Red Sox’s Mookie Betts Cracks Great Dad Joke After Two-Homer Night Vs. Angels

The Boston Red Sox barely grabbed a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, and it was Mookie Betts who made it possible.
Twice the Sox star homered, once to lead off the game and the other in the 15th inning, which proved to be the game-winner in the 7-6 victory.

When Betts launched his first dinger it was about 10:10 p.m. ET, or 7:10 p.m. local time His game-winner was at about 3:20 a.m. ET, 12:20 a.m. local time.
With that in mind, Betts couldn’t help but crack a dad joke about his first homer when speaking postgame.
“It felt like yesterday,” Betts said, via The Boston Globe. “I guess it kind of was yesterday.”
We’re not so sure this intentionally was a joke, but it ended up being one nevertheless.
Besides, Betts indeed did become a father this past offseason, so he’s had some chances to load up the dad joke chamber.

Red Sox Notes: Mookie Betts Reacts To Epic 15 Inning Win Vs. Angels

They don’t get much more long or grueling than that.
The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels decided to mess around and play 15 innings on Friday night in Southern California.
Mercifully, it was Mookie Betts who came up with the clutch swing, clubbing a solo home run in the 15th to propel Boston to a much-needed 7-6 victory not long before sunrise back on the East Coast.

Coincidentally, Betts also led this game off with a home run.
But it was his late night jack that will go down as one of the more memorable moments from the season.

After the game, Betts offered up his approach to the clutch AB.
“Just to get a good pitch to hit, you start waiting around, you kinda get lazy,” Betts said on NESN’s postgame coverage. “The game already is moving slow. I was just trying to be aggressive early,” Betts said.
So, what’s next?
“Sleep. Sleep and drink plenty of fluids,” Betts said. “Just wake up and understand that you have to win each and every day and hopefully that gets us over the edge.”
Here are some other notes from Friday’s Red Sox-Angels game:
— Nathan Eovaldi took a step forward in his reintroduction to the starting rotation.
He did not qualify for the win, tossing four innings, but settled in nicely after a 27-pitch first inning to strike out eight ( a season high) and really only make one mistake all night, resulting in a Brian Goodwin solo shot. He threw 81 pitches, 17 more than his last outing.
— Andrew Cashner picked up the win after tossing four innings of shutout relief in extras.

"I was just trying to stay locked in."
Andrew Cashner reacts after Red Sox's marathon 7-6 victory over the Angels.
— NESN (@NESN) August 31, 2019

— J.D. Martinez put forth another productive night at the plate with a home run — his 33rd — and three RBI.
Through his first 1,060 at-bats with the Red Sox, Martinez’s numbers looks eerily similar to another prodigious Red Sox right-hander slugger — Manny Ramirez.

J.D. Martinez and Manny Ramirezthru 1,060 AB's with the Red Sox
HRJD – 76Manny – 78
HitsJD – 343Manny – 346
RunsJD – 197Manny – 192
BAJD – .324Manny – .326
SLGJD – .608Manny -.619
you get the picture
— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) August 31, 2019

— Betts led things off with a home run. It was the first time the Red Sox led a game on the road off with a home run, but was the 14th time Betts has clubbed a leadoff dinger in his career.
It’s the 19th consecutive game the Red Sox have homered in, and the Boston has clubbed 14 home runs in five games on this current road trip.

Watch Mookie Betts Slam Epic Go-Ahead Home Run In 15th Inning Vs. Angels

The Boston Red Sox took part in absolute marathon Friday night (Saturday morning) against the Los Angeles Angels.
And it was Mookie Betts who started it in style, launching a leadoff home run, and then blasting the go-ahead homer in the 15th to lead the Red Sox to a 7-6 victory.

Take a look:

Mookie Betts appreciation tweet!
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 31, 2019

3:24 a.m ET? Does that jack some with a side of bacon? No? Well, we’ll take the W.

