts. Sometimes we get caught up in the protection part of it, but obviously when J.D.'s swinging the bat, that's a good spot. "My shoulder was free and I knew right away I was going to be able to do whatever I wanted". I want you to be a good hitter and when he's a good hitter, he's very unsafe.

"Right now, it's been good baseball for a while". So he's locked in. The 'Sox line-up ranks third-best in the majors with 69 runs and their pitching staff ranks third in the AL with a stout 3.08 ERA.

BC-BBA-Orioles-Red Sox, 556 Nunez hits 3-run HR, Red Sox top Orioles 7-3 for 11-2 startAP Photo MACK112, MACK101, MACK104, MACK103, MACK102, MACK107, MACK105, MACK108, MACK106, MACK114, MACK115, MACK118Eds: APNewsNow. J.D. Martinez had a pair of hits and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly during a four-run first inning, which put Boston in command on the way to its 11th victory in 12 games. "He keeps learning, but you can see it — his stuff is there".

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