Red Sox Wrap: Mookie Betts Plays Hero In 7-6, 15-Inning Win Vs. Angels

At this point in the season, the Boston Red Sox aren’t nearly as concerned with the how as much as they are the W.
A disastrous bullpen outing led to another blown save, which saw a two-run lead disappear in the ninth inning and turn a late night into an even later one.
But it was Mookie Betts, who led the game off with a home run, who came up with the clutch swing late, blasting a home run in the 15th inning to propel the Sox to a 7-6 win.

Nathan Eovaldi gave an encouraging outing in terms of his progress since rejoining the rotation, but turned things over the pen quite early. The Red Sox used eight pitchers. Betts led the offense, which had just eight hits, with a 3-for-7 performance.
The Red Sox moved to 73-62 with the win, while the Angels dropped to 64-72 after the loss.
Here’s how it all went down:
Who’s buying?
— Eovaldi put forth his most encouraging outing since moving back into the starting rotation, tossing four innings.
He settled in after 27-pitch first inning, not allowing another hit until a Brian Goodwin solo shot make it 4-1 in the third inning, though he did strikeout three that frame.
He finished with eight strike outs, walking one and allowing three hits. He threw 81 pitches (54 strikes).
— Josh Taylor turned the fifth into quite the adventure.
A single and two walks loaded the bases for Mike Trout, who the southpaw got to pop out. Taylor then got Shohei Ohtani to ground into a force out at the plate.
— Marcus Walden came in with two outs and the bases juiced in the fifth. He immediately allowed Albert Pujols to single up the middle and plate two runs, both of which were charged to Taylor.
He returned to throw a 1-2-3 sixth.
— Matt Barnes also had trouble with Goodwin, allowing the outfielder to club his second home run of the game to make it 6-4 in the seventh. The righty escaped the frame without further damage.
— Ryan Brasier struck out two, but issued two walks and was pulled.
— Brandon Workman inherited two runners with two outs in the eighth. The Angels loaded the bases after an infield single ricocheted off Workman, but the righty got out of the jam unscathed.
Back-to-back walks came back to bite Workman in the ninth, who allowed Pujols to single home two runs and tie the game.

— Darwinzon Hernandez struck out four over two innings of scoreless ball.
— Andrew Cashner entered to toss four scoreless frames and earn the win.
— Betts got things started rather quickly, leading the game off with a home run.

Now that's how you start a game.
— NESN (@NESN) August 31, 2019

— Brock Holt tacked on for the Sox in the second, plating a run with a single in the second inning.

Please enjoy this beautiful piece of hitting by Brock Holt.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 31, 2019

— J.D. Martinez checked in in the third, drilling a two-run shot to left to make it 4-0 — his 33rd of the season.

It was only a matter of time.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 31, 2019

— Boston added some much-needed insurance in the sixth, extending its lead to 6-3. Martinez doubled home Xander Bogaerts, then later was plated on a sacrifice fly from Andrew Benintendi.

— From the sixth inning through the 12th, 19 straight Red Sox batters were set down.
— It was Betts in the 15th with a solo home run to make it 7-6.

Mookie Betts appreciation tweet!
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 31, 2019

— Betts and Martinez each were 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Bogaerts and Holt were the only other Red Sox batters to record a hit.
Mr. Abraham, asking the important questions at 3:27 a.m. ET.

Good question for Mr. @jaysonst (who is likely blissfully asleep):
Mookie Betts homered in the 1st inning and the 15th. Last hitter with a 14-inning gap between home runs in the same game?
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 31, 2019

The Sox continue their three-game stint against the Angels on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 9:07 p.m. ET.

‘Dough Your Job’: Maine Ice Cream Company Debuts Patriots-Themed Flavor

Here’s one way Ice cream-loving New England Patriots fans can support both their habits.
Maine-based Gifford’s Ice Cream introduced “Dough Your Job” on Thursday at Gillette Stadium at halftime of the Patriots’ preseason finale against the New York Giants. Head coach Bill Belichick’s famous mantra inspired the the Patriots-themed flavor, which Gifford’s describes as “chocolate caramel footballs and cookie dough team up on a heavy fudge striped field of vanilla ice cream.”

Meet #DoughYourJob.
Your favorite *NEW* flavor inspired by the @Patriots. #CrushTheQuart.
— Gifford's Ice Cream (@GiffordsMaine) August 30, 2019

That sounds good enough to put a smile on even Belichick’s face, as the start of the 2019 season approaches.

“Dough Your Job” went on sale Friday at Gifford’s ice cream shops and will be available at select grocery stores in New England next week, according to’s Zachary DuPont.

Carli Lloyd Sets Realistic Timetable For Potential Career As NFL Kicker

Not only does Carli Lloyd know she’s good enough to be a kicker in the NFL, she also knows when she might give it a try.
The United States women’s soccer star addressed rumors of a potential NFL career when she told FOX Sports on Thursday night she’s considering the opportunity but only will pursue it after she retires from the other football.
“First and foremost I’m a soccer player,” she said, following the United States’ 4-0 win over Portugal. “I want to hopefully continue on (with Team USA) through the (2020 Tokyo) Olympics. We’ll see what happens, but anything’s possible in life.”

"First and foremost I'm a soccer player… But anything's possible in life."@CarliLloyd answered the question we've all been asking this week.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 30, 2019

Lloyd, 36, made headlines last week by kicking a 55-yard field goal at Philadelphia Eagles training camp. Her trainer James Galanis told FOX Sports’ Martin Rogers this week NFL teams had inquired about her availability and one even offered to put her on its roster for a preseason game.
Although Lloyd didn’t reveal the mystery NFL team that’s willing to give her a chance to kick in a gam, she did clarify in these comments she doesn’t intend to seek an NFL tryout next summer, as some have speculated. After all the 2020 Summer Olympics will run between July 24 and Aug. 9 next year, leaving her with scant time to prepare for a second football career.

Chris Sale Injury: Alex Cora Says ‘There’s Still A Chance’ Ace Returns In 2019

Many believed that when Chris Sale made a visit to Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., it meant that his season was over.
The Boston Red sox lefty avoided Tommy John Surgery, getting a PRP shot in his throwing elbow, and was shut down for four to six weeks, making a return in 2019 look near impossible, according to manager Alex Cora earlier this month.

But, Cora changed his tune slightly on Friday before the team’s three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels. The manager gave another update to reporters and noted there still is a chance we see Sale again this season.
“He actually did start playing catch,” Cora told reporters. “He started playing catch at home. He’s been playing catch, he’s making strides, he’s feeling better. So hopefully during the week, we can add a little bit to his plan and we’ll see where we go. There’s still a chance (that he’ll be back).”

Red Sox manager Alex Cora gives an injury update on Chris Sale.
— NESN (@NESN) August 30, 2019

Sale currently is rehabbing in Fort Myers, Fla., and is scheduled to be back in Boston next week to continue his rehab.

Watch Mookie Betts Lace Home Run To Lead Off First Inning Vs. Angels

Well, it looks like Mookie Betts was ready to go Friday night.
With the Red Sox on the West Coast, game time seems to take forever to get here for those back in Boston, but Betts wasted little time in getting the excitement going early. The outfielder laced a leadoff home run in the top of the first.

Betts hopped all over a 3-1 pitch to make it 1-0.
Take a look:

Us: Let's play ba…
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 31, 2019

Make that 19 consecutive games with a home run for Boston.

Paw Sox Drop Second Game Of Doubleheader After Another Blown Save

The Pawtucket Red Sox Drop Second Game Of Doubleheader Against The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs After Another Blown Save By The Bull Pen

The Paw Sox began their five game series with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on Friday night with a doubleheader. In game one of the doubleheader, the Paw Sox won by a score of 6 to 4. Red Sox infielder Michael Chavis who is rehabbing with the Paw Sox hit two home runs in the victory. 
In game two of the doubleheader, Mike Shawaryn got the ball for the Paw Sox. Over five innings of work, Shawaryn gave up three runs on three walks and five base hits. He did this on 85 pitches, 52 for strikes. Those 85 pitches from Shawaryn were the most he has thrown since May 26th for the Paw Sox. A 7 to 6 Paw Sox win in Rochester against the Rochester Red Wings. 
In the top of the 7th inning with the Paw Sox up 4 to 3, the Paw Sox sent Domingo Talpia for a second inning of work. Domingo Talpia was only able to get two of the three outs however. Talpia gave up four runs on four base hits and the Iron Pigs took a 7 to 4 lead, which was ultamitly the final score.  
What Happened For The Paw Sox At The Plate 

After Mike Shawaryn gave up two run home run to Maikel Franco in the first inning, the Paw Sox came back and scored two runs to tie the game. That was after three straight hits from Cole Sturgeon, Jantzen Witte, and a two run single up the middle for Tate Matheny. 
In the second inning, the Paw Sox ended up taking the lead for good. That was when catcher Oscar Hernandez hit a line drive home run right into the Paw Sox bullpen to give the Paw Sox a 4 to 2 lead. It was the sixth home run that Hernandez hit this season. 
What’s Next For The Paw Sox 
The Paw Sox have three games remaining on the season. All against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. It starts with Kyle Hart pitching for the Paw Sox on Saturday night. He will be up against Cole Irvin for the Iron Pigs. On Sunday, Ryan Weber will pitch for the Paw Sox. He will be up against Dan Straily for the Iron Pigs. 
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CT Sun Wrap: Connecticut Beats NY Liberty, Nears Top Seed In WNBA Playoffs

The Connecticut Sun made the most of the final stop on their road trip.
They moved within a half game of the top seed in the WNBA playoffs Friday night in White Plains, N.Y. by beating the New York Liberty 94-84 at Westchester County Center. The result increased the pressure on the Washington Mystics, who will play the Dallas Wings on Saturday night with the best overall record in the WNBA on the line.
Courtney Williams and Alyssa Thomas fueled the Sun’s win, scoring 26 and 20 points, respectively. Thomas added a game-high nine rebounds, plus two assists and two steals in the winning effort.

With the victory, the Sun improve to 22-9, while the Liberty fall to 9-22.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG: Jasmine Thomas
SG: Courtney Williams
SF: Shekinna Stricklen
PF: Alyssa Thomas
C: Jonquel Jones
The teams kept it close in opening five minutes, but Connecticut broke out, largely thanks to some accurate long-range shooting from Williams and Jones.

— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 30, 2019

JJ has 8 and the Sun lead 24-17.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 30, 2019

CW10 FOR 3
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 30, 2019

Connecticut led New York by nine points after the first quarter.
The Sun extended their lead to 11, then 13 points early in the quarter.

The @ConnecticutSun's ball movement though #BurnItDown
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 31, 2019

But New York began to come to life on on Marine Johannes’ three-point shooting.
However, the Sun never allowed the Liberty within six points. The Sun finished the quarter strongly and restored their lead to nine at halftime.
Connecticut slipped up in the third quarter. A trio of technical fouls by Alyssa Thomas, Jasmine Thomas and Sun coach Curt Miller with 7:22 remaining allowed New York to cut Connecticut’s lead to six points, and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe then reduced the deficit to four.

Think coach is trying to tell someone about a dance move?
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 31, 2019

The Liberty then carried that momentum further and built a six point lead of their own with 3:29 left to play in the quarter. That’s when the Sun stormed went on a 14-2 run to re-take the lead and end the quarter up by six.

Thomas [email protected] @athomas_25 for the finish #BurnItDown
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 31, 2019

The Sun are on a 12-2 run. @_bjones18 accountable for 4 of the points.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 31, 2019

CW10 with the jumper.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 31, 2019

Williams hit three jump shots in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter to cancel Han Xu’s pair of 3-pointers. Next, Alyssa Thomas made a pair of jumpers to give Connecticut a seven-point lead with 5:50 remaining. Stricklen then hit an apparent dagger to put the Sun back up by nine points.

Strick said "ENOUGH."
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 31, 2019

The Liberty never came managed to come within seven points in the final stretch of the game and ultimately lost by 10.
Alyssa Thomas reached the 2000-point mark for her career early in the fourth quarter.

*Checks watch*
Yup, it's bucket time.
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 31, 2019

With that last bucket Alyssa Thomas now has 2000 career points.
Congrats, AT!
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 31, 2019

The Sun will return to the floor Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena when they host the Dallas Wings. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, and you can watch the game on NESN+ and NESNgo.